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First Name Basis Podcast

Jun 16, 2022

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!


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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