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

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

    The Democratic Divide

    The Democratic Divide

    Lindsey Boylan is a public servant, a former government official, and mom to her 6-year-old daughter. Lindsey most recently ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives, in New York's 10th district in the 2020 elections. Lindsey previously served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Housing, as well as Special Advisor to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Her portfolio of oversight included Empire State Development (ESD), the state’s chief economic development agency, for which she previously served as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President. During her time in government, Lindsey secured hundreds of millions of dollars for underfunded public housing, led the state's efforts to provide assistance for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and pushed to enact a $15 minimum wage and Paid Family Leave for New Yorkers. She received her degree from Wellesley and an MBA from Columbia. Lindsey is currently a full-time democratic candidate running for Manhattan Borough President. Her platform includes solutions for issues regarding the extreme inequality her borough is facing, a bold plan to increase affordable housing, and support for expanded open spaces to make Manhattan more secure, vibrant, and livable. Check out https://lindseyfornewyork.com to learn more!
    Tremaine S. Wright is an attorney, entrepreneur, small business owner and activist who is a second-generation Bedford Stuyvesant resident invested in preserving the rich legacy of her community and building a strong foundation for the future. Tremaine was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2016. She serves the 56th Assembly District of Brooklyn, NY which represents the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights neighborhoods. She is Chair of New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Foster Care. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School. She has practiced law at Brooklyn Legal Services and private law firms. While working as an attorney at major law firms, Tremaine served as a pro bono lawyer for the Volunteers of Legal Services’ Incarcerated Mothers Project. Through this project, Tremaine advised mothers regarding their parental rights to protect their families. As a volunteer with the City Bar Association’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP), Tremaine assisted small business owners and organized the Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA). Tremaine also owned and operated Common Grounds: a Neighborhood Coffee House from March 2006 to September 2015. Tremaine realized that her neighborhood lacked an adequate number of eateries and gathering places. Her vision for that space gave birth to Common Grounds A Neighborhood Coffee House with an innovative prize winning business plan lauded by the Brooklyn Public Library. She set out to create a place that would answer that need as well as foster community, provide economic opportunity and enhance commercial activity. Common Grounds did it – it employed local talent, provided stability on a block that was riddled with illicit commerce and provided a place for various segments of our community to intersect and connect. The greatest success of Common Grounds is the impact it has had on the lives of the people who came through its doors in need, and departed full and encouraged. Common Grounds created tangible change in individuals, as well as in community economics. As a Safe Space, Common Grounds was widely recognized as a partner in community empowerment and social justice. As the former Chairwoman of Community Board 3, Tremaine fostered longstanding relationships with past and current elected officials, community leaders and a cross section of local residents committed to improving Central Brooklyn. She has served on CB3 for 13 years an

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    The Impact Of Sisterhood

    The Impact Of Sisterhood

    Amanda Seales is a comedian and creative visionary. You know her as, “Tiffany DuBois” of HBO’s Insecure and her debut stand up special, “I Be Knowin”.  She is a former cohost on daytime talk show, “The Real”, host of NBCs “Bring the Funny,” and hosted the groundbreaking 2020 BET Awards. She is the creator/host of the hella successful touring and now virtual, variety game show, “Smart Funny & Black” owner of its namesake Smart Funny & Black Entertainment, and recently launched the membership community app, “SFB Society” which through vibes, jokes, and facts provides a safe space for folks to be their whole black selves. A Jedi Khaleesi with a patronus that’s a Black Panther with wings, Amanda Seales continues to keep audiences laughing, thinking, and living in their truth!
    Vanessa Fraction Born in St. Louis and raised in Chicago, this mother of two has over a decade of experience captivating fans around the world with her one of a kind storytelling talent. Whether you see her on stage, television or hear her on the radio, Vanessa is on a mission to empower her audience to overcome their struggles while laughing at hers. These can be hilarious tales of being a single mother paying child support or revealing anecdotes on the battle of being a strong, successful black woman. Her television credits include appearances on Comedy Knock Out and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks (TruTV), Tales (BET), and a  recurring role on BounceTV’s Mann and Wife. Vanessa’s hilarious and bold stand-up comedy has been showcased on many shows such as HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, 1st Amendment Standup (STARZ) and Mike Epps Live at Club Nokia. As a writer she has worked on The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS), 106 & Park and The Mo’Nique Show (BET). Her film roles include Barber Shop 2: Back in Business and Kim Field’s Holiday Love: The Rebirth. Her quick wit and sharp humor is featured when she guests hosts on entertainment shows like DishNation (FOX) When you "do the math" Vanessa Fraction equals One Very Funny Lady! More info at www.vanessafraction.com 
    Aminah Imani is a stand-up comedian, host, and actor who can be seen nightly at reputable comedy clubs and venues in New York city. Aminah’s notable performance at her alma mater, Howard University's Homecoming Comedy Show paved the way for career highlights including; 2018 Carolines on Broadway March Madness Comedy competition, the DC Comedy Festival, Skankfest Comedy Festival, online content with Buzzfeed and television appearances on Viceland. Aminah currently produces the Wine Before Nine podcast and hosts a weekly comedy show in New York, Comedy at the Knitting Factory.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Fascism Done Poorly

    Fascism Done Poorly

    Dr. Leighann Lord (VeryFunnyLady.com) is a veteran stand-up comedian and the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do It Standing Up. She is the creator of the People with Parents podcast and has been a co-host on StarTalkRadio,with Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, and The View, and was recently seen on Netflix in the Def Comedy Jam25th Anniversary Special. She was also one of the five national finalists in the 2018 ABFF-HBO Comedy Wings Competition. She’s the winner of the 2019 Humanist Arts Award. Leighann is a proud member of House Ravenclaw (with a dash of Slytherin).
    Subhah Agarwal has brought an honesty to her comedy that is refreshing, and at times a bit disturbing... but in a good way. Trust me. Subhah has written for "The Jim Jefferies Show"on Comedy Central, and "Comedy Knockout" on TruTv, amongst others. You can also catch her jokes live at stand up comedy clubs across the country. If you don't want to leave your couch, you can see her late night debut on NBC's "A Little Late With Lilly Singh." She will also be appearing on season three of HBO's "Westworld", as Ichtaca on TruTv's sketch comedy "Friends of the People", and as herself on MTV2, Comedy Central, and Gotham Comedy Live. 
    Dominique Witten- What is there to know about Dominique Witten? Well, if you’re interested in high-powered comedy, everything. From headlining comedy clubs, to showing-out on television, Dominique is a seasoned face of funny in America. She’s created laughs on stages across the world, including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show,” O.W.N’S “Herlarious,” the Adult Swim television shows “Black Jesus” and “Tropical Cop Tales,” and in the film Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween. Her stand-up special “Stop Me When I’m Lying” (2017) is available on Amazon Prime.  After switching careers from postal work to comedy, Dominique quickly gained notoriety for telling it like it is, raw and uncut. In the pre-internet world, Dominique’s fan-base grew quickly and word of her talent drew attention from HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” After a strong performance on Def Jam, Dominique moved to New York City to perform amongst the best of the best. Before long, Dominique became a fixture of New York’s comedy scene, performing alongside comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle. During a chance encounter at a small comedy club, Dominique impressed “30 Rock” and “SNL” star Tracy Morgan, who immediately made Dominique the opening act for his “Caroline’s on Broadway” show. Since then, Dominique has wowed audiences all over the world, and is now based in Los Angeles, California.  In addition to stand-up and television, Dominique has drawn laughs from radio audiences across America during a regular segment on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” From this platform, Dominique became known as the “people’s champ,” a comedian who speaks for the common man and woman of America.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf

    • 1 hr 47 min
    A Chicago Shero

    A Chicago Shero

    Diane Latiker is a community activist in Chicago. Latiker is the founder of the nonprofit, Kids Off the Block (KOB), which provides recreational activities and educational opportunities for young people in Chicago, focusing on the neighborhood of Roseland. She has made appearances on STEVE, Steve Harvey’s show on Facebook Watch, and The Kelly Clarkson Show to discuss KOB and her work. Latiker has also received awards such as a 2011 CNN Heroes Awards, where she was among the top ten of recipients, and has been honored as a 2016 “Women of Worth” from L’Oreal Paris USA and as a 2020 “Frontline Hero” from Variety Magazine. In 2020, Latiker was among a group of community leaders in Chicago to receive accolades from President Obama. Her book, Kids Off the Block: The Inspiring True Story of One Woman's Quest to Protect Chicago's Most Vulnerable Youth is now available on Amazon.
    Hollie Harper is a writer/comedian/actress from Cape May, New Jersey. She’s a co-host of the nationally trending Twitter Storytelling Chat “BlerdDating”. Her blog “Hollie Harper INK” on Medium has Top Writer status in Parenting, Black Lives Matter and Racism.  She's the creator of the popular sketch comedy show AMERICAN CANDY. They have played the Comic Strip, Gotham Comedy Club, BAM Café as well as the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Team CANDY is presently editing a pilot they shot last winter and Time Out Chicago named them one of the five groups to watch. She's a regular host for West Side Comedy Club. Since the pandemic started she's produced three smash shows on Zoom with them. As an actress she recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of Melanie Maria Goodreaux's "The White Blacks". And she works with Gold Comedy and Stand Up Girls, two programs that empower young women by teaching them standup comedy.
    Erica Watson is an actor, stand-up comedian at clubs around the country, and film/television/theater director.  She was born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, and received a BA and MA from Columbia College Chicago. She currently hosts a dating podcast called "Get in The Game" and stars in the short film “BlacKorea”. She has appeared in the Oscar nominated film “Precious,” as well as “ChiRaq,” “Top Five,” and “Side Effects" and “Dirty Laundry.”  Erica's had guest-star roles on Showtime's "The Chi" and Fox's "Empire".  She has also been featured on TLC’s,The Dr. Phil Show, The Oxygen Network, The WE Channel,  (BET), MSG-TV,  The TV Guide Network and is a recurring correspondent for ABC7's “Windy City Live,” and WCIU's “The Jam.”
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Bonus Ep For Your Election Stress

    Bonus Ep For Your Election Stress

    Subhah Agarwal has brought an honesty to her comedy that is refreshing, and at times a bit disturbing... but in a good way. Trust me. Subhah has written for "The Jim Jefferies Show"on Comedy Central, and "Comedy Knockout" on TruTv, amongst others. You can also catch her jokes live at stand up comedy clubs across the country. If you don't want to leave your couch, you can see her late night debut on NBC's "A Little Late With Lilly Singh." She will also be appearing on season three of HBO's "Westworld", as Ichtaca on TruTv's sketch comedy "Friends of the People", and as herself on MTV2, Comedy Central, and Gotham Comedy Live. 
    Dominique Witten-What is there to know about Dominique Witten? Well, if you’re interested in high-powered comedy, everything. From headlining comedy clubs, to showing-out on television, Dominique is a seasoned face of funny in America. She’s created laughs on stages across the world, including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show,” O.W.N’S “Herlarious,” the Adult Swim television shows “Black Jesus” and “Tropical Cop Tales,” and in the film Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween. Her stand-up special “Stop Me When I’m Lying” (2017) is available on Amazon Prime. 
    After switching careers from postal work to comedy, Dominique quickly gained notoriety for telling it like it is, raw and uncut. In the pre-internet world, Dominique’s fan-base grew quickly and word of her talent drew attention from HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” After a strong performance on Def Jam, Dominique moved to New York City to perform amongst the best of the best. Before long, Dominique became a fixture of New York’s comedy scene, performing alongside comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle. During a chance encounter at a small comedy club, Dominique impressed “30 Rock” and “SNL” star Tracy Morgan, who immediately made Dominique the opening act for his “Caroline’s on Broadway” show. Since then, Dominique has wowed audiences all over the world, and is now based in Los Angeles, California. 
    In addition to stand-up and television, Dominique has drawn laughs from radio audiences across America during a regular segment on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” From this platform, Dominique became known as the “people’s champ,” a comedian who speaks for the common man and woman of America.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Election 2020 Chat With Friends Like Us

    Election 2020 Chat With Friends Like Us

    Dr. Christina Greer is a writer and professor of political science at Fordham University Lincoln Center, and was the 2018 McSilver Institute Fellow at NYU. She is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, and has been published in several print outlets and academic journals, including theGrio, where she is the politics editor. She is the featured educator in six Ted-Ed lessons, one of which, “Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained,” has over two million views, as well as videos on Ida B Wells Barnett, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin. She is the host of The Aftermath and The Counter on ozy.com, and cohost of FAQ-NYC, a NYC centered podcast. She also makes appearances on MSNBC and NPR's WNYC. 
    Aparna Nancherla is a comedian, writer, and actress who can currently be seen on Comedy Central's  Corporate and Space Force on Netflix. Additional acting credits include roles on A Simple Favor, You’re Not a Monster, Crashing, High Maintenance, Master of None, Two Woke Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2016, she released her debut album, Just Putting It Out There and was named one of The50 Funniest People Right Now by Rolling Stone in 2017. In 2018, she was featured on Netflix’s The Standups and co-hosted the Women’s March Rally in New York City. Nancherla has written for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She is the voice of Meena on Mira, Royal Detective, Hollyhock on BoJack Horseman, and Moon on The Great North.
    C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked as the communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and an editor of Bed-Stuy Patch. In 2013, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn, and in 2020, she launched its non-profit sister site Scriibe.org, a collaborative news source for investigative local journalism. Ms. Morris is also the executive producer of The COVID-19 Writers Project.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf
     

    • 1 hr 41 min

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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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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