Well, we survived FAMU’s 2015 Homecoming and we’re back to tell you all about it …. and other things, of course!
In the world of Ellen, we are excited about Oprah on Ellen and then Ellen on OWN: Ellen’s Master Class. We’re really looking forward to hearing her share some of the teachable moments that shaped her! We also discuss a blog post that is clearly a misuse of our girl’s name for clicks…and Irene is mad.
In a knod to Shells’ son, this week’s Would You Rather question is about which superhero, Batman or SpiderMan, you’d rather be? #FSGWYR @fsgpodcast
This week, we are renaming “Water Cooler News” to “A Week in the Pop Culture Mind of Irene”. There’s Out in Hip Hop, the TIDAL concert, Meek Mill, Hotline Bling, Back 2 the Future, and Undisclosed. And in true Shelley randomness, there’s a little addition about cheese addiction.
Then we get into the recap of FAMU’s Homecoming. There was so much goodness over the weekend and it was amazing for both of us to return to The Hill. One of the best moments was Convocation, which included the inspiring speech by Angela Robinson (aka: Veronica Harrington from Tyler Perry’s Haves & The Have Nots), and the band that always gets you back into that FAMU spirit- The 100!
What’s in Irene’s Beats this week is a direct extension of the FAMU experience, and an Angela Robinson quote is our Eye Spy Inspiration this week. It was an exciting week… and we sound like it! lol.
Hope you enjoy the show…and remember to Listen – Laugh – and Share!
HEY, Good People! This is the last week you hear us talk about getting ready for FAMU homecoming and you can sum up our final preparation efforts as “Superwoman Wednesday“. And the anticipation is bringing up some deep emotions…for Irene. Meanwhile, Shells has a really full kid-free social agenda for the first time in a while…and it’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time!
We’ve been pretty busy so we’re not caught up with Ellen, but there’s always a good “You’re Welcome Wednesdays” to share, which led to an enlightening convo about teeth whitening. And then we talk about how cool Twitch is, which led to Irene coming for his job.
This week, we’re keeping it light… so we talk about the food… warm food or cold food, that is. What would you rather? @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
And in the spirit of keeping it light, we decided to play an very abbreviated version of “20 Questions”. We’re still learning things about each other and ya’ll are welcome to let us know how’d you answer these questions too!
Our theme song for the upcoming weekend is in Irene’s Beats this week and the Eye Spy Inspiration is simply divine.
That’s all for now! We can’t wait to see you next week for a full FAMU HC15 recap…see you then!
With FAMU’s homecoming just a week away, Irene is (almost) done with planning our campus reunion, celebration, and the expectation of a large group of women. Shells is reflective about the illusive “alone time” in motherhood and Shells household is rooting for the Cubs … hard. Then, that story about the baseball game sorority girls…the one we almost cut from the show last week… caught the attention of alot of our favorite people. But, you heard it here first!
And speaking of favorite people, Ellen had an adorable 8 year old fitness trainer on the show, who also challenged Usain Bolt to a foot race. It was an awesome interview with both. But what’s got us really excited is Ellen’s open call to join her squad! We’re working on a video to submit to EllenTube now! #EllenSquad here we come!!
This week, we get in a lively debate about being either a winner or a spectator. We love to hear your answers to our would you rather questions. We’re waiting to hear from you Twitter or Facebook (@FSGPodcast) and use the hashtag #FSGWYR!
Here’s something to chop it up about around the water-cooler this week: Spencer Stone gets stabbed again (he’s the dude that helped thwart the shooting on the train in France over the summer), there’s some shady business with some of the increasingly popular fantasy football sites, ABC Family is changing it’s name and we don’t understand, an Ohio stoner called the police on himself and his munchies, and there’s a few things to celebrate next week.
Then we get into a little sharing about some of guilty pleasures. You know, those things that you really enjoy…but you don’t really want anyone to know about? Since we LOVE y’all soon much, why not share (just a few) of ours with the good people? LOL!!! Nothing too crazy, but this topic definitely led to some classic FSG giggles! What are some of your guilty pleasures?
And in the spirit of guilty pleasures, Irene’s got another one in her Beats this week. And Shells sends you off with some inspiration about following through on fleeting thoughts and trusting your gut.
That’s all for this week…but we’ll be back, as always. Until then, listen, laugh, share!
What up, fam! It’s been a rainy few days for Irene, who’s prepping for a weekend in NYC & FAMU’s homecoming. And Shells’ son is her biggest teacher this week – the young man is paying attention to details and asking some hard questions.
In the wonderful world of Ellen, this week’s guests included Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kim Kardashian West & young North. Then, there’s the new segment “When Life Gives You Lemons” that we over-love! Ellen’s fashion line is available … at Bergdorf Goodman<— hyperlinked for your (and Irene’s) convenience, lol.
This week’s Would You Rather weighs happiness and knowledge. Let us know what you’d rather on Facebook and Twitter. @FSGPodcast #FSGWYR
Around the water-cooler, we’ve narrowly escaped another government shutdown; there’s the NCAA hustle; Trump is worse than Putin (Go figure.), President Obama addresses gun control…again, and apparently, there’s no place for selfies in baseball. So, there’s that.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, the cuffs come out! This week, we talk about Cuffin’ Season, which makes for an interesting conversation since Irene’s single and ouchea…and Shells is married and not.
Irene’s Beatsare playing what could serve as this “season’s” anthem of sorts. (We should also mention that someone is falling under the Tidal spell…IJS). And Shells is still learning from Taraji’s example of support and encouragement, and sharing the insight in this weeks Eye Spy.
That’s a wrap…for now! Until next week, Listen. Laugh. Share!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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.
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.