The Essence Festival is called "the party with a purpose" for a reason. The festival, which is taking place this July 4th weekend, is more than your run-of-the-mill music festival because it aims to empower women of color. And the keynote speakers, which include powerful women ranging from Oprah to Tyra Banks, have some pretty inspiring, heartfelt words of advice.
Tyra Banks spoke about having a body type that wasn't embraced by mainstream beauty standards and following her own path.
The entrepreneur and mother of Beyoncé and Solange shared her story of overcoming adversity and pursuing success.
Oprah barely left a dry eye, speaking about the role intention plays in achieving your goals.
Director Ava DuVernay spoke about landing her dream job and her new show, Queen Sugar.
The prima ballerina gave a heartfelt speech about everything she'd learned from working with Prince.
Banks shared her experiences in building her career, from America's Top Model to her new beauty line.
Oprah spoke about the danger of envy and the importance of choosing your own goals.
DuVernay shared some wise words about the importance of self-care.
Oprah also touched on our responsibility to only dish out things we'd like to receive ourselves.
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