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Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan review major motion pictures with black leading actors.

Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan review major motion pictures with black leading actors.
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Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan review major motion pictures with black leading actors.

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English


Episodes

Predator 2

9/18/2018
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We review the second and only film in the Predator franchise to star a black actor, 1990's Predator 2. We talk about the unlikely action star Danny Glover, the somewhat blatantly racist caricatures of gangs, our own conspiracy theories, and whether or not this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:44:12

Blade II

9/11/2018
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We conclude our Wesley Snipes mini-series with his biggest box office earner, Blade II, the 2002 superhero sequel. Did this film had something to do with Wesley's decline in leading films? What happened to N'Bushe Wright's character (erasing of black women anyone)? And did this film actually help the cause?

Duration:01:35:45

Passenger 57

9/4/2018
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Our Wesley Snipes mini-series continues with the 1992 action film Passenger 57. Was this the film that put Snipes' action star power on the map? Did the writing and directing of this movie hurt the chances for sequels? Is smooth jazz the only way to do a training montage? We answer all these questions and more on the latest episode!

Duration:01:22:13

New Jack City ft. Gary Richardson

8/28/2018
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Special guest Gary Richardson (SNL) joins as we begin our Wesley Snipes mini-series by reviewing the "hood classic" New Jack City, directed by Mario Van Peebles. We discuss the incredible versatility of Wesley Snipes, the problematic policing of Ice-T's character, the disrespect Hollywood has shown movies about black gangsters, and whether or not this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:44:37

Crazy Rich Asians ft. Ellie Lee, Katharine Lerner, Bowen Yang

8/21/2018
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We are celebrating the new film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh, with an Asian takeover of our own. Guests Katharine Lerner (Younger), Ellie Lee (iHeartRadio), and Bowen Yang (Las Culturistas) join Jonathan to discuss the first Hollywood studio, Asian led cast in 25 years. This is a special episode you don't want to miss!

Duration:01:35:43

BlacKkKlansman

8/14/2018
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Spike Lee is BACK! We review the new film BlackkKlansmen starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. We discuss everything including the real story of Ron Stallworth, the purposely uncomfortable ending, the debut of J.D. Washington in a starring film role, the state of racial politics in America, and so much more. Strap in cause just like the film, the episode is a DOOZY.

Duration:02:29:07

Blindspotting

8/7/2018
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We review the new indie film Blindspotting written by and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. We unpack everything this film has to offer including police brutality, gentrification, social injustice, gun control, and race relations in America. Did this film help "the cause"? Listen to find out!

Duration:01:21:12

The Equalizer 2

7/31/2018
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We review the new film The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington in his first ever movie sequel. We discuss Denzel's latest "action hero" career chapter, how he constantly saves little white girls, the brilliance of Ashton Sanders, and if this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:42:51

Sister Act

7/24/2018
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Our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series concludes with her most successful and iconic film, Sister Act, that inspired a sequel and a Broadway musical. We discuss the factors that made this movie a hit, the lack of diversity in the cast, Radio Raheem, comparisons to Sister Act 2, and if this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:18:37

Sorry To Bother You

7/17/2018
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We review the new indie darling Sorry To Bother You by Boots Riley, that stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson and has been making waves in critic circles. We discuss the importance of such a innovative and strange movie helmed by a black filmmaker, the unique charisma of Lakeith Stanfield, the layers of themes and issues this movie tackles and whether or not this film helps the cause.

Duration:02:10:29

Jumpin' Jack Flash (& Burglar)

7/10/2018
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Guest Ashleigh Hairston (Modern Family) joins as we continue our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series with her second film Jumpin' Jack Flash, a 1986 action comedy that was a moderate success. We try to determine what qualifies as a quintessential "Whoopi movie", how Whoopi became such a bonafide movie star, if Burglar and Jumpin Jack Flash are basically the same movie, and whether or not this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:55:51

Uncle Drew

7/3/2018
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This week we review the new comedy Uncle Drew starring Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and slew of basketball veterans, including Kyrie Irving in the titular role. We discuss the challenges of turning a commercial campaign into a movie, the standout performances of Shaq, Chris Webber and Nick Kroll, and contemplate if this film helped the cause!

Duration:01:29:44

Bonus: Interview w/ Director Charles Stone III

6/29/2018
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This bonus episode features an interview with Charles Stone III, the director of the new film Uncle Drew in theaters now! We discuss the implications of the "diversity" trend in Hollywood, past films Drumline and Paid In Full, working with comedy stars Lil Rel Howrey and Tiffany Haddish, and of course Hancock.

Duration:01:03:03

The Color Purple ft. Tessa Claire Hersh

6/26/2018
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We begin our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series with the iconic film The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the award-winning novel by Alice Walker. Returning guest Tessa Claire Hersh (The Break w/Michelle Wolf) helps us breakdown all facets of the film including it's record-setting shutout at the Oscars, the debut performances of Whoopi and Oprah, the differences between the book and the film, and if a movie about black women directed by a white man can help the cause. This...

Duration:01:38:41

SuperFly

6/19/2018
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Did you know they remade the blacksplotation film Superfly and that it came out this weekend? Well, they did! We review this updated classic and discuss the casting choice of Trevor Jackson as the lead, Jason Mitchel's brilliant performance, the stigma of drug dealer movies when it comes to black people but not white people, and try to decide if this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:44:28

Radio

6/12/2018
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The final episode of our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series provides an in depth look at the 2003 Disney film Radio. We discuss why this movie potentially ended Cuba's run as a leading actor in major Hollywood films, how movies with black leads are still told through a white perspective, whether or not Cuba's portrayal of Radio is problematic, and if this movie helped the cause.

Duration:01:46:40

Men of Honor

6/5/2018
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The third episode of our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series brings us to the 2000 bio-pic film Men of Honor co-starring Robert Deniro. We discuss whether this is Cuba's greatest performance, the Hollywood's troublesome trend with white savior moments, how this film handled the struggles of racism, and if a movie that was mostly forgotten by the mainstream truly helped the cause.

Duration:01:47:35

Jerry Maguire ft. Phil Augusta Jackson

5/29/2018
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Special guest Phil Augusta Jackson (Key & Peele, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins us as we continue our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series with the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Though this film earned Cuba the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, did it ultimately help or hurt his career? How stereotypical was this role? Can a film with a white lead still help the cause? Listen to find out! This week's episode is brought to you by Hims! (www.forhims.com)

Duration:01:52:10

Boyz N The Hood

5/22/2018
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Are you ready? We kick off the start of our new "Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series" with the legendary 1991 film Boyz N the Hood directed by John Singleton. There is so much to unpack including the incredible backstory of how the movie came to be, the amazing cast that includes Lawrence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Angela Basset, and Nia Long, how the themes of this film are still relevant today, and why this film didn't instantly launch Cuba into stardom. This is an episode you don't want to miss!

Duration:02:08:45

Breaking In ft. Rasheda Crockett

5/15/2018
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Special guest Rasheda Crockett (Adam Ruins Everything) joins James III and Jonathan Braylock to discuss the new Gabrielle Union film Breaking In. We discuss Gabrielle's long career, the utter absence of generic action movies starring women of color, whether or not Gaby's character should've beat her children, and if this film helped the cause! This week's episode is brought to you by Quip! (getquip.com/jump)

Duration:01:41:35