OAKLAND, Calif - Warriors’ guard Steph Curry and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discuss the important things in life -- their kids, the best tacos and the social activism in The Town -- in a short video on the basketball star’s YouTube channel.
Curry's goal, according to Nate Houghteling, executive producer and co-founder at Portal A, is to "connect with fans in a new way. He wants to expand on his passions and interests. Each of his guests represents a different side of his interests."
As for the mayor, Houghteling said he was very impressed, saying her media presence was quite commanding and that she should consider starting her own YouTube series.
In the five-minute piece, Curry takes the mayor for a ride in a van from his home in Alamo, Calif. to the Oracle Arena in Oakland around on the way to a Warriors home game. And viewers learn all sorts of intimate details during their conversation. The mayor's office said the 45-minute conversation was completely unscripted.
Schaaf tells Curry she has a son who plays basketball and a daughter who is a rock climber and plays electric guitar. Curry tells Schaaf that his daughter, Riley loves riding horses and his other daughter, Ryan, is the funniest person he knows and it’s possible she could be a standup comic.
The video was obviously shot before the birth of his son, Canon, in early July, as he told the mayor he didn’t know the gender of the baby – his third with wife, Ayesha Curry.
The clip also got a bit emotional for a moment.
Schaaf told Curry that when 36 people died in the Ghost Ship fire nearly two years ago, “that was just really, really hard. I could not be the mayor of Oakland if I didn’t have this incredible family to go home to. It’s an honor to represent your home town. Sometimes you have to hold the pain of your community."
The two reminisced about the first Warriors victory parade. Curry promised he wouldn’t leave the Bay Area as he loves its "beauty" and sense of community. And Schaaf shared that her favorite tacos are from Sinaloa on 22nd Avenue.
Then it came down to some hard truths. Curry asked Schaaf whether she preferred: E-40 vs. Too $hort. (Viewers will have to watch the video to hear the answer.)
"5 Minutes From Home" was developed by Unanimous Media and Portal A, a digital studio with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Released on July 24 and posted on Curry’s channel, the piece with the mayor has nearly 200,000 views.
Aside from Schaaf, Curry has hosted social-media stars Rudy Mancuso and Jesse Wellens; rapper Nipsey Hussle; and three basketball stars from Oakland’s McClymonds High School.
Houghteling said that this series is a long term project and he aims to go nationwide. He'd like to even do a piece with former President Obama, who is friends with Curry.
Although Houghteling said that this series is a long term project and he aims to go nationwide. He'd like to even do a piece with former President Obama, who is friends with Curry. "Obama's a big get though," Houghteling conceded: "Obama's a big get."