“Gracie’s Corner” is an remarkable web sequence made to offer an partaking and instructional platform for Black youngsters to learn crucial skills, this sort of as counting and mastering the alphabet. What sets this series apart is its progressive use of Black animation, celebrating diversity and inclusivity although fostering a appreciate for learning in young young ones.

In “Gracie’s Corner” episodes, youngsters embark on an thrilling experience led by a numerous cast of animated figures and voices, guiding them via the fascinating globe of numbers and letters. Natasha Alford and Panama Jackson communicate with creators of “Gracie’s Corner” underneath:

“The adhering to is a transcript of that conversation.”

Alford: [00:00:28] Gracie’s corner was developed by the husband and wife crew of Javaris Hollingsworth and Arlene Gordon Hollingsworth. And their Juneteenth anthem has currently reached far more than 10 million views in the very last calendar year. I recently acquired a chance to interview this mother and father duo, and here’s what they had to say about creating an iconic display. [00:00:48][19.3]

Javoris Hollingsworth: [00:00:50] We initial begun it. It was definitely practically out of requirement that we observed when we were hunting for other children’s content material out there that had small children of color in the forefront. And you can in all probability inform there’s not considerably of that out there. So we buried, Hey, let’s make our have. And we went at it. [00:01:08][18.8]

Alford: [00:01:10] …when you communicate about representation, typically youngsters of color in mainstream cartoons or educational systems are the sidekick. Right? They are type of in the track record. But you middle our little ones in a way that so wonderful. And it’s really your daughter, Gracelyn, who is the voice for Gracie. [00:01:27][17.4]

Arlene Hollingsworth: [00:01:37] So Grayson has generally, constantly, often been a baby. I appreciate to sing. And, you know, my mom was usually talented and she always needed a YouTube channel and arrived to us stating she wished just one, but we were being specific about what we were being alright with her executing. And, you know, I know some individuals have read the tale presently, but all through the pandemic we ended up watching items on YouTube with our other two young children and didn’t see the illustration. And we’re asking yourself why a great deal of the information they were looking at didn’t seem like them. [00:02:21][44.1]

Alford: [00:02:48] Gracie’s Corner has tons of catchy songs, incredibly very good for your children’s spirits and affirming them. And they may possibly be coming to a metropolis around you. The Hollingsworth instructed me that are living demonstrates are also in the performs. We cannot wait. Make guaranteed you continue to keep your eyes open up. [00:02:48][0.0]

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