This episode of the Nathan Ivey Show is incredible. Not only did the show pass a milestone (50K plays on Spreaker) but #teamNI responded to an incident that happened at Tri-County Mall. If you missed it, check the video below to watch the drama that unfolded when a security guard at the mall harassed a man (Tru Carlos on Facebook) because his pants were sagging. That’s right-because his pants were sagging! Personally, I believe that
black laws dress codes that prohibit sagging pants are culturally biased.
They are targeted at black youth and I believe that such dress codes cause more harm than good. While I don’t rock a sag or find it aesthetically appealing. The mall is and has always been, a poor mans runway of bad fashion choices. Why focus on just one fashion faux pas? The security guard was clearly out of control. He should have a handled the situation with more maturity. In the age of cell phones, you have to be careful about how you conduct yourself because a camera can be recording at any time.
Imagine how this story would have played out if the brotha (who was harassed) did not record the encounter. Shout-out t0 Deanna. She is a member of #teamNI. She sent a message to me during the show that sparked a flame. In a very polite and professional manner, she sent a direct message, via Facebook, to the good folks at Tri-County Mall (located in Forest Park, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio).
Once I saw that, I put the word out to the rest of the team. Many members, including myself fired off similar messages to the management of Tri-County Mall. I think that its safe to say that we were the only morning show in Cincinnati to transform the outrage that we felt into action. While I am sure that there were many people who sent messages, #teamNI, was the only organized social media movement on this issue. Moments like this is why I love being in the media in my hometown.
Our efforts were rewarded. I received a direct message from the manager of Tri-County Mall at 4:42pm. stating that the security officer was no longer employed by Tri-County Mall. I was able to report back to #teamNI before it was reported in local Cincinnati news outlets. What does this mean?
It means that #teamNI was able to harness the power of social media in a positive way. It means that social media is more responsive than traditional media, and it means that I was able to get closer to #teamNI through this experience. (This show originally aired on Thursday, May 5, 2016)
Here is a link to Tru Carlos Facebook page:
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A special thank you to #teamNI. The show is #2 on the Spreaker Network in the “Current Events” category. The Show surpassed 50K plays on Spreaker this week!
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