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As parents, we all want to teach our kids to be inclusive, but how? Join Jasmine Bradshaw each week as she gives you the tools and practical strategies that you need to talk to your children about race, religion, and culture. If you are a parent who values inclusion and wants to teach your children how to truly love those who are different from them, this podcast is for you!

First Name Basis Podcast Jasmine Bradshaw

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 596 Ratings

As parents, we all want to teach our kids to be inclusive, but how? Join Jasmine Bradshaw each week as she gives you the tools and practical strategies that you need to talk to your children about race, religion, and culture. If you are a parent who values inclusion and wants to teach your children how to truly love those who are different from them, this podcast is for you!

    How Can I Show Up on Social Media When I Don’t Have All of the Answers?

    How Can I Show Up on Social Media When I Don’t Have All of the Answers?

    Social media feels like a double-edged sword: It can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and learn new things, but it can also be a place where debates run heated, long and seem unproductive.
    So how do you navigate knowing when and how to speak up when you see people post things that are racist, discriminatory and untruthful?
    We’re answering that in this week’s episode, which is the second in our Summer School series!
    Summer School is a brand-new series where I’m sharing quick tips and tidbits for you to be thinking about this summer when it comes to anti-racism. Some of the tips will be for grown-ups and some will be for kids, but all of them will leave you with more information in your anti-racism toolbelt.
    In this episode, you’ll learn more about:
    Why we should default to speaking up. How you can determine whether saying something will be productive. How to overcome your fear of speaking up imperfectly. This episode is an excerpt from one of our Patreon Q-and-A sessions. Members of our Patreon community come together once a month to learn together and ask me and my husband Carter their pressing questions about anti-racism, inclusion and what’s going on in the world. To learn more about becoming a Patreon member, visit patreon.com/firstnamebasis.
    Bite-Sized Black History
    Bite-Sized Black History is a program that empowers you to teach the little ones you love about brilliant Black Americans who have been largely overlooked by our history books. We have two different seasons featuring 12 different people in each season, and each season comes with a workbook with illustrations to color and reflection questions to discuss. 
    Fam Favorites
    Each week we round up our favorite resources to give you a deeper understanding of the featured episode topic. And Fam Favorites is the only place you can access our mini segment “Ask Jasmine” where I answer one of your pressing questions. Sign up to get Fam Favorites in your inbox!
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    First Name Basis Patreon community
    Song Credit: “Tomorrow is Far Away” by The Undertowns

    • 18 min
    Environmental Justice: What in the World are Carbon Credits?

    Environmental Justice: What in the World are Carbon Credits?

    “Carbon credit” is a trendy term you might have heard being used by businesses, government officials and the news media, but what exactly is it?
    We’re answering that in this week’s episode, which is the first in our Summer School series!
    Summer School is a brand-new series where I’m sharing quick tips and tidbits for you to be thinking about this summer when it comes to anti-racism. Some of the tips will be for grown-ups and some will be for kids, but all of them will leave you with more information in your anti-racism toolbelt.
    This episode will help you know more about environmental justice and how you can make a difference. It’s a clip from our Policy Party we had a few months ago with Joye Braun of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Joye is the real deal as a community organizer and activist who is on the frontlines of the fight for environmental justice, and her insight is so valuable.
    To learn more about what a Policy Party is and to access a full replay of our conversation with Joye Braun, visit firstnamebasis.org/policyparty, and keep tuning in over the next month for more helpful Summer School tidbits.
    Bite-Sized Black History
    Bite-Sized Black History is a program that empowers you to teach the little ones you love about brilliant Black Americans who have been largely overlooked by our history books. We have two different seasons featuring 12 different people in each season, and each season comes with a workbook with illustrations to color and reflection questions to discuss. 
    Fam Favorites
    Each week we round up our favorite resources to give you a deeper understanding of the featured episode topic. And Fam Favorites is the only place you can access our mini segment “Ask Jasmine” where I answer one of your pressing questions. Sign up to get Fam Favorites in your inbox!
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    First Name Basis Policy Party with Joye Braun, full replay available for purchase at firstnamebasis.org/policyparty

    • 13 min
    Anti-Racist Education at Home and in the Classroom

    Anti-Racist Education at Home and in the Classroom

    We want our children to embrace anti-racist education both at school and at home, but what does that actually look like? 
    We’re talking about anti-racism in the classroom for the second week in a row because it’s such an important topic to be thinking about right NOW. It might be a little early to be in full-on “back-to-school mode,” but it’s not too early to be contacting school administrators and teachers to let them know you’re committed to helping create an anti-racist culture for your kiddos.
    In this episode I interview Alexandria Scott — founder and editor-in-chief of Ditto Kids Magazine, an anti-racist magazine for kiddos — about everyday anti-racism in the home and in the classroom. Alex is a dear friend of mine, and she’s a mom and professional who knows her stuff when it comes to anti-racism.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    How to incorporate anti-racism into our everyday interactions with our kiddos. How parents and teachers can partner in teaching anti-racism. Concrete steps for talking to your children’s teacher about creating an anti-racist and inclusive environment. Listen in on your favorite podcasting app, but also RUN over to Ditto Kids to get your hands on this important resource. Alex announced recently that she is taking a break from making magazines and is in the process of selling out her inventory. So hurry on over to get Ditto Kids into your home and classrooms.
    Bite-Sized Black History
    Bite-Sized Black History is a program that empowers you to teach the little ones you love about brilliant Black Americans who have been largely overlooked by our history books. We have two different seasons featuring 12 different people in each season, and each season comes with a workbook with illustrations to color and reflection questions to discuss. 
    Fam Favorites
    Each week we round up our favorite resources to give you a deeper understanding of the featured episode topic. And Fam Favorites is the only place you can access our mini segment “Ask Jasmine” where I answer one of your pressing questions. Sign up to get Fam Favorites in your inbox!
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    Ditto Kids’ website
    Ditto Kids on Instagram 

    • 47 min
    Creating Change in the Classroom

    Creating Change in the Classroom

    Classrooms should be places of growth, discovery and change, and as parents and caregivers we need to support teachers in fostering a positive environment for students.
    And Patrick Harris II is a teacher who knows first-hand how important that is.
    Patrick is one of my teaching idols, and he recently released a book about being a teacher titled “The First Five: A Love Letter to Teachers,” where he talks about what it looks like to try to make change from within and the importance of creating school communities where our kids feel safe, empowered, loved and encouraged to figure out who they are. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or caregiver, this book is one you’ll want to read.
    Patrick is a Black queer writer, storyteller, and middle school humanities teacher. He has won multiple national teaching awards for his leadership and innovation in the classroom. Teaching and creating is only part of who Patrick is. He is a big brother, a cat dad, lover of all things horror, a WWE fanatic and is obsessed with scenic hikes.
    In this episode, Patrick and I discuss:
    Why teaching is political. How we can reframe our focus away from what students want to do as a career and instead help them see who they want to be now. Tips for finding a school that fits your family’s values. What parents and caregivers can do to support teachers who are trying to make change at school. Press play and I promise your appreciation for teachers and perspective on what a classroom should look like are going to change forever.
    Bite-Sized Black History
    Bite-Sized Black History is a program that empowers you to teach the little ones you love about brilliant Black Americans who have been largely overlooked by our history books. We have two different seasons featuring 12 different people in each season, and each season comes with a workbook with illustrations to color and reflection questions to discuss. 
    Fam Favorites
    Each week we round up our favorite resources to give you a deeper understanding of the featured episode topic. And Fam Favorites is the only place you can access our mini segment “Ask Jasmine” where I answer one of your pressing questions. Sign up to get Fam Favorites in your inbox!
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    Patrick’s book, “The First Five: A Love Letter to Teachers”
    Patrick’s Instagram @presidentpat
    Patrick’s Twitter @presidentpat
    Patrick’s Facebook 
    Patrick’s website
    Patrick’s podcast, The Common Sense Podcast
    @blackgirlthatreads on Instagram
    Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

    • 51 min
    The Untold Story of 'The Star Spangled Banner'

    The Untold Story of 'The Star Spangled Banner'

    You probably learned in school all about the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship and turning the experience into “The Star Spangled Banner.” But, in reality, there is a lot more to this story than you learned about in history class — and a lot of what you did learn in school was false. 
    In this replay of one of our Untold Stories episodes, we unpack the man behind “The Star Spangled Banner,” how it became our National Anthem, and whether it truly represents American values. It’s the perfect episode to revisit ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
    Juneteenth Jubilee
    Juneteenth was on June 19th, but there is still time to celebrate — in fact, the Fourth of July is a great time to talk about Juneteenth! We have an exciting program to help you celebrate! Juneteenth Jubilee is our brand-new program that gives you everything you need to have a meaningful Juneteenth celebration dinner.
    It includes a cookbook, a cooking show with my dad, a meal planner, reflection questions and more! Trust me, this is something your family is going to want — both for the yummy food and for the impactful conversations. 
    Even if you didn’t celebrate on the actual day of Juneteenth, it’s not too late to take the time to celebrate and reflect. So click here to invest in this resource to create a meaningful celebration for your family!
    Don’t forget to use the code CELEBRATE15 for 15% off your purchase
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    Annotated National Anthem
    “The Short History of the War of 1812 in Maryland” 
    “Star Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem” by Jason Johnson 
    “What So Proudly We Hail,” Documentary from Morgan State University 
    “Francis Scott Key Opposed ‘Land of the Free’” by Jefferson Morley, Zinn Education Project
    “Where’s the Debate of Francis Scott Key’s Slaveholding Legacy” by Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine
    “Star Spangled Banner Born From a Drinking Song 200 Years Ago,” NPR
    “The Fight for the Anthem” by Felicity Knox, Towson University
    Oscar Stanton De Priest 
    “Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Paving Way to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag” by Brittany Shammas, The Washington Post
    Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN
     

    • 35 min
    We Are Moving Across the Country

    We Are Moving Across the Country

    We’re packing our boxes and leaving the dry Arizona heat for the suburbs of Washington, D.C.!
    This move has been in the works for two years now, and I can’t believe it’s finally happening! Carter and I have put a lot of thought into this move and where we want to raise our kiddos, and in this episode we’re answering all of your questions about why we’re moving. Press play to hear our story!
    Juneteenth Jubilee
    Juneteenth was on June 19th, but there is still time to celebrate, and we have an exciting program to help you celebrate! Juneteenth Jubilee is our brand-new program that gives you everything you need to have a meaningful Juneteenth celebration dinner.
    It includes a cookbook, a cooking show with my dad, a meal planner, reflection questions and more! Trust me, this is something your family is going to want — both for the yummy food and for the impactful conversations. 
    Even if you didn’t celebrate on the actual day of Juneteenth, it’s not too late to take the time to celebrate and reflect. So click here to invest in this resource to create a meaningful celebration for your family!
    Don’t forget to use the code CELEBRATE15 for 15% off your purchase.
    Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
    “How Climate Migration Will Reshape America,” The New York Times Magazine
    Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
596 Ratings

596 Ratings

rbtrich ,

Thoughtful and actionable anti-racism tool

I have learned so much from this podcast. Her episodes about cultural appropriation have been some of my favorite content. Jasmine is thoughtful, straight forward, and earnest.

stace411 ,

Incredible information

Jasmine and her team provide such incredible information. The Juneteenth episode was so helpful and opened up a desire to learn more. Thank you!

ShellyQuin ,

Just the best

I appreciate Jasmine’s straightforward and friendly style that does not shy away from sharing difficult truths. It’s helping me to help my multiracial kids navigate and shape their world. This is one empowering podcast, for sure.

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