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FriendsLikeUs

FriendsLikeUs

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

  • Wednesday, June 29th
  • Pride

    02:01:57
    This week features Sharron Paul & Vee! We talk Gay Pride, Pope Francis, The Stonewall Inn, Transitioning, The BET Awards, Jesse Williams, Brexit, and more! Featured Guest: Sharron Paul- CoProducer/Host of Cheap Dates, Consultant for Lady Parts Justice http://www.ladypartsjustice.com; Vee - Friend of Marina's currently transitioning, former employee of Comedy Cellar; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert "
  • Wednesday, June 22nd
  • Somewhere in the Middle

    01:33:57
    This week guests are Michelle Buteau and Agunda Okeyo. Friends talk about the stuff in the middle that no one wants to talk about. Other topics include: Pregnancy, Zika Virus, Breast Feeding Selfies, Father's Day, Hasan Minhaj, A Do Nothing Congress, and a restaurant you can eat naked in.
    Featuring: Michelle Buteau - Comedy Central Half Hour Special "Shut Up" on iTunes http://on.cc.com/1fTA7h9 and VH1; Agunda Okeyo- Producer of "Sister's of Comedy" at Carolines Comedy Club, writer, filmmaker and activist driven to challenge inequality, and 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", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert "
  • Wednesday, June 15th
  • Cipha Sounds visits Friends

    01:43:16
    This week Cipha Sounds visits FriendsLikeUs! From comedy to Hip Hop!
    Guests include: Cipha Sounds - Former Host for HOT 97, Spinned for Lil Kim, Mos Def and Jay-Z on national tours, Cipha learned how to break new records, helping turn once-unknowns like Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Rihanna into superstars, while maintaining a healthy sense of humor on the mic, Cipha has his own improv show “Take It Personal” at UCB theatre and check out his "No small talk comedy series" on Tidal; 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, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert "
  • Wednesday, June 8th
  • Looking Good Feeling Good

    01:49:00
    This week's guest personal trainers and friends join FriendsLikeUs Podcast! We talk fitness and how to burn fat the right way. Also, Friends take a moment to remember Muhammed Ali.

    Guest include: Erin Jackson- "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Terri Lynn Martin: Personal Trainer, www.facebook.com/terri.l.martin/about, Former executive producer at NBC News and NBC Universal, and Mindy LaVergne - Personal Trainer, Fitness Trainer at Focus Integrated Fitness, www.facebook.com/mindy.lavergne/about
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert "
  • Wednesday, June 1st
  • Nationalism in Europe

    01:34:23
    This week Dana Alexander revisits and bring along comedian friend Keesha Brownie. We discuss What is the Edinburgh Festival, Nationalism in Europe, Hillary Clintons email problem, Pets Vs. People, Transgender bathrooms. Featured: Dana Alexander - Canadian stand up comedian and a regular in the UK and abroad, Voted in the "Best Discoveries" by Toronto's Now Magazine in 2006, National half-hour comedy special aired on CTV, Hilarious comedian touring earth; Keesha Brownie- Young comedian from Canada, Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete", Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Wednesday, May 25th
  • Dana Alexander and Desiree Burch

    01:07:30
    This week Dana Alexander and Desiree Burch visit FriendsLikeUs! Both are comedians/writers living in London. (sorry for audio issues!!!! It doesn't last long- and trust me it is a great ep. so please listen) We discuss the beauty of black women everywhere. What is Systemic Racism? Artist turns racist flirtations into art, "Stranger in the Village", Sweden, Featured: Desiree Burch - Her solo piece "Tar Baby" won 2015 Fringe First for Edinburgh International Fringe.; "An interactive carnival of race and capitalism", www.desireeburch.com; Dana Alexander - Canadian stand up comedian and a regular in the UK and abroad, Voted in the "Best Discoveries" by Toronto's Now Magazine in 2006, National half-hour comedy special aired on CTV, Hilarious comedian touring earth; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete",
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Donald Trump vs Women

    01:24:38
    This week Friends discuss Donald Trumps treatment of women in the workplace. Also, young comedian Dulcé Sloan visits!
    Featured: Dulcé Sloan - Late Night with Conan O'Brien, This year she will perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival for the 2nd year in a row and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival! ; Jenny Saldaña- Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR and all around hotness, Ford Model of Courage for her work in breast cancer; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, May 11th
  • Sexy Raised-Fist

    01:52:54
    This week friends talk Raised Fists and Black Women, Paul Ryan, Prince's clean image, Black horse names, Laurin Hill, and eating bananas sexy.
    Featured: Von Decarlo Brown- a multi-talented performer, producer, writer, and comedian, is an avid sports lover and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man; Zainab Johnson- NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Comedy Album for purchase: Model Citizen is available for purchase on iTunes; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, May 4th
  • The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    02:04:31
    This week old friend of Marina's Tracee Loren joins us! We talk about how President Obama killed it at the WHCD. Other topics include: White tears at the dinner? Bernie Sanders, Ghostbuster's Trailer, and Prince.
    Featured: Tracee Lorenn- writing commercials, developing/researching tv projects right now. Literally EVERYTHING. But her main thing & standard answer to everyone is 'Being Black; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com; Erin Jackson- "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Aguna Okeyo - Producer of Sister's of Comedy.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie CK's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • Lupus - The Unknown Disease

    01:54:49
    This week Tracey Edwards joins friends to discuss living with Lupus. Other topics include: Beyonce's Lemonade, Black Lives Matter, Target takes a stand for transgender rights, and the passing of a musical legend - Prince.

    Featured: Tracey Edwards- Educator, Aida Rodriguez - Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver and Gotham Live. ; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, April 20th
  • The Presidential Primaries

    01:42:53
    This week on friends Christina Greer returns to friends and we talk politics and the New York Presidential primaries. Featured: Christina Greer- "The Nightly Show", Professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.”; Gina Yashere - Comedy Special: "Ticking Boxes" go to ginayashere.com & seen on "The Nightly Show"; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, patbrownshow.com;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • Barber Shop Books on Friends

    01:51:14
    This week on friends Alvin Irby tells Friends how he developed a creative way to inspire reading for young black boys in barber shops.

    Featured Comedians: Alvin Irby- Comedian and Creator of BarberShop Books; Kerry Coddett -Comedian, MTV's "Joking Off", True TV: "Comedy Knockout"; Hadiyah Robinson- Comedian, host of a weekly podcast “What Is This Podcast” and she is the Creator of web series "The Grind and Car Pool Rules".
    Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, April 6th
  • Black Girls Rock on Friends

    02:03:25
    This week on friends Vanessa Fraction tells us about her work with Black Girls Rock, We discuss Gap Kids Ads and passive racism, Black women's hair for TSA, Perverted cab driver stories, and more...
    This week features: Yamaneika Saunders- "The Meredith Vieira Show", Oxygen's "Funny Girls", Gina Yashere - Comedy Special: "Ticking Boxes" go to http://www.ginayashere.com/ & seen on "The Nightly Show"; Vanessa Fraction - Mike Epps Presents, "Barbershop 2", Def Comedy Jam, and warm up for BET's Black Girl's Rock!
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show", "Conan O'Brien", and Louie's "Horace and Pete"
  • Wednesday, March 30th
  • Black Therapy

    02:00:17
    This week friends discuss: Therapy needs, Tragic loss of Phife Dawg, America's election campaign is an embarrassment for US, Trump and Cruz trade barbs over wives, Brandies Barbie, and how a woman forgot to swallow.
    Featured Guests: Rae Sanni - Young Brilliant Comedian -Former student at Princeton - http://ehraesalright.tumblr.com/; Jenny Saldana- Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR jennysaldana.com: Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, March 23rd
  • Godfrey returns to Friends

    01:59:53
    This week friends discuss: Katt Williams calling on Chris Rock, Talib Kweli vs Gene Simmons, The state of black boy bands, Supreme Court shenanigans, The Iron Fist character is a white man, and why Xbox Exec parties are for men only.
    Featured Guests: Godfrey - @midnight, The Nightly Show, and a recurring role on "Louie; 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, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, March 16th
  • Trumping the News

    02:00:06
    This week friends discuss: Trump dominating news, Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone, Kerry Washington as activist, Sweden is loud at night when it comes to sex, Urination in your Kelloggs Cereal, and more ..
    Featured Guests: Erin Jackson-"Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; Aida Rodriguez- Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver and "Gotham Live"V; Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Courage to be You

    02:04:11
    This week friends discuss: Jenny's recovery from Surgery, New Guest Charla's journey to living her own reality, How we view Chris Rock now, The taking down of black heroes, Bernie Sanders and Ghetto word, Is Trump like Hitler?

    Featured Guests: Charla Lauriston- wrote for 'Why?' with Hannibal Buress, First season of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, and the creator of the critically acclaimed original series 'Clench & Release'; Jenny Saldana- Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR jennysaldana.com, Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, March 2nd
  • Chris Rock's Oscars

    02:00:27
    This week friends discuss: Chris Rock's Oscar performance, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith thrown under the bus?, Aruba Vacation, Bernie Sander's with Black Voters, Donald Trump can't denounce the KKK, Cat Trek's far to get home, Melissa Harris-Perry.

    Featured Guests: Zainab Johnson- Last Comic Standing http://zainabjohnson.com/, Jenny Saldana- Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR jennysaldana.com, Pat Brown- BET, The Movie "White Water", Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Comedy writer, http://patbrownshow.com/
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, February 24th
  • Speak Your Own Truth

    01:25:58
    This week friends discuss: Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce Protests, Casting Problems, FBI Vs. Apple, and What Black men want to know
    Featured Guests: Gina Yashere- Showtime, Last Comic Standing www.ginayashere.com, Von DeCarlo - OneWomanShowLasagna.com, Jenny Saldana- Actor, Writer, host, funny maker upper, Bon Vivant, Breast Cancer Rock STAR jennysaldana.com,
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, February 17th
  • Date Myself

    01:37:16
    This week friends discuss Valentines Day Blues, Pat Brown dates herself, Married Men, Beyonce and Rudy Giuliani , Anthonin Scalia, Kanye West in debt, Bill Murray rage, and gymnast Sophia DeJesus.
    Featured Guests:
    Pat Brown - BET, The Movie "White Water"; Agunda Okeyo - Feminist writer, Producer of "Sisters of Comedy" at Carolines Comedy Club;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • Beyonce So Black

    01:36:40
    This week friends discuss Beyonce's new album/Tour, Super Bowl, Gloria Steinam's comment, and Flint's structural racism
    Featured Guest:
    Pat Brown - BET, The Movie "White Water", Comedy Writer; Kerry Coddett- "The Nightly Show", MTV's "Joking Off", 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" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
  • To Boycott or not to Boycott

    01:53:00
    Friends continue to discuss diversity in Hollywood, woman first or black first?, Procreation during the Blizzard, Self worth, and Marina's dating life is always a topic.
    This week's guest: Kerry Coddett- "The Nightly Show", MTV's "Joking Off"; Pat Brown-The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View; Kamilah Willacy- Designer of Signature Clutch Bags Collection. DESIGNER of Bespoke Decadence - www.kamilahwillacy.com
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, January 27th
  • Diversity in Hollywood

    01:23:10
    This week friends discuss problems with diversity in Hollywood. Is white guilt stopping them from hitting that play button? How Aleesha met her husband in Target and found #blacklove. What is black girl magic? and masturbation on the job.
    Featured Guest: Aleesha Brown- Mother/Employee/wife , Subhah Agarwal - Comedy Central's "Cinema Social Panel", background warm up for "Samantha B" late night talk show; Pat Brown - BET, The Movie "White Water", Comedy Writer; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • Black Girl Magic is Real

    01:08:29
    This week Chloe Hilliard visits and Aida Rodriguez returns. We talk about being a single mother, deadbeat dads, child support, award Shows, shifting the focus from blaming the victim in rape, and Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech.
    Featured Guest:
    Chloe Hilliard- TruTV "Almost Genius", "Gotham Live" AXS TV, "The Nightly Show", "Last Comic Standing", former journalist and staff writer for The Village Voice.
    Aida Rodriguez- Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver and "Gotham Live";Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, January 13th
  • DJ Leecyt visits & Vee returns

    02:13:36
    This week DJ Leecyt visits and Vee returns! We discuss dating for black women, black love, marriage, ticking clock for women, Freezing eggs, transgender restrooms, Maine Governor Paul LePage's slip of drug dealers impregnating young white girls, Underground Hip Hop, Lady Dj's that are more than push button, and the Golden Globes.
    DJ Leecyt- The Source magazine cited her as one of, "10 Female Hip Hop DJs Keeping the Culture Alive, Vee- Friend of Marina's currently transitioning,
    Pat Brown-The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, January 6th
  • Golden New Year

    02:02:44
    This week Friends discuss New Year resolutions, Recap of Holiday fun, Cleaning Soul Food, Powerball winner bails boyfriend, Dating Apps, Erykah Badu's break up advice, Strippers & Wall Street guys, two white children's response to black dolls, The prosecutor in the Tamir Rice case, Bill Cosby has a lawyer, and Breast Feeding.
    Featured on this show: 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; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
  • Judah Friedlander and Aparna Nancherla visit

    01:50:59
    Judah Friedlander and Aparna Nancherla visit FriendsLikeUs! We discuss being true to yourself as a stand up comic, mainstream media news, Steve Harvey's fail of the year with the Miss Universe pageant, Why Donald Trump could be President, The Democratic Debate, the Star Wars success, Azelia Banks' anger, Gilbert Arena's sexist tweet , and Judah Friedlander's book: "If the Raindrops United"
    Featuring: Judah Friedlander- NBC's 30 Rock, "American Splendor", "Star Wars", The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Aparna Nancheria- Comedian, writer for the Seth Meyers show, previously wrote on "Kamau Bell's Totally Biased" with Kamau Bell, and Conan O'Brien, Erin Jackson-"Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network's Top Ten; and Marisa Bramwell - writer, actor, producer, and previous production and managing experience with ABC news.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
  • Nia Renee Hill visits

    01:44:41
    Nia Renee Hill visits FriendsLikeUs! Friends talk with Nia about her career behind the scenes and in front. Her webseries and future projects. We also discuss the Rachel Dolezal problem, the conviction of rapist cop Daniel Holtzlaw, the moment with Justice Scalia, and why Mike Epps should stay off twitter!
    Featured Guests: Nina Renee Hill- Writer, Director, Creator of web series "Love &Trust" http://www.tenderheadedfilms.com/films/; Aida Rodriguez- Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver and Gotham Live; Pat Brown-The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic.
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
  • Comedian/Activist Ted Alexandro visits

    02:05:42
    Ted Alexandro visits FriendsLikeUs. Friends talk with Ted about authentic moments on stage, activism, Chicago's moment for justice, Muslims in America, and Ghosting as a immature dating act.
    Ted Alexandro: David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View, two half-hour specials on Comedy Central, Web series- "The Teacher's Lounge" http://tedalexandro.com/; Gina Yashere: New Special on sell at site: http://www.ginayashere.com/ buy it now! She has been seen on Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno! and taped for new Judd Apatow Pilot this year!;
    Alli Breen: "Gotham Live", "StandUp in Stilettos", and "Comics Unleashed", Sade Pilot: Young aspiring comedian. The Angry baby!
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
  • Young Playwright- Regine Mont-Louis

    02:08:44
    Friends talk with young playwright Regine Mont-Louis. Friends also talk - Fox news segment that goes off the rails, Thanksgiving drinking, Laquan McDonald tragedy under investigation, A staggering moment for Chicago, and Planned Parenthood attack.
    Regine Mont-Louise: A&E, TV One, Young Playwright, Zainab Johnson - "Last Comic Standing", Winner of HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition;
    Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
  • Comedian Greer Barnes visits FriendsLikeUs

    01:58:53
    Comedian Greer Barnes visits FriendsLikeUs! We talk acting, race, comedy and politics-- Greer recently worked on pilot for Comedy Central and HBO! He has also been seen on the "Chappelle Show", David Letterman, and has comedy album: "See What I'm Saying" on iTunes and Amazon ; Aida Rodriguez - Last Comic Standing Finalist, NuVo TV- Stand up and Deliver and Gotham Live. Pat Brown-The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
  • Color Blind Casting Weirdness

    01:54:33
    Peace for Paris, Democrats face off on Saturday, College Campus race issues, Spike Lee vs Black Women, and two playwrights fight for racial accuracy in casting. This week's guest: Kerry Coddett- "The Nightly Show", MTV; 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; Sade Pilot- Young aspiring comic. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
  • Competition among Women: Myth and Reality

    01:47:57
    On this Friends- Bridesmaids responsibilities, Why do women compete?, College campus racism, Ben Carson's fake past, Halle Berry's exes. Featured: Abbi Crutchfield- Upcoming appearance on Season Three of "Broad City" & Host of the weekly "Living Room" comedy show:https://www.facebook.com/livingroomshow/info/?tab=overview; Hadiyah Robinson- "The Nightly Show" & Web Series Creator of "Webseries"; Janelle James- Web Series Creator of "Webseries" & Written Comedy sketches:http://www.janellejamescomedy.com/comedy-sketch-written-by-janelle/ ; Pat Brown-The movie: "White Water" & BET, Comic View; Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
  • News for the Community - Our Voices Matter

    01:59:17
    One of Marina's closest friends, C.Zawadi Morris, joins FriendsLikeUs! Telling our stories accurately in the news allows us to know ourselves more accurately. Our Voices matter. Featured: C.Zawadi Morris - the Publisher/ Editor of The Brooklyn Reader and Founder and executive director of The Original Media Group; Agunda Okeyo- Producer of "Comedy and Waffles" a weekly comedy show at The Red Roosters in Harlem, and Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
  • Gender Bias in STEM Fields

    01:42:03
    Jing Mai O'Connor, a paleontologist who currently lives in Bejing China comes to FriendsLikeUs! We talk fossils, women in science, and opening doors to new ideas. Guests include: Jing Mai O'Connor - Paleontologist from Bejing China. Her fascination with paleontology comes from the concept of evolution itself. Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
  • Lack of Caring - How Apathetic

    01:45:48
    A Golden Show with favorite friends discussing various forms of apathy. Guest include: Erin Jackson - "Last Comic Standing", Co-host for "Exhale" on Aspire TV, NFL Network Top Ten- http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten , Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
  • Racism in the United Kingdom

    01:50:45
    Gina Yashere and Mona Chalabi return! Friends talk racism in the UK. Does it exist? If so, how is it different than America? Featured: Gina Yashere: Showtime Special from Montreal Comedy Festival. "The Nasty Show", Tonight Show with Jay Leno, International Headliner, Upcoming special: "Ticking boxes", Website: www.ginayashere.com, Mona Chalabi: Data Journalist at FiveThirtyEight, BBC Doc on "Is Britain Racist" at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06g55y0/is-britain-racist @bbcthree; Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, and Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
  • Mercury Retrograde and Hollywood

    01:39:32
    Friends talk the struggles of telling a good story in Hollywood as a woman of color. Guest include: Mugga- Funny Comedian and Actress, "Def Comedy Jam", "Precious, "Orange is the New Black" and "Power"; Erin Jackson- NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Magic Johnson's Aspire TV as co-host on "Exhale" , "Ellen DeGeneres Show", Wanda Syke's "Herlarious", and MSNBC with "Melissa Harris-Perry Show" Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Thursday, October 1st, 2015
  • Black and Latin in America

    01:52:25
    Aida Rodriguez- Very funny, unapologetic, raw, talented Black Latina Comedian joins FriendsLikeUs! A very honest conversation about racism in the Latin culture. Growing up "dark" in Latin families. We also talk Viola Davis under attack, what Soap Actress - Lee Grahn tweeted. Featured: Aida Rodriguez- Season 8 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Nickelodion's "Mom's Night Out", "Parental Discretion" and NuVo TV’s "Stand Up and Deliver" (season 1 & 2); Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, and Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
  • Professor Christina Greer returns to Friends

    01:55:27
    Christina Greer returns to Friends and we discuss Politics- the Republican Candidates, Kanye West, How to avoid voter apathy, Democrats and the black vote, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's email scandal, the global majority, Kim Davis, and more. The Show features: Christina Greer- "The Nightly Show", Professor at Fordham University and the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.”, Kyle Grooms - "The Chappelle Show", "Last Comic Standing" and Writer for MTV2 with Charlamagne and Friends, Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, and Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and "Conan O'Brien".
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
  • The Best of Friends

    02:09:08
    Friends showcases the best friends and we have a really good time! It's about chemistry on a podcast and these women make the show like it's Golden! We discuss Donald Trump, Freddie Gray, Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Davis, Denzel Washington's Son - John David Washington,and Serena Williams. The Show features: Pat Brown- "White Water" BET, Comic View, Zainab Johnson - NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Winner, 2013, HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition; and Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and Conan O'Brien.
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
  • The Right Platform to Speak

    01:46:59
    Gary Gulman visits Friends and we discuss what validation can do for a comedian-both good and bad, choosing the right platform to speak on issues, Kanye West, and the Kentucky Clerk refusing to issue marriage license. Guests include: Gary Gulman- Two Conan O'Brien Appearances, "It's About Time Tour", Zainab Johnson - NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Winner, 2013, HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition; Subhah Agarwal- "Questionable Choices" on Music Choice; Sade Pilot- Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and Conan O'Brien.
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
  • Fashion Talk with Kamilah Willacy

    01:55:57
    Friends discuss Kamilah's growing success in the fashion industry, the realities of developing luxury brands as a woman, and a boss that mirrored the events of "The Devil Wears Prada". www.kamilahwillacy.com ; Zainab Johnson - NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Winner, 2013, HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition; Marisa Bramwell- Producer and Comic writer; Sade Pilot: Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin: "Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show" and Conan O'Brien.
  • Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
  • Alicia Hall Moran visits FriendsLikeUs

    01:58:26
    Alicia Hall Moran talk with Friends about the "read" on things, how she became an Opera Singer, learning from her critics, how to put your name on it, and ageism in music. Alicia Hall Moran: Mezzo- Soprano, Starred as "Bess" in Porgy & Bess in the National Tour, Featured in Essence magazine:http://www.essence.com/2015/06/11/7-things-know-mezzo-soprano-alicia-hall-moran. Pat Brown: Seen in the movie "White Water" and BET. Sade Pilot: Young inspiring comedian. Always Hosted by Marina Franklin:"Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show".
  • Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
  • How to Take What You Want.

    01:50:06
    O. Valerie Nichols and Sabrina Thompson, both producers & directors visit Friends. They both share knowledge on taking what you want in this business! How to quit asking for permission. O. Valerie Nicolas (producer, director, Art dept. coordinator for Academy Award Winning , "Precious".), Sabrina Thompson(Filmmaker, photographer, branding executive, and Survivor Contestant), Pat Brown: (The Movie "White Water", BET), Sade Pilot( Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin ("Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show")
  • Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
  • World Champ Judah Friedlander visits FriendsLikeUs

    01:42:22
    Judah Friedlander AKA "The World Champ" visits FriendsLikeUs! We discuss the anxieties of being a comic off stage vs. on stage given today's blog bullies. And so much more...Featured: Judah Friedlander ("30 Rock", "The Wrestler", "American Splendor", "Meet the Parents", The World Champion), Amanda Seales (MTV, VH1's Best Week Ever, TRU TV's "Friends of the People",) Subha Agarwal (New York Comic, See her on "Questionable Choices" on Music Choice TV), Sade Pilot( Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin ("Trainwreck", "Louie Season V","The Jim Gaffigan Show")
  • Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
  • A Personal Decision to Transition

    01:32:19
    Friends discuss a personal friend's decision to transition from male to female. Homophobia in the Caribbean Community. Jamaican music, which features hostility to homosexuals. Featured: Vee ( Marina's friend and employee at the Comedy Cellar) Sade Pilot (young inspiring comedian), Pat Brown (BET,The Movie "White Water"), Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show and The Movie "Trainwreck")
  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
  • Quaalude Twists

    01:06:01
    Friends discuss Hair with Falon McKinney! What are the trends? Why wax is bad and in most products? How does the black community reclaim the movement on black hair? Featured: Falon McKinney ( Marina's hairdresser, Phyto Product knowlegable, and book appointment at http://www.styleseat.com/FALONJALOI ), Sade Pilot (young inspiring comedian), Pat Brown (BET,The Movie "White Water"), Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show and The Movie "Trainwreck")
  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
  • SNL's Sasheer Zamatta visits FriendsLikeUs

    02:14:06
    Friends honored to have funny guest Sasheer Zamatta on the show! Friends continues to discuss hot topics: Dressing for the premier of TrainWreck, Obama weighing in on Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award, #Sandra Bland, Ciara's sex life and Sasheer shares with friends what it's like to be on SNL! Featured: Sasheer Zamatta (SNL and Web Series: "Pursuit of Sexiness"), Keisha Zollar: Sketch Group Doppelganger, Orange is the New Black, UCB) Sade Pilot (young inspiring comedian), Pat Brown (BET,The Movie "White Water"), Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show and The Movie "Trainwreck" )
  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  • Brown in the Building

    01:51:24
    Friends discuss hostile cab rides, De'Andre Johnson punching woman in the bar, Hatians and the Dominican Republic, Donald Trump, and how there is an audience for female athletes, black in the writing room and much more. Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central Presents coming soon, VH1, ), Phoebe Robinson (Comedy Central’s Broad City, staff writer for MTV’s Girl Code, FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and writer on "White guy talk show") Naomi Ekperigin(writer on Difficult People, Broad City), Pat Brown (BET,The Movie "White Water"), Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V and The Jim Gaffigan Show. The Movie "Trainwreck" )
  • Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
  • Amazing Grace

    02:03:26
    Friends discuss Misty Copeland as first African-American female principal at American Ballet Theatre, Super Hero- Bree Newsome, Black Churches, Donald Trump’s mouth, and how Obama is the most "consequential presidents in America history"! Supreme Court Ruling rocks! This week features: Erin Jackson (2014 Season of Last Comic Standing, "Exhale" talk show on Aspire TV), Pat Brown (BET,The Movie "White Water") and Sade Pilot (Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V and The Jim Gaffigan Show. The Movie "Trainwreck")
  • Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
  • Vanessa Fraction and Amanda Seales

    02:06:00
    Friends discuss Lady DJs, American Black Film Festival, racial identity, Social Media attacks, The Confederate Flag,Charleston Tragedy, black comedy, embryo's after breakup and so much more… This week features: Vanessa Fraction (DEF Comedy Jam, Mike Epps Presents, Barber Shop 2 ), Amanda Seales (MTV, VH1's Best Week Ever,"Friends of the People" on TRU TV,) and Sade (Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V and The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
  • Godfrey visits FriendsLikeUs Part 2

    01:01:45
    Friends discuss racial identity, comedy and political correctness, buzzwords,how to end bullying. This week features: Godfrey (Bullseye on FOX, Hour Special - "Black by Accident" - www.godfreycomedian.com ), Agunda Okeyo (Producer of Sisters of Comedy at Gotham Comedy Club), Sade (Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015
  • Godfrey visits FriendsLikeUS Part 1

    01:36:28
    Friends discuss Identity, interracial dating gone wrong, Rachel Dolezal, Comedy and political correctness, White Men's problem with black men ..on an unconscious level.. or a conscious level. This week features: Godfrey(Bullseye on FOX, Hour Special - "Black by Accident" - www.godfreycomedian.com ), Agunda Okeyo (Producer of Sisters of Comedy), Sade(Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Black Stories Matter

    01:19:55
    Friends discuss policing of black women, political correctness according to Jerry Seinfeld, and how America's racism robs our black youth of their innocence. This week features: Janelle James(www.janellejamescomedy.com/), Pat Brown(BET, The Movie- "White Water"), Sade(Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
  • Godfrey visits FriendsLikeUS Part 1

    01:36:35
    Friends discuss Identity, interracial dating gone wrong, Rachel Dolezal, Comedy and political correctness, White Men's problem with black men ..on an unconscious level.. or a conscious level. This week features: Godfrey(Bullseye on FOX, Hour Special - "Black by Accident" - www.godfreycomedian.com ), Agunda Okeyo (Producer of Sisters of Comedy), Sade(Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Black Stories Matter

    01:19:00
    Friends discuss policing of black women, political correctness according to Jerry Seinfeld, and how America's racism robs our black youth of their innocence
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
  • Caitlyn Jenner and journey to authentic self.

    01:35:06
    Friends discuss Caitlyn Jenner's transition, the criminalization of black behavior, and why feeding children in school can make a difference. Plus, why so long for Viagra for women? and much more.This week features: Gina Yashere (One Hour Comedy Special on Showtime- "Skinny Bitch", www.ginayashere.com/stand-up), Carmen Lynch(Inside Amy Schumer, Two Appearances on Letterman ), Pat Brown(BET, The Movie- "White Water"), Sade( Young inspiring comedian) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)
  • Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
  • To be Young, Gifted and Black

    01:48:56
    Young Friends discuss parent's publicly shaming bad kids, sisters worry about being likable, and how many sex partners have you had? This week features: Marie Faustin (YouTube Sensation (www.youtube.com/user/MsReeezy ) Sydnee Washington( Co-Host own Comedy Show with Marie Faustin at the Karma Lounge in NYC once A month) Marisa Bramwell(Formerly worked as ABC news assignment, news desk, now comedy writer and performer) Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, The Nightly Show)
  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
  • Black Patriotism in America

    01:35:27
    Friends discuss the deeper meaning of patriotism in America. Mona Chalabi returns to FriendsLikeUs proving once again that you can be brilliant, funny, and beautiful! Body Cameras do they work? Hollywood's continual casting of older men with younger women is gives women's beauty a shelf life. This week features: Mona Chalabi (Data Journalist at FiveThirtyEight, Worked at The Guardian) Zainab Johnson(Last Comic Standing, BET) Pat Brown(BET, The Movie- "White Water") Always Hosted by Marina Franklin (Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show)

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