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For Your (Juneteenth) Viewing Pleasure: Standout Shows & Films For Freedom Day

For Freedom Day 2023, we’re showcasing Black television shows and films for your viewing pleasure.

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Considering that Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, it’s a well-deserved day of leisure where you can watch a myriad of programming ranging from fact-telling documentaries to drama series and comedies.

With that in mind, we’ve composed a list of things to watch for your Juneteeth viewing pleasure.
A standout is Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White.

Airing on Bounce, the exclusive new documentary celebrates the life of a civil rights icon and Black pioneer who doesn’t get her just due.

Described as an “elegant march” through Xernona Clayton’s life, the doc will detail her work with Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King via her pioneering broadcasting career with Ted Turner. It will also tell the story of her founding of The Trumpet Awards which were acquired by Bounce in 2016 and continue to this day.

From becoming the first Black woman in the South to have her own TV show, to helping write the blueprint to desegregate hospitals in the South, to even convincing a KKK Grand Dragon to renounce his position, the trailblazer’s life is explored and the doc features special guests including Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Pamela Poitier, Tom Johnson, Pat Mitchell. Senator Raphael Warnock, Emmitt Smith, and Tip “T.I.” Harris.

Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White is the centerpiece of Bounce TV’s Juneteenth programming, it premieres on Bounce on Monday, June 19, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.


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