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The Lab - 01.13.21 - CES 2021 Roundup

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The Lab - 01.13.21 - CES 2021 Roundup

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Perspectives in Focus - 1:1 w/ Butch McCrackin
Butch McCrackin - Enterprise Engineer by education and trade. I spend time talking with Butch about how he tackles work/life balance and what the past year has been like. Topics: Getting married on Valentines Day in the middle of a global pandemic Losing 85 lbs, again during a pandemic, without any access to a gym Finding his sister after 52 years and introducing her to the extended family His love for photography and videography and what's next for him and his efforts with launching a magazine
February 27, 2021
The Lab - 1.20.21 "Talking Tech"
To say today was busy would be a HUGE understatement! We took time to reflect on the presidential inauguration and discuss the technology impacts (for instance social media, Section 230, net neutrality, broadband, tariffs, and online privacy) We have to talk Apple! I touch on the coolness of the Apple M1 processor and the ability to load iOS apps on these new systems Rollable phones (such as the concept shown at CES by LG) - is that really a viable solution?  Next we discuss the real threats of ransomware and how it affects not just large organizations but how phishing schemes and the need to effectively lockdown our own online access is (two factor authentication) Finally we close with quick demos of some of the gear we're testing from our friends at j5Create. Your continued support is greatly appreciated: Check out and subscribe to our YouTube channels:
January 21, 2021
Team NO Sleep - EP 2
Talking the "Social Impact of Sports" w/ Montell Allen   Topics Lamenting on my Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Divisional Playoffs (Packers beat Rams, Bills beat Ravens, Chiefs beat Browns, Bucs beat Saints) Can a seasoned player "teach" the younger generation athlete? Knowing how to take advice James Harden trade to Brooklyn Nets COVID (effect on sports, NCAA tournament possibly played in a bubble, vaccine) Crenshaw coach, Robert Garrett talking about COVID, "Let Them Play" initiative Link in LA Times - Coach Bill Belichick refusing Medal of Freedom Urban Meyer to Jacksonville as new head coach
January 18, 2021
The Lab - 01.13.21 - CES 2021 Roundup
We are BACK for a new season!!  What better way to kick off our new season with highlights from CES 2021   This episode we had a number of companies that provided our viewers and listeners a high-level overview of their products/services and announcements  Here are the companies and their representative that we talk to during this episode: Evan Belay | Domalys - Aladin smart lamp for the elderly Carter Wang | Biwin - HP OEM for SSD drives and peripherals Corey MacPhee | Clean Air Zone - Biology based air purifier technology Max Filin | WOWCube - One of a kind device in the shape of a cube ("connected" modules) Ethan Summers | Fledging - Premium electronics for everyone. Hubble for iPad launch Richard Marshall | Cutii - Companion robot for seniors Patrick Sherwin | GoSun - (Solar powered) Portable power to the people Scott Loeppert | Trova - Smart storage devices for the items you want within reach but out of sight Robbie Cabral | Benjilock - The gold standard for modern personal locks
January 14, 2021
Team NO Sleep - EP 1
This is our pilot show for Team No Sleep. A podcast focused on the Social Impact of Sports Myself, James Hicks along with my man Montell Allen serve as your co-hosts! We're going to focus on talking current news, events and updates across the sports world - we'll talk professional and amateur sports. we won't just talk football, baseball and basketball - we'll dive into everything - the Olympics, boxing, track and field all that!! We plan to stream this show live every Sunday at 6pm PST primarily on our YouTube channel - - so subscribe and hit notifications to always know when we're live! This episode we talked about the following topics: NFL Playoffs College Football National Championship Game (Ohio State vs Alabama) NBA COVID issues around the league Need for more minority head coaches in major sports (we focused on the NFL this episode) Enjoy the ride - join us in the broadcast studio if you want (I'll share the link soon)
January 11, 2021
Perspectives in Focus - 1:1 w/ Joseph Swift
Tonight we spend some time with Joseph Swift, the co-founder of OurWorld Media - an online cultural publication and production house. He has just launched a new venture, "Tech Talk With Swift" - we'll find out what that's all about, what his goals and plans are for the new year and since he is a livestreamer and content creator we'll definitely dive into some best practices for presenting and engaging audiences. Links:  Web:  Podcast: Our World Hour of Power -  Photo Gallery:  Instagram: @jswiftphotos | @ourworldmedia | @techtalkwithswift
January 7, 2021
Perspectives In Focus - 1:1 w/ Ileane Smith
Ileane Smith is a an entrepreneur and digital content creator who focuses on providing tips and best practices for people looking to more effectively utilize digital media. Topics discussed during this show: Your work as a digital strategist/creator/coach New apps/hardware/software you’re using and recommending (Happs, Clubhouse, TubeBuddy, etc) Common mistakes you see people make when promoting themselves or their brand on social media What’s on your vision board for 2021 to get accomplished Where do you see digital media trends heading in the near future
January 2, 2021
ITN Live - 1:1 w/ Christian Karasiewicz
Christian Karasiewicz is the Content Marketing Manager at StreamYard which is a SaaS based livestreaming platform StreamYard is actually the platform that we use here at ITN Live Christian has been in the game for a long time - from his contributor days at Social Media Examiner, his executive leadership role at Social Chefs where his team provided professional training on social media marketing More recently he serves as co-host of the Launch Your Live podcast where he and Jim Fuhs help their audience launch professional live video streams. So he's definitely a trusted resource We spend some time talking about livestreaming overall, and how StreamYard is disrupting the overall livestreaming industry with their go-to-market strategy. We then get into the 3 primary infrastructure components necessary for a quality stream (audio, video and lighting). Follow Christian online: Launch Your Live show
December 30, 2020
ITN Live - 1:1 w/ CTS Interview Room Sports Podcast
Today we're taking with The CTS Interview Room They are a sports podcast and online show based in Alabama. They love football, they've played football - so definitely we're gonna talk football. The guys reached out and said they wanted to sit around the virtual table and talk So sit back and enjoy the party folks Follow the team on social: YouTube Steven "Stingray" Ray - IG | Twitter
December 23, 2020
Technologist FORUM - Holiday 2020 Special
Technologists Talking Technology.   We put our technologist spin on the holiday shopping season - talk about how the retailers held up during the heavy online shopping blitz, what were items on our personal wishlist that we picked up for ourselves. How our holiday festivities are changing for this 2020 year. Then we ponder when will the economy and business, in particular, start to get back to some sense of normalcy - since vaccines are rolling out - are we headed back to the office anytime soon?
December 22, 2020
ITN Live - 1:1 w/ Danial Hooper
Danial  highlights himself on social as "Disciple.Husband.Dad.Author." - I love that - Each of those 4 aspects is what made me know he was a good dude the first time we talked. Danial works at FNX Fitness which, as an organization, has as a mission to being committed to creating innovative supplements of the highest quality that provide focus for a productive morning, energy to thrive all day, performance supplements to reach new goals, unique sleep and recovery formulas to support any sport, and healthy supplements to support an active lifestyle for years to come. Danial is the Elite Ambassador Teambuilder at FNX and he put me through a tough selection process to become an elite ambassador for the team and I'm humbled and honored to represent FNX the best way I know how moving forward. Today we get to know Danial a bit. Talk about the company and then dive deep into the forthcoming Rise 45 challenge which I'm participating in as well. Links: Danial's books on Amazon -  FNX Fitness -  FNX Rise 45 Program -
December 19, 2020
Perspectives In Focus - 1:1 w/ Robert Lee
Robert Lee is the Founder and Video Executive Producer of ShaLaLaLa Productions ShaLaLaLa Productions is a Boston-based video production company specializing in remote video production, live-streaming videos and creating marketing videos for websites and marketing campaigns.   Robert brings 20+ years of experience in direct marketing for businesses, especially medical manufacture, education, food, and the entertainment industry.   When he’s not working on a shoot, you can easily find him passionately giving talks about production, live-streaming or video marketing. He's a firm believer in pre-production, and that the key things for your videos are knowing your audience, knowing your goals, purposes, and more importantly your message.   Currently, Robert's been donating his time/resources to help businesses/association's efforts in raising money and awareness for the hospitals and medical front liners through live-streaming.
December 19, 2020
The Lab - 1:1 w/ Quoters
Quoters is a business productivity platform that allows you to create stunning business proposals that you can send to your clients and get signed anywhere.   We talk with the team and they'll provide insight as to when, where and why to use their tools and provide some comparisons versus their competition. The demo provided by Marketing Manager Esteban Mucientes was incredible!
December 18, 2020
ITN Live - 1:1 w/ Dre Armeda
On the professional career side: Dre was the Co-Founder and founding CEO at Sucuri Inc., a website security software-as-a-service company. After a successful acquisition by GoDaddy in early 2017, Dre led the Product Management efforts for GoDaddy’s Security Product Group.  Today, he serves as Senior Director of Technical Program Management leading the Technical Program Management apparatus comprised of the Project Management Office (PMO) and TPM delivery teams for GoDaddy's Partners Business which service 19 million paying customers and over 60 million domains.   On the personal side: Dre is a diehard Anaheim Angels and LA Chargers fan, he's a Girl Dad, Navy Veteran, practicing Jujitsuka and lover of life!
December 18, 2020
ITN Live - 1:1 w/ Sonny Burks [update]
Back in July we sat down with one of my best friends brother, Sonny and discussed his recent cancer diagnosis. We talked about how he was about to embark on a journey taking advantage of a new form of treatment called Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor T-Cell Therapy (SPEAR-T).   This show - we'll talk again with Sonny and get an update on treatment.   Here's a great video showing how the SPEAR-T treatment works -
December 6, 2020
The Lab - 11.29.20 - 2020 Holiday Shopping Schedule
Tall Boy and I had a couple of special guests on to officially close out this season of The Lab! We talked about our wishlists for holiday shopping (stuff we're considering for others and of course things we're looking for for ourselves!!) Everything from smart home, kitchen gadgets, tech gear and cool subscription services that are worth looking at. It was a long show - but it was a great show!
November 30, 2020
Perspectives In Focus - 1:1 w/ Kevin Kohn
I talk with technology leader, Kevin Kohn We discuss finding an appropriate work/life balance and ensuring more quality time is spent with family, especially during these challenging times. Kevin has thoughts on where he feels the consultative solution selling approach within the technology industry is going (an interesting conversation). We also talk about his extensive efforts giving back and being a mentor in youth sports.
November 29, 2020
Unscripted - 11.7.2020
Come hang out with us! The show is titled "Unscripted" for a reason - we make it up as we go along, but hey the ride is always fun! Of course we talk about the US Election - we give our thoughts, opinions and hopes for the coming days, months and years. A couple of special guests surprise us and join the show - which was very cool. This is a good one!!
November 8, 2020
Perspectives in Focus - 1:1 w/ Phil Pelucha
Phil Pelucha is the founding partner and CEO of Billionaires in Boxers. He, and his organization have the goal of Empowering 1 Billion entrepreneurs globally. Billionaires in Boxers strives to guide their clients to achieve Influencer Status in their niche, becoming the ’go-to’ brand for the services they offer, whilst empowering them to spend more time doing what they are best at! It's an intriguing concept
November 5, 2020
The Lab - 11.4.2020
Each week we talk the latest in consumer technology - what's hot, what we use and recommend and what's coming on the horizon. This weeks topics: California Proposition 22 - Uber / Lyft employees vs contractors Peacock streaming service Snapchat and creators Spotify streaming on Apple Watch without iPhone Apple One subscription service Netflix price change (again)
November 5, 2020
The Lab - 10.28.20
Talking consumer tech   EB & Tallboy take the reigns tonight talking the latest and greatest in the world of consumer technology
October 29, 2020
ITN Live - Athlete Roundtable
On today’s show we’ve assembled a panel of highly skilled and talented athletes and coaches. Specifically black athletes and coaches. We to talk with them about the challenges, the struggles, the successes and the life lessons they've learned and discuss any roadblocks, internal and external, that they may have faced while playing or coaching their respective sports. At the end of this hopefully we’ve shed some additional light on the real-life advantages and disadvantages of being a black athlete, student and/or coach. Maybe we’ll walk away with some action items and deliverables - not just for the panel, but for the community at large. But either way, this is a learning opportunity and I’m honored to have these folks on the platform today.
October 24, 2020
Unscripted 10.24.2020
I swear this show is like Seinfeld - you never know what the plot is or where we're going to take the discussion. But, hey, that's why we titled it Unscripted Topics Discussed We re-capped the family reunion show we did a couple weeks ago Election news [presidential debate, early voting] COVID in each of our areas - how's the community? How are people dealing Reminisce about our days working with BGP and Clear Channel providing event security and hanging with A-List performers The Social Dilemma - Netflix show talking about the conscious efforts of social media to maintain users attention. There's pros and cons to everything and we touch on a number of them As always - thanks for your support
October 24, 2020
The Lab - 10.21.20
Each week we talk the latest in consumer technology - what's hot, what we use and recommend and what's coming on the horizon. Topics: Apple Stuff iPhone event Apple to extend Apple TV+ free year trials through February 2021 Browser wars Interesting additions to Microsoft Edge Crypto currency on PayPal Killer Mike bank for minorities Facebook Messenger facelift Google Photos will print and deliver your recent shots for $7 a month Walmart's Black Friday sales start Nov. 4. Quibi shutting down
October 22, 2020
Perspectives in Focus - Election Ballot Review Roundtable
Panel of informed citizens that researched the various propositions currently on the California election ballot. Discussion around the arguments for and against each proposition. Please vote ON or BEFORE November 3rd! Great resources to review your ballot and research the measures and propositions:
October 19, 2020
J&T Old School Tip - EP5: Travel
Tim and I talk travel. Everything from planning (we talk a lot about planning), to destinations, where to stay, preparing for for issues that arise and our best way to vacation. Check out this amazing show - it was a great way to wrap up Season 1
October 18, 2020
Technologist FORUM - EP 2: Technologists Talking Technology
Topics: Home Automation (security, HVAC, lighting, etc) Disaster Readiness and Recovery Prep Amazon Prime Day Apple iPhone Event
October 14, 2020
Perspectives in Focus - 1:1 w/ Brenden Kumarasamy
Brenden Kumarasamy is a communication expert and Founder @ MasterTalk where he provides personal coaching sessions and workshops and he is also asked to speak on many topics relating to communication, presentation and storytelling skills. I talk with him about his "5 basic tips and trick to mastering your communication skills"
October 12, 2020
Unscripted - Family Reunion
Guests James Hicks Eric Burks Damian Hennington Clifton Roberts Willie Fuller Anthony Arrington
October 10, 2020
The Lab - 10.07.20: Guest Dr. Michael Kelso (MD and Tech Founder)
Dr. Michael Kelso is a medical doctor AND technology entrepreneur. His latest technology venture is a mobile app called Pixz Pixz is a photo and video sharing app for groups and events. It provides the ability for people to share together in real-time without hashtags or uploads. Event planners can capture photos from events in real-time. Groups can share moments together during meetups or conferences. Brands can grow their audience and crowdsource photos from fans. Tech News Roundup: Apple 10/13 iPhone event Google "hold for me" Lyft starts food delivery service AT&T shelving DSL Theaters shutting down across the country
October 8, 2020
Perspectives in Focus - 1:1 w/ Montell Allen
Montell Allen is the founder of MBA Sports a not-for-profit independent institution dedicated to providing quality service for minority/underprivileged student-athletes in their efforts to pursue college aspirations. Their goal is to bridge the gap between minorities/under-privileged student-athletes and college education using sports as the hybrid platform. This is accomplished by helping young men and women get through the process and achieve a higher level of education. We talk about the efforts MBA Sports has achieved. We also chat about the process of recruiting for sports, especially here in California and how over the past 25 years with cutbacks it has directly affected men of color and their communities. Twitter - 
October 2, 2020
The Lab - 09.30.20
Each week we talk the latest in consumer technology - what's hot, what we use and recommend and what's coming on the horizon. Topics: Google Pixel 5 announcement LinkedIN platform additions/integrations Disney+ GroupWatch Amazon Prime Day How can technology improve the overall performance of these political debates
October 1, 2020
Unscripted - Medicare Open Enrollment: What It Means To You
If you or someone you know is turning 65 and have questions about Medicare or understanding eligibility, let’s see if we can answer any questions you may have. Moderator: Eric Burks |  Guests:  Edward Casasola | | 844-637-2063 John De Leon | | 844-637-2063
September 26, 2020
The Lab - Tik Tok, Xbox and Playstation Launch, Apple iPad Air, LG Wing
This show covers alot. We talked about the craziness happening with the US operations of Tik Tok (the business and political end), we talk about the quickly sold out new gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony - and remind parents to buy the RIGHT console for the kids (there are differences). Apple made their yearly iPd announcement - the Air is here and so is a new Apple Watch, but what's more interesting is Apple's movement into to premium services with the forthcoming launch of Apple One We can't have a show without talking about mobile telephony devices - so Tallboy talks about the very interesting LG Wing
September 24, 2020
Perspectives in Focus: 1:1 w/ Jean Steel
Jean Steel is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, whose universal appeal makes her message timely and timeless. She has a knack for providing information in a humorous and fun way. Her belief is that laughter and learning are not mutually exclusive. With themes of self-responsibility, looking at the bright side, finding your passion, gratitude and having a zest for living her talks and keynotes are in high demand She lives by the Philosophy that  "Every person deserves to be HAPPY at home and work.” And that philosophy is embodied in everything she does, both at work, as president of HappyPeopleWin, and in her personal life.
September 21, 2020
1:1 w/ Andrae Randolph
Andrae Randolph - a man of the people - a tireless advocate for our youth (in both academics and sports).  He's a positive voice in his local community, a technology enthusiast a dear friend of mine and to top that off - he's a recent Tesla owner!! We talk about ALL that!
September 20, 2020
ITN Live - Action & Sports Photography
Special guests Darryl Cobb, Jr. and Nick Hrehor - both men are highly-sought after and well-respected photographers each with a huge and impressive portfolio. Nick Hrehor - FIA WEC and SRO GT World Challenge Accredited Automotive and Motorsport photographer based in Austin, TX Darryl Cobb, Jr. hails from Philadelphia and is a Boxing Writers Association of America award winner We talk about their respective photo focuses (auto racing, boxing, models, etc). the gear they use and any recommendations they have for anyone looking to get started in photography. Darryl - | Nick -
September 19, 2020
Perspectives in Focus: 1:1 w/ Clark Menefee
Are you 100% sure you’re going to have a great retirement, or do you have some doubt? Clark Menefee tells us about a program through his insurance agency that will show you how to get out of debt in 9 years or less, including your mortgage, without spending any additional money than you are spending right now. We talked in high-level about this program and how you can get started with your plan! Clark Menefee | | | 916-849-5100
September 18, 2020
1:1 w/ Kevin Cartmill
Kevin Cartmill packed his bags, moved from California and landed in Costa Rica. That was 6 years ago. He's settled in, started a couple new business ventures (EcoOasis Costa Rica and Regenerative Living Vacation Rentals) and is now definitely living his best life.  Come along for the ride as we talk to him about making that move, starting over fresh, the master plan for his businesses and the fact that he is WINNING in all aspects of life (personally and professionally).  Pura Vida
September 10, 2020
The Lab - Special Guests - SnobOS Podcast Crew
Terrance Gaines (BrothaTech) and Nica Montford (TechSavvyDiva) host the SnobOS podcast and web show. We talk to them about their love for the Apple ecosystem, being influencers and leaders in their respected technical fields (Nica is an Electrical and Computer Engineer and Terrance is a Senior Systems Administrator and Apple Certified Support Professional), and of course we get some insight from them on their tech recommendations for the week (tools, apps, etc.). Along with what they expect to see coming out of Apple during the 9/15 product announcement.
September 10, 2020
1:1 w/ Shawna Chrisman
Shawna is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and the CEO @ Destination Aesthetics Medical Spa based in Northern California. We'll talk about her field of business, how COVID has affected that business, key service offerings from the medical spa and what's next
September 9, 2020
1:1 w/ Ben Bergo
We've got a few items to talk about with Mr. Bergo. We'll chat about his journey to completing his Eagle Scout. The fact that he's a recent college graduate and discuss the challenges of searching the job market during COVID. Also we'll ask him for some behind the scenes stories that he can share from his days working for Disney. Follow Ben online: Web LinkedIN Twitter
September 5, 2020
1:1 w/ NestApple
NestApple was born on the concept that technology reduced the role of real estate brokerage firms. its founders have been outraged by the high fees that traditional firms charge. NestApple represents buyers, sellers, and tenants and charges 1% instead of the regular 3% while providing the same level of service. Listen in as NestApple co-founder, Nicole Fishman Benoliel talks about the platform.
September 3, 2020
Technologist FORUM - EP 1: Technologists Talking Technology
Welcome to our latest PREMIUM InfoCast. Here the panel will business-focused technology-centric discussions. We may get in the weeds sometimes, but that's what you'd expect from a room full of engineers. This inaugural episode we talk about the new normal of working remotely due to COVID - how businesses and professionals are adjusting - what tools, apps, tips we have to share with people. We also dive into the aspect of managing kids online time - with them doing distant learning and sitting in front of a screen all day we discuss how and if screen limiting is implemented in each of our households.
September 2, 2020
Healthy Consumption: Plant-based nutrition
A panel discussion focused on clean nutrition and the true value/benefits of a proper diet. We talk simple, common sense strategies for being more conscious of the food and supplements we put into our bodies
September 2, 2020
Perspectives in Focus: General George P. Cole USAF Retired Brigadier General
As part of our series of discussions supporting LaMills A. Garrett and his run for City Council in Roseville, CA (District 1), we continue to speak with individuals that can speak to Mr. Garrett's character, community service and qualifications for the position he is running for.  Join us as we speak to retired US Air Force Brigadier General George P. Cole, Jr. and his thoughts on LaMills (the man, the soldier, and the candidate).
August 31, 2020
1:1 w/ Chris Harris - Mortgage Lending During a Pandemic
Chris is a mortgage lender based in Northern California - we talk to him about his industry and what changes he's seen since the COVID pandemic. We talk about some tips and tools that potential buyers (new financing and refinancing) can leverage as they navigate the real estate market.
August 30, 2020
ITNLive - Unscripted: Life in a military family & living abroad
EB & I are both products of military families. We both lived in multiple states and countries early in our lives - that can be tough growing up as you don't really get to forge many lasting bonds are relationships. However, when you do, it's amazing and you keep those friends for life. This episode we talk about those experiences. We have some folks we went to high school on the panel and we also have some veterans and parents that led their families across the globe.
August 29, 2020
J&T Old School Tip - EP4: Finance, part 2
There was so much more for us to talk about in terms of ensuring folks had the right tools in place as it pertains to being financially fit. We talk FICO (you can't ignore it). We talk about properly planning and tracking and monitoring your financial status on a regular basis. The importance of a will or trust and Tim's definition of life stages (the process of accumulation then decumulation)
August 29, 2020
The Lab - App Reviews
This episode Tall Boy and I welcome a good friend of ours Mr. Lance Gilliland to the show - he's part of the INFOtainment News team and has been to a number of on-site events with us (primarily CES in Las Vegas) where we've had insight to the latest and greatest in consumer technology before it hits the market. Each of us came ready to talk about our Go To apps (excluding social media apps) - the ones that we use regularly and truly find value in. This was a great show!!
August 27, 2020
Gregarious Narain - Framework For Self-Motivation
Greg is an entrepreneur, and principal at Founder Craft which is a startup advisory that works with founders and startups to navigate the tools and skills needed to succeed Today we don't talk as much business, but about the fact that Greg's recently competed in another tournament - he walked away with some nice medals too! We talk about the planning / training / nutrition aspects of getting his mind and body prepared for competition. We also dive pretty deep into his Framework For Self-Motivation (the "While Loop") which is incredibly fascinating.
August 26, 2020
1:1 w/ Kevin Crowe
Technologist | ultra-marathoner | philanthropist - Kevin is all of those AND MORE! We're going to talk a bit of technology since that's where he and I have history, but spend most of the time talking about the non-profit organization he founded, GiveAMile
August 23, 2020
The Lab - Gaming and Gaming Systems
We talk Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, Fortnite and everything in between. Which one is the "best" for gamers? Which one has the best games? Check out this episode.
August 20, 2020
ITN Live - River City Whiskey Society
Northern California based whiskey aficionado group We talk spirits. We do a live tasting and we all learn a little bit. Nothing like day drinking quality spirits!
August 16, 2020
J&T Old School Tip - EP3: $$ Money $$
Today we talked about the fundamentals of being smart with finance. Topics ranged from: Trading vs investing Dollar cost averaging Revolving debt & high credit card interest rates Short, mid and long-term planning apps to use for budgeting
August 16, 2020
Unscripted 08.15.2020
Today we talked home fitness equipment. Purchasing that equipment from Amazon (not all it's cracked up to be)  Reminisced about good ol' times growing up and even talked about EB's first big television experience (it wasn't necessarily the exposure he wanted...)
August 15, 2020
The Lab - Android vs iOS
We had a friend join us to give his opinion on this debate. What team are you riding with - Android or iOS? Either way there are series PROs to each and a couple of nit picky cons too. Great conversation for sure.
August 13, 2020
1:1 w/ Michelle Hicks
Michelle is an educator based on the East Coast. Much of her focus in education is around TVI (teachers for the visually impaired). Today we’re going to let you get to know a bit about her and her field of work and talk about accessibility in education for blind and visually impaired students and what legislative and curriculum advancements she'd like to see implemented for TVI. Follow her podcast, TVI Talks with Michelle
August 9, 2020
ITNLive - 1:1 w/ Bill Herenda
Bill Herenda is an NBA contributor, college basketball analyst, reporter, and speaker. Bill has served as the Sacramento Kings Insider on NBC Sports Bay Area and the morning sports update anchor on KFBK, Since I last saw him, he’s moved to Los Angeles and now adds actor to his growing bio as he’s appeared in TV shows including SWAT on CBS, been in a few movies, music videos, and commercials. In the college basketball scene. Bill serves as analyst on national TV and radio broadcasts covering games nearly all of the big conferences. He was born in Jersey City and played college ball at UMass Lowell.
August 7, 2020
ITNLive - Unscripted: Talking PPE
Talking personal protection equipment (PPE) - from the 1st responder/military perspective and from the everyday civilian's perspective. A free flow discussion about the experiences veterans had during their active duty time and sharing the importance of PPE so people will take this current need during COVID seriously.
August 1, 2020
1:1 w/ Sonny Burks
Our topic of discussion with be about cancer. Living with cancer and seeking new forms of treatment. Sonny Burks is about to embark on a new form of treatment called Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor T-Cell Therapy (SPEAR-T) Listen, learn, and begin understand the tough journey that this Air Force veteran has endured as he seeks comfort from pain and remission of cancer. Here is the link to the video referenced during the show that gives a high-level overview of the SPEAR-T treatment:
July 26, 2020
ITN Live - State of Current Events Roundtable - Part 3
The next steps forward in the dialogue. Tough and awkward conversations, but they HAVE to happen. We'll be constructive, we'll be passionate, but most importantly we'll be respectful.
July 20, 2020
ITNLive - Unscripted 07.19.2020
EB and I talk about fitness, crypto currency, finding stuff to do while on COVID lockdown and electric vehicles. Great conversation with a ton of laughs mixed in as well. Enjoy. Find more on INFOtainment News
July 20, 2020
1:1 w/ Kevin Bracy
Coach Greatness himself! Business man, coach, entrepreneur, philanthropist, husband, father, athlete, friend He has delivered thousands of presentations ranging from High School gymnasiums packed wall to wall with students to closing keynotes at corporate sales rally's to kicking off Character Combine events that are jammed packed with team captains and coaches to hosting live internet broadcasts for The National Society of Leadership and Success where over 460,000 college students log on to watch. Not only a motivational speaker, but a motivational entertainer Follow him on social: web | facebook
July 12, 2020
J&T Old School Tip - EP2: Music
2 old dudes talking music. Real music. We talk about our influences, the difference between generations and genres, our 1st concert and even tell you who we're slightly embarrassed that we have on our playlists.
July 11, 2020
EP 10 - Roundtable discussion: The State of Current Events Part 2
Continuing on with our HIGHLY engaged discussion.  This time the panel consisted of a women, mothers and people of different nationalities and ethnicities.   I serve primarily as moderator and producer and allow the panelists the opportunity to, as before, talk challenges, talk situations and talk plans of action.  I posed three main questions to the panel:   1 - Protests are happening everywhere, literally globally in support of civil justice and people tired and disgusted with police using excessive force and overstepping bounds. What are you seeing in your area in regards to protests.   2 - Where should efforts be focused to help drive change in policy, law, perception and perspective?  Is it as easy as get out and vote? Is it organizing citizen patrols. What can everyday citizens do today to drive change   3 - What messages are you sharing with your children, if you have them or the younger generation about what’s happening now   That intro track is from Grammy nominated songwriter, Alvin Garrett, who has given me exclusive permission to use his music for this roundtable. For that I want to acknowledge and thank him. You can find that song, “something’s different this time” on all streaming platforms and you can follow his musical journey on his website
June 21, 2020
EP 1 - J&T Old School Tip
New show alert!!!  My co-host said it best, "the world needs a hug" - and with that we kicked off this series to talk about the world from the view of two 50-something year olds!! In each episode there'll be a ton of laughs and heck we all may learn something along the way. Here in episode 1 we dove into the topic of patience - how different it is between a teen, 20, 30, 40, and 50-year old - how we grew up and what we're seeing from our kids and their friends. To put this show into perspective: Think something between Grumpy Old Men and The Odd Couple. Join us for the journey - it'll be fun.
June 15, 2020
EP 9 - ITN Live: 1:1 w/ Gregarious Narain
Gregarious is a perpetual entrepreneur, an advisor to founding teams, husband and father. The man also has an amazing selection of suits which I am personally envious of. If that wasn't enough, in his "spare time" he is out putting miles on his bike and hitting the gym hard training and participating in various fitness competitions. We'll talk about it all and learn what's next on the horizon for Founder Craft founder.
June 14, 2020
EP 8 - ITN Live: CA Gyms Are OPEN!!
I sit with Eric and briefly talk about the experience had today as California gyms are just starting to re-open. We talk about some of the precautions gyms are taking, with social distancing and cleaning surfaces and how hard it was to get back to lifting weights after a 3 month period.
June 13, 2020
EP 7 - Roundtable discussion: The State of Current Events
I gather a panel of Black men who are fathers, business professionals, and elected officials.  We talk about the current state of events from OUR perspective. We talk challenges, we talk situations and we talk plans of action.
June 8, 2020
EP 6 - 1:1 w/ Damon Smith
Damon Smith: Founder @ Souletics, entrepreneur, athlete, musician. I interviewed Damon 2 years ago ( This time we talk about the state of the world, methods and practices for us to not only take care of our community, but initially ourselves! Company: Twitter: @TheDamonJSmith Facebook: Souletics YouTube: Music:
May 28, 2020
EP 5 - Talking Altcoin
Altcoins are the other cryptocurrencies launched after the success of Bitcoin. Generally, they sell themselves as better alternatives to Bitcoin. The term “altcoins” refers to all cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. As of early 2020, there were more than 5,000 cryptocurrencies by some estimates. According to CoinMarketCap, altcoins accounted for over 34% of the total cryptocurrency market in February 2020.
May 17, 2020
EP 4 - ITN Live: Interview w/ Nick Torrence
Gifted young rapper Nick Torrence (93Torrence) from Northern California  shares his story of creating music and respecting the process of self-promotion in the music industry. Find his music everywhere, but here are the Apple Music and Spotify links.
May 14, 2020
EP 3 - ITNLive - Unscripted 050320
We're back in the house! Talking about life, talking COVID, relationships, travel and as always sprinkling in some tech! You never know what's going to be said when these guys get together.
May 4, 2020
Ep 2 - Quick Reactions After 1 Week With My Tesla Model S
I recently took delivery of my Tesla Model S. In this episode I give a brief glimpse into what the purchase and delivery experience was like - what's reality vs expectation. Is the perceived hype worth it? Listen in and find out my unbiased thoughts. BTW - if you're in the market for a Tesla I'd greatly appreciate if you'd use my referral code during your ordering process -
September 4, 2019
Ep 1 - Tech Tuesday - Earphones
Quick rundown of the earphones I have used and which ones I recommend.
April 2, 2019
Ep 0 - Who, What, Why - the #ITNLive reboot!
#ITNLive is BACK and better than ever! New format, new platform, the guest and topic list is already off the hook. Come join us on this journey. Subscribe and tell your friends!
March 29, 2019