“The Outlier Show” podcast is a fresh perspective from father and son creatives who discuss and share topics of culture from their vantage point. Both Early Jackson Jr. and his son Early Jackson III have a flair for dramatics during episodes of this new podcast when speaking about being a black man in America, what gun control looks like in the hood or chatting about relationship woes. A mix of humor, passion and unique insight bookends every installment of The Outlier Show which makes it appealing to a vast demographic.
In 2008, a journalist turned author, Malcolm Gladwell, penned another best-selling book titled, “Outliers: The Story Of Success.” With wins under his belt like “The Tipping Point” and “Blink,” his fans were primed and ready to dig into what it means to be an “outlier.”
By definition, an outlier is a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system. In statistics, an outlier is a data point that differs significantly from other observations. We call them oddities or anomalies. But for some reason, these stats stand outside of the norm and catch your attention. They are important because they speak to exceptions to scientific rules.
It is because of the impact of the book by Gladwell and learning the definition of an “outlier” that prompted Early and E3 (both being named Early can be confusing so their family called the younger E3) to name their first joint creative project “The Outlier Show.” When speaking of the show, Early said:
The worst feeling is being profiled for whatever reason based on the actions of someone else who looks like me. We want to launch a podcast that speaks to a broader, more vulnerable look at who we are as black men with big dreams, a bigger heart, and a winsome outlook. ‘Outlier’ seems like a logical choice.
Both, father and son, lived in Philadelphia for years and have seen what a lack of purpose can do to people who look like them. Living without it is dangerous. Purpose is a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something meaningful to the self and consequential to the world.
Early Jackson Jr. has spent the last 14 years as a life coach, pastor, and speaker. With a hectic schedule, Early has the opportunity to empower companies and individuals alike. Many would describe him as both big-hearted and kid-like in his humor. With three published books to his credit, Early has teamed up with his eldest son to touch lives on a totally different platform.
E3, who is about to turn 20-years-old, spent many years in Philly traveling with the Philadelphia Boys Choir. He has stood on stages across the nation and internationally doing what he loves, entertaining. Just a few short years ago he was earning stamps in his passport while staying in a hostel in Lithuania and the Baltic States.
As a youngster, E3’s friends would spend summer vacation at rec centers or church camps. He would still be in school. This time as an actor on a county-wide arts program called Summer Stage. There this young legend honed his acting chops and overcame stage fright.
Together, this father and son duo are convinced their podcast has a chance to reach people of all backgrounds. In a recent episode on “Being Black In America,” E3 shares what it was like to be followed and harassed by police while walking home with a friend of another race. Only to find out the suspect the officers were looking for was a dark-skinned black male, at least six feet tall. The wit of the moment was lost in the reality that E3 only stands about 5’5 with sneakers. It is experiences like this that fuel E3’s desire to share his story to further a real conversation.
Victor Hugo once wrote, “Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.” That quote is apropos for the connection that Early and E3 share. With a family resemblance in stature, speech pattern and goofy antics; this father and son team are building content via the platform of podcasting to tell their stories to lay the foundation for development that reaches well beyond the rough communities they grew up in. The initial feedback seems to indicate they are heading in the right direction.
“The Outlier Show” podcast is a fresh perspective from father and son creatives who discuss and share topics of culture from their unique perspectives. The show can be heard on Spotify, the Apple podcast app Anchor, and iTunes. Some of the topics the duo tackle are “Being Black in America,” “The Real Deal with Relationships,” “Religion” and “Gun Control in the Hood.”
Written by Early Jackson
(Edited by Cherese Jackson)
All pictures courtesy of The Outliers Show – Used With Permission