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As usual, we hope you’ve been staying safe, mobilized and vigilant (and hydrated) out there. With Juneteenth today, this weekend has tons of marches, vigils, celebrations and other opportunities to show support and solidarity, all of which we’ll get into in just a moment. (Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram @brightestyoungthings; we’ve been trying to keep our stories up to date with all the latest info and resources.)

Very quickly, here are some things you might be interested in from the BYT universe this week:

Friday June 19th

  • Again, our Juneteenth guide offers a pretty extensive list of events you can participate in in-person or from home, so be sure to check that out for some solid options.
  • We also mention it in the guide, but remember to buy from Bandcamp today; they’re donating 100% of their share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
  • Also, new records out today from John Legend, Teyana Taylor Phoebe Bridgers, Bob Dylan and Braids. (The linked ones are available via Bandcamp.)
  • Get your weekend food needs covered by #BlackEatsDMV – not only are the options delicious, but 20% of proceeds from flash passes will be donated to support the social justice initiatives of Movement for Black Lives.
  • AFI Docs throughout the weekend.

Saturday June 20th

  • Black Onyx Movement is organizing a peaceful protest that is set to start at 12PM at Mt Vernon Square with a 2PM stop at Black Lives Matter Plaza, planning to end at 4pm at Freedom Plaza.
  • It’s also Love Record Stores Day ft. 24hrs of live-streamed DJ sets and performances from the likes of Robyn, Shura, Ultraista, Anna of the North, Craig David, Ghostpoet, Austra and more. Over 130 record stores will be featured in support of keeping independent record stores alive, and the day will also benefit #SaveOurVenues, Covid-19 Relief Fund and Black Lives Matter, so be sure to donate if you can.
  • And Small Business Live kicks off at 4pm ET today; it’s a one-day virtual musical experience to raise money for Accion Opportunity Fund to provide grants to the most at-risk small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19, with a focus on those run by women and people of color. Lineup features Ms. Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, Allen Stone, Bam Marley, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, MXTMOON and more.
  • House of Yes, meanwhile, is putting on a new round of Soundtrack For A Movement, this time ft. the one and only Rimarkable; she’s a DJ, producer, drummer and vocalist, and she also co-founded JOY, a day party created to celebrate queer and trans people of color. Free as always, but tonight they’re raising money for The Loveland Foundation, so consider donating if you’re able. Starts at 8pm ET.
  • Plus KCON:TACT begins today and runs until June 26th, so if you have $19.99 to spare and really love K-Pop, this may be your dream come true.
  • And NYC’s The Tank is putting on a virtual edition of PRIDEFEST with a whole bunch of programming; tonight and tomorrow night is Rule of 7×7 ft. 7 LGBTQIA+ writers, 7 rules, 7 short plays featuring LGBTQIA+ casts. Live on Zoom, starts at 8pm, money being raised for Fair Fight.

Sunday June 21st

  • It’s Father’s Day; if you are in a position where you can and want to celebrate your dad, give him a call. (Or a social distanced air hug, or a hug-hug if you’re quarantined together.)
  • Or if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas, here are some local Black-owned businesses you can support while you shop for him.
  • City Winery is putting on a $12 virtual Father’s Day concert ft. Keb’ Mo’, Billy Bragg, Nikka Costa, Fantastic Negrito, Joan Osborne, Dar Williams, Citizen Cope, Colin Hay and many more at 5pm ET. 
  • For Pride-relevant programming, there’s round two of Rule of 7×7 via The Tank, or check out Shaw’s Tavern Virtual Drag Bingo starting at 8pm ET.
  • If you somehow magically watched every AFI Doc in the span of four days, NYC’s Lower East Side Film Festival has also gone virtual this year and is running until June 29th. Grab an all-access pass for $30, or catch individual screenings for $10 each.
  • Plus Danish film A Hijacking is screening this week only as part of Filmfest DC’s programming, free of charge.
  • In terms of TV, The Chi S3 premieres on Showtime at 9pm ET, the 2020 ESPYs are on ESPN at 9pm ET, and NOS4A2 S2 premieres on BBC America/AMC at 9pm ET.

Once again, we hope you stay safe, mobilized and vigilant (AND HYDRATED) out there this weekend. In the meantime, did we miss something? Drop us a line at [email protected]

Featured photo by Clay Banks