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1stGens is a podcast about first-generation Americans and filling in the blanks beside the hyphen. Get to know co-hosts, Perrine and Skye, as they share their experiences as Liberian-Americans, while always correlating topics back to 1stGens from other countries. Being American isn't always so black and white.
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The Quarantine Couch is a new podcast by 1stGens Creator Perrine DeShield. The show is co-hosted with Will Jenkins (Perrine's real life boyfriend) and is made for everyone coping with Covid-19. Episodes will feature the couple’s real-life friends of various industries to share survival tips and creative ideas as we're quarantine. This new podcast is to inspire creators, send laughs to the cynics, acknowledge the do-gooders and simply encourage humanity. All from the safety of our couch. We hope you take a listen and share from yours. Listen and stay tuned for new episodes here: https://anchor.fm/quarantinecouch Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound. Song: "Part of the Game" by Velveteen
**FULL, COMPLETE 65 minute episode!** Meet our Latinx Roundtable: Yosh (Puerto-Rican & Nicaraguan), Christian (Mexican), Naisla (Colombian) and Martin (Cuban & Salvadoran)! This episode dives deep into what it means to be a Latinx person in America, breaks down colorism within the community, defines what it means to be Afro-Latina and so much more! For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
In our Season Three finale episode, meet the wonderful media mogul and talk show host, Ohavia Phillips (Afro-Latina)! Perrine and Skye discuss a brief history of America's Next Top Model (sometimes in relation to colorism), share the impact of famous Afro-Latin people and have a MILLION laughs. Ohavia shares how her family's move from Brooklyn to the South impacted her perspective on beauty and colorism and gives insight on how taking a huge leap of faith changed her career path for the better. Follow Ohavia: @ohaviaphillips Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
S3: E13 | Latinx Roundtable

S3: E13 | Latinx Roundtable

2019-11-1801:05:11

*FULL EPISODE* Meet our Latinx Roundtable: Yosh (Puerto-Rican & Nicaraguan), Christian (Mexican), Naisla (Colombian) and Martin (Cuban & Salvadoran)! This episode dives deep into what it means to be a Latinx person in America, breaks down colorism within the community, defines what it means to be Afro-Latina and so much more!  For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
The Hot Seat

The Hot Seat

2019-10-1730:10

In this bonus episode, hear from the brave souls who participated in our FIRST EVER live activation: The Hot Spot!  We got spicy and took over BLKMRKT CLT. In our Hot Spot, attendees of the World Lit StreetFood Festival stopped by to sit in our Hot Seat where they tried a variety of peppers and spices from all around the world. Hear how hot it got and share a few laughs. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens Check out World Lit on Instagram: @world_lit For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com Featured song: ES Melting-Cushing
In this bonus episode, meet the wonderful creator of World Lit and Bull City native, Brandi. In a few quick years, Brandi took an Instagram page that promoted cultural experiences and turned it into Charlotte's first-ever street food festival. Brandi sits down to talk with Perrine in a fun (and explosive) interview about everything ranging from being a culture junkie to the importance of celebrating underrepresented communities in the south. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens Check out World Lit on Instagram: @world_lit For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
This episode, meet the amazing creative: Hnin (Montagnard Dega)! Hnin shares growing up on the Westside of Charlotte, how she eased her Asian parents into accepting her passion for the arts and what it means to be an artist who creates emotion-evoking think pieces. This also continues our series on the #ComplexitiesofComplexion where we explore colorism and beauty standards in East Asia and the Southeast Asian community. Check out more of Hnin's art here: www.hninnie.com Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
Meet our East/Southeast Asian Roundtable: Steve (American, with South Korean parents), Wei (Chinese-American), Tram (Vietnamese-American) and Celine (Filipino-American)!  This episode analyzes the many layers of Asian culture pertaining to colorism, the beauty industry, the growth of media representation and so much more.  Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
In this special bonus episode, meet Sylvia (Italian-American, mom of a 1stGen, art director + amazing creative) and learn how she fights for true diversity and inclusion within the fashion retail industry. Sylvia sits down to talk with Perrine in a candid interview about the importance of complexion representation, live from her swank NoDa loft in Charlotte, NC. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
In this episode, meet Bryan (Haitian-American) as we dive deeper into the #ComplexitiesofComplexion. We discuss the effects of snap judgments, stereotypes linked with colorism and a deeper meaning behind acceptance. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
Meet our West Indian Roundtable: Diana (Haitian-American), Phylecia (Jamaican-American), Angie C. (Panamanian-Jamaican-American) and Akeen (Jamaican-American)! This episode highlights the epidemic of skin bleaching while diving deep and debunking cultural stereotypes within the West Indies. This group also taps on the Complexities of Complexion within ethnicity and so much more. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com
Why do you think complexion might factor into attraction consideration and is often referred to within beauty standards? In this episode, we break down the #ComplexitiesofComplexion with our South Asian Roundtable member and co-host of the Carolina Desi podcast, Rashmili (South Indian-American). Rashmili discusses the heated parallels between being born in South India, and growing up in the American south as a dark-skinned woman, while Skye and Perrine talk about colorism in the dating world and how it impacts societal laws of attraction. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com Episode art photo by Arun Sharma on Unsplash
In Season 3 Episode 4, meet our South Asian Roundtable: Rashmili (South Indian-American), Gurtej (Punjabi-American), Ketan (North Indian-American) and Kripa (North Indian-American)! We discuss a wide variety of topics for our Complexities of Complexion series including how colorism and gender play major roles in Bollywood (and Tollywood), feeling "other," skin bleaching and so much more. Perrine and Skye start the episode off by discussing colorism in media and cinema. Make sure to rate us and leave a comment on your listening platform, share with your followers, friends, and family and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stGens on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstubblefield.com Learn more about The Carolina Desi podcast: https://soundcloud.com/thecarolinadesi Edited by Perrine DeShield
In this bonus episode, hear from Nicole Yembra, a Nigerian trailblazer changing the world of tech. Nicole shares her experience with colorism and how it impacted her growing up in both America and Nigeria. She also gives insight into how integrated skin bleaching has become within the culture. Make sure to follow us on social media: @1stGens For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstuffblefield.com Episode art photography: Oladimeji Odunsi
S3:E2 | In This Skin

S3:E2 | In This Skin

2019-05-3042:28

During the second episode of season 3, “In This Skin,” meet Kobe, a Ghanian- American (from Canada) who grew and learned from her trauma. Listen as Kobe traces the many layers of beauty within her skin and hear why she believes that healing should be a part of every person’s story. Skye and Perrine are back to discuss what colorism meant growing up in their multi-shaded families and the episode opens with a clip from Nicole Yembra, a Nigerian-American currently living in Nigeria and shining some light as to what colorism meant to her as a child. Learn more about Kobe’s business, brand and podcast, The Healing Circle: www.kchealingcircle.com Stay tuned for a bonus clip from the amazing Nicole Yembra. For extra content, check out our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Follow us on social media: @1stGens Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstubblefield.com
S3:E1 | African Roundtable

S3:E1 | African Roundtable

2019-05-1601:13:13

We’re FINALLY BACK! In the Season Three premiere of 1stGens, Skye and Perrine launch a new series focused on cross-cultural colorism entitled, “The Complexities of Complexion.” This series will explore aspects of colorism from the perspectives of various cultures and feature roundtables of different ethnic groups as well as individual journeys. First up: The African Roundtable. Thank you to our 1stGens guests: Mina (Liberian-Egyptian-American), BK (Ethiopian), Betty (Sierra Leonean-British-American) and Emmanuel (Ghanian-Canadian-American)! Make sure to rate us and leave a comment on your listening platform, share with your followers, friends and family and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stGens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For extra content, checkout our website: www.1stgenspodcast.com Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstubblefield.com Edited by Perrine DeShield. Recorded at Hygge Coworking, Charlotte, NC.
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

2019-04-2802:42

Perrine and Skye are BACK for Season 3! The duo is thrilled to announce the official topic this season: Cross-Cultural Colorism. The series entitled, "The Complexities of Complexion" will explore colorism in the form of cultural roundtables and personal journeys. STAY TUNED! The first episode drops SOON and you'll only know when by following us on social media: @1stGens and keeping up with our site: www.1stgenspodcast.com Theme music by Nick Stubblefield and song feature by Da Tooby, "Backlash."
BONUS EPISODE: Skye and Perrine ventured to Eagle land for the Put the African in American campus tour at NCCU. This live panel event featured topics ranging everything from the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the preference of being called black opposed to African American, a special perspective from a campus cohort that visits and aides Liberia and candid conversation on how we as American citizens can help the continent of Africa. A HUGE thank you to the Affinity Development Foundation and The Association of Students For A Better Africa (ASFABA) and our panelists! 1stGens theme song by Nick Stubblefield: www.nickstubblefield.com For more on 1stGens and to stay up-to-date for Season 3, check out our website: www.1stgens.podcast.com AND follow us @1stgens on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To donate to the all-girls school that recently lost funding, Bromley Academy: www.gofundme/girlsinschool
BONUS EPISODE: Co-hosts Perrine and Skye completed a campus tour with the first stop at their alma mater: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Put the African in American was a live event and open panel discussion to help close the gap between black Americans and Africans. UNC-Chapel Hill's Black Student Movement (BSM) and Organization for African Students Interest and Solidarity (OASIS) were partners in this event and had student members as panelists: Diamonde Henderson, Dominque Brodie, Mina Yakubu and Whitney Kouaho. Thank you so much for all the students who attended and shared their experiences. *please excuse the fluctuating audio in this episode as it was a live event with microphone inconsistencies.* It's always a #GDTBATH. Season 3 drops soon so stay tuned!
Happy New Year! Skye and Perrine will be back with Season 3 soon, but in the meantime, check out one of their favorite episodes, "Dating Struggles" from Season 1! Hear from the fabulous Betty Foh and how she maneuvers dating as a Sierra Leonean-American. Music: bensound.com, purple-planet.com, soundclick.com and freemusicarchive.org For more: www.1stgens.podcast.com
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