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Juneteenth Is Now a National Holiday, But There’s Still More Work to Do

Music, food, dancing, parades, and speeches are standard at Juneteenth celebrations, but the constraints of the pandemic have seen many major Juneteenth events go virtual. There are virtual cookouts, virtual book groups, Juneteenth-themed face masks, and a full weekend of virtual festivals.

Mariah Williams, a 21-year-old living in Southern California, didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth, but her family acknowledged the holiday, and she never felt connected to Fourth of July. “My dad has always said, ‘Independence Day for whom exactly? Because you and me would have still been in chains in the 1700s,’” she says. “I definitely want to see more Black Americans embracing Juneteenth as our true independence day, and I want to see all American citizens accept Juneteenth as a part of this country’s history.”

“We can celebrate everything that we love about America without missing the opportunity to point out that it’s bittersweet,” says Garrett-Scott. “Juneteenth commemorates the waiting and the longing of those enslaved people in Texas, which resonates with today—there is a way to celebrate the greatness of this country and not neglect to highlight how far we still have to go.”

Since the ’70s, Garrett-Scott says, Juneteenth celebrations have spread outside of the South to the rest of the U.S., and even internationally, through art and music festivals and parades. “They were never exclusively Black—they were always really inclusive, and wanted people from all ethnicities and races to come and celebrate this moment and also the wonderfulness of Black culture.”

Why Juneteenth? 

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Juneteenth isn’t the only historic day that has ever commemorated the end of slavery—there’s Watch Night and Emancipation Proclamation Day—but it’s one that has gained momentum. “Juneteenth really highlights the perspective of the folks who got the news—the folks who were the last to know,” Ball says. The African Americans of Galveston were not the only group of enslaved people who waited even longer than they should have had to for freedom, but their predicament captures the painful poignancy of going from enslavement to liberation. “Celebrating Juneteenth privileges that perspective and it captures the joy,” Ball says. “And it becomes a community celebration. It becomes something that people can put together with friends, family, and community, as opposed to a message that’s delivered from on high, and that’s what a good celebration is ultimately.”

On June 19, we’ll remember those people in Galveston, hearing the sound of Union horses arriving, waiting for true, complete, freedom. Over 150 years have passed, and Black Americans are still waiting for the true freedom that comes from being safe from police brutality and systemic racism.

As the novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in his posthumous novel, “There’ve been a heap of Juneteenths gone by and there’ll be a heap more before we’re free.”

Echoing him, Dillard, the 17-year-old organizer from New Jersey, says, “I’ve grown up in a generation that has seen America’s first Black president, but I’ve also grown up in a generation that has seen people who look like our brothers and our best friends get gunned down in the street.” In other words, the work is far from finished.

“We want to not only celebrate the victories and the progress that we’ve been making in our Black Lives Matter movement, but also to just come together and recognize the importance that this particular moment in history has for every group of people.”

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.

F9’s Justin Lin Was ‘Baffled’ And ‘Upset’ Over Han, But Knows How He’ll Get Justice For Han

Justin Lin brought Han, who’d first appeared in his film Better Luck Tomorrow, into the Fast and Furious fold in 2006 for Tokyo Drift. Although the character died in his first foray into the Fast franchise, the character has been part of each of Lin’s movies from the series including 2009’s Fast & Furious, 2011’s Fast Five and 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. For the two movies in the main Fast & Furious film series Lin has been away, fans have been campaigning for #JusticeForHan, and we’ll seemingly get it for F9.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2: An Updated Cast List, Including Jim Carrey

Adam Pally

Green Hills, Montana may be a small town, but it takes more than one law enforcement officer to look after its citizens. As such, Tom Wachowski is aided by his chief deputy, Wade Whipple, played by Happy Endings and Crossing Swords actor Adam Pally. Wade was present in Sonic the Hedgehog’s final battle to try and stop Dr. Robtnik from hurting Tom, and he got to see Sonic battle the mad scientist. Aside from presumably still working with Tom as his chief deputy, it’s unclear how Wade will fit into Sonic the Hedgehog 2, though it’s reasonable to expect him to provide more comedic relief.

Amidst Controversy, Billie Eilish Talks Internet Hate And How It’s Tied With Fandom In Candid New Interview

Billie Eilish has long been an advocate of being close and personal with her fans, often stopping to talk with them on tour or going on Instagram Live to answer their questions and video chat with them one on one. These days, the singer is the biggest 19-year-old on the planet, and she recognizes she can no longer share everything. There’s also a larger microscope being placed on her as a whole, and anything she does and says could be recorded, kept and published, such as these video clips.

John Wick Actor Donnie Yen Talks About How Terrified He Was Shooting Fight Scene With Mike Tyson

Donnie Yen’s description of the moment would have anyone going through the motions. Thankfully, he was able to react quickly before Mike Tyson could’ve knocked him out or worse. Having grown up watching Tyson in the boxing ring, his punches were damaging and his reach was otherworldly. So, missing Yen’s head (barely) and destroying a sandbag was just a small taste of his legendary skills.

Domhnall Gleeson Has A Wild Story About Rose Byrne Almost Getting Electrocuted On The Peter Rabbit 2 Set

Obviously everyone’s health and safety is important when making a movie, but when the muse strikes, you sometimes have to walk that line. Also, if you look at the lighting on the train in that part of the trailer, it looks like it would have taken a lot of force to even get anywhere with stealing such an object. Thankfully, everyone went home unscathed, and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway didn’t involve any mayhem that couldn’t be handled. Still, this is a moment too good not to wind up on the blooper reel in the future.

Fifty Shades Of Grey Fans Are Celebrating Christian Grey’s Birthday With Some Great Jamie Dornan-Centric Posts

Most recently, E.L. James has continued to explore Christian Grey through novels written from his perspective instead of Anastasia Steele’s. In 2015, she released Grey, which retold the first book before Darker’s release in 2017 and most recently with Freed, which came out at the top of this month. Here’s another Twitter tribute for Christian Grey:

John Legend Calls Recent Bullying Claims Against Chrissy Teigen ‘Completely Fake’

“In reality, I was insecure, immature and in a world where I thought I needed to impress strangers to be accepted. If there was a pop culture pile-on, I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip. I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities,” she wrote. “Now, confronted with some of the things that I said, I cringe to my core. I’ll honestly get sharp, stabbing pains in my body, randomly remembering my asshole past, and I deserve it.”

Later in the post, she discussed her goal to instill “kindness” in her children with singer John Legend. “John tells me almost every day how much our daughter Luna reminds him of me. Every day, I try to make sure she’s all the best parts of me, all the things I aspire to be all the time, but fail at sometimes. And we preach kindness to her and Miles every chance we get,” she continued. 

“Will they eventually realize there is some hypocrisy there? I certainly do. But I hope they recognize my evolution. My goal is to be so good that my kids will think this was all a fairy tale. Not the fake good. The good that has the best intentions, the good who wakes up wanting to make her friends, family, her team and fans as happy as possible. The good who will still fuck up in front of the world but rarely, and never not growing only more good from it.”

You can read the full post here

Other alleged victims of her bullying have issued their own responses. 

Farrah Abraham, former star of Teen Mom and adult film actor, wrote her own Medium post on Tuesday, June 15, responding to Teigen’s essay. (You can read it in full here.) In the lengthy post, she reiterates much of what Teigen said through the lens of her own experience; Teigen used Twitter to “fit in,” look cool and gain fame, and if that meant taking shots at Abraham, so be it. She accuses Teigen of high school-level immaturity and notes, “Many owe me apologies like Chrissy Teigen types, I hope the world will catch up one day.”

“Chrissy’s prey of vulnerable young famous women who are true survivors and warrior women today have shared if they had or not heard an apology about her actions from long ago whenever she realized it was wrong then or now,” she writes, before noting that she has not gotten an apology directly from Teigen, and believes that not only she but also others deserves one, including her daughter, who suffered because of Teigen’s words.

Abraham also calls out TV producers, online platforms, and talk shows for perpetuating negative stereotypes about and mocking of women.

Seemingly also in response to Teigen’s Medium essay, fashion designer Michael Costello, a Project Runway alum, posted an Instagram, explaining (his side, at least) how a misunderstanding with Teigen led to missed career opportunities and eventually drove him to thoughts of suicide. 

Per Costello, an angry former employee created a fake post to make it look like Costello had used a racial slur online (this was in the midst of Costello being accused of stealing a Black designer’s work, a controversy that seems to be explained well in this Twitter thread, though we can’t verify its authenticity), which led to Teigen calling him out as a racist. According to his post, when he tried to explain his side of the story, she said “racists like you deserve to suffer and die.”

Ryan Reynolds’ Hilarious Reaction To Being Told He’ll Get ‘Shot, Stabbed, Drugged, Drowned’ In The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Luckily enough, not too long after the 2017 movie became a surprise box office smash, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was greenlit. Which meant that series creator Tom O’Connor, along with writers Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy, had the structure from which they could take the series one step further into the insanity. According to Patrick Hughes, Michael Bryce’s suffering is key to the fate of the franchise, as The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard operates on the following principle:

Looks Like Aquaman 2 Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Enjoying Teasing His Return As Black Manta

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is hard at work for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and is clearly excited about the return of Black Manta and he’s showing it by revealing how he is preparing in the early stages of production. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is lounging, reading a giant script while talking on the phone, presumably about Aquaman 2, which is the ideal way to work from home. The caption is simply “Aquaman with a peace sign which probably is indicating production is about to start ramping up.

DC fans can re-watch the original Aquaman on HBO Max. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.