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            Showing posts with label Mass Appeal.
            Showing posts with label Mass Appeal.

            Monday, December 11, 2017

            I Have A Podcast Now. Go Check It Out!

            I know some of you are wondering where I went, or better yet, why there's 4 new posts here today in the midst of the typical cavalcade of ads. Well, you'll be happy to know that I'm gonna try (keyword: try) to revive the blog, and I've also got a podcast that I started with the homies UppityNegro and RiPPa, both of whom have contributed to the blog in the past.

            It's called Three Brothers And A Mic, and if I must say so myself, it's pretty darn good. You can catch it on and. Subscribe, leave comments, and hit us up.

            Thursday, August 9, 2012

            Mama, I'm In The Paper. (Again)

            , reached out to me for further comment. The rest, as they say, is fit for print. Or something like that.

            My quotes aside, it's a pretty good article, BTW. Go have a look.

            Thursday, July 19, 2012

            The AverageBro Show™ - Episode Seven.

            It's been a minute, but we're back at it again.

            On this episode of The AverageBro Show™, Jay talks about George Zimmerman's poorly thought out interview with Sean Hannity, and two epic rants about people in low wage dead end jobs. Music by Dredd Scott, Charles Hamilton, and Dusty McFly.



            As always, retweet and download responsibly.

            Tuesday, June 5, 2012

            The AverageBro Show™ - Episode Six.

            In this episode, AB talks about his Justin Combs/UCLA story that went Reuters, his appearance on ESPN, and a crazy rant about 北京体彩网官方网站 Depot checkout folks. Music by Nas, Kaze, and Jay-Z.


            As always, retweet and download responsibly.

            Friday, June 1, 2012

            My 15 Minutes Of Unexpected Infamy: Diddy's Kiddies, Reuters, And How Sensational News Stories Get Made.

            , I said, why not? Baby girl was sleeping. I can write snarky pieces about pop culture fluff in my sleep. The money was good. Sign me up.

            The piece went up the next day and got a lot of comments, which I figured would bode well for my goal of getting more freelance work in the future. With 3 mouths to feed and a wife with a Master's Degree in Internet Shopping, I need the money. Let's get it!

            A couple of days later, something really weird happened. I took a long nap after dropping my son off at school, and when I woke up, my Twitter timeline, email, and voicemail were blowin' up.

            Strangely, my (admittedly fluff) piece had been picked up by Reuters and used as the basis for a larger story about the blowback UCLA was taking for giving the kid the scholarship. Mind you, my Grio piece wasn't saying the kid didn't deserve the scholarship, just that since his family can afford the scholarship, he should walk on, and free up the athletic scholarship for another player. Basically, take one for the team (since you can afford it) and make the team stronger since they get a 2-for-1 deal. Whatever. That's all, and honestly, I didn't even care that much about the issue.

            But it goes without saying that when a major news organization picks up your opinion piece and uses it to prove a pointness point, then someone actually does care about the issue.

            I don't typically quote news stories this heavily, but sheeeit, . I sorta feel entitled.

            Justin Dior Combs, whose father topped a Forbes list of hip hop's wealthiest this year with a net worth estimated at $550 million, comes to the California school from the private, Catholic Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York.

            The younger Combs' scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, and play on the football team will provide $54,000 a year toward his education, with that money coming from what the athletic program generates, not from taxpayers, the school said.

            That has not stopped some critics from questioning whether the money might not be better spent.

            The younger Combs, in response to a CNN story about his scholarship, took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that he earned the scholarship. "Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD," he wrote.

            "Regardless of what you do in life every1 is gonna have their own opinion," Combs, who played in nationwide high school all-star game in Arizona in January, said in a follow-up post.

            UCLA said in a statement that unlike need-based scholarships for academics, the school's sports scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of athletic ability.

            "Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds," UCLA said. "Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters."

            UCLA hands out about 285 full athletic scholarships each year.

            At the NBC News opinion website TheGrio.com, blogger Jay Anderson asked whether paying for his son's education should be the obligation of the elder Combs.

            "By taking a scholarship that he earned, but could likely afford on his own, (Justin) Combs is taking a spot away from a player who might elect to go elsewhere ... which in theory would hurt the team as a whole," Anderson wrote.
            Fast forward a bit. The story's been covered on CNN, ESPN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and the Huffington Post. People as diverse as Russell Simmons, Dick Vitale, and Roland Martin all weighed in, all disagreeing with my point. Heck, even Diddy's Kid himself took to Twitter to (indirectly) bash me.

            And then, I got asked to go on to discuss my PoV on the , which I did. The appearance went well. I stuck to my central argument (2-for-1, makes the team better) and even referenced other examples where kids of means decided to walk-on, rather than take up a spot, for the good of the team. Of course, this being talk radio and all, as soon as I hung up the hosts sorta flipped the script on me, and accordingly, caller after caller dialed in and ripped me a new one for being "jealous" and "hating hip hop". I can't say I didn't know what I was getting into, so I'm not mad. It's whatever.

            So, what did I learn from all this?
            Be careful what you write, even when it's lighthearted, because you might have to defend it at some point.

            It musta been a sloooow news day at Reuters.

            News travels fast in cyberspace. Really fast.

            People sure get worked up about that amounts to nothing. I mean, seriously, do a or on this. It's pretty astounding.

            My skin's much thicker than I thought.

            Sports talk radio is all about sensationalism and keeping ears glued, even when the topic of convo isn't all that important. At all.

            Man, am I glad don't go by my government name on the internets. Very glad.
            All in all, a weird, weird day.

            Question: What do you think? Did I hold my own on the radio? Does it bug you that a supposedly reputable news organization can take two lines from an opinion piece and turn it into a story "embroiled in a firestorm"?!?

            Monday, May 7, 2012

            Look Mama, I'm In The Paper!!! (Again)

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            Thursday, April 12, 2012

            The AverageBro Show - Episode Five.

            In this episode, AB talks about the Trayvon Martin case, Mitt Romney's strange appeal to win female voters, and takes some questions from the AverageBro Show MailBag. Music by Kanye West, Median, and Cash' Out.


            As always, retweet and download responsibly.

            Monday, April 9, 2012

            AB On The Hip Hop Digest Show.

            Friday, March 23, 2012

            The AverageBro Show - Episode Four.

            It's been a minute, but we're back at it again.

            On this episode of The AverageBro Show, AB talks about President Obama's Keystone Pipeline flip-flop, the Trayvon Martin case, and public officials who can't speak proper English. This episode features music by CrossRhodes, KMD, and A$AP Rocky.


            As always, retweet and download responsibly.

            Friday, March 2, 2012

            Mama, I'm In The Paper (Again)!!!

            .

            Since I don't ride the Metro regularly, I always miss these, so extra special thanks to my main man Marrio P for sending this is.

            Monday, February 27, 2012

            The AverageBro Show - Episode Three.

            And we're baaacck.

            On this episode of The AverageBro Show, AB talks about Rick Santorum's ignorant remarks about college, Jaheim's hideous royal blue suit and the price of fame, and MTV's bogus "Hottest Emcees" List. Music by The Mountain Brothers, Little Brother, and E40.


            Retweet and download responsibly.

            Thursday, February 16, 2012

            The AverageBro Show - Episode Two

            And we're baaacck.

            On the this episode of The AverageBro Show, AB discusses the 2012 election, Jeremy Lin's surprising emergence in the NBA, and vents about lazy CVS pharmacy workers.[1] This episode includes music by Casual, Phonte, and Lil' Webbie.


            Retweet and download responsibly.

            [1] Somehow, this rant got cut short. I didn't realize it until I'd uploaded the podcast and deleted the original audio file. Anyways, it didn't end well, and by the time I was finally done, an hour later, the line was literally at the door. Cool story, bro.

            Thursday, February 9, 2012

            The AverageBro Show - Episode One.

            Okay, so I just said "eff it, let's do a podcast!"

            On the first episode of The AverageBro Show, AB vents about Caucasian History Month in Arizona, The Annoyance Of Kiddie Birthday Parties, and LCD Rap Music's Purpose. The episode also features music by J. Cole, Sa-Ra, and Future. Retweet and download responsibly.



            Enjoy.

            Monday, February 6, 2012

            Things I Strongly Dislike: Kiddie Birthday Parties.

            . Not really sure how often I'll do this, but if the response is favorable, I might make this a regular feature. Anyways, listen to my whiny rant below, and chime in you-know-where.



            Question: Do you also find yourself largely annoyed with kiddie birthday parties? Should I keep audioblogging, or does my voice annoy you to no end?

            [1] BTW, if you missed the relevance of the caption on the photo above, clearly you slept through 10th grade English. And yes, a pox upon YOUR house for that one.

            [2] Yes, that is my son talking in the background. Yes, I realize I sound like a bit of a jerk for telling him to chill out. It happens. He had his earphones on and was watching a DVD in the backseat, so he was being a real trooper, all things considered. So, he really didn't hear much of Daddy's rant.

            Monday, September 19, 2011

            AB.com Open Mic Monday.

            . Thought that was sorta cool.Question: What's on your mind today?

            Tuesday, July 19, 2011

            AB.com Hot Topics - 7.19.11

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            Question: What do you think about these issues?

            Monday, June 27, 2011

            The Top 11 Most Ridiculous GOP Campaign Moments (So Far).

            Tuesday, June 14, 2011

            I'm Taking My Talents To Bankhead.

            . You'll be happier to know that she decided to bring me along for the ride, so I'll be contributing pieces here and there on my usual topics of politics and sports. Since the Post has slightly higher (okay, much higher) journalistic standards than AB.com, you'll probably notice my writing voice is a lot less jokey jokey and a bit more serious in tone.

            Anyways, my first story, is up right now. You can follow my stories via that cool ATL Post icon on the left sidebar.

            - Jay

            Tuesday, May 17, 2011

            AverageBro Does The Hip Hop Digest

            , which I've is actually par for the course in hip-hop.

            If you've never listened to this show, or had the pleasure of listening to my geeky voice, . Be forewarned if you've got sensitive ears or work in a cubicle, you might wanna cop the headphones first. You're about to hear some grown men using unsavory language.

            Thursday, March 31, 2011

            Kings of Comedy: The Republican Presidential Candidate Field of 2012.

            today about the prospects for 2012. and leave some comments.

            [Editor's Note: Just in case you were wondering, anymore. When the Hufffington Post/AOL merger finally took root, it resulted in a number of (hardworking, dedicated, and brilliant) staff editors being let go. While I'm sure Arianna is happy to use this money on a new yacht, unfortunately my main connect was a casualty of these layoffs, leaving me with no real person there to peddle my freelance pieces to. Obviously I'm much more concerned about her (she lost her Day Job, I just lost some extra walking-around money) than I am with my predicament. I'm still working on establishing a new contact at BV, but these things move slowly. If anyone (still) over there justsohappens to be reading this, get at me.]

            -Jay