Why we celebrate juneteenth


Juneteenth, which is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” in honor of the day that Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas.

A holiday celebrated on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Across the country, the day is marked with events and parades.

A Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, in 1900. On June 19, 1865, nearly two hundred thousand enslaved people were emancipated in the state.

By the time word of freedom had drifted west to Texas, it was old news elsewhere. On June 19, 1865, the nearly two hundred thousand men, women, and children enslaved in Texas learned of their emancipation, two and a half years after Lincoln had issued the proclamation terminating slavery in states rebelling against the union.

The institution of slavery was essentially an open-air prison, and proved remarkably successful, at least in this instance, at the kind of information control that exploitation relies on.

Juneteenth, the annual celebration marking the day that this postponed freedom arrived in Texas, occupies a strange niche in American culture, isolated as a black tradition, as if the currents of slavery and its death did not shape the direction of the nation in its entirety.

On this Juneteenth, we have received the ambivalent blessing of clarity. We recognize the historic demise of an institution that justified the separating of parent from child in Texas only to see that phenomenon occur in a different time, under different circumstances, but with a similar trauma inflicted on children.

The central value of history is to serve as inoculation against the stupidity, ignorance, and cruelties of the past. Yet the rearguard implications of Trumpism have been apparent since the day in June, 2015, when he rode down the escalator in Trump Tower and announced his Presidential campaign.

It should not be forgotten that most of the children who are now being detained at the border are either from Mexico or sought to enter the United States through that country. They “are not sending their best people,” Trump said in that announcement, as he accused Mexicans of being criminals and rapists.

 He has repeated that charge in recent months and, on Monday, in defense of his Administration’s actions, tweeted that “children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has accused families who arrive at the border of “smuggling” children into the country, making no distinction between a child’s parents and human traffickers. 

Avengers: Infinity War breaks global record

Avengers: Infinity War breaks global record

The biggest superhero film to hit theatres, has created history at the Indian box office. With an opening collection of Rs 31.30 crore, the Hollywood flick has set the cash registers ringing like never before.The figure, estimated by Disney, is despite the fact Marvel Studios’ superhero movie is yet to open in China, the world’s second-largest film market.

It made $250m in ticket sales during its opening weekend in the US, narrowly beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the highest opening weekend ever.

However, taking inflation into account would mean the Star Wars film still holds the US record, with about $260m in today’s dollars.

Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, said: “To have now the biggest movie of domestic history as one of the Marvel cinematic universe films seems like a fitting tribute to the Marvel Studios team which has had just an astounding, unmatched run in the last decade.”

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Josh Brolin and many more A-listers, the film had a reported $300m-$400m production budget.

It brings together more than 20 superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Black Panther for an all-out battle with supervillain Thanos.

coachella 2018 events

The Weeknd and Eminem are the main attractions at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival, now underway at Indio’s Empire Polo Club April 13-15 and again April 20-22.

Stacked with rappers, DJs and R&B singers, the bill for this year’s Coachella — widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious music festival — represents the culmination of a slow creep for the hugely lucrative event, which made its name  bringing bands like Tool, the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to a picturesque desert expanse about two hours east of Los Angeles.

In recent years the show has looked beyond those alternative-rock roots, pulling in Top 40-friendly acts such as Drake and Calvin Harris. But it always put one or two guitar-clutching types atop the bill: Jack White and AC/DC in 2015, for example, and the reunited Guns N’ Roses in 2016; last year, Radiohead headlined Coachella for the third time.

The latest incarnation of Coachella emerged from within the city of Indio Friday, like the Black Panther’s hidden land of Wakanda, but with a few technical difficulties.

The 19th annual music and arts festival is bigger than ever, with its largest tent, The Sahara expanded and transplanted west on the property of the Eldorado Polo Club, where it proved a surprisingly accommodating home for a 11-year-old yodeler, in addition to its usual lineup of electronic artists.

The next biggest tent, Mojave, is also enlarged and moved into the Sahara’s old space, and it was filled for a young Greta Van Fleet band that has obviously grown up on a steady diet of Led Zeppelin. Vocalist Josh Kiszka not only replicated Robert Plant’s voice, but he and the four-piece band donned ‘60s attire. Kiszka wore a headband and a vest without a shirt and his bandmates wore striped black-and-white pants and bright red bell-bottoms