205 episodes

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.

Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast Breadfruit Media

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

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.

    Taking the Leap: The Birth of Femheka with Raxann Chin

    Taking the Leap: The Birth of Femheka with Raxann Chin

    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 | Twitter

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    • 42 min
    Calypso: Original Caribbean Music

    Calypso: Original Caribbean Music

    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 | Facebook

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    • 50 min
    Dr. Irish Bramble - Flatbush Business Expo Series

    Dr. Irish Bramble - Flatbush Business Expo Series

    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: LinkedIn
    Check out Caribbean Research Center
    Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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    • 23 min
    Meet Shaka & Chris - Flatbush Business Expo Series

    Meet Shaka & Chris - Flatbush Business Expo Series

    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 | Facebook


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    • 26 min
    Meet Keadian - Flatbush Biz Expo Series

    Meet Keadian - Flatbush Biz Expo Series

    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 | Facebook
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    • 18 min
    June Light

    June Light

    In this episode, Kerry-Ann talks about a step challenge, healthy habits, summer rest and of course Caribbean American Heritage Month. 

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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

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72 Ratings

72 Ratings

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I had to post to let you guys know how much I absolutely love your podcast! The most recent episode (160) was so informative for sure and I hope you have a part 2! There is so much I did not know and in these times especially it is so needed in our community! Thanks so much for sharing and keep them coming ! Many blessings to you !!! 🇯🇲Respect

Shushana-the ,

Thank you

I was on a quest for a Caribbean based podcast that would stimulate my mind. I came across yours and dove in listening to previous episodes. I’ve taken so much notes, had so much ideas surface and thoughts resurface. In less than a month, this podcast has feed m spirit so much. So I say thank you.

Listener On The Line! ,

Very good episode!

I absolutely enjoyed it!

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