It’s our tenth episode! This week, Desmond talks all things Spike Lee, and gets into the importance of Italian-Americans and Interracial entanglements and how they relate to Spike’s 1991 film JUNGLE FEVER! Desmond also takes you on a journey through Stevie Wonder’s incredible soundtrack for the film, as well as putting you on to two lesser discussed Spike films that deserve a re-evaluation!
This week, Desmond is joined by James III (co-star of Netflix’s ASTRONOMY CLUB, co-host of BLACK MEN CAN’T JUMP IN HOLLYWOOD podcast) to talk about the 90’s cult horror classic TALES FROM THE HOOD! We talk about each of the stories in this chilling anthology film and how they relate to themes of death and reparations for Black folks in America! Also, Desmond puts James to the test in another round of our favorite game, WHO’S INVITED!
This week, Desmond digs into Maya Angelou’s feature directorial debut, "DOWN IN THE DELTA." Desmond breaks down the beautiful intentions of the film while he lovingly points out some of its stranger moments, reminisces on his grandmothers, and talks about some organizations with good intentions from his past. Also Desmond gives a “Decease and Desist” to everyone’s favorite Black film mogul, Tyler Perry.
In this Zoom edition of the show, Desmond is joined by everyone’s favorite Gay Twitter comedian, Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) to discuss everyone’s favorite sequel, SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT! Desmond and Phillip get into how the growth mindset connects to the film, the importance of having a dope Black teacher, and the legendary work of Ms. Lauryn Hill! Also, with another special guest comes another round of the game WHO’S INVITED!
After the very untimely and unexpected death of actor Chadwick Boseman, Desmond reflects on the life and legacy Boseman leaves behind. A very somber farewell to a true king in cinema, ABC honors and salutes Chadwick Boseman.
This week, Desmond gets into the first Queer film AND the first African film on the show, RAFIKI! The journey through this award winning hidden gem includes Desmond’s thoughts on how Kenyan culture is similar to certain aspects of Black culture in the U.S., as well as the brilliant and vibrant color scheme employed by the director, Wanuri Kahiu. Also, Desmond puts you on to two other hidden gems that also focus on Queer Black women in this week’s ‘Trust and Believe’ and ‘You Betta Act’ segments!
This week, Desmond breaks down one of the best comedies of the ‘90’s, FRIDAY! This film causes Desmond to go down memory lane and reminisce about his lit ass summers in the 90’s, as well as the days when he started sparking up himself! Also, have you heard about the upcoming film CRACKA? Desmond gives you all the info you need to know about this film that has been spreading around the social media rumor mill!
This week, Desmond dives head first into the late great John Singleton’s HIGHER LEARNING. Listen as Desmond relates the events and character journey’s in this evergreen film to his experiences with a racist principal in his high school, which led to a school-wide walkout and protest! Plus, Desmond puts you on the fabulous and fantastic HBO MAX ballroom competition show, LEGENDARY!
This week, we welcome our first guest, fellow NYC Black Film Programmer Shay Filmore! We break down a hidden gem from 2019 called 'FAST COLOR' starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Loraine Toussaint! This film is about a lineage of Black women with superpowers! How did this beautiful movie not get a better marketing campaign?? Also, Desmond puts Shay to the test with our first round of a game we like to call, “Who’s Invited?”
In this episode Desmond digs into the 1995 box office hit, WAITING TO EXHALE! And of course, no discussion about this film is complete without a journey through it’s epic, ride-or-die soundtrack produced by Babyface! Though this film is a classic, might it have been better if it were directed by a woman? Also, Desmond puts you on to the first feature film ever written and directed by a Black lesbian!!