2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

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2 Dope Boys & a Podcast is a twice weekly culture and trends podcast that takes a deep dive into race, culture, business, technology and the arts to help you understand your future as well as the present. A trend savvy resource for creative professionals and an audio deep think for everyone who cares about “what’s good?” and why. Hosted by Michael Brooks and Philip L. McKenzie.


On Point - 73 - Kane Sarhan: A Hotel For Green Guests  

Creative and Marketer Kane Sarhan (@Kanes) joins us in studio this week to discuss his work with 1 Hotels. Will people pay more to stay at, and be loyal to, a sustainable hotel? The importance of patience in creating something new, and the importance of long-term thinking. The “hustle and float” of creative enterprises. The nature of the competition between hotels and AirBnB.

78 - Google Memogate  

Michael and Phil break down the infamous Google memo circulated by (since) fired James Damore. Also, a note on a new phase for 2 Dope Boys. https://www.recode.net/2017/8/11/16127992/google-engineer-memo-research-science-women-biology-tech-james-damore

On Point - 72 - Conor Brady & Grant Owens of Critical Mass  

Critical Mass’ Conor Brady (Chief Creative Officer) and Grant Owens (Chief Strategy Officer) joins us in studio this week to discuss design, particularly with sound interfaces. @cbrady @grantowens www.criticalmass.com

77 - Hotels Label AirBnB Terrorist-Enabler, Cory Booker Wants to Legalize Weed, & Imagining Post-Reparations America  

Brand Eff Up: “Hotel Industry Releases Attack Ad Accusing Airbnb Of Enabling Terrorists,” Gothamist http://gothamist.com/2017/08/01/airbnb_terrorism_ad.php What’s Up? “Sen. Cory Booker just introduced a bill that could legalize marijuana nationwide,” Vox (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/1/16073124/cory-booker-marijuana-legalization) What’s Next? “‘Black America’: Amazon Alt-History Drama From Will Packer & Aaron McGruder Envisions Post-Reparations America,” Deadline (http://deadline.com/2017/08/black-america-amazon-alt-history-drama-will-packer-aaron-mcgruder-envisions-post-reparations-america-1202139504/) DitC: P: Quincy Jones, ‘The Dude,’ Labelle, ‘Ladybirds’ G: “Four Laws of Prosperity,” by Edwene Gaines, Ryan Leslie, “I’ll Be Waiting.” M: “The Experience of Insight,” by Joseph Goldstein

On Point - 71 - Saada Ahmed: Everyday People, Partying In NYC  

Building Everyday People into a national party-throwing enterprise, the hyper-materialism and racial components of New York nightlife, Incorporating music from/for different diasporas, and more. More from Saada: Everydaypplnyc.com @saada__

76 - HBO NO Confederate Show Please, the Unbranded Grocery Brand, and How Not To 'See' Detroit  

Brand Eff Up: Bedrock Detroit: “We Screwed Up” https://www.facebook.com/BedrockDetroit/posts/1528777023855661 What’s Up? “The Producers of HBO’s Confederate Respond to the Backlash and Explain Why They Wanted to Tell This Story,” Vulture (http://www.vulture.com/2017/07/hbo-confederate-producers-exclusive-interview.html) What’s Next “This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less,” Fast Company (https://www.fastcompany.com/40439810/this-new-site-sells-food-and-household-essentials-all-for-3-or-less) DitC: M: “Promoting the Commons in the Time of Monsters,” Common Dreams (https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/03/promoting-commons-time-monsters) P: “Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt: Writers Respond to Capitalist Climate Change,” Essay collection.

On Point - 70 - Roger Steffens: So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley  

How Roger went from growing up in Brooklyn to witnessing Bob Marley firsthand. The evolution in music represented by reggae. Bob Marley’s broader cultural caricature as opposed to the real Marley. The significance of Rastafari to Bob Marley.

75 - Hip-Hop Overtakes Rock, 'Pop-Up' Employers, and American Airlines' Solo Mile High Club  

Brand Eff Up: “In Yet Another Airline Fail, Flight Attendants Do Nothing As Man Masturbates Next To Woman,” Refinery29 (http://www.refinery29.com/2017/07/163433/american-airlines-masturbating-man) What’s Up? “Hip-Hop Takes the Throne, Passes Rock as Most Consumed Genre in U.S.,” HypeBeast (https://hypebeast.com/2017/7/hip-hop-rock-most-consumed-music-genre-united-states) What’s Next? “The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/business/economy/flash-organizations-labor.html) DitC: Michael: “Ex-diplomat Carne Ross: the case for anarchism,” Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/09/carne-ross-case-for-anarchy-accidental-anarchist-interview) Phil: “Sounds from the Other Side,” by Wizkid

On Point - 69 - Steve Lewis: What It Takes To Design A Space  

Nightclub designer Steve Lewis joins us in studio once again. What it takes to “design a space.” Why Bill DeBlasio has been positive for NYC nightlife. What movies really capture New York, and more.

74 - Jay-Z is Back! But Is He Still Capitalist? Tory Minister Deploys Obscure Slur, and Silicon Valley CEOs Grovel  

Jay-Z is Back! But Is He Still Capitalist? Tory Minister Deploys Obscure Slur, and Silicon Valley CEOs Grovel “A Tory MP Has Had The Whip Suspended For Using Racist Language,” Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/a-tory-mp-has-described-a-potential-no-deal-brexit-as-the?utm_term=.ihmkDrXG0#.rtQPAexRj What’s Up? Michael and Phil discuss the impressive release by Jay-z, 4:44. What’s Next? “How the Tech World Apologizes,” The Ringer https://theringer.com/tech-silicon-valley-women-sexual-harassment-fixes-listening-b31aa1ff5318 DitC: P: “Spider-Man: Blue” limited series. “Craven’s Last Hunt,” Spider Man series. M: “Archer,” TV Show

On Point - 68 - Ric Leichtung: NYC Nightlife and Inclusive DIY Spaces  

Ric Leichtung (@ricleichtung), Events Director at AdHoc, joins us in studio this week. The sort of people who work in the nightlife industry, Building inclusive DIY spaces. Reacting to the changes at Webster Hall. Why there is still a stigma by venues about hip-hop crowds/acts. @ricleichtung @adhocfm

On Point - 67 - Nancy MacLean - Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America  

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S. history at Duke University. She joins us this week to discuss her book on an important topic: "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America." Why the Elite Libertarian project has been destroying American democracy. John C Calhoun and James Buchanan as forefathers of Neoliberalism. The still-operative property rights arguments that were born of defending slaves as property. Why the Koch Brothers’ time horizon was key to their success. The Koch’s goal of a constitutional convention to shackle majority will.

On Point - 66 - Shan Nicholson & Roxiny: Revealing NYC’s Recent Social and Cultural History  

This week we’re joined by film director Shan Nicholson and musical artist and activist Roxiny. What motivated Shan to make “Downtown Calling” and “Rubble Kings.” New York’s mix of danger and opportunity. The DJ set that led to “Downtown Calling.” How DJing and archival research are nearly the same thing. Shan’s 2010 film “Rubble Kings.” Roxiny’s song on the soundtrack of “Rubble Kings.” How New York has evolved culturally and economically, largely for the worse. Check out Roxiny’s single. www.shannicholson.com/ https://soundcloud.com/roxiny/9-months-2 @Shan_Nicholson @RoxinyOfficial ‏

73 - Amazon Eats Whole Foods, Popcaan Drops Snapchat Song, & Surprise! Police Overzealous With Black Teens  

Brand Eff Up: “Undercover Police Handcuff Teens Selling Water on National Mall,” US News (https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-06-23/teens-handcuffed-for-selling-water-on-national-mall) What’s Up? “What Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Really Means,” New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-amazons-purchase-of-whole-foods-really-means) What’s Next? “Popcaan And Davido's New Song Is Literally About Snapchat,” Fader (http://www.thefader.com/2017/05/30/popcaan-davido-my-story-snapchat) DitC: M: Meditation Retreats P: “The 90's FreakNik Atlanta Story (Documentary)” (https://www.topbuzz.com/article/i6233796863485542915) R: The Secret Lives of Playlists (https://watt.cashmusic.org/writing/thesecretlivesofplaylists)

On Point - 65 - Andrea Bell: Trendwatching, Feelings Forecasts, and Future-Proofing the Brand  

Today's On Point is Andrea Bell, is director of insight at WGSN. How Andrea transitioned from journalism to trendwatching. What is a ‘Feelings Forecast?’ Why corporate clients often hate to ‘start from zero.’ What is ‘futurism’ and how is it used? How “athleisure” was predicted in 2008. The importance of certitude, validation, and a jumping-off point.

72 - Alnoor Ladha: Global Upheaval and the West’s Particularly Vicious Culture  

The original link between the Two Dope Boys joins us in studio. Where we are after 5,000 years of modernity, and where ongoing revolutions could take us. How can we actually change the current capitalist superstructure. Why the Standing Rock protests are so profound. Why we need to unlearn modern ideas of ‘progress.’ Why things won’t be able to continue, and why worldwide protest movements are cause for optimism. Follow Alnoor @AlnoorLadha

On Point - 64 - Anil Dash: Tech's Complicity In Trumpism & Role In Progress  

Anil Dash, entrepreneur, activist and writer joins Dope Boys in studio this week. How Anil started in tech, and his desire to enable creators. Anil’s goals of asking tech “humane” and “ethical.” Discovering tech’s lack of openness with regard to inclusion, and how that amplified inequities in society. Where does tech’s problem with diversity stem from? Anil’s perspective of the place of Indian-American men in tech. The incompetence or malice of tech leaders cooperating with Trump on photo ops. IBM’s history of collaborating with fascists. Silicon Valley is unprepared for the contempt that developed toward the Wall Street being aimed at them. Uber’s incredibly cartoonish culture problems. Peter Thiel as a tech gatekeeper and puncturing the cowardice of the tech press. Anil’s Prince enthusiasm and how it intersects with tech. Follow Anil @AnilDash

71 - Corporate Sponsors Fail Shakespeare, Most Interesting Man Dropped, and Kalanick Takes Leave From Uber  

Brand Eff Up? “Et Tu, Delta? Shakespeare in the Park Sponsors Withdraw From Trump-Like ‘Julius Caesar,’” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/arts/delta-airline-trump-public-theater-julius-caesar.html) What’s Up? “Dos Equis Drops Agency That Created Most Interesting Man,” Ad Age (http://adage.com/article/agency-news/dos-equis-leaves-agency-created-interesting-man/309297/) What’s Next? “Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes indefinite leave of absence,” Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/13/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-leave-absence-scandal) DitC: Black Terry Cat, by Xenia Rubinos “Satellite Flight,” on IndieGogo Indiegogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/satellite-flight-drama-technology#/

On Point - 63 - Michael Holman: NYC In Times Of Disco, Punks, Basquiat, Hip-Hop, and ‘Executive Style’  

Is New York still dope? Michael’s magical early New York experience. Michael’s visit to New York while in The Tubes. The magic of disco- and early hip-hop-era New York. Entering the music scene, meeting Jean Michel Basquiat, and the beginning of NY hip hop, including the time it was referred to as “executive style.” Britain's history of “biting” styles like punk. How Michael brought together the main elements of hip-hop on Sept 15, 1981. @MoneyMikeHolman michaelholman.com

70 - Harvard Revokes Admission For Racist Memes, Oligarchs Donate Money For Schools, and Fidget Spinners  

Brand Eff Up? “Harvard Revoked Admission Offers To At Least 10 Students After They Posted Offensive Memes,” Buzzfeed (https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/harvard-revoked-admission-offers-to-at-least-10-students?utm_term=.kvoO9j1KJ#.vkKA8pJDa) What’sUp? “The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/tech-billionaires-education-zuckerberg-facebook-hastings.html) What’s Next: “Your Fidget Spinner Is Reshaping The Retail Industry,” Buzzfeed (https://www.buzzfeed.com/leticiamiranda/hoverboards-vapes-and-spinners-are-reshaping-economy?utm_term=.shpqg0aWB#.xgNvjBPXG) DitC: M: The Black Jacobins, by CLR James P: Lawrence in Arabia, by Scott Anderson

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