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Essence Festival 2019 25th Anniversary

New Orleans, Louisiana, a city infused with culture and festive tradition, welcomed Essence Festival 2019 with a luxurious of events for all natives, travelers, and entertainment performers during their 25th anniversary! The Magazine and company The Divah Filez ( created for and ran by aspiring HBCU journalist students, founded by journalist and writer for Sheen magazine, Jazyme Byrd. Two Divah Filez writers Alivia Duncan, a sophomore and Mass Communications student at Cark Atlanta, and Ke’Andrea Williams, a recent Digital Journalism graduate from Miles College, accompanied Founder Jazmyne Byrd. During Essence Festival 2019, Here are some up close and personal exclusives during the Essence Celebration!

Alivia Duncan, A Divah Filez Buzz writer, got to interview and meet personality, Actress, and author Lala Anthony during June 6th of the Essence Festival!

The Buzz writer Alivia Duncan (left), pictured with actor, model, and activist Yara Shahidi (right) during friendly meet and greet.

The entire weekend of Essence Festival (June 5 th -7 th ) there were tons of performances, vendors, and Free events all located in the convention center in New Orleans! There were refreshing samples of rare Cocoa Cola flavors like vanilla, orange, and cherry served throughout the center along with free McDonald’s meals! Stars such as Lala Anthony (pictured above), Kierra Sheard (pictured below), Diggy Simmons, Michelle Williams (pictured below), Trevor Jackson, Jasmine Sullivan, Marsai Martin, Tamron Hall, Erica Campbell, Halle Bailey, and many more were spotted there! Runway shows, trunk shows, and live interviews were also part of essence extravaganza! The Divah filez had exclusive access and highlights from Entertainment all –access sponsors such as Bet and Netflix and more, check below!

Hot Tracks writer Ke’Andrea Williams (left), and Gospel singer, fashion designer, and author Kierra sheared (right) during her 101 live interview session.

American Broadcast Journalist, and television Host, Tamron Hall, during her live interview session. (Photo taken by writer/journalist Ke’Andrea Williams)

Writers Alivia Duncan (left) and Ke’andrea Williams (right) pictured with actor Marcus Scribner (middle) from popular television sitcom ‘Blackish’.

Cast of upcoming tv series ‘Family Reunion’ during live interviews (photo taken by writer/journalist Alivia Duncan) Buzz writer, Alivia Duncan, at BET House event. (above)

Hot tracks Writer, Ke’andrea Williams (right) pictured with DJ Millie (left) at BET house event. (below)

Missed the Essence Festival 2019? Don’t worry! Essence festival will be back again next year 2020 with a whole new and exciting itinerary of events to attend. For updated information on Essence Festival 2020 and future tickets prices visit and follow them on twitter @essencefestival.

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