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BlerdUp

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A Blerd.com Podcast.

BlerdUp presents nerd culture from a BPOV - a Black point of view
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20 Years Of The Cold Vein Feat. Vast Aire
Brendon talks with legendary Harlem MC Vast Aire about the 20th anniversary of The Cold Vein. Vast shares some history about the making of the underground rap classic. He also gives an update on when to expect new music from Cannibal Ox (spoiler: very soon)
01:03:33
May 11, 2021
Hot Wings & Hot Takes
In our 75th episode, BlerdUp shares some spicy takes surrounding the finale of Captain America & The Winter Soldier.
01:15:55
April 28, 2021
Mortal Kombat 2021 Review - A Flawless Victory?
BlerdUp gives a spoiler-free review of the heavily anticipated cinematic reboot of Mortal Kombat! We also have a small spoiler discussion.
37:48
April 12, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong Review
BlerdUp reviews the monster brawler epic, Godzilla vs. Kong! We also get caught up on Falcon & The Winter Soldier as well as the Amazon Prime animated series, Invincible!
01:14:53
April 6, 2021
Was The Snyder Cut Worth The Wait?
BlerdUp share's our thoughts on Zack Snyder's Justice League. BlerdUp also discusses the first episode of Falcon & The Winter Soldier!
01:33:50
March 22, 2021
Coming 2 America Didn't Come Correct
BlerdUp reviews the sequel to Eddie Murphy's comedy classic Coming to America that has sparked an intense debate online.  BlerdUp lets you know what our real thoughts are about Coming 2 America.  Then, we discuss the finale of WandaVision and what it means for the future of the MCU.  
01:36:07
March 8, 2021
Judas And The Black Messiah Review
BlerdUp reviews Judas And The Black Messiah as well as its soundtrack. We also get caught up on Wandavision and answer some fan questions!
01:36:26
February 17, 2021
Black TV Is Starting 2021 Off Right
In BlerdUp's first episode of the year, Brendon is joined by Sky and Draper to discuss the first viral meme sensation of the year, One Night In Miami, Lupin, Outside The Wire, and Wandavision.
01:45:17
January 29, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 Review: A White Feminist Bore
BlerdUp roasts Wonder Woman 1984 aka WW84, discusses Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and gushes over Pixar's Soul! 
57:01
December 28, 2020
Our Favorite Rap Albums Of 2020
Brendon is joined by JackZilla to discuss the rap albums that moved them the most in 2020 and some honorable mentions. They also talk about who they're excited for in 2021.
01:24:58
December 19, 2020
Does Jingle Jangle Clink or Clang?
Is Jingle Jangle the Black Christmas classic we've been waiting for? Check out our review! Afterwards, BlerdUp celebrates several anniversaries, including Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun.
01:07:35
November 20, 2020
Oh, The Horror!
BlerdUp reviews the series finale of Kipo & the Age Of Wonderbeasts and the season finale of Lovecraft Country. We also review three movies: Vampires vs. The Bronx, His House, and The Craft Legacy. Lastly, we share our thoughts on the 2020 election and some lessons to be learned
01:15:23
November 6, 2020
Lovecraft Country - Going Back To Tulsa Review
BlerdUp gets caught up on everything Lovecraft Country leading up to the season finale,  as well as how some character relationships have affected them personally. This episode explores the significance of the real life Tulsa Race Massacre and how the fictional episode depicts the tragedy. 
57:42
October 15, 2020
Lovecraft Country - I Am Review
BlerdUp discusses Lovecraft Country Episode 7 "I Am.", but first the team talks about the new Netflix documentary "High Score" and how it explores  the first console war between Nintendo and Sega. 
55:04
October 7, 2020
Why Microsoft Is Going To Beat Sony
In this episode, BlerdUp breaks down the PS5 Showcase and Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda Softworks. We discuss rumors and the different strategies of all three major consoles manufacturers and how Microsoft will rise to the top.
32:28
September 28, 2020
Antebellum Review: Was Kanye Right?
BlerdUp reviews and spoil the controversial new slave film Antebellum! Afterwards, we break down the latest episodes of Lovecraft Country!
01:07:49
September 25, 2020
Mulan Is The Get Out Of Asian Films
BlerdUp reviews the 2020 remake of Mulan and discuss how problematic it is. Then, we discuss the latest episode of Lovecraft Country, 'A History Of Violence'. Finally, Brendon catches everyone up on his Black women reading challenge.
01:08:48
September 10, 2020
Honoring Chadwick Boseman
On this week's beefy show, BlerdUp pays tribute to Black cultural icon Chadwick Boseman. We also discuss John Boyega airing out Disney over Star Wars, why we may be too woke for Batman, and Lovecraft Country. Brendon also reviews New Mutants!
01:31:55
September 3, 2020
Tenet Review
Early Tenet review by Brendon of BlerdUp.  Is Tenet worth seeing?  Tenet is a spy film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and stars John David Washington (Ballers, BlacKkKlansman, The Book of Eli).  Check out this episode of BlerdUp to find out. 
15:04
August 28, 2020
Kipo & The Age Of Wonderbeasts Helps Normalize Blackness
We discuss Kipo & The Age Of Wonderbeasts,  the Wonder Years getting rebooted with a Black cast, the latest Candyman teaser, and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods!
56:10
July 11, 2020
Black Men, It's Bigger Than Noname & J. Cole
In our shortest show yet, Brendon breaks down the Noname/J. Cole situation and issues a challenge to his male listeners.
18:52
June 25, 2020
How Should Pop Culture React to Black Protests?
On our 2nd anniversary episode, we discuss the PS5 "Future of Gaming" event, our hope and cynicism concerning the recent global uprisings, how pop culture could react to our current crises, Dave Chappelle's "8:46", and more!
01:02:49
June 19, 2020
#BlackAF is #BoringAF
BlerdUp discusses three Netflix releases: #BlackAF, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045, and The Midnight Gospel. They also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Flying Lotus's Cosmogramma and more!
01:11:13
May 2, 2020
In Living Color Turns 30
BlerdUp celebrates the 30th anniversary of the debut of In Living Color! We discuss its history, behind the scenes drama, our favorite characters, trivia, and more!
01:31:01
April 20, 2020
Tribe's Debut Album & Fear Of A Black Planet Turn 30
BlerdUp discusses the delay of The Last of Us Part II , Resident Evil 3 impressions, the PS5 controller, and Steven Universe. In the latter half of the show, we discuss the 30th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest's debut album & Public Enemy's "Fear Of A Black Planet"!
01:08:58
April 9, 2020
Like Water For Chocolate Turns 20
BlerdUp discusses some new, problematic Marvel comic book characters, Rosario Dawson in Star Wars, positive news amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the 10th anniversary of Kick-Ass, and the 20th anniversary of Common's Like Water For Chocolate.
01:33:57
March 27, 2020
Life After The Coronavirus
BlerdUp discusses how the coronavirus has affected the entertainment industry & the world at large.  BlerdUP also talks Kingdom Season 3, Jay Electronica's new long-awaited album, and specs on the PS5 and Xbox Series X!
01:21:06
March 20, 2020
Does Castlevania Season 3 Miss The Mark?
BlerdUp reviews Castlevania season 3  & The Invisible Man . Then, we discuss a Tupac bio-musical..with an all-Korean cast. Lastly, we answer our first fan question!
01:09:43
March 13, 2020
Episode 48: Coronavirus, Candyman, & Super Tuesday
We discuss how the Coronavirus has affected us in Korea, our thoughts on the new Candyman trailer, and our reactions to the Super Tuesday results!
01:14:32
March 6, 2020
Jim Carrey Runs Rings Around Sonic
In this jam-packed episode, we review Sonic The Hedgehog & the much buzzed-about performance of Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik. We also discuss the reveal of the next generation of Samsung Galaxy phones, Parasite at the Oscars, the Democratic primaries, and more!
57:53
February 14, 2020
Birds Of Prey Review
We give a non-spoiler review of the new female-led comic book movie, Birds Of Prey! Then, we break down the series finale of Bojack Horseman. We also give our take on the coronavirus, given our proximity to China, and more!
01:37:22
February 7, 2020
Favorite Albums Of The '10s
Brendon is joined by up and coming Black actor in Korea, Jack Zilla, and discuss the albums that made the most impact on them from the previous decade.
01:20:27
January 31, 2020
Bad Boys for Life Review...More Like Mediocre Boys
Did Will Smith and Martin Lawrence wait too long to make another Bad Boys movie?  Does Bad Boys 3 hold up to its two predecessors?  We review and briefly spoil the latest in the Bad Boys Franchise.  
38:27
January 16, 2020
Star Wars Movies Ranked Including Rise of Skywalker
All 11 of the Star Wars Movies Ranked Including the latest Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.  In the last episode of the year, BlerdUp breaks down the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga! Brendon and Mel dig into how they feel about the use of POC characters in the new trilogy.
01:39:41
December 30, 2019
Watchmen Season 2, What Would it Look Like?
Brendon & Mel talk about the season finale of Watchmen, what they would like to see in a 2nd season, and their favorite Blerd X-mas moments. But first they explain why they're not going to review the latest Star Wars movie for a while.
01:04:06
December 19, 2019
Astronomy Club Is The New In Living Color
In this jam-packed episode, we discuss Lizzo, the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, why you should be watching Astronomy Club, and of course the penultimate episode of Watchmen.
01:04:48
December 14, 2019
What The Hell is Gender Fluid: Relevance, Representation, and Plot Twists
Brendon and Mel talk about Billy Dee Williams' recent spike in the news. They also talk about some Black artists' recent critique of Jay-Z. Lastly, they break down the latest Watchmen episode.
52:02
December 6, 2019
Watchmen & Trans-Generational Trauma
Description: Brendon & Mel dig deep into the sixth episode of the Watchmen TV series titled "This Extraordinary Being".
59:52
December 2, 2019
Dr. Sleep is Better Than The Shining
Dr. Sleep review by Brendon & Mel of BlerdUp. A non-spoiler and spoiler discussion about the latest Stephen King adaptation. Then, they get caught up on the Watchmen show and briefly chat about the season premieres of Rick & Morty as well as The Mandalorian.
01:09:51
November 15, 2019
Terminator Dark Fate Is The Best Since T2
Brendon and Mel review and spoil the latest Terminator movie! Afterward, they recap Watchmen episode 2 as well as share their thoughts on the 1st half of Bojack Horseman's final season. Finally, they share some of their yearly Halloween traditions!
01:19:04
November 1, 2019
The New Watchmen Show is Black AF
Brendon & Mel discuss the surprisingly Black premiere of the Watchmen TV show! They also discuss the final trailer of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker as well as give their predictions and expectations!
48:33
October 25, 2019
Gemini Man Review: Will Smith's Big Movie Comeback?
Brendon & Marquita review Will Smith's latest action movie. They also discuss Raising Dion, the new Black superhero show on Netflix.
56:18
October 11, 2019
Joker Movie Review: Is Joker The Villain We Deserve?
Brendon, Mel, and Marquita review the controversial, new Joker origin movie! They also discuss the particular use of Black women in the film
01:20:16
October 4, 2019
Ad Astra Review: Better Than Interstellar?
Ad Astra reviewed by the BlerdUp crew. Brendon and Mel discuss the newest space blockbuster and its subversion of what it means to be a male hero.
01:03:01
September 27, 2019
Dave Chappelle is Steve Harvey For Millennials
Brendon and Mel discuss Dave Chappelle's latest standup Sticks and Stones and the role of comedy in these dire times.  We also review It Chapter Two and whether it is worth the watch.   Make sure to subscribe and review BlerdUp on your favorite podcast platform.
01:15:30
September 13, 2019
Is Hip-Hop Still a Genre of Revolution?
We discuss what artists initially inspired us to question the status quo, what's good and problematic in hip-hop now, and what we want from the genre in the future. Check out Brendon's piece on where rap is going on Blerd.com! https://www.blerd.com/a-new-wave-of-rap-is-coming-heres-why/
01:00:16
August 27, 2019
Is Cannon Busters a Blast or a Fizzle?
We review Cannon Busters, the Disney / Sony breakup with Spider-Man, and A Black Lady Sketch Show in this episode of BlerdUp.  Mel returns to cover a lot of ground with Brendon in this episode. Will The Sony Disney deal ruin the Spider-Man franchise?  How will they make up for this change in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
01:01:54
August 23, 2019
Has The Boys Taken It Too Far?
Brendon and Marquita discuss last weekend's Seoul Comic Con, the new Black Tekken fighter, the recent shootings in the States, the legacy of Toni Morrison, a few anniversaries, and Amazon Prime's The Boys! 
01:06:24
August 11, 2019
Can Mahershala Ali Replace Wesley Snipes?!
We talk about Blade, that new Harriet trailer and then recap ComicCon 2019! 
01:04:13
August 11, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Review
We analyze the remake of arguably the greatest Disney film of all time. Does it live up to the original? We also talk about some surprises at BlerdCon and more! 
01:09:42
August 11, 2019
Midsommar & Stranger Things Spoiler Talk
We discuss the white nonsense that is Midsommar! Then, we examine Stranger Things season 3 and where the series could go in season 4. Let us know what you thought of STS3 and Midsommar in the comments! 
46:59
August 11, 2019
Spider-Man Far From Home Review + Spoiler Discussion
We discuss the latest Spider-Man and post-Endgame MCU film! Does it live up to the hype? Where does the MCU and Spider-Man franchise go from here? 
56:28
August 11, 2019
Batman Turns 30!
We look back at Tim Burton's seminal superhero movie: the good, the bad, and the hilarious! We also discuss our favorite Batman movies! This was a lot of fun to do! 
01:00:16
August 11, 2019
E3 2019 Discussion
We discuss E3 2019: the presentations, our favorite games, the progressions & setbacks in race and gender representation, and more! 
01:14:33
August 11, 2019
Blackity Black Mirror, Dark Phoenix, & MIB Int'l
We discuss Dark Phoenix, polar bear sex anatomy with the newest Black Mirror season, whether the new MIB is worth your time, and why Keanu Reeves is the 2Pac of Hollywood. 
01:04:10
August 11, 2019
Godzilla, GoT, & Brightburn Reviews
 The BU crew get caught up on everything they've been watching over the past few weeks as well as discuss the newest summer blockbuster, Godzilla: King of the Monsters! 
01:04:05
August 11, 2019
Detective Pikachu Review
It's been over 25 years since Nintendo greenlit a live-action movie based one of their properties. Was it worth the wait? 
42:15
August 11, 2019
Our Top 10 Favorite MCU Films
We talk about the new Sonic and Gemini Man trailers, more Endgame reflections, and reveal our favorite MCU films (including Endgame). 
01:11:12
August 11, 2019
Avengers Endgame Review + Spoiler Talk
The BlerdUp crew break down the cinematic event of the decade: the thrilling conclusion to the Infinity Saga! 
01:31:35
August 11, 2019
Hellboy Review
We discuss the 2019 reboot of the superhero franchise Guillermo Del Toro started 15 years ago. 
33:09
August 11, 2019
Shazam Review + Spoiler Talk
Shazam takes the box office by storm this week. Has DC finally caught lightning in a bottle? Check our review! 
52:49
August 11, 2019
Us Review + Spoiler Breakdown
Jordan Peele’s sophomore film has finally come to Korea! Where do we stand on it, and what hood anthems do we want to see changed into horror orchestrations? Tune in to our latest! 
01:14:27
August 11, 2019
Captain Marvel Review
Tune in as we breakdown the first female-led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! 
01:12:43
August 11, 2019
Alita Battle Angel Review
 Join our first full house in months as we review Alita: Battle Angel! 
25:30
August 11, 2019
Favorite Hip-Hop Albums of 2018
Brendon is joined by one of the hottest DJs in Seoul, Sean Soul, and they discuss their favorite rap albums of 2018! 
01:24:25
August 11, 2019
Glass Review
Unable to break through to critics and leaving audiences split, Glass has become the most divisive movie of 2019 so far. Tune in to hear our non-spoiler AND spoiler review! 
55:43
August 11, 2019
Aquaman Review
Is Aquaman “the best DC movie since the Dark Knight”? We break down the latest from the DCEU and where it ranks for us in its filmography. 
01:02:57
August 11, 2019
Spider-Man Into The SpiderVerse Review
 Brendon and Mel break down what may be the best entry in the Spider-Man franchise. 
01:01:21
August 10, 2019
Catching Vibes With Oddisee
The legendary Oddisee was gracious enough to sit down with Brendon before his amazing concert in Seoul. He shares his thoughts on looking at America from the outside, how he keeps his music positive in the midst of the Trump era, and gives advice to creatives who have lost inspiration & motivation under the current administration. Apologies for the sound quality! We recommend listening on speakers, not headphones! Please support Oddisee's music here: https://oddisee.bandcamp.com/ Check whether he's coming to a town near you! http://oddisee.co/tour/
15:60
August 9, 2019
Daredevil Season 3 Review Discussion
Brendon and Mel delve into the newest season of Daredevil: themes, plot points, performances - and Wilson Fisk's hilarious inability to give simple answers to simple questions. 
01:15:07
August 8, 2019
Luke Cage Season 2 Discussion
Before the highly anticipated season 3 of Daredevil comes out, we examine the 2nd season of Luke Cage as well as the powerful themes & messages it has for men and women of color. 
01:16:32
August 8, 2019
Blackstar & Aquemini Turn 20!
Did you know that Blackstar's debut and Outkast's 'Aquemini' dropped on the same day 20 years ago? Join the Blerd Up crew, as we celebrate these classics! Then, at the end, we share our top 5 rap duos of all time! 
01:29:23
August 8, 2019
Ant-Man & the Wasp Review Discussion
 Why is Ant-Man the "Ja-Rule of the MCU"? Listen and find out! That and more on our review of Marvel's latest. 
53:26
August 8, 2019
Coming To America's 30th Anniversary
What is the greatest Black comedy of all time, and why is it 'Coming To America'? On this episode, we do a retrospective on the Eddie Murphy classic, as it turns 30 this week. We also explore what a remake could look like today.
56:24
August 8, 2019
E3 2018 & Representation in Video Games
On this episode, we dig into the press conferences at E3 this year as well as the noticeable increase in racial, gender, and - to a lesser extent - sexual diversity in the games to come. 
01:51:46
August 8, 2019
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom & The Future of Star Wars
We review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ahead of its release in the States. We also talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office and our thoughts on where the Star Wars franchise is going! 
01:02:35
August 8, 2019