"Miss Juneteenth" is a 2020 American drama film directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples.
The starring cast includes Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Liz Mikel, Lori Hayes, Jaime Matthis, Akron Watson, Phyllis Cicero, Lisha Hackney, Marcus M. Mauldin and others.
Vertical Entertainment US on Thursday, May 21, 2020 released the trailer:
Miss Juneteenth | Official Trailer (HD) | Vertical Entertainment.
Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), is a single mother in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. She is the former winner of the local Miss Juneteenth pageant which offers full scholarships to college. She enters her 15-year-old daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) in the same pageant despite her daughter's obvious lack of enthusiasm.
While other former Miss Juneteenth winners have gone on to have successful careers Turquoise's education was derailed by the birth of Kai, which forced her to drop out of college and for a time work as a stripper. To make ends meet she currently works at a bar and part time as a beautician at a mortuary where the owner is romantically interested in her. However Turquoise is still in love with Kai's father Ronnie (Kendrick Sampson) and the two continue sleeping together despite officially being separated.
Kai struggles with her preparations for the Miss Juneteenth pageant, wanting to pursue dance instead. When her father fails to come through with the money for her pageant dress she is forced to compete in her mother's old gown.
The Miss Juneteenth pageant goes forward. To Turquoise's surprise for Kai's talent she performs Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman, the poem that Turquoise performed herself and had been pushing Kai to perform, but set to dance. Turquoise is proud of her performance but nevertheless Kai fails to even place in the Miss Juneteenth pageant.
After the owner of the bar where she works suffers heart problems he lets Turquoise know that he must sell the bar. However she offers him a counter proposal, offering to slowly buy out his business. He accepts and Turquoise begins her new life as a businesswoman.
Here is the full cast and characters of Miss Juneteenth.
The film Miss Juneteenth was scheduled to be released on January 24, 2020 (Sundance) and on June 19, 2020 (United States) by Vertical Entertainment, Rialto Distribution and Vertigo Releasing.
The duration of the film is 103 minutes. With a budget of $700,000 - 2.5 million, the film grossed over $100,349.
Miss Juneteenth got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 99/100.
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