57 episodes

Black History is American History, yet it often isn't treated that way. Join me in discussions about this misunderstood and ignored history with experts and friends. If you believe that America cannot address its present and move forward without understanding its history and Black people's role in it, you've found the right podcast!
New episodes every 15th and 30th!

Website: https://wetheblackpeople.captivate.fm/

We the (Black) People Brooklyn J-Flow

    • History
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Black History is American History, yet it often isn't treated that way. Join me in discussions about this misunderstood and ignored history with experts and friends. If you believe that America cannot address its present and move forward without understanding its history and Black people's role in it, you've found the right podcast!
New episodes every 15th and 30th!

Website: https://wetheblackpeople.captivate.fm/

    The Black Artistry Behind Sanford & Son and Good Times

    The Black Artistry Behind Sanford & Son and Good Times

    This episode, we're talking about one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Sanford & Son! We'll also get into Good Times and a little into The Jeffersons. All 3 of these shows are 1970s Black sitcoms under Tandem Productions. These shows were a window into the reality of Black life like nothing before them. Yet, what often gets overlooked in discussing these shows is the work that Black actors and writers did behind the scenes to demand respect for themselves and authentic depictions of Black people on screen. Enter my guest Dr. Adrian Sebro, author of Scratchin' and Survivin' Hustle Economics and the Black Sitcoms of Tandem Productions, to tell us some of these behind the scenes stories.
    Music Credit
    PeaceLoveSoul by Jeris (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35859 Ft: KungFu (KungFuFrijters)

    • 44 min
    Black Colorado History on (Museum) Display

    Black Colorado History on (Museum) Display

    We are once again doing something a little different on We the (Black) People.
    Boulder, Colorado just opened a Black history exhibit called Proclaiming Colorado's Black History and I have the lead curator - Colorado native and soul food scholar Adrian Miller - and the oral history liaison - Minister Glenda Strong Robinson, an NAACP and church historian in Boulder - on my show to talk about it. Boulder (and Colorado overall) is a small Black community with a mighty contribution to American history. We get into the story of how this exhibit came to be, how other Black communities can activate their history, and some of the stories they collected as they brought the exhibit to life.
    Want to learn more about the exhibit and listen to some oral history? Here's the website: https://museumofboulder.org/exhibit/proclaiming-colorados-black-history/
    Music Credit
    PeaceLoveSoul by Jeris (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35859 Ft: KungFu (KungFuFrijters)

    • 23 min
    3rd Anniversary!? The Clip Show

    3rd Anniversary!? The Clip Show

    Just a quick little clip show because We the (Black) People has been out a whole 3 years and that's wild.

    • 7 min
    How the Internet Changed the Fight Against Racism

    How the Internet Changed the Fight Against Racism

    This episode traces the changes in racism, antiracism, and racial awareness over the last 90 years that allow We the (Black) People to exist. Today, racism is illegal and talking about race is taboo, yet the internet makes racism and the fight against it much more visible. Professor Rob Eschmann, author of When the Hood Comes Off: Racism and Resistance in the Digital Age, explains the contradictions and activist possibilities the internet opens up for us.
    Music Credit
    PeaceLoveSoul by Jeris (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/35859 Ft: KungFu (KungFuFrijters)

    • 35 min
    Unwrapping the History Between McDonald's and Black America

    Unwrapping the History Between McDonald's and Black America

    While fast food is now associated with poorer, Black communities and all kinds of health disparities in Black people, McDonald's wasn't originally interested in expanding franchises into Black neighborhoods. Professor Marcia Chatelain, author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, talks about how fast food became Black. It is a story that involves McDonald's as an ally of Black America, an enemy of Black America, but always a powerful institution that evoked a lot of reactions as it allowed Black people to open franchises and became increasing tied to its Black customer base.

    • 30 min
    Seeking the African Revolution: Black Expats in Ghana

    Seeking the African Revolution: Black Expats in Ghana

    We've talked about how important Haiti and Liberia were as symbols for Black Americans whether or not they ever went to either of the two Black countries. This episode is about those who went to Ghana - some by choice and some on the run.
    Ghanaian independence was a huge moment of Pan-African hope for a free Africa, and many Black Americans were fascinated by that prospect. Professor Kevin Gaines, author of American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era, is here to talk about the small group of Black Americans who visited or migrated to Ghana - figures like Maya Angelou, Pauli Murray, Julian Mayfield, and Malcolm X.
    And, similar to Liberia, the legacy of that era is a continued open invitation from Ghana to Black America.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

RightEus O. ,

Passionate Podcasting

A wide range of topics within American history are analyzed. The host takes the time to break down dense topics with other historians and authors. A variety of black people, events and movements are spoken about in connection to today's events. It's apparent that the host is passionate about each podcast and bringing accurate information to others. I enjoy the podcast as I learn and absorb a new historical lens.

scrap82 ,

History done right

Enough can’t be said about this young ladies articulate presentation of black history that’s been lost. This podcast could serve as a full time thought course from the university level down to middle school level. Bravo bravo, I look forward to following this creator.

Deepti97 ,

Fascinating, engaging history & a great host

Brooklyn is a great host & curator: enthusiastic, curious, and clear in spelling out the stakes of the stories she’s including. Her first 2 episodes—on Black self-emancipation and why the line “Lincoln freed the slaves” is not just oversimplified but wildly flawed, and then on challenges to high school history education in 2020—hint at her range. I learned a TON and also left thinking about why (not uniquely) I’d never learned U.S. history like this. Black history is U.S. history! Eager to see what’s next—thank you for making this Brooklyn!!

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