Interview Series

Just For My People presents the "Black Land Ownership Interview Series"—a series of discussions, interviews and conversations with various experts, researchers, participants and organizers who work or deal with land.

We think that the issues of land ownership, stewardship, management and conservation are unequivocally important and would like to create a way to amplify the voices of the individuals and institutions committed to these issues. This passion along with a few unfortunate realities catalyzed this series—there are limited outlets for people who work in architecture, engineering, construction, land management, sustainable development, city planning and fields that don't have an entertainment value or that don't directly tie into popular news topics. There are even fewer outlets that feature Black folks. Thus, we hope to empower architects, lawyers, engineers, farmers, urban planners, electricians, plumbers, designers, artists, folks that work in finance and any other person we think has information to contribute to the discussion around Black land ownership and land-use in general.

Another motivating factor for creating this series is to put faces to the issues in order to personalize topics that are extremely important to members of our community. It is these topics, ones mainstream media neglects to cover, that we'd like to remove some of the mysticism and distance around. We'd like to do this by bringing our audience someone who not only shares their opinions and feelings but who also shares their lived experiences. We hope to connect the academic, the technical and the systemic to the personal experiences of our audiences.

The interviews are hosted by Chris Carr and tend to be between 30-60 minutes long. Each episode flows in a conversational manner that is nonjudgmental and provides a space for our guests and contributors to be honest, authentic and as informative as possible. We try to make sure the information is accessible to people, regardless of their educational background or previous experience with the subject matter, but we also encourage our guests to be as specific as possible and to get as technical and complicated as necessary to fully elucidate the topics at hand. We want to tackle the big, untenable and complicated issues.

We hope that this series will provide information for folks who have no connection to land ownership or management conservation as well as people who have spent decades in the field.

If you have any questions, concerns or additional information and/or if you would like to be featured on the Black Land Ownership Interview Series, feel free to send us a note at [email protected].