19 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.

Blackbelt Voices Blackbelt Media LLC

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 382 Ratings

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.

    Storytelling for Social Change

    Storytelling for Social Change

    Adena and Kara talk about media and storytelling with Cierra Hinton, executive director of Scalawag and director of network-building and strategy at Press On Media. You will also *finally* hear the story of how Blackbelt Voices came to be. The Turn to Your Neighbor segment features filmmaker and teacher Prentice Dupins Sr.

    • 39 min
    Voting and Civic Engagement

    Voting and Civic Engagement

    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.

    • 30 min
    Social Justice in the South

    Social Justice in the South

    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.

    • 37 min
    BONUS: Register to Vote

    BONUS: Register to Vote

    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.

    • 6 min
    BONUS: Get Counted!

    BONUS: Get Counted!

    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.

    • 10 min
    Fighting for the South

    Fighting for the South

    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.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
382 Ratings

382 Ratings

Za and Zo ,

Story telling

Excellent show about storytelling. Also liked the discussion about layers of stories and diversity.

MC f12 ,

Goodness and truth in 2020

Kara and Adena are “loving the South into a better future.” I am so fired up about this new voice in my ear. Thank you both!

TexChik ,

Great Perspectives

Really enjoy these sessions. Very informative and well produced. Glad I found this. Keep up the great work!

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