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Friends Like Us

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

Sep 5, 2018

Janus Adams  Host and Co-Executive Producer of “The Janus Adams Show,” pioneer of issue-oriented women’s programming, former NPR correspondent, Janus Adams is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and scholar of women’s and African-American history.  A northern school desegregation pioneer and mother, she is founder of BackPaxKids.

A frequent on-air guest, she has appeared on ABC, BET, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered.  She sparred with Ann Coulter, Sally Kohn, Katherine Parker, and Carol Swain at the Comedy Cellar’s knockout Election 2016 debate, “Conservatism and Progressivism” which aired on CSPAN.

She has been featured in Essence and Ms. Magazines, The New York Times, Newsday, USA Today, and The Washington Post.  Her syndicated column ran in the Hearst Newspapers for sixteen years. Her commentary has been broadcast on CBS and NPR, and published in the Huffington Post where her “Open Letter to Paula Deen” went viral. Her book, “Glory Days: 365 Inspired Moments in African American History,” was licensed by McDonald’s and reached more than 3 million readers. Engaged by history since childhood, a northern school desegregation pioneer at 8, she was one of the four children selected to break New York’s “de facto” public school segregation in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.  A classically-trained pianist, she is a graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts.  Her master’s is the nation’s first graduate degree in Black Studies.  Her doctoral chair was author and composer Shirley Graham Du Bois (widow of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, the “Father of Pan-Africanism” and co-founder of the NAACP).  Dr. Adams was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Shaw University. Her websites are: and Adams tweets from @janusadams.

Pat Brown  has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed and BET ‘s ComicView , TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Most important: Check out her critically acclaimed album THE PAT BROWN SEX-TAPE

Erin Jackson is a standup comedian who recently made her late night debut on CONAN, and has appeared on the Ellen Show, Last Comic Standing, Live at Gotham and Wanda Sykes’ Herlarious. She'll be releasing her debut album, "Grudgery," this fall.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin- Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, and HBO's Crashing.