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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes allow listeners to gain insight into the music industry and the Girls Make Beats non-profit organization that provides support and programming for girls who are interested in music production. Listeners gain exposure to non-traditional career paths and artistic hobbies for girls. Kids can relate to kid and teen hosts who talk about the stresses of juggling packed schedules and the ways that they positively cope with stressors in their lives. Discussions featured include music, school, creativity, mental health, current events, racial inequality, police brutality, and more. Website offers online courses and masterclasses on DJing, audio engineering and beat making.
Young female DJs and musicians impart positive messages that empower girls, including how pursuing the arts has improved their self-esteem. Hosts also provide tips on how girls can cope with stress and start their own businesses. Strong messages of female empowerment, racial understanding, social justice and expanding and encouraging education.
Positive Role Models
Podcast hosts are girls who are relatable and encouraging toward one another. They give each other compliments and celebrate each other's successes. Girls discuss positive relationships with supportive parents and mentors in their lives. In one episode, DJ Marley, who is 10 years old, explains how her father helps her book events and supports her work. Young female DJs inspire girls listening to follow their passion in music and to break barriers in the music industry. Often times the hosts have different opinions on certain topics, but they all respect one another's difference of opinion and offer a safe space to share their opinions.
Girls of varied racial backgrounds talk about their life experiences. They draw on their racial and ethnic identities to share their thoughts and opinions. Female empowerment and support of one another as a community embodies every episode. Creates a safe space to discuss female and racial issues.
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Violence & Scariness
In one episode, hosts discuss their experiences with racial inequality and their opinions regarding police brutality. Hosts describe moments when they felt unsafe and racially profiled and are audibly filled with emotion. One host shares a moment when a family member was physically pulled out of a pool by the neck. Hosts also recount the videos of police brutality that they have seen and make mention of a hate crime where a white man attacks people of color with a knife.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girls Make Beats Podcast features young female DJs who discuss music, school, creativity, mental health, current events, racial inequality and more. Discussions are relatable the and girls share their passions, likes and dislikes, and different opinions in a positive, safe space. Each episode stands alone and gives girls from diverse background. Although "Make Beats," is in the title, girls do not teach listeners how to produce music; instead, DJ hosts invite a guest female DJ to sample a track each episode. Some heavier topics are discussed, like police brutality, racism, and sexism. The podcast is fueled by female empowerment and is dedicated to giving girls of all backgrounds an amplified voice. A great podcast for older kids, tweens and teens to listen to on their own, with friends and with family members.
Is It Any Good?
Uplifting, relatable and empowering to girls and women alike, this podcast amplifies the voice of creative and passionate girls who have a love for music and aren't afraid to speak their minds. Girls Make Beats Podcast features hosts of various ages and backgrounds who lead discussions in a talk show format. Episodes touch on a range of topics that are relevant to tweens and teens (gender gap, mental health, climate change, racial inequality) and to future "girl bosses" (entrepreneurship, self-empowerment, music production) of the world.
Although the podcast is geared toward tween and teenage girls, adults and listeners of all identities gain exposure to the lives and opinions of girls from diverse backgrounds who have differing opinions. Ultimately, the female hosts bond through their shared interest in music production and their involvement with the Girls Make Beats non-profit organization. Hosts create a safe and supportive space for other girls to feel heard and understood. The audio can sometimes sound a bit muffled since each girl is recording from different places, but what lacks in audio quality is made up for in content and authenticity.
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