#12 | Whatever Happened to the Black Actor of Tomorrow? (Cuba Gooding, Jr.)

Brandon and John spend most of this episode answering the question “what the (fudge!) happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.’s career?” Our journey takes us down a rabbit hole of terrible, terrible trailers for terrible, terrible Cuba Gooding Jr-starring films of the 1990s, an analysis of Gooding’s career choices, and a review of some of his musical performances from his films. Fair warning: he’s no Cuba Gooding, Sr.

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*00:07:47: “Confirmation” – We discuss the casting and development of this upcoming Clarence Thomas Biopic for HBO.

*00:14:18: “Straight Outta Compton” Lawsuit – Suge Knight killed someone on the set of this NWA biopic, and the family is suing. We discuss the case and (carefully) the perpetrator.

*00:19:31: “Hot in Cleveland” Cancellation – John’s favorite multicam sitcom is ending its six-season run. We mourn its passing.

*00:21:56: WTF Happened to Cuba Gooding Jr? – The main event. This man won an Oscar and yet can barely be arrested in Hollywood. We try to figure out why?

*01:00:13: Anachronistic Songs in Movies and Other Randomness – People on the internet are upset about “Selma” concluding with a rap song. Brandon rants about how many movies set in X time period conclude with or contain hideously anachronistic modern songs.

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