Valley 101 podcast: How to find black culture and a sense of community in Phoenix

Maritza Dominguez
Arizona Republic
It wasn’t until I went to Archwood Exchange's Buy Black Marketplace, which I found through a Facebook group, that I finally felt like I was home. The store and its monthly farmers market feature dozens of black-owned businesses.

Elizabeth Montgomery, a Community Relations and Events Producer for The Arizona Republic, is teaming up with Valley 101 in this week's episode. 

During Black History Month, she wrote a column about moving to Metro Phoenix. Montgomery had lived her whole life in Atlanta, Ga. After moving here, she realized quickly that Atlanta and Phoenix are very different. 

One of the biggest differences is the population of African Americans in each city. Atlanta is 52% African American, while Phoenix is just under 7%.

Soon after her arrival, Montgomery searched for her community, for the people, businesses and art that would help her feel at home. And she found it.

In today's episode, she's sharing her tips to learning to love your new home. Montgomery teamed up with producer Maritza Dominguez to share her journey of finding a community in Phoenix. 

In this episode, you'll hear from:

  • Ali Nervis, co-founder of Archwood Exchange
  • King and Ionia Wilson, new Phoenix residents
  • Jasaund Emanuel, a DJ in the Valley