Juneteenth Concert: Chaka Khan, Khalid, Ne-Yo and more light up the stage

Celebrating the Hollywood Bowl JuneteenthThe holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States. From icons like Earth Wind & Fire to R&B stars like Khaled, black artists of all kinds took the stage on Sunday.

Below, check out some of the nightly shows.

Gospel star Yolanda Adams opened the show with a thrilling performance of “Raise every voice and sing” Historic rallying cry also considered the black national anthem. Cheerful Chaka Khan, backed by the band Roots, followed it up with her songs “Nobody” and “I’m Every Woman”, dedicating the last song to “strong women” in the audience.
Bill Leaf Defoe performs during the June celebration.

Bill Bev Defoe hit the stage and made nearly everyone in the audience dance. Behind the scenes, anchors Leslie Jones and Amanda Sells lead along the group’s song “Poison.”

Ne-Yo followed the ’90s with a high-energy performance of “Give Me Everything” and got the audience singing along with it.

Audience members cheer during the Juneteenth celebration at the Hollywood Bowl.

And yes, Beyoncé was making a cameo in a pre-recorded clip on Opal Lee, the 95-year-old activist who worked to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. (More on me below).

strong messages

Country music phenomenon Mickey Gayton covered Marvin Gaye’s protest anthem “What’s Going On” and sang her original Grammy-nominated single, “Black Like Me.” The poet Amir Suleiman performed a touching clip with a message to the viewers: “You will be the predecessor of one of them. Act accordingly.”

CNN’s Sarah Seidner stated before the show that the entire creative team behind the party is Black, including creator Shawn Gee of Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Tonight was also the first time an all-black orchestra, the Re-Collective Orchestra, played in the Bowl, Siddner said.

The Re-Collective Orchestra was accompanied by members of the Debbie Allen Dance Company, who provided a vibrant dance piece (and performed by Allen herself).

Debbie Allen Dance Academy performs on Sundays.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, but many black Americans have honored that date for years with parades, parties, and family gatherings. The holiday is also an opportunity to reflect on the persistent systemic inequalities that black Americans face.

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President Joe Biden He addressed this duality in a recorded letter, in which he recommends that Americans celebrate this date and remember the horrors of slavery.

“Time to celebrate, time to educate, time to act,” Biden said.

Vice President Kamala Harris also appeared in a recorded message, as did former First Lady Michelle Obama, who invited viewers to vote.

Jill Scott delivered a spoken word piece called “Thriller: Definition No. 3” on stage, talking about the pain of watching systemic changes fail to pass. She finished her performance by silently raising her arms.

Honoring Concert “Jeddah Juneteenth”

In a private show before the show, Mine Don Lemon told CNN that she was “hard pressed [herself]In the fact that her act of making Juneteenth a federal holiday has succeeded in her life.
Earlier this Juneteenth, Lee was considered a “grandmother the nineteenth of juneWalk 2.5 miles to symbolize the two and a half years that enslaved African Americans lived in Galveston, Texas, after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
CNN's Don Lemon spoke with Opal Lee about her work to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Americans should spend the holiday celebrating, learning, and continuing to advocate for change, Lee told me.

“I’m calling for a celebration from June 19 to July 4,” she said. “who – which You will celebrate freedom.”

Bible conclusion

Gospel stars Mary, Anthony Hamilton, and Michelle Williams, first known for singing with Destiny’s Child, escorted audiences to church at the end of the night with inspiring solo performances. The four performers then concluded the show together on a high note and sang the song “Optimistic”.

CNN’s Harmit Kaur and Chloe Millas contributed to this report.