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Friends Like Us

A Podcast featuring women of color with different views on hot topics. 

Oct 27, 2021

Africa Miranda, Salone Monet, and Anna Gilchrist visit Friends and discuss being happy at work, introduction to reading for black children and more with host Marina Franklin

Africa Miranda's multifacetedness as the breakout star on Bravo TV’s reality television series The New Atlanta, host on the popular lifestyle talk show on Facebook Watch's The Africa Miranda Show, powerhouse beauty-entrepreneur, actress, and model has solidified her spot as one of the most on demand influencers in the beauty and digital media industries. With more than ten years in the game, all of her successes had come with their own challenges, which she shares in her book Step Up, Step Out, And Shine. 

Salone Monet is the founder and creative director of her color-inclusive nude shoe brand, Salone Monet. After graduating with a Public Communications degree from The American University in Washington, DC, Salone developed the idea of her eponymous shoe brand while working in political PR creating digital content for the federal government and trade associations and simultaneously working at a shoes and accessories store. Realizing the need for color equity in the footwear space, Salone decided to nurture her passion for footwear through shoemaking classes in Brooklyn, where she made her first pair of nude heels from scratch. Salone Monet is a founding member of the CFDA and Bethann Hardison Designer’s Hub and in 2020 was a recipient of the Harlem Fashion Row ICON360 award. The color inclusive line has adorned the feet of Beyonce Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer and a host of other influential women.

Anna Gilchrist is an American author who grew up outside Washington D.C., in Alexandria, Va. Her love for writing formed when she wrote her first chapter book as part of a school project at the tender age of 10. Decades later, she received her MFA in Childhood Studies, at Swansea University, where she learned about global advocacy for children's rights and the human rights treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It was during her studies that she decided to raise awareness about children's rights, choosing to write and illustrate a children's book about a girl who, along with her cat, fights for the right for children to play. The book titled The Extraordinary Day of Daffodil Grey was published in 2017, received rave reviews, and helped launch the Daffi and Friends book series.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf