During the 75th annual Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. Demille Award. One of the highest honors someone in show business can receive. What happened afterward she received the award was nothing short of charismatic excellence.
She gave a chilling and inspirational speech, one that can be considered as an all-timer. One that will be remembered for years to come. Suddenly, everyone including myself believed that “Me too” could turn into “Their time is up”. A new day would indeed be on the horizon. Oprah is great in this regard. She knows how to rally the troops.
Now knowing how much we lack self-awareness and love to live in the moment, after that speech the grand question became, should Oprah run for President of the United States in 2020? She has the money, support, likability, charisma, and intelligence. Why not?
In theory it sounds like a great idea. The other incentive in this? Not only would she be the first women president, she would be the first ever black women to hold office. To some people that’s an important thing. Positive representation is inspiring.
With that said, Oprah, no, don’t do it, please don’t do it.
Just like how we don’t need Kanye West, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or Kid Rock running for some type of high office, we don’t need Oprah to either.
Human nature is funny. We generally don’t learn from the trial and errors of our way in history. You think the saying, “history always repeats itself” was made for jokes? Nope. There’s a reason for that.
We elected two celebrities within the past 40 years to hold office. People smarter than me on this topic tell me the Reagan era wasn’t really it especially on how it impacted black people. The Trump era is clearly an annoying nightmare.
So why should we entertain the possibility of another entertainer running it back in two years?
Just because she said cordial things? That’s not how any of this works. Those who are pushing the narrative of Oprah 2020 might be missing the overall theme of her speech or are just looking for any glimpse of a post-Trump era victory they can find.
There are also questions to be had concerning this Oprah hoopla.
One, she’s a billionaire. Some people don’t view billionaires in a good light. They view them as apathetic towards regular people and doing whatever they can to allocate funds to their pockets. Now I’m not sure if they view Oprah in the same light because of the amount of giving she has done for decades but again, questions will be asked.
Two, she’s a Black woman. Black women, are generally discredited and disrespected from many if not all walks of life. They do the most work and it’s often a war to get them the respect and credit they deserve. Oprah might be one of those individuals who ‘transcends’ that. Who doesn’t like Oprah right!? It’s all fun and games until people start to show their true colors though. The country was not kind to a white woman running for president. So, we’re supposed to think a Black woman will ride it out ok?
Now I’m not sure what to make of the Oprah and Harvey Weinstein interactions. The Weinstein controversy was the starting point that led to the public being exposed to the horrors that is Hollywood’s shameful contributions to sexual assault and rape culture.
This led to Oprah’s powerful speech built around empowering women. When you hear the speech, then look at pictures of them interacting, and then take note that Weinstein’s actions were an open secret in the industry, you start to wonder to yourself. It is worth noting that she condemned his action once they became public back in October. Now I won’t question the legitimacy of her speech or intentions. I found it to be genuine. However, someone else may look at this and questions will be asked!
All of this isn’t to take away from what Oprah said. She’s an accomplished woman and should be treated with respect. She is Black excellence and there aren’t many people who can put together words as eloquent as she did. It was a great moment and her qualifications made her the right woman of the moment at the Golden Globes and beyond.
Her current qualifications though, does not warrant a run for political office. And I’m glad her stance on running hasn’t changed (for now).
I’m not sure what the answer is though. People seem to be clearly tired of traditional seasoned politicians which is understandable. I’m pretty sure we won’t ever figure out the answer.
I do know this; the bar is low at this point and time will tell if we’re willing to not just raise the bar but be the bar.
We’re back with another installment of Pod Excellence for the masses brought to you by the AD Report.
A quick shout out to the former Pod Excellence recipients of past months. The Defeated, the A-League, the Free Lunch Podcast, and the Chicken Social. These podcasts should be in your rotation in addition to the 5th Sense Podcast. A project my friends and I started.
Speaking of friends, there’s Richie Foley & Virgil Hawkins, Stephen A & Skip, Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones, Karl Malone & John Stockton would also be appropriate but that’s selling them short (and it’s insulting).
The gentlemen of Tyler & Coley, co-host of Mickstape: The Barstool Basketball Podcast. These two have made some very good content along the way. Here’s a few reasons why you should subscribe and listen to their show.
Who: Coley (Celtics supporter) & Tyler (has a leg in all 30 teams).
What: This is mainly a basketball podcast where they discuss the latest news, rumors, topics, and jokes involving the game. They bring on an assortment of guests often to the show too. Although the topic of the show is clear, they’ll also dive into other topics and people they feel like discussing for 10-20 minutes. Like Jimmy Buffett.
Why: It is an entertaining podcast. It helps me get through some long days when I’m out and feel like I’ll be bored. They provide solid opinions and I appreciate the sarcasm they exhibit as it is a nice touch. They’re more so jokesters than serious people but that’s what gives the show a unique feel. You can also hear them interview some dope people too such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
When: Episodes typically drop twice a week.
Where: PodcastOne, iTunes, or Barstool’s website itself.
Pleased to see their success. Check them out. Welcome to Pod Excellence.
Welcome everyone to the AD Report! Our Pod Excellence piece of the month is here as I shoutout a podcast and give out recommendations to you, the reader.
We couldn't get to the month of April as we decided to shed more of the spotlight to the AD Report's LP of the Month which featured KayJay Clemente. This time, we'll give the spotlight to a podcast I've been feeling for the past few months.
The A League Atlanta Hawks Show is the latest inductee to the Pod Excellence honor here on the AD Report. An interesting group of guys host this who are knowledgeable & entertaining. Check out what I have to say about them below!
Who: Eric, David, Akiem, Rashad, & Jeremy.
What: These 5 bright young men mainly discuss all things related to the Atlanta Hawks. Opinions, analysis, news, jokes, memories, you name it. They dabble into other areas aside from the Hawks too. They talk about current events going on in their own communities (involving Georgia), touch on some topics related their personal lives, & the latest in pop culture.
Why: This podcast is unique. I don't listen to many podcast where 4+ guests are talking among themselves. I'd think it would be a crowded one especially doing it consistently but it works!
They feed well off of each other & can be a funny bunch. Some of the shows qualities are what I would want to emulate with a podcast of mine with my friends. Aside from that, I learn a lot about the Hawks from this podcast and that definitely doesn't hurt. The Hawks aren't even my team and I find myself intrigued listening. In other words, I like what they're selling.
When: Recently, you can expect 3-5 episodes from them a month. The day can vary.
Where: Check them out on, Stitcher, iTunes, & SoundCloud!
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The AD Report. The LP of the Month. Meets, KayJay Clemente.
For the months of January, February, and March, the AD Report has been giving recommendations on content you should be checking out for the price of free 99.
Ronnie Low, Big Shot, and Don Dotta, have been recipients of the LP of the Month honor from the AD Report. Now, we welcome the South Jersey native with his recent project
Who: KayJay Clemente is a rapper/producer who works hard to improve his craft day in and day out. He’s a motivated artist who looks to be a dual threat on the boards and with his pen. KayJay also looks to help his fellow peers and enjoys seeing the success of others around him. It inspires him to keep going.
Why: He has a good ear for beats which is expected considering his strength as an artist is producing. KayJay has solid song concepts and ideas. He’s willing to defer to others and allow them to shine alongside him where in return, he flourishes. That’s what happens on THRILLPVCK. He gets other local artist/friends join him on the ride as they all do their thing. The project is 8 tracks under 30 minutes so it’s a short listen also easily digestible.
Where: He’s all over SoundCloud. And he's active on Twitter.
Favorite Song: Dream Team – Feat. L-Town Slick, Ronnie Low, & Don Dotta
Going for the three-peat! Pod Excellence.
For the month of January, the Defeated Podcast held it down for Toronto like prime Vince Carter. For February, the Chicken Social Podcast delivered some deliciousness for your ears. For March? We all know it is about the green, luck, and better days ahead since the spring months are upon us.
Speaking of green, your man, my man, CJ as known as Chuck Haze, cooks up something nice for his listeners on the Free Lunch Podcast.
And for that, he’s received a free voucher to enter Pod Excellence for the month of March.
What: CJ and his assortment of guest from time to time, discuss it all. What’s going on in pop culture, sports, current events, literature, business including trends, tactics, and philosophies, and of course, the grass that’s greener on the other side.
Why: I like the podcast for mainly it’s diversity in subject matter. He knows how to get the right people on his show and bring out the best in them when engaging in conversation with them. It flows naturally and everyone has a good time. Aside from that, I appreciate his usual/original format where he separates the topics intro ‘lunches.’ It gives the show a unique wrinkle.
When: The guy works hard and is consistent. He tends to drop shows during the end of the week. Typically, Friday.
Where: iTunes and SoundCloud. One of the more underrated podcast out.
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