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 - 46 - Su'ad Abdul Khabeer: “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States”  

Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, a scholar-artist-activist at Purdue University, joins us this week to discuss her book, “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States.” The cultural blind spots around our conception of Muslims and hip-hop. What it means to be “raised in blackness” in America. The danger of depictions of Muslim “foreignness” and “brownness.” The rise of Islamophobia post-9/11 and it’s existence prior to 2001. The various ways African-Americans have embraced “orthodox” muslim practice in service of black liberation. More from Dr. Khabeer at @DrSuad on twitter

54 - Porn Gets Serious On Sex Ed, Atlanta Police Shouldn't Tweet Beyoncé, and Superbowl Ads: Worth It?  

Brand Eff Up: “Atlanta Police Apologize For Dumb Beyoncé Pregnancy Tweet,” Stereogum (http://www.stereogum.com/1922994/atlanta-police-apologize-for-dumb-beyonce-pregnancy-tweet/news/) What's Up? Superbowl ads: still worth it? What’s Next? “Pornhub just launched a sex ed portal for its users,” Engadget https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/02/pornhub-just-launched-a-sex-ed-portal-for-its-users/ DitC: G: “Getting to Yes,” by Bruce Patton, Roger Fisher, and William Ury and “No Favors,” Big Sean feat Eminem P: “Little Fictions,” album by Elbow M: “Jihad vs. McWorld,” by Benjamin Barber

On Point - 45 - Tasty Keish & Conscious of TK in the AM  

Tasty Keish & Conscious of TK in the AM on Bondfire Radio join us in studio this week. (http://bondfireradio.com/tk-in-the-am) A lesson on attention from Alan Watts. Howard Stern and the inability to fabricate authenticity. Personas in radio and the fine line between on-air personality and real life. The process of building communities and audiences. Bondfire Radio’s radio broadcast, as opposed to podcast, vibe. Radio as a collective listener experience, and the importance of communal listening in times of strife and grief. The importance of appreciating the journey. TK in The AM (@TKinTheAM). Morning show hosted by @TastyKeish & @Conscious. Mon-Wed- Fri 10a-1130a EST on @bondfireradio.

53 - The Rousing Success of #DeleteUber, Big Data in the Trump Campaign, Sage Steele: Sports' Stacey Dash?  

Brand Eff Up: "Meet Sage Steele: The Stacey Dash of Sports Media,” Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/31/meet-sage-steele-the-stacey-dash-of-sports-media.html) What’s Up? “Lyft Beats Uber for First Time in App Store, But Under Capitalism All Choice Is Meaningless,” Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/lyft-beats-uber-for-first-time-on-app-store-but-under-1791809436) "Uber CEO quits Trump's economic advisory council," USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/02/02/uber-ceo-leaves-trumps-economic-advisory-board/97415342/) What’s Next? “The Data That Turned the World Upside Down,” VICE Motherboard (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump) Diggin’ in the Crates P: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” by Dee Brown and “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States,” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz R: “Dawn,” by Octavia Butler Michael: “Youth Need Values and Dreams,” Scott Atran Matt: @MerriamWebster S: "No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," by Reza Aslan

52 - Q&A Live at IgnitionOne: When Snapchat Goes Public, On Kanye and Markets Corrupting Art, and more  

Recorded Thursday, January 26, 2017 at IgnitionOne (@ignitionone) in downtown NYC. With crew member Wosny Lambre (@Bigwos). More on Snapchat selling and not selling out, a debate on Kanye, Ryan Lochte's scandal privilege, and more. www.ignitionone.com Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

51 - Live at IgnitionOne: Snapchat Spurns Influencers, Don’t Play for Trump, and Migos Memes the Charts  

Recorded Thursday, January 26, 2017 at IgnitionOne (@ignitionone) in downtown NYC. With crew member Wosny Lambre. Brand Eff Up: “India.Arie: “I Stand Up for Chrisette Michele” After Trump Performance,” Pitchfork (http://pitchfork.com/news/71147-indiaarie-i-stand-up-for-chrisette-michele-after-trump-performance/) What’s Up? “Rain Drop, Drop Top: The Best Migos "Bad and Boujee" Memes,” HotNewHipHop (http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/rain-drop-drop-top-the-best-migos-bad-and-boujee-memes-news.26806.html) What’s Next? “Snapchat Plays Hard to Get With Celebrities and Influencers,” NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/technology/snapchat-plays-hard-to-get-with-celebrities-and-influencers.html?_r=0 Diggin’ in the Crates: P: Massive Attack, “Mezzanine” W: “The Americans,” on FX M: “John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy,” by Luke Mayville

On Point - 44 - Tim Stock: Future Trends, Culture Mapping, and Semiotics  

Tim Stock joins us in studio this week to talk about ethnography and studying the language of social media to segment people by cultural interests. Using semiotics to understand hidden biases. Culture mapping and looking ahead for the reaction to current trends. How current language can signal future trends. How veering to far into a quantitative or qualitative mindset can lead to trouble. How to view and participate in language in a cognitively and socially sen www.timstock.net Follow us on twitter: @TimStock @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

50 - Millennials in the Workplace, Mississippi City Muffs MLK Day, and Will Sky Farms Save Us?  

Brand Eff Up? “The internet just can't believe what this Mississippi city calls MLK Day,” Mashable (http://mashable.com/2017/01/13/mlk-great-americans-day/#x96KOjg3umq3) What’s Up? Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrT8lJNa9Z8) What’s Next? “THE VERTICAL FARM,” New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/09/the-vertical-farm Diggin’ in the Crates: P: “Newhart,” (1982-1990) “Batman Writers Bible,” (http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/batman/btas/backstage/wbible/) E: StartUp podcasts series on Dov Charney. M: “Blue Ocean Strategy,” by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim @ErinMStyles Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 43 - Luis Martinez: A Digital Denny's for the 21st Century  

Denny’s recent push in the digital space and irreverent tone on social media. Social media’s ability to focus on a certain audiences, and the freedom to “have fun” with millennial audiences. Maintaining a legacy brand while investing in the digital brand. How diners are innately unifying. The secondary use of restaurants as gathering spaces. @Luis_A_Martinez

49 - Twitter Still Hamstrung By Abusive Users, Class and Race on Television, and Trump Wants a N*gger Navy?  

Brand Eff Up: “Yahoo accidentally reports Trump wants a ‘n*gger navy’ — and Black Twitter hilariously pounces,” RawStory What’s Up? “I've left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators.” The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/03/ive-left-twitter-unusable-anyone-but-trolls-robots-dictators-lindy-west) “Twitter's abuse problem is reportedly part of the reason Disney chose not to buy it,” Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/disney-twitter-acquisition-trolls-abuse-harassment-report-2016-10) “Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants,” The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/08/blaming-fake-news-not-the-answer-democracy-crisis) “THE PROPAGANDA ABOUT RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA,” New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-propaganda-about-russian-propaganda) What’s Next? “What TV Says About Race and Money,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/arts/television/what-tv-says-about-race-and-money.html?_r=1) Diggin’ in the Crates P: Movies, “Lords of Dogtown” (2005), “Dogtown and Z-Boys” S: “Wall Writers” (2016) M: “Liquid Modernity,” by Zygmunt Bauman (2013)

On Point - 42 - Nightlife Legend Steve Lewis on the Evolution of the Club  

New York nightclub legend Steve Lewis joins us in studio this week for an insider's perspective on the history of New York nightlife. Topics include: Using Humphrey Bogart’s Casa Blanca character as a behavior model while surveying the early club scene. The early pre-corporate danger of clubs when they were owned by wise guys. The evolution of the nightlife industry through the 80s and 90s. “Now People Go To School For This Shit.” The origin of our conception of “bottle service” and the ying and yang of it’s influence on club atmosphere. How 9/11, cell phones, and the flight of Yuppies to Brooklyn has changed the internal geography of the club. Pushing the envelope, risk-taking, and his 10 months in prison. Read Steve’s column, “Good Night, Mr Lewis” on BlackBook. http://bbook.com/nightlife/the-101-greatest-clubs-of-all-time-goodnight-mr-lewis/

48 - Racial Indulgences For Guilty White People, French Workers Win Victory Over Email, and the Internet Eats Telcos  

Brand Eff Up: “Guilty White Liberals Are Purchasing Racial Indulgences,” NY Mag (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/guilty-white-liberals-are-purchasing-racial-indulgences.html) What’s Up? “French workers win legal right to avoid checking work email out-of-hours,” Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/dec/31/french-workers-win-legal-right-to-avoid-checking-work-email-out-of-hours) What’s Next? “How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Will Bring Down Telcos,” WIRED (https://www.wired.com/2016/12/the-end-of-telcos/) Diggin’ in the Crates: Phil: “The Power Broker,” by Robert Caro Michael: Bojack Horseman on Netflix Matt: “The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America,” by Ethan Michaeli

47 - 2017 Predictions  

Special episode this week featuring predictions for 2017 by the crew including Rob Fields, Hyun Kim, Biz Ghormley, Georgette Pierre, Grant McCracken, Tia Kansara, Dowshan Humzah, Mark Boles, Lee-Sean Huang, Lina Srivastava, and Rodrigo Reis. Back as usual on Tuesday.

46 - “Five Percenter Obama” and How Michael Met Wos  

Today, an unaired conversation in which Wos describes why he originally reached out the Michael after hearing one of Michael’s ultra-niche impressions. Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

45 - 2 Dope Boys Debate: Jay-Z vs. Nas  

At long last, Michael and Phil take their longstanding debate on mic Who's better, Jay-Z or Nas? In Jay's corner is Phil, for Nas: Michael. Topics include lyrics, albums, diss tracks, club suitability and cultural impact. Follow us on twitter: Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

44 - NY Times’ Hardly-Diverse Newsroom, Dropbox's Hardly-Diverse Diversity Photo, and Free Cash in Finland  

Brand Eff Up? “Dropbox panned for 'diversity' tweet depicting mostly white people,” SF Gate (http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Dropbox-panned-for-diversity-tweet-depicting-10796804.php) What’s Up? “Preaching the Gospel of Diversity, but Not Following It,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/public-editor/new-york-times-diversity-liz-spayd-public-editor.html?_r=0) What’s Next? “Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/business/economy/universal-basic-income-finland.html?_r=0) Diggin’ in the Crates M: “How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul,” The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/how-democrats-killed-their-populist-soul/504710/) P: “Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1,” by George Michael R: “Uproot,” book by Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture)

On Point - 41 - Carmen Bryant: On the Frontlines of Online Hiring  

Joining us in studio this week is Carmen Bryant, Director, Employer Insights Americas at Indeed.com. Using data and research for storytelling. Indeed.com’s mission of finding people employment, and how current economic unease effects that mission. How the labor market effects the approach of a company like Indeed.com. Clashing with companies who have overly-specific “cultural” requirements. How data can inform on qualitative matters. The rise in “work from home” and nontraditional work arrangements. How the Gig Economy doesn’t work without social benefits.

43 - Google Invades Cuba, Amazon's Jobless Grocery Stores, and Wonder Woman Out at UN  

Brand Eff Up: “WONDER WOMAN DROPPED AS UN AMBASSADOR FOLLOWING PROTESTS,” Fuse.tv (http://www.fuse.tv/2016/12/wonder-woman-dropped-un-ambassador-protest-petition) What’s Up? “Google Signs Deal With Cuba for Faster Data Access,” Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/associated-press/google-signs-deal-cuban-government-faster-data.html) What’s Next? “Amazon’s new grocery store highlights a huge hole in Donald Trump’s promise on jobs” Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-go-manufacturing-cashier-labor-market-employment-trump-2016-12) Diggin in the Crates: P: “The Power Elite,” by C. Wright Mills G: “I Lie Awake Every Night” by James Vincent McMorrow M: “Small is Beautiful,” by EF Schumacher @Georgette @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 40 - Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones: Good is the New Cool  

Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones joined us in studio this week to talk about their book "Good is the New Cool," on how it's no longer enough for brands to appeal to millenials as "cool," and that "good" is the newvirtue. The media savviness of millennials as an obstacle to traditional brand appeals. On this finding your purpose. The idea of different purposes for different seasons of life. goodisthenewcool.org @afdhelaziz @mrbobbyjones

42 - The Oakland Warehouse Fire Tragedy, Priced-Out Culture, and Resist the Turn Against Multiculturalism  

Brand Eff Up “A Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink,” Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/28/a-japanese-theme-park-thought-it-was-a-good-idea-to-freeze-5000-dead-fish-in-a-skating-rink/?utm_term=.b2d491e7bcd0) What's Up? “Oakland Warehouse Fire: Death Toll Up to 36, Officials 'Absolutely Believe' Number Will Climb,” NBC News http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oakland-warehouse-fire-victims-families-face-agonizing-wait-n691911 What’s Next? Michael and Phil take issues with anti-identity politics arguments like this one by Jonathan Haidt “Why social media is terrible for multiethnic democracies,” Vox Diggin’ in the Crates: Phil: SHO Michael: Adam Curtis, “Oh Dearism” Matt: Chasing Shadows by Ken Hughes (2014) https://soundcloud.com/matt-lech-1/lbj-nixon-chasing-shadows

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