JSC Radio Ep. 70: Third Eye Blind


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.

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This is NOT appropriation. I grew up with cats who looked like this.

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.

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JSC Radio Ep. 69: Panther Power


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-ticketsBlack 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.

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JSC Radio Ep. 68: Balling for Dollars


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 68th Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s entering March like a Lion going all Hoops — College & Pro.

First, we hit on the FBI’s investigation of numerous college hoops programs — including North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, USC…and Michigan State. Yep, the Spartans got caught in the net. But, instead of going after the players or the programs, this show goes after the NCAA whose antiquated and hypocritical culture is largely to blame for this foolishness. We go after why the players need to be paid — in actual money, not in “clothes” or “education” or gum — and how that can start to fix this mess.

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Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban is suddenly the small fish in this shark tank.

Then, we hit the Dallas Mavericks situation where yet another poisonous case of office culture had been exposed as the NBA gets dinged by the #MeToo movement. A toxic, misogynistic office culture has made Dallas the NBA’s poster child for harassment and they become the litmus test for how the league will handle cases of this. The league has said it will create a confidential hotline for anyone who has been harassed. The Mavericks hired Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T executive who led some of their diversity initiatives. While that seems like they’ve learned their lesson, the red flags still exist.

Plus, the Big Ten Tournament is in New York City. Why, tho?

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JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After a month of delays, it’s that time again.

As you recall, back in November, Episode 56 was the last #RetroReview, which took a look back at the infamous 1997 Survivor Series. Nothing like looking at something you were into as a teenager as a 38-year-old! Also, as you know, there will be a quarterly show like this that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series (plus, later this year, there will be a review for the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 King of the Ring).

Previously Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, and since Episode 48 looked at SummerSlam 1997, I had to go back 20 years for the next Retro Review: the 1998 Royal Rumble, the first major pay-per-view following the Montreal Screwjob.

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The man with the garbage can on his head would be the biggest movie star on Earth 10 years later.

By January 1998, pro wrestling was still reeling from the fallout from Montreal. WCW was in the midst of completely botching the acquisition of Bret Hart, waiting more than a month to formally debut him on Nitro and eventually having him be apart of the completely messed-up finish to the Hulk Hogan-Sting match at Starrcade. Meanwhile, the WWF was navigating the residual PR nightmare. Vince McMahon was reluctantly embracing his dark side — which would eventually lead to him becoming “Mr. McMahon,” one of the all-time great heels — while ushering in the “Attitude Era.” At the same time, the company was trying to execute original plan that ran into a wild detour: Getting Stone Cold Steve Austin the World Title by WrestleMania 14. That’s what brings us to that night in San Jose, where the path to Austin officially being crowned “The Man” officially took off.

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JSC Radio Ep. 61: Check The Report


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  HAPPY NEW YEAR, HUMANOIDS!

What’s good y’all. It’s officially the new year and for first show of 2018, The People’s Podcast bids farewell to Jim Caldwell, the worst “best coach” in NFL History.

Those of you who have followed this show from the outset know that a large amount of my disdain for this team — the love-hate relationship I have with the Detroit Lions that I’ve referenced a few times — is centered in three places: the Ford Family’s notoriously lazy ownership, the undying blind love of Matthew Stafford, and the arrogant incompetence of Caldwell. The first two are unfortunately not going anywhere, but the third was the wildcard.

Well, this past Monday, Lions did something un-Lionsy in actually getting rid of him despite his having the “best” record of any head coach since the Merger, including coming off a season where the Lions — barely — finished with a winning record (but no playoff appearance). He’s gone, and maybe the Lions finally have gotten the memo that just “having a winning record” and “not being Cleveland” is not good enough!

2017-06-18 13.11.06This week, the show is broken into two parts because this thing needed to stand on its own. Part 2 of the show — what will be Episode 61.5! — will welcome JSC Contributor Jazmine Duke back to the show. She made a very notable appearance on the show a year ago and this time she’s back with her father, Aaron, with whom she co-wrote a book called I’m Black and I Have A Dad. She has also previously written on this site last summer, telling a story about how her dad legit saved her life. A separate post is coming fully dedicated to this interview. 

But for now, the Lions are going to get these hands!

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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. 60: Joyeux Noël


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s Good People! Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah! Happy(?) Kwanzaa. That’s right y’all. It’s Episode 60 — SIXTY! — and it is the second annual Christmas episode.

Much like last year’s inaugural Christmas show, This is a show meant to shares some of my favorite things about the “most wonderful time of the year.” Plus, we look back on the rough year that has been 2017, where people have been the worst. It’s time, as we head into 2018, to start being better to people.

So get ready to Feliz your Navidad with JSC Radio’s last…ORIGINAL…episode of 2017. 

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