EP13: Hillary Got to Do Better

We’re getting comfortable with our flourishing relationship with “The People”. So let’s skip the niceities and get to it! Shells made a quick trip down south – and enjoyed the heat, for a moment. Irene will be seeing Queen Bey again this summer is already getting ready for an(other) epic experience. Irene will be elevating her social media game with the edition of her selfie stick. We’re both excited about the return of Big Brother – so expect to hear us talk about it in the future.

Ellen’s Instagram page continues to give us joy. One of our favorite things is You’re Welcome Wednesdays where Ellen gives helpful and humorous tips to get you by! And we’re smitten with Ellen’s only boyfriend, Tayt Anderson. And the preparation continues #IreneEllenDanceBattle – never forget.

Where does your vanity lie? We’ll see in this week’s Would You Rather. Would you rather be half your height or double your weight? Shells and I are vain in different ways (shocker), but we want to know what you think. Hit us up on Twitter @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR.

Here’s a few nuggets for the Water-Cooler:

Bobbi Kristina was moved into hospice care after being hospitalized since January. Twerk was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, amongst some others.  Obama shut down a heckler during a LGBT event at the White House and used the “n-word” in the WTF Podcast interview. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. The BET Awards aired this weekend, which is one of Irene’s favorite award show.

PLUG OF THE WEEK! Everyone deserves a vacation, whether it’s a girls’ trip or a bucket list adventure. And if you need some help making some travel plans come true contact Hope Jones, travel agent and owner of Cruise Planners. She specializes in full service and custom travel needs both domestically and internationally. Stop talking about what you want to do one day, and contact Hope to plan your next getaway…and tell her FSG sent you! 🙂 #FSGPOW

Hope Jones | www.bookwithope.com | 919) 423-7206 | hjones@cruiseplanners.com

Hillary Clinton spoke at an AME church in Missouri last week and uttered the words “All Lives Matter”. We discuss the response to her inclusion of this phrase and the broader issue of the push back against the exclusivity and necessity for “Black Lives Matter“.

In the last week of Black Music Month, Irene’s Beats are reigning supreme, and Shells was inspired by a beautiful quote and the growing success of Melissa Bulter of the Lip Bar.

We hope you enjoyed! We’re taking a break for the Fourth of July … so we’ll see you in 2 weeks! 🙂

 

EP12: Buzzfeed

Aannnndddd we’re back! Shells is a little concerned that her hair looks too much like a white woman who’s trying to look like a black woman. Thanks, Rachel. Irene maximized 36 hours in Brooklyn and Harlem this weekend…her typical summer shenanigans.

We are a bit sad that Ellen’s Biggest Summer Ever of new episodes is over…but Irene is now stalking her on IG. So there’s comfort in that and the ongoing commitment to preparing for the #IreneEllenDanceBattle.

In this week’s Would You Rather, we debate where when we’d want the world to celebrate us. So, would you rather have no one show up to your wedding or your funeral? Let us know what you would rather: @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

This week’s Water Cooler News included:

  • Charleston, SC Massacre where a white supremacist & American terrorist murdered nine people at Emanuel AME Church. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the city of Charleston.
  • The US Women’s Soccer Team continues to progress through the Women’s World Cup. We are very proud that the home team continues to do so well.
  • Lebron (and the Cleveland Cavaliers) lost the 2015 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors…and Irene is pleased (#petty).
  • AT&T has been fined $100 million for falsely representing “unlimited” data plans. Apparently, you can use as much data as you want…but it’ll cost ya!
  • Add Donald Trump to the list of 2016 presidential candidates.
  • Believe it or not, Love & Basketball recently celebrated their 15th Anniversary.
  • Killer Mike announced he was going to run for state representative… and he was…for a hot second!

This week’s Plug of the Week is Dungeon Forward. 

Dungeon- An expressive term that figuratively describes the uncut penetration into the mind of the urban dweller. Forward- The second portion of the compound name utilized to describe the fashionable portrayal of the life and times of the urban inhabitant.

Dungeon Forward is the infusion of music art and street culture into a premium brand of apparel. DF strives to represent the popular culture within eclectic and artistic industries while also tapping into the unsung niche markets. Shells already found a shirt that Irene’s gonna LOVE!

Check them out:  http://dungeonforward.com/  or on social media @dungeonforward .

This week, we’re taking it easy in our Let’s Talk About It segment… The truth is, one    of our favorite ways to kill time and discover who we really are as people is to take Buzzfeed quizzes. So we chop it up about a few of our favs.

Black Music Month continues and Irene’s Beats are blessed with her all time favorite artist, affectionately known as the King of Pop. And given the gravity of the Charleston tragedy, this week’s eye spy inspiration is pretty simple.

 

 

 

 

EP11: Lyin’ to Kick It

Irene took a quick break from travel and turn up to catch up on work this week…but will resume her normally scheduled summer social calendar…immediately. Breaking News! Shells hates squats and has negative abdominal strength… and you care or don’t. Our dysfunctional #FitBit and #FuelBand debate continues…our apologies. It’s pettiness as it’s finest.

Ellen has another game app that you can purchase. It’s a fun trivia game called Know and Go!  It’s available, like most things, in the App Store. A few favorite moments from the show this week included Will Smith performing Summertime, and Ellen & Portia being playful!

Whether you’re concerned with Irene’s bout with pettiness or feel moved by her being ordained to battle Ellen on the dance floor, we need your help getting the word out. Support the cause: #IreneEllenBattleDance @TheEllenShow @FSGPodcast.

We debated serious or silly for this week’s Would You Rather question…and silly won! So, for an entire year, would you rather have to sneeze but not be able to or have something stuck in your eye that you can’t get out? Tweet us and let us know what you would rather @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Watercooler News this week included the prison break in Upstate New York prison, the highly anticipated new season of Orange is the New Black is early available, an update on the current presidential candidates, try planking 5 hours…and there was Lebron’s head on collision with a camera…and the prime time debut of his man parts. Whoa!

Our 1st Plug of the Week: The Grant Access. There are events and then there are experiences…and The Grant Access and the Chief Experience Architect, Lauren Grant, make the difference in elevating gatherings to memorable, meaningful experiences.  We are delighted to highlight our friend as this week’s Plug of the Week and we encourage you to check her out for your event!

When the story of Rachel Dolezal hit the internet, we knew we had to talk about it! Is passing for black offensive? Is it necessary? Why did her parents feel the need to “out” her? Should she get a pass from the Black community? Is there any relationship between this story and Caitlyn Jenner? We talk about it all.

Black Music Month continues in Irene’s Beats…and it’s good music; and Shells shares a few simple rules of life to encourage and inspire happiness until we get together next week.

That’s it…for now!

 

EP X

We are excited about airing our TENTH episode! Wow, time flies when you’re having fun! And it’s only getting better! However, we know that we couldn’t have made it to “EP10” without the support, feedback, and encouragement of some of our amazing friends turned listeners! Thank You really isn’t a big enough word…but we hope it will suffice for now! We’re calling out Aimee, Alison, Tiffanie, Brandi, Layron, Phyllis, Kemba, Adam, Mary, Rosetta, Wesmo, Julianna, Lindsey, and Orie for being incredibly connected and in touch with us so far! We know there are so many others who are rooting for us and we love and thank you too! 

So what have we been up to since last week? Well, Irene took in the sights, sounds, and foods of Memphis, while Shells braved Spirit Airlines for the first time and enjoyed a whirlwind weekend in Atlanta.

There are only 2 points of business for Ellen this week. First, she’s moving her talents to the big screen by producing the adaptation of the novel “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik. Secondly, we still need your help to make the #IreneEllenDanceBattle happen. Irene has upped the ante by declaring that the dance battle will be to a MJ song. So, be sure to tweet & Facebook @TheEllenShow & @FSGPodcast and use #IreneEllenDanceBattle.

This week’s would you rather is fun (we think, lol). Would you rather “Hakuna Mata” or “YOLO” [as your life’s philosophy]. Let us know what you would choose! #FSGWYR

Here’s a few things to chat about around the water-cooler: A teenage pool party was ruined by an out-of-control, power hungry, pistol pulling police officer in McKinney, TX. Thankfully, there was video of the incident and no kids were seriously injured. “Officer” Michael Slager has been indicted on murder charges for the death of unarmed Walter Scott in April, and the Scott family will move forward with a wrongful death suit against the city of North Charleston. To further illustrate the magnitude of broken-ness in our justice system, Kalief Browder was sent to Riker’s Island for 3 years without a trial after being accused of stealing a backpack at the age of 16. The young man sadly committed suicide this past weekend, and it’s nearly impossible not to connect his wrongful imprisonment with his subsequent psychological and mental struggles that may have led to his death. The US government announced this week that there was a data breach (suspected to be orchestrated by the Chinese government) that impacted more than 4 million current and former government employees.

On a much lighter note, American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown. This is the first Triple Crown since 1978 and the jockey is the oldest and first Latino to win. Irene might not care about horse racing, but it is a current and historic event that might come up … at some point… maybe. Lastly, if Pandora, Spotify, and Tidal weren’t enough, Apple has decided to throw its iHat in the music streaming ring with the announcement of Apple Music.

After listening to a radio discussion on whether Hope Solo should be playing in the Women’s World Cup given her domestic violence incident last year, we wanted to talk about the presence and impact of reverse sexism. We also discuss our opinion about Jon Stewart’s response to the media reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair reveal in terms of being treated “like a woman”.

Irene let us know that June is Black Music Month and as a result, her Beats will be filled with throwback music. Today, it’s a R&B classic from the era of New Jack Swing. 

A thoughtful, kind, unsolicited gesture from a stranger to a little girl is at the heart of this week’s Eye Spy Inspiration!

Also, we’ll be introducing a new segment called “FSG Plug of the Week” where we highlight different business and services. We have some amazing people in our circles who are doing some amazing things, and we just want to support and encourage their efforts and their dreams!

Until next week… Bye, PEOPLE! 🙂

EP9: Kinda Salty ‘Bout ‘Bron

Welcome, welcome, welcome, good people…to episode 9. As always, we are so happy that you’re joining us.

Over the week, Shells may have missed an opportunity from the Universe to be a savior to someone in need. Irene is officially a cyclist and (apparently) a daredevil. And then there was the story of the most conspicuous ghost writer ever.

The Ellen Show will air new episodes through the summer (longer than usual), because it’s going to be her “Biggest Summer Ever”. If you’ve never watched the show, Ellen loves to scare her guests. It’s hilarious and she’s been showing some of her favorite scares recently. One of our favorites is Nicki Minaj. Last, but not least, our girl made the Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list. We’re not surprised, but so happy for E.D. But not as happy as we’ll be when the #IreneEllenDanceBattle happens..and.it.will.happen.

This week’s Would You Rather is to live one life that last 1,000 years or ten lives that last 100 years each? Irene gets a little sentimental this time (wait for it).

At the watercooler, we talk about the devastating floods in Texas, the FIFA scandal that is drawing international scrutiny, a few notable mentions on The Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, Tracey Morgan’s his first interview since the fatal car accident, the 19 Kids & Counting molestation investigation is growing and may impact the political scene, and the 2015 Scripps National Spelling reminds us that “smart kids do things”. Finally, we discuss the NBA finals…sorta. Mostly, we try to talk through the current unfavorable feelings that Irene holds for Lebron James…it’s a Miami Heat thing (Shells doesn’t get it :-/ )

This week, we talk about the growing trend of the commercialization and visibility of celebrity athletes and their children and/or parents. Most recently, there is the rising star and toddler sensation that is Riley Curry. There’s also a Speed Stick commercial featuring the collegiate basketball player/NBA draft candidate, Jahlil Okafor…and his dad.

Our conversation about chivalry from last week has spilled over into Irene’s Beats this week with the melodic tunes of Trevor Wesley. Check him out. And Shells wraps up the show with a suggestion about 3 simple hobbies that can help you find happiness and balance in your life.

As always, you can stay in touch with us here on our website, on Facebook, and Twitter. And if you don’t mind… rate us and write a (legit) review on iTunes! 🙂

We’ll see you next week!

-Irene & Shells

 

 

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