Black Men Cant Jump In Hollywood

Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood

Synopsis

Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood] is a comedic podcast that reviews films with leading actors of color and analyzes them in the context of race and Hollywood's diversity issues. Hosted by Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, and James III. BMCJ is an iTunes Editor's Choice podcast and has reached #2 on the iTunes Film/TV charts. BMCJ has also been covered by multiple websites including Huffington Post, Splitsider, Salon, The Daily Dot, and more.

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Episodes

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi LIVE from London Podcast Festival
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi LIVE from London Podcast Festival
    Duration: 02h35min | 23/09/2019

    This week we review Star Wars: The Last Jedi LIVE from London Podcast Festival!Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Hustlers (ft. Lily Du  Dariany Santana)
    Hustlers (ft. Lily Du & Dariany Santana)
    Duration: 01h18min | 16/09/2019

    This week we're joined by Lily Du and Dariany Santana to discuss Hustlers. We talk about Jennifer Lopez's performance, riding the line between a blockbuster flick and a serious drama, and the necessity for more films written and directed by women. Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Introducing The Lead
    Introducing The Lead
    Duration: 10min | 16/09/2019

    You’re about to hear a preview of The Lead that looks at what really went down after that blown call in the 2018 NFL Playoffs game between the Rams and Saints. While you’re listening, go subscribe to The Lead on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you’re listening right now. Or go to Wondery.fm/TheLeadCJ

  • School Daze
    School Daze
    Duration: 02h31min | 09/09/2019

    This week we discuss School Daze, the 1988 film from Spike Lee. Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Trading Places
    Trading Places
    Duration: 01h07min | 02/09/2019

    This week we discuss the 1983 film Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • I, Robot
    I, Robot
    Duration: 01h27min | 26/08/2019

    This week we cover the 2004 film I, Robot, starring Will Smith. We talk about Smith's performance, the progression of technology in our society, and more.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Death at a Funeral (ft. Carl Tart)
    Death at a Funeral (ft. Carl Tart)
    Duration: 01h14min | 19/08/2019

    Did you know that British comedies are better than American comedies? The guys welcome Carl Tart (Brooklyn 99) to the studio to discuss Zoe Saldana's characters' dating preferences, where the hell Blair Underwood was, and whether poop is funny or not.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold (ft. Oscar Montoya and Dariany Santana)
    Dora and the Lost City of Gold (ft. Oscar Montoya and Dariany Santana)
    Duration: 01h22min | 12/08/2019

    Jerah, an adult, takes over the mics this week with pals Oscar Montoya and Dariany Santana, also adults, to review children's movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Does Jerah know any Joses? How can Dora pull off these bangs? Why is it crazy when monkeys talk, but not foxes? Tune in to find out!!!!!---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Introducing Spanish Aquí Presents
    Introducing Spanish Aquí Presents
    Duration: 04min | 05/08/2019

    Here’s a new podcast for you! Spanish Aquí Presents is a brand new show from Earwolf that brings you the best of the best of lo mejor of Latinx comedy. Hosts Raiza, Oscar, Tony and Carlos chat with special guests, discuss what’s on their minds about Latinx culture, and wrap up the show with an improv set that’s muy fuego. (to be read in the voice of Pitbull) Spanish Aquí Presents is out NOW - listen wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs  Shaw
    Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
    Duration: 02h54min | 05/08/2019

    The guys are back... and they're feeling old as hell. For their FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY, it's Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw! With fewer fight sequences and worse writing than ever before, is Fast and Furious back? Listen up to find out!---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • xXx: State of the Union
    xXx: State of the Union
    Duration: 02h42min | 29/07/2019

    The guys drop in to FIGHT THE POWER and turn their headphones down to discuss the 2005 action blockbuster xXx: State of the Union, Vin Diesel's race, and jacking anything with wheels. Will Ice Cube's performance outrun the movie's 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes? Let's find out!THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY MACK WELDONhttps://www.mackweldon.com ENTER "JUMP" FOR 20% OFF!Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • The Lion King
    The Lion King
    Duration: 01h28min | 22/07/2019

    After a long, long pause, the guys hit the studio for the much-anticipated Lion King (sp?). First of all, it's CGI - and it's dope as hell. Second, a history of Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Third: a scary Nala?!?! This movie is... something! Listen up!---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Shark Tale
    Shark Tale
    Duration: 01h20min | 15/07/2019

    Coming in with that extra 3%, it's the only animated movie Will Smith has made so far: Shark Tale. (Will Smith is coming out with an animated movie Spies in Disguise this year.)  On what the boys say is their worst episode yet, they praise that shrimp talking its way out of getting eaten, ask why the hell the fish are standing up straight, and dissect a fishnapping. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Roll Bounce
    Roll Bounce
    Duration: 01h29min | 08/07/2019

    On this week's episode, we discuss not just the fire soundtrack but the fire flick Roll Bounce. From child... icon... Bow Wow's robot dancing to the dawn of the roller blade to the real-life realness of taking out the trash, there's no question: these guys like this movie. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Independence Day
    Independence Day
    Duration: 01h26min | 01/07/2019

    On this week's episode, we discuss the one. The only. The movie that started it all. No, not the one where the train comes at the screen. It's... INDEPENDENCE DAY! Will Smith's breakout, featuring the sexy nerd Jeff Goldblum. We talk about what it takes to head up a franchise, who the everyman is in the Hunger Games, and, of course, we welcome some aliens to Earth.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Always Be My Maybe (ft. Katharine Lerner)
    Always Be My Maybe (ft. Katharine Lerner)
    Duration: 02h45min | 24/06/2019

    James' wife Katharine is back on the pod to discuss the Netflix hit rom-com, Always Be My Maybe, starring and co-written by Ali Wong and Randall Park (along with Michael Golamco). They chat about how the movie integrated Asian culture, the importance of food in the film (our hosts do a deep dive into their own "cooking"),  and of course, Keanu's cameo. But first, the guys give their take on Lena Waithe's recent comments on black movie stars and financing black indie films.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Men In Black International
    Men In Black International
    Duration: 01h16min | 17/06/2019

    On this week's episode, we discuss the Men In Black spinoff, Men In Black International, starring Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth, directed by F. Gary Gray. We talk about the over-saturation of franchises, Thompson & Hemsworth as a duo, and whether there will be another MIB movie, and more! Plus, which one of us has the best Liam Neeson impression?---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Ma
    Ma
    Duration: 02h42min | 10/06/2019

    Today we discuss Ma, the newly released horror/thriller starring Octavia Spencer. We talk about the way the film explores the idea of the villain, teenage group mentality, and Spencer's departure from her usual roles. Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Aladdin
    Aladdin
    Duration: 02h54min | 03/06/2019

    This week, we discuss the new Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. We talk about the casting choices, how we think the film will be received by various audiences, and the musical numbers. We also question why Ritchie was chosen to direct this film, and if it's actually just Hitch the sequel? 

  • See You Yesterday
    See You Yesterday
    Duration: 01h19min | 20/05/2019

    Today we talk about the newly released Netflix film See You Yesterday, produced by Spike Lee. We discuss our personal opinions on time travel, casting black actors in this classic storyline, the "suggested content" on Netflix, and more. Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu
    Pokémon Detective Pikachu
    Duration: 01h25min | 13/05/2019

    In todays episode we discuss the newly released Pokémon Detective Pikachu, directed by Rob Letterman and starring Ryan Reynolds & Justice Smith. We talk about our own histories with Pokémon, the way humor is used in the film, who this movie is for, and the original Pokémon characters vs. the new ones. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Baby Boy
    Baby Boy
    Duration: 02h46min | 06/05/2019

    This week we discuss the 2001 release, Baby Boy, written and directed by John Singleton. We talk about how the film represents gender dynamics and male maturity, Taraji P. Henson's performance, and more. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Men In Black II
    Men In Black II
    Duration: 01h27min | 29/04/2019

    This week, we sit down to talk about the not-so-great sequel to a masterpiece, Men In Black II. We talk about how Will Smith's performance changes from the first film to the second, who deserves to get neuralyzed and why, and, once and for all, how genuinely good Hancock is.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Homecoming ft. Milly Tamarez  Monique Moses
    Homecoming ft. Milly Tamarez & Monique Moses
    Duration: 02h34min | 22/04/2019

    In this Milly Tamarez & Monique Moses podcast takeover (featuring Jonathan Braylock), we discuss Homecoming, the newly released Beyonce concert film. We talk about Beyonce as a savvy business woman who maintains a specific message, how the film humanizes her and explores her process, and whether or not Beyonce is recognized by the institutionally white awards ceremonies.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Little ft. Karen Sepulveda
    Little ft. Karen Sepulveda
    Duration: 02h36min | 15/04/2019

    This week, we are joined in the studio by Karen Sepulveda to talk about the new release Little, starring Regina Hall and Issa Rae. We talk about how well the film was released, Kenya Barris's role and her history working on Blackish, the way the film approached the romantic storyline, and much more. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Menace II Society ft. Tristan Griffin
    Menace II Society ft. Tristan Griffin
    Duration: 02h35min | 08/04/2019

    This week we're joined by Tristan Griffin to discuss the 1993 release, Menace II Society. We talk about Tupac originally being cast, the racist confirmation bias as it presents itself in the film, systemic oppression, toeing the line of glorification, and more.Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content! https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • The Matrix
    The Matrix
    Duration: 02h49min | 01/04/2019

    This week, we discuss Jon's all time favorite movie, The Matrix. We talk about the heavy-hitter actors who were approached to do this movie before the cast was ultimately assembled, how thought out every shot of the film is, Keanu Reeves' particular way of emoting (and how well it works in this role), and how The Matrix was slighted at the Oscars. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Us ft. Rachel Pegram
    Us ft. Rachel Pegram
    Duration: 02h01min | 25/03/2019

    This week, we discuss the newly released Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to the potentially unsurpassable Get Out. We talk about Lupita finally getting to use an American accent in a film, how the themes of Us might paradoxically weaken the movie, and we debate whether it's scarier to see the front or the back of your head in a mirror. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Belly ft. Nore Davis
    Belly ft. Nore Davis
    Duration: 02h30min | 18/03/2019

    This week, we're joined in the studio by Nore Davis to discuss Belly, the 1998 release starring Nas and DMX and often referred to as "the black Goodfellas". We talk about the film's poor critical reception, the way it speaks about Africa, the experience of first seeing it in theaters, and the portrayal of white children vs. black children in film.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • The Negotiator
    The Negotiator
    Duration: 01h29min | 11/03/2019

    This week, we discuss the 1998 release, The Negotiator, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. We talk about Samuel L. Jackson's prolific acting but rare leading role, if this movie was written for a white actor, and James shares a wealth of analogies that capture his feelings about the film. ---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Green Book
    Green Book
    Duration: 02h48min | 04/03/2019

    In today's episode, we review Green Book, this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture. We talk about the controversy surrounding the movie, the implications of it's win, and why white protagonists are problematic in films about race.---Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Malcolm X
    Malcolm X
    Duration: 02h45min | 25/02/2019

    This week we talk about the 1992 release, Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington. We discuss black history, the length of the film, how it was robbed by the academy, and the significance of Malcolm X. ---ALSO Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Hitch ft. Suni Reyes
    Hitch ft. Suni Reyes
    Duration: 01h22min | 18/02/2019

    In this episode, we discuss Hitch, the 2005 release starring Will Smith, with special guest Suni Reyes. We talk about romantic comedies with diverse casts, relationship dynamics and stereotypes, and the backstory to the casting of this movie.---ALSO Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • What Men Want ft. Sydnee Washington
    What Men Want ft. Sydnee Washington
    Duration: 01h26min | 11/02/2019

    This week, we're joined in the studio by fellow Forever Dog podcast host, Unofficial Expert's Sydnee Washington. We discuss What Men Want, the 2019 release starring Taraji P. Henson and based on the premise of Nancy Meyers' What Women Want (2000). We talk about the way the film approaches feminism, the ideal height of male romantic leads, Tracy Morgan's role, and the trope of women needing to hit their heads on screen to earn respect.SUPPORT BLACK MEN CAN'T JUMP [IN HOLLYWOOD] ON PATREON:https://www.patreon.com/BMCJFOLLOW BLACK MEN CAN'T JUMP [IN HOLLYWOOD]:https://twitter.com/blackmenpodcasthttps://www.facebook.com/blackmenpodcasthttps://www.instagram.com/blackmenpodcastBLACK MEN CAN'T JUMP [IN HOLLYWOOD] IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST:https://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/black-men-cant-jump-in-hollywood

  • B*A*P*S
    B*A*P*S
    Duration: 02h39min | 04/02/2019

    On this week’s episode, we discuss the 1997 comedy B*A*P*S, directed by Robert Townsend, starring Halle Berry. We talk about the movie’s racial stereotypes, the line between satirical and offensive humor, screenwriter Troy Beyer’s reaction to the final product, and much more. ---ALSO Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood has launched a Patreon! Sign up now to get access to exclusive BONUS content!: https://www.patreon.com/BMCJ

  • Save the Last Dance ft. Shana DeAndrea
    Save the Last Dance ft. Shana DeAndrea
    Duration: 02h52min | 28/01/2019

    This week, Shana DeAndrea joins us to talk about the 2001 release, Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles and directed by Thomas Carter. We discuss how the movie handles the central interracial relationship, Julia Stiles' performance, and more. 

  • Glass
    Glass
    Duration: 01h24min | 21/01/2019

    On today's episode, we discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie Glass, based in part on Shyamalan's previous films Unbreakable and Split. We talk about our experiences with M. Night Shyamalan movies through the ages, how Samuel L. Jackson got short changed in this role, and James McAvoy's acting skills. 

  • Aquaman
    Aquaman
    Duration: 01h26min | 14/01/2019

    This week Jon, Jerah, and James discuss Aquaman, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa. They cover awards season, seeing new types of heroes depicted on screen, forced jokes in the marvel universe, and more. 

  • Escape Room ft. Brianna Baker
    Escape Room ft. Brianna Baker
    Duration: 02h32min | 07/01/2019

    For the first episode of 2019, James and Jon are joined by guest Brianna Baker to talk about the new release Escape Room, directed by Adam Robitel. They discuss their own experiences with escape rooms, the sweet spot between good and bad that effective horror movies hit, and how refreshing it is to see actors of color in a movie where their race is not central to the plot. 

  • If Beale Street Could Talk ft. Rachael A. Edwards
    If Beale Street Could Talk ft. Rachael A. Edwards
    Duration: 02h35min | 31/12/2018

    For the last episode of 2018, Jerah, Jon, James and special guest Rachael A. Edwards discuss If Beale Street Could Talk, directed and adapted for the screen by Barry Jenkins. They talk James Baldwin's legacy, Regina King's consistency, and the film's resonance today. 

  • THE BEST OF FOREVER DOG 2018
    THE BEST OF FOREVER DOG 2018
    Duration: 03h54min | 27/12/2018

    Thank you for listening to Forever Dog podcasts this year and please enjoy this year-in-review clips show! Listen to find a new favorite podcast to subscribe to in 2019 or just a killer back catalog to binge during your holiday travels. And please follow Forever Dog @ForeverDogTeam on Twitter and Instagram for the latest network news and updates.A WOMAN'S SMILE with Patti Harrison & Lorelei Ramirez (02:40)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2K407GwStitcher https://bit.ly/2RdQyeXSpotify https://spoti.fi/2V7MGeTAMERICAN ARTS & CULTURE REVIEW with Clay Tatum & Whitmer Thomas (8:08)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2Duhy3EStitcher https://bit.ly/2V9ffIWSpotify https://spoti.fi/2Skd8jl BEYOND with Mike Kelton (13:44)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2DkUlRcStitcher https://bit.ly/2LxE9NMSpotify https://spoti.fi/2ELI74RBLACK MEN CAN'T JUMP [IN HOLLYWOOD] with Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, & James III (18:11)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2GDr7j8Stitcher https://bit.ly/2Lyap3hSpotify https://spoti.fi/2SpEcxCTHE BOOK OF YE with Rob Haze & Chris Daniels (23:59)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2bhpbIsStitcher https://bit.ly/2rUG3ilSpotify https://spoti.fi/2GB7SGEDONE with Dara Katz & Betsy Kenney (30:22)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2r3p25xStitcher https://bit.ly/2ReuLDTSpotify https://spoti.fi/2T7KBxoFOOD 4 THOT with Dennis Norris II, Joseph Osmundson, Tommy Pico, & Fran Tirado (32:28)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2Q7nnqsStitcher https://bit.ly/2AfIyAsSpotify https://spoti.fi/2LywgaNGROOMZILLAS with Dan Gill & Eric Dadourian (37:37)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2BAuwv1Stitcher https://bit.ly/2V8zA0QSpotify https://spoti.fi/2Vf9FVoHAMPTON HIGH created by Tim Platt (43:20)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2js0PSiStitcher https://bit.ly/2EGnfeCSpotify https://spoti.fi/2BzDFlIKEVIN MCDONALD'S KEVIN MCDONALD SHOW (48:25)Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2EwueD6Stitcher https://bit.ly/2T5T0l6Spotify https://spoti.fi/2EHtw9KLAS CULTURISTAS with Matt Rogers & Bowen Yang (53:43)Apple Po

  • This Christmas
    This Christmas
    Duration: 01h15min | 24/12/2018

    This week, the guys review This Christmas, starring Idris Elba and Chris Brown, just in time for the holidays! They talk the believability of Idris Elba playing a saxophone (and his ability to act superbly through a poor script), Chris Brown's voice, and who's taking care of the kids. 

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ft. Langston Belton
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ft. Langston Belton
    Duration: 02h54min | 17/12/2018

    This week, the guys are joined by Langston Belton (Earths Mightiest Show) to review the new release, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They discuss the accessibility of this Spider-Man (Miles), the soundtrack's use of music by black artists, bits throughout the movie, Miles's relationship to his father, and the message that it can be anyone underneath the mask. 

  • Mowgli ft. Maya Deshmukh
    Mowgli ft. Maya Deshmukh
    Duration: 01h19min | 10/12/2018

    This week, Maya Deshmukh (AzN PoP) joins Jerah and James to talk about the newly released Mowgli, a retelling of The Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis. They discuss problematic themes in the film, casting choices, the awards system, the difference between performative and non-performative diversity, and more. 

  • Black Nativity
    Black Nativity
    Duration: 02h33min | 03/12/2018

    On this weeks episode, we review the 2013 holiday release Black Nativity, starring Jacob Latimore and Jennifer Hudson. We discuss our own experiences with religion and Christmas, Jennifer Hudson's performance, Angela Bassett's timeless beauty, and share some personal anecdotes that we may or may not have divulged on the podcast before. 

  • Creed 2 ft. Janelle James
    Creed 2 ft. Janelle James
    Duration: 01h27min | 26/11/2018

    This week, we have Janelle James (The Comedy Lineup) in the studio to talk about Creed 2, starring Michael B. Jordan. We discuss the true-to-life dialogue of the film, the focus on Tessa Thompson's character trajectory, Michael B. Jordan's emotional range (or lack thereof), and toxic masculinity. We also warn all of the middle aged men who are going to take up boxing this week to pace themselves.

  • Widows
    Widows
    Duration: 02h44min | 19/11/2018

    This week, we are joined by comedians Akilah Hughes and Ayo Edebiri to discuss the newly released heist movie, Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis. We talk about the heist movie genre, the audience vs critical response to this film, and potential Oscar nominations. We also get into Viola Davis's history of being shafted out of awards, Daniel Kaluuya's acting chops, how much screen time was given to the men in Widows, and the importance of Chicago as the backdrop to the film.

  • The Pursuit of Happyness
    The Pursuit of Happyness
    Duration: 02h39min | 12/11/2018

    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.

  • Candyman
    Candyman
    Duration: 01h19min | 05/11/2018

    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. 

  • The Haunted Mansion
    The Haunted Mansion
    Duration: 01h16min | 29/10/2018

    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. 

  • The Hate U Give
    The Hate U Give
    Duration: 02h32min | 22/10/2018

    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. 

  • A Haunted House ft. David Gborie
    A Haunted House ft. David Gborie
    Duration: 01h27min | 16/10/2018

    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. 

  • Gothika ft. Jasmine Pierce
    Gothika ft. Jasmine Pierce
    Duration: 02h52min | 09/10/2018

    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. 

  • Night School
    Night School
    Duration: 02h35min | 02/10/2018

    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!

  • The First Purge ft. Tosin Morohunfola
    The First Purge ft. Tosin Morohunfola
    Duration: 02h37min | 25/09/2018

    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.

  • Predator 2
    Predator 2
    Duration: 02h44min | 18/09/2018

    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.

  • Blade II
    Blade II
    Duration: 02h35min | 11/09/2018

    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?

  • Passenger 57
    Passenger 57
    Duration: 01h22min | 04/09/2018

    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!

  • New Jack City ft. Gary Richardson
    New Jack City ft. Gary Richardson
    Duration: 02h44min | 28/08/2018

    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.

  • Crazy Rich Asians ft. Ellie Lee, Katharine Lerner, Bowen Yang
    Crazy Rich Asians ft. Ellie Lee, Katharine Lerner, Bowen Yang
    Duration: 02h35min | 21/08/2018

    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!

  • BlacKkKlansman
    BlacKkKlansman
    Duration: 02h29min | 14/08/2018

    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.

  • Blindspotting
    Blindspotting
    Duration: 02h37min | 07/08/2018

    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!

  • The Equalizer 2
    The Equalizer 2
    Duration: 02h42min | 31/07/2018

    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.

  • Sister Act
    Sister Act
    Duration: 01h18min | 24/07/2018

    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.

  • Sorry To Bother You
    Sorry To Bother You
    Duration: 02h10min | 17/07/2018

    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.

  • Jumpin Jack Flash ( Burglar)
    Jumpin' Jack Flash (& Burglar)
    Duration: 02h55min | 10/07/2018

    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.

  • Uncle Drew
    Uncle Drew
    Duration: 01h29min | 03/07/2018

    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! 

  • Bonus: Interview w/ Director Charles Stone III
    Bonus: Interview w/ Director Charles Stone III
    Duration: 01h03min | 29/06/2018

    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. 

  • The Color Purple ft. Tessa Claire Hersh
    The Color Purple ft. Tessa Claire Hersh
    Duration: 02h59min | 26/06/2018

    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 week's episode is brought to you by Quip!

  • SuperFly
    SuperFly
    Duration: 02h44min | 19/06/2018

    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.

  • Radio
    Radio
    Duration: 02h46min | 12/06/2018

    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.

  • Men of Honor
    Men of Honor
    Duration: 02h47min | 05/06/2018

    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.

  • Jerry Maguire ft. Phil Augusta Jackson
    Jerry Maguire ft. Phil Augusta Jackson
    Duration: 02h52min | 29/05/2018

    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)

  • Boyz N The Hood
    Boyz N The Hood
    Duration: 02h08min | 22/05/2018

    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!

  • Breaking In ft. Rasheda Crockett
    Breaking In ft. Rasheda Crockett
    Duration: 02h41min | 15/05/2018

    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)

  • Avengers: Infinity War
    Avengers: Infinity War
    Duration: 02h44s | 08/05/2018

    We have no business reviewing this movie but are doing it anyway, because #Wakanda. We discuss the incredible cinematic feat of Infinity Wars, debate about how the actors of color faired in the movie, hypothesize about what the future of this franchise is, and decide whether or not this film helped the cause.This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Hims!

  • I Am Legend
    I Am Legend
    Duration: 02h32min | 01/05/2018

    With blockbuster season in full swing, we take a look at the perhaps the greatest blockbuster champion of all time Will Smith and his 2007 film I Am Legend. We discuss if this movie was a turning point in his career, whether Will's desire to always be the hero ruined the movie, and if a Will Smith comeback is possible. This week's episode is brought to you by HIMS (www.forhims.com/jump5)

  • Double Take
    Double Take
    Duration: 02h48min | 24/04/2018

    We delve into the career of Orlando Jones by reviewing the only movie he ever lead, 2002's Double Take with Eddie Griffin. We speculate on why Orlando Jones never became a leading star, laugh about the endless plot twists of the movie, debate the competence of black characters in film, and decide whether or not this movie helped the cause.

  • Rampage
    Rampage
    Duration: 02h47min | 17/04/2018

    We review the new #1 film at the box office, RAMPAGE, starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris. We talk about the unstoppable brand and star power of The Rock, the difference between fun blockbusters and dumb movies, the lack of supporting roles for POC and if this film helped the cause. 

  • Higher Learning
    Higher Learning
    Duration: 02h32min | 09/04/2018

    This week we dive into the 1995 John Singleton film Higher Learning, with an ensemble cast featuring Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Regina King and Tyra Banks. We discuss the movie in the context of race relations in America today, school shootings, sexual assault, and how America has changed (if at all) on these issues 20+ years later.

  • The Cloverfield Paradox
    The Cloverfield Paradox
    Duration: 02h49min | 03/04/2018

    This week we delve into the flash in a pan, Sci-Fi Netflix film The Cloverfield Paradox starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo. We talk about the loose tie-in to the Cloverfield franchise, the strange release strategy for the film, whether Gugu's character felt like a hero and if this film helped the cause.

  • Pacific Rim: Uprising
    Pacific Rim: Uprising
    Duration: 01h26min | 27/03/2018

    We review the new film Pacific Rim: Uprising, starring John Boyega, that recently dethroned Black Panther's 5 week run as #1 in the box office. We talk about the star quality of Boyega, the Pacific Rim franchise as a whole, the diversity of the cast, Scott Eastwood's chin, and if this film helped the cause!

  • Live in Austin 2018
    Live in Austin 2018
    Duration: 46min | 20/03/2018

    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
    A Wrinkle in Time ft. Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh and X
    Duration: 02h46min | 13/03/2018

    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!

  • Mo Better Blues ft. Reverend Shawn Amos
    Mo' Better Blues ft. Reverend Shawn Amos
    Duration: 02h07min | 06/03/2018

    Special guest The Reverend Shawn Amos (singer, songwriter) joins to talk the 1990 Spike Lee joint Mo' Better Blues starring Denzel Washington. We discuss the integration of black music with black film, the difficulties of following up Do the Right Thing, how black women are represented by black male directors and if this movie helped the cause!

  • The 2018 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
    The 2018 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
    Duration: 02h44min | 27/02/2018

    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
    Black Panther
    Duration: 02h17min | 19/02/2018

    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 already know it got six black fists. Step into the spotlight!

  • Fruitvale Station ft. Mamoudou NDiaye
    Fruitvale Station ft. Mamoudou N'Diaye
    Duration: 02h46min | 13/02/2018

    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
    Black Dynamite ft. Devon Shepard
    Duration: 02h30min | 06/02/2018

    Legendary writer and producer, 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
    Meteor Man ft. Tessa Claire Hersh
    Duration: 02h34min | 30/01/2018

    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!

  • Bébés Kids
    Bébé's Kids
    Duration: 01h12min | 23/01/2018

    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
    Proud Mary ft. Hayley Marie Norman
    Duration: 02h47min | 16/01/2018

    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
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ft. Zach Cherry
    Duration: 01h26min | 09/01/2018

    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
    Bright ft. Camrus Johnson
    Duration: 01h12min | 02/01/2018

    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?

  • Mudbound
    Mudbound
    Duration: 02h51min | 26/12/2017

    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.
    Roman J. Israel, Esq.
    Duration: 02h06min | 19/12/2017

    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
    Spanglish ft. Erica Hernandez
    Duration: 02h08min | 12/12/2017

    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
    Almost Christmas
    Duration: 02h34min | 05/12/2017

    The Holiday season has begun and we decided to get in the mood with last years ensemble film Almost Christmas, starring Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, past guest Romany Malco, and so much more! We talk about the new plethora of black holiday ensemble films, how great Mo'Nique is, our own holiday experiences and if this film helped the cause.This week's episode is brought to you by Warby Parker and Hello Fresh!

  • Coco ft. Maritza Montañez
    Coco ft. Maritza Montañez
    Duration: 02h02min | 28/11/2017

    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
    Detroit ft. Blank Check with Griffin & David
    Duration: 02h46min | 21/11/2017

    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 ft. X
    Love Jones ft. X
    Duration: 02h46min | 14/11/2017

    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
    The Last King of Scotland
    Duration: 01h12min | 07/11/2017

    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? 

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
    Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
    Duration: 02h59min | 31/10/2017

    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!

  • Dear White People
    Dear White People
    Duration: 01h20min | 24/10/2017

    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!

  • The Mountain Between Us
    The Mountain Between Us
    Duration: 02h50min | 17/10/2017

    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.

  • 42
    42
    Duration: 02h52min | 10/10/2017

    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.

  • Paid In Full
    Paid In Full
    Duration: 02h38min | 03/10/2017

    This week we review the 2002 "hood film" Paid In Full starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. We discuss Hollywood's under utilization of these magnificent actors, the lack of details in the retelling of this true, and if another film about black drug dealers helped the cause.

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Duration: 02h36min | 26/09/2017

    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!

  • San Andreas
    San Andreas
    Duration: 01h27min | 19/09/2017

    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.

  • Lottery Ticket
    Lottery Ticket
    Duration: 02h53min | 12/09/2017

    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.

  • Coach Carter
    Coach Carter
    Duration: 02h51min | 05/09/2017

    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! 

  • Remember The Titans
    Remember The Titans
    Duration: 02h53min | 29/08/2017

    It's the end of summer and football season is nearly here! We delve in to the 2000 Disney film, Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. We discuss the merits of revisionist history in films, why having a black screenwriter makes a difference in race films, if the problem of racism will ever go away, and if this film helped the cause.

  • Glory
    Glory
    Duration: 02h51min | 22/08/2017

    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!

  • The Incredible Jessica James ft. Abbi Crutchfield
    The Incredible Jessica James ft. Abbi Crutchfield
    Duration: 02h34min | 15/08/2017

    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!

  • The Dark Tower ft. Langston Kerman
    The Dark Tower ft. Langston Kerman
    Duration: 01h16min | 08/08/2017

    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.

  • Lets Be Cops
    Let's Be Cops
    Duration: 02h38min | 01/08/2017

    Finally, we complete our Wayans family saga with the 2014 film Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. We discuss the under the radar success of this film, the odd juxtaposition of the film's release date to the Michael Brown shooting, if Damons Wayans Jr. will ever be as popular as his father and uncles...and if this film helped the cause.

  • Girls Trip
    Girls Trip
    Duration: 02h48min | 25/07/2017

    Special guest Monique Moses (IFC Sports Court, 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!

  • The Sixth Man
    The Sixth Man
    Duration: 01h24min | 18/07/2017

    Marlon Wayans stars in the 1997 sports comedy The Sixth Man, marking his first leading role without his brother Shawn. The boys dissect Marlon's non-spoof solo career, question why Kadeem Hardison never got a shot, and try to understand who this film was made for (and if it helped the cause).This episode was brought to you by Blue Apron!

  • Dont Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
    Duration: 01h27min | 11/07/2017

    The Wayan's marathon continues with this 1996 'Hood Film' parody starring Shawn, Marlon, and Keenan Ivory Wayans. Jon toughed out this review on painkillers from a wisdom tooth extraction -- it either helped, or hurt that the flick had the boys laughing through out. Find out if this flick helped or hurt the cause!This week's episode was brought to you by Squarespace.

  • Blankman
    Blankman
    Duration: 02h46min | 04/07/2017

    We continue our Wayan saga with Blankman starring Damon Wayans. We discuss Damon's style of comedy, the balance between black cultural references and "black jokes", why we think Blankman is better than Major Payne (sorry Major Payne lovers) and if this film helped the cause!

  • A Low Down Dirty Shame
    A Low Down Dirty Shame
    Duration: 02h50min | 27/06/2017

    Our Wayans family saga has begun and we start with Keenan Ivory Wayans and his 1994 action film A Low Down Dirty Shame. We discuss the importance of the oldest Wayan's brother, how few black led action movies existed, and whether this film helped the cause.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace

  • Hollywood Shuffle
    Hollywood Shuffle
    Duration: 02h47min | 20/06/2017

    Our 100th episode is here and we are looking back 30 years with a review of the 1987 Robert Townsend film, Hollywood Shuffle. How far has Hollywood come in thirty years? Do the sketches hold up today? Is our podcast the new Hollywood Shuffle? All this and more on our

  • Wonder Woman ft. Anna Drezen
    Wonder Woman ft. Anna Drezen
    Duration: 02h41min | 13/06/2017

    Special guest Anna Drezen (SNL writer) helps the guys review Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. This historic film has naturally been ripe with controversy, but it's significance for women can't be ignored! We discuss this bonafide hit, what it did wrong and what it did right, and if it ultimately helped the cause.

  • Baywatch
    Baywatch
    Duration: 02h02min | 06/06/2017

    We review the new film Baywatch starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron along with a diverse cast. Critics have trashed this movie, but we discuss if the criticism is warranted, the sex appeal of Dwayne Johnson, and if this film could still help the cause.

  • The Wood
    The Wood
    Duration: 02h43min | 30/05/2017

    We take a trip down memory lane with the 1999 coming of age film The Wood, starring Omar Epps, Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones. We explore the lack of coming of age films with black leads, personal stories of growing up and whether this film helped the cause.This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron!

  • Pootie Tang
    Pootie Tang
    Duration: 02h32min | 23/05/2017

    We review the bizarre cult classic Pootie Tang, starring Lance Crouther, Chris Rock, and written and directed by Louis C.K. We discuss the novelty of a black-led absurdist film, the breakout parts for J.B. Smoove and Wanda Sykes, whether or not this film had any deeper satirical points, and if it truly helped the cause!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace!

  • John Q.
    John Q.
    Duration: 02h43min | 16/05/2017

    In light of the recent healthcare bill, the boys review the 2002 film John Q. starring Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise. In a fiery and unashamedly political episode, we discuss the impact of this film on the healthcare debate, the importance of a black man representing "Middle America", and why everyone (Republican or Democrat, white or black) should be concerned with healthcare.

  • Boomerang
    Boomerang
    Duration: 02h02min | 09/05/2017

    This week we dive in to the 1992 Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens rom com Boomerang! A young Halle Berry plays 'the best friend' and this movie was some how considered a failure despite a huge box office and a smooth take the genre. But was this flick good for the cause?This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron!

  • Bad Boys ft. Roy Wood Jr.
    Bad Boys ft. Roy Wood Jr.
    Duration: 01h27min | 02/05/2017

    Guest Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show) joins for a bit as we talk about the blockbuster that started it all for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the 1995 film Bad Boys directed by Michael Bay. We analyze why the film was able to become a franchise, how the lack of explicitly "black" references allowed the stars to have cross over appeal and if this film truly helped the cause.

  • The Fate of the Furious
    The Fate of the Furious
    Duration: 02h49min | 25/04/2017

    We review The Fate of the Furious, the multi-billion dollar franchise that arguably boasts the most diverse cast out of any major blockbusters...ever. So why do these films, headed by Vin Disel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Chris Bridges....among others, have such global appeal? And despite their commercial success...does the film's subject matter and style actually help the cause? Find out!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace!

  • Half Baked
    Half Baked
    Duration: 02h38min | 18/04/2017

    Trigger Warning: There is a brief moment in the podcast where we talk about prison rape due to a story line in the film.We review Dave Chappelle's first (and arguably) only leading film role in Half Baked, a 1998 stoner comedy written by Chappelle and Neal Brennan. We talk Chappelle's influence on comedy, female representation in stoner comedies, whether or not this film helped the cause... and a brief discussion in the opening about Chappelle's controversial Netflix specials!This episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Blue Apron!

  • Juice
    Juice
    Duration: 02h43min | 11/04/2017

    Special guest Carl Foreman Jr. (IFC's Frank and Lamar) stops by to discuss the 1992 film Juice starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur in his acting debut. We discuss Harlem in the '90's, the popularity of "hood films", Tupac's acting, the career of director Ernest Dickerson and if this movie helped the cause.

  • Burning Sands
    Burning Sands
    Duration: 02h39min | 04/04/2017

    Netflix's film Burning Sands has sparked a heated controversy on black twitter and the boys had to delve in. We discuss hazing, the benefits of fraternities, toxic masculinity, black female representation and if this film starring Trevor Jackson helps the cause!

  • Soul Plane
    Soul Plane
    Duration: 02h38min | 28/03/2017

    This week we review 2004 comedy Soul Plane with Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, and Sofia Vergara. Crude racial stereotyping, islamophobia, baffling misogyny, and plot holes you could fly a plane through... but did it help the cause though?This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron and Squarespace!

  • BMCJ Game Show (Live at SXSW)
    BMCJ Game Show (Live at SXSW)
    Duration: 56min | 21/03/2017

    A special Live episode from Austin's SXSW Festival: the boys test the audience's knowledge of black lead films as fans compete for prizes to see who's really down for the cause.

  • Drumline
    Drumline
    Duration: 02h49min | 14/03/2017

    Nick Cannon burst onto the scene in the early 2000's with the surprise hit film Drumline, also starring Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones. So why did Nick Cannon not become "the next Will Smith"? We discuss this, "black" marching bands, the art of "hollering" and more!This episode was brought to you by Squarespace!

  • Queen of Katwe
    Queen of Katwe
    Duration: 02h50min | 07/03/2017

    A Disney produced film with an all black cast, two female leads and a woman of color director? We review 2016's Queen of Katwe starring Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and new comer Madina Nalwanga. We talk about the importance of true black stories told by directors of color, why this film did not receive much commercial success, and if it truly helped the cause.This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron!

  • Get Out
    Get Out
    Duration: 02h50min | 28/02/2017

    The boys review Get Out (2017) - Jordan Peele's thriller starting Daniel Kaluuya and Alison Williams. We discuss how micro aggressions turn into horror elements, the insane quality of these performances, and why there should have been a gratuitous swirl. Find out if this nearly perfect (99% on rotten tomatoes) flick helps the cause!This week's episode was brought to you by Squarespace!

  • Oscars 2017 ft. Phoebe Robinson
    Oscars 2017 ft. Phoebe Robinson
    Duration: 02h55min | 24/02/2017

    Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, Sooo Many White Guys) joins the fellas to talk about this year's Oscar nominees! Will Moonlight rise? Will Denzel shock the world? And what do we do about Mel Gibson and Casey Affleck movies?This episode is brought to you by Squarespace!

  • Set It Off ft. Tanisha Long
    Set It Off ft. Tanisha Long
    Duration: 02h48min | 17/02/2017

    Guest Tanisha Long (MTV's Girl Code) joins as we review the 1996 film Set It Off starring powerhouses Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah and newcomer (at the time) Kimberly Elise. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, has us questioning why these black women didn't have bigger movie roles, how important layered female characters are, the thirstiness of Blair Underwood, and if this film helped the cause.This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron and Squarespace!

  • The Wiz ft. Nik Walker
    The Wiz ft. Nik Walker
    Duration: 02h42min | 10/02/2017

    Ease on down this podcast episode as special guest Nik Walker (Hamilton) joins to talk about the Motown movie musical The Wiz, starring Dianna Ross and Michael Jackson. We ask why Michael never starred in a film again, why this movie was a financial failure and if it helped the cause!

  • The Joy Luck Club ft. Gaby Wilson
    The Joy Luck Club ft. Gaby Wilson
    Duration: 02h49min | 03/02/2017

    Special guest Gaby Wilson (MTV) joins us to discuss The Joy Luck Club, written and based off the popular book by Amy Tan and directed by Wayne Wang. The movie stars eight, count 'em EIGHT, Asian women! We discuss Asian representation in Hollywood, strong female characters, and whether or not this film helped the cause.This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com) offer code: JUMP

  • Sleepless
    Sleepless
    Duration: 02h56min | 27/01/2017

    Jaime Foxx is back in the leading role with the new film Sleepless, a 2017 remake of a French film "Sleepless Night", that co-stars T.I. and Michelle Monaghan. We explore why Foxx chose this film, the depiction of a strong female character, the merits of T.I's acting, and if this film helped the cause!

  • Head of State
    Head of State
    Duration: 02h54min | 20/01/2017

    Inauguration Day is here and we are celebrating (or rather mourning) by reviewing the 2003 film Head of State, written by, directed by, and starring Chris Rock. We reflect on the premise of the film, "what would happen if a Black man ran for president", the eerie similarities between Rock's character and Donald Trump, Chris Rock's career, and if this film helped the cause!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace! (www.squarespace.com) Offer Code: JUMP

  • Selma
    Selma
    Duration: 02h46min | 13/01/2017

    Happy MLK Day weekend! In honor of Dr. King, we review the 2014 film Selma directed by Ava Duvernay and starring David Oyelowo. There's much to discuss including the controversial screenwriting credit, the detailed and layered portrayal of Dr. King and the SCLC, the lack of Oscar nominations, and much more!This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! (www.bluearpon.com/jump)

  • Hidden Figures ft. Tessa Hersh
    Hidden Figures ft. Tessa Hersh
    Duration: 02h57min | 06/01/2017

    Happy New Year! We have special guest Tessa Hersh (Refinery 29's Riot, UCB) and are reviewing the new film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae about three African-American women who played integral parts in the NASA space program. We discuss the film's performances, the Award-buzz, if the tone of the film is problematic, the white director and white screenwriter, and if this movie helps the cause!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace!

  • The Princess and the Frog ft. Caroline Martin
    The Princess and the Frog ft. Caroline Martin
    Duration: 02h41min | 30/12/2016

    Special guest Caroline Martin (Broad City, Astronomy Club) joins us as we discuss our first animated feature about the one and only African-American Disney "princess", starring Anika Noni Rose. We discuss why Disney waited so long, the high expectations of the first black Disney princess, whether the setting of the film was appropriate, and if this film helped the cause!

  • Fences
    Fences
    Duration: 02h09min | 23/12/2016

    Fences, the new film directed by Denzel Washington, starring Viola Davis and himself and based off the August Wilson play of the same title, is premiering nation-wide this Christmas and the guys have a lot to say about it! We discuss the legacy of August Wilson, the difficulty of translating plays into film, whether or not Viola Davis is "supporting", and more!

  • A Madea Christmas
    A Madea Christmas
    Duration: 02h37min | 16/12/2016

    Hallelujer! The boys quickly revisit Tyler Perry in the form of 2013's A Madea Christmas which also stars Tika Sumpter and Larry The Cable Guy. There is joy, anger, and bewilderment in the discussion of Christianity, lying, being the token black person in an all-white neighborhood, interracial marriage, and the hot mess that is Madea! Christmas has come early. Happy Holidays!

  • Last Holiday ft. Michelle Buteau
    Last Holiday ft. Michelle Buteau
    Duration: 01h24min | 09/12/2016

    Special guest Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, @Midnight) is with us to talk Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J. This 2006 holiday film opens conversation involving Hollywood's portrayal of big black women, the legitimacy of LL Cool J's acting career, whether black people can ski, and if our first ever Queen Latifah film helps the cause!

  • Moonlight ft. Ray Cordova
    Moonlight ft. Ray Cordova
    Duration: 02h56min | 02/12/2016

    Special guest Ray Cordova (Astronomy Club) helps us dive into this year's indie darling, Moonlight, starring Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes. We discuss homosexuality in the black community, parents with drug addictions, black masculinity, and a bunch of other deep stuff that directly deals with the cause. Spoilers abound! Go see the movie!

  • Soul Food
    Soul Food
    Duration: 02h39min | 25/11/2016

    Happy Thanksgiving! The boys discuss the 1997 holiday classic Soul Food, starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, and Nia Long. We discuss the nature of black families, the damaging label of "ex-convict", the hit soundtrack, and if this film helped the cause. Gobble it up! (We apologize for that joke.)

  • Space Jam
    Space Jam
    Duration: 01h24min | 18/11/2016

    It's the 20th Year Anniversary of Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and we used that as an excuse to take a trip down memory lane! We explore the impact Michael Jordan had on America, why Space Jam worked over other films with NBA leads, and whether or not this film helped the cause! Oh and singing, there's lots of singing.

  • Whats Love Got To Do With It ft. Romany Malco
    What's Love Got To Do With It ft. Romany Malco
    Duration: 01h14min | 11/11/2016

    Special guest Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Weeds) joins as we talk all about the Academy-Award nominated Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, starring Angela Bassett. There's a lot of love for black women, a lot of love for Angela, a lot of love for this film, and a blissful ignorance of the presidential election.

  • Birth of a Nation ft. Keisha Zollar
    Birth of a Nation ft. Keisha Zollar
    Duration: 02h27min | 04/11/2016

    Buckle in, this one's a doozy. Directed, produced, written, and starring Nate Parker, The Birth of a Nation (2016) is a retelling of the controversial historical figure of Nat Turner and his infamous slave rebellion in 1831. However, Nate Parker's own controversy has overshadowed even the film's subject matter and we discuss it all with special guest Keisha Zollar (HBO's Divorce). Get into it.

  • Boo! A Madea Halloween
    Boo! A Madea Halloween
    Duration: 02h03min | 28/10/2016

    The name Tyler Perry immediately conjures different images in many people's heads: successful, minstrel, empire, a joke, highly entertaining, shameful embarrassment. We have ignored Tyler Perry films for too long. We review the latest in the Madea franchise and in the process learn something...or maybe, lose something? We still don't know...

  • Tales From The Hood
    Tales From The Hood
    Duration: 02h37min | 21/10/2016

    This 1995 Horror/Comedy film may not have any bonafide stars, but did have the backing of Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule, plus the bragging rights as one of the very few "scary movies" with a majority black cast. We discuss the not-so-hidden messages of the film, whether or not film's title & poster are beneficial, and if it helped or hurt the cause!

  • Alien vs. Predator ft. Jermaine Fowler
    Alien vs. Predator ft. Jermaine Fowler
    Duration: 02h36min | 14/10/2016

    Special guest Jermaine Fowler (CBS's Superior Donuts) helps us kick off the Halloween season with the 2004 mashup sequel AVP, starring Sanaa Lathan. We discuss the portrayal of the black female heroine, whether or not AVP is a good installment of either franchise, why Sanaa Lathan's career isn't even bigger than it is, and if this film helped the cause!

  • The Magnificent Seven
    The Magnificent Seven
    Duration: 02h43min | 07/10/2016

    Denzel Washington stars in this 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven, which in itself is a remake of the Japanese film Seven Samurai, and your boys have some thoughts. We discuss the merits of diversifying the new cast, who should have killed the big bad, and if this film helped the cause.This week's episode is sponsored by Squarespace!

  • Waiting To Exhale ft. Sasheer Zamata
    Waiting To Exhale ft. Sasheer Zamata
    Duration: 02h39min | 30/09/2016

    Guest Sasheer Zamata (SNL) is in the studio to talk about one of her favorite films, the 1995 cult classic Waiting To Exhale starring Whitney Houston, Angela Basset, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon. We talk about trifling men, scarcity of black women in film, the Bechdel test, and if this film truly helped "the cause".

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
    The Long Kiss Goodnight
    Duration: 01h25min | 23/09/2016

    Samuel L. Jackson is one of the greatest, highest-grossing actors of all time...and he also made this film in 1996 called The Long Kiss Goodnight. Shane Black was one of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood in the '90's and he also wrote The Long Kiss Goodnight. We talk about Sam's career, stereotypes of black actors, and we also review The Long Kiss Goodnight.The episode was brought to you by Squarespace!

  • Lethal Weapon ft. Jonathan Fernandez
    Lethal Weapon ft. Jonathan Fernandez
    Duration: 02h41min | 16/09/2016

    Special guest and star of the new FOX series Lethal Weapon, Johnathan Fernandez, joins to talk about the brilliance of Danny Glover and co-star Mel Gibson in 1987 film Lethal Weapon! There's a lot to digest in Shane Black's script and we cover all of it, cause we ain't too old for this!

  • Undercover Brother ft. Shaun Diston
    Undercover Brother ft. Shaun Diston
    Duration: 01h29min | 09/09/2016

    Black Men Can't Jump is literally In Hollywood!!! Live at The Hollywood Improv we special guest Shaun Diston (writer for TBS's Wrecked) as we discuss the 2002 comedy Undercover Brother starring Eddie Griffin. Was this a razor sharp satire chuck full of poignant racial commentary or another dumb film filled with stereotypical black jokes? Most importantly, did it help the cause!?

  • Made In America ft. Nicole Byer
    Made In America ft. Nicole Byer
    Duration: 02h40min | 02/09/2016

    Special guest Nicole Byer (MTV's Loosely, Exactly Nicole) joins as we talk about the 1993 comedy Made In America starring Whoopi Goldberg at the apex of her career. There's a lot to discuss including Nicole's undying love for Whoopi, an interracial make-out scene, Nia Long's underrated performance, and if this film helped the cause.

  • Do The Right Thing ft. Shawtane Bowen
    Do The Right Thing ft. Shawtane Bowen
    Duration: 02h41min | 26/08/2016

    This week we review the 1989 comedy-drama Do The Right Thing written and directed by Spike Lee. It's hot in the studio, which seems pretty appropriate for this indie that changed how hollywood thought about Spike, and remains a true classic!

  • Slumdog Millionaire ft. Akaash Singh
    Slumdog Millionaire ft. Akaash Singh
    Duration: 01h20min | 19/08/2016

    Special guest Akaash Singh (MTV's Guy Code) is with us to discuss the 2009 Academy Award's Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire starring Dev Patel. We discuss the portray of Indian actors in Hollywood including obsession with the poor, white directors, unrecognized performances, and whether or not this film helped the cause!This week's episode is brought to you by Tidal!

  • Suicide Squad
    Suicide Squad
    Duration: 01h21min | 12/08/2016

    Will Smith. This is the reasoning we are reviewing the comic book film Suicide Squad, starring a colorful cast of characters. We discuss the new DC universe movie's use of diversity, it's portrayal of female characters, whether Smith was the lead and if this film truly helped the cause.

  • Beverly Hills Cop 2
    Beverly Hills Cop 2
    Duration: 01h23min | 05/08/2016

    It's our One Year Anniversary!!!! Fittingly so, we review Beverly Hills Cop 2 to see how Hollywood handled Eddie Murphy's fame in a sequel. We talk police culture, the blatant lack of a swirl, the femme fatale stereotype and our genuine appreciate of you the fans! Oh and of course, The Cause.

  • Cool Runnings
    Cool Runnings
    Duration: 46min | 29/07/2016

    With the Olympics on the way we reviewed the 1993 film Cool Runnings! Find out if this dramatization of the Jamaican bobsled team was good for the cause- or did it crash and burn!? This episode was recorded live at the Del Close Marathon!

  • Friday
    Friday
    Duration: 01h25min | 22/07/2016

    It's Friday! What better way to celebrate than reviewing Friday starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker! The guys discuss how black filmmakers affect the portrayal of African-Americans on the silver screen, Chris Tucker's star-making performance, swap personal family stories, and whether or not this film helped the cause!

  • City of God ft. Jordan Carlos
    City of God ft. Jordan Carlos
    Duration: 01h29min | 15/07/2016

    Special guest Jordan Carlos (Guy Code, The Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore) joins us to talk the 2002 Brazilian film City of God starring Alexandre Rodrigues. Unpredictably timely, we discuss racism in Brazil, police corruption, shadism, empathy for murderers, the 2016 Olympics and so much more!

  • Dreamgirls ft. Franchesca Ramsey
    Dreamgirls ft. Franchesca Ramsey
    Duration: 02h37min | 08/07/2016

    Special guest Franchesca Ramsey (MTV's Decoded, Writer on The Nightly Show) is in the studio to discuss the Academy-Award winning Dreamgirls, starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. However, things get a bit heated as the group debates who the film was made for, the potential danger of the stock characters, the portrayal of women, and if this film helped the cause! Also singing. Of course there's singing.

  • Attack The Block
    Attack The Block
    Duration: 01h14min | 01/07/2016

    To celebrate our Independence Day we...review a British film. Weird! Or it would be if Attack the Block didn't feature rising star John Boyega (now of Star Wars fame) in his debut film! We discuss the complexity of "hood" characters, what it means to be "from the block" (looking at you J-Lo), and whether or not this film helped the cause.

  • Central Intelligence
    Central Intelligence
    Duration: 01h25min | 24/06/2016

    New movie alert! The boys review the summer comedy blockbuster Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. We discuss whether or not Hart and Johnson have achieved "cross-over" status, fat-shaming, Will Smith (somehow), and if this film helped the cause.

  • Kazaam
    Kazaam
    Duration: 50min | 17/06/2016

    The NBA Finals are over! To celebrate we reviewed the 90's "classic" Kazaam starring NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal! Recorded LIVE from NYC Podfest, we talk about racial stereotypes (the black genie lives in a boombox), Shaq's rapping, poorly-written female characters, and if this film helped the cause!

  • Ali
    Ali
    Duration: 01h22min | 10/06/2016

    In tribute to the greatest fighter ever, Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay), we review the 2001 biopic Ali starring Will Smith. The guys discuss Smith's depiction of Ali, whether Michael Mann was the right director for the project, the importance of black writers telling black stories, and whether or not this film helped the cause.This episode is brought to you by Harry's Razors.

  • The Last Dragon ft. Kenneth Lee
    The Last Dragon ft. Kenneth Lee
    Duration: 02h41min | 03/06/2016

    Special guest Kenneth Lee (Talent Agent at Innovative) joins the guys as they discuss the 80's cult classic The Last Dragon starring first time actor Taimak. We talk about Asian-Americans portrayal in Hollywood, cultural appropriation, Vanity, and if this film helped the cause!

  • The Jungle Book ft. Sunita Mani
    The Jungle Book ft. Sunita Mani
    Duration: 02h38min | 27/05/2016

    Special Guest, Sunita Mani (Mr. Robot), helps us take on Disney's live-action The Jungle Book starring the young Neel Sethi. We discuss Indian-Americans depictions in Hollywood, white-washing, our love of Disney musicals, and whether or not this film helped the cause!

  • Traitor
    Traitor
    Duration: 01h25min | 20/05/2016

    We finally review a Don Cheadle film! The boys get into the 2008 thriller Traitor and delve into the portrayal of Muslims in Hollywood, Cheadle's career, America's ego, and have a heated discussion on whether or not this film helped the cause.

  • Dope
    Dope
    Duration: 01h20min | 13/05/2016

    This week we gush over the film Dope, starring Shameik Moore, that made waves at Sundance but under-performed during it's wide release in the summer. We discuss the complexities of the urban black community, the use of the "n" word, the power of a black filmmakers telling black stories, and whether or not this film helped the cause. (Spoiler: ITDID).

  • Purple Rain
    Purple Rain
    Duration: 01h09min | 06/05/2016

    Prince left behind a catalogue of hits and an iconic, and truly weird film called Purple Rain (1984). We dedicate this episode to the massive chasm between what most people can get away with, and what Prince could get away with. There’s a lot to say about this movie that has nothing to do with film, and we get into it. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. Next week we review the film Dope!

  • xXx
    xXx
    Duration: 02h32min | 29/04/2016

    Vin Diesel is one of the most successful leading black actors in Hollywood, so why is he rarely in the conversation? We review his first true leading role with the 2002 film xXx. We go deep into the "shade" conversation, Vin Disel's career choices and somehow debate whether Samuel L. Jackson is a good actor.

  • Action Jackson ft. Colton Dunn
    Action Jackson ft. Colton Dunn
    Duration: 01h25min | 22/04/2016

    Guest Colton Dunn (NBC's Superstore, Writer on Key & Peele) stops by to talk Action Jackson, the first and only leading role in a major motion picture for Carl Weathers (aka Apollo). We playfully poke fun at the film, discuss whether Carl Weathers was dealt a bad hand, and chat about Vanity and the stereotypical roles women were give in the 80's! R.I.P. - Prince & Vanity

  • The Spook Who Sat By The Door ft. Seaton Smith
    The Spook Who Sat By The Door ft. Seaton Smith
    Duration: 01h10min | 15/04/2016

    Seaton Smith (Mulaney, Top Five) guests as the guys dig up a (literally) hidden gem The Spook Who Sat By The Door, the 1973 film starring Lawrence Cook. Why have you never heard of this film that was entered into The National Film Registry? It was removed from theaters by the FBI, the prints destroyed, and wasn't available to the public until 2004. Find out why in this episode!

  • Sister Act II ft. Naomi Ekperigin
    Sister Act II ft. Naomi Ekperigin
    Duration: 01h19min | 08/04/2016

    Special guest Naomi Ekperigin (writer on Broad City) is with us to review Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act II, a film beloved by millennials and hated by critics. We discuss the importance of Whoopi Goldberg, the movie's portrayal of inner-city youth, whether the film desexualized Whoopi, and if this film helped the cause!

  • Antwone Fisher ft. Victor Williams
    Antwone Fisher ft. Victor Williams
    Duration: 01h26min | 01/04/2016

    Special Guest Victor Williams (King of Queens, The Affair) stops by to talk about the much overlooked drama Antwone Fisher starring Derek Luke, in his cinematic debut, and Denzel Washington in his directorial debut. We question why the film got no love from the Academy and discuss a myriad of issues ranging from physical abuse to black masculinity to the Bechtel test to whether or not this film helped the cause.

  • Catwoman
    Catwoman
    Duration: 01h21min | 25/03/2016

    Halle Berry, the first (and only) black woman to win Best Actress at the Oscars, stars in the CATastrophic big budget blockbuster Catwoman! We discuss what went wrong, whether this tainted Halle's career and what this film did to the cause of leading women of color in movies. Special guest Jayme Yarow, Jerah's agent, joins us to add some perspective!

  • Men In Black- Live @ SXSW
    Men In Black- Live @ SXSW
    Duration: 45min | 18/03/2016

    Live at the North Door in Austin, Texas, we review the 1997 sci fi adventure comedy Men In Black starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This movie brings an alien species into the race conversation, while Will Smith rises above any categorization in what Braylock calls his Favorite Movie of All Time. He still only gave it a white palm, so the question remains- did this movie actually help the cause!?

  • The Rundown
    The Rundown
    Duration: 02h32min | 11/03/2016

    Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? This week Jonathan, James and Jerah take on The Rundown starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in his second ever leading film. We speculate on why The Rock has had such success, whether or not the whips' action scenes were racially motivated and talk a little nostalgia as we decide if the film helped the cause.This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace.

  • Ride Along
    Ride Along
    Duration: 02h37min | 04/03/2016

    Kevin Hart is the most sought after black comedic actor working today and Ride Along is his highest grossing film. We discuss Kevin Hart's career, Hollywood's use of police brutality, the merits of Ride Along, and whether or not this filmhelps the cause.

  • The 2016 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
    The 2016 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
    Duration: 02h45min | 26/02/2016

    We enlisted the help of the wonderful comedian Phoebe Robinson (@Midnight, Late Night w/ Seth Meyers) to help us make the definitive (and hopefully last) stance on #OscarsSoWhite, why representation in film matters, and why every excuse for the Academy's exclusion is some ol' bullshit.This week's episode is sponsored by Tidal and Squarespace.

  • 12 Years a Slave- Live @NYU
    12 Years a Slave- Live @NYU
    Duration: 02h46min | 19/02/2016

    LIVE from NYU Gallatin, BMCJ breaks down 12 Years a Slave, the Academy's Best Picture winner of 2014 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (CHEW-i-tel EJ-i-oh-for). With the help of the audience, the boys discuss the merit of slave movies, why this was the last movie where actors of color were recognized by the Academy, and if this movie helps or hurts the cause.

  • Collateral ft. Kevin Avery
    Collateral ft. Kevin Avery
    Duration: 02h49min | 12/02/2016

    Special guest Kevin Avery (writer for Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver) helps us breakdown the 2004 film Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jaime Foxx in an Academy-Award nominee performance. We unpack why Jamie Foxx is a star, why Foxx was nominated for Best Supporting instead of Best Actor, why James III won't share lotion, and whether or not this film helps the cause.This week's episode was brought to you by Tidal and Squarespace.

  • Good Burger
    Good Burger
    Duration: 01h21min | 05/02/2016

    We take a trip down memory lane with Good Burger, starring former Nickelodeon stars Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell at the height of their fame. Jon, James, & Jerah discuss the merits of kids movies with black leads, speculate on why Kel never became a leading actor, and, of course, whether this movie helped the cause.

  • Beasts of No Nation
    Beasts of No Nation
    Duration: 01h12min | 29/01/2016

    OscarsSoWhite examination continues with a review of Netflix's first original film Beasts of No Nation starring Abraham Attah and Idris Elba. We discuss the merits of the film, whether the movie is about "the black struggle", and try to figure out why it was not nominated for any Oscars.This weeks episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

  • Straight Outta Compton
    Straight Outta Compton
    Duration: 02h39min | 22/01/2016

    #OscarsSoWhite are upon us, so in appropriate fashion we break down the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, starring Jason Mitchell, O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Corey Hawkins. Up for discussion: whether the film was truly snubbed, the value and/or problems of "gangster rap", the film's treatment of women, and if this story really helped the cause.

  • Django Unchained ft. Aaron Covington
    Django Unchained ft. Aaron Covington
    Duration: 02h38min | 15/01/2016

    Special Guest: Aaron Covington (Co-Writer of Creed) helps us discuss Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained starring Academy-Award Winner Jamie Foxx. We talk Tarantino's fascination with the N-Word, whether Jamie Foxx is actually the lead, and reexamine how movies truly help "The Cause".

  • To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar ft. Dylan Marron
    To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar ft. Dylan Marron
    Duration: 02h32min | 08/01/2016

    Special Guest: Dylan Marron of the "Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color" series stops by to discuss the 1995 cult comedy classic To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze & John Leguizamo. Listen as we talk about the intersectionality of actors of color and the LGBTQ community, whether "the good justifies the means" in representation, and if the film helped The Cause!

  • 2015 Year In Review
    2015 Year In Review
    Duration: 01h09min | 01/01/2016

    On this special New Year's episode, the boys discuss how 2015 lived up to "The Cause" of more people of color in leading roles in Hollywood films. Listen as we talk actors, movies, TV, Swirls, Will Smith...and of course, rate 2015 as a whole for helping or hurting The Cause!

  • The Best Man Holiday
    The Best Man Holiday
    Duration: 01h17min | 25/12/2015

    This week we get into the spirit with Malcom D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday (2013). A tightly constructed romantic comedy with Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard. Oh you haven't heard of it? Why is that!? Instead of Love Actually for the 10th time, give this a look!

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