For those of us who missed this year’s Essence Festival (or just want to relive the event), Queen Latifah, Monica, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary J. Blige, Niecy Nash, Dee Rees and Kristi Henderson hit the Essence Empowerment Stage to speak about #BlackGirlMagic and the strength of a woman and the advice they would give to their 15-year-old self.

Press play and let these queens inspire you!