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First Name Basis Podcast

Aug 9, 2022

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

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

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Song Credit: “Tomorrow is Far Away” by The Undertowns