This Sunday, July 19th and Monday, July 20 (observed), we commemorate Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865. Below, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth in the district this year, through the support of neighborhood Black-owned businesses, cultural happenings, various resources and organizations, and lastly, Black history in Flatiron & NoMad.
Fotografiska | Exhibition: Black Venus
An exhibition that surveys the legacy of Black women in visual culture – from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures, to the present-day reclamation of the rich complexity of Black womanhood.
Fotografiska | Exhibition: Tony Gum: Milked in Africa
A series originally begun in 2016, Tony Gum uses photographic self-portraiture to emphasize the role heritage and culture play in capturing African art history.
The Thrifty HoG| Third Thursday
Shop for a cause at the upscale resale boutique, The Thrifty HoG on Thursday, June 16 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm with a live DJ and sangria. In honor of Juneteenth, donate $10 for admission and receive a $20 store credit. All proceeds of store sales support the nonprofit Hearts of Gold to support homeless mothers and their children.
Business Support and additional resources:
Black-Owned Businesses in New York City The NYC Dept. of Small Business Services (SBS) “Shop Your City” website has extensive lists of Black-owned businesses in New York City.
App Spotlights Local, Black-Owned Restaurants EatOkra, a downloadable app that helps you find local, Black-owned restaurants through their use-friendly map of over 2,500.
Shop Black-Owned Businesses by Occasion ShoppeBlack is a resource that has compiled lists of Black-owned businesses to shop from by occasion, features and interviews with Black entrepreneurs, and resources for aspiring Black business owners.
The State of Black New York You can’t improve what you can’t measure. The New York Urban League’s (NYUL) ‘State of Black New York’ report acknowledges the inequities suffered by the Black community in New York City and collects data to measure both the depth of the issues as well as progress. Download the SOBNY report.
Employers: Support Career Initiatives through NYUL Get involved in Young Leadership Development with opportunities including engaging the Young Professionals Network, participating in the Project Ready Program, and facilitating Employment Services.