Rebuilding: A Series from Add Passion & Stir

The reality is that America is not the land of equality promised at its birth. But we’re working on it. To do this work, we need to explore how services that support our society --- things like education, healthcare, and housing --- were designed. And who they were designed for.

In Rebuilding, an ongoing series from Add Passion & Stir, we talk to leaders from media, restaurants, education, government, and beyond to learn how they’re reimagining and redesigning their industries to make sure everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Episodes in the Series

Subrina & Greg Collier on Economic Empowerment Through Hospitality

Subrina and Greg Collier are at the forefront of the movement to increase the number of Black-owned business, Black chefs, and Black leaders in the hospitality industry. Through their restaurants and the Bayhaven Food and Wine Festival, which they founded, they are creating pathways to economic empowerment for Black culinarians.

Episode Guest

Subrina Collier & Greg Collier



Stephen Satterfield on Restoring Ancestral Knowledge Through Food

Stephen Satterfield is the founder and CEO of Whetstone Media, host of the critically-acclaimed Netflix docuseries High on the Hog; and a sommelier committed to showcasing diverse global perspectives in today’s food media. Through his various efforts, Satterfield is working to increase understanding of the relationship of Black people with food and agriculture and broadly "championing food to expand human empathy.

Episode Guest:

Stephen Satterfield

Founder and CEO
Whetstone Media



Kaya Henderson on Black Excellence

As the daughter of a teacher, a teacher herself, and the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Kaya Henderson describes the mission of Reconstruction as “a reckoning around how we tell the full truth about history and our historical context is complicated…When kids know themselves they act differently in the world. When kids have been fed a steady diet of negative things about themselves then they don’t believe that they can succeed.”

Episode Guest:

Kaya Henderson
Founder and CEO



Sharif El-Mekki on the Power of Black Educators

Educational justice and racial justice are inherently linked and Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, is working to bring both to Black students by dramatically increasing the number of Black educators. “People are naive enough to think that once you enter a school, racial bias disappears,” says El-Mekki. “If a Black child has a Black teacher, they have a higher sense of belonging, they’re less likely to be suspended or expelled. They have more access to rigorous courses, higher attendance, better grades.

Episode Guest:

Sharif El-Mekki
Founder and CEO
Center for Black Educator Development


Related Episodes

Over the years, Add Passion & Stir has connected with leaders on topics related to our new Rebuilding series — topics like race, the need for increased support of black-owned businesses, racial disparity in schools, and more. Here are some of the ones that inspired us over the years.