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Juneteenth Is For Everyone And "Black-Ish" Tells Us Why

I think Black-ish captivated us all with this one.

Black-ish is one of the greatest primetime television shows of all time. No, it wasn’t perfect — but what show is? What made Black-ish so special was its ability to teach and convey lessons through the lens of humor and evoke self-reflection. One of those special moments was the episode Kenya Barris and the team created for Juneteenth. Although the last and final episode aired earlier this year in April, the lessons from the show still live on.

Black-ish cast on bikes in promo

Okay, did you know the Black-ish Juneteenth episode was a musical?

The opening scene really set the tone.

Also, Grandma Ruby had butterscotch candy as a snack, and the nostalgia hit my soul. Whose Black grandma didn’t have random butterscotch candy always available?!

Andre goes into immediate action.

Slavery was real, and its effects are lasting.

The opening song talks about the terror of slavery and its disregard for humanity. And even when enslaved people were “freed” by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 — the Civil War continued until 1865. Enslaved people in Galveston didn’t get the news until about two and a half years later, on June 19, hence Juneteenth.

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History shouldn’t be uncomfortable.

MLK Day is great, but it does not end there.

Casual photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. throwing his hands up

Black folk didn’t get a check.

But, slavery was a long time ago. Everyone is free now!

What does freedom even mean?

With all of that, Dre’s coworkers still didn’t get it.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, and while that is progress, there is still much work to be done. However, in the words of Andre Johnson, “Don’t wait for the apology [understanding], celebrate anyway! Who’s hosting the cookout? And, there better not be any raisins close to the potato salad!"

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