DeRay McKesson, the vocal member of #BlackLivesMatter whose sharp, disciplined Twitter presence has made him one of the movement’s most visible leaders, is currently in sixth place in Baltimore’s mayoral race, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. Maryland State Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh is in the lead, having taken 37 percent of the vote.
McKesson threw his hat in the ring back in January — much later than most of the candidates — and campaigned ferociously to make up for lost time. While the bid didn’t end in a win, it remains a notable move, perhaps signaling a strategy shift among members of the #BlackLivesMatter community. For some time, there has been a question of whether or not #BlackLivesMatter will organize into something more structured than its current state. President Barack Obama even indirectly alluded to that last week in Europe, saying #BlackLivesMatter had been “really effective in bringing attention to problems”, but that it had yet to provide meaningful next steps.
“Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them.”
Agree or disagree with the President’s assessment, McKesson’s mayoral bid was definitely a step beyond “yelling.” And he still has a massive platform: 343,000 Twitter followers (he’s one of the ten people Beyoncé follows) and counting. If there is indeed going to be an evolution in the structure of #BlackLivesMatters, there’s little doubt McKesson will be at the forefront of it.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.