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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28 Days Later: Trayvon Martin & The Fear of the Black Youth


It Could’ve Been You…

“These Assholes Always Get Away!” — George Zimmerman, Feb. 27, 2012, before he hunted down and murdered Trayvon Martin.

DETROIT (JSC) — In my capacity as a working journalist and radio talent, I often have to dress a certain way. When I’m covering major events, I’m usually in some combination of a sweater, slacks, shirt, tie, and nice shoes. Please believe that your man cleans up very well. The other 97 percent of the time I’m out and about, I’m usually rocking some combination of jeans, gym shoes, my signature Detroit Tigers or Michigan State Spartans 7 3/8 fitted cap with either a t-shirt or hooded sweatshirt. Hell, when I was covering basketball and football games for Wayne State last year, I was often known as the cat who sat in the press box or on press row in the Wayne State hoodie and the baseball cap. I live in Michigan, where in a normal year — and we’re coming off the strangest and warmest winter in decades as well as a week where we saw four consecutive 80°+ days in mid-March — the temperature is under 65° about 55 percent of the time. My closet is full of hoodies: Wayne State Hoodies, Michigan State Hoodies, Detroit Hoodies, Fraternity Hoodies (as I write this, I’m wearing a black ΦΒΣ hoodie), and other miscellaneous hoodies. I’m ready for those mild afternoons and cold evenings. The old adage is that clothes make the man. It also seems that in 2012, clothes can also get you killed. Thanks to a vigilante named George Zimmerman, the focus has been thrown onto one of the touchiest of touchy subjects in America. While I think I’m minding my own business, to someone with a grudge, I’m suspicious and must be dealt with. We ride for Trayvon today. Let’s Go.

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