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Against The Grain is The View with 3 black comedians.​ No topic is too real, no conversation is too controversial, nothing is off topic. Follow us as we debate, sift through the topical BS, keep it light or make it heavy. What you hear is our thoughts, just what we’re feeling at the time!

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It's been a crazy, fun, controversial at times ride going Against the Grain. So in this episode, we pull a few of our favorite segments and moments from the previous 18 episodes. Segments like The Pepsi Commercial, Queens of the Week, our favorite Baseball Walk-up Music, and a few more. We're behind this mic, and your homies not slowing down anytime soon....
With special guest Peter Banifaz (Shameless, Veep, UCB) goes behind the mic with the crew, who once again are minus Edgar for an indie improv show. We jump into so much with one of the realest talking about the NFL and it's bullshit, and hip hop before we jump into a conversation about Jason Whitlock and the problematic nature of his black conservative narrative. We then chop it up about boxing af...
For one week, we go with a dynamic duo with Carl away making Texans laugh at a comedy festival. Jacquis and Edgar start off touching on Hurricane Harvey and the relief for all the victims of the tragedy. Then we rundown all current pop culture bullshit hitting on Game of Thrones, Insecure, and Kyrie Irving. We then jump into an entire segment dedicated to Donald Trump and the way we talk about him...
The episode we've waited for over 15 episodes, and it doesn't disappoint. We finally get the guest we have been wanting since episode 1, as we welcome former Queen of the Week, Ego Nwodim (UCB). We talk to her about a topic we've been sitting on, black men dating white women and outside of their race. As 3 black men who have and do date white women, we have had this conversation many times and wan...
The crew welcomes back Edgar to behind the mic and we jump into some of the things he missed last week, including hairstyles and Charlottesville. We then chop it up about the so called Tina Fey controversy and outrage in comedy. Jacquis binged watched Insecure and is now caught up, so we get his thoughts on the series so far and we give our thoughts on the characters and storylines and why Carl ha...
While Edgar takes an episode off to make the people laugh on stage, we invite special guest Ishmel Sahid (UCB, White Women) to chop it up with the crew. We talk about our hairstyles growing up, that covered braids, afros, S-curls, too much grease, and Carl's current baldness. We then jump into a topic weighing heavy on our minds with the events of Charlottesville and White Supremacy. We get heavy ...
It's the Hometown Show! The crew jumps into the pod interviewing each other about each other's hometowns and upbringing. Jacquis, from Chicago, IL, talks about his favorite foods, crazy stories growing up in a dangerous neighborhood and everything Chi-town. Then Edgar tells us of growing up in Yonkers, New York, a place where his pops survived a gunshot to the head and his mom moved them from to the border of the country in McAllen, Texas. We end with Carl telling us about living with his family in Pascagoula, Mississippi. We learn of crazy misfortunes in his family's history and him being mov...
In an episode that left a lot on the cutting room floor, the crew jumps into the pod with a little NBA talk and Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland, a topic that has Carl feeling like a jilted lover. Of course, we couldn't let a week go by and not talk about the parole of The Juice. OJ is getting out, and we're talking about it right before we chop it up about the new show by the Game of Thrones...
Special Guest Anna Hossnieh (Ethnically Ambiguous Podcast) joins the Jacquis, Edgar and Carl to tells us a crazy story of her being held hostage recently in the Caribbean. We then jump into the the Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian twitter and revenge porn scandal, and navigating hip hop as a millennial as we talk about a topic we've hit before, how trash Joe Budden is. Then as our first female guest,...
The crew kicks it off with Edgar revealing he's a conspiracy theorist and doesn't believe we landed on the moon. Then we jump into a conversation about standing up for black folks doing the most. After discussing the outrage some had with Deray McKesson, a Black Lives Matter Activist, after he had Katy Perry on his podcast to talk about cultural appropriation, the question is posed if you're label...
After a 2 week hiatus, the crew is back! We catch up on our past two weeks that included a trip to New York for the Del Close Marathon Comedy Festival. We touch on NBA Free Agency, then jump into a conversation about whether artists have an obligation to give good interviews after the Migos and Joe Budden interview at the BET Awards. Jacquis has a black republican view on it while Edgar depends on...
In an episode that left a lot on the cutting room floor,  we welcome in loyal listener Kevin Chestnut to chat with the crew about what's on our minds this week. Kevin gives us some notes on some of his favorite topics we've discussed on the show, then of course we talk about the NBA Finals fresh off a Cavs game 4 win, much to Carl's delight. We dive into a conversation about whether success and c...
Carl, Edgar and Jacquis go ahead and dedicate an entire episode to a topic they could and usually do talk about for hours. The NBA and basketball. We recap the first 2 games of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavilers. We talk LeBron and Kevin Durant, if the Cavs have a chance at all, and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team vs the 2016-17 Warriors....
We give our 2017 NBA Finals Predictions between the Cleveland Cavs and Golden State Warriors in what was supposed to be a quick segment, but turns into a MJ vs LeBron 2 on 1 argument between Carl and Jacquis and Edgar. Then we discuss if we were baseball player, what our walk up music would be, which includes some wrestling tunes, hip hop and surprisingly a country track. Afterwards, Edgar poses t...
With special guest Phil Augusta Jackson (FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Key and Peele, UCB Theater), the crew touches on the very serious issue of racial profiling and discrimination after a recent episode writing by Phil on Brooklyn Nine-Nine touching on the same issue. Then Phil asks us to settle a debate he's had for years, is peanut butter salty or sweet? This turns into a mini food debate pitting ...
We chop it up about Lavar Ball and our dislike for his style. A conversation about an interview between Joe Budden and Lil Yachty that has us discussing older generations not respecting newer generations way of evolving things. Then we throw out our favorite TV shows with primarily black casts....
With special guest Cody Ziglar (UCB Comedy Podcasts Network, The 2nd Team Podcast) the crew debates on Rachel Dolezal and if she should be getting all the flack she's getting. Then we all discuss something we are currently doing, watching, or consuming in our current lives. And since we're all black, we introduce a new segment called the 'Black Moment of the Week'. By the end, Carl comes to a sad ...
Jacquis and Carl realize they may actually be related through old Mississippi family ties, then the crew talks about their top 5 hip hop artists of all time and it may surprise you. Then, we do a segment called 'How Jesus Touched Me' that turns into us singing our favorite gospel songs from artists like Kirk Franklin and more....
In this first episode, we talk about whether Russell Westbrook is deserving of the 2016-17 NBA MVP award. Then Edgar and Jacquis debate whether comedy is timeless, as Carl moderates and gives a history lesson about Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live. Then we all give our surprising take on the fallout from the Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial....