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Two Men. One Podcast. Every Black Film Ever Made. Len Webb and Vince Williams are on the MICHEAUX MISSION - to watch and review every Black feature film ever released.
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Love is in bloom in Octavia April and the Men of Micheaux celebrate that time-honored emotion with a robust review of 2021’s Needle In A Timestack (2021), which follows a final word on O.J. Simpson, another war of words on Sweetback BadAss Song, and a questionable appreciation of 80s karate action hero Cynthia Rothrock. Plus, a TV animation edition…
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The Men of Micheaux sit down in Octavia April to review Denzel Washington in The Hughes Bros’ The Book of Eli, but not before sharing their thoughts on The Wiz on Broadway, Netflix’s Good Times reboot, the relevance of Gosford Park, and “one of those lil rapper boys” and whole lot more Len & Vincent tomfoolery. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Em…
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The Men of Micheaux are celebrating Black sci-fi for Octavia (Butler) April by highlighting the Top Five Science Fiction Novels that are yet to be adapted. They will also dig deep into Osmosis Jones and share their opinions on director Gareth Edwards' The Creator, featuring John David Washington. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmis…
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The Men of Micheaux are joined by noted journalist/educators/best friends, Denise James and Danise Kenon, for a very spirited Six Degrees (Who Is Vera Farmiga?) and a lively review of an amazing film from Ava DuVernay and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor that underperformed and, maybe, misunderstood. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gm…
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The Men of Micheaux put together an ultimate Chaka Khan playlist, Len gets Vincent to put on his producer hat and create The Top Five Dream Buddy Cop Flicks of the 80s, then marvel at the chemistry of Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines in the cult classic cop flick. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission …
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The listeners really did not appreciate Len's Top 5 Brothers in Soul from weeks ago and demand a redo. Vincent has zero appreciation for Zack Snyder's Watchmen or his career. Mockbuster 'Sounder-likes' get a countdown, The Mission is ranked in the Top 80 - WTF? The Men of Micheaux review a certified classic with a deep appreciation of their own. Ra…
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The Top 5 Brothers In Soul debate rolls into another week via the Missives From The Missionaries, where one listener in academia reveals the undeniable reasons why The Blues Brothers is, in fact, a Black film. Then, the Men of Micheaux sink into despair, depression, and depravity to wash the ick of Hickey & Boggs from the Mission. Rate & Review The…
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The Men of Micheaux find a rom-com date for Halle Berry, reveal Len’s list of Top Five Brothers in Soul Music (underline Len’s list!), go Six Degrees to the Quaid Brothers, then deliver a verdict on the Blackness of John Belushi & Dan Akroyd aka Jake & Elwood Blues Brothers. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow …
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The Men of Micheaux dissect the recent Katt Williams concert, especially a mini-Mo’Nique-appearance, before delving into the Scorsesian thriller Summer of Sam from 1999, the film that stretches the rules of Black filmdom to the very edge, despite the stewardship of Spike Lee. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow…
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The Men of Micheaux argue Winnie the Pooh vs Riki Tiki Tavi, the unappealing allure of Nina, and the perplexing story of Jennifer Beals and her star-making lead in Flashdance. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and Twitter @micheauxmission Subscribe to the Mission on YouTube Get your Micheau…
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The Men of Micheaux begin a look at ‘dubious Black films’ for Black History Month, starting with the 1990 urban banger King of New York, starring Christopher Walken in a role of hip-hop royalty. Plus, Carl Weathers R.I.P., The Greatest Night in Pop mini-review, who said YOU were a king?, Christopher Lambert finds D’urville Martin and more. Rate & R…
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Missives from the Missionaries lead into a debate about Hollywood Shuffle vs. Bamboozled, which takes an off-ramp onto BAPS for Criterion candidacy. Then, the Men of Micheaux sum up the career of Martin Lawrence's last 'good' movie, the comedian-packed Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins from 2008. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@g…
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Our show begins with an appreciation for the ‘understated’ 70s classic ˆ from the emails. It goes into a debate between the music of 1971 vs. 1972 and much more until Eddie Murphy’s career choices are scrutinized again with the review of 2008’s (slept-on?) Meet Dave. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Miss…
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It’s Debate Central on the Mission as Vincent and Len congratulate a couple of 2023 Emmy winners while lamenting the fate of Better Call Saul, leading to Debate #1 about the ‘comedy’ of The Bear. That’s followed by a reckoning of Martin Lawrence’s relevance, which begets Debate #2 about who Black America loves more: Martin or Eddie Murphy. Then, an…
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The Men of Micheaux are back for 2024 and have plenty to say about Purlie Victorious on Broadway, The Color Purple in theaters, Katt Williams, the Top Five Black Movies of 2023, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Jerry Lewis AND a review of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in director Frank Oz’s Hollywood satire Bowfinger. Rate & Review The Mission…
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It's the season's last show, stuffed with the John Singleton vs Spike Lee debate, Black actress colorism, the enigma named Clifton Powell, Top Five, Six Degrees, emails, and more. Oh yeah -- and we watched Ice Cube's Friday After Next; so that happened. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and…
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The Men of Micheaux give serious consideration to where Eddie Murphy's career has landed him in 2023 , as they sit in review of Amazon Prime's Candy Cane Lane and look at the Top 5 Worst X-Mas Gifts Ever and much more. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and Twitter @micheauxmission Leave a V…
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The Men of Micheaux bounce from cranberry sauce to American Fiction to Godzilla Minus One to Bookie to Comedians Who Act to Top Five Movies Boxes to Six Degrees of D’urville to their review of Boxing Day and there’s still more in here! Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and Twitter @micheaux…
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The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) gets the Mission treatment from Len and the Shakespeare-whisperer, Vincent Williams, but not before the Men get into a Tyler Perry-Robot Townsend debate and reveal the Top Five Weird Shakespeare Adaptations, + Six Degrees of D’urville. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Missio…
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Are the holidays a good time for someone to cook something for the first time ever for the entire family? The Men of Micheaux have a lively debate over that query, Vincent gets stuck on Meryl Streep and their 3rd review of an Othello adaptation may be the closest to the Bard. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow…
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Writer-Producer Lavetta Cannon of the Notorious Women podcast has a bone to pick with Len about Blankman, which leads into a reexamination of The Last Dragon, which spawns a recasting of Blacula that kicks off the Top Five Unchemistry Sets, Six Degrees of famous chemists, then a review of Deliver Us From Eva, the rom-com knockoff of Shakespeare's T…
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In Americus, Georgia, 1963, three young girls meet at a local protest, only to face chilling consequences for demanding justice. Introducing The Stolen Girls of Americus, PushBlack’s new true crime narrative podcast, based on the true story of more than a dozen Black girls (ages 9 to 15) who were abducted by police during a 1963 protest in Americus…
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The men of Micheaux present The Bards of November, a month-long dedication to adaptations of William Shakespeare beginning with 1995's OTHELLO, starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. Plus, they're back with Top Five Child Adult Success stories and Missives from The Missionaries and...Len has a cold. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Emai…
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Bootober comes to a close on the Mission as Len shares his thoughts on Kid n Play and 'the 2nd Lionel Jefferson', Vincent talks reboot booty, A Top 5 Blackened Classic Movies leads into Six Degrees of D'urville which leads into their eagerly anticipated review of 2023's slept-on horror comedy The Blackening. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email…
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The Men of Micheaux spend this week of Bootober talking about Micheal Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Wolfman Jack, the Top 5 Black Sitcom Horror Reboots, Liv Tyler, Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers, Mary Tyler Moore, Elvis Presley, and 'honey' -- and then (1:05) there's Tyler Perry and his dependable piece of schlock starring his brass and 'neutered' alter-ego!…
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Bootober keeps chilling folks all over as Vincent and Len talk sword & sandal flicks, the 1970s, more Black vampires in our midst, and (00:50) a cool review of writer-director Oz Rodriguez's Netflix horror-comedy. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and Twitter @micheauxmission Leave a Voicem…
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Bootober is here and Black horror has arisen from its icky crypt! So once Six Degrees of D’urville, the Top 5 Real Life Black Vampires, and The Many Loves of Issac the Bartender are dispensed with, (00:51) the Men of Micheaux examine a unique take on vampirism in writer-director Micheal O’Shea’s The Transfiguration. Rate & Review The Mission on App…
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September’s DOC TO SCHOOL closes in style with director-producer Lisa Cortés sharing her close history on Hip-Hop, her personal take on sliced grapes for babies, challenges Vincent with her own Six Degrees of D’Urville and then joins the Men in a conversation about her newest documentary on the life and career of rock-n-roll originator Little Richa…
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September's Doc to School continues as Len swears off (most) pretzel bites, Vincent remembers Motown in the 70s, 2012 in Hip-Hop welcomes the actual Frank Ocean, and (00:53) the Men of Micheaux take in the heartfelt story of the true originators of punk music, a band of brothers called Death. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission…
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Continuing their Doc To School campaign, the Men of Micheaux go from debates about Twix candy bar, Johnny Gill vs. Ralph Tresvant, Mac Miller, Watchmen, Alan Moore, and (00:44) the tragic story of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on …
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The Men of Micheaux go Doc To School as September is dedicated to great Black documentaries, starting with the classic peek into 80s Ballroom culture -- Paris Is Burning (1990). We also celebrate 50 years of hip-hop as we reveal the great moments from Sept 1990 and go from Six Degrees of D'Urville to Tituss Burgess and Colman Domingo. Rate & Review…
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Using the 5th week of August to repay the Bad Black Movie they owed you, the Men of Micheaux stuff this episode with everything! Missives from The Missionaries. The Blues Brothers. Gone With The Wind. Vampire Hookers. Jane Fonda. Vanity. Benny Hill! AND (00:58) Jeanne Bell, Rosanne Katon, Trina Parks, and Jayne Kennedy showing out and showing off i…
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The Men of Micheaux chat about the late Ron Cephas Jones, the 30th anniversary of Living Single, the Kenan & Key reunion, a boy called Lil Pimp, and Jodi Foster vs Sweetback before (00:48) slipping on the slick threads of the one and only Willie Dynamite, featuring the swan song performance of the late Diana Sands. Rate & Review The Mission on Appl…
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Vincent and Len welcome Van Everette and Dana Dane of the popular syndicated The Scenario Radio Show just in time for chatter about The Blindside, Diff'rent Strokes, Six Degrees of Woody Strode & Chief Dan George, and a cringeworthy Top 5 Django. And then, it's time (00:45) to talk about Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Idris Elba, Delroy Lindo, and e…
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Cicely Tyson (and a young, energetic Geoffrey Holder) makes her feature film debut, and the great Ethel Waters nears the end of the road at the top of the call sheet in this 'diamond in the rough' YouTubed for your enjoyment by ReelBlack. That's about the only thing it has going for it (besides the sweaty villainy of Richard Ward), but this ep offe…
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The Men of Micheaux play Top Five BINGO, play Six Degrees of D’Urville and come together for their review on the Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones’ slice of this ol’ life - 1974’s The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, and Twitter @micheauxmis…
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Len and Vincent are in ol’ school mode — all the way down to Len’s Batman PJs — as they race thru chatter about Netflix’s They Cloned Tyrone, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning SIX, the record-shattering premiere of Warner Bros’ Barbie and, of course, Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, and Rosario Dawson in Spike Lee’s polarizing He Got Game (00:55). Rate & …
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This week, we’re sharing an episode of The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks, a new podcast from the TED Audio Collective. It’s a six-part series that reckons with one of the most divisive characters in cinematic history, the online hatred he inspired, and what we can learn from it today. In this episode, host Dylan Marron goes beyond the fandom backlash…
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Stephanye Watts of the Be Reel Black Cinema Club joins the Men of Micheaux for an All-JASON Experience on the Mission. The Top 5 looks at Vincent's favorite Jason movies while Len challenges his partner to go Six Degrees of D'Urville Martin to Jason Issacs and Jason Robards. And (00:47) Stephanye has definitive thoughts on the timelessness of Jason…
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Four-time guest-of-the-show Maori Holmes sits in for the Mission’s YouTube debut of a review of The Best Man (1999) and a critique, assessment, and ultimate appreciation of the whole TBM Universe (The Best Man Holiday, The Best Man: The Final Chapters). Plus, we preview the ‘best movie festival in the world’ - BlackStar Film Festival, movin’ on up …
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Writer/producer Adell Coleman of the Say Their Name podcast sits in with the Men for a Top 5 Supporting Acts That Outshined their Leads, a mother impressive Vincent performance in Six Degrees, and a YouTube premiere review of Dreamgirls (2006). Plus -- where else in podcasting are folks talking about the career of Leslie Uggams? Grab your pair of S…
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Len cracks the waffle code. The Men lift up Nicole Beharie in their spotlight on Maureen Ryan's Burn It Down. Then it's Six Missives From The Missionaries and Six Degrees of D'Urville Martin to Jamaican-born actors. Then finally (55:08) Vincent listens as Len is triggered and captivated by Jimmy Cliff owning the screen in 1973's They Harder They Co…
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Film Critic and Historian TIM COGSHELL makes his Micheaux Mission debut to remember the late Jim Brown (and Raquel Welch and Burt Reynolds) and tag-team with Vincent for Top 5 Black/White Screen Relations of the 60s and Six Degrees of D'Urville Martin (Ex-Football Stars Turned Actors). Then, all three movie men review the 1969 spaghetti-western-ish…
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The Men of Micheaux welcome comedian DARRYL CHARLES to the show for a double-size review (00:56) of Sony Animation's Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse. Plus, we offer career enhancement advice for Sinbad, go thru the Top 5 Superheroes Gone Black, and Vincent and Len visit the old school for Six Degrees of D'urville Martin. Catch Darryl Charles at …
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Vincent and Len share their thoughts on the passing of the historic actor/athlete/activist Jim Brown and the first movie trailer for The Color Purple Broadway adaptation. Top Five looks at The SinBADS of it all, we go Six Degrees to Dana Carvey and Brendan Fraser, and (00:43) we review a bad movie (?) called The Cherokee Kid starring 90s ‘good guy’…
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Vincent and Len share their thoughts on Apple TV’s Silo, reveal the Top 5 Bad Black Career Moves, go Six Degrees of D’Urville to Adam Driver and Zachary Levi then (1:04) pull the curtain on Whoopi Goldberg’s chagrin aka the ill-fitted Theodore Rex. Rate & Review The Mission on Apple Email micheauxmission@gmail.com Follow The Mission on IG, Twitter …
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Vincent has interesting Love Boat/Fantasy Island thoughts to share with Len while Len introduces Vincent to the 70s wunderkind The Big Bus. Then after an action-packed Six Degrees of D'Urville to Jean-Claude Van Damme & Mel Gibson and Top Five Least Black Action Heroes, the Men settle in for a review of Mario Van Peeples miscast (again) in the 90s …
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"Mother, MAY I have another Bad Black Movie" -- it's that beautiful time of the year again when the Men of Micheaux review some of the most cringe-worthy films ever made. Vincent has selected EXPECT NO MERCY with TaeBo action star Billy Blanks to kick things off (00:48) after Len shares a TOP FIVE reasons DC Comics stands for Dumb Crackers and Vinc…
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The Men of Mcheaux devote much of the show's first half to honoring Harry Belafonte (1927-2023), who passed away earlier in the day, including turning over the TOP FIVE to his best performances. There's SIX DEGREES of D'URVILLE, a short Superman '78 - Batman '89 retrospective, and then (00:46) a review of the mesmerizing NEPTUNE FROST (2021) from d…
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Vincent has some beef with Netflix's Beef and Samuel Jackson's hairstyle choices. Len shares a Top Five They Should Be Legend, featuring 'The Black Lucille Ball," and Vincent takes forever and a day to go Six Degrees of D'Urville Martin to Maggie Smith. Then (1:07) the Men of Micheaux visit the 'Should've-Been-Legendary" I Am Legend starring Will S…
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