I talked to director Ava DuVernay & YOU get to listen to it.

Director Ava DuVernaySo I know many of you are confused by my podcast, "Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period." I hear the feedback and notice the quizzical laughter at the title. "Kamau, do you really believe that Denzel is the best actor ever?"


I believe he is the greatest actor of all time period. "Best ever"??? COME ON! And over the last year of the podcast, myself and my co-host Kevin Avery have found that we are not the only ones. While our mission is to review all of Denzel's movies, we find the conversation often turns to diversity (of all kinds) in Hollywood. And often this conversation happens with the people who are trying to make Hollywood a more diverse place.

We have talked to other actors, like Omar Dorsey, Johnny Skourtis, and J. August Richards. We have talked to other comedians, like Doug Benson, Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Buteau, and soon Hari Kondabolu. And also David Alan Grier, half of the band Living Colour, political sportswriter Dave Zirin, SNL's Sasheer Zamata, The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj, and James Monroe Iglehart, a Tony Award Winner who knew my wife in college. An they all agree with us that Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period!*

We even have a name for our true people who get it, Denzealots! There's even a website run by a fan from Russia. RUSSIA! Denzel heals the wounds of the world.

Well now, we have the immediately legendary, director of Selma, Ava DuVernay. She had some thoughts about Denzel, diversity in Hollywood, Viola Davis's (also immediately legendary) Emmy speech, buying your own milk, and Denzel's sexiest movie, Mo' Better Blues.

Wanna check that out? If not, them we may not be good for each other anymore.

*Or they just came on the show because it sounded fun.

Now THIS is coooooooooool!

Living Colour's Vernon Reid I just received one of the coolest things ever and it's not even my birthday.

And it is all thanks to mofunkin' Twitter.

"W. Kamau Bell is in the vanguard of a new era of American comedy for an unsettling, troubling, and strangely hopeful time. Firmly in the fearless tradition of Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, & Chris Rock. Comedy as common sense purged of the absurd hypocrisy that is Our America." --- Vernon Reid, founder & songwriter & guitarist of Living Colour.

If music is influential then I'm more than 50% Living Colour, cuz I've listened to them more than half my life. And I have certainly listened to them more than any other band. (Fishbone is a close second. Then 24-7 Spyz... Then Urban Dance Squad.. Oops! I forgot Hendrix... Dang!) Anyway, It may sound like an exaggeration but without Vernon and Living Colour, I wouldn't be anything close to the who I am today. If you like those things, thank them. If you don't, then blame me.

You probably remember Living Colour for THIS...

But make no mistake. They are still out there making the myths...

The East Bay Express RAVES about Laughter Against The Machine

The East Bay Express declares of Laughter Against The Machine, "Theirs might be the brainiest, most literate comedy tour to hit the Bay Area this January. It's smart, it's heady, it gets to the very edge of what's tolerable for a left-wing, politically correct audience."

And I got you cheeeeeep tickets, cuz I love you!

See you in Oakland.