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Random Acts of Podcast EP293: Montana Max Is Gunna

On this week's episode we bring back friend of the show @MalcJax and we chop it up about his Void magazine cover, what popular tv shows had lackluster series finales and we rank our Top 10 Most Overrated Cartoons. Also we answer voicemails from the listeners. Remember to send in YOUR questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail.

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Get In Loser, We're Stanning Sansa
by Darius Gordon

by Darius Gordon

We're nearing the end of the final season of Game of Thrones as we know it, and while there have been a few missteps this season, I can't wait to see how the fight for the Iron Throne concludes. One of my favorite elements of this show is the number of badass women in it, most importantly Lady Sansa. The eldest-born Stark left in Westeros is not only the baddest of them all, but she also would be the best choice to be Queen of the Realm. Here's why you shouldn't be sleeping on Lady Sansa, bad bitch of the North. This post contains spoilers for Season 8!

She's Not A Little Girl Anymore

When we first met Sansa, she was a young & naive little girl born into a great House who only cared about marrying the perfect prince. She was sheltered and spoiled all her life. Much like Arya did most of the seventh season, fans are still holding Sansa to the silly mistakes she made when she was young, and we need to let that go. Sansa wasn't prepared for the war to come, but don't tweak, she gets there.

Started From The Bottom

via HBO

via HBO

Since her arrangement with the boy King Joffrey Baratheon in an attempt to join Houses Stark & Baratheon, poor little Sansa has gone through hell. Her world turned upside down when her father, the honorable Ned Stark, was beheaded right in front of her very own eyes. She went from being a potential queen to a hostage of the Lannisters in a foreign land (to her) with no allies.

While in King's Landing she was ordered to marry Tyrion Lannister by the patriarch of the Lannister family and Hand of the King, Tywin Lannister. On the bright side, it was during this time that Sansa learned from Cersei's manipulation and ability to play the role needed for her to advance in the game. She finally escaped King's Landing with the help of the shiesty Littlefinger, aka Lord Petyr Baelish, who essentially gave Sansa over to Ramsay Bolton to gain more power in the North. 

She Went From 0 To 100 Real Quick

Ok...maybe not real quick, but you know what I mean! Sansa literally went through HELL during her stay with House Bolton. The psychopathic Ramsey made Joffrey look like a caring, loving husband. He raped Sansa in front of Theon Greyjoy, who’d been tortured, abused and turned into Reek by Ramsey. Still, Sansa’s wit and will kept her going. Here's where she really put those pretend-to-be meek skills that she learned from Cersei to use; Sansa knew when not to talk and when to just listen. Fans love to bring up Daenerys Targaryen's rise to success, but often overlook the fact that Sansa went through a rough patch that made her a stronger character too.

"No one can protect me. No one can protect anyone." - Sansa Stark, Season 6: Battle of the Bastards

Lady Sansa, Back In Her Bag

via HBO

via HBO

Much like her experience with the Lannisters, Sansa picked up on key traits from Littlefinger, learning to think three steps ahead of every person and situation. She manipulated Littlefinger and used his weird obsession with both her and her mother Catelyn Stark to WIN the Battle of the Bastards and win back the North, despite her brother Jon Snow rebuffing her suggestion to reach out to the Knights of the Vale. It was this moment that Sansa was officially in her bag. How can you not be here for this woman after saving your favorite bastard from dying...again!? Not only did Sansa show she had the smarts to win a battle, but the strength and pride needed to rule the North.

“Every time I’m faced with a decision, I close my eyes and see the same picture. Whenever I consider an action, I ask myself, ‘will this action help to make this picture reality?’ Pull it out of my mind and into the world, and I only act if the answer is yes.” - Petyr Baelish, Season 6: The Winds of Winter

Potential Protector Of The Realm?

Fast forward to where we are now; Sansa has come such a long way from the fragile little girl that saw her father die. She has all the traits of a great queen: she's loyal to her people and in return, they're loyal to her. Daenerys was shook when she saw the respect Lady Sansa received from her Northern subjects. She also doesn’t hide her disdain for The Dragon Queen as she continued to throw shade throughout this season. Sansa was the only one to bring up the fate of the North to Dany, and I feel her! They fought for and won their freedom, and can't risk being under the thumb of another tyrant. Sansa’s doing what she must to protect her people.

Sansa is extremely smart and knows what moves and countermoves to make to rule. Lady Sansa has grown into the smartest character on the show, given Tyrion's recent shortcomings as of late. She's cunning when she needs to be, and is very strategic in her moves, as evident by her telling Tyrion about Jon’s parentage. The way I see it: if Dany kills Jon, Sansa and the North will revolt! With Jon dead and Bran Stark living his best life as the Three-Eyed Raven, Sansa's next in line for the job.

Convinced that Sansa has a chance to take the Iron Throne? Let me know in the comments section below or follow me on Twitter: @EJtheG and be sure to read some of my other work here!

Nearly Canceled - Better Call Saul Season Four review
Nearly Canceled: Power - The Finale
Nearly Canceled: Power 504 - Do you two know what you want?
Nearly Canceled: Power S5E3 - Fancy loves niggas named Jamie

Technical difficulties push us back this week, but Pierce and Scott are back to review episode 3 of Power season 5! Who is playing who? Why did it take five words for Angie to give the new DEA nigga the yams? Why is Ghost comfortable around every single woman who isn't his wife? All questions we ask, PLUS Scott gives his thoughts on the first three seasons of Game of Thrones!

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The five black Youtube series you need to binge watch

Black television shows are making a resurgence on mainstream television. Not only have shows like Black-Ish, Insecure and Atlanta have found success on broadcast and cable TV, streaming services like Netflix are gaining traction with like She's Gotta Have It & Luke Cage. But they're not the only ones producing quality content.

YouTube has a few series that have become staples of their online content. Before Insecure, Issa Rae got noticed with her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl. Its success led to not only Insecure but the creation of Issa's own production company, which produces several new and upcoming YouTube series.

But Issa's not the only one making good black content on YouTube. Here's the five series that you need to binge watch right now.

Giants (Issa Rae Productions)

This is an ongoing tale of choosing to live the life that you want to live but also dealing with the consequences that come behind it. Chasing your dreams is the main theme of the show but it also deals with issues like manic depression, homosexuality and the after affects of police brutality. The main characters Malachi, Journee, & Ade are 30-somethingss experiencing life choices and decisions all while trying to make a better life for themselves.

Close Friends (2K Life TV)

This series is an oldie but a goodie. One of the very first series i started watching back in college. When you mix love, dating, friendship & drama into one big pot, you get Close Friends. It's a story of a group of male friends: Nathan, Raheem, & Kevin, & group of girl friends: Valerie, Tori, & Kira. Each character deals with the many ups & downs of dating, whether it’s through other people or amongst each other.

No Love Lost (2K Life TV)

Follow the story of Noah & Moriah as they go through a divorce. Noah is having a tough time dealing with simultaneously losing his wife AND his job, while Moriah quickly moves on to someone better. One night Noah comes back to the house while Moriah is entertaining her new man and drops the news that he’s needs to get back on his feet & extends his stay. The deeper you get into the series, the more you’ll feel the energy between the two start shifting. If you want to know what I'm talking about then just watch the series.

Barry Tales  (Kartoon Management)

This animated web series was created back in 2013 by Kartoon Management. This web series is the story of Barry Ponds and his life attending Bearhouse College. We follow him as he progresses through the college years from freshman year on up.

College Boyfriends

Another oldie but goodie web series that’s based out of the Atlanta University Center, the show was created by TINA SHAKIYAH and DONTE ROSE, both Clark Atlanta University Alumni. This story follow a group of five friends who experience love & relationship while struggling to maintain through each college semester.

Wake up black people: Bill Cosby's not Cliff Huxtable

This is an old blog post from 2016. Last week Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault. The old link is broken, so I decided to share it here. Enjoy.

 

In case you don’t know, Cliff Huxtable is not a real person.

Ebony Magazine, Nov. 2015

Ebony Magazine, Nov. 2015

He’s a fictional character on a popular 1980s television show. He is a figment of our imagination; a humble, righteous persona created by a comedian with far more issues internally than the character he played on the small screen. What Cliff Huxtable represents - a self-made black man in America - is a real goal to aspire to be, but as for the personage, he does not exist.

Bill Cosby may have portrayed the role for eight seasons and 202 episodes, but in reality, he is anything but. He is a black man existing in the far right. He preaches about respectability politics to the black community – his infamous Pound Cake speech being the most glaring example of his conservative viewpoints on black America – and maybe he taught you the value of an education along the way, but he’s done far more to rip apart the black community than he has to bring it together.

Oh, and he’s also a rapist.

It’s uplifting to see black people rise against the power to defend their own, but in the immortal words of Huey Freeman, “every famous nigga that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela.” It's true the government conspires to put many an innocent black men in jail, but Bill Cosby is not one of them.

“But where’s the proof?” Thanks for asking, rape apologist! A 2005 deposition unearthed by the New York Times this summer is proof enough that Cosby was a monster.

During the questioning in a civil lawsuit against Cosby filed by Andrea Constand, an ex-basketball manager at Temple University and one of the many who have publicly accused him of sexual assault, Cosby admitted to acquiring seven Quaaludes intent on giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. These “disco biscuits” – as Cosby liked to call them – are supposed to encourage sexual arousal.

When Cosby was asked if he ever gave a quaalude to a young woman without their knowledge, his attorney objected and the question was never answered.

I know what you may be thinking; “those women wanted to have sex with him. He’s Bill Cosby! He’s rich! He could have sex with any woman if he wanted to!”

Yeah, and a sick person doesn’t stop being a sick person with the more zeroes on the end on his bank account…

Cosby will not admit to raping Constand, or the more than 25 women who have accused him of assaulting them over the past four decades. Apologists will claim a handful of them are lying, but that only feeds into the culture of rape that has made women ashamed to step forward with their cases of assault.

And who can blame them? The public has made it clear no one will believe them. Just ask Sasha Menu Courey, the University of Missouri swimmer who went into severe depression after several Mizzou football players raped her in 2010.

Oh that’s right. We can’t. She took her life.

As much as this is about Bill Cosby, and the women who’ve accused him, it’s about the women who have been afflicted by rape, and the ones who will in the future. It’s about our mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins. Our wives, our girlfriends. Nearly one in five women have experienced sexual assault or an attempted rape at one point. One in four of them were assaulted by someone they knew.

Will you stand up for them when they confide in you, or will you tell them it was their fault?

So Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up. You’re making black people look bad.

And black people, don’t confuse the man Bill Cosby with the myth Cliff Huxtable.

For the Culture: ranking the best Disney Channel original movies of all time

If you read the title of this article and didn't immediately sing, "let's watch. A Disney channel mooooovie. Let's watch. Adisneychannelmovie!" leave now. This not for you.

If you weren't switching in between channels 54, 55, 56, this is most definitely not for you homie.

Below we've ranked have fifteen of the best DCOMs of all time. We'll start from decent to the absolute best DCOM of all time. Narrowing this list down to just 15 was already a struggle; the lil nigga just hit the mid-air splits, the theme song is poppin', it's time for a Disney Channel Movie.

Disney

Disney

15. Halloweentown

Release Date: October 17, 1998
Starring: Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Joey Zimmerman, Emily Roeske & Judith Hoag


Verdict: Let's gone head and get this out the way now, this movie is overrated y'all. Dubbed a classic by the masses amongst my generation, it ultimately falls flat upon rewatch. But, because y'all love this dusty ass movie, be happy it made it THIS far.

14. Jett Jackson: The Movie

Release Date: June 8, 2001
Starring: Lee Thompson Young, Linda Booth, Kerry Duff & Ryan Dowell Baum


Verdict: RIP to that boy Lee Thompson Young 🙏🏾 The film follows sixteen-year-old Jett Jackson and his role as TV action hero, Silverstone. It's a fun watch that still holds up and really highlights Young's acting skills early on.

Disney

Disney

13. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

Release Date: January 23, 1999
Starring: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Lauren Maltby, Holly Fulger, & Phillip Rhys.


Verdict: A classic indeed and still pretty enjoyable, albeit annoying at times. The plot isn't that solid and I mean, 2049 is 31 years from now, y'all really think we finna be living on space by then? Nonetheless, the movie produced two decent sequels, starred Raven-Symoné before she disowned us, and movie gave us the HIT that is Supernova Girl. Remember that song?

12. The Proud Family Movie

Release Date: August 19, 2005
Starring: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Orlando Brown & Omarion


Verdict: A good ass Disney movie if we're being honest and an instant classic for the culture. The Proud Family is arguably one of Disney's best original TV shows and the movie, which serves as the series finale, neatly ties the bow on a childhood classic. Oh, and who can forget the iconic dance battle scene?

11. Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama

Release Date: April 8, 2005
Starring: Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, TahjMowry, John DiMaggio, Nicole Sullivan & Nancy Cartwright


Verdict: Yo, go back and watch this movie y'all, it's lit as hell. Dr. Drakken actually has a solid plan and is actually menacing for the first time. We see Kim Possible in a real threat and complex love triangle with the homie, Ron & new dude Eric who (plot twist) is one of the bad guys! Ron finally gets the girl and our girl Kim ends up saving the day, duh. Instantly a classic and one of Disney's last great-animated shows.

Disney

Disney

10. Up, Up, and Away

Release Date: January 22, 2000
Starring: Michael J. Pagan, Robert Townsend, Alex Datcher, Sherman Hemsley & Kasan Butcher


Verdict: A big moment for a young black superhero geek such as myself back in 2000. This is one of the first times we get a black lead in a DCOM (right behind Don't Look Under the Bed). Instantly gottaput it in the top 10 off the strength of that, and the movie has a solid plot, decent villain and good acting on all parts. 10 is a pretty solid position for a movie where all the main characters share the same weakness, fucking aluminum foil bro? Black people love aluminum foil!

Disney

Disney

9. Cadet Kelly

Release Date: March 8, 2002
Starring: Hilary Duff, Christy Carlson Romano, Gary Cole, Andrea Lewis & Shawn Ashmore
 

Verdict: Definitely worthy of a top ten spot. Cadet Kelly gave us character development, good acting from Hilary Duff & Christy Carlson Romano, comedy and that relatable feeling of starting a new school for the first time. We also gotta give Hilary a W since The Lizzie McGuire Movie technically doesn't count as a DCOM, which is a shame.

8. The Even Stevens Movie

Release Date: June 13, 2003
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth, Margo Harshman, Nick Spano, Tom Virtue, Donna Pescow & Steven Anthony Lawrence


Verdict: The Even Stevens Movie serves as a series finale to another Disney Channel classic. Shoutout to Christy Carlson Romano making her third appearance on the list already! The movie gave us the goofiness that we loved from the show along with tying up loose ends. Defnitely a top ten DCOM.

Disney

Disney

7. Get a Clue

Release Date: June 2, 2002
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Brenda Song, Bug Hall, Ian Gomez, & Ali Mukaddam


Verdict: Man I love a good who-done-it mystery movie & Get a Clue delivers on all parts. Lindsay Lohan was always a great actress before anything and she holds her own here alongside Suite Life of Zack & Cody's Brenda Song. The story is pretty good and keeps you on your toes as the mystery continues to unravel. Not only is this a great DCOM, but its a good movie all in all and is 2000's af.

Disney

Disney

6. Brink!

Release Date: August 29, 1998
Starring: Erik von Detten, Christina Vidal, Patrick Levis & Asher Gold


Verdict: I can hear the masses yelling: "Brink! shoul dbe in the top five!". Shut up. This is the third DCOM and let's keep it real, after seeing this you were begging your OG to get you a pair of roller-blades so that you too could be a soul-skater. We get a solid lesson on friendship and all-in-all keeping it real with yo Day 1's, at least that's what I took away from it. This is also the first time we meet Christina Vidal's fine ass that went on to star in Freaky Friday and starred as the titular character in Nickelodeon's Taina.

Disney

Disney

5. The Color of Friendship

Release Date: February 5, 2000
Starring: Shadia Simmons, Lindsey Haun, Travis Davis, Penny Johnson & Carl Lumbly


Verdict: Top 5, top 5, top 5 *Drizzy voice*.  This movie honestly may be the sole reason why I can tolerate caucasians as well as I can now, no joke. Premiering in Black History Month of 2000, The Color of Friendship wasn't afraid to tackle some heavy material like foreign affairs, racism & oppression. After a rewatch, this still is one of the best DCOM we've seen to this day. I loved the idea of using a white South-African woman as a parallel to a black African-American one. Honestly, this movie could've debuted in theaters and made a killing for Disney.

Disney

Disney

4. Smart House

Release Date: June 26, 1999
Starring: Ryan Merriman, Katey Sagal, Kevin Kilner, Katie Volding & Jessica Steen


Verdict: G this house was raw as hell! The whole time I was watching this movie, I just kept thinking of how lit a mid-2000's juke party would've been in that mf. That is until Katey Segal (Peggy from Married... with Children) crazy ass became the house personified and wanted to become a wife/mother to the kids and their dad. Smart House is by far the most fun you're ever gonna get watching a DCOM. I definitely recommend a rewatch like, right now.

Disney

Disney

3. High School Musical

Release Date: January 20, 2006
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman


Verdict: G... getcha head in the game, you gottagetchagetchagetchagetcha head in the game! That's really all I have to say. High School Musical gave us CUTS, Vanessa Hudgens who was a certified snack back then and ZacEfron who still has a pretty solid acting career. This was definitely one of those DCOM that I didn't want to admit to watching, but c'mon, a classic is a classic. This is one of the few DCOM that had a decent ass trilogy with the third film hitting the big screen; an impressive feat that no other DCOM has accomplished. Go back and play the soundtrack, you're welcome.

2. The Cheetah Girls

Release Date: August 15, 2003
Starring: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams.


Verdict: Yo, let's not even flex and say this wasn't one of the greatest movies of our young lives. For the ladies, they had a plethora of HITS to sing at their slumber parties; and for the fellas, I mean we had a fake 3LW reunion alongside Raven-Symoné singing and dancing looking like snacks. This movie actually still holds up in terms of acting, plot and of course the soundtrack. Bro, the soundtrack literally went double platinum. Gone head and bump that feminist-bop Cinderella and report back with a status update.

Disney

Disney

1. Don't Look Under the Bed

Release Date: October 9, 1999
Starring: Erin Chambers, Eric "Ty" Hodges II, Steve Valentine & Jake Sakson


Verdict: The creme de la creme of Disney Channel Original Movies, Don't Look Under the Bed. I mean this movie was lowkey scary, great acting on all parts, and a good ass plot twist.


 

Honorable Mentions

As much as I'd love to keep this list going, I had a few films that ALMOST made the cut, check em out below.

1. Under Wraps
2. Johnny Tsunami
3. Tru Confessions
4. The Ultimate Christmas Present
5. Stuck in the Suburbs
6. Phantom of the Megaplex