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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Comments (61)

Brian Bailey

BUSTA was pretty damn happy!!!

Feb 14th
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Marissa Candace

ah the amount of stupid out of this guests mouth. He doesn't even know me personally, gaslighting my black ass experiences. What a clown hahahah.

Sep 29th
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Tamika Boyce

woooo an tuck...da fuq

Apr 15th
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Tamika Boyce

come thru Rachel... the 2 Justin's 😍

Apr 15th
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Cristian Delgado

Van's lion talked reminds me of a movie called Uncaged. Good movie fun watch

Dec 2nd
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M Moye

I normally like your take on many topics but I really wished you would've did your research as to why it was so significant for the red wave not to have happened.

Nov 14th
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cedric smith

I really enjoyed that conversation

Sep 14th
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M Moye

so this means you would have a problem with black country singers? country music has been seen as white forever.

Apr 5th
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Jonathan Mack

They can only spend 4% of the endowment per year.

Mar 21st
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Jenni Godfrey

Oh yeah, there's a documentary called "Earth at Night in Color" and one episode is ALL ABOUT a mountain Lion living in the middle of LA 😳😬

Mar 12th
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agenamarie1221

Where's today's episode?

Feb 11th
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Cristian Delgado

Check out The Fish Locker on YouTube. A lot of fun videos about fishing and beach foraging.

Jan 31st
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Shysta McNasty

Sandwich attack! 01:53:00.

Dec 8th
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Eva Hall

I would like the longer podcast

Oct 22nd
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N Banner

Van is talking about Idlewild, Michigan

Oct 20th
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Marissa Candace

The way Van talks about poly life is ignorant. You are misinformed and sound insensitive with your jokes.. I don't know... There's room for "learning" about a lifestyle YOU don't understand. Cheers tho. Love the pod.

Sep 28th
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Marissa Candace

facts are facts, MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NEVER CHARGED. Cases thrown out by the COURTS. investigated by the FBI. nothing found.. UNLIKE, R-kelly..bill Cosby.. were FACTS were found against them. stop clowning..... Rachel

Sep 17th
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Eva Hall

Rachel, omg, I was thinking the same thing about Chloe performance, it was a Beyonce type performance.

Sep 14th
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Tiffen Williams

glad someone finally announced being over Tiffany, Luis, Gucci, Pookie and every other foolishness

Aug 29th
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Jonathan Mack

why do we keep giving these racial traitors platforms? This interview was like listening to MR. Candace Owens. Every word or of this lunatics mouth sickened me.

Aug 13th
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