Pharrell Williams Returns as ‘Voice’ Coach and Mentor in the Game of Flow #WUWECAST

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!” #WUWECAST

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

He’s had 17 top-10 hits, plus 10 Grammys and counting. He’s been in the music business behind the scenes for a long time. Now he’s mixing things up in fashion, technology and social causes. The road hasn’t been all ‘happy’ though. So what’s he got up his sleeves as a returning ‘Voice’ coach and mentor?

Almost a year ago he was named the newest personality on NBCs ‘The Voice.’ Since then he’s had a banner year. A few years back he had hit a rough patch in his music career that could have been a deal breaker. But his comeback reflects a closely-held philosophy that ‘believing is a preview to achieving.’

He kept the wheels turning and opportunities flowing. This opened doors with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk. Williams wised-up in not trying to be like other artists. This led to embracing his unique gifting, being more purpose-driven and owning his lane. Steve Harvey might say ‘he let his gifting do the lifting.’

His acclaim jumped leaps and bounds with the success of the single Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. This took him to the next-level in crossover appeal. He teamed-up with other artists on lyrical tracks for hot records. He’s also using his industry contacts and networking chops to make a difference.

You’ve probably seen him on the GQ magazine cover. He was also listed among Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential’ in 2014. Williams’s success is a reminder that believing comes before achieving. His gifting and life’s work is to coach emerging music talent. He mentors others on their unique glow and flow.

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

10 Grammy awards and counting. 17 Top-10 hits and grooving. A long time in music biz behind the scenes. Now in the front making the greens. Mixing things up in fashion and tech. Add in social causes just for the heck. Hasn’t been all ‘happy’ time though. As returning ‘Voice’ coach and mentor in the flow.

Almost a year now being named newest personality. On NBC’s ‘The Voice’ a different kind of reality. Since then he’s racked up a banner year. Even after hitting a rough patch in his music career. Easily could have been a deal breaker. Now his comeback reflects ‘believer to achiever, mover and shaker.’

This helped keep his wheels a turning. With more cash and flash a flowing. Opened doors with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk collabs. Not to mention giving advice on fashion fabs. Williams says that it’s about embracing. Steve Harvey might say it’s his unique gifting. Owning his lane by more purpose-driven living.

Acclaim jumped leaps and bounds that’s a fact. After success of Happy on Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Took him to the next-level in crossover appeal. With Uniqlo fashion line having its own look and feel. Teamed-up with others on lyrical tracks. Making a difference through networking and business contacts.

As seen on the GQ magazine cover. He’s settled down with his longtime lover. Listed on Time magazine’s influential-100 ranking. Success a reminder of believing before achieving then banking. A gifting for coaching emerging talent on musical flow. Life’s work in mentoring others on their unique glow.

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Tip: If professional coaching is about unique flow then personal mentoring adds to your unique glow.
Talkback: How is coaching/mentoring a factor on ‘The Voice,’ American Idol or even in the workplace?
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This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!” #WUWECAST

When Usher met Justin Bieber He Saw the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in His Protégé

(Part 11) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

It doesn’t happen often but it did for Justin Bieber. The young breakout star got his start on YouTube. After posting a few song clips, he caught the eye of Usher. When Bieber met Usher in Atlanta, it was the start of big things. Usher remembers seeing the ‘eye of the tiger’ in Bieber who has become his protégé.

This is the classic example of an apprentice relationship. It’s where you start out as a rookie or new recruit. Usher decided to mentor Bieber as a big-brother and protector. Bieber’s singing talent was plenty. But since he was new to the music business he had to learn to ‘think like a winner and act like a star.’

With no formal music training beyond a few drum lessons, Bieber became self-taught on the guitar. He’s had to work hard and remain focused on growing his singing appeal. While most teenagers get to hangout, Bieber makes the sacrifice in his social life. It’s how he prepares for platinum records.

If you were to ask Usher whether Bieber will have longevity, he might say it depends on his motivation. He’s got to want it more for himself than someone else wants it for him. His star power will outshine others if he’s bent on being an original and not a copy. Originals last for a while. Copies last for a minute.  

Bieber has achieved much success at a young age. His humble beginnings point to a great future. His attitude early on was that of ‘school me.’ He was ready and willing to soak up the knowledge of the business like a sponge. He’s shown how the right mentor can help move you closer to the big time.

 

(Part 11) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

It happened for Justin Bieber. Teenage girls caught the fever. Young, gifted and hot. Using Youtube to land a spot. Posting a few song clips. Finding a Manager who shared some tips. First meeting Usher in ATL. Becoming his protégé the world knows well. With the ‘eye of the tiger,’ he’s got the goods to sell.

The classic relationship as an apprentice. Ready as ever to pump his fist. Starting out as a rookie or new recruit. Becoming a household name to boot. With Usher as his big-brother and mentor. A reason for being his protector. Bieber’s singing talent is plenty. Thinking like a winner acting like a star before twenty.

No formal music lessons to show. Bieber put his game in the flow. Becoming self-taught on drums and guitar. Hoping one day to drive a sports car. Staying focused on his music appeal. Knowing his road to platinum would take zeal. Wooing the girls in looks, fragrance and feel.

Will Bieber have longevity in the biz?  Depends on his motivation as a whiz. Usher knows he’s got to want it more. Than worrying about a beef or settling some score. His star power will shine for long. If he’s an original like King Kong. Originals tend to last for a while. But copies end up on the junk pile.

Bieber has seen success at a young age. His humble beginnings point to the next stage. Seeking out as much ‘school me’ knowledge. Soaking up stuff like Sponge Bob in College. Sure, he’s ready willing and able. To have more success in his stable. As another mentoring success who’s capable.         

Tip: The classic mentoring relationship has taken many from ‘promising start to big-time finish’ using life-skills as a tool and adding in pop culture cool.

Talkback: How has social media helped change the game in getting good exposure or a needed break?

Essence Festival and Pebbles Presented ‘R&B Star’ to Groom New Talent

(Part 10) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

 Where can you find singer/songwriter Pebbles these days? Well, she teamed-up with Essence on a national R&B Star search. It’s about looking for the ‘X-factor’ among a sea of singing talents. They’re mentoring emerging stars by getting them ready for Showtime. 

This kind of mentoring in Corporate America is often called a pipeline development relationship. The journey is one of discovery. You connect with your unique talents, voice and vision. You’re in touch with who you are and why you are. The more you know what makes you tick the more things begin to click.

In the music business, this calls for artist development. In the case of mentoring it’s about personal and career enjoyment. You have to put in the time to go from good to great. Pebbles sees herself helping artists reach their full potential. This takes going from creation to production.

Yea, being true to yourself and not something else is important. Plus, your reputation in-house or on the streets helps you catch the eyes of others. A good mentor or sponsor might be the missing link to getting you to the next level. But it’s reputation and name recognition that make you get noticed. 

That’s the whole idea behind R&B Star. That’s the truth of the matter with mentoring. When your name gets called you’re ready for primetime. You can deliver the goods to perform on Showtime. You’re right on point when the breakthrough meant for you comes in the nick of time.

(Part 10) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

What’s singer/songwriter Pebbles up to these days? Making a name for herself in new ways. She’s been looking for a national R&B Star. With the help of Essence the winner should go far. The one with the “X-factor’ in signing talent. Who’d be rockin’ the mic with Showtime content.

Corporate America calls it ‘mentoring to fill the pipeline.’ The kind of relationship that needs discovery time. Connecting with your unique talents, voice and vision. Being in tough with your inner mission. Knowing who you are and what makes you tick. And the reason why you are as things begin to click.

With music it’s about artist development. With mentoring it’s in personal and dream enjoyment. As you put in the time going from good to great. Your skills you better appreciate. Pebbles taking artists’ potential to the top. From creation to the production shop. A process where the beat just don’t stop.

Yea, being true to yourself is key. If you wanna earn a fat fee. Your reputation In-house or on the streets. Helps you achieve some major feats. Catching the eyes of a good mentor or sponsor. Could be the ticket or success anchor. Your name in lights might pop-up. As you get noticed and begin to blow-up.

That’s how the new R&B Star gets a deal. And how mentors, role models and sidekicks work for real. You feel you’re ready for primetime. You’ve got the goods to perform on Showtime. You’re on point knowing success takes a climb. As your breakthrough shows-up in the nick of time.      

Tip: Mentors, role models and sidekicks might tell you to cheer-up, but reputation plus a good sponsor make you blow-up.

Talkback: Who are some has-been artists you’d like to see make a comeback or emerging artists you’d like to see blow-up?

Ray Lewis Says He’s Got La’Shaun Armstrong’s Back for Life

(Part 9) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

NFL Linebacker Ray Lewis plays with the heart of a lion. This off-season he showed he’s got a heart of gold. Lewis connected with La’Shaun Armstrong during his family loss. Armstrong’s mother drowned herself and three kids in the Hudson River. Lewis says he’s got Armstrong’s back with mentoring for life.

When the news first broke Lewis felt he had to do something. His actions were like that seen in a life-saver relationship. He reached out to Armstrong as soon as he heard about the tragedy. Lewis plans to be there for Armstrong with the friendship that comes from having a ‘big brother.’

This story so moved Lewis and others that they quickly planned a black-tie fundraiser. The honored guests were Armstrong and his Grandmother. Lewis pledged dollars from his foundation for La’Shaun’s education. Oftentimes, mentoring is about practicing the stewardship of your time, talent and money.

Armstrong’s not sure if he wants to play pro football when he grows up. He’s being encouraged to take things one day at a time. During tough times one can either shrink like a violet or bloom like a rose. The choice you make to upload your star status will depend on the leadership steps you take. 

Lewis can do for Armstrong what Tony Dungy has done for Michael Vick. When setbacks or panic attacks hit, there may be some downtime in between time. Mentors, role models and sidekicks are reminders that it’s not over unless you quit and rollover. The right attitude of gratitude will cause a shift in your altitude.

 

(Part 9) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

Ray Lewis plays Linebacker like a lion. That’s his way on the gridiron. This off-season showing his heart of gold. Connecting with La’Shaun Armstrong when life went cold. His mother drowned herself and family in the Hudson River. Lewis promised him mentoring to last from now and forever.

He felt he had to do something. To keep Armstrong from crying. Taking action like that of a life-saver. Reaching out to him to provide some cover. He plans to be there as a ‘big brother’ head on. Sticking close to Armstrong even though Mom’s dead and gone.

Some were moved to organize. A black-tie fundraiser and grand prize. With honored guests Armstrong and his Grandmother. Ray serving as ‘father figure.’ Pledging dollars from his foundation. For Armstrong’s long-term education. Giving time, talent and money in stewardship. Mentoring him towards a scholarship.

Armstrong’s not sure about a football career. He’s glad to just have Lewis’ ear. Taking things one day at a time. Making sure he doesn’t succumb to crime. Shrink like a violet or bloom like a rose? During tough times it’s a matter of staying on your toes. To upload your star status means leadership’s not closed.

Lewis can do from Armstrong. What Tony Dungy did for Vick who’s back strong. When setbacks or panic attacks hit. Mentors can help you stay fit. By having the right attitude of gratitude. That’ll cause a shift in your altitude. Reminding you that it’s not over until it’s over. Or unless you quit and rollover.     

Tip: Mentors can help us make the shift in attitude when setbacks or panic attacks threaten our altitude.

Talkback: How have Michael Vick or Ray Lewis been an influence or made an impact in everyday life?

Venus and Serena Williams Found Greatness in Coaching & Mentoring

(Part -8-) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

 They’re not twins, but a hell of a tag team! That’s one way to describe Venus and Serena Williams. Years ago they first burst on the scene in braids and braces. Today they’re rocking the latest in tennis gear and After-5 wear. They found greatness in Dad’s passion for the game and Mom’s sacrifice for their success.

Growing up in Compton, they were instilled with a strong sense of belief. It’s what’s necessary for any achievement. You have to believe that you can. Then when the time’s right, you have to believe that you’re ready. Plus, no matter what others think, you have to believe that you’re worthy of the opportunity.

Theirs was a family-affair relationship that came with coaching and mentoring. Coaching doesn’t always mean 1-on-1 mentoring. But mentoring will quite likely involve some coaching. Coaching is normally skills related. But mentoring also included the emotional support they got from Mom.

So how might this support have helped upload their star status? Well, it took them through life’s eye-opening ‘aha moments.’ They were prepared for the game’s ‘make or break’ defining moments. Their parents celebrated with them as they climbed the ranks towards sports’ bright shining moments.

The coaching and mentoring they received was mixed in with tough love. They’ve shown you can achieve your dreams even when growing-up in the inner city or projects. It doesn’t matter what ‘side of the tracks’ you’re on. It’s about how ballers make the most of the brains, beauty and heartbeats they’re given.  

 

(Part -8-) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

The Williams sisters are not twins. But boy do they come to win. That’s how some see Venus and Serena. As tennis pros and doubles hyena. First breaking on the scene. With braids and braces looking lean. In the day rocking tennis gear. At night in After-5 wear. Finding greatness in Dad and Mom’s personal care.

Growing up in Compton with a strong sense of belief. Tennis might have brought them some relief. Knowing achievement means believing you can. Long before you gain a single fan. Then you have to believe that you’re ready. Pursuing your goals strong and steady. Like someone who feels truly worthy.

Theirs was a family-affair relationship. With coaching and mentoring for real leadership. Coaching not always to mean 1-on-1 mentoring. But mentoring that likely involved some heart-to-heart coaching. If coaching’s more related to a skill. Then mentoring brought emotional support without addiction to a pill.

So how’d this support help upload their star status? It’s like getting ready to climb mount Olympus. By rising up the ladder in rank. And putting more money in the bank. Going through eye-opening ‘aha moments.’ Preparing for ‘make or break’ defining moments. Celebrating those bright shining moments.

The coaching and mentoring they received. Was mixed with tough love not to be deceived. Just shows how dreams can be made. Looking past the inner city or a low grade. It really doesn’t matter what ‘side of the tracks’ you start. It’s about ballers making the most of their brains, beauty and beats of the heart.

Tip: Mentors, role models and sidekicks help you think less about the ‘side of the track’ on which you start and more about your brains, beauty and beats of the heart.

Talkback: What has made the Williams sisters and other pros such game-changers in their field?

Rapper Turned Geek MC Hammer Gives Mentoring a Good Name

(Part 7) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

You’ve heard of ‘rapper turned actor.’ There’re a few that come to mind. How about ‘rapper turned geek?’ Well, MC Hammer has taken his game to a new playground. He’s gone from ‘crash and burn’ to ‘crash and earn.’ Hammer’s now sharing his experiences in a way that gives mentoring a good name.

What can we learn from a rapper as it relates to mentoring? Hammer has shown how to invent or even reinvent yourself. You have to fire-up your passion. He’s gone from a passion for Hip-Hop to a passion for gadgets. Passion is not really about swagger. It’s in how you take your talent and ‘bring it’ bigger.

Hammer has invested in a few tech companies. He’s put his money where his heart is. In order to upload your star power you have to invest in yourself. This could be by reading books to grow your knowledge or taking classes to expand your horizon. That’s how you set the stage for a brighter future.

At this year’s NFL Hall of Fame induction, many shared stories from their journey on becoming a pro. A few remembered how their hard life as a child kept them going and growing. With mentors, role models and sidekicks around, they found something deep down inside that inspired them to ‘get-up-and-go.’

Hammer would admit he made some mistakes. But here’s a guy who said he was “too legit to quit.” He’s now mentoring others in a kind of ‘shadowing relationship.’ Every success story is a lesson in how you invent or reinvent yourself. Hammer knows that as you invest in yourself you’re sure to be inspired!

 

(Part 7) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

First there’s ‘rapper turned actor.’ A few you’ve seen in the theater. How ‘bout ‘rapper turned geek?’ Not everyone at night’s a freak. MC Hammer moves his game to a new playground. Taking ‘crash and burn’ to a ‘crash and earn’ compound. Giving mentoring a good name. Sharing his experiences and fame.

A rapper doing some mentoring? Or is it just more venting? Hammer shows how to invent or reinvent. Firing-up his passion with fresh content. Going from a love for Hip-Hop. To working with gadgets and gurus in flip-flops. Passion is not really about swagger. It’s how you take your talent and ‘bring it’ bigger.

Hammer’s invested in tech start-ups. Putting money from his heart up. This says something about star power upload. By how you invest in yourself for life’s road. Reading books to grow your knowledge. Taking classes during and after college. Expanding on your horizon. Maybe a brighter future with Verizon.

At this year’s Hall of Fame Induction. Many success stories for fan consumption. Of going from a regular Joe. To becoming an NFL pro. The hard times as a child. Without mentors, role models and sidekicks, could have gone wild. But each found something deep down inside. That kept them inspired with pride.

Hammer made mistakes, he’d sure admit. But he’s the one who’s “too legit to quit.” Now he’s mentoring and influencing others. A kind-of ‘shadowing relationship’ with young leaders. Every success story is a lesson to keep. In how you invent, reinvent, and inspire yourself to the top of the heap.

Tip: Success is a lesson in how you invent or reinvent yourself by being inspired to invest in yourself.

Talkback: How might rappers and other artists make a difference today as role models and mentors?

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Passion Projects are Like a Mentoring Explosion

(Part 6) Star Power Upload: (Old-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

 First Lady Michelle Obama puts her passion into two community service projects. Let’s Move geared towards childhood obesity and Joining Forces in support of military families. She hopes for healthier and happier lives. Imagine if 2 or 3, 200 or 300, 2000 or 3000 of us got together for a mentoring explosion?

The First Lady sees the need to strengthen ties with kids and military families. They are often affected by missing fathers, some deployed at war. This is like what happens in single-parent households. Adults as well as kids can sometimes lose their way when there’s a weakened connection in the family.

What makes these efforts, or mentoring itself, a model community service project? Well, it’s a way to serve people so deeply that they remain close to family and country. In the case of mentors, role models and sidekicks, it’s about a bond that becomes so strong, it speeds more success along.

Maybe the First Lady feels it takes a village to support kids and military families through their trials and setbacks. A mentoring explosion would help establish a village too. This way generation next of America’s youth get the support they need to face their fears and tackle their dreams.   

These initiatives are about showing some love to kids and military families. They hope to increase the flow of opportunities that are missing or lacking. A mentoring explosion just might be the ticket to reaching the ‘masses in classes.’ In showing them some love, they can go from the classroom to the boardroom.

(Part 6) Star Power Upload: (New-School Flava)
Why Mentors, Role Models and a Few Sidekicks Make You Shine!

First Lady Michelle Obama. Sticks with the theme of no-drama. Launches Joining Forces and Let’s Move. To keep kids and military families in the groove. Focusing on health and wellness. With the help I’m sure of ‘his highness.’ How ‘bout 2 or 3000 strong? Building a ‘mentoring explosion’ before long?

The First Lady sees the need to strengthen ties. With kids and military families who go through many highs. Often with missing fathers, some deployed at war. Mothers tempted to hang out at the bar. A lot like single-parent households in the hood. Children lose their way ‘cause a family connection’s no good.

Mentoring explosion, a model community service project? You betta not find reasons to object. It’s a way to serve so deeply. That people cherish family and country. With mentors, role models and sidekicks. No need for any cheap tricks. It’s about a bond that’s so strong. It speeds more success along.

Maybe the First Lady feels it takes a village. As kids and military families rock their image. Overcoming the fear of attack. Supporting them through trials and setback. So that they do make a comeback. A mentoring explosion means the same thing too. Helping America’s youth’s dreams to come through.

Showing love to everyday folk. Who often need to laugh and joke. Hoping opportunities aren’t missing or lacking. So depression doesn’t have them packing. A mentoring explosion just might be. The ticket to reaching the ‘masses in classes’ you see. As they go from the classroom. Maybe even to the boardroom.

Tip: Mentors, role models and sidekicks can build a bond that’s so strong, it speeds more success along.

Talkback: What would happen if 2 or 3000 came together to create a ‘mentoring explosion’ flash mob?