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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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