101 episodes

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

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    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

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

    Don't Quote Me On That

    Don't Quote Me On That

    Marc Theobald and Nonye Brown-West visit Friends Like Us and discuss The Last OG, vaccine hesitancy, pharmaceutical companies, Holiday Spending and more with host Marina Franklin
    Marc Theobald is a stand-up, writer, and producer known for The Last O.G. (2018), Delocated (2018), and the 2019 ESPY Awards. He has performed in a number of New York's hot spots, including the "New York Comedy Club", "Catch a Rising Star", "Stand-Up New York", and "Uptown Comedy Club", He also has been featured on "Comic View" and "The Chappelle Show". True to form, Theobald keeps the crowd in stitches with his sketch artist talents and physical style. 
    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. In 2019, Nonye made her acting debut in The Sympathy Card. Look out for her two new web series, Fairytales with Nonye and Gayby Jesus.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), 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 29 min
    Democrats Message In A Bottle

    Democrats Message In A Bottle

    Christina Greer, Abbi Crutchfield, and Zainab Johnson visit Friends and discuss democrats message issue, New York's new Mayor and more with host Marina Franklin
    Abbi Crutchfield is the host of Up Early Tonight on Hulu and co-host of the podcast “Flameout” on Spotify. She's been on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, Broad City on Comedy Central, and she hosted You Can Do Better on TruTV. Her jokes on Twitter are consistently featured on best-of lists by publications such as Paste Magazine and The Huffington Post, who named her one of the 18 comedians you must follow on Twitter. She has trained at the renowned Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, taught at the People’s Improv Theater, and she tours nationally with her stand-up.
    Christina M. Greer, PhD is an Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus). She was the 2018 Fellow for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work, and co-host of the "What's in it for Us" podcast. Her primary research and teaching interests are racial and ethnic politics, American urban centers, presidential politics, and campaigns and elections. Her additional research interests also include transportation, mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore as well as Baltimore and St. Louis. Prof. Greer's book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013 ) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean and was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award in 2014 given by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Professor Greer is currently working on a manuscript detailing the political contributions of Barbara Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Stacey Abrams. She recently co-edited Black Politics in Transition, which explores gentrification, suburbanization, and immigration of Blacks in America.
    She is a member of the board of The Tenement Museum in NYC, the Center for Community Change, and serves on the Advisory Board at Tufts University.  She is also an ardent supporter of FIERCE in NYC and Project South in Atlanta, GA, and a former board member of BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration), the Riders Alliance of New York, and the Human Services Council.
    She is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC, WNYC, and NY1, and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, and the AP. She is the co-host of the New York centered podcast FAQ-NYC and co-host of the Black centered podcast What's In It For Us podcast, is the politics editor at thegrio.com, is the producer and host of The Aftermath and The Contender on Ozy.com as well as their editor-at-large, is a frequent author and narrator for the TedEd educational series, and also writes a weekly column for The Amsterdam News, one of the oldest black newspapers in the U.S.
    Greer received her B. A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. 
    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. In 2019, Zainab was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. Recently, she was one of the hosts for Netflix's new show "100 Humans". You can also catch her as Aleesha on the new comedy series "Upload" on Amazon Prime. Zainab made her first late night stand up appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has also had appearances on HBO’s All Def Comedy (2017), NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2014), Arsenio (2014), BET’s Comic View (2014), AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live! She also just recently starred in a new web series titled Avant-Guardia

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Black Trans Lives Matter

    Black Trans Lives Matter

    B-Phlat and Violet Gray visit Friends Like Us and talk DIY, roleplaying games, and how Black Trans Lives Matter with host Marina Franklin.
    B-phlat is a comedian with incredible credits like Showtime at the Apollo, Four seasons of BET's Comicview, a writer for ESPN Magazine, hosting several celebrity events such as the Russell Simmon's Phat Farm Fashion Show & Def Comedy Jam in Negril, Jamaica, FUBU International Okwaku Festival in Amsterdam.
    Violet Gray is a stand-up comic, podcaster, and proud Dungeons & Dragons player based in Baltimore, MD. She has won the Pearl Next Superstar Comedian contest and was featured on Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac. Her comedy is best characterized as observations about everything from race, gender and politics, to sci-fi, fantasy, and tabletop roleplaying games. 
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), 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 55 min
    Timing Is Everything

    Timing Is Everything

    Calise Hawkins, Masavia Greer, and Hollie Harper visit Friends and discuss timing in the business of comedy, paid family Leave, teacher/parent relationships and more with host Marina Franklin.
    Calise Hawkins is a stand-up comedian and writer. She writes for "Doin The Most With Phoebe Robinson" on Comedy Central and wrote for season 1 and 2 of HBOmax "That Damn Michael Che " Show. She has performed her standup on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Russel Simmons Presents Live At The El Rey (Comedy Central), Gotham Live (Fox), Stand Up in Stilettos (TV Guide Channel), Nick Mom’s Night Out (Nickelodeon), among others. She has written for Comedy Central’s @midnight and Hood Adjacent, Adult Swim’s Soft Focus, AMC’s Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler, and MTV’s Totally Clueless, Girl Code, and Charlemagne’s Uncommon Sense. She was also a cast member of Oxygen’s Funny Girls.
    Masavia Greer is a veteran of the New York comedy scene who has worked with some of the world’s biggest comedic talent. For over 20 years, Masavia managed multiple clubs in New York City, including the Boston Comedy Club and Stand Up New York. He was a Talent Coordinator for HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy Season 2, and worked on the production side at Comedy Central, the Conan O’Brien Show, and more. Masavia prides himself on mentoring new and emerging comics, as well as advising seasoned veterans. 
    Hollie Harper is a comedy nerd from South Jersey. She is currently the creator and co-exec producer of Hella Late! with Hollie Harper on BRIC TV and a co-host of the nationally trending Twitter Storytelling Chat “BlerdDating.” Hella Late! with Hollie Harper was recently accepted into the 2021 NYC Web Fest. Hollie was a semi-finalist in the 2019 NBC Standup Competition and has been featured on NY1, and in Black Enterprise Magazine, Thrive Global and Confessional Magazine. Her popular sketch comedy show AMERICAN CANDY has played the Comic Strip, Gotham Comedy Club, BAM Café as well as the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Time Out Chicago named them one of the five groups to watch. Hollie is a regular host for West Side Comedy Club in NYC and works with Gold Comedy and Stand Up Girls, two programs that empower young women by teaching them standup comedy. She was recently the talent coordinator and casting coordinator  for “Blood Lassi” on Spotify, written by Pratima Mani, and moderated the panel for the Emmy Award winning, WOC editing team of Black Lady Sketch Show for The Black TV and Film Collective. She is also the Creative Director of the very successful Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), 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 45 min
    The Gossiping Heifers Visit Friends Like Us

    The Gossiping Heifers Visit Friends Like Us

    Michele & Rochele Thompkins and Kenice Mobley visit Friends and discuss Marriage decline in America, Critical Race Theory, and more trending topics with host Marina Franklin
    The Gossiping Heifers is hosted by sisters Michele & Rochele (aka Rocky). The show launched in 2007 as a podcast, which later lead to local radio stations in Houston, Memphis, California, Georgia and New York. The hosts have been featured on CW39 for the 2017 election coverage, a segment of the J Anthony Brown show "Political Scoop," featured commentary guests on the Michael Colyar show, and have hosted the Kevin Hart, Hart of the City, Houston screening. The Gossiping Heifers cover trending topics in news and entertainment with comical commentary. The TV show is in its second season with Indie Central TV. The one hour podcast airs weekly.
    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 Stand Up 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.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), 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
     

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    The Gossiping Heifers Visit Friends Like Us

    The Gossiping Heifers Visit Friends Like Us

    Michele & Rochele Thompkins and Kenice Mobley visit Friends and discuss Marriage decline in America, Critical Race Theory, and more trending topics with host Marina Franklin
    The Gossiping Heifers is hosted by sisters Michele & Rochele (aka Rocky). The show launched in 2007 as a podcast, which later lead to local radio stations in Houston, Memphis, California, Georgia and New York. The hosts have been featured on CW39 for the 2017 election coverage, a segment of the J Anthony Brown show "Political Scoop," featured commentary guests on the Michael Colyar show, and have hosted the Kevin Hart, Hart of the City, Houston screening. The Gossiping Heifers cover trending topics in news and entertainment with comical commentary. The TV show is in its second season with Indie Central TV. The one hour podcast airs weekly.
    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 Stand Up 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.
    Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), 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
     

    • 2 hrs 5 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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