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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.

    It's A Republican Problem

    It's A Republican Problem

    Tara Setmayer focuses her "tell it like it is" commentary and analysis on political issues that impact America's future. Tara Olivia Setmayer is currently a CNN Political Commentator, Contributor to ABC News and former GOP Communications Director on Capitol Hill. She has appeared on ABC’s The View, ABC’s Good Morning America, and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. In addition to her work with The Lincoln Project, Setmayer is also the host of the podcast, Honestly Speaking w/Tara.
    Jon Laster is a veteran New York City based comedian originally from Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a BA from Colorado State University. Shortly after, Jon moved to New York City to realize his dream of being a comedian. Jon quickly moved up the comedy hierarchy and established himself as one of the funniest comedians and most sought after host. After just six years, Jon has taped three season's of BET's "Comic View," hosted the first and second Underground Comedy Festival held in New York City, completed a one year tour with the NACA showcase, and appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." He is a regular at clubs throughout New York City. 
    Joanna Briley. Brooklyn born, Connecticut raised. Hilarity ensued. Joanna’s work for the MTA made her one of the friendliest Token Booth Clerks! Her love of stand up and job allowed her to write and produce “Swipe This: My Life in Transit!”   In 2014, Joanna held a residency at Inkwell Jazz and Comedy Cafe in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where she produces and books the monthly unlimited “Laff Tracks Comedy Showcase”. Joanna is the proud creator of Black Women in Comedy Festival NYC 2019 and will have her second festival this June 16th-June 20th 2021!
    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
    What A Nation We Are

    What A Nation We Are

    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. 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. 
    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. 
    Erin Jackson is one of the fastest-rising comedians in New York City. She works nightly in the city’s top comedy clubs, and has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, This Week at the Comedy Cellar, truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Erin's debut comedy album, Grudgery, was released in 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts.
    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 56 min
    Friends Favorite Episode Of 2020

    Friends Favorite Episode Of 2020

    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 43 min
    Ride It Out For A New Year

    Ride It Out For A New Year

    Rachel Feinstein is a nationally touring comedian and actress. Huffington Post called her “the only comedian we’ve seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both.” She has had three Comedy Central specials, including the most recent one hour special ‘Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple’. Rachel recently recurred on the Steven Soderbergh Amazon series RED OAKS and on Judd Apatow’s HBO comedy CRASHING. Her past credits include TRAINWRECK, TOP FIVE, THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE, HBO’s LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, co-hosting THE VIEW on multiple occasions and several appearances on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. You may also remember Rachel co-hosting alongside Shaq on UPLOAD WITH SHAQUILLE ONEAL. Feinstein has also lent her voice to Adult Swim’s VENTURE BROTHERS and the phenomenally successful GRAND THEFT AUTO video game franchise.
    Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed and BET‘s ComicView, TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. You can watch her on the new season of Two Dope Queens on HBO!
    Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, producer, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and has been a featured comedian on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, the Jerry O Show on FOX, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst, BET, Comedy Central, and more. She is a graduate of the UCB improv program, as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. She was the first woman, and first comedian to host her own show on the Sirius XM NBA channel, and you can listen to her Coach Von Podcast as well as her Grown AF Podcast to get a dose of uncensored truth with lots of giggles. 
    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 39 min
    Hope For New York And Year

    Hope For New York And Year

    ROY WOOD JR. joined The Best F#@ing News Team in 2015 as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  In 2017, he was named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, This is Not Happening. His first Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special, Father Figure, debuted in 2017, followed by his second Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You, which aired in 2019. Both are the highest rated original specials on the network in that same time. Wood can also be seen in a recurring role on the current seasons of the new Netflix comedy ‘Space Force’, as well as ‘Better Call Saul’ & ‘The  Last O.G.’  
    In development with Comedy Central, Roy is currently in production on his first sitcom, Jefferson County: Probation.  As Executive Producer, he is also working with HBO Max on a new project, 1% Happy, starring Dani Fernandez.  Roy’s comedy has entertained millions across stage, television and radio. Entertainment Weekly has described the thought-provoking comedy of Roy Wood Jr. as “. . . charismatic crankiness.” And Variety Magazine named him ‘One of 10 Comics To Watch in 2016’. Prior to The Daily Show, Roy co-starred for three seasons on TBS’s Sullivan & Son, and he remains a regular guest on various ESPN show and the MLB Network. 
    A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Roy began his comedy career in 1998 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. In 2006, Roy debuted in network television on The Late Show with David Letterman.  In 2008, he appeared on HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam and was later selected by America as one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing, on NBC.  Roy has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyer, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He also performed on numerous USO Tours for our Troops stationed everywhere from Guam to Iraq, to the Philippines.
    James Altucher I’m an entrepreneur and angel investor. I’ve achieved the rank of chess master. And I’m the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Choose Yourself.” I’ve started 20 companies, 17 of which have failed. But I’ve learned a lot along the way. If you’ve ever been stuck—in a job you hate, in a house you can’t afford, in a life you don’t want, in your own depressed mind, anything—I want to help you. Why? Because I get it. I’ve been there. And I wantto tell you how I freed myself so maybe you can start to free yourself, too.
    Jon Laster is a veteran New York City based comedian originally from Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a BA from Colorado State University. Shortly after, Jon moved to New York City to realize his dream of being a comedian. Jon quickly moved up the comedy hierarchy and established himself as one of the funniest comedians and most sought after host. After just six years, Jon has taped three season's of BET's "Comic View," hosted the first and second Underground Comedy Festival held in New York City, completed a one year tour with the NACA showcase, and appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." He is a regular at clubs throughout New York City. 
    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 12 min
    Home For The Holidays?

    Home For The Holidays?

    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 new show "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 series premiering May 1st, 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 just recently 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.
    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).
    Nina Kharoufeh is a Producer for various different platforms including Sirius XM, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid, and even Fox News. She also recently launched her very first children’s book called “I’m a Princess Too” available right now on Amazon. Nina has MC’ed events big and small from Charity Galas to Fashion Shows! You’ve recently seen her on the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America w/ Bobby Flay," but you can watch her perform on stages all across 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 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
373 Ratings

373 Ratings

Joderna ,

Listen to this!

100. 10/10. Would recommend. It is uncensored, so just a note, but listening to Marina Franklin and her thoughtful gathering of friends each week has been a reprieve and a highly important refuge for me this summer. As a white woman, working from home, in a pandemic, and mostly in communication with people who think and look like me, I feel invited to hear from Friends Like Us and to understand meaningful and thoughtful perspectives that are so important in our current season as a country. Not to mention, these Friends make me laugh and smile, being the entertainers that they are. Love it and so thankful for this podcast!! Keep producing amazing and magnificent work, Friends!

Kenyan American 26 ,

Bonus episode from 10/09/2020

I do not agree with what was said about blackness being a 1st generation American and parents being from Kenyan does not mean I am not considered an African American. So does that mean I have not had struggles of other African Americans here no I have base it on experiences not we’re our parents are from. So does that mean I am not maraginalized. Did not agree with home girls opinion plus you are also a descendant from someone who is not an ancestor sold into slavery just really did not agree with that opinion. It is almost saying I have privilege because my parents are from Africa. And sweetie I do not have any sort of privilege if anything it is a double edged sword. And what classifies someone as an African American. Just disappointed by that opinion. Would love to see a podcast of what you considered blackness 🤔 and bring her back cause I just have to hear this

Sarah Moped ,

Awesome

Great conversations and people on this podcast!

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