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73 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Toxic American Culture: Entitlement, Individualism and Over-competitiveness are the culprits
If you look at it, it only makes sense that America is becoming exactly what it should based on Individualism & Entitlement as Norms. America was built on brutality, dehumanization and what we are experiencing with violence fits in perfectly with America’s story. What are the elements of a culture? Are we too competitive as a country, as a people? Why does America feel like we're not all in this together? And What to do about it?
83 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Turning Point USA, cult-like, sleeper cell or ordinary after-school club?
There is a group forming, or already present, inside your neighborhood high school and it is potentially stoking fear and amplifying racial and political division within the student population. Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization says its "mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government. Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values." Kyle Rittenhouse was a keynote speaker at a Turning Point event in 2021. The group seems to be Pro-Trump on most issues with other notable associated people and brands include Sebastian Gorka (ties to Vitezi Rend) far- right anti-semitic org, Alan West and Mike Lindell - My Pillow guy. Tune into this episode and get ready for what happens next.
94 minutes | Jun 4, 2022
From Columbine to Uvalde: 23 years later and nothing has really changed
The Who, What, When, Where but we have no idea as to the Why. We say this often but it seems like it's still the same old shit, just a different group of people now suffering from unspeakable loss. You telling us nothing has changed in 23 years? We’ll talk about the politicization that always happens, again, nothing has changed. Have you heard some of the ridiculous solutions being proposed by your elected officials? Yes, one door. Well we have some out of the box thinking for you today. Also, why is it always dudes? This is an episode talking about the things we should actually be talking about. And at the end of the day, at the very end of the day…we think it's just the culture. Tune in and stay tuned in.
84 minutes | May 6, 2022
Over 3 seasons of recording has gotten us to Episode number 100 ya'll! The crew celebrates this accomplishment by reflecting on the body work created thus far. This episode unpacks the crew's favorites, fan favorites, those that didn't make the cut and episode topics of the future. Oh yeah and we went live on Facebook for some strange reason. So there's that. Enjoy!
72 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Insecurity and Confidence: Two sides of the same coin
It's an interesting game of cat and mouse. On the heels of our last episode around Will smith; figured it would be a good time to expand on what the world witnessed: It was confidence that allowed him to go on stage, but unpacking it gave off major vibes of insecurity. Let’s go!
42 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
The Slap Heard Round the World
In lieu of the Will Smith (53) Chris Rock (57) slap heard round the world, we figured now would be a good time to answer the question “When is violence the answer?” In this episode the crew recaps what happened, weighs in on the choice of a slap versus a punch, talks about public humiliation, the effect on the Smith children and explores alternative remedies for this strange, jaw dropping situation. What did Will Smith Reaffirm in the minds of “other races” with his actions? Did he effectively send a message for future jokes about his wife or do you think the most hilarious comedy special is in the works? Would he have hit a white comedian? Female? Will said “Love will make you do crazy things”, but was that actually love that we witnessed? Tune in for answers to these questions in more on the latest Black in the Middle Podcast episode.
67 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Unpacking the Trans Effect on Sports
We live in an ever changing society and the evolution of sexual orientation and gender identity are two that always seem to rile the headlines. The crew decided to unpack this topic a bit on this latest episode and not only comment on what we have seen thus far in sports and media but also predict what we may see in the near future.
62 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
How you livin? No really how are you doing right now?
This episode is about when Racism...and all the other ism’s...take a back seat to the atrocities and turmoil that is going on in the world. How are you living your life different with so much uncertainty in the near future? When you look around, everything is moving along very normal, but were all are probably thinking the same thing, when is the other shoe going to drop and what brand is said shoe? The crew ponders these questions and many more in this episode of Black in the Middle podcast.
53 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
If we died...
When celebrating a milestone in Daddy Watson's professional career turns into a A semi-morbid podcast episode. This is that! Join the crew as we explore the question, if we died untimely, what do we have in place for our son's to have a strong, male influence to get the support he needs that momma may not be able to provide. What does that look like? What can we expect of others? What do we need to do now? All that and more from your favorite Kansas City based podcast crew, Tim, Travis and Herman.
70 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
Russia Russia Russia!
You know what time it is. The crew goes in on Russia and all of the craziness that they have started. SMH
115 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Special Guest: Theodis Watson, the “Community’s Banker”
Theodis is KC born and bred; a Missouri State Grad with an MBA and is very active in central city communities, making a positive difference any way he can. He has spent the past 20 years in banking - most recent years have been on the commercial lending side. Who is Theodis Watson? The differences in banks Relationships with your banker The importance of financial literacy Bridging the wealth gap Teaching our kids early Banking myth-busters All banks are not created equal Managing finances as a couple The effects of the pandemic This episode is jam packed with personal budgeting tips (especially those households with an Amazon obsession) AND business financial guidance for the entrepreneur in you. Check out this special guest interview that is full of tips, jokes, stories and TONS of resources to help you get your money right. Enjoy!
79 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
The Update: February 2022 - All things Chiefs and sound of a grown man crying (inside)
New year, same ish...part two? This month's update became a bit emotional as the crew relived the sad ending to a great Kansas City Chiefs season. We couldn't be more proud but we obviously gonna talk about the other side of the coin. Tune in for this and more topics in politics, pop culture, business, personal and more like: A Las Vegas Pro Bowl, NFL hiring practices in question, The Brian Flores lawsuit, Is anyone watching the Olympics?, A McDonalds surf and turf, The rise of subscription prices, Too much of Nelly, What to do about Joe Rogan and Black History Month
89 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
America: Love it or Hate it?
Are you ready to die for America or the idea of freedom? We know are brave veterans are but what about you? This episode breaks down what we love about our country; things like diversity, opportunity, education k-12, civil liberties, the Super Bowl, etc. And what we dislike or hate; things like our healthcare system, political system, legal system and every other racist framework this country thrives on. Join in and maybe we'll change how you feel...or maybe not.
87 minutes | Jan 29, 2022
Special Guest: Scorpio Horn, Head Football Coach and Director of Development at KIPP Endeavor Academy
Scorpio Horn is the Head Football Coach and Director of Development at KIPP KC, a local charter school that is making waves. Scorpio, or Scorp as we call him, is a good, long-time friend of the BITM crew, so it was great to sit down and talk about things we all love: football, leadership, parenting and equity.
93 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
The Private vs Public School Debate
What kind of schools did you go to growing up? Are you giving your kids the same experience you had or making sure they never have to go through what you did? With school age kids and a couple of big decisions ahead, the crew unpacks this age old debate. This episode will explore learning how to learn at an early age, the parent factor when it comes to which type of school, community issues, or lack thereof, outcomes, classroom size, taxes, programming, testing, curriculum, teachers networking and of course cost. Let's go, time to take ya'll to school.
87 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
New Year, Same Ish
Well, 2020too is here. How you doin? Yeah, that's what we thought. Same. Just like the new year, we had big plans and ideas about our first episode but things ain't really go that route. Nonetheless, this episode is fire as we push each other out of our comfort zones and open up about how we will attack the new year and achieve our goals...even after a slower than desired start. Leggo!
90 minutes | Dec 25, 2021
All I Want for Christmas is...
... an episode where I can talk about all the things I REALLY want for Christmas because Lord knows the only ones getting what they actually want are under the age of 15. So let's bring ourselves job and take a trip down a memory lane that is full of nostalgia, wishfulness and maybe a few dreams come true.
70 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Surviving a Victim Mentality
What leads someone to have a victim mentality? What if we wasn't set back as black people? Would we be as resilient, amazing, hard working as we are? Victim Mentality is defined as an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize or consider themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances Are we victims and if so of what? Oh, and let’s not forget to talk about white victimhood and its surge during the 2016 Presidential election as well as most recently with Kyle Rittenhouse.
84 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
The Update: November 2021- Celebrity vaccine fakers, gun violence in the legal and media spotlight, the Metaverse and Covid-19 both moving really fast and more!
Lots to discuss during this holiday season: Ahmaud Arbery trial, the Rittenhouse trial and acquittal and what this means, a Michigan high school shooter and the parents’ liability, Celebrity vaccine fakers, the Metaverse and the speed of development, a deadly concert by Travis Scott, what’s new on Netflix right meow, Delta variants and more!
68 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
The Reckoning Part II: Let's Question Everything
Is intelligence genetic? Does hard work really pay? We all say “everything happen for a reason", but does it though? It's time to demystify these terms and phrases a lot of us find ourselves saying and even living by on a daily basis. But wait, there's more! The crew questions the Death Penalty, assisted suicide, churches and taxes and short detours from these mainstream, controversial concepts. Enjoy!
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