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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 | TwitterConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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 | Twitter@carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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 CenterConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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 ManagementAlphassage @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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’ JiffyConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookTalk Back:Please provide your thoughts about Caribbean American Heritage Month by completing this anonymous survey. Support the show
June Light

June Light

2022-06-0707:39

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. Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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 | YoutubeConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
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 | WebsiteConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
In this week’s episode, Kerry-Ann chats with Dr. Donna Barrett about her immigration journey to America, the sacrifices she made, and how she has overcome adversity throughout her life. Dr. Donna talks about her faith, education and business and gives tangible advice on how we too can move past challenges we face and achieve success.List of resources mentioned in the episode:Books:Believe: A Tenacious Journey of Achieving A Life of Purpose!Devotionals From Women To Women: To Encourage, Inspire And Motivate Women All Around The GlobeAffirmation Of Faith JournalOrganizations:The HomeValue Group Keller WilliamsNational Fund for Foster ChildrenVisit carryonfriends.com to read more. Connect with Dr. Donna: Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | WebsiteConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show (http://glow.fm/carryonfriends)
For years the Carry On Friends Podcast  is where we discuss the duality of the Caribbean Americans experience. This episode is a prelude to a longer discussion to explore leading with culture/cultural identity.  Specifically in the area of business.Call to ActionPlease provide your feedback on leading with culture. Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show (http://glow.fm/carryonfriends)
In this episode I chat with Dominic Christopher, the co-founder of Deh Abroad - an organization that provides resources and disseminates vital information to the community to propel growth and productivity. Listen to this episode and learn more about how this organization is helping our community.Links mentioned in episode:Subscribe to the newsletterDonate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with Dominic Christopher & Deh Abroad - Facebook | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show (http://glow.fm/carryonfriends)
Life can be a bumpy ride, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone. In this episode, Kerry-Ann and Chris check in with the audience about what's been going on their lives - including some surprising changes made by these life events! They talk about how these events have impacted them as well as what resources or methods they use for coping. They also share advice for those who are struggling or know someone else dealing through tough times.Life may seem chaotic sometimes—but there’s always hope.Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with Chris Williams - Twitter | Instagram | WhereitzatConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
It seems like everyone is talking about it. You know cryptocurrency, bitcoin, NFTs, digital money. But what are they? What do we need to know?In this episode, Dalan Vanterpool chats with Kerry-Ann to discuss the basics. Take a listen.Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with Dalan - Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookSupport the show
Insufficient networking and opportunities to create worthwhile and meaningful connections has been a big challenge for Caribbean Americans and people of color generally. Now in COVID world with more remote work roles, it's even more important to build our networks. In this episode, Kerry-Ann shares one of her experiences that lead her to re-evaluate and loosen the cultural trope of being heads down at work. Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media Production: Twitter Support the show
In this week’s episode, Kerry-Ann talks with Ursula Barzey of Montserrat heritage on Caribbean citizenship and moving back to the Caribbean.Ursula explains how Caribbean citizenship by investment programs work, and gives key advice on how to move to the Caribbean successfully.Through this discussion, listeners are encouraged to consider obtaining a Caribbean passport  for its current and future value.Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with guest: Connect with Ursula: Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media Production: Twitter Support the show
In this week’s episode, Kerry-Ann chats about the Happy Career Formula with Jette Stubbs, a career and business coach.Jette tells her story of unemployment and the journey to career success. She debunks common success myths and teaches proactive approaches to building a career and creating the life you enjoy. Grab the Carry On Friends Ideal Job WorksheetConnect with guest: Connect with Jette: Instagram | Website Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media Production: Twitter Support the show
New Year Perspectives

New Year Perspectives

2022-01-0430:41

Are you excited about the New Year or are you apprehensive? In this episode, Kerry-Ann and Chris kick off the 2022 season with their feelings about what the New Year brings and how their experiences in 2021 has shaped their initial views of the new year. At the end of the episode, one will have a transformation and we hope you'll have one too.Donate Today to Support Carry On FriendsConnect with Chris Williams - Twitter | Instagram | WhereitzatConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media Production: Twitter Support the show
It's the holidays and every year the nostalgia of the Christmas past brings many long strolls down memory lane. Especially as we enjoy the Caribbean traditions that can be done in the US, mostly in the form of food.In this bonus episode, I’m doing an episode swap where I’ve selected an episode from one of the shows that I produce, in this case Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History & Culture for you to listen to. This episode is about Caribbean Christmas Traditions throughout the various Caribbean countries. Connect with Strictly Facts – Instagram | Facebook | TwitterConnect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media ProductionSupport the show
It's the end of the year already! Thank you for listening and supporting Carry On Friends in 2021. And I look forward to your continued support in 2022. Here's a quick message to say THANK YOU as well as the episodes that were the fan favorites for 2021. Did I miss your favorite?Didn't get a chance to provide your feedback? Here's a quick way to let your voice be heard. Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media ProductionSupport the show
Small Axe(s)

Small Axe(s)

2021-11-2353:04

In the bonus episode, of Carry On Friends we’re doing an episode swap with Style & Vibes featuring the Small Axe episode. Small Axe is a British anthology film series, created and directed by Steve McQueen. The anthology consists of five films that tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s. Mikelah of Style & Vibes and Rachel Osbourne of Julie Mango TV to discuss the anthology series’ as it directly relates to the Caribbean and its diaspora. We explore the name of the series, its focus around Black struggles with racism, accessibility to the full diaspora, coverage by black mainstream media and community connection.As mentioned I'm sharing this episode because the Small Axe series can serve as a good conversation starter with family about their immigrant experiences. I'd love to see a similar series done about early Caribbean Immigration to the U.S. Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | FacebookA Breadfruit Media ProductionSupport the show
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Sochel Shibira

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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

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