Imagine a world where Black is Primary. This event is a curation of surreal artistry enmeshed with the lively personification of Black freedom today. - Sam Blair
Black Is Primary Juneteenth Festival is being overseen and curated by Outspoken Bean, who was named Houston’s 5th Poet Laureate by Mayor Sylvester Turner in April 2021, and Samantha Blair. Bean has spent countless hours mentoring Houston’s youth and implementing community outreach projects that help raise awareness around diversity. Samantha is a government services supervisor and community outreach specialist at Project Row Houses. Previously, she was an on-air personality at 97.9 as co-host for Access Houston and worked as an intern under Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
“Black is Primary Juneteenth Festival plans to showcase and enlighten attendees about Black Culture through a day filled with music, dance, poetry, art, education and fun that only Houston can deliver,” says Outspoken Bean, co-curator of Black is Primary Juneteenth Festival. “Juneteenth is America’s newest federal holiday and we plan to celebrate it in the most exciting way possible. Partnering with POST Houston allows us the opportunity to curate a well-rounded event that we hope will inspire the members of the Houston community for years to come.”
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime
An engaging children’s show complete with book fair, storytelling, theater, dance and more to help your child find confidence and community.
“I find in being Black a thing of beauty; a joy a strength, a secret cup of gladness -Ossie Davis.”
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Performance
A color-filled performance of choirs, spoken word, debate, dance and slam poetry honoring local and generational Black heritage.
5:30 PM – Entrepreneurship
A financial equity event put together by The 40 Acre Conference will focus on decreasing the wealth gap consisting of minority-owned businesses, live performances, and an awards ceremony for those supporting the Black community. The 40 Acre Conference will host additional events at POST Houston from June 17th – 19th. For a list of events and more information visit www.40acreconference.org
8:00 PM – Concert
Taking place at 713 Music Hall – Juneteenth HBCU Alliance ft. Grammy Winner Lucky Daye, Grammy Award winner Chrisette Michele, Grammy nominated Wale and Aiyana-Lee. Tickets can be purchased here.
7:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Celebration
A colorful, black-light block party hosted by DJ Supastar with a mural, 360-degree photo booth, vendors, SLABS (tricked out cars) and a brass band performance.