FriendsLikeUs

FriendsLikeUs

United States

A podcast featuring women of color with very different views on Hot Topics.

Episodes

Overeating and Marijuana  

Seaton Smith visits FriendsLikeUs and we talk Holiday eating and the legalization of Marijuana.


Featured Guests: Seaton Smith - comedian, actor, television debut on Fox's "Mulaney", Late Night with Seth Meyers, "Inside Amy Schumer", Season 5 Finale on HBO's "Girls", and Hulu's Difficult People, and a regular appearance on Comedy Central's "Nightly Show"; Agunda Okeyo- writer, filmmaker and activist driven, Producer of "Sisters of Comedy"; Subha Agarwal - New York Comedy Festival, featured comedian on PBS's popular web series "Modern Comedian", and writer on Tru TV's Comedy Knockout; Terri Lynn Martin - Personal Trainer,Training folks in the 5 boroughs and NJ, www.facebook.com/terri.l.martin/about, former executive producer at NBC News and NBC Universal.
Always hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Dr. Janus Adams visits Friends  

Friends talk with Dr. Janus Adams. She helps us to look forward and back. And we discuss her line: “You have to know when to leave the plantation”


Dr. Janus Adams Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, publisher, and producer, the author of eleven books; founder and publisher of BackPaxKids.com children's media, Go to www.JanusAdams.com, https://soundcloud.com/janusadams
Erin Jackson- "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Chicago Cub Life is Real  

Friends talk about the Cubs winning the Worlds Series, Voter Suppression, FBI's history with black people, and criminalizing the poor.


Featured Guests: Godfrey - Comedy Special: "Black by Accident", Comedy Central's @midnight, The Nightly Show, and a recurring role on "Louie; Aparna Nancherla - "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC. "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central, "Love" on Netflix, Comedy album http://bentzenballrecords.com, "Womanhood" webseries on RIOT, Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Who Cares about Emails?  

Friends talk about Halloween costumes & Hillary Clinton's Emails.


Gina Yashere: Comedy Special- "Ticking Boxes" go to ginayashere.com, Comedy Central's "@Midnight", and seen on "The Nightly Show"; Aida Rodriguez - Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver, "The Nightly Show", recently featured in Robert DeNiro’s latest film "The Comedian" after being handpicked by director Taylor Hackford ; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Respect and Disagreeing  

Friends talk with Rosalyn McClore about Jazz and the Republican Party.


Featured: Rosalyn McClore -Talented Jazz Pianist, recording of Nina Simmone Tribute here : http://www.rosalynmcclore.com/music/; Keisha Zollar- HBO's "Divorce", UCBTheatreNY ,The Soul Glo Podcast, http://www.keishazollar.com/, Agunda Okeyo- writer, filmmaker and activist driven, Producer of "Sisters of Comedy"; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Covering the Election & Journalism  

Friends talk with Arit John, writer/reporter for Bloomberg Politics. What are some of the challenges for journalist covering this election?


Featured: Arit John - reporter for :Bloomberg Politics", former writer for "The Atlantic"; Erin Jackson- "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Finding Love with Dating Apps  

Friends talk with Sheena Sharma from Elite Daily about dating aps, being single, and the fear of finding love.


Featured: Sheena Sharma- Sex & Dating Writer for Elite Daily. Follow her single girl adventures on Snapchat: sheenybeanz A born-and-bred New Yorker, she's in love with love, and started CurryousAmerican.com, a blog exclusively for the single girl.; Gina Brillon - featured role in Gabriel Iglesias’ theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, The View, and is the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s 2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase, part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs New Faces Showcase. Jenny Saldana: Comedian, Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR, and featured in Glamour Magazine this October!
Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Kurt Metzger visits Friends  

Friends talk with Kurt Metzger about venting on social media, religion, black laughter, and more...


Featured: Kurt Metzger- writer for "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Chappelle Show", the voice of Randall Skeffington in Comedy Central's animated series Ugly Americans, Comedy Central special: "Kurt Metzger: White Precious"; Kerry Coddett - MTV2 "Joking off" and The Nightly Show, Comedy Central's comics to watch; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, New Album on sale: "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

An Election Day Plan  

This week on friends Christina Greer returns and we talk the importance of treating this election like it's 2008... having an election day plan.


Featured: Christina Greer- "The Nightly Show", Professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.”; Subha Agarwal - New York Comedy Festival, featured comedian on PBS's popular web series "Modern Comedian", and writer on Tru TV's Comedy Knockout; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, New Album on sale "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"

Helping The Babies to Read  

Friends talk about education for black youth, changing the narrative on young black students, and the difficulties of choosing schools in a segregated city.


Featured: Alvin Irby- Comedian and Creator of BarberShop Books; Dr.Tracey Edwards- Professor on “Topics in African studies and black women’s literature”
Pat Brown - The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View, New Album on sale "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin - "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Sasheer Zamata and Amber Ruffin  

Friends talk to Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin and SNL's Cast Member Sasheer Zamata.

Featured Guests: Sasheer Zamata - comedian, actress, writer and current cast member on Saturday Night Live, she has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, ABC's Would You Fall For That, and This American Life. She co-created and co-starred in the webseries Pursuit of Sexiness; Amber Ruffin - is a writer and actress, known for Late Night with Seth Meyers and Detroiters. Second City Mainstage, iO and Boom Chicago alum.; Pat Brown - The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View, New Album on sale "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Your Power as Artist  

Friends talk about the power black entertainers/athletes have in todays racial climate. Also, Friends revisit the Nate Parker case, remember their first experience with race, and discuss why Pilots should only fly drunk if they're alcoholics.

Featured Guests: Regine Mont Louis - Playwright , Appears on EliteDaily, TJ MAXX commercials, and catch her on PBS Rock The Vote!; Agunda Okeyo - Writer, Performer, Producer of "Sisters of Comedy"; Pat Brown - The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View, New Album on sale "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com; 

Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Honest Talk on Friends  

Friends take a moment to have a serious and honest conversation about sexual assault.


Featured Guests: Christina Galston- MTV's "Guy Code/ Girl Code", NBC's Diversity Stand Up; Erin Jackson- "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Pat Brown - The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View, New Album on sale "SexTape" at comedianpatbrown.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Actress Lisa Renee Pitts from "Straight Outta Compton"  

Lisa Renee Pitts from "Straight Outta Compton" and Mugga Phoenix from "Orange is the New Black" visits FriendsLikeUs! Lisa tells Friends how she landed the role playing Dr. Dre's mother, Verna Griffin in "Straight Outta Compton".


Featured Guests: Lisa Renee Pitts - "Straight Outta Compton", Award winning audiobook narrator and producer,"The Shield", Graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Lisa has worked constantly in off-Broadway and regional theaters around the country and Europe!
Mugga - "Orange is the New Black", "Precious", "Showtime at the Apollo", and HBO's "Def Comedy Jam"; Zainab Johnson- NBC's "Last Comic Standing",Comedy Album:"Model Citizen" is available on iTunes;

Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Sistuhs are Magical  

Friends discuss black girl magic & Puerto Rican Pride during the Olympics. The magic of Simone Manuel and Simone Biles, Internet Bullies, The fear of the Zika, Instagram Vacation Envy, and more!


Featured Guests: Mindy LaVergne - Personal Trainer, Fitness Trainer at Focus Integrated Fitness, http://www.mindylavergne.com/; Jenny Saldana- actor, writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR, jennysaldana.com, and featured in Glamour Magazine this October! Keira Wesley-Busher - Award winning publisher, veteran producer, coordinating directory at Mist Theatre in Harlem, editor for Harlem Torch Magazine, Board Member to Boys choir in Harlem, current leading role in "Conversations with an Average Joe" at Jerry Orbach Theatre.
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Seaon V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Transitioning with Hair  

Friends talk hair transitions. Moisturizing hair with Phyto products- Phyto Huile D'Ales Intense, mixed hair woes and hot topics!


Featured Guests: Aida Rodriguez - Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver, "The Nightly Show", recently featured in Robert DeNiro’s latest film "The Comedian" after being handpicked by director Taylor Hackford ; Pat Brown- The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View, New Album on comedianpatbrown.com; Von DeCarlo - multi-talented producer, writer, comedian, and author of the book, “Speak Fluent Man“, graduate of UCB Theatre and a UCB diversity scholarship recipient. ; Falon McKinney - Hair Stylist, https://www.styleseat.com/v/falonjaloi, Stylist on the "Chew";
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

George Wallace visits Friends!  

George Wallace visits FriendsLikeUs! George Wallace recaps his trip to Montreal, his view on the new faces of comedy. We discuss these hot topics: President Obama stating that Trump is unfit to be President, Jonathan Franzen's doesn't do black, Naked dining, broken penis, the mystery of female orgasm, and more.


Featured Guests: George Wallace - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,
4 Courses with JB Smoove, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gotham Comedy Live, Wallace appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for a 30 day run from 2004 until 2014. Sin City showed its admiration by extending Wallace’s contract indefinitely and nicknaming him “The New Mr. Vegas.”; Rae Sanni - Comedian, writer, afro fingerer; Kerry Coddett - MTV2 "Joking off" and The Nightly Show;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Socially-Conscious Artists  

The death of conscious hip hop and it's effect on the entertainment industry. Friend's discuss Memo's article on Hip Hop: "Developmentally Arrested - An American History Hip Hop Murder Mystery" and his interview with Speech.
Featured Guest: Memo Salazar - A filmmaker, writer & artist who has directed Public Enemy music videos, coauthored a TED Talk with Brian Greene, and edited Sesame Street; Agunda Okeyo -a writer, producer of "Sisters of Comedy", filmmaker and activist driven to challenge inequality, politics and culture in the U.S. and abroad. An African woman walking her path; Subha Agarwal - regular appearances at New York Comedy Club, Greenwich, Broadway, & the Laughing Devil. She has performed at the New York Comedy Festival, featured comedian on PBS's popular web series "Modern Comedian", Current writer on Tru TV's Comedy Knockout! Erin Jackson - "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Conversations on Race  

This week features Zainab Johnson and we have the conversation on race with no judgment.


Featured Guest: Zainab Johnson - Comedian, actress, writer. "Last Comic Standing" Check out her album: 'MODEL CITIZEN' avail NOW on iTunes https://itun.es/us/ne53ab, http://zainabjohnson.com/; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, Check for her new album: "Sex Tape" at patbrownshow.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

Harness Power  

This week features Hadiyah Robinson and Janelle James!!

Featured Guest: Hadiyah Robinson - "The Nightly Show" with Larry Wilmore, Centric’s "According to Him & Her" Oxygen’s "Celebrity Undercover", AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, BET’s Comic View & One Mic Stand, and The Mo’Nique Show. Janelle James - Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, @midnight on Comedy Central and Uproarious on Fuse (2016). She was named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in the Portland Tribune, Time Out Magazine and The New York Times. Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, Check for her new special at patbrownshow.com;
Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert

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