When the Bill Comes Due

When the Bill Comes Due

What happens when a pandemic and racial reckoning collide during midlife? For Aaron and Tami, who live in the “margins” being black in completely white spaces, it became an awakening.

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July 19, 2021 64 min

The sun is shining, we are all vaxed up, and we should be roaming free and living, right? How many of us feel lost or stuck going nowhere fast?!? Come through as Tamu and Aaron look to find any damn destination but the one they are currently on, y'all! In celebration of all things Summer, they gush over their favorite 1990s summertime jams, One More Chance by Notorious B.I.G and Together Again by Janet Jackson. Come through wit...

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Happy Pride, y’all! Aaron is obvi the token gay here. Come through as he and Tamu share their thoughts in pride, Gorilla Glue Girl, CRT and more! Aaron and Tamu reminisce grooves of the summertime with Klymaxx’s Meeting in the Ladies Room and Rose Royce’s Car Wash! Fill up and you don’t have to pay…It’s been a minute, so come through and laugh more than you really should! 

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May 23, 2021 62 min

The sun is shining and the masks are flying! Be safe out there family...I am not my hair, right?
Come through as Aaron and Tamu chat about hair and the significance of your crown! Fried, dyed and combed to the side, it's all yours! Aaron relives his #goth phase as he goes in knee deep with a personal throwback "Two Beds and a Coffee Machine," by Savage Garden. Come thru with the tissues and the hot combs!  Be safe out t...

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May 3, 2021 66 min

Love is many things, yall! Come through as we talk about all Aaron and Tamu never learned about basic love. Much has happened in the past weeks - they touch on some moments too.   And once again, another throwback that fell on deaf ears (but not Tamu…ahhhhh!). Bring a notebook and a pillow to yell into after you listen to Caught Out There by Kelis! This song is black girl magic therapy! Yo! 

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April 18, 2021 48 min

Who knew that Minnesota would become the center of racism two years in a row, y'all? It's been a busy week in America. Aaron and Tamu try to digest all this rancid hotdish being served up. Hard to feel optimistic. Nicole Renee was onto something with her 1998 gem, "Ain't Nothin' Changed." We aren't all doom and gloom (you know Aaron has no damn sense), so come through, family! We are not ok - and that...

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April 12, 2021 79 min

Well, that escalated quickly, y’all. 2020’s ugly brother is not looking good for humanity. Aaron and Tamu talk about the murder trial, optimism, fake liberals and Ping Pong! Tamu opened her Protest Playlist and we are blaring Sound of Da Police by KRS-ONE! He was dropping knowledge back in 1993 - were you listening to this throwback? Come through, take a brain break and bring all the receipts! Take time for you, always. 

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March 15, 2021 59 min

It is high tea time at Buckingham Palace and I know they all wish that tea was 420-laced! Y’all knew we were gonna read the damn tea leaves on that bomb-dropping interview! Come through as we chat about all of them royalty fees coming due for the House of Windsor! They also learn that a Grammy-winning country song was penned by a soul man. Stay by Sugarland gives a bitch all the feels. Come through, family! Aaron has been working o...

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March 8, 2021 67 min

Silence speaks volumes and we all know how to keep it cute for the work coins! Aaron and Tamu discuss the struggle to be authentic, opinionated and confident in work settings as people of color.  They also recount a French (potentially DL-a.k.a. down low) love affair sung by Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name..” Come through, family! We laugh a lot on this joint!

We can't just keep it to the topic at hand, here's what el...

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March 1, 2021 39 min

Can you pay our bills? Can you pay your telephone bill? Come chill.  Aaron and Tamu chat about the financial challenges of growing up black.  Aaron spends most of his throwback time gushing over Wendy Moten’s Come On In Out Of The Rain  and convincing Tamu this needs to be her jam! It ain’t raining men, but a bitch can dream! Come thru, fam!

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February 23, 2021 54 min

Are you black enough? Aaron and Tamu chat about the challenges of being cultured and black. Come through as we spill all the tea and highlight another butterfly black history moment! And their love of the 90s continues with gone too soon, beautiful,  George Michael’s Freedom ‘90. Come through - we talkin’ milk and Oreos type of bills!

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February 15, 2021 71 min

Love is a battlefield, y'all! Come through, as Aaron and Tamu discuss love in all its rare forms! From that trifflin' ass boy that put your favorite song on the dead to me playlist to the bull shittery happening on the Not-Blackchelor, come on through! In this week's throwback, we let the love, heartbreak and rainbow flags fly -  Deborah Cox's "One Day You Will" and "Things Just Ain't The Same." ...

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February 8, 2021 52 min

Happy Black History Month! The shortest month...but anyway. Come through as Aaron and Tamu  chronicle Great Moments in Black America from Lil Uzi Vert to Tessica Brown. They talk about the legacy of 1977s Roots and how far the black story has come from slavery to the  futuristic world of Wakanda.
The throwback threw everyone for a loop! They took a deep dive into New York hustle music with the homophobic jam “Another Man,” sung by B...

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January 25, 2021 39 min

It's hard out there for a pimp, y'all! Aaron and Tamu discuss interracial relationships in a not-so post-racial society that hasn't reconciled itself with the truth. And after 18 seasons, there is finally a black bachelor! They go in on this American treasure and shoot shit real about the current bachelor and his kissing issues and insecurities. This time they compare two throwbacks and discuss why one booty bop is bett...

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January 18, 2021 32 min

Here comes that old time question in advance, what is y’all doing Inauguration Eve?  Aaron and Tamu come through, giving a real read of the tea leaves as they process two Americas. Listen to the original You Gotta Be, by Des'ree and get some uplifting before we make the Insurrection Remix!  This is not a dress rehearsal, kinfolk! Come thru! 

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January 11, 2021 27 min

All 2021 needed to do was come through, sit down and #STFU, y’all! Aaron and Tamu discuss profiles in privilege as they review the beginning of a new year with the same shit! They also discover that “Pumps and a Bump” is not pigs in a blanket according to this Hammer throwback! You’ll def need a cocktail!  Come thru!

More Profiles in Privilege:
Miya 'Soho Karen" Ponsetto/Gayle King Interview: Part 1 | Part 2

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December 21, 2020 37 min

Come through, sweet baby Jesus! What the hell does Christmas look like this year, y’all? 2020 better not even think about delivering any bad news on the commercially sacred birthday of the lord. PERIODT. Tamu and Aaron also revisit a 90s love song:“You’re All I Need” by Method Man featuring MJB. Happy Holidays! 

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December 15, 2020 48 min

Do you have a color chip on your shoulder? This shit is heavy like a monkey on your damn back. Aaron and Tamu share their perspectives on colorism and discover Aaron’s first affinity for sad songs (Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”). Come through with the tissue, fam! 

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December 8, 2020 54 min

Racism sucks. Aaron and Tamu chat about the painful experience of realizing those they let into their lives wrote a check they couldn’t cash. They also attempt to reconcile their love of a throwback (I Wanna Rock/Doo Doo Brown  by Luke) with bad intentions. Come through, y’all! Bring your own plate!

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November 23, 2020 44 min

Aaron and Tamu talk about work “bills", code-switching and TikTok. Join us for an interesting conversation about the workplace reckoning.
After the seriousness of that convo, we hope you get a giggle and a gasp as we reminisce about when we heard Closer, by Nine Inch Nails for the first time in this week's throwback song. 
Come through, y’all!

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November 16, 2020 47 min

Check please!
Aaron and Tamu are going line by line on this bill -  and we have the receipts! Check out the first episode which chronicles their "aha moment" related to the world as we know it today. It's not all serious talk, our first throwback song is Butterfly, by Mariah Carey.
Come through!

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