Lebron James as Rapper, Ice Cube as Baller: The Genius Behind Their Rise to Fame


The NBA season is a few weeks in and looks like the fellas are still working out the kinks. The Golden State Warriors lost their first game on the night they got their championship rings. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost more than three games in a row and fans are wondering what’s going on in the ‘Land.

Well maybe getting ready for Halloween had them a little distracted. James went to his annual costume party dressed-up as the Pennywise clown from the movie ‘It’. Steph Curry rode in to his on a bicycle like another kind of clown himself. James was also seen on Carpool Karaoke with Ice Cube tagging along.

The costumes of James and Curry stood out as the best. But it’s James as rapper and Ice Cube as baller that helps us see what can make our job performance standout. We see them light-up with their unique strengths and take-off with their creative flow. In a sense that’s the genius behind their rise to fame.

Sometimes sport commentators do the game recap. As they review a big play the video graphics will show how the play unfolded. There’re times the player and the path in the graphics will light-up as things take shape. That’s how James and Cube light-up the scene the way video graphics are smart and cool.

The whole Halloween thing might be scary to some. But it’s a fun way for people to show-off their alter-ego in personality. James could easily go as a rapper. He’s always sharing Instagram clips of his rap-alongs. Cube could easily go as a baller since he’s the co-founder of the 3-on-3 basketball league.


There’s something else about how they make performance stand-out. They get to show-off their alter-ego in passion. Plus, they’ll bring gametime effort as a balance between how they light-up their strengths on the work-side and flex their flow on the play-side. That’s why we cheer because their genius got game.

As a blogger I’m always using my unique strengths to drop some lines. I realize in writing that a part of getting through comes from being heard without necessarily being seen. I also have a love for how music can bring creative flow to the script. It’s the same reason why movie trailers use music in their promos.

Some of what makes James light-up is hitting the big shots. What makes Cube light-up is spitting slick rhymes. But it’s in how their ‘genius got game’ that’s helped them rise to a higher level of fame. They’ve taken what they know from their main thing and turned it into movies, merchandise and pulling strings.

Chris Paul from the Houston Rockets tells his story of unique strengths, creative flow and being traded from the LA Clippers. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to uproot his family. His main concern was, in one sense, around ‘happy wife happy life.’ He also didn’t know how his son felt about leaving his friends.

He took his son on signing-day when he was introduced to the media and fans. The moment he walked out and heard the cheers, it caused him and his son to light-up. The look on his son’s face said it all. So whether as po’ folks or ‘just folks,’ great performance is about how we stand-out and light-up the place.

Tip: Your performance stands-out in how you shake-off the doubts and light-up the place so that your genius got game.

Talkback: What makes the performance of James, Curry or Cube stand-out?

Tracks: Mary J. Blige – Doubt – https://youtu.be/NUE5r4Mzf80

Nappy Roots ft Anthony Hamilton – Po’ Folks – https://youtu.be/QbN6VkleO48

Cathy Hughes, Steve Harvey Showing-up Big, Doing it Best No Matter the Task or Test #BigTimeUniversity

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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)

When the stars align, it seems things work out fine! Just ask Cathy Hughes and Steve Harvey who’ve been doing it major. Harvey’s busy planning his next ‘sand and soul’ gig. Hughes is savoring her recent honor. They keep showing-up big and doing it best, no matter how small is the task or how hard the test.


In her story on the value of learning from others, she said “You can benefit from the mistakes and bumps in the road that the person who went first had to endure.” From experience, Hughes & Harvey model 3 keys for dreaming big: stepping into our imagination, thinking outside the box and turning-up our passion.

The secret’s in how they set it off to build a business, grow a brand and blaze a trail. Hughes took a dollar and dream to purchase her first radio station. Now she runs a company with 50+ outlets. Plus the cable TV venture is part of her production squad. There’s even a communications school with her name on it.

From dating advice, success tips and comedy clips, Harvey keeps extending his wings and reach. He knows growing a brand has a lot to do with spreading what you love doing, so much so that people send love back. He turned laughs from a corner of the streets into Kings of Comedy feats & Daytime TV treats.

Harvey shared an inspirational quote on social media that said “Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which one will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally.” It’s a recipe good for being on track and doing what it takes to run run run!

Groove-Track: Strafe – Set it Off – https://youtu.be/z8wokfoyHf4

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

What happens when the stars align? Things just seem to work out fine. Ask Cathy Hughes Media or Steve Harvey TV. They’ll share some advice for free. Harvey planning next big gig. Hughes savoring recent honor with a jig. Showing-up big, doing it best. No matter the work task or life test.

Value in learning from others. Whether line sisters or frat brothers. Mistakes and bumps from being bold. With persons who went first or did it cold. Ways to make it around the bend. And endure to the bitter end. Hughes & Harvey model 3 keys. For dreaming big from A to Zs. Imagination, passion then saying cheese.

Secret’s in how they set it off. When others wanted to tease and scoff. Business, brand and blazing a trail. Bouncing back from a prior fail. Hughes took a dollar and a dream. Now she’s got radio & TV production team. Howard University Comm School has her name on it. A testament for how she didn’t quit.

Dating advice, success tips, comedy clips. Even dressing-up like the pips. He keeps reaching and stretching his wings. Growing his brand until fat lady sings. Spreading it thick in what he’s doing. As love comes back money’s flowing. Laughs in Kings of Comedy feats. On street corner or Daytime TV treats.

Quote on social media sure to inspire. To sow seeds in the morning and go higher. Where hands not idle for too long. Keep it moving and stay strong. Never know whether this or that will do. Or if both equally will come thru. Being on track to run run run. Even moreso to have fun fun fun.


Tip: When dreaming big it’s important to handle the nerves, tackle the curves and dazzle what life serves.

Talkback: What’s the best way to describe Hughes or Harvey: Moguls or Idols?

Groove-Tracks: Jill Scott – Run Run Run – https://youtu.be/vNQ6_T2Fz30

Chance the Rapper – Blessings – https://youtu.be/0j8frgmdvgc

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Bear Grylls and President Obama Step-out the Bubble to Leave a Mark in the Wild – #WUWECAST

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?


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

It’s not often that people get to hang-out with Kings and Queens. That’s usually reserved for folks in high standing. Then there’s Bear Grylls who gets to bond with celebrities around survival skills. He and President Obama stepped-out ‘the bubble’ to send a message to D.C. and leave a mark in the wild.

In a clip on Today.com from his show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Obama is heard saying “This has got to be one of the best days of my presidency. First of all, I’m not in the office. Second of all, I’m not in a suit.” It’s a case of them making a point about wildest dreams by stepping out their comfort zone.

On the show celebrities take a discovery journey. They build confidence and after a while things happen less by chance and more by choice. Overcoming a challenge in the office or the wild is good for leaving a mark or being unbreakable. Plus, a sense of purpose helps with ‘leaving marks before the concrete dries.’

Grylls turned his early career as an SAS soldier into a Reality TV Adventurer. Much of his claim to fame is with beating common fears, taking climbs and surviving the wilds. For him, stepping out the bubble at work is fun, like playing with plastic wrap. Squeeze here before the popping champagne sound you hear.

He says to the British Telegraph “I don’t believe we’ve begun yet. I still think we’re at ground zero, and if we really get our act together over the next few years we can build that into an absolutely huge, huge business around the world.” Obama wants to build a legacy and Grylls wants to build outdoor adventures.

Groove-Track: Michael Jackson – ‘Unbreakable’ – https://youtu.be/GcAASD4FZM8

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

Not often people change shoe strings. Or hangout with Queens and Kings. Left for folks in high standing. Or others with social ranking. There’s Bear Grylls who gets to bond. Around survival skills with peeps he’s fond. Grylls and Obama step-out the bubble. Sends message to D.C. leaving marks in the rubble.

As seen in Today.com clip. He and Obama take a trip. On Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Obama seemed open to new thrills. Sees it as a best day in office as president. Part of being a Beltway resident. This time he’s not in a suit. Making a point without horns to toot. Stepping out comfort zone to bear fruit.

On show celebs take journey of discovery. Building confidence in their ability. Like fire under the feet as a test. Success less by chance but choice and zest. Getting over challenge in the office or wild. Good for adult and adventurous child. Leave a mark or be unbreakable. A purpose like concrete that’s unshakable.

Grylls began career as a soldier. Now Reality TV’s freelance Adventurer. Claim to fame is beating common fears. Surviving climbs past mud, sweat and tears. Stepping out the bubble is like playing. With plastic wrap found in packaging. Squeeze here to sound the pop. Champagne flows and you don’t stop.

Telling British media it’s just the start. Of what he wants to do worlds apart. Hoping to go from ground zero. To renowned survivalist hero. Thinking this could become huge venture. An enterprise in global outdoor adventure. So while Obama works to build a legacy. Grylls hopes to build skill-set supremacy.


Tip: Wildest dreams start by stepping-out the comfort zone and building acclaim in skill-set supremacy.

Talkback: How would other politicians do if they were to appear on Running Wild?

Groove-Tracks: Leona Lewis – ‘Fire Under My Feet’ – https://youtu.be/bGCZL801OfQ

Anthony Hamilton – “Comin’ From Where I’m From” – https://youtu.be/-4LVf9qdFYA

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