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Alicia Keys is going the extra mile for A&E Network’s upcoming TV special, Conversations on Race in America.
The one-hour special, which airs on Friday at 10 p.m. immediately following the network’s highly touted Shining a Light benefit concert, will follow artists like Keys, John Legend and Pharrell Williams as they meet with residents in local communities at the center of the national conversation about racial inequality and violence. Speaking with victims’ family members, community leaders, law enforcement officials, clergy and organizations, these singers hope to start solution-focused conversations to foster understanding, eliminate bias and address injustices that break along racial lines.
Keys does just that when she visits Baltimore — where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was killed while in police custody — to learn more about the impact of the city’s high African-American incarceration rates. In The Hollywood Reporter‘s exclusive video, she not only prays with mothers whose sons are in prison, but also performs for children in a recreation center created by community members after the riots.
Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress in America, will feature performances by a dozen artists including Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Jamie Foxx and air across A+E Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, H2, LMN and FYI) on Friday at 8 p.m. Grammys exec producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which is also being sponsored by iHeartMedia.
Check out Keys’ moving performance of, fittingly, “Someday We’ll Be All Free” in the clip above.
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