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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.

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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.

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261 Ratings
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Great content

By SerBeejalot - Jan 25 2017
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Introduces me to a lot of culture I normally wouldn't be exposed to.

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By HeinousDiez - Dec 15 2016
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It's dope, maybe even a little too dope, but definitely 2 dope.

iTunes Ratings

261 Ratings
Average Ratings
228
15
6
2
10

Great content

By SerBeejalot - Jan 25 2017
Read more
Introduces me to a lot of culture I normally wouldn't be exposed to.

Fly

By HeinousDiez - Dec 15 2016
Read more
It's dope, maybe even a little too dope, but definitely 2 dope.

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

Latest release on Dec 21, 2017

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Rank #1: 77 - Hotels Label AirBnB Terrorist-Enabler, Cory Booker Wants to Legalize Weed, & Imagining Post-Reparations America

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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
(http://deadline.com/2017/08/black-america-amazon-alt-history-drama-will-packer-aaron-mcgruder-envisions-post-reparations-america-1202139504/)
DitC:
P: Quincy Jones, ‘The Dude,’ Labelle, ‘Ladybirds’
G: “Four Laws of Prosperity,” by Edwene Gaines, Ryan Leslie, “I’ll Be Waiting.”
M: “The Experience of Insight,” by Joseph Goldstein

Aug 08 2017

39mins

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Rank #2: On Point - 67 - Nancy MacLean - Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

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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.

Jul 11 2017

32mins

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Rank #3: 75 - Hip-Hop Overtakes Rock, 'Pop-Up' Employers, and American Airlines' Solo Mile High Club

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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/2017/07/12/business/economy/flash-organizations-labor.html)

DitC:
Michael: “Ex-diplomat Carne Ross: the case for anarchism,” Guardian
(https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/09/carne-ross-case-for-anarchy-accidental-anarchist-interview)

Phil: “Sounds from the Other Side,” by Wizkid

Jul 25 2017

31mins

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Rank #4: 73 - Amazon Eats Whole Foods, Popcaan Drops Snapchat Song, & Surprise! Police Overzealous With Black Teens

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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)

Jul 04 2017

40mins

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Rank #5: On Point - 71 - Saada Ahmed: Everyday People, Partying In NYC

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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__

Aug 03 2017

25mins

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Rank #6: 69 - Bill Maher Sorry For Calling Himself a "House Nigger," Millennials Blind to Brands, and the Supreme-Flipping Financial Plan

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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)

Jun 06 2017

32mins

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Rank #7: 72 - Alnoor Ladha: Global Upheaval and the West’s Particularly Vicious Culture

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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

Jun 27 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: 65 - Fyre Festival: S#it Show of the Year, SheaMoisture Sidelines Black Women, and Heineken Shows Pepsi How to do a “Political” Ad

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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-fest-head-billy-mcfarland-we-were-a-little-naive-w479502)

DitC:
M: “Think on These Things,” by Jiddu Krishnamurti
G: “Ego Is the Enemy,” by Ryan Holiday & Bunji Garlin, “Take Over Town”
P: Mad Men

May 09 2017

50mins

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Rank #9: On Point - 70 - Roger Steffens: So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

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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.

Jul 27 2017

28mins

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Rank #10: 62 - United Airlines Unites Everyone Against Them, YouTube Algorithms Don't Like Independent News, and Netflix Chilled By Subscriber Slowdown

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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

Apr 18 2017

45mins

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Rank #11: 63 - Juicero: Venture Capital’s Latest Innovation Failure, KFC’s Chicken Sandwich in Space: Why?, and Retailers Dying Fast

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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

Apr 25 2017

37mins

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Rank #12: 64 - Handmaid’s Tale Uncomfortable With Feminist Label, Breitbart Gets Credentials Blocked, and Uber Takes Lack of Ethics to the Skies

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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
(https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/25/15417506/uber-flying-taxi-elevate-dallas-dubai-bell-helicopter)

DitC:

M: “The Revolution Will Not Be Curated,” The Baffler
(https://thebaffler.com/salvos/revolution-not-curated-frank)
W: IAmJaeHall (Hip-Hop/R&B artist )

May 02 2017

36mins

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Rank #13: 67 - Bro Rompers Are Here, The Fall of 'Influencers,' and Consultants Move Into Marketers' Turf

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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

May 23 2017

36mins

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Rank #14: On Point - 60 - Tressie McMillan Cottom: ‘Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy’

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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

May 25 2017

30mins

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Rank #15: On Point - 59 - Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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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.

May 18 2017

24mins

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Rank #16: On Point - 72 - Conor Brady & Grant Owens of Critical Mass

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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

Aug 10 2017

30mins

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Rank #17: On Point - 63 - Michael Holman: NYC In Times Of Disco, Punks, Basquiat, Hip-Hop, and ‘Executive Style’

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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

Jun 15 2017

35mins

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Rank #18: 68 - Amazon’s Unromantic Bookstore, the Most Anti-social Social Network, and Last Hurrah For Game Shows?

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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

May 30 2017

49mins

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Rank #19: On Point - 64 - Anil Dash: Tech's Complicity In Trumpism & Role In Progress

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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

Jun 22 2017

36mins

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Rank #20: 70 - Harvard Revokes Admission For Racist Memes, Oligarchs Donate Money For Schools, and Fidget Spinners

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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

Jun 13 2017

27mins

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