Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

By The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dissect the biggest topics in Black culture, politics, and sports. Two times per week, they will wade into the most important and timely conversations, frequently inviting guests on the podcast and occasionally debating each other.

Episodes

Biden’s Political Mortality, Harris’s Potential VP, and ESPN’s Top 100 Athletes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show talking about President Biden’s announcement that he'll abandon his bid for re-election (00:13). Then they go over the potential VP picks for Kamala Harris’s campaign (27:49). Lastly, they talk about NWBA’s win over Team USA (1:04:28) and ESPN’s top 100 athletes list (1:06:35). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/241h 19m

The Republican National Convention, Biden’s Nomination Struggle, and the Spectacle of Current Politics With Bakari Sellers

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about the pressure on President Biden to step down from Democratic nomination, as well as the media coverage of it (00:54). Then, Bakari Sellers comes on to talk about a possible Harris campaign and Biden’s chances in November (10:33 ). Later, we talk about Bronny James and whether he needs to be given a “break” (1:08:06). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bakari Sellers Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/241h 39m

The (Attempted) Assassination of Trump and the Normalization of Political Violence in America

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about the assassination attempt on Donald Trump during his rally this past weekend and the reactions from both the right and left. Then, they talk about Trump’s influence on the growth of political violence in America and what this situation could mean for the election. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/07/241h 21m

Impeaching the Supreme Court, Leaving Team USA, and the Discrimination of a Name

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about Joe Biden’s pressure from the Democratic Party (08:20) and react to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez filing impeachment articles against Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito (35:19). Then, they discuss Kawhi Leonard leaving the USA Olympic basketball team (45:48) and Jaylen Brown’s desire to be apart of that very team (54:48). Lastly, they discuss a legal case involving race discrimination and whether it will hold in court (1:11:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/241h 43m

Biden’s Interview, Project 2025, and the Boldness of the Republican Party

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk a little bit about what they’ve been up to over the Fourth of July weekend, then get into their impressions of and the overall response to the Joe Biden ABC interview (13:10). They talk about how bold republicans seem to be getting () and their looming Project 2025 (38:36). After, they talk about Ryan Garcia’s expulsion from the World Boxing Council (54:30), then Van has a few words for Terrence Howard (1:06:57). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/07/241h 19m

The BET Awards, Barbershop Blues, and the Presidential Race With Cornel West and Melina Abdullah

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode talking about their impressions and the most surprising moments from the BET Awards (09:29). They are then joined by Cornel West and Melina Abdullah to talk about their candidacy, vision, and their observations on what is currently happening with this year’s elections. Later, they talk about NBA free agency (27:15) and an Atlanta barbershop that isn’t happy after hosting a Trump event (1:30:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Cornel West and Melina Abdullah Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/241h 53m

The Jarring Trump-Biden Debate, Black Nepotism, and Jamaal Bowman’s Loss

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show off with their reactions to the Biden-Trump debate, including the surprises, the lies, and troubles facing the upcoming election (02:02). Then, they talk about why the Lakers drafted Bronny James and instances of Black nepotism (49:52). Last, they bring back Mailbag Time and answer some of your questions (1:11:50). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/06/241h 30m

Toxic Apologies, Trumpisims Are Back, and Mexican Representation in Ken and Friends

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode off by giving a quick statement on the BBI (11:27). Then, they talk about the passing of Florida rapper Julio Foolio, the aftermath, and the violence that affects youth in today’s climate (22:39). Last, they talk about DJ LA Eyekon’s comments about Mexican representation in rap (40:58) and the new batch of Trumpisms (55:10). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/241h 26m

Birdman Versus Books, Van’s Summer Era, and the Electricity From Ken and Friends

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Birdman’s visit to his hometown to speak to inmates at Orleans Parish Prison and his comments on the inmates’ need for books (33:07). They also talk about the interest (or lack thereof) toward Verzuz's distribution deal with X/Twitter (42:30). Then, they go over the surprising new election polling numbers (54:19) and reactions to our Bible talk from our last episode (1:08:24). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/241h 29m

To Smash and Dash, Maher’s Shock, and Black Folk Working "Five Times Harder"

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show talking about the Biden and Obama event and the protest outside of it (08:48). Then, they talk about Bill Maher and Charlemagne’s interview and how Black people still have to be “five times better” (16:17) before they end the show by reacting to Terrell Lewis’ drama with an OnlyFans model (1:03:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/241h 30m

Jonathan Majors’s Perseverance, How to Talk to Black Women, and Aliens Walking Among Us

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode talking about the Dallas Mavericks and some recent Supreme Court decisions (01:20). Then, they discuss whether Jonathan Majors is deserving of the Perseverance Award at Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards (08:38). Later, they go over Hunter Biden’s conviction (23:55) before Van asks a question regarding how men talk to women (36:23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/241h 21m

The Fresh Prince Returns, Michael Chandler’s Comments, and School Choice With Camika Royal

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about Will Smith’s return to the public eye and the Black community’s reaction to it (09:25). Camika Royal joins to discuss Jay-Z’s campaign to help underprivileged students, school choice, and the secret issue behind the assistance (40:51). Then, they react to Michael Chandler’s comments about his adoptive sons and his interview with Ryan Clark (1:22:41). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Camika Royal Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/241h 40m

Kramer’s Apology, Trump’s Paused Case, and Blum One-Ups the Fearless Fund

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show by talking about the NBA Finals and a tale about a recent urgent care visit (00:10). Then, Rachel gives an apology rating for Michael Richards’s latest interview with 'The View' on his racist rant from nearly 20 years ago(11:57) before they talk about the possible outcomes from the Georgia appeals court's indefinite pause of the election subversion conspiracy case against Donald Trump (31:51). Later, Van breaks down a Twitter/X interaction and then asks Rachel an important question (52:09). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/241h 23m

Trump’s 34 Charges, Slim Shady’s Return, and Talking ‘Babes’ With Ilana Glazer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about the 34 guilty verdicts against Donald Trump and what that could possibly mean for both the election and his followers (08:59). Then, they talk about Eminem’s latest song’s targets (21:11), and Caitlin Clark’s rough initiation into the WNBA (35:09). Lastly, they are joined by Ilana Glazer to talk her latest project, ‘Babes,’ and the importance of art in today’s political and sociological climate (51:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Ilana Glazer Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/06/241h 38m

More Trump Misses, Drake’s New Defender, and Understanding the Airstrikes With Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay give a quick recap on a few headlines that have captured their attention (08:24), before they are joined by Akbar Shahid Ahmed to talk about the recent airstrikes on Rafah and give more insight on America’s involvement in the Israel/Gaza conflict (19:33). Then, they discuss Drake’s latest defender (53:25) and ask an important question to our Thought Warriors: Can a man tell another man that he looks good? (1:04:42) Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Akbar Shahid Ahmed Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/241h 24m

Spending Memorial Day With Prentice Penny and Black Twitter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay spend Memorial Day with Prentice Penny, creator of ‘Black Twitter: A People's History.’ They talk about his latest project and the internet’s reaction to Black Twitter events. Then, they go over the influence and cultural importance that Black Twitter has had in America. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Prentice Penny Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/05/2431m 31s

Amber Loves Trumps, Caitlin Clark vs. Rachel, and Apple Music’s Top Albums With Bryan-Michael Cox

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick off the podcast celebrating four years with the Thought Warriors before Van brings us a surprise topic (05:44). Then, they talk about the contradictory stance Amber Rose has for Donald Trump (15:17). Later, Bryan-Michael Cox joins the show to talk about the revelations and disappointments coming out of Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums ranking (40:43). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bryan-Michael Cox Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/241h 47m

Diddy’s Apology, Davis’ Side, and the Lack of Urgency to Help Black America With Rep. Jamaal Bowman

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the podcast with a discussion about their thoughts behind the emergency podcast and the lessons they learned from it (00:29) before giving their reactions to the apology posted by Diddy (28:09). Then, they are joined by New York Representative Jamaal Bowman to talk about his campaign and his frustrations with Congress (50:19). After, Glen “Big Baby” Davis joins to talk about his side of the story regarding his sentencing (1:25:29). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Glen Davis Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/242h 29m

Butker’s Speech, Presidential Debates, and The Power and Service of Art with Rhymefest

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show talking about the controversial speech Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker gave to Benedictine College’s 2024 graduate class and the NFL’s response (05:18) and the early showdown between Biden and Trump (23:03). Then, they are joined by Rhymefest to talk about the reason why he is running for the school board in Chicago, the problems within the school system after the pandemic, and the fracture of the infrastructure within the black community (50:26). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Rhymefest Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/241h 26m

Mother’s Day, Graduation Protests, and Trump’s Hannibal Lecter Love

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show by talking about how they celebrated Mother’s Day and how it was a huge day for the BBI (09:29). Then, they discuss the sizable student walk out during Jerry Seinfeld’s Duke University commencement speech (15:01), before Van addresses the sentencing of his cousin and former basketball player, Glen Davis (50:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/241h 26m

Hypocrisy in Hip-Hop, the End of a Grifter, and Ceasefire Talks

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Questlove’s reaction to the Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef (06:40), before giving their first impressions of Pastor Henderson’s response to the backlash to his “hush” video (32:38). Then, they dive into the ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas that disappointingly fell through (37:53). They end the show talking about the perplexing interview with Vivek Ramaswamy and Ann Coulter (1:03:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/241h 20m

New Legislation, a Shift in the Rap Beef, and a Visit From Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode by taking a moment to say goodbye to friend Darius Morris (24:04). Then, they get into the latest with Drake versus Kendrick Lamar and how this could be the end for the beef in total (27:20). Later, the Honorable Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge comes on the show to talk about the new, predominantly white town of St. George and what it means for the state (1:45:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/242h 11m

KDot’s ‘Euphoria,’ Acho’s Book, and Reproductive Justice With Nourbese Flint

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the drop of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Euphoria’ and the evolution of Drake throughout the years (15:03), before reacting to Emmanuel Acho’s latest project, 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Jew' (49:17). Nourbese Flint then joins them to talk about how the political landscape is impacting Black women in America (1:09:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Nourbese Flint Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/241h 49m

Kristi the Dog Slayer, a Playbook Review, and WNBA Talks With Legendary Tamika Catchings

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay express their disgust toward the news of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem taking pride in slaying dogs (14:46) before talking a bit about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (26:11). Then, they are joined by the legendary Tamika Catchings to discuss the retirement of Candace Parker, the new age of women’s basketball, and the pay disparities within the WNBA (1:04:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Tamika Catchings Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/241h 34m

Meg’s Lawsuit, College Protests, and the State of the Black Community With Bakari Sellers

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode by discussing the workplace harassment allegations and lawsuit against Megan thee Stallion (11:47). Bakari Sellers joins us to talk about his new book, the want for change in this country, the current state of the Black community, and the “time of the useful idiot” (30:49). Lastly, they review the demands from hundreds of college protesters around the country (1:10:48). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bakari Sellers Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/241h 41m

Confederacy Month, the New Drake Diss, and Stephen A.’s Apology

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show by addressing the new theme song and reaction from our Thought Warriors (00:15). Then, they give their impressions of the bizarre new Drake-produced AI track (20:56), and the internet’s reaction to Stephen A. Smith’s comments on Donald Trump’s relatability (38:36). Later, they expand the surprise that their birthday month falls during Confederate Heritage Month in Mississippi, and the reason behind its existence (1:18:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/241h 52m

Self-Healing, WNBA Salaries, and What Jerrod Really Meant

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay bring in the new episode with a new theme, a different location, and a talk about self-healing. Then, they discuss Jerrod Carmichael’s clarification of his “race-play” joke (21:10) and the pay gap between players in the WNBA compared to those in the NBA (54:36). Lastly, they give their props to the Gayle King–Charles Barkley show (1:11:39) and talk about their impressions of the Jontay Porter situation (1:13:50 ). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/241h 23m

A Serious Talk About Israel and a Not-So-Serious Talk About Rap Beef

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start today’s episode by giving their impressions on the progression of the beef happening in the hip-hop world (01:32). Then they are joined by Alaa Elassar and Yahya Abou-Ghazala, CNN reporters and collaborators on “Voice Notes From Gaza,” to weigh in on the Israel-Hamas situation as it continues to escalate (41:41). Lastly, they are joined by Bomani Jones, host of ‘The Right Time’ presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment (1:14:18). Together, they dig into the rap beef of today and share interesting media experiences. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Alaa Elassar, Yahya Abou-Ghazala, and Bomani Jones Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/241h 41m

Young Voters, Blackface, and O.J.’s Past and Passing

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay bring in the show talking about the past, passing, and impact of O.J. Simpson and the complexity he holds within the black community (05:09). Then, they touch on the trepidations young voters have towards Biden (16:59) and Trump’s latest reach towards black voters (35:51). Later, they are joined by Conscious Lee and Franchesca Ramsey from the podcast ‘Black History, For Real’ (58:12). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Conscious Lee and Franchesca Ramsey  Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/241h 28m

The Rock’s Division, J. Cole’s Regrets, and a Red High School Visit

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start today’s episode on WrestleMania and its history-making outcome (01:03). Then, they discuss J. Cole’s thoughts on his latest project (11:51), Sexyy Red’s high school visit (36:41), and the interesting reveal from Jerrod Carmichael’s series (44:22). Lastly, they dive into the South Carolina vs. Iowa game (1:03:19), and The Rock’s non-endorsement of Joe Biden (1:18:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 35m

The Future of the WNBA and Another Interesting Acho Take

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Iowa vs. LSU game and the possible future for the WNBA (17:12). Then, they react to Emmanuel Acho’s take on Angel Reese (38:41). Finally, they discuss the Israeli airstrike that killed World Central Kitchen aid workers (1:08:19). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/241h 28m

The Mastery of ‘Cowboy Carter’ and the Complexity of the Black Experience

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay give their impression of Beyoncé’s new album, ‘Cowboy Carter’ (08:54), the first episode of Jerrod Carmichael’s reality show, and the awkward scene with Tyler the Creator (25:51). Then, they discuss the internet’s reaction to our conversation with Justin Sylvester last week (35:14) and dive into the complexities and different cultures of the Black experience (1:00:47). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/241h 28m

The Diddy Saga, Trump’s Bible, and Black Representation in Media

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Diddy situation including the raid on his house, the lawsuit, and the internet’s reaction to the many revelations of his lawsuit (07:27). Then, they chat about Trump’s new “holy” product (47:58) and the backlash from the new Good Times reboot (1:01:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/241h 25m

Daily Wire’s Diversity Hire, Rap Beef, and Freaking Out Over Freaknik

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode with a playbook update (09:49) and discuss Candace Owens and her online presence (11:37). Then, Justin Sylvester comes by to give insight on interracial relationships within the Black and LGBTQ communities (). They are then joined by P. Frank Williams to talk about his documentary ‘Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told’ and the internet’s reactions to revelations of the project (57:55) before they end the show with a talk about rap’s “newest” beef (1:46:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: P. Frank Williams and Justin Sylvester Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/241h 53m

Biden’s Budget, Pretty Privilege, and the Horrors of ‘Quiet on Set’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show off with some "gender wars" banter (02:21) and a quick shout-out (04:37) before diving into Biden's proposed budget (18:42). Then, they talk about the Nickelodeon atrocities highlighted by the documentary ‘Quiet on Set’ (50:13) and the internet’s reaction to Beyoncé’s latest drop (1:22:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/241h 39m

Reckless “Behavior,” Mental Health, and the Kate Middleton Conspiracy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay recap and give their impressions on the Kate Middleton conspiracy (06:07) before discussing former president Donald Trump’s comments on the possibility of losing the upcoming election (18:18). Then, they talk about mental health and Bill Maher’s segment discussing mental health in America (43:36). Lastly, they talk about the latest ruling in Texas that made sites like Pornhub react with a ban (1:11:02 ). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/241h 34m

Banning TikTok, Actively Black, and Controversial Feet Pics

Today, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Ashley Gold, a tech and policy reporter at Axios, to talk about the TikTok ban (05:26). Then, the two bring back the “Is Van Wrong?” segment (25:03) and discuss the internet’s response to Karrueche Tran’s OnlyFans announcement on Instagram (49:09). Later, they are joined by the CEO of the fashion sports brand Actively Black, Lanny Smith, to talk about the creation of the brand and his recent apology video (47:49). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Ashley Gold and Lanny Smith Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/241h 32m

Oprah’s Ozempic Special, the Oscars, and Draya’s Pregnancy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode off with their reactions to the 96th Academy Awards (00:13) before giving their opinions on the reactions to Draya Mitchell and Jalen Green’s relationship (21:55). Then, they discuss the State of the Union address (45:34), Oprah’s special 'Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution' (01:19:36), and their take on Jerrod Carmichael’s reality show trailer (01:32:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/241h 48m

Lieutenant Nasty, Charlamagne’s Apology, and the Supreme Court Trump Decision

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay give their opinions on the latest Supreme Court ruling (27:37) and reparation comments from the lieutenant governor of North Carolina, Mark Robinson (45:52), before rating the apology from Charlamagne tha God to viral TikTok creator Ressa Tessa (1:07:53). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/241h 48m

New Diddy Lawsuit, the Wins of the "Uncommitted," and Fat Joe’s Trump Sneaker Addition

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the new Diddy lawsuit and the internet’s reaction (13:28), the rumored big names in the lawsuit (27:37), and Meek Mill’s response to being implicated. Then, they give their impressions of the “uncommitted” vote protest in Michigan (49:06) before going over the gender politics of marriage proposal (1:22:40). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/241h 56m

Cam Newton Gets Jumped, and Drake Turns Heel

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the coaches who came after Cam Newton at a youth tournament and talks of it being a “reflection of culture” (12:25), before they discuss Drake’s attempt to be the bad guy and his support of Tory Lanez (28:11). Then, Trump attempts to appeal to Black voters (38:57), and an active service member commits the ultimate act of protest at the Israeli Embassy in D.C. (57:21). Van then gives a response to a Reddit post (1:04:44), before they discuss social media’s war against joy following the resignation of a popular librarian (1:26:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/241h 44m

The Jim Crow Era of Reproductive Freedom. Plus Tiffany Haddish’s Israel Trip

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that’s resulted in the halting of IVF treatments (5:18) before they dig into Tiffany Haddish’s trip to Israel (20:41). Then they react to a viral TikTok account called Biracial Lounge (38:16) before welcoming the founder of the X for Boys Life Preparatory School, King Randall I, to discuss a recent post on safety during police interactions (47:33). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: King Randall I Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/241h 36m

Chris Brown vs. Ruffles, and Fani Willis Under Scrutiny

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dig into the Fani Willis hearings and testimony (14:17), before reacting to Ruffles forcing the NBA switch up on Chris Brown for All-Star Weekend (35:13) and the 3-point contest ending with some misogyny (51:16). Plus, a discussion about apathy leading up to the 2024 election (1:03:46). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/241h 34m

More Mass Shootings. Plus, Martin, Malcolm, and Coretta With Dr. Peniel Joseph

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest mass shooting, this time at the Chiefs' Super Bowl parade in Kansas City (10:08), before taking a look at the body-cam footage of a police officer’s shootout with an acorn (19:35). Then, a look at family dynamics after Mo'Nique’s public spat with her eldest son (29:59), and the woman formerly known as Rachel Dolezal is fired for having an OnlyFans account (48:45). Plus, a quick update on the Fani Willis hearings (1:03:17), before Dr. Peniel Joseph returns to discuss NatGeo’s adaptation of his book ’The Sword and the Shield’ (1:11:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Peniel Joseph Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/242h 10m

Beyoncé vs. NFL, Plus Masculinity and Painted Nails With Demetrius Harmon

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the back-and-forth between Shannon Sharpe and Mike Epps (:12) before recapping a Super Bowl Sunday that saw Usher and Beyoncé dominate headlines (12:27). Then, a discussion of the Israeli bombardment of a city packed with refugees (37:30), before internet personality Demetrius Harmon joins to talk masculinity amidst a viral post about straight men with painted nails (1:03:47). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Demetrius Harmon Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/242h 9m

Drake, the Meat Messiah. Plus, Boaz Yakin on ‘Once Again (For the Very First Time)’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick off the show with some Super Bowl, and unfortunately, Taylor Swift talk (3:05) before reacting to an alleged video leak of Drake (26:56). Then, dig into Mo’Nique’s appearance on ‘Club Shay Shay’ (39:59), before welcoming writer-director Boaz Yakin to discuss his upcoming film, executive-produced by Van, ‘Once Again (For the Very First Time)’ (55:23), Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Boaz Yakin Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/241h 46m

Taylor Swift: Greatest Maker of Albums Ever, Plus Keith Lee’s Blessings

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to an eventful Grammy Awards ceremony (15:15) before discussing Killer Mike’s arrest and recent vague comments about the 2024 presidential election (35:43). Plus, a Dallas food truck turns a blessing from food vlogger Keith Lee into a curse (59:40), annnd Tyrese wishes he was Latino (1:17:51). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/241h 33m

Racism and Nikki Haley, Plus Snoop’s “Love” for Trump

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nikki Haley’s appearance on the ‘The Breakfast Club’ (8:34), before discussing Snoop Dogg’s evolving stance on Donald Trump (37:03). Then, Michael Porter Jr. and Channing Crowder talk about being light-skinned (47:31), Gayle King sparks a ‘gender war’ discussion (56:19), and the NFL’s handing out licensing deals (1:09:37). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/241h 22m

Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion, and a History of Rap Beef

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the feud between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion (15:40). They then discuss Israel’s claims against U.N. workers (33:22). Plus, Charlie Kirk sets himself up for potential legal trouble (51:12), homophobia’s in the church like it never left (1:01:32), and Shannon Sharpe sparks a debate centered on Taylor Swift and Beyoncé (1:10:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/241h 27m

Barbie Snubbed? Plus, DEI in the Friendly Skies

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the 2024 Oscar nominations (2:52), before talking conservative outrage over DEI in the airline industry (21:50). Then, Colman Domingo’s cast as Joe Jackson (42:37), and NWA’s set for a Lifetime Achievement Grammy (52:35). Finally, Tim Scott embarrasses Rev. Al Sharpton (1:07:17), and a pastor blames God for telling him to launch a crypto scam (1:13:57).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/01/241h 43m

Yodit Tewolde on the Legal Affairs of Fani Willis, and the Cancellation of Black Shows

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome trial lawyer and judge on ‘Hot Bench’ Yodit Tewolde to discuss accusations of a possible affair between Georgia DA Fani Willis and the Trump case prosecutor (7:05), before checking in on the state of the GOP (38:38) and reacting to the cancellation of HBO’s ‘Rap Sh!t’ (1:03:32). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Yodit Tewolde Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/01/241h 41m

Brick Lady, Dresses on Black Men, and Florida’s Miseducation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back to discuss the surprising numbers coming from the second COVID surge (05:46), masculinity and black men in dresses within Hollywood (14:33),and Florida’s State Board of Education passes regulations against DEI programs (46:18). Then they get into the surprising revelations regarding Roda Osman aka “The Brick Lady” (1:07:14). *Re-uploaded due to errors/updates within ‘Brick Lady’ section* Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Additional Production: Aleya Zenieris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/01/241h 46m

Pat McAfee and Dr. King’s Dream, Plus Iowa Caucus Results

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the kickoff to the 2024 presidential election (10:14) before reacting to Pat McAfee’s comments on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” (36:24) and the trailer for the upcoming film ‘Not Another Church Movie’ (50:05). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/241h 7m

Nick Saban Retires, and Stephen A. Smith Lets Loose on Jason Whitlock

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nick Saban’s retirement announcement (11:33) before discussing Stephen A. Smith going scorched earth on Jason Whitlock (22:28). Then, a conversation about Democratic criticism leading up to the election (43:50), and Kai Cenat echoes Christian concerns over Lil Nas X’s latest single (1:09:57). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/01/241h 26m

Jonathan Majors’s Interview, Wikipedia Plagiarism, and Apologies

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start today’s episode by bringing back a previous topic to talk about the disappointing update and regrets (02:48). They give their take on the internet’s reaction to Druski's Omega Psi Phi-inspired skit (33:25), and Jonathan Majors’s interview (49:35). They are then joined by Molly White—researcher, writer, and Wikipedia editor—to give us more insight into the Neri Oxman plagiarism accusations (01:30:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Additional Production: Aleya Zenieris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/01/242h 7m

Claudine Gay Is Out and Katt Williams Goes In

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the resignation of Harvard University's president, Claudine Gay (7:58). They then discuss the competitive nature of comedy following Katt Williams’s appearance on ‘Club Shay Shay’ (30:28) and Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special (45:38). Plus, unpacking the release of the Jeffrey Epstein documents (55:01). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/241h 12m

Jason Hehir and 'Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Reckoning'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by filmmaker Jason Hehir to discuss the new docuseries ‘Murder in Boston’ (1:25), explain Boston’s history of racial strife (13:24), and the city's reckoning with its past (24:18). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jason Hehir Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/01/2437m 44s

Gender War, Civil War, and the Loyalty of a Barber

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay check back in to discuss Simon Biles’s recent interview with husband Jonathan Owens (18:28), and Kevin Hart’s lawsuit against Tasha K (36:49). Plus, Nikki Haley struggles to say “slavery” (51:59), and a barber gets petty (1:16:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/12/231h 28m

Dr. Khiara Bridges and the Abundant Birth Project Lawsuit

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by law professor Khiara Bridges to discuss conservative backlash to a San Francisco maternal health program for Black women. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Dr. Khiara Bridges Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/12/2330m 6s

Trump Vs. Colorado, Plus Friendship and Freedom With Mandii B

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about Taraji P. Henson and pay disparities in Hollywood (11:45) before discussing a Black gay Republican’s experience being heckled at a MAGA event (29:47). Then, constitutional law professor Caroline Mala Corbin joins to break down the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove Donald Trump from the ballot (36:25) before switching gears to welcome podcast host Mandii B to talk 'No Jumper' and Adam22’s “friendship” with Crip Mac (55:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Caroline Mala Corbin and Mandii B Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/12/231h 24m

The Jonathan Majors Verdict, and Cultural Gatekeeping

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the verdict in the Jonathan Majors trial (15:12), before discussing blaccents (39:46), Anthony Edwards’s leaked text messages (1:00:49), and criticism of the IDF following the death of three Israeli hostages (1:26:14). Plus, actor Christian Keyes accuses a powerful figure of sexual harassment (1:41:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/12/232h 10m

Draymond Green’s Impulse Control, and Awaiting the Jonathan Majors Verdict

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest act of violence from Golden State forward Draymond Green (19:18), before discussing the end of DEI programs in Oklahoma (32:47) and the latest out of the Jonathan Majors trial (52:08). Then a chat on Christian BBLs (1:06:27), and Van addresses a post from Reddit (1:18:53). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/231h 45m

David Oyelowo and ‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves,’ Plus Jonathan Majors Trial Updates

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the reports coming out of the Jonathan Majors assault and harassment trial (13:51) before discussing a pastor’s disdain for gaming (38:14) and the Zeus Network’s "Dark Skin Vs. Light Skin" competition (50:00). Then college presidents face pressure to resign following a hearing on antisemitism (1:09:41), and lastly, actor David Oyelowo joins to discuss his role as the legendary Bass Reeves and casting the Black James Bond (1:31:37). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/232h 5m

Super Short Episode Update

Thought Warriors! No full episode today. In its place, a quick tease of topics to be talked about next week (potentially). Keep your thinking caps on in the meantime. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/2313m 25s

Beyoncé Backlash, and Lenny Kravitz Missed the Source Awards

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to undefeated Florida State being snubbed by the College Football Playoff committee (13:31), before discussing criticism of Beyoncé’s concert film screening in Israeli theaters (37:45), and Lenny Kravitz’s comments on feeling shunned by Black media (55:25). Plus, a legendary drummer opens up about playing uncredited on Beatles records (1:15:26), and an Ohio woman is charged with a felony following a miscarriage (1:26:55). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/12/231h 49m

Henry Kissinger’s Life, Death, and War Crimes. Plus, Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the legacy of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger (8:59), before reacting to Dez Bryant’s critique of Malika Andrews’s reporting on Josh Giddey (29:21). Then, they dig into the debate surrounding South African musician Tyla identifying as coloured (47:35), before Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr. joins to talk the history, present, and future of indigenous people (1:05:27).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/231h 36m

Statute of Limitations and Legal Eagle Gender Wars

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the surge of sexual assault lawsuits in New York (20:58) before reacting to the discourse around Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s divorce (43:08). Then, they discuss the Israel-Hamas cease-fire (1:06:19) and Josh Giddey’s alleged relationship with a minor (1:24:58). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/231h 57m

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Empowering Change

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former mayor of Baltimore and current Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation to discuss activism and philanthropy in the NBA (3:13), and serving as Mayor during civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray (21:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/2335m 46s

Olayemi Olurin and the Diddy v. Cassie Lawsuit

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by lawyer and political commentator Olayemi Olurin to discuss Cassie’s lawsuit against Diddy and give their reactions to the quick settlement (7:53). Plus, does the Black community harp on Drake’s “biracial-ness” (54:27), Michael Rapaport discusses hypothetical Black hostages (1:08:24), and Rachel rates Charissa Thompson’s apology (1:32:13). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Olayemi Olurin Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/231h 50m

Hip-Hop and Responsibility With Royce da 5’9”

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the criticism of Van Jones’s appearance at the March for Israel (11:45) and the back-and-forth between Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro (31:13). Then, rapper Royce da 5’9” joins to discuss hip-hop’s impact on Black culture (39:16), before Van addresses the Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson leaked audio (1:15:05). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Royce da 5’9” Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/231h 38m

Boomers Vs. Gen Z, Plus Vegan Living With Pinky Cole

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the evolution of the American dream (11:50) before reacting to Tim Scott suspending his presidential campaign (30:54) and ‘The Marvels’ getting trolled (37:14). Then, Pinky Cole, author and owner-operator of Slutty Vegan, joins to talk about life as a restaurateur and the Atlanta food scene (45:25). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Pinky Cole Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/231h 38m

The SAG-AFTRA Strike Is Over, Plus Tim Scott’s Very Real Girlfriend

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Democratic victory lap following the 2023 election results (10:01) before celebrating Hollywood going back to work (29:35) and Senator Tim Scott revealing his girlfriend to the world (39:35). Plus, people are upset about Sexyy Red twerking while barefoot and pregnant (46:33), mental health and college football come into question (57:44), and Keke Palmer files a restraining order against Darius Jackson (1:09:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/231h 26m

Biden and the Blacks, Plus a Segment on “Sassy”

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss claims that Black voters aren’t enthusiastically in support of Joe Biden (8:34), and the new Speaker of the House using a porn accountability program with his teen son (30:43). Plus, rapper Dee-1 calls out Meek Mill and Rick Ross for contradictory lyrics (34:45), the word “sassy” has social media abuzz (51:58), and a pastor takes his own life after being outed (1:11:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/231h 34m

A Humanitarian "Pause" and Keith Lee's Critiques

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Biden’s call for a humanitarian "pause" in Israel-Hamas war (13:08), before switching gears to talk food vlogger Keith Lee’s response to criticism and threats since his reviews of Atlanta restaurants (30:47). Plus, reactions to Erica Mena speaking about her firing from ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ for racist remarks (49:31). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/11/231h 14m

Keith Lee and Atlanta’s Food Scene, Plus Kai Cenat’s Jail Stream

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay remember the life of Matthew Perry (9:47) before discussing food vlogger Keith Lee’s critiques of the food and service at Atlanta restaurants (21:52), and Congressman Dean Phillips’s presidential bid (54:48). Then, a dip into youth culture to talk Kai Cenat’s jail livestream (1:07:56), and the legal ramifications of knocking out an influencer (1:19:36). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/231h 31m

The Mass Shooting Cycle and the Dwight Howard Allegation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine (16:28), before discussing the new Speaker of the House (26:55) and former NBA All-Star Dwight Howard being accused of sexually assaulting a man (38:36). Later, the new Britney Spears memoir tells a cringey Justin Timberlake story, fo shiz, fo shiz (44:41), and a list of “bad” first date locations is debated (_:_). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/231h 18m

A Mini-Episode on Difficult Discussions

Van and Rachel discuss the conversation around Shaun King and the release of hostages in the Israel-Hamas conflict (17:42) before talking about a CAA agent’s resignation after a social media post about Israel (32:02). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/231h

A Humanitarian Crisis, and Yung Joc vs. Lustful Eyes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the humanitarian efforts in Gaza and the West Bank (19:38). They then dig into Yung Joc’s statement on performing before men’s “lustful eyes” (51:29), and talk about lawyer Sydney Powell pleading guilty and possibly flipping on Trump (1:02:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/231h 23m

The Humanity in Conversation, and Jada’s Book Tour

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the tough conversations and tragedies coming out of the Israel-Hamas war (22:07), before switching gears to react to Jada Pinkett Smith’s marriage revelations (59:52), and California’s new "Ebony Alert" system (1:14:12). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/231h 26m

Conversations on the Israel-Hamas Conflict

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by staff writer for The Atlantic Yair Rosenberg to discuss reporting on the Israel-Hamas war (8:52) before professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland Shibley Telhami joins to lend his expertise on the conflict (42:08). Then writer-producer Daniella Greenbaum Davis joins to discuss her response to the pro-Hamas tweet from BLM Chicago (1:02:18) and the relationship between the American Jewish and Black communities (1:15:44). Last and pretty least, a quick take on Jada Pinkett Smith’s separation from Will Smith (1:42:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Yair Rosenberg, Shibley Telhami, and Daniella Greenbaum Davis Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/10/231h 59m

Israel-Hamas War and the Heel Turns of Doja Cat and Drake

Van and Rachel react to the conflict between Israel and Hamas (23:51) before switching gears to discuss Doja Cat and Drake’s relationship with fans (41:19) and the latest on the ongoing UAW strike (57:28). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/231h 29m

Subliminal Disses, McCarthy’s Ouster, and Sexyy Red’s Politics

Van and Rachel discuss lyrics from Drake’s new album and whether they’re meant for a certain star (9:28), before digging into Kevin McCarthy’s bad week (18:35) and Sexyy Red’s pro-Trump comments (30:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/231h 7m

Arrest for the Tupac Shooting and Albert Hughes on ‘The Continental: From the World of John Wick’

Van and Rachel dig into the arrest of a suspect for the 1996 shooting of Tupac Shakur (25:49) and a couple of big moves by Gavin Newsom (45:37). Plus, a reaction to Jay-Z’s comments on giving money to family members (1:03:39), before director Albert Hughes joins to discuss the 'John Wick' prequel series ‘The Continental’ (1:24:45) and reacts to news of the arrest for the Tupac shooting (1:43:16). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Albert Hughes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/231h 59m

Understanding the WGA Agreement, and Kaepernick’s Letter to the Jets

After reacting to the most recent GOP debate (21:28), Van and Rachel discuss the end of the writers strike (41:12) and Colin Kaepernick’s letter to the New York Jets (1:06:27), before digging into a very Black father–centric mailbag (1:38:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr., Ashleigh Smith and Aleya Zenieris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/231h 59m

White Supremacy and Black Fatherhood With Larry Elder

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Republican presidential candidate Larry Elder for a lively discussion on systemic racism and whether it really exists (16:59), Black home ownership (31:12), and what he’s done to combat that which he’s deemed is “holding Black people back”: fatherlessness (1:15:29). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Larry Elder Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/231h 38m

Jermell Charlo on Fighting Canelo Ávarez, And Who’s Gonna Pay for X/Twitter?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Elon Musk's suggestion that the app formerly known as Twitter will go behind a paywall (23:57) before discussing journalist Jim Trotter’s lawsuit against the NFL (35:25) and Tim Scott’s “lovely Christian" girlfriend (1:12:41). Then undisputed boxing champion Jermell Charlo joins to talk his upcoming bout with Canelo Álvarez (1:20:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jermell Charlo Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/231h 59m

Coach Prime’s Colorado Takeover, and Lauren Boebert’s 'Beetlejuice' Grope Session

'Higher Learning' is back after a short break to react to all eyes being on Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes football team (22:46), Stephen A. Smith’s comments on former co-host Max Kellerman (43:11) and Rep. Lauren Boebert’s grope session during ‘Beetlejuice The Musical’ (55:54). Plus, ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ reverses course (1:15:14), and Van and Rachel discuss an online conversation about male and female rappers (1:27:49). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/231h 44m

Mental Trillness With Juicy J

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome hip-hop legend Juicy J to discuss mental wellness, producing classics, and wild stories after winning the Oscar for Best Original Song. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Juicy J Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/2343m 28s

Another Glitch from Mitch, and Coco Gauff Rightfully Goes Off

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest incident of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell freezing up in front of the press (21:51), before discussing the heat-related death of a UPS driver (42:35). Then, an argument on 'Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta' sparks a conversation on anti-Blackness (58:59), and Coco Gauff vs. Laura Seigemund ends in white tears (1:12:33). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/09/231h 37m

Tragedy in Jacksonville and America’s Obsession With Crime

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the racist shooting in Jacksonville (17:03) and the argument that Trump’s mug shot appeals to Black voters (44:30). Plus, a discussion about Keke Palmer’s post with Darius Jackson (1:03:50) and Rachel’s Apology Rating for a KFC ad campaign (1:05:41). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/08/231h 17m

Republican Debate Recap and the Cancellation of Cancel Culture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the GOP’s first primary debate and the lack of Trump (17:58), before discussing the death of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin (45:53). Plus, Jennifer Aniston sparks a conversation around cancel culture (58:11), and an argument over the status of the Cowboys as "America’s Team" (1:08:39). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/231h 22m

Sage Steele and Biracial Identity With Marc Lamont Hill

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by activist, scholar, and media personality Marc Lamont Hill to discuss the Green Party, Dr. Cornel West’s presidential candidacy, and Sage Steele’s comments about being biracial (20:04). Then, a reaction to the shooting of a California shop owner over a Pride flag (1:13:51), and a preview of the Republican Presidential Debate (1:19:53). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Marc Lamont Hill Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/231h 28m

Trump’s Fourth Indictment, the Truth Behind ‘The Blindside,’ and Van Watches Rachel’s ‘Bachelorette’ Season

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Van’s opinions on Rachel’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ (15:43) and react to former president Trump’s fourth indictment (29:53). Then, a deep dive into the legal petition Michael Oher filed against Leigh Anne Tuohy, the lives of which were portrayed in the film ‘The Blindside’ (46:34), and Keke Palmer’s comeback to the Darius Jackson drama by posting a video that featured Usher (1:05:49). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/231h 23m

The Latest on Hunter Biden, the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, and Jamaican Massages

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the latest in the Hunter Biden drama and quickly look ahead to the 2024 presidential election (31:34), debate the viral Jamaican river massages (59:53), celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop (01:13:55), and more. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Chloe Clark and Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/231h 30m

The Tory Lanez Sentence With Meghann Cuniff, and the Miseducation of Floridian Students

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Florida’s use of PragerU’s conservative education platform in schools (13:37) before reacting to Ne-Yo’s controversial statements regarding trans youth, after which he apologized but subsequently doubled down on his stance (38:54). Then, reporter Meghann Cuniff is back to talk the sentencing of Tory Lanez (51:38), before a discussion about Edward Blum and his efforts to fight against Black America (1:14:10), as well as politician Vivek Ramaswamy calling Juneteenth a “useless holiday” (1:26:14).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Meghann Cuniff Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/08/231h 48m

Fade in the Water and Jamie Foxx’s Apology With Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm to discuss the fallout and discourse following Jamie Foxx’s deleted Instagram post and ensuing apology (6:17). Then, they react to the Montgomery Riverboat Uprising of 2023 (1:05:46). Plus, support for Joe Biden from Black men comes into question (1:24:22), and they discuss the tragic, fatal stabbing of O’Shae Sibley for voguing at a gas station (1:47:53). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/232h 9m

Trump’s Third Indictment, and the Lizzo Accusations

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Donald Trump’s latest federal indictment over alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election (19:06), before discussing the news of Lizzo being sued by ex-dancers for misconduct (34:38). Then, a discussion of men vs. women in sports in light of the proposed Claressa Shields vs. Keith Thurman boxing match (1:00:31), and a talk about appropriate workplace wardrobe (1:10:05). Plus, the family of Henrietta Lacks is finally compensated (1:20:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/08/231h 40m

Casting the White Version of 'They Cloned Tyrone’ With Director Juel Taylor

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the latest Donald Trump indictment, and give an update on Hunter Biden’s trial (21:21) before discussing the boost of Bidenomics (42:30) and a social media post that has people discussing vulnerability and dating (46:09). Plus, a reaction to the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford fight (1:10:41), before Juel Taylor, director of ‘They Cloned Tyrone,' joins to discuss the wacky sci-fi hit (1:20:31). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Juel Taylor Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/08/232h 5m

Over the Hill on the Hill, and Ice Cube’s Ride Along With Tucker

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Mitch McConnell’s frozen moment and discuss the elderly in politics (10:02), before talking Hunter Biden’s plea agreement being put on hold (30:13). Plus, Ice Cube’s ride along and sit-down interview with Tucker Carlson has the internet abuzz (40:53), and Shakirah Hill Taylor joins to discuss disparities in maternal health, and ways to overcome (1:04:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Shakirah Hill Taylor Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/07/231h 57m

Ron DeSantis and the "Benefits” of Slavery, Plus JasonMartin With the Hot Takes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Florida’s Black history curriculum and Ron DeSantis’s comments on the benefits of the institution of slavery (41:56), before addressing comments from Jess Hilarious on womanhood (58:11). Plus, rapper JasonMartin joins to discuss Compton; his new album, ‘I Owe Myself’; and whom he voted for in 2020 (1:16:09). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: JasonMartin Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/232h 23m

Errol Spence Jr. on Boxing's Tribalism and Taking On Terence Crawford

Van Lathan is joined by welterweight unified champion Errol Spence Jr. to discuss the upcoming boxing match with Terence Crawford (1:49), the racial dynamics of the sport (7:33), and the concept of protecting wins with selective fights (16:08). Plus, a look at the best and worst potential boxers in rap (24:22). Host: Van Lathan Guest: Errol Spence Jr. Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/07/2335m 30s

Carlee Russell’s Disappearance and Adam Cohen Talks SCOTUS

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the investigation into Carlee Russell's disappearance and the epidemic of missing Black women in the U.S. (23:43) before reacting to country music artist Jason Aldean’s song “Try That in a Small Town,” and its ties to a painful history (54:12). Then, author and journalist Adam Cohen joins to discuss his new book, ‘Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America’ (1:02:10), and Sexyy Red causes controversy (1:32:16). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Adam Cohen Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/07/231h 52m

Higher Learning Presents: The Summit of the Sexes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are live at the Reparations Club in L.A. with friends Nina Parker, Shannon Stokes, Ian Spooner, and Walter “Geno” McGlaughlin to discuss the concept of "want" vs. "need" in relationships (6:35), personal stances on financial dynamics (28:26), and dating outside of your race (46:08). Then, the Thought Warriors hop on the mic for a quick Q&A (1:09:30). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Nina Parker, Shannon Stokes, Ian Spooner and Walter “Geno” McGlaughlin Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/231h 29m

SAG Strikes and Tommy Tuberville Defines "White Nationalist"

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Screen Actors Guild’s decision to strike (16:48) before discussing Senator Tommy Tuberville’s definition of "white nationalist" (44:55). Plus, Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on “ghettofied” interactions (1:00:26), and a sea otter accosts surfers (1:16:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/231h 35m

Jonah Hill’s Boundaries, and the Injustices of the Tulsa Massacre

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jonah Hill's ex-girlfriend Sarah Brady releasing text messages between the two (20:03), before debating the tough-love parenting shown by Dwight Howard in an Instagram post (55:37). Plus, reparations are denied to the remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots (1:10:26), and Van Lathan: Animal Agent laments the death of a Canadian black bear (1:26:43). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/231h 39m

Keke Palmer’s Night Out, and the White Horse at the White House

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the online reaction of Keke Palmer’s boyfriend to her outfit choice at an Usher concert (18:52), before reacting to cocaine being found at the White House (55:03). Then, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s removal from the House Freedom Caucus (55:03), and India.Arie has thoughts on etiquette at Essence Fest (1:16:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/07/231h 46m

SCOTUS and the Rollback of Progress

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by constitutional law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to help break down the latest Supreme Court decisions (17:21), before discussing the exodus from Twitter to Spill (56:27), civil unrest in France (1:03:42) and whether or not they agree with something Megan thee Stallion said at Essence Fest (1:14:32). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Caroline Male Corbin Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/231h 37m

Michael Harriot and the End of Affirmative Action

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by journalist, author, and cultural critic Michael Harriot to react to the Supreme Court's ruling that strikes down affirmative action (4:11) before they switch gears and address a relationship story out of the world of ‘No Jumper’ (1:10:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Michael Harriot Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/231h 34m

Russia’s Almost-Coup, and Melvin Gregg on ‘The Blackening’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Murtaza Hussain, journalist for The Intercept, to help break down the Wagner Group’s coup attempt in Russia (6:10), before discussing the arrest of a 14-year-old and his mother after the shooting death of a man who had assaulted the mom (38:15). Plus, an update in the Jonathan Majors assault case (1:07:29), and actor Melvin Gregg joins to discuss ‘The Blackening’ and what place ‘Snowfall’ has in the culture (1:14:55). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Murtaza Hussain and Melvin Gregg Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/232h 5m

The Sinking of the Titanic Sub, AI, and “God Save the Queen”

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the details on and public reaction to the missing Titan submersible (12:24) and the numerous bills that Governor Greg Abbott signed that affects trans, DEI, and labor rights (35:21). Then they talk about the fears surrounding AI with Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge (54:46) before talking about Bill Simmons’s thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan (1:36:32). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Nilay Patel Producers: Ashleigh Smith and Aleya Zenieris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/231h 53m

Kemp Powers: Storytelling and ‘Across the Spider-Verse’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by writer and codirector of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Kemp Powers to discuss the massive success of the film (1:22), being the first Black codirector of a Disney feature with ‘Soul’ (8:48), and scripting the stage play and film versions of ‘One Night in Miami’ (18:00). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Kemp Powers Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/2333m 7s

The Defense of an Unwanted Kiss, and the Black Maternal Health Crisis

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to singer YK Osiris forcibly kissing rapper Sukihana and the online defense of the act (11:50), plus racist emails between Donald Trump Jr. and friend Gentry Beach being exposed in court (32:39). Then they discuss Black maternal health following the death of Olympian Tori Bowie (37:08), and the Supreme Court's latest ruling, which respects tribal sovereignty (47:32). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/06/231h 17m

Digging Into Trump’s Indictment, and Melina Abdullah on "Cop City" in Atlanta

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down Donald Trump’s federal indictment for the mishandling of classified documents (18:27), before codirector of Black Lives Matter Grassroots Melina Abdullah joins the show to break down the "Stop Cop City" movement in Atlanta, G.A. (1:01:10). Plus, an incident at an airport calls the WNBA’s mode of transportation into question (1:15:43), and quick thoughts on the "Home Depot Girl" (1:28:36). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Melina Abdullah Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/231h 34m

Donald Trump’s Second Indictment and Marquis “Mookie” Cook on Playing LeBron

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss televangelist Pat Robertson’s death (9:16), Stephen A. Smith’s criticism of President Joe Biden (18:25), and Kelis’s new boyfriend (38:04). Plus, news breaks of Donald Trump’s federal indictment (1:04:55). Then, basketball prospect and star of Peacock TV’s ‘Shooting Stars’ Marquis “Mookie” Cook joins to talk playing LeBron James in his first role (1:12:22), and Zion Williamson’s business gets put out on front street (1:23:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Marquis “Mookie” Cook Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/231h 47m

Nikki Haley’s Dangerous Rhetoric, Plus Aaron L. Morrison on Transparency in Black Lives Matter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nikki Haley’s dangerous comments at a CNN Town Hall (21:12), before welcoming journalist Aaron L. Morrison to discuss accountability in nonprofit organizations like BLM and Color of Change (44:18). Then, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to sign a sweeping new bill into law (1:20:05), and the ‘Fresh & Fit’ podcast is discussed for, hopefully, the last time (1:29:14). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Aaron Morrison Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/232h 8m

A Lack of Slavery in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and Biden Takes a Tumble

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to complaints about there being no acknowledgement of slavery in Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (13:21), Shannon Sharpe's decision to leave FS1 (33:30), and President Biden falling after a commencement speech (47:08). Plus, there’s news in the world of mountain lion (1:05:48). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/231h 30m

The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, and Ron DeSantis Runs

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay remember the life and legacy of Tina Turner, who passed away at 83 (:20). Then, Ron DeSantis makes his presidential run official (15:00), a discussion on the extravagances of prom (28:43), and Taylor Swift is diabolical (35:33). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/231h 13m

The One and Only VanVan! Plus, Jim Brown’s Complicated Legacy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the life of Jim Brown, which included both advocating for civil rights and arrests for assaulting women (20:29). Then, they react to Tim Scott’s presidential bid (35:48) before welcoming music sensation VanVan and her father Reggie McConneaughey to talk about playing outside everyday and her rise to social media stardom (53:16). Finally, Brittney Griner makes her WNBA return and speaks on why she’s now standing for the national anthem (1:14:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: VanVan and Reggie McConneaughey Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/231h 48m

The Color of Change Controversy and Conservatism at CNN

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to an article that alleges a toxic work environment at the Color of Change organization (10:38), before discussing CNN flirting with conservatism (1:00:00). Plus, Ron DeSantis’s pudding fingers (1:15:23) and the 1975’s lead singer jokes about watching Black humiliation porn (1:19:24). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/231h 39m

Ja Morant’s Mistakes, and Interracial Relations Conversations

Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay react to Ja Morant’s suspension for brandishing a firearm on social media … again (19:28), before addressing President Biden’s statements at a “Black HBCU” (55:22). Plus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems to back off of a reparations proposal (1:08:55), and a social media post sparks discussion on interracial relationships (1:24:15). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/231h 54m

Delroy Lindo the Thespian and CNN’s Platforming of Donald Trump

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to CNN’s Donald Trump town hall and what it means for the upcoming election (7:51), before welcoming actor-producer Delroy Lindo to discuss his role in Hulu’s ‘Unprisoned’ and portraying fatherhood on the big screen (32:32). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Delroy Lindo Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/231h 14m

Yet Another Mass Shooting. Plus, Slurs in the Sports World

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the most recent act of gun violence, this one at a Dallas-area mall (32:25). Rachel rates a pair of apologies for slurs in the sports world (56:55). Plus, a fight in the R&B world (1:16:05), and actor Richard Dreyfuss laments that he’ll never be able to play a Black man (1:29:22). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/231h 40m

Hollywood on Strike, Plus Black People and Honest Jobs

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the Writers Guild of America Strike (12:20), before discussing the killing of a homeless man on a New York City subway (28:30). Then, Eboni K. Williams addresses the backlash after saying she wouldn’t date a bus driver (41:19). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/231h 9m

The Latest Mass Shooting in Texas, and ‘Good Moms, Bad Choices’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the shooting deaths of five people in Texas and the political fallout of the tragedy (20:18). Then, the internet comes for Brian McKnight for his questionable parenting (31:49). Speaking of parenting, Erica Dickerson and Jamilah Mapp, hosts of the ‘Good Moms, Bad Choices’ podcast join to discuss redefining motherhood (56:35). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Erica Dickerson and Jamilah Mapp Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/232h 9m

Disney v. DeSantis, Plus Allen Hughes on ’Dear Mama’ and His Filmmaking Career

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Disney’s decision to sue Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (14:59), before welcoming director Allen Hughes to discuss FX’s ‘Dear Mama’ and his complicated relationship with Tupac (35:31). Plus, WWE gets sued over racist scripts (1:06:21). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Allen Hughes Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/231h 40m

Tucker ’s and Don’s Exits, and the Case for Reparations for White People

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the breaking news about Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon leaving their respective networks (21:09), before Rachel gives an Apology Rating to the response given by the stars and creator of ‘Beef’ to the David Choe controversy (49:29). Plus, a pair of examples of reparations making white people squirm (1:08:09). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/231h 32m

Fox v. Dominion, and Lee Merritt on Representing the Family of Ralph Yarl

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Fox News settlement with Dominion Voting Systems (22:05), then attorney Lee Merritt joins to discuss accountability and justice for Ralph Yarl following his unnecessary shooting (43:18). Plus, updates on the Jonathan Majors situation (1:07:45). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Lee Merritt Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/04/231h 43m

The Heartbreaking Ralph Yarl Situation & the Ghost of Freakniks Past | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the heartbreaking and terrifying news surrounding the shooting of teen Ralph Yarl (28:15), before going over some disturbing resurfaced comments made by David Choe (53:40). Then they talk about the lawsuits threatening Hulu as the upcoming documentary ‘Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told’ looms over past attendees (01:12:21). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Additional Production: Aleya Zenieris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/231h 26m

A Regular, Black Conversation About Guns With Jason “Jah” Lee

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Tennessee representative Justin Pearson’s return to the state legislature, and Tucker Carlson’s take on Justin Pearson’s voice (17:31), before discussing Stephen A. Smith saying Trump isn’t racist (41:18). Then, Bossip editor and firearms instructor Jason “Jah” Lee joins to discuss gun control (52:28). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jason “Jah” Lee Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/232h 13m

Clarence Thomas’s Nazi-Art Collecting Friend, and Cassandra Freeman on ‘Bel-Air’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the show off with a discussion on DJ Akademiks, Black conservatism, and followers of Andrew Tate (11:24), before digging into the latest Clarence Thomas controversy (35:51). Then, updates on yet another mass shooting and the reinstatement of a Tennessee lawmaker (52:47). Plus, actress Cassandra Freeman joins to discuss her role as Aunt Vivian Banks in ‘Bel-Air’ (58:22). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Cassandra Freeman Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/231h 52m

Will Packer on ‘Praise This’, Plus Donald Trump Arrested

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the expulsion of Congress members from the Tennessee House of Representatives (0:19), before welcoming AP journalist Michael Sisak to break down the arrest and arraignment of Donald Trump (22:27). Then producer Will Packer joins for a “delightful” interview to discuss his newest film, ’Praise This’ (54:34). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Will Packer and Michael Sisak Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/231h 51m

The Double Standard and Felicia Enuha on Corporate Life

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the outrage toward LSU’s Angel Reese compared to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark following the NCAA national championship game (17:42). Plus, ‘Bachelor’ creator Mike Fleiss exits the show after an investigation into racial discrimination (59:06). Then, comedian and podcaster Felicia Enuha joins to discuss hosting the ‘Trill MBA Show’ and navigating the workplace as a Black woman (1:19:16). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Felicia Enuha Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/231h 58m

Donald Trump’s Indictment and Ally Love of Peloton and ‘Dance 100’

HED: Donald Trump’s Indictment and Ally Love of Peloton and ‘Dance 100’ DEK: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Donald Trump’s indictment in a hush-money case (26:31), before welcoming host of Netflix’s ‘Dance 100,’ Ally Love, to discuss Peloton and a ranking of legendary dancers (43:12). Then reporter Jim Trotter calls out the NFL’s lack of representation (1:06:18). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Ally Love Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/231h 40m

The Arrest of Jonathan Majors and Yet Another School Shooting

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the news of Jonathan Majors being arrested and charged with assault (11:40), before reacting to Judge Joe Brown’s denial of something he wasn’t accused of (48:29). Then a reaction to the latest mass shooting, which took the lives of six (54:45). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/231h 28m

Tekashi 6ix9ine and Privacy in the Age of Social Media

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s appearance before lawmakers as his company faces a potential ban in the U.S. (14:45), before reacting to the video of Tekashi 6ix9ine getting attacked in a gym locker room (37:53). Then, Sheryl Lee Ralph says she was sexually assaulted by a TV judge (51:23), and Burna Boy reignites diasporic discussions (1:05:40). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/231h 41m

Arresting Donald Trump and the NFL’s History of Blackballing

Van and Rachel discuss the reaction to ‘Swarm’ and the sex scene that had Twitter abuzz (22:10) before digging into the potential presidential arrest (33:31). Plus, Ringer podcast manager and host of ‘Blackballed’ Chelsea Stark-Jones joins to discuss the new podcast and the NFL’s history with race (59:44). Then an investigation sheds light on the cowardice of police during the Uvalde school shooting (1:14:27). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Chelsea Stark-Jones Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/231h 46m

House Bill 999 and Criticisms of Kamala

Van and Rachel talk about the Florida bill that would ban DEI programs on college campuses (13:13). Then, the host of Sirius XM’s ‘The Reecie Colbert Show,’ Reecie Colbert, joins to discuss Amanda Seales’s recent criticisms of Kamala Harris (30:38), and a therapist decides to stop accepting male clients (1:01:43). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Reecie Colbert Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/231h 59m

Angela and the Academy, Plus Sam Pollard on Documentary Filmmaking

Van and Rachel discuss the 2023 Oscars, the reaction to Angela Bassett’s disappointment (22:43), and ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ making history (56:35). Then, they discuss President Biden addressing the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (1:02:32), and filmmaker Sam Pollard joins to talk about his latest documentary, ‘Bill Russell: Legend’ (1:28:46). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Sam Pollard Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/232h 16m

The Extremely Likable Tracee Ellis Ross, Plus ‘No Jumper’ Disappoints

Van and Rachel discuss a hip-hop culture podcast giving a platform to an antisemitic, white supremacist, neo-Nazi who’s saying “never mind” about all that stuff (15:19). Then, cultural icon Tracee Ellis Ross joins to discuss her new podcast, ‘I Am America’ (1:29:34), her memorable characters (1:42:09), and her time working with Eddie Murphy (1:45:41).  Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Tracee Ellis Ross Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/232h 18m

Respectability Politics and Damon Young on Being Funny and Black

Van and Rachel are joined by Midnight Boy Charles Holmes to talk about the discourse around Ja Morant (14:39) before digging into Chris Rock’s Netflix special, ‘Selective Outrage’ (49:55). Then, writer and humorist Damon Young joins to discuss the NFL, comedy, and his podcast, ‘Stuck With Damon Young’ (1:08:19). Plus, Rachel clues us in on some Peak White Mess (1:32:29). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Charles Holmes and Damon Young Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/231h 45m

A ‘Corny’ Conversation With Wood Harris

Van and Rachel talk disinformation in light of the Fox News defamation lawsuit with Dominion (14:56), before welcoming actor Wood Harris to discuss ‘Creed III,’ his other memorable roles, and the concept of "corny" (41:47). Plus, a top NFL prospect and an NBA star face legal trouble (1:24:47). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Wood Harris Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/231h 54m

The Origins of COVID and the Demise of Dilbert

Van and Rachel discuss the assessment that COVID-19 may have resulted from a lab leak (16:13) before welcoming vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez to help unpack the news (39:31). Plus, Dilbert creator Scott Adams exposes his racism (1:04:55), and Black masculinity continues to be discussed (1:26:35). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Peter Hotez Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/231h 55m

The Emasculation Proclamation and Civil War II

Van and Rachel are back to discuss the two magazine covers that have had Black Twitter in a tizzy (23:00). They then react to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s secession suggestion (51:42). Plus, Deion Sanders gives some insight on his recruiting tactics (1:04:35). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/02/231h 43m

Animal Welfare and the Return of Animal Games

Van and Rachel are joined by Chris Draper of the Performing Animal Welfare Society to discuss providing sanctuary and care for former performance animals (0:00), before welcoming Dr. Lauren Howard to talk about her role as director of veterinary services for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (23:34). Then, Animal Games makes it’s long anticipated return to the podcast (49:05). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Dr. Chris Draper and Dr. Lauren Howard Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/231h 1m

J.D. Vance and Environmental Racism, Plus Chloe Bailey Backlash

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17/02/231h 25m

Super Bowl LVII and Dr. Peniel Joseph on Chauvinism in the Civil Rights Movement

Van and Rachel discuss Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance and other happenings around the big game (15:47). Then, Dr. Peniel Joseph is back to discuss the role of Black women throughout the fight for civil rights (42:33) and give a book recommendation (1:23:28). Plus, the government gets cagey about the shooting down of UFOs (1:26:37). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Peniel E. Joseph Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/231h 59m

The State of the Union and Confronting Domestic Terrorism With Hawk Newsome

Van and Rachel discuss Joe Biden’s third State of the Union Address (18:58), as well as Stephen A. Smith’s relationship to Kyrie Irving (45:01). Then activist Hawk Newsome joins to give insight on the case of a Black Colorado rancher facing domestic terrorism from neighbors (57:44). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Hawk Newsome Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/02/231h 47m

Beyoncé and Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary

Van and Rachel react to Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ not winning the Grammy for Album of the Year (16:01) and discuss the 50th anniversary of hip-hop performances (28:17). Plus, Black History Month brings out the racists (41:16). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/231h 5m

Hollywood Unlocked With Jason Lee

Van and Rachel are joined by Jason Lee: host of ‘The Jason Lee Show’ and CEO of Hollywood Unlocked. They discuss breaking celebrity news (21:50), working with Kanye West (37:00), and sitting down with figures from Chrisean Rock to Kamala Harris (48:11). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jason Lee Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/02/231h 20m

Higher Learning: Live With Thought Warriors

Finally! In the podcast's first live event, Van and Rachel host a screening of Netflix’s ‘You People,’ followed by a Q&A with listeners about the film (:46), the Emmanuel Acho situation (11:32), and watching the NFL after the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick (31:41). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/2355m 35s

The Killing of Tyre Nichols

Van and Rachel react to the release of body-cam footage in the death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of the Memphis PD (17:46), the danger of strategies like the SCORPION unit (38:14), and responses from the likes of Jason Whitlock (52:23). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/231h 30m

Ed Reed’s Exit, Plus Stephen A. Smith on Skip and Kaepernick

Van and Rachel discuss the latest out of Bethune-Cookman regarding Ed Reed and the football program (23:09). Then, Stephen A. Smith joins to discuss his book ‘Straight Shooter’ (42:15), his relationship with Skip Bayless (57:45), and the black-balling of Colin Kaepernick (1:06:50). Plus, Van digs into his love of the ‘No Jumper’ drama (1:35:11). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Stephen A. Smith Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/231h 57m

Uncomfortably Conversing With Emmanuel Acho

Van and Rachel react to Ron DeSantis and Florida claiming AP African American Studies “lacks educational value” (10:02), before welcoming the host of ‘Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man,’ Emmanuel Acho, to discuss uncomfortable conversations (27:45). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Emmanuel Acho Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/01/231h 29m

Martin Luther King Jr., the Revolutionary With Dr. Peniel Joseph

Van and Rachel welcome scholar and author Dr. Peniel Joseph to discuss Dr. King’s evolution and the watering down of his legacy (6:21). Plus, Ed Reed goes off on Bethune-Cookman and HBCUs (40:48), and the LAPD faces scrutiny for the death of an unarmed Black man (1:04:14). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Peniel E. Joseph Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/231h 36m

Calmatic Remixes House Party, Plus Biden’s Classified Docs

Van and Rachel react to the discovery of Joe Biden’s classified documents (7:59), and Chris Harrison’s first time addressing his exit from ‘The Bachelor’ (24:23). Then, director Calmatic joins to discuss his feature film debut, 'House Party' (35:19), plus a TikTok chef’s old tweets come back to haunt him (58:01). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Calmatic Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/01/231h 40m

The Concessions of McCarthy, Plus Meek Mill’s Ghanaian Vacation

Van and Rachel discuss Kevin McCarthy finally being named speaker of the House (27:55), and the swearing in of embattled U.S. Representative George Santos (48:54). Then, Damar Hamlin heads back to Buffalo to continue his recovery (56:47), and Meek Mill shoots a video at the presidential residence in Ghana, controversy ensues (1:00:42). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/231h 24m

Damar Hamlin’s Recovery and Skip Bayless’s Tweet, Plus Kevin McCarthy’s Really Bad Week

Van and Rachel welcome cardiologist Dr. Joshua Cooper to discuss the injury and recovery of Bills safety Damar Hamlin (26:54) before digging into Skip Bayless’s reaction (1:05:23). Plus, journalist Aaron Rupar returns to break down the humiliation of Kevin McCarthy (1:37:45). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Dr. Joshua Cooper and Aaron Rupar Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/01/232h 23m

The Guilty Verdict of Tory Lanez With Meghann Cuniff, and Anti-Blackness From the Diaspora

Van and Rachel react to the guilty verdict of Tory Lanez (7:07), before welcoming senior reporter for Law & Crime News Meghann Cuniff to break down the trial (35:28). Plus, Akon says Africans are better performers than African Americans (1:16:22). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Meghann Cuniff Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/12/221h 57m

Holiday Book Recommendations With Maiysha Kai

Van and Rachel welcome lifestyle editor of The Grio and host of the ‘Writing Black’ podcast to discuss her list of must-read books. Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Maiysha Kai Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/12/2220m 30s

Trump’s Taxes, Plus Aaron Rupar: Banned by Elon Musk

Van and Rachel react to the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns (12:48) before welcoming journalist Aaron Rupar to discuss having his Twitter account suspended and the future of the platform (38:20). Then it’s time for a TikTok talk (1:04:53). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Aaron Rupar Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/12/221h 42m

Prosecuting a President, and the Life of P-22

he House January 6 committee approves criminal referrals for Donald Trump. What happens next (18:35)? Then, with the passing of the world’s most famous mountain lion, Beth Pratt is back to remember P-22 (36:04). Plus, a discussion about the differences between Gunna’s and Megan Thee Stallion’s legal situations (1:02:35). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Beth Pratt Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/221h 42m

The Tory Lanez Trial, and Did Gunna Snitch? Plus, Concern for Mountain Lion

Van and Rachel discuss the latest in the Tory Lanez trial (16:14), before welcoming rapper and podcaster Glasses Malone to react to Gunna’s plea deal in the RICO case (1:00:16). Plus, with the health of the world’s most famous mountain lion in question, conservationist Beth Pratt joins to discuss P-22 (1:15:04). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Glasses Malone and Beth Pratt Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/12/222h 3m

Booing the Richest Man in the World, and Body Positivity With Kelvin Davis

Van and Rachel react to the Dave Chappelle’s crowd booing Elon Musk in San Francisco (16:11), and R. Kelly’s got brand new music (42:05). Then, plus-size model and fashion blogger Kelvin Davis joins to discuss body positivity and style (51:32), before a discussion about Skip Bayless (1:19:05). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Kelvin Davis Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/221h 42m

Brittney Griner Released From Russia, and Van Jones Apologizes

Van and Rachel are joined by ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn to discuss Brittney Griner and the Russian prisoner swap (16:59), and react to Van (no relation) Jones’s apology on behalf of the Black community (46:02). Plus, the internet’s claiming Kenya Barris has an obsession (1:14:13). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: T.J. Quinn Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/12/221h 52m

The Deion Discourse and Jackson State, Plus the War for “Woke”

Van and Rachel discuss the reaction to Deion Sanders’s decision to leave Jackson State for Colorado (27:43), and Ron DeSantis aids being pressed to define the word “woke” (1:05:04). Plus, Natalie Nunn of ‘Baddies West’ calls in for a quick chat about exploitation (1:09:59), then a discussion of the collection of slave memorabilia in light of a recent red carpet appearance (1:24:19). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Natalie Nunn Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/221h 45m

'South Side' With Diallo Riddle and Kanye Loves Hitler

After welcoming Ashleigh Smith, the newest member of the pod, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss LeBron James’s comments about the non-coverage of the Jerry Jones controversy (20:16), and Kanye West's praise for the author of 'Mein Kampf' (37:09). Plus, writer and producer Diallo Riddle joins to discuss his underground hit shows 'South Side' and 'Sherman’s Showcase' (54:04). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Diallo Riddle Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/12/221h 45m

The Questionable Pasts of the Joneses: Jerry and James Earl

Van and Rachel kick the show off by remembering the lives of friend and music executive Hovain Hylton, and actress and pop star Irene Cara (12:46), before digging into a photo of a teenage Jerry Jones at a desegregation protest in 1957 Arkansas (28:09). Plus, an analysis of a 1968 video of James Earl Jones discussing Black women being “uptight” (53:45). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/221h 27m

Thankful to Have Jonathan Majors on the Podcast

Van and Rachel welcome actor and fellow Texan Jonathan Majors to the podcast to discuss growing up in Rachel’s hometown (2:04), his new film, ‘Devotion,’ and the true story behind it (17:51), plus why he doesn’t watch any of his own movies (27:32). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jonathan Majors Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/11/2234m 46s

Gabrielle Union on ‘The Inspection’ and Empowering Your Children

Van and Rachel discuss Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets and Black Hebrew Israelites showing up in support (22:34), before reacting to the tragedy at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs (35:24). Then, Gabrielle Union joins the show to discuss her new film ‘The Inspection’ and motherhood in the face of public scrutiny (46:46). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Gabrielle Union Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/222h

Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Life As a TV Legend

Van and Rachel react to the fear and confusion surrounding the Poland missile strike (13:22), before discussing the mysterious death of Shanquella Robinson in Mexico (23:49). Plus, TV legend Malcolm-Jamal Warner joins to discuss his journey from child actor on ‘The Cosby Show’ to Grammy-winning musician/poet (36:27). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Malcolm-Jamal Warner Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/11/222h

2022 Midterm Election Recap, and Talking ‘Fanbase’ With Isaac Hayes III

Van and Rachel react to the election results and the outlook of some key gubernatorial and Senate races (10:09), before discussing a “joke” making light of Trayvon Martin’s death (35:52). Then, Isaac Hayes III joins the show to discuss the founding and growth of his social media platform, ‘Fanbase’ (51:39). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Isaac Hayes III Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/11/221h 46m

Kyrie and the Nets’ Stipulations, Plus the Midterm Elections Are Here

Van and Rachel discuss the list of requirements issued to Kyrie Irving to return to the Brooklyn Nets (9:32), before digging into the Democratic outlook of the 2022 midterms (34:25). Plus, Drake inserts himself into the Megan Thee Stallion–Torey Lanez drama (51:07), and a University of Kentucky student exposes her true racist self (1:22:43). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/221h 40m

Mourning Takeoff and Kyrie Irving Gets Suspended

Van and Rachel react to the news of Takeoff’s untimely death and the culture of mourning (5:13), before welcoming Jade Magnus Ogunnaike from Color of Change to discuss disinformation and holding Twitter accountable for hate speech (27:36). Plus a discussion of Kyrie Irving’s indefinite suspension (44:56). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jade Magnus Ogunnaike Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/11/221h 48m

The End of Affirmative Action? Plus, a Kyrie Conversation

Van and Rachel discuss the Supreme Court hearing challenges to affirmative action in college admissions (13:45), and react to an intruder attacking Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi (32:53). Plus, Kyrie Irving addresses claims of antisemitism after posting link to controversial film (44:31). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/221h 15m

The Corporate Cancellation of Kanye, and Herschel Walker Is Super Duper Pro-Choice

Van and Rachel react to comparisons of the backlash Ye brought on himself after his antisemitic comments to the backlash after his anti-Black statements (10:27). Herschel Walker’s past support of abortion continues to come to light (46:11), plus Rihanna gives a tease of new music (52:48), and Brittney Griner’s appeal gets denied (58:29). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/10/221h 15m

The Legendary Billy Porter, and Discussing a Hyperpartisan Supreme Court

Van and Rachel react to the Supreme Court becoming more partisan (18:46). Then, the award-winning and iconic Billy Porter joins the show to discuss support for LGBTQ media (40:35), and the intracommunity divide between straight and gay Black men (54:30). Plus, the McRib is back for the last time (1:28:29). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Billy Porter Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/221h 41m

Florida’s Voter Fraud Arrests, and Cheri Beasley’s Race for Senate

Van and Rachel discuss the confusion following arrests for alleged voter fraud in Florida (11:59), and an Arizona GOP candidate arrested for masturbating near a preschool (23:53). Plus, senate candidate for North Carolina, Cheri Beasley, joins to discuss her plan to represent the state (31:58), and a Massachusetts woman resists arrest with the help of hundreds of bees (1:05:43). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Cheri Beasley Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/10/221h 22m

Free Speech and ‘Drink Champs,’ Plus Student Loan Forgiveness is Here

Van and Rachel react to the latest Kanye West appearance on ‘Drink Champs’ and N.O.R.E.’s ensuing apology (13:13), Jamaica banning the glorification of drugs and crime (42:35), and student loan forgiveness going into effect (55:48). Also, a conversation on the widespread increase in police budgets (1:03:34), and Van reveals he’s an animal secret agent (1:17:34). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/10/221h 34m

Alex Jones Pays, and a Conversation With a Thought Warrior

Van and Rachel react to Alex Jones being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in Sandy Hook defamation damages (23:15). Plus, multimedia journalist and Thought Warrior Nicki Mayo joins to discuss the discourse coming out of the “All Lives Matter” conversation on the previous episode (34:03), Rachel does a peak ‘Legal Eagle’ breakdown (58:30), and a Mailbag centered on ‘literate culture’ (1:27:08).  Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Nicki Mayo Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/10/221h 48m

Once Again…Kanye West, Plus Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins on ‘Trials to Triumphs’

Van and Rachel discuss Kanye West’s antisemitic tweets and how these aren’t the first anti-Jewish comments Van has heard from him (16:22), plus Killer Mike is critical of Stacey Abrams's campaign governor (26:45). Then Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins joins to talk about her podcast ‘Trials to Triumphs’ (40:44), and former pro-basketball player Jack McClinton discusses his now-viral question, “Do white lives not matter?” (1:19:22). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins and Jack McClinton Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/222h 15m

Biden’s Marijuana Pardons, and Herschel Walker Plays Defense

Van and Rachel react to the news of President Biden pardoning federal offenses involving marijuana possession (17:10), before digging into Herschel Walker’s alleged abortion hypocrisy (26:16). Plus, "Fat Joe" likes saying the n-word (51:14 ) and, in other news, we’ve got a mountain lion update (1:04:33). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/10/221h 28m

Ye and White Lives Matter, Plus Soledad O’Brien on ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’

Van and Rachel react to Kanye West wearing a White Lives Matter shirt (17:38), and Tory Lanez is unapologetic but back (36:31). Plus, Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien joins to discuss her documentary, ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’ (52:05), and the current state of journalism (1:06:00). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Soledad O’Brien Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/221h 34m

Jemele Hill on the Malika Andrews Discourse. Plus, Rachel Dolezal’s OnlyFans Leak

Van and Rachel welcome Jemele Hill, journalist and host of ‘Jemele Hill Is Unbothered,’ to discuss the online backlash aimed at Malika Andrews amid the Ime Udoka news (9:31). Plus, a discussion of Hurricane Ian’s impact on Florida (35:56), the life and career of Coolio (42:07), and Rachel Dolezal’s OnlyFans leak (1:12:33). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jemele Hill Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/09/221h 44m

Anna Wolfe on Brett Favre’s Impact on the Most Vulnerable

Van and Rachel welcome investigative journalist Anna Wolfe to discuss her reporting of the Brett Favre welfare funding scandal (21:05), before discussing the latest news regarding Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension (1:00:09). Plus, a Tennessee principal says the “N-word” (1:23:09) and Rihanna’s performing at the Super Bowl (1:30:01) Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Anna Wolfe Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/09/221h 46m

Ime Udoka’s Troubles and Adam Levine’s Peak White Mess

Van and Rachel discuss the pending suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka for having a relationship with a woman on staff (17:11), and NBA and WNBA team owner Robert Server selling his teams (37:46). Plus, a Black Memphis woman sues police for failing to investigate her rape after the suspect has been charged with the murder of a White woman (45:25), and Adam Levine’s infidelity gets the social media treatment (56:48). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/09/221h 26m

Discussing Slavery and Presentism, Plus Breaking Down the SAFE-T Act With Sen. Robert Peters

Van and Rachel discuss Bill Maher’s recent comments about slavery and his criticism of “presentism” (14:11), before reacting to the social media conversations around ‘The Woman King’ (47:42). Plus, Charlamagne tha God has a questionable take on the shipping of migrants (1:01:38), then Sen. Robert Peters joins the show to help break down Illinois’ SAFE-T Act (1:11:05). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Sen. Robert Peters Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/09/221h 52m

Letitia Wright on ‘The Silent Twins’ and ‘Wakanda Forever,' Plus Shipping Migrants for Political Points

Van and Rachel react to the immigration stunts of sending migrants to sanctuary cities (25:54), and Brett Favre being a horrible, no-good person (42:44). Then, actress Letitia Wright joins to discuss her new movie ‘The Silent Twins’ (52:08) and gives an idea of what to expect from ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ (1:10:03). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Letitia Wright Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/09/221h 46m

The Tragedy of PnB Rock’s Death, and Robert Sarver’s Suspension

Van and Rachel react to the killing of rapper PnB Rock and the ensuing social fallout (0:10). Plus, Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Server gets suspended after allegations of racism and misogyny (35:17), and Ray J produces receipts (47:35). Then, the roses and racism of the 'Bachelor' franchise return (57:47). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/221h 10m

Black Twitter and the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Van and Rachel react to the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the overall legacy of the crown (12:28), before giving an update on the Jackson, Mississippi water crisis (32:37). Plus, Kim Kardashian discusses her talent (53:56), and the “Peak White Mess” of the 'Don’t Worry Darling' press tour gets broken down (1:04:07). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/09/221h 18m

Pennsylvania Weed Pardons and Brett Favre the Welfare Queen

Van and Rachel discuss Pennsylvania announcing an effort to pardon state residents of nonviolent marijuana offenses (20:39), and Mississippi using welfare money to pay Brett Favre (34:16). Plus, Tiffany Haddish responds to backlash (58:54), and Scottie Pippen’s ex-wife spotted out with Michael Jordan’s son (1:16:44). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/222h 1m

Mississippi Water Crisis and Serena the Great

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the institutional failures that left Jackson, Mississippi without water (20:25), Serena Williams’s performance at the U.S. Open (35:24), and discuss Jay-Z’s relationship with capitalism (55:57). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/09/221h 38m

Talking Student Loan Forgiveness and Aries Spears

Van and Rachel return from break to react to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan (24:12) and discuss the release of the Mar-a-Lago affidavit and what it might mean for Trump (51:48). Plus, Aries Spears fat-shames Lizzo (1:03:49), and a therapist loses her job (1:21:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/221h 54m

Hip-Hop vs. Rap and a Discussion on a Woman’s Worth With Glasses Malone

Van and Rachel are joined by rapper Glasses Malone to discuss what it was like growing up in gang life (4:29), the impact of Drill Music and hip-hop vs. rap (18:54), and finding “value” in a modern woman (42:40). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Glasses Malone Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/08/221h 21m

African Film and Adapting ‘The Color Purple’ With Blitz Bazawule

Van and Rachel are joined by musician, author, and director Blitz Bazawule to discuss the importance of African films made by African filmmakers (7:27), his experience working with Beyoncé on ‘Black Is King’ (10:44), and his upcoming musical adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ (14:39). Plus, which country has the best jollof (26:30)? Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Blitz Bazawule Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/2242m 8s

Investigating Trump With Rep. Pete Aguilar, Plus Deshaun Watson Apologizes

Van and Rachel discuss the Espionage Act as it relates to the FBI investigation of Donald Trump (14:21), before reacting to Deshaun Watson’s apology as the NFL preseason gets underway (31:08). Plus, U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar joins to discuss the January 6 congressional committee (42:42), and the church comes for Beyoncé (1:09:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Rep. Pete Aguilar Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/221h 40m

Trump's Troubles, Plus Talking Monkeypox With Dr. Sabrina Assoumou

Van and Rachel react to the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago and the fallout since (13:42), before being joined by infectious disease physician Dr. Sabrina Assoumou to provide facts and dispel rumors surrounding monkeypox (42:28). Plus, is Serena Williams the greatest athlete of all time (1:18:10), and is “Mountain Lion Update” in jeopardy as a segment? (1:28:11) Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Sabrina Assoumou Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/221h 44m

Aldis Hodge Talks ‘City on a Hill,’ ‘Black Adam,’ and More, Plus the Cale Gundy Story and the Latest on Alex Jones

Van and Rachel are joined by actor Aldis Hodge to discuss latest season of ‘City on a Hill', the importance of being a Black man cast as Carter Hall in the upcoming DC film ‘Black Adam’, and much more (29:26). Van and Rachel also react to the resignation of Oklahoma football assistant coach Cale Gundy (0:50), the latest in the Alex Jones trials (01:14:53), and debate a love story published in the New York Times (17:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Aldis Hodge Producer: Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/221h 32m

A Deep Dive Into the Deshaun Watson Suspension and Brittney Griner’s Sentence

Van and Rachel analyze the reasoning behind Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension (12:04), react to Brittney Griner’s sentencing in Russian court (42:31), and discuss the federal charges against Breonna Taylor’s killers (54:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/08/221h 22m

Deshaun Watson’s “Punishment” and Monkeypox on the Rise

Van and Rachel remember the lives of Bill Russell and Nichelle Nichols (10:42) before reacting to Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension for sexual misconduct (25:50). Plus, monkeypox continues to be a public health crisis (52:48). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/221h 13m

The Safer America Plan, Plus Inflation Reduction With Marc Goldwein

Van and Rachel break down President Biden’s Safer America Plan to fight violent crime (10:39), the latest news regarding Brittney Griner and a potential prisoner exchange (25:42), and Kyler Murray’s contractually obligated study (50:38). Plus, Marc Goldwein, Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, joins to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act (56:53). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Marc Goldwein Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/07/221h 42m

Colorism and Keke Palmer, Plus 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Trailer Reactions

Van and Rachel discuss 'Nope' and the colorism debate and career comparisons of Keke Palmer and Zendaya (16:20), DaBaby’s support of Donald Trump (43:07) and the robbery of a church caught on Instagram Live (56:36). Plus, reactions to the much anticipated ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ trailer (1:18:32). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/221h 36m

Biden Tests Positive for COVID, and a Chappelle Show Is Canceled

Van and Rachel react to the breaking news of President Joe Biden’s positive COVID test (10:41), Ne-Yo’s comments regarding R. Kelly and separating art from artist (39:47), and Dave Chappelle’s canceled First Avenue show (58:50). Plus, Herschel Walker won’t debate Raphael Warnock (1:06:04). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/07/221h 21m

The Power of Audio Storytelling’ Hosted by Rachel Lindsay

At the 2022 Essence Festival, Rachel hosted a panel at Spotify’s ‘House of Are & Be’ activation called, “The Power of Audio Storytelling”. Featured panelists included Danyel Smith, host of Black Girl Songbook, Lovelyti, host of Tea Time UNFILTERED with Lovelyti, along with Dr. Titi Shodiya and Dr. Zakiya Whatley, hosts of Dope Labs. ENJOY! Host: Rachel Lindsay Guests: Danyel Smith, Lovelyti, Dr. Titi Shodiya, and Dr. Zakiya Whatley Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/07/2245m 39s

Amber Rose in-studio, and the Sesame Place Situation

Van and Rachel discuss the Sesame Place backlash following a video of a character ignoring Black children (22:30) before welcoming model, author, and musician Amber Rose to discuss the arc of her career (38:23). Plus, a pair of prominent members of the church come under fire for questionable comments (1:42:06). Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Amber Rose Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/222h 15m

The Put Your Shoes On Challenge, and Jill Biden on Tacos

Van and Rachel discuss a new viral trend and whether it’s traumatic, funny, or both (19:15). Plus, Jill Biden compares Latinos to breakfast tacos (30:46), concern grows for Orlando Brown following his Bow Wow comments (55:06), and LeBron questions Brittney Griner wanting to return to the U.S. (1:00:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/07/221h 37m

'N-Word’ Usage in Music and Biden’s Executive Order

Van and Rachel discuss white fans rapping along to lyrics that contain the n-word (6:51), before digging into Pres. Biden’s executive order on abortion access (26:02). Plus, Doja Cat’s ‘Stranger Things’ DM’s become public (41:01) and Herschel Walker says some things (59:16). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/221h 22m

Congressional Twerking and a Diaspora Discussion

Van and Rachel are joined by Rhode Island state Senator Tiara Mack to address "respectability politics" after going viral for twerking (8:49). Then, comedian and podcaster Marlon Palmer joins to discuss a recent tweet about the African diaspora (41:02). Plus, an update on the Brittney Griner situation (1:03:40). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Sen. Tiara Mack and Marlon Palmer Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/07/221h 24m

Jayland Walker’s Unnecessary Death and Talking Mass Shootings … Again

Van and Rachel react to the latest police shooting that saw an unarmed man shot 60 times in Akron, OH (22:25), before discussing a July 4th weekend of tragedy (38:09). Plus, Brittney Griner pens a letter to President Biden from a Russian prison (1:02:40) and dynamics of the Black diaspora are discussed (1:16:41). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/221h 43m

R. Kelly Sentenced and Inflation Talk With Marc Goldwein

Van and Rachel react to R. Kelly’s 30-year sentence and the "normalization" of his crimes (17:02), plus Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially sworn in (24:26) to the Supreme Court. They are then joined by Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, to break down the current state of the U.S. economy (41:07). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Marc Goldwein Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/07/221h 41m

The Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Van and Rachel react to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and discuss how people will be immediately affected (13:42), talk about the political and actionable plan going forward (23:26), and compare the Democratic Party to fake Jordans (40:59). Plus, constitutional law professor Caroline Mala Corbin joins to help make some sense of the landmark decision (43:39). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/221h 36m

Trouble in Texas and Drake’s Album Review

Van and Rachel react to the Texas GOP’s new platform suggesting secession (8:51), before discussing the mixed reaction to Drake’s new album in the new segment, "This Week in D**k-Riding" (25:19). Plus, Amazon's Alexa could be reaching beyond the grave (53:23). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/06/221h 20m

DJ Akademiks’ Comments on Underage Dating, Plus Herschel Walker and Fatherhood

Van and Rachel dig into the resurfaced DJ Akademiks comments about sex, age, and college (16:34), before discussing the U.S. providing more aid to Ukraine (37:11) and Herschel Walker’s “secrets” coming to light (46:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/06/221h 13m

Garcelle Beauvais on Persevering in Hollywood, Plus Revisiting the Isimemen Etute Case With Jarrett Hill

Van and Rachel react to Matt James revealing his frustrations surrounding his ‘Bachelor’ experience (15:05), before welcoming model, author and actress Garcelle Beauvais to discuss a career spanning almost 40 years (30:05). Plus, journalist and co-host of the ‘FANTI’ podcast Jarrett Hill joins to revisit the conversation around Isimemen Etute’s acquittal (1:15:25). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Garcelle Beauvais and Jarrett Hill Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/221h 57m

Michael Che and the Feel-Good Biz of Comedy, Plus Fan Controlled Football with Ray Austin

Van and Rachel discuss the New York Times’ report on Deshaun Watson allegations (13:31), and Jack Del Rio’s comments and the epidemic of ‘white-nesia’ (28:44) before comedian Michael Che joins to discuss comedy and the 2nd season of HBO’s That Damn Michael Che’ (44:41). Plus FCF Commissioner Ray Austin joins to talk the future of football (1:20:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Michael Che and Ray Austin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/222h 1m

Discussing the Acquittal of Isimemen Etute With James Turk

Van and Rachel are joined by James Turk, the defense attorney representing Isimemen Etute, who was found not guilty in the beating death of a man he initially believed to be a woman (8:23). Plus, Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey breakup (1:07:47), Herschel Walker does press (1:31:39), and an update on ‘Mountain Lion Watch’ (1:36:51). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: James Turk Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/221h 46m

Mass Shootings and the Challenge of Finding Hope

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas (:14), before being joined by Guns Down America director Igor Volsky (30:15) to discuss pushing the Biden administration to live up to promises made (34:19), and attempting to find hope amidst the circumstances (48:11). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Igor Volsky Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/221h 31m

Racist or Nah? Plus, Discussing the Spread of Monkeypox

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back in studio to debate whether or not a Yankees vs. White Sox dustup was sparked by racism (16:11). Plus, concerns around monkeypox grow (39:32), Gunna is denied bond (48:56) and Trump shares post calling for ‘civil war’ (1:11:23). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/221h 38m

Peak White Mess, and Speaking for All Interracial Marriages

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nick Saban’s recent NCAA name, image, and likeness grumbles (11:59), plus the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s successful fight for equal pay (35:43), and Dr. Umar has RG3 talking about his favorite subject (43:28). Also, a Black Lives Matter update (57:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. DM ‘Animal Games’ questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/05/221h 30m

The Great Replacement Theory, and an ‘Auntie Diaries’ Conversation

Higher Learning is IN STUDIO this week and launching its own YouTube channel! With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay recording face-to-face, the two discuss Rachel’s “celebrity beef” (1:37), before breaking down the circumstances around the mass shooting in Buffalo (19:40). Plus, Raquel Willis returns to react to Kendrick Lamar’s approach to trans-allyship (47:02). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Raquel Willis Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/221h 55m

Bruce Rivers and the Fight to End Self-Snitching

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the indictment of Young Thug and Gunna (15:14) before welcoming Bruce Rivers, attorney and host of ‘Criminal Lawyer Reacts,’ to discuss potential legal woes (28:17). Plus, the Democratic attempt to protect abortion rights fails (53:47), and Jack Harlow discovers a familial connection (1:06:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bruce Rivers Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham DM ‘Animal Games’ questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/221h 32m

Kendrick Lamar’s Return and the Indictment of Young Thug and Gunna

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the death of controversial YouTuber Kevin Samuels and the ensuing social media reaction (19:06), before digging into Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Heart Part 5’ (37:11). Plus, is ‘Black Republican’ an oxymoron (1:06:40)? And the news of Young Thug and Gunna being charged breaks (1:18:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/221h 37m

Overturning Roe v. Wade and Dave Chappelle’s Attack

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to discuss the Supreme Court leak and the potential future of abortion rights (13:31) before comparing Dave Chappelle’s assault to the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident (39:19). Plus, Drake hops in a wife’s DM’s (47:43) and Animal Games is back (1:00:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham DM ‘Animal Games’ questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/05/221h 14m

Can a Victim Be a Bully? And the Sides of Toxic Christianity

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Budden’s comments about ‘victim bullying’ (22:43) before addressing Kirk Cameron's claim that public schools are ‘public enemy no. 1’ (51:07). Then, a substitute teacher gets fired for a TikTok post (1:09:11), and Van Jones is critical of the Biden administration (1:28:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/221h 43m

Prayer in Schools and Playing Animal Games

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Supreme Court case involving a high school football coach claiming the right to pray after games (14:12), Joe Biden considering student loan cancellation (39:50), and finally—let the Animal Games begin (1:04:34)! Hosts: Van Lathan Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/221h 28m

DaBaby’s Self-Defense Claim, and Talking Black Supremacy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the show off by celebrating the release of Van’s new book 'Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation,' before discussing the security footage of DaBaby’s fatal confrontation in 2018 (17:45), Megan Thee Stallion’s interview with Gayle King (41:31), and the comments by a Black Ohio State student that caused controversy (1:03:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/221h 30m

Mask Mandate Lifted, and Earning a Punch from Mike Tyson

Van Lathan and the Higher Learning crew wish Rachel Lindsay a happy birthday before discussing mixed reactions to the lifting of the transportation mask mandate (22:05). Plus, Mike Tyson punches a guy on a plane (31:45), DJ Envy and wife Gia Casey talk 10 years of faking orgasms (1:05:22), and a Black mayor declares April to be Confederates History Month (1:15:20). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/04/221h 36m

Cruel, Unusual Punishment, and Jesus at 30,000 Feet

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss an inmate’s choice of execution by firing squad (22:06) before switching gears and unpacking Megan Thee Stallion’s Coachella sneak peek (35:25). Plus, acoustic gospel hijacks a flight (57:21), and Kyrie Irving flips off Celtics fans (1:05:11). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/221h 20m

If Deltas Ruled the World, and the Unnecessary Death of Patrick Lyoya

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the podcast off with a discussion of what it’d be like if Delta Sigma Theta ran the world (13:44), before addressing another fatal police shooting of an unarmed Black man (20:41). Plus, a comedy skit sparks social media debate (40:13), and it’s about time we dig into the Thought Warrior mailbag (1:07:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/221h 31m

Sean K. Campbell Discusses His Investigative Reporting on Black Lives Matter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by New York Magazine’s Sean K. Campbell to talk in depth about his investigative reporting on the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (14:20). Then, Van and Rachel discuss Adam Schefter’s insensitive tweet about Dwayne Haskins’s death (1:04:18), Donald Glover’s self-interview (1:16:47), and more. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Sean K. Campbell Producers: Trudy Joseph and Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/221h 39m

Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza Addresses Recent Controversy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the questions surrounding BLM’s purchasing of a $6 million house (11:05), before co-founder Alicia Garza joins to discuss the accusations (32:18). Plus: Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially confirmed (1:12:04), then it’s Thought Warrior Mailbag time (1:32:43). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Alicia Garza Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/04/221h 48m

A Grammys Recap and Debating What It Is to Be Square

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the 2022 Grammy Awards and a couple of unpopular takes regarding Silk Sonic (18:22). Plus, Russell Wilson gets called a square (52:14), and questionable funeral practices are discussed (1:11:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/221h 44m

NFL Hiring Practices and Skip Bayless on the Black Woman Who Raised Him

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Todd Bowles taking over for Bruce Arians as head coach of Buccaneers (28:46), before digging into the NFL’s changes to the ‘Rooney Rule’ (35:37). Plus, Skip Bayless reflects on being raised by ‘the help’. Our words, not his (54:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/04/221h 45m

Will Smith’s Oscar Night: A ‘Higher Learning’ Breakdown

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay go through a step-by-step analysis of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock before winning his first Oscar (3:45), plus Will’s ensuing apology (1:18:45). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/221h 46m

The Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and a 2022 Oscars Preview

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation hearing (22:57) before digging into Kanye West and the 2022 Grammy Awards (48:22), then give their picks for six Oscar categories (16:06). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/03/221h 47m

A Conversation on Transgender Athletics With Activist Raquel Willis

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the controversy surrounding Lia Thomas’s achievement to become the first openly transgender athlete to win a Division I championship (18:27), before welcoming writer Raquel Willis to share her perspective as a trans activist (38:17). Plus, Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing kicks off (1:05:56) and Maury finally gets to retire (1:20:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Raquel Willis Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/221h 33m

Howard U to Strike? Plus, Herschel Walker and the Theory of Evolution

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to news that Howard University faculty have threatened to strike (26:53), and discuss the presence of Papa John’s in Russia (53:12). Then, Herschel Walker gave his take on Darwinism (1:08:41) and Colin Kaepernick is ready to suit up (1:28:19). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/222h

The Cult of Kanye and Isabelle Khurshudyan on the War in Ukraine

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kanye West’s latest online activity, including his threats to D.L. Hughley (18:56), before discussing ‘The Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion’s trending weekend (32:52). Plus, Washington Post foreign correspondent Isabelle Khurshudyan joins from Odessa, Ukraine, to give us an update on where things stand in the Russia-Ukraine war (44:16). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Isabelle Khurshudyan Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/221h 35m

Ryan Coogler’s Run-in and Reactions to Jussie Smollett’s Sentencing

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss director Ryan Coogler getting mistaken for a bank robber in Atlanta (20:30), before reacting to Kim Kardashian’s tone-deaf comments about work ethic (40:41). Plus, Jussie Smollett gets sentenced (1:21:44) and some recent Emmanuel Acho comments come under fire (1:29:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/03/221h 53m

Gambling in the NFL and Brittney Griner’s Detainment

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Calvin Ridley’s suspension for gambling (16:16), before discussing Brittney Griner’s arrest and detainment in Russia (36:19). Plus, Jemele Hill tweets about the belittling of Black women in podcasts (49:34), and we talk sticky bangs (1:02:37). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/221h 27m

Florida’s "Don’t Say Gay" Bill and State of the Union Reactions

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Biden’s first State of the Union address (14:39), before debating reacting to the casting news for the reboot of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ (39:46). Then reactions to Breonna Taylor’s killer being found not guilty (56:43), and Florida’s "Don’t Say Gay" bill gets one step closer to becoming law (1:02:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/221h 36m

The Treatment of Africans in Ukraine and Steelo Brim on the Longevity of ‘Ridiculousness’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss images of Africans experiencing racism while fleeing Ukrainian war zones (11:27), and react to President Biden’s Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson (40:39). Plus, ‘Ridiculousness’ cohost Steelo Brim joins to discuss the long-running MTV show and his ‘Wine & Weed’ podcast (53:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Steelo Brim Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/221h 41m

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and DJ Akademiks on Misinformation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2:19), before welcoming Terrell Jermaine Starr, host of the ‘Black Diplomats’ podcast, to discuss what he’s seeing in Kyiv (19:50). Plus, the disparity between the WNBA and NBA is broken down (40:58), and DJ Akademiks joins to discuss his reporting of the Megan Thee Stallion/Tory Lanez case (52:12). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Terrell Jermaine Starr and DJ Akademiks Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/02/221h 37m

Reacting to the Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Trial and Trying to Define Justice

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay first discuss their childhood churches (2:00) and then react to the guilty verdict in the federal hate crimes trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers (17:00). Next, they talk about Juwan Howard’s altercation after Sunday’s Wisconsin-Michigan game and what type of punishment that merited (36:00), before closing with a conversation about how we talk to our parents about sex (1:11:00).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Mike Wargon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/221h 33m

Talking ‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ With Directors Coodie and Chike

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Kanye West's troublesome social media activity (7:28) before welcoming ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ directors Coodie and Chike to discuss the evolution of Kanye in their new Netflix documentary (26:23). Plus, the NFL hires Loretta Lynch (18:18), and Eric Adams meets with drill rap artists (1:12:44).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Coodie and Chike Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/221h 39m

The Super Bowl Halftime Recap and a Talk With Timothy Ware-Hill

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay vent their distaste for the current state of big game commercials (8:05) before discussing the concern around drill music and a related rise in violence (12:25). Plus, the memorable halftime performance gets a recap (30:19), and Timothy Ware-Hill joins to discuss a problematic situation (43:02). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Timothy Ware-Hill Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/221h 30m

Analyzing the Biden–Crack Pipe Headlines and Anna Malaika Tubbs on Black Motherhood

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the Biden administration’s harm reduction plan and conversations around the crack pipe headlines (19:08), before discussing new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel’s response to questions about racial identity (48:34). Plus advocate and NYT bestselling author Anna Malaika Tubbs joins to discuss her new book, ‘The Three Mothers’ (1:01:37).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Anna Malaika Tubbs Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/221h 41m

Is Joe Rogan Racist? And the Consequences of “No-Knock” Warrants

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay introduce a new segment, The Big Deal, just in time to discuss the controversy surrounding Joe Rogan and his ensuing apology (5:10). Also, Awkwafina issues a statement via Twitter (50:23), and a reaction to Amir Locke’s unnecessary death and the concept of “no-knock warrants” (1:15:43).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/221h 37m

Brian Flores Sues the NFL and Peter Rosenberg Talks Whoopi

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay bring in Black History Month with reactions to former head coach Brian Flores’s decision to sue the NFL for racial discrimination (17:09), before welcoming Peter Rosenberg back for a layered discussion on the Whoopi Goldberg controversy (42:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Peter Rosenberg Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/221h 39m

Rihanna’s Baby Bump and MacG on That Ari Lennox Question

Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Cheslie Kryst’s unexpected passing (:11), before celebrating the big Rihanna and A$AP Rocky news (13:04). Plus a talk about ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ (32:12), then podcaster MacG joins from South Africa to discuss the fallout from his problematic question to Ari Lennox (39:47). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: MacG Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/221h 30m

A Conversation Across the Aisle With Tamika Hamilton, and Joe Biden’s Pledge

Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court (9:37), before Republican candidate Tamika Hamilton joins to discuss her congressional bid as a Black woman in the GOP (24:38). Then, a breakdown of Joe Rogan’s problematic conversation on blackness (1:09:56).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Tamika Hamilton Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/01/221h 36m

Bakari Sellers on the Present and Future State of Politics

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down a Thought Warrior’s question with producer Trudy Joseph (8:21) before welcoming author, attorney, and political commentator Bakari Sellers to discuss the dire state of politics (30:49) and how citizens can make a difference (52:47). Plus, an interviewer's cringey question to Ari Lennox has the internet abuzz (1:00:26).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bakari Sellers Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/01/221h 35m

Mitch McConnell’s Americans and the Awkwafina Backlash

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Mitch McConnell’s slip of the mind in differentiating Black people from Americans (17:04) before remembering the life and legacy of André Leon Talley (39:06). Plus, Fresh and Fit go head-to-head with Brittany Renner (41:43) and Awkwafina faces backlash after NAACP Image Award nomination (57:02).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/01/221h 24m

The Whitewashing of MLK and Mario Lopez’s Silence

Van Lathan welcomes Rachel Lindsay back after a week off, and the two catch up on life and loss … the Cowboys' loss (7:23). Plus, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day behind us, they reflect on the whitewashing of the civil rights icon (17:21) and react to the George Floyd comments on Mario Lopez’s podcast (48:57).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/01/221h 33m

The Forever Fight for Voting Rights and Kate Sosin on Ending Violence Against the Trans Community

Van Lathan’s riding solo this week as he and producers Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham react to Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights and Senator Tim Scott’s predictable response (18:54), plus the NFL coming out of the war on race unscathed (34:18). Then, LGBTQ+ journalist Kate Sosin joins to shed some light on 2021 being the deadliest year for transgender people (52:15).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Kate Sosin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/01/221h 38m

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Closing Achievement Gaps and Fixing Student Loan Programs

DEK: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the closing of achievement disparities (31:44), safely reopening schools (34:33), and why we need algebra (40:47). Plus, convictions in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case come down (56:41) and Urban Meyer’s an even bigger POS than we thought (1:01:44).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/01/221h 26m

The Life of Michael K. Williams and Talking ‘The Wire’ With Felicia “Snoop” Pearson

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Felicia “Snoop” Pearson to discuss stepping in to complete voice-overs for the late Michael K. Williams in VICE TV’s 'Black Market' (1:28), how her relationship with Williams led to her legendary role on ‘The Wire’ (3:26), and her projects on the way in the future (10:10).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Felicia “Snoop” Pearson Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/2223m 19s

Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the ‘Fresh and Fit’ podcast hosts’ declaration about not dating Black women (5:04), then rapper and L.A. native Reason talks the rise in crime in the city and the current state of hip-hop beef (28:11). Plus, New York’s newest mayor draws backlash (1:03:56).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Reason Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/01/221h 38m

Janet Jackson on Michael, and Omicron Updates With Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay answer a Thought Warrior’s Very Serious Question (2:26) and get excited about the upcoming Janet Jackson documentary (26:06). Plus, epidemiologist and health economist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding joins to discuss the rise of COVID cases and better ways to prevent and detect the virus (49:40).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/221h 34m

Michelle Obama 2024 and Cerise Castle on LAPD’s Use of Force

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the deaths of the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu (14:07) and coach-broadcaster John Madden (18:52). Plus, discussing Joe Rogan's suggestion of Michelle Obama for president in 2024 (27:42) and journalist Cerise Castle joins to provide insight on violence from the LAPD and gang affiliation within the department (35:38).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Cerise Castle Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/12/211h 27m

Kim Potter Found Guilty and Bachelor Nation’s First Black Couple

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to ex-officer Kim Potter being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright (15:29) before welcoming a Thought Warrior to the show for the first time to clear up a weeks-long debate (22:29). Plus, Bachelor Nation has its first black couple (34:12), and would Jay-Z be unbeatable in a ‘Verzuz’ battle (44:50)? Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/12/211h 17m

Joe Manchin Says “No,” and COVID-19 Surges | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss a relationship scenario with producer Trudy Joseph (4:54), before reacting to the rise in U.S. COVID cases and debate the need for another massive shutdown (20:51). Plus, journalist Judd Legum joins the podcast to shed light on Senator Joe Manchin’s decision to pull support from the Build Back Better bill (36:52), and the hip-hop community mourns the death of Drakeo the Ruler (1:06:11).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Judd Legum Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/211h 33m

The Return of the Student Loans and Deion Sanders Gets Top Recruit | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden’s decision not to extend student loan relief (5:51), and a Louisiana judge blames a slur on a sedative (19:07). Plus, the no. 1 recruit flips to Jackson State (37:08) and Breonna Taylor’s killer searches for sympathy (1:06:21).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/12/211h 31m

The Realities of Climate Change and the Future of Roe v. Wade | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the devastation left behind by tornadoes in several states and discuss the climate change divide within politics (20:20), Governor Gavin Newsom plans to use Texas's restrictive abortion law as a model for an assault weapon ban (38:59), and the recent crime wave in L.A. has folks moving differently (49:39). Plus, merch sales from Kanye and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover concert won’t go to charity (58:07), and Elon Musk wants to put a chip in you (1:16:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/211h 27m

Jussie Smollett Found Guilty and Travis Scott Speaks on Astroworld Tragedy | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Jussie Smollett being found guilty for falsely reporting a hate crime (13:56) and the Department of Justice suing the state of Texas (27:23). Plus, discussing Travis Scott's conversation with Charlamagne tha God about the recent tragedy at his Astroworld Festival (39:29) and breaking down the production woes for 'Black Panther 2' (1:03:18). Also, a question: Is math racist? (1:16:33).    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/12/211h 41m

Verzuz Reactions and Michael Arceneaux on Intracultural Conflict | Higher Learning | The Ringer

On a special episode of 'Higher Learning,' Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are in the studio, recording in person for the first time! They discuss everything from Chris Cuomo losing his job (16:48) to an eventful Verzuz between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia (24:11). Then bestselling author Michael Arceneaux joins to break down a controversial scene in Amazon Prime’s new show 'Harlem' (1:12:50).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/12/212h 8m

Stacey Abrams for Governor, and Yet Another School Shooting | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Stacey Abrams’s second gubernatorial bid (15:50), Chris Cuomo’s suspension from CNN (25:52), and Kyle Rittenhouse’s status at Arizona State (40:55). Also, the problem of gun violence continues in light of the Oxford High School tragedy in Michigan (58:59), and Thought Warriors get their mailbag questions answered (1:25:38).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/12/211h 41m

Remembering Virgil Abloh, and Omicron Reactions | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the untimely passing of designer Virgil Abloh and discuss the ensuing Twitter debate over privacy in the face of an illness (11:13). Also, Jussie Smollett’s trial begins (21:42), the AMAs spark confusion after giving Doja Cat a pair of R&B awards (47:11), and a new COVID-19 variant emerges (53:44). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/11/211h 31m

BLM's Newest Supporter: Kyle Rittenhouse. Plus: Michael Tubbs on Democratic Messaging | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyle Rittenhouse’s recent comments to Tucker Carlson (11:25), claims of sexism lobbied at the film ‘King Richard’ (26:42), and Idris Elba playing a Bond villain and not the man himself (38:14). Plus, Michael Tubbs, author and former mayor of Stockton, CA, joins the show to discuss his book ‘The Deeper the Roots’ and why Democrats are losing the messaging battle (48:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/11/211h 41m

RIP Young Dolph, and Domestic Violence in the NFL | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the commutation of Julius Jones’s death sentence (0:35), the exoneration of two men convicted of killing Malcolm X (9:29), and the tragic death of rapper Young Dolph (17:59). Then Antonio Brown is accused of obtaining a fake vaccine card (55:10), and domestic violence is discussed in light of the Zac Stacy incident (59:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/11/211h 24m

DaBaby’s Baby Mama Drama and Biden’s Bill Becomes Law | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DaBaby’s most recent controversy after the rapper called the cops on his child’s mother DaniLeigh (16:04). Then the Kyle Rittenhouse trial nears a conclusion (27:59), President Biden signs the infrastructure bill into law (49:52), and Beto is running for governor of Texas (1:07:11).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/11/211h 33m

The Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and Delaying ‘Black Panther 2’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the start of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and his testimony, which had the internet abuzz (17:41). Plus, Letitia Wright’s vaccination stance has the ‘Black Panther 2’ production on hold (33:27), Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton have a problem in common (40:06), and Scottie Pippen’s mad at Michael Jordan (1:00:36). And of course, it’s Mailbag Time (1:19:15). Hosts: Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph & Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/11/211h 31m

Kanye West Does Drink Champs, and Farting Is Such Sweet Sorrow | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Astroworld Festival tragedy (5:55) before digging into Kanye West's latest stream of consciousness (21:34) and the right getting big mad at Big Bird (38:49). Plus, National Hip-Hop Month is now a thing (49:19) and President Biden farts in front of royalty (54:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/11/211h 35m

Aaron Rodgers Lied and Had Help Doing It, Plus the CRT Bogeyman

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Aaron Rodgers testing positive for COVID-19, and the difference between vaccination and immunization (16:40). Then, fear of critical race theory fuels Republican victory in Virginia (42:52), the NFL combine gets compared to slavery (56:18), and the jury selection in the Ahmaud Arbery case has people scratching their heads (1:07:47).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/11/211h 36m

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Cultural Misunderstanding, Plus a “Let’s Go, Brandon” Discussion

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jay-Z’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Tina Turner and LL Cool J (9:13), a Southwest Airlines pilot who got investigated for signing off with an anti-Biden rallying cry (29:11), J.Lo's “horrible” early-career experience (49:22), and lastly Florida students who were suspended for confronting racism (1:09:33).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/11/211h 33m

Feeling Bad for Will Smith and the War on Black Intellectualism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jada Pinkett Smith’s latest 'Red Table Talk' and why "relationship goals" is a myth (17:05), Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims can’t be called such in the upcoming trial (29:53), and the political right declares war on Black intellectual thought (37:12). Plus, Facebook gets a name change (1:01:34) and it’s Mailbag Time (1:21:06)! Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/10/211h 36m

Kyrie’s Coalition and Modern-Day Redlining

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the U.S. Department of Justice cracking down on modern-day redlining (7:25). Plus: Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stance seemingly has MAGA and BLM protestors on the same side for once (23:30). Then, Issa Rae and Amanda Seales have some Black Greeks upset (41:41), and Boosie’s homophobia is showing again (47:58). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/10/211h 21m

Justice for Julius Jones and the Howard University Protests

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the #BlackburnTakeover at Howard University, while producer Donnie Beacham details his experience with dorm life at the “Mecca” (23:33), then we welcome family and supporters of Julius Jones, a death row inmate they say was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1999 (37:08). Plus, it’s Thought Warrior mailbag time (1:19:35)! Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Antoinette Jones, Keith Jossell, Tiffany Crutcher Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/10/211h 30m

Donald Trump Is Back and Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed by Family

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Cult of Trump being told by their god not to vote (12:16), coach Ed Orgeron is out at LSU (23:25), and Patrick Mahomes’s little brother gets accused of e-thuggery (36:51). Plus, Hooters reverses a mandate (46:01) and Stacey Dash tests our empathy (1:04:14).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/10/211h 25m

The Democratic Honeymoon Is Over and Prayers for Jelani Day

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyrie Irving’s IG Live regarding his COVID vaccine choice (4:22), discuss Joe Biden’s presidential performance thus far (28:36), and ask an unexpected question about Ruth Bader Ginsburg (39:59). Also, 25-year-old Jelani Day is remembered amid rampant rumors following his mysterious death (48:45).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/10/211h 23m

Jon Gruden Resigns and Kyrie Irving’s Personal Decision

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay check in with instant reactions to some breaking news that’s got the people a-buzzing. Now-former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden steps down after offensive emails see the light of day (5:25), Nicki Minaj defends Jesy Nelson and the art of ‘blackfishing’ (29:59), and Kyrie Irving gets an unvaccination vacation (38:04). Plus, Superman comes out and the homophobes go bananas (44:29). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/10/211h 10m

Lynnette Grey Bull on Busting Myths and the Silence Around Missing Natives

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome activist and founder of Not Our Native Daughters Lynnette Grey Bull to discuss the lack of attention given to missing Indigenous people, and what she’s doing to make a change. Plus, myths get dispelled and she tells us the dopest thing about being a Native American.  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Lynnette Grey Bull Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/2135m 25s

Dave Chappelle’s ‘Closer’ and the United States v. Texas

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dig into the divided reactions to Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special 'The Closer' (9:05), before welcoming back law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to discuss the most recent developments in the Texas abortion law (41:59). Plus, HBCU funding takes a big cut (1:10:23), then it’s Mailbag Time (1:22:41).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/10/211h 32m

Urban Meyer’s Acts of Indiscretion, and White Women’s War With Denzel

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss a recent poll that suggests we might be at the beginning of the end of the American union (8:49). Seriously. But on a lighter note, there’s drama coming out of ESPN (33:53), Urban Meyer likes to party (1:01:45), and another famous white lady comes for Denzel Washington (1:24:00). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/10/211h 42m

A Conversation With Frederick Joseph on the Repercussions of Racism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome bestselling author Frederick Joseph to discuss his recent run-in at a dog park that went viral and the social media frenzy that followed (5:48). Plus, Black Twitter comes for Ellen Pompeo (1:00:56), the #FreeBritney movement succeeds (1:09:57), and a casting decision for the upcoming film ‘The Harder They Fall’ comes under scrutiny (1:18:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Frederick Joseph Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/10/211h 50m

R. Kelly Found Guilty, and Unvaccinated in the NBA

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the guilty verdict in the R. Kelly trial and that age-old question of separating the artist from the art (23:10). Plus, national police reform talks fail (42:46), the NBA faces vaccination troubles (1:08:37), and Will Smith opens up about his open marriage with Jada Pinkett Smith (1:19:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/09/211h 37m

Missing White Woman Syndrome and Eboni K. Williams on Her Dream Job

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the disparities in media coverage for missing people of color amid the sad news of the Gabby Petito case (2:28). They then welcome lawyer, TV host, and Real Housewife of New York Eboni K. Williams to discuss breaking reality-TV barriers and what is next for the broadcaster (29:55). Plus, could James Bond be a woman (1:02:18), and is Drake bigger than Beyoncé (1:14:50)? Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Eboni K. Williams  Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/09/211h 40m

Gentrifying Inglewood and the Crisis at the Border

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the overwhelming whiteness of the 2021 Emmys (18:48), despite the diverse nominee lineups. Plus, the U.S. begins the removal of Haitian migrants as the border crisis worsens (32:46), the Clippers gentrify Inglewood (42:28) and the Karen Civil–Joyner Lucas drama provided some top-tier, Saturday afternoon mess (50:30).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/09/211h 30m

Nicki Minaj vs the CDC and Wellness with Devi Brown

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay lament the end of days as Nicki Minaj and the barbs take on the Center for Disease Control (4:02), then balance things out with some positivity as author and host of the Dropping Gems podcast Devi Brown stopped by to give some steps towards true healing (18:25). Oh yeah, and Diddy owes Jermaine Dupri an apology (51:11).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Guest: Devi Brown Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/09/211h 44m

Biden’s Vaccine Mandate and Caroline Mala Corbin on the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to help break down the Justice Department's lawsuit against the state of Texas after the passage of its restrictive abortion law (18:38). Then, Biden’s new vaccine mandate faces the inevitable GOP backlash (41:18), and irresponsible policing causes yet another unnecessary tragedy (1:00:38). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/09/211h 53m

The California Recall and Remembering Michael K. Williams

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay pay their respects to the ultra-talented Michael K. Williams, who’s missed but remembered fondly (23:14). Then, Election Day in California quickly approaches, so we break down Larry Elder’s ridiculousness (47:19), plus the 20th anniversary of 9/11 has us reflecting on that fateful day (56:50). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/09/211h 41m

A Conversation with Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Dr. Yusef Salaam, motivational speaker, author and member of the Exonerated Five to discuss life after his wrongful conviction at the age of 15, and growing to become better, not bitter, in the face of injustice. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Guest: Dr. Yusef Salaam  Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/09/2131m 12s

Sheila Jackson Lee and the Cruelty of the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the podcast off with a game of Is It Better Than?, the subject being the legendary LL Cool J (2:04). Then, with the Supreme Court's refusal to block Texas’s restrictive abortion law, Texas Representative Shelia Jackson Lee stops by to give some insight on the impact the legislation will have on women in the Lone Star State (37:54). Plus, Drake’s new album has tons of features (1:14:07) and it’s that time of the week … Mailbag Time (1:27:48).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Guest: Sheila Jackson Lee Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/09/211h 44m

God Bless Louisiana and Reviewing Kanye’s 'Donda'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off with their thoughts and reviews on Kanye West’s latest album, 'Donda' (12:28) before breaking down the disappointment surrounding the Tyron Woodley–Jake Paul fight (33:13). Plus, Hurricane Ida has Louisiana on our hearts and minds (46:43), and Van shares how he's tried to keep Freddy Krueger out of his dreams since childhood (1:03:51).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/08/211h 37m

Azmat Khan and the Latest From Afghanistan

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome investigative journalist Azmat Khan to the podcast to help contextualize the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan (19:55). Then: Sha’Carri Richardson is staying in the news for all the wrong reasons (50:03), Van makes the case for Ray J to take over at ESPN (1:06:10), and Martin Luther King Jr. is coming to 'Fortnite' (1:23:58). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay  Guest: Azmat Khan Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/08/211h 39m

TV Legend Larry Wilmore Shares His Top Five Black Sitcoms

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down Sha’Carri Richardson’s last-place finish at the Prefontaine Classic (6:33), before welcoming a true television legend to the podcast, Larry Wilmore, to discuss his career as a writer, comedian and producer on some of your favorite shows (25:45). Plus, the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine and Trump gets booed in Alabama (1:05:02), while Jay-Z and Beyoncé do an ad for Tiffany that has the internet abuzz (1:17:37).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/08/211h 48m

American Royalty: Olympian Dominique Dawes on Happy and Healthy Gymnasts

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome four-time Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes to discuss everything from mental health in gymnastics to the time Prince made her hot cocoa before a music video shoot (8:00). Plus, OnlyFans changes its policies (35:33), Jeopardy!’s got a new and problematic host (43:12), and Amber Rose vents her relationship frustrations (56:40).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/08/211h 24m

The Crisis in Afghanistan, and Lizzo Responds to the Trolls

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the developing situation in Afghanistan and the impact the rise of the Taliban is having on citizens (5:59). Then they move to Lizzo's recent social media message about the toll that online trolls have taken on her (20:44) and continuing Future “baby mama drama”—but who’s really to blame (55:27)? Also, prayers to those impacted by the recent earthquake in Haiti.  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/08/211h 21m

Kmele Foster Reports on the Central Park Bird-watching Incident, Plus Skip Bayless Is Put in His Place

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by cohost of 'The Fifth Column' podcast, Kmele Foster, to discuss what he’s learned a year later through his reporting on Amy Cooper and the Central Park bird-watching incident (7:04). Van and Rachel also discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo resigning (2:44), Jenny Taft putting Skip Bayless in his place (52:37), PJ Washington and Brittany Renner's situation (57:48), and Governor Ron DeSantis’s words about masks mandates (01:09:47). Then, they close out the episode with a Thought Warrior mailbag and and Unexpected Ally of the Week (01:14:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Kmele Foster Producers: Trudy Joseph and Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/211h 30m

Sherri Shepherd on Black Motherhood and Finding a New Cohost for ‘The View’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DaBaby deleting his apology to the LGBTQ+ community (16:12), the recent discussion about Alfonso Ribeiro on Twitter (21:30), and the latest inquiries into accounts of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew Cuomo (32:40). They talk about Jake Gyllenhaal being the latest white celebrity to discuss his bathing habits (42:06). Then, Sherri Shepherd joins the show to talk about being a Black mother and the search for a new 'The View' cohost (51:55). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Sherri Shepherd Producers: Trudy Joseph and Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/08/211h 38m

Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights With Martin Luther King III and Talkin’ Hip Hop With Peter Rosenberg

In honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome human rights activist Martin Luther King III to discuss his father's legacy and the current assault on voting rights (15:42). Then we talk all things hip-hop with radio personality Peter Rosenberg (59:44), before discussing Andrew Cuomo's awkward attempts to defend himself (1:58:24), plus we try to figure out What the Whites Were Thinking (2:17:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Martin Luther King III and Peter Rosenberg Producers: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/08/212h 48m

Obama’s Birthday Bash and Dee-1 on Celebrity Responsibility

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address resurfaced tweets from Nick Bosa’s girlfriend and ask the question “Does age excuse insensitivity?” (3:12) Plus Barack Obama’s partying like it’s 2019 (18:07) and Matt Damon doesn’t use the F-word as of a few months ago (31:48). Then Emmy-nominated rapper Dee-1 joins the show to discuss his recent tweet regarding DaBaby and Lil Nas X and the “responsibility of celebrity expression” (36:30). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/08/211h 22m

The Heroism of Simone Biles and Disappointment in Boosie

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay weigh in on the Simone Biles’s Olympic decision and the importance of self-care (9:44), plus Cole Beasley promotes his rap album (22:17) and Boosie adds his 2 cents to DaBaby’s situation (41:13). Then it’s time for your favorite new segment, "What Were the Whites Thinking?" (58:54), followed by Mailbag Time (1:06:04).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/07/211h 25m

Da Baby Wants to Be Da Bad Guy, Plus Olympic Patriotism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Da Baby’s recent comments during his Rolling Loud performance (13:46) before discussing the most recent news about R. Kelly (30:04). Fortunately it’s not all gloom and doom—Van and Rachel follow up the darkness with some Olympic talk (38:14) and LeVar Burton’s ‘Jeopardy!’ hosting this week (47:47). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/07/211h 20m

The NFL vs. Unvaccinated Players and Problematic Astronauts

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off with a fun fact about Forrest Gump (23:32) before diving into the circumstances behind Maria Taylor’s exit from ESPN (36:31) and breaking down the NFL’s new policy regarding unvaccinated players (59:11). Plus, we introduce a new segment titled: “What Were the Whites Thinking?” (1:09:35) before digging into the Thought Warrior mailbag (1:20:37).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/211h 33m

Van Returns and Reflects, Plus: Are We Still Mad at Kanye?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back and take a much-needed moment to eulogize the life of Van Lathan Sr. (4:36) before switching gears with a 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' review (35:15) and some Kanye album drop speculation (47:11). Also, the NFL’s playing the Black national anthem before games (1:11:20) and Popeye’s thinks Black people sing when they eat chicken (1:37:23). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/07/211h 50m

A 'Higher Learning' Tribute: Van Lathan Sr.

On this special episode, we pay tribute to Van Lathan Sr. as Rachel and the 'Higher Learning' team share a compilation of Van's unforgettable dad stories. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/07/2120m 57s

Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension With Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross

In this special bonus episode, Van and Rachel are joined by U.S. Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross to discuss Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension after she tested positive for marijuana (0:46). Then, Van and Rachel compare the rule violations of Richardson and Reggie Bush, and discuss how rules could change for athletes in the future (18:19). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Sanya Richards-Ross Producers: Trudy Joseph, Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/2132m 36s

Freedom Day for “America’s Dad” and the Miscarriage of Justice

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Bill Cosby’s release from prison and the social media civil war that followed (19:30), before rejoicing for NCAA student-athletes (43:16) and debating whether or not Will Smith should be favored in the hypothetical fight with Tupac (1:01:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/211h 26m

Lil Nas X and a Higher Learning Family Meeting

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay hash out family business following last week’s Mailbag Questions (:25) before breaking down why Lil Nas X gave "the most important performance in BET Awards history" (22:57). Plus, Scottie Pippen calls Phil Jackson a racist (43:07) and Chauncey Billups’s past has us asking questions (52:21). Then it’s time for Van’s Very Serious Question (1:09:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/06/211h 38m

RGIII Loves His Wife & Karen: the Motion Picture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Robert Griffin III’s cringeworthy social media activity (5:39), Tiffany Haddish chiming in on the whole, “bonnets at the airport” debate (35:55), and the idea of hosting a Thought Warrior screening of the upcoming horror movie, “Karen” (44:04). Speaking of Thought Warriors, it’s about time for your mailbag questions to be answered. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/211h 14m

Coming Out in the NFL, the Fight Over CRT, and Vaccination Hesitation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off by addressing Rachel’s recent New York magazine cover story and what she and Tupac have in common (7:13); also, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appeals to the MAGA crowd (40:09), while NFL defensive end Carl Nassib makes sports history (53:52). Plus, wide receiver Cole Beasley isn’t feeling the NFL’s COVID protocols (1:01:05).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/06/211h 33m

Juneteenth, White Psychosis, and Cancel Culture in Comedy

Van Lathan asks Rachel Lindsay his Very Serious Question earlier than usual this week (:30) before they address the circumstances around Matt James not being on the show, as promised (14:52). They also discuss whether white supremacy is "psychopathic" (23:07) and Juneteenth (46:17) before breaking down "cancel culture" in the world of comedy (52:53).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/211h 30m

Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Colorism In the Heights

With the recent release of 'In the Heights,' Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome writer Angy Abreu to discuss the claims of misrepresentation by the actual Washington Heights community (7:04) before welcoming Glen Davis to clear the air on his recent comments about Kyrie Irving's injury (46:48). Finally, they cover Drake's new album tease and, more importantly, ask: What’s a true freestyle? (1:02:28) Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Angy Abreu and Glen Davis Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/211h 18m

Bachelor Nation Gets Aggressive and Kamala Has a Really Bad Week

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the aftermath of Chris Harrison’s official exit from the Bachelor franchise (00:30), and Kamala Harris’s sensitivity comes into question (21:06). Plus, toxic masculinity results in another tragedy (55:49), K Michelle’s got a new look (1:05:46), and it’s Mailbag Time once again (1:13:48). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/211h 31m

Renaissance Man Jalen Rose and the Apologetic Kimmy Schmidt

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address the recent public apology of Ellie Kemper (1:08), the Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather fight (6:28), and why Robert Kraft’s surprise birthday gift is SO annoying (15:18). Then NBA analyst, best-selling author, and charter school founder Jalen Rose stopped by to give some insight on what’s motivated him to become the beloved renaissance man he is today (26:44). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Jalen Rose Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/06/211h 33m

Chris Harrison Gets Replaced & Katt Williams on Cancel Culture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest Chris Harrison news and who’d a thought David Spade would replace the host? (15:16), and Tiffany Haddish is cast as Flo-Jo (25:55) while the conservative world debates Critical Race Theory (36:55). Finally, legendary standup comedian Katt Williams joined to discuss cancel culture, the future of comedy, and accepting the “legendary” label (1:04:11) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/211h 52m

Mental Health, Mo’Nique’s Critiques, & Ellie Kemper Won What?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the massacre in Tulsa 100 years later, and why it’s just now becoming common historical knowledge (10:49). Then, Naomi Osaka has dropped out of the French Open (41:26), Mo’Nique’s got advise for appropriate queen travel attire (1:00:29), and Ellie Kemper’s trending for all the wrong reasons (1:09:27). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/211h 41m

Celebrating a Year of Higher Learning

Happy 1 year anniversary, Thought Warriors!!! Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick this special episode off with a trip down Bachelor Lane (6:40) before debating P. Diddy entering the J-Lo + Ben Affleck conversation (23:39), and NBA fans overstepping once again (33:02), while J. Cole calls it a career after 3 games (42:52). Finally, Van & Rachel discuss the death of Ronald Greene and the ensuing cover up (58:38) before switching gears to celebrate Higher Learning’s 1st bday with a very special mailbag (1:13:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/05/211h 42m

Remembering George Floyd, 1 Year Later

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the year since the murder of George Floyd (16:02) and question the progress made since. Then, the NBA Playoffs are here and LeBron James plays by his own rules (27:56), while Dominique Wilkins has to play by the rules of a local Atlanta restaurant (37:27). Plus, Van and Rachel discuss the recent rise in anti-semitism (48:41), the new report on Wuhan scientists hospitalized in 2019 (1:02:36), and finally it’s time for Van’s Very Serious Question of the Week (1:18:24). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/211h 32m

UFOs are Real, Kwame Claps Back, & JB Smoove on Being White Famous

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay breakdown why Rachel’s never seen Back to the Future *pun*… there’s still time (12:41). Plus, the House passed an insurrection commission bill (17:29) then actor, comedian, JB Smoove joins the show from his garden of Zen to lighten the mood (29:15). Finally Barack Obama confirms UFOs are real (1:01:42), Kwame Brown’s had enough (1: 16:24) and once again it’s mailbag time! (1:41:41) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/212h 2m

The Real Bill Gates and Understanding the Conflict in Gaza

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest developments in the saga of the Bill and Melinda Gates divorce (11:34), Joe Budden staying in the news for the wrong reasons (28:28) and J. Cole’s professional basketball debut (40:51), before asking the age old question: what would you get if you combined Lil Wayne with Drake? Wake? Lil Drayne? (44:52). Then Rebecca Abou-Chedid & Simone Zimmerman join the podcast to shed some light on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict (51:55). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/05/211h 46m

Difficult Discussions with Michael Rapaport

It’s been a long time coming, but finally Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcomed actor and fellow podcaster Michael Rapaport to the pod and it was 100% worth the wait. Van and Rachel confront Rap on his divisive but popular social media presence and his complicated relationship to black culture. Things get heated but it’s all love, no hate. Let the audience decide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/211h 17m

A Future Political Star’s Favorite Wu-Tang Song and the Problem With Politics

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay go down a Reddit rabbit hole and answer the important question: what % of a misogynist is Van? (3:57). Then military vet, community organizer and Congressional candidate Brittany Ramos DeBarros joins the pod for a deep dive into the military-industrial complex, defunding the police, and the Wu-Tang Clan (27:01). Finally, Democrats punt on qualified immunity (55:14), Bennifer’s back (1:14:45) and Lakeith Stanfield apologizes (1:21:51). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/05/211h 45m

Jury Question Time and the Black Clark Kent

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay revisit the impending divorce of a couple of philanthropic billionaires (5:21) before talking financial responsibility and jollof rice with former NFL star Adewale Ogunleye (11:33). Then Van and Rachel discuss the upcoming appeal in the case of Derek Chauvin (45:37), before lightening the mood with some superhero speculation from Krypton and Wakanda (53:03). Finally, Drake’s allegedly out here ending engagements (1:07:25) and then it’s mailbag time (1:22:59)! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/211h 39m

W. Kamau Bell on Being a Tall Black Man in America

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address the recent plagiarism claims lobbied towards Two Distant Strangers (5:46), then comedian W. Kamau Bell joins the podcast to discuss the America’s identity and his hope for the future (22:29). Plus, Van and Rachel debate how much money Melinda Gates is owed in her upcoming divorce with Bill Gates (54:18), and talk Will Smith being in the “worst shape of his life” (1:11:35) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/05/211h 27m

Platonic Relationships, Celebrity News, and Political Bootlicking

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss an old Steve Harvey interview that resurfaced and answer the antiquated question: can men and women be platonic friends? (7:17). Then Van and Rachel welcome Media Take Out founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga to breakdown the world of celebrity news (20:36). Finally, the new charges filed in the Ahmaud Arbery case get discussed (1:01:11) before opening the mailbag to answer queries from a few Thought Warriors (1:11:43). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/211h 25m

Van Lathan Wins an Academy Award for Best Short Film

Major congratulations are in order as Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsey celebrate Van winning an Oscar for Best Short Film (00:43), and recap an awards night they’ll never forget. Plus, several states are making it easier to harm protesters (23:54), Tyrese has social media abuzz after shaving his partners privates on Insta (34:38) and Dr. Umar Johnson’s got some opinions (43:31). And finally, is there a Cult of Blue Face? (1:02:09) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/04/211h 27m

Omari Hardwick on the Return of Ghost and LeBron Deletes a Tweet

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by actor, poet, producer Omari Hardwick to talk everything from self-care in trying times (12:00) to zombie bigotry (34:15). Plus, will Ghost make a return to the world of Power…as a Ghost (40:23)? Also, Van and Rachel react to the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant in the wake of too many similar deaths (56:14). Finally, thoughts on Lil Wayne tying the knot (1:10:17) before opening the mailbag to answer all your queries (1:18:27). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/211h 34m

Reacting to the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict: Guilty on All Counts

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. Van and Rachel discuss their immediate reactions, pundits' and politicians' statements about the verdict, and where we go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/2126m 14s

The Mass Shootings Continue and Talking Gender Roles in the Year 2021

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to a violent month of mass shootings (6:00), and Chris Cuomo’s “controversial” comments on police reform (14:00). Plus, rapper, The Game chimes in on gender roles (33:00), America’s Next Top Model’s problematic past has twitter abuzz (45:00), Jake Paul makes a mockery of boxing (56:00) and we say RIP to two hip-hop legends (1:05:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/211h 17m

Kim Potter Charged in the Death of Daunte Wright, Plus Colton Underwood Comes Out As Gay

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the latest news in the death of Daunte Wright (09:05) as well as the video of Army Sgt. Jonathan Pentland harassing a Black man (16:20) and Michael Rapaport’s controversial Instagram post. Next, Yodit Tewolde joins the show to discuss the latest in the trial of Derek Chauvin (31:40). Van and Rachel also go over the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (45:10), former Bachelor Colton Underwood coming out as gay (1:00:30), mailbag questions, and their Unexpected Ally of the Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/211h 22m

Processing the Death of Daunte Wright and 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario Getting Pepper-Sprayed

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the two latest high-profile incidents of law enforcement misconduct: Virginia police pulling over and pepper-spraying 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario last December, and Minnesota police shooting and killing Daunte Wright this week (0:30). Then they bring on detectives Ralph Horton and Dre Severino of the Baltimore City Police Department to discuss these two events and policing in America at large (16:00). Finally, Van and Rachel discuss Patrisse Cullors buying multiple houses (1:00:10), Kid Cudi’s ‘SNL’ performances (1:14:00), and Kyrie Irving not liking the N-word (1:22:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/04/211h 39m

Is Khloe Kardashian a Victim Or Just Reaping What She Sows?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Khloe Kardashian’s “natural” picture that got accidentally posted (20:00), Regé-Jean Page not getting a role in 'Krypton' because he’s Black (37:00), Hubert Davis’s weird press conference after being hired as UNC head basketball coach (49:00), and California potentially reopening on June 15 (1:00:00), before answering some mailbag questions (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/211h 25m

Paul Pierce Gets Fired From ESPN, Plus Ego Nwodim on Being Black on 'SNL'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Paul Pierce’s viral video on Friday night and reported firing from ESPN (9:00), MLB moving their 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta (21:00), and Charles Barkley’s recent comments about race (29:00). Then they welcome Ego Nwodim to discuss her career in comedy (42:00) and check in with Yodit Tewolde for the latest on the Derek Chauvin trial (1:11:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/04/211h 36m

Kevin Durant vs. Michael Rapaport, Matt Gaetz Investigations, and the Quavo and Saweetie Video

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the internet feud between Kevin Durant and Michael Rapaport (18:00), the investigations into Florida Representative Matt Gaetz (31:00), and the video of the elevator altercation between Quavo and Saweetie (41:00) before answering some mailbag questions (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/211h 25m

Reactions to Lil Nas X's Video, Chet Hanks's "White Boy Summer," and a Derek Chauvin Trial Update

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Chet Hanks’s comments about the upcoming “white boy summer” (12:30), Lil Nas X’s video and subsequent shoe release (21:00), and Georgia’s bill restricting voting access (40:00) before having attorney Yodit Tewolde on to give an update on the Derek Chauvin trial (49:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/03/211h 21m

The Tragic Situation in Colorado, Ellen Losing Viewers, and Chrissy Teigen Quits Twitter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss relationship guru Derrick Jaxn apparently cheating on his wife (4:00), Ellen DeGeneres losing more than 1 million viewers (10:00), the rift in the Joe Budden podcast (20:00), gun control as it relates to the mass shooting in Colorado (27:00), and Chrissy Teigen quitting Twitter (48:00), before answering mailbag questions (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/211h 22m

Quavo and Saweetie Are Done, Spring Break in Miami Is Not, and Kylie Jenner Donated a Whopping $5,000

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Lil Mama’s crusade against the LGBTQ+ community (14:00), Quavo and Saweetie splitting up over alleged cheating (27:00), spring break still happening in Miami (39:00), Kylie Jenner’s donation to her makeup artist’s GoFundMe (50:00), and the lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson (55:00) before answering Van’s Very Serious Question for the week (1:04:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/03/211h 16m

Addressing the Racist Attacks in Atlanta. Plus, John the Scorpio on Matt James's Bachelor Season.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the terrible, racist attacks against Asian Americans in Atlanta (11:00), Saweetie’s viral comments about threesomes (27:00), Kanye West’s wealth (34:00), and unpacking the notion that Black people have to conform in order to succeed in society (42:00). Then they have Matt James’s brother, John the Scorpio, on the show to discuss his music career and his brother (1:00:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/211h 40m

Even More Chris Harrison News. Plus, Lil' Mo on Her 20 Years in the Music Industry.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the latest news that Chris Harrison will not be joining the next season of 'The Bachelorette' (3:30) and that Van’s short film was nominated for an Oscar (12:00). Then they welcome Lil' Mo to talk about her ups and downs in the music industry and her 2019 interview with 'The Breakfast Club' (24:00). Then Van and Rachel discuss an Oklahoma high school basketball announcer’s racist remarks (1:00:00), Kirk Franklin cursing out his son (1:08:00), and Van’s Very Serious Question for this week (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/03/211h 38m

Piers Morgan Is Upset and Alicia Garza on How to Be Hopeful in a Time of Social Change

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by activist and author Alicia Garza to discuss how she stays hopeful, the Black mandate for the Biden-Harris administration, Stacey Dash, and what she would consider a win for Black people (14:30). Then Van and Rachel talk more about about Stacey Dash’s apology (47:00), Piers Morgan walking out on ‘Good Morning Britain’ (58:00), and one year of COVID-19 (1:08:00), before recapping 'The Bachelor' and answering mailbag questions (1:15:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/211h 39m

Harry and Meghan Interview Reactions. Plus, the Papa John's Founder Spent How Long Trying to Stop Using the N-Word?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Rachel’s weekend hiking expedition (1:00), Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah (17:00), the Cowboys and Dak Prescott agreeing to a new contract (38:00), the NBA All-Star Game and parties in Atlanta (40:00), Derek Chauvin’s trial starting (50:00), and the Papa John's founder's interview on OAN (1:00:00) before another installment of Van’s Very Important Questions (1:08:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/03/211h 20m

Chris Harrison's Latest Apology and Angela Rye on the Biden Administration So Far

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Chris Harrison’s interview with Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America' (9:00) and then are joined by Angela Rye to discuss the Biden administration, how we can all work toward a common goal, and why Rye is bad at twerking (21:00). Then Van and Rachel talk about Greg McDermott’s tone-deaf remarks to the Creighton men’s basketball team (52:00), Texas reopening (59:00), and Dr. Seuss having six books “canceled” (1:07:00) before answering mailbag questions (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/211h 31m

DJ Akademiks on Megan Thee Stallion's Rap Skills, Drake's Upcoming Album, and Tekashi69

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Rachel’s decision to deactivate her Instagram and Emmanuel Acho hosting "After the Final Rose" (0:00). Then they’re joined by hip-hop media personality DJ Akademiks to discuss his perception on the internet, Megan Thee Stallion’s career, Tekashi 69, Meek Mill, Drake’s album, and more (15:00). Then Van and Rachel discuss the new 'Superman' reboot (1:03:00), the controversy surrounding Taylor Nolan (1:12:00), and introduce a new segment, “Van’s Very Important Questions” (1:28:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/03/211h 36m

Do We Believe President Obama's Story About Punching a Classmate?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the story former President Obama told on the ‘Renegades’ podcast about punching a former classmate of his (15:00), New York’s ban on sales and display of the Confederate flag (22:00), Draya Michele’s latest antics (38:00), sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo (42:00), the latest episode of 'The Bachelor' (1:02:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:10:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/02/211h 26m

Matt James’s Instagram Statement and Andra Day on the Importance of Knowing Billie Holiday’s Story

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Matt James’s Instagram statement on the Rachael Kirkconnell ‘Bachelor’ drama (0:45) and are then joined by the star of 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday,' Andra Day, to discuss her experience playing Billie Holiday and the importance of knowing her story to understand the civil rights movement and the period of time that we’re currently in (8:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/02/2142m 42s

Cam Newton Argues With a Camper and Deion Sanders (Maybe) Got His Stuff Stolen

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss recent pictures of Clare Crawley and Dale Moss together (2:00), Cam Newton’s argument with a camper at his 7-on-7 tournament (10:00), Deion Sanders allegedly getting his belongings stolen after Jackson State’s victory (21:00), new details coming out about Malcolm X’s death (28:00), and Lakeith Stanfield’s bizarre feud with Charlamagne Tha God (46:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/211h 24m

#FlyinTedCruz: Breaking Down Ted Cruz's Trip to Cancún While Texas Freezes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Ben Shapiro coming at Rachel on his podcast (7:00), Rush Limbaugh’s death (21:00), Ted Cruz’s impromptu trip to (and return from) Cancún (29:00), Boosie Badazz’s comments about Lori Harvey (43:00), Meek Mill’s leaked song with lyrics about Kobe Bryant (57:00), and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/211h 32m

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Black Experience in America and How to Be an Antiracist

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay to discuss the seemingly slowing trend of white allyship, how he would make the case to white people that they need to care about racism, how the new administration can tackle racism, what a reparations package could look like, and his new book, ‘Four Hundred Souls.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/02/2132m 8s

Chris Harrison Is Stepping Away. What's Next for the 'Bachelor' Franchise?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Chris Harrison’s second Instagram apology and the decision for him to step away from the 'Bachelor' franchise (1:00), Justin Timberlake’s apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson (35:00), the acquittal of former President Donald Trump (54:00), and Beyoncé’s promotion for her upcoming ICY PARK Adidas drop (1:05:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/211h 21m

Rachel Sounds Off on Chris Harrison’s Problematic ‘Extra’ Interview and Apology

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the interview Rachel did with Chris Harrison for 'Extra' and how it relates to Rachael Kirkconnell’s situation on ‘The Bachelor’ (0:30). Then Van explains how Van Jones texted him about the last 'Higher Learning' podcast and why Van Jones needs to take a better look around (43:00). Finally, Van and Rachel answer some mailbag questions (1:13:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/211h 24m

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield on the Importance of 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

For another Black History Month bonus episode, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield to discuss Fred Hampton, William O'Neal, the importance of their new movie ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,' and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/02/2151m 50s

Van Down! Breaking Down Van Jones's Appearance on 'The View' and Nick Cannon's Return to ViacomCBS

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl (0:00) and Van Jones’s appearance on ‘The View’ (9:00). They are then joined by California Representative Adam Schiff to discuss the government's COVID-19 response and how the Democratic party can better support the Black community (21:00), and Rabbi Ari Lamm to discuss ViacomCBS bringing Nick Cannon back after his anti-Semitic comments (44:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/211h 16m

Lil Uzi's Bizarre Forehead Piercing, Lamar Odom vs. Aaron Carter, and the Trey Songz Discourse

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Lil Uzi Vert’s decision to pierce his forehead with a $24 million diamond (10:00), the reported celebrity boxing match between Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter (21:00), the discourse surrounding the Trey Songz video leak (31:00), Keke Wyatt’s confusing statements about oppression (42:00), before they answer some mailbag questions (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/02/211h 13m

Bow Wow on His Internet Controversies and His Place in the Culture

Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow, joins Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay for the first Black History Month bonus episode to discuss his internet controversies, including his “concert” in Houston, and his place in hip-hop and Black culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/02/2146m 12s

Let Chloe Bailey Spread Her Wings in Peace. Plus, What to Make of the T.I. and Tiny News.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the uproar around Chloe Bailey's use of her personal Instagram page (11:00); Sabrina Peterson describing sexual abuse by T.I. and his wife, Tiny (28:00); Black Lives Matter being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by someone not from the U.S. (39:00); and how much Van and Rachel could raise for charity by auctioning off a date with themselves (58:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/211h 20m

Lecrae on Drake, Christian Rap, and His Place in Hip-Hop. Plus, Celebrating The Life Of Cicely Tyson.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the GameStop stock situation (5:00) then bring on Lecrae to talk about his career and place in hip hop (19:00). Then they reflect on the life and career of Cicely Tyson (57:00), recap Matt James’s all-time weenie episode (1:03:00), discuss the horrifying story about Chad Wheeler (1:12:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:25:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/01/211h 39m

Kaiya Hamilton on the Viral Clip of Her and Rick Ross From ‘Signed’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the NFL championship games from the weekend (2:00), then bring Kaiya Hamilton on to explain the viral clip of her, Just Brittany, and Rick Ross from VH1's ‘Signed’ (20:00). Then Van and Rachel unpack Kmele Foster’s recent appearance on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ (38:00) and pay their respects to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his passing (1:16:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/01/211h 27m

Inauguration Reactions and Clare and Dale's Shocking Breakup

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration (7:00), President Trump pardoning Lil Wayne (23:00), Clare Crawley and Dale Moss’s apparent breakup (31:00), the most recent episode of ‘The Bachelor’ (49:00), the controversy surrounding DaniLeigh (58:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:13:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/01/211h 30m

Examining the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Why MLK Day Can Feel Performative

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Bow Wow’s performance at a packed club as part of a new segment: Bow Wow Watch (7:00) and Charles Barkley’s ridiculous statement that professional athletes should get to jump the vaccine line because of their high taxes (21:00) before they dive into the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the flaws in the widespread perception of him (37:00). Finally, they say goodbye to President Trump in the last ‘Higher Learning’ podcast of his administration (1:06:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/01/211h 22m

Everyone Needs to Give Kyrie Irving Some Grace. Plus, Armie Hammer Said What?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the interesting situation with Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets (17:00), the House voting to impeach President Trump (40:00), and the bizarre alleged DMs from Armie Hammer (1:00:00). Then they give a recap of this week’s episode of 'The Bachelor' (1:08:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:19:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/01/211h 32m

President Trump Could Be Impeached Again and Republicans Have a Decision to Make

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the likely impeachment of President Trump this week (15:00), Keri Hilson’s unhappiness with Twitter removing President Trump from the platform (30:00), the documentary ‘The Reunited States’ produced by Van Jones and Meghan McCain (46:00), and Michael B. Jordan going IG official with Lori Harvey (58:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/01/211h 18m

An Insurrection at the Capitol and the Georgia Runoffs: Reacting to a Historic Day in America

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the domestic terrorism that happened in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (0:30), Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s Senate victories in Georgia (38:00), the reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced (55:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:11:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/01/211h 26m

Are the Black Eyed Peas Black Music? Plus, a Michael Jackson Conversation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss will.i.am’s recent comments about the Black Eyed Peas getting too big to be considered Black music (8:00) and President Trump’s recorded conversation with the Georgia secretary of state (39:00), and then have a conversation about their feelings about Michael Jackson in regards to the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/211h 23m

Was 'WW84' Kind of Problematic? Plus: Hilaria Baldwin's Confession and Consequences of the N-word

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Rachel’s previous recommendation of ‘WW84’ and why Van thinks the movie might be problematic (11:00). Then they talk about Hilary Baldwin’s recent confirmation that she was born in Boston, not Spain (30:00), and a fascinating story in the New York Times about a usage of the N-word (50:00) before giving a final ‘Bachelorette’ recap (1:17:00) and doing a year in review mailbag (1:25:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/12/201h 36m

Jay Pharoah on Celebrity Impressions, Comedy in 2020, and His Experience With Racial Profiling

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Van’s insensitive joke about Colombians from the last podcast (5:00), then Jay Pharoah joins the show to talk about his career with impressions, whether or not white comedians should do Black impressions, racial profiling in 2020, and who Jay’s favorite impressionists are (23:00). After that, Van and Rachel discuss the Verzuz battle between Too Short and E-40 (1:08:00) and the COVID-19 relief package (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/12/201h 35m

Tom Cruise’s Tone Crossed a Line. Plus: Glynn Turman on Working With Chadwick Boseman.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by legendary actor Glynn Turman to discuss his six-decade career and working with Chadwick Boseman on his last film (13:00). Then they discuss Tom Cruise’s rant on the set of 'Mission: Impossible' (34:00), Tyler Perry’s thirst trap (47:30), and accusations against Ali Larter on the set of 'Heroes' (53:00) before answering mailbag questions (1:09:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/12/201h 30m

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed on the COVID-19 Vaccines And What They Mean For the Pandemic

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Biden officially getting enough electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election (8:00), Ashanti and Keyshia Cole’s Verzuz battle getting postponed (16:00), Snoop Dogg’s comments about the "WAP" video (23:00), and a questionable headline about a teacher (29:00), before Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines (41:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/201h 31m

Jimmy Kimmel on COVID-19, His Karl Malone Character, Kanye West, and Being America's Late-Night Dad

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to discuss COVID-19, his history of comedic characters, Kanye West, the current cultural situation in America, and much more (16:00). Then they discuss the morals of using COVID-19 to promote an album (1:03:00), Olivia Jade’s appearance on 'Red Table Talk' (1:23:00), and Rush Limbaugh’s recent inflammatory statements about secession (1:31:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/201h 57m

Tayshia Adams On Her Racial Identity And Her "Bachelorette" Experience

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss James Harden recently being picture at Lil Baby’s birthday party without a mask (10:00) then are joined by current “Bachelorette” Tayshia Adams to discuss her racial identity and her experience on “The Bachelorette” (24:00). Then they talk about a recent viral video of dating expert Kevin Samuels (42:00), President Trump’s potential pardons (1:01:00), and give a Bachelorette recap (1:13:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/201h 35m

Life Lessons From Loni Love. Plus, What To Make of President Obama's Comments About Defund the Police.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by comedian and author Loni Love to discuss her show 'The Real,' President Obama, interracial relationships, and more (1:00). Then Van introduces Rachel to his new dog, Boseman (38:00), before they discuss President Obama’s comments about defunding the police (47:00), Funkmaster Flex getting liposuction (1:05:00), and some mailbag questions (1:12:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/201h 33m

Nate Robinson Gets Knocked Out. Plus, Kelly McCreary of 'Grey's Anatomy.'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the boxing match between Jake Paul and Nate Robinson (1:00) and a recent viral video from True Kitchen and Kocktails in Dallas (22:00). Then Kelly McCreary of 'Grey’s Anatomy' joins the show (39:00), and they recap 'The Bachelorette’ (1:05:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/201h 27m

Parents Day

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by their parents for a special, parents day edition of 'Higher Learning.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/11/201h 15m

COVID-19 Is Surging. Plus, a Special Thanksgiving Mailbag.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the recent COVID-19 surges and Los Angeles’s new orders (7:00), Joe Biden’s reported interested in Rahm Emanuel for the Department of Transportation (18:00), Black Panther 2 beginning filming in July of 2021 (37:00), and the recent pictures of Jay-Z (47:00), before doing a Thanksgiving edition of the mailbag (1:08:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/201h 31m

Michael B. Jordan Is the Sexiest Man Alive and Michael Jordan Drafts LaMelo Ball

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Michael B. Jordan being the fifth Black man named People’s Sexiest Man Alive (6:00), the Verzuz battle between Jeezy and Gucci Mane (19:00), the Ball family’s success in the NBA draft (25:00), and the third wave of COVID-19 (35:00), before answering some mailbag questions (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/11/201h 32m

Slim Thug on the Recent Spate of Rappers Getting Shot

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Van’s first trip to the dentist since the early '90s (13:00). Then rapper Slim Thug joins the show to talk about the abundance of rappers being shot recently and his experience battling COVID-19 (22:00). Finally, Van and Rachel discuss the "Million MAGA March" (54:00) and the firing of Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz (1:03:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/201h 33m

How to Manage Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Dr. Jess Clemons to discuss mental health in general, as well as how to handle it during the COVID-19 pandemic (16:00). Then they give a recap of the latest episode of ‘The Bachelorette’ (42:00), answer a few mailbag questions (1:04:00), and give their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:11:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/11/201h 19m

Joe Biden Is the President-Elect but the Work Is Just Getting Started

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss how they reacted to the presidential race being called for Joe Biden and what they would like to see come out of the presidency (1:00). Then they praise Stacey Abrams for her efforts in flipping Georgia (23:00), discuss Eva Longoria’s controversial statements about Black and Latina women (31:00), and talk about the continued Van Jones–Van Lathan mix-up (42:00) before doing a 'Bachelorette' recap (58:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/201h 28m

Taking Stock of the Presidential Race Three Days In

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss where the presidential race stands and how the voting has been split demographically (2:00). Then they discuss Measure J passing in Los Angeles and what that means in terms of defunding the police (33:00), as well as Ice Cube’s tweet about working with Trump (49:00). They end by answering a few mailbag questions (59:00). This podcast was recorded at 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, November 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/11/201h 22m

It's Election Day. What's Next for America?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss what we should do if President Trump is reelected (12:00), T.I.’s comments about how drinking tea will keep him from getting COVID (33:00), Lil Wayne working with President Trump (43:00), and how they will think about Trump supporters even beyond the election (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/11/201h 23m

We're Four Days From the Election! Plus Jaime Harrison on the South Carolina Senate Race.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Jaime Harrison, who is running for South Carolina Senate against Lindsey Graham (5:00). They discuss the Supreme Court decision to extend acceptance on absentee ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania (21:00), Justin Turner testing positive for COVID-19 during the World Series (36:00), and the latest episode of 'The Bachelorette' (48:00) before answering a few mailbag questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/10/201h 30m

Kanye West Doubles Down on "Slavery Was a Choice." Plus: The Great Birkin Bag Debate.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Saweetie’s comments about Birkin bags and what the line is when asking for things from a significant other (8:00). Then they talk about Rudy Giuliani’s scene in the new Borat movie (29:00), Kanye West's recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, Adele’s controversial 'SNL' sketch (39:00), and Van’s continued excitement for this season of 'The Bachelorette' (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/201h 23m

Breaking Down the Tragic Situation in Nigeria, Plus Final Debate Reactions

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Saratu Abiola, a writer based in Nigeria, to break down the #endSARS movement and what exactly is happening with the Nigerian government. Then they discuss the final presidential debate of 2020, Quibi going down, and the latest episode of ‘The Bachelorette.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/10/201h 34m