Monday, July 06, 2020

Nickelodeon UK Airs 'Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special', Hosted by Global Superstar Alicia Keys

Kids, Race and Unity : A Nick News Special | Nickelodeon UK

Join us for Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special with Alicia Keys. Read Nickelodeon's declaration of kids' rights here:

Nickelodeon’s Nick News Returns With Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, Hosted by Global Superstar Alicia Keys


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London - Nickelodeon’s heralded Nick News marks its return with a special hour-long presentation--Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special. The special premiered Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and will air Friday 3rd July at 7.00pm (BST) on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland.

Hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys, the program will amplify the voices and experiences of Black children across the U.S. amid current events. The special will feature the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering questions from real kids, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlight teen activists who are fighting racial injustice. Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special is the first of a series of Nick News specials that will air on Nickelodeon in the coming months.

Said Keys, “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 many families may be searching for the right way to enter it. Let’s really deep dive together.”

Keys will lead a series of conversations with special guests, including: the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi; 12-year-old singer and viral sensation, Keedron Bryant; Ibram X. Kendi, author of “Antiracist Baby;” Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith and Mikayla Smith, the Nashville, Tenn., teens who founded Teens4Equality; social media star Tabitha Brown and her family; and family therapist, Dr. George James. Joining them will be Chance the Rapper, Simone Biles, Naomi Campbell and Lay Lay.

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special will also be available on, Instagram TV, YouTube and the Nick Play app.

A discussion guide as well as anti-racism resources, made in partnership with The Conscious Kid and Dr. George James, will be available on and Nickelodeon’s social channels following the premiere of the special.

The special comes amid an ongoing global conversation about race and racism following the death of George Floyd in the U.S. Nickelodeon previously went off air for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Floyd begged for breath as a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck during an arrest. His death sparked protests across America with demonstrations also taking place in London in support of Black Lives Matter.

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special is executive produced by Fernita Wynn, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner and CBS News producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, with Wynn also serving as showrunner. Paul J. Medford, Vice President, Unscripted, Current Series, and Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios serve as executive producers. Production of the special for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios.

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. As a devoted and influential activist, in September 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. Alicia is also the co-founder of Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a non-profit organization that partners with grass-roots organizations to combat the physical, social, and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and their communities in Africa and India.

The original Nick News, created, written, and anchored by Linda Ellerbee, and produced by her company, Lucky Duck Productions, aired on Nickelodeon for 25 years, ending when Ellerbee retired in 2016. Nick News won 10 Emmys, a Peabody, a Columbia DuPont, and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Journalistic Excellence, the first and only time it was given to a children’s program. Nick News was known for showing kids respect, the direct way it explained world events, especially the tough stuff—including 9/11, U.S. wars from the first Gulf War through The Iraqi Invasion, presidential politics, HIV-AIDS and Hurricane Katrina—and for always giving kids a voice and a safe place to question their world.

In the UK, Nick News was locally produced by Wisedup Productions for Nickelodeon, and featured kid presenters talking about topics important to British kids, running for multiple seasons between 1999-2001, earning a Royal Television Society award. Nickelodeon later revived the factual strand for a special season tackling global warming in 2008.

The return of Nick News follows Nickelodeon airing #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an hour-long special that offers a kid’s-eye view of life today amid COVID-19, in March 30. Hosted by actress and Kids' Choice Awards blimp recipient Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen, Veronica Mars) and featuring a performance by Alicia Keys, the special directly addresses kids’ questions and concerns, including tips and insights from medical experts on ways to be healthy, and gives first-person accounts from kids and families around the country who are social distancing and making changes to their everyday lives and relationships.

Declaration of Kids' Rights | Kids, Race and Unity | Nickelodeon UK

Join us for 'Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special' with Alicia Keys, airing Friday July 3rd at 7pm on Nickelodeon UK. Read Nickelodeon's declaration of kids' rights here:

The home of SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and Nella the Princess Knight, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland Network is available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes and now reaches more than 10 million viewers a month. Launched in 1993, the top-performing Nickelodeon network comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families: Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, Nickelodeon +1, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. +1 and Nick Jr. Too. The entertainment company has built a diverse multi-platform business by putting kids first in everything it does – Kids Rule! Content is at the core of the business with critically-acclaimed and hugely-popular television programming from the UK and around the world. In addition to the quality television programmes, Nickelodeon also produces bespoke content available online and on Nick Play, as well as consumer product and recreation opportunities such as the UK’s first-ever Nick theme park, Nickelodeon Land and the slimiest music festival for kids, SLIMEFEST UK.


For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

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Originally published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Original source: Digital Spy; Additional sources: Broadcast, The Guardian, Metro.
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