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This Video of Black Parents Explaining How To Handle the Police to Their Kids Will Break Your Heart

WatchCut's newest video, filled with tears and emotions, shows how black parents walk their children through handling the police.

"I'm Ariel Sky Williams. I'm 8 years old. I'm unarmed and I have nothing that will hurt you."


In WatchCut's newest video with This Matters, black families sit their young ones down to talk about how to deal with the police. A cooling grey background with minimal seats are filled with the various family dynamics—like a father and his young daughter, a mother and her teenage daughter—and they each walk through how they continuously teach their kin what to do just in case they get pulled over, why the law and their rights will most likely work against them.

The most powerful, gut wrenching moments of this video are when the parents explain their greatest fears with their children—the fact that their encounter with the law could be with a bad cop.

It's become the norm in 2017, where black families in America (and around the world) take the task of having tough conversations like this with their children for the sake of survival.

Just as a heads up—this one's a tearjerker. Have a look below.

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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