Prince To Headline 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival

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Today ESSENCE magazine announced that legendary artist, Prince, will be headlining the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans over the 4th of July weekend in 2014.

This will be the second time that the iconic performer will headline the festival. His first time was during the 10 anniversary way back in 2004.

To celebrate 20 years of the ESSENCE Festival and Prince’s return to their stage, ESSENCE will be partnering with the musician on a community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, which encourages young people to harness the power of media and technology and channel their creativity into computer coding.

ESSENCE Communications President, Michelle Ebanks, had this to say on welcoming back Prince, ” Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the ESSENCE Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting. The ESSENCE Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation in advocating for our youth.”

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