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Brown & Black

Jack Rico, Mike Sargent

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2022 Webby Honoree 'Brown & Black' is a new podcast magazine show exploring the convergence of race and pop culture, hosted by two diverse voices, one Latino and one Black, to fill a needed void in rethinking how pop culture news and opinion are conveyed in America today. Jack Rico and Mike Sargent, two national film and culture critics, interview filmmakers, artists, and journalists to examine the complex nature of entertainment and race.
 
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To listen to our podcast, subscribe on these platforms: iTunes: https://apple.co/32hShVT​ Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ZwbAZz​ iHeart Radio: https://ihr.fm/32kX6h1​ Pandora: https://pdora.co/2DDeWS7​ TuneIn: https://bit.ly/2WpoKG2​ Follow us: Twitter @brownblackpod Instagram @brownblackpodcast YouTube @brownblackpodcast Follow Jack Rico on Twitter @j…
 
The new Hispanic adaptation of HBO Max's 'Father of the Bride' (Andy García, Gloria Estefan et. al) is out streaming now. Jack and Mike review if Matt Lopez's script is the future of American Latino storytelling. Also, the guys chat about their invitation to Netflix's premiere event of 'Spiderhead' starring Chris Hemsworth, and they discuss if the …
 
It's post-Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off to the summer, and Jack and Mike fresh off their Webby win, discuss how Facebook and social media overall have contributed to the erosion of societies, evident in the Uvalde mass shooting and the Buffalo murders. The guys also discuss Walmart's Juneteenth debacle and America's long history of commodif…
 
Chef Kwame Onwuachi has his first-ever cookbook coming out on May 17th called My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef, which was most recently featured in TIME’S Ten Most Anticipated Cook Books for 2022. He has been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, Esquire Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year, and is a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat an…
 
This week, Jack and Mike welcome stand-up comedienne Leighann Lord who weighs in on the future of the stand-up comedy profession in wake of the Smith/C. Rock debacle at the Oscars. Will audience members feel emboldened to copycat Will Smith? How much is race a part of it? And should we ban roasting humor? The guys also discuss their first Webby Awa…
 
Erick Galindo, the young Mexican-American award-winning journalist, writer, director, and producer joins our show this week to discuss his latest podcast production, "Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez," an eight-episode podcast series that examines seven theories on why and who killed Mexican corrido singer Chalino Sánchez (a production by Sonor…
 
Tim Fielder is an artist, author, and one of the pioneers of Afrofuturism. He joins us this week to discuss Carnegie Hall's 'Afrofuturism Festival' and his thoughts on "Latinofuturism". Jack and Mike also give their first reaction of Matt Reeve's THE BATMAN. Was Robert Pattinson good in it? Did the EMO punk vibe work? Was its three-hour duration to…
 
This week Jack and Mike discuss Cardi B's $4 million legal win against gossip YouTuber Tasha K. and what the repercussions are for gossip bloggers and entertainment journalism. Also, the guys talk about the recent racist slurs hurled at Black basketball players in China and how these tensions were manifested in reverse with 'Linsanity'. Are Asians …
 
Happy 2022 everyone! In this first episode of the new year, Jack asks Mike why America is having a love affair with Disney's animated Colombian film, 'Encanto'. They both discuss why all Disney ethnic animated movies do much better versus live-action ethnic films like 'In The Heights' or 'West Side Story'. What is their success rooted in? The guys …
 
Happy 2022! We open the year discussing the puzzle that is moviegoers today. Why did they risk their health to make 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' a billion-dollar movie and not 'West Side Story,' 'The Matrix: Resurrections,' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Nightmare Alley'? Plus, we give our take on why public radio is seeing an exodus of hosts of color.…
 
In what feels like a Latino remake of 'West Side Story,' Steven Spielberg brings us a retelling of a classic with new revisions to the Puerto Rican characters. Jack and Mike examine the Latino amendments Spielberg got right and wrong, in particular, the Puerto Rican accents, as well as the bigger meaning of the film for Latinos in Hollywood, and wh…
 
This week, Jack takes an issue with Rosalia and The Weeknd's new song - 'La Fama'. The song is a Bachata from the Dominican Republic, yet neither of them are from there. Is it then cultural appropriation? Mike responds. The guys also discuss writer/director Aaron Sorkin's comments about Javier Bardem's casting of Cuban Desi Arnaz in 'Being The Rica…
 
In this episode, the guys review Rebecca Hall's film 'Passing,' Written, produced, and directed by Hall, it stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. The film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen. The title refers to African-Americans who had skin color light enough to be perceived as white, the practice of which is referred to as…
 
For the next 30 minutes, listen to Jack and Mike having a great conversation about the Netflix-Dave Chapelle-transgender issue and what does artistic freedom mean to Ted Sarandos and Netflix? Will this weaken the streaming giant's steel armor? What do people really want from their comedians? They also discuss the top ten films at the box office and…
 
We end our Hispanic Heritage Month series with actor, producer, writer John Leguizamo. He has a new comic book out called 'Phenom X' which is influenced by Latino invisibility and image representation in entertainment and media. This rebroadcast from Sept 13, 2020, has us and John deconstructing the reasons why Hollywood and the news media has a be…
 
Actor and producer Gina Torres joins the show to discuss her new podcast project - 'Princess of South Beach'. It's a 36 episode, modern, bilingual audio telenovela series recorded in English and Spanish that reimagines the telenovela format. Torres is also a producer of her work and she takes Jack and Mike through the good and the bad of being Afro…
 
We continue our Hispanic Heritage Month series as we rebroadcast our favorite Latinx interviews since the inception of the show. Jack gives Mike his take on Latino invisibility. Also, we are rebroadcasting our interview with Estuardo Rodriguez, who was in charge of getting the government to allow the creation of the Smithsonian American Latino Muse…
 
Academy Award nominee Riz Ahmed and Marvel's new 'Blade' director Bassam Tariq sit down with us to talk about their new film 'Mogul Mowgli'. We tackle Muslim identity, the love-hate relationship many have with their family, and their thoughts of Black cultural appropriation.By Mike Sargent, Jack Rico
 
Teresa Hsiao is the creator, writer, and showrunner of 'Awkwafina is Nora from Queens' on Comedy Central. She gives us details about season two of the show, her thoughts on the Asian boom in Hollywood, her approach to doing comedy in 2021, and her disbelief at how Hollywood hasn't already created a Latino wave on screen. Mike discusses directing hi…
 
What is at the root of white supremacy? Why do many white Americans fight so hard to preserve it? Why do they defend so staunchly their Confederate monuments? These are questions director CJ Hunt and executive producer Roy Wood Jr. tried to answer with their documentary The Neutral Ground. Part investigative journalism, part comedy, this film explo…
 
In this episode, Mike and Jack review the MCU's real first lady - Black Widow. Mike then welcomes Dominican musician Yasser Tejeda who discusses his new acoustic EP 'Interior' and shares how in the Dominican Republic his conservatory did not teach him how to play Bachata or Merengue. Mike explores the topic further in the interview. Tejeda's music …
 
Actress and singer Jasmine Cephas-Jones joins the show to discuss her new show on STARZ, 'Blindspotting,' the TV adaptation of the 2008 film directed by Carlos López Estrada starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casals. Jack and Mike also discuss the new storytelling trend of spoken word in film and television plus the controversy of the Latinx musical …
 
Jack and Mike are celebrating their 50th episode of 'Brown & Black'! In this episode, the guys reflect back on fifty episodes and how not only did America change but how they changed as well. Then they discuss the Amazon/MGM merger, along with the WarnerMedia/Discovery+ merger too. How will art be affected by the streaming industry and business? An…
 
Today we’re doing a deep dive into how storytelling shapes, influences and creates our worldview. Jeff Gomez, one of the world’s leading experts in transmedia storytelling, has helped build the story universes of famed franchises, IPs, brands such as Avatar, Transformers, Spider-Man, Halo, Splinter Cell, Coca-Cola, Nike, and many more. We also ask …
 
The 2021 Oscars had the most amount of diverse and inclusive winners ever... except for Latinos who were invisible once again. Why and how do Latinos fix it? Also, Hollywood is remaking 'Another Round' with Leonardo DiCaprio, which just won the Oscar for Best International Feature. Why does Hollywood need to remake foreign films? What is the cultur…
 
Why isn't there a Latino movie star? Will Danny Ramirez from Marvel's 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' be the first Latino movie star in the modern era? From HBO's 'The Affair' to 'Top Gun: Maverick' starring Tom Cruise, what is Ramirez's ceiling? We also discuss why there hasn't been a Latino movie star to crack $100M at the box office.…
 
According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 50% of Americans say they are anxious about resuming in-person interactions once it is safe. It's been officially diagnosed. Perhaps like Tony-winner Karen Olivo who won't return to "Moulin Rouge!" to protest bullies like Scott Rudin, people don't want to deal with assholes anymore. Also, …
 
Little Marvin is the creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer of Amazon's new horror series - THEM. We discuss with him white rage, the critique of black trauma in storytelling today, a brief history of black homeownership against the backdrop of the "American Dream," and how fear and art are powerful tools in defining reality.…
 
In our exclusive part two interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the ‘8 White Identities,’ he explains how white citizens weave in and out of different kids of identities in relation to racism and anti-racism; he also gives his opinions on how language, the way we describe things, is the key to real change in this country, and should white…
 
In this special two-part episode of 'Brown & Black,' we bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Barnor Hesse, the creator of the much talked about ‘8 White Identities’ that has rattled right-wing media personalities such as Megyn Kelly and Ben Shapiro. In his first-ever US interview, Dr. Hesse breaks down each of the '8 White Identities' and the …
 
Mexican-American director Carlos Lopéz Estrada joins Jack and Mike to discuss working for the last several years on making 'Raya and the Last Dragon' for Disney. He explains what he learned as a director, storyteller and leader from Disney creatives, why as a Latino it's okay for him to direct culturally foreign narratives, and what he really belie…
 
Is it better to conceal rather than reveal your heritage in Hollywood? Today we’re going to tackle a subject that has been a bit disturbing. There is a rising trend of Latinos(as) declining to divulge their cultural heritage. Jack recently interviewed an actress who identified as a young brown, mixed race Latina who didn't want to reveal her herita…
 
This is one of out best episodes. Jack and Mike welcome comedian, actor, producer Randall Park. You know him from many hit movie and television shows ('Fresh Off The Boat,' 'The Interview,' 'Always Be My Maybe') and he is now reprising his role as Jimmy Woo in Disney+'s Marvel show 'WandaVision'. In our interview, we discussed comedy actors becomin…
 
'Clubhouse' is the hottest and most exclusive app around right now. Jack and Mike discuss their experiences with the app and how Blacks have been the reason it has taken off. Voiceover Queen Joan Baker joins the show to discuss why there are no Black movie trailer voices today, why being bilingual is an advantage, and how POC can break into the bus…
 
This week Jack and Mike give cultural context and meaning behind four movies which you might be interested in watching this week - 'Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Judas & The Black Messiah,' 'The Little Things,' and 'Malcolm & Marie'. The guys also discuss last episode's guest Donnell Rawling's and his comments on Latinos needing to be "more patient" in…
 
Comedian, actor, radio host and entrepreneur Donnell Rawlings is currently one of the hottest acts in comedy right now. He was recently featured in the acclaimed Pixar animated hit film "Soul," and has been performing alongside Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan and many more in cities such as Yellow Springs, Ohio. His long list of credentials would make an…
 
It was a Brown and Black Inauguration as Jennifer Lopez performed, Amanda Gorman recited the Inaugural poem, and Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office. Jack and Mike discuss the Jennifer Lopez "Let's Get Loud" lyric controversy she slipped in at the Inauguration performance, as well as how Amanda Gorman will handle her new found fame.…
 
This week we are visited by filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz (a.k.a Bush + Renz) who directed 'Antebellum,' arguably the most polarizing film of 2020. But in the aftermath of the recent Capitol riots, we revisit the uncomfortable beauty of 'Antebellum' with the duo. Plus, Mike and Jack give their Brown and Black takes on the Kamala Harri…
 
Happy 2021 everyone! Or is it? On this first episode of the new year, Jack and Mike assess the white coordination attacks of the Capitol Hill takeover. White politicians are in on it, white law enforcement is in on it, white America is in on it. So what does this mean for Brown & Black folks? How do we get the same privilege without getting shot, p…
 
This week Mike and Jack analyze the now notorious Tom Cruise rant and what it means for his legacy and the future of movie-making, how will people react to Eddie Murphy's 'Coming To America 2' sequel 32 years after its original release, and is the Latinx Christmas film 'Nothing For The Holidays' for all Latinos? Plus, they review two Black films re…
 
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