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Omaria Ackerson Data News Weekly Contributor
COVID-19 has impacted businesses extensively, including podcasters Brittany “Teedy B” Everfield and Dominique “Teedy Dom” Campbell of the Rum Punch and Beignets Podcast, who haven’t shared a space with their listeners in almost three years since the start of the podcast in mid-2019. On a sound comeback from the initial COVID-19 shock, Everfield and Campbell are finally able to gather together again with their listeners of the Rum Punch and Beignets Podcast for their season three launch.
The Rum Punch and Beignets Podcast’s season three premiered on Sept. 21, 2022, on all major streaming audio platforms like Apple and Spotify. The podcast by Everfield and Campbell covers the going-ons of Black women in their 30s. The hosts engage listeners on pop-culture, the buzz around New Orleans, and their unfiltered opinions. The New Orleans natives said they worked hard to keep their podcast afloat through the Pandemic and were recently acquired by the local media and entertainment company, Boot Krewe Media to move the podcast to a wider reach.
“Having two ladies who are both so dynamic, yet different, come together and speak on thought provoking topics in a way that truly captured me is so important for the community,” said Ranata Edgerson, 33, a former podcast guest and listener, who showed up to support the hosts at their Season 3 launch on Sept. 10, 2022, at the Happy Raptor Distillery in the Central Business District.
This being the first time Everfield and Campbell were able to greet their listeners in person in over two years. Through a partnership with Happy Raptor Distillery, hosts gave out gift bags for their guests that contained some of their Mardi Gras shirts from earlier this year, and some of the distillery’s most popular bottled cocktails.
“We emailed them with a media kit we had prepared. They emailed us back and set up a phone call. They even took the time to listen to the show and tap into what we’re doing and our direction. We are very excited to be working with Happy Raptor!” Everfield said.
Having this partnership with both Boot Krewe Media and more recently Happy Raptor Distillery cultivation was key to the return for a third season. The hosts said they wanted the season launch to be on female empowerment and treated their listeners to musical selections from Rakim “DJ Rakim” Ambeau and crawfish pasta served by Chef G. Adriane.
“Their event was perfect. It was very on brand for who they are and what they represent. The vibes were pure and genuine and there was love in abundance. It was obvious that everyone in attendance truly wants to see them win and it honestly gave everything that a celebration is supposed to give,” Edgerson continued.
This event allowed attendees to spend time with other members of their community, eat local food, and connect with Everfield and Campbell. Looking forward to season three, their listeners said that they cannot wait to hear what is coming for this new era of Rum Punch and Beignets Podcast.
“In the 3rd season, we are taking everything to the next level from our content to guests, and even the partnerships we make,” Everfield said.