EP24: A Week of Black Queens & the Pope

2015-09-28

The week was pretty low key for both of us. Shells’ youngest is really coming into her personality — and she’s going to be a handful. Meanwhile, Irene is happy that she gave into Tidal and Apple Music and it’s taking over her life…in a good way, of course. Not to mention…what a time it is to be alive, thanks to Drake & Future…and all of the amazing fall television that premiered this week.

Ellen helped kick off the week of Black Queens with an amazing line up of guests this week, including Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Viola Davis. Not only was it a treat to watch the great conversation that our bestie (in our heads), Ellen had with all these amazing women, we LOVE to see Ellen and her wife, Portia DeRossi, together and this week the two shared the talkshow stage…and it was super cute and endearingly funny!

This week we ask, would you rather never touch another human again or never touch a computer powered device again…. ever. This one turned out to be a littler harder than we expected… and we want to hear from you… We’re on Twitter and Facebook @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Then we get into this week’s water cooler news, which just so happened to be chock-full on Black Queens…and The Pope. Viola Davis’ Emmy win and her acceptance speech was triumphant, honest, and inclusive. Taraji demonstrated what supporting your sisters looks likes…literally. Then Apple premiered a commercial adorned with Black Queens. It’s one of the best commercials we’ve ever seen because it speaks loudly to fun, friendship and the experience of music. And speaking of musical experiences … Beyonce slayed, yet again, at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC and then had the esteemed honor of introducing The First Lady, Michelle Obama, who spoke about the new a campaign #62MillionGirls. And if a week of Black Queens wasn’t enough, there was also the fact that the division of church and state was at an all time low, with the pervasive presence of His Holiness – The Pope.

A young Canadian songbird is in Irene’s beat’s this week and a Rhonda Rousey quote (that caught Beyonce’s attention) inspired Shells’ Eye Spy.

Remember to listen. laugh. share! We love ya’ll! Until next week, good people!

(Recorded September 27, 2015)

 

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EP23: The Sum of Er’thang

2015-09-21

We’re back at it with our usual antics and this episode, we really just talk about er’thang. Shells shares a Zumba story and her growing interest in Novel-Tees, while Irene’s commitment to her shoe game continues to thrive.

Ellen hit the new season running with giveaways and helping out families and people in need of new cars and cash. But, one of our favorite moments with Ellen this week was the performance by *singing* Si-Len-To and a father/daughter duo hittin’ the Whip-Nae Nae. As Ellen said, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover…which then led to a discussion about the benefits and risks of “black things in the main stream”.

#FSGWYR: This week the question is, would you rather be stuck on an elevator for 5 hours or be stuck on ski lift for 5 hours. Even though we agree, it doesn’t sound like it … at all.

We spend some time around the FSG Water Cooler chatting about Ahmed Mohammed, the Republican Debate,  the Trump by-product, a mother of the church getting kicked out, fall TV premiere week, and a few things to celebrate.

The truth is that we are not over our St. Maarten trip yet (yes, we talk about it again a little this week) …and The Lifestyle Architect, Omar Hamilton is to blame! Omar is the mastermind behind OHPsalms, LLC and made sure our trip was unforgettable by curating an exclusive and customize itinerary for our group of 40 ladies. Omar is definitely walking in his purpose and his work reflects his great respect for people, relationships, and experiences. Frankly, we don’t want to travel without Omar ever again! So if you’re looking to take a trip curated to your needs, holla at Omar! You can find OHPsalms on Facebook, and @OHPsalms on Twitter & Instagram.

As we wrap up the show, a relatively new and unconventional artist has impressed Irene enough to earn a moment in her Beats. And this week, Shells’ eye spy inspiration is about embracing the fall season to recalibrate and prioritize your life so that you’re balanced and at your best.

We’ll see you next week & remember to Listen. Laugh. Share!

Dassit!

(Recorded Sept. 19, 2015)

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EP22: Sallie, What’s Good?!

2015-09-14

Hey Ya’ll! 

Since we’ve been gone, Irene had an amazing experience at the Made In America Festival, compliments of 360 Magazine. And Shells is navigating the tricky waters of childhood birthday party etiquette. 

ELLEN IS BACK!!! Not only is the daytime talk show back for her 13th season, Ellen also is making her rounds on the Today Show, Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern (and some others) to promote the new season and the launch of her clothing line ED.  With a new season comes the new opportunity to make this #IreneEllenDanceBattle happen!!! Stay tuned to find out how you can help FSG make it to The Ellen DeGeneres Show by year end!  

How important is it for you to be heard? That’s what we consider in this week’s Would You Rather Question. As always we’d love to hear what you think, would you rather only whisper or only shout, that is the question! Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR  

Around the water cooler this week, there’s the Apple Keynote address (and Irene’s excitement), the Freddie Gray settlement, the never ending drama that is The Patriots, Kim Davis’ lunacy, and a few random National Day of ____ to celebrate.

And then we Talk About It: Our deep seated, soul stirring, fully engulfing hatred of that wench named Sallie Mae. Our disdain is legitimate and shared by many college-educated, hard-working professionals, but it also highlights a problem with the cost of education and the loan sharks cloaked as financial “assistance”. 

Once we get that off of our chest, we wrap it up with house music in Irene’s Beats and an awesome book that’s inspiring Shells! 

(recorded September 10, 2015)

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EP21: TRUE Story – SXM

2015-09-08

Hey Good People! The vacation is over and we’re back at it.

This episode is very, let’s say…organic. Truth is, we are still basking in the glow of after-vacation. Not to mention that this trip was one that we’ll never forget for so many reasons…so we’ll tell you all about it. This is the TRUE Story – SXM edition.

This week, our PLUG OF THE WEEK is our favorite photographer and good friend, Elton Anderson. He captured our island celebration with perfection!!! Check him out on Instagram: @L10_LAX, on Tumbler: @L10, and on his website: eltonanderson.com. He’s dope, ya’ll…both behind the camera and in real life. We love you L10!!!

We also recorded in the Week of the Queen’s Birthday… so we bet you can guess what’s in Irene’s Beats. And following such a perfect vacation with some of the most amazing women we know, Shells is all in her feelings with this week’s Eye Spy inspiration.

That’s it for now. We’re glad to be back and we’ll see you next week!

-Irene & Shells

(Recorded September 3, 2015)

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EP20: An Intro to White Nonsense

2015-08-24

Welcome Back! Last week, Shells got to unwind in the city and had a blast. Back in the District, Irene had entertainment overload complements of Straight Outta Compton and Wonderland!

We’re super excited about Ellen’s line with The Gap being available! And we share this week’s #YoureWelcomeWednesday & #ClassicJokeFriday. Ellen’s new season premiers in early September and the first week guests will include Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner-Malala Yousafzai.

This week’s Would You Rather tests your social skills, kinda. Would You Rather be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly? Of course, Irene has some clarifying questions and we want to hear your preference. #FSGWYR @FSGPodcast

This week’s Water Cooler News: Bag checks at Regal Cinemas,  the passing of  civil rights activist Julian Bond, presidential candidate: Deez Nuts, the disgusting hyprocracy of Josh Duggar & Subway Jared. Then Irene gives her Straight Outta Compton review and Shells gets you ready for next week’s National Day of _______  and a random fact!

We introduce a new, occasional segment that we’re calling “White Nonsense” that will celebrate the difference between black and white folk and make light of some of the quirky and crazy conversations that come about. Thanks to Irene’s first white friend and the fancy Louisiana Kitchen.

Irene’s Beats have a Cheerleader this week & Shells found a new motivating writer whose quote speaks to being kind to yourself and persevering.

See you in two weeks … We’re headed out of the country for a little vacation, charge it to our lives. 🙂

(Recorded August 20, 2015)

 

 

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EP19: Orange Juice & Abandonment

2015-08-17

Wellllll… it looks like ya’ll keep coming back for what we’re giving, and we’re glad about it.

Ellen is still in reruns, but she’s coming back to an all new season on September 8th. We can not wait!

Irene had another wonderful summer weekend and Shells has been up to nothing. Irene may or may not have attended a top secret event and Shells is looking forward to an upcoming Windy City wedding.

When it comes to controlling your life, would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button? This one made us think! What would you rather? Let us know @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Need some news around the water cooler? Here are some highlights (or lowlights) week:

▪The court rendering of Tom Brady made national news because the court artist didn’t make him a pretty as he is.

▪Hillary has to say goodbye to her private emails…after months of drama.

▪Geno Smith has a broken jaw complements of his (now former) teammate. Listen, it’s all about principle.

▪It’s a weak week for National Day-of celebrations, but if you need something, there is National I LOVE Feet day & National Thrift Shop Day on Monday, Aug 17th and National Mail Order Day August 18th.

▪…and then Beyonce graced the cover of the September issue of Vogue Magazine. Queen Bey!!!!

Plug of the Week! Writer/Director/Editor- Shayla Racquel, native of Columbia, SC and FAMU grad.

Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth and having a stroke at the young age of 12, her childhood battle with the disease is what brought her closer to the art of storytelling.  Writing, creating, and watching ideas come to life served as a getaway from her struggle with the disease, filling her with euphoria through the pain. She began to explore and hone her craft during her collegiate years at Florida A&M University by directing and editing numerous videos for businesses and organizations around the Tallahassee community.

Since then, Shayla has gone on to write/produce/and direct the YouTube webseries, Quarter Century and recently debuted her first short film- Life’s Checklist.There are currently two seasons of Quarter Century, the first featuring DC’s vibrant culture, while the second season showcases the liveliness of young black adults in New York. She uses the series to support and promote Black owned businesses, indie music artists, and up and coming fashion designers.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DiiMpZSixteen Instagram & Twitter: @ShaylaRacquel www.shaylaracquel.com

Let’s Talk About It: Orange Juice & Abandonment

There has been a lot of chatter about whether or not if it’s appropriate to address and/or discipline other people’s children. So we’re talking about it, as a single woman and a mother of two … this should be interesting!

This trailblazing songstress is changing the game. And she’s introducing her talented and futuristic crew to the world! The new and riveting music of today’s civil rights movement is in Irene’s Beats this week-Thanks Wondaland.  Eye Spy Inspiration is dedicated to all of our listeners who are trying to balance hope with acceptance.

That’s it for this week.

Listen. Laugh. And share!!

See y’all in the future!

 

(recorded August 13, 2015)

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EP18: The Cool Episode

2015-08-10

Welcome to The Cool Episode, good people.

Last week, while traveling Shells learned that you can, in fact, fly without any identification. Meanwhile, Irene fell in love with the Windy City, made a couple of new white friends, and prepares for ANOTHER HavPlenty Brunch.

Shells (in her infinite corniness) shares a few #ClassicJokeFriday funnies. While Irene shares Ellen’s praises about Amy Schumer’s speech on control, following the Louisiana theatre shooting.

It’s about basics this week in our Would You Rather conversation. What’s more important to you: Your Elbows or Your Knees? Which would you rather be without? Let us know @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

In this week’s Water Cooler News, there is a recap of the Republican Debate, the increase in voter restriction laws, Obama going green, a Drake/Meek Mills update. Be sure to celebrate National Smores and/or Lazy Day on August 10 and National Presidential Joke Day on August 11.

If you’ve ever needed customized anything, this week’s Plug of the Week is for you! King Creative Services, is a custom design company which was born from the need to allow every individual the opportunity to express their creativity by adding a personal touch to everyday items. They specialize in bringing visions to life and the goal is to fully satisfy customers by producing top quality designs which will last a lifetime. You can find King Creative Service at www.kcsfl.com, on FacebookInstagram, or via email at info@kcsfl.com. Hit them up for your next customization project…and tell them Irene & Shells sent you!

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Are other people’s family members as ridiculous as mine?” Well, we have and this week, we talk about our family dynamics and how they impact us as adults.

We are both looking forward to seeing Straight Outta Compton, and so it’s no surprise that the rap icon and producer extraordinaire is in Irene’s Beats this week. Eye spy inspiration is about approaching your life as if it were through the lens of a camera. Is so simple, it’s genius!

That’s all for this week…Stay cool, folks!

Irene & Shells

(Recorded August 8, 2015)

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EP17: Aubrey Ain’t Playin Fair

2015-08-03

It’s another FSG Week and here’s the rundown: Shells got a few days away from the family and ate up ALL of the Sweetie Pies soul food she could hold. While Irene is getting ready for her first taste of Summertime Chi.

Ellen’s Motivation Monday is inspiring and entertaining…that’s so Ellen! Then we entertain ourselves with this Would You Rather speak like Yoda or breath like Darth Vader. @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR

Around the water cooler, there is chatter about the Dentist and the Lion, Tom Brady’s punishment for Deflategate, the return of The Wiz,  and then we spend some time on this lop-sided Meek Mill versus Drake tension.

Aubrey’s recent antics earned him a spot in Irene’s beats and simple post on a friend’s FB page set Shells up for Eye Spy Inspiration.

If you or someone you know has a business that you’d like to be featured as our Plug of the Week, contact us at info@fsgpodcast.com. We’d LOVE to promote your business!

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EP16: Your Vivid HD Life

2015-07-27

It’s episode 16, ya’ll. Over the last week, Shells had a little run-in with a tollbooth while trying to pick up a sick child. Irene is in love with summer, trying to reconcile her feelings about the stair master, and successfully tweet threatening AT&T.

When it comes to Ellen, one of us is amused by Ellen’s recent “You’re Welcome Wednesdays”, while the other is digging a lot of the novelty gear in The Ellen Shop.

This week’s Would You Rather completely threw Irene for a loop! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and let us know which you would rather: Always be overdressed or always be underdressed. @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR

Water Cooler News includes the re-opening of the US & Cuba embassies, a couple more “National _____ Days” for your celebratory pleasure, an interesting extra credit question that addresses the “fear of missing out”, and we then get into quite a discussion about this Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift … thing.

This week’s Plug of the Week is In My Own Lane Events. Kianna Lane is the CEO & Founder of In My Own Lane Events, as well as a mother and entrepreneur. As she began to build her businesses, she quickly learned that she could accomplish more with a valuable network, so she started to bring together many of her entrepreneur friends to collaborate, support, and encourage each other. The result was the birth of In My Own Lane Events where they host events designed to bring businesses together to build one another up. Planning for September is currently underway for events in the metro-Atlanta area. Contact In My Own Lane at InMyOwnLaneEvents@gmail.com and like their page on Facebook for more information and upcoming events.

Let’s Talk About It this week, is a discussion about the desire for and dangers of validation, especially on social media. We learn that Shells is deeply impacted by ultra-perfect IG pictures…eh, she’s a work in progress.

 

A Philly native and R&B maven is delighting Irene’s Beats, and her story to stardom is our Eye Spy Inspiration. That’s all we have, until next week! See you then!

(Recorded July 23, 2015)

 

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EP15: What’s Success?

2015-07-20

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

This week, Shells was fighting the downpours, wrangling children, and feeling accomplished about taking her coffee black. Irene and her Sammies wrapped up their season, so more time can be committed travel…which she is booking 1 one-way flight at a time.

And we have a new addition to the FSG family… our new and official intro! We hope you like it, ’cause we just love it! 🙂

While Ellen’s rockin out with Gap Kids, Irene does not want us not forget, #IreneEllenDanceBattle will happen this year!

Would you rather live in an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or live in an extraordinary home in an ordinary place? We want to hear from you. Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter @fsgpodcast #FSGWYR

Water Cooler News this week includes the tragic and suspicious “death” of Sandra Bland, the Chattanooga, TN military site shootings, a summary of the ESPYs, the Birdman/Young Thug/ Weezy craziness, the verdict in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting, the epic fail named “Amazon Prime Day“, and a few fun National “______” Day that will get you through the week.

This week’s Plug Of The Week is The Urbane Group. Urbane caters to the cultured young professional – after traditional business hours. Urbane is a lifestyle experience that infuses unparalleled customer service with social sophistication. Headquartered in Washington, DC, The Urbane Group is operating in more than seven major cities. To begin your experience experience, visit www.urbaneworldwide.com

Cocktails 2 Connect is a signature happy hour series of Urbane. It’s an after-work social event that provides a platform for young professionals under 40 to network with one another in a cosmopolitan environment. This event series has successfully expanded to Washington, DC, Chicago, IL,  Houston, TX and most recently, Charlotte, N.C. In less than five years, C2C has help connect over 100,000 people. See more details at cocktails2connect.com.

This week, we discuss how success is measured, how the definition has changed, and what it means to us today.

A Tallahassee hero is in Irene’s Beats this week, and a simple encouragement at the gym inspired Shells for Eye Spy this week!

As always, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know what you think of the new intro and the progression of the show overall! We can’t thank you enough for the support and feel free to continue to spread the good FSG word!

We’ll see you next week.

Irene & Shells

 

 

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