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A podcast centering the stories of Black people and culture to help raise affirmed, empowered, healthy and thriving Black children and teens. The biweekly podcast is hosted by Dr. Jacqueline Douge a Black mother, pediatrician, writer, and speaker.

What is Black‪?‬ Jacqueline Douge

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

A podcast centering the stories of Black people and culture to help raise affirmed, empowered, healthy and thriving Black children and teens. The biweekly podcast is hosted by Dr. Jacqueline Douge a Black mother, pediatrician, writer, and speaker.

    Representation in Media Matters

    Representation in Media Matters

    During the pandemic, Black families leaned into content that entertained, informed, started conversations and provided connections and community. Families were intentional about the programs they viewed together on television and other digital media. On this episode we're joined by Charlene Polite Corley, Vice President of Diverse Insights and Partnership at Nielsen and Natalie Engel, Director of Content for Children’s Programming at PBS to discuss why representation in the media for Black families matters.

    • 48 min
    The Solo Episode: In Gratitude

    The Solo Episode: In Gratitude

    This episode is a solo episode. I wanted to take time to say thank you to all that support the podcast and share updates about upcoming projects.

    • 17 min
    Addressing Racial Health Disparities related to COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmine Zapata

    Addressing Racial Health Disparities related to COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmine Zapata

    In this episode, we're continuing our conversation about COVID-19. We're joined by Dr. Jasmine Zapata, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Community Health within the Bureau of Community Health Promotion at the Wisconsin Department of Health, to discuss addressing racial and health disparities related to COVID-19.

    • 40 min
    A Conversation with Author Bethany C. Morrow

    A Conversation with Author Bethany C. Morrow

    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 of the classic novel Little Women.

    • 33 min
    A Conversation with Author Jay Coles

    A Conversation with Author Jay Coles

    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, relationships, love, identity and joy.

    • 30 min
    The Possibilities Episode

    The Possibilities Episode

    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 children.

    For this episode, I’m sharing insights from our amazing expert guests on their thoughts about reimagining a world to better serve Black children and families.  

    In this episode you'll hear from
    -Aliya Swaby and Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass from Season 3 Ep. 1 Black Children, Youth and Education in the Erat of COVID-19
    -Dr. Lawrence T. Brown from Season 3 Ep. 3 The Black Butterfly The Harmful Politics of race and space
    -Frederick Joseph from Season 3 Ep. 4 The Black Friend
    -Dr. Sheretta Butler Barnes from Season 3 Ep 5 Centering Black Girl’s Voices and Experiences: Addressing over policing and over disciplining of Black girls
    -Dr. Elizabeth Hinton from Season 3 Ep. 7 America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
    -Kwame Mabalia and Prince Joel Makonnen from Season 3 Ep. 8 Last gate of the Emperor

    Music and Editing by Manni Simon

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

BStrasters ,

Great Insight and Commentary

This podcast gives great insight into what it means to be Black and what it takes to raise Black children in America. It also highlights others who are exploring this topic and gives concrete thoughts on how to raise confident children.

_ChanelH ,

Nika H.

This podcast is simply amazing! As a fellow podcaster, I’ll def be adding this to my list of faves! Thank you so much for this platform. Keep creating the great content and evoking change, one black family at a time 💛

aliahparis ,

A Much Needed Podcast for ALL Parents

Dr. Jacqueline Douge has created a podcast that is a must-listen to for parents of Black children but is really a dialogue ALL parents should listen to. As a mom, I appreciate the variety of topics from water safety to mental health to raising biracial and multiracial children. Her guests are experts in their fields and I was glad to reacquainted with groups like the Mocha Moms, influential voices I can now follow on social media, and resources to help in my parenting. Talking to Kids and Race and When They See Us were powerful episodes that resonated with me especially after seeing the film series. Thank you for these incredible and much-needed conversations!

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