TV ONE Debuts Special From Essence Music Festival


TV One Night Only: Live From The Essence Music Festival, a two-hour musical extravaganza featuring the best performances from the country’s largest annual gathering celebrating African-American music and culture, will premiere on TV One Sunday, August 30 at 8 PM ET, repeating at 11 PM ET.

This marks only the second time in its 15-year-history that ESSENCE has made its Festival performances available for television broadcast – and the first time on cable. Hosted by actress, writer and TV host Cynthia Garrett, TV One Night Only: Live From The Essence Music Festival captures exhilarating performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment that occurred over three nights on the Festival’s main stage.

Performing artists include Beyonce, Anita Baker, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Al Greene, Ne-Yo, Teena Marie, En Vogue, Charlie Wilson, Salt N Pepa, and Jazmine Sullivan.

TV One ( was the exclusive broadcast network of the 2009 Essence Music Festival, which featured the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, artists, authors and leaders. The 2009 Essence Music Festival July 3-6 broke all attendance records, with an attendance of more than 420,000.

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“ESSENCE is pleased to partner with TV One for what promises to be a very exciting and original television event pegged to the 15th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “This entertaining and inspiring special will* *take the Festival experience straight from New Orleans right into the living rooms of fans all over the country.”

“Michelle Ebanks, Angela Burt-Murray and their *Essence* team have created an amazing cultural event in the Essence Music Festival, and we are excited to bring our viewers a taste of the experience, with a front-row seat to the most incredible music concert they could ever imagine,” said TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One ( ) serves more than 47.7 million households (Nielsen August 2009 estimate), offering a broad range of entertainment, reality and lifestyle -oriented original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers. TV One’s investors include Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; ], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA and CMCSK;], the leading cable television company in the country; The DirecTV Group; Constellation Ventures; Syndicated Communications; and Opportunity Capital Partners.

About Essence Communications Inc.

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the leading media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online, the Essence brand is “Where Black Women Come First.” The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, Window on Our Women (WOW I, II & III) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 39 years, ESSENCE magazine, which has a readership of 8.1 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.

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