Alicia Keys To Host Nickelodeon's 'Nick News' Black Lives Matter Special

Nick News is returning to Nickelodeon with a special hourlong presentation, hosted by Alicia Keys, about race and inclusivity.

On Tuesday (June 23), the network announced Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special that will tackle race relations in America while amplifying the "voices and experiences of Black kids across the country" amid nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality, People reports.

"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," host Alicia said in a statement.

"Talking about race can be sensitive and uncomfortable; and sometimes we try to protect our children from racism they are already experiencing," she continued. "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 many families may be searching for the right way to enter it. Let's really deep dive together."

The special will also feature appearances by the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi who will be "answering questions, offering tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlighting work by teen activists who are fighting racial injustice."

Nick News aired on Nickelodeon for 25 years before writer and anchor Linda Ellerbee retired in 2016.

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special premieres on Monday (June 29) at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons.

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