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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

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Society & Culture

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Overview

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.

401 Episodes

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

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). 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

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 January 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 26 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 19 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 December 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

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 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

Transcribed - Published: 24 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 17 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 November 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2023

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

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2023

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