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Gentrifying Inglewood and the Crisis at the Border

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the 2021 Emmys, the Clippers’ new stadium, and more

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Nicki Minaj vs. the CDC and Wellness With Devi Brown

Plus, Diddy owes Jermaine Dupri an apology

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate and Caroline Mala Corbin on the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to help break down the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state of Texas, GOP backlash to the vaccine mandate, and more!

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The California Recall and Remembering Michael K. Williams 

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay pay their respects to the ultra-talented Michael K. Williams before reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11

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A Conversation With Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five to discuss life after wrongful conviction

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Sheila Jackson Lee and the Cruelty of the Texas Abortion Law

Texas Representative Shelia Jackson Lee stops by to give some insight on the impact Texas’s restrictive abortion law will have on women in the Lone Star State

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God Bless Louisiana and Reviewing Kanye’s ‘Donda’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay give their thoughts on Kanye West’s latest album and the Tyron Woodley–Jake Paul fight. Plus, Hurricane Ida has Louisiana on our hearts and minds.

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Azmat Khan and the Latest From Afghanistan

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome investigative journalist Azmat Khan to the podcast to help contextualize the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan

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TV Legend Larry Wilmore Shares His Top Five Black Sitcoms

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Larry Wilmore to the podcast to discuss his career as a writer, comedian, and producer

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American Royalty: Olympian Dominique Dawes on Happy and Healthy Gymnasts

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome four-time Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes to discuss everything from mental health in gymnastics to the time Prince made her hot cocoa before a music video shoot

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The Crisis in Afghanistan and Lizzo Responds to the Trolls

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the developing situation in Afghanistan, as well as Lizzo’s recent social media message

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Kmele Foster Reports on the Central Park Bird-watching Incident, Plus Skip Bayless Is Put in His Place

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by ‘The Fifth Column’ podcast cohost Kmele Foster to discuss what he’s learned a year later through his reporting on Amy Cooper and the Central Park bird-watching incident

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Sherri Shepherd on Black Motherhood and Finding a New Cohost for ‘The View’

Plus, reacting to DaBaby deleting his apology to the LGBTQ+ community, the recent discussion about Alfonso Ribeiro on Twitter, and more

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Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights With Martin Luther King III and Talkin’ Hip-Hop With Peter Rosenberg

Rachel and Van also discuss Andrew Cuomo’s awkward attempts to defend himself and try to figure out What the Whites Were Thinking

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Obama’s Birthday Bash and Dee-1 on Celebrity Responsibility

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address resurfaced tweets from Nick Bosa’s girlfriend, Barack Obama partying like it’s 2019, and Matt Damon no longer using the F-word. Then Dee-1 joins the show to discuss DaBaby and Lil Nas X.

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The Heroism of Simone Biles and Disappointment in Boosie

There’s also another installment of "What Were the Whites Thinking?" followed by some mailbag questions

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DaBaby Wants to Be DaBadGuy, Plus Olympic Patriotism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Da Baby’s recent comments during his Rolling Loud performance before they get into some Olympics talk and Levar Burton hosting ‘Jeopardy!’

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The NFL vs. Unvaccinated Players and Problematic Astronauts

Van and Rachel break down the NFL’s new policy regarding unvaccinated players, talk about billionaires in space, and dive into the mailbag

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Van Returns and Reflects, Plus: Are We Still Mad at Kanye?

Van and Rachel also give a ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ review, discuss the NFL’s playing the Black national anthem before games, and Popeye’s thinking Black people sing when they eat chicken.

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Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension With Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross

Van and Rachel discuss the USADA’s decision with Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross

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Freedom Day for “America’s Dad” and the Miscarriage of Justice

Van and Rachel also rejoice for NCAA student-athletes and discuss Will Smith vs. Tupac

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Lil Nas X and a ‘Higher Learning’ Family Meeting

Plus, Scottie Pippen calls Phil Jackson a racist and Chauncey Billups’s past has us asking questions

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RGIII Loves His Wife, and ‘Karen’: the Motion Picture

Plus, the "bonnets at the airport" debate and mailbag questions

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Coming Out in the NFL, the Fight Over CRT, and Vaccination Hesitation

Plus, Van and Rachel address the latter’s recent New York magazine cover story and what she and Tupac have in common

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Juneteenth, White Psychosis, and Cancel Culture in Comedy

Van and Rachel also address the circumstances around Matt James not being on the show as promised

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Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Colorism in the Heights

Plus, Van and Rachel cover Drake’s new album tease and, more importantly, ask: What’s a true freestyle?

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Bachelor Nation Gets Aggressive and Kamala Harris Has a Really Bad Week

Plus, toxic masculinity results in another tragedy, K. Michelle gets a new look, and Van and Rachel dive into the mailbag

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Renaissance Man Jalen Rose and the Apologetic Kimmy Schmidt

Plus, there’s discussion about the Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, and why Robert Kraft’s surprise birthday gift is SO annoying

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Chris Harrison Gets Replaced and Katt Williams Discusses Cancel Culture

Van and Rachel also talk about Tiffany Haddish being cast to play Flo-Jo and the conservative world debating critical race theory

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Mental Health, Mo’Nique’s Critiques, and Ellie Kemper Won What?

Plus, Van and Rachel reflect on the massacre in Tulsa 100 years later, and why it’s only now becoming common historical knowledge

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Celebrating a Year of ‘Higher Learning’

Van and Rachel take a trip down ‘Bachelor’ Lane before debating P. Diddy entering the Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck conversation, NBA fans overstepping once again, J. Cole calling it a career after three games, and more

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Remembering George Floyd, One Year Later

Van and Rachel also discuss the recent rise in antisemitism, the NBA playoffs, and much more