Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community

Empowered Women, Empower Women

Episode Summary

Dedra Spears-Johnson and Shawnte’ Spriggs of Heart to Hand, Inc are fierce, phenomenal women with a vision for Maryland (yes, Maryland is in the South). The synergistic duo joins hosts Bianca and Nicole for a conversation on transformational leadership, the value of advocacy, and their beginnings in the HIV movement. Southern Charm: Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc. (STAR) Based in Baltimore City, STAR was created in 1991 to address inequities in services to African American women and their families living with HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to advocate and provide optimal health, and wellness to the underserved and at risk minority communities in a holistic, faith centered environment.

Episode Notes

For more information on Heart to Hand, Inc., go to

For more information on STAR, go to