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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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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....