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The BlacLife Pod
42 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Ep 057 | Fatherless Fathers
How can you be a good Father when your Father wasn't around? Markus discusses the ups and downs of growing up without a father before discussing the difficulties of becoming a Father without a father around. Also, Bryan opens up about rebuilding his relationship with his Dad after some hurtful words from the past. All of that plus Alex's cartoons and alcohol, latex and sheepskin, and Markus finally has his Drumline moment.
27 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Unfortunate MRI results, wheel chair conundrums, Venom… twice, and Facebook went down because Frances told us Facebook is trash. This is The Week That Was.
39 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Ep 056 | The Reluctant Truth
This is one of those episodes that just kind of happened. A clip from Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special led to a nuanced and passionate debate about how we should speak on the show. The tension is thick as Alex and Markus vehemently disagree while Bryan revels in the fact that he's not the one arguing. Alex explains why he refuses to compromise to attract an audience, while Markus stresses the importance of being cognizant of your potential audience's feelings. We also discuss intent, inappropriate jokes, editing decisions and how differing opinions can lead to better understandings.
36 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Ep 055 | Decisions, Decisions
On today's raw and raucous episode, we dissect any and everything that has to do with making decisions. What is the process of making a decision? What are the biggest decisions we've made? How do your emotions impact decision making? All of these questions are answered along with questions about Terrance's cheating habits, smoking crack, supporting someone's bad decisions and the first time you... you know.
49 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Ep 054 | The (Lost) Love Episode
On today's episode, we discuss the many different aspects of love. Can you love someone forever? When is love not enough? Is there a difference between love and lust? We discuss unconditional love vs conditional love, the work it takes to stay in love and Bryan opens up about why he doesn't know if he can ever fall in love again.
35 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Ep 053 | Guilty Pleasures
We begin today's show by defining guilty pleasures before confessing to our own and realizing the origins of some of our "guilt." Things start off fairly tame before rapidly descending into personal territory and naturally, the (inappropriate) jokes fly!
51 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Bonus | Drake's Certified Lover Boy: An Album Review
After last week's Kanye West review, Markus and Alex are back to break down Drake's Certified Lover Boy! This one is a bit more slanted, as one of them is a huge Drake fan. They discuss Drakes moves from the last couple of years before diving into the album with Markus explaining why "Papi's Home" makes him uncomfortable, Alex breaks down the beauty that is "Race My Mind" and they disagree on nearly every aspect of this album. Listen in to see if you agree! Again, the best review on the internet
28 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Bonus | Memories and Lessons from 9/11
On today's special bonus episode, we reflect on the day that was Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We begin by recalling the panic and chaos witnessed at school and at home before opening the conversation to lessons learned in the aftermath. We share stories of the racism we witnessed towards friends and family, deafening silence and Bryan recalls the struggle of caring for suspected terrorists while deployed to Guantanamo Bay.
35 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Ep 052 | The Week That Was
Alex beefs with a cashier. Highway construction. Sibling traumas create drama. Bryan hates on Drake. Markus is triggered. Young people are stupid. He moans like a woman. She put him to sleep. This is The Week That Was.
49 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Bonus | Kanye West's Donda: An Album Review
Alex and Markus disagree often as they present a nuanced yet hilarious break down of Kanye West’s latest album “Donda.” Is it any good? They delineate between the highs and lows with Markus explaining why this is actually a gospel album. Plus, Alex points out subtle nuances in the production, gives his “Jail” theory, and explains why the title should be “Yeezus is King of Pablo.” This is easily the best review on the internet.
44 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Ep 051 | Surviving Dead Spots
Alex and Markus try to talk Bryan out of breaking off perfectly good relationships by giving lessons on dead spots. What do you do when it becomes boring and redundant? What if she lets herself go? What do you do when the sex is trash? We answer these questions plus Alex's criteria for playlists with his wife, Markus' long distance relationship problems, Covid 'fros and ears. Don't do the ear thing.
42 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Ep 050 | The College Years
With schools around the country back in session, we take a look back at some of our college shenanigans! Which of us hated college? Who lost a roommate? Which of us actually went to school to learn? We begin by discussing how we met one another before reminiscing about porno broadcasts, attendance policies, a terrifying teddy bear beheading, and Bryan's meaty secret. This one is a classic!
33 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Ep 049 | Snackin'
On today's absurd episode, we break down snacking to the last crumb! We each give our personal definitions of a snack and discuss the proper time to eat a snack and snacking etiquette when sharing (No double dipping!). Bryan gives us his unique (read: gross) snack combinations, Alex describes how he keeps his snacks away from his family and Markus vehemently disagrees with Alex and Bryan's rules for sandwiches as snacks.Website: www.blaclifepod.comInstagram: @BlacLifePodFacebook: The BlacLife PodTwitter: @BlacLifePodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
37 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Ep 048 | Dating 101
After the dissolution of their marriages, Markus and Alex turn to Bryan for a masterclass on how to return to the dating world.* Where do you meet women? How much do you spend? How many dates until...? Bryan answers those questions while also teaching lessons about women with kids, being a sidepiece, dishonesty and why you may not want to show her your final form. Can Markus and Alex adjust to the dating lifestyle? *In an alternate universe
30 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Ep 047 | What Hurts The Most
Five years after his Mom's death, Alex bares his soul in an attempt to understand what makes this year hurt so much.
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Ep 046 | (Some Of) The Best: Vol I
Alex takes you on a trip down memory lane while showcasing some of the funnier moments from early episodes of the show! For new listeners, consider this your primer. For longtime listeners, get reacquainted with the classics before they're gone!
43 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Ep 045 | Blind Spots
Bryan's random question about himself leads to a discussion of blind spots. How do you correct your behavior if you're unaware it's affecting others? Alex hilariously describes how his stubbornness and introversion causes issues before Markus discusses struggling to be present with his family.Bryan has an epiphany in real time before addressing a listener question about his divorce. This leads to a frank discussion about the work it takes to nurture a long-term relationship. How do you know she's worth the effort? When is it time to give up?There are plenty of laughs and a bunch of gems on today's episode!
38 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Ep 044 | Pet Peeves
We risk offending some of our listeners while dissecting our pet peeves and exploring whether or not we agree with one another's personal annoyances. Why does one of us hate feet? Is it okay to hate people on treadmills? How much make up is too much? Laugh with us as we discuss these things and so much more!
29 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Ep 043 | Live From The Kickback
We were joined by family and friends for this holiday weekend episode as we discuss the day that was and if it changed Bryan's stance on having children. We also discuss the one flaw Bryan can overlook in a woman, his opinion of the stable relationships he witnessed and Markus' and Alex's weight loss. The conversation turns to a deep dive on girl scout cookies, techniques for cookie consumption and if you could only have one cookie forever, what would it be?
43 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Ep 042 | The Kickback Pre-Show
In anticipation of our impending reunion this weekend, we got together for a show full of personal stories, wide-ranging topics and a bunch of laughs. Juneteenth or July 4th? What do you wear to the cookout? Alex has a toast dilemma, Bryan eats dessert before his entree, and Markus' daughter ruins his office carpet. All that plus Markus' 2nd dose symptoms, Bryan's idea of the weekend with a bunch of kids and Alex's succinct Critical Race Theory PSA. Its a lot. And its great.
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