Hollywood bowl event celebrated June 16, holiday this marks the end of slavery in United States. From icons like Earth Wind & Fire to R&B Stars like Khalid, black artists of various genres took scene on Sunday.
Below, revive some of night performances.
Bell Beav Devo hit on stage and got almost every dick of the audience is dancing. Backstage, presenters Lesley Jones and Amanda Seals hit the road. groupx hit”Poison.”
Ne-Yo followed the 90s trio with high energy performance of “Give me everything” and the audience sang along with his.
And yes, it was Beyoncé doing the vocal cameo. in pre-recorded segment on Opal Lee, 95-year-old activist who worked to make June federal holiday. (More on Lee below.)
Country phenomenon Mickey Guyton covered and sang Marvin Gaye’s protest anthem “What’s Going On”. original Grammy-nominated “Black Like Me” single. The poet Amir Suleiman performed moving a piece with message to viewers: “You will be someone’s ancestor. Act accordingly.”
All creative team behind Black concert, CNN’s Sarah Sidner reported. of in show including creator Sean Gee of Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Night also noted first According to Sidner, an all-black Re-Collective Orchestra once played at the Bowl.
The Re-Collective Orchestra accompanied the participants of debby Allen Dance Company, who performed a vibrant dance piece (and were introduced by Allen herself).
June became federal holiday in 2021, but many black people keep this date for years with parades, parties and family assembly. holiday is also opportunity to reflect on persistent systemic inequalities that black Americans face.
President Joe Biden addressed this duality in a recorded message advising Americans to celebrate the date and remember the horrors of slavery.
“It’s time to celebrate, time to educate, and time to act,” Biden said.
Vice President Kamala Harris also appeared in recorded message, like former first lady Michelle Obama, who called on spectators vote.
Jill Scott delivered an oral presentation titled “Agitation: Definition #3”. on empty stage, talking of pain of monitoring the system changes fail to pass. She finished her performance silently throwing up her hands.
event revered grandma of June 19
Lee told the Americans should spend in holiday celebrate, learn and carry on advocate for change.
“I advocate what have we been celebrating since the 19th of until June 4 of July, she said.What will celebrate freedom.
Gospel Stars Mary Mary, Anthony Hamilton and Michelle Williams. who first famous for singing with Child of Destiny took audience to the church at the end of night with inspiring individual performances. Then the four artists closed show together on a high note singing “Optimistic”.
Harmeet Kaur of CNN and Chloe Melas contributed to this report.