This month the NYTimes Upshot published an article and data visualization piece reporting on a longitudinal study of the economic outcomes for Black men. The data was striking and clear, but there is so much to think about when we are touching on numbers to characterize the experience of Black men, Black women, Black people and all people that I felt it was appropriate to pull this into the show this month. Two previous guests of the show Sam Ashby and Jamaal Green joined me to discuss and reflect. I hope you find our discussion informative and that it adds to your understanding of the many issues this piece pulls into the current conversation about our society. Please read the piece, play with the data tools, and check out the full academic piece from the Equality Opportunity Project.
In this episode I share my thoughts on perseverance and persistence. #noquit is the theme of the month and the rest of the year for me.
I share my thoughts on the police brutality protests in the NFL.
I close with some reflection on being the father of a middle school age daughter. My children are getting older and at every step in their growth their are new concerns for me as a father.
Intro - How I Got Over - The Roots
Outro - Desire - Kamasi Washington
Because It's Dope - Laila's Wisdom - Rapsody
Links to make you think:
@wallo267 - the check 1-3
#smile The Rams - @tonybakercomedy
This is the first time I sat down with my brother I Majestic about a year ago during our travel to Venice Beach. Majestic has been my ace since day one and he will be back around for future discussions on a wide range of topics. I love him dearly and would not be who I am with out him. Some things to think about from our conversation (listen first then read the rest):
Shared Expectations - before you get all up in your feelings about outcomes in your life and relationships ask yourself, were we on the same page? Did we ever talk about what we want and who we are?
Travel - Get out of your space and see some other shores. We used to travel five deep in a rental on twenty-four to forty-eight hour power trips and see it all. We travel together and we travel alone, but you got to get on the move. Love where your from, but don't act like the rest of the world is not happening out there.
Family - understanding family and what it means, who is apart of it, and how to actually be family is not to be taken for granted.
Ethics - Do you operate in a way that anyone can be proud of you? Can we reestablish a culture that praises the ethical person? What are you ethics? Do you adhere to them and why? All things for you to explore.
Nothing to sale on the exit for this one, but keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities to support.
We are nothing without the people that we love. Zyhier is one of my big brothers and an important part my story. Everyone that I interview for the show will not be as close to me as he is, so please tread with respect if you take issue with anything that comes up in our dialogue. Live, learn, teach. Peace