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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SPECIAL EDITION: Beyonce’ SLAYS!!!

2016-02-07

It’s a special edition of FSG thanks to the Queen Bey, herself. She dropped a new record…and the world imploded. We’re here for it and spend a couple minutes processing our reactions to this song and the video. ENJOY!

oh…and we want to hear what YOU think about Beyonce’s Formation. Call us at 202-708-5FSG!

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EP40: Yeezy be Tweetin’

2016-02-01

Alright, alright, alriiiiggghhhhtttttt…we’re back with another great episode. and while we’ve been away, Shells enjoyed a relaxing one-night vacation with her friends, Donna & Mary. Meanwhile, Irene survived “The Blizzard of 2016” with an epic snow jump and no white bread…yeah…

We haven’t mentioned anything about the historic Powerball jackpot since we lost…but our girl, Ellen, had one of the winners on the show last week. The couple from Mumford, TN dropped by to talk about their life since winning and picked up a “winners gift” from Ellen.

Around the water cooler, we talk about Cam Newton and the historic nature of his upcoming Super Bowl run; the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna “love story”, Trump vs Meagan Kelly vs Fox vs The Republican Debate, and the growing concerns of the Zika virus.

In the world of Would You Rather, we consider just how overrated “adulting” really is. So would you rather be a child your entire life or an adult your entire life? Hit us up on Facebook, IG or Twitter @FSGPodcast and #FSGWYR.

Then we spend some time talking about Kanye’s recent social media melt-down triggered by Wiz Khalifa’s questioning Ye’s newly renamed album. The exchange (if you want to call it that) was memorable, entertaining, and tragic all at the same damn time.

We wrap this week’s foolishness up with a new joint from Rihanna in Irene’s Beats and a quote about checking your Ego for Eye Spy Inspiration.

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we do and we’ll see you next week!

Listen – Laugh – Share,

Irene & Shells

 

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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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