"The only way the problem can be solved -- first, the white man and the black man have to be able to sit down at the same table. The white man has to feel free to speak his mind without hurting the feelings of that Negro, and the so-called Negro has to feel free to speak his mind without hurting the feelings of the white man. Then they can bring the issues that are under the rug out on top of the table and take an intelligent approach to get the problem solved." - Malcolm X
Moe Factz with Adam Curry was introduced to me by a longtime friend during the summer of 2020. The first episode I experienced was "45 Savage." Moe discusses Donald Trump as the political heel in reference to wrestling. The heel is a character portrayed as the villain in a performance. Moe shares insight using clips from Trump's presidency, as well as from when Trump played an actual heel with World Wrestling Entertainment. I appreciate the comparison because I tend to believe a lot of politics is merely theater..
At the time the discussion about race in our country both locally and nationally, internationally even, was agitated due to the police killing of George Floyd. The message, Black Lives Matter as a statement makes an eloquent point but the political organization that formed was divisive and confusing. I really felt the ideological division deeply, and wanted to reach out to people in my community offering ways I thought I could help. But it became well understood, I as a so called white man really just needed to listen and learn.
Thankfully, Moe and Adam stockpiled hours and hours of recorded discussions about the often controversial subjects related to race and American culture. It all started for them when Moe heard Adam discussing the ADOS movement on his show, No Agenda. ADOS stands for American Descendants of Slavery, and the movement represents some good arguments for reparations or as Moe puts it, "Payment for services rendered.." Apparently the two got to talking until it became obvious, they would make a great podcast.
Moe is highly intelligent; gleaning wisdom from his parents and grandparents, and a college university background. Moe provides preselected clips with style and grace, sharing his view from the perspective of being raised in and around the Southern US as a so called black man. Deep diving into subjects such as White Guilt and Kanye West, Moe leaves the listener with more knowledge and understanding. Adam Curry, known as The Pod Father for inventing podcasting, is an awesome partner to have as he contributes pure fun professionalism to the mix - being the so called white man.
It was difficult to choose just one episode to share with this promotional blog post, but if I were to pick just one it would be the video posted below. Episode 75: What U Gonna Do Cuzz; discusses the dilemma many people have faced in having their whole lives uprooted during the pandemic. Even more Moe goes into discovering the meaning of anger, different expressions of anger, and how it can be used to marginalize people who don't understand how to properly channel their anger. This subject is particularly important to myself and so many other men and women out there.
Moe shares his perspective in that black men are specifically portrayed in negative connotations involving anger, and how that tactic is used to dismiss justified anger. He reminds us that the tactics used to segregate and control people in the past, can and may be used in the present or future. I agree when Moe says that the goal isn't to eliminate anger, but to eliminate the destructive tendencies of anger. This point hits a personal note for me as I believe it's important to proactively build up our community, even in times of protest.
It's always fascinating hearing which audio clips Moe chooses to make his points. During this episode there are a few from classic Tupac interviews, an insightful Dr. Phil clip, and a few names I've never heard before. The dialogue between Moe and Adam is fun and light hearted, but real. I feel they have mutual respect, especially as they've grown very comfortable with each other over the past two years. Adam Curry deserves a write up of his own, though he's very encouraging and stoked to be a part of this podcast.
I'm also excited to write this promotion for Moe Factz with Adam Curry. Throughout the extent of their show you will hear tidbits of their personal story, but this may be one of the first in-depth write ups describing their show. There's more though because Moe also broadcasts his other 'products' live on his YouTube channel. My intention is to connect with both Moe and Adam, or at least help out and keep enjoying their shows. At a minimum I must do them justice in explaining a pivotal aspect of why their shows are so successful.
Before I get to that I want to finish that thought about Moe's other podcast products. He's got the Lost Tapez, where he lets loose on subject matters covered in prior shows with Adam. There's con-verse where he interviews various guests on a variety of different topics. Moe-Mentz for the serious discussions (rare), and Late Night Live which really drives the point. Moe is building up his Factz Family, and family is definitely the word I would use to describe the general vibe I associate with Moe Factz products.
That is the best part. The pivotal aspect of why Moe and Adam's shows are not only popular, but fulfilling and successful. They have a system called value for value in which listeners can donate to the show and become producers! It's an amazing concept because it allows our hosts to be completely themselves without worrying about selling commercials or appeasing network executives. Basically everyone who listens to the show enough eventually realizes the time and energy presented is worth some exchange of time, talent, or treasure.
I've donated myself, and while I think they forgot to play my "De-Deadbeat" clip (I had a long show note), they did read my note and I don't regret it at all. I have gotten a lot of hours and new comprehensions out of their show. I'd donate more if I had the money. The clips are fire. Did I say their clips are good? This clip here signals their donation segment. It's actually really cool hearing the boots on the ground reports and happy listener testimonials. If reading my recommendation doesn't convince you, maybe the producers will.
I recommend listening to Moe Factz with Adam Curry, for anyone that wants a level headed perspective on how words in the media and culture are used to capture the minds of the masses. Anyone who values the importance of learning our country's history, to discover how we got to where we are today, will be happy they found Moe Factz. I think he will continue to surprise and inspire people as he begins his entrepreneurial journey. And it is my honor help share a piece of Moe and Adam's story here at RhapsodicGlobal.org.
As Moe always says, "Pay attention to everything, and the truth will reveal itself.."