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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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    Latest episodes from Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

    Peak White Mess, and Speaking for All Interracial Marriages

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 90:54

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nick Saban's recent NCAA name, image, and likeness grumbles (11:59), plus the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's successful fight for equal pay (35:43), and Dr. Umar has RG3 talking about his favorite subject (43:28). Also, a Black Lives Matter update (57:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. DM ‘Animal Games' questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Great Replacement Theory, and an ‘Auntie Diaries' Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 115:58

    Higher Learning is IN STUDIO this week and launching its own YouTube channel! With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay recording face-to-face, the two discuss Rachel's “celebrity beef” (1:37), before breaking down the circumstances around the mass shooting in Buffalo (19:40). Plus, Raquel Willis returns to react to Kendrick Lamar's approach to trans-allyship (47:02). Host: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Raquel Willis Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bruce Rivers and the Fight to End Self-Snitching

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 92:19

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the indictment of Young Thug and Gunna (15:14) before welcoming Bruce Rivers, attorney and host of ‘Criminal Lawyer Reacts,' to discuss potential legal woes (28:17). Plus, the Democratic attempt to protect abortion rights fails (53:47), and Jack Harlow discovers a familial connection (1:06:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bruce Rivers Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham DM ‘Animal Games' questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Kendrick Lamar's Return and the Indictment of Young Thug and Gunna

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 97:28

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the death of controversial YouTuber Kevin Samuels and the ensuing social media reaction (19:06), before digging into Kendrick Lamar's ‘The Heart Part 5' (37:11). Plus, is ‘Black Republican' an oxymoron (1:06:40)? And the news of Young Thug and Gunna being charged breaks (1:18:22). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Overturning Roe v. Wade and Dave Chappelle's Attack

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 76:37

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to discuss the Supreme Court leak and the potential future of abortion rights (13:31) before comparing Dave Chappelle's assault to the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident (39:19). Plus, Drake hops in a wife's DM's (47:43) and Animal Games is back (1:00:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham DM ‘Animal Games' questions to @donbeachjr on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can a Victim Be a Bully? And the Sides of Toxic Christianity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 99:52

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Budden's comments about ‘victim bullying' (22:43) before addressing Kirk Cameron's claim that public schools are ‘public enemy no. 1' (51:07). Then, a substitute teacher gets fired for a TikTok post (1:09:11), and Van Jones is critical of the Biden administration (1:28:03). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Prayer in Schools and Playing Animal Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 88:15

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Supreme Court case involving a high school football coach claiming the right to pray after games (14:12), Joe Biden considering student loan cancellation (39:50), and finally—let the Animal Games begin (1:04:34)! Hosts: Van Lathan Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    DaBaby's Self-Defense Claim, and Talking Black Supremacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 90:11

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the show off by celebrating the release of Van's new book 'Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation,' before discussing the security footage of DaBaby's fatal confrontation in 2018 (17:45), Megan Thee Stallion's interview with Gayle King (41:31), and the comments by a Black Ohio State student that caused controversy (1:03:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mask Mandate Lifted, and Earning a Punch from Mike Tyson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 96:07

    Van Lathan and the Higher Learning crew wish Rachel Lindsay a happy birthday before discussing mixed reactions to the lifting of the transportation mask mandate (22:05). Plus, Mike Tyson punches a guy on a plane (31:45), DJ Envy and wife Gia Casey talk 10 years of faking orgasms (1:05:22), and a Black mayor declares April to be Confederates History Month (1:15:20). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Cruel, Unusual Punishment, and Jesus at 30,000 Feet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 80:21

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss an inmate's choice of execution by firing squad (22:06) before switching gears and unpacking Megan Thee Stallion's Coachella sneak peek (35:25). Plus, acoustic gospel hijacks a flight (57:21), and Kyrie Irving flips off Celtics fans (1:05:11). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    If Deltas Ruled the World, and the Unnecessary Death of Patrick Lyoya

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 91:09

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the podcast off with a discussion of what it'd be like if Delta Sigma Theta ran the world (13:44), before addressing another fatal police shooting of an unarmed Black man (20:41). Plus, a comedy skit sparks social media debate (40:13), and it's about time we dig into the Thought Warrior mailbag (1:07:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Sean K. Campbell Discusses His Investigative Reporting on Black Lives Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 99:08

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by New York Magazine's Sean K. Campbell to talk in depth about his investigative reporting on the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (14:20). Then, Van and Rachel discuss Adam Schefter's insensitive tweet about Dwayne Haskins's death (1:04:18), Donald Glover's self-interview (1:16:47), and more. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Sean K. Campbell Producers: Trudy Joseph and Richie Bozek Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza Addresses Recent Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 108:36

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the questions surrounding BLM's purchasing of a $6 million house (11:05), before co-founder Alicia Garza joins to discuss the accusations (32:18). Plus: Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially confirmed (1:12:04), then it's Thought Warrior Mailbag time (1:32:43). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Alicia Garza Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Grammys Recap and Debating What It Is to Be Square

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 104:04

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the 2022 Grammy Awards and a couple of unpopular takes regarding Silk Sonic (18:22). Plus, Russell Wilson gets called a square (52:14), and questionable funeral practices are discussed (1:11:59). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    NFL Hiring Practices and Skip Bayless on the Black Woman Who Raised Him

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 105:22

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Todd Bowles taking over for Bruce Arians as head coach of Buccaneers (28:46), before digging into the NFL's changes to the ‘Rooney Rule' (35:37). Plus, Skip Bayless reflects on being raised by ‘the help'. Our words, not his (54:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Will Smith's Oscar Night: A ‘Higher Learning' Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 106:53

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay go through a step-by-step analysis of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock before winning his first Oscar (3:45), plus Will's ensuing apology (1:18:45). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and a 2022 Oscars Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 107:44

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Ketanji Brown Jackson's historic confirmation hearing (22:57) before digging into Kanye West and the 2022 Grammy Awards (48:22), then give their picks for six Oscar categories (16:06). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Conversation on Transgender Athletics With Activist Raquel Willis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 93:01

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the controversy surrounding Lia Thomas's achievement to become the first openly transgender athlete to win a Division I championship (18:27), before welcoming writer Raquel Willis to share her perspective as a trans activist (38:17). Plus, Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing kicks off (1:05:56) and Maury finally gets to retire (1:20:07). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Raquel Willis Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Howard U to Strike? Plus, Herschel Walker and the Theory of Evolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 120:45

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to news that Howard University faculty have threatened to strike (26:53), and discuss the presence of Papa John's in Russia (53:12). Then, Herschel Walker gave his take on Darwinism (1:08:41) and Colin Kaepernick is ready to suit up (1:28:19). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Cult of Kanye and Isabelle Khurshudyan on the War in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 95:52

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kanye West's latest online activity, including his threats to D.L. Hughley (18:56), before discussing ‘The Power of the Dog' director Jane Campion's trending weekend (32:52). Plus, Washington Post foreign correspondent Isabelle Khurshudyan joins from Odessa, Ukraine, to give us an update on where things stand in the Russia-Ukraine war (44:16). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Isabelle Khurshudyan Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ryan Coogler's Run-in and Reactions to Jussie Smollett's Sentencing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 113:10

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss director Ryan Coogler getting mistaken for a bank robber in Atlanta (20:30), before reacting to Kim Kardashian's tone-deaf comments about work ethic (40:41). Plus, Jussie Smollett gets sentenced (1:21:44) and some recent Emmanuel Acho comments come under fire (1:29:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Gambling in the NFL and Brittney Griner's Detainment

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 87:14

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Calvin Ridley's suspension for gambling (16:16), before discussing Brittney Griner's arrest and detainment in Russia (36:19). Plus, Jemele Hill tweets about the belittling of Black women in podcasts (49:34), and we talk sticky bangs (1:02:37). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Bill and State of the Union Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 96:08

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Biden's first State of the Union address (14:39), before debating reacting to the casting news for the reboot of ‘White Men Can't Jump' (39:46). Then reactions to Breonna Taylor's killer being found not guilty (56:43), and Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill gets one step closer to becoming law (1:02:08). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Treatment of Africans in Ukraine and Steelo Brim on the Longevity of ‘Ridiculousness'

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 101:55

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss images of Africans experiencing racism while fleeing Ukrainian war zones (11:27), and react to President Biden's Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson (40:39). Plus, ‘Ridiculousness' cohost Steelo Brim joins to discuss the long-running MTV show and his ‘Wine & Weed' podcast (53:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Steelo Brim Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and DJ Akademiks on Misinformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 103:24

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2:19), before welcoming Terrell Jermaine Starr, host of the ‘Black Diplomats' podcast, to discuss what he's seeing in Kyiv (19:50). Plus, the disparity between the WNBA and NBA is broken down (40:58), and DJ Akademiks joins to discuss his reporting of the Megan Thee Stallion/Tory Lanez case (52:12). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Terrell Jermaine Starr and DJ Akademiks Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Reacting to the Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Trial and Trying to Define Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 93:12

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay first discuss their childhood churches (2:00) and then react to the guilty verdict in the federal hate crimes trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers (17:00). Next, they talk about Juwan Howard's altercation after Sunday's Wisconsin-Michigan game and what type of punishment that merited (36:00), before closing with a conversation about how we talk to our parents about sex (1:11:00).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Mike Wargon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Talking ‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy' With Directors Coodie and Chike

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 99:20

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Kanye West's troublesome social media activity (7:28) before welcoming ‘Jeen-Yuhs' directors Coodie and Chike to discuss the evolution of Kanye in their new Netflix documentary (26:23). Plus, the NFL hires Loretta Lynch (18:18), and Eric Adams meets with drill rap artists (1:12:44).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Coodie and Chike Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Super Bowl Halftime Recap and a Talk With Timothy Ware-Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 90:18

    With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay vent their distaste for the current state of big game commercials (8:05) before discussing the concern around drill music and a related rise in violence (12:25). Plus, the memorable halftime performance gets a recap (30:19), and Timothy Ware-Hill joins to discuss a problematic situation (43:02). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Timothy Ware-Hill Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Analyzing the Biden–Crack Pipe Headlines and Anna Malaika Tubbs on Black Motherhood

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 101:35

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the Biden administration's harm reduction plan and conversations around the crack pipe headlines (19:08), before discussing new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel's response to questions about racial identity (48:34). Plus advocate and NYT bestselling author Anna Malaika Tubbs joins to discuss her new book, ‘The Three Mothers' (1:01:37).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Anna Malaika Tubbs Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is Joe Rogan Racist? And the Consequences of “No-Knock” Warrants

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 97:25

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay introduce a new segment, The Big Deal, just in time to discuss the controversy surrounding Joe Rogan and his ensuing apology (5:10). Also, Awkwafina issues a statement via Twitter (50:23), and a reaction to Amir Locke's unnecessary death and the concept of “no-knock warrants” (1:15:43).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Brian Flores Sues the NFL and Peter Rosenberg Talks Whoopi

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 99:18

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay bring in Black History Month with reactions to former head coach Brian Flores's decision to sue the NFL for racial discrimination (17:09), before welcoming Peter Rosenberg back for a layered discussion on the Whoopi Goldberg controversy (42:04). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Peter Rosenberg Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rihanna's Baby Bump and MacG on That Ari Lennox Question

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 90:58

    Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Cheslie Kryst's unexpected passing (:11), before celebrating the big Rihanna and A$AP Rocky news (13:04). Plus a talk about ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby' (32:12), then podcaster MacG joins from South Africa to discuss the fallout from his problematic question to Ari Lennox (39:47). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: MacG Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A Conversation Across the Aisle With Tamika Hamilton, and Joe Biden's Pledge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 96:25

    Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden's pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court (9:37), before Republican candidate Tamika Hamilton joins to discuss her congressional bid as a Black woman in the GOP (24:38). Then, a breakdown of Joe Rogan's problematic conversation on blackness (1:09:56).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Tamika Hamilton Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bakari Sellers on the Present and Future State of Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 95:54

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down a Thought Warrior's question with producer Trudy Joseph (8:21) before welcoming author, attorney, and political commentator Bakari Sellers to discuss the dire state of politics (30:49) and how citizens can make a difference (52:47). Plus, an interviewer's cringey question to Ari Lennox has the internet abuzz (1:00:26).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bakari Sellers Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mitch McConnell's Americans and the Awkwafina Backlash

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 84:59

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Mitch McConnell's slip of the mind in differentiating Black people from Americans (17:04) before remembering the life and legacy of André Leon Talley (39:06). Plus, Fresh and Fit go head-to-head with Brittany Renner (41:43) and Awkwafina faces backlash after NAACP Image Award nomination (57:02).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Whitewashing of MLK and Mario Lopez's Silence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 93:25

    Van Lathan welcomes Rachel Lindsay back after a week off, and the two catch up on life and loss … the Cowboys' loss (7:23). Plus, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day behind us, they reflect on the whitewashing of the civil rights icon (17:21) and react to the George Floyd comments on Mario Lopez's podcast (48:57).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Forever Fight for Voting Rights and Kate Sosin on Ending Violence Against the Trans Community

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 95:16

    Van Lathan's riding solo this week as he and producers Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham react to Joe Biden's speech on voting rights and Senator Tim Scott's predictable response (18:54), plus the NFL coming out of the war on race unscathed (34:18). Then, LGBTQ+ journalist Kate Sosin joins to shed some light on 2021 being the deadliest year for transgender people (52:15).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Kate Sosin Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Closing Achievement Gaps and Fixing Student Loan Programs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 86:18

    DEK: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the closing of achievement disparities (31:44), safely reopening schools (34:33), and why we need algebra (40:47). Plus, convictions in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case come down (56:41) and Urban Meyer's an even bigger POS than we thought (1:01:44).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Life of Michael K. Williams and Talking ‘The Wire' With Felicia “Snoop” Pearson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 23:19

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Felicia “Snoop” Pearson to discuss stepping in to complete voice-overs for the late Michael K. Williams in VICE TV's 'Black Market' (1:28), how her relationship with Williams led to her legendary role on ‘The Wire' (3:26), and her projects on the way in the future (10:10).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Felicia “Snoop” Pearson Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 98:43

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the ‘Fresh and Fit' podcast hosts' declaration about not dating Black women (5:04), then rapper and L.A. native Reason talks the rise in crime in the city and the current state of hip-hop beef (28:11). Plus, New York's newest mayor draws backlash (1:03:56).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Reason Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Janet Jackson on Michael, and Omicron Updates With Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 94:12

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay answer a Thought Warrior's Very Serious Question (2:26) and get excited about the upcoming Janet Jackson documentary (26:06). Plus, epidemiologist and health economist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding joins to discuss the rise of COVID cases and better ways to prevent and detect the virus (49:40).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Michelle Obama 2024 and Cerise Castle on LAPD's Use of Force

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 87:58

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the deaths of the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu (14:07) and coach-broadcaster John Madden (18:52). Plus, discussing Joe Rogan's suggestion of Michelle Obama for president in 2024 (27:42) and journalist Cerise Castle joins to provide insight on violence from the LAPD and gang affiliation within the department (35:38).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Cerise Castle Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Kim Potter Found Guilty and Bachelor Nation's First Black Couple

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 77:34

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to ex-officer Kim Potter being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright (15:29) before welcoming a Thought Warrior to the show for the first time to clear up a weeks-long debate (22:29). Plus, Bachelor Nation has its first black couple (34:12), and would Jay-Z be unbeatable in a ‘Verzuz' battle (44:50)? Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Joe Manchin Says “No,” and COVID-19 Surges | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 93:19

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss a relationship scenario with producer Trudy Joseph (4:54), before reacting to the rise in U.S. COVID cases and debate the need for another massive shutdown (20:51). Plus, journalist Judd Legum joins the podcast to shed light on Senator Joe Manchin's decision to pull support from the Build Back Better bill (36:52), and the hip-hop community mourns the death of Drakeo the Ruler (1:06:11).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Judd Legum Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Return of the Student Loans and Deion Sanders Gets Top Recruit | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 91:26

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden's decision not to extend student loan relief (5:51), and a Louisiana judge blames a slur on a sedative (19:07). Plus, the no. 1 recruit flips to Jackson State (37:08) and Breonna Taylor's killer searches for sympathy (1:06:21).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Realities of Climate Change and the Future of Roe v. Wade | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 92:45

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the devastation left behind by tornadoes in several states and discuss the climate change divide within politics (20:20), Governor Gavin Newsom plans to use Texas's restrictive abortion law as a model for an assault weapon ban (38:59), and the recent crime wave in L.A. has folks moving differently (49:39). Plus, merch sales from Kanye and Drake's Free Larry Hoover concert won't go to charity (58:07), and Elon Musk wants to put a chip in you (1:16:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jussie Smollett Found Guilty and Travis Scott Speaks on Astroworld Tragedy | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 101:50

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Jussie Smollett being found guilty for falsely reporting a hate crime (13:56) and the Department of Justice suing the state of Texas (27:23). Plus, discussing Travis Scott's conversation with Charlamagne tha God about the recent tragedy at his Astroworld Festival (39:29) and breaking down the production woes for 'Black Panther 2' (1:03:18). Also, a question: Is math racist? (1:16:33).    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Verzuz Reactions and Michael Arceneaux on Intracultural Conflict | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 128:36

    On a special episode of 'Higher Learning,' Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are in the studio, recording in person for the first time! They discuss everything from Chris Cuomo losing his job (16:48) to an eventful Verzuz between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia (24:11). Then bestselling author Michael Arceneaux joins to break down a controversial scene in Amazon Prime's new show 'Harlem' (1:12:50).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Stacey Abrams for Governor, and Yet Another School Shooting | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 101:47

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Stacey Abrams's second gubernatorial bid (15:50), Chris Cuomo's suspension from CNN (25:52), and Kyle Rittenhouse's status at Arizona State (40:55). Also, the problem of gun violence continues in light of the Oxford High School tragedy in Michigan (58:59), and Thought Warriors get their mailbag questions answered (1:25:38).   Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Remembering Virgil Abloh, and Omicron Reactions | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 91:25

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the untimely passing of designer Virgil Abloh and discuss the ensuing Twitter debate over privacy in the face of an illness (11:13). Also, Jussie Smollett's trial begins (21:42), the AMAs spark confusion after giving Doja Cat a pair of R&B awards (47:11), and a new COVID-19 variant emerges (53:44). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Newest Member of BLM: Kyle Rittenhouse. Plus: Michael Tubbs on Democratic Messaging | Higher Learning | The Ringer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 101:56

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyle Rittenhouse's recent comments to Tucker Carlson (11:25), claims of sexism lobbied at the film ‘King Richard' (26:42), and Idris Elba playing a Bond villain and not the man himself (38:14). Plus, Michael Tubbs, author and former mayor of Stockton, CA, joins the show to discuss his book ‘The Deeper the Roots' and why Democrats are losing the messaging battle (48:36).  Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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