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S03 Ep. 56: The Super Season 3 Premiere

S03 Ep. 56: The Super Season 3 Premiere

February 9, 2020

After a long break, we start our show reflecting on the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant. In politics, the impeachment trial closes and the Iowa Caucus raises eyebrows. In entertainment, a not-so-sweet scent may hit the market soon as Power airs its final episodes. In sports, the Kansas City “Chefs” are the new kings of the NFL and LeBron gets a leg up on Giannis as the NBA All-Star game makes charitable, but questionable changes. MLB makes a decision about the Astros, but the “Hammer” and “Charlie Hustle” are unimpressed.

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Best of Season 2

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Best of Season 2

January 26, 2020

Join us for some of our favorite segments from Season 2! Season 3 coming soon! Stay tuned.

S02 Ep. 55: Kuji-Shaka-Lia (Season 2 Finale)

S02 Ep. 55: Kuji-Shaka-Lia (Season 2 Finale)

December 28, 2019

We lead our Season 2 Finale with the impeachment as Nancy Pelosi goes “G-Code.” Rudy Guiliani falls from grace while 45 pushes forward on the campaign trail. In Colorado, a caretaker makes the news for doing just the opposite. After 35 years, Eddie Murphy makes a splash on SNL and holiday movies find us both pinned to the couch. In the NBA, Kawhi upstages "LaBreeze" again as Patrick Beverley solidifies a win. A midseason tournament may be upon us and Russ takes FULL advantage of load management. LSU and Clemson head to the CFP National Championship and the NFL makes bold scheduling moves to intensify the final playoff push.

S02 Ep. 54: Fake Outrage

S02 Ep. 54: Fake Outrage

December 14, 2019

Hide your kids and your dogs as the episode starts with startling news in Florida and Oregon. A dentist hovers while a thoughtful gift causes a national stir. Michael Avenatti is in the news again as the Nike case heats up. In political news, the impending impeachment causes 45 to lose his cool while the walls of hypocrisy come crashing down on the First Family. Reboots keep coming as we say good-bye to a beloved actor. In sports, the MLB’s stove is scorching hot. In the NBA, two teams move ahead of the class, Jimmy Butler escapes the madness and Luka Doncic dazzles in Dallas. Former NFL players arrested for cheating the system and Billy B makes a statement about the Bengals situation as the NFL approaches the home stretch.

S02 Ep. 53: I’m Standing Right HERE

S02 Ep. 53: I’m Standing Right HERE

December 3, 2019

KFC wins the vegan race as Burger King stumbles, and Chick-Fil-A finally comes to its senses. Two high profile female politicians take walks of shame as the impeachment and democratic debates heat up. Mo’nique takes on a streaming giant while “Jussée Smollier” takes on a giant city. Disney Plus underwhelms but new reboots may make all the difference. In the NBA, Carmelo returns and steals the show while Chuck is up to his usual antics. Off-the-field issues lead the NFL news and we close with our usual round-robin analysis.

S02 Ep. 52: I Have No Reputation

S02 Ep. 52: I Have No Reputation

November 16, 2019

The news segment begins with another tragedy in California. The impeachment is underway and sets the stage for a blockbuster while Politico blasts a 2020 candidate. In entertainment, Disney Plus premiers to critical acclaim, Tyler Perry Studios captures an EPIC photo, and DC Comics prepares for a major crossover arc on TV. Injuries cripple the NBA season as it cracks down on load management and Carmelo gets another shot. NCAA Football makes waves with a ruling on Chase Young while NCAA Basketball starts with bang. The NFL is in midseason with its most successful franchise at the center of the news.

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: The NBA Episode

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: The NBA Episode

November 12, 2019

Our "preview" and hot takes for the 2019 NBA season.

S02 Ep. 51: No One Can Stop Us

S02 Ep. 51: No One Can Stop Us

November 9, 2019

November 10, 2019 - A stunning reversal takes place in Kansas City while the country gets ready for impeachment hearings. Surprising election results in Virginia and Kentucky and one 2020 candidate drops out as another enters prior to the upcoming debate. The race for Elijah Cummings’ seat heats up. Power drives its theme home and the GOAT has a rare sit down with mainstream media. The NFL is in midseason but the MLB wraps up with the World Series Champion Washington Nationals.

S02 Ep. 50: We Do This All the Time

S02 Ep. 50: We Do This All the Time

October 20, 2019

October 19, 2019 - Elijah Cummings' passing kicks off a massive day in political news. The crisis in Syria is "resolved" temporarily. Nancy Pelosi trends up while Mick Mulvaney melts down. In entertainment, the fall lineup brings back a familiar face for comedy and a surprisingly different dramedy. Batman apparently isn't dark enough and as a result disappears. Power heads towards its Finale. Simone Biles is immortalized, the NFL rolls toward midseason, and the Nats win the NL pennant!

S02 Ep. 49: Rasp-Cast

S02 Ep. 49: Rasp-Cast

October 13, 2019

October 12, 2019 - The crisis in Syria headlines the news as the President searches for the whistleblower. 2020 candidates prepare for their next debate. In entertainment, Alex Trebek tugs at our heartstrings, Amanda Seales makes unnecessary news, and Wesley Snipes makes a strong statement. Power rolls towards its conclusion. In sports, the Nats take a big step toward making MLB history. Daryl Morey lights a match over Twitter. One-third of the NFL season is behind us, but not without some unexpected results.

S02 Ep. 48: South Lawn Network

S02 Ep. 48: South Lawn Network

October 6, 2019

October 5, 2019 - The show celebrates a milestone upon Sham's return to the States. A major court case has a confusing ending. The impeachment story grows on the South Lawn while Bernie survives a scare. Nicki Minaj, Eddie Murphy, and the Joker all return with differing results. The Mystics advance in the playoffs and Simone Biles continues to dominate--neither without controversy. The MLB winds down as the NFL settles in, and Team USA shines at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

S02 Ep. 47: General Assembly Gone Wild

S02 Ep. 47: General Assembly Gone Wild

September 14, 2019

September 13, 2019 - The show begins with a discussion about podcast analytics. The political climate heats up with the democratic debates and a petty situation in North Carolina. 50 Cent satisfies his fans as Hustlers receives critical acclaim. AB unhinges and makes his way to the other coast, while Simone Biles gets in front of her brother’s situation fairly quickly. The US Open wraps up with the usual suspects and Team USA shows us exactly who we thought they were.

S02 Ep. 46: White Guilt with a Side of Crocodile Tears

S02 Ep. 46: White Guilt with a Side of Crocodile Tears

August 31, 2019

August 31, 2019 - A blunder on an Oklahoma City news program warrants discussion. Border wall improvements are proposed as a hurricane approaches. The Popeyes craze takes a legal turn. Dave Chappelle causes a stir while three other comedy legends make news. Backlash to the new Power theme causes 50 Cent to make a statement. Andrew Luck's retirement and Carli Lloyd’s 55-yarder spark nationwide debates. The US Open offers a glimpse into the past and future.

S02 Ep. 45: He-Man: Unresolved

S02 Ep. 45: He-Man: Unresolved

August 24, 2019

August 24, 2019 - A major retail chain undergoes rebranding. Racism is expressed near our Northern border. Uncle Joe's weekly gaffe and another dropout headline the 2020 campaign week. As Dave Chappelle and He-Man return, Spiderman departs. Anticipation builds for the Power premier and 90210 gets another reboot. Steph Curry starts a unique program while David Blatt gives an inspiring message. Danielle Williams finally gets her opportunity. The NFL preseason winds down with MAJOR breaking news.

S02 Ep. 44: The Marcy Unicorns

S02 Ep. 44: The Marcy Unicorns

August 19, 2019

August 18, 2019 - Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL sparks a debate. A surprisingly good outcome in Philly and an unsurprisingly morbid one in Manhattan make headlines. 2020 candidates drop out while CNNs anchors go wild. Patience is tested on VH1. Lonzo Ball steps into the light as the NCAA takes a step back. As disaster strikes Boogie Cousins, the Lakers get desperate. Simone Biles triple-doubles while Nick Kyrgios continues to be a clown.

S02 Ep. 43: Into the Light

S02 Ep. 43: Into the Light

August 11, 2019

August 11, 2019 - Thirsty friends and bad customer service lead to a revelation. Presidential candidates continue to stumble while the President himself has a reversal. VH1 takes us on a cruise as Black Girl Magic shines and Lauryn Hill gets booed across the pond. In sports, AB goes OC, the NCAA attempts to move against Rich Paul, and Carmelo makes his last stand. US Soccer misses the mark yet again.

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: The NFL Preview Episode

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: The NFL Preview Episode

July 25, 2019

Are you ready for some football? Sham and Shaka go round robin and discuss the upcoming NFL season.

S02 Ep. 42: What About Wes?

S02 Ep. 42: What About Wes?

July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019 - Political rallies produce unfavorable behavior as the country gears up for the Mueller hearings. It’s a long-time coming for one of our favorite comedians, the MCU brings a surprising, yet satisfying update to one of their characters, and a self-submission to the Emmys reaps its rewards. Jamaica denounces their best hurdler, the Westbrook trade stalls, and Rich Paul’s ego disrupts business.

S02 Ep. 41: I’m the Manager!

S02 Ep. 41: I’m the Manager!

July 14, 2019

July 15, 2019 - After a two-week break, the episode starts with a recap of Sham’s birthday festivities. DC tops a list while a fast food fail leads to an unlikely escalation. A possible return to The Bronx leads the political segment while “Black Twitter” comes through for Halle. The USWNT and Coco Gauff cement their place in history as the Wimbledon finals spark a debate.

S02 Ep. 40: One Bama at a Time

S02 Ep. 40: One Bama at a Time

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2019 - The show turns 40 and proclaims a mission. Political news doesn't live up to expectations. A photo on a yacht generates reflections to previous episodes. An updated MCU character raises eyebrows and a BET Awards recap dominate the entertainment news. USWNT rolls on in World Cup, baseball is a circus across the Pond, and Wimbledon gears up. MEET THE METS! The NBA free agency wrapup shows dreams fulfilled and crushed.

S02 Ep. 39: Notlanta

S02 Ep. 39: Notlanta

June 23, 2019

June 22, 2019 - Impeachment becomes "hopeless." A new slogan starts in Orlando and the frontrunner gets exposed. If it's Sunday, another war may be underway. Khal Drogo may soon be a Twin, which leads to a discussion on preservation and other entertainment quick hits. The NBA Draft has crying moments while free agency is looming. An MLB discussion reveals the star of DC who, in turn, should run all DC sports. The U.S Women’s National Team continues to thrive.

S02 Ep. 38: 121 Percent

S02 Ep. 38: 121 Percent

June 21, 2019

June 15, 2019 - The death toll in DR sparks another social media war. One woman can no longer lie while another's wrath level is reached. #MeToo will NOT include #TheOne. HBO, reality TV, and music updates. The NBA crowns a new champion and there is plenty to discuss in the aftermath. The US Women’s Soccer Team is carrying the banner hard for our nation.

S02 Ep. 37: A Throuple?

S02 Ep. 37: A Throuple?

June 8, 2019

June 8, 2019 - The Obamas’ podcast deal sparks some interest and saturated stories take over the news. A former prosecutor gets her “just deserts” as Netflix scores with a new documentary. The NBA Finals continues and sparks moments of outrage, while an NFL player becomes victim to a betrayal.

S02 Ep. 36: Light’s Out

S02 Ep. 36: Light’s Out

May 31, 2019

June 1, 2019 - After “light’s out,” a principal makes national news. A CEO and corporate board are at odds. Mueller speaks and says...nothing, as a visit across the pond has a nasty result. The ending of GoT takes a heavy toll on one of its stars while another HBO show shines. NBA Finals is under way as Magic promises to go away. Hard Knocks challenges the Gruden brothers to a duel.

S02 Ep. 34: Never Can Say Goodbye

S02 Ep. 34: Never Can Say Goodbye

May 25, 2019

May 24, 2019 - The episode starts with a tribute to a loved one. Charcoal doesn’t need help from the meat and North Carolina one-ups Alabama in the worst way. The “front-runner” and the defensive “GOAT” lead the charge as Zion dodges a bullet. A double-dose of 34 turns into a petty clash of titans, and an NFL CB breaks Sham’s heart.

S02 Ep. 35: The Carrier Gets Carried

S02 Ep. 35: The Carrier Gets Carried

May 25, 2019

May 24, 2019 - Texting and walking becomes a crime while a clergyman gets partially-absolved from his. Trump and Pelosi battle it out as Michael Avenatti walks the plank. The GoT finale and Norman Lear’s revival cause head-scratching and a former psychic throws shade at Queen Bey. The NBA Finals are upon us as the All-NBA teams are released. Magic doubles down and what’s up with the J-E-T-S, Jets!?!

S02 Ep. 33: MIND YOUR BUSINESS

S02 Ep. 33: MIND YOUR BUSINESS

May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019 - Minding someone else's business puts a DC author out of business. Georgia and Alabama make unfavorable headlines. The Mother of Dragons makes a playoff appearance and a promise. A “Power” outage is imminent. Despite a new addition to the royal family, the Queen is not going anywhere. Britney Spears is back in the news. NBA Playoffs and local MLB updates. Breaking news!

S02 Ep. 32: The Mayor??

S02 Ep. 32: The Mayor??

May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019 - After some light house-dusting, racism pops up at a fan event. One of our original stories takes an UNnatural and unacceptable turn. A collegiate hero risks his life to take down an active shooter. Research is completed for two mayoral stories. Impeachment has weak legs as two Attorneys General make differing stances. GoT and Endgame live up to the hype, while Jon Singleton gets a tribute. The NBA Playoffs shows us Bucks have no time for philosophy and that Kyle Lowry should be looking over his shoulder at Vince Carter in Toronto.

S02 Ep. 31: Spoiler Alert

S02 Ep. 31: Spoiler Alert

April 27, 2019

April 27, 2019 - Crayola tries its hand in a peculiar marketplace. A hate crime in California and general craziness in Minnesota capture the news for the week. The Sunshine State finally gifts us with a happy story. Two classic sitcoms become a combined reboot. The weekend brings two major events, but people cannot control their need to spoil them. Dame and Russ highlight the discussion as the NBA Playoffs continue. The NFL draft fuels negative emotions from fans in the Big Apple. College basketball scandal update.

S02 Ep. 30: Treinta

S02 Ep. 30: Treinta

April 23, 2019

April 22, 2019 - We celebrate our 30th with a Starbucks update. Gentrification runs awry while Ancestry.com takes a chance. Mueller Report wrapup leads to impeachment analysis. Kim K prepares for the California bar before Thanos arrives. Russell Westbrook looks bad at the outset of the NBA playoffs. Sylvia Hatchell has to BE better while the NFL Draft IS better.

S02 Ep. 29: Red Carpet Courtroom

S02 Ep. 29: Red Carpet Courtroom

April 12, 2019

April 13, 2019 - Wading through technical difficulties, the first Zoomcast starts off with some house cleaning. The tragedy of Nipsey Hussle leads to some humor around Chris Darden. Nike tries to cash in on its Blue Chips. Aunt Becky takes the Red Carpet while the Finding Neverland director takes a U-Turn. GoT preview. Malware at Mar-a-Lago. NBA playoff preview including a challenge to Dame Lillard. Not enough Magic to fix the problems at the Lakers. Dwayne Wade gets his props.

S02 Ep. 28: Three the Hard Way

S02 Ep. 28: Three the Hard Way

April 3, 2019

March 30, 2019 - The Lakers crumble but Lebron outshines the Marines. The Two Towers reigns supreme as WOW becomes an unsuccessful sensation. Religion precludes pragmatic decisions as Chick-Fil-A takes a hit. A doctor’s incomprehensible bedside manner leads to a tragic result. Betsy DeVos misses the mark, Vili is finally free, and how real is too real for Cardi B?

S02 Ep. 27: Next Case

S02 Ep. 27: Next Case

April 2, 2019

March 30, 2019 - A few investigators need to move on as the Mueller Report lands with a thud and the city of Chicago is exposed. Wendy Williams competes with the college scandal for the headlines. March Madness gets even crazier with bad marketing. MLB season has some early highlights. April entertainment teaser.

S02 Ep. 26: Real Life Excellence

S02 Ep. 26: Real Life Excellence

March 24, 2019

March 23, 2019 - Work and travel make for an eventful week. Sunshine State shenanigans incite a challenge. Black excellence stories expand beyond Hidden Figures. Anticlimactic Friday night political news sets the stage for a victory lap. A big business merger redefines the entertainment world and nostalgia ensues. March Madness goes into full swing and ignites a debate involving the NBA. Barriers get broken in the NFL.

S02 Ep. 25: Less Fuller House

S02 Ep. 25: Less Fuller House

March 16, 2019

March 15, 2019 - Back in the studio, the sins of the privileged dominate the news. Hallmark and Netflix take swift action but the Feds take things to the next level. An alternate income stream lands in Newark and sets the stage for a leak to the government. The Avengers trailer and two presidential candidates receive some spotlight. NFL free agency results in surprise signings and releases.

S02 Ep. 24: The GOAT

S02 Ep. 24: The GOAT

March 10, 2019

March 9, 2019 - On this SUPERSIZED episode, stories about bowling turn into confessions. Entertainment updates range from Chicago to Hollywood to Westeros. The First Lady of the Commonwealth matches her husband. AB shuts it down and Zion switches it up, while MJ shirks his title and the Lakers fall apart. Baseball free agency comes to a close with some headscratchers on.

S02 Ep. 23: Just the DM

S02 Ep. 23: Just the DM

February 22, 2019

February 20, 2019 - A second shutdown is avoided but crisis isn't. Politics in the Commonwealth become a sandwich of the wrong type. Jussie Smollett update does not look good. AD, Rich Paul, Magic and Lebron set fire to the Pelicans with one immediate result. Two diva receivers have news updates and Duke adjusts to life without Zion.

S02 Ep. 22: We Love LA

S02 Ep. 22: We Love LA

February 19, 2019

February 17, 2019 - The show goes bi-coastal when Sham visits the entertainment capital of the world. Celebrity stories dominate the news cycle for all the wrong reasons. Complete recap of the Grammys.

S02 Ep. 21: The Super Season Premiere

S02 Ep. 21: The Super Season Premiere

February 3, 2019

February 2, 2019 - On the eve of the Big Game, Sham and Shaka’s return helps convince the government to reopen. Black Excellence in the arts is not mutually exclusive. Kristaps and Bob Sugar wreak NBA havoc on each coast. NBA All-Star debate and MLB HOF wrap up. Oh, and there might a football game to discuss.

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Best of Season 1

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Best of Season 1

January 24, 2019

Some of our favorite segments from Season 1! Season 2 coming soon! Stay tuned.

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Shaka’s Raiders Rant

A Stop Playin’ Bonus: Shaka’s Raiders Rant

January 17, 2019

Shaka goes back on his promise (for the first time of many about the Raiders) and kirks out about the Amari Cooper trade.

S01 Ep. 20: The REAL Finale

S01 Ep. 20: The REAL Finale

December 23, 2018

December 22, 2018 - Sham and Shaka open up about the creative process. The government shutdown begins and Michael Flynn's party ends. Wrap-up on topics from the first season and gratitude for the listeners.

S01 Ep. 19: Overtime and Holiday Pay

S01 Ep. 19: Overtime and Holiday Pay

December 18, 2018

December 16, 2018 - Shaka narrowly avoids Guantanamo Bay in the Finale of Airline Problems. The holiday season kicks off with an extra generous timesheet and some double-dipping employees. NFL regular season winds down while both NCAA and NBA season heat up. Circling back on one of our earlier entertainment stories.

S01 Ep. 18: I Don’t Get Mad, I Just Kirk A Lot

S01 Ep. 18: I Don’t Get Mad, I Just Kirk A Lot

December 9, 2018

December 8, 2018 - Airline Problems, Part Deux. The Oscars get a new host for the wrong reasons. Grammy nominee wrap up. Season three better be good! Shaka eats some Texan crow, and Sham fumbles a Monday Nighter.

S01 Ep. 17: Bad Week for “Brothas”

S01 Ep. 17: Bad Week for “Brothas”

December 3, 2018

December 2, 2018 - Holding the brothas accountable on an ALL NEWS episode. Bush 41 reflection and entertainment wrap-up.

S01 Ep. 16: Post Holiday Edition

S01 Ep. 16: Post Holiday Edition

November 26, 2018

November 25, 2018 - Birthday party fallout and interracial dating. Impromptu press conferences. The Game of the Year reaction. Brees for MVP!

S01 Ep. 15: Curb-Melo

S01 Ep. 15: Curb-Melo

November 17, 2018

November 16, 2018 - Primetime Friday Night Lights! Vouching for friends when worlds collide at brunch. Fallout from midterm results. Tension in the Western Conference leads to an unfortunate drop-off.

S01 Ep. 13: Midterm Crisis

S01 Ep. 13: Midterm Crisis

November 8, 2018

November 7, 2018 - Coffee fail and letter writing leads into a lack of courtship. Immediate post-election reaction. Sports season is heating up which leads to reformatting.

S01 Ep. 14: Moments of Intense Rage

S01 Ep. 14: Moments of Intense Rage

November 8, 2018

November 7, 2018 - Road rage leads to unacceptable vandalism. Fun at the movies. Student/teacher conflicts get physical.

S01 Ep. 11: Walking Like a Duck

S01 Ep. 11: Walking Like a Duck

October 29, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018 - A dirty old man makes an observation. The Today Show loses a major contributor to Annual Blackface Story Part 2. Big ups to Starbucks.

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