The Annual ‘Roots Picnic’ Is Scheduled For June 27th (@theroots)

The 13th annual Roots Picnic will be held online on Saturday, June 27th from 6:00 PM EST (3:00 PM PST).

There will be performances by H.E.R., Lil Baby, D-Nice, Earthgang, Polo G, SZA, Roddy Ricch, G Herbo, Snoh Aalegra, Kirk Franklin and Musiq Soulchild. Additionally, several celebrities will make an appearance, namely: Michelle Obama, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Tom Hanks and many more.

Persons are being asked to RSVP at weall dot vote/rootspicnic, while the event will stream in real-time via yt dot be/music/therootspicnic.

Watch Sa-Roc’s Tiny Desk Home Concert (@sarocthemc)

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Last week hip-hop MC Sa-Roc did a set for the Tiny Desk Home Concert series. For those not familiar with Sa-Roc she is a DC born, Atlanta based lyricist that’s been creating waves in the industry for the past ten years.

Click here or on the image above to watch the full performance, and remember to like, comment and share.

Ice Cube Tells His Followers To Keep Pushing For Change (@icecube)

We all knew hip-hop artist Ice Cube was a rebel from his days with N.W.A, but we didn’t know he was a revolutionary until now. See below a message he posted on his social media regarding the global unrest caused by racial injustice.

STAY WOKE: I understand that people want to get back to normal. But normal is toxic for us. Keep your knee on these politians and keep them working in our collective interest. Continue to post, inform and complain. They’re hoping you go back to posting bullshit that don’t matter.

Lauryn Hill Issues Statement On The Current Social Unrest Happening In America

lauryn_hillAs protest against police brutality and in support of black lives erupts all across the United States, several celebrities are chiming in. Below is a statement from hip-hop and R&B star Lauryn Hill.

“The rules of engagement need to change, and most, if not all people, need to rehabilitate the mental programming that we’ve been indoctrinated with. There needs to be an acknowledgment that these mental attitudes are deeply embedded in the psyches of many many Americans, regardless of race, about who deserves to feel safe and who doesn’t.

There also needs to be honest dialogue about the different needs of people without defensiveness and insensitivity. That kind of nuanced conversation needs to be led by informed, compassionate, and no-nonsense communicators who can both advocate for their own collective security, while considering the collective needs of people who occupy a different space and vantage point.

We need highly capable people who can help rebalance an economic paradigm that was born from a system of free labor and exploitation, and only works as long as certain people are excluded from the full promise of freedom.

We have the potential to create new educational paradigms and community economic support systems that help remove people from the CONDITIONS of desperation that lead to violence and looting. Capitalism should be challenged to evolve.

Community, we have the know-how and the intellectual and spiritual resources to help give birth to a new world that promotes more balance and thereby better health for everyone. My goal is to help connect some of this energy so we can help set in motion the ground work that so many have already begun to lay.

#blackrage”

AZ’s New Video Addresses The Disturbing State Of Inner City Youths In America (@quietazmoney)

AZ, from the hip-hop group The Firm, has released a thought provoking video for his song “Found My Niche.

Based on how the visuals starts out, with several young black men holding and openly displaying guns, it would leave one to assume that AZ and those involved in the creation of the video, are in support of that lifestyle; but that is not the case. Prior to the start of the actual song, AZ takes time to recite a poem in which he voices concern about the disturbing mindset of America’s inner-city black youth.

To fully appreciate the depth of both the song and video we are encouraging everyone to simply watch the clip.

Next Week Questlove From The Roots Crew Will Host A Potluck on The Food Network (@QuestLovesFood)

On Thursday, May 28th, Two One Five Entertainment, The Roots‘ production company, will host an event dubbed Questlove’s Potluck on The Food Network starting at 10:00 PM EST.

This is a one hour special that will feature several celebrity guests: Patti LaBelle, Bun B, Black Thought, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Questlove and many more. The objective is to raise money for America’s Food Fund.

Nas, Sean Paul & Koffee Among Artists Confirmed For BBC’s Big Weekend 2020

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From Friday, May 22nd, to Sunday, May 24th, BBC will be hosting the 2020 Big Weekend festival online. They are promising that this will be one of the biggest digital concerts, with confirmed appearances by the likes of Nas, Coldplay, Koffee, Sean Paul, Stormzy, Rihanna and many more top-tier artists.

The show is scheduled to start at approximately 7:00 PM UTC on the 22nd. Listen all weekend on BBC Sounds and watch selected performances on BBC iPlayer. For more information visit bbc dot co dot uk.