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Friends Like Us

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

Jul 10, 2019

Lara Land is a yoga teacher, motivational speaker, life-coach and author. She works with individuals and corporations teaching yoga and leading programs on creating sustainable visions, stress reduction, team & personal production and accountability. Lara has traveled the world bringing yoga as healing to the neediest, most notably in India and Rwanda where she worked for months with HIV positive women and children. Lara is the owner of Land Yoga Arts and Wellness Center in Harlem which has provided fitness, spiritual awareness, and avenues for connection to the community since 2011. She is also the founder of nonprofit,Three and a Half Acres Yoga which provides yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to underserved communities in upper Manhattan to support individuals in recognizing their own power for positive change. Lara is the co-producer of SOULFest NYC a wellness festival which highlights diversity in fitness. Lara has been seen and heard on CBS, Fox5, Sirius xm, and recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Daily News, Health Magazine, Apartment Therapy, andYoga Journal. She just released My Bliss Book, an updated daily life purpose planner + online coaching problem.

Nonye Brown-West is a Nigerian-American comedian, producer, and writer working theaters, clubs and colleges on the East Coast. She has worked with Gina Yashere and Michael Ian Black. She has been featured in the Boston Globe as a Comic to Watch and on Sway In The Morning live at Caroline's on Broadway as a part of the New York Comedy Festival. She was also a featured comedian in the 2019 Treefort Music Festival. You may have seen her recently on “Cittylin” on ABC Boston or you may have heard her on 90.9, Boston's NPR.

Von Decarlo - is a stand-up comedian, actress, and author of the book Speak Fluent Man. She completed two seasons as a talking head comedian on BET/Centric’s According to Him + Her, and is featured on Tru-TV’s hit comedy show, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks. In addition, she performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live. 

You can catch her in national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines. You can also catch her on the 2018 year-end wrap up special for CNN’s AC360. Her one-woman show, Lasagna, debuted at the People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. She is the first female to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA Radio called, Coach Von's Corner, where comedy meets sports, and you get everything on and off the court in the NBA. Her podcast, Coach Von Podcast, is available on iTunes and uses sports to anchor into fun, yet honest, conversations about life, love, and relationships. Fun Fact: Her mother named her after Yvonne Decarlo, the actress who played Lily Munster on the classic television sitcom, “The Munsters”.

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