Freedom of Speech Ain't Free | Episode 85

This week’s Check-In starts off with L.O.’s hostile encounter with a stockboy at Whole Foods; Vin is increasing his role as Fire Marshall Vin on the job; Alaric is taking his umpteenth COVID-19 test to work on a new production; and, Mack reunites with the girl next door.

Next, the guys discuss the concept of freedom of speech. Is it really free or is it as Ice T once said: “Free Speech is free, just watch what you say.” 

We have Mack’s Top Ten, What Did We Learn Today?, and This Week’s Libation.

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

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Prime Suspect | Episode 84

Welcome to another episode of Decoding40.  

Alaric’s living the same day over and over in his version of Groundhog Day; Leon finds out that one of his accounts has been compromised; Vin battles his first track fire; and, Mack takes his baby girl for her vaccination.

This week the guys discuss the movie Malcolm & Marie and give their thoughts on the film and its depiction of love. The guys also discuss the nuances between a “Black movie” and Black cinema. 

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

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The Bukake Machine | Episode 83

Mack starts off with the Check-In by sharing his computer building skills. L spends his weekend watching the Lord of the Rings and The Little Things starring Denzel Washington.  Vin checks in with the blizzard report in the NYC area and a serious health warning about the risks associated with shoveling snow. Finally, Alaric discusses his recent colonoscopy and how everything checked out fine. If you’re over 40, and especially if you’re a Black man, we encourage you to undergo all of the health screenings available.

Next, we welcome one half of the Drunk Black History podcast comedian Brandon Collins.  He gives us a brief history of how the original live comedy show Drunk Black History turned into a podcast with his co-host fellow comedian Gordon Baker-Bone.  

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

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Mediocrity: The Other White Meat | Episode 82

Welcome back to another episode of Decoding40.  

It’s been one week since the Inauguration and the country hasn’t gone up in smoke. This Week’s Check-In includes gratitude from Mack for all of the people who reached out to extend their condolences for his mother’s passing; L.O. finally takes a Covid test; Vin has a quiet week, and Rick some unfortunate news.

Next up, we discuss how racism and white privilege allows for white mediocrity and why Black people have to work twice as hard to get half as much as their white counterparts. Is there a sea change occurring to quell white supremacy? Or, will white supremacy continue to prevail?

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

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A Conscious Dreamer | Episode 81

The episode starts off with the crew clowning Mack on his compromised infrastructure.  Is it too much porn? Or, does his Apple computer just have a worm? L starts off with a review of his latest binge-worthy show and lets us in on the new podcast he’s producing Authentically Me by Annette Gregory McArthur.  Vin shares his apprehension about the upcoming change of power on the 20th after the Jan 6th insurrection.  He also shares his opinion on the out of control homeless situation plaguing the city.  We can only hope a new mayoral administration will help change the situation.  Alaric shares a battle with his Covid weight.  He also shares a story of road rage but to our surprise, it’s not him but his daughter yelling “Get out the way”. 

Lastly, Mack shares a heartfelt check-in.  Unfortunately, his mother, the matriarch of his family, Juanita Burnett, passed away on January 13th, 2021.  She lived a long and prosperous life for 89 years. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting her you’ll know she was good-natured, kind but a no-nonsense Queen. She will be sorely missed and we ask that you extend your prayers to Mack and his family. 

Next, we discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Much of America has trivialized his existence to just his “I Have a Dream” speech, but there was much more to his movement.   As his philosophy evolved he sought to create inclusiveness of all people.  He realized that it was poor vs rich and it may have been this shift in thinking that led to his assassination. 

This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Juanita Burnett.

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

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Money, Power, Respect | Episode 80

Welcome to another episode of Decoding40.

The crew starts off with the Check-In touching on topics including Vin taking some time off from work; Mack’s baby girl is finally home and his journey of sleepless nights has begun;  L is dealing with fatherhood in the cyber age, and Rick gets ready for his upcoming colonoscopy.  

Next, we address the failed coup by Vanilla Isis/Al Cracker across the country. The Trumptards attempted an insurrection on the Capitol building with the intent of stopping the U.S. Congress from certifying the 2020 election. Fortunately for us, they were unsuccessful, but what does this mean for a country still unable to deal with white extremists.  

For the interview, we welcome A. Donahue Baker, a Grammy-nominated producer turned financial and real estate guru.   Mr. Baker has over 20 years of experience and owns over 500 various properties.  If that’s not enough, he is opening up a bank to help create new Black entrepreneurs and generational wealth.

Two Girls and a Stimulus Check | Episode 79

Welcome back to a new year and a new episode of Decoding 40.

This week’s Check-In includes how the guys spent their holidays and celebrating New Year’s Eve.  

The guys also discuss the lackluster stimulus checks and Mitch McConnell’s role in refusing to bring a vote to the floor for more money.  They also discuss Trump’s recent phone call pressuring the Georgia Secretary of State to manipulate the tabulated votes to overturn the outcome in his favor. 

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

If you want to leave us a message or ask us a question, give us a call at (608) 618-4040. Want to be our Whiskey Warrior of the Week? Or, do you have an event or product that you would like us to attend, sample, and promote? Then, please send us an email to Decoding40@gmail.com to start the discussion.

Hindsight 2020: Bah Hum Bum

What’s good Decoding40 friends? We’ve come to the end of one of the most difficult years in all of our lifetimes. Despite all we have been through, we are extremely honored that you have been a part of our journey and sharing in all of the information and laughs we’ve had throughout the year.  

For this holiday special, we discuss the top three impactful events of 2020. Topping the list is of course the Coronavirus COVID-19 and how we all moved from a state of unconcern to being all out affected in personal ways. With over 300,000 deaths, to date, it is hard to find someone who wasn’t touched by this pandemic. Even our team was affected. Mack, unfortunately, lost his dad to the virus in the spring and Rick contracted the virus too.  Vin had to brave the virus at work on a daily basis. And, Leon sheltered in place and to make sure his family was COVID-free. 

We also discuss the social justice movement that swept the world due to several incidents of police brutality and the lack of accountability when it comes to law enforcement violating civil rights. And, finally, we give our thoughts on one of the most influential elections in recent history and what we hope to see in the next administration.

Thanks again to all of you who continue to support us each and every week.  We extend our prayers for peace to you and all of your loved ones.  We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2021!

We’ll be back with a new podcast episode on January 8, 2021. 

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

If you want to leave us a message or ask us a question, give us a call at (608) 618-4040. Want to be our Whiskey Warrior of the Week? Or, do you have an event or product that you would like us to attend, sample, and promote? Then, please send us an email to Decoding40@gmail.com to start the discussion.

Hindsight 2020: Bah Hum Bum | Episode 78

What’s good Decoding40 friends? We’ve come to the end of one of the most difficult years in all of our lifetimes. Despite all we have been through, we are extremely honored that you have been a part of our journey and sharing in all of the information and laughs we’ve had throughout the year.  

For this holiday special, we discuss the top three impactful events of 2020. Topping the list is of course the Coronavirus COVID-19 and how we all moved from a state of unconcern to being all out affected in personal ways. With over 300,000 deaths, to date, it is hard to find someone who wasn’t touched by this pandemic. Even our team was affected. Mack, unfortunately, lost his dad to the virus in the spring and Rick contracted the virus too.  Vin had to brave the virus at work on a daily basis. And, Leon sheltered in place and to make sure his family was COVID-free. 

We also discuss the social justice movement that swept the world due to several incidents of police brutality and the lack of accountability when it comes to law enforcement violating civil rights. And, finally, we give our thoughts on one of the most influential elections in recent history and what we hope to see in the next administration.

Thanks again to all of you who continue to support us each and every week.  We extend our prayers for peace to you and all of your loved ones.  We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2021!

We’ll be back with a new podcast episode on January 8, 2021. 

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch when we resume on January 8, 2021

If you want to leave us a message or ask us a question, give us a call at (608) 618-4040. Want to be our Whiskey Warrior of the Week? Or, do you have an event or product that you would like us to attend, sample, and promote? Then, please send us an email to Decoding40@gmail.com to start the discussion.

Panoramic Fatigue | Episode 77

For this week’s Check-In, the crew discusses Vin’s wins at work; Chinese restaurants and the Black people who don’t eat their chicken wings; chicken snobs; Alaric’s frustrations with the pandemic fatigue; LO is filing his first small claims case; Mack making familial bonds and connecting through technology; and, people who slaughter the English language.

The guys discuss whether or not they are going to take the COVID-19 vaccine and their motivations for their decisions. They also discuss the recently leaked audio of President-Elect Joe Biden’s with several Black civil rights leaders. And, will a President Biden be too committed to the status quo or find the temerity for a bold presidency that makes significant changes. 

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live, YouTube, and Twitch.

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