Brown & Black

Brown & Black

'Brown & Black' is a new podcast exploring the convergence of race and pop culture, hosted by two diverse voices, one Latinx and one Black, to fill a needed void in rethinking how pop culture news and opinion is conveyed in America today. Jack Rico and Mike Sargent, two national film and culture critics seen on TODAY and FOX Business News, interview filmmakers, artists and journalists to examine the complex nature of entertainment and race.

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May 3, 2021 35 min
The 2021 Oscars had the most amount of diverse and inclusive winners ever... except for Latinos who were invisible once again. Why and how do Latinos fix it? Also, Hollywood is remaking 'Another Round' with Leonardo DiCaprio, which just won the Oscar for Best International Feature. Why does Hollywood need to remake foreign films? What is the cultural and social implications of it? Is it American Supremacy? And white girls h...
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Why isn't there a Latino movie star? Will Danny Ramirez from Marvel's 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' be the first Latino movie star in the modern era??From HBO's 'The Affair' to 'Top Gun: Maverick' starring Tom Cruise, what is Ramirez's ceiling? We also discuss why there hasn't been a Latino movie star to crack $100M at the box office. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.i...
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According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 50% of Americans say they are anxious about resuming in-person interactions once it is safe. It's been officially diagnosed. Perhaps like Tony-winner Karen Olivo who won't return to "Moulin Rouge!" to protest bullies like Scott Rudin, people don't want to deal with assholes anymore. Also, did you know Reuters will be charging you for the news? What will...
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Little Marvin is the creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer of Amazon's new horror series - THEM. We discuss with him white rage, the critique of black trauma in storytelling today, a brief history of black homeownership against the backdrop of the "American Dream," and how fear and art are powerful tools in defining reality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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In our exclusive part two interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the ‘8 White Identities,’ he explains how white citizens weave in and out of different kids of identities in relation to racism and anti-racism; he also gives his opinions on how language, the way we describe things, is the key to real change in this country, and should white Latinos have their own breakdown of identities as well?  Dr. Hesse is an Associate P...
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In this special two-part episode of 'Brown & Black,' we bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the much talked about ‘8 White Identities’ that has rattled right-wing media personalities such as Megyn Kelly and Ben Shapiro. In his first-ever US interview, Dr. Hesse breaks down each of the '8 White Identities' and the origins of how they came to be. He also explains to Mike and Jack...
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This week Jack and Mike discuss HBOMax's new 'Justice League' remake by director Zack Snyder. They also discuss Alexi McCammond's departure from Teen Vogue even for racist Asian tweets when she was 17 years-old. Is cancel culture not allowing teens to grow up now? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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March 14, 2021 41 min
This week Jack and Mike talk to the legendary director Spike Lee about his new film 'Da 5 Bloods,' Black Superman, the power of art and if NYC will return to its glory. Plus the guys talk the future of Grammys and award shows, plus debate the bigger significance of HBOMax's #TheSnyderCut. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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Mexican-American director Carlos Lopéz Estrada joins Jack and Mike to discuss working for the last several years on making 'Raya and the Last Dragon' for Disney. He explains what he learned as a director, storyteller and leader from Disney creatives, why as a Latino it's okay for him to direct culturally foreign narratives, and what he really believes about the 'Blue Beetle,' the first Latino superhero on the bi...
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Is it better to conceal rather than reveal your heritage in Hollywood?  Today we’re going to tackle a subject that has been a bit disturbing. There is a rising trend of Latinos(as) declining to divulge their cultural heritage. Jack recently interviewed an actress who identified as a young brown, mixed race Latina who didn't want to reveal her heritage. Jack then asked her if she could elaborate on why she didn’t feel comfortabl...
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This is one of out best episodes. Jack and Mike welcome comedian, actor, producer Randall Park. You know him from many hit movie and television shows ('Fresh Off The Boat,' 'The Interview,' 'Always Be My Maybe') and he is now reprising his role as Jimmy Woo in Disney+'s Marvel show 'WandaVision'. In our interview, we discussed comedy actors becoming drama actors, what the American Dream is to...
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'Clubhouse' is the hottest and most exclusive app around right now. Jack and Mike discuss their experiences with the app and how Blacks have been the reason it has taken off. Voiceover Queen Joan Baker joins the show to discuss why there are no Black movie trailer voices today, why being bilingual is an advantage, and how POC can break into the business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwor...
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This week Jack and Mike give cultural context and meaning behind four movies which you might be interested in watching this week - 'Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Judas & The Black Messiah,' 'The Little Things,' and 'Malcolm & Marie'.  The guys also discuss last episode's guest Donnell Rawling's and his comments on Latinos needing to be "more patient" in waiting for their success t...
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Comedian, actor, radio host and entrepreneur Donnell Rawlings is currently one of the hottest acts in comedy right now. He was recently featured in the acclaimed Pixar animated hit film "Soul," and has been performing alongside Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan and many more in cities such as Yellow Springs, Ohio. His long list of credentials would make any person envious, but in this episode, Rawlings discusses how he is building ...
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It was a Brown and Black Inauguration as Jennifer Lopez performed, Amanda Gorman recited the Inaugural poem, and Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office. Jack and Mike discuss the Jennifer Lopez "Let's Get Loud" lyric controversy she slipped in at the Inauguration performance, as well as how Amanda Gorman will handle her new found fame. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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This week we are visited by filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz (a.k.a Bush + Renz) who directed 'Antebellum,' arguably the most polarizing film of 2020. But in the aftermath of the recent Capitol riots, we revisit the uncomfortable beauty of 'Antebellum' with the duo. Plus, Mike and Jack give their Brown and Black takes on the Kamala Harris and Vogue backlash, and they ask why are so many white women wa...
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Happy 2021 everyone! Or is it? On this first episode of the new year, Jack and Mike assess the white coordination attacks of the Capitol Hill takeover. White politicians are in on it, white law enforcement is in on it, white America is in on it. So what does this mean for Brown & Black folks? How do we get the same privilege without getting shot, paralyzed or arrested for standing up? Learn more about your ad-choices at https...
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is our last episode of 2020 and Jack and Mike decide to shoot the breeze about their Christmas traditions, favorite Christmas movies and the year that was 2020. Brown & Black Music - D’zillla Corona Carol available on all digital platforms: https://li.sten.to/axi3RiJ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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This week Mike and Jack analyze the now notorious Tom Cruise rant and what it means for his legacy and the future of movie-making, how will people react to Eddie Murphy's 'Coming To America 2' sequel 32 years after its original release, and is the Latinx Christmas film 'Nothing For The Holidays' for all Latinos? Plus, they review two Black films releasing this holiday season - George C. Wolfe's 'Ma Raine...
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It's mid-December and Jack and Mike welcome director Keith McQuirter to discuss his new EPIX series "By Any Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem''. The four-part docu-series brings alive the dramatic true story of Black and Brown Harlem and its music during the 1960s and it how connects that history to our present moment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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