The White gaze is back with a vengeance in this week’s film, MALCOLM & MARIE! Desmond talks about Zendaya’s great performance in the film along with some other aspects that he did not enjoy as much, including the gaze that is ever present in the script. Also, Desmond puts you on to another Netflix film that shines bright and welcomes a new talent on to the scene!
This week, Desmond gets into Regina King’s directorial debut, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI. Desmond talks about these iconic performances of iconic figures in our history, while also discussing some of the things that make them complicated in the film as well as in real life. Also, Desmond gets into the buzz about Black films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival!
This week, Desmond is joined by film critic Jourdain Searles to talk about Pixar’s SOUL (a film Desmond mostly liked, and Jourdain mostly didn’t!). They talk about the history of Black representation in film animation and how SOUL fits into that conversation, what could have made the film better, and they recast the role of 22!
Are y’all ready to party? This week, Desmond digs into the classic 90’s comedy HOUSE PARTY! He talks about the brilliance of the film, how much he misses house parties IRL, as well as some of the film’s more problematic aspects. Also, Desmond dishes about an amazing actor that he didn’t know was gay until very recently!!
Welcome back y’all!! Season two of the show starts off with the classic romantic film, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK. Desmond talks about relating to Stella’s single life, her issues with letting loose, and how much he misses going on vacation! Also, this week’s Trust & Believe highlights Steve McQueen’s five film masterpiece, SMALL AXE.
In this special bonus mini-episode, Desmond talks to filmmakers Elegance Bratton & Chester Algernal (from our "Paris is Burning" episode) about the incredible group of Queer, Black, award-winning filmmakers that they have created and nurtured over the years. Elegance and Chester discuss how they started this Black film family, and the systems in Hollywood that they want to challenge together with their work.
Happy Holidays, y’all! In our last episode of 2020, Desmond pays respect to the seminal Christmas film THE PREACHER’S WIFE. Desmond gets into Advent, one of his favorite times of the year, the accuracy of the Black church in this film as portrayed by director Penny Marshall, and the wonderful people involved in this movie that we have lost in the past few years. Also, Desmond talks about how GAY Christmas truly is!!
Just in time for the Holidays, Desmond dives deep into the ‘meet the parents horror film’, GET OUT! Though this film initially was thought of as a horror film about interracial relationships, Desmond talks about how it touches on so much more, including aspects of how Blackness is commodified in the United States. Also, this week’s TRUST & BELIEVE is a new Netflix horror film, and the YOU BETTA ACT award this week is what Desmond considers to be a classic performance.
In this hilarious episode, Desmond and his guest, actor/writer Sheldon D. Brown, discuss the 90’s classic comedy match-up, LIFE starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. They dig into the memorable lines and moments, Bernie Mac, the Queer representation in the film, and how they feel about the unity between Black men in our current times. Also, where there’s a guest, there’s another round of WHO’S INVITED!!
It’s our twentieth episode!! This week, Desmond finally gets into the subject he’s been talking about all summer and fall, Malcolm X! He not only digs into the famous Spike Lee film from 1992 starring a flawless Denzel Washington, but also the seminal 1972 documentary MALCOLM X, also based on the 1965 autobiography; and talks about the legacy that this incredible man has left behind.