With the success of Dateline NBC to Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries, it’s safe to say that America has a “slight” obsession with true crime series.
Amazon’s podcast platform Wondery unveils We Playin’ Spades, a video podcast with comedian and actor Desi Banks and rapper Waka Flocka Flame in a weekly card battle of spades. Each week, the Atlanta duo will challenge a new celebrity guest while sparking genuine conversations and entertaining encounters.
We Playin’ Spades premiered on Sep. 25. on Wondery+ with its first special guest Nick Cannon.
Playing spades is like a keystone for fostering unity, communication, and competition in the black community. The show is the first of its kind and is sure to give anticipated viewers a heavy dose of both black culture and entertainment.
The chemistry between Desi and Waka isn’t limited to their on-screen interactions. Their playful banter and clever comebacks demonstrate that their bromance extends beyond this collaboration.
“It just reminds me of some Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito shit,” said Waka when talking to us about why people may be surprised by the unlikely pairing. “Like, what the fuck them two doing in a movie together?”
Much like the characters in the 1988 film “Twins,” Waka and Desi’s dynamic is unique. While we can’t say who would play the Schwarzenegger or DeVito roles, it’s clear that, like those iconic actors, Waka and Desi are determined to create a show that will achieve both success and cultural impact.
Desi is notably known for his funny sketches and videos on platforms like Instagram and YouTube. Since gaining popularity and a significant following across social media, he’s since ventured into film and TV. Now, Desi is headlining “The Purpose Chaser Tour” where he’ll be hitting cities throughout the U.S. including Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.
Since his reign as one of the most renowned rap artists during the mid-2000s, Waka has reduced his involvement in music but his significant influence on southern rap remains undeniable. In fact, the chorus from his 2010 single “Grove St. Party” was recently integrated into fellow Atlanta rapper Latto’s latest song “Issa Party” featuring Baby Drill.
We Playin’ Spades is available widely from Oct. 2 on Amazon Music and YouTube.
Watch the trailer for We Playin’ Spades with appearances from rapper-actor Kamillion, Nick Cannon, and Lil Rel.
The 2023 Invest Fest led by Earn Your Leisure Podcast hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings brought nearly 20,000 people to The Georgia World Congress Center this past weekend. Geared towards educating and networking with emerging minds navigating entrepreneurship, business, and finance in today’s socioeconomic climate, the 3-day festival hosted a VIP Night on Day 1 where Jermaine Dupri, rappers Jim Jones and Ja Rule, Lala Anthony, and Terrance J. popped out to speak on the power of ownership and being your own boss.
On Day 2, Influencers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and small businesses hit the Earn Your Leisure and Fidelity stages to speak on several financial topics from taxes and investing to AI and real estate. Renowned experts across all industries hosted interactive workshops and panel discussions to offer knowledge to established and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Billionaire buddies and headliners Invest Fest headliners Diddy and Robert F. Smith were in attendance. During his talk with Rashad and Troy, Diddy gifted the Earn Your Leisure platform a check for $1,000,000 to invest in their business which is now expanding on a global scale. Invest Fest is embarking on a world tour and will be in London in October. This isn’t your typical podcast. In fact, the platform has become much bigger than two men and a microphone. It’s also home to a vending business, a virtual university, and a streaming network.
19 Keys hosted his panel ‘High Level Conversations with 19 Keys’ where he spoke about turning your dreams into reality.
On Day 3, Chair of the California Reparations Task Force Kamilah Moore, Esq. joined Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump, Esq. on the Fidelity Stage for a groundbreaking conversation surrounding reparations for the African diaspora across the globe.
From Attorney Crump detailing the strenuous yet rewarding work that went into recently attaining justice for Henrietta Lacks and her estate on her 103rd birthday to Kamilah breaking down how the California Reparations Task Force came to fruition; this group of black visionaries did not hold back and their testimonies were nothing short of inspirational. Congressman Bowman also shared some valuable insights into the voting in the upcoming elections and the importance of crowdfunding.
NBA player Lonzo Ball, Maverick Carter, Cam Newton, Fox Sports host Joy Taylor, Sports Agent and mogul Rich Paul also showed up to Invest Fest on their a-game during their respective panels.
Other standout moments from the weekend include The Women In Business panel featuring Tabitha Brown, the Hair & Cosmetics panel with influencer and Remedy By Ari CEO Ari Fletcher, Mielle Organics founder Monique Rodriguez, and Topicals founder and CEO Olamide Olowe, and the live showing of The Know For Sure Podcast with influencers B. Simone and Megan Ashley at the Earn Your Leisure Podcast stage.
Speakers like Steve Harvey and Galaxy Investment Firm CEO Michael Novogratz kept the high energy going on Day 3. Before closing out the weekend with a performance, Jeezy stopped by the Invest Fest Vendor Marketplace where happily signed copies of his new book Adversity For Sale for fans. Vendor Marketplace housed dozens of booths for small business owners to sell and promote their products and services.
Businesses included clothing boutiques, health and wellness, beauty and hair, and tech. A DJ booth sat in the center of the room with multiple DJs providing the vibes all weekend.
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Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday’s “The Best Podcast Ever” – A Thrilling Spin on Conversations with A-List Guests”
Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday have burst into the podcasting scene with a bang, bringing their delightful chemistry and unfiltered conversations to “The Best Podcast Ever.” As the title suggests, this show aims to redefine the podcast experience by injecting a thrilling element of chance into each episode.
In an exclusive interview with The Knockturnal, the captivating Raven-Symoné and the talented Miranda Pearman-Maday provided insight into their highly anticipated podcast, “The Best Podcast Ever.” The dynamic duo’s new show promises a unique twist on the traditional podcast format, offering listeners an exciting and unpredictable experience.
The concept of “The Best Podcast Ever” centers around a spinning wheel determining each episode’s conversation topic. Drawing inspiration from their former YouTube channel, “Tea Time,” where they would discuss a chosen word, the hosts decided to elevate the idea further by embracing chance and randomness. Raven and Miranda explained, “The idea was to make it random, and we spin a wheel, and there’s a random word that pops out, and then we go ham on that word.” This spontaneity adds an element of unpredictability to their conversations, making each episode a delightful surprise for both hosts and listeners.
Raven-Symoné, known for her illustrious career in the entertainment industry, expressed her wife’s passion for podcasts and meaningful dialogues as the driving force behind their foray into podcasting. For both hosts, authenticity, and freedom of expression are paramount. Podcasting, as Raven-Symoné noted, allows them to be their authentic selves, liberated from any restrictions imposed by traditional media.
“The Best Podcast Ever” doesn’t just boast captivating hosts; it also features an impressive lineup of celebrity guests. Demi Lovato, Jojo Siwa, Adrian Bailon, Howie Mandel, Megan Trainor, Daryl Sabra, and Kiki Palmer are notable names who have graced the show. The element of chance the spinning wheel provides levels the playing field, offering guests and hosts an opportunity for unscripted and candid discussions, free from the typical interview format.
In their debut episode, aptly titled “Welcome to the Best Podcast Ever,” the hosts introduce themselves to listeners, offering a glimpse into their joyful married life. The show’s unique format sets the stage for candid discussions that traverse unexpected territories. Listeners are treated to amusing anecdotes about living with Lindsay Lohan, ideal troubles, and the perplexing concept of dressing like a horse at Erewhon. The excitement builds as the show begins its journey with Raven and Miranda at the helm, steering through the unpredictable landscape of conversational chance.
In their second episode, “The Best First Guest Ever,” the hosts pull out all the stops, welcoming the multi-talented superstar Demi Lovato to their podcast. Demi engages in an unfiltered and candid conversation, giving insights into her views on healthy relationships and sharing endearing stories about her boyfriend, Jutes. Listeners are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as they explore Demi’s journey and discover her secrets to staying calm and level-headed. Moreover, the episode culminates in an entertaining game where Demi competes for a 5-in-1 blender, leaving audiences anticipating the next guest’s adventures.
Continuing the streak of intriguing guests, Raven and Miranda sit with the captivating Keke Palmer in the third episode, “An Hour with Keke Palmer.” Once again, the spinning wheel reigns supreme, guiding the conversation through exciting and thought-provoking topics. Keke opens up about her journey of self-discovery, discussing her sexuality with honesty and vulnerability. The episode takes an intriguing turn as Keke shares her beliefs in the supernatural, including her experiences with ghosts. Raven’s unique possession of Miss Cleo’s belongings adds an entertaining twist to the conversation, and Keke competes for a ceramic, mouse-shaped succulent pot in a fun game segment.
As “The Best Podcast Ever” gains momentum, it is a refreshing addition to the podcasting landscape. Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday’s unique approach to conversations and their remarkable guest lineup captivate audiences and leave them eagerly anticipating what the spinning wheel will unveil in each episode.
Join Raven and Miranda on this exhilarating journey by tuning in to “The Best Podcast Ever.” Expect candid discussions, heartfelt moments, and laughter as the wheel of chance steers the show into uncharted territories. With each episode, the hosts promise to deliver an unforgettable experience that will keep listeners returning for more.
Episodes of “The Best Podcast Ever” are available now, and fans can’t wait to see what surprises the next spin of the wheel will bring. So, buckle up and get ready for a thrilling ride with Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday, as they redefine the art of podcasting with their refreshing and entertaining show.
Prepare to be charmed, amused, and inspired by “The Best Podcast Ever” as the dynamic hosts spin their way into your hearts and leave you eager for more. Remember to catch their first episode now, and stay tuned for thrilling surprises in each subsequent episode!
Monique Chenault, President of News, Specials & Documentary at REVOLT, is a force to not be reckoned with. Her resume is extensive with titles like Emmy-nominated Executive Producer, Journalist and Showrunner appearing often. As of 2021, she can now add President at Revolt to her 20+ years of achievements.
Revolt recently winning a NAMIC Vision Award for their special with Former First Lady Michelle Obama that aired back in December 2022. Women from all industries and generations gathered around our forever First Lady to lead an open discussion on overcoming insecurities, parenting, mental health, relationships and more.
Kelly Rowland, H.E.R., Angela Yee, Tina Knowles-Lawson and Winnie Harlow circled Obama as she opened up about the challenges of being America’s first black couple in the White House. After ending 2022 on a high note, Monique is excited about the future of Revolt.
“It’s our biggest award. It really is great to be acknowledged for that program because it was a crowning achievement for the studio. We opened the studio at the beginning of the year and then we shot [the special] in December. It was such a great way to end the year after so much tireless work” said Monique.
Getting to work with an Obama in your newly built Downtown Atlanta studio isn’t a light flex. Monique took full advantage of her attendance, gushing over the regal poise of the Former First Lady.
“Everybody was just sitting at the edge of their seats. She’s so wise but in such a down-to-earth kind of way. She really talks to you eye to eye. She will be my best friend in my mind forever.”
After working with Obama’s team for months while she toured all over the country to promote her book The Light We Carry, the studio was finally able to lock in a time for her to stop by. The interview was only supposed to be about 30 minutes, per her team’s request. To everyone’s surprise, she stuck around for almost 2 hours.
“She loved [the studio]. She talked for over 90 minutes. We knew that she was loving it. She loves talking to young people.”
There’s definitely been a shift in how news is consumed. Everything is digital and social based now. In turn, companies must adjust how they distribute to and engage with young people.
As the President of News at Revolt Studios, Monique has officially taken on the responsibility of leading what she called ‘the black news revolution.’ It’s a well-known fact that people of color and the news media haven’t had the best history. But Revolt is aiming to change that.
By allowing black people to tell black stories on a black network, black viewers can now have a trusted source for learning about what’s really happening in our communities.
“The way that we lead is through perspective and P.O.V. The work we do is more in-depth. It’s more investigative. We take out time. We don’t do a daily newscast or anything like that. Our brand was already setup in to play a multimedia kind of way because our demographic is so young. [Revolt] was ahead of the curve and we didn’t need to catch up.”
Revolt is the home to films, shows, documentaries and shorts and podcasts meant to “disrupt” the status quo like Drink Champs with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Caresha Please hosted by City Girl’s own Yung Miami, and Black Girl Stuff with Brii Renee, Tori Brixx, Britt Hall and correspondent Kennedy Rue to name a few.
When Black Girl Stuff first came on the scene it was intentionally described as Revolt’s newest disruptive female-drive talk show.
“When I say disruptive I mean something that cuts through the noise. Disruptive is really authentic. It’s unapologetic,” Monique notes. “I think this is probably one of the first times in American history where we are having a true black female renaissance and it is a really exciting time. I haven’t seen anything like it in my lifetime.”
We’re seeing more black women in media now more than ever. With the rapid rise of technology, young people have unlimited access to information. What we consume is just as important and how often we consume it. But how does that look now that Artificial Intelligence is in the picture?
“We trash all emerging trends. A lot of our credibility is in Hip-Hop culture, we’ve been paying close attention to [A.I.]. From a news perspective, you just have to make sure that you don’t get duped. Because news is built on speed and accuracy, you really have to put more of a focus on accuracy now.”
“Creatively speaking, there will always be the good and the bad. I think there’s a way to use A.I. as a really great tool. There will be advantages and you have to guard yourself against the disadvantages.”
Revolt isn’t America’s fastest growing black-owned media company for nothing.
“We’re never the first people there but we’re always the last ones out,” the Revolt president proclaims.
Who is 19 Keys?
Brought up in the largest city in the Bay Area, Oakland, California, !9 Keys knew from a young age that he was destined for greatness.
Children today are pretty different from our days as children. While technology seems to even have babies in a chokehold these days, our generation was more engrossed with the latest informercial toy, or the newest album from a popular artist.
A child’s most pressing issues back then may have been getting their hands on a pair of Heely’s sneakers or a special edition Bratz Doll.
But 19 Keys contemplated other things. Non-material things that didn’t revolve around worldly possessions but revolved around the social and economical advancement of black people.
“There is no other reality for us. The most honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that the American so-called ‘negro’ must be completely remade or he is unfit for himself,” says a young 19 Keys during one of his first speeches.
His adolescent body confidently walks on to the stage decked out in a full suit with a bowtie and that adorable lisp (you know that one) that most children have.
But there’s nothing juvenile about his message. He has the voice of a child but his words strike the audience with the same vigor as some of our greatest civil rights leaders.
Many are aware of Oakland’s rich history surrounding civil rights. From Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to social activists Hettie B. Tilghman and Angela Davis, Oakland is one of the biggest social justice capitols in America.
All of these leaders possessed a gift. A gift that allowed them to not only touch generations of people with their words in a powerful way but also allowed them to evoke change.
Growing up in a city that has bred so many prominent black leaders, one could argue that 19 Keys was bound to live a similar life but he is certain that the gift has always been in him. He was simply born with it.
“I remembered this inner voice that came over me and it told me, very clearly, that I was destined to do something great and change the world before I even knew what the world was.”
And that’s exactly what he’s doing. Since that life changing moment, 19 Keys has committed to developing financial, social and cultural prosperity throughout the black community.
Starting with his coaching program Block World Order, which focuses on providing members with the necessary tools to empower themselves and people around them. His podcast High Level Conversations opens the floor to discuss ways for black people to invest in their community, and his Holistic health & wellness brand Golde Water promotes natural remedies that are sure to have you feeling like the best version of yourself.
His crown collection Crownz Society is inspired by his spirituality and admiration for the traditional Kufi hat, which you may have seen on notable Muslim figures including The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Influencers like Neelam and Marquis Hakeem.
Netflix’s newest rom-com You People stars Lauren London and Jonah Hill where they play an interracial couple trying their best to blend their two very different families together. Eddie Murphy, who plays Lauren London’s father, dons a black Kufi during a family dinner scene. He explains the importance behind the headwear and mentions it was a gift from Farrakhan his self.
We spoke with 19 Keys about Crownz Society, where his spiritual journey began, how his love for numerology inspired his name, and more. You can watch our interview here.
Carter Kench was a delight to interview as we discussed moving and celebrating the holidays in the West as fellow Southerners, his TikTok presence and inspirations, and his partnership with International Delight this season.
For the first time, the Festival is dedicating spaces to music with a lounge.
Time to get this party startled! ?
Kiernan Shipka stars in the first podcast movie from C13Features podcast movie studio titled Treat! Treat is a 90-minute podcast… movie about two teenage siblings dealing with a dysfunctional household on top of a spooktacular Halloween legend. Creepin’ it real, the script is super scary. But in the most fun way!
If you’re asking yourself, “What is a podcast movie?” You’re not alone. It’s a newer entertainment medium based on one of Hollywood’s earliest pursuits, radio shows! Think Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband (pre I Love Lucy.)
Convenient and fun, just pop in your AirPods and close your eyes. You will escape to a sleepy little town where everybody knows your name and Halloween is the perfect excuse to eat, drink, and be scary. Kiernan narrates as character Allie West. When she’s not dodging the school bully, she’s avoiding mummy or mommy of the year. Her Mom has been a hot mess ever since their father left and Allie has taken on more responsibility. Little did she know, someone… or something has other plans for her.
Kiernan tells The Knockturnal‘s Kinsey Schofield that navigating acting throughout a podcast movie can be quite ghoul-ing but she enjoyed the exercise. Overall, she found the experience fa-BOO-lous!
Accompanying Kiernan, Treat features David Shih, Noah Robbins, Marc Menchaca, Kyle Beltran, Peggy J. Scott, Christa Scott-Reed, Ryan Buggle, Sara Echeagaray, Bill Lobley, Renata Friedman, Marin Ireland, and Wayne Knight.
Listen to Kiernan Shipka’s Treat whenever you get your podcasts on October 25, 2021! Happy Halloween! ?
The lingering secrets of Hollywood have remain buried for decades, and yet multi-hyphenate crime novelist Michael Connelly has spent his career redefining Southern Californian legal thrillers. For his latest project, podcast “The Wonderland Murders & The Secret History of Hollywood,” Connelly opts to investigate some very real horror stories.