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(Episode 178) “…Things That Matter”

Tonight on episode 178 of #TSRP We’re talking protesting! Yayyy! With everything happening with the NFL this past weekend and Trump being the asshole he is, we’ll dive into what went into these most recent demonstrations, and are there messages being lost in the mix with all the hoopla. Also, Damon Young over at Very Smart Brothas, penned an article this week that proclaimed that “Straight Black Men Are The White People Of Black People.” Is there any level of truth in this message? We’ll examine how it’s possible for one to come to that conclusion. And later in the show, Kevin Hart has been in the news recently for cheating on his wife. But there are details surrounding the story that point to a possible extortion attempt, and even a possible rape. We’ll talk about whether or not it’s possible for a man to be raped by a woman, as we also include the discussion around consent, and if a man is capable of giving it while under the influence. All of that and of course, we’ve got our AssHat and Champ of The Week as well to night, AND MORE tonight on The Spann Report!

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(Episode 177) “The Phone Wars”

Back at it again! Mr. Spann returns to the mic after to talk back to school shopping, and an upcoming appearance at the National Podcast Power Conference later on in the week. Spann got his Ancestry DNA test results back! So we’ll talk about the interesting mix that came back, and the surprising elements of the test as well. We’ll also dive into the current NFL Boycott and why Spann is sitting this one out. A Detroit Lions “fan” was made to surrender his season tickets after a social media post about other fans, and their not standing up for the National anthem. The much anticipated iPhone X has finally been revealed, and the phone nerd in Spann will explain to the Apple fans who listen to this show, why Android users talk so much shit when a new iPhone gets released. And later in the show, Jemele Hill has been in the news for tweets she published making her feelings known about Donald Trump. We’ll dissect this phenomenon of black people being called racist, for pointing out racism. We’ve got our AssHat and Champ of the Week and more, tonight on The Spann Report!

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(Episode 154) “Like To Be Outraged?”

Join Mr. Spann for Episode 154 of #TSRP as we delve into some of the week’s news. Kendrick Lamar released a new single Humble that as caused a bit of a stir. Pepsi released a new commercial featuring Kendall Jenner that also has people at their wits end. Porn Star/Rapper Brian Pumper almost catches the fade? And Spann openly wonders if “handicapped” drivers really just have a death wish. All that and more on this episode of The Spann Report!

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(Episode 153) “Disrespected, Unprotected, & Neglected”

On episode 153 of #TSRP Spann hits you up with a late night edition of the show. (Didn’t start recording until after 1 AM) But tonight’s show mainly focuses on the blatant disrespect shown to black women on all levels. Whether that be a United States Congresswoman from California, to a journalist in Washington DC, to a political commentator forced to try to explain racism to people who already know their being racist while feigning ignorance. Tonight, we’ll also talk about the ways in which some black men are complicit in the disrespect these sisters are facing on the day to day basis. We’ve also got poll results and more tonight on The Spann Report!

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(Episode 146) “Political Football”

Join Mr. Spann for episode 146 of#TSRP as we discuss a woman, shooting another woman with her boobs. (Yes, you read that right.) The Hood Movie Playoffs continue as we vote to get to the Final 4. Students at Howard University have re-opened their “College Republicans” chapter. We’ll examine their reasoning. Taco Bell employees are suing their franchisee for THEFT OF WAGES, as he gamed the system to get out of paying them. Former Inkster Police Officer William Melendez has been released from prison after a 14 month stint for beating motorist Floyd Dent during a traffic stop caught on tape. Was his sentence too light? And it’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! And even the Super Bowl has been marred by politics, namely because of one team’s close affiliation with the current person occupying the White House. Has there ever been a team more disliked because of their association with a sitting US President? And of course, we’ve got our new AssHat & Champ of The Week, tonight on The Spann Report!



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(Episode 132) “The Isms Trumps All”

After a 2 week hiatus, Mr. Spann returns to the mic to talk about the election of Donald Trump as President of The United States, what it means for America, and particular what it means for minority groups. Spann also addresses the dancing around the obvious elephant in the room, as the media, and politicians call for reconciliation after one of the most overtly antagonistic campaigns in a generation.

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#TBT (Episode 11) “Is There A Problem Officer???”

It’s THURSDAY! And in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday I’ve decided to go back into the archives and re-release an older episode that I think might be relevant to today, and also, to show how far along The Spann Report as a podcast, and Mr. Spann as a host has come. This episode is exactly 5 years old today.

In Episode 11 of #TSRP Mr. Spann embraces his inner nerd, talks about the push to make feature film “The Help” into a Hollywood blockbuster and about the state of quality Hip Hop in Detroit. And later in the show Spann addresses the Poverty Bus Tour spearheaded by Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, the riots over in the UK, and Mr. Spann makes a trip back home to Chicago that was epic for reasons you might not expect.

Music Played During Show:

1.) “Celebration” by: Tank featuring Drake (Now Or Never Album)
2.) “Loud Noises” by: Bad Meets Evil featuring Slaughterhouse (Hell – The Sequel Album)
3.) “Love Through Her” by: The Weeknd
4.) “Homecoming” by: Kanye West featuring Chris Martin (Graduation Album)
5.) “Out Of Character” by: Avant (Avant Album)
6.) “No Church In The Wild by: Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean (Watch The Throne Album)

Let’s Be Clear, Today’s Republicans/Conservatives Would Have Hated Dr. King

It’s the 30th year that we celebrate the life and times of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a pioneer of the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1960’s, stepping into the forefront of the movement at the age of 26 while leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. As is common knowledge, most Americans can tell you that he won the Nobel Peace Prize, and that he led the historic March On Washington. But above all, most Americans remember Dr. King for his famous “I Have A Dream speech.” A speech that I wholeheartedly encourage folks to read in it’s entirety. And the reason that I encourage the reading of that speech, is because far too often Dr. King is referred to as “The Dreamer.” He’s portrayed as a non threatening, cuddly civil rights icon, who just wanted us all to get along. His radicalism is rarely spoken of, the consistency of his speaking truth to power brushed off.

And it’s become an annual thing as of late for Republicans/Conservatives to try to white wash his image and his message to shame those who would call for more equitable civil rights action in this country, while at the same time seeking to dismantle the very policies and laws Dr. King very well would have fought for. And it’s an interesting thing to watch unfold. Former Republican Congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh took to his twitter account today to say this.

Never mind that what Joe Walsh is saying is patently ridiculous, it’s that after saying something ridiculous, he dons the cape of victim hood as he’s being corrected. Make no mistake, he and other’s like him would have HATED Dr. King if he were living today. But it’s not just Joe Walsh, others chimed in to say what MLK would have admonished black folks for.

It’s as if these people have forgotten who Martin Luther King Jr. was, and what he stood for. While Republican legislators fight to make it harder for citizens to vote. Here, here, and here. They also willfully forget the social justice message that Dr. King advocated that very well cost the man his life. No cuddly, friendly, civil rights icon who just wants everybody to get along meets an assassin’s bullet without being a threat. You would think that it should go without question that King would be in favor of today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, contrary to Congressman Joe Walsh’s assertion. For if “All Lives Matter” in the time of King, there would have been no need for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s to begin with. King spoke with urgency then, just as BLM activist speak with urgency now.

Toward the end of King’s life, He advocated AGAINST the Vietnam war, which leaves one to wonder what his stance would be, as hawkish Republicans/Conservatives continue to beat the drum to go to war with Iran. King was in support of a sanitation workers strike in Memphis one can speculate as to where King would stand in regards to fast food workers seeking better wages, and unionization opportunities. A position that a number of Republicans/Conservatives have vehemently spoken against. Republicans/Conservatives damn near wet themselves when President Barack Obama spoke of a need for a “redistribution of wealth,” but ironcally, Dr. King also advocated for this very same thing near the end of his life. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to the man himself.



Nothing that Dr. King advocated in his time would be consistent with the talking points of current Republican/Conservative pundits and politicians. And it’s hugely comical to see White, Republicans/Conservatives step out on the limb to lecture black people on what Dr. King wanted not only for black people, but America as well. Especially when they themselves are doing their damnedest to undo everything the man fought for. Don’t be fooled, if they’re rolling their eyes anytime Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson speaks out on behalf of families dealing with the loss of a loved one because of police brutality, just imagine the clinched fist they’d have when Dr. King says “We’re coming for our check.”

The Spann Report (Episode 94) “The Petty Is Strong”

On Episode 94 of #TSRP Spann is joined by Phenom Black of the “Where’s My 40 Acres?” podcast and they dive head first into discussions about gentrification, Comic Con, the growth of podcasting, a little bit of photography, and operating as members of independent media in a mainstream media space. we find out that Charlie Sheen has HIV, and we break down why the “isms” are so strong. They also respond to listener feedback and more, this week on The Spann Report!

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The Spann Report (Episode 90) “Is This Real?”

Join Mr. Spann Saturday Night at 10:30 PM for Episode 90 of #TSRP Within the first 10 minutes of the show, Spann will tell you why HE HATES YOUR GUTS. And later in the show, Multiple AssHat of The Week winner, Raven-Symone’ is shown up by Ann Coulter, could Raven have flipped it on her and got her credibility back? Bill O’Reilly compares the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK, REALLY??? Lamar Odom was found unresponsive at the Nevada Bunny Ranch, sad story, even sadder how the media has covered it. And 5 colleges have rescinded the honorary doctorate degrees they bestowed upon Bill Cosby within the last two months as his sexual assault accuser body count balloons past 45 women, and Ebony magazine releases a new cover that have Cosby fans calling for a boycott. A new AssHat of The Week, listener feedback and more, this week on The Spann Report! 

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