Juneteenth: A World Celebration for Freedom will air dwell worldwide on CNN on Sunday, June 19 at 8pmET, with pre-show protection starting at 7pmET together with CNN anchor Don Lemon to spotlight African-American advocates, trailblazers and creators. It’s going to stream dwell for pay TV subscribers through CNN.com and CNN OTT and cellular apps below “TV Channels” or CNNgo the place out there.
The “Juneteenth: A World Celebration for Freedom,” produced by creators Shawn Gee of Stay Nation City and Jesse Collins Leisure, will have fun the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth and spotlight the continued battle for equality within the Black neighborhood.
Former First Girl Michelle Obama will ship particular remarks throughout the televised occasion.
Live performance performers will embrace Chaka Khan, Khalid, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Earth, Wind & Fireplace, Killer Mike, Fortunate Daye, Mary Mary, Ne-Yo, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper, The Roots and Bell Biv DeVoe. The Re-Collective Orchestra, a 68-piece all-Black symphony orchestra, may even carry out.
The present may even embrace presenters such director and choreographer Debbie Allen; Crew USA gymnast Jordan Chiles; actors Michael Ealy, Gabourey Sidibe and Kendrick Sampson; comedians Leslie Jones and Lil Rel Howery; and stars from ABC’s Black-ish stars Deon Cole, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown.
CNN anchor Don Lemon will kick off dwell protection of the occasion and honor Black advocates and trailblazers who’re on the entrance strains of the battle for equality.
Whereas commemorating Juneteenth, it is essential to acknowledge that Black Individuals nonetheless face racism, stated Johnita Due, senior vp and chief variety, fairness and inclusion officer for CNN.
“We knew it was essential to our nation and essential to our audiences to make clear the which means and significance of Juneteenth,” Due stated. “And never solely as an historic occasion however actually as a strategy to interact and educate individuals about what nonetheless must occur for all of us to realize freedom and justice.”
Due stated organizers had been intent on showcasing Black excellence and together with a multigenerational listing of performers who would be capable to exhibit their lived Black experiences. The live performance may even honor earlier Juneteenth celebrations and construct upon the traditions to teach individuals around the globe in regards to the significance of the vacation, Due stated.
Gee, president of Stay Nation City, stated the Juneteenth live performance would be the “most essential occasion we have ever produced at Stay Nation City.”
“It is a second to have fun and replicate on Black independence and the Black expertise,” Gee stated. “It is also a second to lift consciousness and shine gentle on the miles we nonetheless must journey to true fairness. We hope to see you there.”