Back of the Theater Podcast

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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