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University College Podcast

Each week on "University College" we will discuss issues ranging from politics and economic empowerment to Black fatherhood and pop culture. We try to provide a nuanced discussion about a vast array of subject matter from the perspective of three Black Males who are family men and have been friends for more than 10 years. We hope you join us and we appreciate the feedback. For booking, please email universitycollege@yahoo.com. Listen. Discuss. Engage. Be the Change.
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Nov 24, 2019

You know what time it is! Welcome back to University College Podcast. This week, we get right to it with an in-depth discussion about the current Democratic hopefuls and the Kaepernick situation that has everyone throwing in their opinions.

Nov 12, 2019

Welcome back to University College Podcast! We’ve been gone for quite some time, but it’s good to be back in the mix. While we were out, a lot of f*ckery has gone down. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground. Moving forward, we’ll give you subject marks so you can skip to the segments you want to here. We appreciate the “Where have you all been?”, the “I’m waiting for you all to talk about this or that,” and letting us into your commutes, runs, etc. This week’s episode titled “Don’t Call It A Comeback” tackles the following: 

  • 2020 Presidential race: 2:15
  • Kamala’s fall from grace: 14:05
  • Cory Booker, please: 22:15
  • 2020 Democrat talk soup: 25:35
  • In the end, there can be only one: 31:45
  • Kanye Fanaticism: 35:00
  • Under Armour going under: 51:05
  • Impeachment: 52:25
Aug 16, 2019

Episode 87 has quite of bit of everything. We recapped the last Democratic Presidential Nominee Debate, including:

- Does tarnishing Obama's legacy work?

- Why can't Kamala rise in the polls?

- Why is Elizabeth surging?

- Are you now a member of the Yang Gang?

 

We also discuss the horrific practice of separating families at the border and putting children in cages.

Jul 2, 2019

We are now through the first debates, and although 20 candidates are still in the race, we break down who should probably drop out now. Also, can Joe Biden recover from Kamala Harris dropping the hammer on him during their exchange at the debate? Find out who we were pleasantly surprised with and who we thought underperformed (hint, its Bernie).

 What’s up with Pete Buttigieg? He had quite a bit of press and raised $25M in Q2 but can’t seem to break (and stay above) 5%. He’s polling at an abysmal 0% with African Americans right now. We break down what we think this means.

Lastly, has the Democratic Party gone too far left? Free healthcare for everyone, free college—even candidate Andrew Yang proposing to give all Americans $1000 per month. More importantly, if the party has moved to the left, what does that mean for the center as the final candidates have to make their move back to the middle in a short couple of months.

Have a safe 4thof July, Happy belated Juneteenth, and Happy June 27thto our Houston Listeners!

Jun 13, 2019

It’s been a few weeks, so welcome back to University College. This week, we welcome Morehouse man Jason Keene on the show to discuss the recent graduation gift bestowed upon the Morehouse graduating class of 2019. Will the gesture by billionaire Robert F. Smith start a new trend among HBCUs or PWIs? How insufferable will Morehouse graduates be now?

Ava DuVernay’s most recent project, When They See Us, was released a few weeks back. While overall reaction has been positive, should this film be a springboard to have conversations with other races about current injustices? If you’re one of our listeners and you are Black, is it your obligation to educated non-Black people about the perils of racism, systemic oppression and more?

We close out with one of the greatest American treasures that we have: Angry Curt. We won’t divulge any other clues, but you’ll want to hear it.

We appreciate your continued support and shoot us any feedback you have!

May 7, 2019

After a lengthy break from recording, we are officially back! Curtiss has a new fondness for Spiderman, Vern got hit by a bus and Coleman is still wearing padded pants for his exercise bike.

This week, we do a quick review of the infamous Mueller report. Did Mueller fulfill his mandate even though he ultimately punted on the question of obstruction of justice with regards to Trump? How will the decisions reached (or not reached) embolden President Trump? Does he have a right to gloat?

In other political news, Uncle Joseph Biden officially entered the 2020 Presidential Race from the Democratic Party. Can Joe overcome his past transgressions such as his treatment of Anita Hill and his weird touching incidences? Will name recognition carry him into the primary season?

We wrap up with a discussion about Avengers: Endgame. 22 movies, 11 years, and one big-ass final battle scene. There are spoilers so skip the end of the episode if you have not yet seen the movie.

It's good to be back!

Feb 25, 2019

We’re back for another episode of the University College! In an already-crowded Democratic field, the choices for the primary only keep increasing. We play a quick game of “First Word You Think” about the most noteworthy names in the field: Warren, Kamala, Bernie, Joe, Corey, etc. Also, do any of these candidates have a legitimate shot at the political throne, or is it too early to tell?

There’s no doubt that the Jussie Smollet story has garnered quite a bit of attention? Do we think he’s telling the truth? It is certainly a strange story but listen to our discussion to hear our views on that, and the broader topic of why it can be difficult to express an opinion that is contrary to the “mob”.

Finally, how many Nike executives contacted Duke, Coach K, and Zion when Zion’s shoe exploded in one of the biggest games of the year? Did Nike just lose the next “sure thing” before he even got to the league?

As always, we love to hear your feedback, and thanks for listening.

Feb 3, 2019

Welcome back to University College Podcast! This episode was in our lost files, but we were finally able to get the files to save correctly!

Show Notes:

  • What Have We Been Up To?
  • Kamala Harris announces intent to run
  • Buzz Feed Fiasco
  • Soulja Boy
  • “Black Panther” and the Oscars
  • Coming To America Sequel
  • Bad Boys 3

 

Jan 16, 2019

New year, new you? Not so much for POTUS. This week, we discuss the path from owning the shut down to blaming the Democrats for it--and more importantly the impact on the American people. Recently, it was announced that Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer, is scheduled to testify in open session on February 7th. Will his testimony lead to any additional information or is this all for show? Lastly, we discuss the R. Kelly documentary and the rightful destruction of his legacy.

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Dec 27, 2018

You all didn’t really think we’d let 2018 close out without another episode, did you? In this episode, Curtiss, Mike and I discuss the latest Trump news, and the fallout for Kevin Hart and Marc Lamont Hill.

Also, don’t look now—but Mike had to have “the talk” with his daughter. He’ll tell you how that went.

To our faithful listeners, we truly appreciate your support. If you’re a new listener, listen to a few episodes and let us know what you think. We’re always open to feedback.

From our families to yours, we wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Nov 14, 2018

Welcome back to University College! In this episode we take a look back at the 2018 midterm elections and discuss whether identity politics can still win elections for liberals. We take a look at why people vote for Trump, and the reason may actually be something far different than what you think.

We finish up with a discussion about #Blessed and the freak that is Zion Williamson.

Oct 5, 2018

As we count down to #PVHC2k18, we sit down with friend and Prairie View alumnus, Krystal Ashade. She has an amazing story that begins with a life-changing diagnosis at 12 and picks up with her authoring her first book titled "The Extraordinary Kashman."

Kashman tells the story of a young child with Cerebral Palsy who is also a superhero. Even more touching, the story was inspired by Krystal's son. Equal parts touching, funny, and inspirational Krystal's book does a great job reminding us why everyone's story deserves to be told and that representation matters.

We hope you'll join us for this very special episode.

Sep 30, 2018

This week, the University College crew is back at it again! We discuss Trump's United Nations speech, much ado about Rosenstein, and is it ever ok to tell another man his wife/gal tastes like a breakfast cereal (a la the Carmelo incident a few years back).

Sep 10, 2018

Welcome back to University College! We apologize for the late episode--life happens. In this episode, we talk about monkeying up things and the racist tones involved. We also discuss the importance of Nike's new 30th anniversary campaign involving Colin Kaepernick. We finish up with a look at the penultimate episode of Power!

Aug 28, 2018

Last week, there was legitimate breaking news every day. It turns out, Michael Cohen's "love" for Trump wasn't unconditional after all. In fact,  several people closest to Trump spoke to investigators under immunity last week. We take a look at what this means and who will be next to get the call from Mueller.

Aug 13, 2018

University College is pleased to present Episode 74! This week, we discuss LeBron James and his new educational endeavor. Mike tosses a little hate at James (but makes sure we know its not at the school because education rocks!). We also dissect Donald Trump's criticism at James and CNN's Don Lemon. Finally, we discuss our "Who Gotta Go?" for Power, Season 5 Episode 6. Check us out and let us know your feedback! Find us on Instagram at @UCollege and @iOpine11.

Jul 12, 2018

On the show this week, we discuss President Trump's SCOTUS nomination. What legacy is Trump trying to leave behind with his Supreme Court picks?

 

We also take a quick look at Season 5 Episode 2 of "Power". Is Angela's character still useful? How many times can Tommy screw Ghost over? When will Season 1 Ghost return?

 

Jul 6, 2018

What an amazing couple of days! Immigration is still a major news topic, Maxine Waters told a certain segment of America "they better shoot straight" and LeBron is headed to Tinsel Town. All of that is nothing compared to the return of Power! We look at all this and more in this week's University College Podcast.

 

Jun 28, 2018

Welcome back to University College! In Episode 71, Vern gets parent-shamed by Coleman and Curtiss. We discuss Coleman's recent purchase of an environmentally friendly, gas-efficient Negro classic automobile with a modern twist. Is Terrell Owens the jerk many believed him to be, or is he simply misunderstood? Finally, Kim Kardashian has sworn off of selfies, and helped to free a prisoner! The world is truly in the end times! Have a listen, leave us comments!

May 28, 2018

In this week's edition of University College, we take a look at adulting. A made up word, the trials, tribulations and triumph are too real for most of us. Is there a manual for how to adult properly? Further, what are the trademarks of being a successful adult? Is it owning a home, making and keeping friends, handling your money properly? For everyone, the proper version of being an adult means different things.

We ask specific questions this week, including:

1) Is there any shame in living with your parents past your 30s?

2) Should you have an emergency fund?

3) Is it better to rent or own your vehicle/home?

4) Is making friends in your 30s as important as it was in your teens and 20s?

 

We hope you'll join us for this interesting discussion.

May 16, 2018

UC family, welcome back! Its been a while since we dropped a recording, but episode 69 is available! This week, we discuss the importance of Mother's Day and the uselessness of Father's Day.

What did we think about Donald Glover's "This is America" video? Listen to find out. We also ask the question, can you be woke if you're dating outside of your race? This discussion then leads to a quick talk about what is "normal" versus what is "weird"? Do these labels even mean anything anymore.

Listen and we'd love to hear your feedback.

Apr 26, 2018

Things get a little chippy in this edition of University College. With the recent Cohen bombshell...is Special Counsel Robert Mueller barking up the wrong tree? Will Mike FINALLY admit that where there's smoke, there's the Trump administration in a dumpster fire?

We also take a look at James Comey's new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. Was Comey doing the righteous thing and defending the integrity of the FBI, or was he feeding his own ego and grandstanding?

We also look at the recent raid of Michael Cohen's legal office.

Apr 20, 2018

Welcome back to University College! Recently, a discussion has re-ignited about how to join together the different parts of the African diaspora in America. Black Americans feel that their brothers and sisters from Africa judge them—while many first-generation Africans in America have the belief that Black Americans have squandered opportunities. In reality, we each have something to learn from one another and ultimately share the same cultural space. This week, we are joined by Dr. Nehdia Mumuni. Dr. Mumuni is a first generation American of Ghanaian descent. She talks to us about growing up in two cultures, and the differences she observed in Black Americans and her own culture.

Apr 4, 2018

Think of this entire episode as a "from the archives," "cutting room floor-esque" recording. We talk about Trump and his inability to weather the Stormy, we discuss men who blame their wives for $30,000 doors, and wrinkles in time.

Apr 4, 2018

Think of this entire episode as a "from the archives," "cutting room floor-esque" recording. We talk about Trump and his inability to weather the Stormy, we discuss men who blame their wives for $30,000 doors, and wrinkles in time.

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