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Finale 'A 2021 California Virtual Juneteenth' honors Black motherhood, businesses and educators

By ONME Newswire

In this Juneteenth video four-part series broadcast, this is the grand finale of A 2021 CA Virtual Juneteenth: Celebrating Black Excellence, where viewers can expect to see special recognition in business, education, and Black motherhood.

After interview with featured sponsor, Nick Hill of the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, Nirvana Soul of San Jose, CA and Michael's Heavenly Sweets of Stockton, CA are the featured Black businesses in the continued segment, sponsored by the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to honoring Black businesses, the ONME Network honors four Black educators; Brandon Gridiron, Natasha Harris, Hardy Frye, and Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique for their courage to push excellence among African-American and all students.

Following the presentation, is a special honor to Black women and motherhood, where Rose Sanchez features her two short films, "What a Miracle" and "An Ode to Single Mothers."

California Black Infant Health also recognizes several success stories of mothers from across California.

The finale ends with the best of the best in spoken word, dance, drumming and rapping.

The finale will broadcast simultaneously to TV and online this Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST, (see below or click here for live mobile view of last episode here.)

Some of the highlights featured in this episode include:

  • Black excellence in education; honoring Brandon Gridiron, Natasha Harris, Hardy Frye, and Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique

  • A web series trailer to "The Hustle'" created by Jerry Esparza and John Laurent

  • Black excellence in business; with a special interview of Nick Hill featuring two Black-owned businesses - Nivana Soul and Michael's Heavenly Sweets

  • A special dedication to Black women and Black motherhood featuring recognition from the California Black Infant Health program

  • Presentation of Black Graduates in Southern California

  • Presentation on Black excellence in media

  • A grand finale line-up of dancers, drummers, poets, and filmmakers: Rose Sanchez, Swirv Azubuike, Dizzy Jenkins, and Jamillah Finley.


A special treat for first come first served:

Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) has sponsored 600 entrants to the virtual Harlem Renaissance Exhibit hosted by AAHCMSJV has for the public this week.

pass code: EECU2021


Watch episode 3 of the Juneteenth series!



In case you missed episode 2 of the 2021 CA Virtual Juneteenth ...


For more information on this event along with how to watch this broadcast weekly online or on TV, read a detailed news story about the event here.


About the Museum Partners

Event co-host and partner The African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) is a historical icon nestled in Fresno, CA, downtown's Art Mural District Fulton St. since 1993, reflecting the African-American community leaders and figures from throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

AAHCMSJV's sponsor, EECU, is granting 600 viewers special access to The Harlem Renaissance and "The New Negro" (pass code: EECU2021 )virtual tour. The partnership will create more opportunities to access the tour and educate the community. Their sponsorship provides the opportunity for free admission to view the virtual tour online, newly extended to July 30, 2021.

Event partner the California Jazz and Blues Museum was started by Barbara Morrison, a Jazz and Blues Legend. As a Vocalist, she has been featured on two Grammy Award-nominated albums. For a third Grammy Award-nominated album, Barbara Morrison's Blue Lady Records served as Producer. A multi-hyphenate, Barbara Morrison is also the Founder of The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center and the Founder and President of the California Jazz & Blues Museum, located in Leimert Park, CA. Morrison also serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies in the Global/Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA in Westwood, CA.

Event partner, the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, was founded by Shonna McDaniels, a visual artist and community activist, envisioned an institution to preserve Black history and celebrate African American people's accomplishments and legacy. The museum is named for Sojourner Truth, who, although born a slave, worked tirelessly for abolition, women's rights, non-violence, and civil and economic advancement of oppressed people. The museum gives homage to Mrs. Sojourner by expanding the historical & biographical knowledge of her life's work and carrying on her mission by teaching, demonstrating, and promoting projects that accentuate the ideals and principles for which she stood.



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