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.
On Point - 79 - Leonard Dixon of Hypebeast.com
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.
On Point - 78 - Paul Shirley: Stories A Former NBA Player Tells On Dates
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.
On Point - 77 - Nightlife Sultan Steve Lewis Returns
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.
On Point - 76 - Sydney Thomas: Building Relationships in a Shaken Silicon Valley
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:
On Point - 75 - Gitamba Saila-Ngita: Shaping a Different World In Interesting Times
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.
On Point - 74 - Detavio Samuels: Scaling Brands & Avoiding the 'Mushy Middle'
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."