Tag: Essence Fest

Go Local at Essence Fest: Organizations & Businesses to Support

Black New Orleans is still recovering post-Hurricane Katrina. Many businesses and organizations still need support in a city that is increasingly becoming gentrified.  Be sure to support the vendors inside the Convention Center, but If you’re willing to go beyond the tourist traps, here’s some cool places…

3 Reasons to Bring Your Business Cards to Essence Fest

Pack your business cards (and comfortable shoes) for Essence Fest. The Fest is an opportunity to vacation and make worthwhile  connections. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. 1.  The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency will be available. MBDA is the only…

Recap: 2015 Essence Fest in Pictures

Another #EssenceFest is in the books! Along with media coverage, I was granted access as a #VerizonLive VIP at the 2015 Essence Fest. A lot of work and a little play gave me amazing opportunities this year. I am so grateful to God and all the…

#EssenceFest: View the New Orleans People Project

By Kelly Harris Imagine losing your favorite baby picture, high school picture, family or wedding picture — precious moments – damaged by water forever. So many people who lived in New Orleans lost their pictures. Gus Bennett, a self-taught photographer who before Hurricane Katrina hit had…

BrassyBrown.com Chats with Anita Wilson

I meet Anita Wilson at the 2014 Essence Festival during a Design Essential Party for Ledisi. Anita was very kind, down-to-earth and patience with my phone when I asked her to join me for a selfie. Fast forward a year later, I finally get an interview.…

BrassyBrown.com talks to Tonya Boyd-Cannon

By Kelly Harris Some people may have been introduced to her on NBC’s “The Voice,” but New Orleanians were fans of Tonya Boyd Cannon long before she was on television. She worked with the Orleans Parish Prison choir and gigged locally and regionally before that national…