Oprah Winfrey has been added to Essence Festival’s Empowerment Experience, scheduled to take place in New Orleans this weekend, The Advocate reports. The event will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where Winfrey is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m Saturday. Admission to the event is free.
“Oprah’s message of inspiration is universal and, through her life’s work, she has influenced women and girls across the globe,” Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca said in a statement, according to The Advocate. “We are delighted that Iyanla Vanzant graciously invited Oprah to the Essence Festival as a special gift for the fans, so we are welcoming our passionate community to join us for an absolutely extraordinary experience not to be missed.”