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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!?!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.