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.

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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.

To learn more information about He Is Valuable, Incorporated, visit www.heisvaluable.org. Also, be sure to follow them on all social media platforms, @HeIsValuable. To learn more information about THRIVE SS, visit www.thrivess.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.

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.