With Christmas fast approaching, many people can already hear the sound of sleigh bells ringing in the distance. To add a sprinkle of true “Black joy” to the season, ESSENCE has announced that their holiday special will air on Black Friday, November 24, 2023.


In an Instagram announcement, the publication shared that they are “excited to deliver authentic Black joy to your screens this season with our 2023 ESSENCE Holiday Special, presented by Target.”

The special will feature performances, by diverse artists, spanning various genres of the Hip-Hop evolution. Among those lending their talents to the night is Heiress Harris, daughter of rapper T.I and Tiny Harris.

The seven-year-old will lead the Essence children’s choir in song on stage for the night. And of course, her mother, Grammy award-winning, Tiny Harris, is nothing less than excited and proud of her rising star.

“I’m so excited to be able to announce my baby @heiressdharris was invited to lead the Children’s choir for @essence man I was so damn proud watching her,” Tiny Harris excitedly posted on Instagram.

The former member of the 1990s multi-platinum R&B group Xscape continued, “This show has many great artist singing us into my favorite holiday!! Check out my lil professional. ”

Adding to the star-studded affair, Reginae Carter, the twenty-four-year-old daughter of Lil Wayne, will co-host the event alongside Big Tigger.

The roster of celebrity performances extends beyond Heiress and Carter, featuring artists such as Tamar Braxton, Tyrese, Jacquees, gospel sensation Kim Burrell, and Soca superstar Kes, among others.

The 2023 ESSENCE Holiday Special will be presented by Target. As mentioned, the special will air on Black Friday, November 24, 2023. Make sure to set your reminder for 8:00 PM EST. The special will not be televised on regular stations. To view this holiday special, make sure to tune-in to ESSENCE.com

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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