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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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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