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Podcast Break: Black Voices

This playlist includes Black kidcasters, storytellers, authors, poets, activisits, musicians, and leaders.  It was shared by School Library Journal.

So Get Me: the Alphabet Rockers' podcast for families making change!
ages 5-12, 20 minutes
In their SHINE in My Beautiful Skin episode, hosts Samara and Tommy celebrate Black pride.  Listen to their Grammy-nominated song Shine, hear 10-year-olds Lily and Maya share their Black girl magic, and learn how one fan's family is inspired to make a more just world.

Girl Tales: Anansi and the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa by Bleu Beckford-Burrell
ages 5-12, 42 minutes
Have you ever wondered how stories were invented?  In this tale, the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa creates a spider name Anansi who brings stories to all of human kind using her smarts!  Based on the character in many Akan tales.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Michelle Obama read by Pearl Thusi
ages 5-12, 21 minutes
Once upon a time, there was a girl who always aimed high -- and inspired others to do the same.  Her name was Michelle.  She went on to study law at Harvard and eventually became the first Black First Lady of the United States.  Now an author, mother, and lawyer, Michelle Obama is everything the younger version of herself dreamt of being.

Stoopkid Stories: Seeing McKinley, Part 1
ages 8-12, 15 minutes
In this episode, a girl named McKinley (or Mickey) realizes that she's different and experieneces something called microaggressions.  This is a big word that means when someone says or does something mean or negative to another person based on their race, gender or religion.  It's not fair or fun to deal with.  Listen to how Mickey deals with the situation.

Activist, You!: Racial Justice with Nupol Kiazolu
ages 8-12, 24 minutes
The host talks to 19-year-old racial justic activist Nupol Kiazolu about the organization Black Lives Matter, Nupol's middle school hoodie protest that started her activism, and the importance of a support system.

This Day in History Class: Gwendolyn Brooks born - June 7, 1917
ages 8-12, 6 minutes
On this day in 1917, poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born.  Brooks was the first Black American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Flyest Fables: The Constellations of the Sky
ages 8-12, 16 minutes
Flyest Fables brings you anthology style and critically acclaimed hopepunk fables for the 21st century.  In this episode, The book chooses a new Storykeeper and, deep in the forest of the Appraisers, a young man makes a startling discovery.

Book Club for Kids: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
ages 9-17, 24 minutes
In the 105th episode, Kitty Felde hosts a discussion with readers from West Education Campus in Washington, D.C.  Actress Tallile Johnson is the celebrity reader.  Angie Thomas's On the Come Up is about an aspiring rap star dealing sudden fame and the reputation of her late father.

Code Switch: On the Shoulders of Giants
ages 9-17, 41 minutes
When Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem at NFL games, it sparked a nationwide conversation about patriotism and police brutality.  Black athletes using their platform to protest injustice has long been a tradition in American history.  Explore three stories of protest that are rarely told but essential to understanding the current debate -- the heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the sprinter Wilma Rudolph, and the basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

ReadMore Podcast: Brittney Morris
ages 13-17, 18 minutes
YA author Brittney Morris describes how Black Panther influenced her to write Slay, her debut novel about a video game designed to celebrate Black culture, why she wanted to explore the issue of race through a virtual world, and how she started writing fiction in elementary school.


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