Apple makes 'The Banker' free until end of June amid Juneteenth celebration

in General Discussion edited June 2020
Apple is making its original film "The Banker" free until the end of June in honor of Juneteenth alongside a campaign that highlights African American voices.

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Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson in Apple TV+ "The Banker"

The Apple TV+ film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, follows the true story of two African American entrepreneurs in the 1950s whose actions paved the way for the Fair Housing Act in 1968.

Jackson and Mackie star as Joe Morris and Bernard Garrett, who helped end racial housing segregation in Los Angeles while building a real estate and banking empire. Users can watch "The Banker" on supported devices on the Apple TV app without an Apple TV+ subscription.

The Apple Juneteenth banner on Apple TV
The Apple Juneteenth banner on Apple TV

Apple is also celebrating Juneteenth -- a day that commemorates the end of slavery -- and highlighting Black voices across its media platforms, including Apple Music, Apple TV, Podcasts and Books, with new banners and categories.

It took more than two years for those enslaved in Texas to learn they were free in 1865. The story of America is the story of Black Americans. We can't forget where we've been if we hope to get where we all want to go. #Juneteenth

-- Tim Cook (@tim_cook)

On Apple TV, for example, the company is showcasing "The Banker" alongside other films being offered for free, including "Just Mercy," "Emanuel" and "Anita." Podcasts is highlighting shows led by African American hosts, including "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and "Racket & Respectable" with Demetria L. Lucas. The banners on Apple Music and Books are also highlighting playlists featuring Black artists and a selection of books written by Black authors, respectively.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member

    I wanted to see this, but was waiting for Mrs Rayz2016 to but a new MacBook!

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    mtrivisomtriviso Posts: 21member
    Stunning and brave.
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    williamhwilliamh Posts: 941member
    I found very little on Apple TV+ that interested me.  Until this, only the Beastie Boys story.  The Banker really is a good movie, the only thing I didn't really like was some of the score. Great story, great acting, and very necessary at this moment in our history.
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