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    Jun 19, 2020

    It’s Juneteenth And We Are Celebrating Black Excellence

    “Not all of our history is in the history books.”

    Mariah Parker, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner
    Athens-Clarke County / Via accgov.com

    The date: June 19! The time: News O'Clock!

    It’s Juneteenth, which means it’s been 155 years since Black folks in Texas were first clued in to their freedom. So we’re doing things a bit differently with a special episode today! We have so much lined up for you guys: Special guests! Music! Games! History!

    Linqua Franqa, aka Mariah Parker, joined us to drop some bars, talk about being a rapper AND politician in the South, and discuss her podcast, “Waiting on Reparations.”

    And the creators, writers and stars of “Sherman’s Showcase” — Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle — are with us to spread some knowledge, play a game, and talk about their new special “Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Special — In June!

    Leon Bennett / Getty Images

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 30: Diallo Riddle (L) and Bashir Salahuddin attend the Los Angeles Series Premiere Of IFC's New Variety Sketch Show "Sherman's Showcase" at The Peppermint Club on July 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

    You can listen to today's News O'Clock above, or also:

    Or find News O'Clock wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.

    Are you celebrating Juneteenth today? Let us know how! Send us an email to newsoclock@buzzfeed.com! You can either write down your brilliant opinion OR, even better, record it as a voice memo. You can email it to us or DM us on Twitter — we’re @NewsOClock.


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