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The Blackbelt Voices podcast propagates the richness of Black Southern culture by telling the stories of Black folks down South. Through first-person narratives and in-depth conversations, hosts Adena J. White, Kara Wilkins, and Katrina Dupins share the experiences of Black Southerners living in, loving, and reconciling with the region we call home.
Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.
Logo Design: Kara Darling Creative
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In this episode, Adena and Kara talk to Kristy Carter, author and principal investigator of a newly released study about women of color business owners and entrepreneurs in Arkansas. The research was conducted by the University of Central Arkansas and the report commissioned by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Women of color open businesses at extraordinary rates. The qualitative study explores why. This episode’s Turn to Your Neighbor feature is Shunqetta Cunningham, the CEO and Lead Grant Strategist of KHARIS Grants and Services. She also leads a group for Black women entrepreneurs called Over A Cup. Shunqetta  is one of the featured women in the study. Patricia Ashanti is the Founder and CEO of Delta Circles, Inc. As a native of Helena, Arkansas, she has always recognized the need for community service and had a desire to help families thrive. Delta Circles is a nonprofit organization providing programs and opportunities to challenge the way Black women think about themselves, their finances, and their businesses. Her WIN program is modeled after an African practice called susu. CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.Support other indie Black podcasts! Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts. CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.
On Episode 22 of Blackbelt Voices, Adena and Kara have a conversation with Candice Barnes. Ed.D., an associate professor and distinguished equity fellow at the University of Central Arkansas College of Education. They talked about moving closer to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion in education and what steps educational systems, teachers, and future teachers can take to move toward that goal.They discussed the importance of having Black teachers in classrooms and a group of Black men elementary teachers in Oregon who are so rare they call themselves unicorns. This episode's turn to your neighbor segment features Kwadjo Boaitey, a middle school teacher in the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas.Interested in checking out Dr. Barnes' jewelry? Click here.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.Support other indie Black podcasts! Listen to You Had Me at Black wherever you get your podcasts. CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. 
Three people, from three backgrounds and generations, take a road trip using The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. Adena and Kara have a conversation with Alvin Hall and Janée Woods Weber about their living history podcast called Driving the Green Book. They talk about their podcast, their journey, life lessons, and behind-the-scenes adventures. In this episode's Turn to Your Neighbor segment, WellBrewed Coffee Co. founders plan to serve coffee with consciousness by driving resources and investments to the community. Jeremy Hill and Shantell Hinton Hill will dedicate a portion of their sales to Black leaders and entrepreneurs committed to social change.  Follow their progress on Instagram.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.
Happy Black History Month. February 1 marks the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing a resolution that would later become the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On this episode, Adena and Kara address some eyebrow-raising legislation aimed at restricting teaching on social justice and diversity. We ask Stacey McAdoo, longtime educator and 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, to weigh in. You can find out more about Stacey by visiting her website or following her on Twitter.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.
Blackbelt Voices wraps up 2020 with tips on setting goals, job hunting, and protecting your peace.  Kara and Adena talked to Leigh Oliver, a talent acquisition coordinator in Nashville who gave us a glimpse into the mind of a job recruiter. Have questions about your resume or need job recruiting tips? Our guest today said she would be happy to help. Email Leigh Oliver.This episode’s Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Tenethrea Buffington, a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. You can  reach Tenethrea here.CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.   
COVID-19 ‌has‌ ‌dominated‌ ‌headlines‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌the‌ ‌entire‌ ‌year‌ ‌–‌ ‌and‌ has ‌affected‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌every‌ ‌single‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌us.‌ ‌ ‌And‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌images‌ ‌of‌ ‌people‌ ‌receiving‌ much-anticipated‌ ‌vaccinations‌ ‌last‌ ‌week,‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌glimmer‌ ‌of‌ ‌hope‌ ‌for‌ ‌some‌ ‌return‌ ‌to‌ ‌some‌ ‌sort‌ ‌of‌ ‌normalcy‌ – ‌though‌ ‌we‌ ‌still‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌while.‌ ‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ Adena and Kara ‌talk‌ ‌to‌ ‌Jerrilyn‌ ‌Jones,‌ M.D., MPH. She's the‌ ‌medical‌ ‌director‌ ‌for‌ ‌health‌ ‌preparedness‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Arkansas‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌practicing‌ ‌emergency‌ ‌medicine‌ ‌physician‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌Arkansas‌ ‌for‌ ‌Medical‌ ‌Sciences.‌ ‌ ‌ This episode's Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Steven Savage, a public affairs professional in Blytheville, Arkansas.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. 
Adena and Kara talk to broadcast journalists Brittany Noble and Lisa Benson, who share their experiences with racism in the newsroom. This episode's Turn to Your Neighbor segment features newspaper reporter Stephen Simpson. This summer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery wrote an article called a "Reckoning Over Objectivity, Led by Black Journalists." His reflections were poignant — that media organizations do not reflect the diversity of the  communities they cover.  And that all became obvious to more people (not us; we been knew) with the protests following the murder of George Floyd. Media institutions, while trying to be objective, had to come to terms with their role perpetuating the status quo. And when Black journalists challenge those conventions, they’re often pushed aside or labeled as a non-team player, looked over for promotions, and/or fired.Brittany Noble tells her story in this Medium article. Lisa Benson  is now a diversity and racial consultant who recently published the book, Anchored in Bias: Fired Over White Tears.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.Logo Design: Kara Darling CreativeThe Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. 
Adena and Kara talk about media and storytelling with Cierra Hinton, executive director of Scalawag and director of network-building and strategy at Press On Media. You will also finally hear the story of how Blackbelt Voices came to be.  The Turn to Your Neighbor segment features filmmaker and teacher Prentice Dupins Sr.Watch Last Stop on Vimeo on Demand by visiting 1410 Media Group's website.Follow Cierra Hinton on Twitter and learn more about Press On and Scalawag.  CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.  
Adena and Kara talk to the founder of a nonprofit that works to build political power among Black voters and end voter suppression. In 2016, Charlane Oliver and a group of friends sat in a Chili’s and pitched in a few hundred dollars and a lot of time to form The Equity Alliance, which is now a million-dollar organization in Nashville that has helped thousands. In this episode's Turn to Your Neighbor Segment, Lynn Norment talks about her storied career and love for writing. She is one of the guest speakers at the 2020 John H. Johnson Day Celebration on November 1. Click here to sign up to register for the virtual event. CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode of Blackbelt Voices, we’re exploring the facets of public policy and how it affects societal norms with Tamika Edwards. Plus, Gennie Hirschy shows real-life connections that may serve as motivation to stay informed and engaged in local politics. And this week’s Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Dazzmin Murry, a young woman from Little Rock whose creativity is multifaceted. Follow Tamika Edwards and Gennie Hirschy on Twitter.Other websites mentioned: For AR PeopleArkansas StrongGo Vote ARCONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The election is one month away. Please make sure you're registered. If your plan is in place, send this as a reminder to your friends. Deadlines are approaching quickly. Here are a few resources that will get you started. https://votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter/https://govotear.org/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BONUS: Get Counted!

BONUS: Get Counted!

2020-09-2610:34

Adena and Kara want to remind you to not underestimate the importance of the census. There’s a lot riding on those numbers and we don’t get another chance until 2030.There are only four days left to fill out the 2020 census, but there are still ways to help make sure we get as many people counted as we can. Spread the word! Help those who are not as internet savvy fill out the form. You can do it anywhere as long as you know the person’s address and who lives in the home. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Fighting for the South

Fighting for the South

2020-09-2357:15

Political organizers Tristan Wilkerson and DeJuana L. Thompson talk about what led them to start Think Rubix, a social innovation consultancy with branches across the country. They work with nonprofits businesses and government to create equitable solutions.Tristan and Dejuana give their predictions for Election Day. Dejuana also founded Woke Vote to encourage organization through long-term engagement. It is a program of Think Social Impact, an organization managed by Think Rubix. This episode introduces a new segment we're calling Turn to Your Neighbor. This episode features Uniqueika Nauden, who leads group meditation sessions. It's called SBMR, which stands for Sun Bathe, Moon Rinse. CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the past 16 days, protesters in every state and around the world are demanding change and speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality that disproportionately affects Black Americans. As the protests have become mainstream, many major businesses and institutions have issued their own statements of proclamations — acknowledging the need for change and that Black Lives Matter.On this episode, Adena and Kara outline what changes the movement is hoping for in our communities and talk about changes that have already happened. We also talk to Arkansas State Senator and congressional candidate Joyce Elliott about her plan that could help with police brutality and how we can move forward as communities and as a nation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the U.S. begins to slowly reopen the economy and gain some sense of normalcy during a pandemic, we find ourselves in familiar territory – a police officer has killed a Black man, leading to protests in the streets. We are hurting, and we are tired.On this special bonus episode of Blackbelt Voices, we take a look back at America’s long history of racial violence. Professor Brian Mitchell from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock returns to weigh in with a historical perspective on what we’re seeing now and how it compares to history. And what he thinks needs to happen next as a step forward. CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the early morning hours of May 6, 1960, Marvin Leonard Williams died in police custody at the former Faulkner County jail in Conway, Arkansas. He was arrested the night before — the same night his parents and siblings lost everything they owned in a tornado. Twenty-five years later, two officers were charged with murder after Marvin’s parents received new information regarding their son’s death. His younger brother, Ronnie Williams, went on a fact-finding mission to seek justice for his brother and get to the bottom of a 25-year cover-up.CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the early morning hours of May 6, 1960, Marvin Leonard Williams died in police custody at the former Faulkner County jail in Conway, Arkansas. He was arrested the night before — the same night his parents and siblings lost everything they owned in a tornado. Twenty-five years later, two officers were charged with murder after Marvin’s parents received new information regarding their son’s death. His younger brother, Ronnie Williams, went on a fact-finding mission to seek justice for his brother and get to the bottom of a 25-year cover-up.CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSEdited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Talent is there; they just need an opportunity. Executive director and lead maker of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Chris Jones, Ph.D., talks to hosts Adena and Kara about his life experiences and his passion to help people realize their full potential. Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:https://arhub.org/https://www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org/WHERE TO FIND DR. JONESDr. Chris Jones on Twitter Dr. Jones’ website THANKS TO OUR SPONSORThis episode is sponsored by Ife Opportunity, a organization committed to creating solutions that expand opportunity and promote equity in education, health, and other critical areas. Ife Opportunity has held computer coding, astronomy, and other workshops for children and additional projects are planned. One such project is sheet music for piano. Blackbelt Voices listeners can download “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black National anthem, at http://www.tinyurl.com/liftsing. Enter coupon code BLACKBELT to receive 15% off your purchase of this simplified sheet music.CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSPortions of this episode were recorded at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art. Katrina Dupins is our editor and producer, and Prentice Dupins Jr. composed the intro and outro music. The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's not just hair. Katrina, Kara, and Adena untangle the cultural significance of Black hair with returning guest Dr. Karama Neal and her 13-year-old daughter, Ayoka. We explore generational shifts in hair styles and hair acceptance.Links to what we discussed:Diane's Hair Journey: The Musical (with Jill Scott) - black-ish | ABC on YouTubeTHANKS TO OUR SPONSORThis episode is sponsored by Ife Opportunity, a organization committed to creating solutions that expand opportunity and promote equity in education, health, and other critical areas. Ife Opportunity has held computer coding, astronomy, and other workshops for children and additional projects are planned. One such project is sheet music for piano. Blackbelt Voices listeners can download “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black National anthem, at http://www.tinyurl.com/liftsing. Enter coupon code BLACKBELT to receive 15% off your purchase of this simplified sheet music.CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSThanks to Black Dude White Dude podcast for allowing us to record this episode at their studio. Katrina Dupins is our editor and producer, and Prentice Dupins Jr. composed the theme music. The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We continue our conversation with Dr. Brian K. Mitchell, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Mitchell talks about the importance of sharing family history – both the happy times and the tragedies. We learn more about his background, including how he became interested in days gone by. Adena, Kara, and Katrina reflect on another centennial celebration and their personal transformations over the past decade.Links to what we discussed:The Black Belt | Southern SpacesPanel on the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas, Massacre at the Southern Historical Association’s 2019 annual conference | C-SPANClassie Hawkins’ 100th Birthday CelebrationWhere to find Dr. Mitchell:Brian Mitchell, Ph.D. on LinkedInBrian Mitchell, Ph.D.'s faculty page at UA Little RockCONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICESFollow @BlackbeltVoices on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts about this episode and all things Black + Southern on social media using the hashtag #BlackbeltVoices.CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKSThanks to Black Dude White Dude podcast for allowing us to record portions of this episode at their studio. Katrina Dupins is our editor and producer, and Prentice Dupins Jr. composed the theme music. The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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