UPDATED with more networks: Several broadcast and cable networks are commemorating Juneteenth on Friday by offering special programming to celebrate the holiday, which traditionally marks the end of slavery in the U.S.
The holiday is also being recognized by a growing number of media and entertainment companies who are shuttering their U.S. offices for the day.
Below is a listing of what networks are offering. Keep checking back as we continue to update it.
The WarnerMedia sibling nets are doing a “roadblock” — where all three simulcast the same programming — for the Disney/Marvel feature Black Panther (2018) and Warner Bros Just Mercy (2019). The films will air back to back with limited commercial interruption starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Host Anthony Anderson will be joined by guests to talk about the personal impact these films had on their lives and the culture. They include including Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, on whom Just Mercy is based; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA; and CNN’s W. Kamau Bell.
Hollywood And Media Companies Make Juneteenth An Annual Holiday; Date Marks Anniversary Of End Of Slavery In America
The premium network will offer all nine episodes of Season 1 of Watchmen for free Friday-Sunday on HBO.com and on demand, highlighting programming dedicated to black experiences and voices. The series, spawned from Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that explores the legacy of systemic racism in America, will also air as a marathon on HBO and HBO Latino beginning at 1 PM ET/PT on Friday. Other titles on offer beginning Friday: Being Serena, Bessie, Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, United Skates, Jerrod Carmicheal’s Home Videos, Lil’ Rel Live In Crenshaw, The Apollo and select episodes from The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Shop, Treme and True Detective. Titles that also are currently available for free sampling on HBO.com are Baltimore Rising, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas series, Notes From The Field, King In The Wilderness, Say Her Name: The Life & Death of Sandra Bland, 4 Little Girls, We Are The Dream, Random Acts of Flyness, Insecure, Ballers, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Betty, Euphoria, The Wire and We’re Here.
The National Civil Rights Museum and 92nd Street Y have teamed to host a roundtable conversation around Apple’s The Banker, and the film’s empowering themes of positive social change. The Banker executive producer and star Anthony Mackie, star Nia Long and Dr. Noelle Trent, Director of Interpretation, Collections and Education, National Civil Rights Museum will all take part in the virtual conversation, which will be available to stream for free beginning at noon PT/3 p.m. ET at 92y.org and civilrightsmuseum.org.
Additionally, from June 18-30, The Banker will be available to stream for free, along with Apple Original docuseries “Dear…,” and a curated offering of inspiring films and TV shows on the Apple TV app.
FX Networks will simulcast a slate of feature films and TV episodes across FX, FXX and FXM beginning at 7 a.m. ET/PT with the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures and including marathons of Black-ish and Atlanta, which both have featured episodes titled “Juneteenth.” The lineup: 7 a.m.: Hidden Figures; 10 a.m.: Selma; 1 PM: Black-ish marathon (14 episodes); 8 PM: Atlanta marathon (eight episodes); 12:47 a.m. Saturday: Get Out.
The ViacomCBS cable network will kick off a “Juneteenth Freedom Day Marathon” under its Content For Change initiative beginning at 7 a.m. ET/PT with a lineup of movies (including the network premiere of the Oscar-nominated Selma), series and music videos, along with interstitials featuring the likes of Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Corey Booker, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chloe x Halle, TIP ‘T.I.’ Harris, Sinqua Walls, Pose’s Indya Moore and MJ Rodriguez, YG, Naturi Naughton, Loni Love, NAACP president Derrick Johnson, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and others which will be available across BET’s linear, digital and social platforms. The BET schedule: 7 AM-noon – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, The Parkers; noon: Marshall; 3 PM: Race; 6 PM: Do The Right Thing; 9 PM: Selma. More social justice content including Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story will be available on BET+.
CBS will observe Juneteenth with special interviews and features beginning with CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. ET. CBS News special correspondent James Brown reports on the history of Juneteenth and the push by Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to make it a national holiday; and Omar Villafranca takes a close look at the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. On CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell at 6:30 PM ET, correspondent Jericka Duncan looks at how local communities and private companies across the country are moving to commemorate the day. On 60 Minutes Sunday, correspondent Lesley Stahl talks with Medaria Arradondo, chief of the Minneapolis police department, about race, racism and the impact of the death of George Floyd on the future of his department. It airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT. CBSN, CBS News’ free 24/7 streaming news service, will report throughout the day and weekend with coverage of events across the U.S.
Beginning today, Starz is making available without subscription a collection of films, documentaries and series that examine issues of racial inequality and injustice in America. The titles are America To Me; A Huey P. Newton Story; Emanuel; For Ahkeem; Out Of Omaha; Scandalize My Name; Stranger Fruit and The Rape Of Recy Taylor. All will be available in front of the paywall through Monday on Starz platforms, APP & linear.
IFC’s Sherman’s Showcase one-hour Black History Month Spectacular, airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC and 11 p.m. ET/PT on IFC, with guest stars including John Legend, Michael Ealy, Questlove, Terrence J, Jemele Hill, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Mario Van Peebles, Bresha Webb, and more. Co-created, starring and executive produced by Diallo Riddle.
The network will simulcast ABC News’ primetime special Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming, with a focus on the symbolism of the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in America. It airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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A slate of special encore airings begins 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 wraps with a re-airing of Winfrey’s OWN: Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? (Part One) at 9 p.m. and OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? (Part Two) at 10 p.m. . The two-part special aired globally June 9-10 on OWN and 18 other Discovery networks, drawing 11 million viewers overall in the U.S. alone.
Can You Hear Us Now?: Juneteenth at 8 p.m. ET, led by MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee, will feature a virtual discussion on being Black in America today. It will stream 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 takes viewers to the Southern United States to explore the vulnerability many black land owners face as they try to retain their piece of the American dream. It airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Vice News will debut the special Say Her Name, the story of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year old EMT who was shot and killed during a “no-knock” search warrant, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series Black Market with actor Michael K. Williams, which takes a look into the lives of people who work in underworld economies, will air at 5 p.m. ET/PT. Last Chance High, which spotlights staff struggling to keep students in school and off the streets at Chicago’s last therapeutic academy, airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT. Also, hit recording artists Chief Keef, Young M.A, Dej Loaf and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy sit down with Dr. Siri Sat Nam on The Therapist at 8 a.m. ET/PT. And Most Expensivest airs with Grammy-award winning rapper 2 Chainz’s at 2 p.m. ET/PT.
The NAACP and Revolt TV will host a special virtual Juneteenth Black Family Reunion and Juneteenth virtual town hall at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT and repeating two hours later. The afternoon will commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States with music, moments and discussions around the growing awareness of racial disparities, mobilization and bold actions necessary to further the fight for social justice and equal opportunity throughout the nation. The Juneteenth Black Family Reunion will be hosted by Nischelle Turner of Entertainment Tonight with special messages from Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Maranda Curtis, Captain Kirk Douglas of the Roots, and many more.
Its Juneteenth lineup starts at noon ET/PT and features black history documentaries, airing chronologically from pre-Civil War through Barack Obama’s presidency. For the full schedule, click here.
Facebook Watch will host a Red Table Talk weekend with two new episodes. Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield-Jones will be joined by legendary civil rights leader Dr. Angela Davis and activist Tamika Mallory for a special Juneteenth episode to address the state of emergency within Black America. And on Sunday, June 21, Jada sits down with Will Smith for a special Father’s Day episode. Also today, Part 2 of the special Juneteenth video from Steve on Watch has Steve Harvey sitting down with activist-author Kimberly Jones to discuss her recent viral video, law enforcement today and how they believe the current protests will be interpreted in the future.
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Oge Egbuonu’s documentary (In)visible Portraits, originally scheduled to be released in the fall, will premiere today on the platform to coincide with the holiday. It illuminates history, dismantles the false framework of the present reality, celebrates the heritage of exceptional women and ignites hope for the next generation. A PVOD release is set for next month.
Live Nation Urban and LiveXLive Media, Inc. teams with Color of Change for 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 will look at the state of freedom in black communities on YouTube Live.
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