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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.

    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
    Breast Cancer Awareness Saves Black Lives

    Breast Cancer Awareness Saves Black Lives

    Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph is a surgeon and researcher at New York University Langone Health where she specializes in breast surgery and oncology surgery. Joseph is also the chief of breast surgery at Bellevue Medical Center, where she was recognized in 2015 as Bellevue's Physician of the Year. Joseph works to reduce disparities in cancer care in order to improve health care for individuals in need. Specifically, Joseph focuses on developing programs that will help African-American women to address their needs in breast cancer prevention and care. She is also studying the effects of a cell surface receptor molecule called RAGE which appears to play a role in tumor growth.
    Dr. Joseph is the first African-American woman to be appointed to the faculty at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in the Department of Surgery. She has presented before the President's Cancer Panel, an advisory board to the President of the United States. and has advised the New York State Cancer Consortium on the development of its cancer control plan. In 2009, Essence magazine included her among the year's 25 Most Influential African Americans.
    Dr. Kelly Bay is a functional medicine practitioner in Midtown Manhattan with an evidence based, comprehensive approach to improve health and wellness.. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic, Master's in Human Nutrition with a focus in Functional Medicine and Bachelor of Science in General Studies: Natural Sciences & Mathematics degrees from the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Bay has additional licenses as a clinical nutrition specialist and certified dietician nutritionist. She has worked with various HIV nonprofit organizations, providing functional protocols for HIV patients with health issues such as: diabetes, IBS, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and several other HIV related comorbidities. Dr. Bay received an award from the LGBT Network, along with congressional recognition, in December 2019, for her innovative functional medicine approaches aimed at improving the health status of HIV+ individuals. She also recently co-founded a non-profit organization aimed at continued functional and regenerative medicine research and education, called The Foundation of Regenerative and Functional Medicine.
    Shauna Lane is a New York City based actress and comedian known for her appearances on Comedy Central, MTV, and Sirius XM. Shauna studied with the legendary Wynn Handman and has graced the stage at the New York Comedy Festival, The 10,000 Laughs Festival in Minneapolis, The Ct. Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. 
    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 34 min
    A Malcom X 'By Any Means Necessary' Episode

    A Malcom X 'By Any Means Necessary' Episode

    Tamara Payne is the co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X written with her father, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payne.  Tamara was the principle researcher for her father (while working in commercial real estate).  After Les Payne’s sudden passing in 2018, Tamara made it her purpose to finish his life’s work.  The Dead Are Arising has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and will be released on October 20th wherever books are sold.
    Veniece Antoinette is a Podcaster, Content Creator, and Influencer. Veniece found herself on her first podcast, Talk Hvy, in 2014, where she joined fellow co-hosts to discuss pop culture, music, relationships, debate controversial topics, and interview entertainers. Since then, Veniece went to birth “Sip & Spill” in 2016 with her best friend. They Sip on drinks while Spilling the tea on dating and relationships. Veniece and her co-host, Amber, discuss dating from 2 single black millennial women's perspectives and interview men in the entertainment industry to get their honest (tipsy) opinions. Veniece is also known for her infamous TikTok, where she's managed to go viral several times and gained over 200K fans who love to watch her reactions and other comical content. Veniece is known for her passionate, opinionated, and comical point of views. She has been interviewed and guest starred on several shows talking abut current events, dating, hip-hop, sports, sex, and more! While obtaining her Master's in TV & Media Management, she had the opportunity to work with several podcasts production and marketing efforts. The most notable being the “Confronting: O.J. Simpson” podcast which went on to list as the No. 1 podcast for Apple Podcasts.
    Suzette Simon is the founder of NYLaughs (NYL), a 501(c)3 performing arts nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of New Yorkers through laughter and deepening an appreciation of stand up comedy as a unique NY cultural asset by producing free comedy programming in public spaces.  For the past 13 years, NYL has offered live comedy performances to diverse audiences in welcoming, accessible public spaces to target populations that might not otherwise have access to or experience with premier live artistic comedic entertainment.  It's signature summer series, "Laughter in the Park," is the only program of its kind and NYL estimates having entertained over 25,000 New Yorkers and visitors.  Each year it creates a vital space for residents to come together using comedy to explore the most critical issues of our city and times. Though, “Laughter in the Park 2020” was postponed due to Covid-19, NYL was still able to host an online, accessible show called “Laughter in Lockdown.” Connecting through comedy improves the mental and physical health of New Yorkers and acts as a community-building opportunity for those who need it most while also encouraging comedy's next generation and providing greater opportunities for comedic artists to grow their audiences and influence.  Suzette also created the #STRONGBLACKBOOBS initiative as a place for others to go for breast cancer information based on her experiences, comedy, self-esteem boosters and support for communities of color. After losing her mother to breast cancer 30 years ago and then being diagnosed herself she has made it her goal to use this comedic, empowering approach on social media to raise awareness for communities of color and breast health.
    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 50 min

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