Juneteenth: A Global Celebration For Freedom Returns With Diverse Artists In Dual Simulcast On CNN & OWN
In a groundbreaking celebration of Juneteenth, the historic observation of the end of slavery in the United States, “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” is set to make a highly anticipated return. Produced by Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment, this immersive concert experience will be broadcast simultaneously on CNN and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), offering a dual simulcast for the first time. With the aim of uplifting and educating viewers about the significance of Juneteenth, the event promises to be a historic celebration of Black culture and excellence.
“Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” has become a monumental event that captures the essence of the oldest known observance of the end of slavery in the United States. Last year’s debut received immense acclaim, attracting the highest Black audience ratings in its time slot across both cable and broadcast television. Building on that success, this year’s edition will once again captivate audiences with its exceptional lineup of artists and powerful musical performances.
Taking place at the legendary Greek Theatre, the concert will serve as a mesmerizing backdrop for the immersive musical and cultural experience. From the moment the event kicks off on Monday, June 19th, 2023, at 8pm ET, viewers worldwide will be able to tune in to the simulcast on all CNN platforms, while OWN will provide national coverage. Exclusive pre-show programming on CNN will set the stage, showcasing African-American advocates, trailblazers, and creators.
The star-studded lineup for this year’s “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” is sure to excite music enthusiasts. Confirmed artists include the acclaimed Miguel, renowned gospel artist Kirk Franklin, R&B group SWV, Nigerian superstar Davido, rising star Coi Leray, and the legendary Jodeci. The evening’s musical direction will be skillfully orchestrated by Adam Blackstone, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winner, alongside Questlove, the co-founder of The Roots and an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.
“We are proud to once again partner with Live Nation Urban to broadcast this powerful Juneteenth event on our platforms,” expressed Chris Licht, Chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide. “We want to be a destination for people to both understand and celebrate a holiday of this magnitude.”
Johnita P. Due, EVP of Integrity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the electricity and excellence that the 2023 show promises. “It is meticulously crafted as an expression of the excellence and resilience of the Black community and the ongoing pursuit of equality,” Due added.
The broadcast will not only entertain but also educate viewers, highlighting the historical and cultural significance of Juneteenth. As the concert unfolds, it will serve as a testament to the triumphs and struggles faced by the Black community, fostering a sense of unity and honoring the continued pursuit of equality.
To attend the live show at the Greek Theatre, tickets are currently available for purchase here. This global celebration of freedom invites music lovers and supporters of Black culture to come together and commemorate the historic turning point for the nation.
“Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” stands as a testament to the power of music, artistry, and cultural celebration. As the world tunes in to this dual simulcast on CNN and OWN, viewers will be immersed in a transformative experience that not only entertains but also educates, fostering a deeper understanding of Juneteenth’s importance in American history. This unique concert event, produced by Live Nation Urban and supported by a team of talented Black creators, showcases the resilience