A Postscript on JSC Radio Ep. 80

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.

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JSC Radio Ep. 67: Parkland

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.

Emma Gonzalez and a number of Douglas survivors have become the defiant face of the shooting’s aftermath. (Photo credit: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

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The Best of JSC Radio 2017: The Year That Was…

DETROIT (JSC) —  Happy New Year, you Filthy Animals!

After one of the more ridiculously arduous and strange years, 2017 has come to a close and the People’s Podcast was all over every weird and wacky part of it. It’s the Annual Best of JSC Radio show. Nearly 2 hours of goodness going over some of the top moments on the show in 2017 — From Episodes 26 to 60. So get ready to take a look back at the adventure that was JSC Radio in 2017.

Plus, you’re welcome to take a look back at both of 2016’s Best of Shows as well to refresh your memory on THAT!

P.S.: Please pardon my voice in the second half of this show. I recorded the first part of the show prior to getting sick. Going out of 2017 in style, clearly! 

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JSC Radio Ep. 52: Las Vegas

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  So, it happened again. But, deep in your heart, you knew it would, right? On Monday morning, many of us woke up to our news alerts having gone crazy overnight (or, in my case, in real time) of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas. 

This isn’t even the first episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. This one, however, is infuriating  for a different reason. A man was able to stockpile weapons, kill more people than died on one of the hijacked flights on Sept. 11, 2001, rack up a number of casualties that rivals that of the Oklahoma City bombing, and then kill himself before facing consequences. Yet, this still doesn’t seem to be enough to force any sort of change.

This week, a monologue on Las Vegas, gun control, and when will this country take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

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JSC Radio – Episode 2: Social Outcasts

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Fresh off of a week where we damn near had a riot in Chicago during an alleged Presidential rally, it’s time for Episode 2 for JSC Radio. This week’s subject: Is it possible for us as a society to start to treat each other better? Judging from some of the crap I see on such wonderful places such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others, probably not. I’m an 80s baby. I’m not so old that I don’t get that times change (and please don’t think I’m gonna sit here and say that “My day was better than…” or any of that garbage. But what I will say is that we seem to be in a battle to take things back to a time when people were pretty trash to others and it was readily accepted. If I had the patience and the time, I’d scour Twitter to find some really reprehensible things that people say to each other — trust me, it wouldn’t take me very long — as an example of how sh*tty we are to people these days. This week’s show is my take on how social media, and social dialogue in general, has headed down the toilet and how we need to think about being better people. Let’s Go.

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Flag Day: Tales of a Confederate Felon…

♠ That damn flag… ♠

This blog is dedicated to the memories of the nine people who were killed in the Charleston Massacre:
Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lee Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Susie Jackson, Daniel Simmons Jr., and Depayne Mitchell.
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (JSC) — In 1982, as a barely 3-year-old boy in Detroit, it was nothing major. It was just an orange flag, with a big blue X and some stars. To me, it was just a funky looking symbol on top of a really cool car. Yep. My first experience with that God-awful symbol of racism, prejudice, tyranny, and treason was on what was the first TV show that I absolutely loved: The Dukes of Hazzard. I was barely able to string together coherent sentences, but I LOVED the Dukes of Hazzard. I loved the car chases, the funny accents, the banjo music, and that really cool orange car, the General Lee. I was a toddler. I knew nothing of the sordid, gross, awful history of the Confederate Flag. So when I was old enough to start liking Hot Wheels cars the following year, I never understood why my mother would never, EVER, buy me the General Lee. The police cruiser that was always chasing the General Lee? Sure. She played it off as the police car is what my dad drove at work. I never really “got it” until I was old enough to start understanding U.S. History and learned about the Civil War. Only then, did it all make sense. Now, some 33 years after my first time seeing the General Lee, it appears that people — be it from a legit epiphany, long-standing guilt, or fear of losing money — have finally begun to smarten up. Let’s Go.

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Knowing Your Place: A Commentary on Jordan Davis and My “Black” Life

The last time I came at you guys was on June 15, 2013. Long damn time ago, I know. I have since taken on a job in Lansing as a full-time Journalist and I have wrongfully neglected this blog site. I just haven’t had the time, nor energy, to keep up with it and for that I greatly apologize. There have been a lot of things worth my attention that I haven’t had the ability to really shoot on like I have in the past, but periodically something will come up that will have my ass tied up in knots and I can no longer hold it in, and that’s why I’m here today. Without further ado, let’s get this started.


♠ Reality is often more sobering than Fiction ♠

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

— Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General.

LANSING, Mich. (JSC) — I come to you all today not as a professional journalist, a broadcaster, or any type of representative of any company, conglomerate, or organization. I simply come to you today as a 34-year-old Black Man who is tired of seeing his thoughts, his life, his feelings, and his mere existence being treated as if it is trivial. I don’t say this without some type of logic or reasoning, and there is no shortage of evidence and examples to back up what I’m saying. In the amount of time since I last joined you, two very troubling cases of White-on-Black crime have come to their conclusion (largely). The first being the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The other, which saw 4/5 of the verdict handed down yesterday, was the case of 17-year-old Jordan Davis being shot dead by Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software designer, on Nov. 23, 2012 in Jacksonville after Dunn rudely told Davis and his three friends to turn down the “thug music” pumping out of their SUV. An argument ensued and Dunn claimed that Davis — or somebody in the truck — pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on him and he felt his life was in danger and pumped 10 shots into the SUV, striking and killing Davis. Dunn, who was so afraid for his life moments earlier, calmly drove back to a hotel, ate some pizza, and walked his dog. Did not call the police. Did not inform authorities. And, might I add, did not actually see a gun. As the above quote from the Attorney General says, we’re still a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race, and Florida is the state that has a law that allows cowards to do what they do best. Let’s Go.

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