Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
Published 9:49 p.m. ET June 18, 2020 | Updated 6:45 p.m. ET June 19, 2020
Ariana Grande, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon and other entertainers have joined protests across the country over the death of George Floyd.
Juneteenth is Friday, and there are plenty of television specials to help Americans celebrate.
Juneteenth honors the anniversary of the day enslaved people in Texas were read the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed emancipation into law. Today, 47 states and Washington, D.C., recognize Juneteenth as either a state or ceremonial holiday.
This year, the annual celebration of freedom comes in the midst of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd.
Juneteenth is often celebrated with community and family gatherings, but for those looking to celebrate indoors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, don’t worry: TV’s got you covered.
From heartwarming sitcom episodes to somber documentaries, here’s how television is honoring the day:
- “Atlanta” marathon (FX, FXX, FXM, 8 EDT/PDT): Eight episodes of this series, about two men trying to make their way through the Atlanta rap scene, will air back-to-back, including an episode about Juneteenth.
- “Black-ish” marathon (FX, FXX, FXM, 1 EDT/PDT): This sitcom follows a Black family living in a predominately white neighborhood. The three networks will air 14 back-to-back episodes, including one about Juneteenth.
- “Get Out” (FX, FXX, FXM, 12:47 a.m. and 3:17 a.m.): A Black man meets his white girlfriend’s family for the first time in this 2017 horror film from director Jordan Peele.
- “Hidden Figures” (FX, FXX, FXM, 7 a.m. EDT/PDT): This 2016 biographical drama, directed by Theodore Melfi, tells the story of three brilliant Black women working at NASA in the 1960s.
- “Selma” (FX, FXX, FXM, 10 am EDT/PDT): Directed by Ava DuVernay, this 2014 historical drama depicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
- “Watchmen” series marathon (HBO, HBO Latino, 1 EDT/PDT): Set in an alternate history, this miniseries about masked vigilantes explores systemic racism in America. In addition to airing back-to-back on HBO and HBO Latino, all nine episodes will be free to stream on HBO.com and Free On Demand Friday through Sunday.
- “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch, June 19 and June 21): The talk show hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith will debut a Juneteenth episode with activists Angela Davis and Tamika Mallory.
- “The Banker” (92y.org, civilrightsmuseum.org, 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT): Based on real events, this film centers on businessmen Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris as they fight for fair housing and lending laws. A virtual conversation with executive producer and star Anthony Mackie, star Nia Long and Noelle Trent of the National Civil Rights Museum will stream along with the film. Additionally, “The Banker” is available to stream for free on the Apple TV app now through June 30.
- “Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Spectacular” (AMC, 10 EDT/PDT): The comedy series returns with a one-hour special of sketches, A-list guest stars and original music. It will also air on IFC on Friday at 11 EDT.
- “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming” (ABC, NatGeo, 8 EDT/PDT): ABC anchors commemorate the holiday and examine its symbolism in the Black community.
- CBS News (CBS): CBS News will cover the history and significance of Juneteenth on various programs including “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. EDT and “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell” at 6:30 EDT.
- “Juneteenth Freedom Day Marathon” (BET): Starting at 7 a.m. EDT, BET kicks off an all-day marathon of Juneteenth content, including social-justice themed episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Martin” and “The Parkers,” as well as the films “Marshall,” “Race,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Selma.” The marathon also includes messages of empowerment from leading Black voices.
- “Dark Girls” (OWN, 3 EDT/PDT): This 2011 documentary explores the struggles dark-skinned women face around the world, including classism, racism and lack of self-esteem.
- “Light Girls” (OWN, 4:30 EDT/PDT): This 2015 documentary examines the advantages and disadvantages of being a light-skinned woman and touches on topics like bullying, skin-bleaching and social media. It also features several celebrities who speak about their experiences growing up Black, but light-skinned.
- “Oprah & Lupita Nyong’o on Colorism” (OWN, 6:30 EDT/PDT): Winfrey and Nyong’o discuss colorism in Hollywood, with the Oscar-winning actress reflecting on her career.
- “OWN: Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? (Parts One and Two)” (OWN, 9 EDT/PDT): Several featured guests, including politician Stacey Abrams, director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, tackle big questions facing Americans.
- “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved the Way” (OWN, 7:30 EDT/PDT): Winfrey hosts a weekend-long gala of events celebrating the 2014 film “Selma.”
- “Losing Ground” (VICE TV, 10 EDT/PDT): VICE News investigates the struggles many Black land owners face in the Southern United States.
- “Say Her Name” (VICE TV, 10:30 EDT/PDT): This VICE News special tells the story of Breonna Taylor, including an interview with Taylor’s mother and a report on the status of the officers who killed her.
- “Black Market With Michael K. Williams” (VICE TV, 5 EDT/PDT): This docu-series explores the lives of those working in the underworld economy.
- “Last Chance High” (VICE TV, 10 a.m. EDT/PDT): This docu-series spotlights staff at Chicago’s last therapeutic academy trying to keep students in school and off the streets.
- “The Therapist” (VICE TV, 8 a.m. EDT/PDT): Siri Sat Nam helps recording artists Chief Keef, Young M.A, Dej Loaf and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy process fear and trauma with meditation and self-discovery.
- “Most Expensivest” (VICE TV, 2 EDT/PDT): Rapper 2 Chainz looks at extravagantly priced versions of everyday items in a reality show about the culture of excess.
Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Hannah Yasharoff
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