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Friends Like Us

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

Sep 30, 2020

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch in 2019, she hosted one of the host for Netflix's new show "100 Humans", she can be seen as a series regular on the new upcoming series from Greg Daniels a half hour comedy titled “Upload” an Amazon original series premiering May 1st, and she made her first late night stand up appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Zainab had a breakout appearance on HBO’s All Def Comedy (2017) and has made appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2014), Arsenio (2014), BET’s Comic View (2014), AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live! and just recently starred in a new web series titled Avant-Guardians.  She is a regular at the Improv Comedy Club in LA and the Comedy Cellar in NY.  Zainab has performed in the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy and returned numerous times since.  She also had a breakout performance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2018.

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.  

Salone Monet is a New York City-based entrepreneur. Salone studied shoe making in Brooklyn where she made her first pair of nude heels. This then propelled into Pedestals NY, Salone’s clothing company specializing in nude heels for women of color. Each pair of Salone Monet heels is designed in New York and handcrafted in Italy. 

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