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Small Axe: Mangrove - Episode 189

Small Axe: Mangrove - Episode 189

January 15, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss and review the first episode of the Small Axe anthology directed and co-written by Steve McQueen. This episode is entitled "Mangrove." The film is about the Mangrove restaurant in west London and the 1971 trial of the Mangrove Nine. It stars Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden.

…All Wars and Strife in Existence - Preview to Episode 189

…All Wars and Strife in Existence - Preview to Episode 189

January 8, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film of sorts. The guys will be tackling the first episode of the Steve McQueen anthology, Small Axe. The first episode is entitled "Mangrove." The episode (2 hours long) is about the Mangrove restaurant in west London and the 1971 trial of the Mangrove Nine. It stars Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden. The random topic of the week is about the riots from Trump supporters in Washington D.C. and the level of hypocrisy we see with the treatment of white domestic terrorists vs people of color fighting for civil rights.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Episode 188

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Episode 188

December 24, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with a special guest, T'ara, to discuss the 2020 film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Coleman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts. The film is based on the August Wilson play of the same name. Following the "Mother of Blues," Ma Rainey, as she and her band attempt a recording session in Chicago in 1927. Conflicts begin to arise between band members, Rainey, and an ambitious trumpet player named Levee.

Preparing For A Life of Blackness - Preview to Episode 188

Preparing For A Life of Blackness - Preview to Episode 188

December 18, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to introduce the next film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" newly released on Netflix. The random topic this week is about the idea of movies/plays like "Fences" being inappropriate for some and why the hosts believe these type of stories help explain the complexity of being Black in America, and largely prepares young people for how to build their armor for being Black. 

Life - Episode 187

Life - Episode 187

December 2, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 1999 comedy, "Life" starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The film follows two men during Prohibition, loudmouth Harlem grifter Ray (Eddie Murphy) and the no-nonsense Claude (Martin Lawrence) who team up on a bootlegging mission to Mississippi. However they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities.

The Guys Get Old - Preview to Episode 187

The Guys Get Old - Preview to Episode 187

November 19, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film, the 1999 comedy "Life" starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The film follows two guys who get setup on a murder charge by a crooked cop during the prohibition era. The two men are sent to jail for life and work to prove their innocence while driving each other crazy. The random topic of the week is just that, completely random. With not much to chat about this week, Jay and Micah just talk about getting older, parenting, and more.

Charm City Kings - Episode 186

Charm City Kings - Episode 186

November 11, 2020
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the film "Charm City Kings" that tells the story of a young kid named Mouse who desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, the infamous Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight's leader, Blax, takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence.
Racial Breakdowns of the 2020 Elections - Preview to Episode 186

Racial Breakdowns of the 2020 Elections - Preview to Episode 186

November 5, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film, "Charm City Kings." The film follows fourteen-year-old Mouse desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. The random topic this week is all about the racial demographic breakdown that has shown up during this 2020 presidential election. 

Bad Hair - Episode 185

Bad Hair - Episode 185

October 28, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with a special guest, T'ara, to discuss the newly released film "Bad Hair." The film is set in 1989 and follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.

Black Capitalism Won’t Save You - Preview to Episode 185

Black Capitalism Won’t Save You - Preview to Episode 185

October 22, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film, "Bad Hair" that is from the same writer/director as "Dear White People." The horror/satire film follows a woman who gets a weave to fit in for a job but it begins to have a mind of its own. The random topic this week is all about the actions of Ice Cube, 50 Cent, and Diddy other the last week in reference to the upcoming election. We discuss how their influence and career paths have likely led them to this point and much more.

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