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Nick News returns to help families talk about race

The hour-long presentation, the first in a series of upcoming specials, answers questions from real kids and provides tools to talk about racial injustice.
June 23, 2020

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Nickelodeon’s Nick News returns with a Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special on June 29. 

Hosted by singer/songwriter/producer Alicia Keys (pictured), the hour-long presentation will focus on the voices and experiences of Black children across the US. The special will include leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering questions from real kids, highlighting teen activists fighting racial injustice and offering tools for families to have constructive conversations about race. 

Nick News originally aired from 1992 to 2015, and the revival is part of Nickelodeon’s ongoing non-fiction growth strategy. Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special is the first in a series of Nick News specials set to air on Nickelodeon in the coming months.

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special will simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons. After its premiere, the one-off will be available on Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel, Nick On Demand, the Nick App and the Nick Pluto TV channel. A discussion guide and anti-racism resources, made in partnership with educational organization The Conscious Kid and family therapist Dr. George James, will be available online and through Nick’s social channels as well.

The special is executive produced by Fernita Wynn and Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, with Wynn also serving as showrunner. VP of unscripted and current series Paul Medford and VP of digital studios Luke Wahl are also executive producing, with production of the special for Nickelodeon overseen by SVP of digital studios Ashley Kaplan.

In other Nickelodeon news, ViacomCBS announced the feature film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be available in the US in early 2021 through a premium VOD window, followed by exclusive availability on CBS All Access. In addition to the CG film, all prior seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants will also be made available on the expanded CBS All Access service.

This digital release follows in the footsteps of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour and Warner Bros.’ Scoob!, both of which premiered digitally after theaters around the US closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Elizabeth Foster is Kidscreen's Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor. Contact Elizabeth at efoster@brunico.com

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