Updated: Aug 22
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO - In celebration of Juneteenth, a momentous day marking the end of slavery in the United States, "Cleve-It To Us" joins forces with Jayy Purpp of JP Digital TV to dive deep into the vibrant atmosphere of University Heights' Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration. This extraordinary event, known by various names such as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day, pays homage to June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and proclaimed the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved individuals.
The resplendent Walter Stinson Community Park, affectionately known as "The Walt," in University Heights, became a bustling hub of activity as neighbors, artists, food vendors, and music aficionados gathered in droves.
The main stage witnessed awe-inspiring performances by an array of talented artists, including Featuring Caine, Nova The Rebel, Mookie Motonio, Reka, and the legendary Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Additionally, the community stage showcased the talents of local businesses and artists, amplifying the essence of unity and creative expression within the community.
Immersed in the festivities, Gremi embarked on an enchanting journey alongside Jayy Purpp. Engaging in intimate conversations with the main stage artists, Jayy sought to unravel their personal connections to Juneteenth and the significance it held for them. Each artist's response painted a vivid picture of the depth and meaning this commemorative day holds. Caine, with heartfelt conviction, emphasized the ongoing struggle to secure a dedicated holiday: "We've been fighting for our own holiday for a long time... to finally get one, it's good to be able to embrace it." Nova the Rebel eloquently summed it up, emphasizing the essence of freedom: "It's about Freedom. That's the number one word." Reka, the talented local R&B singer, couldn't contain her excitement, exclaiming, "I just love seeing how everybody is coming out and celebrating it now... to see that people are finally acknowledging Juneteenth, our 4th of July, I'm just so excited to be a part of this today." Finally, Krayzie Bone, the legendary rapper and member of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, recognized the importance of Juneteenth as a time to honor the freedom of individuals: "Juneteenth is a wonderful time... for us to recognize the freedom... of the people... Just seeing how this is growing already, it's a wonderful thing to be part of this festival and to come out and represent for the community."
Amidst the festivities, viewers were treated to an electrifying performance by Reka, who joined forces with Mookie Motonio to deliver their captivating hit song "Rise Up." The crowd was enthralled by their infectious energy and soulful melodies. Krayzie Bone, a true luminary in the music industry, took the stage with a special rendition of "My Blessings" from his acclaimed album "Krayzie Melodies," leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all in attendance.
Gremi extends a warm invitation to explore Jayy Purpp's social channels for JPDigitalTV, an exceptional platform offering remarkable content that captures the essence of Cleveland's vibrant culture and news. A profound and heartfelt appreciation goes out to the City of University Heights, its diligent administration, dedicated citizens, and enthusiastic volunteers, whose unwavering efforts made this extraordinary event possible. Together, they have created a remarkable celebration that showcases the power of community, music, and culture on this historic occasion of Juneteenth.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 6/19/20203