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Friends Like Us

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

Aug 31, 2022

Adria Ross and Nitika Chopra visit Friends Like Us and discuss how to take care of self with host Marina Franklin.

Adria Ross is the owner of Lillie Mae Handmade Aromatherapy Products LLC based in Memphis, Tennessee and Brooklyn, New York. She is a Certified Aromatherapist specializing in the cultivation of plant-based and fragranced products. Lillie Mae’s products are all-natural and free of genetically modified organisms, parabens, and sulfates. The line includes body creams, hair hydration, candles, bath bombs, salts, lip balms, and so much more! Adria handcrafts all products with focal points rooted in integrity, quality, and consistency. Most importantly, she hopes to preserve the knowledge created by our ancestors and return to embracing the healing power of natural extracts. Lillie Mae Handmade Aromatherapy Products was created on July 27, 2016. Adria, was inspired to create the company after a two-week vacation in Zanzibar, Africa. During her trip, she spent several days harvesting a rare seaweed with a community of courageous female entrepreneurs. Their insight on women empowerment, networking within the community and cultivating quality products created a lasting impact. After returning to New York, Adria enrolled in the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, where she intensely studied the power and purpose of essential oils. She soon realized that their healing properties were desperately needed in a society crippled with inequities, injustices, and oppression. Each product was crafted with the purpose that healing can only happen if we alone, “Take Time for Ourselves.”

Nitika Chopra: Nitika Chopra is the founder of Chronicon, a media and events company, dedicated to elevating the lives of those living with a chronic illness. Nitika was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 10 and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 19 and lived over 17 years of her life being defined by her conditions. In 2010 she decided to take all of the lessons her health journey had taught her and use it to help others with the creation of her online magazine Bella Life. Since the start of her entrepreneurial journey Nitika has hosted her own TV talk show on Z Living called Naturally Beautiful, hosted over 40 events with hundreds of guests in attendance and has created dynamic partnerships with over 150 brands in the wellness space. 

After 10 years in event creation, Nitika launched Chronicon in the fall of 2019, focused on those living with a chronic illness. The event sold out, had over 2,000 livestream viewers, high-level brand sponsors and has been growing ever since. Now, Nitika is excited to announce that Chronicon is expanding online with The Chronicon Community, a new, accessible online space with inspiration, advocacy, and empowerment for chronically ill folks across the globe to connect. Nitika is also the host of The Point of Pain podcast which is available wherever you enjoy your podcasts. Follow her for daily inspiration @NitikaChopra + @ChroniconOfficial.

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