Podcast

The Friend Zone

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

Episodes

  • The Cord

    Sep 18 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we do a social media round-up! Facebook + Instagram's new "Secret Crush" feature, TikTok blowing up "out of nowhere" and claiming Lil Nas X's fame, Netflix removing the binge option? And a new important app update for creatives working in Social Media. Wellness Segment: HeyFranHey x Maryam Hasnaa's "Embodiment" collection relaunch - Monday, September 23rd at 9 am PST/12 pm EST https://www.etsy.com/shop/ResonanceApothecary Black Business of the Week: Do...more

  • The Eve Eve

    Sep 11 2019

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, we go down music memory lane - giving flowers to old school artists we feel have been overlooked and underrated. Wellness Segment: Pick 5 artists who have affected you greatly with their music, find their social media and send them kind words about their work. Black Business of the Week: Black Owned Credit Repair Company https://www.incrediblecreditfix.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Native - Native Deodorant is formulated without aluminum, parabens ...more

  • Arrested Development

    Sep 04 2019

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss a recent study claiming 24 year olds should still be considered teenagers by law, extending adolescence, due to the many factors contributing to their failure to launch into adulthood. According to the journal, teens are reaching major milestones a lot slower than teens of the past. We explore whether or not society should support such cultural shifts, by examining the factors and sharing stories of our challenges as teens with limited resourc...more

  • The Thrill Is Gone

    Aug 29 2019

    This week on #TheFriendZone, we discuss second chances. If someone messed up, badly, how open are you to letting them back in? And do you find yourself being more or less lenient when it comes to romantic situations than friendships? We share stories on times we've given and needed grace from those we love. Black Business of the Week: Young Black Photographer based out of ATL https://www.dontemaurice.com Thank you to our Sponsors: New York Times Best Seller - I'm Telling The Truth, But I'm Lyi...more

  • Negativity Bias

    Aug 21 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss whether or not we view our minds as being inherently negative. While we're constantly fighting to better understand the perceptions of the world around us, are we also battling a built-in system that is against us? The Friend Zone Merch Restock this Friday, August 23rd at 12pm EST https://shopfriendzone.com Wellness Segment - Ora Organic Probiotics, Pre Workout, Protein Powder, Vitamin D and much more. Get 15% off of your order using code H...more

  • 4 Year Anniversary Live Show in NYC

    Aug 14 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we share the live audio from our 4 Year Anniversary Live Show at the New School Auditorium in NYC. Hosted by Mouse Jones and DJ GabSoul. And featuring our brilliant and hilarious friends JadeofAllJades + Xavier D'Leau of Jade + XD, Mandii of Whoreible Decisions and Kidfury + Crissle of The Read. Thank you to everyone who attended! Thank you to our Sponsors: Ben & Jerry's - Treat yourself to your favorite flavor anywhere ice cream is sold or find a new...more

  • Cucumbers and Ice Cream

    Aug 07 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we just talk. No hot button issue. No defined segments. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Black Business of the Week - Jamaican Vegan Restaurant in BK https://www.badgyalvegan.com Thank you to our Sponsors: A Black Lady Sketch Show - HBO's newest comedy is A Black Lady Sketch Show - written by, directed by, and starring black women. Airs Friday nights a...more

  • Keeping It 200

    Jul 31 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, it's the Dustin Ross takeover AND our 200th episode! We look back at our very first episode, discuss the many changes over the years, internally and externally, and whether or not we've followed through with our initial intention for the show. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Wellness Segment: Licensed Therapist, Jor-El Caraballo's new show - The Well Well ...more

  • Just Don't Touch It - Featuring Shameless Maya

    Jul 24 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we're joined by our unofficial fourth host, Shameless Maya!! We discuss why she's now decided to wait until marriage to have sex again, how honoring that vow has been challenging in her new relationship and we share funny stories on trying to date while celibate/abstaining. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Black Business of the Week: Kia Patterson, franchis...more

  • I'm Not Walking to Brooklyn

    Jul 17 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss this "Face App" that "suddenly" went viral (the one making everyone look old) and how it ties into our facial recognition conversation from last week. Making The Band is back. Jermaine Dupri's comments about women in Hip Hop being too sexual. And much much more Pop Culture randomness. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Black Business of the Week: H...more

  • Deepfake Software

    Jul 10 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we get into our #blackmirror scary tech bag and discuss the rise of deepfakes, what they are, how they affect our sensory input and why we should be concerned for the future of social media. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Wellness Segment: Anti-Chafe stick for your inner thighs https://megababebeauty.com Black Business of the Week: Capital City Mambo Sau...more

  • World Pride Weekend

    Jul 03 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we talk about KidFury's #305Live, all of our World Pride festivities, people licking cartons of ice cream at the supermarket and other pop culture weirdness. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available now www.thefriendzonelive.com Wellness Segment - Lone Natural Deodorant (works extremely well even in this Summer heat) https://lonedeodorant.com/collections/natural-deodorant-1/products/bold-deodor...more

  • If You're Gonna Date Me

    Jun 28 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, it's the Dustin Ross takeover! In this wildcard, Dustin shares a story of a date gone terribly wrong with a fellow public figure. THE FRIEND ZONE LIVE IN NEW YORK. 4TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH - Tickets available at noon https://www.thefriendzonelive.com Wellness Segment: The "Pause Between Breaths" meditation via Shakti Rising (http://bit.ly/ShaktiRisingBook) Black Business of the Week: Luxury Soy Candles - 12th & Viv https://www.12...more

  • The Game of Desire - Featuring Shan Boody

    Jun 19 2019

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, we’re joined by Sexologist & Intimacy Expert, Shannon Boodram, to discuss the current “Dating Apocalypse”, emotional intelligence in this day and age, dating apps, monogamy, non-monogamy, polyamory and everything in between. Find Shannon online: https://www.shanboodram.com Pre-order her latest book now: https://www.thegameofdesire.com Black Business of the Week: Bundles Luxury Hair Company https://instagram.com/bundlesluxuryhairco?igshid=gr5lhbrap5fw ...more

  • Glorification of Busy

    Jun 14 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss where one finds the time to learn about themselves and make the important changes (as discussed in the previous two episodes) in an era where being as busy as humanly possible is glorified. Wellness Segment - Fran + Maryam Hasnaa's Embodiment Spray Collaboration is here! http://bit.ly/embodimentspray Thank you to our Sponsors: Talkspace - Therapy for how we live today. Get your first week free when you use code ZONE. MAC Cosmetics - MAC po...more

  • Cheat Codes - Featuring Maryam Hasnaa

    Jun 05 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we follow-up on last week's Attachment Theory discussion by bringing in Energy Worker, Maryam Hasnaa, who shares tools on re-parenting yourself, integrating your shadow and reprogramming those childhood imprints. Connect with Maryam Hasnaa online https://www.maryamhasnaa.com Thank you to our Sponsors: MAC - Powder Kiss Lipstick is matte reinvented. Head to your nearest MAC location to meet your matte today or shop at https://www.maccosmetics.com GOAT...more

  • The Attachment Theory

    May 29 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss Psychoanalyst John Bowlby's Attachment Theory - an attachment behavioral system that guides us in our patterns and habits of forming and maintaining relationships. What factors contribute to your experiences of anxiety, fear, avoidance and/or fulfillment? Shan Boody's Attachment Style Quiz: https://www.thegameofdesire.com/throne Wellness Segment: Fran's new fav book - The Body Keeps The Score https://amzn.to/2HHfG8k Black Business of the W...more

  • Love And Robots

    May 22 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we don't have a hot button issue. We take off the restraints and share whatever wants to come through. Wellness Segment: Fran's SPF + tanning tips Blackgirl Sunscreen https://blackgirlsunscreen.com/product/black-girl-sunscreen-spf-30 Supergoop https://supergoop.com/products/everyday-sunscreen Badger https://www.badgerbalm.com/c-108-clear-zinc-sunscreens.aspx Acure Argan Oil https://acure.com/the-essentials-moroccan-argan-oil-2oz.html Josie Maran Honey ...more

  • Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Likes

    May 15 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, it's a social media roundup. We discuss Pornhub buying Tumblr? Instagram hiding likes to preserve our mental health. And the 3 new features Facebook is adding that should make things a little spicy this summer. Wellness Segment - Fran's favorite Reebok High Rise Workout Leggings. 40% off with code FRIEND at checkout https://www.reebok.com/us/lux-high-rise-legging/BR5244.html Black Business of the Week - Cycling Class in Queens, NY https://www.instagram...more

  • Curry Conversation

    May 08 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, it's the Dustin Ross takeover! We share our thoughts on Ayesha Curry's Red Table Talk conversation with Jada Pinkett Smith and try to figure out why the internet was set ablaze. Wellness Segment - Vegan Protein Powder with crucial Macro + Micro nutrients https://www.ora.organic/products/vegan-protein-powder Black Business of the Week - Free Mental Health First Aid Training in NYC https://mhfa.timetap.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Philo - Enjoy Live ...more

  • Complete My Plate - Featuring Wendy & Jess of Food Heaven

    May 01 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we're joined by Registered Dietitians, Wendy & Jess of Food Heaven, to dissect our day to day eating habits, sugar addiction, late night cravings, emotional eating, binging and much much more! Find Wendy & Jess online: https://foodheavenmadeeasy.com Black Business of the Week - Harlem's 1st boutique indoor cycling studio https://harlem-cycle.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Away - high quality luggage at a lower price. For $20 off a suitcase, visit htt...more

  • Castles In The Sky

    Apr 24 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss the 2020 Presidential Candidates focused on the re-distribution of wealth, how they plan on executing these policies and, well, whether or not we believe them. Black Business of the Week - Plus Size Bridal Shop (16-44) http://curvaceouscouture.com Thank you to our Sponsors: Say goodbye to expensive TV bills and horrible customer service with Philo. A new way to watch TV. To start your free trial, visit philo.tv/friendzone Follow us online:...more

  • Aunt Becky's Meet And Greet

    Apr 17 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss white privilege + access via the College Cheating Scandal, Fyre Fest and Theranos. A swift reminder that our battles with imposter syndrome gotta go! Black Business of the Week: Shannon Boodram's latest book via Harper Collins, The Game of Desire https://www.thegameofdesire.com Thank you to our Sponsors: If you're a fan of Zane, check out her new podcast, Purple Panties - a story about finding out who you are and living in your truth. Avai...more

  • The Industry Plant

    Apr 10 2019

    This week on #TheFriendZone, we discuss nepotism, greed, who and what an "industry plant" is and the overall state of the music industry. Wellness Segment: In honor of #NationalLibraryWeek check out the Libby App https://libbyapp.com/welcome for free e-books and audiobooks. Black Business of the Week: The Crush Global travel company is hosting a getaway to Havana, Cuba - June 13th-17th. For more information visit https://www.crushglobaltravel.com/havana-getaway Thank you to our Sponsors: ...more

  • Don't Forget Your Medicine

    Apr 03 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss transmuting our greatest challenges into power - with excerpts from "Anatomy of the Spirit" by Caroline Myss. Black Business of the Week: Black Owned Tax Business in Detroit, MI - https://taxexpertstores.com/ Thank you to our Sponsors: Levar Burton Reads // Season 4 - listen to new episodes every Tuesday wherever you stream your podcasts. H&R Block - Get your taxes done and your maximun refund in your pocket at HRblock.com Warby Parker -...more

  • We Can't Be Friends

    Mar 27 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, it's the Dustin Ross take over! We discuss friendships that change over time and tips for how to grieve them. Wellness Segment - Diffuser for your car (get rid of that Black Ice pls) https://www.auracacia.com/mists-and-diffusion/vaporizers-and-diffusers/aura-cacia-aromatherapy-air-usb-room-diffuser Black Business of the Week - Interactive Affirmation Deck for Creatives https://www.creativholistic.co (@ayanatheoracle ) Thank you to our Sponsors: Stream...more

  • Steal Like An Artist

    Mar 22 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we continue our discussion on Intellectual Property Laws, sharing a recent experience with theft, discussing our own biggest influences and whether or not stricter laws would interfere with the evolution of thought and the progression of art. Wellness Segment: Online Concerts Tiny Desk - https://www.youtube.com/user/nprmusic Colors Show - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Qw1dzXDBAZPwS7zm37g8g BBC Radio 1Xtra - https://www.youtube.com/user/BBC1Xtra ...more

  • Intellectual Property

    Mar 13 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we explore Intellectual Property Laws. Why are brands like Fashion Nova allowed to steal and replicate looks created by indie designers? How can Fortnite use 2 Milly's dance move, rename it and sell it to gamers without any legal ramifications? We discuss these cases within the entertainment + digital industries, as well as ways to stay informed and protected as creatives. Wellness Segment: Organic Antioxidant Body Serum - Gardenia + Tea https://shop.on...more

  • Mo' Money Mo' Problems

    Mar 06 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss the viral clip from HBO's "The Shop" - where Lebron James asks his peers whether or not you're obligated to financially take care of your family when you make it. Wellness Segment: Fun as #SelfCare Free things to do in New York https://www.timeout.com/newyork Find out where your favorite artists are playing around the world https://www.bandsintown.com Black Business of the Week: Black owned toothpaste brand - Smile by Brian Mays https://ww...more

  • Fluorescent Blue Sky

    Feb 27 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss the Aliens that hung out in New York City on December 27th, 2018. Wellness Segment - https://brandless.com Black Business of the Week - https://yummybrothers.com Have a dope day!

  • 36 Questions That Lead To Love

    Feb 20 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss Psychologist Arthur Aron's "36 Question" exploration of intimacy between two strangers. According to his study, "mutual vulnerability fosters closeness" and leads to love, so he literally "forces" the issue. We dissect the questions, imagining them on a first date, and put this theory to the test. New York Times highlight of the "36 Questions" study - https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html Wellness Segment...more

  • Get Out Of Her House

    Feb 13 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss business mogul and model B. Smith's current battle with Alzheimers, whether or not it's right for her husband to be dating as she suffers with this condition, our thoughts on the marriage vows "in sickness and in health, til death do us part" and our own experiences dealing with Alzheimers in our family. Black Business of the Week - Pretty Little Passport (Covers) https://prettylittlepassports.weebly.com Have a dope day!

  • Say Yes To The Dress

    Feb 06 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we discuss Gender Performance. Do you find yourself trying to look or act a certain way, be it comfortable or not, to attract others? Or maybe you're the one projecting expectations? We share stories on how we're navigating these waters. Wellness Segment - 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFrWtw7YNlA Black Business of the Week - Gifitize App helps you save GIFS and videos from twitter, tumblr and reddit straight to yo...more

  • Peggy Bundy

    Jan 30 2019

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, Fran asks Dustin and Assante questions about their experiences with homophobia, the illusion of liberal cities, the mental health practices keeping them afloat and how we can all be better allies. Black Business of the Week - https://thehoneypot.co Have a dope day!

  • Would You Tell Me

    Jan 23 2019

    How authentic are you throughout your day? We explore how often we express exactly how we're feeling within our daily interactions and why there are certain people we can't seem to be our true selves around. Wellness Segment - 100% Organic Tampons with customizable boxes - MyLola.com Black Business of the Week - Online Beauty Supply - BambooBeauty.Shop Have a dope day!

  • Since We've Been Gone

    Jan 16 2019

    We're back! We ease back into the new year by catching up on everything we've missed - from the Birdbox craze to the Government Shutdown and much more. Dustin introduces a new segment this week. Wellness Segment: Aura Cacia $500 Giveaway http://bit.ly/alldayessentials

  • The 2018 Wrap-Up

    Dec 19 2018

    There's no praise like self praise. We look back at 51 episodes of #TheFriendZone in 2018, highlighting our favorite topics, comments and guests. Black Business of the Week - https://www.greentopgifts.com/store/ Have a dope day!

  • The Soundtrack To Your Life

    Dec 12 2018

    What music do you listen to when you're feeling low energy? When someone special is coming over? When life is just so good SO GOOD? Mr. Music Man takes the helm on this week's episode.

  • What A Difference A Year Makes

    Dec 05 2018

    We take a look back at 2018 - the lessons we've learned, how we've grown from them and what we're looking forward to feeling in 2019. Black Business of the Week - 432house.com Have a dope day!

  • Keep That Same Energy - Featuring Maryam Hasnaa

    Nov 28 2018

    This week we're joined by brilliant energy worker and writer, Maryam Hasnaa, to discuss your energy as currency and investigate why you're feeling so spent. Maryam Hasnaa's Online School - https://www.maryamhasnaa.com Maryam Hasnaa's - Resonance Apothecary - https://www.maryamhasnaa.com/resonance-apothecary.html For daily clarity and gems, follow her online @maryamhasnaa on every platform Have a dope day!

  • Bonus Episode: The Friend Zone Live at the Florida Blue Florida Classic

    Nov 22 2018

    Live audio of The Friend Zone at the Florida Blue Florida Classic 2018 in Orlando, interviewing alumni + active students from Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. Happy Holidays!

  • Petty Peeves

    Nov 21 2018

    Dustin yells at Comcast. Assante rants about personal space. Fran just wants to be able to buy expensive things in peace. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.instagram.com/auracacia Black Business of the Week - The Sable Collective (Black Market Event) https://squareup.com/store/sable-22

  • The Simple Things

    Nov 14 2018

    Dustin is grateful for that Dominican cutie. Assante recounts his nightmare with Airbnb this weekend. Fran went hiking in Sedona and hung out in a vortex #Hippie4Life Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment + Black Business Highlight of the Week: http://bookedandbusymasterclass.com Have a dope day!

  • I Wrote A Song About You

    Nov 07 2018

    Dustin doesn't mind as long as it makes him look good. Assante would never. Fran thinks it will, at least, keep people in check. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://www.saintlouishopshop.com

  • Spooky Szn

    Oct 31 2018

    Dustin will do a haunted house but says you can keep the movies. Assante wants to know how we watch this ish (as he watches this ish). Fran still doesn't know who lit the candle. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - http://bit.ly/AlbaBotanicaLip Black Business of the Week - OkSoBoom.com

  • Lady Luck

    Oct 24 2018

    Dustin was triggered by her comment. Assante prioritizes fun with his hoodrat friends. Fran thinks luck is an important element. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://soluxecosmetics.com

  • The Foreign Exchange

    Oct 17 2018

    Dustin remembers a fine ass one from Kuwait. Assante talks about his German summer fling. Fran and her Cuban dance instructor. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment + Black Business of the Week - http://zijluxury.com Have a dope day!

  • Apology Language

    Oct 10 2018

    Dustin has it fleshed out but would prefer you pick up on it. Assante's Mom put him on game a long time ago. Fran just wants you to fix it. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://lonedeodorant.com Black Business of the week - https://shop.thecrayoncase.com

  • Lovers Rock - Featuring Estelle

    Oct 03 2018

    This week we are blessed with the company of the incredible Estelle. We talk Afrobeat music, Brexit, Garnet, her parent's love story inspiring the new album and much much more... Black Business of the Week - https://www.instagram.com/meet_blk

  • Social Cues

    Sep 26 2018

    Dustin learned from early blunders. Assante thinks he still sucks at reading them. Fran is working on how she reacts to those who can't read them. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - Link: https://amzn.to/2MF4iZQ Code: AWVOCARC Black Business of the Week - https://www.arilennox.com Have a dope day!

  • Whipped Cream And Sour Patch Kids - Featuring Ari Lennox

    Sep 19 2018

    This week we have the amazing Dreamville recording artist, Ari Lennox, joining us on The Friend Zone. We discuss mental health, mainstream pressures, dating in your 20s and more...

  • The Fight

    Sep 12 2018

    Dustin can't stop replaying it. Assante thinks it was bound to happen. Fran just wants her to step into the new. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.inaturalist.org Black Business of the Week - http://www.sistersuptownbookstore.com

  • Random Acts of Podcasting - Featuring Jade & XD

    Sep 05 2018

    Dustin doesn't think everything has to have a message. Assante prefers more abstract thoughts. Fran is open to a range of experiences. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Listen to Jade & XD: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jade-and-x-d/id286564780?mt=2

  • Fix My Life

    Aug 29 2018

    Dustin doesn't think she should have a weekly radio show. Assante is wondering why the network won't just give her a spinoff. Fran has a special announcement. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - AskFranAndJorel@gmail.com Black Business of the Week - https://www.instagram.com/tressesby_cristinadanielle

  • 3-Year Anniversary Live Show in NYC

    Aug 22 2018

    3 Years of The Friend Zone Podcast! Come celebrate with us! Host - Mouse Jones Music - DJ Miss Milan Talkspace Therapist - Jor-El Caraballo Musical Guest - Nyemiah Supreme

  • Hey Auntie

    Aug 15 2018

    Dustin thinks aging is...a terrible thing. Assante sees his diet catching up to him. Fran is thankful for the wisdom but not the bad knees. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: https://www.thegemfactory.net

  • Caption This

    Aug 08 2018

    Dustin doesn't mind a digital flirt. Assante doesn't want a digital flirt...at all. Fran found him cute but he uses hashtag paragraphs on IG. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: @MassageDollsLV

  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

    Aug 01 2018

    Dustin thinks you can be a millionaire with integrity. Assante worries someone on your team will still cut corners. Fran doesn't know if you can be filthy rich without some form of exploitation. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: http://www.theluvscrub.com

  • Breakfast For Dinner

    Jul 25 2018

    Dustin spends 20 minutes talking about his love for pancakes. Assante is still figuring out the role fitness plays in his life. Fran has a mid-year audit for all of us. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: http://hercards.com Have a dope day!

  • Kids Be Tripping

    Jul 18 2018

    Dustin remembers his family summers in Arkansas. Assante and his family would road-trip from Atlanta to Mississippi. Fran shares the culture shock of Harlem to the Caribbean as a child. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: http://www.vingotours.com

  • How Was Your Weekend?

    Jul 11 2018

    Dustin is still on a high from seeing Mary J. Assante is still wiping away tears from Fantasia's performance. Fran had her first Beignets ever. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: https://moonjuice.com

  • Shoutout To New York

    Jul 04 2018

    Dustin shares his favorite memory on the Brooklyn Bridge. Assante tells us about a rooftop moment with a famous rapper. Fran's commuter love affair off the 6. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: https://www.firstprioritysecurity.info

  • Take A Second - Featuring Gettin' Grown

    Jun 27 2018

    Dustin says mind your own business. Assante doesn't think any of this is real, anyway. Fran is blown by how quickly the phones are coming out. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Have a dope day!

  • Unpopular Opinion

    Jun 20 2018

    Dustin thinks it's for publicity. Assante doesn't get why she would bring up a black man. Fran thinks the bigger conversation is celebrity worship. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://bit.ly/HFHAfroBeat Black Business of the Week: https://www.weedologytours.com Have a dope day!

  • Two Days Later

    Jun 13 2018

    Dustin doesn't think Karma works that way. Assante is mindful of the stories he's imagining. Fran won't bring it into the next chapter. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: https://www.engineears.org

  • Yelp Review Them

    Jun 06 2018

    Dustin would never. Assante has. Fran is conflicted. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: Black Owned Beauty Supply in PA - LaLa's Beauty Supply @lalaasssh Have a dope day!

  • Of Mouse And Men - Featuring Mouse Jones

    May 30 2018

    Dustin is proud of his friend. Assante wants to make sure he gets put on, though. Fran almost gets him to shed a tear. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Have a dope day!

  • Schoolin' Life

    May 23 2018

    Dustin suspends Gayle for 2 weeks. Assante wants to smoke with Oprah. Fran doesn't think the Gucci down to the socks was so bad. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://wteqbook.com Black Business of the Week: http://wteqbook.com Have a dope day!

  • Don't Read The Comments

    May 16 2018

    Dustin's humor gets misunderstood and goes viral. Assante is publicly roasted by a celeb. Fran forgives the girl but still remembers her face. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://yeradmi.com Black Business of the Week: https://www.instagram.com/miastreatsdelight Have a dope day!

  • Off The Cuff

    May 02 2018

    Dustin is in tears talking about a pitbull on the 2 train. Assante's Uber driver had a surprise for him and Crissle. Fran shares her fav parts of "Set It Off" live at Kings Theater. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Summer Reading - Bell Hooks https://www.amazon.com/All-About-Love-New-Visions/dp/0060959479 Black Business of the Week: http://socialnoteapp.com Have a dope day!

  • The Other Side Of Therapy - Featuring Jor-El Caraballo

    Apr 25 2018

    Dustin thinks bumping into his therapist at the club would be endearing. Assante wants to know what happens if you're triggered during a session. Fran wonders can a therapist ever not be a therapist? Welcome to The Friend Zone. For more information go to https://www.vivawellnessnyc.com Have a dope day!

  • A Seat On The Bus

    Apr 18 2018

    Dustin is oiling up his Louisville Slugger. Irreplaceable AKA Hold Up remembers shopping at Hot Topics. Fran be getting to the money, everybody mad. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Honey Mamas - http://www.honeymamas.com Black Business of the Week: Swimming Caps for high volume hair - https://swimma.co.za Have a dope day!

  • Wild Wild Country

    Apr 11 2018

    Dustin wonders what the real deal was between Osho and Sheela. Assante thinks he would've been decked out in red. Fran is...still processing. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: https://buddhify.com for Mindfulness on the go. Black Business of the week: https://www.instagram.com/sznedseries

  • The Nudge Theory

    Apr 04 2018

    Dustin thinks it's pure evil. Assante wants to jump on a plane to experience it for himself. Fran is wondering if it will spread to the rest of the world. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Looking for a new at-home fitness routine? https://www.balletbeautiful.com Black Business of the Week: Sheena Allen's Capway App - http://capway.co Have a dope day!

  • Make Money Moves - Featuring The Budgetnista

    Mar 28 2018

    Dustin is in awe of the jewels. Assante is ready to open his 5 accounts. Fran is in the accumulation phase. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Find Tiffany at http://thebudgetnista.com Tiffany's free financial literacy challenge http://www.livericherchallenge.com Have a dope day!

  • If I Were A Rapper

    Mar 21 2018

    Dustin puts us on to City Girls. Assante morphs into Alex Treblack. Fran can't believe NAS co-wrote that song. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Keep Your Goals To Yourself - https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself Black Business of the Week: Sol Sips - Black Vegan Restaurant in Bushwick, BK http://solsips.us Have a dope day!

  • Social Compliance

    Mar 14 2018

    Dustin wants to see it with an all black cast. Assante got triggered by the pushy boss. Fran wonders about that bell, though. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: For mood boosting positivity, self-care recipes + inspiring stories - sign up for the Daily+: http://noteworthy.auracacia.com/welcome Black Business of the Week: Keva Miller's "Trill Prep" brand, healthy meal prep website + cookbook for all diets - http://www.feedshine.com Have a dope day!

  • The Missing Pillars

    Mar 07 2018

    Dustin admits his focus has shifted. Assante considers himself the passive version. Fran shares a way to break through. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: Black Owned Candle Company - https://the125collection.com Have a dope day!

  • What Happens To A Dream Achieved - Featuring Louis York

    Feb 28 2018

    Dustin asks them to brag about the hits. Assante wants to know about the first splurge. Fran asks the pros and cons of being a millionaire. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://www.weirdoworkshop.com Have a dope day!

  • Would You Rather

    Feb 21 2018

    Dustin has his own audit for us. Assante thinks he'll be JUST fine in there. Fran won't answer that question. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://sweetpotatosoul.com Have a dope day!

  • Maybe It's You

    Feb 14 2018

    Dustin has never been mean to anyone (lol). Assante prides himself on melting even the coldest of hearts. Fran has an audit for you. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: https://www.notokapp.com Have a dope day!

  • Working With Your Friends

    Feb 07 2018

    Dustin admits communication can be the most challenging part. Assante sees how issues within the friendship can trickle over. Fran says it should be based on merit, in the first place. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Have a dope day!

  • Emotional Contagion

    Jan 31 2018

    Dustin is not understanding how this is legal. Assante says this is exactly why he stays off the internet. Fran just wants folks to be aware it's happening. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: 30-day Yoga Challenge https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Liforme Yoga Mats https://liforme.com Black Business of the Week: Linen Dolls http://www.harperiman.bigcartel.com Have a dope day!

  • But Black

    Jan 24 2018

    Dustin thinks Zendaya should play her. Assante is gonna go with Luke James as a replacement. Fran brings a new health assessment to the table. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Chart https://www.mamanatural.com/great-poop-looks-like Sign up for Fran's online class taking place this Sunday, Jan 28th at 1pm (EST): https://www.maryamhasnaa.com/store/p44/Awakening_Abundance_2.0.html Black writer + director KarynRose's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/christmasinjuly1982...more

  • The Science Of Forgiveness

    Jan 17 2018

    Dustin says that's a hard no. Assante is intrigued by that level of expansion. Fran wants you to do it for your health, if for no other reason. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://soundcloud.com/hemanwomanhatersclub

  • Changing Faces

    Jan 10 2018

    Dustin couldn't do the tight ass pants. Assante finally gave the girl a chance. Fran is untethering, more and more. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - http://www.buddy-project.org Black Business of the Week - http://blackboyscamp.com Have a dope day!

  • Ditch And Replace

    Jan 03 2018

    Dustin doesn't want to see the doily in your hair. Assante brings out the wrap it up box on sad rap. Fran thinks it's time to retire the leotard...unless you're Beyonce. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Red Palm Oil + Cocoa Butter http://www.sallybeauty.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-SA-Site/default/Search-Show?prefn1=subBrand&prefv1=RDPLM&brandLandingPage=true Black Business of the Week: 6 Native American Owned Brands To Support https://lonedeodorant.com/blogs/news/6-native-ame...more

  • The 2017 Wrap-Up

    Dec 20 2017

    Dustin has 3 major goals set in place for next year. Assante focused on asserting himself this year. Fran shares a challenge she's currently processing and ready to leave behind. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business(es) of the Week - https://appolition.us + http://thegoldenrx.com Happy Holidays and have a dope rest of the year!

  • From Rags To Bitcoin Featuring CloutCrypt06

    Dec 13 2017

    Dustin wants to spearhead a crypto craps movement. Assante just wants the Uzi Vert Coin. Fran thinks this is the future...but says don't sell your house for it. Welcome to The Friend Zone. PSAs: Net Neutrality - https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home and https://resist.bot Affordable Care Act -(Dec 15th is the last day to sign up for Affordable Health Insurance Packages)https://www.healthcare.gov Have a dope day!

  • Weird Science

    Dec 06 2017

    Dustin says take the pill and chill. Assante doesn't trust himself with it. Fran would rather keep it all. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Eucalyptus Oil - https://www.auracacia.com/aura-cacia-eucalyptus-globulus-essential-oil-4-fl-oz Black Business of the Week: Yogiando - Affordable + Bilingual Yoga classes in Washington Heights https://yogiandonyc.wordpress.com Have a dope day!

  • The Frammy Awards

    Nov 29 2017

    Dustin has his own artist in mind. Assante just wants his friends to win all of the awards. Fran gives props to the lesser known. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - Avocado Oil: https://www.nowfoods.com/beauty-health/avocado-oil Black Business of the Week - Official Black Wall Street (app) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.obws Have a dope day!

  • Role Model Blues

    Nov 22 2017

    Dustin considers the effects of his work. Assante just wants to create in peace. Fran doesn't like the pressure and judgment it creates. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: https://www.talkspace.com/blog Black Business of the Week: The Sable Collective - https://squareup.com/store/sable-22 Have a dope day!

  • Secure The Bag

    Nov 15 2017

    Dustin says secure the bag. Assante waits on his friends to make referrals. Fran wants to avoid the Ray Krocs of the world. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Have a dope day!

  • Tag, You're It

    Nov 08 2017

    Dustin, a combination lock and a school bus. Assante and his secret crushes. Fran and her 2 years in Kindergarten. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: Black Owned and Operated Nail Salon http://bedofnailsnyc.com Have a dope day!

  • Love And Office Hours

    Nov 01 2017

    Dustin won't let you see him sweat. Assante won't give you his blessing. Fran won't compromise. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Lone All-Natural Lavender Deodorant https://lonedeodorant.com Black Business of the Week: Harlem Haberdashery https://www.harlemhaberdashery.com Have a dope day!

  • And The Most Embarrassing Award Goes To

    Oct 25 2017

    Dustin stops his story halfway through. Assante forgets his lines. Fran gets ice cubes thrown at her face. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Natural Skin Care by Mad Hippie https://www.madhippie.com Black Business of the Week: Black Owned Tea Company https://www.ivystea.com Have a dope day!

  • Corruption Of Power

    Oct 18 2017

    Dustin wants people to be more forgiving of their decisions. Assante remembers buckling under the pressure. Fran doesn't it want it to deter people from pursuing their goals. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Harlem Brewing Company http://www.harlembrewing.com Have a dope day!

  • Glowed Up

    Oct 11 2017

    Dustin defines it as an outward refinement. Assante says it's about how much he has been able to let go. Fran thinks you need to believe it to (truly) see it. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Christina C Jones: Relationship Goals https://www.amazon.com/Relationship-Goals-Christina-C-Jones-ebook/dp/B075MZ6X71 Have a dope day!

  • Fake News

    Oct 04 2017

    Dustin admits he doesn't research the claims if he doesn't like the person. Assante says getting the jokes off is more important. Fran just wants people to wait for the facts. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - Breath Ratio Chart: 4 - 1 - 8 - 4 (Relaxing) 6 - 2 - 6 - 2 (Balancing) Black Business of the Week - Catrise L. Austin, D.D.S. (Black Dentist) https://www.vipsmiles.com Have a dope day!

  • One Gotta Go

    Sep 27 2017

    Dustin is still tired of Charity Greenleaf. Assante breaks the chicken spots down. Fran says mmmmm, delicioso. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: High Vibrational Sprays - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ResonanceApothecary?ref=search_shop_redirect Black Business of the Week: Phive Tier Media - https://www.phivetiermedia.com Have a dope day!

  • Be Here Now

    Sep 20 2017

    Dustin won't make it his problem. Assante quit and is happier. Fran shows us how to timeline jump. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - Rose Perfecting Mist https://lonedeodorant.com Black Business of the Week - http://www.twincarepharmacy.com Have a dope day!

  • Let Go Of The Story

    Sep 13 2017

    Dustin doesn't even like to bring old things up. Assante sees how it can be used as a manipulation tactic. Fran asks "Who are you without it all?" Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: Black owned shop with Konjac Sponges: http://honeyandpetals.com Have a dope day!

  • Recovering Undercover Perfectionist

    Sep 06 2017

    Dustin lets humor snap him out of imposter syndrome. Assante is trying to figure out the art of quality work with low funds. Fran is on to herself and breaking through. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: https://saluxshop.com + Konjac Sponge Black Business of the Week: Party supplies celebrating children of color - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftmyoccasion/party-supplies-celebrating-children-of-color Have a dope day, y'all!

  • For The '99 And The 2000

    Aug 30 2017

    Dustin says hey there, Delilah. Assante is still waiting on that J.C. Chasez album. Fran misses the good ol' days of Reggaeton. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Reliable org to donate to for #HurricaneHarvey - https://www.bakerripley.org Black Business of the Week: https://www.pawsandthecitynyc.com Have a dope day, y'all!

  • I Fly Above

    Aug 23 2017

    Dustin is charged up. Assante shares travel hacks. Fran has an app that will keep invoices in check. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - HeyFranHey x Aura Cacia x Madewell giveaway Black Business of the Week - The Brooklyn Wing House https://twitter.com/BKWingHouse Have a dope day!

  • A Midwife, A Dream & A Wash Rag - Featuring JadeOfAllJades

    Aug 16 2017

    Dustin is happy to highlight the dynamics of a healthy black family. Assante is curious how having a child changes your view of your parents. Fran wants to give people an inside look into the daily juggle. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Black catering + meal planning company https://www.jadeofalljades.com

  • 'Cause Business And Polite Don't Mix

    Aug 09 2017

    Dustin feels budgets + capabilities should be discussed with more transparency. Assante thinks folks need to focus on the experience over profit. Fran wants to be of service without compromising her personal boundaries. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Mental Health Planner https://www.etsy.com/listing/545683373/ultimate-self-care-planner?ref=shop_home_feat_1

  • 100

    Aug 02 2017

    Dustin won't tell you who but he'll tell you when. Assante is definitely open to it. Fran's Krispy Kreme light is back on. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Solomon's Shield App - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solomons-shield/id1185686624?mt=8

  • The Art Of Minding Your Business

    Jul 26 2017

    Dustin says leave Michelle alone, though. Assante is more concerned with those who mind his. Fran is figuring out the thin line between focus and apathy. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.gogreenbottles.com Black Business of the Week - http://www.therapyforblackgirls.com

  • The Price Is Right

    Jul 19 2017

    Dustin thinks they're very different situations. Assante understands their need for exposure. Fran thinks integrity should be a priority. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - Losing Patience Webseries - https://vimeo.com/lpwebseries Black Business of the Week - http://www.rwenshaun.com/lockerroomtalk Bonus - http://www.ubongokids.com

  • Four Four Four

    Jul 12 2017

    Dustin feels women lowkey wouldn't want that. Assante is slowly building his own roundtable. Fran just wants someone to step up and create healing spaces for Men. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://www.besidaonline.com

  • A Weekend In NOLA

    Jul 06 2017

    Dustin is ready for the No Limit tour. Assante made it through Solange sitting right behind him. Fran was saved by Warby Parker. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://www.ecowrist.com

  • About Last Week

    Jun 28 2017

    Dustin holds back on Jackie after this hot button issue. Assante describes the (mental) room he has created to help his decisions. Fran breaks down the science of change. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://www.brwnstockimaging.com

  • Petty Prognosis

    Jun 21 2017

    Dustin says his only flares up when prompted. Assante feels it's part of his DNA. Fran thinks it's time to move up the spectrum. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - Eloplipcare.com

  • James St. Patrick

    Jun 14 2017

    Dustin feels (sometimes) you're left with no choice. Assante prefers it. Fran wishes people would stop. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://www.eveforlife.org

  • Pushing The Envelope

    Jun 07 2017

    Dustin thinks the true art is landing them within the boundaries. Assante feels you can only push the envelope within your own community. Fran is over the forced apologies. Welcome to The Friend Zone Black Business of the Week - http://plantedorganics.com

  • The Big Binge Theory

    May 31 2017

    Dustin suggests Netflix & Thrill. Assante definitely sees the correlation. Fran has a 30-day challenge to help us figure it out. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://justlikemebox.com

  • Working At The Pyramid

    May 24 2017

    Dustin feels he's accomplished a good portion of each rung. Assante is still figuring out that first level. Fran thinks her pyramid is upside down. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://www.flexininmycomplexion.com

  • Habitual Line Stepper

    May 17 2017

    Dustin says his are clearly defined. Assante admits he hasn't cultivated very many. Fran has a book that will help us figure most of it out. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - http://www.okofarms.com

  • Let's Talk About It

    May 10 2017

    Dustin resurrects on a petty note for this one. Assante just doesn't get why this is still happening. Fran says react how you see fit. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - http://www.karmaorganicspa.com/Soybean-Oil-and-Lavender-Nail-Polish-Remover_p_9.html Black Business of the Week - https://shop.shamelessmaya.com

  • Energy Forecast

    May 03 2017

    Dustin had a life altering week. Assante has been upgraded to First Class flights. Fran is just happy to come out from under these retrogrades. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: http://blackgirlgonekbeauty.com

  • Summer Loves

    Apr 12 2017

    Dustin remembers his first NY Summer. Assante is waiting on the live music in Harlem. Fran is ready for long walks and ice cream. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week - https://www.etsy.com/shop/sanctuarydecor

  • 4 Page Letter

    Apr 05 2017

    Dustin believes you can still be friends. Assante is putting the theory to the test. Fran thinks it may be a bit of a charade. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of the Week: Askmistah@gmail.com

  • The Ex Factor

    Mar 29 2017

    Dustin doesn't want to play. Assante and Fran's rooms get a little mixed up. Fran should've left a little sooner. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of The Week - https://webuyblack.com/coraloral

  • I Changed My Mind

    Mar 22 2017

    Dustin is still breaking out of his shell. Assante is down to give it another go. Fran is rethinking a few major things. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://ojaexpress.com

  • The White Radio

    Mar 16 2017

    Dustin sings every lyric down. Assante makes us recreate a TRL countdown. Fran keeps falling off the white. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.calm.com Black Business Of The Week - https://www.instagram.com/blackpinmakerleague

  • Teenage Dream

    Mar 08 2017

    Dustin was fresh. Assante's hair was pressed. Fran was Mecca'd down. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.mindbodyonline.com Black Business Of The Week - http://www.unapologeticallysingle.com

  • From The Root

    Mar 01 2017

    Dustin says he creates from both. Assante admits to pulling from one. Fran sees how she’s jumped from one to the other. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://insighttimer.com Hey Fran Hey Wellness Retreat - http://supernaturalpopup.com

  • The Other Side Of The Moon - Featuring Netta

    Feb 24 2017

    Dustin thinks it adds to his persona. Assante doesn't think about it at all. Fran is still figuring out how to make it all work. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • Black Memory Lane

    Feb 15 2017

    Dustin pays homage to Maurice the barber. Assante remembers pressing his hair. Fran wonders if anyone else used the oven as a shelf. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - http://www.sleepwithmepodcast.com Black Business Highlight - http://www.thelitbar.com

  • Dirty Projector

    Feb 08 2017

    Dustin says the solution is simple...mind your own business. Assante wonders if it can be done positively. Fran just wants us all to wipe our screens down. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Highlight of the Week: http://blackpregnantandlovingit.com

  • At The Intersection

    Feb 01 2017

    Dustin fights one at a time. Assante picks his battles wisely. Fran says it's all or nothing. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - http://kuumbamade.com Black Business Highlight Of The Week - https://www.moovn.com

  • Me, Myself And I

    Jan 25 2017

    Dustin says hell yes. Assante is doing it already. Fran thinks she needs some more time. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - investinyourself365.com

  • My Favorite Things

    Jan 18 2017

    Dustin is the type to reenact lines + scenes while you watch a movie. Assante just needs his bong + Jazmine Sullivan. Fran is now traveling with blankets + Palo Santo. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - CasaObispo307.com

  • A Well-Oiled Machine

    Jan 11 2017

    Dustin says just listen to Mary. Assante feels it's Ninja training. Fran says it's all relative. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment + Black Business Of The Week: http://www.crushglobaltravel.com

  • The Dopamine Loop

    Jan 04 2017

    Dustin says the Braxton 5 will be his loop break. Assante is trying to smoke it away. Fran says taking more walks may help. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Bonus Wellness Segment - https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Black Business Of The Week - http://www.blackentrepreneur.com

  • Leap Of Faith - Featuring The Read

    Dec 21 2016

    Dustin will take the leap when he feels it’s time. Assante couldn’t take it anymore. Fran could never go back. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • Don't Check Up On It

    Dec 14 2016

    Dustin doesn’t think it’s his place to do so. Assante says that’s why he chills in the ratchet corner. Fran says her days of self-sacrifice are over. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://lonedeodorant.com Black Business Of The Week - http://www.steelmclean.com

  • One Race Six Genders

    Dec 07 2016

    Dustin is ready for 2050. Assante's little old lady is coming out. Fran will miss the diversity. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ResonanceApothecary Black Business Of The Week - http://www.coloringpins.bigcartel.com

  • Who Do You Love

    Nov 30 2016

    Dustin just doesn't want you patronizing him. Assante only cares about you being honest. Fran has things to deconstruct. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.moovn.com

  • Pass The Peas

    Nov 23 2016

    Dustin has been humbled. Assante has been fueled. Fran has been letting it all go. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - Venus in Leo : https://www.etsy.com/shop/venusinleo https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/non-toxic-bodycare-for-folks-living-in-dc-shelters--2

  • Black Card Revoked - Featuring The Fan Bros

    Nov 16 2016

    Dustin had to face it on the school bus. Assante dealt with it in his magnet program. Fran had to confront it as a YouTuber. Welcome to The Friend Zone. The Black Business Of The Week - http://theworldisyoursbook.com

  • Breaking The Code

    Nov 09 2016

    Dustin believes this to be a thing. Assante is now realizing some of his own. Fran just wants us to figure out how to be exceptional. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of The Week - http://mylitbox.com Nessa Carey's lecture on Epigenetics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DAcJSAM_BA

  • The Toxic Culture Of Positivity

    Nov 02 2016

    Dustin thinks it’s the dumbest shit he’s ever heard. Assante feels it’s the only thing that has kept him going. Fran says she’s worked hard to be happy…and is unapologetically so. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Business Highlights Of The Week: Raw Apothecary - http://bit.ly/buyitraw Angela Yee's "Juices For Life" - https://www.instagram.com/juicesforlifebk Extras: Listen to #Insecuritea with Fran + Crissle - @insecuriteapod Check out Fran's Wellness Retreat in LA next month - bit.ly/WellnessPop...more

  • The Appropriation Sensation

    Oct 26 2016

    Dustin thinks it depends on the intention. Assante says Beyonce is the only one who gets a pass. Fran sees how it’s disrespectful. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://www.enboisbymaxim.com Listen to #Insecuritea with Fran + Crissle - https://soundcloud.com/insecuriteapod Check out Fran's Wellness Retreat in LA next month - http://bit.ly/WellnessPopUpLA

  • Nostalgia Ultra Problematic

    Oct 19 2016

    Dustin thinks we need to chill out and laugh a little. Assante thinks a floodgate has been opened online. Fran sees the benefit of hyper-sensitivity. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://shop.coranatural.com Listen to Fran + Crissle on #Insecuritea - https://soundcloud.com/insecuriteapod

  • Forgive? Or FORGET IT.

    Oct 12 2016

    Dustin thinks there’s no coming back. Assante can’t seem to separate the art from the artist. Fran feels everyone should be given an opportunity for rehabilitation. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://www.ejcounselingatl.com

  • New Levels New Devils - Featuring Shameless Maya

    Oct 05 2016

    Dustin is taking baby steps. Assante is considering it more and more. Fran is all the way in. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Watch Shameless Maya's video response to this episode http://bit.ly/giveitupboo and check out her new website - http://shamelessmaya.com

  • Go Head And Use Me Up

    Sep 28 2016

    Dustin doesn't think it's flattery whatsoever. Assante admits he uses people. Fran just wants the option of knowing. Black Business Article: Black owners struggle to sell to black shoppers - http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/small-business/black-owners-struggle-to-sell-to-black-shoppers-1.1645331?page=all

  • What About Your Friends

    Sep 21 2016

    Dustin won't make you pick a side. Assante says we're on a ultra light beam. Fran says mind your business. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business of The Week - http://www.bodyscrubsbyrebeca.com

  • A Toast To Loyalty

    Sep 14 2016

    Dustin lives by the code but says be smart. Assante says don't be afraid to be selfish. Fran thinks it's usually a disguise for mediocrity. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://bit.ly/FoodHeavenCookBook

  • The Slash Generation

    Sep 07 2016

    Dustin thinks you should stay low and build. Assante has been slashing all day. Fran believes in playing the long game. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: Free NYC music program for kids - http://afrolatinjazz.org/apply-for-g-r-i-o-t-%E2%80%A8a-music-enrichment-program-for-youth

  • Nature vs Nurture

    Aug 31 2016

    Dustin thinks it's our nature. Assante thinks it's all nurture. Fran thinks it's a little of both. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://www.kayluxcosmetics.com Body Highlighter - http://bit.ly/BodyHighlighter

  • Sun Moon Stars - Featuring MysticxLipstick

    Aug 24 2016

    Dustin won’t even watch Thriller but he’s open to this convo...a little. Assante wants to know what planet the money is on. Fran is a natural born builder. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Check MysticxLipstick out: https://twitter.com/MysticxLipstick + http://www.mysticlipstick.net

  • The Friend Zone 1st Anniversary Live Show - NYC

    Aug 17 2016

    Dustin walked out to James Brown. Assante walked out to India Shawn. Fran walked out to Groove Theory. Welcome to The Friend Zone Live Show.

  • Theater Masks

    Aug 10 2016

    Dustin craved it from both. Assante's craving turned into an invisibility cloak. Fran says it is what it is. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment/Black Business - http://www.shinetext.com

  • Imposter Syndrome - Featuring Chescaleigh

    Aug 03 2016

    Dustin knows how to slate now, though. Assante wants to get better about asking for help. Fran is working through the nerves. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • 50th Episode - A Year In Review

    Jul 27 2016

    Dustin has no regrets. Assante is proud of his personal progress. Fran noted and fixed a blind spot. Welcome to The Friend Zone. HeyFranHey x Spotify Collaboration - #WarmVibesAndSummerNights http://bit.ly/HFHxSpotifyCollaboration

  • No Matter What People Say

    Jul 20 2016

    Dustin has 3 petty notes. Assante thinks you can make it work. Fran has a way for you to tap in. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week - http://www.makemycake.com

  • Black Lives Matter

    Jul 13 2016

    Dustin is done explaining. Assante doesn’t get what the confusion is in the first place? Fran has some important brands for you to support. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.gofundme.com/SavePinkys

  • Getting Back To Happy

    Jul 06 2016

    Dustin says HELL no. Assante wants no parts of this love triangle. Fran has a blanket that will help you sleep better. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://places.singleplatform.com/denny-moes-superstar-barbershop/menu?ref=google

  • Long Distance

    Jun 29 2016

    Dustin thinks it keeps it sexy. Assante is open to it. Fran has another audit for you and your partner. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://rehearsalbud.com

  • I Gotta Have It

    Jun 22 2016

    Dustin is gonna buy it anyway. Assante needs help getting rid of that one bag in the corner. Fran has a shopping trick for you. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.gofundme.com/SavePinkys

  • We Gon Be Alright

    Jun 15 2016

    Dustin doesn't want to hear his side. Assante is still processing. Fran shows us a reset button. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://twitter.com/fit_fora_queen

  • What Are You?

    Jun 08 2016

    Dustin doesn't think it was disrespectful. Assante is transcending rent this week. Fran has some coconut shells for you. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://astore.amazon.com/hefrhe-20/detail/B00CF3NBF6 Black Business Of The Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET5QbMbhMHs Digital Indie-Streaming platform featuring original series and movies from LGBTQ Artists of Color: http://artkutec.com

  • I Gotta Be Me

    Jun 01 2016

    Dustin is still mad about Tamar. Assante admits he switches 90% of the time. Fran wants to hook you up with a Farmer. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://www.melaninmakeup.com Wellness Segment: http://www.localharvest.org/csa http://justfood.org/csa

  • Do it.

    May 25 2016

    Dustin shares the major keys of being a great lover. Assante feels the stigmas are across the board. Fran has a Sex Audit for you. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1618364012/the-world-is-yours-childrens-book

  • Boys Don't Cry - Featuring Taxstone

    May 18 2016

    Dustin gives tips on being a leader of the pack. Assante has advice for the single mothers. Fran has 3 questions. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1618364012/the-world-is-yours-childrens-book

  • Just To Get By

    May 11 2016

    Dustin doesn't want that into-me-i-see. Assante is cool with it being a place-holder...for now. Fran has some numbers for you. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1618364012/the-world-is-yours-childrens-book

  • It Ain't For Everybody

    May 04 2016

    Dustin says leave him out of it. Assante thinks it's stifling. Fran has a rubber band trick to help with our thoughts. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://thewrap.life Hey Fran Hey x Tidal x Summer Playlist: bit.ly/TidalxSummer

  • The Album Came Out

    Apr 27 2016

    Dustin thinks he said, "She's fine, too". Assante hears the "Yeah Yeah Yeahs". Fran wants you to shift your energy. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://www.lolosseafoodshack.com

  • Cut It. But Love It.

    Apr 20 2016

    Dustin says yes. Assante says maybe. Fran says no. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://rejectedsociety.com

  • Was It Something I Said

    Apr 13 2016

    Dustin doesn't want to hear it. Assante feels like he's walking on egg shells. Fran has a list of terms we should be aware of. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://www.etsy.com/shop/threelittlebirdstees

  • #Flint

    Apr 06 2016

    Dustin and Gangsta Boo in LA. Assante texting with Black & Sexy TV. Fran has a trick for making your day feel better. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Episode ft/ Jasmine Vickers - Jazkol1@yahoo.com Black Business Of The Week: http://www.krissdidit.com

  • My Damn Instagram

    Mar 30 2016

    Dustin understands the kids. Assante still doesn't want to get married. But thanks. Fran has some Netflix and Chill for you this weekend. Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • Dearly Beloved

    Mar 23 2016

    Dustin wants black drapes and blood red roses. Assante wants a trap playlist. Fran has some calm on-the-go for you. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: http://www.gxbonline.com

  • Color Blocking

    Mar 16 2016

    Dustin wants to know your flavor. Assante is just happy as hell cause it's his birthday. Fran has some helpful tools for your self-discovery. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Black Business Of The Week: https://twitter.com/jadeofalljades

  • Color Me Bad

    Mar 09 2016

    Dustin as Miles Davis? Assante thinks it should've been Uzo. Fran has a DIY wellness kit for your office. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Small Black Business Of The Week: http://www.tysconsciouskitchen.com

  • Respectability Politics

    Mar 02 2016

    Dustin and Gangsta Boo don't want you to stand so close. Assante reminisces over ATL strip clubs. Fran has a delay button for your 0 to 100 moments. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Fran's vlog documenting her trip to Ghana & Togo: http://bit.ly/FairTradeAlaffiaJourney

  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    Feb 24 2016

    Dustin thinks it's all about the delivery. Assante resurrects his petty. Fran wants you to drink flowers. Welcome To The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://www.localharvest.org/passionflower-tincture-C11452 Small Black Business Of The Week: http://ixorabb.com

  • Coloring Book And Chill

    Feb 17 2016

    Dustin doesn't want to hear about your exes. Assante is a vault of secrets. Fran wants to know, "So do you pillow talk"? Welcome To The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://bit.ly/AmazonColoringBooks Small Black Business Of The Week: http://ownyourblackness.com

  • Call Out Culture

    Feb 10 2016

    Dustin has the "Do Not Dos" for Valentine's Day. Assante wants to "Black & Sexy TV" and Chill. Fran wants you to put the ice cubes down. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://bit.ly/Free30DayYogaCamp Small Black Business Of The Week: http://www.blackandsexy.tv/

  • Missy In The Matrix

    Feb 03 2016

    Dustin wants y'all to #CallMissyMan. Assante wants to know what your last meal would be? Fran is in the same tribe as Nelson Mandela & MLK. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: http://www.16personalities.com Small Black Business Of The Week: http://whitneyalix.com

  • We're Not Gonna Take It

    Jan 27 2016

    Dustin is the Resident President of the ACCC. Assante doesn't like you touching the small of his back. Fran has a natural remedy for those corns. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Wellness Segment: Epsom Salt - http://bit.ly/EpsomSaltSoak Jamaican Black Castor Oil - http://bit.ly/JBCOMoisture Small Black Business Of The Week: http://broadwayblack.com

  • Cuffing Season's Greetings

    Jan 20 2016

    Small Black Business Of The Week: http://www.thehoodwitch.com/

  • I Like It Like That

    Jan 13 2016

    pH Strips - http://astore.amazon.com/hefrhe-20/detail/B00BWQ9DYK Small Black Business Of The Week: Kuwala Inc - http://kuwala.co/

  • Make It, Maintain It

    Jan 06 2016

    Dreams, goals and aspirations are set...but are you ready for what you wished for? Small Black Business Of The Week: asimsupremeproducts.com

  • 2015 I'ma Let You Finish, But 2016...

    Dec 30 2015

    A few things, from us to you, before we step into the new year...

  • The Friend Zone & The Read Mash Up Part 1

    Dec 23 2015

    It's the holidays, so it's only right that The Friend Zone and The Read get together. Here's Part I of their mash up. Listen to Part II here: https://soundcloud.com/theread/the-friend-zone-and-the-read-mash-up-part-2 Starring Fran, Assante, Dustin, Crissle and Kid Fury.

  • Don't You Go To Work?

    Dec 16 2015

    Dustin will be presenting in a baritone. Assante and his Patti Pies. Fran's integrity is the true present. Welcome To The Friend Zone. "Get Rich Or Die Vlogging || The Sad Economics of Internet Fame" by Gaby Dunn http://fusion.net/story/244545/famous-and-broke-on-youtube-instagram-social-media/

  • There's A Song For That

    Dec 09 2015

    Dustin has a song for your emotions. ALL of them. Assante shares a bit about his love life. Fran is shower sliding through her feelings this week. Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • Non-Profit & Chill

    Dec 02 2015

    Dustin is ready to visit the motherland. Assante got his stones. Fran wants you to embrace Fair Trade. Welcome to The Friend Zone

  • Yo Mama

    Nov 25 2015

    Dustin loves NOLA Assante used to use Netscape Navigator Fran is thankful for her Mom. Welcome to The Friend Zone

  • Say It Like You Mean It

    Nov 18 2015

    Dustin likes his Jordans. Assante said 'miss me with the ultimatums.' Fran wants to know what your Love Language is? Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • Oh God...

    Nov 11 2015

    Dustin tells the Hinky Dinky story. Assante's pants ain't gonna fit you. Fran's summer of Scientology. Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • The Shut Down Mixtape

    Nov 04 2015

    Dustin swept. Assante has a teachable moment. Fran wants you to declutter your soul. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • And I Am Telling You, I'M NOT GOING!

    Oct 28 2015

    Dustin is not here for the question mark texts. Assante is Pro-Hood Rejuvenation. Fran is wondering how oblivious people really are. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • A$AP Shirley Caesar

    Oct 21 2015

    Dustin needs to know where that Rush Card money is. Assante is the businessman with a business plan. Fran wants us to confront those bank statements. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • Don't Forget The Feet

    Oct 14 2015

    Dustin is doing exercises in listening. Assante wants to be the best friend he can be. Fran knows that you matter to the Universe. Welcome to The Friend Zone

  • Fitness Regine Hunter

    Oct 07 2015

    Dustin works out to feel good. Assante is unbothered by 'no fats, no fems.' Fran has some skincare tips to share with the class. Welcome to The Friend Zone.

  • The Choir And The Competition Are Out

    Sep 30 2015

    Dustin does it for the kids. Assante has no idea how he met Fran. Fran is keeping her boo thing to herself. Welcome To The Friend Zone. This episode of The FriendZone is brought to you by Bevel Razors. They keep our boys smooth and can do the same for you or someone you know! Go to GetBevel. com today and use code FRIENDZONE to get 20% off your first month.

  • Tacos And Quickweave

    Sep 23 2015

    Dustin is doper than he was before. Assante is STEEL here! Fran ain't here for the getcha-gotcha. Welcome to The Friend Zone. Be smooth like Dustin and fresh like Assante. Check out GetBevel.com today. Use code FRIENDZONE to get 20% off your first month.

  • Even Martha Went To Jail

    Sep 16 2015

    Dustin is giving you what you want. Assante lets go of the Hollywood Divas Fran's apartment is still Love Jones. Welcome to The Friend Zone To get your Bevel, go to GetBevel.com and use offer code "FRIENDZONE"

  • Surrender

    Sep 09 2015

    Dustin is feeling good. Assante just got back from Houston. Fran is journaling again. Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • Take 5

    Sep 02 2015

    Dustin is still your friend. Assante ain't nobody's library. Fran is challenging you to put the phone down. Welcome to The Friend Zone

  • Family Matters

    Aug 26 2015

    Dustin loves his family. Assante is not making a list. Fran knows what she wants. Welcome To The Friend Zone.

  • It's Okay To Log Off

    Aug 19 2015

    Dustin is a playboy. Assante is twitterless. Fran has no television. Welcome to The Friend Zone.