Fox Soul will stream the “Juneteenth Honors” this weekend, celebrating the achievements of prominent African Americans as well as June 19th becoming a national holiday.
Honorees include the NAACP; Grammy-winning singer Maxwell; Power actor Omari Hardwick; rapper and entrepreneur Big Sean; Vista Equity Partners CEO and philanthropist Robert F. Smith; Urban One founder Cathy Hughes; hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh; and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty who is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
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The show, organized in partnership with the Juneteenth Foundation, will feature performances by T.I., Rick Ross, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Shevonne and Domani.
“This is going to be one of the most special Juneteenth celebrations ever,” said Laquan Austion, CEO of the Juneteenth Foundation. “The musical talent and honorees are phenomenal cultural trailblazers and influencers who truly embody the culture of freedom!”
Co-hosted by Terrence J and MC Lyte, the celebration will take place at the Warner Theater in Washington DC.
“When Fox Soul launched two years ago we promised to give a voice to African-American audiences globally, and the Juneteenth Honors will do just that by recognizing and honoring the accomplishments, stories and freedom of the Black community in a celebration that is set to entertain, educate and inspire,” added James DuBose, Fox Soul’s general manager and head of programming.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Texas learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, two and a half years after it had been signed. The news marked the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
The “Juneteenth Honors” stream Sunday, June 19 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT on Fox Soul.