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 - 56 - Tiara Francis: Comedy and Our Earnest Times  

New York based actor/comedian/writer Tiara Francis joins us in studio this week. Her journey in performance arts since childhood. Starting at Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell. “Being allowed to talk,” on the set of creative enterprises. Her time at Upright Citizen’s Brigade doing improv and comedy. Tiara’s work on deadass.tv. Tiara recommends musical artist “No Name” and Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.”    Follow: @tiarafrancis

63 - Juicero: Venture Capital’s Latest Innovation Failure, KFC’s Chicken Sandwich in Space: Why?, and Retailers Dying Fast  

Brand Eff Up: “Juicero CEO Begs You: Do NOT Squeeze Our Juice Bags,” Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/juicero-ceo-begs-you-do-not-open-our-juice-bags-1794507811) What’s Up? “As KFC promises to launch sandwich into space, Rob Lowe stars as the new Colonel Sanders,” CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/24/kfc-promises-to-launch-sandwich-into-space-with-rob-lowe-as-colonel.html) What’s Next? “Stores are closing at an epic pace,” CNN Money (http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/22/news/credit-suisse-retail/) DitC: Michael: Silicon Valley on HBO Phil: “Understanding Media,” Marshall McLuhan Matt: “The Lords of Creation,” by Frederick Lewis Allen

On Point - 55 - Ingrid Lafleur for Mayor of Detroit  

Why Ingrid is running for Mayor of Detroit. Why creatives and those who are otherwise not politicians should get involved in politics. Detroit's sprawl and history of massive inequality along racial and geographic lines. The primacy of poverty and inequality. The water shut off policies and legacy of attacks on lower income people by Detroit's "Emergency Managers." Ingrid’s interest in political afrofuturism. Go to Ingridlafleur.com or follow her at @ingridlafleur

62 - United Airlines Unites Everyone Against Them, YouTube Algorithms Don't Like Independent News, and Netflix Chilled By Subscriber Slowdown  

Brand Eff Up? “Overbooked flight on Delta? You now could get nearly $10,000 to give up your seat,” LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-delta-overbooking-20170414-story.html) What’s Up? “How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/arts/youtube-broadcasters-algorithm-ads.html?_r=0) What’s Next? “Netflix beats first-quarter earnings estimates, but slowdown in subscribers hits stock after hours,” LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-netflix-first-quarter-20170417-htmlstory.html) Diggin’ in the Crates: P: Get Out (2017 Mystery/Thriller) The Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert David Steele M: A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

On Point - 54 - Jason King: Education for the New Music Industry  

Jason’s wide range of activities around music and culture. Launching the Clive Davis music program at NYU. What goes into determining a music program at a university. How to balance industry and economic concerns with artistry and creativity. The importance of consensus and pragmatism. The decimation of music’s middle class. The modern difficulty in getting people’s attention. Jason recommends Laura Mvula, his band “Company Freak,” and some more acts he’s enjoying currently. @jasonkingsays

61 - Kendall Jenner and Pepsi Release Worst Ad of Year, Models Are Having Sex Now, and Condé Nast’s New Perk: Get Paid In a Timely Way  

Brand Eff Up: “Ad of the Day: Kendall Jenner protests with Pepsi and Skip Marley in "Jump In' ad,” The Drum http://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/04/04/ad-the-day-kendall-jenner-protests-with-pepsi-and-skip-marley-jump-ad What’s Up? “How Models Ended Up Having Actual Sex in Eckhaus Latta's Spring 2017 Campaign,” WMagazine http://www.wmagazine.com/story/eckhaus-latta-spring-2017-campaign-heji-shin-models-actual-sex What’s Good? “CONDÉ NAST WILL NOW CHARGE VENDORS MONEY IF THEY WANT TO GET PAID FASTER,” Fashionista (http://fashionista.com/2017/04/conde-nast-freelance-contracts) Diggin’ in the Crates: M: "Fast Wine" by Machel Montano R: “Take Me to the Alley,” by Gregory Porter P: American Pimp

On Point - 53 - Peter Moskowitz: How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood  

Peter joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood." How the popular media description of gentrification focuses too much on the individual. Gentrification as a symptom of inequality. How and why Manhattan was turned from a manufacturing hub to a real estate and office space center. The racist and anti-socialist development of suburbs in postwar America. Redlining. The 1970s as an intentional low point for cities. The subsequent takeover of cities by developers. Follow Peter: @ptrmsk

60 - Pantsuit Nation Is A Sham, Defining 'Leadership' Post-Trump, and Interviewee Dropped For Bringing Up Pay 'Too Early'  

Brand Eff Up “Here's What Happened When a Woman Mentioned Pay Before an Interview,” Attn http://www.attn.com/stories/15663/woman-tried-talk-about-fair-pay-interview What’s Up? “Pantsuit Nation Is A Sham,” Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/panstuit-nation-is-a-sham_us_585991dce4b04d7df167cb4d “‘Fearless Girl’ statue stares down Wall Street’s iconic bull,” Washington Times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/8/fearless-girl-statue-stares-down-wall-streets-icon/) What’s Next? Lina looks at leadership development across the world post-Trump. Diggin’ in the Crates L: O.J.: Made in America Grace and Frankie (comedy series) P: The Knick (TV Series) M: “Raise the Red Lantern” (1991 film) Linasrivastava.com @lksriv @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 52 - Nightlife Guru Steve Lewis Returns: The Evolution and Future of Club Experiences  

Legend of the New York club scene Steve Lewis rejoins us in studio this week. On “finding himself” in a club. Why everyone should go to prison, and always expecting to go to prison, and what his 10 months in prison allowed him to catch up on. Teaching astronomy and birdwatching in prison. Opening “Plaid” 5 weeks after leaving prison. Why Steve thinks clubs need to became more overtly sexual.

59 - Drake Releases ‘More Life,’ Culture Jamming ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ and Germany to Fine Tech Companies Ignoring Harassment  

“Ghost in the Shell's latest critic: its own viral marketing tool,” The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/13/14911610/ghost-in-the-shell-viral-campaign-whitewashing) What’s Up? “Drake’s More Life Might Be The Key To The Music Industry’s Future,” The Fader (http://www.thefader.com/2017/03/21/drakes-more-life-streaming-playlists-labels-essay) What’s Next? “Germany’s Flawed Plan to Fight Hate Speech by Fining Tech Giants Millions,” Wired (https://www.wired.com/2017/03/tech-giants-cant-bear-weight-battling-online-hate/) Diggin’ in the Crates P: UK Soul artist Omar W: “Passion Fruit,” off Drake’s “More Life.” Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” 2016 Music/Documentary M: “ An End to Suffering,” by Pankaj Mishra Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 51 - Katie Longmyer: Connecting the Corporate with the "Cool"  

Katie’s view on “culture coming from the margins.” Viewing herself as an artist and creative first as a “business artist.” How to get the “right” people in a room. Working in the music industry as iTunes was launched. Real relationships in a digital media relationship age. Follow Katie on twitter @GoodPeoples “Introducing Corporate to Cool: Katie Longmyer Connects Young Artists to Corporate Types,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/fashion/katie-longmyer-business-art-music.html?_r=1)

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

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