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Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion to Headline Essence Festival

The 2023 edition of Essence Festival of Culture will include performers Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Wizkid and more.

Get your coins ready for Essence Festival of Culture. On Tuesday (March 29), the festival announced that Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion are headliners, with Jermaine Dupri and Wizkid also set to perform. While the full lineup has not been announced, Hill’s set will be a special performance in time for the 25th anniversary of her landmark 1998 debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.


In May, Hill will also be a headliner for Mary J. Blige’s second annual Strength of A Woman Festival and Summit in Atlanta for Mother’s Day weekend.

The annual festival will return to New Orleans during the weekend of June 29 to July 3, celebrating celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with in-person and virtual experiences in its 29th year. Also slated to perform are Doug E. Fresh, Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, Kizz Daniel, and more. Along with music, comedians including Deon Cole, Affion Crockett, Spice Adams and Janelle James will hold activations throughout the weekend.


“For nearly three decades, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture has been an international and joyful gathering that empowers community throughout the global Black diaspora,” said new Vice President of Essence Festival of Culture, Hakeem Holmes. “As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, it continues to be a crown jewel of Black culture and plays a pivotal role in the amplification and celebration of the contributions of the Black community through business, music, and more.


Tickets to the four-day event are available now.


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