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Blackbelt Voices

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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.

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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.
BONUS: Register to Vote

BONUS: Register to Vote

2020-10-0306:391

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!

2020-09-2610:331

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

2020-09-2357:141

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.
In October 1919, more than 200 Black sharecroppers were killed in a horrific act of racist violence in Elaine, Arkansas. Dr. Brian K. Mitchell, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has done extensive research on the Elaine Massacre and joins us to reflect on the attacks 100 years later.Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:The Elaine Massacre“Arkansas Residents Make a Case for Reparations 100 Years After the Elaine Massacre” | The American ProspectWhere 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.
A place to call home

A place to call home

2019-11-2127:17

Dr. Karama Neal is goals. She is president of Southern Bancorp Community Partners and has also launched independent projects that promote equity of opportunity for all people. We discussed a few of her projects: The Arkansas Heir Property Act 2015​, which helps families protect their land and ensure their descendants always have a place to call home; Ife Opportunity​, her educational initiative; and So What Can I Do​, a blog and e-book that promotes ethics in action.Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:Heirs of Arkansas: Arkansas Heir Property ActIfe Opportunity educational initiativeThe Best of So What Can I Do 10th anniversary e-bookWhere to find Dr. Neal:karamaneal.com@karamaneal (Twitter)@ARHPAct (Arkansas Heir Property Act on Twitter)@IfeOpp (Ife Opportunity 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 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.
Carmeon Hamilton is a Memphis-based interior designer and social media influencer. As owner of Nubi Interiors, Carmeon provides design services and plant consulting to clients. In this episode, she offers practical design tips and shares how she centers her Black identity in her work.Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:Nubi’s Plant Parenting GuideCarmeon's feature in Real Simple magazineWhere to find Carmeon:carmeonhamilton.com@carmeon.hamilton on Instagram@nubiinteriors on Facebook, Twitter, PinterestCONNECT 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 THANKSThis episode was edited and produced by Katrina Dupins. Special thanks to Prentice Dupins Jr. for composing our music and Black Dude White Dude podcast for the use of their recording studio. The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Know your status

Know your status

2019-10-0917:19

When Latunja Sockwell was diagnosed with HIV in January 1997, there weren’t a lot of treatment and resource options. Today, she’s using her experience and compassion to help pave an easier path for others.Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:“On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of “Straight” Black Men Who Sleep with Men” by. J. L. King and Karen Hunter (Foreward by E. Lynn Harris)The Center for HIV Law and PolicyCONNECT 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 THANKSThis episode was edited and produced by Katrina Dupins. Special thanks to Prentice Dupins Jr. for composing our music and Black Dude White Dude podcast for the use of their recording studio. The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Are you in that number?

Are you in that number?

2019-09-2533:161

The 2020 Census is approaching, and Blackbelt Voices co-host Kara Wilkins is schooling us on why it’s a big deal. Listen to learn why Black communities are particularly vulnerable to being undercounted and what we can do to help make sure no one is left out. Visit blackbeltvoices.com for a full summary of this episode.Links to what we discussed:Arkansas CountsColor of ChangeU.S. Census BureauEqual Justice Initiative’s The National Memorial for Peace and Justice“Black Moms Be Like” Part 1 and Part 2Where to find Kara:@kannewilkins (Twitter)Kara Wilkins on LinkedInCONNECT 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 THANKSThis episode was edited and produced by Katrina Dupins. Special thanks to Prentice Dupins Jr. for composing our theme music and Black Dude White Dude podcast for the use of their recording studio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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