"Great resource!" "Fantastic!" "Invaluable!" These are just a few examples of the high praise given by Black History in Two Minutes (or so) listeners. Scout Report issues strive to highlight various media forms, including a wide array of podcasts, and we were hard pressed to find a podcast more treasured than this. Though first featured during Black History Month, the resource reminds listeners that Black history is not "extra" material reduced to one month; rather, it is an integral part of history, period. Tune in to learn about everything from Black feminism to baseball all-stars.
The Black History in Two Minutes (or so) podcast is a wonderful resource to learn the full scope of U.S. history. The award-winning show explores important people and events from the past and present. These episodes create more accurate depictions of well-studied events such as the Civil War and school integration, while also highlighting prominent figures left out of most history books (for example, a recent episode discusses Oscar Micheaux, the first Black indie filmmaker). The resource is well suited for educators, too; as the name implies, episodes are short and accessible to a general audience. Plus, the Teaching Guides section has several lesson plans and activities to accompany episodes. The podcast is executive produced by an impressive team: Robert F. Smith, (Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners); Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University); Dyllan McGee (an Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of McGee Media); and Deon Taylor (film director and founder of Hidden Empire Film Group). Professor Gates also narrates the series. Listeners can subscribe on their favorite podcast platform, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Android, and Stitcher. While fans anxiously await new episodes, they can tune into the channel's various social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube).