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“Diary of my first Essence Fest: How 4 days in New Orleans changed me forever,” writes #myMCNY Media Management alumna Shakirah Gittens, MBA’15. Fresh off of a bout with COVID, theGrio‘s Shakirah Gittens braved her first-ever Essence Fest—and found healing she could’ve never expected.
Floating down the Mississippi River in one of New Orleans’ legendary steamboats, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. I had come to my first Essence Fest for work, but the “festival of culture” had turned out to be much more than that. The trip turned out to be much more than I could ever have expected, period.
Read more about the social media influencer and her experience at Essence Festival on July 9th’s theGrio.com.
When asked about her experience at Metropolitan College of New York, Shakirah shared, “Getting my MBA at MCNY was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It enhanced my media career and helped me think in ways my peers don’t. I now have an edge!”