#146 | The Excellent, Marvelous, Effervescent Robert Townsend

The creative force behind such films as “Hollywood Shuffle” and “The Five Heartbeats,” not to mention the much-beloved television show, “The Parent ‘Hood,” Robert Townsend has left an indelible mark on pop culture. However, the actor/comedian/writer/producer/director is rarely recognized for his prestigious work. It’s time to change that. In our second 2017 Black History Month special, we discuss the outstanding work of the trailblazing Black Acting School alum and living legend.


• 00:00:00: Intro/Film Reviews

• 00:02:41: Career Origins and “Hollywood Shuffle”

• 00:26:18: “The Five Heartbeats” and “Eddie Murphy: Raw”

• 00:34:16: “The Meteor Man” and more on “The Five Heartbeats”

• 00:49:17: Townsend Television: “Robert Townsend’s Partners in Crime” and “The Parent ‘Hood”

• 00:56:19: “B*A*P*S” and “Jackie’s Back!”

• 01:04:51: “Holiday Heart”, “Little Richard”, and “Carmen: A Hip-Hopera”

• 01:13:17: Later Works/Outro



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