Strong Black Lead

Strong Black Lead

Strong Black Legends is a weekly show brought to you by Netflix and Strong Black Lead that honors the best of black Hollywood. Every Tuesday, host Tracy Clayton sits down with the legends that paved the way for black representation both on and off screen.... Show More

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May 5, 2020 49 min
This week, in our special season two finale, Tracy sits down with the legendary triple threat Debbie Allen. They talk about Debbie’s time at Howard University and how she got her role, on and off screen, on the set of tv series, Fame. They also talk about Debbie and Phylicia Rashad’s feature on Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home. Plus, Tracy gives flowers to the ultimate queen, Queen Latifah.
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April 30, 2020 1 min
Strong Black Lead has a new podcast! It’s called “Okay, Now Listen” and is hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell. For more fun and black ass shenanigans, subscribe *today* to “Okay, Now Listen” wherever you get your podcasts!
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April 28, 2020 40 min
This week, Tracy sits down with 90s heartthrob, Bumper Robinson. They get into his time as a child actor on Warner Brother studio lots, his extensive voice acting career, and the Tupac episode of A Different World. Plus Tracy gives flowers to one of the many sources of black girl magic, natural hair.
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April 21, 2020 36 min
This week, Tracy sits down with Brooklyn-born legend, Omar Epps! The two talk about his breakout role, alongside Tupac Shakur, in Juice and his second time playing another guy named Q in Love and Basketball. They also talk about Omar’s time before his Hollywood career as a student at LaGuardia High School aka the school from Fame. Plus, Tracy heads to the streets of Brooklyn to find out folks’ favorite jams to play at the barbecue ...
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April 14, 2020 42 min
This week, Tracy sits down with the ultimate auntie crush, Taye Diggs! They chat about his role on the ever iconic Broadway musical, RENT, a moment he shared with Angela Bassett in his audition for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the improv scene that he wasn’t expecting on the set of The Best Man. Plus, Tracy gives flowers to one of the many focal points of the black community, front porches.
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April 7, 2020 38 min
This week, Tracy sits down with the always working, Elise Neal! They get into everything from her breakout role as Yvonne in T.V. sitcom, The Hughley’s, and why the show was so important, and we chat about the funniest moments on set for the Oscar winning film, Hustle & Flow. Plus, Tracy takes us back to a time we all long for--the 90s and gives flowers to 90s slang.
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March 31, 2020 37 min
This week, Tracy sits down with the one and only Shar Jackson! They get into everything from her unforgettable character, Nicey, in the 90’s T.V. classic, Moesha, and her fun, but very serious, gaming career. Plus, Tracy serenades us in celebration of the talking parts in R&B songs.
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March 24, 2020 39 min
This week, Tracy sits down with the always charming Blair Underwood! They get into everything from his first big role in L.A. Law, his heartthrob role in Set It Off, and how he decides what to say yes to.We also chat about his upcoming role in Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Plus, Tracy gives flowers to iconic movie soundtracks.
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March 17, 2020 36 min
This week, Tracy sits down with comedic and acting legend Bill Bellamy! They get into everything from “Def Comedy Jam,” to “Love Jones,” to Bill coining the phrase “Booty Call.” We also got some insight on Bill’s upcoming role in Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Plus, Tracy gives flowers to the best part of any cookout - line dances!
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March 10, 2020 29 min
This week, Tracy sits down with Kyla Pratt - the Hollywood legend who’s been getting to the entertainment bag since the age of 8. They get into everything from “Barney,” to “Dr. Doolittle,” to “One on One,” and, of course, her role as Penny Proud on The Proud Family and whether or not there’s going to be a reboot! Plus, Tracy holds a memorial service for The T.V. Theme Song.
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March 3, 2020 25 min
Thanks to the power of manifestation, Strong Black Lead, your tweets and hair grease, Tracy sits down with the man so fly, he only needs one name: Leon. They talk about “The Temptations” and “The Five Heartbeats,” and Tracy gets coached in delivering THAT line we all know and love. Plus, Tracy gives flowers to the cornerstone of the black medicine cabinet: Ginger Ale.
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February 26, 2020 2 min
We back and we black! On the second season of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Black-American Tracy Clayton returns with more Black legends of Black Hollywood like Leon, Blair Underwood, Bumper Robinson, Omar Epps and more to chat about their breakthrough career moments and what it feels like to go down in history as the best to ever do it! Tune in every Tuesday to hear these convos and, of course, find out who (or what) is receivin...
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January 28, 2020 30 min
Janelle James hangs with Nicole Byer to talk about the fundamentals of twerking, not being a fan of children, embracing fat jokes, how her Netflix hit “Nailed It!” inspires hecklers, why you should always ask for more money, and what she’s learned about relationships and herself from hosting her podcast, “Why Won’t You Date Me?”
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January 21, 2020 40 min
Janelle James sits down with Roy Wood Jr. to chat about growing up in Alabama, bombing his first “Daily Show” audition, how almost going to prison paved the way for his career in comedy, and how making it in the entertainment industry is just like becoming Batman.
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January 14, 2020 28 min
Janelle James hangs out with Kim Coles to chat about growing up in Brooklyn, reenacting “Roots” in the high school cafeteria, the grueling audition process for “In Living Color,” how comedy is a superpower, why she hates hot sauce, and whether she’s down for a “Living Single” reboot.
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January 7, 2020 26 min
Janelle James kicks it with Bruce Bruce to talk about eating Snoop Dogg’s food on set, convincing Kevin Hart not to quit standup, how he ended up being referenced on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize,” and how he went from being booed four times at the Apollo to becoming a legend.
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December 17, 2019 26 min
Janelle James hangs with Kym Whitley to chat about getting kicked off of Soul Train, her rude high school superlative, doing improv with Larry David, what it was like to star in “Next Friday,” and how some janky teeth scored her a big role.
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December 10, 2019 36 min
Janelle James sits down with Sherri Shepherd to chat about growing up super religious, how she went from being a legal secretary with legal problems to becoming a booked-and-blessed comedian, how her famous “Ham!” scene in “30 Rock” came to be, why Netflix’s “Mr. Iglesias” is important to youngsters, and how she scored a job on “The View” partly because of Rosie O’Donnell’s breast.
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December 3, 2019 42 min
Janelle James hangs with Marlon Wayans to get into what it’s like coming from a comedy dynasty, being heckled by Chris Rock, how he almost played Robin in “Batman Returns,” whether he’s interested in a “White Chicks” sequel, and how every movie he’s ever been in prepared him to play seven characters in Netflix’s “Sextuplets.”
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November 26, 2019 19 min
Janelle James sits down with Mike Epps to talk about his breakout role as Day-Day in "Next Friday," his new Netflix special "Only One Mike," what it was like to star alongside Eddie Murphy in Netflix's "Dolemite Is My Name," and how he managed to turn a tough childhood into comedy gold.
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