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A couple of Carolina Girls bringing stories to life.
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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 Stylist for Belk 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 team members, Skye and Brigitte 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 loves exploring Charlotte, celebrating diverse cultures, thrift-store shopping & eclectic playlists. 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
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.
The beautiful voices you'll hear before various episodes in Season One.
Shaun | Indian-American
Chelsea | Filipino-Puerto Rican-American
Betty | Sierra Leonean-American
Elvira | Bosnian-American
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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 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.
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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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