Alicia Keys Hosts Kids Race & Unity Nick News Special
Singer and actress Alicia Key is famous for speaking up for, and empowering, minority groups and she added teaching children to raise their voices for what they believe as she hosted the Nick News Special. Nickelodeon’s Nick News, a franchise that went on from 1992 to 2015, made it’s comeback with Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special.
The special which ran for an hour, included conversations with the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement; Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. The writer of “Antiracist Baby”, singer Keedron Bryant, and Teens4Equality pioneers Nya Collins, Jade Fuller, Kennedy Green, Mikayla Smith, Emma Rose Smith, and Zee Thomas were also feature in the special. Others who appeared during the Nick News Special included therapist Dr. George James and social media icon Tabitha Brown.
During the special, children were able to ask questions about race, diversity, and inclusivity, and activists and leaders were available to answer their questions.
In a statement announcing the special, Alicia Keys said; “I’ve had a vision of a forum that can engage kids during this time and help to focus our attention on how they might be feeling, and this Nick News special is it. Talking about race can be sensitive and uncomfortable; and sometimes we try to protect our children from racism they are already experiencing. But honestly, there is no way around this topic if we want to move forward in any kind of meaningful way. What’s happening in the world is not just a problem for the Black community, it’s all of our problem and we ALL have to care about it in order to change it. This is such an important, vulnerable, honest and beautiful conversation, and I know how many families may be searching for the right way to enter it. Let’s really deep dive together.”
The Nick News Special aired on Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, and TeenNick on 6/29. The full special is available on The Nick App, Nickelodeon YouTube, and Nick On Demand.