‘Speed Dial,’ Episode 17: The State of the Black Sitcom

Also discussed: the problem with newly minted social critic Kate Upton and Usher's new look

Hello, Speed Dialers! Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Félix return with another episode of "Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen,” MTV’s bicoastal podcast about music, pop culture, sex, and race.

This week, Ira and Doreen take stock of the black shows that have premiered to rave reviews this season: OWN's Queen Sugar and FX's Atlanta. They talk about the cinematographic beauty of Ava DuVernay's films, and the ease with which she translates that on the small screen. They also get into a deep conversation about how Atlanta fits into a lineage of black sitcoms. Make sure you read Ira's marvelous piece about that here. Next, Doreen gets surprised when Ira tells her white women on the internet think she's sexist because she *may or may not have* cracked a joke about model Kate Upton, who, if you missed it, criticized black football players for taking a knee during the anthem on 9/11. Then, Ira regales us with tales of the Tidal listening party for Usher's new album. Finally, your hosts answer a Feedback question from the great Kyle Turner: What to do with wild white people on the internet?

Call in to “Feedback,” “Speed Dial”’s advice hotline! Have a question you want Ira and Doreen to answer? Leave them a voicemail at 424-354-9335. And check out "Speed Dial With Ira and Doreen" here on SoundCloud or subscribe on iTunes.


VMAs 2017