Last night, Black-ish, the hit ABC sitcom centered on fictional advertising executive Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family, returned to the air for its fourth season. The writers went for hot-button topics right out of the gate this year, using allusions Schoolhouse Rock and some help from The Roots and Aloe Blacc to paint teach audiences about misconceptions regarding slavery and the treatment of African Americans throughout our country’s history.Watch The Roots Play The Super Mario Theme With The Game’s CreatorThe episode, titled “Juneteenth,” ponders why Americans celebrate Columbus Day instead of holidays more relevant to North American history. In the episode, the Johnson family attends a Columbus-themed school play featuring twins Jack and Diane, and Dre (Anthony Anderson) took issue with some of the production’s historical inaccuracies–namely, that the Italian explorer discovered (or even set foot in) North America, and dramatically pulls his kids off the stage. At work the next day, Dre decides to use his frustration for creative good, recruiting Aloe Blacc to write a song that accurately portrayed Columbus’s legacy. And the ordeal left Dre wondering . “We celebrate a horrible man when we don’t even acknowledge important moments in our own history like Juneteenth.”When he’s met with blank stares regarding “Juneteenth,” the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on June 19th 1865, the show drops into an animated short to help educate Dre’s coworkers about this important event in American history featuring animated versions of The Roots. The tune is modeled after “I’m Just A Bill,” a memorable number from everyone’s favorite educational cartoon, Schoolhouse Rock.Check out The Roots’ animated “I’m Just A Bill” parody, “I’m Just A Slave,” from Black-ish below via ABC:Watch the official clip from Black-ish released by ABC, which features the second half of the Roots’ parody and the show’s narrative punchline below:The critically lauded episode also heavily referenced Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, with the cast performing several musical numbers (produced by Fonzworth Bentley) that portray historical events through theatrically dramatized hip-hop numbers.You can watch Black-ish Tuesdays at 9pm ET on ABC.
WUHAN, China (AP) — One year after Wuhan’s lockdown, the central Chinese city has long since sprung back to life. But one dissident remains bunkered in his 14th-floor apartment, afraid the virus will return and China’s communist government will again try to conceal the truth. Zhu Tao’s early fears of the virus were vindicated when the outbreak spun out of control. But now that the situation in Wuhan has returned to something close to normal, Zhu finds himself at odds with his neighbors and the government. Pockets of like-minded people still dot China, from renegade intellectuals in Beijing to a punk cafe in Inner Mongolia. But under the watchful gaze of state cameras and censors, there is little room to organize or connect.
The new upgrades follow a Commission finding that the rules laid down in the 1996 Directive “were not always correctly applied in practice by member states”.At the time of the Commission’s new proposal, commission president José Manuel Barroso said: “The European Commission is taking concrete action to stamp out the unacceptable abuses.”The DG itself writes that the proposed new safeguards would include raising the awareness of workers and companies about their rights and obligations; clamping down on ‘letter-box’ companies; and dealing with any administrative penalties and fines.The DG says the biggest ‘sending’ country is Poland, followed by Germany and France.Receiving counties include Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.The next step for the draft will be further refinement of the text by the Parliament. EU member state governments have agreed in Brussels to clear legislation that upgrades workers’ rights, including pension rights, when their employer moves them from one jurisdiction to another.The revisions are to the Posting of Workers Directive, adopted in 1996, and in force since December 1999. The member state governments’ move, which still faces further steps, follows a proposal by the European Commission’s employment and social affairs DG in March 2012. The rules cover around 1.2m workers, mainly in the construction sector, who are ‘posted’ from their home country to work on contracts across national borders on a temporary basis.