PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — When I first started doing JSC Radio nearly 2½ years ago, I often pictured the podcast — which was, essentially, an extension of this blog — to be a sounding board for not just me, but for interesting and compelling people. In the 90+ shows I’ve done, counting the “Best of” shows and special episodes, I have had a number of great conversations. Ranging from the early episodes where I interviewed Jenee Darden, Lara Witt, and Adrienne Lawrence to the two appearances by Jazmine Duke (including Ep. 61.5, where she and her dad made a tandem appearance) to my interview with the dynamic Renee Washington. This show has been a slow burn and a slow build but every episode is worth it.
That brings me to Episode 80. The 80th Episode of JSC Radio morphed from being a milestone episode (every 5 shows is a damn milestone) to being my favorite overall episode of this show since I started doing it in 2016. I’m a competitive dude. I’m constantly trying to improve upon things and get better, and I felt a lot of that played a role in how well this turned out. But that podcast was nothing without those two dynamic women.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Good Y’all. I hope I remember how to do this.
To say that 2018 has been a god-damned adventure is putting it mildly. It’s been one of the weirdest years of my nearly 39 years of life. I can say — without question — I have had more “WTF” moments (both good and bad) than one man should have as an adult. It’s been nuts. I’ve also noticed that it’s been three months since I posted anything on this page. I even fell behind on posting updates on JSC Radio! That’s how wild, stressful, and weird that 2018 has been. Some of this, you guys know about, and I won’t rehash it here. A lot of it you don’t so I’ll explain here.
If you haven’t noticed, this post is going to be very unfiltered and uncensored. At this point, if you’re jarred by a few dirty words, you can leave now. I sincerely no longer care at this point. Either you like me or you don’t but you’re reading one way or the other. Continue reading Where the hell have I been in 2018?
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Good Y’all. That’s right. #JSCWOW is back on its bullshit again and with this being the start of the baseball season, I decided to hit you guys off with a little motivational message with a baseball theme. This kinda hit me out of the blue when thinking about my current situation as well as that of a lot of people who are trying to find their way and their niche in their careers and even their lives.
I’ve always said that “Sports is a Metaphor for Life” and one of the best sports for that is baseball. When you think about how to go about making things happen for yourself, you don’t always have to do it the way everyone does it. You can take your own approach as long as it works for you. No better place to get an understanding of this than to simply take a look in the batter’s box in a given inning of any given game. Every guy that comes to the plate has a different batting stance — one that makes them feel comfortable. This post is about helping you to find your stance and get your comfort level.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 70th Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s our Anniversary! Yep. It’s been Two Years since this podcast made its inauspicious debut and ever since that day, it’s grown by leaps and bounds…all while never really having a true single focus. It’s not a sports podcast. It’s not an entertainment podcast. It’s not a political podcast. It’s simply a damn podcast and it’s been a blast for the first two years.
That brings us to Episode 70. Seventy! SETENTA! It is the official end of the “Second Season” of the show and I figure I would take it home by going at all the overly woke soldiers out there who have taken to yelling “cultural appropriation” in the same way that you’re not supposed to yell “fire” in a crowded room. The latest victim is Bruno Mars.
This week, along with me showing love and giving thanks to all of you who have supported this damn show, I also go in on the ridiculous idea that a half Filipino/half Puerto Rican dude who grew up in 1990s Los Angeles is somehow both “stealing from black culture” and succeeding at the expense of Black artists — this asinine and simple-minded idea that “they don’t like black music when it comes from black people” as if this is still the 1960s and most of the top stars in music over the last 40 years haven’t been black. There is such a thing as being too damn woke for your own good.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 69th (:::giggles:::) Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s the long awaited review of the hottest movie in years: Black Panther.
Those who know me know that I do NOT buy into hype. At all. Think of the most pumped up, hyped up things in music, or TV, or film over the last 15 years. There’s a high probability that I likely either never bothered to buy in or if I did, it was moths or even years later. I do this because, honestly, most of y’all have terrible taste and have a habit of calling everything a “classic” or “the future” or “the greatest” when it’s often total basura. Black Panther is NOT in that category. This movie is the truth.
Black Panther is the super hero flick that we have deserved. It’s the best Marvel movie of all time. It has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. It is the best superhero film since The Dark Knight, one of the five best ever, and arguably the best “Black” movie of all time. Much like Get Out last year, this movie is a game changer, not just in terms of superhero movies, but in how we look at black cinema. Too often the last 60 years, black movies have been a zero sum, all-or-nothing game. It was either a serious biographical/documentary film, a stereotype-ridden action film, some stereotype-laden hyper-religious Tyler Perry flick, or some wild, wacky stereotype-filled comedy (or some combination of the latter three). Black Panther‘s a game changer, and I will talk about why this week. Plus a special shout out to Get Out, which we reviewed last year, that won an Academy Award for best Original…original…Screenplay.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — So, it happened. Again. But are we really shocked? On Valentine’s Day, less than six months after the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the third worst school shooting in American history — and the third major US school shooting of the decade — occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were 17 deaths, a majority of them being kids. It exceeded the horrid death toll at Columbine High School in 1999, but fell short of the massacres at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. That there is even a ranking is galling.
This is the third episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. Episode 52 was the second. This one, however, is infuriating for a different reason. Unlike Las Vegas, which was a gross display of abuse of this country’s insane ability to stockpile guns, or Orlando — which was used by conservatives as an excuse to target Muslim Americans rather than address guns, this shooting was a combination of our worst fears: lax gun laws, incompetent law enforcement, incompetent leadership on all levels, and the disgusting world that is 2018’s American social media.
A 19-year-old dude with a history of violent, racist behavior was able to walk into a school with an AR-15 and slaughter a baseball team’s worth of kids. There was armed security there — and it turns out they actually ran and hid while the shooting occurred — Plus, in what has become sadly typical, a number of scumbags are accusing the surving kids of being “crisis actors” and claiming that they are being “paid” to protest. WTF, dude!?
This week is a monologue on Parkland, gun control, the corrupt union that is the NRA and the GOP, and when will this country take finally take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms — and whether that will happen with this clownish president at the helm.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — It’s funny what seven days can change…
So to recap, my Alma Mater’s issues are bigger than just Larry Nassar. Like I said last week, with the “retirement” of Athletic Director Mark Hollis just hours before the release of this monstrous piece from ESPN’s venerable Outside The Lineson how MSU’s lax response to sexual violence spans decades and stretches into the basketball and football programs, things went nuclear in East Lansing.
Meanwhile, Tom Izzo — normally the most straightforward coach in the country — has hidden behind written statements and stale “let’s just talk about basketball” talking points. The longer he goes in running from questions, the more credence that ESPN piece, which is being predictably (and foolishly) attacked by Spartans as some sort of “biased hit piece,” gains by the day.
Plus, the Detroit Pistons — remember them? — are desperate to be seen as relevant and traded their two best scorers for an oft-injured dude who just signed a crazy contract with the other team in L.A. — and he found out that “loyalty” is just a brand name to NBA teams.
Here’s Episode 64, y’all.
Coming up on Episode No. 64 of JSC Radio:
The fallout at MSU engulfs two of the most respected Spartans
Why Tom Izzo’s silence is only making this worse
People need to get a grip instead of attacking the OTL Piece.
Why the Pistons are acting like that thirsty dude in a girl’s DMs.
Blake Griffin chose “loyalty” over a potentially better situation and got shipped out in less than 6 months.
Stay tuned after the show for the new single from the homie Rufio Jones with his new single Nigerian King. Just in time for Black History Month! It’s as dope and ridiculous as it sounds. It’s also on iTunes.
Also, wanna shout out the homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.
If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.
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Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, February 2, 2018.
Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ