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First Name Basis Podcast

Apr 23, 2020

This episode answers the number one question I’ve been asked since starting First Name Basis: How do I know whether to say ”Black” or “African-American”? 

I went straight to the source and asked a number of my friends and family how they prefer to identify and why. Listen to hear from:

  • Mielle Harmon
  • Ken Clarke
  • Ramiah Jackson
  • Antony Deshay 
  • Nina Clarke-Telfer 
  • Laura Schnell 


Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode

A Complete History of the Census Race Boxes

The Changing Categories the U.S. Census has Used to Measure Race


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood