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
Nevertheless, she persisted: Women of Color Business Owners
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.
Equity in Education: Moving Beyond Window Dressing
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 make to move towards 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.
Living History: Driving the Green Book
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.
What is a History Teacher Supposed to Teach?
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.
Goal Setting, Job Hunting, and Protecting Your Peace
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. This episode’s Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Tenethrea Buffington, a licensed professional counselor in Georgia.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Addressing Concerns
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, 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.
The Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Steven Savage, a public affairs professional in Blytheville, Arkansas.
I love to see black women spreading knowledge and exposing our youth.
You’re missing it, if you’re not listening!
Blackbelt Voice is a wonderful podcast. Commentary is great. The context is meaningful, and it’s a good time.
Definitely not worth the time
Lacks depth & only shared a simplified version of what could be a unified purpose.