Disney Junior announces a new animated series for their preschool-aged audience designed to address current issues of racism and social justice. Rise Up, Sing Out will consist of music shorts that celebrate differences in people and opens up conversations around the topics. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots are providing the music for the shorts and executive producing through their Two One Five Entertainment Production company alongside Latoya Raveneau (Disney + The Proud Family: Louder & Prouder) who also is an executive producer. The Conscious Kid, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy racial identities for youth, is consulting on the series and creating a viewing companion guide for parents.
Questlove and Black Thought released a joint statement about Rise Up, Sing Out:
“It is an honor to work with the Disney Junior team to help create a series of shorts that will empower and uplift the future generations in the way we know best, through music. We hope these shorts will encourage the young audience to recognize and celebrate our differences as human beings while learning the tools to navigate real-world issues of racial injustice.”
Rise Up, Sing Out will premiere later this year across all Disney Junior platforms.