Celebrate TONE's Juneteenth Weekend in Memphis with Juicy J, Erykah Badu, Curren$y and more

It’s that time again... TONE is hosting their weekend-long celebration of Juneteenth: A Family Reunion.

From June 14th-16th, they have curated back to back events to celebrate Black culture and community in Memphis.

TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross
TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross

The weekend kicks-off with their Spades Tournament at the TONE Gallery on Friday, June 14th.

If you’ve ever played Spades then you know two things are true...one, that even though you’re playing a game it is no joking matter and two, if you can’t play Spades, you can’t play Spades.

Each team will go head-to-head each round to determine who will win the cash prize and bragging rights of being the Spades Champion.

TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross

Next up on the weekend plans is the Gala and the Afterparty at the Orange Mound Lounge on Saturday, June 15th.

The Gala is an evening of beauty, fashion, and fundraising where each of the guests get to dress in the theme. This year they have chosen the theme - Revival: Sunday’s Best.

But what classifies as Sunday’s Best? Well, let me give you a little historical context because this is a staple portion of Black Southern culture.

Enslaved African Americans weren’t afforded the luxury of having a plethora of clothing options... so they saved their best outfit to wear exclusively in church.

TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross

Today, Black Americans in the South continue to uphold that tradition by saving their “best dress” or most impeccable outfit to wear at church on Sundays.

TONE is highlighting a staple in Black culture by choosing Sunday’s best as their theme. But still, what classifies as Sunday’s Best?

I can help you with that too. Your Sunday’s best is what makes you feel the most beautiful, confident, and it should be a little flashy too.

Whether you’re wearing an embroidered gown or a suit, make sure you top it all off with accessories: a large hat, gloves, and a lot of jewelry... if you follow these tips you’ll be just fine.

TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross
TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross

Last but certainly not least, the annual Juneteenth Festival at the Orange Mound Tower on Sunday, June 16th.

Each year TONE ends their weekend-long celebration with their annual Juneteenth Festival. This family friendly festival lasts all day long and it’s the best way to wrap up “the family reunion.”

There will be food trucks, festivities, and performances by local and celebrity headliners.

This year they’re bringing out: Juicy J, Curren$y, DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown a.k.a. Erykah Badu, and Hitkidd.

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Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these Juneteenth festivities.

For more information, tickets, and updates on TONE’s weekend-long celebration of Juneteenth, click here.

TONE Juneteenth 2023
Kai Ross

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Hi, Hii. I’m Carmen Monèt and I am a free-lance journalist from Memphis, TN. I’ve always had a love for storytelling and actually I used to say that I was providing a voice for the “voiceless;” but as I’ve grown as a writer I’m learning that we’ve always had a voice, we just didn’t have the platform to express ourselves.

So I listen a lot, but I also get to connect with people so much. My daughter Cabella is the best part of my entire life, and she has pushed me to actually follow my dreams of becoming a real writer. I hope that people are able to really feel the passion and vulnerability that I infuse in my writing, and be teleported into the story.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

If I could build my version of the “perfect” meal in Memphis, we’d have to take a drive around the city and make a few stops. I’m a certified taco lover, and currently TacosNGanas has been my go-to for some good shrimp tacos. Once we leave there, let's slide over to Slider Inn, and order the “Mix & Match,” granted we’re doing more matching than mixing, because I only ever order their fried Buffalo Chicken sliders with no pickles, ofcourse. Now our next stop has some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, but what stood out the most to me was their creamy mac & cheese, I’m a southern girl and I love me some mac & cheese. Last but not least, we’ve got to walk just a couple of doors down to Babalu for some fresh guacamole. I can  assure you that there is absolutely nothing cohesive about this picnic, but none of the flavors will disappoint you. 

Why do you love Memphis:

Memphis is just such a cultural powerhouse. This city that I love has given me so many beautiful memories. Each day I get to experience it from a different view, but in that, I still get to experience the underlying feeling of community. The people here are some of the best people in the world. There are local artists whose eyes will light up when they see you supporting them and singing along with them. There are locally-owned and operated restaurants that care about you actually being satisfied with your meal and their service. One of the things I love and think about the most is how Memphis has been able to “bounce-back” to life and actually living, after so many doors were closed forever due to COVID; but, I can’t say that I’m surprised, our perseverance is unwaivering.

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