Sh*tty Wages | Episode 90

This episode is was recorded before and released after the news of the untimely death of DMX was released. We are praying for all of his family, friends, and fans. Rest in Power brother!

Welcome to another episode of Decoding40. 

The Check-In starts with Alaric who received his first COVID shot without incident; Vin has one of the worst customer experiences with Lowes; Leon takes a much needed R&R trip to a serene and very white town in upstate New York; Mack is back to house hunting after the house he and his wife had in the contract did not fare well after the inspection. 

Next, we discuss one of the leading hotbed issues of a minimum wage increase which is currently being considered by the Biden administration.  What are the pros and cons of an increase and how it adversely affects millions of people living under the poverty line? The conversation gets heated with Mack being against the increase because of the effects on small businesses.

This and much more on the latest episode of Decoding40.

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You've Been Cancelled! | Episode 89

In this week’s check-in, Mack’s eyes have been giving him trouble and it may be time to trade in the iPhone for a Jitterbug. Mack and Vin have taken their first vaccine shot without any side effects. L is heading out of town with the family for a change of scenery and some much needed R&R.  He also shares his weekly movie review of the laugh-out-loud reality comedy Bad Trip. Alaric is gearing up for two weeks alone with his kids,  we’re all praying for him. If anyone would like to help him out call the Decoding40 line at 608-618-4040. 

Next, we discuss the recent legislation seeking to disenfranchise voters across the country. We take a particular look at the shenanigans in Georgia.   We also tackle the Sharon Osborne scandal and this is an example of “cancel culture” out of control.  Should this be a teachable moment, or nah?  

This and much more on the latest episode of Decoding40.

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Black Prophet, Black Profit | Episode 88

Welcome back to another episode of Decoding40. On this week’s check-in, Alari has installed a front door camera to solve the mystery of the dog shit in front of his house. L has an uneventful week but was forced to block the first person on Clubhouse.  Mack has started house hunting with the wife and the experience is leaving him underwhelmed. Vin is winding up his vacation and is in the process of looking for someone to install a fence in his backyard. 

Next, we discuss the latest story in the Black Live matter movement.  Recently, Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, is taking aim at certain civil rights leaders that she claimed were clout chasing.  She feels that some of these leaders (or celebrity activists) and some organizations are profiting from her pain and the pain of many families that have had loved ones murdered by the State. Is she right?

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

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Q.G.T.M.S.: Queens Get the Money Shot | Episode 87

Welcome back to another episode of Decoding40.  This is a very special show because we are celebrating Alaric’s Birthday and the two-year anniversary of the podcast.

Birthday Boy Alaric starts off by sharing how he enjoyed his day; L is preparing for his secret business endeavor to become a reality; Vin talks about a bad restaurant trip and his weekend trip to Maryland; Mack rounds out the check-in with a life hack on how to zero out your emails. 

Next, we discuss the Black Male Privileges Checklist by Jewel Woods and examine if Black men, in fact, enjoy a privilege over Black women.

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

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Make Coming 2 America Great Again

After two weeks off, this could have easily been called the EPMD episode, because we’re Back In Business. We start off by discussing our post-Covid plans and how hard we’re going to celebrate.  Mack talks daddy duty; Vin maintains an uneventful couple of weeks and is awaiting the next American saga; L has an issue with his Sprint contract; and, Rick rounds off the check-in with him happily back to work.

SPOILER ALERT: We discuss Coming 2 America, the sequel to the original Eddie Murphy classic movie Coming to America. There are some very strong and differing opinions about the outcome of the movie. Let us know what you thought about it.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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