Resurrecting Black Jesus [feat. Slink Johnson] | Episode 26

Join us for the first episode of a special two-part interview with our friend, the one and only, divinely-inspired Slink Johnson, the star of Adult Swim’s Black Jesus.  Slink joins us for a hilarious episode sharing his unadulterated, uncut brand of comedy. Slink gives us some insight on how he got started acting, how it feels to play Black Jesus, cultural icons he’s smoked with and the meaning behind the #smokeyours movement.

We start off by catching up with the crew and finding how they spent their time off. L.O. goes to a wedding. Rick does best at recreating Daddy Day Care. Vins takes some mental days from work. And, Mack shares his Biggest Loser successes.

The distinction of #WhiskeyWarrioroftheWeek goes to friend of the show, Brian Adams, who introduced us to Oban 14 Year Single Malt Scotch. In all honesty, the segment starts off pretty rocky, but in the presence of Black Jesus, this may be the greatest redemption we have ever witnessed. The crew relearns a valuable lesson on how great things can and do come in small packages.

If you want to be our Whiskey Warrior of the Week, please send an email to Decoding40@gmail.com for details.

You’ll hear all this and more in this Friday’s edition of Decoding 40. If you are on social media be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on Patreon.

And, make sure you catch Slink Johnson starring in Black Jesus, the American sitcom created by Aaron McGruder and Mike Clattenburg, returning for its third season and premiering September 21st at 12:00 AM EST on Adult Swim.

The Legend of Kuato | Episode 25

We jump right into this episode with a flashback and cautionary tale from Alaric that really proves if it is too good to be true then it probably is. He meets a beautiful woman at a bar and then the encounter goes left. This leads us to ask a couple of questions, “How shallow are we?” and ”Would you date a woman differently-abled or possessing non-traditional beauty?”

It’s another trip for Mack aka Mr. International and this time it’s Greece.  Mack gives us the good, the bad and the hilarious parts of his trip and how a very old man and ex-wrestler worked together to conspire against unsuspecting travelers. You have to hear this one!

This week’s libation is Grass Widow courtesy of our first Whiskey Warrior Nelson Hume. A very good whiskey, perfect for after or maybe during work.  

We then switch gears and discuss the fallout from the RocNation and NFL partnership and whether or not if the NFL achieved its goal of changing the narrative. Despite an avalanche of public opinion, we cut through some of the noise to find out if there’s any there…there.

We also discuss the recent firing of officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was directly involved with the choking death of Eric Garner.  What took so long to fire him and was it enough?

You’ll hear all this and more in this Friday’s edition of Decoding 40. And, follow us on Twitter, Facebookand Instagram. And, this week on Patreon, be sure to check out the alternate ending only available to our Patreon subscribers.

Stick to the Script | Episode 24

We start off answering the question if it is possible in today’s world to humanize customer service. The crew discusses their experiences and frustration with foreign call centers and the scripted conversations they use to supposedly empathize with customers.  We all agree that better training and the empowerment of workers could lead to a happier customer base.

Next, we discuss how tired and bored we are with the current search for a Democratic presidential nominee.  The coverage of the Democratic field is looking more like a WWE wrestling match rather than a search for a viable candidate to lead the free world.  In a country so divided by racial and economic disparities is their one person to bring the left and right back to the middle.

From politics to whiskey–because that is what we do.  This week’s libations was brought to you by Larceny Whiskey and we ask whether or not: Buy or Not Buy?  We can all agree that it’s a nice sip but not really one we would buy with the exception of L.O.  We wrap up the episode to discuss investments from bitcoin to Canadian weed to Iraqi dinars we all have a good investment story.  

You’ll hear all this and more in this Friday’s edition of Decoding 40. And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and on Patreon.

P.S. Come hang with us on September 5th as we support Alaric and the latest installment of Arterotica on Sept 5 at Madame X in New York City. Visit www.arteroticaevents.com for more information.

Go Back to Africa A.$.A.P. | Episode 23

Welcome back to another fun episode of Decoding40.

We start the show off by catching up with the crew as they share thoughts on their hatred for busy work; experience with #pottybootcamp, #Aquaphor and the #terribletwos, and witnessing a slow speed police car chase in uptown Manhattan.  

We then discuss a couple of other police incidents. One involves a case of police brutality with a twist and the other is Mack getting away from the police. Mack then updates us on his recent trip to Vermont that included a visit to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory with a double scoop of MAGA mixed with Sons of Anarchy. 

We then turn our attention to A$AP Rocky and his predicament in Sweden. **FYI – he’s since been released and found guilty prior to the release of this episode** Should Black people support him or any other person who doesn’t support their own community? And, did ASAP get his nigga wake up call?  

We finish up this episode to discuss times when we’ve been on the short end of the stick when it comes to skipping and proper line etiquette. Hands down though, Alaric wins this week’s “Most Racist Experience” Award by retelling a story of a white woman skipping him in line at the club.

You’ll hear all this and more in this Friday’s edition of Decoding 40. And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and on Patreon.

P.S. Come hang with us on September 5th as we support Alaric and the latest installment of Arterotica on Sept 5 at Madame X in New York City. Visit www.arteroticaevents.com for more information.

Who's Down With KYP? | Episode 22

The show starts with our patently funny subway stories.  Are bums getting too pushy nowadays and do they use their bum spittle as a weapon of coercion? The #Decoding40SubwaySeries continues as we all agree that we’re really tired of all the dancing, loud music, and begging.  Vin talks about his self-diagnosis of misophonia which is characterized by selective sensitivity to specific sounds accompanied by emotional distress and even anger.

We discuss the story about Dr. Tisha Rowe and how she was asked by American Airlines to cover up because they felt her romper was too revealing.  Is this another example of the over-sexualization of Black women’s body by American Airlines?  

We switch gears to one of our favorite topics of hip hop and whether or not the DJ is just as important as the M.C. and should they get an equal cut of the money?  We give our hot take on Spindarella and her current lawsuit against Salt and Pepa.  Next, we revisit the story of Michelle Carter, the young lady who was convicted of manslaughter for urging Conrad Roy through text message to kill himself.  We all go down memory lane and ask ourselves have we ever been in a relationship that made us want to kill ourselves, and is there such a thing as KYP? We end the episode with a listener question.

All this and more in this Friday’s edition of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on Patreon.

Raisin Bread and THOTS | Episode 21

It’s another Episode of Decoding40 and we start it off with a few burning questions.  Are the women on Instagram models or are they simply THOTS?  And, what’s your THOT ratio? How many pages do you follow are dedicated thirst trappers? 

The crew opens up the show with some personal updates.  Vin is almost killed by a runaway ceiling fan and rogue weed whacker.  L.O. is having over 40 issues with an unexplainable pain. Mack gets invited to the Vermont Brewery Festival in Burlington, VA.  Finally, after spending almost five grand and maybe even enlisting the services of a dumb lead baby to eat the paint chips, Alaric’s home is finally lead-free.

Next, we talk about the JPMorgan owned ship that was seized in a Philadelphia port with over a billion in cocaine and whether or not JP Morgan executives were aware that the ship was transporting drugs. And, more importantly, where are the drugs now?  
We wrap it up with the latest installment of This Week’s Libation, Angels Envy, which had Vin in heaven.  Alaric finds out that the heiress of the Basil Hayden fortune might be a future listener. 

As always, thanks for listening to another episode of Decoding40. And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can also check us out on Patreon. Peace!

Dry Reparations | Episode 20

This week we turn our focus to the serious topic of reparations.  Should the African American community receive them or is it too late? Next we discuss the case of Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who was shot while pregnant during an altercation.  Under pressure from abortion rights groups she was charged for the murder of her unborn child.  Crazy, right? But, not crazier than the turn we take next about Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.  Would she support banning abortion if she was younger and her vagina was not as dry as her face? 

We round the hour out with discussing which genre of music is more accepting: country or hip hop?  We also discuss ways that we maintain our own mental health and our experiences with therapists.  And, lastly we wrap up the show with a nostalgic discussion about video games and game consoles.

Thanks for listening to another episode and we hope you keep listening for not only the next 20 but the next 200 and beyond! And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can also check us out on Patreon.

Dry Reparations – Episode 20

This week we turn our focus to the serious topic of reparations.  Should the African American community receive them or is it too late? Next we discuss the case of Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who was shot while pregnant during an altercation.  Under pressure from abortion rights groups she was charged for the murder of her unborn child.  Crazy, right? But, not crazier than the turn we take next about Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.  Would she support banning abortion if she was younger and her vagina was not as dry as her face? 

We round the hour out with discussing which genre of music is more accepting: country or hip hop?  We also discuss ways that we maintain our own mental health and our experiences with therapists.  And, lastly we wrap up the show with a nostalgic discussion about video games and game consoles.

Thanks for listening to another episode and we hope you keep listening for not only the next 20 but the next 200 and beyond! And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can also check us out on Patreon.

Glass Half Full Racist | Episode 19

This week is another mixed bag of hilarious conversation discussing stories on New York City subway to cheap and questionable airlines. Then we tackle a host of topics including whether or not Black people can be racists, the problem with shady postal carriers and other delivery persons. We also discuss whether or not men and women can have meetings in casual or potentially compromising settings.

We finish up the hour talking about media biases and the manipulation of news leading to uninformed and brainwashed citizens.  And, with the 2020 election quickly approaching, should the politicians maintain the high road or is it time for them to take the gloves off and fight fire with fire. 

Once again thanks for listening to another episode of Decoding40! And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also check us out on Patreon.

Lead Chips and Dip | Episode 18

We’re backkk! What’s good Decoding 40 family? Hope everyone had a great holiday.

This week’s episode starts off with a song from L.O. and a reenactment of the calls that we all miss or avoid from LIFE!

We start off with a discussion about dealing with contractors and their ability to capitalize on our fears and ignorance when it comes to home repairs.  Alaric tells us about his recent run-in with lead abatement and shady contractor practices.  

This leads us into the astronomical cost of health coverage in this country and how one trip to the hospital can change your financial life.  And, speaking of changes, we then talk about the growing trend of couples deciding to blend their last name when getting married versus the traditional practice of wives taking on their husband’s last name. Is it a time-honored tradition or an archaic idea?

We round out the show with the Black man that America loves to hate O.J. Simpson who has recently plunged into social media by recently joining Twitter. We also discuss reparations.  Will Black people ever get them?  If so, in what form should they be handed down.

Once again thanks for listening to another episode of Decoding40! And, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can also check us out on Patreon.