Michelle Obama to discuss memoir at 2019 Essence Fest

Michelle Obama to discuss memoir at 2019 Essence Fest
FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Michelle Obama will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later this month during a week of action to encourage voting for the November elections by a nonpartisan organization she co-chairs, organizers said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Source: Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be among the 2019 headliners at the Essence Festival, which is marking its 25th anniversary.

The festival is scheduled July 4-7 in New Orleans, with ticketed concerts inside the Superdome and free empowerment and cultural activities at the city’s convention center. Festival organizers say the July 6 appearance will be Obama’s first and includes a sit-down interview in the Superdome.

It comes on the heels of the historic success of her book, “Becoming.” Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks says Obama is a “remarkable example and celebration of everyday Black women who accomplish extraordinary things.”

This year’s musical line-up includes Mary J. Blige, Nas, Missy Elliott, H.E.R., MC Lyte, Teyana Taylor, and Frankie Beverly, who will be recognized for his lifetime contribution to music.

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