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Speak Up St. Louis
Quinton Ward + Tre Alexander
Speak Up St. Louis is a podcast that elevates the diverse voices in our community, broadcasting the shared stories, ideas, and creative contributions of our city’s cultural fabric.
Sep 26, 2023
Episode 8: Dominic Chambers (Birthplace)
An artist and writer, Dominic Chambers composes contemplative narratives which pull inspiration from critical voices within the Black literary canon. He introduces the figurative subject to create a new discourse around identity and perception. Combining both a vibrant and a near-monochromatic palette, Chambers sees color as a protagonist in his paintings. Dominic received his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI in 2016, and his MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT in 2019.
Aug 12, 2023
Episode 7: Jackie Hamilton (St. Louis County Library Foundation)
*Jacqueline “Jackie” Hamilton, MBA, CFRE, *currently serves as Assistant Director of Advancement for St. Louis County Library (SLCL). As the Library’s Chief Fundraiser, she leads SLCL’s Foundation team of four, which is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing strategic fundraising revenue generating programs to support the library’s commitment to the community. Hamilton has over 15 years of fundraising experience. Through community involvement and professional opportunities, she has been vital in raising over $100 million to empower the St. Louis region. A proud St. Louis native, she enjoys being a mentor for BIPOC fundraising professionals and young people throughout the region. In her free time, you can find her playing tennis, golfing, biking and traveling.
1 hr 6 min
Aug 4, 2023
Episode 6: MyCol Martin (DLiNX Media)
MyCol (Meta MyCol Martin) is a self-motivated multidisciplinary actor, artist, and visionary of a production company, DLiNX. His work derives from his admiration of the fine arts, education, and Hip-Hop. He studies cultural television, film, and music to blend community and activism throughout his craft.
Jul 14, 2023
Episode 5: Sara Burke (The Katherine Dunham Fellowship)
Sara Burke is recognized as a Woman of Achievement. First as a dancer in East St. Louis with The Dunham Company and then as a working artist in St. Louis, she has fostered inclusiveness in the arts and provided numerous opportunities to minorities and those in underserved communities.
Jun 23, 2023
Episode 4: Jorge Riopedre (Delmar DivINe)
Jorge is a non-profit management professional who, for the last three years, has led Delmar Divine, a transformative project in North St. Louis City that provides shared space and myriad capacity building tools to 33 nonprofit organizations that collectively serve over 250,000 in the St. Louis MSA. He began his nonprofit career as CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis which, during his tenure, increased membership and revenue by 40% and spearheaded growth of Hispanic business in the St. Louis metro area.
Jun 10, 2023
Episode 3: Tyrell Manning (Ending The HIV Epidemic Program)
Tyrell Manning is a public health specialist working to end the HIV epidemic. Appointed by St. Louis City mayor Tishaura Jones, Manning is an active member of the LGBTQIA Advisory Board in pursuit of bringing the LGBTQIA+ communities and the larger St. Louis community together through long-range projects. Additionally, he was a regional integration specialist and site coordinator of Rustin’s Place for Williams & Associates, a health-education and disease-prevention center addressing the health disparities in the St. Louis region.
1 hr 3 min
May 12, 2023
Episode 2: Lois Conley (Griot Museum of Black History)
Lois Conley is the Founder/President and CEO of the Griot Museum of Black History. She has dedicated many years toward researching African-American history, with particular emphasis on the Underground Railroad and Westward Expansion. Conley consulted for the Royal Tropical Museum in Amsterdam for its exhibition on slavery, was a member of the Neighborhood Leadership Team for St. Louis’ 5th Ward Sustainable Neighborhood Project, has served on grant review panels for the Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and United Way, and was a founding member of the St. Louis Mid-Size Arts Collaborative.
Apr 21, 2023
Episode 1: Ashley Winters (St. Louis American)
Ashley Winters is a St. Louis native reporting for the St. Louis American, covering news impacting African Americans in the St. Louis metro area which includes education, business and entertainment. She is a two-time award recipient of the Excellence in Poverty Journalism Award and in 2019 she published her first children’s book, called Memories Of A Bunny Rabbit, and received a Mission Attempt award. Winters has volunteered for the St. Louis City School District teaching fourth- through sixth-graders journalism, showing the importance of Black voices, and telling stories about our communities.
1 hr 21 min
Apr 7, 2023
Episode 0: Quinton Ward, Michelle Dezember, and Tré Alexander
Welcome back to the Speak Up St. Louis Podcast as it launches season 2! Quinton Ward (Co-creator/Host), Tré Alexander (Executive Producer), and Michelle Dezember lay the ground-work for the upcoming season, sharing their thoughts and hopes for St. Louis. Thank you for listening!
Nov 28, 2021
Episode 58: Mark Saxon (Cardinals Baseball Writer)
Mark Saxon is a local baseball writer who covers the St. Louis Cardinals. He's worked for decades in the industry as a beat reporter with organizations such as The Athletic and ESPN, and is a frequent contributor on local sports radio. Mark joins the podcast to have a "meta" discussion about Cardinals Baseball. Beyond just the day-to-day tactics of the team, Mark outlines the history of the franchise, and the nature of it's uniquely close relationship to the St. Louis fan base. We also talk about the state of the game of Baseball as a whole, and how it compares to other sports in the American psyche. Mark Saxon is one of the most insightful and FUN baseball commentators out there, and we thank him for sharing his thoughts with the Speak Up St. Louis listeners! Follow Mark on Twitter @markasaxon
1 hr 14 min
Nov 21, 2021
Episode 57: KYJUAN (St. Lunatics)
KYJUAN is a rapper from the legendary Hip-Hop group the St. Lunatics! Hailing from U-City, KYJUAN and his brother Murphy Lee made it HUGE in the music industry, and put St. Louis on the map for hip-hop internationally. On the podcast, Kyjuan tells the legendary story of how he met Nelly and the Lunatics were formed, recording early songs at Saints roller rink, what is was like to blow up on Country Grammar, advice for navigating the business side of the industry, and the INDEPENDENT release of Murphy Lee's new album 2nd Time Around, featuring a track with Kyjuan. This may be my favorite episode so far! Kyjuan is a legend and personal hero of the podcast. BUY THE NEW ALBUM HERE! INTRO - 93 Riverfront Flow OUTRO - 2nd Time Around
1 hr 38 min
Nov 14, 2021
Episode 56: Katie Finch (AmeriCorps)
Katie Finch is the Director of AmeriCorps at Mission St. Louis, and oversees 150 AmeriCorps service members across 30 nonprofits in our region. As a result, Katie has her finger on the pulse of the St. Louis nonprofit ecosystem. In this episode, Katie joins us to discuss the AmeriCorps program: it's purpose, history, and impact on the St. Louis region. She also tells the story of her journey into service, and shares her optimistic view towards St. Louis, and our ability to solve the problems we face in our community. Katie is a passionate and dedicated servant of St. Louis, and we thank her for sharing her story on Speak Up St. Louis! https://www.americorpsstl.org/ https://www.missionstl.org/ https://my.americorps.gov/
1 hr 7 min
Nov 7, 2021
Episode 55: Jeffrey Blair (EyeSeeMe)
Jeffrey Blair (and his wife Pamela) are the owners and founders of EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore. While raising children of their own, they sought to change a key problem with their education: the absence of books that reflected their own history and cultural heritage. Jeffrey and Pamela began curating books that featured African American children as main characters, so they could SEE themselves in the stories, protagonists, and overall narratives. Not surprisingly, their children became incredibly high achievers, attending Harvard, Columbia, and Bard colleges. Seeing the success that these books brought to their own family, Jeffery and Pamela started EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore to bring it to the larger community. Their store in University City features thousands of titles by black authors, featuring black children, and accentuating African American history and culture. On this episode, Jeffrey discusses his family's journey of discovery, philoso…
1 hr 6 min
Oct 31, 2021
Episode 54: Senator Brian Williams (Missouri State Senate)
Senator Brian Williams represents the St. Louis region's 14th District in the Missouri Senate. Brian joins the show to discuss his entrance into politics, what drives him as a lawmaker, how he creates legislative impact despite being in a super-minority, navigating the dynamics of Jefferson City, and what St. Louis can do to move forward as a region. Senator Williams is a brilliant political mind, and hardworking change agent who brings the voice of the people to the halls of power. We thank him for his work serving his constituents, and for taking time to come on Speak Up St. Louis!
1 hr 9 min
Oct 23, 2021
Episode 53: Dr. Art McCoy (STL.Works)
Dr. Art McCoy is a trailblazer, educator, entrepreneur, evangelist, and leader passionately empowering people. He is the former Superintendent of Ferguson/Florissant and Jennings School District, and is currently the Champion of Workforce Development at STL.Works. On this episode, Dr. McCoy describes his journey from becoming the youngest teacher in the state of Missouri, to a Superintendent, CEO, and community leader. He shares his philosophy on life and career, while tying everything back to his new role at STL.Works, and their mission of providing high paying jobs to thousands of St. Louisans. Dr. McCoy is a charismatic speaker, brilliant multidisciplinary thinker, and passionate advocate for change in St. Louis. Whether your interests are education, leadership, or community development, you will thoroughly enjoy listening to Dr. McCoy! https://stl.works/ LinkedIn
1 hr 22 min
Oct 17, 2021
Episode 52: Julia Ho & Jaidy Carranza (Solidarity Economy)
Julia Ho is the Founder of Solidarity Economy St. Louis. She has been living and organizing in St. Louis since 2011 and has been heavily involved in dozens of campaigns, coalitions, and organizations in the region. On this episode, Julia Ho and youth organizer JD Carranza explain what the Solidarity Economy movement is, how it's being cultivated in St. Louis, the journey of the activist and community organizer, and the importance of living your values. Thanks to these amazing young people for the great work they do in St. Louis, and for coming on the podcast to share their perspective! To get involved in Solidarity Economy, check out the link below. https://www.solidaritystl.org/
1 hr 1 min
Oct 10, 2021
Episode 51: Javyn Solomon (LouTopia)
Javyn Solomon is a St. Louis based Artist and Designer. He is the founder of LouTopia, an art experience that envisions a more creative, sustainable, & mindful version of St. Louis. He is also the Vice President of AIGA St. Louis, & co-founder of STL By Design podcast. In this Episode we discuss Javyn's journey as an artist, the philosophy of action and activism that fuels his artistic practice, and the purpose of LouTopia and how we can envision a more beautiful, equitable version of St. Louis. Jayvn is a blast. He's insightful, hilarious, and very multidisciplinary. We absolutely loved having him on the show! Check out his work below: https://www.stloutopia.com/ STL By Design Podcast
1 hr 31 min
Oct 4, 2021
EPISODE 50: Shavanna Spratt (Da Hood Talks)
Speak Up St. Louis turns 50! Join us on this special 50th Episode featuring Shavanna Spratt. Shavanna is a Mother, Doula, Ferguson resident, and host of Da Hood Talks, a great podcast highlighting community voices in St. Louis. Shavanna is very active in the Ferguson community, and has dedicated her life to empowering community voices. In this Episode, we discuss Ferguson (and St. Louis) since Michael Brown, black maternal health, the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, and the ins and outs of Da Hood Talks Podcast. We are honored to share the mic with Shavanna Spratt for our 50th episode: a passionate, lively, intelligent, strong, and kind person who is making a difference in her community. She embodies what is great about St. Louis! https://www.dahoodtalks.com/#top
1 hr 29 min
Sep 26, 2021
Episode 49: David Kirkman (Woke Nation/Independent Filmmaker)
David Kirkman is a independent filmmaker from St. Louis, and the founder of Woke Nation. Raised in Ferguson, David has become a force to be reckoned internationally. He is best known for legendary Black Sci-Fi movies including Hardware, Icon, and Static Shock. In this episode, David discusses his origins as a filmmaker in North County, the genre of Afrofuturism, the relationship between music and movies, the burgeoning local film scene in St. Louis , and what it means to recapture the black imagination. David is busy doing BIG things, and it was a complete honor to have him on the show! Check out all of David's films here: Static Shock Icon Hardware
1 hr 4 min
Sep 19, 2021
Episode 48: David Stavron (Morning Glory Diner)
David Stavron is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Morning Glory Diner on Cherokee Street. He is an artist, fabricator, businessman, musician, and 13 year veteran of the Merchant Marines. In this very fun and engrossing episode, Dave talks about growing up on the Southside, his adventures as a Sailer, building the MetroMarket bus, the mission/genesis of the Morning Glory Diner, surviving the pandemic, and the spirit of Cherokee Street. Thank you Dave for coming on the show, and all you do in St Louis! And if you haven't yet, go check out Morning Glory Diner on Cherokee! Morning Glory Website Facebook Page YELP
1 hr 4 min
Sep 12, 2021
Episode 47: JerMarco Britton (Soul Shed STL)
JerMarco Britton is a musician, advocate for the arts, and founder of Soul Shed STL. Soul Shed is a bi-weekly jam session and musical university that develops the local community of musicians through training in performance, business and wellness. In this episode, JerMarco explains his musical roots, ecstatic experiences on stage, beating performance anxiety, and the spiritual elements of music, as well as the founding of Soul Shed, the challenges overcome, and major plans for future growth. JerMarco Britton is a brilliant human doing crucial and impactful work for local musicians; we thank him for sharing his story, time, and perspective with our listeners! JerMarco Britton https://www.soulsheduniversity.org/
1 hr 6 min
Sep 5, 2021
Episode 46: Janett Lewis (Rustic Roots Sanctuary)
Janett Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of Rustic Roots Sanctuary, a community based organic farm and healing sanctuary in Spanish Lake. In this episode, she explains her journey from Stone Mountain Georgia, to becoming a powerhouse real estate broker, to discovering Spanish Lake and founding Rustic Roots, and what it means to manifest a vision. This conversation took place onsite at Rustic Roots, and covers sustainable farming, the Spanish Lake community, food equity, the need for healing spaces during the pandemic, and what's next for this social entrepreneur. Be sure to check out the weekly Farmers Market at Rustic Roots, and the arts festival on October 16th! https://rusticrootssanctuary.org/ Fall Arts Festival
Aug 29, 2021
Episode 45: Kelly McGowan (EVOLVE)
Kelly McGowan is the founder of EVOLVE, a community-driven platform that activates equitable food systems and built environments to support the wellbeing of all St. Louisans. In this episode, Kelly discusses growing up on the West Side, her journey towards founding EVOLVE, and the state of Public Health in St. Louis. We also touch on many other topics including food justice, local politics, community development, and North St. Louis. This was a fun episode, thanks to Kelly for always keeping it real and sharing her story with our listeners! Facebook - @314Evolve Instagram - @314evolve
1 hr 22 min
Aug 22, 2021
Episode 44: Drew Jameson (Jamo Presents)
Drew Jameson is the owner of Jamo Presents, and one of St. Louis's premier concert and event promoters. Drew is a key player in our local music ecosystem, and is behind some of the most exciting concert venues in the City, including The Foundry, Tower Grove Park, and the Lot on Laclede's Landing. In this episode we discuss Drew's journey into the business via Lucas School House and Nectar's in Burlington, his experience as a touring musician, St. Louis's top venues, Mississippi Nights, upcoming shows on Laclede's Landing, the impact of CoVid on the industry, and the lasting influence of the Grateful Dead. Drew is a stellar human, and a powerful positive force on our local music scene! We really enjoyed this interview with him. Check out the links below to support his upcoming events. https://www.jamopresents.com/ Shloop!
Aug 15, 2021
Episode 43: Gina Sheridan (St. Louis County Library)
1 hr 11 min
Aug 8, 2021
Episode 42: Matthew R. Kerns (STL Fringe Festival + Focus St. Louis)
Matthew R. Kerns is the Executive Director of St. Lou Fringe Festival, and Director of Emerging Leaders at Focus St. Louis. Matthew is a performing artist, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in St. Louis. St. Lou Fringe is a free and uncensored performing arts festival held in Grand Center, showcasing theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, burlesque, acrobatics, and more. This year's festival will be held August 13-18th. In this episode, Matthew discusses his journey as a creative, the origins of St. Lou Fringe, and what the festival will look like in 2021. He also delves into the impact of CoVid 19 on the Arts Community, and offers his thoughts on the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the St. Louis region. Matthew is brilliant, witty, creative, insightful...and fun!!! We appreciate him sharing his story and point of view on the Speak Up St. Louis Podcast. Enjoy this interview, links to St. Lou Fringe Festival are below! St. Lou Fr…
1 hr 17 min
Aug 1, 2021
Episode 41: Jaer Jones (My Invisible Father)
Jaer Jones is a middle school teacher, proud U-City native, and author of the My Invisible Father, a new novel about a St. Louis teenager navigating adolescence without his Father. In this episode, Jaer tells his life story. From U-City, to discovering his passions for writing, basketball, Hip-Hop, and working with children, to the discipline and creative process behind his new book. Jaer Jones is a deeply interesting, creative, and thoughtful person. His story contains soul, inspiration, poignance, redemption, and love. We thoroughly enjoyed this discussion with him, and wish this him success on his first book! We are confident there will be many more to come. Support Jaer and buy the book today at https://jaerarmsteadjones.com/
1 hr 12 min
Jul 25, 2021
Episode 40: The Vines Brothers (STL Style)
Randy and Jeff Vines are the owners of STL Style House, a renowned St. Louis apparel line and clothing shop on Cherokee Street. Identical twins and St. Louis dynamos, Jeff and Randy are unapologetically proud of St. Louis. More then just clothing designers, they are passionate urbanists, historic preservationists, and big time STL enthusiasts and promoters. What don't we discuss in this conversation? From the Style House origin story, to the Vines Bros high school TV show, the St. Louis accent, city neighborhoods, local politics, their favorite bars, beers, and streets, we cover every little thing that makes St. Louis great. These guys represent everything that is right with St. Louis. They are witty, fun, intelligent, creative, and kind. We are proud to call them St. Louisans, and grateful for sharing their story with our listeners! https://www.stl-style.com/
1 hr 12 min
Jul 18, 2021
Episode 39: Deneen Busby (CareSTLHealth)
Deneen Busby is a former St. Louis radio talk show host, and current Director of Marketing and Communications for Care STL Health. In this episode, Deneen talks about her journey in the local radio business, her experience as a talk show host on Magic, transitioning into Public Health, how CoVid impacted the STL community, and so much more. This is a FUN, relaxed interview. We just hang out together on air, and Deneen shows us all her phenomenal personality, and that she still has skills in talk radio! Thank you Deneen, we appreciate you!
1 hr 24 min
Jul 11, 2021
Episode 38: LeLe Williams (STL vs ERRRBODY)
LeLe Williams is the founder of AllenGossipBlu StreetWear, and creator of the St. Louis vs. Errrbody T-Shirts. The St. Louis vs. Errbody T-Shirts are taking STL by storm. LeLe explains why this is more then just a slogan on a T-Shirt, it's a movement towards unity, pride for our city, and helping to reduce the violence in our streets. LeLe has a beautiful heart, soul, and message. We loved talking to her, getting her story, and helping spread the movement. It's St. Louis vs. ERRRRRRBODY!!!!! BUY YOUR T SHIRTS HERE! - https://www.allengossipblu.com/
Jul 4, 2021
Episode 37: Andrew Weil (Landmarks of St. Louis)
Andrew Weil is an archaeologist, historic preservationist, and advocate for St. Louis's built environment. He is the Executive Director of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, founded in 1959 to preserve, promote, and enhance St. Louis's architectural heritage. In today's episode, Andrew discusses the history of St. Louis architecture, the delicate balance between demolition and preservation, and why he's so passionate about preserving historic neighborhoods in St. Louis. Thanks to Andrew for coming on the show - if you love St. Louis's brick buildings, you will appreciate and learn from this episode! https://www.landmarks-stl.org/
Jun 27, 2021
Episode 36: Eric 'Prospect' White (We Out HRR)
Eric “Prospect” White is a prolific DJ, Rapper, and Poet from the Southside of St. Louis. In addition to being one of the City's best homegrown hip-hop artists, Prospect is also an Outreach Worker for Cure Violence, putting him on the front lines of combatting the gun violence epidemic in the City. In this episode, Prospect breaks down his origins as a Rapper and DJ, discusses his work on the streets with Cure Violence, and what it really means to be "Out HRR"! We love Prospect for his energy, charisma, flavor, real talk, and relentless creativity. Much respect! Prospect Out Hrr | SoundCloud Prospect — FarFetched (wearefarfetched.net)
1 hr 1 min
Jun 13, 2021
Episode 35: Fatimah Muhammad (Hyde Park)
Fatimah Muhammad has been a resident of Hyde Park for over 20 years. She and her family purchased a 120 year old LRA property, completed a total rehab, and have called it home for 23+ years. Her mission is to help revitalize the Hyde Park neighborhood– By Hand to commit to do the work, by By Heart with compassion, and By Eye to see clearly and remain focused. She is a servant of her community and the community at large. Fatimah joins the podcast to tell her story as a Social Entrepreneur, and Community Activist. Listeners will learn about the Hyde Park Neighborhood in North St. Louis, how development is bringing change to the community, and how Fatimah's "Apiary at the Park" project fits in. We appreciate Fatimah for her conviction, vision, and powerful belief in the community she lives in. Our hope is that you enjoy this episode, and follow it up with a VISIT to Hyde Park to see with your own eyes the beauty and potential in this neighborhood.
1 hr 10 min
Jun 6, 2021
Episode 34: Richard Reilly (The Art of Construction)
Richard Reilly is an activist, photographer and Energy Programs Manager at the Earthways Center of Sustainability. He is a St. Louis Renaissance Man. With expertise in the fields of Construction, Art, Sustainability, and Activism, Richard has a truly multi-disciplined perspective on the world, and on St. Louis. In this episode, Richard artfully weaves together his life's story using the threads of his fields of passion: Photography, Environmentalism, Architecture, Social Justice...and St. Louis. Richard is one of the coolest cats around, we thank him for sharing his time and insight on Speak Up St. Louis!
1 hr 12 min
May 30, 2021
Episode 33: Roy Anderson (iHeart Radio)
Roy Anderson is a 50 year veteran of the local radio business in St. Louis. He grew up in North St. Louis, and began working at radio stations as a teenager. When it comes to broadcasting, Roy has seen it all! In this episode, Roy tells his story of growing up in North City, making his way into broadcasting, the legendary stations and radio personalities in STL, how the game has changed, and some of the blatant racism and barriers he overcame along the way. Roy is one of the funniest, big hearted people you will ever find. He is fascinating, and simply a joy to speak with. We are grateful to share his story with the Speak Up St. Louis community!
1 hr 38 min
May 23, 2021
Episode 32 - James Forbes (Good Life Growing)
James Forbes is a social entrepreneur and Founder of Good Life Growing (an urban farm and agricultural training center in The Ville Neighborhood) and Old North Provisions (a healthy grocery store in Old North St. Louis). This episode was recorded onsite at Old North Provisions, and we speak to James about his journey as a social entrepreneur, experience working with the community in North St. Louis, urban agriculture as a solution to vacancy, Bill Clinton's visit to Good Life Growing, and so much more. James Forbes and his team are extremely underrated for their contribution and commitment to sustainable agriculture, community engagement, and neighborhood redevelopment. THEY DO THE WORK! His story has SO much to teach those of us committed to making St. Louis a better community for all. Much love to James and his team! Learn more about their businesses below: https://www.goodlifegrowing.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Old-North-Provisions-104426121053791/
1 hr 16 min
May 16, 2021
Episode 31 - Peat "Eyez" Wollaeger (Street Artist)
Peat Wollaeger is a legendary St. Louis Street Artist. Most known for the "St. Louis Eye", you can see Peat's beautiful murals on buildings all over St. Louis (and the world). In this episode Peat discusses his journey as an artist, the origins of Street Art, it's culture in St. Louis, and the deeper meaning behind his Eyez. We also discuss prospects for Cement Land. Eye'm sure you'll be inspired by this conversation with one of the GREAT St. Louis Artists out here doing it! Thanks to Peat for putting St. Louis on the map for Street Art, and opening our Eyez to the beauty and potential that exists in our Streets. https://eyez.me/ Watch Peat's TED Talk
1 hr 3 min
May 9, 2021
Episode 30: Erica Williams (A Red Circle)
Erica Williams is an activist in North St. Louis County, and Executive Director of A Red Circle, a nonprofit dedicated to bettering community and reversing racism through employment, education, holistic living, policy, and the arts. On this episode of Speak Up St. Louis, Erica shares her journey towards getting involved in the community, and what inspired her to start A Red Circle. We discuss the impacts of racial inequity in St. Louis, and why Erica is a proponent of taking a multi-disciplinary, HOLISTIC approach towards community work. Erica is an important leader and crucial voice in the North St. Louis County region, and we THANK HER for serving our community and sharing her perspective on Speak Up St. Louis. https://aredcircle.org/
1 hr 23 min
May 2, 2021
Episode 29: Tim Tucker (City Museum Co-Founder)
Tim Tucker is an Urban Pioneer. He co-founded The City Museum with Bob Cassilly in the 90s, and previously participated in the revitalization of the Loft District, Lafayette Square, and Benton Park. Tim joins the podcast to discuss St. Louis's decline in the 1970s, and his lived experience of Urban Renewal ever since, including the founding of the City Museum. We touch on history, community development, art, and what it means to be an Urban Pioneer in St. Louis. Tim Tucker is one of the most interesting people in our City. He is humble, inquisitive, creative, insightful, and an absolute wealth of knowledge. We thank him for sharing his story with our listeners!
1 hr 23 min
Apr 25, 2021
Episode 28: Molly Rockamann (EarthDance)
Molly Rockamann is the Founder of EarthDance, an organic farm school in Ferguson. EarthDance sits on the old Mueller Farm site, the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi River. Since its founding in 2009, EarthDance has empowered hundreds of St. Louisans to grow their own food organically. Molly joins us to tell her story of founding EarthDance, and what she has learned on her journey about farming, soils, community, and life. EarthDance represents the spirit of organic farming in St. Louis, and remains a crucial asset within our local food system. We thank Molly for the work she's done, and coming on Speak Up St. Louis to tell her story to our listeners. https://earthdancefarms.org/
1 hr 1 min
Apr 18, 2021
Episode 27: Dan "The Man" Guenther (9th Ward Alderman)
Dan Guenther is the Progressive Alderman of the 9th Ward of the City of St. Louis, encompassing the Benton Park neighborhood and Cherokee Street. Dan joins us this week to share his philosophy of authentic neighborhood development, what it take to become an Alderman, the state of affairs in the City of St. Louis, and what the election of Tishaura Jones means for this community. We thank Dan for sharing his time and insight with our listeners! If you have interest in public service or City of St. Louis politics, you can't miss the episode.
1 hr 12 min
Apr 11, 2021
Episode 26: Jenny Price (Author of Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto)
Jenny Price is a public writer and artist, and a Research Fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University-St. Louis. She is the Author of a new book Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto . On this episode of the Podcast, Jenny discusses her new book, the state of the Environmental movement, and why environmentalists need to "Stop Savings the Planet". She explains why we need to shift our philosophy away from "out there" environmentalism, green washing, and the endless growth paradigm towards focusing on our local communities, and holding those in power accountable. With Earth Day right around the corner, this is a well timed conversation! Whether you're an "environmentalist" or not, you will learn something and be challenged by this episode. Thanks to Jenny Price for coming on the shot - support her by buying her book at your local book store!!!
1 hr 27 min
Apr 4, 2021
Episode 25: Bob Lachky (Legendary Marketing Executive)
Bob Lachky is a St. Louis Marketing Legend. He was the Chief Creative Officer at Anheuser Busch and oversaw beloved advertising campaigns such as Wazzup, the Frogs, Real Men of Genius, and the 9/11 Clydesdale commercial. Bob joins us to reflect on his career in Marketing, tell the creation story of famous ads, reflect on AB's significance within St. Louis culture, and analyze the current state of the Beer and Alcohol industry. Bob is an incredible story teller, and an absolutely wealth of knowledge on Marketing and Advertising. He led a passionate, successful, and fun career and we appreciate him sharing his story with our listeners!
1 hr 25 min
Mar 28, 2021
Episode 24: Noah Offenkrantz (Find Your Farmer) - The Green Revolution
Noah Offenkrantz is the Founder and CEO of Find Your Farmer, a St. Louis startup that delivers fresh produce from local farms directly to people's homes. Noah joins the podcast to talk about St. Louis's local food system, the struggle and joy of founding a startup, his perspective on STL as a WashU student, and his overall philosophy and ethos towards food. Noah is well spoken, super smart, highly intentional, and so relaxed. We absolutely loved having him on the podcast! This interview is perfectly timed for Spring, and the coming year of fresh harvests and healthy eating in the 314. Check out Find Your Farmer at www.find-your-farmer.com
Mar 21, 2021
Episode 23: Jim Holloran (McGurk's Irish Pub)
Jim Holloran is the founder and owner of McGurk's Irish Pub, and a St. Louis legend. He grew up in Tower Grove Park in the 1940s and 50s, and began purchasing real estate in Soulard in the late 1970s. In this episode, Jim shares his perspective on the redevelopment of Soulard, and how these lessons can be applied to other city neighborhoods today. We also track the history of McGurk's, the importance of authentic Irish music at the pub, and Jim's reflections on his successful multi-decade career. Jim Holloran is a gem of our community, and we thank him for sharing his wisdom, insight, and good cheer with our guests!
1 hr 2 min
Mar 14, 2021
Episode 22: Brian Temple - 314 DAY (Product of STL)
Brian Temple is a fervent St. Louisan who is a mover and shaker within the community. Growing up in North St. Louis he always had a passion for design, construction, infrastructure and simply put, new things. He is an Architect with HOK, and author of the book "Product of STL". Brian joins the podcast to talk about growing up on the Northside, 314 Day, his book "Product of STL", St. Louis landmarks, what inspires his creative practice, and SO much more. Check out Brian's work and pickup a copy of his book at www.productofsaintlouis.com/! This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Custom Foodscaping, St. Louis's premier Edible Landscaping company. Schedule your free consultation at www.customfoodscaping.com.
1 hr 17 min
Mar 7, 2021
Episode 21: Mayor Reggie Jones (Dellwood) - Talking Politics
Mayor Reggie Jones is BACK to discuss the outcome of the St. Louis City Mayoral primary, as Cara Spencer and Tishaura Jones advance to the next round. We also talk about the new approval voting system, CoVid, as well as politics at the state, and federal level. If you love local politics, you will not want to miss this! Reggie Jones is the Mayor of the City of Dellwood in North St. Louis County, and Director of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. *This episode is sponsored by Custom Foodscaping, St. Louis's premier edible landscaping company. Learn more by visiting www.customfoodscaping.com*
1 hr 17 min
Feb 28, 2021
Episode 20: Sheila Pride (Moksha Institute) "Loving to Make Change"
Sheila Pride is a licensed clinical social worker and holistic therapist in the St. Louis area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and integrates Eastern and Western practices into her private practice. Sheila is also an owner of the Moksha Institute, which she runs with her husband Ryan Pride (past guest on the show!). On the podcast, Sheila shares her incredible journey as a social worker in St. Louis, how she eventually found the healing arts, and has begun offering her teachings to organizations interested in culture change. Sheila is one of the most wise and heartful people you will ever find. We thank her for coming on the podcast, and sharing her beautiful insights with our audience! *This episode is sponsored by Custom Foodscaping - a holistic landscaping company in St. Louis. Visit their website to learn how to have your landscape, and eat it too!
1 hr 37 min
Feb 21, 2021
Episode 19: Nicole Jenkins (Veterans Advantage Urgent Care)
Nicole Jenkins is the Founder of Veterans Advantage Urgent Care, and is running against Sam Page as County Executive in 2024 as a member of the Republican party. Nicole joins the podcast to talk about growing up in North St. Louis, the key issues facing our region, her political perspective as an African American conservative, and her innovative approach to providing healthcare to veterans in our community. We thank Nicole for coming on to share her perspective and Speak Up! *This episode is sponsored by Custom Foodscaping, an edible landscaping company that builds food producing gardens for St. Louis residents and businesses. Learn more and schedule your consultation by visiting www.customfoodscaping.com.*
1 hr 1 min
Feb 14, 2021
Episode 18: The Towel Man (St. Louis Blues) “Do What You Love and Love What You Do”
This week we are joined by TOWEL MAN of the St. Louis Blues! Ron Baechle is the most legendary fan in Blues history. For over 30 years, he's used his towel to rally the crowd, and be the hype man for every goal scored on home ice. You've seen him on the Jumbotron, you've seen him on TV...but now you will get to HEAR him Speak Up about his journey as Towel Man, the history of Blues Hockey, the Stanley Cup run, and his philosophy on life. Thanks Ron for all that you do, you are a great St. Louisan who's brought much joy to our community!
1 hr 8 min
Feb 7, 2021
Episode 17: Tishaura O. Jones (Treasurer and Mayoral Candidate)
Tishaura Jones is the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, and is running for Mayor in 2021. In this episode, Tishaura tells us about her platform, WHY she is running, and WHAT she plans to do to create change in the City of St. Louis. This was a serious but fun conversation with a great civic leader about the important issues facing our region. Enjoy! Learn more about Tishaura, and how to support her campaign by visiting https://www.tishaura4mayor.com/.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 31, 2021
Episode 16: Matt Lebon (Custom Foodscaping)
Matt Lebon is the founder of Custom Foodscaping, a St. Louis based edible landscaping company. Custom Foodscaping transforms ordinary green spaces into beautiful food producing gardens. Matt is a thought leader in the space of Permaculture and Ecological Design in our community, and has an absolutely fascinating approach towards urban landscapes. In this episode, we discuss Matt's work at Custom Foodscaping, his philosophy towards food and landscaping, the hidden ecological potential in St. Louis, and how cities can blend with Nature. Learn more about Custom Foodscaping, and schedule a consultation at www.customfoodscaping.com.
1 hr 18 min
Jan 24, 2021
Episode 15: Cynthia Chapple (Black Girls Do STEM)
Cynthia Chapple is a scientist and founder of Black Girls Do STEM, a local organization focused on the empowerment of black girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Cynthia joins the podcast to discuss her background in science, how her programming is impacting girls in the community, and how we can overcome the barriers faced by women of color in the STEM fields. Cynthia may be our most passionate guest of all time! We thank her so much for coming on to share. Follow her work and learn more at https://bgdstem.com/
Jan 17, 2021
Episode 14: Neil Salsich (The Mighty Pines)
Our guest this week is Neil Salsich, the guitarist and lead singer of The Mighty Pines, one of St. Louis’s finest local bands. Neil joins the Podcast to discuss the art of songwriting, the origin of his love for music, the Mighty Pines, St. Louis’s music heritage, and challenges of the industry during the CoVid era. Thanks to Neil for joining us!
1 hr 23 min
Jan 10, 2021
Episode 13: Chris Geden (Tower Grove Farmers Market)
Chris Geden is a “boots on the ground” community leader in the City of St. Louis. He’s best known for his career working with Youth in the City, and for helping start the Tower Grove Farmers Market. Chris joins the podcast to “Speak Up” about better serving our region’s Youth, and explain how the Tower Grove Farmers Market got started. As always, Chris keeps this conversation fun yet 100% real as he offers his perspective on St. Louis. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show!
Jan 3, 2021
Episode 12: Cara Spencer "Imagine a Better St. Louis"
Cara Spencer is the Alderwoman of the 20th Ward, and a candidate for Mayor in the City of St. Louis. Cara joins the podcast to discuss her campaign's platform, innovative solutions to the City's biggest problems, and the strategies she would use to make St. Louis "the next fastest growing city in the nation." https://caraspencer4mayor.com/
Dec 27, 2020
Episode 11: Crew Review (Speak Up St. Louis)
*This week producer LRKR and Co-hosts Lucas and Quinton are taking time to reflect on the last ten episodes of the podcast.* *In this episode, we discussed the moments that have impacted us during the podcast, connecting underlying themes and thoughts that speak to the relationship that we have with St. Louis and individuals that live here.* A *“Crew Review” will drop after every 10th episode, as a way to briefly overview our previous conversations. Check out our previous episodes (0 - 10) as well.* *Thanks to everyone for listening, and joining us on this journey. *
Dec 20, 2020
Episode 10: Dr. Ryan Pride (The Moksha Institute) "Beautiful and Flawed"
Our guest this week is Dr. Ryan Pride. Ryan is a certified Leadership Coach, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Yoga Instructor, keynote speaker, and author. He combines experience working in Fortune 500 companies with knowledge from Psychology and Eastern philosophy to help transform leaders/individuals. Ryan is the founder of the Moksha Institute. His vision is to revolutionize the management consulting field, which has become replete with those only concerned about financial gain. The idea of a caring consultant that is dedicated to creating thriving organizations and engaged people is foreign today. However, employee wellbeing continues to decline; with most of our time spent at work, this affects every person on the planet. Ryan has over 15 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across the world. He has built and led his own Organizational Development function, was the VP of HR for two of the largest furniture companies in the world, serves as a leadership c…
1 hr 35 min
Dec 13, 2020
Episode 9: Mac McKenzie (Mac's Local Eats) "Crispy Around the Edges"
Mac McKenzie is the Founder and Owner of Mac's Local Buys and Mac's Local Eats. In this episode of Speak Up St. Louis, we discuss his intro to the world of food, his focus on responsibly-sourcing proteins and fresh ingredients, and his love of smash burgers. Mac is a man of many talents, a consumer advocate, and an all-around cool dude. Tune in to this week's episode and if you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe! https://www.macslocaleats.com/
Dec 6, 2020
Episode 8: Segun Babalola (STL African Chamber of Commerce) "Gateway to the World"
Segun Babalola is the President of the St. Louis African Chamber of Commerce. As the son of a diplomat, Segun has lived all over the world. Born in Nigeria, he lived in the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, and Paris, before making his way to Missouri for college. His focus on local politics and economic development led him to found a local African Chamber of Commerce to strengthen our immigrant community, and help facilitate trade between St. Louis and the African continent. In this episode, we discuss Segun's international journey to St. Louis, his global perspective on local issues such as immigration, media, race and merger, and the opportunities for commerce between Africa and STL. Do not miss this fascinating and lively conversation! Segun is a Man of the World, and we are lucky to have him here in St. Louis. https://www.africanchamberstl.com/
1 hr 19 min
Nov 29, 2020
Episode 7: Jason Gerhardt (Permaculture Institute) “Potential With Love”
Jason Gerhardt is the President of the Permaculture Institute and Director of Confluence Farms, a 250 acre regenerative agriculture site located in Florissant MO, on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Jason joins Speak Up St. Louis to discuss Permaculture Design, how it's being implemented at scale on Confluence Farms, and how it can be leveraged to improve St. Louis as a whole. We also explore the importance of natural systems, the interconnectedness of cities, landscapes, and people, and Jason's practice of Zen Buddhism. This is a profound conversation with a very cool, and very wise dude. We are lucky to have Jason Gerhardt and Confluence Farms in St. Louis, and wish them well as they begin this project! https://permaculture.org/
1 hr 19 min
Nov 22, 2020
Episode 6: Lynn Peemoeller (Washington University) - "Sowing Seeds"
Lynn Peemoeller is a Food Systems Planner, and a faculty member at WashU. Her work blends natural science, urban planning, policy, agriculture, food, culture, activism, and the arts. Her family recently moved to St. Louis after living in Chicago, Berlin, and New York City. Lynn joins the podcast to discuss our local food system, urban planning, St. Louis culture, and her perspective on our city as a newcomer. Thanks for listening and enjoy! And remember St. Louis, SPEAK UP!
1 hr 29 min
Nov 15, 2020
Episode 5: Sal Martinez (Employment Connection) - "The Company You Keep"
Sal Martinez is a legend in the world of St. Louis Community Development. Sal is the Executive Director of Employment Connection, founder of the North Newstead Association, and former leader of the St. Louis Housing Authority. Sal joins the Speak Up St. Louis podcast to discuss his roots as a political organizer in the 1990s, his development work in North St. Louis, how to stop the violence in St. Louis, and what it means to be a dedicated servant of the community. Thanks and enjoy the show!
1 hr 43 min
Nov 8, 2020
Episode 4: Alex Henry (UC Big AL) - "A Fly on the Wall"
Alex Henry is a University City based filmmaker and Hip-Hop producer. Alex has been recording Hip-Hop music in St. Louis since 1991, and has worked with some of the most legendary local rappers including the St. Lunatics, Da Hol 9, and Pretty Willie. Big AL joins Speak Up St. Louis to talk about the history of Hip-Hop in St. Louis, growing up in U-City, the legendary SAINTS Roller Rink, and what St. Louis needs to do to get back on top. Huge shout out to Alex for joining us, thanks for sharing your wisdom, stories, and perspective! https://www.facebook.com/stlmediacompany https://www.facebook.com/colorsoundcreate
1 hr 15 min
Nov 8, 2020
Episode 3: Jill Duncan (Loving Roots Urban Farm) - "It Feels Good to Feel Good"
Jill Duncan is a Farmer and Bodyworker, and the proud owner of Loving Roots Urban Farm. She joins Speak Up St. Louis to discuss her love of farming, and why it's an extension of her work as a Healer. Jill also describes her first year at Loving Roots, and reflects on why St. Louis is the right place to start a Farm. Enjoy this conversation with Jill Duncan, the STL Farming Rookie of the Year! https://lovingrootsurbanfarm.square.site/ http://www.wellnessbyjillstl.com/
Nov 1, 2020
Episode 2: Mayor Reggie Jones (City of Dellwood) - "Getting Stuff Done"
This Episode features Mayor Reggie Jones from the City of Dellwood. Mayor Jones lends his perspective on St. Louis politics, breaks down the results of the 2020 August primaries, and provides predictions for the upcoming November elections. He also shares the story of his career in Community Development, and offers wisdom on what it takes to be an effective leader at the local level.
1 hr 22 min
Nov 1, 2020
Episode 1: Hassan Shariff (Cure Violence) - "Just Gotta Work Together"
Enjoy this 100% real conversation with Hassan Shariff, a leader in North St. Louis's Wells Goodfellow neighborhood and outreach specialist for the Cure Violence program. Hassan talks about the state of the City, how St. Louis can stop the violence, his journey to recovery after years on the streets, and meeting President Bill Clinton in 2017.
1 hr 6 min
Nov 1, 2020
Episode 0: Lucas and Q - "Speak Up St. Louis"
Welcome to the first episode of the Speak Up St. Louis Podcast! Co-hosts Lucas Signorelli & Quinton Ward introduce the audience to the show. Thanks to everyone for listening, and joining us on this journey.