Say it with your chest. Here are the 19 best Juneteenth T-shirts of the weekend

The June 16 printed t-shirts are proof that whatever the message, Black LA will always – and quite literally – find a way to say it with their chests. Malcolm X watched from the clouds. A proud Pan-African color explosion. It’s a scene from “Baby Boy” where Yvette is scolding Jody. Remembering lost Black icons, collage style in loving memory. Political statements do not indicate what we have lost, but what we have not. Dedication to the holiday itself.

It’s tradition: Use forward-looking attire as a way to tell a story about your culture, point to a shared reference, show pride in where you’re from, or to honor honor an identity. You wear these as a means of connecting with other people, hoping someone might catch a glimpse of the crowd and think, “Dope shirt.”

Pictures spent the day at the June 13 Festival at Leimert Park looking at the best t-shirts of the day. From personal, to artistic, to serious, to funky – here’s the official ranking of our favorites.

19. Tina Edwards, 62 years old, from Leimert Park

Tina Edwards, 62, from Leimert Park, shows off a t-shirt celebrating June 13.

Tina Edwards, 62, from Leimert Park, shows off a t-shirt celebrating June 13.

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“It was the sixteenth of June. And I think that’s something special for me to represent.”

18. Corisha Jack, aka DJ Cori J, 32 years old, Compton

Corisha Jack, aka DJ Cori J.

For Corisha Jack, aka DJ Cori J from Compton, it’s all about nostalgia.

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“It’s between this and a Tupac shirt from ‘Juice.’ It’s nostalgic, that’s why I chose it”.

17. Ashley and DJ Merritt, Phoenix

Ashley and DJ Merritt, from Phoenix.

Ashley and DJ Merritt, from Phoenix, had the right t-shirts for the occasion. Ashley said: “The sixteenth is our holiday.

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“It’s time for us to celebrate. Instead of July 4, we can now celebrate June 13. It tells us that we are free this time. Ashley says June 13 is our holiday. The DJ is from LA and wants to come back on June 13th.

16. Azonda Neré Gordon (aka Azonda the GOAT), LA

Protect the Blunt Collection by Azonde Nere Gordon (aka Azonde the Goat).

Azondé Neré Gordon’s design collection carries a clear message.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“For me, that means when I go out and I roll my hands up my clothes, I don’t want it crushed or lost. There is a perception of stonemasons and what they are like. But I [smoke] effectively. I’m like, let me create some fun. “

15. Dev, West LA

West LA Dev residents pay their respects to local heroes.

West LA Dev residents pay their respects to local heroes.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“It was Tupac’s birthday not too long ago. I [wanted] to connect with the community as well as represent the community. ”

14. Imani Ward, 25, Leimert Park

Imani Ward, 25 years old, from Leimert Park.

Imani Ward’s T-shirt comes from a brand called God Is Dope.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“It’s from a brand called God Is Dope. I got this about a year ago. I feel like I can be myself here, and I want to wear something that makes me feel comfortable.”

13. Randall Grey, 41 years old, Beverly Hills

Randall Grey, 41 years old, Beverly Hills.

Randall Gray: “Nipsey represents the community. He is one of the reasons we are here today united. “

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“This shirt is part of the culture. Nipsey represents the community. He is one of the reasons we are here today united. “

12. Dawnyell Dixon, 25 years old, Compton

Dawnyell Dixon wears that scene from "Boy."

Dawnyell Dixon wears that scene from “Baby Boy.”

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“I think it would be great to show the culture. It’s a movie we’ve all seen before.”

11. Donovan Newman, 25 years old, Chino

Donovan Newman's tee shot requires us to look up.

Need guidance? Donovan Newman’s tee shot requires us to look up.

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“Actually Pan-Africanism is mine -.”

10. Desmond Gooden, 30 years old, Long Beach

For Desmond Gooden, this t-shirt is about feeling the spirit.

For Desmond Gooden, this t-shirt is about feeling the spirit.

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“This is the trademark of my homie, Squad S— Only. I feel in spirit, you feel me? Support my ancestors did this for us. We’re going to roll it out globally. We are about to take it further than they could have imagined.”

9. Danielle Harvey, South Central

Danielle Harvey, from South Central LA

Danielle Harvey: “Now that they’re here to please us, I think we perform better than the original.”

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“I grew up in the South Central Coast in the 70s, 80s and 90s when it was not the right place. Now that they’re here to help us, I think we perform better than the original. I am also a proud host in the South Central Coast. We will stop evolution. “

8. Darachanel Parker, 29 years old, Van Nuys

Darachanel Parker talks a lot but very little.

Darachanel Parker talks a lot but doesn’t say much.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“Anti-Social Black Girl: It’s Like, the Politics of Respect? I do not owe your kindness”.

7. Dale and Tessa Herron, LA

Dale and Tessa Herron.

What do Leimert Park’s Sixteenth Day Festival and the Unlucky thing have in common with Dale and Tessa Herron? Herd increases capacity.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“This is a representation of Black culture. Going out and facing Black LA, it was one of the very few events where we got to go out and show our full self. For me, this event was a total vibe. As well as Blackness,” said Dale Herron.

“We got it from a black-owned business, it’s called Blood of a Nation,” said Tessa Herron.

6. CJ Lewis, 24 years old, Long Beach

CJ Lewis, 24 years old, from Long Beach.

CJ Lewis chose to issue a clear statement on June 16.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“Anytime [the cops] around, they make me nervous. The reality is that these ordinary people can have a lot of that power, and sometimes when you give someone that power, they take advantage of it. That almost always costs us Black’s life.”

5. Caleb twins, ages 5 and 8, Jacob and Grace, LA

Siblings Caleb, Jacob, and Grace wear a sixteenth day t-shirt that says "Freedom since 1865."

Siblings Caleb, Jacob, and Grace wear a sixteenth day t-shirt that reads “Freedom since 1865”. Because “we were never really free from the oppression of our country,” says their mother, Charity Chandler Cole.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“They’re wearing sixteenth-day shirts that say ‘Freedom since 1865’ because we’ve never really escaped the oppression of our country,” said their mother, Charity Chandler Cole speak.

Gbemi Mustapha, wearing a Guilty USA tee.

Gbemi Mustapha wears a Guilty USA t-shirt. Brand co-owner Habibi Mitchell said: “This t-shirt became a reality seeing the transformation of this neighborhood.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“Specifically, this t-shirt came to fruition seeing the change of this neighborhood. I used to live right around the corner, my grandparents had that house for 12 years. Looking at the neighbors now compared to the people they used to be, it’s like a completely different city. A completely different atmosphere.”

3. MJ, 28 years old, South Central Coast

"This pretty much speaks for itself," MJ said that MJ wears an I-IN-SCOPE t-shirt.

MJ wearing an I-IN-SCOPE T-shirt says, “This one pretty much speaks for itself.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“We have a contemporary archive – ITS-IN-SCOPE – that holds space for a study with homies and then converts it into artifacts in various forms. Some tees, some text, some pictures, some audio projects. This tee is recycling ideas, recycled materials, just to keep figuring things out. This speaks volumes for itself. Malcolm said for me: Be a builder, not a beggar. It’s really just the energy of building practice – really building from the ground up. ”

2. Brandon Anyanwu, 24 years old, Inglewood

Brandon Anyanwu from Inglewood says his t-shirt is all about self-knowledge.

Brandon Anyanwu from Inglewood says his t-shirt is all about self-knowledge.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“Jesus looks like us, you feel me? We must demonstrate our knowledge of ourselves. “

1. Zee of Zee Printing, LA

Zee of Zee Printing is keeping his t-shirts for sale.

Zee of Zee Printing says it’s one of his most popular t-shirts for June 13.

(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / For The Times)

“In Leimert, things like this are the most common. It’s very controversial and that’s a claim. [People] want to represent something or be part of a movement. “

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