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Welcome to "What's Good?", where I tackle a myriad of subjects: From Film/TV to Music, to Tech, Race & Society; Current Affairs and many more, through my eyes and the eyes of the writers I read. So if you take an interest in anything I feel like talking about any given week, along with the occasional interview with Friends of 5E, then this is your podcast. A 5EPN Original.
 
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And just like that... WG Interviews back from the dead! For this one, a dear friend of 5E comes through for his 2nd appearance. Sheffield (Soon to be Germany) based Otis Mensah is back after me seeing him live in May, off the back of his new (& self produced) EP "things i should have said a year ago". But this is a WG interview like no other. For t…
 
In a week where: British government approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. Emmanuel Macron loses parliamentary majority as left-leaning coalition gain. Gustavo Petro becomes Colombia's first Leftist president. Transgender women are banned from elite Swimming competitions. Public sector strikes begin this week with more …
 
In a week where: Justin Bieber reveals facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. A former British soldier has died fighting Russian forces. British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira go missing in Brazil. Queen Elizabeth II becomes the 2nd longest reigning monarch. Scotland will make another attempt for independ…
 
In a week where: The Diamond Jubilee comes & goes. The Russo-Ukraine War passes 100 days. Boris Johnson wins a no confidence vote. Elon Musk threatens to kill the Twitter buyout. The Rolling Stone drop their 200 'Greatest' Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time. In Politics: (9:30) Boris Johnson is now officially a dead man walking after winning his no-confide…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Walrus for Robots Are Writing Poetry, and Many People Can’t Tell the Difference" By Carmine Starnino. For decades, AI has been slowly doing things better than humans. But there's one thing that AI just haven't quite gotten a hand on: Poetry. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether i…
 
In a week where: Ray Liotta dies aged 67. Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men. Legendary post-war jockey Lester Piggott dies aged 86. Tory MPs once again mull triggering a confidence vote for Boris Johnson. It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In the 1st of two TV segments: (8:47) With Stranger Things bac…
 
In a week where: Vangelis, composer of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks, dies aged 79. Cases of Monkeypox appear in the UK. Australia's Labor Party wins the Federal Elections. The UK’s first national civil rights organisation for Black people has been launched. The Sue Gray Report is finally released. In History: (6:41) Britain has a h…
 
In a week where: Ukraine wins Eurovision as The UK come 2nd. Finland & Sweden formally confirm intentions to join NATO. A new Margaret Thatcher statue is egged within hours of it being installed. 17-year-old Blackpool player Jake Daniels comes out, the first footballer to do so in 30 years. A Tory MP is arrested on suspicion of rape. In Streaming: …
 
For this Long Read, we head to BuzzFeed News for "He Was 5'7". After Surgery, He’ll Be 5'10"." by Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Covering a man named Scott who elected for height-increasing surgery after years of self-hate about being a short man. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing yo…
 
In a week where: The UK Local Elections goes down. Chelsea is sold to American based consortium, led by Todd Boehly. Ncuti Gatwa will be the next Doctor Who. The TV BAFTAs come & go. Sir Kier Starmer pledges to resign as Labour leader if he is fined for breaking COVID rules. In Politics: (8:43) Northern Ireland's premier Nationalist party Sinn Féin…
 
In a week where: Olivia Wilde literally gets served custody papers whilst on stage @ CinemaCon. 70 Year Old Michael Kish runs a 13.47 100m @ Penn Relays. Boris Becker has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding assets and debts worth more than £2.5 million in the wake of his 2017 bankruptcy. 'Porn MP' Neil Parish resigns. US Supreme Court i…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Guardian for "How south London became a talent factory for Black British footballers" by Aniefiok Ekpoudom. Laced with personal anecdotes, the piece takes generational jumps from the 60s to now, documenting how South London has continually birthed football talent. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute…
 
In a Week Where: Emmanuel Macron beats Marine Le Pen again to gain a 2nd term as President of France. Twitter accepts Elon Musk's $44 Billion bid to by the social network outright. World's oldest person Kane Tanaka dies in Japan at 119. DJ Tim Westwood is accused of of sexual misconduct by multiple women. The Tories investigate a senior MP after cl…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Quietus for "Addicted To Plastic? Eco-Vinyl And The Impact Of Our Listening Habits" by Jono Podmore. Wherein the piece talks about the environmental cost of vinyl, what it takes to make it and how eco-vinyl could be the future. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending m…
 
In a week where: Kendrick Lamar is dropping his 5th Studio Album next month. UK Home Office seek to deport illegal means asylum seekers to Rwanda. DJ Kay Slay, pioneering hip-hop artist and longtime radio host, dies at 55 after a months-long battle with COVID-19. Boris Johnson apologises in Parliament so everything is fine. Julian Assange extraditi…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The New Yorker for "The Common Tongue of Twenty-First-Century London" By Rebecca Mead. Where, in the midst of moving her family to London, 30 years after she herself left England for America, has discovered that her son will begin to learn what linguists are calling M.L.E: Multicultural London English. Thank you for l…
 
In a week where: Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first black woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court. Koci Selamaj is jailed for a minimum of 36 years for the murder of Sabina Nessa. Will Smith is banned from The Oscars for 10 years. Pakistan PM Imran Khan's government loses a no-confidence vote. Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak are fined for 'p…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Independent for "Barrel Children: Windrush families and the emotional burden of migration" By Nadine White. The piece explores the rarely talked about 'Barrel Children', Caribbean children that got flown out to Britain when not growing up with their parents. The variety of shocks, from location change to literally…
 
In a week where: Will Smith resigns from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The World Cup draw goes down. The Grammys come & go. Channel 4 will be privatised and sold off. Elon Musk buys stake in Twitter, getting onto the board of directors. In Environment: (7:09) The stealthy threat of microplastics has gotten to the point where I'm be…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Guardian for "‘It’s a culture war that’s totally out of control’: the authors whose books are being banned in US schools." By Claire Armitstead. The article contains oral opinions from US-based authors who have had their seminal works banned and 'Free Speech' advocates who, as you can imagine, feel this recent tre…
 
In a week where: A new male birth control pill is found to be 99% effective in mice. The Academy Awards come & go. With one very notable highlight. Met Police issued 20 fines for COVID-19 breaches in Downing Street. 18-year-olds in Spain to receive €400 culture vouchers. Bruce Willis is forced to retire from acting after being diagnosed with aphasi…
 
In a week where: P&O Ferries fired 800 people with plans to rehire via an agency. F1 is back. A Boeing 737 operated by China Eastern Airlines crashed in southern China with 133 people aboard. Russia moves into the Ukrainian seaport city Mariupol. LeBron James moves into 2nd place in NBA All-Time scoring. In Climate: (6:37) In the continuation of th…
 
In a week where: UK sanction Russian Oligarchs. Actor Jussie Smollett is sentenced to 150 days in jail and 30 months probation after he was convicted on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police. The BAFTAs Film Awards come & go. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy virtually addresses US Congress. Nazanin Zaghari-Radcl…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Andscape (formerly The Undefeated) for a piece named "What’s in a Black name? 400 years of context." by Soraya Nadia McDonald. The piece explores Black names, why Black people change their names and provides context on Black people's (especially in America) quest for identity. Thank you for listening! If you want to c…
 
For this Long Read, we get into Crack Magazine's feature article: "Top Boy: To Be Continued", written by Tshepo Mokoena. With the formerly cult classic, now worldwide classic "Top Boy" returning this month, Crack rolls out the red carpet for its stars Ashley Walters, Kano, Little Simz & Michael Ward. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribu…
 
In a week where: Australian cricket legend Shane Warne dies aged 52. WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for the past month. World total COVID-19 deaths reach six million. Dizzee Rascal is found guilty of assaulting his former partner. The First-person to receive a pig-heart transplant dies two months after surgery. In Education: …
 
In a week where: Russia invade Ukraine. Happy Women's History Month. Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup. House of Lords vote to remove Clause 9 of Nationality & Borders Bill. British MPs are to receive a 2.7% increase in pay, going from £81,932 to £84,144. In Politics: (6:39) We talk about one of the biggest elephants in the…
 
In this Long Read, we get into a report via The Guardian: "Revealed: Credit Suisse leak unmasks criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians" By David Pegg, Kalyeena Makortoff, Martin Chulov, Paul Lewis and Luke Harding. The report details the leak, given by an anonymous whistleblower to The Guardian and several other news orgs around the world an…
 
The most rewarding thing about discovering music (or any art form) for yourself is when you find a gem, that artist you would've had no chance of spinning if you didn't build the net for yourself. For this interview, I talk to one of the latest gems. Maryland based lyricist Backwood Sweetie dropped "Christina Shauntay'", under a fresh name, after a…
 
In a week where: Wales implement a two-year living wage for 18-year-olds leaving care. A black woman in America has been cured of HIV. Storm Eunice & Franklin tear through the UK. The Queen has tested positive for covid. Russia vs 'The West' continues. In Music: (5:23) Jamal Edwards died aged 31. A tragic loss of a person that was a major figure in…
 
In the first Long Read, we get into "How we ended up with a Winter Games amid China's human rights crisis" By ESPN Senior Writer Sam Borden. The piece explores how China got the Winter Olympics when they have on average six days of snowfall per year, what they have learned from many other countries of their ilk getting major events despite shoddy h…
 
In a week where: Dame Cressida Dick resigns as Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Russia & US evacuate diplomats from Ukraine. LA Rams win SuperBowl 56. Russian ice dancer Kamila Valieva is cleared to continue competing after failing a drug test. Andrew & Virginia Giuffre reach a settlement over sexual abuse claims. In Film/TV: (8:38) "Bel-Air", the…
 
There are some artists that are unmistakable. And the reasons for that unmistakability can vary. For this interview with Chicago-based Vic Spencer, the reasons are many. When it comes to the music, it's the voice, flows and ability to take pleasure in constantly rolling up with one hand and shitting on wack rappers with the other. And when you spin…
 
In a week where: The Winter Olympics are underway. Spotify removes over 100 episodes of Joe Rogan Experience after clips of Rogan saying the N-word resurface. Kier Starmer is mobbed by "freedom protesters". Oscar nominations drop. The BRIT Awards comes & goes. In Tech: (7:35) Facebook is FINALLY showing signs of dying as their user base shrinks for…
 
In the 2nd interview of 2022, I catch up with Ian Kelly who I interviewed around this time in 2019. Kelly has been busy in the past three years and this year seems like it's poised to be his year. We talk about being bicoastal, the pandemic, sports, his tunes and of course, another Top 5. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the sh…
 
In a week where: Rafael Nadal wins The Australian Open, taking his total Major tally to a record-breaking 21. Manchester United's Mason Greenwood is accused of rape and assault. Cincinnati Bengals will face the LA Rams in the Super Bowl. Sue Gray finally drops the 'Partygate' report. Sony acquires Bungie for $3.6 Billion. In Music: (6:31) The Spoti…
 
Interviews are back ladies & gentlemen! And we begin the new set with an artist that threw me her music last year and was someone that I immediately put on my list for interviews I want to do. First-gen Nigerian-American, born & raised in Illinois, currently residing in Atlanta, Osay dropped her debut EP "Chapter One..." last year after forays into…
 
In a week where: Microsoft buys Activision/Blizzard for $75 Billion. Ex-Tory Christian Wakeford defects to Labour. Meat Loaf dies aged 74. Nusrat Ghani claims she was sacked as a minister partly because of her "Muslimness". A coup goes down in Burkina Faso. In the first of three Music Segments: (6:07) There's a Bob Marley exhibition going down in L…
 
In a week where: Prince Andrew is now just Andrew after getting stripped of his Royal & Military titles. Australia rejects Novak Djokovic's visa again and deports him. A volcano in Tonga erupts and causes a tsunami. BBC license fee will be frozen and scrapped in 2027. All UK COVID restrictions could end in March. In the first of two Film/TV segment…
 
In a week where: Novak Djokovic and Australia compete in the "how can I root for both to lose?" competition. The "Colston Four" is acquitted from criminal damage charges. Citizens of Kazakhstan protest. State responds with a violent response. Actor Sidney Poitier dies aged 94. Calvin Simon, the co-founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, dies aged 79. In …
 
In a week where: 1. Ghislaine Maxwell, is found guilty on sex trafficking-related charges. 2. Betty White dies aged 99 3. Max Julien, star of "The Mack", dies aged 88 4. Winnie The Pooh, Hemingway, Agatha Christie novels & over 400k sound recordings enter the public domain. 5. It's the anniversary of the US Capitol Riots. In the first of two segmen…
 
To end the year, hosts of the various 5EPN podcasts come together to reflect on the year that has been 2021, the podcasts themselves and finish with a fun team exercise. To everyone that has listened to a 5EPN Podcast this year, on behalf of everyone in the 5EPN, we thank you for your listenership, your time and we hope we can join you as you begin…
 
In a week where: Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty for his acts during an anti-racist rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Indian PM Narendra Modi repeals controversial farm laws after a year of protests. Austria re-enters lockdown as COVID cases rise in Europe. Five people die and 40 injured after car speeds into a parade in Wisconsin. Peng Shuai appea…
 
In a week where: F.W. de Klerk, the last President of Apartheid South Africa, dies aged 85. Belarusian & Polish tensions rise as migrants continue to wait at the border. COP26 goes into overtime as negotiations over 1.5° and other issues continue. Remembrance Sunday comes & goes. A taxi explodes outside a Liverpool hospital, killing one man and con…
 
In a week where: MP Owen Patterson resigns as Tories fling democracy under the bus. Eight people die at Travis Scott's Astro World concert. The 'maxi trial' of the 'Ndrangheta in Italy continues as 70 mobsters are convicted. UB40 founding member Terrence "Astro" Wilson dies aged 64. Over 300 climate demonstrations go down across the world as COP26 …
 
In a week where: Facebook is now Meta. COP26 begins. The world passes 5 million COVID-19 deaths. Ethiopia calls a state of emergency as Tigray rebels move to the capital. In the first of two Life segments: (6:02) FaceBook is now Meta which gives me yet again another chance to shit on FaceBook and implore everyone to delete it. In the 2nd Life segme…
 
In a week where: On a film set, Alec Baldwin accidentally discharges a firearm, wounding director Joel Souza & killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Donald Trump is heading up a new social network, TRUTH. David Beckham is reportedly hosting the '22 World Cup in Qatar. Netting him £150m. UK Minimum Wage rises from £8.91 to £9.50 an hour. Ahead of…
 
In a week where: My local MP Sir David Amess is stabbed to death. DC are back at it with a new slate of movies. Matt Hancock loses his UN position in a big statement of the world healing. Stop talking about the damn SaltBae restaurant. The Top 10 UK baby names drop and 'Charlie' is out of the Top 10 for the first time since '05. In Film/TV: (9:36) …
 
In a week where: Poland is thinking about leaving the EU. China/Taiwan tensions rise. Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round to retain WBC heavyweight title and win the second fight in the matchup trilogy. A COVID-19 Pill could be on the horizon. 70 firefighters are called in as a flat in Battersea bursts into flames. In the 1st seg…
 
In a week where: It's UK Black History Month! Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar will headline the SuperBowl Halftime Show. Rapper Nines has been sentenced to 28 months in prison for importing 28kg of cannabis into the UK from Spain and Poland. UK Government plans to curb climate protesters with fines & six-month jail sentenc…
 
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