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Miss Juneteenth (2020)

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Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did.
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June 08, 2021
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The Burden of History and the Phenomenal Women of “Miss Juneteenth”

I honestly don’t know how anyone could watch Miss Juneteenth and not like it. Channing Godfrey Peoples tells the story of Turquoise (Nicole Beharie) and her daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) navigating a Miss Juneteenth 2019 pageant while real life gets in the way, as it tends to do. The movie is sweet, subtle, and honest.

The three major themes of motherhood, history, and love are so gracefully represented in Miss Juneteenth, solidifying the important messages and characterization as broken down below.

This film does not pit its Black characters against White characters (there is only one White character in the film). The only direct mention of race is the criticism of the White establishment. However, Miss Juneteenth is a movie about race. The pageant itself covers the history of Texas and Juneteenth. The pageant official reminds the contestants of the burden they will bear if granted the win and subsequent scholarship. They will represent the community and, basically, must be perfect. Turquoise is treated as the black sheep, the disappointment to the franchise; the symbol of lost hope. But Turquoise is the strongest woman in the entire community. She never bows down to the pressure from the community, from her mother, or her husband. Several characters remind her that she “used to have big dreams.” But she still has big dreams, they are just quieter. This is an important and rarely seen depiction of not only a female character but a Black woman. The Black community in Miss Juneteenth is powerful. Turquoise’s community builds her up, reminds her of how persistent and hardworking she is, and helps her in every way they can — from babysitting to tailoring to advising.

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Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did.

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Genre:Drama
Directed By:Channing Godfrey Peoples
Written By:Channing Godfrey Peoples
In Theaters:1/24/2020
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Runtime:103 minutes
Studio:Sailor Bear, Ley Line Entertainment, Vertical Entertainment

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