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Carry On Friends has an unmistakable Caribbean-American essence. Hosted by the dynamic and engaging Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, the podcast takes listeners on a global journey, deeply rooted in Caribbean culture. It serves as a melting pot of inspiring stories, light-hearted anecdotes, and stimulating perspectives that provoke thought and initiate conversations. The podcast invites guests who enrich the narrative with their unique experiences and insights into Caribbean culture and identity. With an array of topics covered - from lifestyle and wellness to travel, entertainment, career, and entrepreneurship - it encapsulates the diverse facets of the Caribbean American experience. Catering to an international audience, Carry On Friends effectively bridges cultural gaps, uniting listeners under a shared love and appreciation for Caribbean culture.

Location:

Brooklyn, NY

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Carry On Friends has an unmistakable Caribbean-American essence. Hosted by the dynamic and engaging Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, the podcast takes listeners on a global journey, deeply rooted in Caribbean culture. It serves as a melting pot of inspiring stories, light-hearted anecdotes, and stimulating perspectives that provoke thought and initiate conversations. The podcast invites guests who enrich the narrative with their unique experiences and insights into Caribbean culture and identity. With an array of topics covered - from lifestyle and wellness to travel, entertainment, career, and entrepreneurship - it encapsulates the diverse facets of the Caribbean American experience. Catering to an international audience, Carry On Friends effectively bridges cultural gaps, uniting listeners under a shared love and appreciation for Caribbean culture.

Language:

English


Episodes

Circle Back: Andrew Clarke on Authentic Caribbean Cultural Representation

2/20/2024
In this episode, I'm circling back to my very first guest on the podcast, Andrew Clarke of Braata Productions. In addition to catching up with Andrew since he last appeared on the show, we discuss: Andrew and I share insights on the critical need for cultural insiders in influential roles, ensuring the integrity of Caribbean narratives. Join us for a heartfelt celebration of Caribbean heritage and the visionary strides of Andrew Clark and Brata Productions. Come along and follow Braata's journey from its Jamaican genesis to a broader Caribbean embrace, celebrating upcoming milestones and their foray into film, promising to infuse the Caribbean storytelling spirit into a wider audience sphere. Connect with Braata Productions - Website | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook Donate to Braata Productions Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:40:11

Reel Caribbean: Visions for The Caribbean Film & TV Industry

2/6/2024
From his humble beginnings in the pews of a church to the helm of Ikon Media, Horane Henry's story unfolds in our latest episode, painting a vivid picture of the Caribbean's potential in the media production landscape. As a Jamaican-born powerhouse in engineering and media production, Horane's curiosity fuels his creative drive, while also shedding light on the milestones achieved by his own production company. Navigating the world of filmmaking comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. Horane opens up about the real costs of content creation, from the financial hurdles to the quest for corporate support that often feels like searching for treasure in the deep blue sea. His personal tales of self-funding projects and the struggle for recognition in the industry provide an earnest perspective on the underestimated value of Caribbean storytellers. The candid conversation doesn't shy away from the stark realities behind the scenes, offering insights into the complexities that lie beneath the surface. As we wrap up, Horane peers into the crystal ball of the Jamaican film industry, contrasting its unique prospects and challenges with the likes of Nollywood's booming market. He doesn't just highlight the obstacles; he charts a course for how Jamaica could steer its film industry towards a flourishing future. This episode not only spotlights the creative avenues for supporting Ikon Media's endeavors but also serves as a beacon for anyone passionate about carving out a space for authentic Caribbean stories in the global narrative. So, anchor up and set sail with us on this eye-opening journey through the currents of Caribbean creativity and innovation. Connect with Ikon Media - Website | YouTube | Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:46:14

Audience Sound Off: To Compete or Not Compete

1/23/2024
As a follow up to our previous episode, Reframing Competition and Collaborative Success - in this episode you'll hear from some members of the audience and their perspectives on competition. The episode unwraps the complex emotions that come with competing. You'll hear voices that consider competition an unnerving pressure, preferring to concentrate on their personal paths. On the flip side, you'll hear from individuals for whom competition serves as a powerful motivator, propelling them toward personal benchmarks and professional triumphs. . How do you feel about competing/competion? Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:21:22

Reframing Competition and Collaborative Success

1/9/2024
What if competition, typically viewed as a negative force, could be reframed as a catalyst for collaboration and growth? The friends - Chris and Mikelah are back and we're discussing how a healthy competitive spirit can be the key to fostering collective advancement and empowering one another. In our discussion, we try to define competition and explore whether competition is considered "bad mind" and jealously. We champion the idea of appreciating collaboration, working together, and celebrating collective success rather than fostering an unproductive "me versus you" mindset. We delve into our personal journeys, sharing how we overcame the challenges of negative collaborations and learned to trust our instincts. We invite you to join us as we explore these dynamics, emphasizing the necessity of a collaborative mindset and shedding light on how to thrive amidst competition. Stay connected with us on social media for more enriching discussions - we promise this is one conversation you won't want to miss! Connect with Chris & Mikelah on Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:54:38

'Black Cake': Caribbean American Perspectives on the Hulu Series

12/19/2023
Attention, I've interrupted our 2 month holiday break to bring you this bonus episode. In this episode I get different views on the Hulu series, Black Cake. This discussion emphasizes the importance of accurate cultural representation in media, the need for diverse narratives, and the impact of these factors on viewers' understanding and appreciation of different cultures. We also discuss the lack of marketing to the Caribbean American audience and more. Take a listen. Did you watch the series, share your thoughts. Connect with our guests: Georgie - LinkedIn Alexandria - Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:35:49

2023: A Season of Knowledge, Laughter, and Reflections Wrapped Up

10/31/2023
As we wrap up a stellar season of enlightening and engaging conversations on Carry On Friends, it's time to slow down, take a moment to breathe, and reflect on the wonderful journey we've been on together. From life-transforming discussions with Ingrid Murray to humorous banter with White Yardie, and finance-centric wisdom from Keisha Bailey, we've covered a lot of ground this year. Not forgetting the insightful chat with Kemoy (Part 1 and Part 2), this year has been a rollercoaster of knowledge, laughter, and reflection. Now, it's time for a brief respite as I take a much-needed break to recharge and rejuvenate. But fret not, while I'm away, seize this chance to catch up on any episodes you might have missed or revisit your favorites. Also, I'd love to know your thoughts on this season, so do share your feedback in our survey. Your inputs will shape the future of our podcast. I'll still be around on social media, promoting past episodes and interacting with you all. Here’s to an amazing 2023 season, and can't wait to connect with you soon in the new year! Please complete the 2023 Audience Survey Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:09:33

Circle Back: Kamilah Campbell on Crafting Success in the Jewelry Business

10/24/2023
Introducing a new series within Carry On Friends call "Circle Back" where I catch up with past guests and check in on what they've been up to since they last appeared on the podcast. In this episode, I catch up with Kamilah Campbell, jewelry designer and founder of The Pink Locket. Kamilah first appeared on the podcast November 2015. Now with 15 years of business ownership experience under her belt she imparts invaluable insights on pivoting swiftly, understanding customer interests, and acknowledging what you don't know. Join us as Kamilah opens her treasure chest of business experiences, revealing her proudest moments and her journey to achieving longevity in a highly competitive industry. Glean wisdom from her past as she recounts the lessons learned the hard way, including the critical importance of building business credit early on. With a shift in focus, she also discusses the tricky balance of having inventory versus made-to-order pieces and the necessity of eliminating products that don't resonate with your audience. As we move on from business to more personal growth topics, Camilla reminds us about the underrated yet significant aspect of self-love. She warns us about the pitfalls of comparison, especially in the age of Instagram, and how it can negatively impact our lives. Connect with Kamilah & The Pink Locket - Instagram @thepinklocket or www.thepinklocket.com. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:30:02

Decoding Jamaica's Real Estate Boom with Ruth Lacey from Proven Properties

10/10/2023
Jamaica's real estate scene is booming. In this episode, my guest, Ruth Lacey from Proven Properties guides us through the intriguing and thriving property market of Jamaica. The allure of owning a piece of this tropical paradise is drawing not only Jamaicans living abroad but also international investors. Also discussed in this episode: In conclusion, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding the Jamaican property market. Whether you're a potential investor or simply interested in the dynamics of the real estate industry, the insights provided by Ruth from Proven Properties will undoubtedly prove valuable. So, whether you're looking to own a piece of The Rock or just interested in the intricacies of the real estate market, this episode is a treasure trove of knowledge. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:36:29

Bridging Cultures: Adventures in Global Living

9/26/2023
Join us for an insightful tour around the world with Marcus Haynes, a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur with an intriguing Caribbean-African-American heritage. Picture this - you're a kid from New York, raised in Africa, and you find yourself bewildered in an American college, surrounded by an alcohol-heavy culture, a stark contradiction to the values instilled in you by your Pan-Africanist parents. That's Marcus's story, and he's here to share his unique perspective on cultural identity, global experiences, and life's unexpected twists and turns. Ever wondered what it's like to live in a remote African village? Marcus vividly transports us to a humble community outside Kasumu, Kenya, where language barriers, cold showers, and constrained resources are part of everyday life. This journey doesn't stop there; we follow him to South Africa, where he navigates the contrasting lifestyles of Soweto and Johannesburg amidst socio-political change. And if you think that's fascinating, wait until you hear about his unexpected encounter with Nelson Mandela and the subsequent culture shock of returning to college life in the US! As our conversation with Marcus progresses, we address more than just global travel and cultural experiences. We delve into his entrepreneurial journey and his work as an HR Consultant. Marcus uses his multicultural background to offer valuable insights into the growing emphasis on DEI, diversity, equity, and inclusion in companies. But it's not all serious. So, grab your headphones and prepare to step into Marcus's world – a blend of cultural exploration, personal growth, and plenty of humor that you won't want to miss. Connect with Marcus - Website | LinkedIn Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:43:57

Discovering the Caribbean Paleo Lifestyle: A Journey toward Healthier Eating

9/12/2023
What happens when a Guyanese-American food blogger discovers her gluten sensitivity? How does this revelation transform her understanding of Caribbean cuisine and her own dietary habits? This episode's guest, Althea Brown, shares her riveting journey from discomfort and confusion to awareness and adaptation. Althea opens up about the nuances of the Paleo diet, how it echoes the principles of Caribbean culinary traditions, and the fascinating way she remixes classic Guyanese recipes to suit her new lifestyle. Have you ever wondered about your gut health? In this enlightening conversation, Althea and I explore how the evolution of our diets can dramatically impact our wellbeing. Althea's personal story of research and discovery in the face of troubling food allergies is a compelling study in self-awareness, dietary habits, and health. We also navigate the labyrinth of diet culture, shedding light on the need for balance and understanding in our approach to food, especially when our loved ones may not share our dietary choices. Food enthusiasts, make sure you stick around for this. Get a sneak peek into Alvia's book, Caribbean Paleo, as she spills some delicious Paleo-friendly recipes. Althea highlights how crucial it is to listen to our bodies and realize the effects of different foods on our health. We discuss her struggle with gluten intolerance and her journey to discover scrumptious Paleo-friendly alternatives. This episode isn't just about food; it's about understanding our bodies, our cultures, and the beautiful interplay between the two. We promise it's going to be a feast of knowledge and insight! Connect with Althea - Website | Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:40:43

Carving a PR Empire with Marsha Archer

8/29/2023
This episode's guest, British-Jamaican-American Marsha Archer, takes us through her compelling journey and dives into the fascinating world of public relations. Public relations is more than just a job for Marsha; it's an art form. We delve into the nuances of crafting a compelling story in PR, and Marsha shares how she ensures her clients stand out, reflecting their brand tone and unique voice. We get a glimpse into the exciting clients on the, M Squared PR agency roster. Plus, Marsha opens up about her road to a better work-life balance - how she started her own business and the trade-offs she had to make. As we round up our conversation with Marsha, she offers invaluable advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. From taking a leap of faith to start her business, how relationships have been the bedrock of her success, to admitting her weaknesses and learning to delegate effectively. Marsha's story is packed with practical nuggets of wisdom. So, don't miss this episode full of rich insights, powerful lessons, and an unforgettable success story. Connect with M Squared PR - Website | Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:34:48

Exploring Martinican Culture & Identity Through Animation with Alan Bidard

8/15/2023
Ever wondered about the nuances of Caribbean animation and the storytelling it encapsulates? Come aboard as we journey through the world of Alain (Alan), a trailblazing Martinican animator and producer who has successfully woven the rich cultural tapestry of Martinique through his enchanting animations. We explore Alan's lived experiences; from growing up in the 80s, grappling with colonial implications, to his personal triumph over stuttering - cultivating this challenge into a narrative powerhouse which propelled his foray into creative writing and illustrations. We also touch upon the changing societal perspectives on cultural identity and the profound influence of technology in fueling his dreams. As the conversation unfolds, Alan offers a riveting account of the hurdles and victories of creating animation films in Martinique. His animations, deeply rooted in the exploration of Martinican/French identity. A captivating amalgamation of culture, creativity, and compelling storytelling awaits you. So tune in and immerse yourself in this captivating voyage of animation and cultural identity. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:31:04

Cultural Reflections and Comedy Insights with White Yardie

8/1/2023
The hilarious White Yardie takes center stage in our chat, sharing the canvas of his life colored by his unique upbringing in the Jamaican countryside of St Elizabeth and his odyssey to England. Our conversation branches out to the vibrant yet challenging arena of Caribbean comedy. He provides a candid insider's view of the hurdles Caribbean comedians encounter, while championing the slogan - collaboration over competition. The discussion evolves to encompass White Yardie's tours, lifting the veil on the trials tied to securing performance venues and the overwhelming wave of support he's netted from fans worldwide. We wrap up by emphasizing how the power of online content and social media is a potent tool for preserving Caribbean culture and inspiring others. Illuminating the importance of staying true to one's culture and relentlessly pushing forward in the face of adversity. From exploring identity representation to discussing opportunities in entertainment and unity, this episode with White Yardie is a veritable treasure trove of insights. Don't miss the chance to ride this exhilarating wave of laughter, culture, and inspiration. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:49:25

Savoring Caribbean Flavors with Wesly-Jean Simon of Zanmi

7/18/2023
Growing up in a Caribbean family inspired Wesly-Jean Simon Wesley to open a restaurant celebrating his rich heritage. Join us for a mouthwatering conversation with this Haitian Caribbean American entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York, as we explore the delicious world of Caribbean culinary art and culture. We'll also discuss how Wesly's restaurant and brewery, Zanmi, serves up authentic Caribbean dishes. You may not know that the Caribbean has given us hot chocolate and the origins of rum! In this episode, we'll dive into the incredible contributions of Caribbean culture. As we chat with Wesley, we'll learn about the challenges he faces in running multiple restaurants in an expensive city like New York and his ambitious plans to showcase Caribbean food on TV shows, news outlets, and podcasts. Finally, we'll discuss the importance of apprenticeships and the need for speed and agility to truly be a chef. Wesly's story is a testament to his determination and passion for preserving and sharing the authenticity of Caribbean culture with the world. So, prepare your taste buds for a tantalizing journey into the flavors and stories of Caribbean cuisine and culture. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:37:41

Mid-Year Check-in: Reflections & Looking Ahead

7/4/2023
As we hit the mid-year mark, let's take a moment to reflect on the journey of Carry On Friends thus far. Beginning with the listener takeover series with Kemoy, navigating through Ingrid's business lessons, Keisha's financial wisdom, and Anthony's intriguing tour tales, we've journeyed far and wide. But we're not stopping here - with the debut of our episodes on YouTube, we're ready to scale new heights! The heart of Carry On Friends is its community - a group that believes in sharing experiences and extending support. We've weathered challenges together, learned from each other, and kept pushing forward. To all our listeners, your unwavering support is the fuel to our fire! As we gear up for more engaging conversations and celebrate a decade of Carry On Friends, we leave you with a message of hope and resilience. So come, join us, and let's continue this journey together! – “Walk good”. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:10:35

Navigating the Workplace with Melecia Munroe

6/20/2023
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to switch up your accent to fit in with the cultural dynamics of two different Caribbean countries? Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with Melecia Munroe, who was born in Belize and whose mother is from Jamaica, as she shares her unique experiences growing up between these two Caribbean cultures. Navigating the workplace as a woman of color can be challenging, and Melecia shares her journey of maintaining her identity while tackling issues such as colorism and representation. Through her experiences, we discuss the importance of showcasing diversity in positions of power and how her appearance played a role in some of her opportunities. Melissia recounts a moment when a colleague's comment on her hair made her realize the need to address these issues head-on. But how do we ensure that all voices are heard in the workplace, regardless of titles or positions? Melecia emphasizes the value of open dialogue and cultivating an environment of genuineness and authenticity. We also touch on the benefits of remote work, the rise of side hustles, and share practical tips to help you align yourself with your desired industry. Connect with Melecia - Facebook Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:38:29

Discover the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation

6/6/2023
Discover the work of the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation as we chat with its founder and chairman, Michael Thomas. Learn how the organization is making a difference in disaster relief, senior veteran services, and youth arts educational programming. As well as their ambitious goal to expand nationally. Join us as we delve deeper into the importance of cultural education and embracing the nuances that lead to better understanding. We discuss the Foundation's efforts to connect with African-American and Hispanic communities and their unique partnership with Four Seasons that celebrates diverse culture and people. We also examine the challenges of being a black-led organization and the need to stand up for our right to be heard. Finally, we touch on the rich history of Jamaica and its connection to the civil rights movement, and why preserving and celebrating Caribbean culture is so vital. Tune in for an enlightening conversation with Michael Thomas. Connect with Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation - Website Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:31:01

Navigating Financial Challenges and Safeguarding Your Wealth with Keisha Bailey

5/23/2023
Are you prepared for potential financial hardships? This week, we had an enlightening conversation with Keisha Bailey of Profit Jumpstarter. Keisha is also known as Keisha the teacher, an investment guru passionate about helping people build wealth and create a legacy for themselves and their families. As we discussed the global financial marketplace and the unexpected challenges, Keisha shared her strategies for navigating inflation, looming layoffs, and the importance of having an emergency fund that covers three to six months of expenses. You won't want to miss her tips on becoming creative with your savings plans! But it's not just about saving money; it's also crucial to protect your wealth. In this episode, we explore the importance of monitoring your financial transactions and being aware of potential scams. Keisha shares her personal experience with a suspicious transaction and how staying on top of her financial activity saved her from falling victim to fraud. We also discuss the importance of doing your homework on the institutions you do business with and respecting the wealth you've worked so hard to build. For those already in hard times, check out Keisha’s Side Hustle Guide as a good start. Lastly, Keisha emphasizes the significance of teaching financial literacy to children from an early age, setting them up for a future of financial stability. Join us as we learn from Keisha's wisdom on wealth-building and safeguarding our financial well-being. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:33:17

Leveraging Your Talent, Passion, Culture or Entrepreneurial Experiences at Work.

5/9/2023
I’m excited to welcome the multi-talented Anthony Cole on the podcast this week. Anthony hails from Trinidad and Tobago and leads the Critical People Programs for Amazon Music while pursuing a music career. Anthony shares how he got started with music and how his music career evolved over the years. He talks about opportunities such as creating a music video and song for Amazon's Bar Riser Program, and the launch of his EP called Good Vibes only. Through this conversation we get a glimpse at what it’s like to work at a company like Amazon. For several years, Anthony has been part of the leadership of their Black Employee Network. He explains how they focus on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. He also gives us a look at some of Amazon’s programs to help black owned businesses, including their Black Business Accelerator. We also discussed the importance of leaning in and being part of the work culture. In today's competitive job market, standing out among the crowd can be a challenge. However, by leveraging your talents, passions, and entrepreneurial experiences, you can create a personal brand that represents your unique strengths and abilities. Connect with Antony Cole: LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:36:10

Dementia Advocacy with Rianna Patterson

4/25/2023
I am excited to welcome Dominican-born Rianna Patterson. Rianna is a multi-award winning TEDx speaker and the Founder of the Dominica Dementia Foundation. In this episode we learn about dementia, Rianna’s journey, and about the island of Dominica. Rianna founded Dominica Dementia Foundation at age 18 in memory of her grandfather who passed away from dementia. This organization is a youth-led dementia charity that raises awareness of dementia, provides emotional support to the families and caretakers, as well as facilitates research towards dementia. Connect with Rianna - Website | LinkedIn | Instagram Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube A Breadfruit Media Production

Duration:00:26:47