New Tracks, Live Stream Events, and Other Juneteenth Resources

Celebrate Freedom Day with Public Enemy, Erik B & Rakim, Common, and more.

Today marks 155 years since African American slaves were set free in the United States—and 157 years since legislature was passed to outlaw slavery. Following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, and made effective January 1, 1863, liberation for all remaining enslaved individuals finally took place on July 19, 1865.

As certain cities in the U.S. continue to push to make the occasion an official holiday, plenty of artists and outlets within the music industry are pushing for awareness. Bandcamp, for instance, is donating 100 percent of their proceeds on sales today to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, while several Black artists have written new songs for the occasion, or have enlisted fellow songwriters to join their live stream events. 

To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled a few resources below related to the holiday. You can also read up on Juneteenth here, and hear two new tracks from Anderson .Paak Public Enemy below.

List of artists and labels donating their share of Bandcamp sales to racial justice organizations

11 releases from Black artists we recommend you support on Bandcamp

Lift Every Voice: A Juneteenth live stream featuring Common, Mick Jenkins, Fantastic Negrito, Justine Skye, Vic Mensa, T.I., Mereba, Leon Bridges, and more

Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em: Another live stream led by Erik B & Rakim, which will feature appearances from Ice T, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Cornell West, and plenty more

Usher’s Washington Post op-ed: Why It’s So Important That Juneteenth Become a National Holiday

An Anti-Racist Reading List (c/o Vogue)

More anti-racism resources

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