47 episodes

The Blackbelt Voices podcast tells stories from and about Black folks down South that honor our history, celebrate our culture, and shape our future. 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

Blackbelt Voices Blackbelt Media LLC

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 435 Ratings

The Blackbelt Voices podcast tells stories from and about Black folks down South that honor our history, celebrate our culture, and shape our future. 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

    Choosing AR 102 with Dr. Karama Neal: California native Jean Block builds a life in Arkansas

    Choosing AR 102 with Dr. Karama Neal: California native Jean Block builds a life in Arkansas

    Choosing Arkansas with Dr. Karama Neal shares stories of those who chose Arkansas as their home. In this episode, Dr. Neal talks to Jean Block, the CEO of the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority.

    • 59 min
    Choosing AR 101 with Dr. Karama Neal: Welcome Home, Samantha Evans

    Choosing AR 101 with Dr. Karama Neal: Welcome Home, Samantha Evans

    Choosing Arkansas with Dr. Karama Neal shares stories of those who chose Arkansas as their home. We want to help you make the Natural State your natural choice. On today's episode, we talk to Samantha Evans about what brought her back to her home state after living away for many years.

    • 45 min
    Introducing "Choosing Arkansas" with Dr. Karama Neal

    Introducing "Choosing Arkansas" with Dr. Karama Neal

    Dr. Karama Neal, principal of Neal Firm, aspires to help Arkansas achieve its full potential as a place where Black people can thrive. Through her "Choosing Arkansas" series, Dr. Neal will share the stories of Black newcomers and returnees, highlighting their positive experiences and the opportunities that exist within the state. Her goal is to inspire others to see Arkansas as a place where they can build successful and fulfilling lives.

    • 44 min
    Growing Together Part 2 of 2: Urban Farmers Cultivating Community in Little Rock | Gabriyel El-Bey and Laverne Davis

    Growing Together Part 2 of 2: Urban Farmers Cultivating Community in Little Rock | Gabriyel El-Bey and Laverne Davis

    This is part two of our dive into urban agriculture. We’re talking about how Black farmers and growers are creating solutions to the lack of healthy food options in their communities. Be sure to listen to Episode 41 with Leroi Emerson, who serves on the board for Urban Patchwork. In this episode, we’re talking to Gabriyel El-Bey, the owner and operator of Turtle Island in Little Rock, which is one of Urban Patchwork’s farm partners. He’s joined by Master Gardener Laverne Davis.

    • 17 min
    Growing Together Part 1 of 2: Urban Farmers Cultivating Community in Little Rock | LeRoi Emerson

    Growing Together Part 1 of 2: Urban Farmers Cultivating Community in Little Rock | LeRoi Emerson

    This two-part episode of the Blackbelt podcast explores how Urban Patchwork, a Little Rock-based nonprofit network of farmers and backyard gardeners, aims to build a sustainable local food economy and promote interdependence among residents. In part one, we hear from LeRoi Emerson, a board member for Urban Patchwork. He joins host Adena White to discuss the organization's efforts to increase access to fresh food in low-income neighborhoods and foster community collaboration to enhance health and social cohesion.

    • 33 min
    Brené. Beyoncé. Belonging.

    Brené. Beyoncé. Belonging.

    We're back in the saddle! In this episode, Adena and Kara discuss the relaunch of Blackbelt Voices as a platform for authentic storytelling. After completing a Social Impact Storytelling program at Georgetown University and a fellowship with Solutions Journalism Network, Adena has come back with fresh ideas of how Blackbelt Voices can emphasize the importance of authenticity, belonging, and connection in storytelling.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
435 Ratings

435 Ratings

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Amazing Show

Love this podcast it is so deep and beautiful!

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A southern treat

Intriguing guests, delightful interviews, timely and significant content! BarbaraBDesign

Love Collkns ,

Wonderful and necessary story tellers!

Blackbelt honors and celebrates much needed voices. A wonderful listen!

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