‘Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom’ 2023 gets dual simulcast

Special will air on CNN & OWN

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom, a first-of-its-kind concert experience produced by a team of black creators from Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment, marks the federal holiday with a diverse lineup featuring essential artists and sounds from the African diaspora. Juneteenth is the oldest known observation of the end of slavery in the United States. It is now a national holiday widely celebrated among African-American communities and others across the country.

The anticipated event, which debuted last year, returns with CNN as a broadcast partner and the iconic Greek Theatre – one of the nation’s most beloved outdoor entertainment venues – as the backdrop for an immersive musical and cultural experience. The networks will offer programming to uplift and educate viewers about Juneteenth on its 158th anniversary.

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom will air worldwide on all CNN platforms and OWN nationally on Monday, June 19th at 8 pm ET with exclusive pre-show programming on CNN. In 2022, the acclaimed special attracted the No. 1 black audience in all of cable and broadcast television for the 8-11 pm timeslot. This year’s expansive cross-platform coverage of Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom will be simulcast across CNN and OWN.

In its second year, Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom will feature a wide array of icons and artists spanning across the entertainment and music industry; the initial list of performing artists includes Miguel, Kirk Franklin, SWV, Davido, Coi Leray and Jodeci, with more artists and presenters to be announced. Additionally, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Adam Blackstone and The Roots co-founder and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Questlove will join the cavalcade of stars as the evening’s Musical Directors.

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom will air live worldwide on CNN platforms on Monday, June 19th at 8 pm ET, with pre-show coverage beginning at 7 pm ET to highlight African-American advocates, trailblazers and creators. OWN will air live programming from 8 pm ET-midnight ET.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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