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Higher Ground Society Podcast
77 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
*The Asterisk: Dr. Imani Perry
In this year's Women's History Month Jerald chats with Dr. Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American studies at Princeton University, about how she stays connected to Alabama, the women who inspire her, and her latest book "South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation.
47 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
The Souls of Black Folk: The Powells, Pt. 2
Jerald continues his conversation with Auburn University vocal professors Dr. William Powell and Dr. Rosephanye Powell in talking about Mrs. Doc's latest published piece "Then, Here and Now," a musical reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice, and the couple's hope for Alabama.
64 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
The Souls of Black Folk: The Powells, Pt. 1
Jerald sits down for a chat with his mentors/former college professors, husband and wife super duo, Dr. William Powell, the Auburn University Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor of Music/Director of Choral Studies, and Auburn University Professor of Voice and internationally acclaimed composer, respectively. In observance of Black History Month, the trio discusses the doctors' career paths and the origins and meaning of African African spiritual music.
94 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
292 ”Bad” Songs: Jordy Searcy
Jerald chats with Fairhope singer-songwriter Jordy Searcy as he drives cross-country on I-40 West about his beginnings in a musical family, what it's been like to be a musician during the pandemic, and how Jordy's hope for Alabama comes from looking at the state's past.
33 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
I Go Hard: Tunisia Thomas, Pt. 2
Jerald continues his conversation with Tunisia as she talks about how her work has led her to meeting Michael B. Jordan, her debut at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and her favorite Christmas traditions.
51 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
A Star is Born: Tunisia Thomas, Pt. 1
In this episode Jerald chats with Tunisia Thomas, Alabama Department of Archives and History executive assistant by day, actor/dancer by night. Tunisia shares how she got involved with the performing arts and some of the film and theatre roles she's had so far.
92 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Peaches vs. Coconuts: Tatiana Richards Hanebutte
Jerald connects with Tatiana Richards Hanebutte, a writer and native of Greenville who expatriated across the world to Germany.
60 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Queer Cave Potatoes: Maigen Sullivan
To celebrate LGBT History Month, Jerald chats with Invisible Histories Project Director of Research and Development, Maigen Sullivan, about what it's like to champion and preserve queer history in the south.
60 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
We Are Here: Dr. Carlos Alemán
Jerald kicks off Season 2 observing Hispanic Heritage Month with Dr. Carlos Alemán of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. Together they discuss Latin American History, immigration in Alabama, and the success achieved by the Latinx community in Alabama.
65 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Still a N*gga, Still a Threat: Brontez Purnell
In observation of Pride Month and Juneteenth Jerald sits down with Alabama native and 2018 Whiting Award-winning author Brontez Purnell to discuss what it means to be unapologetically Black and queer today and in times past. (Caution: Language, "adult themes")
45 minutes | May 13, 2021
From India, With Hope: Chaitra Gururaj, Pt. 2
In this episode Chaitra shares with Jerald observed similarities and differences between India and Alabama, more interpretation of carnatic music, and her hope for Alabama.
42 minutes | May 11, 2021
From India, With Love: Chaitra Gururaj, Pt. 1
Jerald sits down with Auburn University Indian Music Ensemble director Chaitra Gururaj to discuss her growing up in south India and the intricacies of south Indian carnatic music.
68 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Go West, Young Man: Jacob de Noailles
For the second installment of the 2021 National Poetry Month series, Jerald sits down with poet and Courtland, Alabama native, Jacob de Noailles, to discuss Jacob's work, his poetic influences, and the dangers of smoking random joints you find in the forest. Be sure to follow Jacob on Instagram @j.denoailles.
43 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Limitless: Ashley M. Jones, Pt. 2
In the second part of her conversation, Birmingham-based poet Ashley M. Jones talks about why she does the literary work that she does, why she’s flourishing as a Black woman in the south, and why she ate dirt that one time.
71 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
We Not Gon' Preach Today: Ashley M. Jones, Pt. 1
In observation of National Poetry Month, Jerald chats with award winning, Birmingham-based poet, educator, and organizer, Ashley M. Jones about artistic inspiration, expression, and examining the United States through a literary lens.
70 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
In the Midst of it All: Sheyann Webb Christburg
Jerald sits at the feet of Sheyann Webb Christburg who in 1965 was deemed the Civil Rights Movement's "Smallest Freedom Fighter" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself after participating the Bloody Sunday Selma to Montgomery March. Mrs. Sheyann shares her about the first time she met Dr. King, her Bloody Sunday story, and her hope for Selma and Alabama today.
59 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Black Girl Excellence: Jasmine Garfield
Jerald chats with Birmingham music businesswoman, Jasmine Garfield, about her music writing, producing, and the women who inspire her to continue pushing forward in the music industry.
77 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
A Triumph: Dr. Minnie-Bruce Pratt
In observance of Women's History Month 2021, Jerald begins a series of conversations with some of Alabama's prominent women, beginning with Dr. Minnie Bruce Pratt, poet, educator, and women's rights/LGBTQ activist.
52 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Something in the Water: C.A. Jones, Pt. 2
Jerald continues his conversation with Birmingham singer/songwriter C.A. Jones on the topics of humanity and hope for Alabama through Jones' song "Aquarius Moon."
52 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Mystical Encounters: C.A. Jones, Pt. 1
We kick off the new year with a candid interview with folk/indie artist C.A. (Chandler) Jones where he discusses his new album "The Velvet Hour," and the intricacies of life and being. Music: Spark of Inspiration by Shane Ivers (www.silvermansound.com)
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