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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! Continue Reading >>
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! << Show Less
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6.12: 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
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Cinco de Mayo: How to Celebrate Without Appropriation Ensure the food you serve is authentic. Buy supplies places that benefit Mexican people and support the community. Try crafts like yarn painting and pinch pots. Finally, set the tone with music! Find a playlist of authentic Mexican songs.
Cinco de Mayo: Things To Avoid Stay away from stereotypes like sombreros, fake mustaches, and Panchos. Culture is not a costume. Avoid speaking in a fake accent, don’t mock the culture. Celebrate respectfully or don’t celebrate at all—Honor Mexicans and the battle that they fought.
How Families Reacted to Juneteenth Jasmine Bradshaw reflects on the emotions and reactions that accompanied the Juneteenth announcement in Galveston, Texas. Some newly freed families decided to stay where they were, some decided to leave—making their way north to new lives. Others traveled back to the South in search of missing family members.
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6.12: 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
6.11: 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
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
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
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
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
3 Things Children Need to Know About Slavery As a Black bi-racial person, learning about slavery growing up was so hard for me for so many reasons — it was traumatizing and heartbreaking to think about the conditions my ancestors lived through, it felt like a burden to be the only Black person in my class and having everyone look to me, and there were so many things that just didn’t make sense to me about it, but asking those questions was the last thing I wanted to do.   With Juneteenth coming up this weekend, I’ve been thinking about slavery and things I wish I would have known when I was a kid, and I realized that there are 3 specific things that I wish an adult would have told me — that none of them did because they probably didn’t know it themselves.   So in this episode, I want to help YOU learn those things so you can teach them to the kiddos in your life. Listen in to learn the 3 important truths your kids need to understand about slavery.   Juneteenth Jubilee   Juneteenth is coming up next month, 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.    The program is available now! 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   First Name Basis “What is Juneteenth?”   First Name Basis “Talking To Your Children About Slavery”   First Name Basis “The Untold Story of Christopher Columbus”    “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James Loewen    Ally Elementary   National Museum of African American History and Culture    Teaching Hard History Podcast created by Learning for Justice    “How The Word Is Passed” by Clint Smith   “30 Fun Things to Do in Nashville With Kids: The Best Family Friendly Attractions” *please note: I am linking this article because I want you to see how terribly they talk about plantation visits, I DO NOT recommend this article   Belle Meade: Historic Site & Winery   Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN
Your Loving Day Stories 2 I’ve always thought Mildred and Richard Loving’s last name was kismet.   Mildred was a Black woman and Richard was a white man who loved each other, and just wanted to keep on loving each other.    On June 12, 1967, Richard and Mildred Loving won their landmark civil rights case against the state of Virginia. Because of the Lovings, states were no longer permitted to create racist laws that would prevent heterosexual couples from marrying one another because of the color of their skin. Their story is beautiful, powerful and inspiring.   Every year on June 12, we celebrate the Lovings, their love, and the love of interracial couples everywhere. As the product of an interracial marriage who is in an interracial marriage myself, I will be forever grateful for the Lovings.   In this episode you will hear interracial couples from all across the country share the importance of Loving Day and what it means to them and their families. If you’re anything like me you’ll need a few tissues for this one. And a special thank you to those who sent their stories and shared their love with us. Happy Loving Day!   Juneteenth Jubilee   Juneteenth is coming up next month, 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.    The program is available now! So click here to invest in this resource to create a meaningful celebration for your family!   Don’t forget to use the code LOVING15 for $15 off your purchase until 6/13/22!   Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode   First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 24, “The Loving Story”   First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 25, “Your Loving Day Stories”  Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams,” “Dive Down” by VYEN, and “Blue Dream” by Cheel
Say This, Not That When Someone Comes Out To You When a family member or friend chooses to come out to you, it is an extremely vulnerable moment for them, and how you respond is so important.    You may find yourself wondering what should you say that’s affirming and loving — and what should you avoid saying that can be harmful.   This week on the podcast, we have Elena Joy Thurston to help talk us through how we can be better allies to our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors.   Elena Joy is a member of the LGBTQ community and the executive director and founder of the Pride and Joy Foundation, an organization dedicated to reducing the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ community by empowering parents and community members with the information and tools they need to be advocates. She also spends a lot of her time giving presentations and workshops about LGBTQ inclusion through her organization Elena Joy Experience.   In this episode, Elena Joy teaches us: Tips about things to say and do when someone comes out to you. Things to avoid when someone comes out to you. What straight people can do to help create safe communities for LGBTQ people. Why Pride Month is important and how families can celebrate.   Having Elena Joy on the podcast to share her insight, wisdom and heart was truly a joy, and I hope you take the time to listen and learn from her as well.   Juneteenth Jubilee   Juneteenth is coming up next month, 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.    The program is available now! So click here to invest in this resource to create a meaningful celebration for your family!   Don’t forget to use the code LOVING15 for $15 off your purchase until 6/13/22!   Send in your Loving Day submissions!   Loving Day is coming up on June 12th, and I want to celebrate with you!   Loving Day is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that made interracial marriage for heterosexual couples legal in all 50 states, and I want to make an episode about the significance of Loving Day to those of us in interracial relationships. This means everyone — LGBTQ, straight, dating, married — anyone who loves someone who is a different race than their own.   What I need you to do is record a voice memo that includes three things: Your name Where you are from And the answer to one question: What does Loving Day mean to you?   Send the voice memo to hello@firstnamebasis.org with “Loving Day” in the subject line. If you’d like to include a picture, I would love to share your pictures on Instagram on Loving Day.   The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2022.   I can’t wait to hear from you! Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode   Elena Joy Thurston’s Instagram account @elenajoyspeaks   Elena Joy Thurston’s Ted Talk “Conversion Therapy Almost Took My Life, Mindfulness Saved It”   Pride and Joy Foundation’s Instagram account @pridejoyfoundation   Pride and Joy Foundation website   Elena Joy Experience website   Pride and Less Prejudice, an organization dedicated to providing access to LGBTQ inclusive books   The Trevor Project   Find your state’s nonprofit LGBTQ advocate group. Many of them are named “Equality (insert the name of your state),” such as Equality Utah, Equality California, etc.    Ch
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