Black Fam 2.5

Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen

Black Fam 2.5 is a student-run podcast focused on redefining the minority experience by ensuring to represent it accurately. By featuring Black stories and accomplishments, we aim to address topics that reflect the complexities and vibrancies of the Black community on campus. As Black women, we understand the difficulties in finding reliable media outlets that can identify with the struggles of being a person of color. At the University of California, we make up no more than 2.5%–our stories get lost. Our goal is to not only encourage minorities to tell their stories, but we also pledge to tell narratives that inform others , and inspire difficult conversations that matter.

All Episodes

In this episode, Sydney and Tatum discuss the history behind and implications of the recent rise of AAPI hate as well as the historical ties between Asian and Black power movements. To do so accurately and respectfully, Sydney and Tatum discuss these topics with members of the AAPI community; Edward T. Chang , a Professor of Ethnic Studies and founding Director of the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California at Riverside, Dhanika Pineda, a Filipina-American second year Literary Journalism Major and International Studies Minor at the University of California, Irvine, and Yến Lê Espiritu, a distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies and an award-winning author who has published extensively on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism and wars in Asia.

Apr 19

1 hr 12 min

Join Sydney and Tatum as they sit down with community advocate and researcher, Jazmyne McNeese, and DJ, a member of the OC-based mutual aid organization, The People's Coalition, to discuss the importance of grassroots organizations within the Black community. 


Mar 1

53 min 27 sec

(TW: Sexual Assault and Childhood Trauma) What is Black love? What is it determined by? What are some of the stigmas that plague Black couples? For this episode, we wanted to explore the intricacies of romantic relationships within the Black community, what Black love means today, the complexities within our own experiences with love, and how to navigate healthy relationships during this difficult time.


Dec 2020

1 hr 9 min

In this episode of Black Fam 2.5, Sydney and Tatum discuss the importance of voting, the stakes of this election and audience-requested propositions with their expert panel, including: Sylvia Albert, the Director of Voting and Elections for Common Cause, Susan Smith, the chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity and a panel of Black Fam listeners and 2020 voters!

Nov 2020

53 min 20 sec

The question of whether African-Americans have been able to be represented accurately throughout history has been one that has been pondered for centuries. For this episode, Black Fam 2.5 will honor of the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman and examine the entertainment and media industries along with the importance of accurate POC representation. 

Oct 2020

51 min 22 sec

Episode Five: The Power of Black Women

Oct 2020

1 hr 8 min


Oct 2020

1 hr 20 min

Episode Three: Disproportionate COVID-19 Death Rates Within Communities of Color

Oct 2020

1 hr 21 min

Episode Two: Uncovering Black Mental Health

Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

Episode One: Black Entrepreneurship

Oct 2020

42 min 31 sec