Miss Juneteenth



Miss Juneteenth movie poster

Miss Juneteenth is Channing Godfrey Peoples first featured film that was also written and directed by her. The movie stars Kendrick Sampson, Nicole Beharie, and Alexis Chikaeze. Miss Juneteenth is distributed by Vertical Entertainment with a budget of $700,000 to $2.5 million.

This American drama movie follows a single mother from Texas that applies her 15-year-old daughter to a pageant show named Miss Juneteenth pageant. The movie premiered 24th January 2020 at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie received mixed criticism and a lot of reviews regarding the many diverse themes around the end of slavery in the United States and the end of racism.





Release date: January 24, 2020


Miss Juneteenth Cast and Crew 

Directors: Channing Godfrey Peoples

Writers: Channing Godfrey Peoples

Stars: Alexis Chikaeze, Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson

Genre: Drama

Movie Duration: 1h 43m

IMDb: 6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%

Metacritic: 73%




Miss Juneteenth is showing us the story and the relationship between a single mother and her 15-year-old daughter. Turquoise Jones wanted to achieve her American dream. When she was younger, Turq won few beauty pageants competitions but in the end, it didn’t pay off and her life didn’t turn out like she hoped it would.

She didn’t want to let that happened to her only child and she wanted her to succeed with everything she didn’t have success. Her daughter Kai that is played by Alexis Chikaeze didn’t share almost any interest in her mother’s plans.


Kai wanted to join a dancing team but her mother wasn’t very happy to hear about that. Her main issue was the lack of money in order to pay for the bills they will show us how to ward can it get when all the little things add up and break down on her. Despite working double jobs, she still managed to find the will and sense of humor for her daughter. Miss Juneteenth will show us how a mother and daughter bond is strong and indestructible.


She is still talking with Kai’s father who wants to marry her but she doesn’t want anything to do with an unreliable man who works as a mechanic. She just wants her daughter to win the beauty pageant with all the perks that go with the prize including scholarship and other.

Kai already has a boyfriend and Turq didn’t like that at all. Turq also had a rough childhood and her relationship with her mother who has problems with alcohol. Kai proved herself as an excellent dancer and in the end, they found a way to make everything happened and found reasoning for each other.



In Miss Juneteenth, we can see the evolving bond between the mother and daughter throughout the rough times. To tell the story about a postponed dream that she wanted to achieve and about all the obstacles and she needed to clear, and most importantly to describe how it felt living at that time in the United States and Texas.


What is like when you have only hope left?


Even though rough times they wanted to show us that they stuck together no matter the situation and no matter how hard it was for them at that time. The bond between Turquoise and Kai shows us how much they needed each other despite their miss haves and fights they still shared hugs and kisses between them.

Miss Juneteenth also shows us what was like growing up as a young girl in those times wanting to have a normal life hanging out with her mother and practicing her moves in front of a mirror.


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Lazarus is an experienced movie and gaming content writer for many years and has developed a passionate interest in films, series, games, film theories, and film criticism over the years.

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