The Friend Zone
The Friend Zone
Loud Speakers Network
Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain? Send inquiries and questions to: TheFriendZone@loudspeakersnetwork.com #TheFriendZone
Upper Krust Kocktails
On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, it’s a Dustin Ross takeover. We discuss #twerkgate at the True Kitchen & Kocktails restaurant in Dallas, TX. The Friend Zone Merch Shop - https://shopfriendzone.bigcartel.com Black Business of the Week - Black Woman Owned Stationary Company https://berootedco.com Wellness Segment - Virtual Crackling Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=015Zq0fKDmE&feature=emb_title Thank you to our Sponsors: Headspace - Headspace is your daily dose of mindfulness in the form of guided meditations in an easy-to-use app. Headspace is the one of the ONLY meditation apps advancing the field of mindfulness and meditation through clinically-validated research. So, whatever the situation, Headspace really can help you feel better. Overwhelmed? Headspace has a 3 minute S.O.S. meditation for you. Need some help falling asleep? Headspace has wind down sessions their members swear by. And for parents, Headspace even has morning meditations you can do with your kids. Go to https://www.headspace.com/FRIENDZONE for a FREE ONE-MONTH TRIAL with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation. Talkspace - With Talkspace, you can take care of your mental health without dipping into your savings account. You can sign up online or download the app and start therapy that same day with a licensed therapist for a fraction of the price of traditional therapy. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to https://www.talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code ZONE to get one-hundred dollars off your first month and show your support for the show. Hello Fresh - America’s #1 meal kit, lets you skip trips to the grocery store, and makes home cooking easy, fun, AND affordable. HelloFresh offers convenient delivery right to your doorstep for easy home cooking with the family. Go to https://www.hellofresh.com/FRIENDZONE90 and use code FRIENDZONE90 to get $90 off including free shipping! Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Dec 2
1 hr 58 min
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s another shoot the shit episode. Seasonal blues, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Grammy snubs and more randomness. Shop our Merch (available Friday, November 27th at midnight EST) https://www.ShopFriendZone.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Sanvello - What a year 2020 has been. If the holiday season is feeling less like the cherry on top, and more like the straw that broke the camel’s back, Sanvello can help. Whether it’s stress, anxiety, depression, or just general “make this year stop,” Sanvello has the tools to help you feel better. Get tele-therapy, coaching, self-care, peer support, step-by-step guided journeys, and more, all in one app. Plus, your Sanvello journey is customizable to you. Sanvello checks in with how you’re feeling so you can track your emotions and progress over time, and learn what works for you and what doesn’t. You can think of Sanvello as a place to feel better, anywhere, anytime. Plus, it’s covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans and growing. Get free premium access to all self-care content and a trained mental health coach for 2 weeks by visiting https://www.sanvello.com/FRIENDZONE Tushy - Ditch paper products and uncomfortable chafing when you switch to the soothing, cleansing stream of water from a Hello Tushy bidet attachment. AND every Hello Tushy bidet attachment comes with a SIXTY DAY RISK-FREE GUARANTEE and a TWELVE-MONTH WARRANTY. Join MILLIONS of happy HELLO TUSHY customers RIGHT NOW and have a clean butt with every flush. Go to https://hellotushy.com/FRIENDZONE to get TEN PERCENT OFF. 
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Nov 25
1 hr 48 min
A Good Time Girl
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s a shoot the shit episode. No hot button. No segments. Brace yourself. Thank you to our Sponsors: Sanvello - Tis the season to be jolly? …for who exactly? If the “most wonderful time of year” actually feels like the most stressful, Sanvello can help. Sanvello has everything you need to manage stress and feel better, all in one app, including teletherapy, coaching, self-care tools, and a community that gets it. Get free premium and coaching for 2 weeks by visiting https://www.sanvello.com/FRIENDZONE. Sanvello. A place to feel better. Wondery’s Jacked: The Rise of the New Jack Sound - The New Jack Swing Sound. You know the songs. Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” It wasn’t just hit songs, it became a movement that took over music, culture, and style. Wondery and Universal Music Group present Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound, hosted by Taraji P. Henson. Jacked tells the story of a group of young musicians from Harlem with a dream to change the world. They used their unique talents to create a revolutionary sound in music, New Jack Swing. Go behind the scenes, and into the recording studio with the movement’s most famous artists as they create groundbreaking songs and forever change American culture. Subscribe to Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound on Apple Podcasts. Join Wondery plus in the Wondery App to listen, ad free, right now. Wondery - Feel the Story. Honey - Imagine this: You make a list of the gifts you’re gonna buy for the holidays. And then, someone randomly gives you the money to help buy one. Sound good? Well that’s what Honey is doing - they’re helping pay for ONE MILLION dollars worth of gifts! You’re probably wondering…is this the same Honey that automatically searches for promo codes online? YES, yes it is! With Honey, you can also make a list of all the holiday gifts you want from certain stores, and Honey will email you when the price drops on anything on your list. Just add Honey to your computer, create a free account, and throw some holiday gifts on your Droplist for a chance to win. Honey will randomly select winners and give them the money to help buy something on their list! No purchase necessary. You need a PayPal account to redeem the prize. Only valid in the U.S. Giveaway ends December 21, 2020. Get Honey for free at https://www.joinhoney.com/FRIENDZONE Native - With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to indulge in the sights and sounds and scents of the season. So update your Native collection with their Candy Cane holiday scent, the perfect addition to your daily routine this holiday season. Native deodorants don’t just block odor better, they’re made better, with ingredients you’ve heard of like coconut oil and shea butter. It’s also vegan, and never tested on animals. Native never uses potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum, parabens, sulfates or talc. Their Candy Cane Gift Set makes the perfect gift option, and all Native products are great stocking stuffers for everyone on your list! Native is risk-free to try – every product comes with free shipping within the U.S. PLUS free 30 day returns and exchanges. See why so many people love Native and check out the over 14,000 5-star reviews. Give the gift of Native by going to https://www.nativedeo.com/friend, or use promo code FRIEND at checkout, and get twenty percent off your first order. Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Nov 18
1 hr 36 min
Twenty Twenty
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s the Assante Smith takeover. We share our 2020 highs, lows and expectations, with some stories and jokes in between. Black Business of the Week - https://www.blackfashionfair.org Wellness Segment - Paradise Resin https://www.etsy.com/listing/519156674/paradise-resin-blend?ref=shop_home_active_47&crt=1 Thank you to our Sponsors: Sanvello - Tis the season to be jolly? …for who exactly? If the “most wonderful time of year” actually feels like the most stressful, Sanvello can help. Sanvello has everything you need to manage stress and feel better, all in one app, including teletherapy, coaching, self-care tools, and a community that gets it. Get free premium and coaching for 2 weeks by visiting https://www.sanvello.com. Sanvello. A place to feel better. True Botanicals - Given what’s going on in the world, self care is vital. True Botanicals’ products can be calming during these stressful times, and they’re delivered straight to your door. Filled with natural and organic ingredients, True Botanicals skin and body products give you results without toxins so you can feel good while working from home. Every True Botanicals formula is MADE SAFE® certified – so it’s made WITHOUT 5,000+ known toxic ingredients. But unlike most nontoxic products, True Botanicals solutions actually work to REPAIR skin issues. True Botanicals worked with researchers at leading universities including Carnegie Mellon and Cornell to develop potent formulas that work BETTER than leading beauty brands. And in both of their independent clinical studiesTrue Botanicals outperformed Creme de La Mer products. Whether you’re looking for an effective anti-aging regime, seeking a sensitive skin safe solution, struggling with acne-prone skin, or anything else, True Botanicals has a natural formulation that will protect and nourish your skin. You’ve just got to try True Botanicals for yourself. Get FIFTEEN PERCENT OFF your FIRST purchase at https://truebotanicals.com/FRIENDZONE ShipStation - The holiday season is here and holiday shoppers are buying more stuff online than ever before. If you're an online seller, are you struggling to keep up? Get your SHIP together with ShipStation. ShipStation is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to manage and ship your orders. In just a few clicks, you're managing orders, printing out discounted shipping labels, and getting your products out fast - resulting in happier holidays for you and your customers. No matter where you’re selling, ShipStation brings all your orders into one simple interface. ShipStation works with all of the major carriers including USPS, FedEx, UPS and even International - they even offer big discounts on shipping costs and you'll always know that you're getting the best deal. No wonder ShipStation is the number one choice of online sellers. And right now, The Friend Zone listeners can try ShipStation FREE for 60 days when you use offer code FRIENDZONE at https://www.shipstation.com Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Nov 11
1 hr 37 min
Deity of Education
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s the Dustin Ross takeover. We discuss the relationship dynamics (red flags) witnessed on Tamar Braxton’s latest show, “Get Ya Life”. Black Business of the Week - Tri-State Podcast Studio https://www.oneofoneproductions.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Sanvello - Tis the season to be jolly? ...for who exactly? If the “most wonderful time of year” actually feels like the most stressful, Sanvello can help. Sanvello has everything you need to manage stress and feel better, all in one 
app, including teletherapy, coaching, self-care tools, and a community that gets 
it. Get free premium and coaching for 2 weeks by visiting https://www.sanvello.com/FRIENDZONE. Sanvello. A place to feel better. Talkspace - Talkspace is on a mission to make therapy affordable and accessible for all because we all need extra support to feel our best. Talkspace has thousands of licensed therapists trained in over 40 specialities, including anxiety, depression, relationships and more. No matter what, Talkspace will find you the perfect therapist for your goals. Plus, Talkspace is a fraction of the cost of in-person therapy and you can send unlimited messages to your therapist 24/7 and they'll engage daily, five days a week. The bottom line is that we all need someone to talk to. Talkspace wants to give us the support we deserve at a price we can afford. To match with your perfect therapist, go to https://www.talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code ZONE to get one-hundred dollars off your first month and show your support for the show. Hello Fresh - HelloFresh, America’s #1 meal kit, lets you skip trips to the grocery store, and makes home cooking easy, fun, AND affordable. HelloFresh offers convenient delivery right to your doorstep for easy home cooking with the family. 
And you can save 40% by using HelloFresh versus shopping at your local grocery! HelloFresh offers more than 20 chef-crafted, delicious options every week to help you break out of your recipe rut, try new things, and make any night feel special. There’s something everyone will enjoy, including 20 minute meals, low-calorie, vegetarian, family-friendly recipes and more. The packaging HelloFresh uses to ship your food is almost entirely made from recyclable and/or already recycled content, and HelloFresh’s carbon footprint is 25% lower than grocery-made meals. And HelloFresh is committed to donating meals to those in need - so far in 2020, they have donated 3.5 MILLION meals! Go to https://www.hellofresh.com/FRIENDZONE90 and use code FRIENDZONE90 to get $90 off including free shipping. Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Nov 4
2 hr 9 min
The Vow
This week on #TheFriendZone, we discuss the HBO 9-part documentary series, “The Vow” - about the NXIVM sex cult. What are the personality traits that make certain people more susceptible to cults? What makes someone a follower? And someone a leader? We share our thoughts and personal experiences. Thank you to our Sponsors: FightCamp - If you’re looking for a workout that keeps you engaged, learning, excited, and motivate — a workout that’s never boring — you’ve got to check out Fight Camp! They provide all the gear and top trainers — it’s everything you need for great 
workouts. FightCamp brings the boxing gym to you, with a mix of cardio and conditioning for a full-body workout. You get to learn from six highly qualified trainers ranging from a pro MMA fighter and mother of two to a kickboxing world champion. No problem if you’re new to boxing. Their 12-week starter program teaches you the fundamentals of boxing while you get a great workout every time. And there are 400 different workouts. FightCamp offers flexible financing for as low as 0% APR! And right now as a limited time offer, you can try FightCamp for 30 days with their money-back guarantee, just go to https://joinfightcamp.com/ZONE Jenny Life - Ladies, listen up! Not only do men have MORE Life Insurance than women, they have TWICE as much coverage. Jenny Life wants to shrink that gap. It doesn’t matter if you are a working mom, single mom, expecting mom, single, or if your kids are four-legged fur-babies. You still need life insurance. You need Jenny Life! Jenny Life makes it FAST and EASY for women to know their families will be taken care of with life insurance that’s uniquely built for your needs. With Jenny Life, you can get your Life Insurance Policy without bloodwork or unnecessary red tape - and you can do it all online...from your own home. 
They ask 5 simple questions, curate plans from dozens of A-rated insurance 
carriers, and give you a personalized, budget-friendly Life Insurance quote in 
seconds. For example, a healthy 32 year old woman can get a HALF MILLION DOLLARS in coverage for about a $1 a day, without ever stepping into a doctor’s office! Life Insurance is something every woman should have in place. Because every family deserves a secure financial future. Visit https://jennylife.com/friendzone to get a FREE quote right now! 
 Seedlip - Seedlip founder, Ben Branson, aimed to solve the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking. Drawing inspiration from a centuries-old book entitled The Art of Distillation, Ben tinkered in his kitchen with homegrown herbs and a copper still. The ultimate result was a range of uniquely flavored non-alcoholic spirits without alcohol, calories or sugar. Conveniently delivered direct to your door. Topped with a splash of Ginger Ale or Tonic, Seedlip makes crafting adult, non-alcoholic cocktails easy at home. Made from the finest globally sourced botanical ingredients, Seedlip comes in 
three varieties: The aromatic Spice 94, herbal Garden 108, and the citrus-forward Grove 42. All without alcohol, calories or sugar. As simple as adding a splash of premium mixer or 2 oz. of your preferred expression or challenging your bartending skills to create a more elevated serve. Seedlip enables you to have that evening drink – any night of the week. Delivered direct to your door via https://seedlipdrinks.com. And for a limited time, get 15% off your order by using the code FriendZone15 at checkout. 
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Oct 28
1 hr 38 min
Nursing School
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s a shoot the shit episode. No hot button. No segments. Just whatever comes up. Brace yourself. Thank you to our Sponsors: Honey - These days, it feels like online shopping is the only shopping we really do. Please feel free to share a personal story of how often you shop online and why you love it! That’s where today’s sponsor – Honey – comes in. It’s the FREE browser extension that scours the Internet for promo codes and 
automatically applies the best one available at checkout. Honey is basically your online shopping best friend. https://www.joinhoney.com/FRIENDZONE. If Honey finds working codes, it’ll apply the best one to your cart! Honey has found its over 17 million members over 2 billion dollars in savings. Honey supports all kind of retailers, from tech and gaming sites, to fashion brands, to even food delivery. True Botanicals - Filled with natural and organic ingredients, True Botanicals skin and body products give you results without toxins so you can feel good. Every True Botanicals formula is MADE SAFE® certified – so it’s made WITHOUT 5,000+ known toxic ingredients. But unlike most nontoxic products, True Botanicals solutions actually work to REPAIR skin issues. True Botanicals worked with researchers at leading universities including Carnegie Mellon and Cornell to develop potent formulas that work BETTER than leading beauty brands. Whether you’re looking for an effective anti-aging regime, seeking a sensitive skin safe solution, struggling with acne-prone skin, or anything else, True Botanicals has a natural formulation that will protect and nourish your skin. Go to https://truebotanicals.com/FRIENDZONE for 15% off. Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Oct 21
1 hr 59 min
What Was The Reason
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s the Assante Smith takeover. We discuss purpose. Is it a concept you buy into? Black Business of the Week - http://www.haremesque.com Wellness Segment - Curl Mix - https://www.curlmix.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Away - Away products are designed to last a lifetime: If any part of your suitcase breaks, Away’s standout customer service team will arrange to have it fixed or replaced. And it gets better: There’s a 100-day trial on everything Away makes. Take the product out on the road. Live with it, travel with it, even get lost with it for 100 days. If you decide it’s not for you, you can return any non-personalized item for a full refund during that period—no ifs, ands, or asterisks. AND Away offers free shipping & returns on any order within the contiguous U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia. Start your 100-day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their bestselling suitcases at https://www.awaytravel.com/friendzone20 BET’s Sistas - Get your snacks for the juicy TWO HOUR season premiere of Tyler Perry’s Sistas! Wednesday, October 14th at 9/8 central on BET. Post as you watch live with hashtag #SistasOnBET. ShipStation - No matter where you’re selling – Amazon, Etsy, your own website – ShipStation brings all your orders into one simple interface. ShipStation works with all of the major carriers including USPS, FedEx, UPS and even International. And right now, The Friend Zone listeners can try ShipStation FREE for 60 days when you use offer code FRIENDZONE at https://www.shipstation.com Quip - With Quip’s new Smart Electric Toothbrush, good habits can earn you great perks — like free products, gift cards, and more. The quip Smart Brush (for adults and kids!) connects to the quip ® app with Bluetooth: Track when and how well you brush, get tips and coaching to improve your habits. Earn points for daily brushing, and bonus points completing for challenges (like streaks). Redeem for rewards (like free products, gift cards, & discounts) from quip and partners. Start getting rewards for brushing your teeth today, and go to https://www.getquip.com/FRIENDZONE, RIGHT NOW, to get your first refill FREE. Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Oct 14
1 hr 26 min
4 Da 304's
This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s the Dustin Ross takeover! We discuss open relationships and marriages. Black Business of the Week - Mandii B’s new women’s health subscription service https://www.officialboxowner.com Wellness Segment: Acure Clarifying Shampoo https://acure.com/curiously-clarifying-shampoo.html Rizos Curls - https://rizoscurls.com Curl Mix - https://www.curlmix.com Thank you to our Sponsors: NHTSA - Distracted driving is a serious problem on our roadways leading to the deaths of thousands of people and injuries in the hundreds of thousands each year. When you take your eyes and your focus off the road, even for a second, it can be deadly. Not just for you but for other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Sadly, many Americans use their cell phones while driving. Whether it’s texting, checking emails, scrolling media feeds or any other form of distraction, drivers are putting themselves and others around them at great risk. It’s important to know that 48 states ban texting and driving. Also, 21 states prohibit all drivers from using cell phones while driving. Distracted drivers are not only putting people at risk; they’re also breaking the law. Remember U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Brought to you by NHTSA [NITS-uh] Tushy - The Hello Tushy modern bidet attachment cleans your butt with a precise stream of fresh water for just SEVENTY-NINE DOLLARS. It attaches to your existing toilet - requires NO electricity or additional plumbing - and cuts toilet paper use by EIGHTY PERCENT - so the Hello Tushy bidet pays for itself in a few months. Because, with Hello Tushy, you don’t wipe at all. Ditch paper products and uncomfortable chafing when you switch to the soothing, cleansing stream of water from a Hello Tushy bidet attachment. AND every Hello Tushy bidet attachment comes with a SIXTY DAY RISK-FREE GUARANTEE and a TWELVE-MONTH WARRANTY. Go to https://hellotushy.com/FRIENDZONE to get 10% off. Talkspace - Talkspace online therapy lets you connect with a licensed therapist for a fraction of the price of in-person therapy. Match with your perfect therapist from the comfort of your device and reach out 24/7, whenever something is on your mind. The Talkspace network is composed of thousands of licensed therapists who have experience in over forty specialties. The bottom line is that we all need someone to talk to. Talkspace wants to give us the support we deserve at a price we can afford. As a listener of this podcast, you get one-hundred dollars off your first month on Talkspace. To match with your perfect therapist, go to https://www.talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code ZONE to get one-hundred dollars off your first month and show your support for the show. Fight Camp - If you’re looking for a workout that keeps you engaged, learning, excited, and motivated — a workout that’s never boring — you’ve got to check out Fight Camp! FightCamp brings the boxing gym to your living room. They provide all the gear and top trainers. You get to learn from six highly qualified trainers ranging from a pro MMA fighter and mother of two to a kickboxing world champion. No problem if you’re new to boxing. Their 12-week starter program teaches you the fundamentals of boxing while you get a great workout every time. And there are 400 different workouts — it’s even great for kids. FightCamp offers flexible financing for as low as 0% APR! And right now as a limited time offer, you can try FightCamp for 30 days with their money-back guarantee, just go to https://joinfightcamp.com/ZONE. Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Oct 7
2 hr 2 min
Reclaiming My Internet
This week on #TheFriendZone, we discuss The Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix, racist algorithms and brands taking advantage of black creators. Wellness Segment - Blue Light Glasses for Kids https://www.calmoptics.com Black Business of the Week - https://www.instagram.com/marcellelashleykabore Follow us online: Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/friendzonepod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefriendzonepodcast Have a GREAT day!
Sep 30
2 hr
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