The Ultimate Playlist for Father’s Day and Juneteenth

Screenshot from Spotify
Written by Guy Nave

Okay, so Father’s Day and Juneteenth have aligned this year. Here is our opportunity to contribute to a GLOBAL celebration of BOTH!!!

For me, six months into the year has already felt like 12 months. I’m exhausted and need a little inspiration. I usually turn to music for inspiration.

The picture above is a screenshot from my Spotify app homepage. It promotes “New music from Black artists across the globe in celebration of Juneteenth.”

I listened to the playlist and quickly came to the conclusion that NO ONE with any understanding of Juneteenth was involved in compiling this playlist “celebrating” Juneteenth.

Don’t get me wrong, while I can definitely get my groove on listening to the playlist, the list fails to highlight black music rooted in a spirit of black liberation and family celebration!

Because of my disappointment with this list, I decided to create my own playlist that is open to the public. I’ve just begun to populate the list but I wanted to extend an invitation as soon as possible to others to add to the list.

I’m not super tech-savvy so I hope this works!

I’ve made this playlist “public” so others can listen and sign up as “collaborators” to add to the list. I believe the link below should give you access as a “collaborator.”

If this doesn’t work and others are aware of an easier way to make the list a collaborative project, please respond with a note.

Also, PLEASE respond to let me know what you think of this project!

Let’s work together to provide an inspiring Father’s Day and Juneteenth for one another!!

Here’s the LINK

Much love! Happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth!!

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About the author

Guy Nave

Guy Nave is a professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His research focuses on the topics of Christianity, religion and social justice, the social construction of religious meaning, and race-religion-and-politics. Professor Nave is currently researching the power, politics, and meaning behind the rhetoric of "change."

He is the author of several articles and book chapters, and he served as a New Testament Greek translator for the 2011 Common English Bible. His commentary on 2 Corinthians is published in the African American New Testament Commentary, and his book, The Role and Function of Repentance in Luke-Acts has been identified as “the standard scholarly work on repentance in the New Testament.”

Guy Nave received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. In addition to his blog posts here, he is a frequent contributor to Sojourners Magazine's online "Commentary" blog series.

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