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Episode 253: Rustin
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew returns to discuss the film, Rustin, starring Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin. The is a 2023 American biographical drama directed by George C. Wolfe, highlights the life of Bayard Rustin, a charismatic gay civil rights icon. Rustin was instrumental in organizing the 1963 March on Washington, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Why Do You Care So Much? - Preview to Ep253 (Will Smith Sexuality, Singing on Planes, Rap in Court)
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew returns to preview the next film, "Rustin" starring Coleman Domingo as Bayard Rustin, one of the instrumental architects of the famous Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights march on Washington D.C. in 1963. The random topics of the week are on the "newly" pushed rumored of actor Will Smith's sexuality by a man claiming to be a former employee of his, a gospel singer starts belting out some songs on a plane mid-flight, and a conversation on whether rap lyrics should be admissible in a court of law (Young Thug trial happening currently).
- Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's Response to Allegations Involving Duane Martin
Jada Pinkett Smith dismissed allegations that her husband, Will Smith, engaged in a sexual encounter with actor Duane Martin, labeling them as "ridiculous." These claims were made by Bilaal, who stated he witnessed the two actors in a compromising situation years ago in a dressing room. Responding to these allegations, both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have strongly denied them, and Jada indicated a potential legal battle in response to these claims
- Bobbi Storm's Incident on a Delta Flight
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Bobbi Storm faced a confrontation on a Delta Airlines flight due to her singing her new single. Despite repeated requests from a flight attendant to be quiet, Storm continued to sing and shared a video of the altercation on Instagram. The incident did not result in her removal from the flight, but it highlighted the clash between her desire to share her music and the airline's policies
- Judge's Ruling on Rap Lyrics in Young Slime Life RICO Trial
In the Young Slime Life RICO trial, a judge ruled that rap lyrics could be used as evidence under specific conditions. The decision by Judge Ural Glanville allowed the conditional admission of 17 sets of rap lyrics as evidence against Young Thug and his associates. The ruling followed a debate over the nature of the lyrics, with defense arguing for their artistic merit and prosecutors insisting on their relevance to the case. The judge emphasized that prosecutors must lay a proper foundation for the lyrics to be admissible as evidence
Episode 252: The Burial
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew returns to discuss the 2023 film, The Burial starring Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Jurnee Smollett, Mamoudou Athie, and Alan Ruck. Inspired by true events, a lawyer helps a funeral home owner save his family business from a corporate behemoth, exposing a complex web of race, power, and injustice.
ANNOUNCEMENT: WE HAVE TO SWITCH THE MOVIE - Preview to Episode 252
We had to switch films for episode 252, from Sweetheart to The Burial. Jay gives the announcement and why this is happening. We will see everyone next week for our review of "The Burial"
The Infamous First Date Location Ban List - Preview to Episode 252
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew returns to announce the next film. 2019's "Sweetheart" starring Kiersey Clemons and directed by J.D. Dillard. The film follows a woman who washes ashore a small uninhabited island after an accident. The situation turns from bad to worse when she realizes there is a mysterious creature hunting at night. This will be our Halloween centric episode based on the movie's themes. The random topic this week is the now infamous list of banned places you can't take a first date that is circulating the internet. The four host step through the list one by one and have a good time agreeing or disagreeing with it.
Episode 251: Beauty
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew returns to discuss the 2022 film, Beauty. The film follows a young woman who is at the cusp of a potentially massive music career. She must choose between what her life, both familial and romantically, is and what it will be going forward.
I see you guys have done a review on Best Man: Final Chapters as a whole. Would you be open to reviewing other shows like Insecure or Lovecraft Country? Would love to get your take on those
I don’t like Morris Chestnut either
I love this podcast. Insightful, funny, and I’ve found someone who doesn’t like Morris Chestnut, like me.
One of the Best Movie Podcasts out there (Long Review Incoming)
I listen to a ton of movie podcasts so believe me when I say Black on Black Cinema is one of the better ones. Beyond the general value of the black point-of-view on cinema, the podcast offers the following:
- Zero fat at the beginning. The the hosts jump right into the movie without the bells and whistles of self-promotion or an introductory conversation that refers to topics off-mic. It’s refreshing that I can start the podcast and jump right into movie.
- Diverse opinions. A lot of podcasts generally want to avoid the conflict of disagreement which results in the hosts holding back from expressing their full opinion. The hosts roll with the disagreement amongst them and even make an effort to connect with the other person who disagrees. This makes me want to seek their opinions on divisive movies because it leads to great conversation.
- Everything connects to the movie. Some other podcasts will wildly digress so the co-hosts can get on their own personal soapbox. Black on Black Cinema keeps all discussion connected to the movie. The hosts keep the conversation structured.
MOVIES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE REVIEWED ON THE SHOW: Get on the Bus, Girl 6, To Sleep with Anger, Poetic Justice, Losing Ground, Zola, George Washington, Miracle at St. Anna,