Tyrese Tells His Hard Knock Story That’s Been Fast & Furious

(Part 4) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

 Tyrese is back on the scene. After being M-I-A for a while he’s returned with a vengeance. He’s got a movie coming out in theatres and a new book in stores. He reaches over a million followers from his Twitter pulpit. He tells a story with lessons from his hard knock life. But he’s not about making excuses.

He grew up in the Watts section of Los Angeles, better known as the Hood. He remembers wanting to be a garbage man when he grew up. That’s what he saw as his ticket to a better life. His new book says a lot about moving on up. For Tyrese, up wasn’t necessarily uptown. It was about getting out of his own way.

After successful album releases, he shifted gears to starring in movies. He’s been in a few urban films that seem to mirror his hard core experience. They’re filled with fast action and furious excitement. For many, his lifestyle affirms ‘sexy’ as asserting your manhood. It adds to his celebrity appeal.

His Twitter followers have become accustomed to his no-bull philosophy. In recent times it appears as if he’s been on a journey. His tweets aren’t all about self-promotion. He shares tips on the importance of self-discovery. It’s probably the basis for his new and improved image and bright-lights status.

Tyrese is leading the way for young folks today. He’s been able to evolve in his professional game and personal acclaim. He has become a man of faith. He’s now living his life from a more secure place. It’s about using his life for a greater good. His life shows how reinventing yourself refreshes your swagger.

(Part 4) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Tyrese is back on the scene. After being M-I-A from music and the big screen. He’s returned with a vengeance. Living life from a positive stance. He’s got a new movie happening. And a new book that’s poppin’. Sharing with his Twitter peeps. Life lessons in between sleeps.

Growing up in the Hood. Hard to become what you could. Not a man of excuses. Trying to make the right choices. Wanting to become a garbage man. But worked on another plan. Finding a ticket to a better life. Moving on up from his pain and strife. Up wasn’t really uptown. It was more about coming around.

With successful album releases. Tyrese went on to acting pieces. Starring in a few urban thrillers. Filled with fast action and shoot-em-up killers. Maybe a lot like what he saw. Around the block from Crenshaw. His lifestyle affirms sexy manhood. Raising his celebrity appeal to “all-good.”

His Twitter followers get no-bull. From a guy whose schedule is full. Taking-on a journey in spirit. Sharing truths and sticking with it. Not so bent on self-promotion. But more sold on inner exploration. As well as lifelong education. It’s one reason why he’s made a flip. Having more of a swagger than a chip.               

He’s leading the way. A model for young people today. Expanding his game. More star-power in his acclaim. Becoming a man of faith. Reinventing yourself is never too late. By finding a more secure place. Living at the right pace. Reaching for a greater good. Living life like you should.    

Tip: Reinventing yourself means not making excuses for what could be but making changes for what should be.

Talkback: Watching Tyrese play Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming film, is that a good match?

Beats by Dr. Dre Gone Mainstream like Many of His Artists

(Part 3) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

The Beats by Dr. Dre brand has gone mainstream. You see headsets used by NBA pro athletes. Then there’re the microphones on American Idol. They come in different colors to match your outfit. He’s produced breakout artists too. Dre’s got a long anticipated album release. He knows how to make a hit.

But he’s been off the radar for a minute. He’d probably say he’s been working in the background. After a few top-selling albums, Dre decided to settle down. He got married and became a family man. Some feel this might be a lesson for Hip Hop. Reinventing yourself can mean stepping back or stepping up.

Think of it the way NBA Analysts describe Oklahoma player Serge Ibaka. He’s gone from speaking no English and sitting on the bench to being a starting Forward. Ibaka’s coach increased his playing minutes. He’s been able to grow in his game. As you reinvent yourself you’ll grow personally and professionally.

In the meantime Dre has produced a stable of new artists. Eminem and Snoop Dogg are two of the more famous. He enjoys passing on his experience and sharing his skill with many protégés. It’s been 10 years since his last album release. So, reinventing your game or legacy might mean duplicating yourself.

Eminem has used his success to push Dre to the next level. He knew his mentor still had something left in his lyrics. It’s like the pilot saying “we’re experiencing turbulence so we’ll have to climb to a higher altitude.” Reinventing yourself means taking your experience and what’s left in the tank, to the next level.  


(Part 3) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Dr. Dre’s turning up the heat. You see and hear it in the Beats. Headsets seen on NBA jocks. As well as American Idol microphone stock. Coming in different colors. To match your outfit dollars. Producing breakout artists. And his long anticipated release. Dre’s got the magic kit. For producing another hit.

Been off the radar for a minute. But he’s got lots of winners to prove it. Working in the background. Helping others leave the underground. Deciding to settle down. Putting family as his crown. Some saw it as a career stop. Others see it as a lesson for Hip Hop. Reinventing himself and rockin’ the top.

NBA Analysts give a good example. Of Serge Ibaka as a gamble. Speaking little or no English. Living his American Dream wish. Gong from being a reserve. To getting what he deserves. Becoming a starting player, Increasing his minutes as a producer. Growing personally and professionally surer.

Dre’s got a stable. Of rappers who’ve shown they’re able. To drop it like it’s hot. Mixing rhymes like stew in a pot. Eminem and Snoop Dogg most famous. Like cookie man Wally Amos. Dre’s been sharing his passion. With protégés rapping to perfection. Venting and reinventing, sampling and duplicating.

Eminem pushes Dre. Not in what to say. But in raising his game. So that his rhymes are not the same. Paving the way for his mentor. To come back and conquer. Ten years living off money in the bank. Dre’s still got lyrics in the tank. Taking on his next professional high. Like a plane moving closer to the sky.      

Tip: Reinventing yourself means using life’s turbulence as fuel for taking your game to the next level.

Talkback: What might the ‘Detox’ title of Dr. Dre’s new album say about his journey or about reinventing yourself?

Tyler Perry’s Movies & Plays Continue to Pack the House!

(Part 2) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

 Tyler Perry receives high praise for his artistry! With a number of stage plays and movies under his belt, Perry is now considered one of Hollywood’s A-listers. But it wasn’t always peaches and cream. Perry has gone through the valley before reaching the mountaintop. For him, having fun is all in a day’s work.

Imagine your life coming to a screeching halt, whether through layoff or other setback. Well, Perry can relate. After an “aha moment” watching Oprah, he began writing a daily journal. This later became his magic bullet. Perry used his writings for self-reflection and began turning them into stage productions.

His first stage show was a flop. Perry re-grouped. His persistence and perseverance paid-off. Perry learned something from black comics. He moved his shows around the “chitlin’ circuit.” These were venues that welcomed Black performers. It’s how many have gone from no-name to their niche-game.

Perry became a fun-loving, gun-toting, hell-raising Granny named Madea. We’ve seen this a time or two in Hollywood. But nobody does it like Madea. Perry’s example shows that your niche-game starts with what’s already in your hand. For Perry it was a journal that he re-wrote and turned into a script.

He shows how reinventing yourself involves re-writing your script. His body of work is no laughing matter. Perry’s gone from no-name to his niche-game to household fame. He’d be the first to say it wasn’t easy. But as Granny would say to me growing up in Jamaica, “if yu want anyting good, yu nose have fi run.”


(Part 2) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Tyler Perry receives high praise. He’s made more money than School Daze. With stage plays and movies under his belt. His life-story is truly heartfelt. Perry has become a Hollywood A-lister. Some people prefer to call him Mister. At one time living like the homeless. Now having fun showcasing his prowess.

His life came to a screeching halt. Sure enough wasn’t his fault. Watching Oprah gave him an “aha moment.” He started writing a journal in silent. This later became his secret weapon. As he wrote down a daily lesson. Sometimes used for self-reflection. Later becoming a stage production.

His first stage play was a flop. That didn’t cause him to stop. Kept his eyes on rising to the top. Learning from those before him. Success doesn’t happen on a whim. Moving his plays around the “chitlin’ circuit.” As Black Comics did with their toolkit. Going from being a no-name. To promoting their niche-game.

It has happened in Hollywood before. Like Mrs. Doubtfire movie score. But nobody does it like Madea Simmons. Fearless of any police summons. A gun-toting, hell-raising Granny. Not intended to be a model Nanny. Perry went from niche to becoming rich. By rewriting his journal and marketing his itch.

What would Granny say? About reinventing yourself today? Start re-writing your script. Turn your past into something hip. Set your passion free. Perseverance is key. Look to your hand. As the magic wand. Go from no-name. To having a niche-game. Use your household fame. To help others do the same.

Tip: Reinventing yourself means turning what’s in your hand into a few hundred grand.

Talkback: What did Granny say to you as a child that makes lots of sense today?

Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Shirley Strawberry Adds ‘Author’ to Her Scorecard

(Part 1) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)  
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

 The unemployment rate took another dip. Some see signs of a better job market. Lots of people still looking for work or trying to reinvent their game. Shirley Strawberry has some advice. She’s written a “pow-wow” book about her life. She uses past Strawberry letters on the show to make her points.

After going through some changes, she’s shown you can come back from loss no matter what. In her case the loss was in matrimony. But her points might even speak to loss of job security. She feels it’s important to take inventory of your skills, assets and relationships.

Dubbed the “best voice in radio” by Steve Harvey, Strawberry is heard by millions. Serving as co-host and sidekick on the show, she brings a “down-to-earth, yet classy, rhythm and style.” Tyler Perry says “she lives life with purpose and divine revelation.” In other words, her success has come by living in victory.

Why write about her personal trials? Maybe she wants to give voice to her victory. Strawberry shows how personal grace can help you win the professional race. She also knows that a good way to reinvent yourself is to re-tell your story. That’s because you live life forward but understand it backward. 

Her new book has people talking. “Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself,” she says. Surely her advice can inspire some to look in the mirror. What you see as a reflection is an outward appearance. But what really matters is found in your heart of hearts.



(Part 1) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Unemployment took a dip. Finding a job can be a trip. People still looking around. Hoping for jobs to be found. Shirley Strawberry has some advice. She’s written a book that might make you think twice. It’s about relationships for sure. Showing how to turn a loss into something more.

Strawberry recovered from a loss in matrimony. You can too from a loss in job security. Gotta take inventory. Before you reach new glory. In how you reinvent your game. Scoring points towards the hall of fame. Making skills, assets and every day count. For raising the bar to a higher amount.

Strawberry’s got the best voice in radio. So says Steve Harvey, one of her heroes. Working as his sidekick and co-host. Some love her down-to-earth nature most. Tyler Perry thinks of her highly. Since her success comes from living in victory. It’s all a matter of moving purposefully.

Why speak about her trials? No longer living in denial. Maybe giving voice to her journey. Can help one person connect more deeply. Carrying herself with personal grace. Showing how you can win the professional race. Reinventing herself and re-telling her story. Living with rhythm and style as a celebrity.

The buzz is out and people are talking. Reinvent yourself, just start walking. The book’s got advice that’s sure to inspire. If you’re ready to go a little higher. Look yourself in the eye. Go ahead if you have to cry. In the mirror you see a reflection. But let your heart give you direction.

Tip: Reinventing yourself means turning a loss into a lesson, which is like turning lemons into lemonade.

Talkback: How much do you relate to Tyler Perry’s comment that Strawberry “lives her life with purpose and divine revelation?”