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Friends Like Us

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

Sep 23, 2020

Makaila Nichols - At age 22, Makaila is a best-selling author of “Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life.” In her book, she shares her personal struggles with issues teens may encounter such as: bullying, body image, sexual assault, peer pressure and more. To meet the needs of her younger audience, she has also created two children's coloring books focused on anti-bullying and positive body image: "Buddies Don't Bully" and "Every Body is Beautiful." Thanks to generous sponsors from Central Florida, Makaila and her sponsors have donated over 10,000 coloring books to over 18 elementary schools. In 2021, Makaila’s anti-bullying organization, The Blatantly Honest Foundation will be participating in a mission to the moon to help end bullying at home. To reach an even larger audience, Makaila has developed a YouTube & podcast channel that focuses on changing the stigmas behind teen social issues. She is able to accomplish this by chatting with celebrities, influencers and experts about their own struggles and triumphs.  Makaila also shares her story in person. She travels the country to speak to elementary, middle and high school students about bullying, body image, sexual assault, mental health and suicide prevention. Aside from working with the youth, she also hosts events to provide insight for parents, teachers, organizations and more.

Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, producer, 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, BET, Comedy Central, and 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. She was the first woman, and first comedian to host her own show on the Sirius XM NBA channel, and you can listen to her Coach Von Podcast as well as her Grown AF Podcast to get a dose of uncensored truth with lots of giggles.  Be sure to keep an eye for her in global ad campaigns, and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines

Sydnee Washington (@Justsydnyc) is a comedian, actor, and very hot model based in New York. She co-hosts both The Unofficial Expert podcast and Comedy at the Knitting Factory on Sundays. She also recently completed the Comedy Central Digital Creators Program and appeared on Comedy Central’s 2018 Up Next stand-up showcase series.

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