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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 culture through a black and white perspective. They bring a nuanced look into older and contemporary black culture and its impact on the racial dialogue in America.
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032 / Insecure S5 (2021)
This episode was recorded on January 25th, 2022. Enjoy! — Discussed: how we got into the show; comedy first, drama second; inside black jokes; Insecure’s relatability; the soundtrack of Insecure; opportunities; Love Life; Boston’s take; Curb Your Enthusiasm; aspirational black shows; swag as an engine; Sex & The City for black women; Nathan; black masculinity; Nathan & Issa; Insecure and class; fatherhood; Lawrence & Condola; and fucking Derek. — 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.
56:23
April 29, 2022
031 / Mulholland Drive (2001) w/ Scary Thoughts
Welcome to our White History Month episode! We are joined by our friends Marc and Chad from Scary Thoughts! This episode was recorded on February 26th, 2022. Enjoy! — Shameless plugs: Check out Marc and Chad’s podcast Scary Thoughts here: scarythoughts.org Check out My Heart, An Inverted Flame, Marc Kate’s experimental music project here: myheartaninvertedflame.bandcamp.com — Discussed: microphone troubles; Marc Kate’s My Heart, An Inverted Flame show report; first impressions of Mulholland Drive; our introductions to David Lynch; Blue Velvet; black corporal punishment; the freedom to explore unknown worlds; Donald Glover’s Atlanta; what is Lynchian?; mysteries; the story behind Mulholland Drive’s creation; Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; the Hollywood machine; Harvey Weinstein; the audition scene; artifice; duplicity; David Lynch’s casting choices; the genetic code of America; DEI and work environments; Lynchian settings; darkness; Mulholland Drive’s sound design; Betty’s naïveté; Jordan Peterson; how actually scary the movie is; the sex scene; dream logic; doppelgängers; metaphor; plot vs. character headspace; a tangent on literary fiction; art and mental illness; meditation; the cowboy; the spiritual energy of objects; Club Silencio; David Lynch and race and gender; and more! — Articles mentioned: David Lynch Keeps His Head by David Foster Wallace: www.scribd.com/doc/27992934/David-Lynch-Keeps-His-Head What Does David Lynch Have to Say About Race? by Frank Guan: ww.vulture.com/2017/09/david-lynch-racial-politics.html — 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.
02:17:08
February 28, 2022
030 / Fargo (1996)
This episode was recorded on December 19th, 2021. Enjoy! — Discussed: Why this movie?; our relationship with the Coen Bros; the Coen Bros. focus on characters; the Marge character appearing in other Coen Bros. movies; characters v. caricatures; the proto-Breaking Bad; Marge’s visit with Mike; Marge & Norm’s relationship; cultural contrast; “Minnesota nice”; good and evil; ordinary people; The Office; careerism; Se7en; relationships with violence. — 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.
57:05
January 10, 2022
029 / Beasts of No Nation (2015)
This episode was recorded on November 17th & 21st, 2021. Enjoy! — Discussed: Why this movie?; Cari Fukunaga’s attention to detail; war movies; child soldiers; brown-brown; no clear enemy; the movies political context; the book by Uzodinma Iweala; Boston’s trip to Ghana; Agu’s family dynamic; “Good morning”; Fukunaga’s research; Liberia; Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow; Charles Taylor; the humanity in the film; trauma bonds; “It can always get worse.”; Idris’s performance as the Commandant; the Commandant v. Heath Ledger’s Joker; Abraham Attah’s performance as Agu; the parallel’s between child soldiers and American gangs; Non-white gangs v. the KKK & Neo-Nazis; Menace II Society v. Beasts of No Nation; J brings up The Wire again. — 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.
01:17:50
November 29, 2021
028 / Candyman (1992/2021) w/ Ralph
This episode was recorded on October 15th, 2021. We are once again joined by Ralph. Enjoy! — Discussed: the history informing both Candyman films; the Candyman film franchise; how each Candyman movie depicts violence; Philip Glass and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s scores; the realism behind the original Candyman; Candyman compared to other slasher movie boogie men; the development of the Candyman lore; urban legends; you reap what you sow; Billy Burke as John the Baptist; the history of Black America; Helen Lyle is subjected to the black experience; white savior trope subverted; Vampires; old criticisms; score placement; the Chicago Police; overstuffed with ideas; Easter eggs; Tony Todd; why horror movies; the complex black villain; and Leprechaun vs. Candyman. — 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.
01:08:04
October 28, 2021
027 / Hamilton (2015)
This episode was recorded on October 1st, 2021. Enjoy! — Discussed: A little bit about Ron Chernow; the production value of Hamilton; the music of Hamilton; hip hop for white people; our relationship with musicals; other black musicals; a lack of originality with musicals; Jamaican Reggae covers; the time given to Hamilton’s upbringing; Sufjan Stevens’ proximity to musicals; the Animaniacs; duels; Hamilton’s insecurities; Hamilton’s false portrayal as an abolitionist; how they address slavery; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s possible intent; The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Ishmael Reed; the Obamas; J’s relationship with history; IKEA furnished slave quarters; Lin-Manuel Miranda and colorism; the trope of the proud black woman; taking the good with the bad; proximity; Christopher Columbus; The Underground Railroad by Barry Jenkins; and closing thoughts. — 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.
58:28
October 07, 2021
026 / A Band Called Death (2013) w/ Ralph & Taco
This episode was recorded on August 31st, 2021. We are joined by Ralph and Taco. Enjoy! — Discussed: initial takes; the title of the movie; metal/punk band names; missed opportunities; failure and shame; just go to New York; why the hell did they go to Vermont?; destiny stories; they were different; Lamb’s Blood; J’s ignorance with Rastafarianism; Boston’s ignorance with Reggae’s relationship to Punk; Lee Scratch Perry; Ska; Bad Brains; punk and the black community; inclusive show spaces; two sides of the same coin; Three 6 Mafia; connecting with anger; bravado v. catharsis; a rediscovery; neo-Nazis and black metal; persistence; risk; familial support; the Butthole Surfers; Ralph pens a white savior movie; contrarianism; Run the Jewels and music as identity. — Shameless plugs: Check out Ralph and Taco’s jazz/punk adjacent band Rube on Instagram here: @rubeband Check out Taco’s stoner black metal band Keef Chamber on Instagram here: @keefchamber — 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.
01:15:15
September 21, 2021
025 / Armand Hammer & The Alchemist’s Haram (2021)
This episode was recorded on July 30th, 2021. Enjoy! — Discussed: [“Roaches Don’t Fly”] — the expansion of our podcast; how we approach music — [“Black Sunlight”] — why this album; conscious rap; Ice Cube’s Lethal Injection; OutKast; what Armand Hammer bring to the table; a darker Run the Jewels; white audience majority — [“Indian Summer”] — Boston hates it; NPR in thirty years; the rise and decline of rock and hip hop; underground rap in the 90s was like the minor leagues; catharsis — [“Wishing Bad”] — fuck a hook — [“Falling Out the Sky”] — a lyrics guy; concern for the audience; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; John Cage; cultural touch points — [“Chicharonnes”] — Quelle Chris’s verse; black on black criticism; impossible goals; Bamboozled; Boondocks; corporate involvement in radical movements; grad school rap — [“Robert Moses”] — 90’s R&B; harmony; Boyz II Men; idiosyncratic vocal performances; 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.
53:17
August 06, 2021
024 / The Five Heartbeats (1991) w/ Drea
This episode was recorded on June 29th, 2021. We are joined again by Drea. Enjoy! — Discussed: why this movie?; initial takes; a slightly more sophisticated Tyler Perry; the music in the movie; a discussion on the history of R&B and Soul music; sexism in the movie; Whitney Houston & Denzel Washington; the passing on of music; J sings poorly; R&B and contemporary technology; ancillary benefits; youth culture; Lil Nas X; white people on an album cover; and then we entirely abandon ship on discussing the movie and enter into a discussion on cultural appropriation and us sounding old. — 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.
01:07:59
July 21, 2021
023 / Django Unchained (2012) w/ Gary & Ralph
This episode was recorded on July 1st, 2021. We are joined again by Gary & Ralph. Enjoy! — Discussed: the controversy surrounding Django Unchained; The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist; slave revenge stories; Thomas Jefferson; The Whitney Plantation museum; psychopathic histories; Indiana Jones; favorite lines from Django; Tarantino’s depiction of violence; fugitive slave laws; a sweet ending; Bass Reeves; Dead or Alive; an inverse of “The Magical Negro” trope; Django’s transformation; Schultz’s decision to shoot Candy; Stephen Warren; plot holes; Schultz’s character; southern hospitality; the original Django; suicide by cop; Star Wars: A New Hope; tenacity and privilege; the value of an outsider’s perspective; Twelve Years a Slave; intended audiences; confronting darkness in film; southern myth making; performative courtesy and violence; and Auschwitz weddings. — 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.
01:29:28
July 07, 2021
022 / Boyz n the Hood (1991) w/ Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr.
This episode was recorded on June 17th, 2021. We are joined by Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr.! — Discussed: Dr. Graves’ professional background; socio-economic difficulties effecting evolutionary decisions in the African American community; The Race Myth; reproduction investment; the inheritability of IQ; nature vs. nurture; a national health crisis; working class conditions; fundamentalist Christianity and Creationism; Boyz n the Hood and fatherhood; unintended consequences; gentrification; the state apparatus; HBCUs; “black genocide”; Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow; Donald Trump; Stalin/Hitler v. Trump/Putin; the New Deal; meaningful employment; investing in public education; universal healthcare; Boyz n the Hood v. Menace II Society; gun legislation; unchecked white supremacy in the military; public service; the legalization of drugs; Carl Hart; another Civil War; the Myth of the Lost Cause; colorblind racism; can black people be racist?. Enjoy! — Shameless plugs: Check out Dr. Joseph L Graves Jr's works on Google Scholar here. The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America can be purchased here. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium can be purchased here. Preorder Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 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.
01:37:25
June 22, 2021
021 / Bad Trip (2021) w/ Ralph & Kyndra Crump
This episode was recorded on June 6th, 2021. We are joined by Ralph and Kyndra Crump! — Discussed: Kyndra’s road to comedy; our initial takes on the movie Bad Trip; Jackass; the public becoming part of the story; older sisters; comedic taste; missing the movie’s premise; narrative serving pranks; romantic comedies and road trip movies; behind the scenes; slapstick; is it the first black prank movie?; Loiter Squad; Bad Grandpa; assessing the public’s reactions; and a tangential discussion on racist slurs. Enjoy! — Shameless plugs: You can check out Kyndra’s podcast The Kyndra Crump Show here; check her out on YouTube here; and follow Kyndra on Instagram @thekyndracrumpshow. — 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.
57:02
June 09, 2021
020 / The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–6)
This episode was recorded on May 19th and 23rd, 2021. — Discussed (part 1): Our initial positions and experiences with the show; whether or not Will Smith is participating in minstrelsy; Cosby’s “Poundcake” diatribe; the Cosby Show, but with hip hop; black shows at the time; hood representation; Living Single; charisma; early 90s sitcoms v. late 90s sitcoms; Family Matters; who’s laughing at who?; final thesis. — Episodes watched: Pilot (S1.E1); Mistaken Identity (S1.E6); The Ethnic Tip (S1.E17); 72 Hours (S1.E23); Winner Takes Off (S3.E15); Six Degrees of Graduation (S3.E24); Blood is Thicker Than Mud (S4.E8); Poppa’s Gotta Brand New Excuse (S4.E24); The Philadelphia Story (S4.E26); Viva Lost Wages (S6.E8) — Discussed (part 2): A full 160; 72 Hours; Mistaken Identity; the story of a misfit; Blood is Thicker Than Mud; the importance of Carlton’s character; what does it mean to be a black man?; Poppa’s Gotta Brand New Excuse; Will Smith’s background; The Philadelphia Story; intended age demographics for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; high school level racial dialogue; black people and the entertainment industry; Paul Mooney (R.I.P.); art’s subjectivity vs. sports’ objectivity; “Doing something great is overrated.”; typecasting; 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.
01:21:05
May 25, 2021
019 / A Time to Kill (1996) w/ Gary
This episode was recorded on May 8th, 2021. We are joined again by Gary. Enjoy! — Discussed: Why this movie?; initial takes of the movie; a star-studded cast; Is the movie still relevant?; America’s first terrorist group; cartoonish caricatures; jury nullification; procedural plot holes; My Cousin Vinny; The Wire; the expediency of the Derek Chauvin trial; Carl’s decision; the role of the defense attorney; the death penalty; prisons; the punishment lottery; percentage of solved Chicago murders in 2018–19; Gary, Indiana; the Charles Stuart case; compounded issues; Derek Chauvin’s legal defense; Derek Chauvin’s prison sentence; Walter Scott; jury selection; useless narrative tangents; Joel Schumacher; Is this a white savior movie?; and Jake’s closing argument. — 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.
01:31:16
May 13, 2021
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 02, 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! — Discussed: initial takes on Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013); 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. — Discussed: 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 02, 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. Apologies for the sound quality throughout this episode. We were having some microphone issues.  — Discussed: 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!  — 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.  — Discussed: Our initial thoughts; we 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.  — Discussed: 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; black betrayal; 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 more! 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 08, 2020
007 / Training Day (2001)
This episode was recorded on September 24th, 2020.  — Discussed: 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; Lean on Me; Predator 2; the Politics of Respectability; macro/micro perspectives; To Pimp a Butterfly; 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.
47:50
November 24, 2020
006 / Menace II Society (1993)
This episode was recorded on July 25th, 2020.  — Discussed: 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! — Discussed: horror, surrealism, David Lynch, white face, great art coming from great pain, fatherhood, dedication, unpacking the past, loneliness, Darius’ role in 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.  — Discussed: 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.  — Discussed: the movie's relevance; 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.  — Discussed: Oakland; art communities; being black in corporate America; code switching; protests; Black Lives Matter; moral relativism; white privilege; sports; the American Dream; the role of fathers. — 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.  — Discussed: initial takes; 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 01, 2020