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Friends Like Us

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

May 24, 2023

Tina Wells, Dean Edwards, and Bret Raybould visit friends and discuss work-life harmony, race relations, well being, The positive impact of black female entrepeneurs and more with host Marina Franklin.

Tina Wells is a business strategist, advisor, author, and the founder of RLVNT Media, a multimedia content venture that brings culture-shifting storytelling and beloved products to market through innovative partnerships. In 2023, her acclaimed “Elevation Approach,” a framework for finding work-life harmony that she developed while confronting her own professional and personal burnout, expanded with a book and corresponding product line available at Target stores nationwide. Wells is also author of the bestselling tween fiction series Honest June, Mackenzie Blue, and The Zee Files, as well as the marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right. An entrepreneur who launched a successful market research company at age 16, Wells has been recognized by Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Essence’s 40 Under 40, the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement, and more.

Dean Edwards is an American actor, comedian and writer. Most notably recognized for his two year tenure as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Edwards is best known for his multitude of remarkable celebrity impressions that include Denzel Washington, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Mo’Nique, Chris Rock, 50 Cent, and Eddie Murphy. Recently, Dean showcased his amazing talents in his first comedy special, Netflix’s Tiffany Haddish Presents: THEY READY, Season 2.

Bret Raybould is a New York City comedian with an ever-expanding BCU (Bret Cinematic Universe).Currently, he is co-starring in the off-Broadway production of Race: The Movie: The Play, for which he won Best Script and Best Actor for at the NY Theater Festival. The show has been called by critics "Mel Brooks for the modern era" and sold-out its opening night. Tickets for it can be purchased at  In November of 2020, he released his debut hour comedy special “Bret Raybould Retires From Comedy.” The accompanying comedy album version of it debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and had its worldwide premiere on SiriusXM’s premier comedy channel RawDog Radio.

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.