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Detroit is episode 136 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod-19: The Widowcaster miniseries covering the filmography of Kathryn Bigelow. Posted November 19, 2017.


Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III, hosts of Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood podcast, join Griffin and David to discuss 2017’s period crime drama, Detroit. But was this a story that needed to be told? Is the racist white cop technically the lead? Were sections of this movie purposely shot like a horror movie? In the final installment of our mini series devoted to the filmography of Kathryn Bigelow, together, they discuss the many inconsistencies of this film, John Boyega, Blazing Saddles and more. [1]

A crossover episode! All three hosts of the movie podcast "Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood" - Jerah Milligan, James III, and Jonathan Braylock - join Griffin Newman, David Sims, and Producer Ben Hosley to make for the biggest group to be on the Blank Check mics ever. And they are here to talk about the latest Kathryn Bigelow movie, 2017's Detroit.

This one bounced, baby.

Did Bigelow become paralyzed by choice in the wake of the success of Zero Dark Thirty? How is Detroit similar to Strange Days? Should it even have been named and promoted as Detroit? Why did the most problematic character get the most screen time and the most character development/closure? Does this movie successfully get viewers thinking about problematic issues and how they relate to the current state of American society? It sure kept this discussion as focused as any in the history of the show.

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • My man.
  • A movie that depicts more types of racism: Blazing Saddles
  • Blooper reel at the end!


  • This episode was sponsored by Pro Flowers. A professional flowerman, Dan Candyman, stops by when David says that he's looking for something with fall colors; this flowerman sings songs about the bouquets available. Don't worry about any gambling issues you might have - because you cannot lose with the discount available to Blank Check listeners. That's, promo code: blankcheck.


  1. Detroit on Audioboom. Retrieved July 26, 2021.