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Friends Like Us

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

Jan 1, 2020

Africa Miranda is an author, actress, host, digital personality, and beautyprenuer who fuses her vast cultural encounters and uncommon creativity to bring the world her unique perspective.  She was the first brand ambassador to partner with international hair company Creme of Nature.  This opportunity afforded Africa several international campaigns as a model and actress plus partnerships with major brands such as Refinery29, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and Kia Motors America to name a few. Since then, she has written her first book titled Step Up, Step Out, and Shine in which she encourages individuals to tap into their higher selves. In addition, Africa landed a highly-coveted partnership with Facebook Watch in which she hosted and executively produced The Africa Miranda Show.  She has been featured in a myriad of popular media outlets such as Vanity Fair, iOne Digital, BUILD Series, XO Necole,,, and  Africa’s global travels coupled with her 15-year beauty career as the face of major brands prompted her to bring the world Beauty by Africa Miranda.  This glamorous, yet affordable beauty lifestyle line was designed with the everyday woman in mind. Each product or “beauty souvenir” is inspired by a specific stop on Africa’s travel journey.  In just a short amount of time, Beauty by Africa Miranda has garnered the attention of many including features in Essence Magazine,, Yahoo Style & Beauty, and  Africa was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.  She graduated from Alabama State University.  

Nina Karoufeh is a Producer for various different platforms including Sirius XM, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid, and even Fox News. She also recently launched her very first children’s book called “I’m a Princess Too” available right now on Amazon. Nina has MC’ed events big and small from Charity Galas to Fashion Shows! You’ve recently seen her on the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America w/ Bobby Flay" but you can watch her preform on stages all across America.

Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and has been a featured comedian on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, the Jerry O Show on FOX, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst. She was the first woman, and first comedian, to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA radio, which derived from her podcast, the Coach Von Podcast, in which she used sports to anchor into real life discussions about love, life, politics, and much more. She is a graduate of the UCB improv program, as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. You can catch her in global ad campaigns and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines. 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.