Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast

Breadfruit Media & Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown

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
Jun 21 2022
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’ JiffyTalk Back:Please provide your thoughts about Caribbean American Heritage Month by completing this anonymous survey. Support the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production
Our Healing isn't a Luxury
May 24 2022
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 | InstagramConnect with Monique Russell: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YoutubeSupport the showConnect with @carryonfriends - Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter A Breadfruit Media Production