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Ikea store's Juneteenth menu featuring fried chicken and watermelon angered employees at an Atlanta area store.

The store's Juneteenth menu was created in honor of the first official Juneteenth federal holiday on the weekend of June 19.

The Juneteenth menu contained fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and collard greens -- all southern food staples.

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The soul food was to be served to all employees on Saturday to "honor and persevere Black Americans" on Juneteenth, the store stated in an email sent to employees, according to WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta.

However, Black employees expressed outrage after discovering the menu was created by execs at Ikea's corporate office.

"You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time," one employee told CBS46.

Following the backlash, Ikea released a statement, saying "the meal was intended to be served to co-workers as an internal celebration, not customers."

Some employees told CBS46 that no Black employees were involved with creating the menu, But Ikea stated that there were a few Black people on the menu selection committee.

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The first official Juneteenth National Independence Day weekend in America was marred by gunfire and bloodshed over the weekend.

The new federal holiday, which celebrates the end of slavery in Texas, became effective immediately after the bill was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden last week.

However, holiday celebrations ended in shootings in Atlanta, Oakland, Aurora, Baton Rouge, Clover, South Carolina; and Flint, Michigan over the weekend.

One man was killed in a shooting in Old Fourth Ward and three separate shootings wounded three men in three hours in Atlanta over the weekend, the Atlanta Police Department said.

The multiple shootings marred Juneteenth and Father's Day celebrations in Atlanta.

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Elsewhere, one man was shot multiple times as he cowered behind two children in the Bronx Borough of New York City.

A man wearing red stumbled over the children as they walked to a store to buy a loaf of bread. Surveillance video captured another man wearing all black chase the victim and open fire as he tried to hide behind the two children, a 10-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, who were both strangers to him.

Video shows the girl shielding her little brother from the gunfire. The gunman escaped on the back of a scooter driven by another man.

The victim took himself to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his back and both legs.

The two children were not injured. Their horrified parents watched the violence unfold from their apartment window.
 
"They saw the gunman running down the block shooting and they thought they were shooting their children," Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. "That little boy won't leave his dad's lap. When he hears a fire cracker, he thinks it's a shooting."

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The children, their parents, and 2-year-old sister were honored at a NY Yankees game on Sunday.

In other violent shootings over the Juneteenth weekend, at least 5 people died, and 44 were injured in shootings in Chicago (read here).

One person was killed and 6 wounded during shootings near a Juneteenth event in Oakland, CA.

One woman was fatally shot after she opened fire on a police officer at a Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan.

Police say a triple shooting killed 2 men and wounded a 3-year-old boy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

At least 1 man was killed and 4 others wounded in a possible gang-related shooting at a Juneteenth celebration in Aurora, Colorado early Sunday.

And at least 3 people were shot at a Juneteenth celebration in Clover, SC on Saturday.
 

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Candace Owens sparked controversy on Twitter.com when she dismissed Juneteenth as "lame."

The conservative activist slammed the new federal holiday that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 16.

The holiday takes effect immediately, and all government offices were closed on Friday, June 18, to observe the new holiday.

However, Candace is among Black celebrities, such as comedian D.L. Hughley, who question the speed with which Juneteenth became a holiday.

Most Black people outside of Texas had never heard of Juneteenth until President Donald Trump scheduled a rally on that same day last year.

Trump later changed the date of his rally, saying, "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous."

Candace took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the new federal holiday.

"Juneteenth is soooo lame.
Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation.

I'll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only.

I'm American."

"Every single race has been enslaved at some point in human history. Africans are STILL enslaved today.
This is not a holiday. This is more emotional training from Democrats to see ourselves as somehow separate from America.

Independence Day is July 4th."

"This is your daily reminder that immigrants from Africa as well as the Carribean are among the most successful ethnic groups in the country.

America doesn't discriminate against people based on skin. Black Americans are just focused on meaninglessness like 'Juneteenth'."


 

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D.L. Hughley is among the descendants of slaves in America who are side-eyeing Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday.

The comedian is among Black Americans who are on the fence about how swiftly Juneteenth became a federal holiday.

Juneteenth celebrates the day slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they were free - two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862.

Most Black people outside of Texas had never heard of Juneteenth until President Donald Trump decided to hold a rally on that same day last year.

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Trump later changed the date of his rally, saying, "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce quickly recorded a track - "Black Parade" - to capitalize on the controversy.

The very next year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday, leaving most people Googling to learn the meaning behind it.

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Many are now questioning whether Juneteenth would be a federal holiday at all if Trump had chosen a different date for his rally last year.

D.L. says Black people have been demanding reparations, justice and equality for decades, but instead got a 3-day weekend.

There's another reason D.L. and others are wary of the new holiday -- several U.S. Senators who voted for the bill are trying to block schools from teaching about critical race theory.

As he put it, it's hard to explain the holiday if critical race theory is censored.

In the end, D.L. is all for another day to BBQ, but he adds, this holiday does nothing to level the playing field.

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Black Americans who are descendants of slaves celebrated the news that Congress approved Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

However, Rep. Cori Bush, a member of "The Squad", says that's not enough.

On Wednesday, June 16, the House of Representatives approved a bill making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday known as "National Independence Day."

Bush, a Democrat, is also calling for monetary reparations and "Black liberation."

"It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs," she tweeted on Wednesday night.

"It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country. Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized."

Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure for Juneteenth, saying another federal holiday will hurt small businesses financially.

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day African-Americans learned they had been emancipated. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth is recognized by 48 states and Washington DC. North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that don't recognize the holiday.

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Beyonce's new track, "Black Parade," commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, is officially a flop.

To accompany the song, the manipulative singer listed a directory of Black businesses (mostly young Black artisans) on her personal website. She called the business directory "Parade Route."

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The track, which dropped on Friday night, managed to garner only 1.8 million views and over 6,000 dislikes on Beyonce's YouTube channel as of Sunday afternoon.

Beyonce's team keeps deleting the video when it racks up dislikes and tons of negative comments. The video now has just over 280K views and 552 dislikes.

A YouTube viewer commented: "the song is just okay... its actually one of the worse songs she's done... again the black directory makes it worth it but I'm not gonna praise the song... sorry."

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Your auntie knew that if I was patient long enough, Beyonce would one day be irrelevant in my lifetime. Call me petty but I'm enjoying watching her downfall.

It's a bittersweet moment for your auntie. Some of my regular roses know about the fake restraining order, the lies, the police report, the death threats, the online harassment, the blacklisting, etc.

The internet has managed to do what your auntie failed to do: clip the queen bee's wings and bring her back down to earth.

Beyonce is finally irrelevant.
 

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Right-wing conservative Chadwick Moore angered Black Twitter when he denounced Juneteenth as a holiday in America.

Moore, who is homosexual, tweeted on June 20, "I'm sorry, blacks, but you already have a month. Juneteenth isn't a thing. Don't colonize our month as well. thanks. Signed, the gays."

Moore managed to trigger Black people, liberals, and even other gays -- all of whom tried to "cancel" him. Unfortunately, their efforts fell flat because Moore himself is in the protected category.

Moore also refused to capitalize the 'B' in reference to Black people, writing: "Firstly, black is not with a capital 'B.' That's a recent, weird leftist media style guide thing."

Moore spent the rest of the evening taunting those who tried to cancel him:

"I'm living proof you can beat the mob. I've done it three times now. Why aren't more people like me?"

Moore is a 36-year-old journalist, public speaker, political commentator, and a regular guest on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News. He was a lifelong liberal until he came out as a conservative in 2016.

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Beyonce Knowles surprised her fans by dropping a new track "Black Parade" to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19.

Beyonce celebrates the rich history of West African slaves in Texas who were liberated and emancipated in 1865:

    We got rhythm (We got rhythm), we got pride (We got pride)
    We birth kings (We birth kings), we birth tribes (We birth tribes)
    Holy river (Holy river), holy tongue (Holy tongue)
    Speak the glory (Speak the glory), feel the love (Feel the love)
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    I can't forget my history, it's her-story
    Motherland drip on me, motherland, motherland drip on me

She also shouts out her loyal BeyHive fanatics on the track. "You hear them swarmin', right? Bees is known to bite."

The track is the 39-year-old singer's 2nd offering in 2020. She hopped on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix" earlier this year. With Beyonce help, "Savage Remix" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
 

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New York City has declared Juneteenth an official holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced that June 19 -- the date that slaves were emancipated in the U.S. -- is an official holiday.

Juneteenth is a Texas state holiday celebrated annually throughout the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing in the city of Galveston, Texas, that all slaves in Texas were freed on June 19, 1865.

Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes as millions of Black Americans plan to observe the day as an official holiday this weekend.

"We'll work with all the unions to work through the plan, give this day the importance and recognition it deserves," de Blasio said in a press statement. "Every city worker, every student will have the opportunity to reflect the meaning of our history and the truth."


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Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an order making Juneteenth - also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day - a paid holiday for state workers.

California Senator Kamala Harris says she will push for legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

In related news, Snapchat removed a Juneteenth filter following backlash on Friday. The filter asked users to smile in order to break chains of slavery.

"We deeply apologize to the members of the Snapchat community who found this Lens offensive," a Snapchat spokesperson told CNN Business. "A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in developing the concept, but a version of the Lens that went live for Snapchatters this morning had not been approved through our review process."