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Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! KEEP IT has it all. Each week, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! KEEP IT has it all. Each week, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

    “Globes, Man: Turn Off the Zoom” (with Dominique Fishback)

    “Globes, Man: Turn Off the Zoom” (with Dominique Fishback)

    Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss the 1st Hopefully Not Annual Zoom Golden Globes, Taylor Swift taking on Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, Jonah Hill calling out the Daily Mail, racist Bachelor fans, and bad Twitter memes. Plus, Dominique Fishback joins to discuss her role in Judas and the Black Messiah and her Vampire Diaries fandom.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    “I Really Don’t Care A Lot, Do U?” (with Roxane Gay)

    “I Really Don’t Care A Lot, Do U?” (with Roxane Gay)

    Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Rosamund Pike’s new film I Care A Lot, AIDS drama It’s A Sin, Daft Punk’s breakup, the internet’s Kathryn Hahn obsession, the latest Golden Globes scandals, and more. Plus, Roxane Gay joins to discuss her new MasterClass on writing for social change and how to romance writers.

    Roxane's recs:
    Klancy Miller, a black chef and writer
    Asha Grant, who is opening The Salt Eaters, a black feminist bookstore and literary hub in Los Angeles
    Rivers Solomon, a writer

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    “White Men... Skip This Episode!!!”

    “White Men... Skip This Episode!!!”

    Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss the week of disappointing white men from Justin Timberlake, Joss Whedon, Chris Harrison, to the GOP. Plus, Gina Carano gets fired and joins a Ben Shapiro film, the Indianapolis Museum of Art prefers white patrons, Lil Yachty is making an UNO movie, and more!
     
    Louis' recommendations 
     
    Jody Watley
    Cheryl Lynn — Shake it Up Tonight, Star love, Encore
    Joan Armatrading — Love and Affection, Show Some Emotion
    Meshell Ndegéocello — Ventriloquism, Pocketbook
    A Taste of Honey -- Honey combed theme promos
     
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    “#Free Against the Music” (with Baratunde Thurston)

    “#Free Against the Music” (with Baratunde Thurston)

    Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss The NY Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, Christopher Plummer, Golden Globe noms, The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance, Debra Messing’s worst tweet, Morgan Wallen’s racism scandal, Cracker Barrel’s etymology and more. Plus, Baratunde Thurston joins to discuss his podcast How to Citizen and how Black and white America moves forward post Trump.

    Aida's recs:
     
    Aja Monet -- The Black Unicorn Sings
    Mikki Kendall -- Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
    t’ai freedom ford -- how to get over
    Buy them from your local black owned bookstore
    Poppy + Rose
    Bed-Stuy Fish Fry
    @tierrwhack

    Baratunde's recs:
     
    Black-owned publishing company called A Kids Book About. They make empowering, challenging and important books for kids on everything from racism to depression to creativity. 
    Reverence, a Black-owned restaurant on historic Striver’s Row in Harlem created by Chef Russell Jackson (@chefrjackson on IG). He’s adapted the chef’s table-only dining experience to amazing to go food compatible with a global pandemic’s restrictions. Find Reverence on IG @reverencenyc or online at reverence.nyc
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    “Two Can Play That GameStop” (with Amanda Idoko)

    “Two Can Play That GameStop” (with Amanda Idoko)

    Ira, Louis, and Aida try to make sense of the GameStop business then just talk about video games. Also discussed: remembering Cicely Tyson, Cloris Leachman, and Sophie, AOC’s rightful anger at Republicans, worrying Drag Race trends, the Chromatica Oreos, and more. Plus, Amanda Idoko joins to talk diversity in writers' rooms and her debut feature Breaking News in Yuba County.

    Ira's book recs:
    Stacey Abrams — Lead From the Outside
    Tressie McMillan Cottom — Thick: And Other Essays
    Brandon Taylor — Real Life
    Hanif Abdurraqib — They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
    Hanif Abdurraqib — A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
    Buy them from your local black owned bookstore
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    "Driving Miss Disney" (with Kat Dennings)

    "Driving Miss Disney" (with Kat Dennings)

    Ira, Louis, and Aida revisit Larry King interviews and discuss the drama surrounding Olivia Rodrigo's debut single "Drivers License," Biden's star-studded inauguration, the LA Times' report on "vaccine chasers," Joan Didion's sparse interview in Time, DaniLeigh's light skin anthem "Yellow Bone," Sarah Huckabee Sanders' bid for governor of Arkansas, and more. Plus, Kat Dennings joins to discuss sitcom acting, WandaVision, and the secrecy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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    • 1 hr 41 min

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