Sesame Street and CNN to Host a Kid-Focused Town Hall About Racism and the Recent Protests

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and other Sesame Street characters will help experts respond to viewer-submitted questions during the event.
Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and other Sesame Street characters will help experts respond to viewer-submitted questions during the event.
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This weekend, CNN and Sesame Street are teaming up for a program called "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” to talk to kids about racism, diversity, and the nationwide protests that have broken out after a police officer killed George Floyd.

The 60-minute special will take the form of a town hall, where experts—and Sesame Street Muppets, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita—respond to questions sent in by viewers beforehand. If you have a question you’d like them to consider answering, you can fill out the digital form below the CNN article here.

Big Bird, CNN commentator Van Jones, and CNN anchor Erica Hill will moderate the program, which will be broadcast on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español this Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. EST. You can also stream it on CNN.com’s homepage or a CNN mobile app, no cable login required. It’s not the first time this year that the Sesame Street Muppets have stepped up to cover current events—back in April, CNN and Sesame Street hosted a similar town hall centered on COVID-19, and the Sesame Workshop also launched a landing site with more resources to help kids and families adjust to life during the pandemic.

Sesame Street has been championing racial justice and diversity since its inception in 1969. It was created with the help of Dr. Chester Pierce, founder of the Black Psychiatrists of America, who saw it as an opportunity to offset the implicit racism present in other programs on the air. With its multicultural cast and themes of inclusivity and self-respect, the program worked (and continues to work) as a positive societal model for children of all races and economic backgrounds. The show addressed racism directly in a 1993 episode where Gina receives an anonymous phone call condemning her interracial friendship with Savion, and it’s also tackled other tough topics, from the 9/11 attacks to HIV/AIDS.

[h/t CNN]

A New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead Is Available for Pre-Order

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

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The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a devout champion for feminism and civil rights, and her influence stretched from the halls of the Supreme Court to the forefront of popular culture, where she affectionately became known as the Notorious RBG. Though there are plenty of public tributes planned for Ginsburg in the wake of her passing, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has a new RBG bobblehead ($25) available for pre-order so you can honor her in your own home.

There are two versions of the bobblehead available, one of Ginsburg smiling and another with a more serious expression. Not only do the bobbleheads feature her in her Supreme Court black robe, but eagle-eyed fans will see she is wearing one for her iconic coded collars and her classic earrings.

RBG is far from the only American icon bobblehead that the Hall of Fame store has produced in such minute detail. They also have bobbleheads of Abraham Lincoln ($30), Theodore Roosevelt ($30), Alexander Hamilton ($30), and dozens of others.

For more information on the RBG bobblehead, head here. Shipments will hopefully be sent out by December 2020 while supplies last.

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Help Independent Cinemas by Entering This 'Sweded' Short Film Festival

Anyone can make a short 'sweded' film, like this one based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Anyone can make a short 'sweded' film, like this one based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Row House Cinema

In the 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind, Jack Black and company recreated some of their favorite films on VHS using a no-budget approach. Known as “sweding,” the technique has caught on, and now you can enter a short film of your own in a festival that has the added benefit of helping independent cinemas struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sweded Festival for Creative Re-Creations is organized by Row House Cinema and was once relegated to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Now it’s open to submissions from around the country. Entrants are asked to make a short (three- to five-minute) film paying homage to their favorite Hollywood movies using whatever locations and props they can find.

Previous entries have included takes on Alien, E.T., and The Princess Bride. Here’s a “sweded” version of Jaws:

The entries will be evaluated by a team of judges and the winners selected for inclusion in a full-length collection that will be broadcast in January 2021 to select independent cinemas and digital cinemas. (A cash prize is also awarded.) A portion of ticket sales will go to financial relief for cinemas affected by the pandemic.

You can enter online through December 31.