Greatness comes in unlikely packages. Maybe it’s a Black female director becoming the talk of Hollywood, or a Korean American woman becoming a top NFL analyst, or the theater world stopping in its tracks and saying it’s their duty to help get America to the ballot box. Today’s Daily Dose serves up your Friday inspiration with some of the most compelling people around who happened to stop by The Carlos Watson Show. Make a plan to vote and read on.
Why is Ava DuVernay “anxious plus hopeful” right now? Because change is afoot — not just political but also societal and cultural, and DuVernay is at the forefront. The acclaimed filmmaker behind Selma and When They See Us is amplifying the stories of women and people of color through Array, her production company, and holding law enforcement accountable through art with her new project, LEAP. DuVernay finds the most satisfaction in lifting up other storytellers.
Justin Simien’s latest film, Bad Hair, is a horror flick about a bloodsucking weave that has political relevance you may not expect. Delivering the unexpected is standard for Simien, the creator of Dear White People, who describes being Black and queer as his superpower. Learn more about this “overnight” Hollywood success.
What does it mean to dream fearlessly? It’s a question we ask each day on the show, and the answers are inspiring, revealing, hilarious — and always insightful. Check out what 10 big names from Lenny Kravitz to Padma Lakshmi to Aida Rodriguez to Finneas to Tina Knowles-Lawson had to say.
Each year, the Moguls in the Making business plan pitch competition offers Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students an opportunity to learn and practice vital skills. Five students from Alabama A&M University won the second annual competition, which took place virtually this month, with their proposed solution to the lack of access to quality food and nutrition education in Detroit. The event gives 50 students — grouped into teams of five from 10 HBCUs — an opportunity to develop and present business plans aimed at solving key issues in the context of today’s economic and social climate. The competition is presented by Ally Financial Inc., Thurgood Marshall College Fund and entertainer and entrepreneur Big Sean’s foundation, the Sean Anderson Foundation. Winners receive scholarships and internship opportunities with Ally.
LeBron James finally looked like he was having fun when he lifted the NBA championship trophy this month — but before then? Nope. As basketball star–turned–broadcaster Jalen Rose points out, as he breaks down the best players of all time, the great ones are all “maniacal dudes.” Hear his Top Five list — and his wild story about Kobe.
Mina Kimes, a 35-year-old Korean American former business reporter, is not who you’d expect to see calling NFL games. But Kimes is an ESPN rising star who knows her X’s and O’s, as well as the broader context. Get her take on gender inequality in sports analysis and how race and football have collided in 2020. You may be surprised to hear who this expert calls the GOAT.
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Playwright and Black Panther star Danai Gurira knows the value of the vote from her childhood in Zimbabwe. Heidi Schreck, an actor and finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in drama, wrote an entire play about the U.S. Constitution. Together they’re rallying the Broadway community to turn out the vote this year, with Act Out Vote: 2020, a virtual event combining dance, music and performance. But they’re thinking bigger than Nov. 3: Check out what they have to say about restoring faith in our system long term.
Jeb Bush went toe-to-toe with President Donald Trump in 2016 and has the scars to prove it. Now he’s revealing what the experience was like, along with his take on the future of the country — and the GOP. Who’s the politician he most admires right now? Andrew Yang.
From his childhood mentor James Brown to his pre-politics dust-ups with Trump, Al Sharpton has stories to spare. Check out his powerful take on what the vote means in 2020 as well as how he sees his role helping a grieving family after yet another Black person dies in a police shooting. Sharpton is there, he says, to act as a shield and a lightning rod for a ravenous media.
The last episode before the election of the hit podcast collaboration between the BBC and OZY is our most heated yet. We’re talking about gender politics as Christian Nunes, president of the National Organization for Women, squares off against Carrie Lukas, president of the Independent Women’s Forum. You won’t want to miss it, plus you’ll want to hear what Katty Kay and Carlos Watson foresee for Tuesday. Subscribe now onApple Podcasts,Stitcher, theiHeart Radio app orwherever you get your podcasts so you’ll get the episode in your podcast feed when it drops tonight.