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Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Star-studded special is a great conversation starter.

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The honest and inspiring Nick News reboot showcases young people across the country making their voices heard and finding proactive ways to fight racism. With the help of experts, key terms like "ally" and "privilege" are defined in ways that facilitate the understanding of the public dialogues taking place, and improve communication about race-related issues. It also allows for uncomfortable conversations, especially when Black and African-American children share their feelings about being targets of racism, and when those who are multiracial or white their reactions to witnessing racist behavior.

While the approach isn't as journalism or education-focused as the original series, the conversations featured here are direct, insightful, and constructive. However, these exchanges are heavily edited in order to fit all of them into the 48 minutes of actual presentation time. Despite Alicia Keys, attempts to reiterate important points, the segments are too brief to allow for any real in-depth discussions. Nonetheless, Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special has a lot to offer, and can serve as a great starting point for families to engage in some important conversations about racism around the world.

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