EP19: Orange Juice & Abandonment
Wellllll… it looks like ya’ll keep coming back for what we’re giving, and we’re glad about it.
Ellen is still in reruns, but she’s coming back to an all new season on September 8th. We can not wait!
Irene had another wonderful summer weekend and Shells has been up to nothing. Irene may or may not have attended a top secret event and Shells is looking forward to an upcoming Windy City wedding.
When it comes to controlling your life, would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button? This one made us think! What would you rather? Let us know @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
Need some news around the water cooler? Here are some highlights (or lowlights) week:
▪The court rendering of Tom Brady made national news because the court artist didn’t make him a pretty as he is.
▪Hillary has to say goodbye to her private emails…after months of drama.
▪Geno Smith has a broken jaw complements of his (now former) teammate. Listen, it’s all about principle.
▪It’s a weak week for National Day-of celebrations, but if you need something, there is National I LOVE Feet day & National Thrift Shop Day on Monday, Aug 17th and National Mail Order Day August 18th.
▪…and then Beyonce graced the cover of the September issue of Vogue Magazine. Queen Bey!!!!
Plug of the Week! Writer/Director/Editor- Shayla Racquel, native of Columbia, SC and FAMU grad.
Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth and having a stroke at the young age of 12, her childhood battle with the disease is what brought her closer to the art of storytelling. Writing, creating, and watching ideas come to life served as a getaway from her struggle with the disease, filling her with euphoria through the pain. She began to explore and hone her craft during her collegiate years at Florida A&M University by directing and editing numerous videos for businesses and organizations around the Tallahassee community.
Since then, Shayla has gone on to write/produce/and direct the YouTube webseries, Quarter Century and recently debuted her first short film- Life’s Checklist.There are currently two seasons of Quarter Century, the first featuring DC’s vibrant culture, while the second season showcases the liveliness of young black adults in New York. She uses the series to support and promote Black owned businesses, indie music artists, and up and coming fashion designers.
Let’s Talk About It: Orange Juice & Abandonment
There has been a lot of chatter about whether or not if it’s appropriate to address and/or discipline other people’s children. So we’re talking about it, as a single woman and a mother of two … this should be interesting!
This trailblazing songstress is changing the game. And she’s introducing her talented and futuristic crew to the world! The new and riveting music of today’s civil rights movement is in Irene’s Beats this week-Thanks Wondaland. Eye Spy Inspiration is dedicated to all of our listeners who are trying to balance hope with acceptance.
That’s it for this week.
Listen. Laugh. And share!!
See y’all in the future!
(recorded August 13, 2015)
EP18: The Cool Episode
Welcome to The Cool Episode, good people.
Last week, while traveling Shells learned that you can, in fact, fly without any identification. Meanwhile, Irene fell in love with the Windy City, made a couple of new white friends, and prepares for ANOTHER HavPlenty Brunch.
Shells (in her infinite corniness) shares a few #ClassicJokeFriday funnies. While Irene shares Ellen’s praises about Amy Schumer’s speech on control, following the Louisiana theatre shooting.
It’s about basics this week in our Would You Rather conversation. What’s more important to you: Your Elbows or Your Knees? Which would you rather be without? Let us know @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
In this week’s Water Cooler News, there is a recap of the Republican Debate, the increase in voter restriction laws, Obama going green, a Drake/Meek Mills update. Be sure to celebrate National Smores and/or Lazy Day on August 10 and National Presidential Joke Day on August 11.
If you’ve ever needed customized anything, this week’s Plug of the Week is for you! King Creative Services, is a custom design company which was born from the need to allow every individual the opportunity to express their creativity by adding a personal touch to everyday items. They specialize in bringing visions to life and the goal is to fully satisfy customers by producing top quality designs which will last a lifetime. You can find King Creative Service at www.kcsfl.com, on Facebook, Instagram, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit them up for your next customization project…and tell them Irene & Shells sent you!
Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Are other people’s family members as ridiculous as mine?” Well, we have and this week, we talk about our family dynamics and how they impact us as adults.
We are both looking forward to seeing Straight Outta Compton, and so it’s no surprise that the rap icon and producer extraordinaire is in Irene’s Beats this week. Eye spy inspiration is about approaching your life as if it were through the lens of a camera. Is so simple, it’s genius!
That’s all for this week…Stay cool, folks!
Irene & Shells
(Recorded August 8, 2015)
EP17: Aubrey Ain’t Playin Fair
It’s another FSG Week and here’s the rundown: Shells got a few days away from the family and ate up ALL of the Sweetie Pies soul food she could hold. While Irene is getting ready for her first taste of Summertime Chi.
Ellen’s Motivation Monday is inspiring and entertaining…that’s so Ellen! Then we entertain ourselves with this Would You Rather speak like Yoda or breath like Darth Vader. @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR
Around the water cooler, there is chatter about the Dentist and the Lion, Tom Brady’s punishment for Deflategate, the return of The Wiz, and then we spend some time on this lop-sided Meek Mill versus Drake tension.
Aubrey’s recent antics earned him a spot in Irene’s beats and simple post on a friend’s FB page set Shells up for Eye Spy Inspiration.
If you or someone you know has a business that you’d like to be featured as our Plug of the Week, contact us at email@example.com. We’d LOVE to promote your business!
EP16: Your Vivid HD Life
It’s episode 16, ya’ll. Over the last week, Shells had a little run-in with a tollbooth while trying to pick up a sick child. Irene is in love with summer, trying to reconcile her feelings about the stair master, and successfully tweet threatening AT&T.
When it comes to Ellen, one of us is amused by Ellen’s recent “You’re Welcome Wednesdays”, while the other is digging a lot of the novelty gear in The Ellen Shop.
This week’s Would You Rather completely threw Irene for a loop! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and let us know which you would rather: Always be overdressed or always be underdressed. @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
Water Cooler News includes the re-opening of the US & Cuba embassies, a couple more “National _____ Days” for your celebratory pleasure, an interesting extra credit question that addresses the “fear of missing out”, and we then get into quite a discussion about this Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift … thing.
This week’s Plug of the Week is In My Own Lane Events. Kianna Lane is the CEO & Founder of In My Own Lane Events, as well as a mother and entrepreneur. As she began to build her businesses, she quickly learned that she could accomplish more with a valuable network, so she started to bring together many of her entrepreneur friends to collaborate, support, and encourage each other. The result was the birth of In My Own Lane Events where they host events designed to bring businesses together to build one another up. Planning for September is currently underway for events in the metro-Atlanta area. Contact In My Own Lane at InMyOwnLaneEvents@gmail.com and like their page on Facebook for more information and upcoming events.
Let’s Talk About It this week, is a discussion about the desire for and dangers of validation, especially on social media. We learn that Shells is deeply impacted by ultra-perfect IG pictures…eh, she’s a work in progress.
A Philly native and R&B maven is delighting Irene’s Beats, and her story to stardom is our Eye Spy Inspiration. That’s all we have, until next week! See you then!
(Recorded July 23, 2015)
EP15: What’s Success?
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!
This week, Shells was fighting the downpours, wrangling children, and feeling accomplished about taking her coffee black. Irene and her Sammies wrapped up their season, so more time can be committed travel…which she is booking 1 one-way flight at a time.
And we have a new addition to the FSG family… our new and official intro! We hope you like it, ’cause we just love it! 🙂
While Ellen’s rockin out with Gap Kids, Irene does not want us not forget, #IreneEllenDanceBattle will happen this year!
Would you rather live in an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or live in an extraordinary home in an ordinary place? We want to hear from you. Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR
Water Cooler News this week includes the tragic and suspicious “death” of Sandra Bland, the Chattanooga, TN military site shootings, a summary of the ESPYs, the Birdman/Young Thug/ Weezy craziness, the verdict in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting, the epic fail named “Amazon Prime Day“, and a few fun National “______” Day that will get you through the week.
This week’s Plug Of The Week is The Urbane Group. Urbane caters to the cultured young professional – after traditional business hours. Urbane is a lifestyle experience that infuses unparalleled customer service with social sophistication. Headquartered in Washington, DC, The Urbane Group is operating in more than seven major cities. To begin your experience experience, visit www.urbaneworldwide.com.
Cocktails 2 Connect is a signature happy hour series of Urbane. It’s an after-work social event that provides a platform for young professionals under 40 to network with one another in a cosmopolitan environment. This event series has successfully expanded to Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX and most recently, Charlotte, N.C. In less than five years, C2C has help connect over 100,000 people. See more details at cocktails2connect.com.
This week, we discuss how success is measured, how the definition has changed, and what it means to us today.
A Tallahassee hero is in Irene’s Beats this week, and a simple encouragement at the gym inspired Shells for Eye Spy this week!
As always, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know what you think of the new intro and the progression of the show overall! We can’t thank you enough for the support and feel free to continue to spread the good FSG word!
We’ll see you next week.
Irene & Shells
EP14: Diddy Boppin?
We took a lil’ break … but we’re back. Here’s the most important thing that we learned during our time away: We are much better together than we are apart. Shells continues to enjoy her new Midwest life: eating ribs at festivals and learning the horse racing game and such. Irene took her ridiculousness to Miami. Her mom was elated to see her and some of Irene’s friends have no concept of being on time. Oh, and the theme music for Irene’s softball game is “Flicka Da Wrist” #GoSammies #petty
Ellen’s only boyfriend, Tayt, had a successful heart transplant surgery! YAY Tayt! We continue to pray for your recovery! And in other Ellen joy, there’s a perfect way to keep your ice cream from melting through the bottom of your waffle cone. #YoureWelcomeWednesdays
We know you’ve missed your weekly Would You Rather pondering, so here it is, good people: Would you rather be able to talk with all animals or be able to speak all foreign languages. As always, we want to hear from you. Hit us up @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
So…. we are playing catch up around the water-cooler this week. Here’s what you should (already) know:
Donald Trump is still crazy as hell. South Carolina lawmakers voted to, and subsequently, removed the confederate flag from the Capitol Grounds. Congress, however, lost their minds while trying to address the use of confederate flag on federal properties. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick have broken up. Ariana Grande licked donuts for sale to the public for fun. 3 major IT glitches in 1 day. Wow. And the Bill Cosby story just keeps getting worse. Are you surprised?
FSG PLUG OF THE WEEK! This week we have the esteemed honor to plug the “Queen Like Me” book and reading program. Queen Like Me is part of a budding non-profit education initiative that teaches history to kids.
QUEEN LIKE ME: THE TRUE STORY OF GIRLS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD is a vibrant and adventurous learning experience that invites readers to explore the courageous and dazzling stories of 15 authentic women leaders of the past and present whose contributions to the world are captured in the form of rhyme! A dynamic array of women (including Queen Nefertiti, Coretta Scott King and First Lady Michelle Obama) are featured!
Check their website queenlikeme.com and follow them Instagram @queenlikeme4kidz and FaceBook @QueenLikeMe.
This week in “Let’s Talk About It”, we talk about some of the most notable breaking news over the last couple weeks, including Obama’s Best Week Ever (SCOTUS Same Sex Marriage ruling and Amazing Grace Eulogy). #BlackGirlsRock, especially Bree Newsome & Misty Copeland. Then there is our BET Awards recap and a few words about FSU quarterback’s De’Andre Johnson nightclub brawl … with a woman.
Irene’s dancing spirit led her to the fun, summery music of D.R.A.M. This week’s Eye Spy Inspiration is courtesy of our boo, Ellen!
Enjoy and see you next week!
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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! 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
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