Happy Juneteenth! Happy Father’s Day!
Happy Monday. It’s the start of a new week.
This weekend was act packed, full activities, events, new music, a new Verzuz battle, celebrations, statue removals, rallies and much more. Juneteenth, which holds deep significance this year especially, kicked off the weekend. Thousands celebrated Juneteenth across the country in different fashions, on Friday June 19th. The day was filled with fireworks, marches, parties and other celebratory activities. America made strides towards fixing systemic racism in America. Lawmakers on both sides proposed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Big corporations also followed suit, by making Juneteenth a paid holiday. Friday is known for being the day that new music drops. This Friday the trend continued with new music from Wale and Teyana Taylor. J.Cole also dropped a surprise song that caused alot of controversy and tension on the timeline. The vibes continued with a new Verzuz battle between Alicia Keys and John Legend. Trump’s Tulsa rally and Father’s Day were also a part of weekend events.
This weekend was packed with so many activities and celebrations so you most likely missed the important headlines.
Let’s do a recap.
Thousands celebrated Juneteenth day this weekend with celebrations, fireworks, bbq’s, kickbacks, cookouts, etc. Juneteenth was on Friday, June 19th. Juneteenth Day is a holiday that commemorates the official day that slavery ended in the united states. This holiday held so much more significance this year because of current world events. Over this weekend, lawmakers, corporations and brands have made strides to honor African American life and achievements, by making Juneteenth a paid federal holiday.
2. New Music
New music Friday was full of R&B vibes with projects from Wale and Teyana Taylor. D.C Native Wale released a new song this weekend titled “Yellow Flag.” GOOD music artist Teyana Taylor released her sophomore album. The 22- song project titled “The Album” comes after her recent pregnancy announcement. North Carolina rapper J.Cole dropped a surprise song titled “Snow on tha Bluff.” The reported diss record to artist “Noname” sent the timeline into an uproar with calls to “cancel” J.Cole.
3. Confederate Statues Removed
Amid recent events, confederate statues have been a big issue in America. Confederates statues in different states have been damaged or taken down because of their racist and colonial meaning. A statute of Theodore Roosevelt will be removed from. The statue which depicts Theodore Roosevelt on a horse along side a black and native American man, greets visitors who enter New York’s Museum of Natural History. North Carolina's governor ordered for all confederate statues to be removed from its Capitol. Statue of Confederate General Albert Pike was knocked down by protestors in Washington D.C.
Quaker announced the famous brand of syrup and pancake mix, Aunt Jemina will change its name and image. In a statement released Quaker, subsidiary Pepsico, said the brand recognizes that ‘Aunt Jemina’s origins are rooted in racial stereotypes.”
Kristin Kroepfl, the vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America, quote from news release:
“We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype... As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers' expectations."
On Saturday President Trump held his first campaign rally in months. Against the warnings from health professionals, the rally took place in Tulsa Oklahoma. More than 6200 people were present in the 19,000 seat BOK Center arena. Thousands crowded outside the BOK center before the rally, agitating concerns that a large outdoor gathering will further spread the virus.
11 injured and 1 person dead after a deadly shooting in Minneapolis this weekend. The shooting occurred around midnight in the city’s nightlife, Uptown neighborhood. Out of the 11 people shot, none of the injuries are life threatening. Cody Pollard, the only victim killed, was a father of two, who worked as a barber. The police have no leads at this time.
Four states have reported a record high in new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend. Arizona, Florida, Nevada and California are the four states who have all reported jumps in COVID-19 infections. Florida set the record, reporting a spike of 4,000 cases in one day. Arizona has become an epicenter for the infection with 3,246 new cases and 84% of the states occupancy in the ICU, as reported on Friday. Other states like Texas, South Carolina continue to see a surge in new cases. This pandemic is far from over.
The Friday vibes persisted with a New Verzuz battle. Versus is an ongoing music series created during quarantine by producers Timberland and Swizz Beatz to distract and entertain fans. A new battle kicked off between talented R&B legends Alicia Keys and John Legend. Both artists played their hit records, “Diary” and “Ordinary People."