Hey friends! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season, and hello to 2016! It has been a while since I have found a new podcast, but just the other week I came across “Black Men Can’t Jump in Hollywood” and it is so good!
The breakdown of the podcast is pretty simple. There are 3 black men who discuss movies featuring black stars.
- The first segment is their initial reaction to the movie and simply discussing the movie’s main take aways. It is probably a good idea for you to have seen the movie before listening because there will be spoilers.
- The second segment is called “The Swirl” (which is always funny) as they discuss whether there were any interracial relationships that weren’t simply about having “jungle fever.”
- The final segment is called “The Cause” where they vote on whether the movie did anything to help the black communities cause.
So far I have listened to their episodes about the movies: Creed, Love and Basketball, and The Best Man Holiday. I thought it was interesting that they compared Love and Basketball to The Notebook, and The Best Man Holiday to Love Actually. You’ll have to listen to the episodes, but it makes sense. They also have episodes discussing Training Day, Rush Hour, Hancock, Coming to America, Barbershop, and more!
For me, this podcast has shone a light on the many inequalities people of color face in Hollywood. Obviously I knew there were problems (hello #OscarsSoWhite) but this podcast has given me some insight into how the business works and the excuses companies stand behind in order to explain their lack of diversity (marketing schemes blah blah blah).
Basically, Viola Davis’ Emmy speech sums it all up: “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
If you listen to this podcast, or any others I have posted about, I would love to know what you think!