EP55: Irene Don’t Like Ugly

2016-05-30

Aaaaannnnnddddd, we’re back… albeit a week late. #BlameLife

While we were away, Irene was battling the devil (who arrived in the form sinusitis & laryngitis). Meanwhile, Shells was wrangling children, celebrating 7 years of marriage, and is increasingly entertained by Coley-Cole!

We’re catching up about a lot of things around the FSG Water cooler…

    • The Phenomenon of the Laughing Chewbacca Lady (Facebook Live sensation);
    • “Adult” fitness  videos are coming *giggles*
    • Things got “Real” for Tamar Braxton’s daytime career
    • The TSA debacle continues
    • Ellen had one of the most dope Hip Hop weeks
    • The NBA playoffs are proving to be really entertaining
    • The BadBoy reunion was amazing
    • BET’s current programming deserves a round of applause
    • The Billboard Awards was a complete FAIL
    • And lastly, time to pop bottles…cause Gucci Man is finally gucci!!

Then we talk about a basic life management skill: what do you say to ugly people who try to make you feel bad about yourself??? SPOILER ALERT: Irene has some strong feelings about this.

Then, we wrap it all up with some “coloring” from  Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and a Jay Z summer time anthem feature in Irene’s Beats (we’re blessing y’all with two Beats this weeks).  Shelley’s Eye Spy Inspiration is about keeping your vision fixed, no matter the distraction or weight of the world.

That’s all for now, good people… see you next week!

Listen – Laugh – Share!

Irene & Shells

(recorded May 26, 2015)

 

 

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Ep 54: But Can I Get A Kidney?

2016-05-16

New week…new foolishness. HA!

First, we recap the past weekend…both of us were celebrated: one for birth and one for motherhood. Both successful occasions. 🙂  …and then we discuss our love for crab legs.

Then we hang out around the FSG water cooler … which included the rumored relationship between Toni Braxton and Birdman, the happy news for Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna, the dragging of Azelea Banks at the hands of a 14 year old Disney star, the passing of Afeni Shakur, Riley Curry’s growing stardom, the exuberant prom “proposal” trend, dumb ass George Zimmerman, and Irene’s feelings about Jussie Smollett’s vocal ability.

cleardot.gifIt’s a light and easy would you rather this week… would you rather play board games or kickball?? It’s all fun and games, until you have to make a decision! @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

We came across  an article about a man who was struggling in his relationship because he’d fallen out of love with his girlfriend … but felt obligated to stay with her because she’d donated a kidney. So, we’re talking about obligatory relationships…when you stick around longer than you would have because of what has been done, given, or experienced together.

Then, we wrap it all up with a little JT in Irene’s Beats and Brene Brown in Eye Spy Inspiration. We had a good time…and we’re happy to be feeling like ourselves again! 🙂

Until next week, listen – laugh – share!

Irene & Shells

(recorded May 12, 2015)

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EP53: Random & Exhausted

2016-05-10

We’re back!! Irene celebrated her born day, but the LITuation was still a couple days away! While Irene celebrates, Shells is moving closer to her secret life as a granola loving hippie.

Around the water cooler, we share the Pink vs. Prince story, Irene’s reacts to Drake’s new album, we (sadly) acknowledge Trump’s persistence, North Carolina is clearly struggling with acceptance of the transgendered community, and we respond to the National Correspondence dinner and the eternal awesomeness of the Obamas.

This week, would you rather take a cold shower or not take a shower? @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Shells found a store that supports women who are transitioning from violent, unstable, and unsafe circumstances (www.warinternational.org), and picked up a pack of discussion cards. So, we picked a few cards to chat about. We’d love to hear your answers about these topics too! So hit us @fsgpodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Email us at info@fsgpodcast.com or 202-780-5FSG.

Then we wrap this bad boy up with a track from Desiigner in Irene’s Beats and the highlights of Shelley’s Sunday sermon for eye spy inspiration.

We were dragging a little bit this week … blame life…and birthdays! But we’ll be back to our usual energetic selves next week! 🙂

Love ya’ll – Listen.Laugh.Share.

Irene & Shells

(recorded May 5, 2016)

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Ep52: Royalty – Prince & Queen Bey

2016-05-03

It’s a new week…and a new episode of FSG.

Last week, Irene had a blast in NYC visiting friends and enjoying Springcoming…a warm up, of sorts for her upcoming birthday week. She also learned that her personal BeyHive is crazy… Yikes! Meanwhile, Shells has finally recovered from the last 2 weeks travel and visiting, and earned her stripes being “school mom”for a day.

Around the water cooler, we discuss Drake’s new album, some primary elections results, Birdman’s epic faux pas, the melt-down at Live with Kelly & MichaelKobe’s appearance on Ellen, and the conviction of former speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert.

This week’s Would You Rather looks at if it’s harder to tell the truth or tell a lie. So, would you rather be forced to tell your best friend a lie or your parents the truth. What say you? @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Then, we finally get into the Royal Treatment. Given the recent events in the world of music, we simply HAD to spend some time talking about the influence and impact of Prince and Beyonce’. Simply put, this week we discuss Royalty.

And it should come as no surprise at all that these two legends would be in Irene’s Beats’ this week. And finally, we wrap the show up with a bible verse that speaks to living your life with grace.

It was another fun show for us – we hope you enjoyed it too! Continue to share the FSG word and we’ll see ya next week! Listen – Laugh – Share!

Irene & Shells

(recorded April 29, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

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EP51: Modern Media – Truth or Fiction

2016-04-25

**Quick Note: This week’s episode was recorded the day before the world lost the musical legend, Prince. We’ll be sure share our thoughts during next week’s episode. Our thoughts and prayers go our to his family, friends, and fans around the world.**

Hey good people!!!

We’ve both been basking in the beautiful glow of love as we celebrated the marriages (and engagements) of some of our dearest friends.

This week’s water cooler chatter included the awesome hair equality movement led by Shea Moisture, the growing presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the new BLACK face that will be on the new 20 dollar bill, and then… there’s  a word on (pre-Lemonade debut) Beyonce’ and Ivy Park.

What’s more important to you: looking strong to others or actually being strong? That’s this week’s would you rather question. Let us know what you think! @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

And speaking of perception… given recent documentary series such like Confirmation (the Anita Hill Story) and ACS: The People vs OJ, we had to discuss how the media shapes, manipulates, and influences the perception of the general public in high profile cases and ideology, in general.

Finally, we wrap up this week with a little “Pillow Talk” in Irene’s Beats and an Eye Spy inspirational reminder that “dreaming” alone is not enough.

That’s it for now, but we’ll be back next week!  Listen. Laugh. Share.

Irene & Shells

Recorded April 20, 2016

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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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