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Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast

Author: Breadfruit Media & Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown

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Unapologetically Caribbean, Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast is where you'll find fresh, funny, inspiring stories and perspectives on Caribbean culture, Caribbean heritage, career, entrepreneurship and everyday life that make up the Caribbean American experience. Carry On Friends is hosted by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown.
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This week’s episode is an information-packed one with Renee Kendall. Renee is an attorney with Trinidadian roots, and she provides practical advice on how to get our affairs in order through wills, advanced directives and similar legal support.First, Renee tells us what it was like to spend her formative years in Trinidad, then move to America. She talks about having to navigate the nuances of living in America, while being taught Trinidadian values. She also shares her experiences with bullying as a young girl and how she learned to mask her heritage. Renee now runs a legal practice named Caribbean Legal Solutions, that focuses primarily on land, estate and advocacy matters. The goal is to connect Caribbean-Americans, and anyone else outside of the Caribbean, with attorneys that are based in the Caribbean. Because people so often retain connections to their home countries such as land ownership or family relationships, they often need to find reliable, trustworthy attorneys.Connect with Renee Kendall and Caribbean Legal Solutions: Instagram | Website | FacebookSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Listener Takeover Part 2

Listener Takeover Part 2

2023-01-1701:01:29

Welcome to part 2 of our 2 part listener take over series with Kemoy Kayan, one of our most engaged and active listeners of the Carry On Friends podcast. To mark an incredible milestone 10 year anniversary for Carry On Friends - the website, I wanted to do something special. So I invited Kemoy to join me in the host's chair and interview me on the show. It was truly memorable experience to have Kemoy ask me questions about the adventure creating Carry On Friends and I'm sure you will be just as inspired by her curiosity.Connect with Kemoy: Instagram | Linkedin Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Listener Takeover Part 1

Listener Takeover Part 1

2023-01-0352:501

In this episode, I have an exciting guest host: Kemoy Kayan! She has been an engaged and active listener since she discovered the podcast. So to mark this special milestone year for Carry On Friends, I had the pleasure of inviting her to switch places with me and interview me. This is part 1 of a two part series, and I can’t wait to hear what questions she has for me. Tune in for a fun episode where I get to be on the other side of the microphone, answering Kemoy’s thoughtful and insightful questions and learning more about her journey as well.Connect with Kemoy: Instagram | Linkedin Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
As we close the curtains on 2022, celebrate the holidays with our nearest and dearest - or remember those who are no longer here, I want to thank you the Carry On Friends Community of Friends.  Thank you for listening and engaging with me, your support means so much!While reflecting on everything that's happened in 2022 thus far, which particular episode stands out most for? What topics should take center stage next season? And what illustrious guests should grace us with their presence during 2023? As always: Let me know!Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Eldonie Mason is an Antiguan-born, lawyer, entrepreneur and award-winning author. In this episode Eldonie & I talk about her first book, The Adventures of Princess Anyah of Antibarba: The Fishing Expedition, and how it embraces Caribbean heritage and features a black princess. In addition to discussing diversity and the need for more Caribbean representation in content and entertainment. Eldonie also gives insights into her career as an entertainment lawyer. Connect with Eldonie:InstagramInstagramThe Adventures of Princess AnyahFacebookSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In this episode I chat with Grenadian-American, George McCalman, about immigration experiences, racial issues in America and the Caribbean, as well as his new book - Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen.Connect with George - Instagram | Twitter | FacebookSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Trinidad and Tobago’s Andrew Joseph joins me in this episode to talk about his work in developing the film and television industry throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. Andrew is a documentary filmmaker, writer, business developer and business analyst.We discuss:The international demand for Caribbean content.Profitability of Caribbean content and Andrew encourages fellow content creators not to wait on funding, but to first invest in themselves. The need for innovation and support when producing Caribbean media. One of the biggest takeaways from our conversation is the need for others to support Caribbean media houses like GT Network and Breadfruit Media in order for us to grow. This is especially important as we compete with major media platforms for visibility.Connect with Andrew: Gtnetworktv.com | YouTube  | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In this episode I had an exciting conversation with Johanne Brierre. Johanne, of Haitian descent, is a connector and community builder for small business operations. Johanne’s passion for community building has led to her success in various projects in the Brooklyn area. Her work has contributed to Brooklyn Commons scaling to the coworking space it is today, and its expansion to a new location. She believes that as a Caribbean community we should work together and build together. Her goal is making sure that our people and our culture survive the new real estate spaces in Brooklyn. Her second project, NY Beauty Suites, began during the pandemic. Johanne tells us the story of how her niece inspired this latest venture. Because few real estate developers were willing to invest in the beauty industry at the time, Johanne took a chance by opening up commercial space for them.Johanne and I talk also talked about pursuing your gift and the joy it brings.Connect with Johanne:Brooklyn Commons - InstagramNY Beauty Suites - Instagram | NYbeautysuites.com | hi@nybeautysuites.comSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Dave Bent, founder of Jamaican Fair Trade was born and raised in Milwaukee to Jamaican parents. In this episode, Dave shares how his cultural background has influenced his entrepreneurship venture. For a long time, Dave had a desire to do something that represented Jamaican culture and bring it to America.  It was a trip to rural Jamaica where his mother grew up that inspired him to bring his dream to reality. He created Jamaica Fair Trade and began exporting Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee straight from Jamaica.Through Jamaican Fair Trade, one of Dave’s goals is to ensure that a significant portion of the export profits goes back into the Jamaican economy. In order to do this, he works directly with small Jamaican farmers. He also wants to expand Jamaican culture through the sale of his products.Connect with Dave: Facebook | Instagram | jamaicanfairtrade.comSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Hey Community of Friends! In this episode, I share feedback some of you have given me on recent episodes. Second, I am excited to announce the launch of Voice Notes Stories, a new podcast series. Finally, but definitely not least, Carry On Friends and Breadfruit Media recently launched an online fundraiser on ifundwomen.com.  I ask that you support, by donating any amount. Every bit helps, and we are grateful for your support. Thank you for listening!Two asks:Please support the online fundraiserCheck out Voice Note StoriesSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Kadion Preston is the Jamaican born founder of Caribshopper, an online marketplace for authentic Caribbean-made goods. The mission of Caribshopper is to help manufacturers in the Caribbean scale internationally. In this episode:Kadion talks about his entrepreneurial pursuits in high school and how his mother's sales approach helped him to be fearless, which opened the door for many opportunities for him. Including shadowing the CEO of Yahoo.He also shared his growth to be a CIO at a young age, however the events of 9/11 and the loss of colleagues had a huge impact on him. We discuss the birth, evolution and early challenges of Caribshopper and the importance of mentorship. Connect with Caribshopper & Kadion:Caribshopper WebsiteCaribshopper InstagramKadion InstagramSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Nelli Patrick, Grenada native, professional makeup artist and beauty expert has overcome considerable odds to build a successful career. As an undocumented immigrant, she has faced more than her fair share of obstacles. But she has never let that stand in her way. Instead, she has used her trials as motivation to pursue her dreams. That's why she shares her story and offers advice to those who are "playing it small." She wants them to see that it is possible to overcome any obstacle if you have faith, truth and purpose. Connect with Nelli - Website | InstagramSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In this episode, I chat with my her long-time friend, Raxann Chin. Raxann hails from Montego Bay, Jamaica and is a fashion designer, costume designer and stylist. We talk about Raxann's professional journey and how to face tough decisions. Her journey has not been a straight or easy one. Raxann shares with us how she wrestled with tough decisions and career changes throughout the years. After 20 years of working on Wall Street, she left after the 2008 market crash with no exit strategy. She took a leap, availed herself and showed up. And she now encourages us to invest in our dream, be inquisitive enough to find out information and get into spaces.This is how she started her company, Femheka. Femheka is an umbrella company of wardrobe experiences which incorporates three different business lines. Femheka has seen much success throughout the years. Some of Raxann’s most notable work includes working with companies like Coca Cola, the Empire State Building and Disney– with Disney being her biggest contract to date. Her work can also be seen in the Eric Garner documentary film, music videos, at award shows and in Harper’s Bazaar.Connect with Raxann & Femheka:Femheka Website | Raxann Chin Website Instagram | TwitterSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In the bonus episode, of Carry On Friends we’re doing an episode swap with Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History & Culture featuring the episode "Calypso The Original Caribbean Music". Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History is a Breadfruit Media Produced Podcast hosted by Alexandria Miller.  This episode features Trinidadian Dr. Meagan A. Sylvester who discusses Calypso's evolving history, impact, and representation of Caribbean culture and society. Dr. Sylvester explores Calypso’s origins in slavery, how Trinidad became the center for Calypso over time and the role gender played in this space. Dr. Sylvester also explains how synergies are pivotal to the Calypso expression today. Visit carryonfriends.com to read more.Connect with Dr. Meagan A. Sylvester:  Facebook | TwitterConnect with Strictly Facts -  Instagram | Facebook | TwitterSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
This interview is the perfect capstone to the Flatbush Business Expo Interview Series.  The guest for this episode is Dr. Irish-Bramble. He is an Associate Professor at Medgar Evers College, as well as Executive Director of the Caribbean Research Center. The Caribbean Research Center provides a variety of services including research on topics related to the Caribbean immigrant experience in New York, book and journal publishing, youth internships and sustainable development projects. Dr. Irish-Bramble tells us more about the events that the Caribbean Research Center is planning for various groups within the Caribbean American community. He also explains that the Caribbean American community does not have a central organizing group that can connect the community to other organizations such as the government. Due to this lack of leadership, he believes that we continue to miss out on opportunities such as grant funds for small businesses during the pandemic.We also talk about the need for more youth training programs and youth involvement in community work. Connect with Dr. Irish-Bramble: LinkedInCheck out Caribbean Research CenterSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
This is part 2 of the Flatbush Business Expo Series. This episode features two entrepreneurs at the Flatbush Business Expo. Shaka McLennon of McLennon Business Management who talks about nonprofit and business grants and business loans.Then Chris of Alphassage, a new luxury massage therapy and wellness brand. Chris shares her journey, the importance of massage therapy and business advice with listeners. Visit carryonfriends.com to read more. Make Connections with:McLennon Business ManagementAlphassageSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Today’s episode of Carry On Friends kicks off a series of chats I had with entrepreneurs at the Flatbush Business Expo.Joining us on this episode is Jamaican-born Keadian Russ, the owner of Klean n’ Jiffy. Her company was established in 2018 and they offer commercial and residential cleaning, as well as, a cleaning product line named K-Sol.Keadian tells us how the pandemic brought forth the idea that allowed her to bottle her own chemical-free, non-toxic cleaning products. This new venture makes her company one of the only black-owned cleaning product lines in the United States. K-Sol products can be found through her website and on Amazon, and she has hopes of getting into large scale wholesaling in the near future. Of all her products, she says that the Mango Coconut scent has been a huge hit with her Caribbean audience.In this episode we talk about the success and awards Keadian has achieved, as well as, the challenges of migration, racism and entrepreneurship she has had to overcome.Keadian also gives advice to entrepreneurs on how they too can move past the difficulties and succeed. Visit carryonfriends.com to read more. Make Connections:Connect with Keadian: Instagram | Website |  Klean n’ JiffyTalk Back:Please provide your thoughts about Caribbean American Heritage Month by completing this anonymous survey. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
June Light

June Light

2022-06-0707:46

In this episode, Kerry-Ann talks about a step challenge, healthy habits, summer rest and of course Caribbean American Heritage Month. Call To ActionPlease provide your thoughts about Caribbean American Heritage Month by completing this anonymous survey. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In the bonus episode, of Carry On Friends we’re doing an episode swap with Bridge to U featuring the episode "Healing is Not a Luxury". Bridge to U is a Breadfruit Media Produced Podcast hosted by Monique Russell. This episode features Barbadian Dr. Charmain Jackman who discusses the idea that healing is not a luxury. Dr. Jackman is an award winning psychologist who has trained at two of the top Harvard Medical School training hospitals in the US. She has over 2 decades of mental health experience and focuses on normalizing mental health and therapy for people of color.  Her mission is to increase access to mental health resources for people who have historically not had access to quality, culturally-informed care.She discusses the need for us to recreate the narrative around who has access to therapy. Traditionally, there have been barriers to people of color seeking mental health help. Some of these challenges include people of color’s distrust of medical professionals, as well as, the challenges in finding healthcare professionals who understand our cultural background.We also learn that therapy wasn’t designed with black persons in mind. In formal psychology education today, there is a lack of focus on the perspectives of black persons. Such training largely does not consider people of color, nor the diversity and equity issues we face. Monique and Dr. Jackman explore the ideas of reclaiming our history and embracing cultural practices as part of our identity. By doing so we can feel empowered in the face of colonialism and white supremacy that has trained us to believe that there’s something wrong with the way we as blacks communicate and respond to racism. Embracing our heritage also helps us to heal.Dr. Jackman highlights that healing is important for ourselves, our communities and generations to come.Connect with Dr. Charmain Jackman: LinkedIn | Facebook | Website | InstagramConnect with Monique Russell: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YoutubeSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
In this episode I chat with writer, director, and producer, Kafi Kareem is leading the way in creating Caribbean family-friendly content. She is currently working on the first feature animated film from the English-speaking Caribbean, The Caddy Club. This film is an important project not just for Trinidad, but also for the Caribbean as a whole and the diaspora. In this episode, Kafi joins me along with Selena St. Vincent, one of the cast members of the upcoming film. Together, we discuss the project and the process of making it. The project carries great meaning not just for Trinidad, but also for the Caribbean and the Diaspora. This film will no doubt entertain and educate viewers of all ages.  Mentioned in this episode:Pre-Order the Caddy Club “Show Off” Song Connect with Kafi Kareem /Story Play TV - Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
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Sochel Shibira

Apr 17th
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Sochel Shibira

omggg yes!

Apr 17th
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Sochel Shibira

This was so wonderful and refreshing being Trinidadian American everything resonated with me

Apr 17th
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