Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams

Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams

When law & order is the headline, what does it mean for us? Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams cross-examines news-making cases and famous faces to peer into the court of law. Each week attorney Eboni K. Williams and cultural observer Dustin Ross break down what’s on the docket in American justice and what’s not, with savvy legal analysis and commonsense commentary to provide teachable moments for us all to navigate a rigged system.Discussions in this podcast are for general information and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Always consult a lawyer for your individual circumstances.

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May 12, 2021 51 min
The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is toothless and wouldn’t have saved Mr. Floyd’s life. But there is another bill being presented in New York that could keep bad actor police officers from killing civilians. And today, Eboni and Dustin speak with Senator Brian Benjamin who is sponsoring the Wandering Officers Act. Ahead of that conversation Eboni and Dustin dig into the reinstatement of the cop who shot and killed Rayshard ...
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Monica said “Don’t take it personal” and Kandi Burruss’s work ethic is in agreement, ok? This week Eboni and Dustin get to the nitty gritty of that awkward Wanya Morris IG Live, what music ‘splits’ are and why Kandi Burruss is an absolute music industry and business BOSS. But before they get to that Eboni breaks down why none of us should be worried about Chauvin getting an appeal; Dustin shares his emotional reaction to Juror #52 ...
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April 28, 2021 57 min
We’re ready to jump back into all things legal as usual! But first you know Eboni and Dustin have to give their quick takes on this past weekend’s Oscars! From who never misses on the red carpet to all the (perceived) snubs...we have thoughts! This week's docket is a mixed bag including: Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s latest divorce news (you might want to take notes!); Eboni & Dustin have their picks for who should actually be...
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April 21, 2021 77 min
Now, jurors you know we don’t speculate. We don’t surmise. We work with facts and experience only. That being said, on this special episode of Holding Court, Eboni and Dustin offer not only their legal and cultural analysis but also their very real-time reactions to the Derek Chauvin trial verdict. Eboni shares her thoughts on the prosecution strategy, the most important testimonies and what this could mean for the future of justic...
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The change we’ve been seeking for America’s criminal (in)justice system is coming to a judge’s bench near you. That change is Black women. On today’s episode we’ve got a special conversation with Judge Shamieka Rhinehart of North Carolina’s 14th Judicial District. Judge Rhinehart breaks down how important Black women are to the American legal system and how crucial it is to see the face behind each case that comes before her. Eboni...
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April 7, 2021 75 min
Coming off of an epic weekend (did you catch Ron Isley being a whole #zaddy at the Verzuz battle?), Eboni and Dustin are amped to bring you yet another full docket. At this point, you should just keep a pen and notepad on you at all times. This week we’re breaking down the complete and total bullsh*t of these institutions and organizations not paying their athletes fairly. We’re looking at YOU NCAA and WNBA. Also on the docket, we’...
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March 31, 2021 72 min
Legislators came in HOT this past week and we love to see it. In this episode, we’re giving you the details of the bill that will make New York the 15th state to legalize cannabis; New York City’s push to end qualified immunity for NYPD and what that means for US (let’s go, New York!); the first steps Evanston, Illinois is taking to distribute reparations among its 16% Black population and how to know if you qualify; what Willow Sm...
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We’re not even going to hold you: You already know this episode is jam-packed with important headlines and intricate breakdowns. America’s (and England’s) racist bones are being dug up and people don’t like it! Eboni breaks down just how America’s uptick in hate crimes against Asian communities happened (*cough cough* Trump’s @ss) and Dustin is absolutely, positively OVER Sharon Osbourne whose history of alleged racist remarks ...
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Fresh off the heels of the 63rd Grammys (Beyonce, Meg Thee Stallion - what a moment!), we’ve got some hot takes and hot tea! This week we’re joined by the incomparable entertainment attorney Shay M. Lawson, Esq. to get to the nitty gritty of Anita Baker’s fight to own her masters. Shay breaks down how the music industry be scammin’, what recourse Ms. Baker could have, and how we diehard fans of the legendary songstress can help! Ye...
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With all the traumatic headlines we’re forced to see, roles we have to take on in the workplace, and the work we do for the culture, sometimes our own mental health takes a back seat. That’s got to stop. No more stigma. No more shame. On today’s episode we sit down with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford - licensed psychologist, speaker and the host of the wildly popular podcast Therapy for Black Girls - to discuss the merits and myths of see...
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It’s never too late for justice to be served and that’s why we’re diving deep into the murders of the Honorable Malcolm X and Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton this week. We’re looking into the details and legal implications surrounding their assassinations in the 1960s. We’re also looking into the new evidence that has recently come to light in both cases and what we can do today, in 2021 to help get justice for these revolution...
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February 24, 2021 61 min
Very little turns our stomachs like false accusations, false convictions, and false imprisonments. It’s time up for that sh*t. And we’re getting to the nitty and the gritty of it on this episode of Holding Court with Jimmy Dennis who was exonerated after spending 25 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. We’ve also got some insight into what just happened to “Central Park Karen” Amy Cooper’s misdemeanor charge (you won’t ...
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Coming off of an eventful Valentine’s Day weekend, we are getting down to the business of the money whether it’s who's handling Britney Spears’ estate; Virginia’s decision to abolish the death penalty due in part to the high cost of state executions; how Kevin Hart got got for over $1 million; Halle Berry’s steeeeeep child support payments; or the measly $4.5 million being offered to the family of murdered Louisiana entrepreneu...
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February 12, 2021 21 min
A quick Sidebar to dig into the nitty gritty of all this Britney Spears conservatorship legal mess! Learn more about legal issues and resources related to conservatorship/guardianship situations from the American Bar Association website. Mental illness is not a joke and there is no shame in seeking help. If you or someone in your life is struggling, go to the National Institute of Mental Health's 5 action steps for helping some...
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February 10, 2021 57 min
We are absolutely positively over 1) that wack sauce, anticlimactic Super Bowl (half-time show and all), 2) this Tri-State area snow, and 3) people who try to get over in the courtroom. This week we’re talking about the cute moment that could’ve gone left when a Florida burglary suspect tried to sweet talk his way out of charges. Luckily, Judge Tabitha Blackmon handled it with grace, but that isn’t always the case. Don’t try to fin...
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It’s Super Bowl week and we’re betting on Black, as in always bet on the Black quarterback...shout-out to Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair and Doug Williams! But sadly the NFL continues to fumble on its handling of player misconduct and violent criminal assault of women. We get into the nitty gritty of the case of former Seattle Seahawks player Chad Wheeler who is charged w...
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Eboni and Dustin are joined by Ben Cohen, founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to discuss The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity. Qualified immunity is a f’d up legal construct that prevents too many bad cops from being charged with shooting unarmed Black people! We get into the nitty gritty about dismantling White supremacy with Ben who says, to paraphrase, this ain't a chocolate problem, it's a vanilla problem! Also on ...
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January 20, 2021 77 min
Eboni and Dustin are joined by Bevy Smith, business executive, host of SiriusXM’s Bevelations and a former co-host of Bravo’s Fashion Queens and the entertainment news show PageSix TV. We get into the nitty gritty with Bevy about balancing the choices you make in pursuit of your dreams, good and bad contracts (careful what you sign!) and many other revelations from her new book Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie. Cli...
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January 13, 2021 57 min
Court is back in session trying to make sense of all that went down in the first two weeks of 2021, which smells a bit like 2020 with the added stink of a hot mess insurrection incited by Trump for his people to storm the US Capitol. Our jam packed Docket also includes: Tracy Chapman awarded $450K in copyright suit against Nicki Minaj, Zoë Kravitz filing for divorce after only a year-and-a-half of marriage to Karl Glusman, suspects...
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New episodes of Holding Court return January 13th, but we need to sidebar for a minute about what happened this week.... It is the day after Black Americans helped the Democrats take back control of the Senate by winning both Senate seats in Georgia including the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock as the first Black Senator elected from that former slaveholder state.  It is the day after the United States Congress, despite a violent ...
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