Music blogger and podcaster Toya Haynes (First Time I Heard) rejoins the Mission to return to 2005 for a fun retrospective on Dave Chappelle's BLOCK PARTY with live performances by Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Moe Def and a historic reunion of The Fugees.
Len gets Vince's thoughts on soulful remakes that are superior to the originals (so some say)and the hip hop opera CARMEN starring Mekhi Phifer and Beyonce Knowles in her acting debut gets more honest scrutiny than it got in 2001.
Vince and Len close out their celebration of THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING with an appreciation of Jeffrey Wright in 2008's Cadillac Records, with Adrian Brody, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short and Mos Def. Oh yeah -- and Beyonce.
The Men welcome CHARMEL SIPPIO of the Reluctantly Adult podcast (http://www.ireluctantlyadult.com/) aboard the Mission to review 2002's BROWN SUGAR starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def. A Rick Famuyiwa (DOPE) film that doesn't hold up too well to criticism but still strikes a chord with the reviewers. The trick is - what does that chord sound like?