Yesterday was Juneteenth, commonly known as “The True Independence Day for African Americans.”
This year there seemed to be a collective awakening to the importance of Juneteenth outside of the Black community. Companies, governments, and white folks who’ve never uttered the word suddenly cared deeply about it.
Some of it was probably performative, but it’s still incredible to see the potential for the ongoing acknowledgement of the difference between America’s freedom and Black America’s freedom. I only learned about Juneteenth five or six years ago, and I’m still learning new things every year about it, including plenty this year.
Billie Eilish has a radio show—not a podcast, because it’s actually an Apple-Music-only mixture of recordings and actual songs playing with actual Apple Music metadata attached—called Me & Dad. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard it before, but several folks I’ve been learning (Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry from Spelman College and Brittany Packnett Cunningham from, well, everything) mentioned that Brittany would be taking it over on Friday to focus on the current moment of protest and the history of the fight and protest for Black liberation, so I had to check it out.
Here’s the link, which I’ve been told will work whether or not you have a paid Apple Music subscription: https://music.apple.com/us/curator/1194187607
Y’all. There is so much good music here. There is so much I didn’t know about the past, so much about the present state of protest, so much casually said about the inequalities present in our country. Check it out. I plan to listen back multiple times and get some quotes down here in future runs.