May 29

Mastermind Team’s Robcast Episode 227 | Black is the New Black

Rob Lee and Dann D
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Prepare yourself for an all new episode of the Robcast!

Where were you when black people were first declared the coolest race of people? Hopefully not facing your parents in rent court. Rob Lee and Dann D discuss the culture behind the clap back, Kendrick Lamar and what it takes to be a little spoon in a big spoon’s world. Is it okay to marry minors if your Brazilian and a legendary soccer player? Not if Rob has anything to say about it. In a twist of fate, New Challenger shocks everyone with zero dick stories, a feat that hasn’t been seen in over one hundred episodes. Meanwhile, Greg is called in to fix the volcanic crisis in Hawaii.
Can Crown City Cook track down criminals with only a left over corn dog stick as a lead? Will Woody Allen every find appropriate true love? All we know for certain is, don’t eat the raw chicken!
Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that answers the question: Who would win in a fight, Rocky Balboa or Grace Jones?

 

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February 28

Robservations | Lightweight Racism

They’re not alternative they’re just black folks – it’s like marketers want Afropunk to be a demo instead of something organic.

 

Hey maaaaaaaan, Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – lightweight racism. Check it – Racism happens every day – it’s deplorable. Many people think it’s bad when it’s out and in the open like a visceral, almost cartoon villainy sort of racism. I prefer that version of racism – it’s like the movie “They Live” sans the glasses. I like to judge people on their merits regardless of any other factor. Do I slip outside of that value? Hell yes I do and often. Am I racist? No. But those bias, compounded, paint a picture and, over time, become one’s feelings. I work hard not to allow that to fester – I try to detach myself and work under the idea that I know nothing. As a black male, I find myself in many quasi-racial situations. Here are a few that I observed.

News Anchors

I try to not watch the news – it stinks! It’s bad for you – stress and injustice run rampant in news reporting with a few minutes of fluff and non-stress inducing news. There is some tech discussion and medical news but mostly shit. The one thing that I notice is when there’s the smooth brother – he’s presented as a token. I watch him and he’s a decent reporter but he’s almost a puppet. I black face saying, presenting and operating like a white male. It’s the news equivalent of “Get Out”. It’s strange to me – suddenly the black guy is mad corny. I’m not saying that because he’s black that he’s gotta have flavor. No, not at all. It just doesn’t seem authentic. Further, peep Don Lemon since Trump has been in office – his normally closely, corny black guy cropped hair has been replaced with a big of a light afro. I see that shit. It’s light weight racism because news anchors to many is where we get our news and information – so if we’re looking at some corny but that looks like us we’re confused, annoyed or in some pockets inspires – that’s the way we should act. It’s like searching for the white man’s love and their comfort.

Office Culture

I’ve spoken about office culture at length on Robservations but here’s something that I have really covered. So, I’ve almost always worked with white folks – that’s not uncommon. I’ve heard so many white people microaggressions that one’s head would spin. I am pensive. I observe, inventory and move on. Many people would react. For instance, I work with white women and they aren’t great leaders – they lead by fear and intimidation via e-mail and work edicts. They ignore common courtesy. However, that same energy isn’t there in the streets or even in the super market. They’re afraid of what I as a black man represent. I’ve actually seen a senior level office peer who shops at the same high-priced store – she was sporting white girl cornrolls – she saw me, refused to acknowledge me. We were both buying cheese. I saw her the next day at work and she had her normal office energy. I think it’s a cycle of attempting to break black people. Conform or leave. It’s not inherently racist because it’s not cartoony but it’s racist because culturally the message is you’re not good enough as is – as is happens to be black or a person of color. In addition, how many white guys have I noticed who answer with “yo” or try to be extra cool – cringy cool around black guys? Tons.

TV Executives

This one is recent – that Donald Glover interview. So, Donald mentioned his picture for making Atlanta and the only way the word ‘nigga’ could be used is if a white character could say it. Imagine that. The gull of executive telling someone who’s black and writing a black show that he had to allow an ancillary white character to say ‘nigga’. It’s strange. The executives, likely white, knows what’s best for the black audience. Atlanta’s audience is 50% black. Granted executives know their work and their audience but how do they know when they typically don’t have the experiences of a specific ethnic group. Representation matters and even behind the scenes. You don’t want a monolithically monochromic melaninless group making all the decisions. Just take notice when black people are written they don’t seem black – they don’t feel authentic.

Alt Blacks

Lastly, Alt black people. They’re my people but why aren’t they just black. Who’s determining their alternativeness? They dress weird, like art and attend Afropunk. They’re not alternative they’re just black folks – it’s like marketers want Afropunk to be a demo instead of something organic. To say they’re alternative suggests that they don’t fit into the black mold. That’s ludicrous! What black mold? Where are the alt-white – the closest thing to that is the alt-right and white people quickly distance themselves from those dicks. I associate myself with alt-black that I reject the typical banality, our lot in life. A lot that was created, programmed without our consent and well before we came along. Alt black are free to be whoever, love whoever and do whatever.

 

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August 18

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 200 | Many Sides

Our heroes discuss Charlottesville, Nazi’s and weird news.

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July 11

Mtrocast 80 | Deep In The Grunt

An episode where the lads discuss gun violence – Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Mycah X Johnson, The Dallas Shoorting, Black Lives Matter and NBA Free Agency.

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June 29

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 181 | Missed Connections

An episode where our heroes read a few Missed Connections, adorable racism, Aligator news, and Rob Lee selling out to work at a bookstore.

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