Ep50: The Golden Episode

2016-04-19

We’re a year in these podcast streets — fifty episodes to be exact…so we are reminiscing about a few (of many) memorable moments. We hope you enjoy this show…but more than anything, we appreciate your support of the FSG experience. We love ya’ll! Here’s to another year of randomness for shits and giggles!

XO –

Irene & Shells

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EP49: Wait, was that offensive?

2016-04-11

Hey-Hey Ya’ll!!

New Week – New Shenanigans! Shells is getting ready for a Hawaiian getaway to celebrate our beloved friend and LS, Mary; and Irene’s trip to New Orleans was super epic, as expected! Believe it or not, FSG is official one year in the podcast game! So thanks for coming back week after week for our antics!

This week’s “Would You Rather” contemplation: Would you rather have a pet stark or a pet lion? (these things are ridiculous, lol) We NEED to know… #FSGWYR @FSGPodcast

Here’s what happening around the water cooler:

• Basketball was super lit last week: Villanova upset Duke, and the UConn women’s team & Breanna Stewart are beasting – 4 years strong;

• Equal pay rights: The US Women’s Soccer team isn’t exempt from wage discrimination and is holding U.S Soccer accountable;

• Black Girls’ Rocks: The 2016 show was super dope, but did we really need the Clinton cameo?

• Primetime TV: It’s safe to say that ACS: The People v. OJ Simpson was a major success, and everyone is talking about Underground for good reason!

• Weed & Rosco’s: Whoopi Goldberg is launching a line of medical marijuana products to combat menstrual pain; and despite all of the chicken and waffles consumed at Rosco’s, the parent company has filed for bankruptcy.

Then we talk about it! This week’s “it” is the fine line walked when black culture in used for marketing, advertisement, and branding. Is this stuff racist, stereotyping, and offensive… or are we just hyper sensitive?

Finally, we end the show with music from Irene’s baby daddy (aka: Mack Wilds), and a reminder that we all make mistakes and often desire … and deserve… forgiveness.

See ya’ll next week!

Irene & Shells

(recorded April 9, 2016)

 

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Ep48: True Religion

2016-04-04

And it’s another episode of FSG!

We recap our Easter weekends and Irene is getting ready to frolic through the enchanted streets of New Orleans!

Around the water cooler, we talk about Nick Cannon’s new reality show, a few changes at The Voice and the success of last seasons’ winner, the amazingness of The Obamas, the NCAA finals are here, the FBI managed to get into that phone that they trolled Apple about, and the only question that really matters is ‘Beyonce’, where’s the damn album?!”

In would you rather foolishness, what’s more important to you: how you show up or how you leave? This week, would you rather always have to enter a room backwards or always have to somersault out? Let us know what you would rather…@FSGPodcast #FSGWYR.

And since Lent season is now over, we decided to talk a little bit about the changing landscape of religion. We discuss the ways our personal faith practices have changed and what we’ve observed, as it relates to non-denominational churches, bedside baptist, technology in church, etc.

Then we wrap it all up, with a plea for Frank Ocean to give us some new music-In Irene’s Beats this week, is a “vibe out” record from his 2011 debut mixtape- Nostalgia Ultra. And Shells’ eye spy inspiration is from the lyrics of a Jordan Smith number.

We’ll be back with more next week…and celebrating our 1 year anniversary! AHHH! See you then!

Listen. Laugh. Share

-Irene & Shells

(recorded April 29, 2016)

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EP47: Yoga’s Witchcraft?

2016-03-28

It’s a new week and a new episode of FSG. Welcome!

Shells is trying to find more “stillness and mindfulness” in her daily routine and got a preview of life as a Kindergartner’s mom. Meanwhile, from the White House to the gun range to Rihanna’s concert, last week was sort of the warm up to Irene’s annual Season of Epic Experiences (aka: Spring & Summer). She explains.

When it comes to fame or fortune, which would you rather? Let us know… @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR. In this episode, we decided to hang out around the water cooler for a while. We acknowledge the terror attacks in Brussels and the passing of a Hip-hop pioneer, A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg; Cruz / Trump got twitter beef (Yes, this is the “best” of the GOP); the most recent Doodle for Google winner proves, yet again, that #BlackGirlsRock, and we debate Justin Bieber’s decision to cancel Meet & Greets and the backlash from parents of students at a GA school that incorporated yoga as a stress relief activity…and by “debate”, we mean totally disagree.

Given the recent loss to the Hip-hop community with the passing of Phife Dawg, Irene honors his memory and contribution to music with a classic Tribe joint in her Beats this week. Then we wrap it up with a quote plucked from Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday conversation that focuses on keeping things in perspective and finding the best in yourself, no matter what.

That’s it for us for now! Until next week, continue to listen, laugh, and share the good FSG word! We love ya’ll!

Irene & Shells

(recorded March 24, 2016)

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EP46: What’s the Big Secret?!

2016-03-21

It’s a new week and a new show, good people!

Irene has lunch plans at the White House, and is counting down the days to Easter. Shells has returned to the gym and is taking baby steps to get back into a routine.
Around the water cooler – there are major changes underway at Sea World, an American student was arrested in North Korea for mostly being stupid, it looks like our presidential nominees are clear…kinda; CNN has a cool new show about what it takes to make it to the White House; Obama nominated a new Supreme Court Justice, and Irene recaps the BET Honors.
This week’s would you rather question deals with what you’re willing to tolerate. Would you rather spend one week stuck in a psychiatric hospital or an airport? @FSGPodacast #FSGWYR
Let’s Talk About… “The Secret“: the law of attraction. We talk about how comfortable we are with this concept, our response to the documentary, and whether we apply the law attraction in our own lives. And after we talk about it… we want you to TALK BACK! Hit us up at 202-780-5FSG!
Finally, we wrap up the show with a “get the draws, dawg” hit produced by LA Reid, a musical legend. And eye spy inspiration is a quote from the Secret about faith and doubt.
We love ya’ll and appreciate you rocking with us! Continue to spread the good FSG word… LISTEN, LAUGH, & SHARE!
(recorded March 17, 2016)
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Ep45: Don’t Feed the Role Models

2016-03-14

Good People, we’re back!!!
Irene is excited about spring’s arrival and the friendly competition of March Madness; meanwhile, Shells does not swallow on demand and hates subtitles. So there’s that.

Around the water cooler, we discuss Maria Sharapova‘s failed drug test, the mystery of political polling, some new music from Kendrick Lamar and 2Chainz & Lil’ Wayne, Janelle Monae and Taraji’s exciting #BlackGirlMagic project, and DJ Khaled dropped major keys on Ellen last week!

Our Would You Rather is about how you’d like to see the world, the skies or the seas. So would you rather sail or take a hot air balloon around the world? Hit us up #FSGWYR @FSGPodcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Then, we get into it… the slippery slope of “role models”. From Sharapova’s troubles, Cam Newton’s post-Super Bowl reaction, the collapse of legacies like OJ Simpson and Bill Cosby, to the backlash of Kim K.’s recent nude pic, we talk about the idea of roles models, and the risk and reward of celebrity role models.

Finally, a young artist hailing from Kentucky gets Irene’s stamp of approval in ” What’s In My Beats?” this week, and Shells’ offers an eye spy inspiration about beating to your own drum.

Remember, we’d love to hear from you… so email us, tweet us, comment on FB, or talk back at (202) 780-5FSG.

Until next week, continue to listen, laugh, and share.

Irene & Shells

(recorded March 10, 2016)

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EP 44: Politicin’ in 2016 (ft. Dr. Keneshia N. Grant)

2016-03-07

We’re super excited about this week’s show! After catching up on Irene’s Target addiction (amongst other things), and Shells’ avoidance of the barbershop, we briefly discuss the backlash of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone and the unfathomable fact that Donald Trump is winning and his rally supporters are insane. We change up our Would You Rather segment this week with a little political quiz. See how much you know here.

And then we get into the highlight of our show! We are joined by Dr. Keneshia N. Grant to discuss the fascinating 2016 Political Presidential Race, the history and migration of the African American vote, and our responsibility as voting citizens. We LOVED Dr. Grant’s down to earth, honest, and candid insights on what we are currently facing in politics!

We wrap up the show by tapping into and expanding Irene’s musical palette with a Nigerian artist that wants us to “Shake Body“; and Shells eye spy inspiration encourages us to create strong circles of folks around and be open to conversations that encourage learning, understanding and greater awareness.
We really enjoyed this one and we hope you do too! As always, remember to listen, laugh and share! Hit us up on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook or our talk back line (202) 780-5FSG!
See ya next week!
Irene & Shells
(recorded March 3, 2016)
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EP43: Girl Scout Cookies Are Gifts

2016-02-29

 

We’re back and we missed ya’ll more than a little bit. Shells finally ended a tense relationship with a family of squirrels, and Irene conquered her taxes and offers a friendly gym etiquette PSA.

Around the water cooler, we acknowledge Trump’s bizarre and consistent primary winning streak, the “mystery” surrounding Marshawn Lynch’s “retirement”, Shells shares her enjoyment of a variety of quality television (emphasis on variety) and Irene gives her review of The Life of Pablo (Y’all knew it was coming). We round out the notes around the water cooler with the awesomeness that is Girl Scout Cookie season! *yummy*

Our Would You Rather answers go exactly like you’d expect, with the addition of an unexpected pet peeve of Shells’. But back to the segment, would you rather sing every word you speak or always speak in rhymes? Hit us on Twitter, IG,and Facebook or on our talk back line at 202-780-5FSG! @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Then we reflect on some of the major public statements supporting the present day Civil Rights/Social Justice/Black Lives Matter Movement. These voices included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and recently Mark Zuckerberg. In our opinion, this has been one of the best, blackest, and loudest Black History Month’s we can recall.

It should come as no surprise that a record from Kanye’s new project is in Irene’s Beats this week. And in the spirit of Black History Month, Shells’ eye spy inspiration is a poem honoring black women.

That’s it for this week. Remember, we love hearing from you, so hit us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) or on our talk back line (202-780-5FSG).

We’ll see you next week… until then, Listen – Laugh – Share!

(recorded February 25, 2016)

 

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EP42: Shut Up, Forever…Lover.

2016-02-15

Welcome Back. 🙂

This week, Shells had a special moment with Cole and her work from home mom life, while Irene’s highlight was snagging amazing seats for the Beyoncè Formation Tour. And many people are in the early days of Lent, so we chat (…and judged) just a bit about some of our sacrifices.  

Around the FSG water cooler, we talk about President Obama’s visit to @TheEllenShow, Kanye West’s “interesting” album listening party and Fashion Show, Cam Newton’s lesson in emotional management following his Super Bowl loss, and the conflicting public reaction to Beyonce’s  Formation video and Super Bowl performance. It’s just a few topics…but SO much to discuss. 

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day weekend, we consider the tough choice between being loved or being loving. So which would you rather: love and not be loved back or be loved but never love in return? We want to hear from you! Hit us up on Twitter and Instagram-@FSGPodcast #FSGWYR  or call into the talk back line @ (202) 780-5FSG. 

We follow up our #FSGWYR convo with a talk about what love is and if “Happily Ever After” really exists. So many of us hope for love and relationships, but there seems to be so much evidence that true love is pretty elusive. So what’s really going on? We share our thoughts on the matter, and then wrap the show up with one of the most beautiful love songs of modern day in Irene’s Beats and Shells shares a quote about loving while you can. 

We hope your weekend was good to you…and know that Irene and Shells LOVE you! 

Remember you can it us up on our new Talk Back Line 202-780-5FSG(374) or shoot us an email at info@fsgpodcast.com

We’ll see you next week! 

Irene and Shells 

(Recorded Feb 12, 2016)

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EP41: BHM – Say It Loud! (Featuring Dr. Kimberly Brown)

2016-02-08

Hey Ya’ll, we’re so happy to be back with you good people! Shells shares a little about her professional growth as a Certified Professional Coach and Irene continues to push herself in her health and fitness journey. And we’re both looking forward to support Cam Newton during Super Bowl 50.

Around the water cooler, we discuss the the failed attempted assassination of an Australian woman at the hands of her husband; American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson; our girl Ellen had some fun with Rihanna and also interviewed Marley Dias who is the creator of the #1000BlackGirlBooks  campaign; Then we wrap up the water cooler notes with the last Democratic Debate- Hilary and Bernie are throwin’ bows!

For this week’s Would You Rather consideration, would you rather have to shave off one eyebrow or deal with an allergic reaction on your undercarriage? (Where do we get this mess from?!?)  What say you? #FSGWYR @FSGPodcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And then, we have the esteemed pleasure of sharing our “Let’s Talk About It” segment with the Dr. Kimberly Brown- professor, author, speaker, and our go-to Black History expert. Dr. Brown shares a wealth of knowledge with us about the origination of Black History, the validity of “Stay Woke”, the ways we can impart black history onto our children, amongst other things. We are honored to have Dr. Brown with us and so proud of our conversation with her!

We wrap up the show with a gospel track in Irene’s Beats that seemed most appropriate following up our time with Dr. Brown…who IS our eye spy inspiration this week! 

Ya’ll stay inspired and intentional … and we’ll see you next week!

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