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.... Show More

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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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New episodes return January 13th, but in the meantime we've got a new mailbag question from a "Daddy" who wants to know if he needs a lawyer for his son. We also revisit a mailbag question about "Separated" vs. married from episode #9. Then we revisit the main segment of episode #5, an important discussion from last year when we flashed back to the first viral video of a brutal police encounter with a Black man ...
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New episodes of Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams return Jan 13 but, in the meantime, we want to share a special episode "Lived to Tell the Story with Marian and Robbie Tolan" from our Black Effect Network sister podcast Straight Shot, No Chaser with Tezlyn Figaro. In this episode, Robbie and Marian Tolan join Tezlyn to discuss a night of mistaken identity in Bellaire, Texas that resulted in Robbie Tolan being shot by th...
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We recap some of the biggest legal and cultural moments of the year and what got us through, prompting the question: can you sue the year 2020 for “alienation of affection” given how it separated us from loved ones often with devastating consequences? On the Docket this week, Eboni and Dustin discuss the lawsuit against Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant, and developments in a lawsuit by the estate of Michael Jackson against HBO re...
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December 16, 2020 51 min
Tis the season to wonder why Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to Federal criminal firearm possession, what’s up with Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa’s butt lawsuit, and why a little league football coach thought it wasn’t straight up child abuse to violently slap a 9-year-old player during a game that, thankfully, was caught on camera? Speaking of cameras, we only wish there were more body cameras to reveal the truth behind why 23-year-old Casey Woods...
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The courage of prominent creators like Dave Chappelle and so many others are helping to pull back the veil on the historic and current inequities of intellectual property ownership. “Real ownership is the new Black”, says our special guest Jason Lee, entertainment journalist, producer, podcast, radio and TV personality, and CEO of Hollywood Unlocked. We get into the Nitty Gritty with Jason on what it means for Black creators and th...
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Actor Faizon Love sues the film studios for literally erasing him and his co-star Kali Hawk from the movie poster of “Couples Retreat” in the international marketing campaign. We hear firsthand from Faizon about his bold and needed step to correct a long history of Black actors being deemed not marketable in international distribution. And we get into the nitty gritty of this issue with Dr. Jason Johnson, Professor of Journalism an...
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November 25, 2020 43 min
How did Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who shot three protesters with an assault rifle and killed two of them, post $2 million bail? Because he was funded by some “silver spoons” who do not understand that a true patriot is someone who stands for liberty and justice for all. Young men joining militias is not patriotism, its terrorism and we hereby reclaim the patriot narrative! On the Docket this week: Lil Wayne’s gold-plated firearm p...
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Flashback to the first viral video of a brutal police encounter with a Black man when Rodney King was beaten in 1991, and the police officers who beat him were tried and acquitted in 1992, then LA and the world cried no more! And yet it happened again and again. Then in 2020, police brutally knelt on the neck of George Floyd until he took his last breath, and Minneapolis and the world cried no more...again. The outcry galvanized to...
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We’ve been waiting to exhale and finally, thankfully our nation has spoken and placed our trust in President-elect Joe Biden to lead us the hell out of 2020, and Madam Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to make history -- “work that, work that, Girl don’t hold back”! Legal headlines on The Docket this week include a fishing expedition by Nicole Young’s attorneys into possible paternity claims against Dr. Dre in their divorce case, ...
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Election day has passed, but we’re still just beginning the work to fix our democracy and build a more equitable America. Eboni and Dustin discuss the moment including the coveted Black male swing vote, and WTF was up with Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, 50 Cent and Kodak Black co-sign of Trump?  Legal headlines on The Docket this week include Mel B and Eddie Murphy child support case, the latest on Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s divorce case, an...
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Too much power for and against the People lies in the hands of nine people, the Justices of the US Supreme Court. What you need to know about the history of the Court from Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas, and the notorious RBG to Amy Coney Barrett, and why it matters to Black Lives! Special guest, Bakari Sellers. Also on the Docket: Taraji P. Henson split with fiancé Kelvin Hayden, does she have to give the ring back? And rapp...
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