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Essence Festival (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-07-20

Duration: 00:06:32

Subjects: FESTIVALS | African American women


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Merrick, Robyn Reporter
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Mai, Ella Speaker
  • Riley, Teddy Speaker
  • Smollett, Jussie Speaker
  • Ashanti Speaker
  • Ambrosius, Marsha Speaker
  • Phinisee, Rasheem Interviewee
  • MC Lyte Speaker
  • Wheeler, Jasmine Interviewee
  • Knolley, Lindsay Interviewee
  • Morris, Janice Interviewee
  • Rudisill, Clara Interviewee


This segment from the July 20, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Merrick’s report on the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Her report focuses on the discussion of the role of the African American woman at the festival. It includes comments by: Ella Mai, recording artist; Teddy Riley, music producer; Jussie Smollett, actor; Ashanti, recording artist; Marsha Ambrosius, recording artist; and MC Lyte, recording artist. It also includes interviews with: Rasheem Phinisee, founder of Assiah’s Liver Fund; Jasmine Wheeler of Chicago; Lindsay Knolley of Houston; Janice Morris of Helping Hands Outreach; and Clara Rudisill of South Carolina. Host: Andre Moreau