2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

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2 Dope Boys & A Podcast is twice weekly trends and cultural insight podcast that examines what's happening and why in the worlds of culture, business, technology, fashion and sports. Hosted by Michael Brooks and Phil McKenzie.


On Point - 38 - Oliver Kremer: Dos Toros, Bull in the Burrito Market  

Where Dos Toros saw an opening to challenge Chipotle in the burrito market. The regionality of Mexican food and the burrito specifically. Risk-tolerance in entrepreneurship. How values-led companies can run into obstacles as scale increases. The perils and advantages of growing. “Meet Dos Toros, the NYC-Based Burrito Chain That's Not Afraid of Your Chipotle Comparisons,” Entrepreneur (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243791) “Dos Toros Is Bullish on Expansion,” Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/dos-toros-is-bullish-on-expansion-1474588182)

40 - Cities vs. Trump, Restaurant Accidentally Hosts Neo-Nazi Meeting, and Reebok Wants the Anti-Trump New Balance Shopper  

Brand Eff Up “D.C. restaurant apologizes after hosting alt-right dinner with ‘Sieg Heil salute,’” Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/11/21/d-c-restaurant-apologizes-after-hosting-alt-right-dinner-with-sieg-heil-salute/ What’s Up? ““Cities will be a powerful antidote to Donald Trump”: Social scientist Benjamin Barber on the emergence of a new urban radicalism,” QZ http://qz.com/837383/cities-will-be-a-powerful-antidote-to-donald-trump-social-scientist-benjamin-barber-on-the-emergence-of-a-new-urban-radicalism/ What’s Next? “Reebok Wants to Replace Those New Balances You Destroyed,” Esquire http://www.esquire.com/style/news/a50877/reebok-replace-new-balance-trump-comments/ Diggin’ in the Crates P: “9 Ways To Protect America In The Age of Trump” by Crew Member Rob Fields http://robfields.com/2016/11/21/9-ways-to-protect-america-in-the-age-of-trump/ W: “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA” 2007 book by Tim Weiner and “The Obama Doctrine,” in The Atlantic M: “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” By Steve Coll Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 37 - Dave Gray: Liminal Thinking and Changing the Way You Think  

Dave Gray, author of “Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think” on the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What does “liminal” meaning. Clashes of beliefs and clashes of values. How stories drives beliefs and how to bridge the political and cultural divides in America. Xplaner.com @DaveGray @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

39 - Facebook’s Bullshit News Problem, New Balance Apologizes for Trump Support, and GrubHub Condemns Trump's Behavior  

Brand Eff Up: “New Balance's Support for Donald Trump and Lack of Sympathy Will Cost It Dearly,” Complex (http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2016/11/new-balance-trump) “New Balance distances itself from white supremacist site after Trump statements,” CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-balance-distances-itself-from-white-supremacist-site-after-donald-trump-statements/) “Did designer Tommy Hilfiger state that blacks and Asians shouldn't wear his clothes?” Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/hilfiger.asp) What’s Up? “Facebook employees reportedly forming secret ‘task force’ to address fake news,” The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/14/13630720/facebook-employees-secretly-organizing-against-fake-news) What’s Next? “CEOs take heed of Grubhub's Trump hubbub,” Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-grubhub-trump-robert-reed-1115-biz-20161114-column.html) “Why GrubHub CEO Is Still in Deep You Know What,” Fox Business (http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/11/14/why-grubhub-ceo-is-still-in-deep-know-what.html) Diggin’ in the Crates P: James Corden clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J94uO-urSTg) M: Century of the Self by Adam Curtis (2002 Documentary) Matt: It Follows (Horror, 2015) Shawn: “A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service,” by A Tribe Called Quest (2016)

On Point - 36 - Sarah Hartley: Imagination and Risk in Creativity  

Sarah Hartley, Creative Director, Art Director and Team Builder at NBCUniversal, Content Innovation Agency joins us in studio this week. How is “creativity” defined? How about vision? Hiring the person instead of hiring the role. Risk as part of the creative process, and how to be empowered enough to take risk. Defending the best of creative risk to clients. The importance of “spreading the wealth” as a creative director. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @storygirlsarah

38 - Lil Wayne Apologizes For #BlackLivesMatter Comments, Hip-Hop's Punk Moment?, and Using VR For Meaningful Experiences  

Brand Eff Up? “Lil Wayne is not here for Black Lives Matter,” CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/entertainment/lil-wayne-black-lives-matter/) What’s Up? “Hip-Hop Is Having Its Punk Moment, and It’s a Quiet Revolution,” GQ (http://www.gq.com/story/hip-hop-is-having-its-punk-moment-and-its-a-quiet-revolution) What’s Next? Lina talks to us about virtual, augmented and “mixed” realities and the possible impact of using VR to tell stories for issues of human rights and social justice. DitC: P: “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony,” by Nelson A Denis M: The History of Rome Podcast L: “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” by Heather Ann Thompson Black Mirror (BBC TV Series) Jane the Virgin (CW TV Series) Linasrivastava.com travelingwhileblack.org @lksriv @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech


SLL’s experience being a first generation African-American and traveling back-and-forth. Trying to capture the fusion/symmetry in across different heritages. SIIMBA’s experience with lions. Hip-hop’s lack of well-rounded live shows. Cocaine Bimbie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDVihQyv-MI) W.I.A. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN36HaYaZdc) @SIIMBALIIVES @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

37 - R.I.P. Vine, Facebook Allows Racial Exclusion in Ads, and the UN Offers Women a Mascot Instead of Leadership  

“10 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (If You Aren't Already)

” Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/michael-schein/10-business-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-if-you-arent-already.html) Brand Eff Up? “At 75, Wonder Woman was just named an honorary U.N. ambassador. But not everyone is happy about that,” LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-wonder-woman-75th-anniversary-20161024-snap-story.html) What’s Up? “Vine Is Closing Down, and the Internet Can’t Stand It,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/technology/vine-is-closing-down-and-the-internet-cant-stand-it.html?_r=1) What’s Next? “Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race,” ProPublica (https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-lets-advertisers-exclude-users-by-race) Diggin’ in the Crates Phil: “Undercover Brother” (2002), “Robotech” (Anime) on Netflix Wos: “Last Taboo: Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality,” NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/30/magazine/black-male-sexuality-last-taboo.html Michael: “Pumping Iron” on Netflix (1977) Matt: Adam Curtis, “HyperNormalisation” (2016) Shawn: Sweatshop Boys, Cashmere (2016) Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 34 - Jack Hamilton: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination  

Assistant professor of American Studies and Media Studies at University of Virginia joins us to discuss his new book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (2016). The difficulty in choosing representative bands from the 60s. The “move” from “rock and roll” to “rock.” The racial politics of perceptions of rock as “high art.” The concept of “soul” and how it suggests the stereotype that black musicians are inherently musical, or even “magical.” Jimi Hendrix’s supernatural obsession and cultivated weirdness. How to reconcile the tensions between mash-up culture and cultural appropriation. Follow us on twitter: @Jack_Hamilton @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

36 - The NFL Doesn't See the Cliff, Facebook Live: Used By Normal People?, and Drake's Creative-Industrial Complex  

Brand Eff Up: “Armour: Josh Brown admitted to beating wife, and NFL barely cares,” USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2016/10/20/josh-brown-new-york-giants-wife-abuse/92459970/) “One game? NFL ban for alleged violence on wife draws renewed rage,” CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/us/nfl-josh-brown-suspension/) “Tom Brady isn’t about to let the NFL off the hook for its Josh Brown problem,” Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/10/24/tom-brady-isnt-about-to-let-the-nfl-off-the-hook-for-its-josh-brown-problem/) What’s Up? “Facebook Live's First Ad Campaign Shines a Light on Its Users,” AdAge (http://adage.com/article/digital/facebook-live-s-ad-campaign-shines-a-light-users/306407/) What’s Next? “Drake Announces ‘More Life’ on His Preferred Platform, Apple Music,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/arts/music/drake-more-life-apple-music.html?_r=1) DitC: P: The Legend of Korra (Anime) CC: Moonlight (2016) M: The Two Escobars (Documentary) Follow us on twitter: @CCurlySue08 @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 33 - James Andrews: Street Teams, Big Data, and Making Time For Culture  

James Andrews, CEO of Smashd Group, joins us in studio this week. An introduction to Smashd Labs, his growth accelerator. “Street-team culture” as the early analog to social media culture. Integrating big data with “hood spidey sense.” James’ concept of “the cultural nostril” and where trends emerge. Do brands have the time for culture? Cities as a cultural muse. Helping the “undocumented entrepreneur.” Follow James on twitter: @keyinfluencer Smashdlabs.co Profile of James in AdAge (in which he mentions 2DB): (http://adage.com/article/special-report-media-mavens/meet-ad-age-s-2016-media-mavens/305940/) Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

35 - A Light Bulb For the Sexually Self-Conscious, Racial Paranoia in the Skies, and Netflix Retreats from China  

Brand Eff Up: “New Weight Watchers Campaign Suggests Fat Women Don't Enjoy Sex As Much As Thin Women,” Jezebel http://jezebel.com/new-weight-watchers-campaign-suggests-fat-women-dont-en-1787933300 What’s Up? Racial Paranoia “United Airlines Kicks Passenger Off Plane Because of Marvel Superhero Hat,” io9 http://io9.gizmodo.com/united-airlines-kicks-passenger-off-because-of-marvel-s-1787717851 What’s Next? “Netflix’s new, brilliant strategy for China is to stay the hell out of the country,” Quartz http://qz.com/811941/netflixs-nflx-new-brilliant-strategy-for-china-is-to-stay-the-hell-out-of-the-country/ Diggin’ in the Crates: P: “Stray Bullet,” Organized Konfusion M: “Eternal Fire,” Chronixx G: “ Earth Girls,” Jesse Boykins III Also check out Georgette’s new podcast, “Venting and Vino” https://soundcloud.com/ventingandvino/ep-1-no-vino-today-online-dating-drumpf-is-his-name

On Point - 32 - Evan Narcisse: Comic Book and Fan Cultures, ComicCon, and the Rise of the 'Blerd'  

On Point - - Evan Narcisse Are we approaching peak “Blerd” and what does the “rise” of the black nerd signify? The “just a game” response to racial erasure in video game representation. The diversification of fan cultures as they grow. Comic money shifting from comic books to blockbusters. The joy of seeing people nerding-out. The journalistic value of exposing artistic craft. “Nerd-checking” during the rise of nerd culture. Image Comics and the current comic industry: independent is in. (@EvNarc) https://twitter.com/EvNarc More from Evan on Kinja. (https://kinja.com/evnarc)

34 - Alcoholism As Social Media Success Strategy, Samsung’s Giant Phones Still Exploding, and Can Online Dating Transcend the Swipe?  

Brand Eff Up: Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 keeps blowing up. https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-will-ask-all-global-partners-to-stop-sales-and-exchanges-of-galaxy-note7-while-further-investigation-takes-place “This Popular French Instagram Star Has Been Revealed as a (Fake) Warning on Alcoholism,” Creativity Online. http://creativity-online.com/work/addict-aide-like-my-addiction/49179 “Who Is Louise Delage? The Troubling Truth Behind an Overnight Instagram Success,” AdWeek http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/who-louise-delage-troubling-truth-behind-overnight-instagram-success-173792 “Swipe Left On A Dating World Built To Keep You Single And Disconnected,” PSFK http://www.psfk.com/2016/10/swiping-left-dating-world-built-user-engagement-not-connection.html Diggin’ in the Crates P: Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Darmok” https://vimeo.com/9172863 R: A Seat At the Table, by Solange Knowles M: ASICS: Origami "In Pursuit of Perfection" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdCbC6392so

On Point - 31 - Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' with Michael Arceneaux  

Michael joins us once again to discuss Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” on FX. The cultural success of “Atlanta.” Michael’s perspective from doing show recaps for Vulture.com. Donald Glover’s reception by black audiences not completely used to seeing him in black environments. The representation of the rapper character “Paperboy.” The representation of inequality and Donald Glover’s character’s withdrawal from Princeton. @YoungSinick “Atlanta Recap: Don’t Forget Your Drug Test,” Vulture (http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/atlanta-recap-season-1-episode-6.html) @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

33 - White People Feel Left Out Of 'Luke Cage,' eSports Goes Corporate, and Trump (Sort Of) Apologizes For Genital-Grab Boast,  

Brand Eff Up: Trump campaign sent in tailspin with leaked Access Hollywood audio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Rr7CO59HY What’s Up? “White People: 'Luke Cage' Is Racist,” Complex. http://www.businessinsider.com/warriors-wizards-co-owners-and-magic-johnson-buy-esports-team-2016-9 What’s Next? “A group of elite sports figures including Magic Johnson just bought a major eSports team,” Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/warriors-wizards-co-owners-and-magic-johnson-buy-esports-team-2016-9 “In the Future, We Will All Watch ‘Overwatch’,” The Ringer. https://theringer.com/e-sports-just-leveled-up-b270de97c2d#.fa1foss63 Diggin’ in the Crates: P: Infernal Affairs (2002) W: Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” on FX M: Jesse Royal, “Modern Day Judas” @BigWos @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 30 - Loyiso Gola: South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Comedy Boom  

Comedian Loyiso Gola joining us in studio this week in anticipation of his Vimeo special, Loyiso Gola: Live in New York. Loyiso discusses growing up and moving out of a ghetto in Cape Town, South Africa at the end of apartheid. Doing stand-up in early 2000s South Africa. His formative stand-up opening set at in which he roasted the teachers. The resoluteness of the “spirit of the 17 year old.” How the South African comedy scene developed, and how the legacy of apartheid impacted audience makeup. Black America’s role in setting the narrative for black history worldwide, specifically with regard to slavery. https://twitter.com/loyisogola loyisogola.com

32 - Facebook's Artificially-Inflated Video Metrics, Snapchat Thinks You Need Snapchat Glasses, and Feminism: Trendy!  

Brand Eff Up: Facebook Apologizes for Overstating Video Metrics,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/business/media/facebook-apologizes-for-overstating-video-metrics.html?_r=0) What’s Up? “Snapchat’s Wild New Specs Won’t Share Google Glass’ Fate,” Wired (https://www.wired.com/2016/09/snap-specs-snapchat/) What’s Good? “On Trend for Autumn/Winter: Feminism,” AdAge (http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/trend-autumn-winter-feminism/305955/) Diggin’ in the Crates S: Richie Quake, “Hesitate” P: “Unsent,” by Alanis Morrissette M: “The Bullet or the Bribe: Taking Down Colombia's Cali Drug Cartel,” Ron Chepesiuk (2003)

On Point - 29 - Kerrie Finch: Reputation Management, Being Alien in Amsterdam, and a Digital Detox Story  

Kerrie Finch of Finch Factor joined us in studio this week. Finch Factor’s “reputation management” service as contrasted with public relations. Kerrie’s views as an outsider living in Amsterdam, and the importance of innovation from the fringes. The notion every company is now a media company. The importance of having a developed perspective and point of view. Kerrie on equality in the workplace being “bollocks.” How Kerrie’s “digital detox” went immediately catastrophic. finchfactor.com @KerrieFinch

31 - Marc Jacobs' Real Color Blind Spot, Patagonia's Ethical Outdoor Wear, and Kaepernick's Protest Upsetting the Right People  

Brand Eff Up: “After claiming he does not see color, designer Marc Jacobs issues a formal apology,” Mic https://mic.com/articles/154538/after-claiming-he-does-not-see-color-designer-marc-jacobs-issues-a-formal-apology#.7UL9oNCWO “Marc Jacobs and the Appropriateness of Appropriation,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/t-magazine/fashion/marc-jacobs-dreadlocks-appropriation.html) What’s Up? “Poll: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick most disliked player in league,” ESPN (http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/17604958/san-francisco-49ers-qb-colin-kaepernick-most-disliked-player-nfl-according-poll-e-poll-marketing-research) “The Story Behind Wieden + Kennedy's #BlackLivesMatter Website Statement,” Adweek (http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/story-behind-wieden-kennedys-blacklivesmatter-website-statement-172453) What’s Next? “PATAGONIA’S PHILOSOPHER-KING,” New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/19/patagonias-philosopher-king) Diggin’ in the Crates: M: Steven Pressfield “The War of Art” Turning Pro,” and “Do the Work” P: Isabel Wilkerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns”

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