Unfinished Business: The Black Pack Cinematic Universe is a podcast hosted by Very Smart Brothas co-founder, Panama Jackson, and brought to you by the Blacktastic Podcast Network. We are committed to honoring and celebrating the films made by the special group of Black actors and actresses that brought us films portraying middle-class Black people with problems that didn’t involve the constant threat of death. The 90’s -2000’s Black rom-com is it’s own genre that needs it’s flowers now.
Acrimony with Dr. Manu Platt
On this episode (and pseudo return) of What If Tyler Perry Had a Writers' Room, we have a special treat—it's a 2-for-1! Panama brings back his homie, Dr. Manu Platt, to talk Tyler Perry's Acrimony, but this episode doubles as an episode of Panama's Pass The Peas podcast. The homies talk about the infamous WTF? of how Taraji got on that damn boat, whether or not the movie is actually of of Perry's best films and just how in the hell this movie's budget was $20 million. Have a Black one!
Intro Music: Berto Antonio "Morning Rituals"
Outro Music: Berto Antonio "LMK"
from his debut EP, WRTHYhttps://open.spotify.com/album/7G4ZtHQLxEYUg1DPfXSNTQ?si=zLp8nhgbRpiIujqXnOAtdQ
Produced, Recorded, Edited and Mixed by Panama Jackson
The Single Moms Club with Nyasha Chikowore
On this episode, Panama is joined by children's book author, Nyasha Chikowore, to discuss Tyler Perry's 2014 film, The Single Moms Club, starring Nia Long, Amy Smart, Terry Crews and Perry, himself. Panama thinks the movie would be better as a heist film and Nyasha thinks Nia Long deserved better than her love interest in the film. They both agree that it would have been better if it focused solely on the women and their support for one another! Check it out and SUBSCRIBE!
Good Deeds with Demetria Irwin & Dustin Seibert
On this episode, Panama is joined by two Detroiters, Demetria Irwin and Dustin Seibert to talk Perry's 2012 film, Good Deeds, where Tyler Perry played the leading role. He's joined (in the cast) by Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad and Brian White. The crew breaks down the inaccuracies in the film, Thandie's accent, Brian White's job in the movie and if there are any egregious wigs...did we find the one without any wig problems?? Check us out and SUBSCRIBE!
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor with Dr. Manu Platt, Ph.D
On this episode, Panama is joined by his Morehouse brother and homie from way back, Dr. Manu Platt, Ph.D. '01 to discuss 2013's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. They discuss the thematic issues with the film, especially regarding its treatment of HIV, the unintentionally unsubtle parallel's Perry attempted to draw between the male leads and what it's like having a church-going mother. Plus, what the hell was that limp???
I Can Do Bad All By Myself with Dara Mathis and Kyla Jenée Lacey
On episode 3, Panama is joined by double threat writers and poets, Dara Mathis and Kyla Jenée Lacey. They dig into their writer histories, some of the plot holes of I Can Do Bad All By Myself, whether or not Taraji, Mary and Gladys had their own wig budgets and the faith-based movie genre and the discussion of style vs. substance. Thanks for listening! *SUBSCRIBE*
Recorded by Panama Jackson
Edited/Mixed by Jibri Griffin
Music by JRan "Used To This" from his Off The Deep End album available on Apple Music/Spotify
The Family That Preys with Law Ware
On this episode of What If Tyler Perry Had A Writers' Room, Panama is joined by Law Ware, a writer for The Root, the New York Times and Slate, as well as a philosophy professor at Oklahoma State University to discuss the 2008 film, The Family That Preys. We talk about just how much Law hates the movie, how much Panama doesn't hate it, the amount of celebrities present and what they bring to the table. Check out previous episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Soundcloud. *SUBSCRIBE*
*Please excuse the technical/audio difficulties. COVID-19 has us recording in mysterious ways.*
Recorded and Mixed by Panama Jackson
Edited by Panama Jackson and Jibri Griffin
Music by Panama Jackson
Lived up to my high expectations
Excellent premise but...
I was so excited by this podcast because I love Panama Jackson’s writing and hate Tyler Perry’s movies. The first episode about a Fall from Grace falls short. The conversation is disorganized and many of the most improbable parts of the movie were missed. As a bonus, as a criminal attorney, I wish he would have had an attorney on to discuss the legal aspects because they missed the mark on the legal commentary.
Panama Jackson is a verified culture critic
If you’re here because you enjoy what Panama writes, says, or comments on then I wouldn’t expect to be disappointed. Shoutout to VSB!