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Toure Show – Ice Cube—I Had A Good Day

toure and ice cube
toure and ice cube

Ice Cube is a hiphop legend who started in N.W.A and became a solo star. He’s one of the greatest MCs ever. He’s also an actor and a screenwriter and now a mogul as the founder of a 3 on 3 basketball league. Let me know what you think! Instagram @toureshow. Twitter: @toure

Host & Writer: Toure

Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano

Assistant Producer: Brandon Tagoe

Photographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta Covington

The House: DCP Entertainment 

Toure Show – Salman Rushdie-I Write

Rushdie is a legendary novelist and writer who is one of my literary idols. I’m proud to also call him a friend. His new novel Quichotte is awesome. Here we talk about writing, Toni Morrison, and living in crazy modern America. Let me know what you think! Instagram @toureshow. Twitter: @toure

Host & Writer: Toure

Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano

Assistant Producer: Ryan Woodhall

Photographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta Covington

The House: DCP Entertainment

Toure Show – DMC—I Was Suicidal

toure and DMC
toure and DMC

DMC is one third of Run-DMC the most important group in hiphop history. Run-DMC were rap’s first superstars and their success helped the genre become a global phenomenon. But through all the triumphs, DMC was unhappy. He was an alcoholic who became depressed and then suicidal. He thought about how to kill himself all the time. Then he found out he was adopted. This is an amazingly honest life story. Let me know what you think! Instagram @toureshow. Twitter: @toure

Host & Writer: Toure

Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano

Associate Producer: Adell Coleman

Photographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta Covington

The House: DCP Entertainment  

Toure Show Ep 69 : Sam Jay—I Feel Funny

Sam Jay is a writer for SNL and a stand up comic and this is a great interview about her development as a person. She couldn’t show up in comedy as her best self until she realized who she really was. Let me know what you think! Twitter: @toure. Instagram @toureshow

Toure Show Ep 69

Host & Writer: Toure

Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano

Assistant Producer: Brandon Tagoe

Photographer: Chuck Marcus

The House: DCP Entertainment 

Toure Show Episode 101: Malcolm Nance!

Malcolm Nance is the author of a powerful new book about how Russia lured in and controlled Trump called The Plot To Destroy America. He knows Trump isn’t gripped by a fear of kompromat but a love of money. He was also in the Navy for over 35 years, reaching the highest levels and fighting in combat on multiple continents. He talks about Trump, combat, guns, crazy war stories, and how to survive being taken as a hostage. He’s an amazing American. Great conversation. Let me know what you think.

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instagram @toureshow. 

Toure Show Ep 101

Host & Writer: Toure

Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano

Associate Producer: Adell Coleman

Editor: Ryan Woodhall

Photographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta Covington

The House: DCP Entertainment 

Toure Show Episode 99: I Am Black In the Trump Era

Politicon is an annual multi-day political festival that now takes place in Nashville. I conceived and moderated a panel where I wanted to get some of my smartest Black friends onstage to talk about how they feel about being Black in the Trump era. I feel under siege, I feel rejected, and I feel like the country is in an era that’s painful and frightening to me and people who like me. I feel like the MAGA hat is the new Klan hood and it scares me to see it worn so brazenly and thoughtlessly. I wondered how others were feeling about being Black in the era of Trump. We had six awesome panelists—April Ryan the White House reporter, Malcolm Nance the superspy who just published the Plot To Betray America, Elie Mystal the legal analyst, Lexi McCammond the Axios reporter, Maya Wiley the activist and legal analyst, and Briahna Joy Gray the national press secretary for Bernie Sanders. The panel was attended by hundreds.



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Twitter: @toure



Toure Show : Lucas Bros: I Am Him ( EPISODE 100!)

The Lucas Brothers are a pair of twins, Keith and Kenny, who are amazing stand-up comedians and comedy writers. They’re hysterical, they’re highly intellectual philosophers, they’re stoners, they’re everything. They’ve got a sitcom coming out and they’re working on another standup special and they’re part of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and they’re two of my favorite comics—well, they’re one act, so actually they’re one of my favorite comics—so for the 100th episode of this show it’s something special. The Lucas Bros.

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Twitter: @toure

Touré Show : #amazing Interview with Kid Fury

 “I Am Black Excellence” Kid Fury is the co-host of an amazing podcast that I love, The Read, along with his partner Chrissle. He’s also a comedian and a budding TV creator and an advocate for mental health and therapy. So many of us are depressed or traumatized but we’re afraid to get help. Kid Fury is helping to normalize all that and let us know that life can be better with help. Let me know what you think! I’m on Twitter @Toure!

Kaepernick’s Crime, to Trump: He Comes From Obama’s America

POLITICAL FOOTBALL: The President is ever on the prowl for events and people he can exploit to reassure his America that he’s looking out for them. And boy did he find one.

This was Trump’s worst week in office. By far. His approval rating dropped down to 37 percent—a historic low. His lie about Obama wiretapping him was debunked by the FBI. That same FBI told us that it is currently investigating Trump’s connections with Russia, and it may have found evidence indicating that Donald’s campaign communicated with Russia to coordinate the release of info damaging to Clinton’s campaign. Democrats announced that they’re going to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. And the all important Trumpcare bill failed in a way that was a royal mess and made the Republicans look like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

I struggle to think of what’s going right in this White House. The old man arrives at the office on time most days.

There’s that.

But put aside all of the important news swirling around right now. I refuse to let it distract me from the Trump thing that offended me most this week. Health care is crucial, but sorry, I can’t let this one go: Trump’s verbal attack on Colin Kaepernick way back on Monday from a podium in Kentucky at a rally where he said, “There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?”

No.

So much to unpack there. We see Trump gracelessly celebrating what he thinks is Kaepernick’s downfall. We see Trump cock-blocking an American in the process of trying to get a job. We see Trump sneering at how Kaepernick has used his right to free speech.

We see Trump calling for Kap to be disciplined by his fellow one percenters as if he were telling the other masters how to handle their property when they get out of line. Can you hear the faint echo in the background of Trump’s words—‘We gon’ teach that boy a lesson!’

We see Trump using Kaepernick as a symbol of what’s wrong with this country, a strawman he can pound on to show his people he takes no mess from the blacks. He’s very Boss Hogg that way. To Trump, Kaepernick is a villain who forced politics into the glorious NFL, and he’s someone who dared challenge the authority of the almighty police. But in reality Kaepernick’s transgression was this: in a way that did not take anything away from the games themselves, he silently and briefly protested against black people being killed by their government. The NFL employs some men who viciously beat up their wives or girlfriends but the real enemy of the people is Kaepernick because he wants justice for black people? Kaepernick would have a better chance of getting signed if the issue was him beating up a woman.

We also see Trump quoting an anonymous source about a month after excoriating media for using anonymous sources. The article he’s referring to was a post on the sports blog the Bleacher Report. Its title was “Colin Kaepernick Sentenced To NFL Limbo For The Crime Of Speaking His Mind.” I’m sure they left out that title when they told Trump about the story’s anonymous GM who said the “fear of a tweet from the President was a factor for about 10 percent of NFL teams, which would be three to four squads.”

So he’s wildly misstating the facts—as he typically does—so much so that he’s essentially disseminating fake news and showing an overly grandiose sense of his own power. The bully pulpit is loud but does anyone think any games put on by the mighty NFL would not be sold out or rabidly watched on TV because of a tweet from Trump? Please. But Trump’s still in campaign mode. He’s still speaking to his people and only to his people and trying to fire them up at any cost. He’s using Kaepernick as a convenient villain to show who he stands with. Presidents are supposed to represent the entire country but this one can only hear his most ardent supporters. He has no willingness in reaching out to the other side. He has no interest in mollifying the millions of Americans who are scared by him. If you think differently than he does, then Trump doesn’t care about you.

This is a problem in a diverse nation. You can’t say one particular American is the quintessential American—this is a nation characterized by it consisting of a broad array of people, some of whom are at virtual war with one another. We are a nation that has been produced from variety and the resulting tension between opposing groups fighting over rights. America is the result of both Trump and Kaepernick. But Trump thinks only he and his folks are legitimate or real Americans. We are a bipolar nation that has learned to distrust and demonize the other side. That’s why both Kap and Trump are heroes to some and heels to others. In September of 2016, as the NFL season was in its first weeks and Kaepernick’s protest was resonating, he had the #1 selling jersey in the NFL. And at the same time he had people burning his jersey.

We see similar split with Trump. His overall Gallup approval rating is 39 percent but his approval rating among Republicans is 86 percent, a historic high. His base remains happy. How is this possible? He has not accomplished much of substance so far. The Muslim ban is failing to get through the courts, Trumpcare is failing to get through Congress, his budget isn’t going to get through, either. But then again he has accomplished something.

The Presidency has an almost spiritual component—the man in the Oval has his persona, his perspective, his priorities grafted onto the soul of the nation. His supporters feel affirmed by his success. He is a symbol of the nation and those who feel invested in his success feel personally affirmed as if his win means their worldview and way of life are right. Obama’s rise made many of us feel better about being Americans. But while we reveled in that joy, there were others who felt left out. Trump has given them a boost, he’s made them feel central again.

The last eight years the White House was sympathetic to Kaepernick and Trayvon Martin and Jay-Z. Now the White House is sympathetic to the police and the Patriots and Fox and Putin. So even though he cannot (yet) produce a significant legislative victory, Trump’s already given his folks something powerful—he’s given them their swagger back. Just by his mere presence in the White House he is making whiteness great again.

From The Daily Beast, March 25, 2017