EP: 39 Boycott Whet?!

2016-01-25

Hey, hey ya’ll!

Over the last week, Shells has been ever so random and Irene is conquering the social media game… You know, the usual antics. And special hugs and loves to our line sister, Alena, and our neophyte, Ashley. These lovely ladies got married to their loves last weekend in Atlanta. Two beautiful couples, two memorable weddings in one amazing night. Congrats to The Conleys and The Proctors!

Around the water cooler, there is Sarah Palin’s “big” endorsement, Hillary’s shaky presidential pursuit, Irene’s forgiveness of Kanye, 2Chainz philanthropic work, and the despicable Flint Water Crisis.

This week’s Would You Rather is the set up for our bigger conversation… would you rather be Dark Skinned Aunt Viv or Stacey Dash? #FSGWYR

…and then there is the bigger conversation. This week, the backlash against the absence of any Oscar nominations of Black actors bubbled and boiled over. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of upcoming award show, Janet Hubert (aka: Dark Skinned Aunt Viv) responded with an animated rebuttal to Mrs. Smith, and then Stacey Dash weighed in on the challenges of diversity & segregation. We have a lot to say about all of it… ALL OF IT.

Then we wrap this show up with a lil’ Ye in Irene’s Beats and an empowering quote from not other than…Will Smith (why not?!).

Hope you enjoyed… keep riding with us and be sure to invite all your friends. Listen – Laugh – Share…and rate us on iTunes!!!

 

 

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EP38: A Different Cosby

2016-01-18

…and, we’re back.

It appears that winter has finally arrived in the Midwest for Shells, so….brrrr. And Irene has adopted a new lifestyle that is making her life even more amazing.

At the FSG water cooler, we talk about Taraji P. Henson’s Golden Globe win and speech, President Obama’s last State of the Union address (including First Lady Michelle’s slayage & the failure of Paul Ryan’s face), and the insane Powerball  jackpot.

And speaking of jackpot, this week’s Would You Rather has us considering how much winning is really worth to us. Let us know your take on it #FSGWYR, @FSGPodcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  .

Since Bill Cosby was arraigned at the end of 2015 on aggravated indecent assault charges, the discussion about the motivation fueling the truth and accountability of the allegations has picked up steam again. We chat about some of the facts of the case, the conspiracy theories, the historical outcomes of similar cases and the “rape culture”, in general.

We wrap up this week’s show with an amazing Adele/Bruno Mars project and an Eye Spy Inspiration by way of an Cherokee fable.

And we can’t get out of here without acknowledging the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. We hope that whether you are engaging in a day of service or simply reflecting upon what Dr. King stood for, may you be inspired to be better as Dr. King hoped for all of us.

We’ll be back next week … until then, Listen – Laugh – Share!

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EP37: Internet Clapback

2016-01-11

Welcome to a new year with FSG! We hope that your holiday was awesome and you’re back into the swing of “real life”. We enjoyed our time away but we’re HYPE to be back at it!

This week in  “Water Cooler” banter…

  • On television,  the 17th season of The Biggest Loser premiered. We like the show and the new changes to the format, but the highlight is that Shells apparently has a “real life crush”. Wow.  Lip Sync Battle also premiered with Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, and they pulled out ALL the stops! The BeyHive spazzed!!
  • In Fashion, Jaden Smith is the face of the new Louis Vuitton womenswear line. Ok.
  • In politics, President Obama took Executive Action in an effort to reduce gun violence. His announcement was emotional and pointed. Read the full official press release here!
  • In sports (kinda), it’s been announced that Beyonce will be a part of the Super Bowl 50 half-time show! She won’t be performing alone- Cold Play and Bruno will be there- but when Bey’s in the building…no one else matters, right?

In the hypothetical world of “Would You Rather” we consider if we’d rather feel a sharp pain each time someone says our name or have a bell sound each time we are are aroused? LOL! Of course we want to hear your take… We’re listening: #FSGWYR @FSGPodcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Have you ever been a witness and/or participant in an argument on social media? We talk about the motivations and the harm done by those who engage in virtual combat, even when the intention may be good. Check out our perspectives and then let us know what you think!

Finally, we wrap up the show with the first What’s In My Beat’s of the year. Irene gets us started with a little “Church” by a few of Chi-town’s finest.  And for Eye Spy Inspiration, Shells reminds us that a year is a long time to work on becoming better versions of ourselves, so be patient and just keep practicing.

That’s it for our first show of 2016! Thanks to all of our listeners who participated in our feedback survey, we hope you can already hear some growth!

Remember to RATE us on iTunes and, of course, Listen. Laugh. Share!

Catch y’all next week!

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EP36:Shout Out to 2015!!

2015-12-21

Welcome…to the last episode of 2015. 🙂

We have ABSOLUTELY loved riding with you all this year. Thanks for being here for our weekly shenanigans. Believe it not, you’ve become a part of a dream come true an we’ve only getting started!

As for this episode description, we’re going to present it like a pretty little present with a bow on top…

… It’s the final countdown for Christmas and we’re still getting ready.*yikes*

… Ellen kept on giving stuff away. This week’s guests included Tina Fey, Lupita Nyongo, and Uzo Aduba. Uzo shared a testimony about how what is for YOU is for YOU.

…Would You Rather be known for being loyal or being kind. We’re listening: @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR

…Around the water cooler, there was a mistrial in the Freddie Gray trial for one officer, the Republicans debated again, there was a bomb threat against LA & NY schools, the Rio Olympics experience is not looking good, and when the Sam’s Club CEO talked diversity is called a racist.

…’Tis the season to talk about holiday traditions, superstitions, and a little reflection of 2015 and hopes for 2016. So that’s what’s we did.

And the BOW ON TOP is our Plug of the Week! Your hosts are also authors!!! We contributed to a collaborative book, HerStory: Heartache, Happiness and the Hiccups Along the Way and we are so happy to share it with you all! It’s a beautiful collection of true tales of heartache, triumph, imperfections, joys, sorrows, and the lessons learned from the unique experience of twenty-nine women. Check out the website, follow HerStory on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and it’s also available on Amazon

… Irene’s Beats are filled with holiday joy and happiness.

… And the final Eye Spy Inspiration is a Shells Original! 🙂

Love ya’ll … have an fun filled, safe, happy holiday and we’ll see ya’ll next year!!

Shoutout to 2015,

Irene & Shells

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EP35: What Holiday Party?

2015-12-14

Hey ya’ll. Even though we’ve done a lot of talking about shopping over the last few weeks, Irene hasn’t started yet… HOWEVER, the time has arrived for Irene to get her new J’s. FaLaLaLaLa! Shells has started shopping (a little) and developing her 2016 resolutions, with the help of her honest son.

Not a whole lot of Ellen updates, in part because of repeated interruptions of “breaking” news *insert side eye*.12 Days of Giveaways wrapped up last week…we didn’t win… but we’re curious to see Monday’s show because what does Ellen do the first show after nearly 2 weeks of HUGE gift giving?!?!

In Would You Rather foolishness, we debate popularity versus intelligence. Irene’s typical “clarifying questions” damn near ruined this one for Shells. So, would you rather be the smartest person or the most popular person at work and/or school? What’s your answer? We’re listening @FSGPodcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #FSGWYR

This week, our water cooler news includes the atrocity named Abigail Fisher, MSNBC’s horrible display of journalism, the Ayesha Curry dress code controversy, and FLOTUS rapping about going to college.

Tis the season for Holiday Parties! So, we talk about the joys and pains of this traditional holiday activities, specifically with work folks. We wrap up the show with a gem of music gifted by Stevie Wonder and Andra Day, and a quote about peace.

That’s all we got! We are looking forward to next week’s show, the last of 2015…CRAZY!!!

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EP34: Stuck in a Tunnel

2015-12-09

**Disclaimer: This week’s episode sounds like we are stuck in a tunnel. “But why?”, we hear you asking…well it’s a long story but we’ll sum it up by saying, technology held us hostage this week and this is what barely escaping sounds like. We’ll be back to our usual (and probably better) quality next week.**

What up, ya’ll! The big thing to happen to Shells this week was a headache (but it was a beast), and Irene is trying to manage her addiction to Jordan’s and enjoying the Christmas shopping experience.

We’ve been light on Ellen the last couple of weeks..but we get all caught up this time. Sophia Vagara, Wanda Sykes, and Jamie Foxx were on this week and we have  quite a bit to say about all of them. Not to mention, we’re throwing our name in the Ellen contest hat…but we haven’t won, yet.

This week in our Would You Rather dysfunction, we debate personal comfort versus social connection. So would you rather live without heating and air conditioner or without the internet? #FSGWYR

Around the water cooler, we talk about next weeks National Days to celebrate, Adele’s super stardom, and HovDay 2015.

Irene gives a cool rundown of the best moments and resurgent success of this year’s Soul Train Awards and then we ease on down the road to talk about the historic success of The Wiz Live! Naturally, these two major entertainment events is the perfect set up for both Irene’s Beats and Eye Spy Inspiration.

aannddd dassit!

(Recorded December 5, 2015)

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EP33: Watch Out Lil’ Elf

2015-11-30

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)

 

 

 

 

 

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EP32: The Plight of Patti’s Pies

2015-11-23

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)

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EP31: The Blackish Empire

2015-11-16

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)

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EP30: The Whole Conversation

2015-11-09

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)
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