Have You Heard? Juneteenth is the day the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved African Americans in Texas in 1865-2 years after slavery was abolished in the United States. We celebrated a few of the Texas-born artists whose music makes up the soundtrack of America: Erykah Badu, Ornette Coleman, Beyoncé & Solange, Megan Thee Stallion, Gary Clark, Jr.