Reid This/Reid That is a podcast hosted by two play cousins who happen to be professional journalists that you may have heard of... or not.
Anywho, we cover pop culture, politics and black girl magic all while having fun.
We're Still Gonna Wear A Mask
The play cousins welcome the wonderful Coach Jaz who's giving great tips on how to boost your immunity and center your spirit in the Age of Covid and beyond. Brilliant comedian and cousin Roy Wood Jr. also joins the mix to let us know how the world of comedy is surviving and how he discovered what could be life-changing information about his enslaved ancestors.
Don't Come For The Race Lady
The play cousins welcome their author, activist, and journalist cousin, Marc Lamont Hill, who is bringing the heat with his new show Black News Tonight. Cousin JoyAnn gives us the blow-by-blow of her epic takedown of Lil' Tuckems Carlton and Cousin Jacque prepares to take her first trip during the Age of Covid.
Finding Moments of Black Joy
Cousin Jacque and Cousin JoyAnn welcome their new play cousin Markuann Smith! The actor and executive producer speaks about the importance of pursuing your passion in life and how the stars aligned when he created his critically-acclaimed, hit series, Godfather of Harlem. The play cousins are also focused on finding moments of joy and preserving their mental health, in response to America's growing indifference to Black pain.
DMX Powerful Testimony
The Play Cousins are joined by a seminal voice in Black culture, Touré who reflects on the career of Hip Hop icon DMX and the real-life sources of pain behind his powerful music. Cousin Jacque and Cousin JoyAnn also discuss the mental toll of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the influence and erasure of Black creatives, and FOX News' racist take on what caused the death of Prince Phillip.
Tina's Final Chapter
Cousins Jacque, JoyAnn and their Play Cousin Chris Witherspoon get emotional about the legendary Tina Turner's new documentary Tina, which is her final goodbye to fans as she prepares to spend the final chapter of her life out of the spotlight. The play cousins also discuss the phony outrage aimed at Lil Nas X and give their take on "vaccine passports."
The Play Cousins are joined by the amazing investigative journalist and Twitter giant Yashar, who's got the inside scoop on how Sharon Osbourne's past racist comments finally pushed her out at The Talk and more! Cousin Jacque and Cousin Joy compare vaccine experiences, talk gun ownership for Black people in America and give their take on the upcoming classic Earth Wind & Fire and Isley Brothers Verzuz battle.
Love the show, love the banter, love the skepticism and all the shade- Yasssss ladies, keep bringing the tea! Love the SHOW!!
A good listen for the over 40 crowd!
I love podcasts and find it hard to locate podcasts that are fun AND informative that speak to my interests as a 50 year old African American woman. This podcast does that! From politics to pop culture to health and wellness, The Cousins discuss it all.
A recent podcast with Toure’ did not land well with me for several reasons. This is the same Toure’ that faced allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace 2 years ago, which was highly concerning to me and I don’t recall any real dialogue in the Black community (which I am a member of) about the allegations. I do remember a sort of silence and dismissal of the allegations, which doesn’t give space for women to be heard. There was no mention of the allegations in the podcast...which I did not expect...however Toure’ made comments that were insensitive and from a place of privilege that were glossed over.
For example, in his recounting of how he and his wife got the vaccine, he described the pharmacy that offered the vaccine as “ghetto” and is intimated that the Black folks that were in line for lotto tickets instead of the vaccine were “ghetto”, too. *crickets* In his remarks about DMX days after his passing he shared a story about DMX having a woman to his hotel room that left her phone number on the windshield of his truck after she spotted him at a mall. In his comments he mentioned earlier that night he was present when DMX was professing his love to his child’s mother (who he was in a relationship with) during a heated phone conversation. Relevance? *crickets*. Absolutely none.
To their credit, the cousins worked to move past the privileged comments Toure’ made and did not follow him down those unnecessary paths. It would have affirming to hear the cousins challenge Toure’s comments or at least counter them with positive comments meant to diminish those comments. I am hopeful Toure’ listens to his comments on the podcast and reflects on how he could have shown up less privileged and more empathetic, which is exactly how the cousins show up on the podcast.
Overall, a good listen and the cousins have great chemistry. I am so glad they are back after a break and I can’t wait to hear from them for the duration of 2021. All good things...
Great Show/Volume Shows
Great show! I thoroughly enjoy the content of each episode. Please be careful with the excessive over talking. It takes away from the listening experience.