Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood

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Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood] is a comedic podcast that reviews films with leading actors of color in a major motion picture 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.

Episode Date
Mowgli ft. Maya Deshmukh
1:19:29
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. 
Dec 10, 2018
Black Nativity
1:33:02

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. 


Dec 03, 2018
Creed 2 ft. Janelle James
1:26:59
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.
Nov 26, 2018
Widows
1:44:05
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.
Nov 19, 2018
The Pursuit of Happyness
1:38:51
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.
Nov 12, 2018
Candyman
1:19:18
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. 
Nov 05, 2018
The Haunted Mansion
1:16:25
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. 
Oct 29, 2018
The Hate U Give
1:32:27
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. 
Oct 22, 2018
A Haunted House ft. David Gborie
1:26:52

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.




Oct 16, 2018
Gothika ft. Jasmine Pierce
1:51:48

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. 


Oct 09, 2018
Night School
1:35:41

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?!

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Oct 02, 2018
The First Purge ft. Tosin Morohunfola
1:37:24
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.
Sep 25, 2018
Predator 2
1:44:12
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.
Sep 18, 2018
Blade II
1:35:45
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?
Sep 11, 2018
Passenger 57
1:22:13
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!
Sep 04, 2018
New Jack City ft. Gary Richardson
1:44:37
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.
Aug 28, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians ft. Ellie Lee, Katharine Lerner, Bowen Yang
1:35:43
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!
Aug 21, 2018
BlacKkKlansman
2:29:07
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.
Aug 14, 2018
Blindspotting
1:37:50
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!
Aug 07, 2018
The Equalizer 2
1:42:51
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.
Jul 31, 2018
Sister Act
1:18:37
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.
Jul 24, 2018
Sorry To Bother You
2:10:29
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.
Jul 17, 2018
Jumpin' Jack Flash (& Burglar)
1:55:51

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.



Jul 10, 2018
Uncle Drew
1:29:44
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! 
Jul 03, 2018
Bonus: Interview w/ Director Charles Stone III
1:03:03
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. 
Jun 29, 2018
The Color Purple ft. Tessa Claire Hersh
1:59:35

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!

Jun 26, 2018
SuperFly
1:44:28
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.
Jun 19, 2018
Radio
1:46:40
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.
Jun 12, 2018
Men of Honor
1:47:35
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.
Jun 05, 2018
Jerry Maguire ft. Phil Augusta Jackson
1:52:10

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)

May 29, 2018
Boyz N The Hood
2:08:45

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!


May 22, 2018
Breaking In ft. Rasheda Crockett
1:41:35

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)

May 15, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
2:00:44

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!

May 08, 2018
I Am Legend
1:32:48

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)

May 01, 2018
Double Take
1:48:16
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.
Apr 24, 2018
Rampage
1:47:11
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. 
Apr 17, 2018
Higher Learning
1:32:22
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.
Apr 09, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox
1:49:44
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.
Apr 03, 2018
Pacific Rim: Uprising
1:26:44
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!
Mar 27, 2018
Live in Austin 2018
46:27

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!


Mar 20, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time ft. Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh and X
1:46:07

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!


Mar 13, 2018
Mo' Better Blues ft. Reverend Shawn Amos
2:07:37
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!
Mar 06, 2018
The 2018 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
1:44:03
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!
Feb 27, 2018
Black Panther
2:17:36
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!
Feb 19, 2018
Fruitvale Station ft. Mamoudou N'Diaye
1:46:25
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!
Feb 13, 2018
Black Dynamite ft. Devon Shepard
1:30:43
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!
Feb 06, 2018
Meteor Man ft. Tessa Claire Hersh
1:34:55
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!
Jan 30, 2018
Bébé's Kids
1:12:45
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.
Jan 23, 2018
Proud Mary ft. Hayley Marie Norman
1:47:05
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!
Jan 16, 2018
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ft. Zach Cherry
1:26:36

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!

Jan 09, 2018
Bright ft. Camrus Johnson
1:12:26
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?
Jan 02, 2018
Mudbound
1:51:37
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.
Dec 26, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
2:06:41
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.
Dec 19, 2017
Spanglish ft. Erica Hernandez
2:08:07
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?
Dec 12, 2017
Almost Christmas
1:34:01

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!

Dec 05, 2017
Coco ft. Maritza Montañez
2:02:44

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!

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Nov 28, 2017
Detroit ft. Blank Check with Griffin & David
1:46:13
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!
Nov 21, 2017
Love Jones ft. X
1:46:40

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!

Nov 14, 2017
The Last King of Scotland
1:12:11
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?
Nov 07, 2017
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
1:59:56
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!
Oct 31, 2017
Dear White People
1:20:29

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!

Oct 24, 2017
The Mountain Between Us
1:50:00
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.
Oct 17, 2017
42
1:52:57
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.
Oct 10, 2017
Paid In Full
1:38:27
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.
Oct 03, 2017
Beasts of the Southern Wild
1:36:17
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!
Sep 26, 2017
San Andreas
1:27:03
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.
Sep 19, 2017
Lottery Ticket
1:53:44

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.


Sep 12, 2017
Coach Carter
1:51:00
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! 
Sep 05, 2017
Remember The Titans
1:53:43
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.
Aug 29, 2017
Glory
1:51:19
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!
Aug 22, 2017
The Incredible Jessica James ft. Abbi Crutchfield
1:34:10

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!

Aug 15, 2017
The Dark Tower ft. Langston Kerman
1:16:39
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.
Aug 08, 2017
Let's Be Cops
1:38:33
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.
Aug 01, 2017
Girls Trip
1:48:09
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!
Jul 25, 2017
The Sixth Man
1:24:42
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!
Jul 18, 2017
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
1:27:48
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.
Jul 11, 2017
Blankman
1:46:21
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!
Jul 04, 2017
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1:50:53
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
Jun 27, 2017
Hollywood Shuffle
1:47:56
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 💯 episode!
Jun 20, 2017
Wonder Woman ft. Anna Drezen
1:41:50
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.
Jun 13, 2017
Baywatch
2:02:47
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.
Jun 06, 2017
The Wood
1:43:33
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!
May 30, 2017
Pootie Tang
1:32:37
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!
May 23, 2017
John Q.
1:43:42
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.
May 16, 2017
Boomerang
2:02:10
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!
May 09, 2017
Bad Boys ft. Roy Wood Jr.
1:27:09
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.
May 02, 2017
The Fate of the Furious
1:49:49
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!
Apr 25, 2017
Half Baked
1:38:58
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!
Apr 18, 2017
Juice
1:43:46
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.
Apr 11, 2017
Burning Sands
1:39:17
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!
Apr 04, 2017
Soul Plane
1:38:03
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!
Mar 28, 2017
BMCJ Game Show (Live at SXSW)
56:59
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.
Mar 21, 2017
Drumline
1:49:09
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!
Mar 14, 2017
Queen of Katwe
1:50:35
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!
Mar 07, 2017
Get Out
1:50:20
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!
Feb 28, 2017
Oscars 2017 ft. Phoebe Robinson
1:55:48
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!
Feb 24, 2017
Set It Off ft. Tanisha Long
1:48:57
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!
Feb 17, 2017
The Wiz ft. Nik Walker
1:42:24
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!
Feb 10, 2017
The Joy Luck Club ft. Gaby Wilson
1:49:53
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
Feb 03, 2017
Sleepless
1:56:47
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!
Jan 27, 2017
Head of State
1:54:34
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
Jan 20, 2017
Selma
1:46:04
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)
Jan 13, 2017
Hidden Figures ft. Tessa Hersh
1:57:15
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!
Jan 06, 2017
The Princess and the Frog ft. Caroline Martin
1:41:15
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!
Dec 30, 2016
Fences
2:09:17
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!
Dec 23, 2016
A Madea Christmas
1:37:35
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!
Dec 16, 2016
Last Holiday ft. Michelle Buteau
1:24:36
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!
Dec 09, 2016
Moonlight ft. Ray Cordova
1:56:58
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!
Dec 02, 2016
Soul Food
1:39:35
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.)
Nov 25, 2016
Space Jam
1:24:54
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.
Nov 18, 2016
What's Love Got To Do With It ft. Romany Malco
1:14:35
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.
Nov 11, 2016
Birth of a Nation ft. Keisha Zollar
2:27:58
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.
Nov 04, 2016
Boo! A Madea Halloween
2:03:56
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...
Oct 28, 2016
Tales From The Hood
1:37:20
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!
Oct 21, 2016
Alien vs. Predator ft. Jermaine Fowler
1:36:17
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!
Oct 14, 2016
The Magnificent Seven
1:43:31
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!
Oct 07, 2016
Waiting To Exhale ft. Sasheer Zamata
1:39:48
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".
Sep 30, 2016
The Long Kiss Goodnight
1:25:48
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!
Sep 23, 2016
Lethal Weapon ft. Jonathan Fernandez
1:41:34
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!
Sep 16, 2016
Undercover Brother ft. Shaun Diston
1:29:35
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!?
Sep 09, 2016
Made In America ft. Nicole Byer
1:40:03
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.
Sep 02, 2016
Do The Right Thing ft. Shawtane Bowen
1:41:59
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!
Aug 26, 2016
Slumdog Millionaire ft. Akaash Singh
1:20:16
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!
Aug 19, 2016
Suicide Squad
1:21:36
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.
Aug 12, 2016
Beverly Hills Cop 2
1:23:50
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.
Aug 05, 2016
Cool Runnings
46:04
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!
Jul 29, 2016
Friday
1:25:19
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!
Jul 22, 2016
City of God ft. Jordan Carlos
1:29:38
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!
Jul 15, 2016
Dreamgirls ft. Franchesca Ramsey
1:37:32
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.
Jul 08, 2016
Attack The Block
1:14:22
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.
Jul 01, 2016
Central Intelligence
1:25:38
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.
Jun 24, 2016
Kazaam
50:15
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!
Jun 17, 2016
Ali
1:22:28
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.
Jun 10, 2016
The Last Dragon ft. Kenneth Lee
1:41:44
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!
Jun 03, 2016
The Jungle Book ft. Sunita Mani
1:38:36
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!
May 27, 2016
Traitor
1:25:43
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.
May 20, 2016
Dope
1:20:20
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).
May 13, 2016
Purple Rain
1:09:49
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!
May 06, 2016
xXx
1:32:15
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.
Apr 29, 2016
Action Jackson ft. Colton Dunn
1:25:14
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
Apr 22, 2016
The Spook Who Sat By The Door ft. Seaton Smith
1:10:08
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!
Apr 15, 2016
Sister Act II ft. Naomi Ekperigin
1:19:37
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!
Apr 08, 2016
Antwone Fisher ft. Victor Williams
1:26:08
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.
Apr 01, 2016
Catwoman
1:21:41
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!
Mar 25, 2016
Men In Black- Live @ SXSW
45:41
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!?
Mar 18, 2016
The Rundown
1:32:31
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.
Mar 11, 2016
Ride Along
1:37:39
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.
Mar 04, 2016
The 2016 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson
1:45:11
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.
Feb 26, 2016
12 Years a Slave- Live @NYU
1:46:28
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.
Feb 19, 2016
Collateral ft. Kevin Avery
1:49:18
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.
Feb 12, 2016
Good Burger
1:21:36
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.
Feb 05, 2016
Beasts of No Nation
1:12:29
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.
Jan 29, 2016
Straight Outta Compton
1:39:37
#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.
Jan 22, 2016
Django Unchained ft. Aaron Covington
1:38:53
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".
Jan 15, 2016
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar ft. Dylan Marron
1:32:51
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!
Jan 08, 2016
2015 Year In Review
1:09:53
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!
Jan 01, 2016
The Best Man Holiday
1:17:49
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!
Dec 25, 2015
Star Wars The Force Awakens
1:08:30
SPOILER FREE - Well, for the first 20 minutes at least and then we go into full detail about the newest Star Wars film with leads John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. This is momentous for Hollywood and people of color and the boys are psyched...BUT did it help the cause!?
Dec 18, 2015
White Men Can't Jump ft. Jake and Amir
1:16:26
SPECIAL GUESTS Jake & Amir (If I Were You, College Humor) drop by the podcast to discuss White Man Can't Jump starring Wesley Snipes & Woody Harrelson. We discuss "reverse racism", whether Wesley or Woody was the true lead, and how the film helped or hurt The Cause!
Dec 11, 2015
Creed
1:09:15
This week the boys review the new film, Creed (unofficially Rocky 7) starring Michael B. Jordan. We take a look at what it means for a black actor to take on a "white hero franchise", why the previews before a movie matters and James III redefines what a "black film" is.
Dec 04, 2015
Rush Hour ft. Andrew Law
1:19:21
This week Special Guest Andrew Law (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers) teams up with the Black Men Can't Jump crew to talk Rush Hour starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Listen as we discuss the link between the black community and Kung-Fu films, why Jackie and Chris made such a good duo, and of course, did this movie help the cause!
Nov 27, 2015
Hancock Live ft. Ramy Youssef
1:29:38
Black Men Can't Jump had it's first LIVE episode, with SPECIAL GUEST Ramy Youssef (Nick at Nite), where they discuss the infamous Hancock starring Will Smith. Listen as they tackle this original superhero story, Will Smith's legacy, and of course whether or not Hancock helped the cause!
Nov 20, 2015
House Guest
1:23:04
Remember Sinbad!?! The boys of Black Men Can't Jump certainly do. Join us as we take on 1995's Houseguest with Phil Hartman and Sinbad in his first leading role. We discuss why the comedian who dominated in the 90's fell off and if this family-friendly film helped "The Cause".This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace.
Nov 13, 2015
Once Upon A Time In Mexico ft. Arturo Castro
1:25:16
This week SPECIAL GUEST Arturo Castro (Broad City, Alternatino) stops by the podcast to discuss Once Upon a Time In Mexico starring Antonio Banderas. The crew discusses the differences between Latin America vs. Spain, the history of Mexican portrayal in movies, how Johnny Depp stole the show and why it is that Latinos also can't jump in Hollywood!Remember to snag tickets to the live show Monday, Nov. 9th 8pm at The People's Improv Theater!
Nov 06, 2015
Night of the Living Dead
1:30:43
Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III review George A. Romero's cult classic that set the standard for all things zombie for decades to come and he did with a black lead (Duane Jones)! Listen as the crew contemplates why there are so few black leads in Horror films and whether or not Night of the Living Dead truly helped the cause.This episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club.
Oct 30, 2015
Spawn
1:24:31
This week Jonathan, James III, and Jerah discuss the 1997 film "Spawn" and get deep into some antihero opinions. There's also a lot of talk about the lack of talking from Spawn. But really, guns, superpowers, demons... and it's all rated PG-13, who knew? Jerah gets notably passionate about this discussion, just listen and you'll understand.This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Blue Apron.
Oct 23, 2015
House Party ft. Cipha Sounds
1:29:58
Jonathan Braylock is busy booking roles left and right. This week James and Jerah to break down House Party. But don't fret, they've brought the incomparable Cipha Sounds to take on the 1990 New Line Cinema comedy House Party with hip hop duo Kid n Play. In an alternative history Kid and Play chose to be in Fresh Prince of Bel Air instead of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. This fun time party flick is filled with messages. It also gives the crew to take on one of the recurring questions this podcast runs into: What does it mean to be a rapper turned actor? Cipha is exactly the voice we need to get to the bottom of this. In case you were worried, Jerah is armed with not one, but two Swirls. Next week we review: SPAWN!
Oct 16, 2015
Wild Wild West
1:00:27
What's wilder than "Wild Wild West?" The fact that James III quite literally had to phone it in for this episode. Aside from that, the boys break down the implications of a black cowboy. Also, there's just a lot of feelings about Will Smith, like, a lot. Including the fact that Will Smith got robbed of some potential Swirl moments in this film.This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Blue Apron.
Oct 09, 2015
Coming to America ft. Natasha Rothwell
1:43:52
Natasha Rothwell (Saturday Night Live, Wild'N Out) drops by to review Eddie Murphy's Coming to America. This is Eddie at the height of his Hollywood powers and damn if there isn't a lot to break down. Yes this podcast is just a few minutes shy of the length of the movie, but there's no end to the directions an Eddie Murphy conversation can go. The man is talented and complicated. Natasha has no love for the Swirl but that doesn't stop Jerah. Don't worry everybody: Hancock makes an appearance as always. Next week we controversially review Wild Wild West.
Oct 02, 2015
Blade
1:10:38
1998 was a simpler time for Wesley Snipes, tax wise, because he wasn't paying them. Also the film world was not yet over run with vampires, pale or otherwise. Enter Blade, the sword slinging, leather jacket rocking, tatt'd up head and hair cut from the future having bad bad dude. The boys break down how nice it was to have something they could dress up as for Halloween and how dope this movie was or wasn't for The Cause. Next week we have guest Natasha Rothwell and we'll be reviewing Eddie Murphy's Coming to America!
Sep 25, 2015
Blazing Saddles
1:12:13
The 1974 Mel Brooks satirical Western "Blazing Saddles" has Jerah furious. Not even the best kind of swirl can temper the blaze that roars inside of him. And try as they do, neither Braylock nor James III can bring him around. But just when you're counting it out, The Cause delivers a stunning review. This also might be the best Hancock drop that James III ever does. Soak it up James! Next week we review Blade.
Sep 18, 2015
Training Day
1:14:30
Denzel Washington won an Oscar for best actor in a movie that he wasn't even the lead in, or was he? He was. Maybe. It's not easy for a black man to win an Oscar. Jerah got himself a Carmel Swirl, which is something like progress. But hey, did Denzel black it up in this movie or is he just Denzel being Denzel? It's a subtle distinction and we're here to make that distinction. The Cause is about as real as it gets this week. Under heavy pressure from Jerah, James sticks to his rating because he's a gentlemen and a scholar. Next week we review Blazing Saddles.
Sep 11, 2015
In The Heat of the Night ft. Keegan-Michael Key
1:38:39
Well, this happened. Keegan-Michael Key showed up like a burst through the comedic heavens and landed in our podcast basement to record the most intense, hilarious, and in depth discussion of the classic Sidney Poitier flick 'In The Heat of The Night.' Key had the knowledge and energy of ten men, which made it impossible to edit a minute of this. I don't think you'll mind. Maybe Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood, but they did land one of the most dynamic comedic talents of a generation and he truly brought the noise, son! If you're interested in acting, film, history, the craft, the biz, the culture of representing black men on screen, or really just thinking critically about the challenges and triumphs of Mr. Sidney Poitier and the effect he had on actors, well then we got you son.
Sep 04, 2015
Love And Basketball ft. Pheobe Robinson
1:26:57
With James III out this week, Jon and Jerah introduce the first guest to the show: Pheobe Robinson! She absolutely crushes it with Love and Basketball. This episode gets deeply personal. Y'all ready to get into it? Y'all better be. Then when your head is still spinning from this goodness, at the end we announce a guest for next week that will flat out drop your jaw. Y'all don't even know.
Aug 28, 2015
Blue Streak
1:13:17
Braylock, James III, and Jerah can't believe that they are reviewing this mediocre movie. That doesn't stop them from breaking down the highs and lows of Martin Lawrence's career, dance moves, characters and spectacular meltdown. "The Swirl" gets straight up raunchy, but Jerah somehow works #yesallwomen into it.
Aug 21, 2015
Barbershop
1:11:51
Hey man, they made Ice Cube the lead of a movie and that movie made about 70 million dollars. There's a lot to break down when you look at the 2002 comedy Barbershop directed by Tim Story. It has an 82% rating on Rotten tomatoes. 82%!?! In addition to an insightful assault on the structure of this movie and the actors chosen to play in it, find out what the Black Men Can't Jump crew thinks about their own haircuts in relationship to Fredrick Douglass.
Aug 14, 2015
Beverly Hills Cop
1:06:39
Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan break down Eddie Murphy's seminal blockbuster smash Beverly Hills Cop. We learn about "The Swirl." We learn about "The Cause." And we learn about Hancock!? Also, we tackle the complicated question of who killed the Big Bad?
Aug 07, 2015
Inaugural Episode
32:53
Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan introduce their podcast in this provocative, militant, spontaneously acapella first episode. How many black leading actors can you name off the top of the dome? Why is every rapper also a movie star? How beautiful is Taye Diggs? All this and more.This week's episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Naturebox, and Tipjar
Jul 27, 2015