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Vanessa Williams to Perform ‘Black National Anthem’ During Capitol Fourth of July Celebration to Promote ‘Juneteenth’


Actress and singer Vanessa Williams will be singing the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” more commonly known as the Black National Anthem, as she hosts PBS’ 41st annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration.

Williams said that she is singing the song as a way to promote “Juneteenth” on the Fourth of July.

“It’s in celebration of the wonderful opportunity that we now have to celebrate Juneteenth. So we are reflective of the times,” she told the Associated Press.

Juneteenth was made a federal holiday this year and already took place on June 19.

“Williams serves as host this year but it’s not be the first time that she‘s brought current social changes to the festivities. At last year’s show, Williams said her musical selections expressed the angst that Black women — especially mothers — were feeling,” the AP report notes.

Williams sang the song, “Not While I’m Around,” from the musical “Sweeney Todd,” because it “talked about just the connection that you have with your child and wanting to protect them, which was definitely reflective of George Floyd and how everybody felt that pain.”

The Capitol Fourth show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS, airs on multiple streaming platforms, and is played for troops around the world.


  1. It's not a national anthem.

    1. But first of all, she will sing the Israel National Anthem..
      B4efore anything else..
      Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war
      With the cross of Jesus going on before
      Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe
      Forward into battle see His banners go

  2. why? it's the fourth of JULY, jooonteemph has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

  3. Unbeknownst to her, this is what she is truly promoting: https://vimeo.com/527839223

    and https://vimeo.com/527981569

  4. Her nasty lesbian sex photos are still available on the Internet.

  5. Now what ELSE are we gonna pander the niiggers with? They have to come up with something else soon or the white folk will just say go fuck yourself!!!!