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.


58 - Heinz Uses Don Draper’s Ad, Establishment Atlanta’s Resistance to Trap, and Sage Steele Doesn’t Wants NBA Players to Use N-Word  

Brand Eff Up: “Twitter Reacts to Sage Steele Getting Mad Because Iguodala Said N*gga at Presser,” Black Sports Online (http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2017/03/twitter-reacts-to-sage-steele-getting-mad-because-iguodala-said-ngga-at-presser/) What’s Up? “Heinz Taps Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce for Campaign (Yes, Really),” Creativity Online (http://creativity-online.com/work/heinz-pass-the-heinz/51254) What’s Good? “Trap Music Keeps Atlanta On Hip-Hop's Cutting Edge. Why Can't The City Embrace It?” NPR (http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/03/15/520133445/culture-wars-trap-innovation-atlanta-hip-hop) Diggin’ in the Crates: P: British TV shows: “Dead Set,” “Chewing Gum,” Catastrophe” M: “Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld,” Laurie Gunst

On Point - Snowed Out (Back Next Week)  

Tuesday's "On Point" recording session was lost to the east coast blizzard on March 14th. Back as usual next week.

57 - Banksy Opens West Bank Hotel, Ben Carson Thinks Of Slaves As Immigrants, and Nike Air Max Turn Thirty  

Brand Eff Up: Ben Carson Refers to Slaves as ‘Immigrants’ in First Remarks to HUD Staff,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us/politics/ben-carson-refers-to-slaves-as-immigrants-in-first-remarks-to-hud-staff.html?_r=0) What’s Up? “7 Peculiar Photos From Inside Banksy's Controversial New Hotel,” BravoTV (http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/banksy-walled-off-hotel-west-bank-photos) What’s Next? “Nike Is Releasing an Anniversary Edition Air Max 1 OG Celebrating 30 Years of Air Max,” High Snobiety (http://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/03/04/nike-air-max-1-og-anniversary/) DitC: M: “​The age of humanism is ending,” Achille Mbembe (https://mg.co.za/article/2016-12-22-00-the-age-of-humanism-is-ending) P: Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975) (http://www.openculture.com/2012/08/ieverything_i_knowi_42_hours_of_visionary_buckminster_fuller_lectures_1975.html)

On Point - 50 - Jessie Daniels: Feminism, Race, Contradictions and Chaos in the Online Age  

Jessie Daniels, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College-CUNY, joins us in studio this week. Jessie’s academic work on racism and David Duke and Stormfront. White Supremacists making the jump from old media to the internet. KellyAnne Conway and White Feminism in the age of Trump. White womanhood and the ability to “be fancy.” Emma Watson, Beyonce, and the interplay between identity positionality and privilege in discourse. Jessie Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on the Internet manifestations of racism. She is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (1997) and Cyber Racism (2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. More from Jesse at: www.racismreview.com @JessieNYC

56 - NFL Players “Too Urban” For London Club, Black Culture's Mainstream Consistency, and Basking In Uber's Terrible Year  

Brand Eff Up? “Popular London Nightclub Bans NFL Stars For Being ‘Too Urban,’” Blavity https://blavity.com/popular-london-nightclub-bans-nfl-stars-for-being-too-urban What’s Up? “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber,” Susan J. Fowler https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/2/19/reflecting-on-one-very-strange-year-at-uber What’s Next? “For us by us? The mainstream appeal of black content,” Nielsen http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/for-us-by-us-the-mainstream-appeal-of-black-content.html P: “Big Love” (HBO, Starring Bill Paxton) Can Uber Deliver? Naked Capitalism (http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/can-uber-ever-deliver-part-one-understanding-ubers-bleak-operating-economics.html) B: Flashdance (1983) M: Hell or High Water (2016) Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech @onewitness

On Point - 49 - Oscar's Reaction: Moonlight, the Mix-Up, and Casey Affleck  

Phil and Michael react to the improbable way Moonlight took Best Picture and more. Back on the usual schedule next week.

On Point - 48 - Ibram X. Kendi: “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America”  

University of Florida historian @DrIbram joins us this week to discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Tracing the genesis and circulation of racist and anti-racist ideas through American history. How our popular understanding of “racist” is far too narrow. Racist ideas in people victimized by racism, and the racial assumptions people can adopt about groups they’re from, from culture. Respectability politics, assimilationism and “uplift-suasion,” all the way back to the 1790s Abolitionists. How we determine “ways to do culture” that aren’t racially exclusive. How any culture can make itself look superior by standardizing it’s attributes and grading others against the standards. The importance of being an anti-racist vs. “not racist.” “Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress.” NY Times Magazine (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/opinion/sunday/racial-progress-is-real-but-so-is-racist-progress.html?_r=0)

On Point - 47 - Oscars with Jezebel's Clover Hope and Mic's Kevin O'Keeffe  

Clover Hope (@Clovito) of Jezebel and Kevin O'Keeffe (@Kevinpokeeffe) of Mic La La Land vs. Moonlight vs. Hidden Figures. Phil is tired of saving Matt Damon. Looking ahead to 2018 Oscars to see if #OscarsSoWhite concerns will persist, and Clover and Kevin give their Oscar picks.

55 - Asics Turns Runners Into Detectives, Denmark's Magic Food-Waste Reduction, and Trump's Dept. of Education Can't Spell  

Brand Eff Up: “Betsy DeVos' Department of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois' name, then misspells its apology,” Mashable (http://mashable.com/2017/02/12/department-of-education-web-dubois/#XYF_GpkAuiqo) What’s Up? “Asics Invites Runners to Turn Detective in Experiential L.A. Adventure,” Creativity Online (http://creativity-online.com/work/asics-find-adventure-the-big-chase/50923) What’s Next? “How Did Denmark Spark Its Miraculous Food-Waste Reduction?” Fast Company Exist (https://www.fastcoexist.com/3067347/how-did-denmark-spark-its-miraculous-food-waste-reduction) Diggin in the Crates: P: “Life & Livin' It,” Album by Sinkane M: “The Young Pope” on HBO

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/

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