Martin Luther King Jr. was a Social Justice Warrior: Why Hyperbole is Destroying the Meaning of Words

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social justice warrior.

Yes. That headline is meant to trigger you. Yes, it sucks to live in a world where we can’t even use the word “trigger” in a genuine way because of how our language has been hijacked and politicized.

Here is the definition of the ward “warrior” according to Miriam Webster Dictionary:

:  a person engaged or experienced in warfare; broadly :  a person engaged in some struggle or conflict 

If we could miraculously erase all of the ugly American history, loaded language, and bitter culture wars from our minds, wouldn’t we all want our social systems to have tenets that hold some regard for justice or fairness? Not to expect that life will always be fair or that we are all guaranteed equal outcomes despite our efforts or qualifications. Justice should be an ideal we strive for, even if we never 100% master the pursuit.

(Let me add the caveat that I also understand that “justice” itself is somewhat of a subjective concept.)

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The Ex Man Podcast 24 – Adam Sagir (The Noise Cartel PR, ex-Century Media, Dripback, ex-Labrat

Doc shares his thoughts on Hurricane Harvey and the LA Fires. He also speaks with his good friend, Adam Sagir, owner of UK PR company, The Noise Cartel, former Century Media Records employee, and bassist of Dripback and formerly of Labrat. Adam talks about working his way up the ladder in the record industry with Century Media, deciding how to balance his band life and other career opportunities, how he became an instrumental figure in launching God Forbid in the UK, and lays out how he started Noise Cartel and what being a Public Relations professional really means.

This episode features the song “Wasted” by Dripback from the album Failed Futures.

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The Ex Man Podcast 23 – Mercedes Lander (Kittie, White Swan)

Doc talks with Kittie drummer, Mercedes Lander, about the financial difficulties that led to the band winding down their career, the challenges of being a Canadian band, how Kittie got their start, how monumental success affected them being so young, their transition coming out of the nu metal scene into the traditional metal world, resisting exploitation from the music industry, life and career after Kittie, and the forthcoming Kittie documentary.

This episode features the song “JET” by White Swan.

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The Ex Man Podcast 22 – Corey Pierce (ex-God Forbid)

Doc reflects on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and speaks with ex-God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce about how he dealt with the break up of the band, the evolution of the band’s sound throughout their career, lament on lost opportunities, discuss Corey’s career post-God Forbid, and mull the possibility of a reunion.

This episode features the God Forbid song “Static Signal”, a B-side from the 2009 Earthsblood album.

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The Ex Man Podcast 21 – Dave “The Rev” Ciancio (ex-God Forbid, Shadows Fall, Thursday Manager)

Doc talks with God Forbid’s ex-manager Dave “The Rev” Ciancio about how his artist management career got started with The Syndicate, what attracted him to want to work with God Forbid, the exciting east coast metal and hardcore scene of the late 90s and early 00s, why he ended up quitting managing God Forbid and eventually leaving artist management altogether, and gives some insight into his career path after leaving the music industry.

This episode features the God Forbid song “Nothing” from the 2001 album Determination.

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The Ex Man Podcast 20 – Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope)

Doc speaks with Broken Hope founder and guitarist, Jeremy Wagner, about being the “last man standing” in a band with a 20 year history, how their long hiatus came about, what the 90s death metal scene was like, Jeremy’s fiction writing career, and how the band’s approach has changed in the modern era of social media.

This episode features the song “Blast Frozen” by Broken Hope from their new album Mutilated and Assimilated.

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What The Hell Happened To Movie Soundtracks?

I can remember it as clear as day. I’m 12 years old, in the movie theater watching the greatest action hero of all time at the peak of his powers in a self-referential, almost too meta for it’s own good commentary on the monstrosity that was ’80s and ’90s cartoonish action films. The iconic star was Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the subpar, but subsequently under-appreciated film was Last Action Hero. Ripe with anticipation, a kid in a theater (me) watched another kid in a theater, watching a movie within a movie. The rabbit hole runs deep.

In the film within a film, Jack Slater, the title sequence literally explodes on-screen to the roaring riffs of the song “Angry Again” by one of my all-time favorite metal bands, Megadeth. This song wasn’t a previously popularized hit from a famous, big-selling Megadeth album. It was only available on the Last Action Hero soundtrack (and later on the Hidden Treasures EP) which also featured incredible tracks by AC/DC, 2 songs from Alice In Chains, and a superior-to-it’s-original rendition of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” accompanied by ’90s era composer du jour Michael Kamen and orchestra.

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The Ex Man Podcast 19 – Jim LaMarca (ex-Chimaira, Impending Lies)

Doc speaks with ex-Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca about their forthcoming reunion show, political observation in Cleveland, how he came to becoming a professional barber, why he ultimately left Chimaira in 2010, ponders the mistakes made by the band, and talk NBA and Cleveland Cavaliers.

This episode features the song “Wither” by Impending Lies.

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Vagus Nerve Debuts Music Video for “Promised Me The World”; Announces Live Shows

Doc Coyle’s progressive hard rock outfit Vagus Nerve  has just released their 2nd music video for the track “Promised Me The World” from their Visceral EP released in 2016. The video was shot, directed, and edited by Carlos Almonte using footage captured from their 1st tour.

The band has also announced tour dates in the Northeast US this summer.

Aug 4th – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Aug 5th – Philadelphia, PA @ Whisky Tango
Aug 6th – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

The Ex Man Podcast 18 – Brandan Schieppati (ex-Bleeding Through, ex-18 Visions)

Brandan Schieppati, ex-vocalist of Bleeding Through and ex-guitarist of 18 Visions, joins Doc to discuss the Orange County hardcore scene, the dawn of Fashioncore, how he transitioned from 18 Visions to Bleeding Through, his personal struggle and outward pressure grappling with overbearing ambition and expectations, and how his passion for fitness led him to set Bleeding Through aside to start his own gym and clothing line, Rise Above Fitness, as well as new endeavors with his band, The Iron Son, and podcast, Positively Negative.

This episode features the songs “Promised Me The World” by Vagus Nerve and “Unleash Hell” by The Iron Son.

You can find Brandan on Instagram @BrandanSchieppati or his website – brandanschieppati.com/

You can find Rise Above Fitness on Instagram @riseabovefitness or website – www.riseabovefitnessoc.com/

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