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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.

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.

    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
    Our Healing isn't a Luxury

    Our Healing isn't a Luxury

    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 | Instagram
    Connect with Monique Russell: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube
    Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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    • 35 min
    We Got Next: The First English Caribbean Animated Feature

    We Got Next: The First English Caribbean Animated Feature

    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 | Website
    Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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    • 24 min
    Immigrant with a Dream: Success Against All Odds

    Immigrant with a Dream: Success Against All Odds

    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 | Website
    Connect with @carryonfriends - Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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    • 43 min
    Leading with Culture - The Prelude

    Leading with Culture - The Prelude

    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.

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    • 10 min

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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

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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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