As podcasts become increasingly more popular, it’s become extremely easy to find those tailored to your specific tastes. With hundreds of new podcasts launching in the past 2 years, Caribbean-Americans have found themselves in the mix.
Aside from Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast, which features guests from the Caribbean Diaspora discussing topics such as career, business, culture and lifestyle; we’re glad to say there are other successful podcasts hosted by a number of Caribbean-Americans. These podcasts focused on self-improvement and empowerment. With that in mind, here are some top notch programs we suggest giving a listen:
Dreams In Drive
Dreams in Drive – Raina Campbell (Jamaican Heritage)
Raina Campbell’s “Dreams in Drive” feels like its constructed personally just for you, to help you achieve your life goals. Campbell’s thoughts and points are delivered clearly and concisely. Her energy is addictive and her life lessons are applicable to all listeners regardless of age, gender, race, or nationality. From the first episode, it is quite evident the host truly believes in her teachings and not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. What’s also great about “Dreams in Drive” is the automated tweets, sending daily inspirational messages that encourage self-awareness without coming off as preachy. We were hooked from the first episode!
Talking 4 Curry
Talkin’ 4 Curry – Jus J & Trinity (Guyanese Heritage)
“Talkin’ 4 Curry” touts itself as exploring different aspects of Caribbean culture through ‘Ole Talk’. Though the production quality struggles, the topics and guest conversations are actually very interesting and informative – especially those regarding the diaspora’s entertainment industry. Providing a real-life glimpse of an artist’s path to success, what “Talkin’ 4 Curry” does do well, is provide a platform for little known Caribbean artists to showcase their work via musical segments that often include live performances. Worth a listen.
The American Negotiation Institute – Kwame Christian (Dominican Heritage)
“The American Negotiation Institute” is essentially a collection of podcasts that teach negotiation techniques that focus on maintaining good business practices and relationships. Using what he calls his ‘3 Step Process’ (situational analysis, strategy and practice, and guided implementation), Kwame Christian’s advice ranges from mastering the art of staying strong in your convictions, to taking control of difficult conversations, and simple conflict resolution. With topics like ‘Effective Debating’, and “Setting boundaries”, the former business lawyer turned Negotiation and Persuasive Trainer, can help new entrepreneurs and the self-employed achieve their professional goals without negatively compromising value or self-worth. But this is straight information here, no bells and whistles so you have to be focused and ready to pay attention. You won’t be sorry.
Side Hustle Pro
Side Hustle Pro – Nicaila Okomie (Jamaican Heritage)
First off, the episode guest list alone gets you excited about listening to Side Hustle Pro.
It’s an amazing list of equally powerful and beautiful sistas who all have one thing in common – they believed in their dreams, pressed forward and are living the lives they envisioned. Not only does each episode deliver essential information on improving your lot in life, but the interviews are also entertaining. What is also appreciated is that although it’s obvious the focus is on black women, the actual content is universal and great information for all entrepreneurs or anyone looking to change their life. Side Hustle Pro is enlightening, encouraging, and exciting. It literally inspires you to get to work NOW! The most important episode is “Episode 63: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour a Day.” It could possibly may be the best entrepreneurial advice found online today.
Keep It 100 Girl
Keep It 100 Girl – Nina Babel (Guyanese & Trinidadian Heritage)
With episodes averaging 10-20 minutes, “Keep It 100 Girl” features short but effective inspirational messages. This podcast is well produced, with a great use of sound effects and sound bites. The subject matters are very real life, and the comments are funny – mostly because they are true. Focusing on Self-help (healing the mind, body, and spirit), its smart, funny, real, content for women. What’s most likeable about the content is you may not agree with the opinions of Nina or her guests, but they are giving you their realness. Topics range from health & beauty, sex & relationships, education & career, and even a hint of gossip in the “Friday Girl Advice” episodes. KeepIt100Girl is all about Girl Power and Nina Babel definitely keeps it 100!
Di Soca Analyst
Di Soca Analyst – Richie & Kendrix (Guyanese Heritage)
These guys are all over the place…but isn’t everyone after a few drinks of rum? Richie and Kendrix are Soca aficionados who love their Caribbean culture and can spend hours upon hours talking about it. Although the duo can analyze Soca music inside and out, don’t get it twisted, they are equally versed in Soca, Reggae, AfroBeat and the like. They know music, like they know rum – well. With conversations that range from Reggae history, music appropriation, even politics – and of course, taking Soca to the mainstream. What we like about this podcast is that the conversations are organic, easy, and genuine – which is what makes it relatable. This rum team really knows their ‘sh** and can hang with the best of them. What’s we found surprising, is there is little to no actual music in the episodes.** But it doesn’t matter, their well roundness is impressive and keeps the conversation flowing and alive. All in all, they’re interesting, funny, and possibly drunk. Check “Episode 5 – Di Days of Dancehall”, nuff said.
(**Editor’s note: The likely reason Di Soca Analyst doesn’t play commercial music like Soca or Dancehall or any other genre on their show results from the legal ramifications they’d rather avoid if they play licensed music. Podcasts are not radio or internet radio shows that have an ASCAP license. Instead podcasters are encourage to use Podsafe music. Playing licensed music is forbidden by most podcast services, refer to their terms of service. If violations are discovered, the entire podcast can be removed from the podcast service.)
Smooth Career Change
Smooth Career Change – Kingsley Grant (Jamaican Heritage)
Smooth Career Change is a great listen for those not on a traditional career path, entrepreneurs, and those looking to completely change their career or life in general. The information provided here is delivered in general terms, so there are no real instructions or directives, just great concepts for change to help you further explore your current business ideas. Smooth Career Change also hosts guest speakers such as CEO’s, business developers, and motivational speakers, who help deliver Grant’s messages. Episodes like “260: Earn Extra Money Doing What You Love As a Side Hustle” and “272: How to Create Fast Cash Flow On Facebook In A Non-Traditional Way”, are prime examples of how Host and Creator Kingsley Grant plants the seeds of inspiration and leads you to water. All you have to do is drink.
The Trailblazers Podcast
TrailblazersFM – Stephen Hart (Jamaican Heritage)
With a mission statement that includes “…to highlight the wisdom, resources, and tools of today’s most accomplished everyday trailblazers…” – what else can say it better? Stephen Hart‘s focus is clear; bringing to light the unconventional paths taken by successful people of color – especially men, to help improve the image of the black man in today’s society. The episode titles can be slightly misleading, in terms of ‘learn how to’’ because the actual content contains very little direction. The meat is in the lessons learned by the guests as they tell their stories – which are extremely motivating and even hopeful, as they are all evidence of 2 things: There is no straight path to happiness, but every path is paved with a commitment to giving back to the community.
The Get InPowered Podcast
Inclusivus – Judithe Registre (Haitian Heritage)
“InPowered Podcast: Fostering Community Through Shared Stories”. With its well-rounded pool of guests, Inclusivus is the most diverse on this list in terms of race, gender, and profession – and we applaud it. From actress, educator, student activists, relationship expert, and a woman searching for a cancer cure, everyone feature is strongly committed to changing the world, and our view of it. Check episode #37, in which Inclusivus creator Judithe Registre discusses with fellow podcaster Marianne West their efforts to build a community of podcasters committed to social change. It’s the perfect episode to understand the concept of Registre’s movement to effectively leverage podcasting against the current state of media reporting on social injustice.
The Sales Evangelist
The Sales Evangelist – Donald Kelly (Jamaican Heritage)
We were a little hesitant about this one, simply because ‘sales’ immediately brings to mind ‘shady used car salesman’. So we were pleasantly surprised to discover there’s far more to this podcast than sells techniques. Yes, sales guru Donald Kelly definitely uses his platform to share his vast knowledge and most successful methods, on ‘The Art of Selling’, but they always tend to lead back to who you are and how you perceive your circumstances. Kelly emphasizes rethinking the way you handle challenges and adversity, and how to use it to your professional advantage. We found the episode, “The Number One Reason Why Your New Year’s Resolution Will Fail”, to be great starter episode not only for sales people, but anyone who is working towards improving self-accountability for achieving personal and professional goals.
As podcasts continued to grow as a profitable industry, media source, and form of art; they are also becoming more accessible, better produced, funnier, edgier, and more essential. There is literally something for everyone – especially those looking to break boundaries.
Did we miss anyone? Let us know if there are other shows hosted by Caribbean Americans that didn’t make the list.
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