Block Party Trailer Has Me Excited For Juneteenth

Soul food, family reunions, spades and family fights… sign me up.

All right folks, listen up: There’s a new movie coming out this summer from BuzzFeed Studios, and I need you to stop whatever you’re doing and watch the trailer right now:

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Party in the street billed as Juneteenth’s first family comedy, and this trailer delivers a sense of belonging, happiness, and “good old fashioned family barbecue” vibes, just in time for the holidays!

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Seriously, for a moment I forgot that this was a movie trailer and it took me back to the summer of 2016. (Can we all agree that the summer of 2016 was the best?)

The film stars Antoinette Robertson from dear white peoplewho I was excited to see come out of a supporting role and become the main character with the energy he deserves.

Antoinette stars as Harvard graduate Keke McQueen who returns to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan just in time to help her grandmother plan her annual Juneteenth block party.

However, no one said it would be easy.

Speaking of family reunions, I felt transported back to my black entertainment family reunion with all these familiar faces and Hollywood legends appearing on screen. We have Margaret Avery from The color Purple:

golden streams of brides:

John Amos of good times, EstateY Coming to America:

Gary Anthony-Williams the boondocks:

Comedian Luenell from borate Y dolemite is my name:

and Bill Cobbs, who is famous for Jack’s New Town and has been a guest star in just about every other movie and TV show. That’s a lineup!

And, excuse me, I never thought I’d ever see the legendary Margaret Avery aka the original Shug Avery proposing to the GOAT, John Amos, with her cleavage! This alone makes me excited to see this movie. Let’s talk about a mood!

Now that we’ve addressed that, can we also talk about visual appeal? We get Terayle Hill shirtless at least once (but who’s keeping score), and by the looks of it, we’ll also get at least one kiss scene.

Is he Keke’s past love interest from his hometown?

Party in the street was written and produced by Lisa Mathis and is based on characters she grew up with in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The production hired local staff and businesses, so it truly was a local celebration.

And it was directed by Dawn Wilkinson, award-winning filmmaker and executive producer at Increase who has also directed episodes for Empire, How to get away with murder, Riverdaleand too many other things to list.

So we get together and watch Party in the street as a family? I will be there for sure! Party in the street will be in theaters June 8th and on BET+ June 16th, just in time for Juneteenth!

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