ESSENCE Fest 2017 kicked off with a multitude of festivities in New Orleans, including an ESSENCE Day of Service, sponsored by Wal-Mart. Essence Festival, presented by Coca-Cola, partnered with New Orleans native Master P. and former NBA player Robert Pack, the founders of Team Hope NOLA, to give back to the citizens of New Orleans!

-Correspondent: Casey Ferrand
-Photographer/Editor: Christopher Breault