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Race Trader Podcast

Race Trader Podcast

By Boston & J
Welcome to the Race Trader podcast! A place where Boston and J trade ideas on race by way of discussing film through a black and white perspective. They bring a nuanced look into older and contemporary black film and its impact on the racial dialogue in America.
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018 / Bamboozled (2000) w/ Dr. Mary Frances Phillips
This episode was recorded on April 25th, 2021. We are joined by Dr. Mary Frances Phillips. Enjoy! Discussed: Dr. Phillips’ background, Dr. Phillips’ perspective on Judas and the Black Messiah, the Oscars, Denzel Washington, our initial takes on Bamboozled, Spike Lee’s willingness to experiment, going through the actual application of black face, Pierre Delacroix, Paul Mooney, the Dunwitty character, white privilege, minstrelsy, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, sitcoms, black fatherhood, conflicting artistic impulses, Tyler Perry, the minstrel show performers, commercial parodies, Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent, the Derek Chauvin trial, proposed solutions, ODB’s legacy, Modern Minstrelsy v. the Politics of Respectability, and more! Shameless plugs: You can check out all of Dr. Mary Frances Phillips’ work over at her site: http://maryphillipsphd.com/ Check out her take on the movie If Beale Street Could Talk here; along with her take on Detroit here.  — Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:36:49
April 28, 2021
017 / The Best Man/Holiday (1999/2013) w/ Stephanie & Edmond Lee
This episode was recorded on April 3rd, 2021. We are joined by Stephanie and Edmond Lee. Enjoy! Discussed: Stephanie and Edmond’s background, initial takes on the movies, 90s R&B, representation, forgiveness, Mia’s affair, the narrative of a relationship, social pressures, Bell Hooks’ We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, black promiscuity, mental health, strippers, wedding faux pas, white romantic comedies, financial pressure, colorism, The Best Man: The Final Chapters, and more! Shameless plugs: Check out Stephanie Lee’s book and Sip & Share Card game over on her site: iamsuccessfullyme.com Check out Stephanie Lee's YouTube channel here. And check out Edmond Lee's work here: thelegacydad.com Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:15:60
April 13, 2021
016 / Tales From the Hood (1995) w/ Scary Thoughts
This episode was recorded on March 2nd, 2021. We are joined by the Scary Thoughts podcast hosts, Marc Kate and Chad Lott. Discussed: Tales From the Crypt, horror anthologies, David Duke, Politics of Respectability, racial dialogue in the 90s, crypto-racists v. overt racism, Clarence Williams III’s performance, heavy-handedness, irony, Tyler Perry level morality tales, Tales From the Hood 2, David Alan Grier as a villain, gallows humor, confronting trauma, growing up amidst violence, horror fandom, women and true crime audiences, Men, Women, and Chainsaws by Carol J. Clover, the genre of horror, and plenty of other tangents! We hope you enjoy! Shameless plugs: Check out the Scary Thoughts podcast here. And you can check out Marc Kate’s excellent ambient/drone music here. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:40:06
March 30, 2021
015 / Coming 2 America (2021)
This episode was recorded on March 12th, 2021. Discussed: stale chips, colorism, did they know they were making a comedy?, Disneyfication, too many cameos, Soul Plane-esque, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, comedy droughts, white comedies and black comedies, awkward and slapstick humor, Eddie Murphy’s comeback, and our disappointment. We hope you enjoy! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
32:56
March 16, 2021
014 / Judas & The Black Messiah (2021) w/ Ralph
This episode was recorded on February 25th, 2021. We are joined again by Ralph. Discussed: the physicality of Daniel Kaluuya’s performance, Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, the legend of the Black Panther Party, PBS’s Eyes on the Prize, biblical proportions, self defense, historical hindsight, the Rainbow Coalition, the sadness in Lakeith Stanfield’s performance, William O’Neal’s character, yellow envelopes; resultant consequences; Ronald Reagan; gun legislation; crossing racial lines; Redneck Revolt; white supremacy; Greek tragedies; Marvel movies; and more. We hope you enjoy! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:26:36
March 2, 2021
013 / The Before Trilogy (1995–2013) w/ Drea & Tamara
This episode was recorded on February 15th, 2021. We are joined by Drea and Tamara to take a look at Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013). We all discuss our initial thoughts; fate vs. autonomy; a relationship between two egos; the varying pressures on men and women; the transformation of a relationship; marriage; getting your affairs in order vs. taking advantage of a moment; the intrinsic lie in romantic comedies; swipe culture; time; being in love; and how the movies serve as a trilogy. We also discuss how this is a white movie, if at all; comparable black movies; and radical examination of black love. Enjoy! Shameless plugs: You can support a good cause by going over to Broadsides for Breonna and purchasing a poem by a woman of color with an accompanying illustration to hang on your wall over here. Or check out Tamara’s poetry and buy her book Tell Me Something Good over here. And if you want to purchase some fine ass curated vintage clothing check out Tomadoma Vintage over here. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:27:30
February 24, 2021
012 / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) w/ Chanda & Ralph
This episode was recorded on January 26th, 2021. We are joined by Chanda and Ralph. This episode is our first episode for what we are calling White History Month where we take the coldest and shortest month of the year to talk about the white movies that we love. We talk about the movie’s unique role in the science fiction cannon; residual PTSD; the innate anxiety of longterm relationships; the reclaiming of memory; Joel’s passivity v. Clementine’s eccentricity; the quintessential indie sad boy; the Manic Pixie Girl and The Magical Negro; Naomi; Michel Gondry’s visual and narrative sensibilities; and the many components alluded to within the snapshots that make up the film. We ask Is this a white movie? Where are the black Manic Pixie Girls? Could this movie have been made with an all black cast in 2004 or 2021? Among other things. We hope you enjoy! Shameless plugs: Chanda runs her own project management company with a focus on streamlining processes and documentation. You can find our more about her company here: http://chandalouiseoton.com Ralph writes songs, plays guitar, and sings in Fang Gang, a vampire themed punk band, along with previous Race Trader guest Mark. Check out their music here: http://fanggangnj.bandcamp.com Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:29:32
February 2, 2021
011 / Network (1976) w/ Gary & Mark
This episode was recorded on December 27th, 2020. We are joined by Gary and Mark. We talk about the movie Network for maybe 25 minutes until we derail ourselves down a rabbit hole that is our contemporary political climate and the wake of Donald Trump. We really get into the weeds on this episode. If you enjoy political discussion this episode is for you! Shameless plugs: Mark writes for Socialist Revolution magazine and is an active member of the International Marxist Tendency. You can read more about their program here: http://www.socialistrevolution.org Mark also writes electronic music using old equipment from the 80s, you can help him clear space in his apartment by purchasing his latest record here: http://rotwang.bancamp.com Mark slaps the bass and yells about stupid shit while dressed as a vampire in Fang Gang. Check their music out here: http://fanggangnj.bandcamp.com Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:33:11
January 19, 2021
010 / Fences (2016) w/ Akira & Sidney
This episode was recorded on November 24th, 2020. We are joined by Akira and Sidney. We all discuss our initial thoughts; the how versus the end product; empathy for the fallen; the suppression of joy; familial relations; resentment; the silent sacrifices of women; Rose’s ability to read Troy; the deferment of dreams; Gabriel’s self-actualization; Denzel & Viola’s performances; resentment; black male vulnerability; infidelity; consideration for Rose; did Troy love Rose?; responsibility vs. love; Rose’s run to religion; and more! Apologies for the sound quality throughout this episode. We were having some microphone issues. We hope you enjoy! Shameless plugs: If you’re looking for real estate in the Boston area, reach out to Sidney here! And don't forget to check out the Scary Thoughts podcast and their episode with us discussing Jordan Peele's Us. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:30:49
January 13, 2021
009 / Moonlight (2016)
This episode was recorded on November 8th, 2020. We discuss our initial thoughts and veer off onto a long tangent by way of asking if Moonlight is poverty porn and then wander into Academy Award representation. Eventually we get back to discussing the hopeful character of Moonlight; how Moonlight sits within the legacy of queer cinema; intimacy and touch; Chiron and Kevin’s expression of their sexuality; masculinity in black and white communities; the strong and subtle performances in the movie; bullying; tragedy; Juan as a father figure; black male vulnerability; religion in the black and white communities; metal music and white people; tragedy; faith; white privilege; Christianity and black people; and the use of water throughout the movie. We hope you enjoy! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:06:29
December 22, 2020
008 / Queen & Slim (2019) w/ Drea & Tamara
This episode was recorded on October 25th, 2020. We are joined by Drea and Tamara. We all discuss our initial thoughts; the slave as an executioner; the lack of choice in a flawed system; the political as personal; would a black person stay in the car?; Slim’s naïveté; Shakespeare; forgiveness; the inspiration of their journey; and black betrayal. We embark on a HUGE tangent discussing OJ Simpson; Michael Jackson; Corey Feldman; R Kelly; Bill Cosby; protest as an act of self-defense; a surplus of tragedy not processed; Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America; agency and determinism; Trump loyalists; empathy and distance; voter intent; televised news; and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. And we eventually get back to discussing the movie. We hope you enjoy! Shameless Plugs You can support a good cause by going over to Broadsides for Breonna and purchasing a poem by a woman of color with an accompanying illustration to hang on your wall! Or check out Tamara’s poetry and buy her book Tell Me Something Good! And if you want to purchase some fine ass curated vintage clothing check out Tomadoma Vintage! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:19:44
December 8, 2020
007 / Training Day (2001)
This episode was recorded on September 24th, 2020. We discuss how our perspectives changed upon rewatch; the rise of the anti-hero; the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; Breonna Taylor; karma; the role of police; our experience with police; street justice; poor performances; plot holes; has Denzel transcended race as an actor?; and Training Day’s contributions to the racial dialogue. We also venture off onto tangents ranging from Lean on Me; Predator 2; the Politics of Respectability; macro/micro perspectives; and To Pimp a Butterfly among other things. Enjoy! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
47:50
November 24, 2020
006 / Menace II Society (1993)
This episode was recorded on July 25th, 2020. We discuss black genocide; a lack of hope; the Hughes Brothers relationship with 2Pac; misogyny in rap music; censorship; dystopian settings; the ending; white perspective/black perspective; sociopathy; the prison industrial complex; Donald Trump; relating with black people; the weight of being black; religious dogma; Charles Dutton; fronting thug life; no more anxiety; and showing up at a white college. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
50:17
November 10, 2020
005 / Atlanta's Teddy Perkins (2018)
This episode was recorded on September 8th, 2020. Happy Halloween! This episode we discuss horror, surrealism, David Lynch, white face, great art coming from great pain, fatherhood, dedication, unpacking the past, loneliness, Darius’ role in the show Atlanta, picking up items purchased on Craigslist, black people and horror movie shenanigans, gallows humor, black tenacity, the Weathering Effect, and black representation in horror movies. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
56:32
October 27, 2020
004 / Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
This episode was recorded on August 7th, 2020. We discuss Tyler Perry’s plays, why Perry is not for white people, how Perry handles trauma, Spike Lee vs Tyler Perry, Perry’s abusive childhood history, did the movie take on too much?, Tyler Perry as Booker T Washington, the Politics of Respectability and Christianity, The Boondocks, money vs quality film, colorism, Tyler Perry’s lack of complexity and tone, and Perry’s business acumen. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
49:23
October 13, 2020
003 / Jungle Fever (1991)
This episode was recorded on July 14th, 2020. We discuss how relevant the movie is today, interracial relationships, why this is a lessor known Spike Lee movie, the perceived danger of white women to black men, Flipper’s dilemma, racial stereotypes, Italians vs Black people, black love vulnerability, the birth of cool, colorism, unanswered questions and why does this movie still matter. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
51:31
September 29, 2020
002 / Sorry to Bother You (2018)
This episode was recorded on July 10th, 2020. We take a look at Sorry to Bother You and do our best to unpack it’s many layers. We discuss Oakland, art communities, being black in corporate America, code switching, protest, Black Lives Matter, moral relativism, white privilege, sports, the American Dream, the role of fathers, and more! Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
01:20:57
September 15, 2020
001 / Coming to America (1988)
This episode was recorded on June 30th, 2020. We watch Coming to America with fresh eyes and discuss the film’s context, Eddie Murphy as a celebrity, the variety of performances, misogyny, colorism, and the upcoming sequel. Email us your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at bostonnj@racetraderpodcast.com. Discuss the show with the #racetraderpodcast hashtag on Twitter and everywhere else. Please don’t forget to rate, review and listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
46:40
September 1, 2020