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‘Miss Juneteeth’ Director Channing Godfrey Peoples: “I Feel Grateful To Be Able To Tell A Story About Black People”

Channing Godfrey Peoples, writer and director of ‘Miss Juneteenth,’ interviewed with Entertainment Weekly about Juneteenth and her first movie.

The director, who made directorial debut with ‘Miss Juneteenth,’ shared her memories about Juneteenth, the day marking the end of the slavery in the United States:

“Juneteenth, for me, was something that I looked forward to every year as a kid. I remember looking forward to it because I knew I was going to see the parade and there was going to be blues music and dance, and we were going to eat barbecue, and I was going to see folks I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

The Texas-born filmmaker revealed that she was inspired to make a film about Juneteenth at that time.

Regarding her indie drama movie, Peoples told:

It’s an honor for me, as an African-American filmmaker, to be releasing a film that has the backdrop of Juneteenth in it. I feel grateful to be able to tell this story. I feel grateful to be able to tell a story about Black people.”

Then, the writer & director Peoples expressed her love for Black Culture:

“I love being Black. I love us. And that is another reason that I wanted to tell this story, and I was really passionate about it, and fought to tell it.”

In order to reach out to the full transcript of the interview, click here.

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