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Friends Like Us

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

Feb 8, 2023

Lisa Renee Pitts and Abbi Crutchfield visit Friends and discuss the banning of authors like Toni Morrison, Parenting challenges for today's parent, work place affairs and more with Marina Franklin. 

Lisa Renee Pitts is an award winning actress and voice over artist. Broadway credit includes the Pulitzer Prize winning & Tony nominated play Sweat by Lynn Nottage. Notable Off-Broadway and Regional Theater credits include; The Father opposite actor Alfred Molina ;Tiny Beautiful Things and Doubt (Critics Circle Award) ; A Raisin in the Sun (NAACP Theater Award Nominee),  & Intimate Apparel (Critics Circle Award) .  Television and Film roles include: Dr. Dre’s mother, Verna, in Straight Outta Compton (Dir. F. Gary Gray) Stephen King's "The Stand" based on his best selling novel by the same name; True to the Game 1, 2  & 3 adapted from the popular urban romance novels by Teri Woods ; and Baselines; a new pilot coming from (Actor/Dir Nate Parker) As a multi-award winning voice over artist, Lisa's work can be heard in audio movies, national radio spots and most notable in well over 100 titles, narrating your favorite genres for publishing houses including Audible, Simon & Schuster, Random House and Recorded Books just to name a few. Up next, Lisa will appear in Anna Deveare Smiths seminal play "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA.  The play explores the human impact of the LA Riots, following the verdict in the Rodney King beating. A  native New Yorker, now residing in Los Angeles, CA, Lisa holds a BFA degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Abbi Crutchfield has been seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, Broad City on Comedy Central, and she hosted You Can Do Better on TruTV. Her jokes on Twitter are consistently featured on best of lists by publications such as Paste Magazine and The Huffington Post. She has trained at the renowned Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, taught at the People’s Improv Theater, and she tours nationally with her stand-up.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf