100 episodes

A podcast featuring women of color with different views on topics hosted by Marina Franklin.

Friends Like Us Friends Like Us

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

A podcast featuring women of color with different views on topics hosted by Marina Franklin.

    Representation In Science Matters

    Representation In Science Matters

    Dr Rae Wynn-Grant from the Going Wild Podcast visits Friends Like Us and discusses representation in science, adventures as a wildlife conservationist, why we should not bag leaves and more. Golden Episode!
    Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist who researches how human activity influences the behavior of wild animals. As an active scientist, she spends long periods in the wilderness tracking and observing black and grizzly bears in the western United States, and African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania. Her wildlife exploration and media work has taken her to six of seven continents and over 25 countries. A native Californian, Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the nature shows she watched on television as a child, and today she uses media to increase representation of Black scientists and explorers. Wynn-Grant received her BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her MS in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She is a faculty member at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California at Santa Barbara. Wynn-Grant envisions a near-future where the outdoors is a safe, equitably accessible, and positively transformative space for all people. She is a scientist, conservationist, equity and justice advocate, and storyteller. Her podcast PBS' Going Wild With Dr. Rae Wynn Grant. 
    Veniece Antoinette is a Podcaster, Content Creator, and Entrepreneur. Veniece found herself on her first podcast, Talk Hvy, in 2014, and went on to start her own podcast in 2016 called Sip & Spill. After obtaining her Master's Degree in TV and Media Management she went on to work with the Glass Entertainment Group Production Company to help successfully produce one of largest podcasts on Apple, "Confronting OJ Simpson '' getting over 7 millions listeners in its first season; and then started her business, Podcasting and Media Group, LLC to help small business owners and independent podcasters launch their podcasts!
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Comedians For The Holidays

    Comedians For The Holidays

    Zainab Johnson, Simeon Goodson, and Nonye Brown-West visit Friends and discuss the black men feeling ignored by politicians, only fans need security, Black Muslim inclusion and more with host Marina Franklin.
    Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch in 2019, she hosted one of the host for Netflix's "100 Humans", she can be seen as a series regular on the new upcoming series from Greg Daniels a half hour comedy titled “Upload” an Amazon original, and she made her first late night stand up appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Zainab had a breakout appearance on HBO’s All Def Comedy (2017) and has made appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2014), Arsenio (2014), BET’s Comic View (2014), AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live! and starred in a new web series titled Avant-Guardians.  She is a regular at the Improv Comedy Club in LA and the Comedy Cellar in NY.  Zainab has performed in the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy and returned numerous times since.  She also had a breakout performance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2018. Check her out in Season three in Upload!
    Nonye Brown-West is a New York-based Nigerian-American comedian and writer. She has been featured in the Boston Globe's Rise column as a Comic to Watch, as well as in NPR, PBS, ABC, Sway In The Morning, and the New York Comedy Festival. Nonye made her acting debut in The Sympathy Card, now available for streaming on Vudu, Apple, Amazon, and Google Play.
    Simeon Goodson is a native of Brooklyn, NY who has been performing stand-up comedy since 2004. Beginning his career in New York City, he has since relocated numerous times around the world, performing and producing in a variety of countries and venues. These include Caroline's on Broadway in Times Square, The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition, he has performed across the United States with the "Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour" and as the opening act on the Hannibal Burress "Comedy Camisado Tour". In August 2015, Simeon moved with his family to the United Arab Emirates. Diving head first into the local comedy scene, he was the winner of the Dubai Comedy Festival’s Beat the Gong contest that year and in 2017 filmed for Comedy Central Arabia’s Stand Up al Wagif Seasons 2&3.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Reclaiming Feminism With The Women's Fund Of Greater Milwaukee

    Reclaiming Feminism With The Women's Fund Of Greater Milwaukee

    Marilka Vélez  - As senior vice president & senior director of marketing, Marilka Vélez is responsible for leading company-wide marketing and branding efforts at Associated Bank. Marilka has nearly 20 years of e-commerce, branding and design experience. In the community, Marilka is the Board Chair of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. Her work with the fund aligns her passion for equity, education and opportunity for women with an organization that finds and creates those opportunities in Milwaukee. Marilka has been recognized as 2021 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 for her commitment to inclusive leadership both in the workplace and community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and Spanish from Mount Mary University and is pursuing an MBA through the Marquette Graduate School of Management with an anticipated graduation of December 2023. Marilka started as Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2021. It was a time of uncertainty though Marilka lead with confidence. She consistently helps Board Directors strategize and navigate to advance the organizational mission. She remains committed to enhancing the brand, expanding the number of supporters, and encouraging more people to get engaged on their own journey of advancing equity for women.
    Lisa Attonito started as Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee on November 1, 2016. Lisa has extensive experience in organizational management, board governance, staff development, budget creation and oversight, along with brand development and engagement. Her career includes senior positions with several well-known, best in class nonprofit organizations. She has a growth mindset and believes strongly in building brand experiences that reflect the culture and mission of the entity, while supporting the strategic goals. Her track record of sales includes consistent success and a dynamic network that is fueled by sound project management and good communication. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is married to Ercan Ornek and together they have two sons, Anthony, and Michael.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Genelle Williams From The Film “Delia’s Gone”

    Genelle Williams From The Film “Delia’s Gone”

    Genelle Williams has been working steadily as a Lead or Series Regular currently playing Lucy on 3 seasons of the NBC series Family Law. She can also be seen in the feature film Spiral (Lionsgate) playing the role of Lisa Banks alongside Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. Select credits include: Delia’s Gone (eOne) in the role of Delia alongside Marisa Tomei and Stephan James, Bitten (Space, 2 seasons), Remedy (Global, 2 season) alongside Enrico Colantoni and Patrick McKenna, and Warehouse 13 (SyFy, 4 seasons) with Eddie McClintock. Genelle can soon be seen as the lead role of Reilly in the Lifetime movie Christmas on Mistletoe Lake. Genelle received a Gemini Nomination (2007) for Doomstown – Best Performance in a Lead Role, Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Debt Relief And Issues Compatible With Voters

    Debt Relief And Issues Compatible With Voters

    Kenice Mobley performs stand up comedy around the world and recently made her late-night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She appears regularly on SiriusXM and is a Finalist in the StandUp NBC Competition. This year, Kenice worked on the BET Awards and By Us For Us, a sketch comedy series presented by Color of Change. She hosts Complexify on ViceNews, Love About Town, an interview and relationship podcast, and Make Yourself Cry, available on Planet Scum.
    Veniece Antoinette is a Podcaster, Content Creator, and Entrepreneur. Veniece found herself on her first podcast, Talk Hvy, in 2014, and went on to start her own podcast in 2016 called Sip & Spill. After obtaining her Master's Degree in TV and Media Management she went on to work with the Glass Entertainment Group Production Company to help successfully produce one of largest podcasts on Apple, "Confronting OJ Simpson '' getting over 7 millions listeners in its first season; and then started her business, Podcasting and Media Group, LLC to help small business owners and independent podcasters launch their podcasts!
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf
     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Youth Justice And Breast Cancer Awareness

    Youth Justice And Breast Cancer Awareness

    Pamela Villa Kundu has a varied career path and background. She started out her career at JP Morgan in a coveted role but left three years later to serve her community. Pam was recently a Bloomberg Public Health Fellow at Johns Hopkins. She is also the Director of Development for a non-profit in New York City that focuses on a range of youth justice issues. BronxConnect has helped thousands of young people avoid jail time, while equipping them with the tools to avoid future crime. Pam is Mexican-American and currently raising twins with her husband in Miami FL. She continues to work remotely for BronxConnect. In her spare time, Pam invests in real estate, tries to spend time in nature, and creates content on Tik Tok. 
    Suzette Simon is the founder of NYLaughs, a New York-based nonprofit that produces free comedy events in public spaces to inspire audiences, enrich the lives of New Yorkers, connect them through humor while deepening an appreciation of stand up comedy as a unique NYC cultural asset.  Diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in January 2020, the Manhattan-based producer is now using laughter in her battle with the disease to raise awareness of the impact breast cancer — which kills Black women at a 42 percent higher rate than white women — has on the Black community. Suzette recently launched her awareness initiative called #STRONGBLACKBOOBS as a place to go for the intersection of her own breast cancer journey, information, comedy, self-esteem boosting, and support for communities of color. She is the self-appointed “Master of #CancerBadAssery” and considers herself to be in the running to be “America’s Next Top Cancer Survivor.” She hopes that being a #CancerBadass might shake things up and save black lives. She looks forward to reshaping Black Boob leadership and dominating boobs, cancer, and the whole world (in a good way, of course!) one fun-filled post at a time.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf
     

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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This show is so enjoyable, just listening to women talk, without the sometimes overwhelming male influence 👏🏿👏🏻👏🏽

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Intelligent Funny Captivating

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Funny female conversation!

Love the show!

Funny insights - sometimes topics aren’t well researched, and factual errors are overlooked. I think the show would improve with a little bit more time spent learning about topics discussed...

Also, the gentleman on the show today was a terrible guest - very defensive, and said so many offensive things that I think come from ignorance more than malice...

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