What an incredible 1st day of the 2014 Essence Festival!! My sis and I arrived at the convention center and rushed to get my media credentials which was definitely the highlight of the day. It confirmed that It’s RobinLori is a legitimate media outlet covering this AMAZING festival. 🙂
There was no big agenda for me on Thursday (only to get my passes). We got in around 1:30, had a delicious “healthy” meal and spent a wonderful afternoon at the Family Day kickoff event at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. I really enjoyed this free day of food, activities and entertainment. My sis and I LOVE gospel music so we made our way to the VIP tent and waited for Erica Campbell (who by the way looked AMAZING) to perform. The space was perfect with plush lounging, complimentary cocktails and very important people including the President of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks! So nice to meet this media queen 🙂
I met so many people but also ran into a lot of familiar faces (VIPs) from my hometown (ATL) including Nick Nelson, CMO of Liquid Soul and ULGA Chairman!
So good to see our family friend Otis BirdSong, NBA Legend!! He was hosting the fun basketball competitions like the 3 pointer in 3 minutes and slam dunk. It was pretty cool to watch!
AMAZING meeting one of my favorite Stylist Goo Goo! Wish she could’ve put something together for me that day. Boy, I was hot & sweaty with NO earrings! LOL
Very nice meeting grammy-nominated, Ethiopian singer & songwriter Wayna! Her band members were so fun and delightful 🙂
My sis and I did a little sight seeing & shopping for the kids. By the time I made it back to the hotel… my feet hit the shower and finally the BED! Hope you enjoy all of my instagram/iPhone pics. Today will be a full day of WORK (but fun) covering the expos, concert at the Superdome and more! Stay tuned with @ItsRobinLori!!