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Apr 19, 2017

In this episode we're focusing on some of the major pop culture releases of the month!

The trailer for the latest installment of the Star Wars series- The Last Jedi- was released and Sean gives an in depth analysis of the themes of this teaser and theories on the film.

Then, there is no containing our adoration for the incomparable Kendrick Lamar and his latest album, DAMN. We review and reflect on the rap genius and share our initial reactions.

Plus, MTV revamped and expanded their Movie Awards to include television and also removed separate gender categories. We discuss whether this is a smart move to refresh a decades old awards show.

And Amita reviews last week's Big Sell- A Tribe Called Quest's latest video directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai for the single- "Dis Generation", and sells Sean on a recent episode of The Mindy Project.

Let us know your thoughts on all of the above on Twitter or Instagram @PopInsiders

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Links:

A Tribe Called Quest: Dis Generation video

Rolling Stone track by track guide to Kendrick Lamar's Damn.

Apr 5, 2017

This week, we achieve the impossible- we discuss the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies without spoiling a thing! Our discussion focuses on the appropriate length of a season and the pros and cons of producing a series with an end in sight.

Then, Sean takes a purple moment to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prince's seminal album, Sign O The Times.

And the Big Sell gets super sized thanks to Kendrick Lamar's single "The Heart Part 4" and the new music video for "Humble".

Listen now and let us know what you thought about the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies- @popinsiders on Twitter or Instagram.

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Links:
Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" video

A Tribe Called Quests's music video for Dis Generation

 

Mar 29, 2017

We conclude our pop culture themed Women's History Month segments with an interview with Esta Fiesta, host of the Poised N Polished podcast! We talk to Esta about her top 3 fashionable female characters on TV and discuss fashion and feminism.

Next, the conclusion of our inaugural March Madness bracket dedicated to Amita's celebrity husbands contains a surprising finale. Wait until you hear who she chooses to be her ultimate celeb husband.

And we discuss Sean's Big Sell from last week, the Oscar winning documentary short, The White Helmets.

Tweet us who you would have picked to win the March Madness bracket @Popinsiders and let us know your favorite fashionable female on TV.

www.insidepoppodcast.com

 

Links:

Poised N Polished on iTunes

Esta Fiesta's Blog - Living Fiesta

Mar 22, 2017

This week, we continue our special Women's History Month segments with a female themed Inside Pop Quiz and Amita starts to narrow down her celebrity husbands in the Inaugural Inside Pop March Madness Bracket! You won't believe who she picked. (And neither does Sean!)

And Sean gives his review of last week's Big Sell, British singer/songwriter Jorja Smith.

Mar 15, 2017

This time the Pop Insiders get up close and personal! In the second installment of our series celebrating Women's History Month, we each share how three femalke musicians defined different periods of our lives. We discuss music from artists like Annie Lennox, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé and others that gave us comfort, motivation and inspiration when we needed them the most.

Also, Amita reviews Sean's Big Sell of the Amazon series Fleabag. Sean was iffy on whether Amita would really like this Big Sell- listen to hear her verdict. And Amita's Big Sell involved a new British artist AND this reading assignment.

Plus - over the past year we've all heard Amita mention her 'husbands' - those celebrities who have the right combination of looks and talent which make them worthy potential spouses. Well - in our version of a March Madness bracket, Amita shares her top eight husbands which Sean will use to prepare next week's celebrity husband bracket. This is guaranteed to be the sexiest bracket you've ever experienced!

 

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Mar 8, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month we're kicking off a series celebrating some of our favorite depictions of women in pop culture. We start off in this episode with our countdown of each of our 3 Favorite Female Friendships. From Meredith and Christina in Grey's Anatomy to Maxine, Khadijah, Regine and Sinclair in Living Single we discuss how many of the bonds between women depicted in film and TV are inspirational and aspirational.

And we have a very special interview with Sara Taksler, the writer, producer and director of the independent documentary, Tickling GiantsThis film tells the incredible story of Bassem Youssef, who is considered the Jon Stewart of Egypt. He created his own version of the Daily Show to speak out about the government in Egypt during one of the most tumultuous times in its history. Amita sits down with Sara to discuss the making of this documentary and the message they hope to spread to people in the midst of an interesting political climate in the U.S. as well.

And of course it's a brand new Big Sell. Sean rates Amita's Big Sell of Seinabo Sey - and then he Big Sells Amita his new favorite British dramedy.

Links:

Find a screening of Tickling Giants here

Listen to Seinabo Sey's Hard Time and Pretend

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Visit our site at WWW.Insidepoppodcast.com

 

Feb 26, 2017

Dozens of hours spent in the dark have all lead to TONIGHT. Listen to hear our immediate reaction to Hollywood's Biggest Night as we help you figure out WTF happened during the last minutes of the show!!! Bonnie & Clyde give La La Land the award for Best Picture ( no surprise to anyone) but then a producer for La la Land declares that Moonlight is the actual winner. Huh? Are you confused? Elated? Concerned for Faye Dunaway? So are we! Listen to hear us make sense of it all! Plus red carpet moments, rating Jimmy Kimmel as host, and declaring a winner of our Long Distance Popcast VS Inside Pop Oscar Ballot  - we'll give you our unique perspective on the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Plus - we review the new must see, must talk about, must tell everyone how much you love it movie of the moment - Jordan Peele's Get Out! But - does the film live up to the hype? One of us thinks - mmmm, maybe not?

And The Big Sell returns after a week off. Amita rates and reviews Sampha's new album, Process. And in an unprecedented move Sean rates his own Big Sell.

And The Big Sell returns after a week off. Amita rates and reviews Sampha's new album, Process. And in an unprecedented move, Sean also rates his own Big Sell.

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Feb 22, 2017

We have an extra special episode this week featuring not one, not two, but three guests to discuss the Oscars!

Our podcast friends, Claudia Castillo and Matt McKee, hosts of Long Distance Popcast joined us for an Oscar Ballot Battle Royale- we all filled out separate Oscar Ballots and are competing against one another to see who will best predict the winners on Sunday night.

Then, we chat with friend of the podcast, Caroline Hand, about her predictions for Oscar night and share some very important etiquette tips for hosting or attending an Oscar Party.

This episode is filled to the brim with Oscar goodness and you don't want to miss it (unless you're Mel Gibson- sorry buddy, you're not winning this year)

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter on Oscar night to find out who will win the Oscar Ballot Battle and read our live twitter commentary during the awards show!

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Feb 14, 2017

We couldn't wait until our usual Wednesday release to drop this special episode with our immediate reaction to the Grammy Awards! We pick out the real winners of the evening- from Adele and her impressive recovery during her tribute to George Michael to the props she gave Beyoncé when she won Album of the Year; Queen Bey's stunning performance and inspiring acceptance speech; the perfection of Bruno Mars during his tribute to Prince and the troublesome audio issues on 'Music's Biggest Night.'

Then, Sean shares his thoughts on the spinoff series, 24: Legacy, and we share our experience watching the brilliant August Wilson play Jitney on Broadway.

And Sean rates and reviews the dance video set to Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" by Andrew Winghart and then flips the Big Sell on its side with a unique suggestion.

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Feb 8, 2017

Ok- so the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but the real headliner was the high flying halftime show by Lady Gaga! We give you our Super Bowl Recap including some of our favorite commercials, the amazing rendition of "America The Beautiful" by the original Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton and of course Lady Gaga's halftime show!

Then, we have your latest awards update with the winners of the Director's Guild Awards. Listen to find out how the DGA winners will predict who gets to take home an Oscar!

Plus we give props to Kristen Stewart for her turn as host on SNL.

We also share some podcast love as we join fellow pop culture podcasters JojCast, and their 30 Day Movie Challenge!

All that and Amita gives her review and rating of Sean's Big Sell- Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln and sells Sean on a viral dance video.

Visit our site at www.InsidePopPodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

 

 

Feb 1, 2017

Awards season is in high gear and we have the latest winners from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild Awards!
We discuss the outspoken SAG winners who took the opportunity to speak out on current events in unique and inspirational ways and Sean gets on his soap box about appreciating films regardless of awards recognition.

Then, we bring back our Late to the Party segment and talk about our delayed appreciation of Black Mirror and the films Loving and Kubo and the Two Strings. Amita also shares why Hell or High Water was not worth her wait. 

Also, we celebrate our love for Missy Elliott and her new video, I'm Better.

And once again we return to Sean's House Of Hyperbole and hear about his experience sitting front row at his musical hero, Nile Rodgers, recent concert.

Finally, Sean gives Amita his review of last week's Big Sell, and introduces his Big Sell- jazz singer, Abbey Lincoln.

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Jan 25, 2017

Buckle up because we've got another exciting installment of Inside Pop- featuring the best of Film, Television and Music this week!

First up, we analyze the recently announced Oscar Nominations and discuss whether Oscar is still so white, how the love for La La Land will affect the Oscar telecast and the best way to predict who will win.

Then, we give you our Late Winter / Early Spring preview and share inside info on tons of  shows including Twin Peaks, 24: Legacy, This Is Us, Fargo, Star Trek Discovery, The Good Fight and many more!

Plus, Amita reports on the experience of participating in the NYC Women's March and she and Sean rate Aziz Ansari's hosting skills on Saturday Night Live.

Finally, Amita rates Sean's Big Sell from last week, two new singles from St. Beauty - the duo who are reaching new heights on Janelle Monae's Wondaland record label.

Visit our site at www.insidepoppodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

 

Jan 18, 2017

After a brief one week break, Inside Pop is back with a brand new episode! We have a comprehensive breakdown of the major awards nominations thus far leading up to the Oscar Noms that will be announced next week. We'll discuss the PGA, DGA and SAG nominees for Best Picture and Best Actor/Actress and give you our thoughts on how the awards race is shaking out thus far.

AND Amita is finally back home from her 2 week vacation in India! She's sharing all of the pop culture she experienced while overseas including a couple of shows she binge watched on her flights. Sean also shares his pop culture consumption over the last couple weeks and reveals how he really feels about the Sense 8 Christmas Special.

Plus, the Big Sell is back! Sean reviews and rates Amita's last Big Sell, the Alicia Keys music video for "Blended Family" and then shares his next Big Sell.

 

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Jan 4, 2017

Happy New Year! We're super excited to share our first episode of 2017! And what better way to kick off the year than with our annual pop culture resolutions. As always, we're striving to be the best pop culture consumers we can be.

We also take a moment to mourn the passing and celebrate the work of singer George Michael and hopefully turn you on to some of his greatest duets.

And before you fill out your Golden Globes office pool, make sure to listen to our 100% accurate predictions for Hollywood's drunkest night! Will Lion beat Moonlight? Will Deadpool upset La La Land? Will the Hollywood Foreign Press embrace Donald Glover's Atlanta? And will the best TV drama race come down to a fight between Strangers Things and Westworld? Listen for those answers and more!

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Dec 20, 2016

In this special year-end episode we take a look at our favorite moments from our favorite movies of 2016. And we're joined by film critic Dave Karger who not only shares his top 3 movie moments but also gives us a list of his favorite films of the year that fell under almost everyone's radar.

This is THE podcast episode to listen to if you're a) looking for recommendations of new films to check out b) want to revisit a film you loved and see it in a new light!

We have a diverse roster of films for our discussion including:

  • Moonlight (hands down - Sean's favorite film of the year)
  • Lion
  • Manchester By the Sea
  • Patriots Day
  • La La Land
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Witch
  • The 13th
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Julieta

Those are the films  - but you'll have to listen to see which moments gave us the feels, the chills, the laughter and the thrills.

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Make sure to check out our other year-end episodes:

Top TV Shows of 2016

Essential Music of 2016

Dec 14, 2016

We're back with another installment of our Best of the year episodes with our Essential Music of 2016 picks!

So why was this music Essential? These albums and songs acted as the soundtrack of our lives this year and brought us joy, helped us through pain, gave us life, empowered us and sometimes even made us cry. This is the music that fed our souls and we are thrilled to share it with you.

There's no question that artists we've loved for years, like A Tribe Called Quest, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Sia and David Bowie continued to provide music that is as relevant and vital in 2016 as it was decades earlier. But our minds were also blown (and our hearts tugged) by a younger generation of music artists --- from Solange's honest and inspiring A Seat at the Table, to Frank Ocean's heady and heartfelt Endless and Blonde, to Blood Orange's introspective opus, Freetown Sounds.

We also shine a light on some of the great songs of the year including works by Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Rationale, Kamasi Washington, James Blake, One Republic and Miguel.

And this list would not be complete without Sean rejoicing one more time for the Hamilton original cast album.

Visit our site to read full show notes, to subscribe to our podcast and to listen to previous episodes at www.insidepoppodcast.com

Dec 6, 2016

We're excited to share the first installment of our annual BEST OF lists- our Top 10 Television Shows of 2016! If you need some new shows to binge watch over the winter, look no further! In this era of Peak TV we had a plethora of options to choose from and after much thought, we each put together our 10 favorite TV shows of the year.

A few of the series that made the cut- Queen Sugar, Luke Cage, Insecure, This Is Us and Atlanta- are some of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the year.

We also have a few established shows on our lists that continually deliver incredible drama week after week like How To Get Away With Murder, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Comedies and dramas, dragons and murderers, families and superheroes- there's something for everyone! Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @PopInsiders and let us know what you think of our picks and share your top TV shows of the year.

If you like this episode you may want to check out:
Our interview with Marvel's Luke Cage creator and EP, Cheo Hodari Coker, HERE: http://wp.me/p7Uq7E-8g

And for our full lists, bonus content and to subscribe to the podcast visit our official site at www.insidepoppodcast.com

Nov 30, 2016

We are very happy to finally share our next Producer to Producer interview with the creator and executive producer of Marvel's Luke Cage, Cheo Hodari Coker. The interview was conducted at the Producers Guild Produced By Conference in New York City on October 29th.

Whether you're a fan of Luke Cage or think that Misty Knight is a bad weather pattern - this is a MUST LISTEN. Cheo has been in the game for years and has worked on a variety of popular and critically acclaimed shows including - Southland, Almost Human and Ray Donovan.

He has imbued Luke Cage with a creativity and thoughtfulness that has resulted in a 'superhero' show that sits firmly within our current golden age of television. Tune into the show for the bullet proof Black man who can punch through walls but you'll also get an education on African American crime writers; a celebration of 90's Hip Hop; some of the most layered female characters on television; Mahershala Ali's star turn; a new definition of 'getting coffee'; an Alfre Woodard master class in how to play a conflicted (but not really conflicted) villain; a love letter to Harlem; Mike Colter owning the title role; and one of the most gorgeously shot shows you'll see all year.

Coker's eloquent and insightful conversation touches on:

  • How Shonda Rhimes influences the way he writes female characters.
  • How being a showrunner is like being the captain of a Federation Starship.
  • The use of 'the N word' in Luke Cage.

Plus, there's nothing better than getting a pop culture suggestion from one of our great pop culture creators. Make sure you listen to the end of the episode to hear Cheo Hodari Coker Big Sell us three things he's loving.

If you're new to our podcast, visit our website where you can subscribe and listen to additional episodes. www.insidepoppodcast.com

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Nov 16, 2016

File this episode under "Life Goes On". Yes brothers and sisters, we're still coming to terms with last week's election, so we begin this week's show with a discussion of the pop culture we consumed over the past week as a means of escape, comfort and inspiration. We watched everything from Westworld to Moana; listened to Nina Simone and attended the Maxwell and Mary J. Blige show at MSG in an effort to soothe our hearts and minds.

Then, we discuss the album that was a tiny light amidst the gloom - A Tribe Called Quest's new release, We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service. We review the album, talk about Tribe's place in the Hip Hop canon, rate favorite tracks and celebrate their triumphant performance on Saturday Night Live. We also talk about highlights from what we think will go down as one of the most important episodes in SNL history thanks to Kate McKinnon's incredible cold open performance and Dave Chappelle's brilliant turn as host.

We also preview the highly anticipated Hamilton Mixtape, a collection of re-recordings of the songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical, Hamilton. Sean is a Hamilton obsessive (remember the House of Hyperbole?) and Amita has yet to see the musical or listen to the cast album. Listen to hear their reviews from two very different perspectives.

We're also excited to bring you the first in our Producer to Producer series in which we interview a producer about their latest work. We launch the series with Joel Bach, co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning series, Years of Living Dangerously. The show explores the effects of climate change in the world through the eyes of high-profile celebrities. We find out how producers sent Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Middle East, Gisele Bundchen to the Amazon and also learn what YOU can do to join the battle to save our planet.

And we cap the show off with The Big Sell. Find out what Amita thinks of Sean's Valerie June Big Sell. And discover the new music video Amita has to share with Sean.

Nov 9, 2016

So...That happened.

But here at Inside Pop we're going to take Luke Cage's mentor, Pop's advice, and move "FORWARD!" And believe it or not, we do have something to celebrate. Inside Pop turns 1 year old this week and we honor this momentous event in the best way we know how - with a super sized episode filled with the week's top film, television & music.

First, we review new albums by Alicia Keys (Here) and Common (Black America Again) and discuss how these works are two more examples of how 2016 is turning into one of the greatest years for music with a message.

Next, Marvel proves themselves to be unstoppable with the release of Doctor Strange, another record breaking film in the MCU canon. But are the special effects and the great cast enough for us to recommend the film to you?

Then, we honor one year of Inside Pop by looking back at our very first episode and looking forward to our plans to take our podcast to the next level!

Plus - Sean tells you why The Exorcist is new Fall Television show you should definitely NOT be sleeping on!

And of course we conclude with the informative, inspiring, 'reach one teach one' segment - The Big Sell.

So - take a break from the reality of the election results and escape with us for an hour.

Links:

Download a free MP3 of "Seriously" here.

Watch the trailer for The Exorcist here.

Nov 2, 2016

We are witnessing history with this latest episode of Inside Pop! This is the last episode we'll release before our country elects a new president. In honor of this historic moment, we each countdown our top 3 favorite FICTIONAL pop culture presidents; from President Whitmore of Independence Day to President Palmer of 24 to President Shepherd of The American President and many more.

We also share our experience attending the Producers Guild of America's Produced By NY conference. The event was a who's who of producers in film, television and digital programming. We'll give you the inside scoop of on everything from what Chris Rock thinks of Donald Glover's Atlanta to our exclusive interview with the creator and showrunner of Marvel's Luke Cage, Cheo Hodari Coker.

We also take a moment to wrap up the biggest project Inside Pop has ever tackled - The Big Sell 30 Day Challenge! We discuss the highlights, shout out all of our collaborators and let you know where to go to find all of the Big Sells in one place.

And we return to our regular Big Sell format allowing Amita to sell Sean on a song he's never heard of, written by one of her favorite singer/songwriters and sung by one of his favorite vocalists.

All of that plus Sean performs one of the worst Morgan Freeman impressions ever recorded!

Pop Culture Presidential MOMENTS

Battlestar Galactica

Independence Day

Deep Impact

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Additional Links

Nathaniel Zablan of The Tone Podcast Writes About Ben Folds

Leslie Odom, Jr. Sings President Obama's imagined thoughts written by Sara Bareilles

Oct 29, 2016

Just two more days left for #BigSell30! Amita here with your penultimate Big Sell.

I had the opportunity to chat with Rachna Govani, food lover and co-founder of Foodstand to get a Big Sell from her. Foodstand is a free app to help you build good eating habits- which comes at the perfect time since we are entering the food focused holiday season. Between the celebration of Diwali, candy filled Halloween and the celebratory feasts of Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, Americans are known to pack on the pounds over the next few months.

Foodstand is spearheading a movement to be more conscious about what you eat, how you eat and has created multiple challenges to help you achieve those goals.

I could honestly listen to Rachna talk about food for days because her passion for good food and creating a food community is so energizing. She's extremely smart and as I mentioned in our interview, Rachna is also a good friend and I couldn't be prouder of her. I also wasn't kidding about her being a rockstar in the food world- she recently attended SXSL- the South By South Lawn event at the White House and had the opportunity to speak with Russell Simmons about his efforts to create affordable healthy food for the community in Flint, MI. You can find out more about Russell's non-profit efforts here and read more about Rachna in this interview with her on Forbes.com.

As you will hear in our interview, I decided to Big Sell the Foodstand app to all of you and Rachna graciously gave us a Big Sell of another app- the free meditation app Insight Timer.

Enjoy our conversation and leave a comment below or tweet us @PopInsiders and let us know if you enjoyed this conversation or any of the other Big Sells from #BigSell30.

Oct 27, 2016

While you're scouring costume stores to find a David S. Pumpkins Halloween costume, get your pop culture fix in this week's episode!

We review Lady Gaga's new album, Joanne, with friend, DJ and devoted Lady Gaga fan, James Barker. We discuss the music, her slightly stripped down image, last weekend's SNL performance, and so much more! (Seriously, we couldn't stop talking about her and well...multiple tangents occurred).

Then, Sean tries to contain himself while describing the violent and tragic season premiere of The Walking Dead. SPOILER ALERT- he reveals details of what went down with hot but deadly Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Neegan and his deadly bat, Lucille.

Plus, we continue #BigSell30 with a special Big Sell from guest Matthew Billy, host of the music history podcast, Between the Liner Notes. It's an incredible account of an impromptu jam session with Pete Seeger of "Sailing Up, Sailing Down" that he had the privilege to witness.

All that and Amita's thoughts on the Mary J. Blige short-lived Crispy Chicken commercial- no spoiler necessary...you can probably guess her reaction.

Oct 22, 2016

Happy Saturday Pop Culture fans! Here's your daily dose of pop culture for #BigSell30.

We had such a great time talking to Alan Noah of The Test of Time podcast last week, so we brought him back to give us another Big Sell. This time, he suggested the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. He also somehow snuck in a Big Sell for Star Wars Clone Wars in the middle of our conversation too!

At first I think Sean and I were a little hesitant on watching a "kids cartoon", but Alan took this assignment seriously and truly sold us on this!

Listen now to hear his description of the series and find out what made both of us gasp in excitement. Three words: James. Earl. Jones.

And definitely check out Alan's podcast- this week's episode dissects the John Hughes classic, Sixteen Candles.

Oct 19, 2016

Is Fall 2016 shaping up to be one of the greatest seasons for Pop Culture ever? Consider our latest episode that celebrates the ridiculous heights achieved in music, film and TV in just the past 7 days.

First up we discuss the independent feature, Moonlight which opens this week. This movie has filled Sean's soul and rocked his world so hard that it gets the full House of Hyperbole treatment. Find out why he thinks this film cannot be missed!
Then, we discuss the new single from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. Mary has sat on the throne for 2 decades but we think her new song, "Thick of It," is one of the most soul baring and emotionally gut wrenching songs she's ever recorded.
We also reveal the role Mary has played in our personal friendship and podcast partnership.

Plus, we talk about the new television drama on OWN, Queen Sugar. The show is halfway through its first season and continues to bring an impressive blend of melodrama, social realism and the most gorgeous cinematography on TV. All hail Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay! Whether you're a huge fan or haven't had a chance to catch it, Amita shares a tip on the 'best' way to view past and upcoming episodes.

And #BigSell30 moves into the home stretch with a Big Sell from friends of the show Caroline and Tom Romita (and their new best friend, Alexa).

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