Four Layered Takes
A New ‘Uncle Sam’: Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep.5

A New ‘Uncle Sam’: Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep.5

April 22, 2021

In today's show, we review episode 5 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney+ before tomorrow's finale.

We also give our thoughts after the episode on the Derek Chauvin verdict which came in two hours before our recording.

Our takes... good episode but not the emotional “Hold The Door” toll we thought was coming; Karli is mad because she didn’t finish her twist out; Zemo is a good villain; what does "country" mean to Black American DOS; Bucky to Falcon’s sister “Hi my name is Bucky and I’m a Cancer”; John Walker desperately makes paper machete shield in his craft class; Mel stalks Ikea workers.

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Disney Goes There: “Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep.4

Disney Goes There: “Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep.4

April 15, 2021

In today's show, we review episode 4 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney+ before tomorrow's — possibly emotional — new episode drop.

(Scene-by-scene breakdown starts at 21:00)
An episode must be good if it has us beginning the discussion for 20 minutes on the themes included and how they parallel current events.

Our takes... Palestine/Israel conflict, Native American and African American experiences mirror the Flag Smashers; MiMi would take the serum and go straight to Mar-a-Lago; new Captain America thinks he has jurisdiction all over the world… sounds familiar; Ayo put in that Contra code on Bucky’s arm; the Dora Milaje is how incels are made; the hillman college approach to voter suppression; is the new Captain America as bad as Homelander?

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“LaTavia” and Destiny’s Confusion: Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep. 3

“LaTavia” and Destiny’s Confusion: Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep. 3

April 8, 2021

In today's show, we review episode 3 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney+ before tomorrow's new episode drop.

Our takes... we didn’t sign up for "Disney John Wick"; only thing MiMi understood was Krog Street Tunnel; Maya Rudolph Jr. is gangsta; MiMi only understands the episode in terms of Beyonce beefs; Marcus gives breakdown on Zemo and other characters that may be confusing. 

We also wonder where "Black Panther" goes from here without Chadwick and we couldn't leave without giving our thoughts on one Ron "Zaddy" Isley.

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Same ‘Merikkka (Even in Marvel): Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep. 2

Same ‘Merikkka (Even in Marvel): Our Review of “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier” ep. 2

April 1, 2021

In today's show, we review episode 2 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney+ before tomorrow's new episode drop.

We begin today's podcast briefly speaking on anxiety and quickly touching on the new Tina Turner documentary, which is AMAZING, before we get into the Marvel review.

Our takes... Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan have great chemistry; everyone can’t be a majorette; Mel has a weird affection for inanimate Marvel objects; “Maya Rudolph’s” daughter was wrecking dreams; plot twist, it's was the white man who had all the warrants; no one has had a lit onscreen death since Queen Latifah in “Set it Off”.

Plus, here's the link for the backstory on Isaiah Bradley — the forgotten Black Captain America.  https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/2577/truth_red_white_and_black_2003

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Life After “D4L” (the Thanos cut): Our Review of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” ep. 1

Life After “D4L” (the Thanos cut): Our Review of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” ep. 1

March 25, 2021

In today's episode, we review episode 1 of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney+ in preparation of the episode 2 drop tomorrow.

Our takes... Marvel starting off hot again with the "subliminals" of what/who being “American” is; loved the action and Falcon's new suit; Falcon is just as naive as Obama; the new Captain America will be the Rick James of “line steppers."

Also Marcus and crew give their brief thoughts on the whole Derrick Jaxn situation (girl blink twice if you're ok).

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A Story To Tell: Our Review of the Netflix, Notorious B.I.G. Documentary & Our Heated Debate on Rap “goats”

A Story To Tell: Our Review of the Netflix, Notorious B.I.G. Documentary & Our Heated Debate on Rap “goats”

March 18, 2021

In today's episode, we review "Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell" on Netflix.

Our takes... it was a good depiction of his life, connected on personal level with new footage; Biggie inspired the style of so many to follow; Mel delivers the most random top 5 rappers list ever; Drake is the LL Cool J of this generation; we give Kendrick Lamar and Lauryn Hill their "flowers"; Kim has some controversial takes on Biggie’s place in history; plus who some of our listeners thought belonged in "the greatest" category.

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All the ‘Royaltea’: Another Double-Feature ‘Take’ Review: Meghan & Harry’s, Oprah Interview & “Coming 2 America”

All the ‘Royaltea’: Another Double-Feature ‘Take’ Review: Meghan & Harry’s, Oprah Interview & “Coming 2 America”

March 12, 2021

In another double-review episode we first take a look at Oprah's interview with Meghan and Harry, then finish with (the polarizing) "Coming 2 America" at around the 39:30 minute mark.

On the "real royals"... it's always been the racism and colonialism for us sis; Marcus criticizes Harry; we wonder if Meghan should've known what she was getting into; also, look out for the new film "Madea goes to Buckingham Palace!"

On the "movie royals", "Coming 2 America" (39:30)... this movie hits different when you watch it with the elderly; should've been called "Coming to and from America real quickly"; Chris Tucker should actually check if Lavelle is his son; the problem around Lavelle's conception and the continued use of African stereotypes and tropes. 

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We ‘Care A Lot’ about Andra Day: Our ‘Double Feature’ review of “I Care A Lot”  & “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

We ‘Care A Lot’ about Andra Day: Our ‘Double Feature’ review of “I Care A Lot” & “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

March 5, 2021

In today's special and extended episode — because we couldn't decide what to review —we talk "I Care A Lot" first and "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" at around the 31:40 minute mark.

Our takes on "I Care"... it's good old #ffffff shenanigans; probably could've ended after the first hour; perfectly captures America & its capitalistic tendencies.

Our takes on "Billie" (31:40)... LOTS of trauma; MiMi keeps "fawning over" Trevante Rhodes; Evan Ross always plays annoying characters; 'Jerk Billie Holiday' isn't a menu item; Billie and her boos gave us the TI/Tiny prototype.

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Syrup & Therapy: Our Review of “Euphoria Special Episodes” (Rue Pt.1 and Jules Pt.2)

Syrup & Therapy: Our Review of “Euphoria Special Episodes” (Rue Pt.1 and Jules Pt.2)

February 25, 2021

In today's episode, we review the special "Euphoria" episodes for Rue and Jules.

Our takes... great, well-executed and emotional episodes; you can't BS a bullsh*tter; Rue has self-sabotaging behavior; we talk personal experiences with the addicts in our own lives; we question what "femininity" really means; Marcus has thoughts on Lil Boosie; this generation's stress levels are super high; and iHop always trying to do too much..

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A Good Starting Point: Our Review of “Judas and the Black Messiah”

A Good Starting Point: Our Review of “Judas and the Black Messiah”

February 18, 2021

In today's episode, we review the highly anticipated, "Judas and the Black Messiah." We have a special guest, Octavia, who gives us a lot of the tea as a native Chicagoan and cousin to Fred Hampton.

Our takes... AMAZING performances by the leads and costars; there were several missed opportunities to get into the real stories; the ages of those cast ended up being a major loss to the storytelling; it probably could've been more successful at getting the full story and impact out as a mini-series.

Octavia offers some amazing insight into the Chicago gang world at the time which played a role in Hampton's work. She also discusses her family's involvement in events surrounding Fred's work at the time, including a "close-call that never was" leading up to the raid that ultimately ended Hampton's life.  

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