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Essence Music Festival Will Give More than Music This Year

EMF will hold its first African American Education Seminar.

By Elzena Rankins
Sentinel Intern

This year's Essence Music Festival (EMF) will not only be the best ever but will go down in history. EMF is known for its star studded performances including headliners: Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Janet Jackson and more. In addition, every year the EMF focuses on community issues, providing a series of free seminars. However this year, the 16th annual EMF will mark its first ever African American Education Seminar. The seminar will feature some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation's most influential speakers, artist, authors and leaders.

In addition, commitment to help eliminate the scholastic deficit that grips the country, the seminar will focus on the issues that plague the community and will also equip attendees with tools to empower parents, educators and students.

In addition to the EMF and seminar on April 29, Essence News Editor, Wendy Wilson and CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry held a telephone Q&A round table interview reassuring that this is a serious matter.

The summit will be held in relation to the EMF on Saturday, July 3.

Wilson explained how this seminar will be different because not only will they be addressing the issues, they will be giving the tools needed in order to execute and help eliminate the problems. Addressing the issues on the panel will include: Dr. Bill Cosby, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Steve Perry, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marc Morial and many more.

The summit is to empower parents, motivate students, close the gap and fulfill the dream.

Perry and Wilson suggested that not only should everyone come out to the free seminar but they should come prepared with questions and strategies to fix the issues.

Perry, who facilitated the Q&A interview along side Wilson, stressed how important this seminar was and how we as African Americans need to love Education more.

Questions were asked from, how, what, when and why and Perry and Wilson did a great job answering and giving feedback.  However Perry and Wilson encourage all that will be attending the EMF and seminar to come prepared to ask questions and address your concerns. Although this is the first African American Education Summit, Wilson reassured that it will not be the last.

Perry expressed that this is a big deal, and that we need to come together in order to fix the problem. He stressed we need to shine light on the positive and negative. Perry talked about how there are schools in the Los Angeles district that actually need to be shutdown, because the graduation drop out is over 50 percent. He expressed that enough is enough and action needs to be taken.

For more information go to: essencemusicfestival.com

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