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EXCLUSIVE RECAP: Juneteenth New Jersey Celebration 2022

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

Images Courtesy of Shelly Ferrell of LegitMindzMedia

Juneteenth NJ Celebration is a huge three-day event that celebrates the liberation of African Americans in the United States alongside community and culture. Founded by Isaiah Thomas, Jola Babalola, and Stevens Germain, the Juneteenth NJ events have brought in guests from not only other states, but other countries as well such as Trinidad and Canada. With safety on the founders' minds, they created these events where black people can enjoy themselves unapologetically and celebrate their culture, their talent, and their joy.

From June 17-19, the entire community came together to celebrate the Jersey way. It kicked off with the pop-shop and block party at Brown Mill located at 49 Halsey Street in Newark which gave guests a chance for networking among peers before heading into the festival weekend with an opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise that will be available only during this time jubilant time of the year.

Each day of the 3-day event was full of excitement and networking leaving the audience smiling, dancing, and singing to the culture's sound. After picking up our media passes, our team had the chance to indulge in the fun too. 3 Day Juneteenth NJ Festival Event Schedule

Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop & Block Party at BrownMill Company located in Newark, New Jersey
Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop & Block Party at BrownMill Company located in Newark, New Jersey.

Friday, June 17

Pop-Up Shop and Block Party From 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM located at BrownMill Company Storefront 49 Halsey Street Newark, New Jersey, 07102 United States

Flyer for Saturday, June 18, 2022 Juneteenth NJ Panel
The live panel session allowed well-known emerging creatives and entrepreneurs to give gems to success to the audience.

Saturday, June 18

Just Between Us: Live Panel and Networking Event

1:00 PM 8:00 PM

Mana Contemporary 888 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ, 07306

Flyer for Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Juneteenth NJ Celebration
Juneteenth NJ Sunday, June 19 at The American Dream Mall located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth Celebration 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM IZOD CENTER PARKING LOT American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Exclusive Interview with Adrianna Lea and Brown Mill Company

"When we all come together, we know how to have a great time!" Adrianna Lea expressed energetically about her experience overall with Juneteenth NJ for 2022.

Juneteenth was previously held in Jersey City at Liberty State Park, but this year, their biggest day took place at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford. Over twenty thousand people were estimated to have attended Sunday's festival as they enjoyed everything from food trucks and authentic cuisine to black-owned business vendors with incredible deals on their products.

There were also live performances throughout the day; some of our favorites for the culture such as Unicorn, and Chad Piff with Snatched Agency's dancers, Kia Bhn, Topaz Jones, Just Blaze, Dana Lu, AmNija, and more took the stage.

With host Moneta-Kai, the crowd stayed engaged meanwhile the DJs Kia Bhn, LilMan, Flygerian, Beloved, MoreSoupPlease, and Showcase kept the crowd dancing and turned with energy during the 9-hour show celebration in the Garden State.

Juneteenth NJ Performance by Unicorn 151 aka Killa Kherk Cobain, and Chad Piff at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford
Chad Piff The Modern Day Hippie and Unicorn 151 performing at Juneteenth NJ on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

There was music and dancing all day long, as well as delicious food and drink vendors. The atmosphere and energy was electric. It was clear that everyone was having a great time in the crowd from the view, and the ambiance.

If you missed out on the Juneteenth New Jersey Celebration this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year. Trust me, it's an event you won't want to miss!

Tenaja David also known as Kia BHN, the original creator of the "Jersey Anniversary" blend.
Shayla Henderson Dancing at Juneteenth NJ at American Dream Mall
Lead Choreographer Shayla Henderson of Snatched Agency dancing on the Juneteenth NJ stage.
Isaiah Thomas, Jola Babalola, and Stevens Germain
Isaiah Thomas, Jola Babalola, and Stevens Germain, The Founders of Juneteenth NJ.

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