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Matthew McConaughey Has Uncomfortable Conversation With A Black Man

“Acho’s first video took the country and even the globe by storm, amassing more than 20 million views in one week.”

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One week after launching Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho continued the initiative of helping his white friends, to help his black ones with a second installment of the video series. 

A former NFL linebacker, current ESPN contributor and soon to be FS1 analyst, Acho’s first video took the country and even the globe by storm, amassing more than 20 million views in one week. His second video again offered a safe space for uncomfortable discussions in an effort to promote change, but as Acho stated, the goal was to create a dialogue not a monologue. With the dialogue on display, episode two featured a conversation with fellow University of Texas grad, Matthew McConaughey. 

McConaughey said he joined the show “to learn, share and listen – to discuss some common grounds between us, but also expose differences between us.” The first episode offered new context, it “made me think of the why, not the how,” McConaughey told Acho. 

“How can I do better, how can I do better as a man, how can I do better as a white man?” McConaughey asked. 

“You have to acknowledge there’s a problem, so that you can take more ownership of the problem,” Acho responded, noting the first step to acknowledging the problem is by having this conversation.

“Individually, you have to acknowledge implicit bias, you have to acknowledge that you’ll see a black man and for whatever reason, you will view them as more of a threat than you will a white man. Probably because society told you too,” Acho said. 

“You have to acknowledge that if there are two people with equal resumes, studies show that the person with the white sounding name is twice as likely to get a call back than the person with the black sounding name. You’re a very successful man who probably has several people under you, are you a part of that statistical problem?” Acho asked McConaughey.

Acho also said the most accurate and least offensive term to call a black person is ‘black,’ not African American. “There’s some black people that don’t identify as being African because that heritage got stripped from them.”

During the back and forth conversation, the Oscar winner asked Acho about the definition of equality, “it’s been an American issue forever and we continue to work and grow and evolve and debate what the definition of equality should be,” McConaughey said. 

Acho answered that he doesn’t believe there’s such thing as equality. “The wake of slavery is still hitting African Americans,” Acho said, pointing to issues of systemic injustice, poor school systems and voter suppression. “Don’t feel guilty,” Acho added, “just acknowledge.”

“What’s my responsibility, what’s your responsibility?” McConaughey asked near the end of the conversation. 

“People should take the responsibility proactively to say – maybe I’m a part of the problem. Maybe I can fix this issue not just by being not racist, but by being anti-racist,” Acho answered. “Maybe I can level the playing field and make it a fair fight.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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