As the United States celebrates Juneteenth with a public holiday, Apple TV+ has released a new video on YouTube that asks and answers an important question — what is Juneteenth?
In the video, which runs for almost eight minutes, we hear from two of the people behind a couple of Apple TV+ shows — Lincoln’s Dilemma Co-Director + Executive Producer Jacqueline Olive and Swagger Creator + Executive Producer Reggie Rock Bythewood. The pair talk about how “the past flows through their work” throughout the video.
The history of Juneteenth is alive today. The makers of two Apple Originals, Lincoln’s Dilemma Co-Director + Executive Producer Jacqueline Olive and Swagger Creator + Executive Producer Reggie Rock Bythewood, see the past flowing through their work. They sat down to talk about crafting authentic stories with complexity, reverence, and freedom.
In a single sentence, Juneteenth is a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, but that doesn’t do it justice. Watch the video above to see how the day, and what it means, has such an impact on people today.
As for why these two people were chosen to discuss Juneteenth, Olive’s work on Lincoln’s Dilemma speaks for itself, with Apple TV+ saying that the four-part docuseries offers “a fresh exploration of President Lincoln and the complex journey to end slavery.”
As for Bythewood, his Swagger series “explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families, and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.” The show is inspired by the experiences of NBA star Kevin Durant.
Apple also recently shared the story of an artist who uses an iPad to chronicle the faces of Juneteenth.
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