HOW I CELEBRATED JUNETEENTH

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

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Juneteenth in Modern Times

Today, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place along side older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.

The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states creating Juneteenth committees continues to increase. Respect and appreciation for all of our differences grow out of exposure and working together. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed, brightens our future – and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth.

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Make America Great? “The Film | Dramedy”

Make America Great? “The Film | Dramedy

“It’s 2021, the beginning of the second term after the most anticipated Presidential election in 2016. The 13th and the 14th no longer exist.”

 

This film has a perceptive concept and will have you on the edge of your seat and waiting for what happens next, meanwhile laughing uncontrollably. This is a film that will demonstrate the thoughts of some in America right now during such a historic time.

 

The story of this film is that minorities have become illegal Aliens in an attempt to throw all disenfranchised groups in concentration camps, separating them from normal society as we know it. In Los Angeles, we meet a small group of runaways hiding out in an abandoned church debating how to get out the country. While the tone is overly dramatic and comical, it is through their conversations we learn about each character struggles with identity and self-acceptance. Although they butt heads in the beginning they ultimately form a bond of unity to survive.

 

The award-winning film writer, director and commercial producer Candice Vernon is set to premiere her newest body of work, “Make America Great?” this January 2017. Vernon is best noted for her work Apartment 309 co-starring Ice-T, featured in Elle Magazine, and many more. Vernon’s two episodic series that she wrote were semifinalist at the Sundance Episodic lab.

 

Candice Vernon dropped everything including her job as an Executive Producer in New York and moved to Los Angeles to use her voice as a tool to educate and entertain through media. Ever since Vernon has made this move the cards have been aligning in her favor. The trailer views for this film alone she has been offered an indie feature film to Direct and is being packaged to direct it by the end of the summer. Vernon is under the tutelage of Director Shyam Madiraju and TV writer/showrunner Eunetta T. Boone.. The past year a few notable accounts have followed Vernon such as: Pam Grier, Sundance Film Festival, Ava Duvernay’s Film Company, Difficulty People (TV Show), The Mindy Project (TV Show) and Hulu.

For more information on the director CLICK HERE

“Make America Great Again?” [VID]

Make America Great? “The Film | Dramedy

“It’s 2021, the beginning of the second term after the most anticipated Presidential election in 2016. The 13th and the 14th no longer exist.”

*FUN FACT ABOUT FILM: It has been NOTED That The “Make America Great?” Trailer has been viewed over 177k times and over 753 shares!

 

This film has a perceptive concept and will have you on the edge of your seat and waiting for what happens next, meanwhile laughing uncontrollably. This is a film that will demonstrate the thoughts of some in America right now during such a historic time.

 

The story of this film is that minorities have become illegal Aliens in an attempt to throw all disenfranchised groups in concentration camps, separating them from normal society as we know it. In Los Angeles, we meet a small group of runaways hiding out in an abandoned church debating how to get out the country. While the tone is overly dramatic and comical, it is through their conversations we learn about each character struggles with identity and self-acceptance. Although they butt heads in the beginning they ultimately form a bond of unity to survive.

 

The award-winning film writer, director and commercial producer Candice Vernon is set to premiere her newest body of work, “Make America Great?” this January 2017. Vernon is best noted for her work Apartment 309 co-starring Ice-T, featured in Elle Magazine, and many more. Vernon’s two episodic series that she wrote were semifinalist at the Sundance Episodic lab.

 

Candice Vernon dropped everything including her job as an Executive Producer in New York and moved to Los Angeles to use her voice as a tool to educate and entertain through media. Ever since Vernon has made this move the cards have been aligning in her favor. The trailer views for this film alone she has been offered an indie feature film to Direct and is being packaged to direct it by the end of the summer. Vernon is under the tutelage of Director Shyam Madiraju and TV writer/showrunner Eunetta T. Boone.. The past year a few notable accounts have followed Vernon such as: Pam Grier, Sundance Film Festival, Ava Duvernay’s Film Company, Difficulty People (TV Show), The Mindy Project (TV Show) and Hulu.

Lend A Clapping Hand

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Help us welcome the students of Broadway Academy back to school!!
We recently shared the video of the “100 Black Men Cheer Students into School” which was shot in Baltimore, MD. Our CEO was so moved that she wanted to bring that to Cleveland, OH!

Show our children that they are important, they matter, they are loved and how important Education is by joining us next Tuesday, January 10th from 7:30a-8:30a. All you need to do is show up, dress warm, and cheer on each student as they arrive to school!

****If anyone would like to volunteer to bring Hot Chocolate that would be awesome!!****

https://www.facebook.com/events/1655470131420567/

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!

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It’s  almost time for Back to School shopping!!!

Budgets are tight, supply lists are long and the summer is winding down!

216 The Beat Radio Station has teamed up with the Georgia Spartans for their 5th Annual #Back2School Charity Basketball event.

Client, KT Louie of Certified Louie will be in attendance with a few give-a-ways and merchandise!!

ALL #216TheBeat donations will be accepted at We’re All About It BBQ  located at

1925 Washington Rd., East Point, GA 30344

In order to receive supplies you MUST REGISTER HERE !!

Dine For A Purpose

If you’re an avid listener of The Elite Radio Show then you already know how much Ms. Cream of The Crop has talked about Painting in the Park Family Fun Day. Thousands of people across the nation have been coming together to support minority owned businesses, conducting townhall meetings, & marches.
Here’s a fun way to support a Non-Profit organization that gives back to the community! Grab your family, take them out to eat at ‪#‎BobEvans‬, present the flyer when you check out and they will donate 15% of their proceeds to Painting in the Park Family Fun Day!!

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