Lebron James and Allyson Felix Share Something in Common that’s Less About Speed and More About ‘Flowe’


The Grammy nominations are out and a bunch of first-timers top the list. It seems Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish are the new faces of pop music. Lizzo leads the way with eight nods while Nas X and Eilish scored six nods. It’s their first time being nominated and represent a kind of ‘next gen’ Grammy class.

Some pop culture watchers say it’s becoming less about album sales and more about music streams as a gauge for how fans are listening. That’s the situation in the music business while in sports there’s a similar debate. As new athletes come on the scene how do veteran athletes stay relevant in the game?

Carmelo Anthony faces that question as he joins a new NBA team in his late playing days. He might look to Lebron James and Allyson Felix for clues. They share something in common that’s less about speed and more about ‘flowe.’ That seems to be the key to how they keep their game up and their gifting relevant.

Felix was recently seen in an add with Usain Bolt with a stack of medals around her neck. She has passed Bolt as the most decorated World Championship athlete with the most gold medals. Now she’s looking towards the 2020 Olympics to add more hardware and to possibly make history with team USA.


For James in his second season with the Lakers, he made history himself, becoming the first-ever player to score a triple-double with every NBA team over his career. The Lakers are off to a big start with the best record in the league. So how do they keep making it ‘do what in do’ in their careers? Well it’s with:

  1. Focus

Jams and Felix seem to do a good job managing their off-season focus and their in-season focus. When it’s off-season they’re busy building market cred and hometown impact with new projects. In-season they’re doing things that have fans thinking they haven’t lost a step from start to finish of the season.

  1. Leadership

James has played for three different teams in his career. Each time it seems he brings a new level of leadership to the mix. Felix has been running her tail off for as long as most can remember. She recently had an issue with a sponsor for lack of support during motherhood. She’s still showing poise and grace.


  1. Outlook

Making it ‘do what it do’ in career is sometimes a question of outlook. As with the aspect of their leadership, how they see things gives them a sense of self-accountability. They know having a good outlook means seeing the big picture before the big moment, seeing the forest from the trees.

  1. Work-Ethic

Maybe one of the hardest parts of having a good work ethic is being able to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, when no one’s really watching. That’s what the off-season is probably like for James and Felix, even though today’s social media world gives fans more ways to be watching.

There’re probably more medals and championship feats left in James and Felix. Who knows, they might be a good pairing for an ad campaign too. He’s trying to win one more NBA crown and she as Track & Field’s queen, is trying to win one more Olympic event. Maybe ‘sports gods’ are waiting to play their part.

Tip: It takes a fresh stream of ‘flowe’, that’s focus, leadership, outlook and work-ethic to keep your game up and your gifting relevant.

Talkback: Can you see James and Felix together in an ad campaign? For what product/service?

Tracks: Alicia Keys – In Common – https://youtu.be/4HazJhPnrB8

Janelle Monae Ft. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N. – https://youtu.be/tEddixS-UoU

The Inside Scoop for How Allyson Felix Schooled Ryan Lochte on Having Amazing Grace #BigTimeUniversity

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

LOL Tube – Got Funny?


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

Al Roker may no longer be trending but recently he became a big Internet sensation. After more detail came out from the Ryan Lochte story, Roker wasn’t having it. While Lochte was cleaning up his story Allyson Felix was cleaning-up on the track. She schooled Lochte on what it takes to have amazing grave.

Leading up to and at the Olympics Felix had a series of gut-wrenching setbacks. In a recent tweet she wrote “When you feel broken. When you have nothing left to give. Remain faithful. Keep fighting. Joy comes in the morning.” She gave us 3 options for flashing A+ swagger in a performance crunch.

Felix missed-out on qualifying for the 200 meters at the US trials. She then lost the 400 meters Olympic final by a hair. Both times she was beaten at the line by a falling runner. She has a template for handling adversity. It’s in forgetting those things which are behind and pressing towards the mark of a champion.

Even when they dropped the stick in the 4X100 heats, Felix called on some ‘smile diplomacy.’ This pushed her teammates to finish the race before issuing a protest. If they hadn’t completed the initial race, they wouldn’t have had another chance. In the finals, the squad blew away the rest of the field.

When asked by the Today Show about how she moved from feeling devastated, Felix showed true character. “You’re going to have obstacles. There’s going to be adversity. Let your spirit shine through.” She displayed humility in ways that helped her turn a surprise setback into a history-making comeback.

Groove-Track: Curtis Mayfield – Back to Living Again – https://youtu.be/FdUNwo5HXdU

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

Al Roker no longer trending. Since Internet sensation branding. After detail of Lochte’s story came out. Already begun to up-end Ryan’s clout. Tried to clean-up what he said. But damage already done Fred. Hoping for gold in last act. Felix cleaned-up on the track. And schooled Lochte on amazing grace in black.

A gut-wrenching moment in trials loss. Felix still planned to rock like da boss. In recent tweet she wrote. Words to embrace and quote. When broken with little to give. Remain faithful in how you live. Get back up and keep fighting. ‘Cause joy comes in the morning. 3 options for flashing A+ swagger and top billing.

Missed-out on 200 meter spot. Didn’t sit well in 4th finish slot. Lost 400 meters final by a hair. Winner falls across line in a scare. A template for handling adversity. Something to share at ‘Big Time University.’ Forgetting those things which are behind. Pressing towards mark of champion’s next find.

Even in relay when stick was dropped. Didn’t mean that passion had stopped. So she called on some ‘smile diplomacy.’ As if to trigger a distant legacy. Getting teammates to complete the race. Made a second chance fall in place. In finals, squad blew away the field. Taking home gold and ‘girl power’ shield.

How she keeps going from devastated? Tells Today Show it’s being pro-rated. With true character in her explanation. For how to handle the situation. Obstacles come from time to time. Dealing with adversity not a crime. Spirit of humility shone through next move. From setback to history-making comeback groove.


Tip: A+ swagger isn’t just about skill & status but handling adversity with patience, diplomacy & humility.

Talkback: Is Felix going to be remembered more for her relay race or her amazing grace?

Groove-Tracks: Kirk Franklin – Smile – https://youtu.be/Z8SPwT3nQZ8

Joey Bada$$ – Devastated – https://youtu.be/DWDD3AyMtxs

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