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Juneteenth event raises funds for BIPOC

Juneteenth Bring-eth Together, a celebration of BIPOC businesses, organizations, DJs and performers, took over Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill on Juneteenth Saturday.

A total of $8,130 was raised from ticket sales and a silent auction, and the funds will be donated to the National Black Justice Coalition and G.L.I.T.S.

“The government now calling Juneteenth a federal holiday is a slap in the face of activists who continue to fight for an end to police violence, inequities and basic civil rights for Black people,” said organizer Desira Barnes. “Even so, we still take this time to embrace the freedoms that we do have. Freedom to express ourselves through art, dance, music, singing and writing.”

Juneteenth Bring-eth Together | Photo: Leandro Justen

There was music, entertainment and local, Black-owned vendors showcasing their products, artworks and brands at the venue.

Black drag performers were featured in three sets of indoor shows, hosted by Janae SaisQuoi, including Black Widow, Charlotte Harlot, Inita D, Islaya, Mocha Lit, Peachez, Robin Fierce, Sasha Vanguard, The Taurux, Thee CoverGworls, Xunami Muse

“When we were putting the event together, the most important things were community, a celebration of Black art/businesses, and highlighting black queer talent,” said organizer Janae SaisQuoi. “Whether I’m performing or producing, I always want to use my platform to uplift my community and make space for those who historically have not had that space.” 

Activists continue to push for recognition of the significance of Juneteenth. “The Black population is far from free but we still take this time to embrace the freedoms that we do have. Freedom to express ourselves through art, dance, music, singing and writing,” stated the organizers. 

More information: Juneteenth Bring-eth Together

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