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Episode 4: “Someone just has to listen” with Marshall Thomas – DJ Mars

Episode 4: “Someone just has to listen” with Marshall Thomas – DJ Mars


DJ Mars helped us launch “Into The Current” around 5-6 weeks ago and a lot has changed since then so we invited him to come back and share his thoughts on social and racial justice, equality, being the father of a young black man in times of crisis, and a lot more. We appreciate Mars sharing his experiences with us, including being a called a n***** for the first time while on his way to a neighborhood swimming pool when he was in the first grade. Mars had some powerful things to say so please listen, thanks. This interview was recorded on Thursday, June 11, 2020.


  • :00 – 1:52  “It seems like we’re going down a darker path today than yesterday”
  • 2:00 – 3:51  The positive things Mars sees in our current situation from Australia to Atlanta
  • 4:30 – 6:13  “I was in first grade the first time someone called me a n*****”
  • 6:35 – 8:34  Mars’ perspective on the differences in northern and southern cultural lines
  • 8: 50 – 10:44  Mars’ experience as a black resident in the city of Atlanta and the different energy in different parts of the City
  • 11:00 – 12:46  “Don’t spend money where you won’t get hired.”
  • 13:00 – 16:00  How a greater sense of humanity and a “mindset of equality” can effect change in our society
  • 16:20 – 18:20  Mars’ thoughts on the importance of local and national elections and voting
  • 19:00 – 20:22  Thoughts on the level of sincerity of corporate public statements and stances on social and racial justice and equality
  • 20:30 – 21:45   “There was nobody of color in that meeting except for me.”
  • 21: 50 – 22:36  “There should be people in the office that reflect the customer you’re trying to sell to”
  • 22:49 – 25:58  How it feels to be the father of a young black man in America right now and advice he’s giving his son
  • 26:25 – 28:00  “Someone just has to listen”
  • 28:11 – 29:37  Where do we go from here?
  • 29:55 – 32:32  “The police just don’t value your life when they have you in their grasp”


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