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 - 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 - 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

On Point - 62- Liza Jessie Peterson: All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island  

Liza’s journey from modelling to acting and finally to writing and poetry. How she ended up becoming a poetry teacher at Riker’s “Island School.” Seeing the realities of mass incarceration first-hand. Why the 16-17 year olds in her Riker’s class took her teaching. Becoming awake to the prison-industrial complex, and then sharing it with Riker’s students. Riker’s a cautionary threat for NY adolescence. Why adolescents all go crazy at some point. On Riker’s getting shut down. Liza’s play, The Peculiar Patriot, out in September at the National Black Theater.

69 - Bill Maher Sorry For Calling Himself a "House Nigger," Millennials Blind to Brands, and the Supreme-Flipping Financial Plan  

Brand Eff Up? “What Was Bill Maher’s Big Mistake?” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/arts/television/what-was-bill-mahers-big-mistake.html?_r=0) What’s Up? “...Young Viewers are Unable to Identify Network Behind Programs,” Global News Wire (https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/06/05/1008090/0/en/New-Report-on-How-Millennials-Discover-Programming-Consume-Content-and-Recognize-Network-Brands-Reveals-Young-Viewers-are-Unable-to-Identify-Network-Behind-Programs.html) What’s Next? “The Supreme Retirement Plan: How to Become a Millionaire by Flipping Streetwear,” WealthSimple (https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-us/magazine/data-supreme?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=) DitC: M: Brazil (1985 film) P: Skin, by Ephraim Lewis (1992)

On Point - 61 - Daniel Stedman: Making More of the Live Event  

Daniel Stedman, film director, producer, writer, joins us to discuss his numerous projects, including The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, BAMbill, Taste Talks, SummerScreen in McCarren Park, and the Northside Festival. The different events Northside Media puts on, including a “discovery festival,” and a culinary thought-leader conference. Moving to NY on September 11, 2001 for a film career. The thinking behind decisions to sell a company and re-buy the company to independence.   @danielstedman northsidemedia.com/ northsidefestival.com/

68 - Amazon’s Unromantic Bookstore, the Most Anti-social Social Network, and Last Hurrah For Game Shows?  

Brand Eff Up: “Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books,” Quartz https://qz.com/990164/amazons-first-bookstore-in-new-york-city-sucks-the-joy-out-of-buying-books/ What’s Up? The current television game show revival. What’s Next? “Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health,” Quartz (https://qz.com/988765/instagram-fb-is-the-most-harmful-social-network-for-your-mental-health-but-youtube-goog-has-a-positive-effect-a-new-report-says/) Diggin’ in the Crates: R: Roger Moore, recently deceased James Bond actor. (Live and Let Die, Moonraker) M: “The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom,” by Rod Stryker P: “Children of the New World: Stories,” by Alexander Weinstein; “War Against the Weak,” by Edwin Black

On Point - 60 - Tressie McMillan Cottom: ‘Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy’  

Tressie McMillan Cottom is professor and sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of her new book, ‘Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.’’  The “gospel of education,” as tied to the “gospel of wealth.” Education as an article of faith. The arc of education investment in America since WW2. Why Bill Clinton was to the right of Ronald Reagan on education. How does class fit into our expectations of work and education. @tressiemcphd

67 - Bro Rompers Are Here, The Fall of 'Influencers,' and Consultants Move Into Marketers' Turf  

Brand Eff Up “The Bro Romper Exists and I Don't Want to Live on This Planet Anymore,” Esquire (http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/news/a55081/romper-for-men-romphim/) What’s Up? “THE RACE IS ON! How IBM, Accenture, PwC and Deloitte Are Shaking Up the Marketing Industry” AdAge (http://adage.com/article/news/consultancies-rising/308845/) What’s Next? “The Rise and (Maybe) Fall of Influencers,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/fashion/kendall-jenner-fyre-festival-pepsi-bella-hadid-influencers.html) Diggin’ in the Crates: M: “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War,” by Stephen Kinzer P: Public Libraries

On Point - 59 - Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century  

The three motivations Timothy had behind writing On Tyranny now. Why he is not an “American Exceptionalist” especially with regard to American authoritarianism. What the foresight into Trump’s chances in 2016 by many African-Americans signifies. How the internet mattered more than real life in 2016. The importance of “corporeal politics” and getting your body into the world to act. Why all art is political in our time and the important skill-sets of artists.

66 - Joe Budden Calls Out Lil Yachty’s Happiness, ‘How To Be a Latin Lover’ Shows How To Be a Box Office Success, & American Airlines Boots Black Woman From First Class  

Brand Eff Up: “Black Passenger Says American Airlines Forced Her to Give Up Her 1st-Class Seat but Let Her White Friend Remain,” The Root (http://www.theroot.com/how-american-airlines-forced-black-passenger-to-give-up-1795045431) What’s Up? “Lil Yachty Clashes With Joe Budden in Heated Hip-Hop Debate,” High Snobiety (http://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/05/03/lil-yachty-clashes-joe-budden/) What’s Next? “Eugenio Derbez Delivers Box Office Hit With 'How To Be A Latin Lover,’' Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/veronicavillafane/2017/05/01/eugenio-derbez-delivers-box-office-hit-with-how-to-be-a-latin-lover/#268d37d13938) DitC: M: Captain Fantastic (2016) P: Kings of Tomorrow, “It’s In The Lifestyle,” and “Trouble” Sustainable Brands Detroit http://events.sustainablebrands.com/sb17det/

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