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Are you passionate about Caribbean history, its diverse culture, and its impact on the world? Join Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture as we explore the rich tapestry of Caribbean stories told through the eyes of its people – historians, artists, experts, and enthusiasts who share empowering facts about the region’s past, present, and future. Strictly Facts is a biweekly podcast, hosted by Alexandria Miller, that delves deep into the heart and soul of the Caribbean, cele ...
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Dr. Emmanuela Stanislaus, a certified career services provider, author and researcher, discusses the ups and downs of pursuing a graduate degree. Tune in as she shares personal stories and revealing conversations with other women of color who share their graduate school journey and provide inspiration for graduate students to level up.
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Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project » Podcast

Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, Kari Bentley-Quinn, Samantha Fairfield Walsh, Abby Rosebrock, Saviana Stanescu, Winter Miller, Laura Rohrman, Micheline Auger, Kara Lee Corthron, Maybe Burke, Cecilia Copeland, Jody Christopherson, Amy E. Witting, Jessica Almasy, Susan Bernfield, Penny Jackson, Diana Oh, Maria Alexandria Beech, Angela Santillo, Karen Cellini

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Excerpts from new plays by female playwrights. Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project is a portrait and sound installation which seeks to bring visibilty to playwrights who identify as female. Through portraits and podcasts we bring awareness to what remains to be widely seen and heard. Photography and concept by Jody Christopherson. Sound plays recorded and designed by Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
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A podcast for the creative soul, Pop Nerd Lounge was conceptualized upon the basis of empathy and story-telling. Combining these two elements, the show seeks to be a safe space for creatives to share their journey authentically and hopefully in turn inspire more creatives to fearlessly pursue their passions in life. Our aim is to keep the conversation fresh and captivating for the listener by asking the important questions that have not been posed before.
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Season 5 is here and as we usher in the fifth season of Writing on my Mind, Dr. Yvette Martinez-Vu and Miroslava Chávez-García join us to shed light on the unique challenges faced by first-generation BIPOC students navigating the graduate school application process. Their collaborative effort, "Is Grad School for Me? Navigating the Application Proc…
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Join us as we journey through the linguistic heritage of Saint Lucia with Soir Smith, a passionate St. Lucian Kwéyòl advocate, guiding us through the colorful landscape of French-based creole languages that flourish across the Caribbean. These tongues, far from just a derivative of French, are rich embodiments of culture, history, and identity. We …
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The Caribbean is a region of a myriad of languages, Caribbean sign languages included. In this episode, we’re joined by Caribbean sign language scholar Kris M Ali to discuss the diversity of sign languages, from the shores of Jamaica to the Bay Islands. It's not just about communication; it's a tapestry of identity, history, and resiliency. We unco…
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There are stories we typically don't tell during Women's History Month, one of whihc is the narrative of Judith Phillip (1760-1848), an enslaver from Grenada whose family's dominion over Carriacou and Petit Martinique tells a story not just of land and wealth but race and colonial allegiances against the backdrop of the transatlantic slave trade. T…
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As we weave through Women's History Month and International Women's Day, the patchwork of Caribbean women's literature takes center stage. With scholar Dr. Warren Harding, we celebrate the novels and poetry that carve out a space for the stories of Caribbean women. Our conversation turns the pages of history, culture, and activism, as Dr. Harding s…
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Join us as we voyage through the seas of Caribbean geography and politics as we explore the layers of history etched into nations' names and named and unnamed islands that are part of them. From twin islands like Antigua and Barbuda to archipelagos such as The Bahamas, we explore the entwined nature of geography and governance and how it shapes the…
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Join the conversation with Dr. Mónica Jiménez on Strictly Facts, where we peel back the layers of Puerto Rico's unique political situation and the heavy hand of U.S. legislative decisions on the island's fate. Through Dr.Jiménez's personal ties and her scholarly examination in her forthcoming book, Making Never, Never Land: Race and Law in the Crea…
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In this bonus episode, I'm reflecting on three years of the Writing on My Mind podcast. I'm celebrating the wins, sharing the top episodes from the three years and season 4, as well as some free resources to get your year started on the right foot. Get the Taking Charge: A Career Guide for Graduate Students ebook - www.takingchargeebook.com Downloa…
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Celebrate with us as Strictly Facts hits a milestone 75th episode—our heartfelt thanks goes out to each one of you for embarking with us on this journey of enlightenment and shared knowledge. Today, we raise the curtain on the contentious and historic border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela, a saga with roots tangled deep in the colonial era an…
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The echoes of Caribbean carnivals, the rhythm of calypso, and the wisdom of our elders - these are the threads that weave the rich tapestry of our heritage. As I navigated the bittersweet waves of personal loss this holiday season, I was reminded just how vital it is to preserve the legacy of our ancestors. This brief but poignant episode is a refl…
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The Caribbean influence in the United States is undeniable, especially in states like New York. In this episode, guest Damion R. Evans helps illuminate this story through the engrossing life story of Ms. Martha Gayle, a Jamaican immigrant who journeyed to the US almost a century ago. He'll also be sharing his experiences of discovering Gayle's rema…
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- Zari Warden: 20-year-old indie pop artist from Seattle-Tacoma. - EPs: "Congratulations, I'm Angry" and "Do You Like My Songwriting?" - Diverse sonic journey: pop, dance, R&B, indie. - Balancing act: Managing college, work, and a thriving music career. - Coping with burnout: Zari's insights for creatives. - Advocacy: Bringing attention to artists …
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In this episode, Klieon John, founder of Twin Island Cinema, joins Strictly Facts as we shed light on the pivotal role Caribbean films have played in shaping the region's vibrant culture and history. Expect a deep dive into the evolution of Caribbean cinema, from the early days of foreign influence to the emergence of globally recognized works like…
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• We opened up by discussing the impact of Savannah's hit, "Goodbyes." Listeners get a glimpse into the memories and emotions that resurface whenever the song is mentioned. • We explored how Savannah's extensive cover performances shaped her sound and approach as an artist. Did covering other artists' songs help her find her unique musical identity…
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We're thrilled to have Dr. Alexa Rodriguez join us for a deeply engaging discussion through the Dominican Republic's educational history. With her unique insights developed through her Dominican heritage and academic background, Dr. Rodriguez deftly unveils the obscured narratives of education under the shadow of US imperialism. Ever wondered how e…
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Education shapes lives - but how is this journey shaped by race, colonialism, and migration? Join us as we navigate the establishment of school systems in the British Caribbean post-Emancipation to the increasingly diverse classrooms of mid-20th century Britain. We're enlightened by the insights of Deanna Lyncook, a fellow podcaster and PhD student…
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In this episode, we're thrilled to introduce you to Karina Bromberg, a multi-talented artist and show producer whose life story is filled with determination and artistic innovation. Karina's journey from her early days in Israel to becoming a professional dancer and show producer in Canada is a story of relentless pursuit and creative exploration. …
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Our guest, award-winning author and U.S. Naval Academy professor, Dr. Sharika Crawford, takes us on a historical journey to the heart of the Cayman Islands, unearthing the complex relationship between the environmental landscape and the Islands; inhabitants through turtle soup. Together, we traverse the Cayman's fascinating evolution, from the afte…
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As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, this episode promises to enlighten you with a deep dive into the complexities of Cuba's domestic labor history, guided by the expert insights of our guest, Dr Anasa Hicks, Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. We journey together through the significant shifts of the 20th ce…
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- Dennis van Aarssen, Dutch jazz singer and winner of The Voice of Holland 2019. - Dennis discusses his journey from winning The Voice of Holland to becoming a renowned jazz artist. - He shares insights into touring theaters, clubs, and festivals in the Netherlands with his 'DvA Bigband.' - Explore his impressive discography, including his latest C…
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Have you ever wondered what Cuba was like before the 1959 Revolution? This fascinating episode promises to take you there. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us as we are joined by Dr. Takkara Brunson for a riveting exploration of the Republic of Cuba period (1902-1958) through the lens of Black Cuban women. We unravel their significant contrib…
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In this episode of "Pop Nerd Lounge," we dive into the world of Alexander Espinoza, the musical virtuoso known as The Dream X. With a passion for crafting captivating music across genres like hip-hop, pop, singer/songwriter, and Reggaeton, The Dream X's unique style sets him apart. Discover how he merges infectious melodies with thought-provoking l…
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In this episode, we have a special guest joining us in the lounge. She's a dynamic content creator who's taken the internet by storm with her passion for food, travel, and all things delightful. You might know her from her mouthwatering recipes, her globetrotting adventures, or her enchanting tales of Disneyland indulgence. Born with an insatiable …
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Learning as a Caribbean person doesn't stop with understanding our history. In this episode, Dr. Emmanuela Stanislaus joins us for a discussion on the challenges of being educated outside of the region and how students can seek support and resources as they pursue their education. Dr. Emmanuela is an author, podcaster, consultant, and founder of Dr…
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Today's episode features Alexandria Miller, fifth year doctoral student at Brown University's Africana Studies Department and host of Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture podcast which is a project to promote accessibility of Caribbean history. Alexandria shares her graduate school journey, how she navigated graduate school duri…
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In this episode, we sit down with the talented artist Caitlynne Curtis, whose passion for music began at the age of 3 when she sang to her grandma. Join us as Caitlynne shares her inspiring journey – from her first solo at 6 that ignited her musical dream, to her family's bold move from Massachusetts to Nashville when she was twelve. Experience the…
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It's the beginning of a new academic year and a beginning of a semester check-in is a great way to gain clarity and set yourself up for success. In this episode, I discuss why you may want to conduct a before semester check-in and provide deep dive into the aspects of a before semester check-in which includes reflection, community, wellness, profes…
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Did you grow up hearing chilling stories of duppies and jumbies? Have you ever thought about what these tales and legends mean for Caribbean history and culture? In this episode, Amanda Alcántar joins us to do just that as we explore the impact of Caribbean folklore on our past and uphold their importance, particularly for Black and Brown communiti…
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Dive into the vibrant world of Bentley Robles, the trailblazing Latino Queer artist reshaping music. From his explosive hit "i hate the weekend" to his upcoming "Ugly Crier EP," explore his journey of self-expression and the vital role of representation. Tune in for a captivating conversation on Pop Nerd Lounge! Stay Connected with Bentley Robles: …
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Beyond posting up streams in the hundreds of millions, selling out tours, attracting millions of followers on social media, and earning critical acclaim, countless fan tattoos speak to the impact of Jake Miller. Fans proudly sport lyrics on their skin from “I’m Alright” and “A Million Lives,” among others. As such, the Florida-raised and Los Angele…
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One of my favorite parts of Caribbean culture is how we rally our islands and show our regional pride for our sports teams. In honor of Jamaica celebrating 61 years of independence and Jamaica's Reggae Girls making women's football history, I'm sharing six of my favorite Jamaican women's sports moments of all time. Support the show Connect with Str…
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I'm thrilled to have with me today Hannah Fergesen, author of the highly anticipated debut novel "The Infinite Miles." Hannah brings a unique perspective, having transitioned from literary agent to published author. We'll hear about their journey writing this book, as well as the powerful themes of queerness, grief and found family they explore thr…
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We're discussing all things first-generation graduate/doctoral students in today's episode. You don't want to miss this conversation with the brilliant Dr. Jason K. Wallace who is in the guest chair. He discusses his experience as a first-generation college student and shares findings related to his research that explores the experiences of first-g…
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Are there any Caribbean places that give you the creeps? Join us as we continue our summer travel list, this time sharing some of the top spots for hair-raising Caribbean history for your summer adventures. Be sure to let us know on social media if you plan on visiting any of these sites this summer! Support the show Connect with Strictly Facts - I…
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Dr. Torrie Cropps is in guest chair today and is sharing her graduate school journey. In this episode, she shares how mentorship played an important role in getting to and through graduate school. She also discusses the transition from attending an HBCU to a PWI as well as interesting findings from her research related to the experiences of Black d…
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Welcome to Pop Nerd Lounge! I'm your host, Steph Pham. Today, we have an incredibly talented guest joining us – Chloe Price, a portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photographer based in England. Her captivating images, infused with romance and nature, have earned her widespread acclaim. In this episode, we delve into Chloe's photography journey, explor…
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Looking for somewhere new to travel to this summer while still learning something new about the region? Check out our recommendations for some of UNESCO's well-preserved World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean, where history, culture, nature, biodiversity, and legacy all come together. See the full list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites here. Be sure …
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Today, we have Sheva Elliot joining us, a rising star with a captivating blend of old-school charm and contemporary artistry. Sheva's music is a mesmerizing fusion of blues-rock and soul, and she refuses to be confined by any sonic or visual boundaries. Whether she's swaying in bell bottoms or dazzling in a ball gown, Sheva effortlessly moves betwe…
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We've made it to episode 50! And today, I'm sharing some updates, my favorite conversations over the last 50 episodes, and what to expect in the future. Things Mentioned in this Episode: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (Earn 60,000 points) Away Luggage (Get $20 off - no code needed) Get the Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Book Liste…
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We have a very special guest joining us, Nick Cutsumpas. Nick is a true "plantrepreneur" who has dedicated his life to all things green. As a full-time plant coach, urban gardener, and landscape designer, Nick's passion lies in creating a greener world and empowering others to do the same. Today, we have the privilege of diving deep into Nick's gre…
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There are few Caribbean-owned businesses that have withstood the test of time like GraceKennedy Ltd. has for over one century. In this episode Fred W. Kennedy, grandson of one of the original co-founders, joins Strictly Facts to discuss his family's legacy with the company from the viewpoint of his father, Luis Fred Kennedy, who led the major congl…
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Joining us in the lounge is a remarkable guest whose infectious personality and creativity have captured the hearts of millions. We have the pleasure of sitting down with none other than Kelsey Impicciche, the dynamic YouTuber, Twitch Streamer, and former BuzzFeed producer. Kelsey has left an indelible mark on the digital landscape, captivating aud…
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Wellness is a topic that often isn't considered when discussing the graduate school journey. In this week's episode, Dr. Angela Crumdy shares how this lack of connection led her to prioritize wellness and go on to create Grad Girl Wellness. In this episode, we also discuss: What inspired Angela to pursue her PhD right after undergrad, How Angela na…
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In today's episode, we have a returning guest who is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of music and storytelling. Joining us is singer, songwriter, drummer, and rapper Daniel Sherman. Describing himself as "genre-switching" and "genre-fusing," Daniel Sherman continuously strives to defy the expectations of his listeners. Renowned for his authen…
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Rowan Drake has been making waves in the music industry with his debut EP, "Dear Ella," recently released on Arthouse Records/Atlantic Records. This intimate collection of songs serves as a personal letter to a past relationship, allowing us to witness Rowan's journey of self-discovery amidst significant life changes. With over 30 million global st…
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Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Black Music Month with Strictly Facts this June as Dr. Danielle Brown joins the show for a discussion on Caribbean music and its capacity for influencing education and building social change that spans from the shores of Trinidad and Tobago, with a brief history of Parang, to the Caribbean diaspora. D…
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Today, we have a special guest who is taking the music scene by storm with their unique blend of grooves, empowerment, and just a touch of glitter. Join me in welcoming Madstone Rowan, the face of Tripping Jupiter! Madstone is not your ordinary musician. As a vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter based in New York City, they bring a transcendent vi…
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Dr. Rease Miles is in the guest chair today to share her experience navigating higher education as a first-generation college student. We get real on this episode and discuss her college stop out story, her journey to PhD, how she discovered that she was a first-generation college student, how community contributed to her success, and how instituti…
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Forest Claudette is a 23-year-old musician whose captivating music moves toward peace. With their unique blend of alternative R&B and pop, they navigate life's challenges through diaristic songwriting. For Claudette, making music is not just a way to feel better but also a means of self-expression that transcends traditional communication. They bel…
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This episode explores a topic that I am always asked about, how do you network if you're introverted. I share 7 of the best strategies to get the most out of networking as a person who identifies as an introvert. Listen to get these practical tips to implement today. Things Mentioned on This Episode: Purchase the Taking Charge ebook Get the Free Ca…
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