This 12 months, for the primary time ever, all 50 states will acknowledge Juneteenth (June 19) as a federal vacation.
To honor Black historical past, freedom, and achievement on the day that commemorates the second in 1865 when Texas slaves discovered two-and-a-half years late that they have been free — thus bringing about an official finish to slavery in the US — WORLD Channel have put collectively a curated playlist of 19 documentary titles that heart the tales of Black individuals and American heroes of African descent.
Chris Hastings, exec producer/managing editor of WORLD Channel expressed hope that “our curated choices assist viewers keep in mind the previous whereas envisioning the promise of the long run,” per a press launch.
The titles highlighted within the viewing information embody Ashley O’Shay’s 2020 doc “Unapologetic,” which follows two younger Black queer ladies, Janaé and Bella, and takes place over the course of 4 years, reflecting on campaigns to deal with the police killings of Rekia Boyd in 2012 and Laquan McDonald in 2014.
Different highlights embody “Goin’ Again To T-City,” written by Carmen Fields, and director Yoruba Richen’s “How It Feels To Be Free.” The previous tells the story of the affluent city of Greenwood, a Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was subjected to one of many worst racially-motivated massacres within the nation’s historical past. The latter is a recent have a look at racism within the leisure business informed from the point of view of Nina Simone, Pam Grier, and different iconic Black feminine entertainers.
In the meantime, the brief “On All Fronts,” directed by Joua Lee Grande, affords perception into the experiences of a biracial household impacted by the anti-Black and anti-Asian violence of 2020-21, and the way they navigated tough conversations round racial reckoning.
To view the total checklist and to search out details about how one can watch the movies, view WORLD Channel’s 19 Movies to Watch to Rejoice Juneteenth right here.
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