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Lizzo, Mariah Carey Offer Personal Juneteenth Celebrations

Lizzo, Mariah Carey Offer Personal Juneteenth Celebrations

It’s only Juneteenth’s second year as a national holiday, but it’s been official with Lizzo for much longer than that, and — like many other celebs — she’s going big to celebrate.

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The singer says she’s been celebrating Juneteenth since her childhood in Houston, but for the third straight year she’s getting her fans in on the festivities with a huge giveaway that includes a chance for them to fly out and hang with her.

Lizzo also posted why the holiday is so important — “Juneteenth is about giving Black citizens of this country our own Declaration of Independence. It is about the complicated and nuanced history we have with this country”.

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June 19, aka Juneteenth, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in America — in Galveston, TX — got the word President Lincoln had abolished slavery two-and-a-half years earlier with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was finally recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Mariah Carey marked the day with a photo of her twins, Morocco and Monroe, looking at photos of Mariah’s father. She captioned the Juneteenth/Father’s Day post with “Celebrate your black excellence.”

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T. were many others … including Justin Bieber and Pharrell, who took a moment to share his own words after hitting the stage for Day 3 of the Something In the Water festival in Washington, D.C.

The Juneteenth Foundation’s Freedom Festival was also held in D.C.

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As the festival organizer said, Juneteenth is a time for all Americans to celebrate freedom.

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