It was announced earlier today that Netflix is now in talks with Black-ish and #BlackAF creator Kenya Barris and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams to develop a feature-length musical about Juneteenth – the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Both entertainers have been vehement about securing proper visibility for the historic date, with Williams having just announced the cementing of June 19th as a paid state holiday for the first time in Virginia. His work joins New York and Texas as the states that recognize Juneteenth as the day in 1865 that General Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that slaves were officially emancipated. Barris has also been transparent about his ambition to take things further by making Juneteenth a national holiday. His latest series #BlackAF, which launched on the streaming giant in April, featured a Juneteenth party while his ABC comedy Black-ish dedicated a landmark episode to mark the occasion.
While specific Netflix details remain unclear, the production is reportedly a separate project from the live musical Williams and Barris have been working on since 2018.
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