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Single but Very Unavailable feat. Rodney Rikai

podcast October 16, 2021

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This episode of “Ask Ashley: The Podcast” is brought to you by McDonald's, proudly serving communities since 1965.

Ashley + Ashley are back in the studio this week with their first guest of the new season – Mr. Rodney Rikai. Rodney’s production company, Lately Early Productions, is focused on sharing stories, experiences, and narratives of Black men, and he's here to discuss with the ladies his take on vulnerability, dating, parenting, and so much more.

Included in the discussion:

00:21 –  Ashley + Ashley always welcome the male point-of-view, and Rodney isn’t shy about sharing his. He’s going deep on a wide range of issues, and he and Ashley N share their ways of coping with anxiety in a crowded room.

03:37 – Boom…more ‘shrooms. They really are everywhere lately. Rodney explains how mushrooms help him peel back his armor, and he discusses the challenges Black men face when it comes to issues of vulnerability. Who knew we might have actually needed more ‘shroom talk?

27:08 –  Our new “Things We Learned on the Internet” segment spotlights an IGTV clip entitled, “I Don’t Mind Sharing at All.” This video sparks a debate for the ages, and The Ashleys are squaring off with Rodney on the question: Are women evolving in their thoughts on monogamous relationships, or is the power of male influence steering the trend?

40:15 –  “Twenties” is BACK— It’s TV Time and Ashley N feels season two of BET’s “Twenties” might just be better than the first. If you’re like Ashley W and missed the season premiere of “Twenties,” be sure to catch up on and check it out every Wednesday this fall at 10/9 pm Central. Visit for more.

42:45 –  AHA Sparkling Water is bringing another “AHA Moment” to The People. Ashley W recently discovered an unexpected beauty product that you probably already have in your home.

43:55 – Question Time! This week, Ashley, Rodney, and Ashley are discussing when to talk about sex and off-limit exes. A healthy debate on parenting turns into some strong reminders about the realities children are facing today. If you’re a parent who struggles to talk to your kids about sex, you’ll want to hear this.

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