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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ honors Juneteenth with a stark reality check

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The Juneteenth recognitions hold rolling in.

The Late Show’s home band Keep Human got here collectively to mirror on Juneteenth, which marks the true end of slavery on June 19, 1865, and focus on their Juneteenth-inspired song playlist with artists similar to Stevie Marvel, Mos Def, Nina Simone, and Kendrick Lamar.

Like many people, bandmate Louis Cato did not find out about Juneteenth till after George Floyd’s homicide. 

“Truthfully, I felt a bit robbed. Now we have our vacation celebrating our emancipation and in 12 years of public schooling, nobody mentioned a phrase about this,” says Cato.

And whereas Jon Lampley, one other Keep Human member, heard elders in his church want each other “Completely happy Juneteenth” whereas rising up, he did not deeply discover the occasion till later.

“…it was actually attention-grabbing for me to find the historical past of it being equal elements celebrating the liberty of Black individuals but additionally reflecting on the concept that a group of Black individuals didn’t discover out they have been free till two  and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation,” says Lampley. “Whereas there’s time for celebration, there’s a lot to consider…”

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