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Michelle Obama to take the Superdome stage at 25th Annual Essence Festival of Culture

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEssence has tapped Former First Lady Michelle Obama to headline its 25th anniversary EssenceFestival of Culture in New Orleans.

Obama will take the Lousiana Superdome stage for a sit-down interview on Saturday, July 6. It'll be her first appearance at the festival.

“We are indescribably thrilled and honored to have 'Forever First Lady' Michelle Obama as a part of our 25th Anniversary Essence Festival, which will mark our most exciting and extensive programming to date,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications.

“As inspiring and aspirational as it is relatable, Mrs. Obama’s story – told on her own terms – is a remarkable example and celebration of everyday black women who accomplish extraordinary things, who confront challenges with courage and truth, and who remind us that all things are possible when we support one another."

Obama did a number of similar events in support of her memoir Becoming, which offers a personal look at her life before, during and after her family's eight years in the White House.

The 2019 Essence Fest takes place from July 4 to July 8 with panels, activations, live interviews and and a musical line-up of more than 80 performers, including Mary J. Blige, Nas, Missy Elliott, H.E.R.,Big Freedia, Frankie Beverly, Jermaine Dupri, MC Lyte, Pharrell Williams, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike (RBRM), Sheila E. and many more.

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