11 episodes

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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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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    The truth always comes out (Part II)

    The truth always comes out (Part II)

    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 VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Edited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.
    Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.
    The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.

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    • 18 min
    No, your brother was murdered (Part I)

    No, your brother was murdered (Part I)

    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 VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Edited and produced by: Katrina Dupins and Prentice Dupins Jr.
    Music: Prentice Dupins Jr.
    The Blackbelt Voices podcast is a production of Blackbelt Media LLC.

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    • 9 min
    Talent needs opportunity

    Talent needs opportunity

    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. JONES
    Dr. Chris Jones on Twitter
    Dr. Jones’ website
     
    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR
    This 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 VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Portions 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.
     

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    • 31 min
    (Natural) heads held high

    (Natural) heads held high

    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 YouTube
    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR
    This 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 VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Thanks 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.

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    • 32 min
    Pique your interest in the past

    Pique your interest in the past

    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 Spaces
    Panel on the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas, Massacre at the Southern Historical Association’s 2019 annual conference | C-SPAN
    Classie Hawkins’ 100th Birthday Celebration
    Where to find Dr. Mitchell:
    Brian Mitchell, Ph.D. on LinkedIn
    Brian Mitchell, Ph.D.'s faculty page at UA Little Rock
    CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Thanks 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.

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    • 23 min
    Hundreds of white men carrying guns

    Hundreds of white men carrying guns

    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 Prospect
    Where to find Dr. Mitchell:
    Brian Mitchell, Ph.D. on LinkedIn
    Brian Mitchell, Ph.D.'s faculty page at UA Little Rock
    CONNECT WITH BLACKBELT VOICES
    Follow @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 THANKS
    Thanks 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.

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

Huak Mane ,

The south has something to say

I just sat and listened to every episode of this show. It’s unapologetically black and unapologetically southern.

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Softballgirlqv ,

Great information, poor sound quality

I enjoy listening to this podcast when I’m in the car, or doing homework. I always learn something new from this podcast. The only thing that makes it hard for me to listen on a regular basis is the sound quality. They sound muffled and the volume is low even when I turn it up on the devices that I use to tune in.

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