Juneteenth 2022: what to watch on television, streaming platforms this weekend

Here are programs celebrating the holiday with musical performances, by revisiting history and highlighting Black culture.

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Pharrell Williams is hosting Something in the Water, a three-day Juneteenth music festival in Washington, D.C., streaming on Amazon Prime and Twitch.

Pharrell Williams is hosting Something in the Water, a three-day Juneteenth music festival in Washington, D.C., streaming on Amazon Prime and Twitch.

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Celebrating alongside Juneteenth festivities around the nation, networks and streaming platforms are offering television specials, a music festival and a Netflix film to commemorate Sunday’s holiday.

June 19, known as Juneteenth, became a federal holiday only last year. It marks the date the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, became aware of the freeing of the enslaved in secessionist states by the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863.

Juneteenth was mainly celebrated in Texas, but has taken on greater national significance following the renewed racial reckonings in the summer of 2020.

Here are programs celebrating the holiday with musical performances, by revisiting history and highlighting Black culture.

‘Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration’

ABC, Friday at 7 p.m.; streaming on Hulu

Country artist Jimmie Allen hosts the hourlong special celebrating Black artists’ contributions to music. The program features performances from Patti LaBelle, Jon Batiste and Marvin Sapp and interviews with Lizzo, Ciara and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m.

Williams’ three-day Juneteenth music festival in Washington, D.C., follows his efforts to get the holiday recognized nationally and as a paid holiday in his home state of Virginia. This year’s artists include Pharrell & Phriends, 21 Savage, Anderson .Paak, Calvin Harris, Chloe X Halle, Dave Matthews Band, J Balvin, Jon Batiste, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Tyler The Creator, Usher and several more.

If you’d like to celebrate with even more tracks, Apple Music curated “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs,” for the holiday with music by Alex Isley, Brittney Spencer, Bun B, Lupe Fiasco and more for streaming on the platform.

‘Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom’

CNN, Sunday at 7 p.m.

The concert special will feature several stars, including Yolanda Adams; Billy Porter; Earth, Wind & Fire; Jhené Aiko; Killer Mike; Mary Mary, Michelle Williams; Mickey Guyton; The Roots and more. A pre-show hosted by the network’s Don Lemon begins at 7.

‘The Power of Juneteenth’

BET, Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

The half-hour special spotlights the cuisine, songs, and importance of June 19.

‘The Recipe: Juneteenth’

BET, Sunday at noon

Famous faces celebrate the holiday while feasting on BBQ and listening to soulful musical performances.

‘Omitted: The Black Cowboy’

ESPN2, Sunday at 1 p.m.

The special shines a light on the commonly ignored history of Black cowboys like, Bill Pickett, the first to be made a member of the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

‘Civil: Ben Crump’

Netflix, Sunday

Although the Netflix documentary has no explicit ties to Juneteenth, it’s centered on attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Ahmaud Arbery. “Civil,” directed by Nadia Hallgren (“Becoming”), captures Crump’s pursuit of civil cases for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Andre Hill.

‘A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson’

Streaming now on Ancestry.com/BlackHistory; Sunday on Paramount+ and Pluto TV

The descendants of the enslaved Hawkins Wilson unite and learn about their lineage and history in the documentary featuring Anthony Anderson.

WORLD Channel

The multiplatform channel honors the Juneteenth holiday all month with a selection of documentaries and series episodes from programs such as “America ReFramed” (with American Documentary (AmDoc); “Local, USA;” “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” (with Black Public Media) and “Stories from the Stage,” “American Experience,” “American Masters,” “Independent Lens,” “POV” and “Reel South,’ all showcased in a curated playlist that centers the stories of Black people and American heroes of African descent, stories that mark the promise of the freed slaves. Visit WorldChannel.org for complete listings information. For all available Juneteenth films, check out the 19 Films to Watch to Celebrate Juneteenth streaming guide.

Contributing: Chelsey Cox

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