'It’s time for a reset': Macy Gray proposes to change American flag on Juneteenth
Jun 19, 2021 1 min, 52 secs

Macy Gray, Usher, Lupita Nyong'o and other celebs use Juneteenth to celebrate and spread messages and awareness.

While some have always honored Juneteenth, the Black Lives Matter protest movement against racial injustice last summer in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans sparked increased attention for the event, now a federal holiday. .

Juneteenth: Biden signs Juneteenth into a holiday, officially giving federal employees the day off Friday.

Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray suggested the stars and bars flag could use an update for Juneteenth after she said the meaning of the flag was "hijacked" after the Jan.

Singer Macy Gray said on Juneteenth the American Flag needs an update to better represent the country as it is today. (Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg, WireImage).

Watching history in the making with @Usher and @RepPressley as the bill I worked on to make Juneteenth a federal holiday gets signed into law

Tina Knowles-Lawson, who raised her famous daughters Beyoncé and Solange in Texas, said her family has always celebrated the holiday. 

Knowles-Lawson said she was "surprised" many people weren't familiar with  Juneteenth when she moved to California in the 70s

She said she believes "a lot of history (has) kind of been hidden," a fact she's trying to change through her partnership with Facebook to educate people on the holiday

"Juneteenth is a day to celebrate Black people, celebrate our beauty our strength, our history, our wisdom, our complexity, our humanity, our magic

Lupita Nyong'o sent a poignant message for Juneteenth on Twitter after acknowledging Opal Lee, "We owe deep respect to her unwavering commitment that is responsible for the Senate passing a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday."

Music producer Metro Boomin tweeted how he plans to celebrate the holiday: "happy Juneteenth

"On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in TX finally learned they’d been freed 2+ years earlier by proclamation

African Americans have been commemorating this day for decades, and it’s finally a federal holiday thanks to the tireless advocacy of Opal Lee, who is 94

On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in TX finally learned they’d been freed 2+ years earlier by proclamation

African Americans have been commemorating this day for decades, and it’s finally a federal holiday thanks to the tireless advocacy of Opal Lee, who is 94


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