Michael Brooks

Political Analyst & Strategist


2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

July 4, 2017

This week we’re joined by film director Shan Nicholson and musical artist and activist Roxiny. What motivated Shan to make “Downtown Calling” and “Rubble Kings.” New York’s mix of danger and opportunity. The DJ set that led to “Downtown Calling.” How DJing and archival research are nearly the same thing. Shan’s 2010 film “Rubble Kings.” Roxiny’s song on the soundtrack of “Rubble Kings.” How New York has evolved culturally and economically, largely for the worse. Check out Roxiny’s single. www.shannicholson.com/ https://soundcloud.com/roxiny/9-months-2 @Shan_Nicholson @RoxinyOfficial ‏


I'm the co-host of 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast (named a top ten best business podcast by INC) and a contributor and Monday host of the four-time award-winning progressive political talk show The Majority Report. I've been a guest analyst on The Young Turks, Al Jazeera, CCTV and France 24. Written words for Al Monitor, the Washington Post and PSFK. I also do a lot of questionable impressions from "Maoist Bernie" to Right Wing Mandela.

As a strategist, I've worked with brands and non-profits to create cultural insight and anthropologically grounded research. I studied at Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey and I have a BA from Bates College in international politics.

2 Dope Boys

2 Dope Boys & a Podcast is a twice weekly trend, research and insight show co-hosted by Michael Brooks and Phil Mckenzie. It's an entertaining, irreverent and smart look at race, economics and how to build a smarter, fairer and more interesting future. Subscribe here! Or check us out on Stitcher!


You can hear me five days a week and in the captain's chair on the four-time award-winning Majority Report. We are independent and left wing. Check out some of my work for MR: here and here.


  1. My 2 Dope Boys & a podcast co-host Phil Mckenzie and I provide brand consulting services that are anchored in anthropological perspectives and insight. Through strategic planning, brainstorming, group facilitation and events we work with brands to discover the patterns, values, and cultures at play in their markets and communities.
  2. I also work as a political advisor for NGOs and campaigns working for large-scale progressive change. Harnessing my skills as a content creator to help you create better content, more compelling stories, and faster organizing opportunities.
  3. I work with individuals and organizations who want to create podcasts and YouTube content. I advise on show planning, segment ideas and sometimes act as a host to help facilitate and professionalize your shows.


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