A Joyful Juneteenth Watchlist

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Juneteenth is a celebratory holiday for Black Americans. Even though I’m Haitian, my ancestors were also once enslaved. In the same way we celebrate January 1st, 1804 as our Haitian Independence Day, I’ll be celebrating June 19th, 1865 as the day that the last of those in bondage within the United States were claimed their freedom. The 13th Amendment came with issues of its own, but that’s a discussion for another day.

This list does not include anti-racism resources or the pain and suffering that black folk have endured. For Juneteenth, I’d like to bring some focus to Black Joy and stories that don’t center police brutality. This isn’t in any particular order and it includes a wide range of genres. Black people are not a monolith.

So, check out these shows and movies that make for a joyful Juneteenth watchlist:

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Blood and Water (Show Review)

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Wow it’s been a while since I did one of these. My friends and I have been using the Rave app to watch Netflix shows and movies together while social distancing. It’s been a fun way to de-stress, especially with everything going on.

My friends and I actually watched the whole season the first week it came out but then things happened and I couldn’t bring myself to write. It was honestly a struggle to do anything during that time period. Life still feels pretty surreal right now.

What is Blood and Water?

Blood & Water | Netflix Official Site
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Grown-ish Season 3 Episode 5 (Recap + Discussion)

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This week was so tough, y’all. I’m not talking about the usual toughness where I’m complaining about how much I have to read in such a short time. I’m talking about all those readings, plus two essays, and a homework assignment that I forgot until two hours before it was due. I’m also running for my school’s campus governor, so add a campaign to that. Did I mention that I’m going to be in my organization’s pageant? Yeah, I’m doing way too much right now.

On the other hand, Grownish actually wasn’t doing the absolute most on Thursday. It was a pretty real episode and I’m lowkey hurt by how it ended.

So, let’s get into this.

Grown-Ish Season 3 Cast
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Grown-ish Season 3 Episode 4 (Recap + Discussion)

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I don’t know about y’all, but I loved this week’s episode. So much of this needed to happen and I think it’ll lead to some real character growth this time around.

I actually missed the episode because I left campus later than I usually do on Thursdays. I was able to catch the later showing, but I missed out on the live-tweets.

Grownish Season 3 Cast
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