ICYMI: ABC’s Black-ish Enlists The Roots for Juneteenth Education Song

Never failing to directly, and tastefully, address uncomfortable and unjust realities, ABC’s Black-ish is the comedy series that’s an easy favorite among the plethora of surface sitcoms out now. The show’s Season Four premiere flawlessly upheld its reputation with a Juneteenth-themed storyline. Iconic, genre-crossing band The Roots stepped in for an educational tune that explains the holiday’s significance as it relates to the delay of the emancipation of slaves until June 19, 1865.

I am a slave in the home of the brave. A product of the triangular trade, please pardon my ways. If I’m nervous or the slightest bit skittish in the presence of the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, or British. They kept me in colonial chains. Tell me how to persuade them to chill or to save me and still I’m a slave. I hope and pray that they don’t kill me today. I am still just a slave,” sings Black Thought. Watch the endearing “I Am a Slave” song and animated video above.



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