Thursday, June 18, 2020

Juneteenth from Blackish—Murfin Home Confinement Music Festival 2020

Juneteenth from Blackish

Despite my promises, it has been a week since the last entry for the Murfin Home Confinement Music Festival but today is the Black celebration of emancipation and holiday Juneteenth.  My blogpost this morning described its history and significance.  But it turns out that the ABC sit-com Blackish covered the same ground in a much more entertaining, animated format.  Think School House Rock for adults and a social justice sensibility with just the right amount of chip-on-the-shoulder.

Aloe Blacc
The song Juneteenth was written and developed by singer/producer Aloe Blacc and The Roots, the award-winning hip-hop band fronted by drummer Questlove which is also the house band for the Tonight Show With Jimmie Fallon. 

The Roots with Questlove, center.
The animation which features the voices of Questlove and Blackish cast members including Anthony Anderson and Marcus Scribner was created by Shaw Wonders, a Grammy and MTV Award winning celebrity artist and designer.  Wonders first rose to prominence as the creative force behind the TLC music video Waterfalls and is noted for his celebrity portrait prints.

The cast of Blackish

Together this team put together one of the most entertaining and eye-opening TV segments of all time.

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