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A new podcast about first-generation Americans & filling in the blanks between the hyphen.

1stGens is a new podcast about first-generation Americans & filling in the blanks beside the hyphen.

Listen to our BONUS Episode: Dare to Dream Pt. 2

 
 
 

1stGens is a proud member and podcast studio residency winner of Hygge, an amazing co-working space in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Support Season 2: Back to Liberia

ANY donation amount is appreciated! gofundme.com/1stgens

Features

Check out our 1st video recorded interview with the City of Charlotte Government's Home Field team: https://www.facebook.com/CLTgov/videos/10154581991420834/ It was a blast!

Check out our 1st video recorded interview with the City of Charlotte Government's Home Field team: https://www.facebook.com/CLTgov/videos/10154581991420834/ It was a blast!

Check out Perrine's interview with Good Day Charlotte here: http://www.fox46charlotte.com/good-day/274602498-video

Check out Perrine's interview with Good Day Charlotte here: http://www.fox46charlotte.com/good-day/274602498-video

Read the full Blavity article here: https://blavity.com/1st-gens-podcast

Read the full Blavity article here: https://blavity.com/1st-gens-podcast

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The Team

A couple of Carolina Girls bringing stories to life.

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PERRINE DeSHIELD

Creator| Co-Host| Editor 

Perrine is Liberian-American and her parents immigrated to the United States in 1980. As the youngest of 6 (3 siblings born in Liberia, 3 as 1stGens) she's had the best role models from both worlds.

Perrine currently lives in Charlotte, NC and works full-time as a Fashion Coordinator for Belk corporate headquarters. Prior to moving back to the south and living in New York for a bit, she obtained her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Luxury Fashion & Management. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, Perrine worked with Skye on the university's Student Television station (STV). She also reported for Carolina Week and Carolina Connection, the School of Journalism's award-winning news and radio shows.  

Perrine is a believer who loves expanding her faith, exploring Charlotte, celebrating diverse cultures, thrift-store shopping & eclectic playlists. Some of her favorite podcasts include: Up & Vanished, The Read, Millennial (R.I.P.), Never Before With Janet Mock, This American Life, Snap Judgement and of course, Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations.

She's a huge advocate for recognizing who you are and gaining empowerment--whether for you own personal branding or for your business. 

 
 

Tre "SELF" Pierce

Audio Engineer

Tre "Self" Pierce is literally Liberian-American. His mother was born in Liberia and moved to America when she was eight, while his father was born and raised in North Carolina. Talented beyond his years, Tre works in various aspects of the music and production industry. Whether it is making eclectic beats and melodies or performing on stage and editing trendy photos/promotional tools, Tre is a complete, self-taught creative. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina and is also Perrine's beloved nephew.

Tre "Self" Pierce is literally Liberian-American. His mother was born in Liberia and moved to America when she was eight, while his father was born and raised in North Carolina. Talented beyond his years, Tre works in various aspects of the music and production industry.

Whether it is making eclectic beats and melodies or performing on stage and editing trendy photos/promotional tools, Tre is a complete, self-taught creative.

He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina and is also Perrine's beloved nephew.

KIRSTIN GARRISS

Publicist

Kirstin Garriss is TV reporter in Charlotte, NC covering just about everything from politics to feel-go features to breaking news. When she’s not covering the latest story, she’s putting her PR and social media skills to work as the 1stGens publicist. Before moving to the Queen City, Kirstin was a reporter in Hagerstown, Md. She also spent a few years working in Washington, D. C. Kirstin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism and a minor in American history. During her time at UNC, she also met the co-hosts, Perrine and Skye! In her free time, Kirstin enjoys working out, exploring Charlotte’s foodie scene, shopping at pop-up shops and thrift stores and watching Food Network and attempting to be a top chef. And while she isn’t a first-generation American, Kirstin is third-generation West Indian! Her great-grandmother immigrated to New York from Trinidad in the 1940s. 

Kirstin Garriss is TV reporter in Charlotte, NC covering just about everything from politics to feel-go features to breaking news. When she’s not covering the latest story, she’s putting her PR and social media skills to work as the 1stGens publicist.

Before moving to the Queen City, Kirstin was a reporter in Hagerstown, Md. She also spent a few years working in Washington, D. C. Kirstin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism and a minor in American history. During her time at UNC, she also met the co-hosts, Perrine and Skye!

In her free time, Kirstin enjoys working out, exploring Charlotte’s foodie scene, shopping at pop-up shops and thrift stores and watching Food Network and attempting to be a top chef.

And while she isn’t a first-generation American, Kirstin is third-generation West Indian! Her great-grandmother immigrated to New York from Trinidad in the 1940s. 

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SKYE WILSON

Co-Host| Producer

Skye Wilson is Liberian-American, with her mother being of the Bassa tribe and her father of the Vai tribe. Her parents immigrated to the US in 1979 eventually settling down in High Point, NC in 1982. Skye is the youngest of four children and the only daughter - she was obviously spoiled rotten.

Skye attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies - Media Studies and went on to earn her Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. She is currently working full time in higher education focusing on educating folks on and creating safer spaces for folks with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; additionally, she is working part time on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She'll likely get her Ph.D. sooner rather than later since her existential guilt has turned her into a glutton for academic punishment.

She brings humor and lightheartedness to all that she does and is excited to share her story of growing up as a 1st Gen while also lifting up the voices of other 1st Gens. She loves exploring intersectionality and it's role in shaping folks' personalities, experiences, and world views.

In her free time Skye enjoys biking, singing, listening to podcasts, window shopping for home goods, watching HGTV and foolishly believing she can remodel a kitchen, and playing with her dog Maddox.

 

NICK STUBBLEFIELD

Composer

Nick Stubblefield composes music for promotions, jingles, films and documentaries, as well as pop, show, classical and jazz ensembles and symphony orchestra. Born in New York City to Southern-raised parents, his family settled in Asheville, NC when Nick was two years old.  In 2010, he earned his degree in music composition from UNC Greensboro. His orchestral composition “Interstate 40” was selected as the opener for the UNCG Orchestra’s Spring concert in 2010. He now resides in the beautiful melting pot that is Brooklyn, NY where he splits his time composing for various projects, performing with bands, and teaching music. Recent projects have included piano performance and arrangements for "Evening: 1910," a theatrical production at the Axis Theater in the West Village that was praised by the New York Times that stated —  "The band is excellent, the sound is full and the show is fast and fluid.” His original keyboard tracks will be heard in the upcoming video game reboot “ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove,” due out late 2017.  Nick is thrilled to compose original themes specifically for the 1stGens Podcast! While not a first generation American himself, many of his closest friends and loved ones happen to be just that. 

Nick Stubblefield composes music for promotions, jingles, films and documentaries, as well as pop, show, classical and jazz ensembles and symphony orchestra. Born in New York City to Southern-raised parents, his family settled in Asheville, NC when Nick was two years old. 

In 2010, he earned his degree in music composition from UNC Greensboro. His orchestral composition “Interstate 40” was selected as the opener for the UNCG Orchestra’s Spring concert in 2010.

He now resides in the beautiful melting pot that is Brooklyn, NY where he splits his time composing for various projects, performing with bands, and teaching music. Recent projects have included piano performance and arrangements for "Evening: 1910," a theatrical production at the Axis Theater in the West Village that was praised by the New York Times that stated —  "The band is excellent, the sound is full and the show is fast and fluid.” His original keyboard tracks will be heard in the upcoming video game reboot “ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove,” due out late 2017. 

Nick is thrilled to compose original themes specifically for the 1stGens Podcast! While not a first generation American himself, many of his closest friends and loved ones happen to be just that. 

Round-Table Members

The beautiful voices you'll hear before various episodes in Season One.

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Shaun | Indian-American

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Chelsea | Filipino-Puerto Rican-American

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Betty | Sierra Leonean-American

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Elvira | Bosnian-American

Episodes

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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 about Golden Door Scholars (Manny is one) for DACA recipients here: www.goldendoorscholars.org

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 about Golden Door Scholars (Manny is one) for DACA recipients here: www.goldendoorscholars.org

In this special, bonus episode, we discuss DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with some amazing leaders in the Charlotte area with remarkable resources. Hear from: Oliver, Comunidad Colectiva Allison & Sherrod, Queen City Immigration Law Sam, International House

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

Hear from:
Oliver, Comunidad Colectiva
Allison & Sherrod, Queen City Immigration Law
Sam, International House

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 circle and share how he’s impacting the Charlotte community as well as his plans for Liberia.   We hear from Earlene and Selena as Skye and Perrine look forward to their Liberian journey for Season Two. ---- 1stGens can’t make Season 2 without you! Perrine and Skye are going to Liberia! The team looks forward to telling stories of young people in Liberia and really hopes you can help achieve that. To contribute towards our flights, equipment and the full production of next season’s content, you can donate at www.gofundme.com/1stgens. ANY amount is appreciated. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com  

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 circle and share how he’s impacting the Charlotte community as well as his plans for Liberia.  

We hear from Earlene and Selena as Skye and Perrine look forward to their Liberian journey for Season Two.
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1stGens can’t make Season 2 without you! Perrine and Skye are going to Liberia! The team looks forward to telling stories of young people in Liberia and really hopes you can help achieve that. To contribute towards our flights, equipment and the full production of next season’s content, you can donate at www.gofundme.com/1stgens. ANY amount is appreciated.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com
 

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 (Perrine’s mom) and Selena Wilson (Skye’s mom) open this episode and share coming full circle from Liberia to America. 1stGens can’t make Season 2 without you! Perrine and Skye are going to Liberia! The team looks forward to telling stories of young people in Liberia and really hopes you can help achieve that. To contribute towards our flights, equipment and the full production of next season’s content, you can donate at www.gofundme.com/1stgens. ANY amount is appreciated. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 (Perrine’s mom) and Selena Wilson (Skye’s mom) open this episode and share coming full circle from Liberia to America.

1stGens can’t make Season 2 without you! Perrine and Skye are going to Liberia! The team looks forward to telling stories of young people in Liberia and really hopes you can help achieve that. To contribute towards our flights, equipment and the full production of next season’s content, you can donate at www.gofundme.com/1stgens. ANY amount is appreciated.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT leading up to the two part Season 1 Finale. Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT leading up to the two part Season 1 Finale.

Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 family's generational differences. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com  

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 family's generational differences.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com
 

In Episode 9, let's “Free Your Mind” and debunk a few stereotypes. This special episode features short stories from co-hosts Skye (dialing in) and Perrine as well as the entire roundtable crew: Betty, Elvira, Chelsea and Shaun, as well as previously featured 1st Gens: Martin and Rufai. Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media and debunk a stereotype of your own! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

In Episode 9, let's “Free Your Mind” and debunk a few stereotypes. This special episode features short stories from co-hosts Skye (dialing in) and Perrine as well as the entire roundtable crew: Betty, Elvira, Chelsea and Shaun, as well as previously featured 1st Gens: Martin and Rufai.

Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media and debunk a stereotype of your own! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 with beauty and self acceptance. Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 with beauty and self acceptance.

Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

For Vogue Magazine's 125th Anniversary, they featured an article entitled, "Miss America," showcasing America's need for beauty pageants in immigrant communities. This is how we at 1st Gens discovered the reigning Miss Liberia in the U.S., Gboea Flumo, who was featured FIRST in this amazing article. We love everything these diverse queens showcase and what they represent within their culture. Read the full article here.

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 her parents. Co-hosts Skye and Perrine also share their career journey and the round table crew (plus Rufai) chimes in on post-education. The true stories of the rise and grind.   Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com Features “Enigmatic” by www.bensound.com

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 her parents. Co-hosts Skye and Perrine also share their career journey and the round table crew (plus Rufai) chimes in on post-education.

The true stories of the rise and grind.

 

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

Features “Enigmatic” by www.bensound.com

In Episode 6, “Schoolin’ Life,” Perrine, Skye and the roundtable crew discuss the importance of education and their parents’ influence at an early age.  Elvira shares her Bosnian-American journey of becoming a doctor; both meeting and defying expectations. Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

In Episode 6, “Schoolin’ Life,” Perrine, Skye and the roundtable crew discuss the importance of education and their parents’ influence at an early age.  Elvira shares her Bosnian-American journey of becoming a doctor; both meeting and defying expectations.

Full musical composition by Nick Stubblefield:  www.nickstubblefield.com

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 these 1stGens shape their identity.

Make sure to leave comments and interact with us on social media! We’re @1stgens on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Music from this episode:
www.freemusicarchive.org
www.freesound.org
 

In Episode 4, “Keeping Your Culture,” meet Martin, a Cuban/Salvadorian-American father and husband who is fighting assimilation. Listen to how he integrates his heritage back into the community, while educating his daughter to be proud of their roots. Plus, Perrine, Skye and the whole round-table crew share a few of their own assimilation experiences & fears. Music: www.bensound.com www.freemusicarchive.com piano songs by Julie Maxwell www.purple-planet.com

In Episode 4, “Keeping Your Culture,” meet Martin, a Cuban/Salvadorian-American father and husband who is fighting assimilation. Listen to how he integrates his heritage back into the community, while educating his daughter to be proud of their roots. Plus, Perrine, Skye and the whole round-table crew share a few of their own assimilation experiences & fears.

Music:

www.bensound.com

www.freemusicarchive.com piano songs by Julie Maxwell

www.purple-planet.com

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: Shady Dave: https://www.freesound.org/people/ShadyDave/sounds/325611/ Imaginary Band—story of struggle: www.freesound.org www.bensound.com www.purple-planet.com

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:

Shady Dave: https://www.freesound.org/people/ShadyDave/sounds/325611/

Imaginary Band—story of struggle: www.freesound.org

www.bensound.com

www.purple-planet.com

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 Betty's amazing story of dating while Sierra Leonean-American.

 

Music from: bensound.com, purple-planet.com, sound-click.com and freemusicarchive.org

Get to know co-hosts, Perrine and Skye as they share their early struggles of being Liberian-American. Also, hear Chelsea's story of how she navigated being multi-racial and multi-cultural.

 
 

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