About the Hosts – Naïkey Lenescat & Tina Vildort
Naïkey and Tina are the hosts of Lekol, Legliz, Lakay, which translates to “school, church, and home” [in Kreyol]. They are both of Haitian heritage and based in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to being podcast hosts, Naïkey is a freelance graphic designer and a college student studying Graphic design and software engineering. Tina is a bartender seeking opportunities in marketing, which is her field of expertise.
Why did you decide to get started in podcasting?
Naïkey: I love having meaningful conversations with friends and family , getting to know other peoples stories , especially my Haitian people who I know can relate to me and my experiences.
Tina: I felt like my experiences as a Christian, Haitian, and young woman were to be shared with the world through humor. I love starting meaningful conversations and sharing experiences with other people.
How does the team manage the partnership of being co-hosts? What systems do you have in place?
Both of us are super content aware and plan content/ episodes together; we plan out the whole season (and some episode ideas that come up mid season). We’re both active on our social media platforms and speaking to our cousins (listeners) on a regular basis. Naïkey is very visual as it pertains to branding and Bettina is very involved in communication. We schedule recordings each week, and we usually split editing and posting based on who’s week it is. This has worked best for us so far.
About the Show
Lekol, Legliz, Lakay covers culture and society and the personal lives of the two co-hosts. Season 3 is available weekly every Wednesday morning.
Why did you choose this name & format?
If you say these three words to any Haitian person (does not matter the sequence) – they will automatically know exactly where the conversation is going. “Lekol, Legliz, Lakay” translates to “School, Church, Home”, which are the three pillars when growing up Haitian. These places SHAPED us.
Our format is based on our personal experiences, story telling, our listeners experiences and what we know to be an experience within the community. We chose to move in this direction because it is less biased, relatable and sets a foundation for more open conversations with our listeners.
How did you decide to become co-hosts?
We’ve known each other since middle school and began a friendship in college where we found out we were actually very similar. Our real life friendship is based on an understanding that we are not perfect – and that’s okay. We laugh through it all and talk deeply about whatever we want to chat about – we found our conversations and humour to be something that could be interesting for others to get in on so we were like “hmmmm , let’s start recording these convos” – a year later; we started our podcast!
How was the reception of the audience to the podcast?
The reception has been amazing! The thing is about podcasting and speaking to this specific demographic (Haitian, Christian based, Millenials) is that you don’t know if anyone will relate because ultimately you’re speaking from your own experiences. Thankfully, our listeners truly feel like family and they get us! We’ve grown rather quickly and get a lot of interaction through Direct Messages, Emails and Word of Mouth… it’s like one big conversation with your family.
Now that you’ve launched your show, what are you hoping to accomplish?
We are hoping to create a network or something that connects all of us beyond the podcast – really start building this community where we support one another and grow/ help each other to make changes in life.
What’s one tip you learned before you started podcasting that was really helpful?
Naïkey: Always save your files in multiple places!
Tina: Be transparent and speak your truth!
What’s one thing/resource you wish you knew/had before starting your podcast?
Naïkey: I wish we had more knowledge on equipment so that we can record remotely and definitely saving money for the bigger things we planned to do.
Tina: The importance of time management, public speaking, and having money. Having money makes the creative process a bit easier.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started?
Naïkey: I learned that I have something to say and that people care about what I have to say – I’ve also learned that there is always room for growth even in areas you think you’re already all set in.
Tina: I’m not as outgoing as I thought. It’s so much easier to be myself behind the mic, but social events make me really awkward. I am working on it though.
Who inspired you the most to start a podcast?
Tina: I would say we actually inspired each other. No one knew we had the idea until days before we launched. We held on to the idea for a year then finally gathered up the courage to follow through.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
Tina: 2 Dope Queens
Other than your show, what are some of your favorite podcasts?
Tina: To be honest, I don’t actually listen to podcasts. It is a goal of mine to start listening to some on a consistent basis.
What do you enjoy most about podcasting?
Naïkey: Our listeners and recording with my close friend – spending that time with her.
Tina: Our cousins! I love when they chime in to the conversations and give their opinions and share their experiences.
What do you enjoy least about podcasting?
Naïkey: I think we both can agree, getting to the studio and scheduling time to record.
Tina: Actually hitting the studio!
What are looking forward to/hope to see in the podcasting space?
Naïkey: More Black women dominating the pod space!
Tina: Attending and throwing events for other podcasters and creatives!
What is the 1 thing from your Caribbean culture that you cannot do without?
Naïkey: MANJE (FOOD).
Tina: OUR FOOD.
Share a fun fact about the team
We usually come up with the topics moments before hitting “record”.
Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months to a year?
Naïkey: throwing events – networking – thriving in my business and podcasting FULL TIME.
Tina: Hopefully working in the fashion industry and throwing events for our supporters.
Where can the listeners find you?