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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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