Denzel Washington recently received an NAACP Image Award for outstanding actor in a motion picture (Fences). I’ve pulled out the inspirational catch phrases from Denzel’s acceptance speech that emphasized the value of commitment, consistency, and hard work. [Read more…]
Tired, worn out and ready to give up on her music career, Toni Braxton needed to breathe again. She needed a fresh start, and Babyface gave her a reason to sing.
Life has so many great things to offer like love and career success. Life can also knock you down with all types of challenges that hinder or prevent us from pursuing our passion and dreams. Both Toni Braxton and Kenny Babyface Edmonds are superstars who have delivered hits for the last 20 years. Yet this journey was not all champagne and roses, especially for Braxton with troubles beginning not long after making her professional debut. Since that time, Braxton has gone through two embarrassing bankruptcies, a tough divorce, and is currently learning to live with Lupus, a debilitating disease. Braxton was ready to give up her music career, but Babyface had other ideas and his friendship, love for music, and productions skills led to a moving concept album called Love, Marriage and Divorce.
Marc Lamont Hill interviewed T.D. Jakes for insight on his new book Instinct: Unleash Your Inborn Drive. Jakes advocates using informed instincts. “We gather a certain amount of intelligence. It may be the bullets that load the gun, but instinct pulls the trigger…That inner drive that you feel pulling at your soul benefits from intellect, but I think many people take the intellect and go without the instinct, and they never go as far as they could have gone.”
“To be successful in this business you have to have a lot of determination. You have to have a lot of talent, and you can’t take no for an answer. You can’t let nobody stop you. You have to be solely committed to tear down any obstacle, go around, climb over any kind of pitfall that’s in your way. If you’re not that committed you’ll probably fall short. Hearing no and taking no are two different things. Those are the things, the characteristics that I think you need to survive- especially in the music and movie industry, but to also thrive in it. You have to be unstoppable. ” – Ice Cube [Read more…]
To say that Bruno Mars performed well at this year’s Superbowl halftime show is an understatement. Mars not only performed well, he delivered a powerful performance that signed, sealed, and delivered like a touchdown from a 100 yard punt return. His spot on exhibition did not occur by luck or happenstance. Mars’ professionalism made it obvious that his delivery was the culmination of years of hard work and preparation.
Anthony “Mul-Ty” Coleman from Vidalia, Georgia was a troubled youth, but found himself and straightened out his life with music. He has opened up concerts for well known music artists such as Brian McKnight and Frankie Beverly and Maze. Mul-Ty shared how Looking For Love, one of his biggest hits came in a way he least expected. “It came from the heart.” On the way to record a song called “Girl” in Atlanta, a melody came to him. The producer, Gerald GO Hall, heard Mul-Ty humming the tune and pressed him to record it instead. “It was never written on paper. Never preconceived. It just happened and it changed my life.”
When Kanye West wrote “Gone”, I’m sure he never expected the song to be used as an anthem for Marina Shifrin to quit her job. Yet this is what happened when the 25 year old Russian American danced her way into viral video stardom. The video included the following reasons why she decided to quit her job. [Read more…]