Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will soon be teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams on a musical inspired by Juneteenth, an African-American holiday tradition that celebrates the final day of slavery in the United States.
Barris decided to expound upon the Season Four premiere episode of black-ish titled “Juneteenth: The Musical,” inviting Williams along for the ride, according to Deadline.
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“The acknowledgment and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me,” Barris said in a statement. “For Peter and me to be able to team up with Pharrell on such an important project like this is something that neither of us in a billion years would have thought possible.
The Clark Atlanta University alum went on to explain the importance of a production centered on the tradition.
“For us, this project isn’t about numbers; it’s about humanity. Slavery is America’s recessive gene and it’s time we all dealt with it, and what better way to have an audience swallow this dose of medicine than with amazing music and raw, honest, jaw-dropping comedy?”
Pharrell shared his excitement as well, saying, “I dream about projects like this. Kenya and Peter are geniuses, and Juneteenth will change culture and change history. We couldn’t sign up fast enough. We are thrilled to collaborate with them.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.