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

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




Post Racial Future

Gina Yashere, Abbi Crutchfield, and Aida Rodrigues stop by Friends Like Us, and discuss Students protesting the NRA, A Teacher's Salary, Racism in Brazil, The Royal Wedding and Prenups, A Post Racial Future, and more with your regular host Marina Franklin. Gina Yashere She has appeared on Live At the Apollo, Last Comic Standing (where she made the final ten!), The Tonight Show, Crashing, The Standups on Netflix is the British correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has voiced...


Edible Show

Calise Hawkins, Jenny Saldana and Sydnee Washington stop by Friends Like Us, and discuss Friends Like Us moving, Political Humor, Mason Pryor bombs on the Apollo, Lack of Diversity in media, and more with your regular host Marina Franklin. Calise Hawkins She has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Gotham Live, Stand Up in Stilettos, Nickmom Nite Out, among others. She has written for MTV series Totally Clueless and Girl Code, Comedy Central’s @midnight, Charlemagne’s Uncommon Sense,...


To Be Woke or Not To Be

Greer Barnes, Nore Davis, and Erin Jackson stop by Friends Like Us, and discuss the Oscars, Sleep Deprivation, Interracial Couple Emojis, and Romaticising Rough Sex in Movies with host Marina Franklin. Greer Barnes- The Chappelle's Show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Red Oaks, Kevin Can Wait, HBO's Crashing Season 1 & 2, Late Show with Dave Letterman, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Nore Davis- Inside Amy Schumer, Kevin Can Wait, Boardwalk Empire. The Chris Gethard Show, Gotham Comedy...


Finding Your Inner Unicorn

Sasheer Zamata, Dr. Christina Greer, and Mindy LaVergne talk pregnancy fitness, teenagers coming for the NRA, and the Olympics on this week’s Friends Like Us. Sasheer Zamata: Saturday Night Live, “Pizza Mind,” Deirdre and Laney Rob a Train, The Outdoorsman, Bojack Horseman, People of Earth, Transparent, The Talk and @midnight. Catch her in the upcoming Amy Schumer Movie, “I Feel Pretty”! Dr. Christina Greer: Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, TIME. ...


Black Panthers

Marina talks NYC Comedy Clubs, Gun Violence, and Kanye West with Aparna Nancherla, Sam Jay, and Eman El-Husseini! Featuring: Aparna Nancherla: Bojack Horseman, Crashing, Corporate, Inside Amy Schumer, The Characters, Master of None, 2 Dope Queens, Late Night with Seth Meyers. Variety’s “Top Ten Comics to Watch for 2016,” and Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People Right Now.” Sam Jay: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Stand Up Presents, Writer on Saturday Night Live. Eman El-Husseini:...


Five Star Rating

This week, Erin Jackson, Agunda Okeyo, and Man-Of-The-Month Jordan Carlos stop by Friends Like Us to talk writing for comedy, Mike Pence at the Olympics, and the Super Bowl. Erin Jackson- Last Comic Standing, Exhale, Ellen, Herlarious, Standup in Stilettos. Agunda Okeyo- Activist. The Daily Beast, Okay Africa, NBC, Curve Magazine and O Magazine. Producer of Sisters of Comedy. The Laura Flanders Show. Jordan Carlos- The Colbert Report, Collegehumor Originals, The Nightly Show with Larry...


Excellent Service

Friends Christina Greer and Kenice Mobley stop by F.L.U. to talk Ruby Bridges, Black Panther, and Justin Timberlake, featuring a special appearance by Chewy May. Dr. Christina Greer - 2018 McSilver Institute Fellow. Author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream. TIME, Ted-Ed Educator. The Aftermath, MSNBC, NY1. Kenice Mobley - Women in Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Two Dope Queens, Laughs. Host of Person About...


Smart and Funny Star Amanda Seales Visits

HBO's Insecure's Amanda Seale's visits friends with Yamaneika Saunders and Dr. Christina Greer! Friends talk comedy, colorism, Instagram followers, and more... Amanda Seales- HBO’s Insecure, Greatest Ever, Former MTV VJ, Member of Floetry Dr. Christina Greer- Professor of political science at Fordham University Lincoln Center, 2018 McSilver Institute Fellow at NYU, Author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream. Featured in TIME, Ted-Ed lessons. Host of...


A Difficult Woman

Joyelle Johnson, Nikita Chopra, and Regine Mont-Louis stop by F.L.U. to talk Marijuana, The Women’s March, and Netflix’s snub of Mo’Nique. Joyelle Johnson- Opened for Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, and Maria Bamford. TimeOut New York, Seeso’s “Night Train”, “Super Sleuth”, “Pounds New York”, and True TV's “Laff Tracks”. Nitika Chopra - life-coach, blogger, and television personality. Host of Z Living’s Naturally Beautiful, author of several self-help guides, and advocate for those...


A Moral Crossroad

Friends question whether we are closer to Martin Luther King Jr's dream or nightmare? Featured: Mike Britt- "Luke Cage", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Late Show with David Letterman", "Comedy Central Presents", "What’s Your F@#king Deal?", "Best Week Ever", "World’s Dumbest", "Ugly Americans", "Boardwalk Empire", and "The Jim Gaffigan Show". Keisha Dutes- also known as TastyKeisha, founder of Bondfire Radio. Rise Up Radio, Society HAE, “TK in the AM”, “Taste of the Town”, “Third Rail”....


A Stable Genius

This week Friends discuss the holiday blues, Golden Globes, and a genius person? Featured guest include: Chloe Hilliard- host of podcast “Social Misfit”. CNN Headline News, ABC News, C-Span, “The Nightly Show”, “Last Comic Standing”, “Gotham Comedy Live.” “Harry,” “Get Your Life,” MTV’s “Acting Out.” Her writing has appeared in “The Village Voice,” “Essence,” “Vibe,” and “The Source”. Lois Thompson- New York-based comedian, film-industry veteran, Associate Real Estate Broker and soon to...


Complexity Over Simplicity

Friends talk Omarosa's departure, DJ T's bad picks for lawyers, and complexity over simplicity. Featured: Subha Agrawal- Comedy Central, TruTV, MTV, 'Comedy Knockout', 'The Jim Jefferies Show.'; Keisha Zollar- Writer for 'The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.' regular performer at the UCB theatre; 'Astronomy Club,' and 'The Obama Sisters: Requiem for America.' Her podcast with husband “Applying it Liberally,” re-launches in 2018. Always hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie...


Men Who Listen

Marina Franklin, Ayanna Dookie, and men-of-the-month Alvin Irby and Seaton Smith discuss helping the babies to read, the disparity in health care for black women and sexual harassment in comedy. Featured Guests: Ayanna Dookie- 'Gotham Comedy Live', 'Laughs', 'The Girl in the Show', and 'LaffTracks'. Writer on '50 Central', co-host of King Hippo Comedy. Alvin Irby- Author of 'Gross Greg', founder of Barbershop Books, winner of the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize and 2017 Arkansan of the...


Inappropriate Behavior

This week on Friends Like Us: Marina Franklin, Christina Galston, MeMe Simpson, and Agunda Okeyo discuss uncomfortable conversations about sex, gender relations, Net Neutrality, and the GOP. Featured guests: Christina Galston - MTV’s Guy Code vs. Girl Code, The Chisme Club, and Stand-Up 360: Muy Caliente. MeMe Simpson - toured with Michael Blackson, Damon Wayans and wrote for Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Agunda Okeyo - activist, writer, producer, and filmmaker. Her writing has been...


Problems with Diversity

Juliette Lewis, Dr. Christina Greer, and Marie Faustin stop by Friends Like Us to talk about the NY Times article normalizing white nationalism , diversity in the workplace, and shopping black for the holidays. Juliette Austin- Founder of FrankEvans Consulting, helps companies implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and practices. As part of her mission, she emphasizes the importance of supporting and guiding young professionals of color, as well as the need to establish a...


Surprise Guest For the Holidays!

Marina Franklin, Jenny Saldana, Terri Lynn Martin, and a surprise mystery guest discuss Thanksgiving, Sexual Assault, and Sarah Silverman. Jenny Saldana -writer, actress, and stand-up comedian. She wrote, produced and starred in Happy Cancer Chick, has penned four plays, and had a principal role in "The Dictator". She is also an advocate for young cancer survivors. Terri Lynn Martin - personal trainer and former TV Executive, who runs fitness blog TerriLynnGym. Our Surprise Guest is a...


BronxConnect Returns to Friends!

Rev. Wendy Calderon-Payne and Pamela Villa, from BronxConnect, visit Friends! They discuss the prison system, the closing of Rikers, Meek Mills, and Louis C.K. Rev. Wendy Calderon-Payne- executive director of BronxConnect, an alternative to incarceration and mentoring program that teaches leadership skills to court-involved or high risk children and young adults; Pamela Villa- manager at BronxConnect, founder of "All the Women", an online platform where women can share their stories; Erin...


American Exceptionalism

Our men for the month, Judah Friedlander and Bill Schulz, visit Friends Like Us. We interview Judah Friedlander on his Netflix Special, talk with Bill Schulz on his relationship with conservative friends, and hot topics. Judah Friedlander- "30 Rock", "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Wet Hot American Summer", "Bob’s Burgers", among many others. His first standup special, "America is the Greatest Country in the United States", which he also directed, is now available on Netflix. He runs...


Binding The Nature

Eman El-Husseini, Sydnee Washington, and Solis Occultus stop by for a special Halloween episode of Friends Like Us! They discuss love, the New York Stripper Strike, and the occult. Eman El-Husseini - She’s known for her appearances on CBC and CTV’s Just for Laughs, her Comedy Network stand-up special, and her comedy album, “Unveiled”. Her writing has been featured in Rover, The Beaverton, The Montreal Gazette, and The Dean’s Report. Sydnee Washington hosts monthly comedy show: "The Warm...


Sharleen Joynt Visits Friends

Jenny Saldana, Christina Galston, and "Bachelor" alum Sharleen Joynt joins Marina Franklin on Friends Like Us. Relationships, frugality, and Sharleen as Opera singer vs her appearance on "The Bachelor" are discussed. Sharleen Joynt- Opera Singer, Blogger, and was a contestant on Season 18 of ABC’s The Bachelor. As a singer, she’s recently performed in "Candide" with the Orlando Philharmonic,"The Magic Flute" with Pacific Opera Victoria, and "In the Air" with the Opera Philadelphia. She...


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