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Alicia Keys Tapped for Essence Festival “Year of Empowerment”


AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys will help the pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by participating in Essence Festival’s Year of Empowerment, which takes place July 3 through July 6 in New Orleans, LA.

Organizers announced the singer has been tapped to speak at a free workshop series called Empower U, which will feature a panel of celebrities — ranging from Yolanda Adams to Steve Harvey — discussing community initiatives and forums. Alicia will discuss black women and HIV/AIDS.

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The upcoming event is just one of many free workshops that are designed to improve the day-to-day lives of women and families. For more information, visit

As previously reported, the Essence Festival will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The event’s 20th anniversary celebration will include headlining performances from Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, LedisiCharlie Wilson, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton and The Roots.

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