Podcast - Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community

Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community

Southern Steep is a public health and social justice podcast that centers the voices of community leaders in the southern United States. Conversations highlight innovative approaches to unapologetic leadership, meaningful partnerships and thriving communities.

Recently Released

Speaking Truth to Power

Activist. Educator. Entrepreneur. Khadijah Abdullah, founder of Reaching All HIV+ Muslims in America (RAHMA) and the National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, shares how her belief in mercy and compassion has been the driving force behind her work and advocacy. Khadijah talks to hosts Bianca and Isaiah about how she has been using her voice to uplift the community during the pandemic while balancing herself and her family's needs.  

Southern Charm: Sister Reach

Located in Memphis, Tennesse, Sister Reach's mission is to empower their base to lead healthy lives, raise healthy families, and live in healthy and sustainable communities by using a four-pronged strategy of education, policy and advocacy, culture change, and harm reduction.

For more information on RAHMA, go to http://haverahma.org/. For more information on Sister Reach, visit https://www.sisterreach.org/.

Previous Episodes

The Inaugural Brew
On this inaugural episode of Southern Steep, podcast hosts Bianca and Isaiah talk with Ashley Tarrant of Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) on her work as Chief Operating Officer and how she discovered her "calling" as a doula in the Montgomery, AL community.

CommuniTEA Investment
On this episode of Southern Steep, podcast hosts Nicole and Torrian talk with Daniel J. Downer, Founder and Executive Director of the Bros in Convo Initiative, on being a Black queer man leading a community-based organization in the South, the importance of investing in the community, and how the Bros in Convo Initiative is intentionally investing in the community of Central Florida.

The Pride of Alabama
Veteran; public health advocate; public servant. Neil Rafferty, director of Birmingham Comprehensive High Impact Prevention (B-CHIP) for Birmingham AIDS Outreach, wears many hats. Neil talks to hosts Nicole and Isaiah about why he continues to devote his public service efforts to Alabama, and what led to his decision to seek (and win!) a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The hosts even had some suggestions for Neil on potential categories for his next ball walk.

Steeped in Manifestation

Richard Hutchinson, Co-founder and Executive Director of He Is Valuable Incorporated, joins Bianca and Torrian to discuss how He Is Valuable's many programs address the ever-present challenges in the South, the concept of "radical visibility" to empower Black gay men, and the power of declarations when manifesting the world around you.

Meet The Co-Hosts

For the very first time, all four co-hosts: Bianca (Capricorn/Leo), Nicole (Scorpio/Aquarius), Torrian (Virgo/Virgo), and Isaiah (Aries/Scorpio), join the same podcast to discuss how it all came together and why. The quartet discusses their hosting styles, their Southern charms, and the many NASTAD resources available to community-based organizations.

Joining Hands with The Commission

Co-hosts Isaiah and Nicole sit down with co-collaborators in the South, the Latino Commission on AIDS, to discuss two of their programs: Hands United and Latinos in the South. The most guests on the podcast yet, conversations center on language justice, collaborations in the South, capacity building, and their respective journeys in the work.

Mobilizing Communities, Bridging Gaps

Activist. Advocate. Virgo. Executive Director, Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative, Incorporated. DaShawn Usher joins Torrian and Isaiah to give insight into his journey working with Black and Latinx LGBTQ communities, how MOBI came to be, and the innovative MOBI approach to mobilizing communities of color and bridging gaps to improve the health outcomes for Black and Latinx LGBTQ communities.

Speaking Truth to Power

In a much-needed, refreshing conversation, co-hosts Bianca and Nicole spend time with social justice warrior, Rose Hornedo. Rose speaks truth to power on mental health, harm reduction, advocacy, and the many incredible programs Metro Inclusive Health has to offer.

Driven By Mercy

Activist. Educator. Entrepreneur. Khadijah Abdullah, founder of Reaching All HIV+ Muslims in America (RAHMA) and the National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, shares how her belief in mercy and compassion has been the driving force behind her work and advocacy. Khadijah talks to hosts Bianca and Isaiah about how she has been using her voice to uplift the community during the pandemic while balancing herself and her family's needs.  

Hosts

Bianca Ward

Although a Midwest girl at heart, Bianca Ward has spent the past 18 years living, working, and growing in the DC area. The South represents community, pride, and resilience, all of which fuels Bianca’s purpose and passion to serve. But more importantly, she now has a great appreciation for grits, which should always be savory and NEVER sweet.

Isaiah Webster III

Born and raised in rural Louisiana, Isaiah Webster considers its people to be the most compelling aspect of the South. While the food, the music, and the weather offers comfort, the uniqueness of southern characters is what draws Isaiah back home and informs his perspectives on the podcast.  

Nicole Elinoff

A 100 percent Florida girl, Nicole Elinoff loves the kitschy, unique charm the South has to offer (yes, including Florida man).  The love for community and the resilient nature of the South strengthens her desire to serve and brings her great joy. Just as much joy as collared greens, biscuits, and grits give her stomach.   

 

Torrian L. Baskerville

A native New Jerseyan, Torrian L Baskerville found “love at first sight” over 15 years ago with his first visit to Atlanta, Georgia – “it was the slow-paced, big city for me!” Moving to the South on a journey to self-discovery, Torrian found healing power in the shrimp and grits and grounding in the strong faith as he navigated through the process. However, it was the unwavering sense of community that loved on Torrian enough to birth the resilient, confident foodie he is – making him an adopted son of the South.

NASTAD Contact Information

For any other questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Torrian L. Baskerville, Senior Associate, Prevention, at tbaskerville@NASTAD.org.