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Decoding 40

Decoding 40, the podcast where we fearlessly and ferociously explore, debate and laugh at the complex inner workings, issues and thinking of today’s grown a** black men.

Jan 10, 2020

Welcome back to our eponymous 40th episode.  

We had to go big for this episode. And, we mean CBS big! We welcomed actor Stephen Hill to the studio to discuss his brilliant career and some of his coolest moments in television and film. Hill’s television credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Political Animals,”, ”BLUE BLOODS, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Lewis & Clark” and “Luke Cage.” His most recent work includes Steve McQueen’s feature film “Widows,” the play “Manhood” at the National Black Theater, and the Netflix series “Maniac.” Hill’s "Magnum P.I." character, a military veteran who flies helicopters, shares a distinguished trait with his father, who was a Vietnam veteran chopper mechanic.

In This Week in Racism, we consider Stephen’s inability to get the coveted blue check of Instagram on his account as a possible signal of racist intent.

Stephen also talks about the Tales from Shaolin: Shakey Dog project and the reaction from Ghostface Killa. The film features an original score by indie Hip Hop producers Jake Summers, Eno Noziroh, and Wino Willy, Shakey Dog also stars Ninja N. Devoe, Angel Sanchez, Nasser Metcalfe, and Clinton Lowe - with special appearance by elusive Hip Hop super-producer Megahertz. Produced by Jeremy Sample, Stephen Hill, Marquette Jones, and Janie McFadden along with screenwriter J. Michael Neal and director Louis A. Moore.

This Week's Libation is Four Roses Whiskey and we give our review, but our reviews get upstaged by Stephen’s Pappy Van Winkle story.

NOTE: If you haven't watched Boardwalk Empire, there's a Spoiler Alert at 33:34-36:55.

You’ll hear all this and more in this special edition of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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