Hey Black Child: The Podcast
By Lakshmi Hutchinson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Young hosts celebrate Black history-makers past and present.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Young listeners will learn about important (but sometimes unrecognized) Black figures in American history. They will hear about movements such as Black Lives Matter, as well as current events like the confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. "Term of the day" segment teaches the listener new terminology every episode and the pop quiz segment tests the listener's retention of the episode by asking a question about a fact mentioned in the episode.
Be proud of yourself and your history. Black history is full of innovators and groundbreakers whose achievements should be celebrated. Don't let people underestimate you or hold you back. Children's voices and opinions matter and deserve to be heard. Affirms and empowers Black children. Some themes focus on kid entrepreneurship, Black sports activists, and Black culture in today's world.
Positive Role Models
Episodes are focused on Black role models both current and throughout history. From lesser-known inventors to political leaders and judges, listeners will hear about individuals who made a positive impact against all odds. Both hosts are Black children and embody confidence. They model that kids have a voice and deserve to be heard. Many episodes highlight the voices of Black children, including an episode highlighting young Black entrepreneurs. Sibling hosts model great relationships between brother and sister, though they may disagree or try to annoy each other, they still make it clear they love each other and often times tell one another.
The hosts of the show are a young Black brother and sister team. They highlight African Americans young and old who have accomplished great things throughout history and continure to do so today, both men and women. Misrepresentations of Native Americans are discussed during a Thanksgiving episode. As a kid-lead podcast, the show raises voices of kids and promotes kid entrepreneurship and children using their voices to make change and have a valued opinion.
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References to historical injustices such as slavery and the deaths of Native Americans at the hands of settlers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hey Black Child: The Podcast is an educational podcast hosted by kids and for kids about Black history, important figures, and culture. In addition to episodes featuring well-known figures like Thurgood Marshall, the show shines a light on people that history books often leave out, such as the first Black automobile manufacturer and Black cowboys. Discussions of injustice are framed in a kid-friendly manner—an episode about the Black Lives Matter movement discusses the historical roots of protest and honors the names of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and others without going into details about how they were killed. The young brother and sister hosts also highlight empowering Black youth. Children may especially appreciate hearing young Black voices tell these stories, but all this podcast is also great for families to listen to together.
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What’s It About?
HEY BLACK CHILD: THE PODCAST was created to fill a void in the podcast space for Black children. Unable to find podcasts celebrating Black history and achievements specifically aimed at children, the two young hosts (Avery and Jackson Ausmer) created their own with the help of their family. Most episodes introduce a figure or movement from Black history. Listeners may be familiar with some names, like Colin Powell, but other episodes focus on lesser-known trailblazers like the first African American stars on Broadway. In addition to historical topics, some episodes cover more personal areas like taking care of your mental health and learning how to be smart with your money. The hosts make sure to provide context and explain new vocabulary (there is a "term of the day" feature), making it easy for kids to understand. The younger sibling, Jackson, often asks follow-up questions of Avery, which she then answers to help clarify topics. There's often a pop quiz at the end of the episode to review what was learned. The hosts joke with each other and bring lighthearted humor to this educational podcast.
Is It Any Good?
This is a creative and informative podcast for children who want to learn about Black history as well as current-day African American innovators and heroes. When listening to Hey Black Child: The Podcast it is clear how much effort Avery and Jackson put into preparing for each episode, and their enthusiasm and love of learning is infectious. They stress the importance of knowing your history—especially the parts that may not be taught in school. They also do a good job of making discussions of complex topics like racism and social justice kid-friendly without oversimplifying. It's rare to find a show hosted by kids that actually works to keep adults interested too, but this podcast manages that and lends itself to further family conversation about the issues.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why the creators of Hey Black Child: The Podcast felt such a show was needed. Where else can African American children go to find their history represented and celebrated?
One episode discusses the Black Lives Matter movement. Can you think of other movements where people have protested to bring about change? How have they been represented in the media?
History isn't just about the past—history is still being made today. Have you watched any history-making events on TV with your family? What makes someone a trailblazer?
How does it feel to hear two kids hosting their own podcast? Did it help you relate more to the show? If you had your own podcast, what would you talk about?
- Release date: July 1, 2020
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Average Run Time: 7 minutes
- Website: https://www.nicoleausmer.com/hey-black-child-the-podcast
- Hosts: Avery Ausmer, Jackson Ausmer
- Publisher: Independent
- Topics: Activism, Arts and Dance, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, History
- Last updated: July 1, 2022
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