"Music was my antidote"- A jewel dropped by writer and song bird Kia'Mni as she serenades SQR Podcast. Listen to this jewel-filled life story from one of the most angelic voices you will ever hear. Kia'Mni, born in Newark has an only child to separated parents, shares of the unwavering support she got from both parents; a Dad who held the household down while Mom completed her studies. Kia's fun memories of middle school and high school were vivid, as she recaps being part of the varsity cheerleading squad and a member of an all-girls group. Experiences she was grateful for as she realized her talent and the ability to be a solo artist. "You could go through a toxic situation, have toxic love given to you, but now you found the antidote to cure all that." Another jewel which was the catalyst for Kia'Mni's new single, "Toxic Love". Experienced and written by Kia, the authenticity is palpable. The 1st guest to SQR Podcast who found us via Instagram and took initiative. Thank you, Kia. You are all welcome, as I know you will be educated, entertained and encouraged by the next Mary J Blige……… Song bird Kia'Mni. Enjoy.
Born and raised in Clermont St. Ann, Jamaica to a mother who gave him away at 2 years old, Don Reid had no immediate family members. A poor, malnourished little boy, he found himself being mothered by Miss Louise (Miss Lu), a complete stranger.
Don reflects on his past, including going to Clermont All-Age School; which was approximately 4 miles from his house. He walked it bare-footed as he had no shoes. In his small community, he was known as the little boy that was given away. However, he was extremely bright and well read. A spelling bee champion and involved in the schools' Drama Club, Don Reid did not allow his circumstances to dictate his future. Don shares of his 1st unconditional love and support system, which came from Rev. Tuller, the local pastor from his church. "I'm proud of you", words that stuck with Don as he reflects on the impact of that relationship; Rev Teller treated him like a son. High school was a complete 180 degree turn for Don. The onslaught of puberty & the assumed freedom to attend or not to attend high school had him on a path to failure. Don recalls a high school friend who embraced him unfortunately was a certified loser. Due to his influence on Don, they would ‘go to school and do everything; except go to school'. Certified the class dunce, he was still able to finish 19th out 40 students.
After a stern and sincere discussion with the principal, coupled with the threat of Miss Lu's belt, Don straightened up and became a straight-A student. Don shares his journey into the medical field via a threat, and his transition into the banking profession. The undeserved care and advice from the people God has placed so strategically throughout his life allowed Don to confidently walk through all doors that were opening.
"Throughout all these experiences, I have learned to laugh at myself", among the many jewels dropped by this ‘little boy that was given away', now known as Don Reid. Enjoy this riveting, honest and hilarious SQR Podcast production.