2 Dope Boys & a Podcast is a twice weekly culture and trends podcast that takes a deep dive into race, culture, business, technology and the arts to help you understand your future as well as the present. A trend savvy resource for creative professionals and an audio deep think for everyone who cares about “what’s good?” and why. Hosted by Michael Brooks and Philip L. McKenzie.
Leonard Dixon (ig:international_lenny) of Hypebeast.com joins us in studio this week to talk about what 'hypebeast' means, how a company retains 'cool', and the place of sneaker culture in political times.
Former basketball player and writer Paul Shirley (@PaulThenShirley) joins 2DB tonight to discuss his new book, 'Stories I Tell On Dates.' We also discuss misconceptions people have re: professional athletes, and why he wanted to produce a sitcom about NBA players that showed a *lack* of luxury in NBA lifestyles.
The return of Steve Lewis, nightlife correspondent for 2 Dope Boys, talking to us about his upcoming events with DJ Jonathan Peters at FREQ in NYC beginning December 1st. Why there are 'no clubs in Manhattan' currently. 'Cabaret Laws' and their effect on nightlife. De Blasio's governance of nightlife compared to prior NYC mayors.
Sydney Thomas (@sydneypaige10) investment associate at Precursor Ventures, joins us this week to discuss the turmoil in Silicon Valley. The importance of mentorships and personal relationships in private industry. How venture capital firms resemble minor fiefdoms. Why it’s becoming more apparent that utopian Silicon Valley rhetoric has departed from the actual reality. Check out Sydney's list of black women in venture capital: https://medium.com/@sydneythomas/the-list-of-black-women-in-vc-df...more
Strategist and designer Gitamba Saila-Ngita (@monumentsinking) joins us this week to discuss his approach to designing experiences and products. Further topics include the Boston experience and how to get corporations to think about what the next 150 years will look like.
This week, 2 Dope Boys returns with an On Point recorded in early August with Detavio Samuels (@Detavio), President of iONE Digital, to discuss how he set about building the company's stacked digital media division, which operates sites like CassiusLife.com, GlobalGrind.com, HelloBeautiful.com, NewsOne.com, Bossip.com, MadameNoire.com and HipHopWired.com. How Detavio was able to see branding and advertising from all important sides of the process. The importance of avoiding the 'Mushy Middle."
Creative and Marketer Kane Sarhan (@Kanes) joins us in studio this week to discuss his work with 1 Hotels. Will people pay more to stay at, and be loyal to, a sustainable hotel? The importance of patience in creating something new, and the importance of long-term thinking. The “hustle and float” of creative enterprises. The nature of the competition between hotels and AirBnB.
Michael and Phil break down the infamous Google memo circulated by (since) fired James Damore. Also, a note on a new phase for 2 Dope Boys. https://www.recode.net/2017/8/11/16127992/google-engineer-memo-research-science-women-biology-tech-james-damore
Critical Mass’ Conor Brady (Chief Creative Officer) and Grant Owens (Chief Strategy Officer) joins us in studio this week to discuss design, particularly with sound interfaces. @cbrady @grantowens www.criticalmass.com
Brand Eff Up: “Hotel Industry Releases Attack Ad Accusing Airbnb Of Enabling Terrorists,” Gothamist http://gothamist.com/2017/08/01/airbnb_terrorism_ad.php What’s Up? “Sen. Cory Booker just introduced a bill that could legalize marijuana nationwide,” Vox (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/1/16073124/cory-booker-marijuana-legalization) What’s Next? “‘Black America’: Amazon Alt-History Drama From Will Packer & Aaron McGruder Envisions Post-Reparations America,” Deadline (h...more
Building Everyday People into a national party-throwing enterprise, the hyper-materialism and racial components of New York nightlife, Incorporating music from/for different diasporas, and more. More from Saada: Everydaypplnyc.com @saada__
Brand Eff Up: Bedrock Detroit: “We Screwed Up” https://www.facebook.com/BedrockDetroit/posts/1528777023855661 What’s Up? “The Producers of HBO’s Confederate Respond to the Backlash and Explain Why They Wanted to Tell This Story,” Vulture (http://www.vulture.com/2017/07/hbo-confederate-producers-exclusive-interview.html) What’s Next “This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less,” Fast Company (https://www.fastcompany.com/40439810/this-new-site-sells-food-and-ho...more
How Roger went from growing up in Brooklyn to witnessing Bob Marley firsthand. The evolution in music represented by reggae. Bob Marley’s broader cultural caricature as opposed to the real Marley. The significance of Rastafari to Bob Marley.
Brand Eff Up: “In Yet Another Airline Fail, Flight Attendants Do Nothing As Man Masturbates Next To Woman,” Refinery29 (http://www.refinery29.com/2017/07/163433/american-airlines-masturbating-man) What’s Up? “Hip-Hop Takes the Throne, Passes Rock as Most Consumed Genre in U.S.,” HypeBeast (https://hypebeast.com/2017/7/hip-hop-rock-most-consumed-music-genre-united-states) What’s Next? “The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye,” NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017...more
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.
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-...more
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
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 Ko...more
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...more
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/...more
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.
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
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. I...more
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:/...more
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
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 ...more
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 Pec...more
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) Wh...more
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. @danielsted...more
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-rep...more
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
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-pep...more
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.
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 (http...more
How Synead knew caribbean soca/calypso influences, especially in a song like ‘Tropicao,’ would be so current. Where her interest in political activism came from, including her mother. How she organized the Millions March in 2014. Why society expects people to do good exclusively for free. Follow us on twitter @TheSynead @_michaelbrooks @philmckenzie @MattLech
Brand Eff Up: “The Day SheaMoisture Got Extra Ashy, Explained,” The Root (http://www.theroot.com/the-day-sheamoisture-got-extra-ashy-explained-1794635233) What’s Up? “Heineken's new ad gets totally political, and it's surprisingly great,” Upworthy (http://www.upworthy.com/heinekens-new-ad-gets-totally-political-and-its-surprisingly-great?c=ufb1) What’s Next? “Fyre Festival Head Billy McFarland: 'We Were a Little Naive',” Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/fyre-...more
Where the name and inspiration for @WeAreSoze, Michael's creative impact agency, came from. Michael’s earlier work in filmmaking. Working on Global Grind with Russell Simmons. Building co-ops and equity. Why Michael thinks we should re-imagine capitalism. The importance of expanding and sharing power. Michael’s work and observations on the movement to close Rikers. @MichaelSkolnik
Brand Eff Up “The Handmaid’s Tale cast has resisted calling it feminist. So did Margaret Atwood, once.” Vox (http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/25/15407972/handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood-feminism) What’s Up? “Breitbart has been denied permanent government press credentials,” FastCompany (https://news.fastcompany.com/breitbart-has-been-denied-permanent-government-press-credentials-4035680) What’s Next? “Uber is getting serious about building real, honest-to-god flying taxis,” The Verge ...more
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
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-reta...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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 subse...more
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-ico...more
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.
“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-ca...more
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?...more
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 Cit...more