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
For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson's comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love's remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle's self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials' limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump's decision to authorize Soleimani's killing (1:15:32).