Back of the Theater Podcast (general)

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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We discuss the new Tupac and the death of Prodigy. 

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Elizabeth Banks had a foot in mouth moment.  3 weeks left on our indiegogo campaign.  Donate today!

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She’s shared the stage with artists including the late Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, The Pharcyde, Cody Chestnutt, MIA, Mos Def, Slum Village, Raphael Saadiq, De La Soul, NoDoubt, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Bruno Mars and Aaliyah. She co-wrote on Tupac's "Mamas just a Little Girl," from his 2x's multi platinum album, Better Dayz, which is currently featured in a PowerAde campaign with Derrick Rose. She recorded with Jane's Addiction on the track “Superhero” which was the title song for the HBO hit, Entourage and has written campaigns for Target and Old Navy. She received rave reviews as Harper in the feature film, “In The Morning:” dir. by Nefertite Nguvu with legendary cinematographers Arthur Java and Bradford Young. Most notably she is the original singer and collaborator of The Black Eyed Peas on their first two albums, which received the most critical acclaim.

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We talk LeBron and NBA hall of famers.  We talk about out crowd funding campaign as well.  Please donate at


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We start with a random argument about emails.  We discuss LaVar Ball and his latest foolishness.  We talk flat earth politics as well.  Three Weeks left in our Indiegogo Campaign. Donate here...


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Hans is in pre-production.  He talks camera lenses and images.  We tell some old film school stories. 

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Menelek is all by himself tonight.  He starts with a discussion of Steve Harvey's latest mishap.  He then breaks down some of the greatest movie monologues of all time.  Please support the crowdfunding campaign for our film 1 Angry Black Man.  Information can be found here


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The campaign is live.  We talk about the film and crowdfunding.  To support the film, please visit...



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Menelek can't stop listening to "Damn", the new Kendrick Lamar record.  Hans is mad that Menelek likes it.  Hans and Menelek argue over health tips.  The guys break down the Jesse Williams controversy.  Crowdfunding for 1 Angry Black Man starts soon.  Information can be found here.


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Menelek share his thoughts on the Netfilx Documentary about the Sandy Hook shooting.  Our Crowdfunding campaign has been pushed back two weeks.  Find information about our film at


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We discuss John Ridley's controversial comments about the lack of Black Female representation in his new Showtime series "Guerrilla".  We debate music producers.  Our crowdfunding campaign starts April 19th.  Find more information about the film here.

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We provide a frame by frame  analysis of the new Pepsi commercial, featuring Kendall Jenner getting woke.  Our crowdfunding campaign goes live in 2 weeks!  Please join our mailing list at this link..


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We start the show with a conversation about Dr. Stacey Patton's new book about the danger of child abuse.  We get into a discussion about Woody Allen and Menelek wants to ban Cisco again.


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Heidi is a filmmaker and associate producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch in 2014, she completed a master’s degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University. Her thesis film, The Maid (Il Shaghala), a short film she wrote and directed, premiered as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and went on to screen at festivals worldwide.

Namour, her first feature length film, was awarded the LA Muse Jury Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere.  Namour was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, a Knight Foundation Grant, and the script was developed with the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Lab.   Namour is streaming on Netflix.

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Dr. Bill Grant Returns.  We start with a discussion about the DNC.  We then talk about Sam Jackson's comments on the casting of "Get Out".  We end with an in depth discussion about music.  Email us at



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We dive into the history of hip hop and talk about the greatest rap battles of all time.  Does Menelek really like Music?

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Hans is back from LA and has some Oscar Party Stories.  We talk about our time at Howard University and learning under the great Haile Gerima.  We do a critical analysis of Friday an discuss low budget film making.  Email us at

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Hans talks about the Oscars.  We discuss our new film project.

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We get personal and talk about childhood trauma, therapy and pain.  Also Beyonce.

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Hans gloats about the Patriots win.  Menelek rants about several things.




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Hans gloats about the Patriot's win.  We talk the Superbowl and Menelek talks about religion.


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We start with some celebrity gossip.  We then break down the controversial statements made by Salma Hayek at a Sundance Women's brunch.  

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The 13th was nominated for best documentary.  He is a little uncomfortable with the new attention.

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We start with some fan emails.  Why do women listen to Steve Harvey?  Why did half of white women vote for Trump?  Why does the pope the wear a wizard costume?

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Special edition.  Argument About Eddie Long

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We breakdown the legacy of Barack Obama

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We start the show playing a clip from Kim Burrell's homophobic comments.  We argue about Lee Daniels.  Then we fight about who is more empathetic to the LGBT community.  Lots of yelling.



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Special New Years Day Show.  Menelek and Hans breakdown the old year and prepare for the new.  We discuss Star Wars Rogue One as well.

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Menelek is all alone.  That means critical analysis.  Merry Christmas.

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We spend most of this show trying to get Cisco on the air.  When we get him, his call drops.  Thanks, Obama.



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We start by talking about the Charalamagne the God's twitter beef with the entire world.  We talk about the season finale to Insecure. 

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Menelek is angry at everyone.  Hans gets angry.  Then we talk Kanye, Coates and Patrice Oneal. 

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This one gets intense.  Hans and Menelek talk about Adrian Peterson & the impact of child abuse on the Black Community.  We have some fun at the end and talk some Kanye.  Kanye makes it so easy. 

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We start with some election talk.  We then dive into a discussion about the Indie Film sensation "Moonlight".

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We get bad news on election night.  Bill Grant joins us.  It's get emotional. 

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The CUBS win while we talk for 2 hours.  We breakdown the Corey Feldman performance on the today show.  We talk cinematography and show business.  Congrats to Cubs fans.  

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Menelek is tired.  Hans has a lot to say. 

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We discuss The Birth of A Nation and Han's new found fame.  Menelek has a negative attitude. 

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We talk about the critical acclaim of the 13th and the financial failure of The Birth of a Nation.

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We discuss Nate Parke's The Birth of A Nation.  What is the best way to handle it?  We talk mental health and Han's big break.

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We finish up. 

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We start with a discussion about the latest shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte.  We play some clips of stupid Ray Lewis being stupid.  And arrows in our quivers.  Email us at

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Dr. Bill Grant joins the show yet again.  We talk Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, The French Laundry and Menelek's feet.

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"Kat" is is a cultural architect with a focus in things that are progressive and Black.  She is a full time professor of Literature at Montgomery County Community College.  Her company, Lil SoSo Productions is well known in DC and can be found at

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Vacation is over.  Hans and I talk Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Kaepernick, and Paul Mooney.  Did we miss something?  Call us! 646-504-5476

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We are on vacation.


In our first Episode, We talk about the Superbowl, Film Critic Armond White and the state of Black Television.  Hans tells a story about being on the set of Whitney Houston's last music video. We end the show with a conversation about screenwriting.

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This will be our last show for 3 weeks.  We talk about the latest big budget debacle Suicide Squad.  The Christian Bale meltdown returns and the Passion of The Christ.

See you all in September.

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Hans is mad at Menelek.  We then talk about how to deal with grief and forgiveness.  Email us at

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Hans reports from location in Philly.  Menelek is tired.  Silliness happens.

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Hans is out.  Bill Grant joins the show.  We talk Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  We then dive into a film discussion.  Menelek and Bill talk about meeting each other at Colorado College 18 years ago.

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We start the show with a discussion of homophobia in hip hop.  We then discuss yet another police shooting.  Menelek eats at a very expensive restaurant. 

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Hans is on the road.  Menelek talks about some of some of the greatest openings in film history.

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Roya Rastegar is the Director of Programming at the LA Film Festival. For the past decade, she has worked for a range of festivals, including Tribeca, Sundance, and the Santa Cruz Woman of Color Film Festival. Roya’s writing on race and popular culture has appeared in various outlets, including The Nation, IndieWire, and The Huffington Post. Before joining the LA Film Festival,  Roya taught at Bryn Mawr College after receiving her PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, under the guidance of Angela Y. Davis.

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Menelek's son won't stay in his crib.  Hans gives some advice.  We then talk about religion and the recent mass shooting in Orlando. 

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Hans is out.  Menelek rambles about Ali.  And Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven

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We talk about the Netflix Documentary "The Mask You Live In".  What is masculinity?  How do we define it for our sons?  Hans tells some Howard stories as well. 

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Menelek is trying to learn the guitar.  Hans is Menelek missed the deadline of a fellowship.  We talk about Eddie Murphy's old gay jokes.  We also breakdown Hollywood Shuffle.  Email us at

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We discuss the culture of pubic shame and internet rage.  We discuss the failure of progressives in regards to free speech and the hostility of college campuses.  Email us at

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We create our own electoral maps and discuss the impact of public emotion.  Are musicians crazy?  

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We play some jazz this week.  We talk parenting.  Internet trolls.  Woody Allen. The Godfather. 

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We start the show with a break down of the new Beyonce joint Lemonade.  We then talk all things Prince

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We start the show with a discussion LGBT cinema and filmmaker Ang Lee.  We discuss gay rights in Black community.  We take Hip Hop and 9/11 conspiracies.   

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We promise this is the only show covering these two topics.  Hans has booked his first feature film as a D.P.  We talk about planning to shoot a documentary and making your day as a director.  We talk about the rise and fall of Matty Rich.  Somehow we end up talking about Jon B.  Can a white R&B singer crossover?

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Hans is on the road so all you get is Menelek ranting about Ray Lewis, Writer's Block and Seventies film.  

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After a much needed week off, we jump right into some news stories.  We talk LeBron James, Nick Young and slut shaming.  

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We talk about the supreme court nomination.  It gets ugly. 


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Emayatzy Corinealdi can be seen in the upcoming Miles Davis bio pic "Miles Ahead".  You can also see her in the new reboot of "Roots".  

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We break down Chris Rock's monologue at the Oscars.  We discuss comedy and the Nina Simone biopic.





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The show starts a little rough.  We get into about radio, religion, and gender politics.  Lord Jamar gives us more radio gold.  Check out our website.

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We talk about Kendrick Lamar and the Grammys.  This turns into yet another conversation about religion. Email us at

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Dr. Bill grant joins the show to discuss the social media uproar about the Beyonce Video.  Go Broncos.

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We talk about the new FX series.  We dive into the impact of the trial and the different reactions to the verdict 20 years ago.  Where were you when you heard the verdict?

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Menelek starts the show with an apology.  We dive into a complete breakdown of the Sundance trip.  Email us at

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We report live from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  We talk about finally entering "The Room" and the overall vibe of the festival.  We also talk about the future of cinema.  Enjoy.  Give us your feedback at

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We break down the backlash from the Oscar's lack of diversity.  We play clips from Jada Smith and the reply from Janet Hubert.  What does it mean to win an award?  Email us at

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We start the show with a talk about a new article from Ta-Nehisi Coates about Bill Cosby.  We then talk about being fathers in a cruel and harsh world.



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We break down the latest news about Dr. Cosby, Jaden Smith and Hans tells a college story. 

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We discuss the latest case of police murder.  We also talk about the first criminal charges against Bill Cosby.  We talked about Star Wars, but Menelek didn't record it.

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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

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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

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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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