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How Genevieve Angelique Gave Black Boston A Platform with Boston Come Through

When frustration is released the proper way, and dealt with in a constructive manner, it can actually lead to great things! Fashionista Genevieve Angelique noticed that there wasn’t a platform for people of color in the Boston area to stay abridge of events and discuss events that affected him, so she created Lagos Days, Paris Nights, a blog. The blog gave way to Boston Come Through, a popular podcast she hosts with her creative-partner-in-crime Crystal Chandler.
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We’ve already had a discussion about what goes on behind the scenes of the blog. So, let’s touch upon her heritage as a Haitian-American and her vision for herself as a blogger and podcast entrepreneur!

Kreyolicious: To start, let’s talk about your experience growing as a Haitian-American. We tend to have some things in common, not all.
Growing up Haitian-American was the most interesting experience because I navigated the world with two identities. I was a Haitian who was too American, but an American who was too Haitian. I also came up during a time when you were persecuted for being Haitian. So in school, I was often bullied because of my heritage. But I would never give up being Haitian for anything! We are the most resilient, hardest working and definitely the most resourceful people walking this earth!

Kreyolicious: You ever been to Haiti?
Genevieve Angelique: Sadly, no! But the plan is to go this year for my birthday! It’s my Jesus year (I’m turning 33), and I’m going home for the first time.
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Kreyolicious: What advice would you give to a blogger who’s one year into the game but hasn’t seen any tangible results?
Genevieve Angelique: I would first have to inquire about what do they define as results. People ask me all the time about being a blogger, and I always ask, “What’s the motive?” Yes, it looks fun. Yes, it can make you money and yes, the attention is nice – but believe me, this is hard work! It’s not just about taking nice photos – but what kind of blogger are you (fashion, lifestyle, travel, etc)? Who is your target market? Do you write well? Have you educated yourself about social media algorithms, and most importantly, are you planning on being consistent? I would start there, and try to figure out what’s not working.

Kreyolicious: Where do you envision your brand heading?
Genevieve Angelique: I see Boston Come Through becoming the hub of Black Boston and perhaps beyond. I look to brands like I Don’t Do Clubs as a blueprint to extending to other cities and throwing events as well. Considering Boston Come Through is also a radio/podcast there’s also opportunities for revenue through advertising and sponsorships, so Crystal and I are steadily building our platform in anticipation of that. Honestly, the sky’s the limit and I’m open to what God ordains for me!

This concludes PART II of the interview with Genevieve Angelique.

Don’t forget to…

CLICK HERE to listen to episodes of BOSTON COME THROUGH.

CLICK HERE to visit the Boston Come Through website.

CLICK HERE to read about other Haitian-American content producers.

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10 Questions With Songwriter and Singer Mikaelle Cartright, Part II

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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mikaelle Cartright was born in New York, and grew up in Haiti, and currently resides in New York. Her low-key jazzy style and her sensuous voice will have you believe that she took voice and singing lessons from an assortment of singing greats like Sarah Vaughan, Etta Jones, Nancy Harrow, and Dina Washington.

Kreyolicious: What if you could create a special board of singers to help guide you and advise you, who would you include, and why?
Mikaelle Cartright: Alicia Keys. I respect her as a person and I feel like she has stayed so true to herself. I want what she’s has, the way she has it. Eartha Kitt. She was so in control. I love her attitude and firmness. I’m a lot like that. You’d be surprised how rough I can be. She always found the right balance. Nina Simone, for all those reasons. Such an amazing sense of self. Pharell Williams. He is his own person. He’s branded himself so well. I want that. To be more than a singer. To be a household name. A brand.

Kreyolicious: What’s the latest with you? Where do you hope to take your career?
Mikaelle Cartright: I am letting myself loose of others expectations. The last couple years in New York have allowed me to find my voice with out the constant, “you need to do this or that” from Ayisyen I was dealing with back home. Sorry, but Ayisyen pa vle kite atis viv [Haitians don’t allow artists to thrive]. They think that they are going to tell the artist what to do instead of allowing what is within said artist to emerge. Since New York, I’ve tapped into what I really want to do. My cup overflowing with songs and ideas has slowly been poured out, creating space for a whole new set of creativity to take place. I’m almost done with an EP that with serve as a showcase of my many talents and whichever sound does best, will give me a better idea of where to aim for commercial success. Honestly, I like the simple things. The shows that require less. But hey, if people want loud and wild, guess what? I can do that too. I want to go far in music, write for films and TV shows, and make a name for myself as more than just a pretty face or voice.
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Kreyolicious: Do you think that there’s going to be a time when music will be about everything but the music?
Mikaelle Cartright: Commercial music is most definitely already there. It’s a shame what’s happened to hip hop and RnB. That’s why I’m not aiming for the commercial music radar. Thankfully, there’s a million genres out there. I’ll be very happy to have a few thousand dedicated fans for the next fifteen years, over a stadium full every night for just a few years. There will always be music, just for music’s sake. That’s where we all started. The industry can’t shut that off.

Kreyolicious: What if you could handpick seven other women to create an album with? Who would you include?
Mikaelle Cartright: Emeline Michel, Ti Corn, Melissa Dauphin, Alicia Keys, Dobet Gnahore, Maria de Barros, Maya Azucena.

Did you miss PART I of the interview with singer Mikaelle Cartright? CLICK HERE to read it!

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