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What is Black?

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We're joined on this episode by Bethany C. Morrow to talk about her new book, So Many Beginnings, which tells the story of Four young Black sisters coming of age during the American Civil War. So Many Beginnings is a warm and powerful YA remix
We're joined on this episode by Jay Coles to talk about his new book, Things We Couldn't Say which tells the story about a a bi Black boy finding first love and facing the return of the mother who abandoned his family. The story addresses grief
This is the last episode of Season 3. When I started the season, I was motivated by the word possibilities. I was on a journey to learn the possibilities of changing systems, such as education and justice, to better serve Black families and chi
So often we hear about Black Joy but rarely how can help up in our parenting journey to raise healthy and thriving Black children. On this episode we explore Black Joy and Parenting. We're joined by guests Dr. Sheretta Butler-Barnes, Dr. Kellie
On this episode I speak with authors Kwame Mabalia and Prince Joel Makonnen about their new middle grade book Last Gate of the Emperor. In our conversation we discuss the power of story, the connection of Ethiopian culture to the book, their co
On this episode, I talk with author and educator, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, about her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s. In our conversation, we discuss her new book, the historical
On today’s episode, we keep the conversation going about reimagining systems/institutions to better serve families raising Black children and teens with a conversation about the topic of discussing race beyond the binary of Black or White to fo
On today’s episode, we’re continuing our discussion about reimagining systems/institutions to better serve families raising Black children and teens with a specific focus on Black girls. According to data from The African American Policy Forum'
On this episode, I talk with author, activist and philanthropist, Frederick Joseph, about his book The Black Friend On Being A Better White Person.  In our conversation, we discuss the spark for the book, how the book advances antiracism and hi
On this episode, we're joined by Dr. Lawrence T. Brown the author of newly released book, The Black Butterfly The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America. During our conversation we discuss the impact of hypersegregation and historical ra
On this special episode, we’ve partnered with the hosts of Flesh ’N Bold, Healthy Homes with The Hippocratic Hosts and What is Black?. Today, we’re talking with Dr. Lauren A. Smith, Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundatio
In this episode, I talk with The Texas Tribune's Public Eduction Reporter, Aliyya Swaby and developmental psychologist and educator, Valerie Adams-Bass, Ph. D. We talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the education of Black children and using wh
In this episode, I'm joined by Victoria Bond an award winning author and professor. She joins us to discuss her new book Zora and Me:The Summoner, the third book in the Zora and Me trilogy series. During our conversation you'll learn more about
In this episode, I talk with Lynnette Mawhinney, PhD, award winning author and professor about her new children's book, Lulu the One and Only.  We discuss how the main character, Lulu handles the question of "what are you?", the inspiration for
On this episode, we're joined by Kelly Starling Lyons, an award winning author and co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf ,for a great conversation about her new books, Ty's Travels and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, about her work to help children and families deal with the pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism, her tips for helping her family and her upco
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, educator, adolescent literacy expert and co-founder of #DisruptTexts and #31DaysIBPOC., about how she's working to disrupt the books that are taught to Black and LatinX children, her work wi
On this episode, we're joined by Mahogany L. Brown (@mobrowne) a poet, writer, organizer and educator for an inspiring conversation about her books, Woke Baby, Black Girl Magic & Woke A Young Poet's Call To Justice, an excerpt from her upcoming
This past summer we've seen the role of youth leading calls for social justice and racial justice. In this episode, we're joined by Nina Douge, guest host and What is Black? Podcast Advisory Board Member, to discuss youth activism. Nina is join
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author. In this episode, we talk about her new book, Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell it, a book the provides a front-row set to the dramatic events that led
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author. In this episode, we talk about her new book, Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell it, a book the provides a front-row set to the dramatic events that led
Michael W. Waters is an award-winning author, activist, professor, and pastor. A sought-after speaker to national and international audiences, he is a frequent social commentator for major media outlets.  In this episode, we talk about his new
We're planning to take a mid-season break to plan for the second half of season 2. In addition, we'd love your feedback to help inform the future direction of What is Black.   To complete survey go to https://www.whatisblack.co and click on the
In this second part of a two part series on colorism, I speak with developmental psychologist Dr. Sheretta Butler-Barnes, Ph.D. We discuss practical strategies parents can use to help talk to kids about colorism. The episode is brought to you b
In the first part of a two-part series on colorism, I'm talking author and educator Alicia D. Williams about her book Genesis Begins Again. We'll discuss her inspiration for writing the book, talk about colorism in the Black family, and learn h
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