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Join Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and film critic Elvis Mitchell behind the scenes as they dive into the true story behind the events portrayed in the new film Judas and the Black Messiah. Featuring interviews with director, producer and co-writer Shaka King, producer Ryan Coogler, co-stars Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, and Dominique Fishback, and members of the Black Panther Party who knew Chairman Fred Hampton. Judas and the Black Messiah is in U.S. theaters on February 12 as well as ava ...
 
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We’re back! After a much needed summer break, Desmond returns to the pod with the animated comedy classic BÉBÉ’S KIDS! He gets into the ways in which this film feels like an authentically black narrative, what the film says about how Black kids are treated by society, and the ways in which genre films such as comedy and animation can convey importa…
 
Larry weighs in on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and more to open the show (01:00). Later, he is joined by creator of the Me Too Movement Tarana Burke to discuss her new book ‘Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement,’ as well as the difference between self esteem and self worth, and much more (20:00). Ho…
 
Taking a trip down memory lane, Qadry and Chris JB welcome Sungi Clark and Devante James, Qadry's line brothers. After recalling the epic performance by the Lox, four brothers reflect on their introduction to Alpha Phi Alpha 10 years later and challenges in identity formation for young men in Black Fraternity culture. Join us for a discussion cover…
 
Larry is joined by the LA Times Sports and Culture columnist LZ Granderson to talk about becoming comfortable with his identity as a Black gay man (8:26), NFL player Carl Nassib coming out as gay and the other progress the sports world is making to be more inclusive (47:24), and how he feels about athlete activism (1:07:29). Host: Larry Wilmore Gue…
 
Larry weighs in on Richard Branson’s space trip and the return of mask mandates (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by writer Michael Pollan to discuss his latest book ‘This Is Your on Mind on Plants,’ the effects of Opiates on the body, and much more (10:00) Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Michael Pollan Producer: Kaya McMullen Production Assistant: Jonath…
 
Wedding bells are ringing this week as Desmond gets into the classic dramedy THE BEST MAN. He talks about the elements of self-sabotage present in the film through the main character Harper, as well as the difficulties of writing personal stories for public consumption and the best elements of weddings! Also, this week’s You Betta Act award finally…
 
Larry opens the show by weighing in on critical race theory (1:00). Later, he is joined by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author and host of the podcast ‘Be Antiracist,’ to discuss the mission of his relatively new podcast (17:00) as well as what it means to be antiracist. Later, Dr. Kendi briefly dives deeper into critical race the…
 
Larry weighs in on Bill Cosby’s release from prison to open the show (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by comedian and author Wayne Federman to discuss his new book ‘The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chapelle’ (10:00). Later they look at the vaudeville era of comedy (29:00), how technological advancements such as the microphone changed…
 
Luke 3:21-22. As we continue to celebrate Black fatherhood, Qadry and Chris JB acknowledge Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor as spiritual hip hop. Qadry also reflects on the Holy Spirit and how spiritual differences led to a rift in his family. What is "spirituality"? What is it not? And can spiritual living lead Black people beyond double consciousness?…
 
Happy Belated Juneteenth y’all! This week, Desmond gets into the amazing hidden gem MISS JUNETEENTH and talks about how important tradition is in the Black community, as well as the idea of parents living their dreams through their children. Also, let’s talk about In the Heights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Larry weighs in on Juneteenth becoming a holiday, the Catholic church’s potential communion ban on President Biden for his abortion stance, and the “heartbeat bill” (01:30). Later, Larry is joined by comedian and writer Sam Jay to discuss working on her show ‘PAUSE with Sam Jay,’ the difference between writing for ‘Saturday Night Live’ vs. her own …
 
It’s our 40th episode! Desmond discusses Spike Lee’s feature debut She’s Gotta Have It, and connects the themes to issues that he’s dealing with in his own life in terms of love. He also takes time to shout out Summer 2021 and guess each main character’s Zodiac sign! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
This week, Larry weighs in on how the privilege of being from the United States has contributed to the country’s lack of interest in getting vaccinated (0:43). Larry is joined by Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt to discuss her latest work in the series ‘Blindspotting' (13:00). They also discuss a rejected ‘Twister’ reboot, her acting career, and mu…
 
Happy Pride month, everyone! This week, Desmond dives into the Queer classic PARIAH with filmmaker Cai Thomas. They talk about the incredibly lived in performances, the craft of director Dee Rees and her team, as well as how they both connect to the film as young Queer Black people! And of course, no guest episode is complete without a game of Who’…
 
To open the show, Larry again weighs in on alien conspiracies, as well as Tucker Carlson’s quote on COVID-19 vaccinations being the “medical Jim Crow" (1:00) Then, Larry is joined by Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes to discuss working on her new Netflix show ‘The Upshaws’ during the pandemic (13:00). They also talk about Sykes transitioning …
 
Larry briefly weighs in on the conservative attack on women’s reproductive right, as well as alien conspiracy theories to open the show (01:00). Later, he is joined by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins to discuss adapting Colson Whitehead’s novel into the television series ‘The Underground Railroad’ on Amazon Prime (13:00). Later, they discuss t…
 
This week, Desmond gets critical about the 2020 slavery film, ANTEBELLUM. He talks about the confusing narrative, what he thinks the filmmaker’s intentions were, and other Black media that has portrayed these ideas correctly. Also, Desmond has the word on the street about one of Black film’s biggest Blockbusters! Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Larry is joined by actor and director David Oyelowo to talk about getting into acting and why he decided to create his own production company (17:47), making his directorial debut with ‘The Water Man' and what it was like to direct himself as an actor (35:37), and why he's drawn to making movies with fantastical elements (51:53). Host: Larry Wilmor…
 
This week, Desmond takes a deep dive into Jordan Peel’s second film, US! He gets into the incredible performance of Lupita Nyong’o and the rest of the cast, the brilliant allegory in the film about class systems, as well as the ways in which this film also portrays Trump’s america. Also, Desmond gives his reactions on this year’s Oscar ceremony! Le…
 
Larry weighs in on ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ and the importance of gratitude to open the show. Later, he is joined by New York Times best selling author Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his new audio book ‘The Bomber Mafia,’ how advances in technology change warfare, and more (11:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Malcolm Gladwell Producer: Kaya McMulle…
 
This week, Desmond is joined by the founder of the BlackStar Film Festival, Maori Karmael Holmes to discuss JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH! They dig into the brilliant performances, the history behind the film, and ways in which Fred Hampton’s legacy lives on. Also, Maori is put to the test with another round of “Who’s Invited”!! Learn more about your…
 
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, Desmond gets into the lovely hidden gem THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION this week, and talks about the importance of artistic integrity as you age as a Black artist, and the magical expression of Hip-Hop. Also, there’s a new segment on the show!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Larry is joined by actor and comedian Robin Thede on this week’s weigh-in to discuss Season 2 of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by comedian W. Kamau Bell to discuss ‘United Shades of America,’ defunding the police, and much more (30:10). Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Robin Thede and W. Kamau Bell Producer: Kaya McMullen Pr…
 
Welcome to the Oscar Extravaganza!! In this week’s mega-sized episode, Desmond breaks down the Oscar voting process, his thoughts on this year’s major category nominations and some of this year’s history makers! Check it out and get those ballot pools ready!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Larry weighs in on a week filled with gun violence and police brutality, as well as the new Georgia voting law to open the show (02:00). Later, he is joined by Willie Geist, host of ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Sunday Today with Willie Geist,’ to discuss what goes into the interview process, how President Biden is doing in office, and more (20:00). Host: Lar…
 
RIP Earl (DMX) Simmons! Chris JB and Qadry are Going Way Back with Donavan Tracey and Myles Mabry - professional educators and members of Alpha Phi Alpha. After praising the lyrical ability of Rakim and Kool G Rap, these Ice Cold Brothers imagine what it would look like to educate our kids as if we are on the Underground Railroad. Join us for an ho…
 
Love is never easy, but it can be extremely beautiful, as portrayed in Barry Jenkins film adaptation of James Baldwin’s IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. This week, Desmond talks about the incredible performances in this ensemble film, as well as the gorgeous design, and the many awards that it could have been nominated for at the Oscars. Also, this week…
 
Larry is joined by Oscar nominated director Travon Free to discuss filming ‘Two Distant Strangers’ amidst the pandemic, how he got his start in the entertainment industry, and more (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by Oscar nominee and singer Andra Day to discuss portraying Billie Holiday in her first ever acting role with ‘The United States vs. Bill…
 
Now that we’re back from our Girls Trip, let’s rob!! This week, Desmond reunites with Jada and Queen in their first film collaboration, SET IT OFF! Desmond and his guest, comedian Lynaé DePriest get into the Nitty Gritty about what this film says about how society antagonizes Black women, and the beautiful Black female friendship in this classic fi…
 
Pack your bags! This week Desmond gets into the nitty gritty of the epic comedy GIRLS TRIP!! Desmond talks about the wonderful performances from the main cast, the fun moments in the film, and the important messages that the film carries about Black female friendship. Also, this week’s You Betta Act award goes to one of the last great Black sitcoms…
 
Larry is joined by journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien to discuss her tv series ‘Disrupt and Dismantle’ (08:00), environmental racism (10:00), the death of local journalism (17:00), and much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Soledad O’Brien Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
John 1:46. While honoring the legendary Harlem emcee Big L, Qadry And Chris JB discuss what L has in common with Fred Hampton and Jesus. The two also interrogate how one can be a Christian and not believe what the Bible says about Christ. (***Mild Spoiler ALERT for Judas and the Black Messiah***). The Renaissance Lives... --- Send in a voice messag…
 
Larry weighs in on the Atlanta spa shooting and the recent rise of hate targeted toward Asian people (03:00). Later, Larry is joined by CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss his new book ‘This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism’ (10:00), growing up down south in Baton Rouge as a gay black man (18:00), James Baldwin’s impact on his life (13:00)…
 
Following another white terrorist attack, a survivor of American Slavery and a survivor of American Colonialism (in the Philippines) come together for a candid conversation about solidarity amongst Black and Asian/Pacific Islander communities. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speakezblkpod/message…
 
It’s our thirtieth episode!! This week, Desmond digs into one of the best films of all time, DO THE RIGHT THING. Desmond talks about Spike’s process while crafting the film, the incredible performances, the ways in which aspects of this film are similar to a play, and the reasons why this classic film will live on forever. Learn more about your ad …
 
Larry is joined by Walter Isaacson to talk about his new book, ‘The Code Breaker,’ a biography of the genetic scientist and a developer of CRISPR Jennifer Doudna. They talk about the history of genetic science (16:10), how the new mRNA vaccines work (33:43), and the ethical questions that arise when talking about the possibilities of gene editing (…
 
Proximity, 99% Invisible, and Warner Bros. present the “Judas and the Black Messiah Podcast,” an official film companion from the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. This episode contains spoilers. Watch the film and come back here to listen to all the fascinating behind the scenes details. This is the last episode of our companion series. We’ll t…
 
Our first guest is back! Film programmer Shay Filmore is back to discuss the problematic and iconic fun thriller, Ma! Desmond and Shay talk about the issues with the film, the ways it could have actually been great, and of course Octavia Spencer’s committed performance as Sue Ann. Also, of course, there’s another round of Who’s Invited!! Learn more…
 
10 out of 10! In celebration of BLACK Woman’s History Month, SpeakEZ welcomes Ugo, Carlee, and Kris—the hosts of We Are That Podcast. In ways only Black women can, this dynamic trio gives Qadry and Chris JB a Master’s Class in podcasting while emphasizing the importance of Black men shutting the f**k up! Join us for discussions on WAP, Racism vs. S…
 
Proximity, 99% Invisible, and Warner Bros. present the “Judas and the Black Messiah Podcast,” an official film companion from the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. This episode contains spoilers. Watch the film and come back here to listen to all the fascinating behind the scenes details. The very first face we see in Judas And The Black Messiah…
 
The White gaze is back with a vengeance in this week’s film, MALCOLM & MARIE! Desmond talks about Zendaya’s great performance in the film along with some other aspects that he did not enjoy as much, including the gaze that is ever present in the script. Also, Desmond puts you on to another Netflix film that shines bright and welcomes a new talent o…
 
Larry is joined by director and producer Lee Daniels to talk about his new movie, 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday.' They talk about why Daniels was drawn to the story of Holiday (9:44), the decision to cast Andra Day, a relative unknown, as Holiday (24:01), and the difficulties that come with telling such a complex story (42:48). Host: Larry …
 
Proximity, 99% Invisible, and Warner Bros. present the “Judas and the Black Messiah Podcast,” an official film companion from the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. This episode contains spoilers. Watch the film and come back here to listen to all the fascinating behind the scenes details. Of all the relationships Chairman Junior built during his…
 
This week, Desmond gets into Regina King’s directorial debut, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI. Desmond talks about these iconic performances of iconic figures in our history, while also discussing some of the things that make them complicated in the film as well as in real life. Also, Desmond gets into the buzz about Black films from this year’s Sundance Film F…
 
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