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  • -Bashir and Diallo, I'm so happy to have you on the show.

  • Thank you so much for coming on.

  • It means a lot to me. I appreciate it.

  • You look good, guys.

  • -Thank you.

  • -Hey, Bashir? -Yes.

  • -You have a baby?

  • -I have a -- I have a little boy,

  • Ali Michel.

  • He is --

  • -What?! -He's 6 months.

  • There he is.

  • -Oh, my goodness.

  • -Dude, I'm so happy to be part of the dad crew.

  • Let me tell you. My -- Actually, my mother-in-law was here,

  • and we just had, like, a little pre-Father's Day brunch

  • in my backyard. So that was awesome.

  • -Ah. Gonna be your first Father's Day.

  • -First Father's Day brunch. Yeah. It was cool.

  • I felt so weird sitting there not doing anything.

  • I was like, "I feel like I should do something."

  • But they were like, "No. Sit down."

  • Yeah, yeah, it's alright.

  • -We're growing up, man.

  • Hey, with everything that's happening right now,

  • how are you guys dealing with being funny and writing jokes?

  • It's kind of challenging.

  • -You know, Bashir and I talk about that a lot,

  • because I think that in some weird way,

  • what we do hasn't changed.

  • Like, we've always written what we thought was funny

  • and, you know, sort of spoke to what we think is the truth.

  • And so that hasn't really changed.

  • Like, the things that the world is struggling with right now,

  • the pandemic is -- is its own beast,

  • but as far as, like, the protests and the demonstrations,

  • like, none of those things are new.

  • And, so, we've been talking about them for a long time.

  • So when people see the special, we've had a lot of people say,

  • "Oh, how could you have ever predicted this,

  • and how could have predicted that?"

  • They've been on our radar for years and for most of our lives.

  • So if anything, the world is opening up

  • to a perspective we've had for a while.

  • -Yeah, and, you know, obviously, like, a lot of --

  • I listen to my wife, and I listen to my friends and family,

  • and I take everything that they say very seriously.

  • And I really do I feel blessed that we are gifted enough

  • to make people laugh when we do our work.

  • And I feel it's really nice to be able to gift that to people,

  • because even if people are going through

  • whatever they're going through,

  • I think people do need those breaks and those respites.

  • And so for us, it feels like, great, this is a perfect time

  • to take what God gave us and continue to use it.

  • And this is actually more of a time to use it,

  • because you never know whose -- you know, whose sunshine --

  • whose day you're giving a little sunshine to.

  • And I think that's a wonderful, wonderful thing

  • to be able to do. So I'm really --

  • I feel very, very happy that I'm able to do the work that we do

  • and that it's making people feel good.

  • And I think that's very important.

  • -I was gonna say, John Legend is one of the executive producers

  • of "Sherman's Showcase." And he always says

  • that if you have a gift, it's your obligation to share it,

  • because it might be that thing

  • to get somebody through some hard times.

  • And I think, in general, like, you know, our culture is that

  • we would, you know, come up with some amazing songs

  • to get us through hard times.

  • We come up with, you know, some levity

  • and some moments of laughter to sort of recharge our battery,

  • because there's a lot of work that's got to get done.

  • So that's just a really fancy way of saying

  • that, like, we still want to laugh.

  • We still want to love -- and love each other,

  • and that's really how we continue to work.

  • Even when the news is relentless,

  • that's how you got to work.

  • And by the way, we kind of learned it from you

  • and working at "Fallon," because at "Fallon," you know,

  • there were days when we would come in,

  • and the news was absolutely horrible.

  • -Yeah. -Even back then.

  • And you just were like, "What are we gonna do the show for?"

  • But we know that the show's got to go on,

  • because people are turning to the show

  • to bring some light in their lives.

  • -Speaking of good music, I received this in the mail,

  • and I flipped out. -Yeah.

  • -Flipped out.

  • You guys know how to do it.

  • -Yeah. -You guys --

  • This is so sweet. [ Both laugh ]

  • Bashir, look at you.

  • This is unbelievable, dude.

  • It's so great.

  • Talk to me about the "Sherman's Showcase:

  • Black History Month Spectacular."

  • -Yes. -It will air this Friday

  • at 10:00 p.m. on AMC.

  • What's the story about the Black History Month Spectacular?

  • -Well, I think, you know,

  • we always knew we wanted to do a Black History Month episode.

  • And at the time, we were preparing it for February.

  • And then the network said,

  • "We don't have space on the schedule.

  • How about in June?" And then we were like,

  • "It's called Black History Month Spectacular.

  • You can't put it in June. It's supposed to be in February."

  • And then we thought about it.

  • And we were like, actually, that's kind of funny.

  • So why don't we call it

  • the "Black History Month Spectacular,

  • dot, dot, dot, in June."

  • Like, we thought that'd be so funny.

  • And then everything happened with everything in the world,

  • and we were like, "Wow, we kind of need it now in June

  • more than we might have needed it in February.

  • So we're actually -- It's weird how it worked out that way.

  • -Does your nephew -- You say your nephew --

  • Is that who does the animation?

  • -My nephew, Songe. His name is Songe Riddle,

  • Songe with an "E." And he does all the animation.

  • -He didn't do the Charlie Brown animation, did he?

  • -Oh, he did. He did. -Yeah.

  • -So, yeah, so --

  • -Dude, he knocked it out of the park. It's great.

  • It's a home run.

  • -We wanted to do

  • what "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was for Christmas,

  • we wanted to do for Black History.

  • And we were like, who better to be our Peanuts Gang

  • than The Roots?

  • -That's right. -And -- [ Laughs ]

  • -It's so perfect.

  • I want to show a clip. Here's a clip of "Sherman's Showcase:

  • Black History Month Spectacular."

  • -The historian Carter G. Woodson,

  • who everyone will know better

  • once he's played by Chadwick Boseman,

  • declared the second week in February

  • to be Negro History Week.

  • It corresponded with the birthdays

  • of President Abraham Lincoln

  • and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

  • It was a time to celebrate our heritage and save on mattresses.

  • Over time, the week became a month

  • and was officially recognized in 1976

  • by President Gerald Ford.

  • Damn, who knew President Ford did anything?

  • -I feel like I should do something

  • to honor Black History Month, like get a tree.

  • -Oh, we got plenty of trees.

  • [ All vocalizing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" ]

  • ♪♪

  • -This show is everything that you guys have been doing

  • all into one hour special.

  • This is like the best of, but it's all brand-new stuff.

  • You guys, congrats on this stuff.

  • This is one of the best things that's coming out.

  • It's out this Friday. -Thank you.

  • -I want everyone to check it out on AMC, 10:00 p.m.

  • I'd love to talk to you guys a little bit more.

  • Can you stick around? -Sounds good.

  • -Absolutely. -Thanks, guys.

-Bashir and Diallo, I'm so happy to have you on the show.

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Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle on Celebrating Black History Month In June

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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