American Meritocracy is a Lie - Preview to Episode 149

March 21, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to preview the next film, the 2009 tour-de-force, Obsessed. The film follows a married Black businessman who is being pursued by an off-kilter white secretary at his job. The random topic of the week is all about the exposed college admissions scandal that once and for all disproves the American meritocracy argument.

Blindspotting - Episode 148

March 14, 2019

Collin (Daveed Diggs), a convicted felon, is struggling to finish the last three days of his probation. Collin, along with his short-tempered best friend Miles (Rafael Casal), works for a moving company located in Oakland, a city in the Bay Area. One night while waiting for a red light, Collin witnesses a white police officer (Ethan Embry) gun down a black civilian. As Collin is haunted by the incident, he begins to have nightmares and experiences hallucinations.

Different Parental Dynamics & Preview to Episode 148

March 7, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film to be reviewed, "Blindspotting." The film follows a parolee with three days left on his sentence, only to have him witness a police shooting that threatens to ruin a lifelong friendship. The random topic of the week is about a conversation involving actor, Terry Crews about views of parental dynamics and gender roles in those dynamics. The hosts discuss their three different experiences growing up and breakdown their thoughts on Crews' statements.

High Flying Bird - Episode 147

February 27, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss Steven Soderbergh's latest film, "High Flying Bird" on Netflix. The film follows a fast-talking sports agent who, during an NBA lockout, is working with a hotshot rookie who is concerned about the future of his career. Meanwhile, notions of race and power are explored via professional sports athletes and their team owners.

Integrity vs. Making It & Preview to Episode 147

February 20, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the interview between Steve Harvey and Monique about her being blackballed in Hollywood. The two comedians have a discussion that deals with integrity versus making it in the industry. We breakdown their points, and where they both get it right and both get it wrong. The next film to be reviewed will be "High Flying Bird" (streaming now on Netflix) which tells the story of a young NBA star who, alongside his agent, aims to change basketball and the power of the Black player. 

All Eyez On Me - Episode 146

February 13, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with special guest, Deacon, to discuss the 2017 Tupac Shakur biopic, "All Eyez on Me." The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the complex rapper who struggled between growing up inspired by political activists and the draw of the creation of east/west coast rap beef in the golden age of "gangsta rap."

Liam Nesson Implosion & Preview to Episode 146

February 7, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to preview the next film, the 2017 biopic "All Eyez on Me." The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. who portrays Tupac Shakur, legendary rapper and controversial figure. The random topic of the week is on the revelations that actor Liam Nesson once planned to kill a Black man after finding out that his close friend was raped by a Black man. The hosts discuss the weirdly timed revenge story, it's implications, racial overtones, and of course the idea of what a conversation about race actually looks like and will it ever truly happen.

The Hate U Give - Episode 145

January 30, 2019

When a young 16-year-old high school girl named Starr Carter witnesses her close childhood friend be wrongfully killed by a police officer, she must choose between protecting her manufactured image at a predominantly white high school and being a voice for not only her friend but her community. The film is the quintessential representation of the Black Lives Matter movement from the youth-focused perspective. 

The (Black) Oscars 2019 & Preview to Episode 145

January 24, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with a preview of the next episode that will review, "The Hate U Give." The film tells the story of a young 16-year-old girl who is caught between a life of code-switching and her own reality as she is the only witness to her friend being killed by a cop. She must grow up faster than most to be a voice for not only her friend in death but also the voice of a coming of age generation in the Black Lives Matter movement. The random topic of the day is our thoughts on some of the Black films, directors, and actors that were nominated for the 2019 Academy Awards this year.

Tyrel - Episode 144

January 17, 2019

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2018 indie film, Tyrel. The film follows a guy named Tyler who is the only Black person on a weekend crazy trip of debauchery in the woods with all guys. He goes along with his white friend and is thrust into an uncomfortable situation after uncomfortable situation as the odd man out.