Juneteenth Programming Lineup: ‘Black Panther’ & ‘Just Mercy, HBO’s ‘Watchmen’, Apple’s ‘The Banker’, FX’s Atlanta’, ‘Selma’ & More
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UPDATED with more networks: Several broadcast and cable networks are reminiscent of June 19 by offering special programs to celebrate the holiday that traditionally marks the end of slavery in the United States.
The holiday is also recognized by a growing number of media and entertainment companies that are closing their US offices for the day.
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Below is a list of the networks offered. Keep checking back as we continue to update it.
TBS / TNT / TRU TV
The WarnerMedia sibling networks make a "roadblock" - with all three broadcasting the same program at the same time - for the Disney / Marvel feature Black Panther (2018) and Warner Bros Just Mercy (2019). The films will be broadcast consecutively from 7 p.m. with limited commercial interruption. ET / 4 p.m. PT. Host Anthony Anderson is accompanied by guests to talk about the personal impact of these films on their lives and culture. These include Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, on which Just Mercy is based; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA; and W. Kamau Bell from CNN.
The premium network offers all nine episodes of the first season of Watchmen from Friday to Sunday free of charge on HBO.com and on request, and highlights programs dedicated to black experiences and voices. The series, which emerged from Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel that examines the legacy of systemic racism in America, will also air on Friday from 1:00 p.m. ET / PT as a marathon on HBO and HBO Latino. Other titles that will be available from Friday: As Serena, Bessie, Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, United Skates, Jerrod Carmicheals Home Videos, Lil 'Rel Live In Crenshaw, The Apollo and selected episodes from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The Shop, Treme and True Detective. Titles currently available for free on HBO.com include Baltimore Rising, Wyatt Cenac's problem areas, Notes from the Field, King in the Wild, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, 4 Little Girls, We Are The Dream, Random Nudes Of The Fly, Unsure, Baller, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Betty, Euphoria, The Wire And We're Here.
The National Civil Rights Museum and 92nd Street Y have teamed up to hold a round table discussion about Apple's The Banker and the film's empowering themes for positive social change. The executive producer and star of Banker, Anthony Mackie, Star Nia Long and Dr. Noelle Trent, director of interpretation, collections, and education at the National Civil Rights Museum, will take part in the virtual conversation, which can be streamed free of charge from noon PT / 3 p.m. ET at 92y.org and Civilrightsmuseum.org.
In addition, The Banker can be streamed free of charge from June 18-30, along with Apple's original documentaries “Dear…” and a curated selection of inspiring films and TV shows in the Apple TV app.
FX Networks will simulate a series of feature films and TV episodes on FX, FXX and FXM from 7 a.m. ET / PT with the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures and Marathons from Black-ish and Atlanta, both episodes entitled "Juneteenth. ”The lineup: 7 am: Hidden figures; 10 a.m.: Selma; 1.00 p.m .: Black-ish marathon (14 episodes); 8 p.m .: Atlanta marathon (eight episodes); Saturday, 12:47 p.m .: Out.
The ViacomCBS cable network will launch a “Juneteenth Freedom Day Marathon” with a series of films (including the network premiere of Oscar-nominated Selma), series and music videos as part of its Content For Change initiative at 7:00 am ET / PT. together with interstitials with Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Corey Booker, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chloe x Halle, TIP 'TI' Harris, Sinqua Walls, Poses Indya Moore and MJ Rodriguez, YG, Naturi Naughton, Loni Love, Derrick Johnson, NAACP President, Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and others who will be available on BET's linear, digital, and social platforms. The BET schedule: 7pm - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, The Parkers; Noon: Marshall; 3 p.m .: race; 6 p.m .: Do the right thing; 9 p.m .: Selma. Additional content on social justice, including Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin story, will be available on BET +.
CBS will be watching Juneteenth with special interviews and features starting with CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. James Brown, a special correspondent for CBS News, tells the story of Juneteenth and the urge of Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to make it a national holiday. and Omar Villafranca take a close look at the 1921 Tulsa massacre. In the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell at 6:30 p.m. ET, correspondent Jericka Duncan examines how local communities and private companies across the country are moving to to remember that day. On 60-minute Sunday, correspondent Lesley Stahl talks to Minneapolis Police Department head Medaria Arradondo about race, racism, and the impact of George Floyd's death on the future of his department. It will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET / PT. CBSN, the free 24/7 streaming news service from CBS News, reports all day and weekend events in the United States.
Starting today, Starz is providing a subscription-free collection of films, documentaries, and series dealing with issues of racial inequality and injustice in America. The titles are America To Me; A story by Huey P. Newton; Emanuel; For Ahkeem; Out of Omaha; Scandalize my name; Alien fruit and the rape of Recy Taylor. All will be available on Starz platforms, APP & linear until Monday before the Paywall.
AMC / IFC
IFC's Sherman's Showcase's one-hour Black History Month Spectacular will air at 10 p.m. ET / PT on AMC and 11pm ET / PT on IFC with guest stars such as John Legend, Michael Ealy, Questlove, Terrence J., Jemele Hill, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Mario Van Peebles, Bresha Webb and others. Helping shape, in the leading role and as executive of Diallo Riddle.
The network will simulate ABC News' primetime special Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming, focusing on the symbolism of the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in America. It will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET / PT.
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
A board with special encore broadcasts starts at 3 p.m. ET / PT with the original documentary Dark Girls, followed by Light Girls at 4:30 p.m., Oprah & Lupita Nyong'o on colorism at 6:30 p.m., Oprah Winfrey presents: Legends Who Paved the Way at 7:30 p.m. The lineup ends with a new broadcast of Winfrey's OWN: Spotlight: Where do we go from here? (Part 1) at 9 p.m. and OWN limelight: Where are we going from here? (Part Two) at 10 p.m. The two-part special was broadcast worldwide on June 9-10 on OWN and 18 other discovery networks and attracted a total of 11 million viewers in the United States alone.
NBC NEWS / PEACOCK
Can you hear us now ?: June 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET, led by Trymaine Lee of MSNBC, will have a virtual discussion today on how to be black in America. It is streamed on NBC News NOW, NBCNews.com, Peacock and on NBC News' Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
Vice News' Losing Ground with Vice News correspondent Alzo Slade leads viewers to the southern United States to investigate the vulnerability many Blackland owners face when trying to keep their part of the American dream alive. It will be broadcast at 10 p.m. ET / PT. Vice News will release Special Say Her Name, the story of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT who was shot without a knock during a search warrant, at 10:30 p.m. ET / PT. The Black Market series with actor Michael K. Williams, which gives an insight into the lives of people who work in underworld economies, will air at 5 p.m. ET / PT. Last Chance High, which illuminates employees who have difficulty keeping students away from school and off the street in Chicago's last therapeutic academy, will air at 10 a.m.CET. Hit recording artists Chief Keef, Young M.A., Dej Loaf and Mobb Deeps Prodigy also sit down at 8 a.m. ET / PT with Dr. Siri Sat Nam on The Therapist together. And Most Expensivest will air with the Grammy-winning rapper 2 Chainz at 2 p.m. ET / PT.
NAACP and Revolt TV will host a special virtual Juneteenth Black Family Reunion and a virtual Juneteenth City Hall at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. Repeat PT and two hours later. The afternoon will mark the end of slavery in the United States with music, moments, and discussions about the growing awareness of racial differences, mobilization, and courageous measures necessary to advance the struggle for social justice and equal opportunities across the country. The Juneteenth Black Family Reunion is moderated by Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner with special messages from Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Maranda Curtis, Captain Kirk Douglas of the Roots and many others.
The Juneteenth cast begins at 12 noon (ET / PT) and includes documentaries on black history that are broadcast chronologically from before the Civil War to Barack Obama's presidency. The full schedule can be found here.
Facebook Watch is hosting a Red Table Talk weekend with two new episodes. Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne "Gammy" Banfield-Jones are headed by legendary civil rights leader Dr. Angela Davis and activist Tamika Mallory accompanied to a special episode of June 19 about the state of emergency in Black America. And on Sunday, June 21st, Jada and Will Smith will be together for a special Father's Day episode. Also today, in part 2 of Steve on Watch's special Juneteenth video, Steve Harvey sits with activist and author Kimberly Jones to discuss her latest viral video, law enforcement today, and how the current protests will continue in the future be interpreted.
VIMEO ON DEMAND
Oge Egbuonu's documentary (In) Visible Portraits, which was originally planned for autumn, will be premiered today on the platform at the same time as the holiday. It illuminates history, dismantles the wrong framework of current reality, celebrates the legacy of exceptional women and arouses hope for the next generation. A PVOD version is planned for next month.
Live Nation Urban and LiveXLive Media, Inc. are working with Color of Change on a 90-minute special, Lift Every Voice: A Juneteenth Special, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. And Bric TV will host a virtual # BHeard Town Hall that examines the state of freedom in black communities on YouTube Live.
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