Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood]

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Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood] is a comedic podcast that reviews films with leading actors of color and analyzes them in the context of race and Hollywood's diversity issues. Hosted by Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, and James III. BMCJ is an iTunes Editor's Choice podcast and has reached #2… read more

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Homecoming ft. Milly Tamarez & Monique Moses

April 22nd, 2019

1:34:32
In this Milly Tamarez & Monique Moses podcast takeover (featuring Jonathan Braylock), we discuss Homecoming, the newly released Beyonce concert film. We talk about Beyonce as a savvy business woman who maintains a …

Little ft. Karen Sepulveda

April 15th, 2019

1:36:09
This week, we are joined in the studio by Karen Sepulveda to talk about the new release Little, starring Regina Hall and Issa Rae. We talk about how …

Menace II Society ft. Tristan Griffin

April 8th, 2019

1:35:26
This week we're joined by Tristan Griffin to discuss the 1993 release, Menace II Society. We talk about Tupac originally being cast, the racist confirmation bias as it presents itself in the film, systemic oppression, …

The Matrix

April 1st, 2019

1:49:30
This week, we discuss Jon's all time favorite movie, The Matrix. We talk about the heavy-hitter actors who were approached to do this movie before …

Us ft. Rachel Pegram

March 25th, 2019

2:01:22
This week, we discuss the newly released Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to the potentially unsurpassable Get Out. We talk about Lupita finally getting …

Belly ft. Nore Davis

March 18th, 2019

1:30:41
This week, we're joined in the studio by Nore Davis to discuss Belly, the 1998 release starring Nas and DMX and often referred to as "the black Goodfellas". We talk about the film's poor critical reception, the way it …

The Negotiator

March 11th, 2019

1:29:19
This week, we discuss the 1998 release, The Negotiator, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. We talk about Samuel L. Jackson's prolific …

Green Book

March 4th, 2019

1:48:14
In today's episode, we review Green Book, this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture. We talk about the controversy surrounding the movie, the implications of it's win, and why white protagonists are problematic in films …

Malcolm X

February 25th, 2019

1:47:17
This week we talk about the 1992 release, Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington. We discuss black history, the length of the film, how it was robbed …

Hitch ft. Suni Reyes

February 18th, 2019

1:25:11
In this episode, we discuss Hitch, the 2005 release starring Will Smith, with special guest Suni Reyes. We talk about romantic comedies with diverse casts, relationship dynamics and stereotypes, and the backstory to the …

What Men Want ft. Sydnee Washington

February 11th, 2019

1:28:29

This week, we're joined in the studio by fellow Forever Dog podcast host, Unofficial Expert's Sydnee Washington. We discuss What Men Want, the 2019 release starring Taraji P. Henson and based on the premise of Nancy …

B*A*P*S

February 4th, 2019

1:41:35
On this week’s episode, we discuss the 1997 comedy B*A*P*S, directed by Robert Townsend, starring Halle Berry. We talk about the movie’s racial stereotypes, the line between satirical and offensive humor, screenwriter …

Save the Last Dance ft. Shana DeAndrea

January 28th, 2019

1:54:38

This week, Shana DeAndrea joins us to talk about the 2001 release, Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles and directed by Thomas Carter. We …

Glass

January 21st, 2019

1:27:07

On today's episode, we discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie Glass, based in part on Shyamalan's previous films Unbreakable and Split. We talk about our experiences with M. Night Shyamalan movies through the ages, …

Aquaman

January 14th, 2019

1:29:07

This week Jon, Jerah, and James discuss Aquaman, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa. They cover awards season, seeing new types of heroes depicted on screen, forced jokes in the marvel universe, and more. 

Escape Room ft. Brianna Baker

January 7th, 2019

1:34:17

For the first episode of 2019, James and Jon are joined by guest Brianna Baker to talk about the new release Escape Room, directed by Adam Robitel. They discuss their own experiences with escape rooms, the sweet spot …

If Beale Street Could Talk ft. Rachael A. Edwards

December 31st, 2018

1:38:13

For the last episode of 2018, Jerah, Jon, James and special guest Rachael A. Edwards discuss If Beale Street Could Talk, directed and adapted for the …

THE BEST OF FOREVER DOG 2018

December 27th, 2018

2:57:08

Thank you for listening to Forever Dog podcasts this year and please enjoy this year-in-review clips show! Listen to find a new favorite podcast to subscribe to in 2019 or just a killer back catalog to binge during your …

This Christmas

December 24th, 2018

1:17:46

This week, the guys review This Christmas, starring Idris Elba and Chris Brown, just in time for the holidays! They talk the believability of Idris …

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ft. Langston Belton

December 17th, 2018

1:57:01

This week, the guys are joined by Langston Belton (Earths Mightiest Show) to review the new release, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They discuss the accessibility of this Spider-Man (Miles), the soundtrack's use of …

Mowgli ft. Maya Deshmukh

December 10th, 2018

1:21:55

This week, Maya Deshmukh (AzN PoP) joins Jerah and James to talk about the newly released Mowgli, a retelling of The Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis. They discuss problematic themes in the film, casting choices, the …

Black Nativity

December 3rd, 2018

1:35:30

On this weeks episode, we review the 2013 holiday release Black Nativity, starring Jacob Latimore and Jennifer Hudson. We discuss our own experiences …

Creed 2 ft. Janelle James

November 26th, 2018

1:29:26

This week, we have Janelle James (The Comedy Lineup) in the studio to talk about Creed 2, starring Michael B. Jordan. We discuss the true-to-life dialogue of the film, the focus on Tessa Thompson's character trajectory, …

Widows

November 19th, 2018

1:46:35

This week, we are joined by comedians Akilah Hughes and Ayo Edebiri to discuss the newly released heist movie, Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and …

The Pursuit of Happyness

November 12th, 2018

1:41:20

This week, we are joined by Yedoye Travis (Dark Tank) to discuss the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness, based on the true story of Chris Gardner and starring Will Smith. We get into the harsh reality of being poor in …

Candyman

November 5th, 2018

1:21:44

We review the 1992 film Candyman starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen. We discuss the lore around Candyman, our own childhood fears, the inherent issues with the films casting choices, and how this movie was pitched …

The Haunted Mansion

October 29th, 2018

1:18:50

This week, we review the 2003 comedy-horror movie The Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy. We discuss Eddie Murphy's decision to be in this movie, horror films made for kids, and whether or not casting a black family …

The Hate U Give

October 22nd, 2018

1:34:55

This week, we review the new film The Hate U Give, based on the novel by Angie Thomas. We discuss Amanda Stenberg's phenomenal acting, the positive …

A Haunted House ft. David Gborie

October 16th, 2018

1:29:19

We review A Haunted House, the 2013 spoof of paranormal activity starring Marlon Wayans and Cedric the Entertainer. We talk about the movie's deeply problematic comedy, making "spoofs", the legacy of similar movies like …

Gothika ft. Jasmine Pierce

October 9th, 2018

1:54:19

We review the 2003 horror-thriller Gothika starring Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. We discuss the movie’s supernatural elements, how it deals with …

Night School

October 2nd, 2018

1:37:56

We review the new film Night School starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. We discuss the chemistry between Kevin and Tiffany, the standout …

The First Purge ft. Tosin Morohunfola

September 25th, 2018

1:39:39

Special guest Tosin Morohunfola (The Chi, Love Is) joins us to review 2018's The First Purge, the fourth installment of the horror franchise that …

Predator 2

September 18th, 2018

1:46:27

We review the second and only film in the Predator franchise to star a black actor, 1990's Predator 2. We talk about the unlikely action star Danny Glover, the somewhat blatantly racist caricatures of gangs, our own …

Blade II

September 11th, 2018

1:38:00

We conclude our Wesley Snipes mini-series with his biggest box office earner, Blade II, the 2002 superhero sequel. Did this film had something to do with Wesley's decline in leading films? What happened to N'Bushe …

Passenger 57

September 4th, 2018

1:24:28

Our Wesley Snipes mini-series continues with the 1992 action film Passenger 57. Was this the film that put Snipes' action star power on the map? Did the writing and directing of this movie hurt the chances for sequels? …

New Jack City ft. Gary Richardson

August 28th, 2018

1:46:52

Special guest Gary Richardson (SNL) joins as we begin our Wesley Snipes mini-series by reviewing the "hood classic" New Jack City, directed by Mario Van Peebles. We discuss the incredible versatility of Wesley Snipes, …

Crazy Rich Asians ft. Ellie Lee, Katharine Lerner, Bowen Yang

August 21st, 2018

1:37:58

We are celebrating the new film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh, with an Asian takeover of our own. Guests Katharine Lerner (Younger), Ellie Lee (iHeartRadio), and …

BlacKkKlansman

August 14th, 2018

2:31:22

Spike Lee is BACK! We review the new film BlackkKlansmen starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. We discuss everything including the real story of Ron Stallworth, the purposely uncomfortable ending, the debut of …

Blindspotting

August 7th, 2018

1:40:05

We review the new indie film Blindspotting written by and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. We unpack everything this film has to offer …

The Equalizer 2

July 31st, 2018

1:45:06

We review the new film The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington in his first ever movie sequel. We discuss Denzel's latest "action hero" career chapter, how he constantly saves little white girls, the brilliance of …

Sister Act

July 24th, 2018

1:20:52

Our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series concludes with her most successful and iconic film, Sister Act, that inspired a sequel and a Broadway musical. We …

Sorry To Bother You

July 17th, 2018

2:12:44

We review the new indie darling Sorry To Bother You by Boots Riley, that stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson and has been making waves in critic circles. We discuss the importance of such a innovative and strange …

Jumpin' Jack Flash (& Burglar)

July 10th, 2018

1:58:06

Guest Ashleigh Hairston (Modern Family) joins as we continue our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series with her second film Jumpin' Jack Flash, a 1986 action …

Uncle Drew

July 3rd, 2018

1:31:59

This week we review the new comedy Uncle Drew starring Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and slew of basketball veterans, including Kyrie Irving in the …

Bonus: Interview w/ Director Charles Stone III

June 29th, 2018

1:05:18

This bonus episode features an interview with Charles Stone III, the director of the new film Uncle Drew in theaters now! We discuss the implications …

The Color Purple ft. Tessa Claire Hersh

June 26th, 2018

2:01:50

We begin our Whoopi Goldberg mini-series with the iconic film The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the award-winning novel by …

SuperFly

June 19th, 2018

1:46:43

Did you know they remade the blacksplotation film Superfly and that it came out this weekend? Well, they did! We review this updated classic and discuss the casting choice of Trevor Jackson as the lead, Jason Mitchel's …

Radio

June 12th, 2018

1:48:55

The final episode of our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series provides an in depth look at the 2003 Disney film Radio. We discuss why this movie potentially …

Men of Honor

June 5th, 2018

1:49:50

The third episode of our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series brings us to the 2000 bio-pic film Men of Honor co-starring Robert Deniro. We discuss whether …

Jerry Maguire ft. Phil Augusta Jackson

May 29th, 2018

1:54:25

Special guest Phil Augusta Jackson (Key & Peele, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins us as we continue our Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series with the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Though this film earned Cuba the Oscar for Best …

Boyz N The Hood

May 22nd, 2018

2:11:00

Are you ready? We kick off the start of our new "Cuba Gooding Jr. mini-series" with the legendary 1991 film Boyz N the Hood directed by John Singleton. There is so much to unpack including the incredible backstory of …

Breaking In ft. Rasheda Crockett

May 15th, 2018

1:43:50

Special guest Rasheda Crockett (Adam Ruins Everything) joins James III and Jonathan Braylock to discuss the new Gabrielle Union film Breaking In. We discuss Gabrielle's long career, the utter absence of generic action …

Avengers: Infinity War

May 8th, 2018

2:02:59

We have no business reviewing this movie but are doing it anyway, because #Wakanda. We discuss the incredible cinematic feat of Infinity Wars, debate …

I Am Legend

May 1st, 2018

1:35:03

With blockbuster season in full swing, we take a look at the perhaps the greatest blockbuster champion of all time Will Smith and his 2007 film I Am …

Double Take

April 24th, 2018

1:50:31

We delve into the career of Orlando Jones by reviewing the only movie he ever lead, 2002's Double Take with Eddie Griffin. We speculate on why …

Rampage

April 17th, 2018

1:49:26

We review the new #1 film at the box office, RAMPAGE, starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris. We talk about the unstoppable brand and star power of The Rock, the difference between fun blockbusters and dumb movies, …

Higher Learning

April 9th, 2018

1:34:37

This week we dive into the 1995 John Singleton film Higher Learning, with an ensemble cast featuring Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Regina King and Tyra Banks. We discuss the movie in the context of race relations in America …

The Cloverfield Paradox

April 3rd, 2018

1:51:59

This week we delve into the flash in a pan, Sci-Fi Netflix film The Cloverfield Paradox starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo. We talk about the loose tie-in to the Cloverfield franchise, the strange release …

Pacific Rim: Uprising

March 27th, 2018

1:28:59

We review the new film Pacific Rim: Uprising, starring John Boyega, that recently dethroned Black Panther's 5 week run as #1 in the box office. We talk about the star quality of Boyega, the Pacific Rim franchise as a …

Live in Austin 2018

March 20th, 2018

48:42

This week we bring a special episode of the podcast recorded live in Austin where we play the Black Men Can't Jump game show, testing the audience's knowledge on all things black in cinema. James III showcases some …

A Wrinkle in Time ft. Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh and X

March 13th, 2018

1:48:22

In honor of Women's History Month and the historic achievement of Ava Duvernay, the guys hand the reigns over to Katharine Lerner, Tessa Claire Hersh, and X Mayo to discuss the new film A Wrinkle In Time starring Storm …

Mo' Better Blues ft. Reverend Shawn Amos

March 6th, 2018

2:09:52

Special guest The Reverend Shawn Amos (singer, songwriter) joins to talk the 1990 Spike Lee joint Mo' Better Blues starring Denzel Washington. We …

The 2018 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson

February 27th, 2018

1:46:18

Superstar and fourth-time guest Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, So Many White Guys) joins our annual discussion of the films of the Academy Awards. We discuss the refreshingly diverse Best Director category, why it's …

Black Panther

February 19th, 2018

2:19:51

Wakanda!!! You know what time it is. We review the smash box office hit Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. …

Fruitvale Station ft. Mamoudou N'Diaye

February 13th, 2018

1:48:41

In anticipation of Black Panther, we review the 2012 film that jump started the career of Ryan Coogler and turned Michael B. Jordan into a leading man: Fruitvale Station. Special guest Mamoudou N'Diaye (Mic) joins as we …

Black Dynamite ft. Devon Shepard

February 6th, 2018

1:32:58

Legendary writer and producer, Devon Shepard (MadTV, Weeds, The Wayans Bros.), joins us to discuss the 2009 cult classic Black Dynamite, written by …

Meteor Man ft. Tessa Claire Hersh

January 30th, 2018

1:37:11

Returning super-guest Tessa Claire Hersh drops by to keep Jon in check, to start a movement, and to review the 1993 Robert Townsend spectacular …

Bébé's Kids

January 23rd, 2018

1:15:00

We take a walk down memory lane with the 1992 film Bebe's Kids starring Faizon Love as Robin Harris. We talk about the surprising lack of black characters in animated films, the low key depth of the films story, and if …

Proud Mary ft. Hayley Marie Norman

January 16th, 2018

1:49:20

Special guest Hayley Marie Norman (Hancock) joins to talk the new Taraji P. Henson film, Proud Mary, which got off to a disappointing start at the box office. We discuss the utter lack of black female action stars, the …

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ft. Zach Cherry

January 9th, 2018

1:28:51

Special guest Zach Cherry (HBO's Crashing) joins as the guys discuss the new #1 film at the box office, Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. There's plenty to discuss about this popcorn flick including the …

Bright ft. Camrus Johnson

January 2nd, 2018

1:14:41

Jon is at the ballet and James is missing (RIP?) for this unprecedented episode. Jerah is joined by Camrus Johnson (There's ... Johnny!, #Fashionvictim, Luke Cage) to break down Will Smith's effort in Bright. Chance …

Mudbound

December 26th, 2017

1:53:52

The boys review the Mudbound (2017). Find out if they can get on board with Dee Ree's work of historical imagination. Spoiler: they definitely …

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

December 19th, 2017

2:08:56

The new Denzel film is out so we had to review Roman J. Israel, Esq. and talk about the award buzz surrounding Washington's performance. Listen as …

Spanglish ft. Erica Hernandez

December 12th, 2017

2:10:22

Special guest Erica Hernandez (UCB) joins to talk about the 2004 film Spanglish starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. The guys get into deep discussions about whether or not the film was made for a white …

Almost Christmas

December 5th, 2017

1:36:16

The Holiday season has begun and we decided to get in the mood with last years ensemble film Almost Christmas, starring Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, past …

Coco ft. Maritza Montañez

November 28th, 2017

2:04:59

Special guest Maritza Montañez (UCB) joins as we discuss the latest Pixar film, Coco, set in Mexico and starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, among other Latinx voice actors. We fawn over the care and …

Detroit ft. Blank Check with Griffin & David

November 21st, 2017

1:48:28

Get ready for a crossover episode!!! Black Men Can't Jump is teaming up with Blank Check podcast (Griffin Newman & David Sims) to review Kathryn Bigelow's latest film Detroit, starring John Boyega, Algee Smith, and …

Love Jones ft. X

November 14th, 2017

1:48:55

Special guest X (UCB) joins the podcast as we review the 1997 cult classic Love Jones, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate. We discuss the rarity of …

The Last King of Scotland

November 7th, 2017

1:14:26

This week the crew reviews the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland" staring Forrest Whitaker and Kerry Washington. Find out if Hollywood can handle …

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

October 31st, 2017

2:02:11

Happy Halloween! Tyler Perry's Madea character is back and we couldn't resist the urge to revisit Boo 2! A Madea Halloween starring Tyler Perry and a …

Dear White People

October 24th, 2017

1:22:44

We review the indie darling turned hit Netflix show Dear White People starring Tessa Thompson and Tyler James Williams. We discuss how the film and TV show compare, the strength of the actors, the limited examples of …

The Mountain Between Us

October 17th, 2017

1:52:15

Special guest Lauren Adams (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) joins us to talk about the survival-thriller / romance film The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. We discuss the questionable directing …

42

October 10th, 2017

1:55:12

In light of recents conversations about politics and sports, we review the 2013 Jackie Robinson film 42, starring Chadwick Boseman. We discuss how …

Paid In Full

October 3rd, 2017

1:40:42

This week we review the 2002 "hood film" Paid In Full starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. We discuss Hollywood's under utilization of …

Beasts of the Southern Wild

September 26th, 2017

1:38:32

Special guest Natalie Paul (HBO's The Deuce) joins the podcast, as we review the 2012 Oscar darling Beasts of the Southern Wild. We discuss the …

San Andreas

September 19th, 2017

1:29:18

With the threat of yet another hurricane, we take a look at the 2015 natural disaster film San Andreas starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. We analyze America's obsession with natural disaster films, the puzzling casting …

Lottery Ticket

September 12th, 2017

1:55:59

This controversial episode is set with a review of the 2010 "hood comedy" Lottery Ticket starring Shad Moss (Bow Wow), Brandon T. Jackson and Ice Cube. Sparks fly as we talk about the representation of people who live …

Coach Carter

September 5th, 2017

1:53:15

Still in high school spirit, we review the 2005 sports film Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson. We compare the Hollywood changes made to this …

Remember The Titans

August 29th, 2017

1:55:58

It's the end of summer and football season is nearly here! We delve in to the 2000 Disney film, Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. We discuss the merits of revisionist history in films, why having a black …

Glory

August 22nd, 2017

1:53:34

We take a look back at the 1989 Civil War film Glory starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher. In light of the terrible incident in Charlottesville, we touch on the real history …

The Incredible Jessica James ft. Abbi Crutchfield

August 15th, 2017

1:36:25

Special guest Abbi Crutchfield (TruTV's You Can Do Better!) is here to talk about the "breakout role" of Jessica Williams in Netflix comedy, The …

The Dark Tower ft. Langston Kerman

August 8th, 2017

1:18:54

Special guest Langston Kerman (Insecure) helps us break down the blockbuster The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba, based off the Stephen King book series. We discuss if Idris is actually the lead, why such a beloved film …

Let's Be Cops

August 1st, 2017

1:40:48

Finally, we complete our Wayans family saga with the 2014 film Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. We discuss the under the radar success of this film, the odd juxtaposition of the film's release …

Girls Trip

July 25th, 2017

1:50:24

Special guest Monique Moses (IFC Sports Court, Astronomy Club) joins the boys to review the new film Girls Trip starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish. In a year where Rough Night …

The Sixth Man

July 18th, 2017

1:26:57

Marlon Wayans stars in the 1997 sports comedy The Sixth Man, marking his first leading role without his brother Shawn. The boys dissect Marlon's …

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

July 11th, 2017

1:30:03

The Wayan's marathon continues with this 1996 'Hood Film' parody starring Shawn, Marlon, and Keenan Ivory Wayans. Jon toughed out this review on painkillers from a wisdom tooth extraction -- it either helped, or hurt …

Blankman

July 4th, 2017

1:48:36

We continue our Wayan saga with Blankman starring Damon Wayans. We discuss Damon's style of comedy, the balance between black cultural references and …

A Low Down Dirty Shame

June 27th, 2017

1:53:08

Our Wayans family saga has begun and we start with Keenan Ivory Wayans and his 1994 action film A Low Down Dirty Shame. We discuss the importance of …

Hollywood Shuffle

June 20th, 2017

1:50:11

Our 100th episode is here and we are looking back 30 years with a review of the 1987 Robert Townsend film, Hollywood Shuffle. How far has Hollywood …

Wonder Woman ft. Anna Drezen

June 13th, 2017

1:44:05

Special guest Anna Drezen (SNL writer) helps the guys review Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. This historic film has naturally been ripe with controversy, but it's significance for women can't be ignored! We discuss …

Baywatch

June 6th, 2017

2:05:02

We review the new film Baywatch starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron along with a diverse cast. Critics have trashed this movie, but we discuss if the criticism is warranted, the sex appeal of Dwayne …

The Wood

May 30th, 2017

1:45:48

We take a trip down memory lane with the 1999 coming of age film The Wood, starring Omar Epps, Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones. We explore the lack of coming of age films with black leads, personal stories of growing up …

Pootie Tang

May 23rd, 2017

1:34:52

We review the bizarre cult classic Pootie Tang, starring Lance Crouther, Chris Rock, and written and directed by Louis C.K. We discuss the novelty of …

John Q.

May 16th, 2017

1:45:57

In light of the recent healthcare bill, the boys review the 2002 film John Q. starring Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise. In a fiery and …

Boomerang

May 9th, 2017

2:04:25

This week we dive in to the 1992 Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens rom com Boomerang! A young Halle Berry plays 'the best friend' and this movie was some how considered a failure despite a huge box office and a smooth take the …

Bad Boys ft. Roy Wood Jr.

May 2nd, 2017

1:29:24

Guest Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show) joins for a bit as we talk about the blockbuster that started it all for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the 1995 film Bad Boys directed by Michael Bay. We analyze why the film was …

The Fate of the Furious

April 25th, 2017

1:52:04

We review The Fate of the Furious, the multi-billion dollar franchise that arguably boasts the most diverse cast out of any major …

Half Baked

April 18th, 2017

1:41:13

Trigger Warning: There is a brief moment in the podcast where we talk about prison rape due to a story line in the film.We review Dave Chappelle's …

Juice

April 11th, 2017

1:46:01

Special guest Carl Foreman Jr. (IFC's Frank and Lamar) stops by to discuss the 1992 film Juice starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur in his acting …

Burning Sands

April 4th, 2017

1:41:32

Netflix's film Burning Sands has sparked a heated controversy on black twitter and the boys had to delve in. We discuss hazing, the benefits of …

Soul Plane

March 28th, 2017

1:40:18

This week we review 2004 comedy Soul Plane with Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, and Sofia Vergara. Crude racial stereotyping, islamophobia, …

BMCJ Game Show (Live at SXSW)

March 21st, 2017

59:14

A special Live episode from Austin's SXSW Festival: the boys test the audience's knowledge of black lead films as fans compete for prizes to see who's really down for the cause.

Drumline

March 14th, 2017

1:51:24

Nick Cannon burst onto the scene in the early 2000's with the surprise hit film Drumline, also starring Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones. So why did Nick Cannon not become "the next Will Smith"? We discuss this, "black" …

Queen of Katwe

March 7th, 2017

1:52:50

A Disney produced film with an all black cast, two female leads and a woman of color director? We review 2016's Queen of Katwe starring Lupita …

Get Out

February 28th, 2017

1:52:35

The boys review Get Out (2017) - Jordan Peele's thriller starting Daniel Kaluuya and Alison Williams. We discuss how micro aggressions turn into horror elements, the insane quality of these performances, and why there …

Oscars 2017 ft. Phoebe Robinson

February 24th, 2017

1:58:03

Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, Sooo Many White Guys) joins the fellas to talk about this year's Oscar nominees! Will Moonlight rise? Will Denzel shock the world? And what do we do about Mel Gibson and Casey Affleck …

Set It Off ft. Tanisha Long

February 17th, 2017

1:51:12

Guest Tanisha Long (MTV's Girl Code) joins as we review the 1996 film Set It Off starring powerhouses Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah and newcomer (at the time) Kimberly Elise. The film, directed by F. …

The Wiz ft. Nik Walker

February 10th, 2017

1:44:39

Ease on down this podcast episode as special guest Nik Walker (Hamilton) joins to talk about the Motown movie musical The Wiz, starring Dianna Ross and Michael Jackson. We ask why Michael never starred in a film again, …

The Joy Luck Club ft. Gaby Wilson

February 3rd, 2017

1:52:08

Special guest Gaby Wilson (MTV) joins us to discuss The Joy Luck Club, written and based off the popular book by Amy Tan and directed by Wayne Wang. …

Sleepless

January 27th, 2017

1:59:02

Jaime Foxx is back in the leading role with the new film Sleepless, a 2017 remake of a French film "Sleepless Night", that co-stars T.I. and Michelle …

Head of State

January 20th, 2017

1:56:49

Inauguration Day is here and we are celebrating (or rather mourning) by reviewing the 2003 film Head of State, written by, directed by, and starring …

Selma

January 13th, 2017

1:48:19

Happy MLK Day weekend! In honor of Dr. King, we review the 2014 film Selma directed by Ava Duvernay and starring David Oyelowo. There's much to discuss including the controversial screenwriting credit, the detailed and …

Hidden Figures ft. Tessa Hersh

January 6th, 2017

1:59:30

Happy New Year! We have special guest Tessa Hersh (Refinery 29's Riot, UCB) and are reviewing the new film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae about three African-American women …

The Princess and the Frog ft. Caroline Martin

December 30th, 2016

1:43:30

Special guest Caroline Martin (Broad City, Astronomy Club) joins us as we discuss our first animated feature about the one and only African-American …

Fences

December 23rd, 2016

2:11:32

Fences, the new film directed by Denzel Washington, starring Viola Davis and himself and based off the August Wilson play of the same title, is …

A Madea Christmas

December 16th, 2016

1:39:50

Hallelujer! The boys quickly revisit Tyler Perry in the form of 2013's A Madea Christmas which also stars Tika Sumpter and Larry The Cable Guy. There is joy, anger, and bewilderment in the discussion of Christianity, …

Last Holiday ft. Michelle Buteau

December 9th, 2016

1:26:51

Special guest Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, @Midnight) is with us to talk Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J. This 2006 holiday …

Moonlight ft. Ray Cordova

December 2nd, 2016

1:59:13

Special guest Ray Cordova (Astronomy Club) helps us dive into this year's indie darling, Moonlight, starring Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes. We discuss homosexuality in the black community, parents with drug …

Soul Food

November 25th, 2016

1:41:50

Happy Thanksgiving! The boys discuss the 1997 holiday classic Soul Food, starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, and Nia Long. We discuss the …

Space Jam

November 18th, 2016

1:27:09

It's the 20th Year Anniversary of Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and we used that as an excuse to take a trip down memory lane! We explore the impact Michael Jordan had on America, why Space Jam worked over other …

What's Love Got To Do With It ft. Romany Malco

November 11th, 2016

1:16:50

Special guest Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Weeds) joins as we talk all about the Academy-Award nominated Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, starring Angela Bassett. There's a lot of love for …

Birth of a Nation ft. Keisha Zollar

November 4th, 2016

2:30:13

Buckle in, this one's a doozy. Directed, produced, written, and starring Nate Parker, The Birth of a Nation (2016) is a retelling of the controversial historical figure of Nat Turner and his infamous slave rebellion in …

Boo! A Madea Halloween

October 28th, 2016

2:06:11

The name Tyler Perry immediately conjures different images in many people's heads: successful, minstrel, empire, a joke, highly entertaining, …

Tales From The Hood

October 21st, 2016

1:39:35

This 1995 Horror/Comedy film may not have any bonafide stars, but did have the backing of Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule, plus …

Alien vs. Predator ft. Jermaine Fowler

October 14th, 2016

1:38:32

Special guest Jermaine Fowler (CBS's Superior Donuts) helps us kick off the Halloween season with the 2004 mashup sequel AVP, starring Sanaa Lathan. We discuss the portrayal of the black female heroine, whether or not …

The Magnificent Seven

October 7th, 2016

1:45:46

Denzel Washington stars in this 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven, which in itself is a remake of the Japanese film Seven Samurai, and your boys have some thoughts. We discuss the merits of diversifying the new cast, …

Waiting To Exhale ft. Sasheer Zamata

September 30th, 2016

1:42:03

Guest Sasheer Zamata (SNL) is in the studio to talk about one of her favorite films, the 1995 cult classic Waiting To Exhale starring Whitney …

The Long Kiss Goodnight

September 23rd, 2016

1:28:03

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the greatest, highest-grossing actors of all time...and he also made this film in 1996 called The Long Kiss Goodnight. …

Lethal Weapon ft. Jonathan Fernandez

September 16th, 2016

1:43:49

Special guest and star of the new FOX series Lethal Weapon, Johnathan Fernandez, joins to talk about the brilliance of Danny Glover and co-star Mel Gibson in 1987 film Lethal Weapon! There's a lot to digest in Shane …

Undercover Brother ft. Shaun Diston

September 9th, 2016

1:31:50

Black Men Can't Jump is literally In Hollywood!!! Live at The Hollywood Improv we special guest Shaun Diston (writer for TBS's Wrecked) as we discuss …

Made In America ft. Nicole Byer

September 2nd, 2016

1:42:18

Special guest Nicole Byer (MTV's Loosely, Exactly Nicole) joins as we talk about the 1993 comedy Made In America starring Whoopi Goldberg at the apex …

Do The Right Thing ft. Shawtane Bowen

August 26th, 2016

1:44:14

This week we review the 1989 comedy-drama Do The Right Thing written and directed by Spike Lee. It's hot in the studio, which seems pretty …

Slumdog Millionaire ft. Akaash Singh

August 19th, 2016

1:22:31

Special guest Akaash Singh (MTV's Guy Code) is with us to discuss the 2009 Academy Award's Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire starring Dev Patel. We …

Suicide Squad

August 12th, 2016

1:23:51

Will Smith. This is the reasoning we are reviewing the comic book film Suicide Squad, starring a colorful cast of characters. We discuss the new DC …

Beverly Hills Cop 2

August 5th, 2016

1:26:05

It's our One Year Anniversary!!!! Fittingly so, we review Beverly Hills Cop 2 to see how Hollywood handled Eddie Murphy's fame in a sequel. We talk …

Cool Runnings

July 29th, 2016

48:19

With the Olympics on the way we reviewed the 1993 film Cool Runnings! Find out if this dramatization of the Jamaican bobsled team was good for the …

Friday

July 22nd, 2016

1:27:34

It's Friday! What better way to celebrate than reviewing Friday starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker! The guys discuss how black filmmakers affect the portrayal of African-Americans on the silver screen, Chris Tucker's …

City of God ft. Jordan Carlos

July 15th, 2016

1:31:53

Special guest Jordan Carlos (Guy Code, The Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore) joins us to talk the 2002 Brazilian film City of God starring Alexandre …

Dreamgirls ft. Franchesca Ramsey

July 8th, 2016

1:39:47

Special guest Franchesca Ramsey (MTV's Decoded, Writer on The Nightly Show) is in the studio to discuss the Academy-Award winning Dreamgirls, starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. …

Attack The Block

July 1st, 2016

1:16:37

To celebrate our Independence Day we...review a British film. Weird! Or it would be if Attack the Block didn't feature rising star John Boyega (now …

Central Intelligence

June 24th, 2016

1:27:53

New movie alert! The boys review the summer comedy blockbuster Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. We discuss whether or not Hart and Johnson have achieved "cross-over" status, fat-shaming, Will …

Kazaam

June 17th, 2016

52:30

The NBA Finals are over! To celebrate we reviewed the 90's "classic" Kazaam starring NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal! Recorded LIVE from NYC Podfest, we talk about racial stereotypes (the black genie lives in a boombox), …

Ali

June 10th, 2016

1:24:43

In tribute to the greatest fighter ever, Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay), we review the 2001 biopic Ali starring Will Smith. The guys discuss Smith's depiction of Ali, whether Michael Mann was the right director for the …

The Last Dragon ft. Kenneth Lee

June 3rd, 2016

1:43:59

Special guest Kenneth Lee (Talent Agent at Innovative) joins the guys as they discuss the 80's cult classic The Last Dragon starring first time actor …

The Jungle Book ft. Sunita Mani

May 27th, 2016

1:40:51

Special Guest, Sunita Mani (Mr. Robot), helps us take on Disney's live-action The Jungle Book starring the young Neel Sethi. We discuss …

Traitor

May 20th, 2016

1:27:58

We finally review a Don Cheadle film! The boys get into the 2008 thriller Traitor and delve into the portrayal of Muslims in Hollywood, Cheadle's …

Dope

May 13th, 2016

1:22:35

This week we gush over the film Dope, starring Shameik Moore, that made waves at Sundance but under-performed during it's wide release in the summer. We discuss the complexities of the urban black community, the use of …

Purple Rain

May 6th, 2016

1:12:04

Prince left behind a catalogue of hits and an iconic, and truly weird film called Purple Rain (1984). We dedicate this episode to the massive chasm …

xXx

April 29th, 2016

1:34:30

Vin Diesel is one of the most successful leading black actors in Hollywood, so why is he rarely in the conversation? We review his first true leading …

Action Jackson ft. Colton Dunn

April 22nd, 2016

1:27:29

Guest Colton Dunn (NBC's Superstore, Writer on Key & Peele) stops by to talk Action Jackson, the first and only leading role in a major motion …

The Spook Who Sat By The Door ft. Seaton Smith

April 15th, 2016

1:12:23

Seaton Smith (Mulaney, Top Five) guests as the guys dig up a (literally) hidden gem The Spook Who Sat By The Door, the 1973 film starring Lawrence …

Sister Act II ft. Naomi Ekperigin

April 8th, 2016

1:21:52

Special guest Naomi Ekperigin (writer on Broad City) is with us to review Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act II, a film beloved by millennials and hated by …

Antwone Fisher ft. Victor Williams

April 1st, 2016

1:28:23

Special Guest Victor Williams (King of Queens, The Affair) stops by to talk about the much overlooked drama Antwone Fisher starring Derek Luke, in his cinematic debut, and Denzel Washington in his directorial debut. We …

Catwoman

March 25th, 2016

1:23:56

Halle Berry, the first (and only) black woman to win Best Actress at the Oscars, stars in the CATastrophic big budget blockbuster Catwoman! We discuss what went wrong, whether this tainted Halle's career and what this …

Men In Black- Live @ SXSW

March 18th, 2016

47:56

Live at the North Door in Austin, Texas, we review the 1997 sci fi adventure comedy Men In Black starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This movie brings an alien species into the race conversation, while Will Smith …

The Rundown

March 11th, 2016

1:34:47

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? This week Jonathan, James and Jerah take on The Rundown starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in his second ever …

Ride Along

March 4th, 2016

1:39:54

Kevin Hart is the most sought after black comedic actor working today and Ride Along is his highest grossing film. We discuss Kevin Hart's career, …

The 2016 Oscars ft. Phoebe Robinson

February 26th, 2016

1:47:26

We enlisted the help of the wonderful comedian Phoebe Robinson (@Midnight, Late Night w/ Seth Meyers) to help us make the definitive (and hopefully …

12 Years a Slave- Live @NYU

February 19th, 2016

1:48:43

LIVE from NYU Gallatin, BMCJ breaks down 12 Years a Slave, the Academy's Best Picture winner of 2014 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (CHEW-i-tel EJ-i-oh-for). With the help of the audience, the boys discuss the merit of slave …

Collateral ft. Kevin Avery

February 12th, 2016

1:51:33

Special guest Kevin Avery (writer for Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver) helps us breakdown the 2004 film Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jaime …

Good Burger

February 5th, 2016

1:23:51

We take a trip down memory lane with Good Burger, starring former Nickelodeon stars Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell at the height of their fame. Jon, James, & Jerah discuss the merits of kids movies with black …

Beasts of No Nation

January 29th, 2016

1:14:44

OscarsSoWhite examination continues with a review of Netflix's first original film Beasts of No Nation starring Abraham Attah and Idris Elba. We discuss the merits of the film, whether the movie is about "the black …

Straight Outta Compton

January 22nd, 2016

1:41:52

#OscarsSoWhite are upon us, so in appropriate fashion we break down the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, starring Jason Mitchell, O'Shea Jackson …

Django Unchained ft. Aaron Covington

January 15th, 2016

1:41:08

Special Guest: Aaron Covington (Co-Writer of Creed) helps us discuss Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained starring Academy-Award Winner Jamie Foxx. We talk Tarantino's fascination with the N-Word, whether Jamie Foxx is …

To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar ft. Dylan Marron

January 8th, 2016

1:35:06

Special Guest: Dylan Marron of the "Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color" series stops by to discuss the 1995 cult comedy classic To Wong …

2015 Year In Review

January 1st, 2016

1:12:08

On this special New Year's episode, the boys discuss how 2015 lived up to "The Cause" of more people of color in leading roles in Hollywood films. …

The Best Man Holiday

December 25th, 2015

1:20:04

This week we get into the spirit with Malcom D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday (2013). A tightly constructed romantic comedy with Taye Diggs, Sanaa …

Star Wars The Force Awakens

December 18th, 2015

1:10:45

SPOILER FREE - Well, for the first 20 minutes at least and then we go into full detail about the newest Star Wars film with leads John Boyega and …

White Men Can't Jump ft. Jake and Amir

December 11th, 2015

1:18:41

SPECIAL GUESTS Jake & Amir (If I Were You, College Humor) drop by the podcast to discuss White Man Can't Jump starring Wesley Snipes & Woody …

Creed

December 4th, 2015

1:11:30

This week the boys review the new film, Creed (unofficially Rocky 7) starring Michael B. Jordan. We take a look at what it means for a black actor to take on a "white hero franchise", why the previews before a movie …

Rush Hour ft. Andrew Law

November 27th, 2015

1:21:36

This week Special Guest Andrew Law (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers) teams up with the Black Men Can't Jump crew to talk Rush Hour starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Listen as we discuss the link between the black …

Hancock Live ft. Ramy Youssef

November 20th, 2015

1:31:53

Black Men Can't Jump had it's first LIVE episode, with SPECIAL GUEST Ramy Youssef (Nick at Nite), where they discuss the infamous Hancock starring Will Smith. Listen as they tackle this original superhero story, Will …

House Guest

November 13th, 2015

1:25:19

Remember Sinbad!?! The boys of Black Men Can't Jump certainly do. Join us as we take on 1995's Houseguest with Phil Hartman and Sinbad in his first …

Once Upon A Time In Mexico ft. Arturo Castro

November 6th, 2015

1:27:31

This week SPECIAL GUEST Arturo Castro (Broad City, Alternatino) stops by the podcast to discuss Once Upon a Time In Mexico starring Antonio Banderas. The crew discusses the differences between Latin America vs. Spain, …

Night of the Living Dead

October 30th, 2015

1:32:58

Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III review George A. Romero's cult classic that set the standard for all things zombie for decades to …

Spawn

October 23rd, 2015

1:26:47

This week Jonathan, James III, and Jerah discuss the 1997 film "Spawn" and get deep into some antihero opinions. There's also a lot of talk about the lack of talking from Spawn. But really, guns, superpowers, demons... …

House Party ft. Cipha Sounds

October 16th, 2015

1:32:13

Jonathan Braylock is busy booking roles left and right. This week James and Jerah to break down House Party. But don't fret, they've brought the …

Wild Wild West

October 9th, 2015

1:02:42

What's wilder than "Wild Wild West?" The fact that James III quite literally had to phone it in for this episode. Aside from that, the boys break down the implications of a black cowboy. Also, there's just a lot of …

Coming to America ft. Natasha Rothwell

October 2nd, 2015

1:46:07

Natasha Rothwell (Saturday Night Live, Wild'N Out) drops by to review Eddie Murphy's Coming to America. This is Eddie at the height of his Hollywood …

Blade

September 25th, 2015

1:12:53

1998 was a simpler time for Wesley Snipes, tax wise, because he wasn't paying them. Also the film world was not yet over run with vampires, pale or otherwise. Enter Blade, the sword slinging, leather jacket rocking, …

Blazing Saddles

September 18th, 2015

1:14:28

The 1974 Mel Brooks satirical Western "Blazing Saddles" has Jerah furious. Not even the best kind of swirl can temper the blaze that roars inside of him. And try as they do, neither Braylock nor James III can bring him …

Training Day

September 11th, 2015

1:16:45

Denzel Washington won an Oscar for best actor in a movie that he wasn't even the lead in, or was he? He was. Maybe. It's not easy for a black man to win an Oscar. Jerah got himself a Carmel Swirl, which is something …

In The Heat of the Night ft. Keegan-Michael Key

September 4th, 2015

1:40:54

Well, this happened. Keegan-Michael Key showed up like a burst through the comedic heavens and landed in our podcast basement to record the most intense, hilarious, and in depth discussion of the classic Sidney Poitier …

Love And Basketball ft. Pheobe Robinson

August 28th, 2015

1:29:12

With James III out this week, Jon and Jerah introduce the first guest to the show: Pheobe Robinson! She absolutely crushes it with Love and …

Blue Streak

August 21st, 2015

1:15:32

Braylock, James III, and Jerah can't believe that they are reviewing this mediocre movie. That doesn't stop them from breaking down the highs and …

Barbershop

August 14th, 2015

1:14:06

Hey man, they made Ice Cube the lead of a movie and that movie made about 70 million dollars. There's a lot to break down when you look at the 2002 …

Beverly Hills Cop

August 7th, 2015

1:08:54

Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan break down Eddie Murphy's seminal blockbuster smash Beverly Hills Cop. We learn about "The Swirl." We learn about "The Cause." And we learn about Hancock!? Also, we …

Inaugural Episode

July 27th, 2015

35:08

Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan introduce their podcast in this provocative, militant, spontaneously acapella first episode. How many black leading actors can you name off the top of the dome? Why is …

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