Alicia Keys to Host 'Nick News' Special on Race

Alicia Keys
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Alicia Keys

Nickelodeon will revive its acclaimed Nick News franchise with an hourlong special about race that aims to amplify the voices and experiences of Black kids across the country.

The show, titled Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, is set to air at 7 p.m. on June 29. Alicia Keys will serve as host. It will feature Black Lives Matter leaders answering questions from kids and offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity. It will also highlight the work of teen activists.

The ViacomCBS cable network plans to air a series of Nick News specials in the coming months, restarting a franchise that initially ran from 1992-2015 with creator and anchor Linda Ellerbee. 

Kids, Race and Unity will feature a series of conversations with Keys and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi; 12-year-old singer and Keedron Bryant; Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby; Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith and Mikayla Smith, the founders of Teens4Equality; social media star Tabitha Brown and her family; and family therapist Dr. George James. 

Kids, Race and Unity will air across Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and TeenNick as well as the network's digital platforms. A discussion guide will also be available online.

The special is executive produced by showrunner Fernita Wynn and Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson (60 Minutes). Nickelodeon's Paul J. Medford, vp unscripted current series, and Luke Wahl, vp digital studios, also executive produce. Ashley Kaplan, senior vp digital studios, is overseeing for Nick.