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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 - 73 - Kane Sarhan: A Hotel For Green Guests

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.

Duration: 00:27:22

78 - Google Memogate

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

Duration: 00:22:41

On Point - 72 - Conor Brady & Grant Owens of Critical Mass

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

Duration: 00:32:24

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

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...

Duration: 00:41:23

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

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__

Duration: 00:30:23

76 - HBO NO Confederate Show Please, the Unbranded Grocery Brand, and How Not To 'See' Detroit

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...

Duration: 00:35:25

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

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.

Duration: 00:32:52

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

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...

Duration: 00:25:35

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.

Duration: 00:31:33

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...

Duration: 00:54:03

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

Duration: 00:31:37

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...

Duration: 00:25:42

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....

Duration: 00:30:35

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...

Duration: 00:40:56

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.

Duration: 00:29:28

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

Duration: 00:39:57

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...

Duration: 00:43:38

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...

Duration: 00:38:18

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

Duration: 00:31:18

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...

Duration: 00:24:52

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