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ONME partners across California to recognize Juneteenth & Black Music Month theme 'Black Excellence'

By ONME Newswire

Despite the racial unrest in this country, the ONME Network highlights Black excellence throughout California by celebrating Juneteenth and Black Music Month through weekly live online and television broadcasts.

Starting Saturday, June 19 - July 10th, all of California is invited to the Virtual 2021 California Juneteenth - Celebrating Black Excellence to enjoy this commemorative holiday through a month of free African and African-American cultural arts: rhythmic, musical jazz, and blues numbers; poetic prose; Black films and shorts; gallery arts and learning about local cultural arts and Black history from local museums throughout California.

Each week, the hourly broadcast will feature a professional video production of California's curated content in history, talent, music, and community. This Juneteenth, the ONME Network and friends, will showcase the theme Black Excellence throughout California by elevating Black voices throughout the state. Tune in for messages from spiritual leaders and government officials, learn about three African American museums, get edutained on the history of jazz and blues, and enjoy a compilation of Black talent from throughout CA.

Recognizing there is more power when local communities are involved, the ONME Network has partnered with local museums, talent, and schools to elevate Black Excellence in northern, central, and the southern parts of California. ONME podcasts producers hosts will mange different segments weekly: Ken McCoy of the Ken McCoy Entertainment Report (KMER); Joquoya Muprhy of News and Coffee; Julia Dudley Najieb of News Too Real and Jordan Murphy of The Event Podcast.

The hosts see this is an opportunity to witness how music, community, and history can elevate unity throughout California.

Several sponsors decided to support local territories where a portion of the proceeds will go directly to three California-based museums and talented artists throughout the regions. The production will also highlight Black students across California graduated or are graduating in the coming weeks.

About the Museum Partners

The African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley

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.

California Jazz and Blues Museum

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.

Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum

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.