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We're back with another Super Tuesday Recap. This time we have the whole crew with us and it becomes very obviously, very quickly why we're all not allowed to do Super Tuesday Recaps together. We're reviewing episodes 4 (Royal Dragon), 5 (Take Shelter) and 6 (Ashes, Ashes) of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix.  You're not going to want to miss this episode. There's plenty of corny jokes (mainly from Kriss), lusting over eye candy, Karen Page hot takes & defenses and more. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

Welcome back to another artist spotlight from Awesome Con 2017. This time I sit down with Ashley Gonzales of Zeefa Studio, an artist whose fantasy based pieces find their way into your spirit.  We discuss her journey as an artist, her affinity for fantasy based pieces, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 (come on, EVERYONE is talking about THAT ending), her commission work, and the importance of family support in the life of an artist pursuing their dream.

Find Ashley online at www.zeefastudio.com

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:30am EST

The #PodcastWeek hangover is REAL, but we're back in the saddle talking about the Great White Hype, and all the other sports news worth talking about this week. We break down the 'fight' of the century, the dire prospects of the UFC going forward, the NBA's continued shift to a 12 month league, and when are we allowed to NOT stick to sports. Also, join our NFL Pick 'Em group over at ESPN to win prizes (maybe) or just lose to me (probably).

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:02am EST

Leslie from Safety Pin Box is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss to give us an update on Safety Pin Box, white allies not "getting it", Trump's Friday new dump and how to navigate and reconcile wanting radical change but also dealing with the reality of what America is.

Topics:

  • Safety Pin Box Update
    • Netroots direct action
    • Book deal and navigating the publishing world as black women
    • Expanding Safety Pin Box
  • Daniel Radcliffe tells us racism isn't enough to end a friendship
  • The Friday Trump News Drop
    • Neo-Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka is fired/resigns (but it doesn't matter)
    • Trump signs a memo telling military to ban transgender people
    • Trump pardons Joe Arpaio  
  • Reconciling wanting to end imperalism but also recognizing what the military is for transgender people
  • Joe Arpaio is a terrible human being
  • Yes we would have been better under Hillary Clinton, no we don't think she was our white savior 
  • How do we reconcile wanting radical change but also live in the reality of today?
  • Dems & the Left have an uphill battle because of gerrymandering 
  • What's the balance between activism and dealing with the reality of America and actually getting governing done?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche is a Ph.D.-level theoretical physicist; one of a very few Black women, let alone blind Black women, theoretical physicists.  
      She's is currently raising funds for her next documentary called "Seeking Vision" and will be a guest on "Molecules & Shit" soon

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

We're back with a normal Super Tuesday Recap this week. We're reviewing the first three episodes of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. We're switching up our reviews for Netflix shows this time and we're breaking out our reviews of series into multiple episodes. This first review will cover the first three episodes (The H Word, Mean Right Hook & Worst Behavior). 

Overall we enjoyed the first three episodes, particularly how they bring the heroes together and carry on from where each hero left off in their solo adventures. Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter are clearly the heavy hitters here in terms of acting and carrying their scenes. But we do think that Fin Jones is much improved in this series and pairing him with Michael Colter's Cage is when both characters shine the most. We also talk about the messiness of the relationships on the show, a possible better order for the solo movies to fit into Defenders better and what feels off about Simone Missick's Misty Knight. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:56am EST

We took a little break but we’re finally back with another Character Corner. We still have to finish up our Peter Parker series but we wanted to take a bit of a detour from Marvel and head over to DC and cover one of the most confusing comic book character histories ever: Hawkman.

Now you may be asking yourself “Why Hawkman? Why now?” And that’s a very valid question. Why would we tackle one of the most confusing comic book characters of all time at this point? The answer is simple: Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Metal. Snyder wrote an incredible 52 issues of Batman during New 52 and he’s now back with a series that not only answers questions about Batman but also Hawkman, Nth Metal and the rest of the DC Multiverse. While it’s a daunting task to take on Hawkman’s history (one that rarely works out), Snyder definitely has our attention with the first issue of Metal, as well as the preludes Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting.

Key Issues:

  • Flash Comics #1 - First Appearances of Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders
  • Brave and the Bold #34 - First Appearances of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal/Hol
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • The Shadow War of Hawkman
  • Hawkworld - Tim Truman's mini-series
  • Hawkworld - John Ostrander's ongoing series
  • Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - Merges Carter, Katar and Shiera
  • JSA Secret Files #1 - First appearance of Kendra Saunders
  • JSA
    • The Return of Hawkman (Issues #16 - 25)- Carter Hall returns
    • Black Reign
  • Hawkman Volume 4
    • Issues 1 - 25 Geoff Johns Run 
    • Issues #43- 45 - Charlie Parker reveals that Fel Andar was his father
    • Issues #47 - 49 - Rann/Thanagar War
    • Issue #50 becomes Hawkgirl
  • Hawkgirl
    • Issue #60 - Kendra/Shiera defeat Hath Set, ending the curse
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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:00am EST

 

Justin from Three Fifs Podcast is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss. We'd like to say this was an episode about nothing but fun stuff but thanks to having a white nationalist and racist man in the White House...well...things don't go that way.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network comes to a triumphant end. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to take on a different topic, and we end with a bang. Cam and Rich from PWTorch join us to wish Ric Flair well, rave about NJPW's G1, and break down what's turned into WWE's second biggest week of the year.

Cam - @CeeHawk - PWTorch - South Kongress

Rich - @Rich_Fann - PWTorch - Buffalo Wins

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:26am EST

Kriss & Phenom are back to review The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. We also discuss if Salma Hayek can act, what other films we're looking forward to seeing the next couple of months and why A Ghost Story still sucks. 

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:12am EST

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're continue our look at the NFL's upcoming season and the NFC is in the cross hairs. Nata from Uproxx is here partially to pick the over/unders, but mostly to troll me about how the Falcons season ended.

Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:36am EST

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're dipping our toes into the upcoming NFL season. Because we're us, we drafted Justin from the Three Fifs Podcast to help preview the entire AFC in the only way that matters: through the eyes of a gambler.

Justin - @Ljay90 - Three Fifs Podcast

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:24am EST

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and today we're taking a look at the wider world of college football in 2017. Micheal Felder of Bleacher Report and Connor Tapp of 247Sports join the podcast as we swing through the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12 to try to make some sense of all the noise.

Michael Felder– @InTheBleachers – @ItsFelder - Bleacher Report

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:14am EST

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been. That means going back to m y podcast roots and chatting with Chad Floyd about UGA Football's upcoming year. We talk strengths, weaknesses and predict out Coach Kirby Smart's second year in Athens.

Chad Floyd – @Chad_Floyd– DudeYouCrazy.net - Tar Heel Blog

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:06am EST

On this episode of the Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Joi from Black Girl Nerds and we talk about the murder and mayhem that happened in Charlottesville, VA due to white nationalists showing their asses. We push back against the narrative that "this isn't America" because the truth is, what happened in Charlottesville is very American.

Topics:

  • Rotten Tomatoes and white critic's narrow views
  • America treats Nazis & Hitler as end game bosses that were defeated long time ago
    • The Nazi summer camps for kids in 1930's America
    • Operation Paperclip
    • Wernher von Braun not only was a Nazi who became the head of NASA but almost got a Medal of Freedom
  • America has been the melting pot for racists from the KKK to Nazis for ever
  • The Myth of Robert E Lee
  • Trump has these people in his own administration
  • Extremism and the Military 
  • White Supremacists want to start their own tech companies
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
    • Mom surprised other parents are upset she used her breast milk for brownies for the whole class
  • Black Woman Shoutout

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

One of my goals at Awesome Con this year was to find and highlight creatives of color who were engaged in inspiring and interesting pursuits.  There were so many individuals at the convention this year involved in outreach and development.  I was able to sit down with two representatives from a few of these organizations.

PBS Media Creative Director Naseed Gifted talked to me about the organization and their new graphic novel PB Soldier, which Gifted created.  The novel is drawn and colored by Abel Garcia.

PB Soldier follows Nat Cummings, a hacker turned government operative who finds himself in the middle of an intrigue he must extract himself from before it is too late.  Billed as The Bourne Identity meets V is for Vendetta, Cummings' adventures takes him and the reader all over the world.  We also discuss the importance of representation and connecting youth with the material that they are interested in by cultivating their interest in creating art.  Find out more about their graphic novel and their outreach efforts by visiting their website at www.pbsmediastudios.com.

Art Way Alliance Communications Director Sierra Dangerfield-Harris sat down with me to discuss the mission of the nonprofit, it's diverse artist staff, and the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) to the K-12 educational system and how their organization seeks to promote this creativity in youth of the D.C. area.  If you would like to assist or have their artists visit your venue, information is available at their website at www.artwayalliance.org.

I hope you enjoy the interviews with these engaged and talented individuals.


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:25am EST

A helluva a treat this week as we are joined not only by the editor in chief of The MTR Network, Kriss, but we also have the first appearance of the voice of The MTR Network, Jaxx. He talks about his new show on the Network, Ratchet and Drank, and drops some deep cut MTR trivia. We talk about all the sports matters of the day, focusing on Colin Kaepernick and the continued hypocrisy of the NFL. Plus we discuss Jon Jones, Beyonce, The Summer of Hugh and get ready for #PodcastWeek.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:37am EST

We're back from the two week break! We took some time off for San Diego Comic-Con but we're back now and here with a great episode you're not going to miss. Kriss is joined by the host of Unanimous Decision, Dpalm and...right out the gate things get out of hand. We mix the funny (Men taping their dick tips as an alternative to condoms) to the serious (Addressing and calling out transphobia) and finishing off with a recap of news out of San Diego Comic-Con. You're not going to want to miss this episode.

Topics:

  • Dpalm Strikes Back
  • American Vandal - #WhoDrewTheDicks
  • Jiftips - For the idiots who want raw sex and think scotch taping their dicks is smart
  • Being Transphobic isn't funny
    • Dave Chappelle opens with 20 minutes of transphobic jokes
  • The danger that Transgender men & women face from just admitting they're transgender
  • You can't #NotAllChristians the history of transphobia/homophobia away
  • Profiles in Courage
  • SDCC News
    • What's DC doing this time?
    • Will Ben Affleck stay on as Batman?
    • Is Flashpoint going to happen?
    • The Defenders and Inhumans
    • SKRULLS!!!!
    • Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War
  • Black Trans/Non-Gender Conforming Shoutout

This is a list that I got from Leslie from SafetyPinBox of transgender individuals and groups you can donate to. You can also sign up for the Marsha P Johnson Safety Pin Box for a list of ally tasks:

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

Brandon and Ashley review the latest film from Halle Berry (that feels like its happened before), Kidnap

A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EST

Brandon and Ashley review Step.

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:10am EST

On this Super Tuesday Special, Shanna and The Doctor are joined by friend of the show, Ejiro from Project Fandom to discuss the new Netflix movie, The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams. We also talk about the Supergirl news coming out of San Diego Comic Con.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

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