Back of the Theater Podcast

Steve Harvey broke the internet just minutes before we recorded this show.  We also play some classic Lord Jamar audio.  Merry Christmas!

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The guys break down the final episode of Project Greenlight.  We talk about film festivals and production.  We also review one of our classic text fights.

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We break down the controversy surrounding Spike Lee's latest film Chiraq.  We side with Spike.

 

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Hans is all alone this week.  He breaks down Woody Allen's the Polish film IDA.  He also reads the Sundance announcements. 

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The most random show ever.  Excuse the sound.  Menelek doesn't have access to his home studio.  We talk about Coates, Thanksgiving, and Sushi.  In that order.

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Numa Perrier is an actress, visual artist, filmmaker, and pioneer of online entertainment. She is Co-Founder of the network Black&SexyTV where she nurtures projects from script to screen. She writes for and stars as "Chick" in the popular series "The Couple" which is being developed as a TV series for HBO with Spike Lee attached as Executive Producer.

Numa's work as a trans-media artist exploring themes of identity, the feminine landscape, sensuality, and unconventional family dynamics, has her in the forefront of emerging contemporary artists. She creates primarily film, photo, and large scale installation works.

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A.J. is an award winning Cinematographer and Director.  His credits include Daughters of The Dust and Spike Lee's Crooklyn.  Email us Backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We discuss religion and the value of Hope in the civil rights movements.  We play some Pastor Manning and Lord Jamar clips.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com.

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Nefertite Nguvu is a graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A. in Film.  Her thesis project at SVA won the award Outstanding Screenplay.  With her company Hollywood Africans LLC, Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two shorts films: a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled "I Want You", in 2007, and "The End of Winter," an emotional meditation on loss in 2009, both of which screened at numerous film festivals.  Follow her on twitter @nefertitenguvu.

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Menelek's college buddy and fan of the show Leonard joins the show.  We talk about Comic Book films, religion and Star Wars.  Hans gives us another breakdown of Project Greenlight.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am EST

We start the show with a discussion about Lamar Odom's drug overdose in Nevada.  We end the show with a critical breakdown of Do The Right Thing. 

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We start the show with a debate about forgiveness.  This leads to a critical analysis of the ending of The Color Purple. 

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Hans and Menelek tell stories about their time at Howard.  We break down the latest episode of Project Greenlight.

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We start the show with Menelek giving his thoughts on the new pope.  We then break down the latest episode of Project Greenlight.  Backofthetheater@gmail.com.

 

 

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We start the show with yet another conversation about religion.  We then dive into a breakdown of the Matt Damon social media backlash after his comments about diversity.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EST

Hans reports from his recent trip to Africa.  We play Kanye's speech at the VMA's.  We then discuss "Between The World and Me".  The book taking America by storm.

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We start the show talking about the shooting in Virginia.  We talk gun control and mental health.  We then preview Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book "Between the World and Me". 

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We continue our discussion about BIO movies.  Hans talks about his family and relgion.  Email us at Backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We talk about teh boxoffice success of Straight Outta Compton.  This leads to a discussion of Bioagraphy Movies. 

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We breakdown the behind the scenes details of the Fantastic Four boxoffice failure.  We talk about the backlash against the new NWA film. 

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We talk about films covering, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against The Machine.  We talk about the break up of the Fugees and what makes a good music documentary.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start the show playing old clips of def comedy jam.  Cornel West takes an unfair shot at Ta-Nehisi Coates. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Lots of yelling.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We talk about the latest news in the Bill Cosby scandal.  We talk Michael Jackson and the budding relationship between Ciara and Russel Wilson.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

 

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We get into a heated debate about the role of government in health care.  Jim Carrey gets mentioned a lot.  Email as at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Hans is AWOL.  (We hope he's okay).  Menelek gives his thoughts on the tragedy in South Carloina and the danger of thought policing.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start the show with a debate about Lebron's James moral courage.  Dr. Bill Grant joins us in the first part of the show.  We then dive head first in the Rachel Dolezal situation.  We talk about the term "trans racial" and the Black response to her story. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Lot of ground here.  We talk about Chet Hanks, Jason Collins, homophobia in the black community and RELIGION.  Email us at Backofthetheater@gmail.com

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The conclusion of our discussion with producer Miles Maker.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Miles Maker is talent developer and creative producer.  Follow him on twitter @milesmaker. 

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Hans tells an amazing story about almost missing a gig.  We also talk the pre-production of a film project we plan to shoot this summer.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Menelek is late to the show for a change and Hans gets some revenge.  We talk about the new Documentary "The Black Panthers: Vangaurd of The Revolution."  We then talk about if prayer is stupid.

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We start the show with a breakdown of the biggest fight of the century.  We argue about Animae and talk about "Montage of Heck", the HBO documentary about Kurt Cobain. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start the show with a discussion about Creflo Dollar and his claim that Satan stopped him from getting 65 Million dollar jet.  We then discuss the social unrest in Baltimore.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Dr. Bill Grant joins the show to break down the split betweet West and Dyson.  We talk Barack Obama and the future of Black Politics.

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Paul Garnes has served as producer, line producer and/or production manager on films and television series for Disney, Dreamworks, HBO, ABC, NBC, BET, Sony/Screen Gems, Magnolia Films, and Paramount Pictures.

In 2014, Paul was executive producer of the film "Selma," a biopic directed by Ava DuVernay and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which chronicles a series of the three Selma marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. supporting the 1965 Civil Rights Voting Act.

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We start the show by breaking down on of our classic fights with our cell phones.  It all works out in the end.  We end the show with a discussion about "Going Clear" The HBO documentary about Scientology.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com.

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Hans couldnt' make it so Menelek was left all alone.  He talks about the Trevor Noah, Screenwriting and grief.  Should be fun. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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 Hans is on the road and calls in to do the show.  We talk about film production.  We have a chance to make a film this summer and we debate dialouge in movies.  We also talk about Starbuck's attempt at Race Relations.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start the show with Raven Samone saying something stupid again.  We then dive into a conversation about how to become a filmmaker.  We talk screenwriting, issues on set and our time at Howard.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start with a discussion about the Oklahoma Frat filmed singing a racist song.  We talk about hip hop, The N-Word and modern racism.  We get into an argument about music and end the show with a debate about President Obama.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez is a writer, director and editor from NYC.

Sonia’s directing credits include the short comedies DEBUTANTE and URBAN LULLABY,
as well as the feature-length, award-winning documentary BRAGGING RIGHTS:
STICKBALL STORIES, about the history and players of the New York City game of
stickball. In 2012, Sonia formed T&A Flicks, a comedy team with actress Tammi
Cubilette and comedian Angelo Lozada, producing 9 short comedies in 2012. In 2015,
T&A Flicks launched their 8-episode comedy web series GET SOME! on KollideTV. GET
SOME! is a comedy web series about a Nuyorican couple from the Bronx who go out of their way to keep their marriage sexy. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We start the show with another discussion of religion in the Black community.  We try to talk about the Oscars and then discover we have only seen 2 of the films.  Maybe next time.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Show regular Bill Grant returns to fill in for Hans.  We talk fatherhood, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Murphy.  We also discuss the impact of Birth of a Nation.  Call us at 646-504-5476.

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We talk with writer/artist Radha Blank about her upcoming show at Joe's Pub in New York City Feb 18. We talk all things tv writing, comedy, and Empire! Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Hans is in the car on the way back from a gig.  We start the show by arguing about radio.  We talk about the big game on Sunday.  We watch the trailer to Magic Mike 2.  Random show.  A lot fun.  Enjoy.  Leave us your thoughts on the show voicemail.  646-504-5476

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We look back at our first year of the podcdast and discuss the future.  We play show clips and talk about our favorite moments.  Leave a message on our new show voice mail at 646-504-5476

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We start the show with a conversation about Fox's Empire.  That turns into a talk about Lee Daniels and homophobia in the Black Community.  We end the show with a little sports talk and the cheating Patriots.  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com 

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We start the show talking about one of our epic text fights.  We dive into a full analysis and conversion about the MLK film Selma. What is the future of activism?  Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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Menelek talks about a scary trip to the hospital.  Hans responds to twitter trolls.  We also talk about Top Five & NAS.  Email us backofthetheater@gmail.com

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We finish our conversation from last week and talk about the Iggy Azalea vs. Azealia Banks radio and twitter war.  We end the show with a conversation about the NYPD.  Happy New Year. Email us at backofthetheater@gmail.com

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