Van Lathan serves up a weekly dose of truth, sonically force feeding listeners the red pill, and NEVER apologizing. News, politics, and pop-culture are all on the menu, with reality so sizzling it’ll fry your echo chamber.
Van sits down with rapper Glasses Malone to talk about his controversial music video “2pac Must Die.” They also talk about the current state of west coast rap, what it is to be a real gangster rapper, and what are the most important songs in west coast rap history.
Van sits down with Brittany Renner and Teanna Trump to talk about their new found friendship and how they met on social media. Jason “Jah” Lee from Bossip joins the conversation. They also talk about their own critics and what people don’t understand about their lifestyle.
Van sits down with former NBA star, Metta World Peace, as he responds to Moneybagg Yo’s previous comments on The Red Pill that Basketball players should lay off the rapping. Metta explains why he and other ballers choose to pursue music and basketball.
Van sits down with Sheree Zampino, Will Smith’s ex-wife and mother to his son, Trey. They discuss how she maintains such a healthy relationship with the Smith Family and her experiences raising Trey. They also talk about what its like to be the wife of a pastor, dating, and what a “thrupple” is.
Van sits down with Detroit emcee, Tiny Jag, on her decision to drop out of the Afro Future Festival when she found out that white people were being charged double for the event. They also talk about ways to bridge the equity gap between Black America and white America.
Van sits down with hip hop luminary Jermaine Dupri to talk about his recent remarks that made headlines. He unpacks his controversial opinions on modern female rappers and talks about his new auto-biographical documentary.
Van sits down with journalist, Jarrett Hill and pop culture pundit, Shar Jossell, to talk about the many issues facing lgbtq individuals within the black community. Jarrett and Star share their stories of growing up gay and trans in unwelcoming environments and how they deal with the ways society treats them.
Van chops it up with Hot 97 DJ, Megan Ryte. Megan talks about her path to success and the highs and lows of being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry. They also touch on everything from Aliens to whether or not Dolphins would take over the world if they had opposable thumbs.
Van sits down with comedian and actor, Affion Crockett, to discuss the concept of church and what it means to be a christian today. They also get into a passionate “best ever” debate on diss tracks, comedians and boxers.
Van sits down with Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo to discuss the new generation of Memphis hip-hop. They also talk about Moneybagg’s ambitions outside of rap and how he handles friends and family who ask him for money.
Van sits down with legendary sitcom actor Jaleel White to talk about his trials and tribulations while growing up in the spotlight. They also touch on the state of children’s TV today and the surprisingly-talented celebrity basketball circuit.
Van sits down with Filmmaker Ava DuVernay to talk about her life and career, past and present. They also talk about Ava’s latest project ‘When They See Us’, a 4-part limited series on Netflix about the Central Park 5.
Van sits down with comedian and actor, DeRay Davis to talk about the life and legacy of John Singleton, who was a mentor to DeRay. They also talk about DeRay’s career, his relationships and the state of comedy in today’s political climate.
Van sits down with New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis, known for his diverse filmography including roles in Training Day and Avatar. They talk about Cliff’s powerful documentary about pioneering Maori filmmaker, Merata Mita. They also touch on Cliff’s experience as an “ethnically ambiguous” actor in Hollywood and the hardships that indigenous people face all around the world.
Can sits down with Mandii, one-half of the Whoreible Decisions Podcast. They talk about why she’s never been with a white man and they touch on Mandii’s controversial rant about men financing a relationship.
Van sits down with CNN Contributor and Politician Bakari Sellers. They touch on the Democratic Primary candidates, Barack Obama’s impact or lack-there-of on African American communities, the importance of HBCUs and Bakari’s political future.
Van sits down with Rizza Islam, a member of the Nation of Islam. They talk about the NOI’s stance on anti-semtism, the LGBT community, and talk about the recent controversies with R Kelly and Michael Jackson.
Van sits down with rapper, visual artist, and filmmaker, Blitz The Ambassador to talk about his Netflix movie The Burial of Kojo. They also talk about Blitz’s assimilation into American culture and how hip hop was his bridge to black culture when he grew up in Ghana.
Van sits down with lifestyle ambassador and entrepreneur Miss Diddy to talk about her life behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, how she became a connector of people, and how it is to be a black woman with power and respect. At the top of the show Van reacts to the tragic murder of Nipsey Hussle and has a call to action for anyone who wants to make change.
Van sits down with comedian and actor D.C. Young Fly to talk about his origin story in comedy, how tragedy in life informed his comedy chops early on, and how he ended up as a main player on Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out. Also, Van starts the show with his thoughts on Jussie Smollett’s case being dropped in Chicago.
Van sits down with former Fear of God Brand Manager and Hillsong Channel host Natalie Manuel to talk about her show Now with Natalie, how people’s perspective on religion has evolved in our modern times and how social media has shaped that narrative. They also talk about Van’s own reservations about attending church.
On this special episode Van talks to three guests who are coming on to explain their current situations that have made headlines recently. First up, Van calls up Murda Mook to talk about his controversial podcast with Julz. After that, Van moderates a heated discussion between comedian and actress Amanda Seales and Black Sports Online EIC Robert Littal who have been at odds with each other some negative coverage of a story that involves Amanda and some comments she made. The two attempt to each tell their side while also having a bigger conversation about the responsibility of black media and black celebrities.
Van sits down with Nia Riley to talk about Love and Hip Hop Hollywood and her relationship with Soulja Boy. The two talk about the recent fight that she and Soulja Boy had on the show and Nia’s tells us her side of story. She opens up about hardships with Soulja Boy that cameras have not captured and his long history with violent behavior. They also talk about her life as the daughter of music legend Teddy Riley.
Van sits down with British singer Estelle to talk about her music career, male groupies, the issues that female artists are facing in the industry right now, and her current status with Kanye West who she’s worked with in the past. At the top of the show Van has an important message for all of his friends and family who think he’s rich: I aint got it.
Van sits down with the duo Ceraadi who are blowing up on social media and youtube. They talk about signing with Roc Nation, maneuvering through Hollywood as two young female performers in light of the R Kelly scandals, and things get emotional when they talk about their sister leaving the group. Van also follows up on the Jussie Smollett case after news has come out about him possibly making up the whole incident.
Van sits down with former NBA player and marijuana entrepreneur Al Harrington. They talk about the origins of Viola, his marijuana start up, about his 14 year career in the NBA and how he’s trying to make more money in weed than he did playing basketball. They also talk about white players in the NBA and his take on the Kobe vs LeBron debate.
Van sits down with Leonard Harris aka GLC of G.O.O.D. music. They talk about his heavy involvement in the inner city community in Chicago, his close relationship with Kanye West, and what he thinks people get wrong about Kanye. We also get more insight on the reasoning behind Kanye wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat and how GLC is responsible for him no longer wearing it.
Van sits down with singer, songwriter, and rapper Saint Jhn. They talk about him getting the co-sign from rap mogul Kareem “bigs” Burke and what his aspirations are in the hip hop world. They also talk about the responsibility of rappers reshaping the narrative of women and how they’re treated, they also talk about Saint Jhn’s fashion taste and the crazy outfits he can pull off.
Van sits down with one of his heroes, Jason Wilson from the Cave of Adullam. They talk about this new book “Cry Like A Man” and what Jason had to overcome to become the thought leader that he is today. At the top of the show Van rants about a friend that tried to get his help on Black Twitter and why she was wrong for looping him in.
Van sits down with model, actress, and influencer Amber Rose to talk about her relationships with famous men, how that instant fame was not good for her at the time, her brand of feminism, and the come up story that she feels people should know about. Also, at the top of the show Van shares his conflicted feeling on the New Orleans Saints current Super Bowl run.
Van sits down with former NFL all-pro Arian Foster to talk about his life after football and how he’s been able to reinvent himself as an artist and a thought leader. The two also debate about whether celebrity news has a place in our culture and why Arian think’s Tupac is not as great as we all think he was.
Van sits down with the multi-faceted Bria Murphy. They talk about growing up as the daughter of Eddie Murphy and all the pressures that come with that, the struggles of black women through the lens of the beauty world, and her budding career in fine art.
Van sits down with one hand of the Rap Radar podcast, Brian “B-Dot” Miller to reflect on this year’s best music, what it’s like to interview some of the biggest names in pop culture like Jay-Z and Will Smith, and B-Dot opens up about some his conservative views on today’s politics and news cycle.
In part 1, Van sits down with Phillip Agnew to discuss radical reform in the black community and the role that black people have at the polls. Then in part 2 Van chops it up with Marisa Mendez about her hookups with rappers and her crazy threesome story.
Van weighs in on the recent Dwight Howard Twitter controversy before sitting down with comedian Michael Yo. The two talk about the plight of white comics in this diverse era of comedy, Michael’s life being raised bi-racial, and how he navigates through his extended family’s politics that differ from his.
Van’s in New York City, but that just opened up the opportunity to sit down with Mal, one of the three hosts of The Joe Budden Podcast. Mal and Van discuss New York’s hip-hop and rap scene, Mal’s history with Harlem and clearing the air between the Brilliant Idiots vs. Joe Budden Podcast.
Brittany Renner and Marisa Mendez join Van in this week’s Red Pill to discuss Brittany’s newest tell all book: “Judge This Cover”, where she goes into detail about her sexual experiences with some of these famous men and their behavior issues amongst other things she had noticed. Recently, Brittany was brought up by friend of the pod Joe Budden on State of the Culture and she came ready with a response to both Joe and Remy Ma.
Van is joined by Mehcad Brooks, prominent actor known for his roles as Eggs on True Blood and currently James Olsen on Supergirl. Van and Mehcad discuss the state of racism in America, why Mehcad views racism as a mental illness, why people reinvent themselves when they get into acting in LA, the effect Eggs had on Van’s family and his role in Supergirl.
Van sits down with Tory Lanez, Toronto rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, to break down what makes the rap scene in Toronto so unique. Van and Tory dive deep into whether it is okay or not for fans to drop the n-word when brought up on stage, what exactly is up with Tory’s jump shot and why he believes he will, one day, be the biggest artist in the world. Van opens the podcast with an important message on why it is imperative to get out and vote next week.
J Prince, a legend amongst the community and a man all about respect joined Van this week. Van and the Houston based mogul dove deep on a variety of topics including Kanye West’s time at the White House, mental health and the Drake vs. Pusha T beef
Chet Hanks, son of academy award winning actor Tom Hanks, joins Van on the podcast this week to discuss his upbringing amongst both his parents, who have achieved an incredible amount of success in Hollywood. Chet also touches on his passion for rap, overcoming drug addiction and why his father was robbed of Oscar following his role in Cast Away.
Daymond John, legendary businessman, entrepreneur and television personality most popularly known as the CEO and founder of FUBU, dropped by The Red Pill to discuss a spectrum of important topics. Daymond educates the listeners on financial health and some of the strategies he used to become extremely successful. Daymond also sheds light on some of his decision making process behind Shark Tank. Van opens this week’s episode with an update on Kanye West after a second interview at TMZ.
Van sits down with hip-hop royalty and one of the three names behind the legendary Roc-A-Fella Records, Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. Biggs discusses how he was able to change the culture of hip-hop, the struggles he went through as the silent partner, his stint in prison, the growth that followed and the one artist he wished he had signed while he was at Roc-A-Fella Records.
Van sits down with recently retired 14 year NBA veteran Matt Barnes, who amassed a well respected career in the basketball career from his touted high school days to UCLA to the Clippers, Lakers, Kings and Warriors. Barnes is also in tune with aiding the community and leads a tremendous organization fighting against cancer amongst six other businesses he has been involved with over the years.
Scooter Braun, manager to some of the biggest names in entertainment including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, sits down with Van to discuss his incredible story of coming up in the industry, how he discovered these household celebrity names, his flirting with a potential future political career and how he scored on one of the best college basketball players of all time.
Fox Sports 1 Host and sports writer Jason Whitlock joins Van this week to discuss two of the most prominent and newsworthy athletes: LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick. Van and Whitlock break down their opposing viewpoints for each athlete as it relates to the political and social impact that they have established off of the field, while also discussing Whitlock’s career as a sports journalist.
Freddie Gibbs joins Van in a hip-hop themed Red Pill episode that included additional guests Marisa Mendez and Jay IDK. Gibbs discusses his career in hip-hop, why he does not run with a crew and his perspective on the #MeToo movement.
Van opens this week’s podcast with a specific ad to shine a light on an important app that could have a positive impact on how policing is done in black communities. This week’s guest is WeezyWTF, one half of the WHOREible Decisions podcast, where the two discuss a variety of topics including the current state of Weezy’s podcast, porn and whether men or women are more judgmental sexually.
Van opens this week’s podcast with a commentary regarding Omarosa and her fallout from the Trump White House before diving into an episode with adult film star Nat Turnher. Nat opens up about what’s really going on with the adult film industry, the racism that exists and how he got involved in the porn industry.
Singer and actor Eric Benet joins Van this week to discuss his career in the music industry, from his reputation of being barefoot on stage, to working with legendary producers like Quincy Jones and his run in with Jay Z. Eric Benet discussed the time he was brought on stage by Prince when he just started his come up and the state of R&B in today’s age.
Van sits down with Chrismiss to cover a variety of increasingly important topics that have gotten the attention of social media over the past few weeks. Christina Bright, known as “Chrismiss”, dives more into the Charlamange Tha God situation, the #MeToo movement and why it is imperative that we raise this generation of men correctly.
Van is joined this week by retired rapper, and now of the wildly successful Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal. Van and Joe dive into a variety of topics including the Charlamagne Tha God situation and how Joe got his start in both rap and podcasting.
Vans heads over to Tyrese Gibson's house for a special Red Pill Podcast. In this powerful interview Tyrese talks about his infamous breakdown, his relationship with Will Smith, his struggles as a father, and why he'd NEVER marry a white woman.
Van sits down with co-host Damien Dante Wayans to discuss the eventful week that occurred while Van was vacationing in Anguilla. From LeBron James decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers to a problematic tweet that resulted in the MAGA crowd coming for Van and of course, Drake’s album Scorpion and where both hosts stand on the latest album drop.
Miko Grimes is this week’s illustrious guest to sit down with Van as the two jump into a handful of stories centered on Miko’s life with professional football player Brent Grimes. Miko discusses why she wanted to be a sports reporter growing up, how she ended up fighting the sports media, both literally and figuratively, throughout some of Brent’s career, and her thoughts on the #MeToo movement in sports and entertainment.
Van is joined by Kap G, actor, rapper and widely known for making the coveted and controversial cover of the 2017 XXL Freshman List. Kap G weighs in a variety of topics including the topicality of Donald Trump’s immigration policy and what it was like facing the risk of deportation when he was just a child. On a lighter note, Kap G also reveals what it’s like receiving a plethora of DM’s.
Van catches up with Immortal Technique, widely known rapper and activist, who’s incredible depth of knowledge on geopolitical issues in the world is unmatched. Immortal Technique discusses where America stands today in relation to the problems we see overseas, how we can confront the policies being put in place and his journeys across the globe.
Demetrius Harmon, formerly known as MeechOnMars, sat down with Van to discuss the importance of mental health, the ongoing discussions that need to be brought into the open and strategies to fight the demons that so many struggle with on a daily basis. This emotional episode of The Red Pill does end on a light hearted note, as the room weighs in on the viral photos of Beyonce and Jay Z.
Van Lathan is joined by Dolvett Quince, widely known as a professional trainer on the hit series “The Biggest Loser”. The two rehash their stories of transformation, opening up on both the mental and physical obstacles they had to push through to achieve their weight loss goals, including some straight forward tips for you to start achieving your own goals today.
Van is joined by Amanda Seales this week to discuss a handful of awesome events Amanda has been taking part of this year including her show Smart Funny & Black, her podcast Small Doses and being mentioned in a now famous Kanye tweet. Amanda also helps Van deconstruct which celebrities happen to be…f*ck bois.
Van Lathan sits down with Josh Denny, comedian and former host of Food Network’s Ginormous Foods. Denny rose to the top of the social media trends after a controversial tweet comparing the use of the n-word to being a straight white male. Van challenges Josh on the current use of that damaging word, and historical context in an at times uncomfortable, but important and needed conversation.
Damien Dante Wayans and Van take a trip down Wayans family memory lane where the two discuss their favorite movies that the legendary family has produced, written, directed and starred in over the years. Damien does his beat Keenan, Marlon and Damon impressions while shedding light on how his upbringing was not surrounded by money and fame until way later in life.
Van and Brandon recap the wild week of Kanye madness that took over not just the TMZ newsroom, but the internet as a whole. The personal retelling of what Kanye’s music meant to Van and the aftermath of standing up to a celebrity with that kind of influence left Van in an interesting spot…and a tweet from Jamie Lee Curtis! Additionally, Van is joined by Jason Wilson, who is running an initiative in Detroit (https://thecatta.org/) to help male development.
In this very special “emergency” edition of the podcast, Van Lathan lays out all of his unfiltered thoughts on Kanye West and his recent controversies stemming from Twitter. Towards the end of the show Charlamagne Tha God calls in to tell us about his first hand experience with Yeezy and why Van might be wrong about him.
Van Lathan sits down with Drake's father, Dennis Graham. The two discuss everything from Drake's music, putting to bed the rumors of Drake's ghostwriting and why you should never respond to negativity.
Big U sits down with Van Lathan to discuss the buzz around Tekashi 69 and how his decisions may have a drastic impact on his future. The OG dives deep into how his community outreach program is improving the lives of inner city kids and shares his wild life story from growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
Master P joins Van this week to talk about his legendary MTV Cribs episode, his unprecedented business deal giving his label, No Limit Records, an 85 percent cut of the sales and his nba career in the 90's with the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets.
Van sits down with prominent black feminist and writer Jamilah Lemieux. The two take a deep dive into Killer Mike’s recent NRA endeavor, why you have too look deeper into his past before criticizing his most recent action, and the state of Twitter’s cancel culture.
Van Lathan dives deep into the gun control debate with the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure. From firearm education to the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, the two deliberate on weapons like the AR-15, the complicated history of black america and the second amendment, and if ALL gun control is racist.
Van talks with The Basketball Wives’ Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada about the burden of being black women in the media spotlight, how the two reality show stars know when your man is cheating on you and the ups and downs of being associated with high profile athletes. This all took place with The Basketball Wives crew rolling their cameras in studio to really flip the podcast on its head.
Van is joined by Charlamagne tha God, host of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 FM and co-host of The Brilliant Idiots podcast on Loud Speakers Network. Charlamagne breaks down the added pressure of being nationally synidcated voice on culture in America, why Danielle Bregoli will never get an invite to The Breakfast Club and how the Martin Luther King Dodge ad was blown way out of proportion.
Van sits down with hip hop mogul Damon Dash to discuss culture vultures and why he prides himself as a business man by not taking “they” money. The Ex-Roc-A-Fella CEO drops some wild stories about an underground boxing ring made up of Hip Hop legends, talks about his new movie Honor Up, and reveals the culture vulture he feels broke up the Roc dynasty.