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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! and The Robert Randolph Foundation Announce JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST Concert for Summer 2022, a national experience uniting diverse voices in commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth and Black culture
Headlined by Tye Tribbett, the event will also feature performances by Deborah Cox, Israel Houghton, Mali Music, and more
June 1, 2022, Brooklyn, NY – Today, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, New York’s longest-running free outdoor music festival, and The Robert Randolph Foundation announced a JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST Concert. Falling on Father’s Day Sunday, the June 19th event will feature performances by some of the world’s leading gospel artists, including Tye Tribbett, Deborah Cox, Israel Houghton, Mali Music, and more, and celebrate themes of inspiration, faith, and fatherhood in Black culture and beyond. The partnership takes place as part of the second annual JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST, a national, multicultural experience, uniting diverse voices and communities in commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth and Black culture.
“We're so excited and privileged to be working with Robert and UNITYFEST for this inaugural Juneteenth event," said Diane Eber, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Executive Producer. "This celebration of Black artistry and resilience is central to what we do at the Bandshell all summer long. Thank you, Robert, for bringing this incredible vision to life!”
“Juneteenth is a day to remember America’s past, recognize the resilience and strength of Black people, and celebrate the progress we have made,” commented Robert Randolph, founder of the Robert Randolph Foundation. “This year, given that Juneteenth falls on Sunday and on Father’s Day, we also wanted to celebrate the role that gospel music and the church have had in uplifting the Black community over the years, and celebrate the stories of Black fathers who are working to uplift their own communities and families at home.”
UNITYFEST will celebrate the breadth and depth of Black culture and Juneteenth as a uniquely American experience, while providing a platform to unite a coalition of charitable grassroots organizations. The festivities will begin with the JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST Block Party at Under the ‘K’ Bridge Park, an old-school neighborhood block party featuring DJ Spinna, Josh Milan, Soul Summit Music, and Descendants of Sound. Anchored by the official JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST Concert at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Lena Horne Bandshell at Prospect Park, headlined by the award-winning gospel singer and keyboardist Tye Tribbett, UNITYFEST will also feature a late night after party at Brooklyn Bowl. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.
JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated African-American artist Robert Randolph, whose goal is to produce a multicultural experience that unites people of all backgrounds while amplifying the many narratives of the Black experience in America. Randolph, The Robert Randolph Foundation, and the Juneteenth UNITYFEST team also recognize the importance of bringing awareness to Juneteenth as a holiday and helping people understand its significance in American history. When the last of the country’s enslaved people were made aware of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865, it signaled a changing tide. Today, we have the opportunity to change the tide again through this nationwide event that will serve as a reflective and celebratory catalyst to continue to drive inclusive cultures that strengthen the social fabric of America.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park will run from June 8 - Aug. 6. For more information on the artist lineup, tickets and more, visit bricartsmedia.org/bcb.
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For more information on JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST, presented by the Robert Randolph Foundation, visit www.juneteenthunityfest.com, download the JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST app, or follow them on social media, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, the institution has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for its community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn's creative future.
About JUNETEENTH UNITYFEST
Founded in 2021, Juneteenth UNITYFEST is an annual event presented by the Robert Randolph Foundation, a (501)(c)(3) organization that strives to bring together diverse voices in commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth and Black culture, both significant contributors to the vibrancy of American history and culture. Juneteenth UNITYFEST also serves as a national platform for a coalition of charitable and grassroots organizations to amplify their missions and bolster support for their work in advancing national unity.
About the Robert Randolph Foundation
The Robert Randolph Foundation is the brainchild of celebrated African American artist Robert Randolph. As a man with a long history of community involvement, Robert has remained passionately committed to programs and initiatives focused on family support and development. This passion inspired him to create this foundation as a skill development platform for youth from all walks of life to gain knowledge that can transform their lives regardless of their cultural, social, or racial backgrounds. The Robert Randolph Foundation has launched The CRE8 Your Future Academy, a nationally recognized community-based skill development program that provides access to every child in every community with career pathway opportunities. This program is focused on strategic pathways leading to self-sufficiency and young entrepreneurship, enriching their lives and strengthening the communities in which they live. Through the power of community, education, and arts, the Robert Randolph Foundation is creating better possibilities for brighter futures. www.robertrandolphfoundation.org