Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 48: Wakanda Forever: What Black Panther Promises Brooklyn & Black Cinema


Raking in over $400 million in its opening weekend, Black Panther has broken almost all box office records. But what does that mean for Black Brooklynites, the media they make and the legacy we leave?  We discuss Marvel’s Black Panther with film and television producer, Okema T. Moore and Curtis Caesar John, Director of The Luminal Theater, a micro cinema specializing the curation of Black Film.

 Our engineer, Keisha “TK” Dutes, joins us as interim co-host alongside Mark Winston Griffith.

Segment One: Mark and TK talk to Okema and Curtis about the themes, feelings, and critiques that Black Panther brought up within the community. Also, find out the difference between the Black movie theater experience and the White movie theater experience.

Segment Two: Curtis John breaks down what makes a film a Black film; and we wonder how does this Black Panther’s success influences the future of Black film. Okema T. Moore schools us on some Black films and web series you should be in the know about.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

 Episode Music:

  • Klaue/Wakanda Trailer, Black Panther 2018
  • “Warrior Falls” (Black Panther Score), Ludwig Goransson
  • “Pray For Me”, (Black Panther Soundtrack) The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
  • “Killmonger’s Challenge” (Black Panther Score), Ludwig Goransson

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.


Third Rail Eps 46.5: Weeksville Heritage Center: One on One


In the second part of Brooklyn Deep’s exploration of historic Weeksville, Mark Winston Griffith sits down one-on-one with Rob Fields, the new President and Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center. As a caretaker of Central Brooklyn’s past and a cultivator of its cultural present and future, Rob discusses the role of Weeksville Heritage Center in keeping Black Brooklyn resilient in the face of relentless gentrification.

Followed by a "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" moment from our very own, Veralyn Williams.


Music heard in this episode was found via The Lost Jazz Shrines of Weeksville project and include clips from: 

  • Horace Silver Quintet: "Cookin at The Continental"

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Third Rail Eps 34: Culture and Community in Central Brooklyn


This month DeeArah Wright (co-director, JACK) and Kendra Ross (Founder/Director, STooPS Bed-Stuy) we’re looking at the intersection between culture and community in Central Brooklyn. First, we ask, Is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn? And then in a related question, we ask, what does it take to sustain cultural institutions in Central Brooklyn?

Segment one: Is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn?
“Black Arts Movement.” That’s a tricky term isn’t it? We supposedly had one in the nineteen twenties and thirties, otherwise known as the Harlem Renaissance, which many people argue was neither based in Harlem or a Renaissance. Some even say there was one based in Fort Greene in the eighties and nineties. But is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn right now?

Segment two: What does it take to sustain a cultural institution in Central Brooklyn?
We spend a lot of time on this show looking at what organization and institution building looks like in Central Brooklyn. And we know grassroots cultural organizations have similar challenges, as well as advantages. We discuss what it takes to sustain a cultural institution in this neighborhood.

Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup