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Inside Hollywood’s Juneteenth Celebrations With The Roots, Billy Porter and More

Sunday marks the 157th anniversary of Black American Independence Day, commonly known as Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the date of 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans, that the Civil War was over and they were free – two months later by Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, in honor of the holiday and “the battle still to be fought,” Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment teamed up to produce Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom, A live event held at the world famous Hollywood Bowl. The event will air live on CNN at 8 p.m. ET and will feature a diverse lineup of thoughtful, influential and essential black artists, giving viewers an unforgettable celebration of black culture and the excellence brought to life by and driven by black creators. Will try

Collins spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier ahead of Sunday’s festivities and shared some insight into an “unbelievable night of music and storytelling” and the preparation that went into it.

“Anything that starts with Questlove, Robert Glasper, Adam Blackstone, the first all-black orchestra to come together at the Hollywood Bowl, you know it’s going to be historic,” declared Collins. “Juneteen is a very important holiday, which I think the nation is just starting to wrap its head around and really understand what it is. So, the best way to attract people is, obviously, great with music.”

Great music is an understatement. The cast included Anthony Hamilton, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jayne Ecko, Killer Mike, Lucky Day, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, Questlove, Robert Glasper, The Roots, The Roots Huh. Re-Collective Orchestra (a 68-piece all-black symphony orchestra) and more.

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When ET spoke with Porter at the 75th Annual Tony Awards, the actor teased that he was part of a “big production number” but didn’t want to spoil the performance.

“I’ll be singing my solo, so I’m really excited to show the world that side of me that doesn’t know I do,” he said. “If you haven’t seen me on Broadway, you might not know that I’m a singer and dancer, so I’m excited.”

As Collins noted, an all-black orchestra performs on stage for the first time in the 100-year history of the Hollywood Bowl. Hollywood Bowl principal conductors Thomas Wilkins and Derrick Hodge will conduct, while Adam Blackstone and Questlove will serve as the evening’s music directors.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone to understand and celebrate this important holiday,” the industry veteran said, noting that there was a lot of “heavy pull” to bring everyone together, but that the show was in line with his approach. -Also represents Live Nation Urban. President Sean Gee and Dion Harmon.

,[But the challenges are great because] People are there because they want the message to get out, they want to tell the story and they want to be part of the moment.” I’m pushing a record’ or ‘I need to watch TV’ or all those things. …everyone is there because we want to be there for Juntin. We want to tell the story. We know that CNN is going to be a great platform for this and there’s that kind of enthusiasm and energy behind it.”

Collins revealed that another essential element of the show is the storytelling, which will be accompanied by music. It was decided to approach the program from a pedagogical point of view.

“Not everyone knows the history of Juneteenth, so we have some amazing documentary packages that will flow all night to tell [viewers] story and help [them] understand why we celebrate it,” he explained. “Obviously there’s a big audience that’s going to get it and know what it is, but we also know that there are people out there who are totally Not sure what Juneteenth is and we want everyone to be not only entertained but also educated on the holiday.”

Producers said they expected the show to become a main event after Sunday, noting that it “should.”

“It’s part of American history, it’s a celebratory moment, it’s a moment where the country turned the page on something that was terrifying, and so it should be celebrated,” he said. “Everyone should celebrate this moment.”

tickets for Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom currently available online Hollywood Bowl.com, The event will air live on CNN on Sunday, June 19 at 8 pm.

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