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Earth, Wind & Fire, New Edition + More Celebrate Juneteenth CNN Concert

In celebration of Juneteenth 2022CNN will host a special live concert tonight featuring some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom is set to air live worldwide from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the pre-show slated to begin at 7p.m. ET highlighting “African-American advocates, trailblazers and creators.”

Filled with performances by some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, this evening’s show will feature Anthony Hamilton, Bell Biv Devoe, Billy Porter, Chaka Khan, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Earth, Wind and Fire, Jhené Aiko, Jill Scott, Killer Mike, Lucky Daye, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, Ne-Yo, Robert Glasper, The Roots, and The Re-Collective Orchestra, a 68-piece all-Black symphony orchestra. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will also be making an appearance and to give special remarks.

Produced by Shawn Gee of Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment, with Questlove and Adam Blackstone serving as musical directors, Gee stated “It’s a moment to celebrate and reflect on Black independence and the Black experience.” “It’s also a moment to raise awareness and shine light on the miles we still need to travel to true equity. We hope to see you there.”

CNN’s Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Johnita Due added “We knew it was important to our country and important to our audiences to shed light on the meaning and significance of Juneteenth. And not only as an historic event but really as a way to engage and educate people about what still needs to happen for all of us to achieve freedom and justice.”

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Author: Al Denté

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