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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.




Live in Austin 2018

This week we bring a special episode of the podcast recorded live in Austin where we play the Black Men Can't Jump game show, testing the audience's knowledge on all things black in cinema. James III showcases some impressions, Jonathan Braylock delves into the history of whitewashing and Jerah Milligan rewrites a popular movie to empower women characters in film. Which host will be the audience favorite? Listen to find out! This episode was brought to you by Sirius XM!


A Wrinkle in Time ft. Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh and X

In honor of Women's History Month and the historic achievement of Ava Duvernay, the guys hand the reigns over to Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh, and X Mayo to discuss the new film A Wrinkle In Time starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon. The ladies discuss the importance of representation on screen, the brilliant and uplifting source material of A Wrinkle in Time, and if this film helped the cause. This episode was brought to you by Sirius XM!


The 2018 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson

Superstar and fourth-time guest Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, So Many White Guys) joins our annual discussion of the films of the Academy Awards. We discuss the refreshingly diverse Best Director category, why it's tough for people of color to jump aboard the Lady Bird train, our issues with Three Billboards, the phenomenon that is Get Out and much more!


Black Panther

Wakanda!!! You know what time it is. We review the smash box office hit Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and a whole lot more. We discuss why Black Panther is so important to the black community, how this film can open a new chapter of diversity in Hollywood, the emergence of Letitia Wright, the nuanced political, racial and spiritual themes of the film and if this film helped "the cause". Just kidding, you...


Fruitvale Station ft. Mamoudou N'Diaye

In anticipation of Black Panther, we review the 2012 film that jump started the career of Ryan Coogler and turned Michael B. Jordan into a leading man: Fruitvale Station. Special guest Mamoudou N'Diaye (Mic) joins as we talk about the brilliance of Coogler, why this film was snubbed by the Oscars, police brutality, racism... hell we talk about all of it, just listen!


Black Dynamite ft. Devon Shepard

Special guest Devon Shepard (MadTV, Weeds, The Wayans Bros.) joins us to discuss the 2009 cult classic Black Dynamite, written by and starring Michael Jai White. We breakdown the comedic genius of the film, it's honor for Blacksplotation, how Hollywood has cheated us out of a Michael Jai White action career, and how this film helped the cause!


Meteor Man ft. Tessa Claire Hersh

Returning super-guest Tessa Claire Hersh drops by to keep Jon in check, to start a movement, and to review the 1993 Robert Townsend spectacular 'Meteor Man'! What can you say about a movie with Marla Gibbs, James Earl Jones, Eddie Griffin, Don Cheadle, Sinbad, and Bill Cosby? For starters it had a 30 million dollar budget and rotten tomatoes gives it a 29%. Find out if the crew has more love than that!


Bébé's Kids

We take a walk down memory lane with the 1992 film Bebe's Kids starring Faizon Love as Robin Harris. We talk about the surprising lack of black characters in animated films, the low key depth of the films story, and if this PG-13 cartoon actually helped the cause.


Proud Mary ft. Hayley Marie Norman

Special guest Hayley Marie Norman (Hancock) joins to talk the new Taraji P. Henson film, Proud Mary, which got off to a disappointing start at the box office. We discuss the utter lack of black female action stars, the disrespect Hollywood has shown Taraji, the dilemma of supporting black actors in poorly reviewed films, and if this film helped the cause!


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ft. Zach Cherry

Special guest Zach Cherry (HBO's Crashing) joins as the guys discuss the new #1 film at the box office, Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. There's plenty to discuss about this popcorn flick including the proven track record of The Rock as an action star, a "swirl", Nick Jonas's acting, and whether or not the absence of race in this movie helps the cause! JUMANJI!!! This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace!


Bright ft. Camrus Johnson

Jon is at the ballet and James is missing (RIP?) for this unprecedented episode. Jerah is joined by Camrus Johnson (There's ... Johnny!, #Fashionvictim, Luke Cage) to break down Will Smith's effort in Bright. Chance the Rapper didn't like what he saw, but how do Camrus and Jerah feel? Dear Hollywood, can anything save Will from another bust?



The boys review the Mudbound (2017). Find out if they can get on board with Dee Ree's work of historical imagination. Spoiler: they definitely cannot. Dear Hollywood- do better.


Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The new Denzel film is out so we had to review Roman J. Israel, Esq. and talk about the award buzz surrounding Washington's performance. Listen as the boys discuss Denzel stepping outside his wheelhouse, Collin Ferrel low-key being great, the criminal justice system, and this film helps the cause.


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?


Almost Christmas



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!


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!


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!


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?


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