Originally known as “Jubilee Day,” the first Juneteenth (a mashup of June and 19th, the day that all enslaved people in America were emancipated in 1865) took place in Galveston, Texas and was organized by freedmen.
Although Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday in the United States, it is the newest federally recognized holiday in the U.S. Despite being celebrated in several states for decades, Juneteenth was just declared a federally recognized holiday in 2021.
While Juneteenth is a day of jubilation and fun, it is also a day of commemoration of Black culture and remembrance of the African-Americans subjected to the cruelties of slavery.
As activist Tanesha Grant said, “The 4th of July was never about Black people. Juneteenth is just for us. As Black people, we are told we don’t deserve our holidays rooted in our history. Everything is whitewashed. Juneteenth is for us. Juneteenth symbolizes the hope that my children and grandchildren will be free. It’s Black Joy and Black tenacity to survive.” (via Readers Digest)
Beauté Noir Backstory
In June of 2021, we brought Beauté Noir to life. An elegant ode to Black excellence, the idea behind Beauté Noir was to pay tribute to Juneteenth in a brand new way.
Through lifting Black community leaders and contributors, providing exceptional entertainment, and simply creating a space of Black beauty and joy, Beauté Noir became known as a prime example of a modern way to celebrate “Jubilee Day.”
Beauté Noir: 2022
Camille Rose founder Janell Stephens described it as “Afropunk meets BeautyCon,” this year’s Beauté Noir Fest promises to be even bigger and better than ever.
This June 18th in Atlanta, our home base and Black mecca of the south, Beauté Noir returns for part two. Set against the backdrop of the culturally rich Old Fourth Ward neighborhood on ATL’s eastside, this year’s Beauté Noir will be another only event to remember.
The park will be popping with activities like selfie stations, vendors, games, hair and fashion shows, DJs, and so much more. You know it wouldn’t be a killer event without good eats, and this year they’re going to be great. Attendees will be wined and dined by celebrity chef Shawn Osbey, with charcuterie, gourmet picnic baskets, and fresh-baked dessert, among other delicacies. Tickets also include swag, freebies, and a Camille Rose branded tote.
If that weren’t enough, this year’s Beauté Noir would include entertainment from hip-hop legends Goodie Mob! We can’t wait to throw down with you at Beauté Noir! Be sure to grab your tickets today.