Miss Juneteenth

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Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path -- but does so with charm and grace.

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Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen--she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed--two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

Cast

Nicole Beharie
as Turquoise
Lori Hayes
as Charlotte
Liz Mikel
as Betty Ray
Phyllis Cicero
as Mrs. Washington
Lisha Hackney
as Clarissa
Mathew Greer
as Rev. Patterson
Jaime Matthis
as Quintavious
Alicia Dary
as Parade Attendee
Carol Dary
as Parade Attendee
Jacqueline Daryl
as Parade Attendee
Jacqueline Dary
as Parade Attendee
Rochelle Goodrich
as Parade Attendee
Stacey A. Sheffield
as Church Member
Ari Smith
as Church Member
Marlene Thornton
as Church Member
Eleanor T. Threatt
as Church Member
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  • It's a story that doesn't ignore the realities of being Black in America, acknowledging deep-seated issues that the country continues to grapple with.

    June 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Zach Long

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A really sweet movie. It's a little loose, but I think it really fits with the story itself, which kind of meanders its way into a kind of sweet feeling.

    June 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Miss Juneteenth benefits from subtle, offhand performances from Beharie and Chikaeze; as a portrait of a community, it's layered and rich.

    June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • A warmhearted and pain-streaked melodrama that's deeply anchored in observation and experience.

    June 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's meaning and purpose in this commemorative spectacle, but as Peoples guides her characters toward a beauty-queen showdown that seems both predictable and not, she suggests that pageantry and performance have their limits.

    June 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Marking an impressive directorial debut, Miss Juneteenth is a straightforward story of mothers and daughters... It's also a terrific showcase for star Nicole Beharie.

    June 20, 2020 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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