Akon: The Ex-convict or Music Industry’s Next Akonic?

 Another rapper in the slammer? Better call MC Hammer. Been there done that! Who knows how to turn around a bad rap? Akon’s refreshing his game. Though there’s confusion over his name. American born son of Senegal. Knowing it’s important to stay legal. Using his music career to go global.

Rumor is he used to hang-out with crooks. Getting locked up was all it took. Taking time to find his creative voice. By then he really had no choice. Scoring hits after a while. Becoming loved for his African smile. Change is gonna come they often say. Knowing full well that a life of crime doesn’t pay.

TI and Lil Wayne’s been there too. The wakeup call when the system turned the screw. Spending quality time 24/7. Can cause you to look-up to heaven. Some have used this time turning to books. Akon instead has become a master of hooks. Signed for the flava of rhymes he cooks. 

Working with every musician under the sun. Must be his way for having fun. From Lady Gaga to T-pain. Not yet working with the Prince of purple rain. Collaborating with artists even after they’re gone. Like Michael Jackson still forever #1. Making money in checks of royalty. Musical expression of his reality.


What’s the lesson from his life of passion? It’s in ample supply no need to ration. Akon (like Debarge) knows life gives a second chance. Skip the complaining, let go the song and dance. Set a goal and go get it. You have skills and talents that’s the right fit. So make it work for your media kit.

Tip: Some use hooks others write books but success is about how your passion cooks.

Talkback: Has Hip-Hop lost its way or will it be around to stay?

Breaking News: Michael Jackson Makes Records After Life.

 Jacko is wacko! That’s what they’d say. Then he stopped giving them the time of day. No love lost. But he had to bear the cost. It’s how things went down. Treating him like a clown. Breaking news, selling millions?  A fan base in the billions. MJ still loved and missed plenty. A pop star icon to many.

Beaten by his father. Joe comes clean to Oprah. Michael never had a true sense of identity. Beyond his singing and dancing proficiency. Plus a case of low interpersonal chemistry. Identity is how you see yourself. Image is how you’re branded on the shelf. Identity is to person. As image is to personality.

Growing up in Indiana small town. Soon signing with Motown.  Hits after hits became his trademark. Like Off the Wall and Beat It video in the dark. World tour concerts with screaming fans. Taking time to lend a hand. The greatest pop entertainer ever. Chances of seeing another Michael, never.

This is it! Allegations to deny or admit. Michael loved being around kids. Not good for his PR grid. Daily trips to the courtroom. Defending sleeping with them in his bedroom. Soon marrying Lisa Marie Presley. Hoping to start a family. That wasn’t to be. Debbie Rowe made surprise delivery.

The world stopped that day. Felt like a movie, don’t press play. Doctors feeding him drugs. Michael searching for hugs. Manslaughter case trial. Family moving past denial. Career dreams in a glove. Dancing across the stage like a dove. Passion is all about love. From the heart to the man above.

Tip: Passion without control is like a runaway train without brakes.

Talkback: Is Michael Jackson ever going to get a chance to rest in peace?

Fantasia for Real, Now That’s The Deal!

 Fantasia renews her faith? Hold up, stop the hate! Says the God thing’s been tricky. Life and times get kinda sticky. Season 3 contestant on American Idol. Winning it all, becoming suicidal. Urban music queen. Plays herself on the TV screen. Fantasia for real. Telling her story in how she heals.

Auditioned for Idol in ATL. Trying to get away from her hell. Was raped as a young teenager. Dropped out of school to become wage earner. Had a child at a young age. Seeking the chance to turn a new page. Always loved to perform and sing. Encouraged to believe and spread her wings.

Caught up in so much drama. Like her song about being a baby mama. Sued by a divorcing spouse. Accused of breaking up their house. Got a brother who’s holding her back. Hoping to put his life on the same track. Trying to free herself from family stress. Hoping to move on from life’s past distress.  

Believing in miracles after her winning season. Thinking things happen for a reason. Admitted she took prescription meds. The pressure was blowing-up her head. Needed to re-group after Broadway ill. Got dropped from Color Purple Playbill. Life’s not a fairy tale. For some, it’s just on a higher scale.

Who knew she couldn’t read? Or that she had so many mouths to feed. Fantasia had to sign record contract. Not knowing how big would be her impact. Set to shine in new movie deal. Sure to be a hit not a steal. Says she’s returning herself ‘back to me.” Ready, willing and able to reach her destiny.

Tip: “Get a grip” means don’t trip, but work smarter, serve harder and take life a little farther!

Talkback: How do you avoid or get past the drama that might come your way?