Listening to Diverse Voices

Sarasota Magazine is committed to telling the stories of our growing, diverse community.

Listening to Black Voices

Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Her New Book and 50 Years of Reporting on Black Life

"We must learn to talk to people who don’t agree with us, which is a challenge these days. Communication is the essence of our existence. In so many ways, this is how we will open doors.”

11/07/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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New College Alumna Sofia Ali-Khan on Racism and Reconciliation

Ali-Khan will speak about her memoir, A Good Country, which grapples with the U.S. legacy of exploitation and racism across her experiences living in different U.S. cities and Canada.

11/03/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Listening to Diverse Voices

Adria Jensen on Growing Up Cuban, Why We Need More Hispanic Lawyers and the Importance of Mentors

Jensen is a partner in the Sarasota firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick and has been nominated to become a judge.

10/20/2022 By Bethany Ritz

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Malushua Griffith on Growing Up in St. Croix, Entrepreneurship and Black Maternal Health

"When it comes to doctors, Black women need them not to see our color—we need them to listen and act."

10/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Jetson Grimes on Sarasota's Black History and the Importance of Community Activism

Grimes owns Jetson's Creative Trends in Newtown, a community cornerstone, and is the founder of the Greater Newtown Redevelopment Corp.

09/13/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Renee Lenneman on Foster Parenting, Adoptions and Helping the Next Generation

Lenneman has fostered more than two dozen children since she moved to Sarasota.

08/16/2022 By Allison Forsyth

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Melanie Thomas on Succeeding in the Entertainment Industry and Empowering Young People

"Why can’t we accept each other for the purpose to unify, not to destroy? In unity, there is strength."

08/09/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Architect Javi Suárez on His Puerto Rican Heritage, His Art and Making a Home in Sarasota

Suárez's new art exhibition, "Sarasota Icons," celebrates those who left their mark on Sarasota, from more obscure names to ubiquitous ones.

08/01/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Listening to Black Voices

Media Executive George Miles on Career Pivots, Doo-wop and the Need for Black People in the Newsroom

"This country needs a dialogue, not a monologue," says Miles, the former president and CEO of Pittsburgh's WQED, which produced Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

07/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Dr. Janet Taylor on Generational Trauma and How Racism Affects Mental Health

Taylor, a psychiatrist, is the proprietor of Cognitive Health & Wellness in Sarasota and sees patients at Centerstone of Florida in Bradenton.

06/13/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Restaurant Owner Poonam Maini on Finding Her Way to a New Life in Sarasota

The owner of Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine worked to overcome an abusive marriage and build a thriving business, and now gives back to the needy in her native India.

06/06/2022 By Kay Kipling

Listening to Black Voices

Entrepreneur Lillian Lambert on Being the First Black Woman to Graduate from Harvard Business School

"In my class of about 800 students, 18 were women and six were Black: five men and me."

05/10/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Former J&J Executive Marilyn Thompson on Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Culture

Marilyn Thompson also weighs in on the Will Smith/Chris Rock altercation and its broader implications for the Black Community.

04/12/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Neirda Thompson-Pemberton on Diversity in Engineering and Inspiring Kids Through S.T.E.A.M.

"Diversity and inclusion aren’t about an afterthought. They're about intent, from the beginning."

03/16/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Q & A

A Local Ukrainian Shares Her Thoughts on The Russian Invasion

Halyna Kovalyshin, originally from western Ukraine, says she's happy to see Ukrainians unite.

03/08/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Listening to Black Voices

Attorney E. Keith DuBose on Why Sarasota Needs More Black Lawyers

DuBose works with Booker High School's Law Academy and the Sarasota Bar Association to attract Black lawyers to the area.

02/08/2022 By Heather Dunhill

First Person

'Listening to Black Voices' Shares Stories of Black Life in Sarasota-Manatee

The series reveals the obstacles and triumphs of navigating a nation that continues to struggle with racism and inequality.

01/14/2022

Listening to Black Voices

Dr. Lisa Merritt on Epigenetics, Access and Equity in Health Care

"Be purposeful, tell the truth, and elucidate what the issues are—and, at the same time, come ready with solutions and strategies."

01/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

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Stacy Hanan on Being Jewish in Sarasota

The longtime resident is deeply involved in our Jewish community, which is undergoing both demographic changes and unsettling examples of anti-Semitism.

12/28/2021 By Kay Kipling

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Information Engineer Derik Perry on Artificial Intelligence, Algothrimic Bias and Social Media

"We have to be aware that social media has the potential to do harm and that, purely by the use of it, people are exposed to an algorithmic bias."

12/14/2021 By Heather Dunhill