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Usher, The Roots, Future, Leon Bridges, Blood Orange, Jidenna, Ibeyi & More Playing Roots Picnic 2016

The 9th annual Roots Picnic returns to Philly this summer, watch Broad City's Ilana and Abbi introduce this year's amazing lineup.


The 9th annual Roots Picnic festival, curated by our very own Roots crew, is set to take place this summer on June 4 at Philly’s Festival Pier.

The headliners this year will be Usher backed by The Roots, Future, and Leon Bridges, with additional performances from a prime lineup that includes Blood Orange, Kaytranada, Swizz Beatz, DMX, Kehlani, Migos, Willow Smith, Lolawolf, Metro Boomin and many more.

The day’s festivities will also feature Okayafrica darlings Jidenna, Ibeyi, Everyday People featuring DJ Moma, and Rich Medina.

Watch a hilarious video of Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson mapping out their plan of attack to catch all the Roots Picnic acts. They’re fond of Jidenna, Ibeyi, and Lolawolf’s Zoë Kravitz (obviously, Abbi).

Tickets for the festival go on sale February 5 at noon at the Roots Picnic website.

>>>Roots Picnic Tickets and Additional Info

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Photos: Here's What Went Down at the Labor Day Edition of Everyday Afrique

The diaspora showed out for the last Everyday Afrique party of the year.

Everyday People, OkayAfrica and Electrafrique, teamed up one again this past Labor Day for an Everyday Afrique party like no other.

The action took place at The Well in Brooklyn, where some of the city's best dressed came through to party to tunes from the likes of DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, DJ Cortega, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka, who all kept the energy on high throughout the day.

During the festivities, Afrodance NYC performed a special tribute to the late DJ Arafat during DJ Cortega's set, while Boston Chery delivered a standout set that was a tribute to Haiti. There was an epic zanku circle, led by Young Prince and Frankie B Cool delivered on the djembe. None other than DJ Tunez, closed out the night with a standout set that included a run of several of his own hits.

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In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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