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Black Men Can't Jump (In Hollywood)


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.




Spanglish ft. Erica Hernandez

Special guest Erica Hernandez (UCB) joins to talk about the 2004 film Spanglish starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. The guys get into deep discussions about whether or not the film was made for a white audience, did the decision to have Paz speak only in Spanish for most of the movie help or hurt it, was this a good representation of Latinas on screen and did this film help the cause?

Duration: 02:08:07

Almost Christmas


Duration: 01:34:01

Coco ft. Maritza Montañez

Special guest Maritza Montañez (UCB) joins as we discuss the latest Pixar film, Coco, set in Mexico and starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, among other Latinx voice actors. We fawn over the care and appreciation of the culture the movie borrows from, throw some shade at the Frozen short before the film, and discuss the overwhelming importance of representation on screen. So much to discuss! This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace and SimpleContacts!

Duration: 02:02:43

Detroit ft. Blank Check with Griffin & David

Get ready for a crossover episode!!! Black Men Can't Jump is teaming up with Blank Check podcast (Griffin Newman & David Sims) to review Kathryn Bigelow's latest film Detroit, starring John Boyega, Algee Smith, and Anthony Mackie. We discuss Kathryn's intentions behind the making of this film, whether or not this was the glorification of black bodies being brutalized, if a white director should helm a historical black story and if this film helped the cause!

Duration: 01:46:13

Love Jones

Special guest X (UCB) joins the podcast as we review the 1997 cult classic Love Jones, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate. We discuss the rarity of romantic films with black leads, the complicated nature of relationships, the often under appreciated careers of Nia & Larenz and if this film helped the cause! This week's episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh!

Duration: 01:46:40

The Last King of Scotland

This week the crew reviews the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland" staring Forrest Whitaker and Kerry Washington. Find out if Hollywood can handle the Ugandan genocide with the sensitivity it warrants. And does this bio-pic help the cause?

Duration: 01:12:11

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Happy Halloween! Tyler Perry's Madea character is back and we couldn't resist the urge to revisit Boo 2! A Madea Halloween starring Tyler Perry and a bunch of Instagram stars. We don't even pretend to like this one, which makes it a very fun episode to listen to even if you love Tyler Perry. We got tricked so you can enjoy this treat!

Duration: 01:59:56

Dear White People

We review the indie darling turned hit Netflix show Dear White People starring Tessa Thompson and Tyler James Williams. We discuss how the film and TV show compare, the strength of the actors, the limited examples of black led college films, if this film helped the cause and so much more! This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh!

Duration: 01:20:29

The Mountain Between Us

Special guest Lauren Adams (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) joins us to talk about the survival-thriller / romance film The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. We discuss the questionable directing choices and departures from the novel, the overall sexiness of Idris Elba, the reality of an on screen SWIRL, and if this movie helped the cause.

Duration: 01:50:00


In light of recents conversations about politics and sports, we review the 2013 Jackie Robinson film 42, starring Chadwick Boseman. We discuss how white filmmakers continue to tell the narratives of black figures, the importance of Jackie Robinson, the odd focus on Harrison Ford's character, and if this film helped the cause.

Duration: 01:52:57

Paid In Full


Duration: 01:38:27

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Special guest Natalie Paul (HBO's The Deuce) joins the podcast, as we review the 2012 Oscar darling Beasts of the Southern Wild. We discuss the phenomenon that is Quvenzhane Wallis, how the movie differs from the Hollywood norm in its depiction of poverty, and the humanizing of black people through this fantastical natural disaster film that may or may not help the cause!

Duration: 01:36:17

San Andreas

With the threat of yet another hurricane, we take a look at the 2015 natural disaster film San Andreas starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. We analyze America's obsession with natural disaster films, the puzzling casting of Alexandra Daddario as The Rock's daughter, and if the first natural disaster blockbuster to star a black man truly helped the cause.

Duration: 01:27:03

Lottery Ticket

This controversial episode is set with a review of the 2010 "hood comedy" Lottery Ticket starring Shad Moss (Bow Wow), Brandon T. Jackson and Ice Cube. Sparks fly as we talk about the representation of people who live in the projects, the objectification of women in the black community, the untapped potential of Brandon T. Jackson, and if this film helped the cause.

Duration: 01:53:44

Coach Carter

Still in high school spirit, we review the 2005 sports film Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson. We compare the Hollywood changes made to this true story, whether or not the acting was up to par, why Channing Tatum was there and if the movie helped the cause!

Duration: 01:51:00

Remember The Titans


Duration: 01:53:42


We take a look back at the 1989 Civil War film Glory starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher. In light of the terrible incident in Charlottesville, we touch on the real history of the Civil War, question whether or not Glory is a "white savior" movie, discuss why Denzel was the only actor to get recognition and determine if this film helped the cause!

Duration: 01:51:18

The Incredible Jessica James ft. Abbi Crutchfeild

Special guest Abbi Crutchfield (TruTV's You Can Do Better!) is here to talk about the "breakout role" of Jessica Williams in Netflix comedy, The Incredible Jessica James. We talk the legitimacy of black leads in non-race centered storylines, the incredible likability of Jessica Williams, the importance of maturity and if this film helped the cause! This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron!

Duration: 01:34:10

Dark Tower ft. Langston Kerman

Special guest Langston Kerman (Insecure) helps us break down the blockbuster The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba, based off the Stephen King book series. We discuss if Idris is actually the lead, why such a beloved film adaption was given to such a little known director and if this film actually helped the cause.

Duration: 01:16:39

Girls Trip

Special guest Monique Moses (Astronomy Club) joins the boys to review the new film Girls Trip starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish. In a year where Rough Night and Snatched "disappointed expectations", we discuss the significance of the box office success of Girls Trip, the breakout performance of Tiffany Haddish, whether or not there is such a thing as "boy humor" and if this film helped the cause! This week's episode is brought to you by SquareSpace!

Duration: 01:48:09