#summerofOWN the place to be at Essence Fest 2019

By Orlena Nwokah Blanchard
In July 7, 2019

Deemed the ‘best event of the weekend’, last night was by far one of the dopest Essence Fest moments to date. Who wouldn’t want to go from rubbing shoulders with Ava Duvernay, Gayle King, and the cast of OWN’s fabulous shows to watching Ms. King interview Michelle Obama in front of a crowd of 40,000???

We are super proud to have co-produced a fabulous event, the Summer of OWN reception, sponsored by Dove. A perfect pairing, with our Dove client front and center with Tina Perry, the President of OWN, Gayle King, Co-host CBS Morning and Editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine, Ava Duvernay, and the casts of multiple OWN shows including the Queen Sugar Cast: Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley, Tina Lifford, Omar Dorsey, Nicholas L. Ashe, and Bianca Lawson; the stars of Greenleaf  Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge. Now ya’ll know we were giddy to see the Ambitions Cast Robin Givens, Essence Atkins, Brian J. White, Kendrick Cross, Erica Page and Brely Evans. Brely became fast friends with JOY and is supporting the CROWN Act given she was rockin’ those locs in the latest episode (sneak peek on owntv.com). We also had the pleasure of meeting the star of David Makes Mann Akili McDowell, a new show coming in August from the award winning creator of moonlight Tarell Alvin McCraney. The house was packed with stars and special guests including three members of  The Exonerated 5: Korey Wise, Dr. Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana as well as Sheinelle Jones of NBC, and Tina Braxton from Braxton Family Values. Oh and last but not least, California Senator Holly J. Mitchell and her team responsible for The CROWN Act were also in the house!

Then we all headed to the Superdome where OUR forever first lady did her thing and Gayle King was Gayle King in all her fabulousness and BFF of OW style.

Dope night and all JOY:) !

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