Today we’d like to introduce you to Deonte Epps.
Deonte, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m Deonte Epps and I was born and raised in Killeen, TX. I am the youngest of three boys and was the first college graduate in my family. I majored in film and digital media with a minor in corporate communication at Baylor University (Sic’ Em!). After college, I was a sports reporter for a news station in Waco for about a year before becoming a full-time teacher (now in my fifth year). Sports has been the mainstay in my life since I could learn to walk. Although I played a ton of sports growing up, football is what stuck with me and became my life. I’ve known Dane Beasley since the 3rd grade and we grew really close during our high school years. One of the things that made us grow closer, of course, was our love for sports. We would always have conversations about what’s going on in the sports world, as well as entertainment, comic book movies, video games, and everything in between.
For years, we had always talked about starting a podcast so our family and friends could listen and jump in on the discussions that we have almost every day. In November 2019, we launched “The Duo: Sports and Stuff Podcast,” which “The Duo” came from the nickname everyone use to call Dane and me in high school because we were always together. In under a year, we’ve had big-time guests from ESPN (Jay Bilas, Trey Wingo, Derwin Graham), Bleacher Report (Master Tesfatsion) and from the Netflix hit show “Last Chance U (RJ Stern). With what started as a podcast just about sports, video games, and movies turned into something more. 2020 has been a year the obviously has been one that we will never forget. We decided to use our platform and speak out on society and how not only it affects up, but call out the injustices that have always been a mainstay, and how things need to change. We felt it was our responsibility to push for change and encourage our listeners to do the same. It’s definitely been an amazing experience to listen to the praise and feedback we’ve been getting for the podcast and definitely excited for what’s next for us.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
What makes a journey with the obstacles in the way? I think the most difficult part of this journey for us is dealing with everything that has gone in this year with dealing with the fight against a social injustice against our people. There are some days I wake up, and my morale is at low because I’m tired of seeing another hashtag, tired of seeing another black person, someone that looks like me, getting killed on television and then asking the question, “Am I next?!” Thinking about how I’m going to have tell my future children how they need to act in order to not be killed in certain situations it’s tough. I think about it too often. Another difficult task is being a full-time teacher during a nationwide pandemic. Out of my five years of teaching, this is by far the most difficult, and I’m only about a month in right now. Getting the strength and courage to make sure students get the necessary learning as well as making sure it’s in a completely safe environment has made it a definite challenge.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
We started “The Duo: Sports and Stuff Podcast” in November 2019. We wanted to let others hear the sports, superhero movies, and video game takes that Dane and I talk about on a daily. I’d say the thing I’m most proud of is the fact that in only about 30 episodes in a year, we’ve had some big-time guests on our podcast. Three guests from ESPN (Derwin Graham, Jay Bilas, Trey Wingo), a host of a big-time Bleacher Report Video series (Master Tesfatsion), an USA Olympic Triple Jumper (Omar Craddock), and a reality tv sports personality from Netflix (RJ Stern). Hopefully, Dane and I can continue to add big-time guests to allow an opportunity for our podcast to gain an audience and attract listeners. We love what we do, we talk about what we feel is important to the people who care about what we talk about and us.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We have definitely been fortunate to secure some of the big guests that we’ve had so far and hopefully continue to have. In order to grow, sometimes you have to take risks in order to achieve that success. The worst thing someone can tell you is no, and if they do, you keep pushing towards the next goal.
- Website: www.theduosportsandstuffpodcast.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/duosnspodcast; @deppsrightsteps
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/theduosns
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/duosnspodcast; @deppsrightsteps
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