Miss Juneteenth is a love letter to director Channing Godfrey Peoples hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
“I’m happy that we are getting it out at this time, because it’s a gesture of people who were freed late in Texas, she shared with WWD — two-and-a-half years after everyone else. This is my small tribute to them.”
Set in a suburb of Forth Worth, Tex. — where she grew up — the story centers on mother-daughter duo Turquoise and Kai, and the town’s annual Juneteenth celebration and Miss Juneteenth pageant, where one young Black girl is awarded a full college scholarship.
“There was dance, there was movement, people would sing those songs — ‘Life Every Voice and Sing’ — and the centerpiece was the Miss Juneteenth pageant, with these young beautiful African American women on stage. As a young African American girl, it gave me a sense of confidence, and gave me a sense of hope for the future,” she recalled.