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39 minutes | Dec 28, 2016
The Season Finale
Speed dialers, the time has come: the first season finale. Thirty episodes later, Ira and Doreen take stock of the trash ass year that was 2016. First, a rundown of the worst things about this year, which is essentially a rant against men. And then--the best things. Moments like Lemonade, Michelle Obama, and Moonlight made this year bearable, if not beautiful. Here's to hoping 2017 will have them, too. Thanks for riding with us for this first year. Season 2 will be bigger, better, blacker, and of course, shadier. See you in February. Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
33 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
Jesus Hakeem Christ
It's Speed Dial's first annual Christmas episode! There are two kinds of Christmases in America, and this week Ira and Doreen investigate them both. Celebrated by black people and a select group of discerning others, Black Christmas is a joyous occasion, which usually ends with family members, full of collards, lounging happily on a couch. First, a rundown of the iconic Black Christmas film canon: we're talking A Diva's Christmas Carol, The Best Man Holiday, The Preacher's Wife. Next, the music, both the corny (Chris Brown) and the sublime (Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway and of course, Mariah Carey). Because Speed Dial is an equal opportunity podcast, your hosts also try to understand White Christmas. This holiday, as its defenders like Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly show, is a very angry time, one where people feel that there traditions are threatened. Ira and Doreen attempt to understand the rage of their fellow Americans. That is, of course, the spirit of Black Christmas. Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
41 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
"A Very Caucasian Movie"
Hello Speeddialers! Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Félix return with another episode of ‘Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen,” MTV’s bicoastal podcast about music, pop culture, sex, and race. This week is all about movies. But before Ira and Doreen get into a Keep It segment about the Golden Globe nominees, there's a quick rundown of their respective weeks. Ira's in La La Land since taking percocet for a muscle he pulled getting swole, and Doreen is still in awe after witnessing how hard parents go at parties when they can get a babysitter. Your Speed Dial hosts decide that nominations for Moonlight, Insecure, and Fences are iconic. But Casey Affleck and Mel Gibson? Keep it. Next, a conversation about Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which Ira argues is a whiteface Tyler Perry movie. Finally, a voicemail from a listener who's caught in a messy love triangle. Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
43 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
'Speed Dial,' Episode 27: "HaterNation"Following a real whirlwind of a week, Ira and Doreen are back to address some things they've learned. The first being—you can't spell 'white nationalist' without The Nation! This episode addresses a piece published by the publication, in which a writer...critiqued both Ira and and Doreen. Their conversation places the article in the context of the pattern of more overt, leftist racism following the election of Trump. Next, Ira and Doreen find out they disagree on the whole Tomi Lahren and Trevor Noah peace summit. After that, a conversation about the similarities and differences between Donald Glover's two projects this year. Lastly, an honest and brave voicemail from a listener who's looking for freedom. Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
44 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
This week, Ira and Doreen bring back “Keep It,” the quick pop-culture rundown that decrees what greatness can stay and what mess can go. On the docket: struggle plates on holidays commemorating genocide (for the love of Beyoncé, season your mac and cheese), the British comedies Fleabag and Chewing Gum, and the psychologizing of Kanye West. Next, your “Speed Dial” hosts talk about The Weeknd’s interesting new album, Starboy. Yes — interesting. Ira and Doreen also get into a conversation about the semantics of white supremacy and the debates about whether the term “alt-right” is normalizing. Spoiler: It doesn’t matter! Lastly, as always, your voicemails!
40 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
This Some Bull***t
It happened. Last week, a nightmare took hold on all our realities, and will maintain its grip for at least four years. After taking a week to regroup, Ira and Doreen are back. First, they discuss some of the white liberal and conservative fantasies that have been bubbling under the surface for years. In the interest of being proactive, your Speeddial hosts also offer some reading and viewing suggestions to help you prepare for survival, from black creators like James Baldwin, bell hooks, and Ava DuVernay. Next, Ira and Doreen lighten things up with conversations on the birth of our lord and savior, Dream Kardashian, and the uncomfortable comedy of Leslie Jones. Rounding this episode out is two feedback questions from our listeners.
34 minutes | Nov 2, 2016
Kelly Rowland is in the Building
Hello Speeddialers!This week, Speed Dial talks to one of the greatest performers of our time: Kelly Rowland! Kelly and Ira met up for a playful and warm chat in Los Angeles, during which Kelly tells Ira he has a cute nose. Next, Doreen and Ira get back on the phone for their weekly 'Keep It' segment, where they cast judgments down on Khloe Kardashian as Storm for Halloween, Drake and Kid Cudi, and Hilary Duff. Finally, a Feedback question from a listener who is fed up with New York City.
33 minutes | Oct 26, 2016
The Ballad of Joanne
This week, Ira and Doreen introduce "Keep It," a rundown of which pop culture stories need to go and which ones can stay. This episode decides on Soulja Boy and Bow Wow's new mixtape, Amy Schumer, Omarosa and Patti La Belle. Next, a discussion about SNL's Black Jeopardy skit, and the uncanny similarities between black and white people in regions outside of the Northeast. Finally, Ira and Doreen realize they have very different opinions on Lady Gaga's new album Joanne, and shady hilarity ensues.
36 minutes | Oct 19, 2016
Black Girl Comedy
Hello Speeddialers! Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Félix return with another episode of “Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen,” MTV’s bicoastal podcast about music, pop culture, sex, and race.2016 is a renaissance year for black television. This week, Ira and Doreen talk about Issa Rae’s Insecure and the legacy of black female comedians in television. Comedians like Rae, Jessica Williams, and others are carving out new spaces for smart stories to thrive, much like the trailblazers of the ’90s sitcom era. Next, a necessary rant about about the GoFundMe account Democrats set up to rebuild a GOP building in North Carolina. Your “Speed Dial” hosts discuss how “niceness” isn’t going to fix white supremacy. Ira and Doreen also talk about the tragic death of Venida Browder, mother of Kalief Browder, and the ways mass incarceration destroy families. Finally, they answer a Feeback call from a black woman listener who constantly gets asked if she works at Nordstrom Rack when she’s shopping there.Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
39 minutes | Oct 12, 2016
Speed Dial: Birth of a Headass
Hello Speeddialers! Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Félix return with another episode of ‘Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen,” MTV’s bicoastal podcast about music, pop culture, sex, and race.This week, karma ruled her beautiful head not once, but twice! First, your Speed Dial hosts track the reckoning of Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood host who was caught kiki-ing over sexual assault with Donald Trump. Al Roker, who warned everybody about Bush back during Lochtegate, got to announce the separation on the Today Show this week and it was *chefs kiss*. Next, Ira and Doreen get into a discussion about two films that premiered this week, Birth of a Nation and 13th. They discuss all the storytelling flaws of the former, and all the cinematic triumphs of the latter. This week's episode ends with songwriter and producer Brett McLaughlin, aka Leland. McLaughlin has written dozens of songs for singers like Troye Sivan, Daya, and Kat Graham. He talks to Ira and Doreen about everything from what it's like to write a hit song to his early days catering for celebrity events in L.A. like Kim Kardashian's (2nd) wedding.Call into ‘Feedback,’ Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
39 minutes | Oct 5, 2016
Speed Dial: Jojo Is Back
Remember when we asked you to send questions for Jojo? She answered! This week’s episode features an interview between the singer and Ira, who met her on the set of MTV’s Wonderland. They talk about her new album and her past struggles, among other things (like Rita Ora). In this episode, you can also hear Doreen and Ira gush over Solange’s magnificent album, A Seat at the Table. There’s just something about the Knowles sisters. Finally, following the news of Kim Kardashian West’s robbery in Paris, Ira and Doreen talk about the lack of public empathy for her ordeal and the horrible way people treat celebrities.Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
40 minutes | Sep 28, 2016
Speed Dial: The Lady And The Trump
Our long national nightmare is ... just beginning? This week, Ira and Doreen discuss the comedy and horror that was the first presidential debate. Ira tells Doreen a little bit about what it was like to canvas on a weekend in Nevada. Next, they discuss the (brief) comeback of Will & Grace. The cast members got together to make a hilarious ad for Clinton, and their brilliant chemistry reminded your hosts of the way that show, more than others, challenged the “liberal New Yorker” trope. After watching Drake’s short film, Please Forgive Me, Ira and Doreen try to parse why his work is so impersonal. Finally, they give Feedback to a totally adorable “Speed Dial” listener who wants to know how to become a writer.Call in to “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
34 minutes | Sep 21, 2016
Speed Dial: Angelina Jolie is Single Now
This week on Speed Dial: life in a post-Brangelina world, The Emmys, and some very mysterious Feedback.Call into “Feedback,” Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335
43 minutes | Sep 14, 2016
Speed Dial: The State Of The Black Sitcom
Hello Speeddialers! Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Félix return with another episode of ‘Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen,” MTV’s bicoastal podcast about music, pop culture, sex, and race. This week, Ira and Doreen take stock of the black shows that have premiered to rave reviews this season: OWN's Queen Sugar and FX's Atlanta. They talk about the cinematographic beauty of all of Ava Duvernay's films, and the ease with which she translates that on the small screen. They also get into a deep conversation about how Atlanta fits into a lineage of black sitcoms. Make sure you read Ira's marvelous piece about that here. Next, Doreen gets surprised when Ira tells her white women on the internet think she's sexist because she *may or may not have* cracked a joke about model Kate Upton, who, if you missed it, criticized black football players for taking a knee during the anthem on 9/11. Then, Ira regales us about the Tidal listening party for Usher's new album. Finally, your hosts answer a Feedback question from the great Kyle Turner: what to do with wild white people on the internet Call into ‘Feedback,’ Speed Dial’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
30 minutes | Sep 8, 2016
Speed Dial: Cuffing SZN
This week: - Ira and Doreen discuss the pros and cons of getting bae'd up for the winter. - Feedback comes early this week and Doreen, Speed Dial's resident love doctor, advises a caller on how to reconnect with a girl he met at the *clurb*. - Next, the two talk about the slept-on, Southern gothic wonder that was Beyoncé's second studio album, B'Day - Finally, Ira stans for Rita Ora's performance at the Vatican while Doreen rants about both she and newly canonized Mother Theresa exhibit scamming tendencies.
30 minutes | Sep 1, 2016
Speed Dial: Joanne the Super Model
This week on Speed Dial: Ira and Doreen are joined by Natasha Nyanin, culture writer and host of the series The Ecstatic Flash. They discuss pop star fashion at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Also, they discuss how Joanne Prada scammed her way into high fashion. Next up, a “Feedback” question about how to be a functional human being after Beyoncé's earth-shattering performance. Then: Anthony Weiner's up to his old games again, and your Speed Dial hosts read him for filth. Finally, Ira and Doreen discuss the backlash against Colin Kaepernick's peaceful protest and the hypocrisy of white fans, black male athletes, and the NFL establishment. Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335.
42 minutes | Aug 26, 2016
Speed Dial: Rock The Boat
This week Ira and Doreen talk Nate Parker, reflect on Aaliyah's legacy, and offer up some tips for workplace etiquette.
35 minutes | Aug 15, 2016
Speed Dial: The Simone Files
This week on Speed Dial, Doreen's out and Ira is hanging out with Samantha Powell (@sdpowell1). The pair talk Vogue, Kendall, fashion twitter, Simone Biles, gender swaps in Hollywood remakes, *and* they answer listener questions.
31 minutes | Aug 4, 2016
Speed Dial: Stranger Tings
This week: Ira and Doreen watch Stranger Things, Frank Ocean maybe does something, and Trump eats KFC with a knife and Fork.
42 minutes | Jul 29, 2016
Speed Dial: The Politics Episode
This week on Speed Dial, Ira and Doreen welcome Leah Wright Rigueur to the show to talk about her new book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. They follow that up with a discussion of Michelle Obama's powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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