Sunday, first-served “Junetith: World Celebration for Independence,”
Will take place at the Hollywood Bowl, will air on CNN.
The event commemorates the release of slaves in the United States and aims to inform viewers about the federal holiday that President Biden signed into law last year.
Performers include Chaka Khan, Khalid, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jane Iko, Killer Mike, Lucky Day, Mary Mary, Ne-Yo, Michelle Williams. Will be. , Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper, The Roots and Bell Biv DeVoe. The Re-Collective Orchestra, 68-Piece All-Black Symphony Orchestra, will also perform.
Academy Award winning director Questlov
And Adam Blackstone is working as the music director of the show.
What to expect
The show is produced by Shawn Gee, producer of Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Gee spoke to CNN in an interview on Thursday and explained how the show came to be.
“CNN and Live Nation held a big event called ‘NYC Homecoming Concert’ and that event built the relationship between the companies, and so CNN came back and said we want to do something around the juniper – big and bright and loud. Nation Urban really focuses on black culture, so when the company got the call, they showed me the CNN team and they said if you want to do something big, you have to do it with Shawn. “
As for location? “Also I got a call from the Hollywood Bowl a year ago and we couldn’t do it because of the short time but I was able to marry two ideas.”
The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes.
“We chose a group of artists who represent different genres,” explained Gee. “It’s not just the music, it’s the narrative. We’re introducing the different people who were at the center of this federal holiday. The third thing is we’re going to make sure people know the fight isn’t over.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will also give you a special comment if you tune in. Notable performers include Debbie Allen, Team USA gymnast Jordan Chile, actors Michael Eli, Gabori Sidibe and Kendrick Sampson, comedians Leslie Jones and Lil Rail Howory and ABC’s “Black-Ish” stars Dion Cole, Marcy Martin and Miles Brown.
How to see
The evening begins with a pre-show hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon at 7 pm ET, followed by a concert at 8 pm ET. The show will air on CNN and will be streamed live for Pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNNgo where available.