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Robert Townsend Speaks On ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ & Being One Of The Architects Of Black Hollywood (Video)

Somebody was sitting next to me the other day, and she actually said, into her phone, “I didn’t even know that The Five Heartbeats was not a real group until yesterday.”

Turns out Envy & Charlamagne weren’t hip to it either. Um…WHAT????!! Haha!

Robert Townsend On ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Documentary, Whitney Houston + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Actor/Director/Producer Kevin Smith Explains Every Movie & TV Version Of Spider-Man Ever (Video)

YES! If you are one of those folks who just go to a Spidey movie just to enjoy a movie… then run into a ‘true believer’ who is deep-deep-DEEP into Spider-Man lore intent on over-talking you and ruining your viewing enjoyment of your Spider-Man experience, Kevin Smith has got your back. He is an action comic media uber-super fan who can (and will, above) give you enough knowledge to fend off that ‘real’ fan. Listen up and make whoever wants to call you a novice BOW DOWN to your fandom.

Kevin Smith takes us through the history of Spider-Man in film and television, from 1978’s “Spider-Man Strikes Back” to 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
– WIRED

…and then some! Plus, if you are a Kevin Smith fan: It is awesome to (1) see him back to full strength and looking great and (2) learn how Spider-Man influenced his career and life in several ways.

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How Criticizing The Israeli Government Got Marc Lamont Hill Fired (Video)

Wow. Okay, I am behind on the news scene. I had not seen him in the media recently, but I did not know dude got fired. Marc spills the how-and-why beans on that and more.

Marc Lamont Hill On Getting Fired From CNN, His Remarks On Palestine + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Pee Wee Kirkland Left The Court To Become A Kingpin In The Drug Game (Video)

Surely you know something about the dual life lived by hood icon Pee Wee Kirkland. At least you’ve heard that rap line “Legend in two games [like] Pee Wee Kirkland.” Basketball was one game. VICE will give us the real deep scoop on Pee Wee’s second.

Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland began playing basketball in the streets of Harlem when he was 9-years-old. By age 13, he split his time between playing ball and committing robberies to help finance a growing drug empire.

In college, Kirkland was the 1968 MVP for Norfolk State, turning down an offer from UCLA to play alongside Kareem Abdul Jabaar. Kirkland was then drafted by the Chicago Bulls but turned down their offer when he realized he could make more money in the drug game than the basketball game. With law enforcement on his tail, Kirkland found himself behind bars twice between 1971 and 1988. From there, he made a change, becoming a motivational speaker and inspiring young, inner-city athletes to take a different path out than he did.

Presented by Ryot.

– VICE Sports

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Vanessa Hudgens Vs. The World’s Hottest Hot Wings (Video)

So, super-cutie Vanessa says she is into spicy food, huh? Well, we will see…

Vanessa Hudgens is a multi-hyphenate megastar known for her High School Musical smashes, roles in cult movies like Spring Breakers, and growing list of Broadway appearances. This holiday season you can catch her starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in Second Act, which is set to hit theaters December 21st. But how is she with spicy food? Find out as Hudgens battles the wings of death and takes on Sean Evans’ barrage of questions. Along the way, she talks about working with James Franco and 50 Cent, breaks down iconic power suits and explains the danger of the tween fan mom.
– First We Feast

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Ernie Isley & Chuck D Speak On ‘Fight The Power’ (Video)

Wondering if each of the respective generations of listeners of these versions of “Fight The Power” knows about the other… Bet they do. Kind of cool even if they don’t, since NPR put this doc together #YouMustLearn

NPR’s American Anthem series brings together two songwriters — Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy — whose respective versions of “Fight the Power” eyed the same struggle… Ridenhour would later take the stage name Chuck D, as the leader of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy. In 1989, he wrote his own “Fight the Power” for the film ‘Do the Right Thing.’ The movie is set on the hottest day of the summer in a Brooklyn neighborhood, where the temperature leads long-simmering racial tensions to boil over in the street.
– NPR Music

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Eric Bischoff’s TEDxNaperville Talk On ‘The News Mimicking Pro Wrestling’ (Video)

Hang on through the beginning, speaker Eric Bischoff has some points to make. But like all good ‘sports entertainment’ there is a setup before the ‘real’ match gets started. And watch for the ‘swerve.’

Yes. The news is more like ‘rasslin than we thought. Let Eric explain.

Professional Wrestling and Political News Media have become the ultimate tag team, both utilizing the exact same techniques and formula’s for a very specific outcome. And the outcome is not what you think it is… In 1991, Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) recruited Eric as an on-camera talent. His entrepreneurial instincts and interests quickly propelled him from talent through the corporate ranks to become WCW’s President in 1998. Before leaving Turner Broadcasting in 1999, Eric had established WCW as the leader in the sports/entertainment category and is largely credited for re-inventing the professional wrestling genre. Eric also created the New World Order (nWo) brand for the TNT Network and was responsible for growing licensing, merchandising, pay-per-view, and live event business units by more than $325M. In 2002, he joining longtime competitor Vince McMahon to be an on-air character on the highly successful USA Network Series “RAW”.
– TEDx Talks

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The Dips Rate Proper Skin Care, Fatherhood, And Plant-Based Diets ‘Overrated’ Or ‘Underrated’ (Video)

Okay, so we are letting crews triple-team the Over/Under thing now. Matters not. We still learn about the interviewees through their answers.

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Anderson .Paak Speaks On Growing Up, Coming Up In Music, And His Hometown ‘Oxnard’ (Video)

Yes Lord! .Paak has been making the rounds to get the word out on “Oxnard”… going hard for the promo while smiling the whole time. Find joy in your grind. That’s one of many takeaways from this. Watch.

Anderson .Paak Talks Oxnard, Fatherhood, Being Saved By The Church + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Unsung: Brand Nubian (Full Episode)

Man. Don’t let it go to your head… noooo.

Now, this is heady episode of ‘Unsung’ so expect a couple of damn-I-had-no-idea moments (pretty much standard for ‘Unsung’). Might bring back Golden Era sweet memories, but it wasn’t all sweet. Check out the Brand Nubian story above.

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Unsung: The O’Jays (Full Episode)

You know it didn’t start or stop with Eddie Levert or his sons, right? Of course, you did. But get the whole entire ‘Unsung’ scoop on the soul clapping we should be doing for pioneer R&B act The O’Jays.

(And hurry up… before haters on the Tube can get it pulled down.)

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Unsung: Special Ed (Full Episode)

Wow. Triple dopeness (hmm, wonder if there’s an ‘Unsung’ on 3XDope… aaaaanywaaay)! This ‘Unsung’ on Special Ed is the business. Well worth the watching if you missed it, and worth the watching AGAIN if you saw it before.

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Does Will Smith Enjoy Being Famous? What Do You Think? (Video)

Nothing was off limits, and he promised to tell the truth. So she asked. And Will gave here the WHOLE truth. Interesting.

In our first episode of Ask Uncle Will, we explore the positive and negative effects of fame.
Will Smith

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Bill Duke Used To Hate White People (Video)

Bill Duke’s Great Grandparents were slaves, his parents escaped from the racist, oppressive, and DANGEROUS South to the North… with their lives. Bill was subjected to extreme racism himself as a child. Is it a wonder that Bill feels how he feels? Imagine how you feel watching a movie with some racism in it. That part… times 1000!

In this clip, Bill Duke spoke about growing up in Poughkeepsie, NY, during the 1940s and 1950s. His parents moved North to escape the oppression of the Jim Crow South equipped with just a 2nd- and 3rd-grade education, respectively. Bill Duke opened up about some his early experiences dealing with racism and how some Whites defied the racist logic of the time as well. He recalled what it was like being a pre-teen when the Emmitt Till story made national headlines.
– Vlad TV

But beyond the agony of his youth, there was wisdom, imparted to Bill, and he shares some with us in the clip above. Watch.

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Bill Burr Vs. The World’s Hottest Hot Wings (Video)

Okay, I am already laughing before pressing play; because comedian Bill Burr’s rants are hilarious af! Just imagine when them hot wings start f**king with him. The ensuing comedy will be downright tasty (and hot)!

Bill Burr is one of the most-requested Hot Ones guests of all time—not to mention a standup legend, host of the Monday Morning Podcast, and co-creator and star of Netflix’s ‘F Is For Family.’ But how is he with spicy food? Find out in this highly-anticipated Hot Ones event. As host Sean Evans peppers Bill with questions, the comedian’s notoriously hot takes get even hotter—even for him. Watch as Bill gets red in the face with spice and rants about everything from cyclists to cooking shows. You don’t want to miss this!
– First We Feast

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LeBron James & Friends Remember The Backlash From His ‘Taking My Talents To South Beach’ Announcement (Video)

Remember when LeBron James had an entire state butthurt when he announced ‘The Decision’ to leave Cleveland and go play for Miami? Well, LeBron does. Still. Today.

In this clip from “More Than an Athlete” on ESPN+, LeBron James and his friends and business partners — Maverick Carter, Randy Mims, and Rich Paul — reflect on The Decision and what went wrong.
– ESPN

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Anderson .Paak Speaks On ‘First Times’: Old Girlfriends, Blind Dating, And The Free Nationals (Video)

Pretty good interview. Plus, relatively short and sweet.

The FADER invited Anderson .Paak to come by the studio to take a look back at his humble beginnings on the drums at a church, the first memorable job he had, and a blind date to Olive Garden that ended before it even started. He ends his trip down memory lane with the first time he knew he could rock with the Free Nationals and the story behind creating “Suede” off of his ‘Yes Lawd!’ album with Knxwledge.

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Sneaker Shopping With Kyrie Irving (Video)

‘It’ dude of the League, Kyrie Irving, already has plenty of shoes. Even has his own line. All he wants is one thing from this Sneaker Shopping trip… MORE!

NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex’s Joe La Puma at Concepts in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and talks about his signature sneakers, his love for Nike SB and skateboarding, and his favorite sneakers growing up.
– Complex

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Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Speak On The Struggle To Get Work Back In The Day And Working Together On The Soul Train Awards (Video)

Oh. Okay then! It goes down (or up, depending on how she ‘looks’ at it) in the DM’s for Tisha!

Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold Talk Dating, Friendship and The Soul Train Awards
Sway’s Universe

Tisha AND Tichina, on the show together, working it out as only they can.

(Whaaaa? Tichina on some f**k ’em, suck ’em, and duck ’em out here, too. Keep playing T & T. Y’all gone get that f-s-d ‘work’ you are looking for!)

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Jill Scott Calls In To Speak On Her Recent Display Of ‘Skills On The Mic’ Going Viral (Video)

If you are looking for an apology for her flexing her extra sexy on stage recently (see here, again), Jill Scott does NOT have it for you. Sucka!

No need to apologize to me, at all, by the way, Jill. In fact, I want more… Wait what? No more shows for a while because WHAT?? Aw maaaan 🙁

Well, we understand. Tell Joe Budden all about it.

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