Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles Encourage Fans to Vote in Primaries

Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys and Sara Bareilles are encouraging their fans to get out and vote in Tuesday's (June 23) primaries in New York, Virginia and Kentucky.

Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles Encourage Fans to Vote in Primaries

Tuesday (June 23) marks the final primary of the month and Alicia Keys wants you to get out there and vote.

The singer tweeted “I’m ready!!!” on Monday in order to remind her fans in New York, Virginia and Kentucky that they should remember to exercise their rights by participating in the crucial primaries that could determine the shape of November’s congressional race.

Sara Bareilles reposted a widely circulated image that spotlights why the vote in Kentucky is especially important, in light of what CNN predicted could be a “chaotic” vote due to severely limited in-person polling locations as a result of concerns over the coronavirus.

While there are normally 3,700 polling stations in the state, only 170 will be available on Tuesday, and only one in the commonwealth’s two most populous counties, one of which, Jefferson County, is home to the state’s largest Black community.

“This is SYSTEMIC RACISM and OPPRESSION,” NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted this weekend about the lack of voting locations in traditionally minority-heavy areas that many Democrats have painted as attempted voter suppression.

Bareilles’ post notes that half of Black Kentuckians live in Jefferson County, which has 600,000 registered voters. Kentucky’s vote is also notable because it finds two Democrats, favorite Amy McGrath and Black state Rep. Charles Booker battling for the chance to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.

Check out the stars’ tweets below.

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Alicia Keys to Host Nick News Special ‘Kids, Race & Unity’

Nickelodeon's Nick News is making a return this month with an hourlong special, Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special.

Alicia Keys to Host Nick News Special ‘Kids, Race & Unity’

Nickelodeon’s Nick News is making a return this month with an hour-long special, Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special.

The presentation, hosted by Alicia Keys, will focus on the voices and experiences of Black kids nationwide amid the ongoing demand for racial justice.

Additionally, Keys will lead a series of conversations with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, during which the guests will answer questions from real kids. The special will also offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlight teen activists who are fighting racial injustice.

The co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi; teen activist Marley Dias, founder of the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign; 12-year-old singer 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 will all appear during the special.

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special will simulcast on June 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons, and will be available on Nickelodeon YouTube, Nick On Demand, the Nick App and the Nick Pluto TV channel following the premiere.

A discussion guide and anti-racism resources can be found on nickhelps.com and Nickelodeon’s social channels after the premiere of the special.

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