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Ratchet & Respectable

Demetria L. Lucas, cultural critic and author of A Belle in Brooklyn and Don't Waste Your Pretty, muses on pop culture shenanigans, dating and relationships, and everything worth watching on any size screen. #ratchetandrespectableWe wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com   Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

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People In Glass Houses....

Demi reviews TI's new podcast, Eddie Murphy's return to cinema in "Dolemite Is My Name", Deon Cole's underrated stand up, and Kanye's long-awaited "Jesus Is King". There's also considerable musing on Lamar Odom's confessions about his ex, Tank's take on oral sex and Wendy Williams's tirades about Nicki Minaj and Duchess Meghan Markle, but not the British tabloids which ruined her life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

26 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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You're **** ing Cancelled!

Demetria unleashes about the Black 53%, the sexism of Cancel Culture, the supreme fuccboi-ness of Future, and along with a special guest (a pole dance instructor!) explains why City Girls and Cardi B's "Twerk" video is empowering and more respectable than ratchet (hear me out).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Waiting to Exhale: Black Women & Anxiety

Demetria chats with therapist Lisa Jones- Chandler about black women anxiety, the strong black woman archetype (healthy) tools to self-soothe and how to find a therapist.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

23 May 2019

Rank #3

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"I'll be the B Holding the Bible"

Demetria is distraught about Jussie Smollet's attack, ticked off at B. Smith's discretion-less husband, curious about the new (and damning) Michael Jackson documentary at Sundance, and tired of all the water about Kamala Harris.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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The Ayesha Curry Conundrum

Demetria pontificates on Steve and Marjorie divorce rumors, Jussie Smollet's explosion from Empire, John Singleton's passing, West Indian Archie aka the newest addition to the royal family, Billy Porter's Old Testament realness at the Met Gala, Georgia's new abortion law, and why everyone hates Ayesha Curry so damn much.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

9 May 2019

Rank #5

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Demetria (finally) has a long overdue chat with one of her favorite writers and bestie-in-her-head, Damon Young, co-founder of Very Smart Brothas and author of "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker. Your favorite writer's favorite writers chat about Game of Thrones, gentrification, public transparency, short sentences, Michelle Williams, why Darius Lovehall is the ultimate fuccboi and (so, so, much) more....  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

27 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Privilege, Power & Prada

Demetria interviews a "Friend-in-Her Head" multimedia artist and cultural expert Kenya (Robinson) about the creation of privilege (including Demetria's inner Susan), embracing fear, why Blackface won't go away, rituals/symbols of White Power, and whitewashing Motown at the Grammys.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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"My Pain, Your Entertainment"

Demetria takes reader requests for this week's topics. The result? She muses on Dionne Warwick's questionable statements about Beyonce', Jordyn Woods' first TV role on Grown-ish, Peter Gunz's 11th child, Trey Songz's baby boy, the new season of She's Gotta Have It, and how to make a transition from an old life to a new one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

30 May 2019

Rank #8

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"I'm Tired of This Church"

Demetria chats with "Best friend in her head" The Unfit Christian about praying grandmothers, the Book of Luke, Bedside Baptist, John Gray and Jamal Bryant, Manifest Destiny, Re-imagining God, witchy Christians, "good" women, missing church and the "right way" to Luh God. Let the "blasphemy" begin!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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The Person You Become When You Get to Grow Up

Demetria shares her thoughts on Nipsey Hussle's murder, noosing between Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, the long overdue rock-doc about the best selling gospel album of all-time, the womp-womp of the Mueller Report, Jordan Peele refusing to center white men, Chris Rock dragging Jussie Smollett, Lizzo being fat and proud and sexy on the cover of Playboy and keeping Wendy Williams in our prayers.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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"To More Light Skinned Kids!" (and Other Problematic Ish)

Demetria has a blackity black-black discussion with Rutgers Professor Melissa Valle in a meandering conversation about Blackness that includes black-fishing in pop culture (that means you Ariana Grande),the Frankenstein-ing of of black beauty and toasts to light-skin kids.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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The Curious Un-Blackness of Kamala Harris

Demetria muses on how initial Jussie Smollett supporters should handle the fallout of his alleged hate crime hoax, examines the questionable Blackness of Kamala Harris (with the help of an an expert on race, Christina Douyon), fawns over Showtime's documentary on Teddy Pendergrass, clowns Floyd Mayweather for shopping at Gucci and dissects Steve Harvey's integrity in that ill-fated interview with Mo'Nique.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Break Every Chain

Demi and her Bestie-in-Her-Head Candice Benbow (Red Lip Theology) dissect sexual shame, high religiosity, and the fear of independent woman based on the public shenanigans of popular Christians: Kanye West and and his Sunday Services, Erica Campbell denouncing masturbation and promoting soul ties, and Fantasia's take on   submission in marriage.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Love, Lies & Leading Women (Defined)

Demetria's back! This week she's recapping her getaway at Leading Women Defined and catching up on (almost) everything she missed: , J.Lo + A.Rod's engagement, Cory Booker and his "boo" Rosario Dawson, R. Kelly's morning meltdown with Gayle King, that Michael Jackson documentary, Khloe Kardashian holding a child accountable for the wayward penis of her child's father and the mediocre white folks at the center of the college cheating scandal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

17 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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A Sh*t Show Named Virginia

Demetria is inspired to dig deeper after reading "Well-Read Black Girl", examines the complete sh--t show of Virginia politics (as of 02.04.18), wonders why adult bed-wetting (non-medical or trauma related) isn't the dealbreaker it should be and reviews Netflix's Abducted in the Plain Sight, ie, the most alarming documentary everrrrrrrrrrr.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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What A Time To Be Alive

Demetria shares her predictions for the next episode of Game of Thrones, celebrates Idris Elba’s marriage, offers advice for oft-embattled Jordyn Woods, wonders about the Obamas new Netflix offerings and speaks to expert educators  Erica Buddington (Langston League) and Dr. Ivory Toldson (Howard University) about the curious new policies for parental attire at a Houston high school.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

2 May 2019

Rank #16

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"It's Above Me Now"

Demetria muses on the new season of The Handmaid's Tale (no spoilers and why Jharrel Jerome ("Korey Wise") deserves an Emmy, laughs at Lil Nas X upsetting racists and the loose animal who called a hotel desk attendant a f---ing n----r, and ponders who gets to be called "Auntie" and why so many people seem to think saying "no" or having boundaries is "mean". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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To Live and Die in LA (and Other Topics)

Demetria muses on her move to LA, visiting the Marathon Store and South Central LA, the curious theories of Dr. Sebi, Joe Biden's handsy behavior, weaponizing #MeToo, Kodak Black shooting his shot at Lauren London, and finally, what's going on with Black women's weight? Demetria asks food an cultural expert Dr. Psyche Williams Forson to, well, weigh in.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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White Supremacy Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Demetria chats with Black Masculinity expert Dr. Jason Nichols about  fragile men, pick-me princesses, Billy Porter, weaponizing the Bible, Barack Obama, Fox News, the responsibility of black men to fix each other and SOOOOO MUCH MORE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Demetria's back in LA (for a couple weeks) after a five-city escape that included ABFF and Essence Fest. She has pop-culture thoughts, many (!) on The Handmaid's Tale, Queen Sugar, A$AP Rocky's detainment in Sweden, Tyler Perry's speech at the BET Awards and The Serena Williams's piece of bare black ass on the cover of Harper's Baazar. Also, thanks to this week's sponsors, Audible.com/respectable and DailyHarvest.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #20