Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom
Questlove, co-founder of The Roots and Oscar winner, serves as musical director alongside the Grammy and Emmy winner. Adam Blackstone for a concert at the Greek Theater in LA celebrating the federal holiday that observes the historic end of slavery. Highlights include remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris, a tribute to Tina Turner grown-ish star Chlöe Bailey and performances from headliners incl MiguelNelly, Kirk Franklin, SWV, davido, Leray dogs and Judge. ((For more performances marking Juneteenth see below.)
The Great American Recipe
Expand your palette in the second season of the multicultural cooking competition, with nine ethnically diverse home cooks showcasing their favorite dishes in front of the judges. Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot. Host Alejandra Ramos welcomes the new cast in the season opener, which celebrates cultural influences including Guyanese, Greek, Libyan, Lithuanian, Caribbean, Native American, traditional Hawaiian and, not to be outdone, Midwestern cuisine. The winner will grace the cover of a new edition of The Great American Recipe Cookbook.
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Fear the living deadto Colman Domingo (an Emmy winner for his guest role on Euphoria) never forgot his roots. In a four-part series that is part memoir and part travelogue, he returns to places that hold special meaning. In the first two episodes, they head to Savannah, Georgia, where they reflect on the end Fear with co-star Kim Dickens. He then heads to his hometown of Philadelphia to reunite with family and friends. (Episodes set in New York and Chicago will air on June 30.)
The happy valley
In the penultimate episode of the superb crime drama, escaped killer Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) enjoys his freedom, but when he’s warned to beware by police officer Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), will he listen? Not if it prevents him from reuniting with his son and her grandson, Ryan (Rhys Connah). In the other main event of the season, coach Rob Hepworth (Mark Stanley) becomes the prime suspect when his wife Joanna (Mollie Winnard) the body is discovered, although we know he is innocent. That’s a lot of plot left with just one episode.
AMONG OTHER REVELATIONS FROM JUNETEENTH:
- Hip-Hop @ 50: Rhythms, Rhymes and Reflections — An Introduction to the Soul of a Nation (10/9c, ABC): The documentary series returns to honor Juneteenth and Black Music Month with a look back at half a century of hip-hop. Special includes roundtable discussions on relevant social issues with rappers Master P, The Lox, E-40, Lola Brooke, Leray dogs, Joey Bad$$Fat Joe and MC Lyte.
- Black Pop: Celebrating the Power of Black Culture (8/7c, E!): The breadth and diversity of black pop culture, from music and television to sports and film, is explored in a four-part series (continues Tuesday) narrated by La La Anthony and executive produced by Stephen Curry . The first hour covers music from Motown to the evolution of hip-hop, and the second hour is dedicated to black images on television in groundbreaking shows from Good times and The Prince of Bel Air TO Picture and Abbott Elementary.
- The 8th Annual Black Music Honors (7/6c, Bounce): Honorable mentions go to Jeffrey Osborne (Legends Award), The Hawkins Family (Gospel Music Icon Award), SWV (Urban Music Icon Award), Missy Elliott (Music Innovator Icon Award) and Evelyn “Champagne” King (R&B Music Icon Award) in a ceremony that also salutes the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
- Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White (9/8c, Bounce): A documentary profile describes the life and career of the civil rights and broadcasting pioneer who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta before moving into television, where she became the first African-American South host of a prime-time talk show. After joining Turner Broadcasting, he founded the Trumpet Awards in 1993.
- America’s Hidden Stories: The Black Wild West (8/7c, Smithsonian Channel): A rerun of the episode that exposes the lost history of the black cowboy is followed by an encore of Cassius X: Becoming Ali (9/8c), a documentary that follows the famous boxer’s rise to fame during a spiritual journey that would change his public identity forever.
INSIDE TV MONDAY:
- Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days (8/7c, Discovery): The nation’s best and bravest street racers hit the starting line to compete for $100,000 in prize money. Stay tuned for the new series of companion documents Street Outlaws: After Hours (10/9c).
- America’s National Parks (9/8c, National Geographic): The season finale travels to Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, accessible only by boat and home to an abundance of wildlife, including wolves, elk and gray owls.
- Take care of Maya (streaming on Netflix): A disturbing documentary examines a medical mystery and a family tragedy (recently featured on the cover of people magazine) starting at age 9 Maya Kowalski was hospitalized with a rare illness that led to her mother being falsely suspected of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy.