Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast

Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast

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.


June 6, 2023 31 mins

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 b...

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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 inflati...

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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 h...

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April 25, 2023 26 mins

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 o...

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Danielle Brown, PhD, is a Brooklyn-native with Trinidad & Tobago roots. In this episode we go deep into all things music, history and culture. She discusses the importance of telling our own stories. 

She is trained in ethnomusicology which is the study of music in culture, and the study of music as culture. She also runs her business, My People Tell Stories, which is based on the idea that people of color should alway...

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On this week’s episode of Carry On Friends, I’m excited to welcome our first mother-daughter duo as guests. Shermira and Karmel both have a melting pot of Caribbean heritage, and we have an interesting conversation about the skills needed to navigate the workplace, how to prepare for new jobs, and networking.

We not only learn about mentorship, but also why transitioning to sponsorship is powerful for your career. 

They sha...

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In this episode, I have a captivating conversation with a fellow Black Ambition semi-finalist, Caleb Williams who is making waves in the pharmaceutical industry using his Trinidadian family’s secret remedy. His mission is to help people live happier, healthier, and pain free lives.

Caleb shares fascinating stories about the healing plant that brings pain relief, and how he’s built a business around it. He also provides lis...

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February 28, 2023 49 mins

I am very excited to have the energetic Ingrid Murray back as this week’s guest. She was a guest on Carry On Friends back in 2020 and her story has continued to inspire so many listeners. 

As always, Ingrid tells it like it is. In this episode she talks about running her award-winning, seven-figure company and balancing family challenges.

Throughout this episode, Ingrid provides many valuable business and life lessons. She also talks...

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In this episode, Keisha Bailey of Profit Jumpstarter discusses the importance of wealth management and making wealth building understandable and accessible in our communities. 

Keisha also talks about: 

  • The cultural nuances and challenges around money management
  • Why first habit to develop in wealth creation is consistency.
  • How we can let our money work for us. 
  • Her 50/30/20 budget rule and how to begin investing.

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This week’s episode is an information-packed one with Renee Kendall. Renee is an attorney with Trinidadian roots, and she provides practical advice on how to get our affairs in order through wills, advanced directives and similar legal support.

First, Renee tells us what it was like to spend her formative years in Trinidad, then move to America. She talks about having to navigate the nuances of living in America, while being taught ...

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January 17, 2023 61 mins

Welcome to part 2 of our 2 part listener take over series with Kemoy Kayan, one of our most engaged and active listeners of the Carry On Friends podcast. To mark an incredible milestone 10 year anniversary for Carry On Friends - the website, I wanted to do something special. So I invited Kemoy to join me in the host's chair and interview me on the show. It was truly memorable experience to have Kemoy ask me questions about the...

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January 3, 2023 52 mins

In this episode, I have an exciting guest host: Kemoy Kayan! She has been an engaged and active listener since she discovered the podcast. So to mark this special milestone year for Carry On Friends, I had the pleasure of inviting her to switch places with me and interview me.

This is part 1 of a two part series, and I can’t wait to hear what questions she has for me. Tune in for a fun episode where I get to be on the oth...

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December 20, 2022 5 mins

As we close the curtains on 2022, celebrate the holidays with our nearest and dearest - or remember those who are no longer here, I want to thank you the Carry On Friends Community of Friends.  Thank you for listening and engaging with me, your support means so much!

While reflecting on everything that's happened in 2022 thus far, which particular episode stands out most for? What topics should take center stage next ...

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Eldonie Mason is an Antiguan-born, lawyer, entrepreneur and award-winning author. In this episode Eldonie & I talk about her first book, The Adventures of Princess Anyah of Antibarba: The Fishing Expedition, and how it embraces Caribbean heritage and features a black princess. 

In addition to discussing diversity and the need for more Caribbean representation in content and entertainment. Eldonie also gives insights into her car...

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In this episode I chat with Grenadian-American, George McCalman, about immigration experiences, racial issues in America and the Caribbean, as well as his new book - Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Andrew Joseph joins me in this episode to talk about his work in developing the film and television industry throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. Andrew is a documentary filmmaker, writer, business developer and business analyst.

We discuss:

  • The international demand for Caribbean content.
  • Profitability of Caribbean content and Andrew encourages fellow content creators not to wait on funding, but to firs...
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In this episode I had an exciting conversation with Johanne Brierre. Johanne, of Haitian descent, is a connector and community builder for small business operations. 

Johanne’s passion for community building has led to her success in various projects in the Brooklyn area. Her work has contributed to Brooklyn Commons scaling to the coworking space it is today, and its expansion to a new location. She believes that as a Caribbean comm...

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October 11, 2022 21 mins

Dave Bent, founder of Jamaican Fair Trade was born and raised in Milwaukee to Jamaican parents. In this episode, Dave shares how his cultural background has influenced his entrepreneurship venture. 

For a long time, Dave had a desire to do something that represented Jamaican culture and bring it to America.  It was a trip to rural Jamaica where his mother grew up that inspired him to bring his dream to reality. He created Jamaica Fa...

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September 27, 2022 9 mins

Hey Community of Friends! In this episode, I share feedback some of you have given me on recent episodes. Second, I am excited to announce the launch of Voice Notes Stories, a new podcast series. Finally, but definitely not least, Carry On Friends and Breadfruit Media recently launched an online fundraiser on  I ask that you support, by donating any amount. Every bit helps, and we are grateful for your support. Than...

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Kadion Preston is the Jamaican born founder of Caribshopper, an online marketplace for authentic Caribbean-made goods. The mission of Caribshopper is to help manufacturers in the Caribbean scale internationally.

In this episode:

  • Kadion talks about his entrepreneurial pursuits in high school and how his mother's sales approach helped him to be fearless, which opened the door for many opportunities for him. Includin...
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