The following publications amplify Black voices, report from Black perspectives, and serve to uplift and empower BIPOC communities.
Wear Your Voice A digital magazine for and by LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) based in the United States. They publish reported articles, features, personal essays, and critical analyses of current events, politics, entertainment, culture, sexuality, health, and more.
Bitch Media Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.
Unicorn Riot A decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.
Gal-Dem A new media publication, committed to telling the stories of people of color from marginalized genders. With an online and print magazine, they're addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of their community across essays, opinion, news, arts, music, politics and lifestyle content.
Black Women Radicals A Black feminist advocacy organization dedicated to uplifting and centering Black women and gender expansive people’s radical political activism. Rooted in intersectional and transnational Black feminisms and Womanisms, they are committed to empowering Black transgender, queer, and cisgender radical women and gender expansive activists by centering their political, intellectual, and cultural contributions to the field of Black Politics across time, space, and place in Africa and the African Diaspora.
Color Lines A daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion and curation. Published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice.
Prism A BIPOC-led non-profit news outlet that centers the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media. They're committed to producing the kind of journalism that treats Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and other invisibilized groups as the experts on their own lived experiences, resilience, and fights for justice.
The Grio A video news community devoted to providing stories that affect and reflect Black America.
The Root A digital magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary and news from a variety of black perspectives. It provides an unflinching analysis of important issues in the black community through insightful and savvy commentary from black thought-leaders.
News One Your destination for news and information for and about Blacks in America. Filled with original stories, diverse opinions, photos, videos and polls, NewsOne is dedicated to deepening out audiences’ understanding about current events and their impact on black lives.
Urban Geekz A groundbreaking video-centric African American, Latinx, and multicultural digital news platform focused on technology, business, science, and startups. The first-of-its-kind online publication also provides authoritative lifestyle and entertainment content.
Travel Noir A digital media company serving millennials of the African Diaspora. Through inspired content, they help discerning travelers, discover, plan and experience new destinations.
The Undefeated The premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. They enlighten and entertain with innovative storytelling, original reporting and provocative commentary.
Black Enterprise The premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers.
Super Selected An online magazine created by a fashion stylist based in NYC with a fine art background, who wanted to explore diversity in her aesthetic interests.
The Network Journal A quarterly print and online business magazine for Black professionals and small business owners. TNJ is dedicated to educating and empowering its readers.
Atlanta Tribune Black Atlanta's leading source for relevant, thought-provoking news and information on business and wealth-building. We educate our readers and present ideas, viewpoints and possible solutions that economically, politically and socially empower them. We are timely, accurate, credible, in-depth, progressive and always strive to make our readers think.
Cuisine Noir The first food and wine lifestyle magazine for African-Americans. Cuisine Noir is a multicultural digital food, wine and travel lifestyle magazine that shares delicious and entertaining stories from around the African Diaspora that savor the rich and diverse history that continues to influence the way the world eats.
CRWNMAG Exists to create a progressive dialogue around natural hair and the women who wear it. They are reaching beyond trendy clickbait and #BlackGirlMagic to address the whole Black woman; a woman who is more educated, well-traveled and sophisticated than ever before — largely because generations before her have fought to ensure her seat at the table. Through beautiful content, thoughtful commentary, hair inspiration and resources; they’re telling the world the truth about Black women by showcasing a new standard of beauty — and documenting their story in tangible, premium print form.
BLAC The premier lifestyle magazine for African Americans in and around Detroit. We cover the people, places and issues of importance to our community. We strive to be inclusive of the entire African diaspora in our region, covering African descendants of various national and ethnic backgrounds.
When it comes to talking to children about racism, it is never too early. Black parents don't have a choice in waiting to talk to their kids about the constructs, implications, and consequences of racism, as they have to navigate it on a daily basis. Being an effective ally involves talking to young kids, even toddler age about racism. "If we want to raise our children to be compassionate people who participate as responsible citizens in a democracy, we need to find ways to talk with them about the thorny issues that we struggle with as a country. Race, fairness, and how to create change in a democracy are three of those issues, " writes Dr. Laura Markham of Aha Parenting.
Raising racially conscious kidsdemands conscious parenting. It entails recognizing that kids experience racism as well, and need our help contextualizing it. They require guidance processing media images and messages, are eager to talk about race from their perspectives, and should understand their privilege and role in dismantling racism as citizens of the world. They need to be steered away from the white supremacist systems that keep BIPOC oppressed and feeling inferior, such as concepts around "reverse-racism" and colorblindness.
Children are little sponges, and while identity is a process in flux, a child's formative experience around identity can really shape their thoughts around their place, possibilities, and purpose in this world. The Conscious Kid is an incredible educational, research, and policy organization site, dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. They exist to "support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children." They host a section for books confronting anti-Blackness by Black authors, books to help through the talking points around race, and books about Black history as told by Black people. They even dedicate a section to a glossary of anti-racist jargon of sorts, which is just as beneficial to parents as it is for kids.
Other resources include the Instagram account HERE WEE READ, where you can find quality diverse books and educational products. Alongside reading recommendations, parents and educators alike can find detailed printable handouts and wall fixtures full of educational content made by teachers for other teachers. Tools to help adults navigate challenging conversations around race and racism with children are abound, and stereotype-free children's stories can be found on booksforlittles, covering the whole spectrum of BIPOC holidays and experiences. Julius Lester's Let's Talk About Race, poignantly illustrates the very essence of race, by suggesting "I'll take off my skin. Will you take off yours?"
We could have provided links to all the books listed above but we wanted to support the many Black owned bookstores that carry these books and much more. Oprah's List of Best Black Owned Bookstores or this list from Literary Hub, are great national resources. If you are based in Los Angeles, here is a list for you. A few other notable stores are listed below.
Marcus Books: The nation's oldest Black-owned bookstore, located in Oakland, California.
The Listening Tree: A children's bookstore in Decatur, Georgia, that also offers a young entrepreneurs program for kids.
Cafe con Libros: Feminist, independent bookstore based in Brooklyn, New York.
About Race A lively multiracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is "About Race."
Code Switch It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. They explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.
The Nod Tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. They celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.
The Stakes A show about social change, hosted by Kai Wright. We live in extreme times—a climate on the verge of crisis, an economy built on inequality and a political system that feels like it’s falling apart. So, how’d we get to this point? And what happens next? From democracy to healthcare, from pop culture to the environment, our reporters are working to understand why we live the way we do—and why it matters. Because if we can better understand the society we‘ve got, maybe we can figure out how to create one that works for more people.
Scene on Radio: Seeing White Series A Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and MEN, exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy.
United States of Anxiety A show about the unfinished business of our history, and its grip on our future. Each week, host Kai Wright invites listeners to gather for intimate conversations and deeply reported stories about the choices we’ve made as a society -- and the new choices we can imagine now. We’re learning from our past, meeting our neighbors, and sharing the joy (and the work!) of living in a plural society.
Shine Brighter Together A place where we share the challenges, complexities and sheer joy of building healthy relationships and doing the heart work for Black liberation. You can expect to hear solo episodes by Monique Melton who is an anti-racism educator, international speaker and published author and creator of the Shine Brighter Together community. And guest episodes with people from different walks of life sharing diverse perspectives on relationships and diversity.
Pass The Mic The premier podcast of The Witness – A Black Christian Collective. Tune in every week for engaging discussions and high profile interviews addressing the core concerns of African Americans biblically.
Combing The Roots with Ally Henny An in-depth look at the issues surrounding racism, justice, and racial healing from a black woman’s perspective. In each episode, host Ally Henny explores and exposes the nature of America’s race problem drawing on history, culture, and other sources to provide thoughtful and engaging insight into a deeply contentious issue. Henny, a writer, activist, minister, and theologian is not afraid to take on controversial topics and shine a light on the issues.
New York Times' 1619 An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
EJI's Lynching in America Equal Justice Initiative has documented the lynchings of over 4,000 African Americans between 1877 and 1950. In this series, hear how this era of racial terror lynchings continues to shape America to this day.
Beyond Prisons A podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein
The Diversity Gap When it comes to diversity, good intentions are only the beginning. Join Bethaney Wilkinson as she explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. On The Diversity Gap podcast, we'll be learning from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more about the diversity gaps in society and culture. Our goal is to discover promising practices for closing diversity gaps in our everyday lives and work!
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action.
Pod for the Cause The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched “Pod for the Cause” podcast to expand the conversation on critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights. Through this expanded dialogue, they want to spur activism that drives change in our communities and country.
Pod Save the People Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson, and De’Ara Balenger. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.
Fare of the Free Child Podcast Focuses on Black people, Indigenouse people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of Self-Directed, decolonized living and learning. Each weekly episode examines a particular way that we’ve accepted coercive, emotionally and physically damaging habits as a normal part of adult-child relationships. With a focus on deschooling one’s self, decolonizing education, and exploring radical self-expression, this podcast both challenges and informs us to push past coercion and fear, and walk toward a model for living with children that centers community, addresses social justice issues, and believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves. #BIPOCinSDE #raisingfreepeople
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Sapna Gandhi is an actor, singer-songwriter, and content creator. In addition to TV credits such as BOSCH, SHAMELESS and SCANDAL, she has appeared in numerous shorts, features, and series, including festival darlings IN ABSENTIA (Raindance) and THUMPER (Tribeca). Gandhi has produced several series and films under the umbrella of her production company Elegant Grotesque (most recently SCRAP, starring Anthony Rapp and Vivian Kerr, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ STRANDED ON THE EARTH, directed by Mike Bruce). She is also 1/2 of the musical duo, VATAVARAN, was born in England, raised all over the states, studied English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in SF.