Roots Picnic 2020 has officially begun. The virtual event can be live-streamed on YouTube at the link towards the bottom of the page.
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The event, which had originally been postponed, is now taking place virtually. Speakers include Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Tom Hanks, Liza Koshy, Chris Paul, Elaine Welteroth, Lin-Manual Miranda, Deon Cole, Coach K, Wallo267 and Ghetto Gastro.
Roots Picnic 2020 is partnering with former President Barack Obama’s nonprofit, “When We All Vote,” in an effort to increase voter turnout.
A number of popular hip-hop and R&B artists are set to perform as well. The Roots, H.E.R, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, SZA, Kirk Franklin, Snoh Aalegra, D-Nice, Polo G, G Herbo, Musiq Soulchild and Earth Gang will all appear to perform music during the stream.
Lil Baby is fresh off of a new politically-charged single, “The Bigger Picture.” Proceeds from the single are going to The National Association of Black Journalists, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, The Bail Project, and Black Lives Matter. Baby’s recent album, My Turn, has also reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts.
Roots Picnic 2020 is setting out with a goal of reaching 500,000 eligible voters. You can learn more about registering to vote here, and check out the live stream for yourself, below.