The Iron Table

Bryant Goodine

The Iron Table is a forum where Black men can discuss topics from their perspective. Topics range from relationships, mental health, emotional health, life skills, social awareness, etc. As iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), the idea is that men sharpen men. The sharpening can happen when men are willing to be transparent and proactive in addressing situations and circumstances that can tear us down when not handled. While this is geared toward men, the topics affect women and the family. As leaders of the home, we need to discuss issues that can be light on the surface but can reveal some profound truths in reality. There are many forums where comedy is used to skirt around issues, and while humor is good and needed, it can often be a crutch. The Iron Table is designed to be the platform on which men are forged into leaders in their homes and personal lives. The Iron Table is a place where the only thing fed is truth. read less
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Episódios

We Aren't United and Mind Your D@mn Business
29-04-2024
We Aren't United and Mind Your D@mn Business
Would you know how to navigate the choppy waters if a family member's private life suddenly became very public on a platform like OnlyFans? Join us at the Iron Table, where Bryant, Keith, Danny, and Steve dissect the entangled web of family dynamics and the digital age's adult content platforms. We're not just talking about the shock and the why; we’re peeling back layers on the societal shifts that are redefining employment, privacy, and the very essence of public versus private lives. Our candid conversation also highlights how some people are turning to unconventional means to pay the bills, from selling feet pics to the gig economy's wilder shores, and what that says about our culture today.This episode is a deep dive into the heart of our communities, assessing the effectiveness of different forms of protest and the role of reparations. We question whether financial compensation can truly address systemic inequalities or if empowering solutions like education and economic strategy are the key to lasting change. As we examine the strategies that unite us and fuel collective action, we also recognize the enduring spirit of resilience and entrepreneurship in the Black community, challenging stereotypes and celebrating the divine qualities inherent in all of us. It's a discussion that spans from the civil rights movement to Colin Kaepernick's knee, highlighting both the power of unity and the necessity of personal accountability.As we wrap up this thought-provoking session, the Iron Table serves you a final course of introspection and a call to action. We stress the importance of improving ourselves first before seeking change externally. Reflecting on historical lessons and the infinite potential of proactive leadership, we leave you with an empowering nudge: disconnect from the digital noise and engage with enriching experiences that could reverberate through your own community. It's about shaping a stronger, united path forward, and it starts with you, our listeners, right here at the Iron Table.
She Only Hit You Because She Knows You Won't Hit Her Back - Pt. 1
15-04-2024
She Only Hit You Because She Knows You Won't Hit Her Back - Pt. 1
On April 10, 2024, Orenthal James Simpson (OJ) died after dealing with cancer. His achievements in life, Hiesman, NFL, TV, film, all took a backseat as the world watched in horror as be was being charged with the killing of his ex-wife and another man. His slow-speed chase even preempted the NBA Playoffs that year.   I can remember as I sat riveted watching the O.J. Simpson verdict unfold, the collective exhale of a nation grappling with race and justice was palpable. That moment, seared into the American consciousness, serves as the backdrop for our latest discussion at the Iron Table, where my brothers Keith, Danny, and Steve join me to dissect the complex legacy left by Simpson's acquittal. We navigate the tangle of emotions and societal ripples that emerged from a trial that became a watershed moment in our nation's history, with ramifications touching on everything from celebrity culture to the persistent disparities in the justice system.There's an unspoken tension that weaves through the fabric of America, often erupting when we least expect it. This episode goes beyond the surface to examine the deep-seated notions of race and identity that influence our experiences and perceptions. From the courtroom to the streets, we scrutinize the constructs of black and white, considering how these artificial divisions shape our reality. We confront uncomfortable truths — like the circumstances, if any, where violence becomes justifiable — and wrestle with the implications for both men and women caught in the web of domestic unrest.Finally, we turn the lens inward, reflecting on the personal and spiritual dimensions of conflict resolution within relationships. The conversation becomes intimate as we share our own insights on setting boundaries and the power of truth and accountability. It's a candid examination of where faith intersects with personal responsibility, and how the toughest challenges in our relationships can lead to profound growth. Join us for an episode that isn't just about sharing thoughts — it's about igniting a spark for change and understanding in the complex world we navigate together.
Slices of Life at the Intersection of Family, Film, Legacy and Philosophy
23-03-2024
Slices of Life at the Intersection of Family, Film, Legacy and Philosophy
When the everyday chaos of fatherhood meets the ironclad bonds of brotherhood, you know you're in for a treat. Join the brothers, minus our beloved Danny, for a heartwarming and occasionally side-splitting romp through the potholes and triumphs of parenting, the costs of daycare that leave us with lighter wallets and heavier hearts, and the quest to maintain our essence within the whirlwind of family life. We're serving up slices of life, and while Danny's absence is felt, his spirit is with us as we share get-well wishes alongside our storied escapades and parenting paradoxes.Have you ever tried to pick a favorite movie from the golden days of your youth? It's like trying to choose your favorite child - impossible, but we give it a shot anyway. We invite you to stroll through the corridors of memory as Keith, Steve, and I debate the merits of cinematic classics and recount the misadventures that can only happen in a movie theater. From Keith's infamous spit-take during "Top Gun" to Steve's unplanned snooze fest, we probe the depths of nostalgia and uncover the magic that keeps us returning to films like "Ghostbusters 2." As our conversation deepens, we venture into the realms of philosophy and theology, grappling with weighty topics like legacy and redemption, and the intricate tapestry of free will versus predestination. We navigate these profound waters with humor and honesty, pondering the questions we'd ask historical figures and the possibility of altering our paths with the foreknowledge of our fates. Wrapping up, we touch on the importance of strengthening marital bonds through spirituality and highlight the value of truth and accountability. So pull up a chair, and let's sharpen each other at the Iron Table, where every exchange is a chance to grow and connect.
Unplugging the Heart: Navigating Relationships in the Social Media Age
12-03-2024
Unplugging the Heart: Navigating Relationships in the Social Media Age
Have you ever found yourself yearning for the simpler times when relationships unfolded in the analog world? Together with my brothers Keith, Danny, and Steve, we're pulling up a chair at the iron table to dissect the convoluted ways social media has redefined our connections with one another. From the haunting grip of past relationships that refuse to fade into the digital ether to the voyeuristic habits social media engenders, we're laying it all on the table.This heart-to-heart takes a turn down nostalgia lane, reminiscing the symbols of bygone eras—like the "Hershey stick" emblematic of classroom authority—and the tactile joy of physical media over ephemeral MP3s. But it's not just about waxing nostalgic; we're confronting the less savory aspects of the digital age. The conversation probes into the illusion of friendship social media peddles, the jealousy it stokes, and the concerning new norms around privacy, infidelity, and the search for validation that it seems to have normalized in a way that's reshaping the very fabric of society.And as the night wanes, we're not shying away from the bigger questions that linger in the quiet moments away from the screens. How do we preserve our mental and emotional well-being in an age that demands constant connectivity? We explore the tools and strategies necessary for managing our digital diet, the significance of discernment, and the profound implications these have on the sacred vows of marriage. It's a late-night investment into the heart of our culture and into the essence of what it means to navigate life authentically in the digital era. Join us as we sharpen our insights and fortify our resolve to emerge wiser and more grounded in who we are amid the online tumult.
Black Identity, Patriotism, and Uniting for Change
24-02-2024
Black Identity, Patriotism, and Uniting for Change
Have you ever stood at the crossroads of patriotism and cultural identity and wondered where you fit in? That's the heart of our Black History Month episode, where we, Bryant, Keith, Danny, and Steve, gather at the Iron Table to stir up a rich dialogue blend, celebrating black men's resilience and diversity. Anchoring our conversation in personal experiences and the nuances of our identities, we dissect the cultural reverberations of Usher's Super Bowl performance and the complex dance of family life in the pandemic era, infusing our introspection with humor and a deep sense of historical significance.Navigating through the symphony of our nation's anthems, we debate the inclusion of the Black National Anthem at the Super Bowl, pondering its ability to either bridge gaps or widen them. The NFL's attempts at engaging with its Black fan base post-Kaepernick become a canvas for us to paint our thoughts on patriotism's multifaceted challenges. We carry this tune into discussions of systemic inequalities, the bittersweet symphony of civil rights, and the power of collective action. Personal tales open windows to previous generations' struggles as we underscore the vital role of storytelling in shaping the future.As our episode crescendos, we explore the profound influence an individual can wield, likening it to a pebble casting ripples across the fabric of society. The simple act of smiling in public, especially as black men, becomes a provocative yet powerful catalyst for fostering unity as we unravel the significance of this gesture in our closing chapter. We part with a reminder that truth and accountability are not just part of our vocabulary but the foundation of our brotherhood at the Iron Table—where we stand firm in the belief that we, as men, are here to sharpen one another.
Resolutions, Relationships, and Healing: Navigating Life's Pitfalls with Humor and Growth
14-01-2024
Resolutions, Relationships, and Healing: Navigating Life's Pitfalls with Humor and Growth
Ever caught yourself chuckling over your own botched New Year's resolution? You're in good company at The Iron Table, where we swap tales of resolutions gone awry and the comical trials we endure. Imagine navigating the temptations of Facebook Marketplace or the siren call of pepperoni pizza while trying to stay true to our healthier ambitions. We've been there, and in this episode, we're baring it all - the missteps, the mishaps, and the strategies we've crafted to dodge those all-too-familiar pitfalls. And just when you think it's all about the laughs, we pivot to the serious business of seizing opportunities and health—because, as we've learned, there's no time like the present to keep our bodies and aspirations in tip-top shape.Gift-giving and relationships go hand in hand, yet they can be a minefield of miscommunication and bruised egos. Join us at the table as we dissect the delicate art of expressing gratitude for that... interesting present without causing a domestic struggle. It's about finding the right balance between honesty and tact. But we don't stop there. We dive deeper into the gestures that say "I care," beyond the financial contributions—like those just-because flowers that can earn you some serious relationship brownie points. It's these nuggets of wisdom about love languages and appreciation that could be the game-changer your partnership needs.Finally, we get raw and real with the lasting scars of childhood bullying and how these early experiences can cast long shadows over our adult lives. Are confrontations with past bullies cathartic, or do they simply reopen old wounds? We share our personal encounters and the tough, yet healing discussions that have shaped us. Plus, we look at the power of letting go of grudges, especially when they hinder the harmony in our current relationships. So, join us for an episode that's as much about reflection and growth as it is about camaraderie and chuckles. It's all happening right here, where every voice is heard and every story truly matters.
Unmasking Media Influence: A Discussion on Society and Entertainment
13-12-2023
Unmasking Media Influence: A Discussion on Society and Entertainment
Who decides how our culture should be? And why is it that wealth has become more important than cultural identity in our society? This is the kind of introspective discussion we, your hosts Bryant, Keith, Danny, and Steve, will have in today's episode. Exploring our personal experiences -  we'll share how these encounters have reshaped our perspectives, leading us to question the societal shift in values and its impact on us all.Imagine living in a world where the media didn't dictate societal norms or create cultural expectations. Sounds surreal, right? We often underestimate the media's power in shaping our perceptions, and that's what we will be dissecting today, inspired by Malcolm X's powerful quote about media manipulation. The objectification of women in the entertainment industry, the pressure to maintain appearances, the ignored talent of artists who don't fit the commercial mold - these are some of the issues we'll be addressing. On a deeper note, we'll analyze the representation of the African-American community in the media, pondering why it allows itself to be misrepresented. Our historical exclusion and the desperate need for money and attention, perhaps?As we move towards the latter part of the discussion, we'll highlight the importance of what we consume, especially in music. Have you ever considered how the devilish influence of music and entertainment subtly shapes our thoughts and actions? It's time we did. And as we wrap up, remember the virtues of truth and accountability are always free and within reach. All it takes is a conscious decision to embrace them. So, sit back, tune in, and remember, sharing it with others is the best way to support our podcast. Welcome to The Iron Table.