Daily Mix Report Podcast Episode 29 – MDW, Zack Furman, And Hot Takes With Gos



We hope everyone had a solid MDW. For me, this is the true start of the summer so we all recapped our extravaganzas. We also got into the Worst Days of the Year. Is Tuesday after Memorial Day #1?

On the show today we brought in Zack Furman, one of DG’s good friends for over a decade. With close friends means personal stories are a must so we had a few to share. The topic of crying and when the last time you did it came up, which brings us to the Seaside Crying Story from DG…. Spoiler alert: You get an inside look at one of DG’s many low points so laugh away. We also got into City shenanigans (broken doors?), movies and some football stories from back in the day.

***DG NOTE*** Not a good look for me, but I was 19 in that story. Just a young buck trying to make it in the world. Also, I dare anyone to challenge me in a Free Bird air guitar battle.

We also brought on our Hot Takes expert Jarod Gos to talk about the start of the “NBA Season,” KD’s return to the Thunder, and LaMelo Ball.

Cheat Sheet

Summer is here so the boys recap their Memorial Day Weekends (2:12 – 7:20) and talk about the Worst Days of the Year (7:21 – 11:00). What is going on with Tiger Woods? (11:30 – 18:00). The Michael Jackson Lifetime Movie (yes, there was one) (18:00 – 22:00). We then brought Zack Furman on the show to discuss high school stories, movies, and the last times we have all cried. If you need to get dirt on us, use these crying stories (22:10 – 42:00). We wrapped up with our resident Hot Take Expert, Jarod Gosule, and talked NBA Finals, Kevin Durant’s return to the Thunder, and the LaMelo Ball mixtape (42:05 – 56:00).

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Lifetime’s Michael Jackson Movie Reveals A Side The World Never Saw From The King Of Pop


Admittedly, I was nervous about Lifetime doing a Michael Jackson movie, after the epic failures of films revolving around Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, which were ripped to shreds by viewers on social media. The ‘Search For Neverland’ premiered May 29th to two million viewers giving fans a look at their hero in the later stages of life, while paying respect to Mr. Jackson. It was pretty cool to see how much of a caring father Michael was to Prince, Blanket and Paris. A side that was not publicized by the media, who scrutinized him time and time again after his legal issues.

The film is loosely based on the novel titled, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days which was written through the lens of Javon Beard and Bill Whitfield who wore many hats in roles ranging from friend, confidante, life coach and their main job, protector of one of the most popular men in the world. I later read that an executive producer on the movie, Suzanne de Passe, worked with MJ when he was a member of the Jackson 5 growing up. Early on in the film you can tell that the people involved gave a shit about the process and protecting the legacy of Michael Jackson. The “number one Michael Jackson impersonator” in the world Navi stars as the “Thriller” artist and has been doing it for twenty years, even meeting the real MJ on multiple occasions throwing off paparazzi as a second MJ in town, producing parties and playing the role of a faux Jackson at events throughout the world.


Throughout this era, Michael was not working and his legal fees and debts were adding up. Who would think a multi-millionaire could somehow be broke enough to the point where Javon and Bill weren’t paid for months (movie shows 5 months in between getting paid) and maxed out credit cards along the way. One thing I want to point out was how growing up I thought it was weird that Jackson would use masks for his kids whenever they were out in public and even gave them code names. Now you see he just wanted to protect them from paparazzi just so they could live the most normal life possible as kids when he wasn’t around. Genius move from the Jackson 5 member.

My favorite thing I learned from the production had to be Michael bringing his own spray butter and hot sauce to the movie theater. It doesn’t get much more hood than that. Jackson also loved Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and was a Jehovah Witness. Another crazy visual was seeing Mike’s brother Randy Jackson pull up at his house demanding money that he was owed on the night of Elizabeth Taylor’s 75th birthday party, which he missed out on.

By the end of the film Bill and Javon are phased out as head bodyguards and replaced by a whole new security team as Mike geared up for a 50-concert tour in London to get him out of debt once and for all, “this is it.” The final scene has Bill getting a call from a stressed emotional Jackson as he pleads for the only two people he really trusted at the time to come visit him in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, that phone call would be the last time he heard MJ’s voice, as he was hospitalized the next day and passed before Bill could take a flight out.

Overall, I thought the film did the Jackson legacy justice, even if that is by Lifetime standards. The producers obviously cared. Bill and Javon were loyal to Jackson even to a fault. If they were there on June 25th, 2009, would MJ still alive today? That is the question you are left with. Searching For Neverland is definitely worth a watch for the avid Michael Jackson fan, and it is followed up with two more documentary-styled hour-long specials, which delve more into the life of Jackson and his eccentricities told by others around him. Is there a more polarizing finish to an astonishing career? Shout out to Paris, Prince and Blanket (now known as Bigi) who are on the path to finding their “Neverland.”