EP33: Watch Out Lil’ Elf

Good People, we’re back with the the Post-Thanksgiving run down. We spend some time reflecting fondly over our Thanksgiving activities and thinking about what’s to come for the rest of the holiday season.

We’ve been a little distracted this week, so there’s not much Ellen to report. But, she started the 12 Days of Christmas giving a little early, which is awesome for those who are so fortunate to be in the audience already. In general though, we’re just thankful for Ellen. *swoons*

This week’s Would You Rather question looks at what type of neighbor you would rather have, a nosy one or a noisy one?  Which naturally leads to some stories about communal living and some less-than-desirable neighbors. We want to hear your neighbor stories and, of course, what type of neighbor you’d rather have. We’re listening…@FSGPodcast  #FSGWYR

Around the water cooler, we talk about Snoop Lion & the Turkeys, CoCo and Ice T’s “young” family, the video of the murder of Jaquan Mcdonald by a Chicago Police Officer, and last night’s Soul Train Awards. We don’t have an official “Let’s Talk About It” this week, but Shells shares  a concern about The Elf on the Shelf and marvels at Irene’s “signature” performance head snap.

And speaking of Irene’s head snap, in her Beats this week is the perfect song for her most recent performance. Then, we wrap up the show with a little quote in the spirit of peace.

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

-Irene & Shells

(recorded Nov 30, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

EP32: The Plight of Patti’s Pies

Hey ya’ll! Shells has been busy trying to get on the Steve Harvey show, unsuccessfully and Irene has been chillin’ for the most part.  Neither of us can believe that it’s already time for Thanksgiving…but it is.

This week in Ellen Awesomeness, Portia stopped by to help clarify which one is “the short one” in their relationship, and Diane Keaton’s visit made it evident that she is a bonafide trip. But our favorite moment this week was going down memory lane with Jeannie…and then Ellen’s kindness strikes again!

Hit us up on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram and let us know if you would rather be able to hear every conversation around you or be able to take back things that you say.

Around the water cooler, we talk about the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the chaos and confusion surrounding Syria and their refugees, the less than shocking news of Charlie Sheen‘s HIV announcement, a glaring omission on Billboards Best Rappers list, and the trouble in the saying “Everything Happens for a Reason“.

And like many, we had to spend some time talking about the mind blowing phenomenon that was James Wright Chanel‘s YouTube video on Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie. (We tried to get James on the show… but apparently, he’s a little busy given recent events….BUT, we’d still love to have you on James!) The volume of sales, the social media hype, a little psychology of sales, and the underlying example of the power of the black dollar…we talk about it all.

Wrapping up- In Irene’s Beats this week, is a hit from an artist that SHOULD have been on Billboard’s list of to top rappers. And Jeannie’s story (from unemployed to Ellen) is this week’s beautiful story to inspire all of us.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, ya’ll. We are thankful for each of you…and each other *insert kissey face*

(Recorded November 18, 2015)

EP31: The Blackish Empire

Yellow Hello! (bwhahaha, Irene hates that greeting). Here we are again…

While Irene is gearing up for Black Friday shopping, Shells is trying not to ruin her sweet spirited son.

Speaking of sweet spirits, it was a good week on The Ellen show. She celebrated her 2000th episode and had, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, and Kerry Washington on as guests during her milestone episode. Good stuff as always, and we’re so happy for Ellen’s accomplishment. 2000 times she’s reminded us to be kind…and we’re listening! 🙂 We also talk about the Beiber/DeGeneres relationship and Shonda Rhimes’, rare, interview.

This week’s would you rather question is about what you’d rather have unlimited access to: Clothes or Food.  Bet you can’t guess which host chooses what. -_- As always, we want to hear from you. Hit us up on Twitter/IG/Facebook (@FSGPodcast) and #FSGWYR

Around the water cooler this week, we get into the racial tension at Mizzou and the HBCU vs PWI conversation, the GOP debate (kinda, not really), Irene’s commitment to Love and HipHop and RHOA, Missy Elliott’s new music video, a $70K minimum wage, and Rihanna’s growing empire. Then we talk about two of the biggest primetime shows featuring predominately black actors: Empire & Blackish.

In Irene’s Beats this week is an up and coming hiphop and R&B sensation with stellar writing credits. And Shonda’s 2014 Dartmouth Commencement Speech provides this week’s eye spy inspiration.

That’s all for now! We love ya’ll and we deeply appreciate all of the love and support!

Listen…Laugh…Share, and we’ll see you next week!

Irene & Shells

(Recorded November 12, 2015)

EP30: The Whole Conversation

What up, good people! We’re back like we neva left… and as the holiday season approaches, it’s stirring up a long forgotten obsession (or sorts) for Shells. And since we’re talking about obsessions: Irene has a thing for Target. 

It was a fun week on Ellen. Will Smith came by the show and talked about parenthood, his new movie “Concussion“, and an upcoming (and overdue) tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff. In the spirit of music, Ellen premiered the Bernie Sanders version of Hotline Bling, which has gone viral! If you haven’t gotten into adult coloring books, here’s your chance! It would make a great Christmas gift if you can’t score tickets to 12 Days. 

Around the water cooler, we talk about the unraveling “murder” case of the Fox Lake, IL officer, and there’s a few National Day of to celebrate: Vanilla Cupcakes Day (Nov 10th), Veterans Day (Nov 11th), and Chicken Soup for the Soul Day (Nov 12th).

And Irene shares a personal story of White Nonsense that highlights entitlement, respect, and accountability. And in a similar vein, we discuss the danger of linear, one-sided, ego based conversations about our societal and cultural issues. 

We wrap this week’s show up with (another) Canadian artist making waves and Shells’ eye spy is a little nugget about power and character.  

That’s all folks…until next week. We love ya’ll and continue to Listen.Laugh.Share. 
 
(Recorded November 5, 2015)

EP29: The People’s Choice

It feels gooooooddddd to be back!! We apologize for the unexpected lapse…but, you know, LIFE. So, now…on with the show!

The million dollar questions this week are: “did Cole ever get his bday party”? And “Is Irene changing professions?” We’ll find out and then we’ll talk about our Halloween!

Ellen’s Master Class aired on OWN and we enjoyed it as much as we thought we would! Heidi Klum also stopped by the show to discuss Project Runway, lice infestation, and customes! Then, Ellen introduced us to the newest Kardashian, discussed urban dictionary, and talks ED on Air.

This week we address self sustaining actions …food or clothes… in this week’s would you rather. What’s your preference? Talk back on social media (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram): @fsgpodcast, #FSGWYR.

We’ll call this week’s water cooler news, InCaseYouMissedIt: Just few nuggets: Biden’s not running, Royals take the World Series, and then we talk about #Zola.

Then we talk about the highly provocative episode of Being Mary Jane. There were so much buzz about this particular episode, that we just had to talk about all they issues covered: depression, suicide, broken friendship, molestation. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please seek professional help. If you are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline).

We wrap it up with a little throwback music in Irene’s Beats, and Ellen & Zola inspired Shells motivational moment! (lol)

So there it is, folks! We’re glad to be back and we’ll see you again soon!

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