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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

The Pursuit of Happyness

11/12/2018
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This week, we are joined by Yedoye Travis (Dark Tank) to discuss the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness, based on the true story of Chris Gardner and starring Will Smith. We get into the harsh reality of being poor in America and how race factors into this film's version of the “American dream.” We also talk crying during movies, the role of the female lead, and when the public realized rubik’s cubes were solvable.

Duration:01:38:51

Candyman

11/5/2018
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We review the 1992 film Candyman starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen. We discuss the lore around Candyman, our own childhood fears, the inherent issues with the films casting choices, and how this movie was pitched as a love story.

Duration:01:19:18

The Haunted Mansion

10/29/2018
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This week, we review the 2003 comedy-horror movie The Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy. We discuss Eddie Murphy's decision to be in this movie, horror films made for kids, and whether or not casting a black family helped the cause. We also talk about our conflicted relationships with Disney World, the rules surrounding ghost interactions, and debate the relevance of scoring the final credits with Nelly's Iz U.

Duration:01:04:25

The Hate U Give

10/22/2018
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This week, we review the new film The Hate U Give, based on the novel by Angie Thomas. We discuss Amanda Stenberg's phenomenal acting, the positive impact of depicting systemic violence against black people truthfully and with tact, the importance of complex characters, and much more.

Duration:01:32:27

A Haunted House ft. David Gborie

10/16/2018
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We review A Haunted House, the 2013 spoof of paranormal activity starring Marlon Wayans and Cedric the Entertainer. We talk about the movie's deeply problematic comedy, making "spoofs", the legacy of similar movies like Scary Movie, and whether or not this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:26:52

Gothika ft. Jasmine Pierce

10/9/2018
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We review the 2003 horror-thriller Gothika starring Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. We discuss the movie’s supernatural elements, how it deals with sexual assault and violence towards women, what it was like watching it in this political climate, and if it helped the cause.

Duration:01:51:48

Night School

10/2/2018
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We review the new film Night School starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. We discuss the chemistry between Kevin and Tiffany, the standout performance by Romany Malco, our own SAT scores, and if this film helped the cause. Also Kat Williams stops by?! This week's episode is brought to you by SquareSpace!

Duration:01:35:41

The First Purge ft. Tosin Morohunfola

9/25/2018
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Special guest Tosin Morohunfola (The Chi, Love Is) joins us to review 2018's The First Purge, the fourth installment of the horror franchise that James III swore he would never see. We discuss the controversial political framing, the rising star of Y'lan Noel, whether or not the film was "deep", the constant use of violence against black bodies in recent films, and if this film helped the cause.

Duration:01:37:23

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