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1stGens is a podcast about first-generation Americans and filling in the blanks beside the hyphen. Get to know co-hosts, Perrine and Skye, as they share their experiences as Liberian-Americans, while always correlating topics back to 1stGens from other countries. Being American isn't always so black… read more

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Bonus Episode: An Actual Ally

August 22nd, 2019


In this special bonus episode, meet Sylvia (Italian-American, mom of a 1stGen, art director + amazing creative) and learn how she fights for true diversity and inclusion within the fashion retail industry.

Sylvia sits …

S3:E7 | Acceptance Search

August 8th, 2019


In this episode, meet Bryan (Haitian-American) as we dive deeper into the #ComplexitiesofComplexion.

We discuss the effects of snap judgments, …

S3: E6 | West Indian Roundtable

July 25th, 2019


Meet our West Indian Roundtable: Diana (Haitian-American), Phylecia (Jamaican-American), Angie C. (Panamanian-Jamaican-American) and Akeen (Jamaican-American)!

This episode highlights the epidemic of skin bleaching …

S3:E5 | Sun in the South

July 11th, 2019


Why do you think complexion might factor into attraction consideration and is often referred to within beauty standards? In this episode, we break down the #ComplexitiesofComplexion with our South Asian Roundtable …

S3:E4 | South Asian Roundtable

June 27th, 2019


In Season 3 Episode 4, meet our South Asian Roundtable: Rashmili (South Indian-American), Gurtej (Punjabi-American), Ketan (North Indian-American) and Kripa (North Indian-American)!

We discuss a wide variety of topics …

Bonus Episode: Nicole in Nigeria

June 13th, 2019


In this bonus episode, hear from Nicole Yembra, a Nigerian trailblazer changing the world of tech.

Nicole shares her experience with colorism and how …

S3:E2 | In This Skin

May 30th, 2019


During the second episode of season 3, “In This Skin,” meet Kobe, a Ghanian- American (from Canada) who grew and learned from her trauma. Listen as Kobe traces the many layers of beauty within her skin and hear why she …

S3:E1 | African Roundtable

May 16th, 2019



In the Season Three premiere of 1stGens, Skye and Perrine launch a new series focused on cross-cultural colorism entitled, “The …

Season 3 Trailer

April 28th, 2019


Perrine and Skye are BACK for Season 3!

The duo is thrilled to announce the official topic this season: Cross-Cultural Colorism.

The series entitled, …

Put the African in American: Live @ NCCU

April 7th, 2019


BONUS EPISODE: Skye and Perrine ventured to Eagle land for the Put the African in American campus tour at NCCU.

This live panel event featured topics …

Put the African in American: Live @ UNC

March 24th, 2019


BONUS EPISODE: Co-hosts Perrine and Skye completed a campus tour with the first stop at their alma mater: The University of North Carolina at Chapel …

1stGens Fave: Dating Struggles

January 13th, 2019


Happy New Year! Skye and Perrine will be back with Season 3 soon, but in the meantime, check out one of their favorite episodes, "Dating Struggles" …

Liberian Finale Pt. 5: Then & Now With Lucia

November 11th, 2018


In Part Five of our Liberian Season Finale, Skye introduces her amazing Aunt Lucia. Lucia’s entire life has been about social justice and activism.

She shares with the duo how protests created change in Liberia decades …

Liberian Finale Pt. 4: More Than Me

November 11th, 2018


In Part Four of our Liberian Season Finale, Royda returns and Skye and Perrine attend a press conference for the More Than Me Academy scandal.

Back …

Liberian Finale Pt. 3: The Education Gap

November 11th, 2018


In Part Three of our Liberian Season Finale, hear from Alston, a board member for the YesLiberia organization, which pays for the school fees of …

Liberian Finale Pt. 2

November 11th, 2018


In Part Two of our Liberian Season Finale, hear from Christlyn, a Pediatric Resident at the John F. Kennedy hospital in Monrovia. Christlyn shares with Skye and Perrine the hospitals many needs and the state of …

Liberian Finale Pt. 1: Young Activists

November 11th, 2018


In Part One of our Liberian Season Finale, hear from a few young activists inflicting real change throughout Liberia.

Skye and Perrine spoke with Royda: an influencer revealing the good, bad and truth throughout the …

Special Episode: Perrine's Story

October 28th, 2018


**1stGens Season 2 Finale: Uncovering Roots takes place 11/10/18 at Camp Northend in Charlotte, NC from 6-8PM! More details and ticket info here: www.1stgensuncovering.eventbrite.com **

In this special episode, we …

Special Episode: Skye's Story

October 7th, 2018


***1stGens Season 2 Finale: Uncovering Roots takes place 11/10/18 at Camp Northend in Charlotte, NC from 6-8PM! More details and ticket info here: www.1stgensuncovering.eventbrite.com ***

In this special two-part …

Stay Tuned!

September 23rd, 2018


We're gearing up for our big trip to Liberia, but have some new content coming your way beforehand and SOON!

Follow us on social media to be the …

Special Episode: Eclipsed

August 19th, 2018


In this special episode, we chat with cast members of a local play rendition of "Eclipsed." Originally written by the talented Danai Gurira, this play is about the Liberian Civil War and the remarkable women who …

S2 | E13: Non-Mainstream Media

August 5th, 2018


In Episode 13, meet Valerie, a Nigerian-American, plus size influencer and inclusivity advocate as we tackle the topic of media representation.

The Roundtable Crew, Perrine and Skye discuss whats missing in the media …

S2 | E12: Authentic Self

July 22nd, 2018


In Episode 12, “Authentic Self,” meet Johnny, a Dominican-Puerto Rican-American who navigated many twists and turns during his coming out journey, yet found peace living his best, authentic life.

Perrine and Skye discuss …

Special Episode: News Breakdown

July 8th, 2018


In this Special Episode, Skye and Perrine tackle the never-ending news cycle and how it effects the first-generation American community and beyond. The duo defines a few terms featured in current events of summer 2018 …

S2 | E10: Broken Clocks

June 24th, 2018


In Episode 10, "Broken Clocks," Skye and Perrine challenge the deadlines society places on our lives for "success."

Diana, a Haitian-American, shares her story of finding happiness, while living by her own standards.

The …

S2 | E9: No Sex Ed

June 10th, 2018


Part Two of our mini series on puberty and sex: In Episode 9, "No Sex Ed," Skye dials in once more to discuss with Perrine the bare minimum of sexual …

S2 | E8: Puberty Struggles

May 27th, 2018


Part One of our mini series on puberty and sex: In Episode 8, “Puberty Struggles,” Perrine and Skye discuss the awkward years, including developing early and the world of pads, tampons, menstrual cycles and what your …

S2 | E7: The [Un]Likely Feminist

May 13th, 2018


In Episode 7, “The [Un]Likely Feminist,” meet Giselle (Brazilian-American), as she navigates through her sexuality at an early age, as well as what it means to be a feminist in America.

The Round Table crew shares their …

Special Episode: Feminism for All

April 29th, 2018


In this Special Episode, Skye and Perrine have a candid roundtable discussion about feminism with Jan Anderson, President and Founder of the Charlotte Women’s March and Ally Korony, Philanthropy Manager of the YWCA of …

S2 | E5: Boys Don't, Girls Don't

April 15th, 2018


In Episode 5, "Boys Don't, Girls Don't," meet Emmanuel (Ghanian-American) one-on-one as he shares what it means to be a man as he raises a son.

The …

S2 | E4: To Raise a Child

April 1st, 2018


In Episode 4, "To Raise a Child," meet Patrice, a Jamaican-American, who navigates raising her two daughters alongside her husband, all while coming to grips with the complexities of her own, unique identity.

The Round …

S2 | E3: Grace Beyond Grief

March 18th, 2018


This episode contains sensitive subject matter. Please advise.

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (RAINN).

In Episode 3, “Grace Beyond Grief,” meet Genie, …

Bonus Episode: Wakanda, Wine & Whiskey

March 4th, 2018


In this Bonus Episode, Perrine and Skye sit down with two fellow African 1stGens (Betty, Sierra-Leonean American & Emmanuel, Ghanian-American) with a bottle of wine and a bottle of whiskey to discuss the various …

S2 | E1: Community Roles

February 25th, 2018


We're BACK! In the Season Two premiere of 1stGens, meet our new Roundtable Crew: Jorge, Diana, Genie and Emmanuel. This go-round, we'll explore the …

Season 2 Trailer: DANGER!

February 11th, 2018


WE'RE BACK! Get ready and gear up for Season 2 with a whole new Roundtable Crew and a hot theme to knock your socks off.

Episode 1 drops Sunday, …

DACA Special: Dare to Dream | Pt. 2

October 8th, 2017


In this special, bonus episode, we hear a powerful poem by Herrison Chicas and the amazing story of a Dreamer, Manny Sandchez.

You can learn more …

DACA Special: Dare to Dream | Pt. 1

September 17th, 2017


In this special, bonus episode, we discuss DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with some amazing leaders in the Charlotte area …

Episode 13: Uprooted | Pt. 2

July 30th, 2017


In the SEASON ONE FINALE, Episode 13, “Uprooted: Part 2,” Lelai Givens shares her perspective on present day Liberia and we bring Sam’s story full …

Episode 12: Uprooted | Pt. 1

July 16th, 2017


In Episode 12, “Uprooted: Part I,” we begin Sam’s two-part story leading up to the Season 1 Finale. Listen to how he and his family escaped Liberia before the Civil War and their journey to America. Earlene DeShield …

Season Finale Teaser

July 2nd, 2017


We’re taking a short break to prepare for our TWO part Season One Finale! Stay tuned for Part I on July 16th. If you're in the Charlotte area, join …

Episode 11: Finding Home

June 18th, 2017


In Episode 11, “Finding Home,” meet Caleb, a Japanese-American, who literally calls two different worlds home. Hear about the roundtable crew's first visits back to their native lands and stay tuned at the end for a …

Episode 10: Bridging the Gap

June 4th, 2017


In Episode 10, “Bridging the Gap,” meet Brigitte, a Colombian-American, and hear how she, the roundtable crew and co-hosts all work through their …

Episode 9: Free Your Mind

May 21st, 2017


In Episode 9, let's “Free Your Mind” and debunk a few stereotypes. This special episode features short stories from co-hosts Skye and Perrine as well as the entire roundtable crew: Betty, Elvira, Chelsea and Shaun. Also …

Episode 8: Breaking Beauty Barriers

May 7th, 2017


In Episode 8, “Breaking Beauty Barriers,” meet the reigning 2016-2017 Miss Liberia in the U.S., Gboea Flumo and hear about her quest to self-love and empowerment. Co-hosts Skye and Perrine also share their struggles …

Episode 7: Do What You Love

April 23rd, 2017


In Episode 7, “Do What You Love,” meet Diana, an Armenian-Russian-American who followed her passion down an unexpected career path in comparison to …

Episode 6: Schoolin' Life

April 9th, 2017


In Episode 6, “Schoolin’ Life,” Perrine, Skye and the roundtable crew discuss the importance of education and their parents’ influence at an early …

Episode 5: The Name Game

March 26th, 2017


In Episode 5, let’s play “The Name Game.” This special episode features short stories from co-hosts Perrine and Skye as well as the entire roundtable crew: Betty, Elvira, Chelsea and Shaun. Listen to how the names of …

Episode 4: Keeping Your Culture

March 12th, 2017


In Episode 4, “Keeping Your Culture,” meet Martin, a Cuban/Salvadorian-American father and husband who is fighting assimilation. Listen to how he …

Episode 3: Freedom of Religion

February 26th, 2017


In Episode 3 of 1stGens, meet Rufai, a southern bred, black, Muslim, Nigerian-American man. Elvira, Shaun, Skye and Perrine also discuss what faith means to them. This episode is entitled, "Freedom of Religion."

Music …

Episode 2: Dating Struggles

February 12th, 2017


Dating can literally be a struggle--especially when you have to meet parents and introduce your significant other to your immigrant family. Listen to how Skye & Perrine dealt with their love life early on, PLUS hear …

Episode 1: Stuck in the Middle

January 15th, 2017


1stgens is a podcast about first-generation Americans and filling in the blanks beside the hyphen. In Episode 1: Stuck in the Middle, get to know co-hosts, Perrine and Skye as they share their early struggles of being …

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