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Hey Black Child: The Podcast

The Ausmer Family, Lionell, Nicole, Avery, & Jackson talk Black Excellence. Discussing the accomplishments of some of the lesser known African American Heroes from the past and present, outside the classroom.


  • Artic Explorer

    Apr 20 2022

    Matthew Henson was one of the first people to step foot on the North Pole!

  • The Highest Court in the Land

    Mar 30 2022

    Welcome to Season 6! Learn more about Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji B. Jackson!

  • The First: George Washington Carver

    Feb 09 2022

    Known as the peanut man! Learn more about George Washington Carver and his impact on farming. 

  • The First: Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 19 2022

    This season is all about first and we could not let the week go by without talking about MLK. Sources

  • The First: Marian Anderson

    Nov 24 2021

    American contralto. She performed a wide range of music, from opera to spirituals.

  • The First: Colin Luther Powell

    Oct 27 2021

    Avery and Jackson learn about Four Star General Colin Luther Powell.

  • The First: Thurgood Marshall

    Oct 13 2021

    Come learn about the first Black Supreme Court Justice! 

  • The First: Lucy Stanton Day Sessions

    Oct 06 2021

    Learn about Lucy Stanton Day Sessions who became the first Black-AMERICAN woman to complete a four-year college course when, in 1850, she graduated with a Literary Degree from the Ladies' Literary Course of Oberlin College.

  • The First: Oprah Winfrey

    Sep 29 2021

    Learn a little about the first Black American Billionaire.Sources

  • A Season of First: The First Black Automobile Manufacturer

    Sep 15 2021

    Listen and learn more about the C.R. PATTERSON & SONS COMPANY--  The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company was a carriage building firm and the first Black American-owned automobile manufacturer. The company was founded by Charles Richard Patterson.Source:

  • Lift Every Voice

    Aug 04 2021

    Do you know the history behind  Lift Every Voice and Sing? Well, Avery and Jackson share a little knowledge about the Black National Anthem. Special Guest: Tamar Chapman 

  • 2021 Olympics!

    Jul 21 2021

    Avery and Jackson talk about the history of Black Olympians. 

  • When I Grow Up: A Conversation with a Principal

    Jul 14 2021

    Avery and Jackson learn about being a Principal! Listen to our conversation with Principal Kieli Ferguson from 9th District Elementry School in Covington, Ky! ‚Ā†

  • One Year!

    Jun 30 2021

    Avery and Jackson celebrate one year of the podcast! Join us for a walk down memory lane! 

  • Money Moves!

    Jun 23 2021

    We are talking all about smart money moves! The earlier children learn about money the better. Special Guest: Lawrence Cain Jr. 

  • The History of Juneteenth

    Jun 16 2021

    Have you heard of Juneteenth? Learn how the holiday got started and a few ways you can celebrate with your family!

  • Finding Your Light: Mental Health

    Jun 02 2021

    Avery and Jackson learn a little more about mental health! Special guests: Dr. C. Brooks and her daughter Gabby! 

  • Black Broadway

    May 19 2021

    Avery and Jackson explore the history of Black Americans on Broadway. 

  • Color Me Cowboys

    May 12 2021

    Avery and Jackson share information about Black cowboys who braved the west in search of freedom! 

  • Mother Africa

    May 05 2021

    Many Black Americans feel connected to Africa. We wanted to share some of the rich histories that the land has to offer. 

  • Travel: The Green Book

    Mar 24 2021

    Avery and Jackson learn about The Green Book that was used to help Black Americans travel safely. Check out some fun travel resources on our website. 

  • Affirmations

    Mar 10 2021

    Do you have daily affirmation rituals in your house? We do! Join Avery and Jackson as they share our family affirmations.

  • Kid Entrepreneurs

    Mar 03 2021

    Entrepreneurship is taking off and is a really important aspect in closing the wealth gap between Black and White Americans. We wanted to spotlight some kid entrepreneurs that are doing big things! They are really living up to the poem, "Hey Black Child"!

  • To Moon and Back

    Feb 24 2021

    Avery and Jackson explore Black first in outer space.  Check out our website for additional resources. Special Guest: Chris Jelks | Aerospace Engineer 

  • Little Legends: Garrett Morgan

    Feb 17 2021

    With permission from the publishing company, Jackson is sharing the story of Garrett Morgan!Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black Histoy 

  • Little Leaders: Ella Fitzgerald

    Feb 10 2021

    Join Avery for a quick biography on Ella Fitzgerald. 

  • Black History Year

    Feb 03 2021

    Black History Year!!  Avery and Jackson share the history of Black History Month and the man who created it, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

  • When I Grow Up: A Conversation with a Pharmacist

    Jan 27 2021

    Every season we will spotlight professions that have low numbers of Black people represented in the field. We kick this series off by exploring Pharmacy. Special Guest: Dr. Ryan MarableEpisode Resources 

  • I'm Speaking: Celebrating VP Harris and The History of Blacks and their Quest for the White House

    Jan 20 2021

    Avery and Jackson share the history of the presidential inauguration and talk about Black people that have made a run for the White House!Inauguration Episode Resources Episode Sponsor: Prominent PositioningAre you tired of wondering why everyone else seems to be reaching their goals, while you consistently fail? Why do they seem to hold a royal flush while you fold every hand? Are they more fortunate, have more charisma, lucky?Brian Corey has the answer:THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE WHO FAIL AND...more

  • Take Me Out To the Ballgame

    Jan 13 2021

    Join Avery and Jackson as they learn about the early history of the Negro Leagues.With Special Guest: Josh Harrison Additional Resources 

  • Season Three Teaser

    Jan 06 2021

    Season Three Starts on 1/13! We can't wait for the wild ride!

  • Kwanzaa: Imani

    Jan 01 2021

    Day seven of Kwanzaa is Imani!Imani is Collective Work and Responsibility - Building the community together and solving any problems as a group.Resources 

  • Kwanzaa: Kuumba

    Dec 31 2020

    Day six of Kwanzaa is Kuumba! Kuumba is Creativity - Using new ideas to create a more beautiful and successful community.Resources

  • Kwanzaa: Nia

    Dec 30 2020

    Day Five of Kwanzaa is Nia!Nia is Purpose - The goal of working together to build community and further the African culture.Resources 

  • Kwanzaa: Ujamaa

    Dec 29 2020

    Day Four of Kwanzaa is Ujamaa!Ujamaa--Cooperative Economics - The community building and profiting from its own businesses.Resources 

  • Kwanzaa: Ujima

    Dec 28 2020

    Day Three of Kwanzaa is Ujima!Ujima--Collective Work and Responsibility - Building the community together and solving any problems as a group.Resources

  • Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia

    Dec 27 2020

    Day two of Kwanzaa!Kujichagulia: Self-determination - Responsibility for one's own future.Resources

  • Kwanzaa: Umoja

    Dec 26 2020

    Kwanzaa is observed from December 26 through January 1, It is a seven-day celebration of African roots, observed by people of all faith backgrounds since it's not tied to any religion. Kwanzaa is anchored by seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba.Join us all week to celebrate!

  • Bigger than Sports!

    Dec 02 2020

    Avery and Jackson talk sports and the athletes that raised a fist, took a knee, broke barriers, and spoke out. Special Guest Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg Last episode of season two!

  • The Truth About Thanksgiving!

    Nov 25 2020

    Just because some history is hard to hear, that does not mean we don't listen. Just because we were not there does not mean that we are not accountable. Avery and Jackson learn a little more about the history of Thanksgiving. 

  • The Arts!

    Nov 18 2020

    Avery and Jackson teamed up with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Phi Psi Omega Chapter to talk about the arts (Music, Dance, Visual)  and expose our listeners to people that have paved the way for many of the things we love today. Episode Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated | Phi Psi Omega Chapter Episode Guests: Tracy Turney-Smith | Phi Psi Omega Chapter, President Brandon Hawkins | Soul Palette, LLC

  • Who Runs the World

    Nov 11 2020

    Avery and Jackson invite some guest to talk about Black women that have changed the game! Starting with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris!

  • Sacred Ground

    Oct 28 2020

    Cemeteries are where giants sleep! Avery and Jackson learned about segregated cemeteries in the United States and the history of one right in their backyard. Special Guest: United States Senator Sherrod Brown

  • Vote Vote Vote

    Oct 21 2020

    Vote Vote VoteWe decided to change it up for this one episode and encourage people to vote.¬† History is being made right now!‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

  • Banking While Black

    Oct 14 2020

    Avery and Jackson recently started getting an allowance so it was also important for them to learn about banking. This conversation led them to explore Black-Owned banks and the history of #BankingWhileBlack. 

  • The Color of Medicine

    Oct 07 2020

    Avery and Jackson learn about 5 Black medical rockstars who opened doors, innovated, and persisted! Special Guest Dr. Nasrien Ibrahim--A board-certified cardiologist in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Section within the Division of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.Twitter and Instagram @DrNasrien

  • The Divine 9: Making History for over 100 Years

    Sep 30 2020

    Avery and Jackson share the rich history of the Divine 9 which are Greek Lettered organizations that emerged on the heels of slavery and during the civil rights movement in America. Learn more about each organization by visiting their websites--Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Founded 1906, Cornell UniversityAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Founded 1908, Howard UniversityKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Founded 1911, Indiana UniversityOmega Psi Phi Fraternity, Founded 1911, Howard UniversityDelta Sigma Theta S...more

  • Special Announcement about the 2020 Census

    Sep 23 2020

    Your response matters.Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

  • The Power of Language

    Sep 23 2020

    Join Avery and Jackson as they work through words that have been hearing all summer. Race, Ethnicity, and Microaggressions. Special Guest: Christina Brown Additional Resources 

  • My Dad is an Engineer!

    Aug 26 2020

    Avery and Jackson will talk about engineering and some of the contributions Black people have worked on! With a special guest!Source-

  • HBCU Pride

    Aug 20 2020

    Avery & Jackson are still young but its not too early for them to start learning about HBCU's as an option for their education.

  • About Us

    Aug 12 2020

    Learn more about the voices behind the podcast! 

  • Thank You For Your Service!

    Aug 05 2020

    Avery and Jackson are learning about the military and how they protect and serve. This episode will discuss some of the historic troops that fought for America even during extreme racism and prejudice. 

  • World Premiere

    Jul 29 2020

    Do you know which Black American released their first commercial record n the 1800s? Come learn and then listen to the World Premiere of Hey Black Child: The Podcast theme song! Artist Mentioned: Ravey Rave and Mathew Ryan 

  • Superheroes!

    Jul 23 2020

    From Bumble Bee to Black Panther, come learn a little comic book history with Avery and Jackson. We also have a new jingle! Episode Sponsor: Always Believe in Yourself

  • Why We March!

    Jul 15 2020

    Avery and Jackson are seeing protest on the news and have a lot of questions! They will talk about the history of protest and share why we march!Episode Sponsor: Author Elyse Sayers--Always Believe in Yourself 

  • Am I Black or African American!?

    Jul 08 2020

    Sometimes people use Black and African American interchangeably, but should they? Tune in and learn the difference!Episode Sponsor: Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg, author of the children's book, I Didn't Win.

  • Hey Black Child Coming July 2020

    Jun 18 2020

    Coming in July a podcast for kids, by kids with a little help from their parents. Tune on on July 1, 2020 to learn more.