32 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

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 414 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

    Turn to Your Neighbor: Amanda Hunter - Mayflower, Arkansas

    Turn to Your Neighbor: Amanda Hunter - Mayflower, Arkansas

    This Turn to Your Neighbor segment features Amanda Hunter, a registered nurse who lives in Central Arkansas. Amanda is very interested in exploring her family tree. She wanted to see how far she could go back into her family’s history and found through her journey a valuable perspective she applies directly to her own life.

    • 3 min
    Preserving Our History: Nicka Sewell-Smith on genealogy and family history

    Preserving Our History: Nicka Sewell-Smith on genealogy and family history

    Happy Thanksgiving, Blackbelt Voices fam. In this week’s episode we’re talking about genealogy. It is part of the “Preserving our History” series. For Nicka Sewell-Smith, learning about her family history is much more than a hobby. She has more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist and has learned so much about not only her own family, but also American History. We think you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation with Nicka, and when you’re done check out her web series, BlackProGen LIVE.

    Season 3 of Blackbelt Voices is brought to you by Southern Bancorp.

    • 55 min
    Turn to Your Neighbor: Albessie Thompson - Twin Groves, Arkansas

    Turn to Your Neighbor: Albessie Thompson - Twin Groves, Arkansas

    The Ozark Foothills African-American History Museum would not have been possible without the work of Albessie Thompson. Born and raised in Twin Groves, Arkansas, Thompson has worked tirelessly for the past 30 years to preserve the history of her hometown. 

    • 6 min
    Preserving Our History: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

    Preserving Our History: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

    Blackbelt Voices continues its focus on “Preserving our History” with a closer look at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum on 9th Street in Little Rock. The museum, which is a part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, became accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in April 2020. Quantia Fletcher was recently named director of the museum. She told us how she found her passion for telling stories of our ancestors and her role in creating the museum into what it is today.

    • 34 min
    Preserving Our History: American Reckoning

    Preserving Our History: American Reckoning

    American Reckoning is a component of PBS FRONTLINE's Un(re)solved multi-platform initiative investigating unsolved murders that happened in the Civil Rights Era.

    We sat down with filmmakers Yoruba Richen and Brad Lichtenstein who are working on a documentary about the events surrounding the 1967 murder of Wharlest Jackson Sr. in Natchez, Mississippi. Jackson is one of 150 cold case killings brought to light because of Congressman John Lewis’ Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. The film is expected to be released in February 2022.

    Season 3 of Blackbelt Voices is brought to you by Southern Bancorp.

    • 27 min
    Season 3 Preview

    Season 3 Preview

    Blackbelt Voices is coming back for our third season in mid-October. We can’t wait for you to hear from our fantastic guests. They’re telling stories from and about Black folks down South that honor our history; celebrate our culture; and shape our future.

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

Meme5435 ,

Knowledgeable

I love to see black women spreading knowledge and exposing our youth.

CDB75 ,

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.

OVOROB ,

Definitely not worth the time

Lacks depth & only shared a simplified version of what could be a unified purpose.

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