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Friends Like Us

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

Jun 12, 2019

Leslie Jones is a comedian and actress who is a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2010, her one-hour comedy special, Problem Child, was broadcast on Showtime. In 2014, Jones appeared in Chris Rock's directing debut, Top Five, she also appeared in the Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer movie, Trainwreck; Jones starred in Ghostbusters (2016) as Patty Tolan. In 2018, Jones is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Tracee Loran is a Brooklyn-based TV host, writer, producer, and actress. Her knack for intrinsic characters and comedic timing lead to her first break when she hosted an Internet program called TV Quickie with Nikki. The popular online show generated thousands of hits and fan mail during its two-year run.
Tracee has appeared in numerous national television ads for FedEx, HBO, AT&T, Arby’s, and Sony, to name a few.  She also worked for ESPNMobile where she fused her passion and keen knowledge of sports with her unconventional reporting style to secure interviews with notable sports figures. Her exciting ESPN position carried her to Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the US Open, and the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Tracee previously partnered with HBO to write critically acclaimed promos for HBOGo that featured Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) and Rutina Wesley (Queen Sugar, True Blood).
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Tracee received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the College of Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, and author. He is founder and chief reading inspirer at Barbershop Books, a literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provides early literacy training to barbers. His work connecting reading to male-centered spaces and involving men in boys’ early reading experiences earned him the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. He has a hilarious children's book called Gross Greg and his new comedy album comes out Friday, August 10th.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin- Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.