Brown & Black

Brown & Black

2022 Webby Honoree 'Brown & Black' is a new podcast magazine show exploring the convergence of race and pop culture, hosted by two diverse voices, one Latino and one Black, to fill a needed void in rethinking how pop culture news and opinion are conveyed in America today. Jack Rico and Mike Sargent, two national film and culture critics, interview filmmakers, artists, and journalists to examine the complex nature of entertainment and race.

Episodes

October 25, 2022 36 min

What does a cop show look like in 2022 produced by a Black showrunner?

In this episode, we interview Atlanta-born Mike Flynn, the Co-Creator, Executive Producer, & Co-Showrunner of the CBS cop drama “East New York." We ask him why a Black showrunner would want to create a cop show in a country that has profited enormously from the mass incarceration of Blacks. What is his specific approach to creating white characters in th...

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If you are asking who Nury Martinez is and what she said, you've come to the right podcast. Jack and Mike explain what happened at Los Angeles City Council, and how it affects Blacks and Mexican immigrants there, and give their Latino and Black perspective on the reality of anti-Blackness in the United States.

Now that we know it openly exists, is Brown and Black unity possible? It's time we have real talk about Latino anti...

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The history of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States is one that has been largely ignored, from their contribution as explorers and settlers in pre-colonial America to the usage of the Spanish language throughout the continent. In this episode, we take a look at what Hispanic Heritage Month means to not just Latinos, but to the Black community as well. How much does each group know about Latino history? How important is it to ...

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Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy and the first Black CEO of the organization, joins Jack and Mike to discuss the state of the Grammys, the challenge of staying innovative and relevant in a streaming world, how Reggaeton and Hip-Hop can win the top awards, and how the Grammys could expand into developing Grammy shows in other languages.

We also discussed how he pivoted from basketball to the boardroom, and his advice t...

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Jack and Mike interview David Castañeda, (Diego Hargreeves a.k.a. Number 2) from Netflix's 'Umbrella Academy'. They discuss his initial reluctance at being labeled a 'Latino superhero' and eventually realizing the positive contribution inhabiting that label can have. We also discuss the Batgirl cancellations and what it means for Latino actors and the work of creators of color. They also discuss comic cons, Lati...

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Jack and Mike's unified top ten list of movie and tv shows: 

The Valet (Hulu)

Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber (Showtime)

The Dropout (Hulu)

The Offer (Paramount+)

Father of the Bride (HBOMax)

American Dream: George Carlin (HBOMax)

Top Gun Maverick (Paramount)

Stranger Things S4 (Netflix)

Rise (Disney+)

Our Father (Netflix)

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Including this episode are soundbites from George Carlin, John Leguizamo, Joe Biden, AOC, Elie Mystal, and Phillip Atiba Goff

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The new Hispanic adaptation of HBO Max's 'Father of the Bride' (Andy García, Gloria Estefan et. al) is out streaming now. Jack and Mike review if Matt Lopez's script is the future of American Latino storytelling. Also, the guys chat about their invitation to Netflix's premiere event of 'Spiderhead' starring Chris Hemsworth, and they discuss if the experience made them clamor for the old glamour days... o...
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It's post-Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off to the summer, and Jack and Mike fresh off their Webby win, discuss how Facebook and social media overall have contributed to the erosion of societies, evident in the Uvalde mass shooting and the Buffalo murders. The guys also discuss Walmart's Juneteenth debacle and America's long history of commodifying Black and Latino culture, and does Pandora have racist music edito...
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Chef Kwame Onwuachi has his first-ever cookbook coming out on May 17th called My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef, which was most recently featured in TIME’S Ten Most Anticipated Cook Books for 2022. He has been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year, and is a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He was featured on the TIME 100 Next 2019 List and has been named the m...

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This week, Jack and Mike welcome stand-up comedienne Leighann Lord who weighs in on the future of the stand-up comedy profession in wake of the Smith/C. Rock debacle at the Oscars. Will audience members feel emboldened to copycat Will Smith? How much is race a part of it? And should we ban roasting humor?

The guys also discuss their first Webby Award Honoree Award in the Best Co-Host category! Listen to all the details of their win ...

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Erick Galindo, the young Mexican-American award-winning journalist, writer, director, and producer joins our show this week to discuss his latest podcast production, "Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez," an eight-episode podcast series that examines seven theories on why and who killed Mexican corrido singer Chalino Sánchez (a production by Sonoro, Futuro Studios, and Sin Miedo Productions.) We also discuss his new CBS te...

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Tim Fielder is an artist, author, and one of the pioneers of Afrofuturism. He joins us this week to discuss Carnegie Hall's 'Afrofuturism Festival' and his thoughts on "Latinofuturism". Jack and Mike also give their first reaction of Matt Reeve's THE BATMAN. Was Robert Pattinson good in it? Did the EMO punk vibe work? Was its three-hour duration too long? Will people like this new Batman reboot? Listen in.

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February 9, 2022 40 min

This week Jack and Mike tackle Joe Rogan's use of the N-word and his subsequent apology. Was it genuine? The guys also discuss Awkwafina's "blaccent" accusations, her apology, and what will happen to her career moving forward? And actress Robin Givens is our guest this week where she discusses her appearance on ABC's 'Queens'.

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This week Jack and Mike discuss Cardi B's $4 million legal win against gossip YouTuber Tasha K. and what the repercussions are for gossip bloggers and entertainment journalism. Also, the guys talk about the recent racist slurs hurled at Black basketball players in China and how these tensions were manifested in reverse with 'Linsanity'. Are Asians racist of Blacks, is it vice-versa, or is it both?

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Happy 2022 everyone! In this first episode of the new year, Jack asks Mike why America is having a love affair with Disney's animated Colombian film, 'Encanto'. They both discuss why all Disney ethnic animated movies do much better versus live-action ethnic films like 'In The Heights' or 'West Side Story'. What is their success rooted in? The guys explore.

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January 8, 2022 41 min

Happy 2022! We open the year discussing the puzzle that is moviegoers today. Why did they risk their health to make 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' a billion-dollar movie and not 'West Side Story,' 'The Matrix: Resurrections,' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Nightmare Alley'? Plus, we give our take on why public radio is seeing an exodus of hosts of color.

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In what feels like a Latino remake of 'West Side Story,' Steven Spielberg brings us a retelling of a classic with new revisions to the Puerto Rican characters. Jack and Mike examine the Latino amendments Spielberg got right and wrong, in particular, the Puerto Rican accents, as well as the bigger meaning of the film for Latinos in Hollywood, and whether Black moviegoers will have a desire or incentive to see it.

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November 25, 2021 31 min

Happy Thanksgiving 2021! This week Mike and Jack recommend their favorite Thanksgiving movie, plus, they discuss Hollywood's history of transgressions against foreign accents.

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