Scenes from the Coke Booth: EssenceFest 2015

By Zondra Hughes

Scenes from the Coca-Cola Booth: ESSENCE Festival 2015®

     The Coca-Cola Company provided promotional consideration for my participation in this

ESSENCE® Festival 2015, sponsored by Coca-Cola– a celebration of music, food, fun and womanhood took place over July 4th weekend in New Orleans.

As a social media representative for Coca-Cola, I am honored to bring you the sights and sounds of the Coca-Cola booth.

Day Parties with Celebrity DJ’s

Celebrity DJ Biz Markie kicked off an old-school vs. new school indoor block party. Biz spun the jams of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and added a few contemporary hits to keep the party going.

It’s never too early to get a dance party started, and DJ Mannie Fresh knew it. The Coke booth crowd spontaneously caught dance fever—even those too young to remember some of the old school hits.

Tasty Cooking Demos

June Ambrose, fashion stylist to the stars, is known to bring the hottest looks to Hollywood. But who knew that June was equally talented in the kitchen?  “Put colorful vegetables in your food,” June advised. “If it looks good, they’ll want to eat it.”

Chef Huda had an interesting twist on the traditional jambalaya by using turkey sausage. She also said she uses Coca-Cola in her BBQ sauce to give it an extra kick!


The beautiful Toya Wright stopped by the Coke booth to participate in some exciting Coca-Cola giveaways.


Steve Harvey’s Sage Advice

Perhaps the most riveting moment at the Coke Booth was the frank conversation Steve Harvey had with the crowd.

“It’s time to live in your imagination,” Steve Harvey advised. “If you can imagine it, you can do it.”  Harvey continued: “Everything you have today came from your imagination. That dress you got on; you saw it on a rack somewhere. When you held it up to you on a hanger, you imagined how it would look on you. That’s the one you got. Your hairstyle that’s on your head, you imagined the color, the streaks, the style, and that’s the hairstyle you got. That apartment you stay in, you went to the realtor, she walked you around your apartment, and you imagined your furniture in that apartment and you signed the lease. That’s the apartment you got. The car you’re driving, the one you bought, you imagined yourself driving that car and it’s the one you got…This is how it goes, if it works that way, it must work that way all the time. If you want a bigger house, imagine the bigger house, and that’s the one you’re going to have.”

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Zondra Hughes is the creator of Six Brown Chicks; connect with her on twitter @ZondraHughes 


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