7 Children’s Cartoons and Live-Action Shows That Promote Positive Images of Black Youths

Here are some positive options for young black kids…

Doc McStuffins

The show, “Doc McStuffins,” features an African-American girl named Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, who is a toy doctor. She uses a variety of magical medical tools to “heal” the broken toys she encounters from episode to episode. The young doctor is a positive role model for young Black girls looking to go into the medical field. This Disney Junior show has been on air since 2012.

Blaze and the Monster Machines


This Nick Jr. show is one of a handful of educational shows for children that deal with math, tech and other STEM fields. The lead human character is AJ, driver and best friend to Blaze the monster truck. The young driver is a tech and science expert at only 8-years- old. The two compete in races and solve many math-related issues that require measurements, basic physics and geometry in Axle City. “Blaze and the Monster Machines” has been renewed for a fourth season.

Bino and Fino

This Nigerian web cartoon features a young boy named Bino and his sister Fino, who travel around Africa teaching kids about African history, politics and geography. The show gears toward toddlers and preschoolers and is similar to shows like “Dora the Explorer.” It aired on Sky TV in the UK and in Nigeria. “Bino and Fino” was created by Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri  in 2012 and is still accessible on YouTube.

Ubongo Kids

This animated web series uses catchy songs to teach kids math and science in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and others. The show has aired in many countries and has garnered nearly three million viewers. The show is part of Ubongo Media. The company has other shows with Black leads like “Akili and Me” that are available on YouTube.

K.C. Undercover


Actress, singer and fashion icon Zendaya Coleman plays K.C. Cooper, a high school spy who saves the world with her family of spies and cyborg sister. This Disney Channel show is the only show on air currently with a Black female teen action lead, and it returns later this summer. The character K.C. Cooper is a role model for young Black girls because she consistently uses her brain in undercover missions. This character is always looked upon by her family and friends as a leader.

Sara Solves It

This Amazon Studios series revolves around two Black siblings solving mysteries in their apartment building. The 9-year-old whiz kid Sara and younger brother Sam use math, music and creative thinking to solve problems.


Young Justice

This Warner Brothers/D.C. Comics animated series has been off the air for several years, but the show lives on Netflix. “Young Justice” sets itself apart for other action cartoons because it has multiple influential Black teenage characters who drive the action. Aqualad is the leader of dozens of young heroes, Static Shock is a dynamic rebel who becomes a leader in his own right, and Rocket, Bumble Bee, and others are primary characters with real value.

Ricky Riley

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