ESPN’s Sage Steele & Toni Braxton Worked Their Way to the Mountaintop of Major Industry #BigTimeUniversity

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine with Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (Old-School Flava)

Some people have passion for what they do burning like fire! We see it in sports and entertainment where their performance just sizzles. It shows up in their hustle that flows or workplace savvy that grows. That’s how ESPN’s Sage Steele and Toni Braxton worked their way to the mountaintop of major industry.

Both climbed the charts and ladder of their professions. In her recent Lifetime TV biopic Braxton said “It’s a blessing to have all your dreams come true. But even a blessed person is not without pain.” It’s almost as if they’ve been down 2 or 3 roads less travelled in the marketplace of ideas, innovation and inspiration.

Braxton had ups & downs like a roller coaster in her showbiz trek. She was singing at a gas station when she landed her first breakthrough. From there it seemed like the market kept calling for her talent. Then as if in divine timing she caught the attention of LA Reid & Babyface who’d help her rise to the next level.

Steele tells the Huffington Post about her days in the locker room trenches as a female sports reporter. While her challenges were different from Braxton’s they agree that it’s been worth it. They know that sometimes doors open with perfect timing and other times after knocking, kicking or even screaming.

For Braxton it’s been a push here, a pull there and the courage to dare. For Steele it’s been more like steady, swift and at times about her hair. These things connect to the piece of the pie they call their own. So while media’s busy talking about Trump, they’d rather cheer-on those working on their next triumph.

Groove-Track: Jill Scott – Back Together – https://youtu.be/9_Do91hJriU

Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine With Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (New-School Flava)

Some people have mad passion. Wit, style not out of fashion. Burning like balls of fire. That makes them go little higher. In sports where play sizzles. Or performance that just drizzles. Shows in their hustle and flow. Betta act like ya know. Sage Steele and Toni Braxton didn’t stop. Till they reached the mountaintop.

Both climbed the chart sessions. And ladder of their professions. Braxton’s glad for blessing to live her dream. Even the blessed have to blow off steam. Been down 2 or 3 roads less travelled. As career became unraveled. Ways to master part we play. Marketplace of ideas, innovation & inspiration’s hooray.

Braxton had ups & downs what the heck. Like a roller coaster in her Hollywood trek. Singing her way at the gas station. To land first breakthrough occasion. From there heard the market calling. So went ahead without the stalling. As if in true divine timing. Caught attention of Reid & Babyface for her next rising.

Steele looks back on sports reporter days. When few were singing her praise. While not walking in the same shoes. Both had to get past some blues. Reaching a point becoming a hit. Knowing that it’s been worth it. Sometimes doors open with perfect timing. Other times after knocking, kicking and screaming.

For Braxton a push here a pull there. Even times of courage to dare. Steele’s been steady, swift and at times about her hair. Connecting things with their pieces of the pie. To how they’d shoot for the sky. So while media’s been busy talking ‘bout Trump. They’d rather cheer those working on next triumph.

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Tip: Mastering the part we play in biz takes connecting our skills to the pain and high for a bigger pie.

Talkback: Which came first for Braxton, passion or skills? Took her farther: street cred or market calling?

Groove-Tracks: Mary Mary – Go Get It – https://youtu.be/ADGnIi9KrLQ

 

Clean Bandit – Stronger – https://youtu.be/_c_n0A3BFVE

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Kevin Hart & Ice Cube on What it Takes for People to Fall in Love with Your Work #BigTimeUniversity

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LOL Tube – Got Funny? 


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Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine with Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (Old-School Flava)

When it’s time to move, it’s time to move! That could easily be turned into a funny statement by Kevin Hart. But this time it’s about his new campaign Move with Hart. He’s easily the hottest stand-up comic for sure. He and Ice Cube have a few secrets on what it takes for people to fall in love with your work.

In a Rolling Stones article Hart once said “I don’t give a s**t about critical consensus! They poll people after my movies, and I get A’s. When I get an F, I’ll take criticism.” Hart and Cube understood from an early age how being the underdog gives people a sense of having a seat at the table of their dreams.

These days Hart and Cube are on a California roll. Their recent movie Ride Along 2 is kicking butt at the box office. In the first weekend of release it knocked Stars Wars from the #1 spot. Who’d expect two dudes who came straight outta Philly and Compton would break the mold and rise to movie gold?

Their on-screen magic and market appeal isn’t just about spitting lines or their individual talent. Maybe it’s really about how they fill voids and holes. It’s like a football running back seeing the hole, breaking-out from the pack and scoring big. Plus, they’re good at reinventing, stretching and perfecting their role.

Hart keeps doing it and isn’t ready to get tired yet. His latest comedy tour features up-and-comers under his watch. His story, like others who’ve made it big, is clear. People fall in love with your work when they see you break a sweat and appreciate the difference between how you’re known and how you’ve grown.

Groove-Track: Brand New Heavies – Dream on Dreamer – https://youtu.be/FB8nIGKbpJY

Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine With Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (New-School Flava)

When it’s time to move. Don’t snooze on that groove. Something only Kevin Hart could make witty. Even when it’s real pithy. This time ramping-up campaign to Move with Hart. Where couch potatoes get a new start. He and Ice Cube with secrets to lurk. On what it takes for people to fall in love with your work.

In Rolling Stones article he did kinda say. Doesn’t give a hoot about critics so don’t play. People polls after his movies give him A’s. So with F’s he’ll take criticism on those days. Hart and Cube must have learned from early age. That being underdog is a seat at the “dream-on dreamer’s” stage.

Seems like both are on a California roll. Watch them bust out and skip the highway toll. As a tag-team in Ride Along 2 movie scenes. Kicking butt at the box office screens. Knocking Star Wars from the #1 spot. These days they’re like Hollywood hot. Dudes straight outta Philly and Compton’s urban lot.

On-screen magic and market appeal. More than spitting lines or individual talent real. Finding ways to fill holes and the voids. Rising in the market like Apples and Androids. As seen in football player on the field. Breaking-out, scoring big with swag they wield. Reinventing, stretching, perfecting what their roles yield.

Hart keeps doing it flying in private jet. Not at all ready to get tired yet. Latest comedy tour some plan to catch. With up-and-comers under his watch. His story like others who’ve made it big. People fall in love with your work when it’s a jig. Break a sweat in how you’re known. Enjoy the ride by how you’ve grown.

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Tip: Underdogs become top dogs when they’re respected for how they’re known and how they’ve grown.

Talkback: What’s the best or crowd favorite movie for Hart/Cube in their careers so far?

Groove-Tracks: Snoop Dogg – California Roll – https://youtu.be/oNDKCHGW70w

 

Becky G – Break a Sweat – https://youtu.be/yfuzpfpeX1s

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Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson Turn Early Days on the Block to Praise that Pays as a Brand #BigTimeUniversity

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine with Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (Old-School Flava)

Hollywood loves the Golden Globes! The stars shine in full whether as household names or new to the game. Nominees wear their finest threads with fans falling head over heels. There’re those like Tyler Perry and Taraji P. Henson who’ve turned their early days on the block into praise that pays as a brand.

A recent headline on Perry in Vulture magazine said “The brand that keeps Oprah in business. He doesn’t care what the critics think of his work because his audience always finds it.” Perry and Henson represent the real deal and real cookie, making it in business for who they serve and who they deserve.

His TV show Haves and Have Nots is OWN’s highest rated and was the third highest scripted show on cable last summer. It’s a long way from his first stage play that wasn’t well received. His dream wasn’t derailed by doubt even-though business was in a drought. Six years later the play finally found success.

They’ve carved-out their own lanes in showbiz. Expanding from those early days on the block to their current brand identity has been a lot like selling groceries. If fruits were their brand then type of fruit would be their lane. A bigger audience they now reach but a certain niche is their sweet spot and favorite peach.

Henson who won for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama was also named USA Today’s Entertainer of the Year. Time named Cookie Lyon most influential character in 2015. So cream rises to the top and Perry’s story reminds us that the more people you help go from obscurity, the more people achieve job security.

Groove-Track: Jennifer Lopez – ‘Jenny from the Block’ – https://youtu.be/dly6p4Fu5TE

Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine With Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (New-School Flava)

H’wood loves to rock the Globes hard! Folks screaming celebs from their backyard. Stars shine whether as household name. Or recent player in the red carpet game. Wearing their finest threads for real. Fans falling head over heel. Tyler & Taraji two who’ve turned their early days. Into brand and praise that pays.

Recent headline on the e-news stand. Vulture magazine thinks Perry lifts Oprah’s brand. Not caring what the critics think. Sometimes their words just stink. To his peeps he always stays near. Feeling there’s nothing to fear. Perry and Henson knowing who they serve. Real deal real cookie for who they deserve.

His TV show Haves and Have Nots leads the way. With OWN’s highest ratings is what they say. The third best scripted on cable. Coming from his ATL program stable. Distant past of his first stage play. Wasn’t well received but that was OK. Six year later through the doubt. Finding success beyond the drought.

Carved-out their own lanes as newbies. Now they’re swamped with product freebies. Going from early days on the block. To major brand identity hard knock. A lot like selling fruit or bread. Their brand in market lane of their stead. A bigger audience they now reach. A certain niche their favorite peach.

Henson wins TV Series Best Actress. Ready to grow newest fortress. Named USA Today’s Entertainer of the Year. Cookie Lyon for Times’ most influential flare. Cream rises to the top yet again. As they look back and remember when. More people to go from obscurity. Means more people achieve job security.

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Tip: The real deal in biz, on the block or in Hollywood is having a brand go from regular to spectacular.

Talkback: How does it feel seeing Perry and Henson keep it real by remembering where it all started?

Groove-Tracks: Kendrick Lamar – “Untitled 2” – https://youtu.be/iZJXvjeWlVA

 

Taylor Swift & Mary J Blige – ‘Doubt’ – https://youtu.be/GZ0474w66uw

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Jennifer Hudson and Star Wars Tell Fans to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ as Seen on Dream TV! #BigTimeUniversity

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine with Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (Old-School Flava)

The farewell season of American Idol is here. Wannabes have come and gone as new stars emerged. Jennifer Hudson hopes to grace the stage before curtain close. Hudson and Idol had breakout success just like the Star Wars franchise. They tell fans to ‘expect the unexpected’ as seen on dream TV.

She’s in the Color Purple and said to Playbill “One night I was like, I don’t know if this is for my nerves. I don’t know if I can handle this….. But then, other nights, you feel like you could conquer the world.” These major players give us 2 reasons and 3 results for why 2016 will be a different kind of broken record.

It’s not that Hudson, Idol and Star Wars are in the same league. It’s that they’ve tapped-into their talent gene pool to release creative geniuses. Hudson won an Oscar for Dreamgirls and landed a Grammy for her singing chops. Now she could earn a Tony for her performance on Broadway’s Great White Way.

Her artistry shows us how creative genius gets released like the genie in a bottle. Think about the 70’s TV show ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and how the master would make a request to the genie. The genie would blink and then the results appeared. Our creative genie flows from God, some goodness or groove in the heart.

Hudson shared with CBS New York her hopes for the new gig and new year saying “This is my first time ever playing a glamorous role and a light role, everything else has been really heavy, so it’s good to expand myself.” As with Star Wars, she knows when the force awakens in us we can reach new frontiers.

Groove-Track: Deee-Lite – ‘Groove is in the Heart’ – https://youtu.be/gzoEK545j64

Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine With Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (New-School Flava)

American Idol ‘bout to wrap. Lots of shouts and loud hand clap. The wannabes have come and gone. Many stars have popped and dawned. Jennifer Hudson hopes to grace stage. Before curtain closes the final page. Hudson, Idol and Star Wars touched the sky. Telling fans ‘expect the unexpected’ don’t cry.

She’s in the Color Purple musical. Bringing her on-stage magical. Sometimes not sure if she can handle the nerves. While some stare at her shapely curves. Other nights feeling ready to conquer. By starting as an able victor. Major players with 2 reasons & 3 results. For why 2016 to change broken record tumults.

Not that Hudson, Idol and Star Wars at same level. Just that they give us something to revel. Tapping into their talent gene. Creative geniuses with a gangsta lean. Hudson won an Oscar for Dreamgirls flick. Also landed Grammy for debut album pick. Now poised to get a Tony on her Broadway shtick.

Artistry and genius in motion. Like genie in a bottle from the ocean. Think back to ’70s TV show. When ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ was a go. Her master makes a cool request. Then with a blink it appears in conquest. Our creative genie flows from the heart’s groove. And the God or goodness that makes you wanna move.

Hudson shares her hopes and dream. For the gig and new year theme. Her first time playing glamorous role. Others have come with darker soul. Light and fluffy to have some fun. Not really heavy like previous run. Good chance to expand on her showbiz cheers. As the force awakens us for new frontiers.

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Tip: No matter the workplace or field of dream, creative genius is something great performers can stream.

Talkback: How have Hudson, Idol or Star Wars made a mark in pop culture and showbiz?

Groove-Tracks: Kanye West ft Lupe Fiasco – “Touch the Sky” – https://youtu.be/YkwQbuAGLj4

Jessie J – ‘Flashlight’ – https://youtu.be/QtXby3twMmI

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