Episode 88: Carry on Friends

Conversations on being Black in America often center the experiences of African Americans, who descended from enslaved Africans brought to the US. Rarely are the experiences and perspectives of black immigrants and Caribbean Americans reflected in discussions about race and blackness in America. For today’s episode, we explore the diversity in the diaspora by welcoming Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, host of the Carry On Friends podcast, which aims to elevate the voices of Caribbean Americans. During our conversation, we discuss the history and beauty of the Caribbean (31:00), what it means to be Black, Jamaican, and Caribbean American (39:40), and intra-group differences between Caribbean Americans (45:30). We also discuss Caribbean contributions to Black American culture (48:27), barriers to building community between African Americans and Caribbean Americans (56:07), and cultural transmission across generations (1:02:06). We close by discussing the impact of the current political climate on the experiences of Caribbean immigrants (1:07:25) and Kamala Harris’ Caribbean identity and heritage (1:19:20).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

04:25 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

21:04 - Introduction of the Topic

24:00 - Learn More about Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown

27:45 - Learn More about Breadfruit Media

1:30:42 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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