Episode 1 – What the Tyrese Meltdowns Say About Us
In the first-ever Conscious Approach video, fellow content creator and my friend Mario “Dogon” Milligan joins me to discuss how the recent bizarre behavior of Tyrese on social media displays the nature of people to crave sensational behavior. We also discuss whether that craving is natural, or forced on us by media agendas.
Part 1 – Dogon watches the “Chef Tyrese” video for the first time, and we discuss what it is about these types of videos that interest us so much.
Part 2 -Tyrese as a marketing ploy for followers and increased business. Including commentary on the monetization of attention-seeking with examples such as Instagram models, reality tv, and Bow-Wow.
Part 3 – Are we trained to crave sensational behavior, or is that craving natural? Including brief commentary on celebrity non-answers to the media, LaVar Ball, and Liangelo Ball.
Part 4 – Narratives, story-telling, and people’s role in boosting content such as Tyrese’s. Including brief commentary on ESPN, Kyrie Irving, and the business of sports.
Part 5 – The power of social media and how it influences our behavior, particularly with younger generations who are born and grow up with it already being prominent.
Part 6 – “Produced” moments of emotion, and how Tyrese’s behavior causes us to fall for the act and not realize the strategy going on in these types of situations.
Part 7 – Celebrity moments of emotion as business, using entertainment and social media. Including commentary on Wendy Williams and Gucci Mane.
Part 8 – Do Tyrese and other forms of black entertainment formulate the perception of black people in America? Including commentary on reality TV, how hip-hop culture has become a mainstream commodity, and Kendrick Lamar.
Part 9 – Who is controlling the pipeline of black media, and how does that influence the celebration of Tyrese-like content? Including commentary on the “SC6” ESPN show, Michael Smith, Jemele Hill, and BET before it was bought out.
Part 10 – Is the desire for things like the Tyrese videos natural, or have we been trained by the media to want them? A good nature versus nurture segment that also gets into sexual content, Instagram models, other “triggers” that we indulge in, and….aliens?!
Part 11 – Our natural wants and desires, how that plays into the popularity of Tyrese and other content like it, and the “suggestions” that pervert those wants and desires.
Part 12 – In the closing segment, Dogon and I discuss American socialization and the idea that it is socialization, not natural instincts, that create triggers for sensational content. Also, I watch a crazy music video on IG for the first time. Your thoughts?
Episode 2 – How the #FreeMeek Campaign Displays Black Victimhood
In episode 2 of the Conscious Approach podcast, Dogon and I discuss Meek Mill’s legal troubles, his sentencing, and whether the outcry for justice on his behalf is representative of our habit to resort to victimhood and throw accountability out the window during times when it is needed most.
Part 1 – We kick things off with a rundown of interesting topics, including the slow start to the Cleveland Cavaliers season, the Miami Hurricanes, new Star Wars movies, Eminem’s new album title, Kevin Spacey, and fantasy football.
Part 2 – We broach the idea of Meek and other rappers who are caught up in legal trouble, and the phenomenon that is the one-sided discussion of their unfair treatment. The desire to profess their innocence is understandable, but can we get a little talk about accountability as well?
We also discuss celebrities and their delusions of legal invincibility.
Part 3 – Dogon and I tell stories of personal experiences with the law, and the fine line between actual victimization and personal accountability.
Part 4 – How we can use examples like Meek Mill to understand that we can both highlight societal issues that need to be addressed, but also hold ourselves accountable for the roles that we play in our circumstances.
We also talk about not changing the system, but acquiring resources so that you don’t have to be exposed to it.
Part 5 – Choosing the right situations and people to champion for black and social causes. Including commentary on Gucci Mane and T.I.
Part 6 – Victimhood and historical events, such as the creation of the Black Identity Extremist list. We also discuss the important idea of shifting the focus from trying to change long-standing systems to acquiring resources so that we can escape those systems.
Episode 3 – Our thoughts on Fabolous and Jadakiss’s Long-Awaited Joint Album, Friday on Elm Street
After years of anticipation, heavyweights Fabolous and Jadakiss finally released their long-awaited joint album, Friday on Elm Street. What did we think of the project? Press play to find out!
Episode 4 – Jimbo Fisher Leaves FSU for Texas A&M: Our Reactions
Florida State University head football coach Jimbo Fisher has left FSU and accepted a lucrative offer to coach Texas A&M. We discuss his tenure at FSU and what his departure means for the program and Florida State fans.
Episode 5 – Ray Allen and Thirst Culture in America
Former NBA superstar Ray Allen claims he was catfished when he was recently exposed for carrying on an internet relationship with a man whom he thought was a woman. Whatever the truth may be, the cause of his troubles can be traced back to what has become a big part of American culture and how men and women communicate: “thirsting”.
We discuss Ray Allen’s situation and how thirst culture has become such an ingrained way that men and women communicate, the problems that come from it, and how men (if they wise up) can even the score in this crazy dynamic that currently sees women benefitting, and men looking like desperate fools.
Episode 6 – The NFL Pledges $89 Million to Social Justice Reform: Our Reactions
The 2017 NFL season saw its fair share of roadblocks thanks to player protests and divisive comments from Donald Trump. After numerous debates around declining ratings and American pride, the NFL owners held a meeting with a select group of NFL players to discuss awareness of social causes. The result? The NFL pledges $89 million over 7 years to social justice reform.
We discuss our reactions, the strengths and weaknesses of the protests themselves, and what good, if any, can come from this glorified PR move. For more on my thoughts about the anthem protests, check out my recent posts How Fans Have Blackballed Colin Kaepernick and White Guilt: Why Trump is the Perfect Diversion for the Anthem Protests.
Episode 7 – Odell Beckham & Tom Brady
NFL star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. recently posted a video on his Instagram page suggesting that his passion for the game is one in the same with quarterback Tom Brady. While he made it clear that he may not know how to express his passion the way that Brady does, he nevertheless insinuated that there is a double-standard in the way that his passion is perceived and the way that Brady’s is perceived.
We discuss Tom Brady’s treatment by the media and the double-standard that works in his favor, whether it’s fair or not, and the legitimacy of Odell Beckham’s point. For more of my commentary on sports media and culture, check out my recent post Dogma: Social Commentary and More ESPN Layoffs.
Episode 8 – Cam’ron & Mase, and Believing Hip-Hop Hype
Two past-their-prime rappers in Mase and Cam’ron engaged in an entertaining beef stemming from old wounds and an overdue bid for New York hip-hop superiority. While nice while it lasted, it served as a reminder that hip-hop is an entertainment art-form that should be regarded as such.
We discuss how the beef displays our tendency to consume hip-hop as if it were reality. Also, how that can be a dangerous habit when it comes to maintaining a proper perspective on life; especially if you are trying to make it in the rap game. For more of my commentary on rap music and hip-hop culture, check out my posts Group-Think: The Overrated Eminem Cypherand Drake’s “100” Verse: Hip-Hop Values and False-Truths.
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