Back of the Theater Podcast (general)

We start with a fight.  Then we break down the latest Oscar stuff.  Then we talk break down Tyler Perry's recent post about not having a writer's room.

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We break down "Don't Fuck This Up" on Netflix.  Was this a good move for Kevin Hart?  Menelek rants about Star Wars.  HAPPY NEW YEAR, GANG!

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The Guys breakdown some Black film news.

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Hans and Menelek are back from a week in Los Angeles.  We talk the Democratic Primary and our LA meetings.

1 Angry Black Man screens at the Hampton University Film Festival November 14th at 6:00pm.  Info can me found here...

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Hans and Menelek Breakdown Eddie Murphy's new film.  It's so good.  Check it out on Netlix

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Hans and Menelek breakdown some issues.  Like always.

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We took a little break.  We come back with hard hitting debates about the NBA and the future of film tech. 

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We discuss the outrage of Dave Chapelle's new special "Sticks and Stones".


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Menelek and Hans debate the future of cinema. 

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We breakdown the deal between Jay Z and the NFL for "Social Awareness".  Black Capitalism strikes again.  We also talk about the role of the modern father and couple's therapy. 

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Menelek and Hans Breakdown the Democrat Debate.  Who will go against Trump?

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The business side of the game has Menelek down in the dumps.  Hans tries to help. 

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First show in Menelek's new city.  It's hot. 

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Menelek needs to relax or he will die.  We also breakdown Lena Waithe's comments about support in Black Independent film. 

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Guy Branum is the creator and host of truTV’s Talk Show The Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of “Best Guest of the Night.”

You may also know him from his recurring segment “No More Mr. Nice Gay” on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, serving as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in the feature film No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend?

Guy has also appeared on @MidnightThe Nightly Show with Larry WilmoreThe Meltdown with Jonah and KumailRoad to Roast and Debate Wars. As a TV writer, Guy spent three seasons writing for Hulu’s The Mindy Project and was a producer during the show’s last season.

Guy has also written culture and political commentary for Slate.comThe New York Times and Vulture.

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An influential observer of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Holman is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and musician, based in New York City. A pioneer in the Downtown New York Art Scene and Uptown Hip Hop Scene, Holman founded the band Gray - an industrial atmospheric, noise group - with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as created and produced the first Hip Hop television show, Graffiti Rock in 1984. Holman is a writer/director/producer/educator of film (wrote the screenplay for the Miramax film "Basquiat") television, theater (wrote and directed live stage performances for Niles Rodgers and Tommy Boy Music) and writes art criticism for British magazine, Art Monthly. Holman and original band mate Nick Taylor continue to record and perform as Gray in high end museums around the world. Holman is also a painter of splendid works on canvas, and through his revolutionary voice, vision and style, has helped set the stage for a new epoch in world culture.

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Menelek's turns 38.  One of our fans is having a baby.  We also have a long conversation about Cinema.

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We start with a breakdown of the NBA playoffs.  We then play tribute to the John Singleton.  He passed away last week at the age of 51.  BLACK MEN, for information on strokes, please visit 

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Our Comic Book Correspondent Leonard Teague comes in for a breakdown of the last Avengers film and the entire MCU.



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Hans and Menelek breakdown the Muller Report.  Menelek is on medication.

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Hans and Menelek breakdown Magic Johnson's abrupt departure from the Lakers.  We talk some cinematography.  What happens to Space Jam 2??

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We talk about the passing of LA rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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Menelek finally watches Ozark after Hans told him about it two years ago.  We discuss Spielberg's comments about Streaming services and if those films qualify for Oscars.

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Menelek's good friend Shakib joins the show to talk about medical stuff.  He's a doctor.

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The news of the week.

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We back.

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Post Superbowl discussion. 

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Hans reports from Park City.  We breakdown music.  Why is Maron 5 popular?

Tickets for the LA screening of 1 Angry Black Man are available at



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1 Angry Black Man will screen at the Denton Black Film Festival January 26th at 1:00pm.  Tickets available at

Hans will be at Sundance for the World Premiere of Wu Tang: Of Mics and Men. 


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Just listen to the show and the title will make sense.

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Happy New Year, Gang!  We screen at the Denton Black Film Festival January 26th at 1:00pm. 


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We are taking next week off. We ramble about Obama and Cornell West

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1 Angry Black Man is an official selection at the Denton Black Film Festival in Texas.  This is our 8th official selection.  In this episode, a political fight turns into a fight about Peter Lugar's steakhouse. Somehow. 

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Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu's films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions, to name a few.  Three of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO, her most recent being Flowers, which she co-wrote and co-directed.  


Her latest short film Suicide By Sunlight: a project funded by the production grant THROUGH HER LENS sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. This project was also awarded a Rooftop Films/ Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant.

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Hans and I ramble about what happens about what happens when you die. 

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We give a full breakdown of the midterm elections and the future of the democratic party. 

1 Angry Black Man screens at UPENN in Philly on November 29th. 

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Hans reports from the Da Bounce Urban Film Festival in Amsterdam. 

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Menelek just came back from a screening of "1 Angry Black Man" at Chicago State University.  Hans is on his way to Amsterdam for the Da Bounce Urban Film Festival.  We argue about politics and what it means to be an expert. 

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Just is a Director from New York City.  His film 8 Million Miles From Hintahood screened at the BlackStar and Urbanworld film festivals.  


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Our film won Best Narrative Feature at Gary.  We start the show with a breakdown of Drake's response to Pusha T.  He stinks. 

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Hans and Menelek are back.  We discuss the Urbanworld Film Festival.  1 Angry Black Man won Honorable Mention in the best Narrative Feature category.  We will be at the Baltimore International Black Film Fest on October 6th at 2:30.



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We recorded this breakdown of white on white rap crime before Urbanworld.  We will give the breakdown of Urbanworld next week.

The film Screens at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival on October 6th at 2:30pm.


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"1 Angry Black Man" will screen on September 22nd at 5:45 pm at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City.  You can watch the trailer and buy tickets here.....


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We sit with Nefertite Nguvu at the BlackStar film festival.  We discuss her film "Myself When I Am Real" and "1 Angry Black Man."

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We start with playing some audio for the Whoreable Decisions Podcast.  Their partnership is falling apart.  Menelek talks about his new desire to live.  

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Quick show this week.  Hans is on a train back to DC, so the audio is a little tricky.  1 Angry Black Man screens Friday, August 24th at 3:20pm.  Tickets available at

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Menelek talks about his latest meeting with the shrink.  We play some clips of Robert Glasper throwing some serious shade. 

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We both saw Spike Lee's BlackKklansman on Saturday night and had to talk about it.  It lasted for 2 hours.

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Thank you...

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Out last show before the Blackstar Film Fest.  Tickets for 1 Angry Black Man can be purchased here.

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Menelek is all alone.  Hans has a gig.  Menelek breaks down this modern classic. 

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We talk about the process of finishing the film.  1 Angry Black Man screens on August 2nd at 3:30pm @ the International House Philadelphia.  Tickets available Here...

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First Aired in April of 2014.  Maori Holmes is the Artistic Director of the BlackStar Film Festival.

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We talk about the current state of democratic politics.  It ain't pretty.

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Mike Shum is a professional Cinematographer, Director and Editor.  He was the primary editor of "1 Angry Black Man"

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Hans and I talk about our LA meetings.  Are we in Show Bizz yet?  We talk about the loss of Anthony Bourdain and more talk about Menelek's Anger.



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We start with another fight about Obama's legacy.  We then dive into the Pusha T's Diss Track of some guy from Canada.



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We start the show with a light and easy conversation about the new Cobra Kai series on YouTube Red.  Then we go deep into Menelek's therapy and the virtue of forgiveness. 

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Another Argument about rap.  I lost about 2 minutes of the conversation.  Please ignore the bad edit around the one hour mark.  

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Comic book expert Lenard Teague comes in to break down The Avengers Infinity Wars.  Then we talk about Donald Glover's "This is America" video.  Why are people so mad, bro?

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.We cover Kanye's meltdown, Cosby's conviction and some other stuff.

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We breakdown the Kanye's twitter meltdown and discuss our first screening of 1 Angry Black Man.

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Erika Nunez was the Costume Designer for 1 Angry Black Man.  We tell stories from the set.  

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We start with a discussion of Glam Rock and The HBO documentary Andre the Giant.  We then dive into the 2018 Elections. 

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We breakdown some feed back we received from a film festival.  (we didn't get it)  Menelek's son makes a cameo.


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We break down the theft of student funds by a Howard Student Employee.

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We talk about our long friendship and how to care for young Black minds. 

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We talk about the finish line for 1 Angry Black Man.  Post production and general.  How do you learn the art and craft of filmmaking?

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Comic Superfan Leonard (First Fan of the Show) comes in to breakdown Black Panther and all things Comics.  We dive into the origin story of Black Panther and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Our nerdiest podcast yet!

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We argue about art for an hour.  BLACK PANTHER IN THEATERS NOW!

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We break down the big game and a bombshell interview with Quincy Jones

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We talk about the struggles of making "Waterworld" and bad movie accents.  We end with some stores about film school at Howard.

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We talk about the film's with the biggest buzz at Sundance.  We also break down Monique's fight against Netflix.

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We break down some old and new films this week.  Hans still hates musicals but enjoyed Menelek's suggestion to revisit Moonstruck.  We talk about modern day cinematography.  What makes something good when you have endless resources? 

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Hans and Menelek talk about Post Production and how editing is where real filmmaking happens.  Email us at

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Menelek hated The Last Jedi.  Hans defends science fiction by trashing musicals.  We then talk about big budget productions falling apart.  Email us at

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Hans is overseas on a show.  He calls in to discuss the twitter and intellectual beef of Coates and West.  Who is right? 

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We break down the election, talk cinema, and life.



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Software Developer and cyrpto currency expert Mario Moorhead joins the show to talk about the future of money.  And West Side Story.

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We didn't get into Sundance.  Well, most people didn't.  We process the news and talk some world politics.


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Menelek is a ball of nerves as we wait for the Sundance results.  We also discuss the Louis CK scandal. 

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One year ago Trump was elected president.  Hans and Bill Fight.  

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We try to have sympathy for Tyrese.  It doesn't quite work out.  We revisit the rise an fall of the Fugees.

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The main edit of 1 Angry Black Man is finished.  Menelek is nervous that people like it

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We breakdown the fallout from this scandal taking Hollywood by storm.



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Danicah Waldo is an actress from New York City.  She plays the part of "Rachel" in 1 Angry Black Man. 

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A classic episode.  

We argue about Cam Newton and Beyonce.  First aired 2-10-2016

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Gabrielle Bruno is a professional First AD.  She work on 1 Angry Black Man with Hans and Menelek.

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Hans Return from LA where 13th won 4 Emmy awards.  He breaks down the experience and we talk about Wyclef.  

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First Aired in 2015.  The great Arthur Jafa joins us for a conversation on all things cinema. 



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Hans leaves for the west coast for the creative Emmy's.  We discuss Hurricane Irma and Hospital Fashion.

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Hans is on the road.  We talk about the Hurricane the challenge of faith.  Menelek talks about his struggles with grief.  Hans and Menelek talk about their friendship and cry.  Ugh. 

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Ramon plays the role of "Eddie" in the upcoming 1 Angry Black Man.  He is from The Bronx, New York City.

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Keith is an Actor from New York.  He plays the lead in 1 Angry Black Man. 

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We Back!  We report for the shoot of 1 Angry Black Man.  We talk about shooting in the Bronx and the nature of film collaboration.  Email us at

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Menelek is all alone.  He talks a bit about shooting 1 Angry Black Man and some of the best film scores of all time.

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Times have changed.  We will be back with a new show next week to talk about the production of our first feature film.  Menelek was in a dark place here. 


Hans reports from the BlackStar film festival.  We talk about Mara Akil's new deal.  Hans stages an intervention for Menelek on how to be in Show Buisiness.  Email us at

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We break down Rob Kardashian's social media meltdown.  Menelek hates mumble rap.  We have an update on our independent film.  

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We breakdown the BET AWARDS.  This is the LAST WEEK OF CROWDFUNDING FOR 1 ANGRY BLACK MAN.  Have the moral courage to donate.


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