Adventures In Black Cinema With Desmond Thorne
Adventures in Sicily & Spike (Jungle Fever)

Adventures in Sicily & Spike (Jungle Fever)

September 22, 2020

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!

Adventures in Reparations & the Reaper w/ James III (Tales from the Hood)

Adventures in Reparations & the Reaper w/ James III (Tales from the Hood)

September 15, 2020

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!

Adventures in Grandmas & Good Intentions (Down in the Delta)

Adventures in Grandmas & Good Intentions (Down in the Delta)

September 8, 2020

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. 

Adventures in Learning & Lauryn Hill w/ Phillip Henry (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit)

Adventures in Learning & Lauryn Hill w/ Phillip Henry (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit)

September 1, 2020

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!

Farewell Chadwick Boseman (A Moment Of Reflection)

Farewell Chadwick Boseman (A Moment Of Reflection)

August 31, 2020

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.

Adventures in Culture & Color Schemes (Rafiki)

Adventures in Culture & Color Schemes (Rafiki)

August 25, 2020

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!

Adventures In Summer & Smoke (Friday)

Adventures In Summer & Smoke (Friday)

August 18, 2020

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!

Adventures in Columbus & Columbia (Higher Learning)

Adventures in Columbus & Columbia (Higher Learning)

August 11, 2020

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!

Adventures in Power & Punk Rock with Shay Filmore (Fast Color)

Adventures in Power & Punk Rock with Shay Filmore (Fast Color)

August 4, 2020

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?”

Adventures In Soundtracks & Sistahood (Waiting To Exhale)

Adventures In Soundtracks & Sistahood (Waiting To Exhale)

July 28, 2020

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!!

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