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 - 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”

On Point - Back Next Week!  

Hey listeners, no On Point this week as Phil is out intriguing in Italy, but we will be back all-new next week. Peace!

30 - Chappelle's Show Special  

Michael and Phil discuss their love and appreciation of Dave Chappelle. The cultural significance of The Chappelle Show. Phil’s issues an apology to Dave Chappelle for writing an article critical of Dave Chappelle leaving Comedy Central. Chappelle Show as not juxt "clever," but "funny." Dave Chappelle Black Pixie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xprpXDnIU6A “Black Bush” http://www.cc.com/video-clips/jmcxny/chappelle-s-show-black-bush---uncensored Chappelle Show - Fifth Amedment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdeo7Q2E5cE Negrodamus on Wayne Brady https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx1zx8M3XQg

On Point - 28 - Joey Camire: Deconstructing Influence  

Joey introduces us to Sylvain Labs’ new book on influence: “The Dots: Deconstructing Influence.” Making an approachable business book on influence. Using creative metaphors, like physics and gravity, to illustrate how influence works. The “God Algorithm” and teenage super-influencers on social media. “Influencers” role as mental models for their followers. Influence over time and the internet’s “influencer middle-class.” The distinction between celebrities and influencers, with celebrities primarily having their messages consumed as opposed to influencers, who change behavior with messages. Is Donald Trump an influencer? The need for “sense-makers” in influence. Sylvainlabs.com @JoeyCashmere Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

29 - Kanye’s Controversial Casting Call, Charlie Hedbo Offends Again, and Wells Fargo’s Anti-Liberal Arts Maturity  

Brand Eff Up “Wells Fargo Encourages Budding Actors To Become Botanists And Then Apologizes,” Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2016/09/04/wells-fargo-encourages-budding-actors-to-become-botanists-and-apologizes/#40d587f14a56 What’s Up? “KANYE WEST'S YEEZY SEASON 4 CASTING CALL CAUSED BACKLASH BOTH ON AND OFFLINE,” Fashionista http://fashionista.com/2016/09/yeezy-season-4-casting What's Next? “The Internet Reacts To Charlie Hebdo’s Latest Controversial Cartoon,” Konbini http://www.konbini.com/en/lifestyle/internet-italy-charlie-hebdo/ Diggin’ in the Crates: Georgette: “The Power of Now” by Ekhart Tolle “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” by Travis Scott “Way Back” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo5vpqDSd5g) Frighty & Colonel Mite - life is what you make it.. raggamuffin love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqCZBgsl9tA) Phil: “The Shape of Design,” by Frank Chimero (2012) Michael: “Europe’s Lefter After Brexit,” Jacobin (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/09/european-union-strategy-democracy-yanis-varoufakis-diem25/) “Need It,” Machel Montano (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWLDGlsyJb4)

On Point - 27 - Anthony Lappé: Underground Economies in Viceland's "Black Market"  

Joining us this week is Anthony Lappé, showrunner for Viceland’s “Black Market with Michael K. Williams.” Navigating the line between empathetically portraying subjects and glamorizing them. Anthony’s gravitation toward stories on the margins. Including broader global, social, and political contexts in a short documentary format. Focus on issues versus characterization. Vice’s coverage of “Lean,” the southern drink built on cough syrup. Black market economies from an innovation standpoint. https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/black-market-trailer/575b284f0dc6e931453839ff @AnthonyLappe on twitter

28 - Rappers Fight Over Hip-Hop History, Kaepernick Protest Slammed BC "He’s Not Black,” and Is Data Killing Free Will?  

Brand Eff Up Ex-Player Slams Kaepernick’s Protest Because He’s “Not Black,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3mDOK3EjE What’s Up? Knowing your history. “Lil Yachty Responds to Anderson .Paak’s Comments About Artists Knowing Their History,” XXL. (http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2016/08/lil-yachty-anderson-paak-comments/?trackback=tsmclip) “Meet the Rapper Who Thinks the ’90s Were Totally Overrated,” TIME (http://time.com/4084942/vince-staples-90s-hip-hop-interview/) What’s Next? “Yuval Noah Harari on big data, Google and the end of free will,” Financial Times. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/50bb4830-6a4c-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c.html Diggin’ in the Crates Phil: Venus Williams' Father Checks Interviewer During Childhood Interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_Dgnn437o) Michael: “Raise the Red Lantern” (1992)

On Point - 26 - Douglas Rushkoff: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus  

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus" joins us this week. How to we include more people in the tech economy. Why taking startup capital curses companies like Twitter. The assumptions that age of extractive growth was built on are dying. The notion of the commons in the internet age. Why early internet anti-government sentiment may have led to corporate control of the internet. Douglas’ early correct call on the AOL/Time Warner merger. The “Singularity” as an update of industrial focus on human utility. More from Douglas at http://rushkoff.com/about @Rushkoff on twitter Buy the book here: (https://www.amazon.com/Throwing-Rocks-Google-Bus-Prosperity/dp/1617230170/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472699176&sr=8-1&keywords=throwing+rocks+at+the+google+bus)

27 - Biomedically-Enhanced Humanity and Inequality, Egypt Orders Female Anchors To Lose Weight, and Spiderman’s Cross-Racial Casting  

Brand Eff Up: “Egypt Orders 8 Female TV Anchors To Lose Weight,” Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/egypt-broadcaster-weight_us_57bb538ae4b00d9c3a19408a?section=&) What’s Up? “We Finally Know Which Character Zendaya is Playing in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming',” Complex. (http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2016/08/zendaya-playing-mary-jane-in-spiderman-homecoming) “Zendaya, ‘Spider-Man Homecoming,’ and the Beauty of A Black Mary Jane,” Daily Beast. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/19/zendaya-spider-man-homecoming-and-the-beauty-of-a-black-mary-jane.html) “James Gunn Hits Back At Critics Of Zendaya’s ‘Spider-Man’ Casting,” Nylon. (http://www.nylon.com/articles/james-gunn-zendaya-spider-man-casting) What’s Good? U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities,” Pew. (http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/07/26/u-s-public-wary-of-biomedical-technologies-to-enhance-human-abilities/) Diggin’ In the Crates: Sahra: “Striking Thoughts,” by Bruce Lee Phil: Äkta människor (Real Humans) a 2012 scifi drama from Sweden. Michael: “At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel,”

On Point - 25 - Michael Arceneaux On Frank Ocean's "Blonde," Over-reading Politics Into Art, and More  

"'Blonde' Cements Frank Ocean as Today's Most Evocative and Daring Male R&B Songwriter," Complex (http://www.complex.com/music/2016/08/frank-ocean-blonde-album-review) Follow Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/youngsinick Michael’s review of Frank Ocean’s new album, “Blonde.” What it means that it’s the “album he should have made.” “Nostalgia/Ultra.” The perils of our “instant-reaction environment,” especially regarding cultural criticism. Unfair reaction to Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah’s shows. What Frank Ocean’s sexuality means for his music and culture, and what’s behind “no labels” identification. The word ”queer.” What Frank Ocean means and doesn’t mean to gay black men. People in media not knowing what they’re talking about. How he became a full-time writer. The market for “performative anger” in media. Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

26 - Snapchat Filters and Race, Millennials Aren't Having Sex, and Is "Influencer" Over?  

@BigWos of ESPN's TruehoopTV Podcast rejoins us this week. Brand Eff Up “The Repeated Racism of Snapchat,” The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/08/snapchat-makes-another-racist-misstep/495701/) What’s Up? “‘There isn’t really anything magical about it’: Why more millennials are avoiding sex,” Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/there-isnt-really-anything-magical-about-it-why-more-millennials-are-putting-off-sex/2016/08/02/e7b73d6e-37f4-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html) What’s Good? “Influencers Are People, Not Media Outlets,” AdAge (http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/influencers-people-media-outlets/305379/) “The "Influencer" Economy Is Collapsing Under the Weight of its Own Contradictions,” Gawker (http://gawker.com/the-influencer-economy-is-collapsing-under-the-weight-1776235455) “Gatekeepers & Crashers,” trndmrkr.com (http://www.trndmrkr.com/uncategorized/gatekeepers-crashers/) Diggin’ in the Crates Phil: Res album ”How I Do” (2001) Wos: “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,” by David Brion Davis (2006) Michael: “King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” by Adam Hochschild (1998) @2DopeBoysPod @BigWos @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 24 - Gina Manis-Anderson: Profits With Purpose  

Gina Manis-Anderson, founder of Savii Group, proponent of the “Purposepreneur.” Advocate for maximizing efficiency with a purpose for the profits in mind. What is a “Purposepreneur”? Why investing in human capital is actually good for business. Freeing up wasted capital for uses that make companies better and more purpose-oriented. The intersection of purpose and profits. How welcome are these ideas by business leaders? How to help businesses get over their fear. Follow Gina on twitter: @SaviiGroup PoweredByPurpose.com SaviiGroup.com

25 - Frank Ocean's Anticipation Through Absence, Olympic Anchor's Adoption Insensitivity, and What Demographics and Global Indicators Miss  

Brand Eff Up “NBC’s Al Trautwig ‘Regrets’ Refusing to Acknowledge Simone Biles’s Adoptive Parents as Her Parents” Vulture. (http://www.vulture.com/2016/08/nbcs-al-trautwig-recants-simone-biles-adoption-comment.html) What's Up? Frank Ocean's delays “Boys Don't Cry” “Frank Ocean's Construction Project, Deconstructed,” The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/08/frank-ocean-livestream-boys-dont-cry-mystery/493868/) “Is Frank Ocean’s New Album Now Coming in November?” High Snobiety (http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/08/08/frank-ocean-new-album-november/) No, Frank Ocean’s album still hasn’t come out,” Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/08/07/no-frank-oceans-album-still-hasnt-come-out/) Phil’s notes: There is a desire (need) for artist to connect more directly to their audience. The promotion is planned and coming from Apple Music but it FEELS like it is directed by Ocean (of course with his vision I am sure). So if audiences are becoming smarter and traditional marketing promotion and schedules don't work then artist like Ocean can be visionary. Have to create that connection because of a more savvy connected audience. What's Good “Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” McKinsey (http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/urbanization/urban-world-the-global-consumers-to-watch) Diggin’ in the Crates: Phil: Film - “Hav Plenty” (1997) Hyun: Novel - Americanah (Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) Michael: Film - “Spotlight” (2015)

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