Barack Obama & Richard Branson: Two Smart Guys Who Make us Want to Be Like Them #BigTimeUniversity

#BigTimeUniversity – “Small Talk, Street Dreams, Next Level”

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Hotstepping’ – Get Jiggy, Get Woke!”
A Cool Way for Flexing Style, Game & Soul in How We Roll (Old-School Flava)

The Superbowl is over but the memories will live on forever. That’s how it certainly feels for those who came out on the winning side. After the game’s overtime comeback many also welcomed the Obama’s return from vacation. He and Richard Branson are two smart guys who make us want to be like them.

These days Obama might be feeling like Michael Vick who announced his retirement. In an ESPN interview Vick said “I’m ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.” They’re open to another road to career heaven by chasing new dreams to a point of major satisfaction.

Maybe Branson is the right guy to spend time with them on that road. He’s been down different ones a time or two. He was ready to show BO what it feels like to sail, surf and sky to a new venture in career high. It didn’t hurt Obama was willing to go after something he missed because of his role as POTUS44.

Michelle brought her beach style to the shoreline. BO brought his ‘beach cool’ to the kite-surfing highline. Trying something new was very appealing. He took the challenge of stretching beyond his comfort zone to enjoy the splash of success. It’s a day or night to remember, the people and things that give us chills.

In a social media post on his Nobel Peace Summit Award Branson wrote “So many of life’s successes, including many of mine, are owed to the trailblazing actions of others.” Sometimes chasing the dream is inspired by seeing yourself in the success of others and carries on in the lessons shared with others.

Groove-Track: O’Jays – Stairway to Heaven – https://youtu.be/FS0K6syRs40

Theme:–The Year of ‘Hotstepping’ – Get Jiggy, Get Woke!”
A Cool Way for Flexing Style, Game & Soul in How We Roll (New-School Flava)

Another Superbowl done over. Memories to last forever. How those on winning side feel. After last minute overtime steal. Comeback from losing position. To winning and confetti celebration. Meanwhile Obama’s back from vacation. He and Richard Branson two smart guys. Make us want to be like them in wise.

These days Obama on next phase. After downtime and goodbye praise. Maybe feeling like Vick on retirement shift. Into new things as a rift. Wants to move on to new facets. And to apply passion assets. A new career heaven to suppose. Chasing new dreams who knows. To point of satisfaction, smell the rose.

Maybe Branson right guy to share an ode. From time spent on similar road. Been down ones a time or two. Ready to show BO on making it do what it do. What it feels like to sail, surf and sky. To a new venture in career high. BO going after what’s missed. As POTUS44 and FLOTUS44 getting kissed.

Michelle brought beach style to shoreline. BO his ‘beach cool’ to surfing highline. Trying something new very appealing. With cap turned backwards had us reeling. Took the challenge of stretching beyond. Past comfort zone and splash in the pond. In day or night of some thrills. People and things that give us chills.

About Nobel Peace Award Branson wrote. Sometimes getting to success is how you float. On trailblazing actions of other stars. Or striving for house, land and cars. Chasing the dream to the next place. Doing things at your own pace. Inspiring yourself through few kin folks. Those in biz school or just telling jokes.

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Tip: Chasing the dream can further inspire confidence by seeing yourself in the success of others.

Talkback: What might we expect from the Obama’s as their post-presidency style?

Groove-Tracks: Mary J. Blige – A Night to Remember – https://youtu.be/W_v0dnSK4KY

Charlie Wilson – Chills – https://youtu.be/eGsXkZW6s9Q

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Ice Cube Wants to Start a Pro League, Tracee Ellis Ross Wants to Make a Confession #BigTimeUniversity

#BigTimeUniversity – “Small Talk, Street Dreams, Next Level”

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Hotstepping’ – Get Jiggy, Get Woke!”
A Cool Way for Flexing Style, Game & Soul in How We Roll (Old-School Flava)

Folks are still talking about the first full weekend in 2017. Some Hollywood A-listers did it up from coast to coast. There was the big bash with the Obamas in D.C. and the big splash at the Golden Globes. In between it all, Ice Cube said he wants to start a pro league while Tracee Ellis Ross makes a confession.

In her Globes speech she said for Black-ish “It is an honor to be on this show..and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.” Cube & Ross have a new year’s gameplan ‘start now:’ take your swag out the bag and head out the sand.

Ross was excited as a first-timer at the Golden Globes, first time nominated and attended. She won Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy. The last time that happened for a ‘sista’ was with Debbie Allen in 1983. So ‘last time’ doesn’t always mean last ever and ‘never before’ doesn’t always mean not possible.

So Cube’s excited about a 3-on-3 pro basketball league. According to USA Today he said “I started to look at three-on-three basketball and wondered, ‘Why isn’t this played on a pro level?’” That’s how ideas start. Plus, when you look for oil under the sand you might strike gold or for gold below the rocks find oil.

He also said “It’s the most normal form of basketball. And from there it was like, ‘Yo, why don’t we make this happen?’” This is major and he hopes to have it up-and-running by June. So for 2017 Ross tells folks no more drama or same ol’ mistakes as a ‘Stargirl.’ Cube tells folks no more half-stepping as a ‘Starboy.’

Groove-Track: Doug E. Fresh – Keep Rising to the Top – https://youtu.be/pw4Ub613UV8

Theme:–The Year of ‘Hotstepping’ – Get Jiggy, Get Woke!”
A Cool Way for Flexing Style, Game & Soul in How We Roll (New-School Flava)

Folk still are a talking. First full weekend of ‘17 rocking. Hollywood A-listers did it up. From coast to coast non-stop. The Obamas D.C. big bash. Then the Golden Globes a big splash. In between Ice Cube made news. With idea he done fuse. For pro-league snack concessions. While Tracee Ellis makes confessions.

In Globes speech she made clear. Award makes for a great year. Proud to be on Black-ish show. Where magic and cultural beauty flow. Sameness in a story told. Greatness in stories bold. Outside of where industry looks. For padding revenue books. A gameplan to go ‘start now.’ What it takes to bring your wow.

Ross excited as first-timer. Among others she’s a Hot Stepper. First time to be nominated. Just as well as attended. Won Best Actress in TV Comedy nod. Under her breath it was like ‘Thank God.’ Last time Debbie Allen took the spot. Was when a sista had the lot. ‘Never before’ or ‘last time’ doesn’t mean a dot.

So Cube’s forming anew. 3-on-3 pro league about due. Looked around and wondered why. Then started aiming for the sky. That’s how ideas get started. Then sweetened and biz-coated. When looking for oil under sand. It’s all a stroke of the hand. Looking for gold below the rocks. It’s how you up your stocks.

Cube thinks it’s just normal stuff. Getting it going might be tough. Wants to make it happen then. Counting backwards from a ten. May be up-and-running by June. Hopes that’s not a bit too soon. So for 2017 Ross shares some heart. While Cube wants no more half-stepping start. To play your ‘Starboy, Stargirl’ part.

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Tip: A new year’s resolution is a reminder to bring your ‘Starboy, Stargirl’ potential to the big stage.

Talkback: Who made the best fashion statement at the Golden Globes?

Groove-Tracks: Mary J. Blige – No More Drama – https://youtu.be/em328ua_Lo8

The Weeknd – Starboy – https://youtu.be/qtEqEhdRc5s

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LA Reid, Kelly Rowland Can Trade Notes on Going from Back of the Line to Head Honcho #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)

Recently, President Obama had a chat with Misty Copeland. Not for dance lessons but to share life lessons. He’s the first African-American U.S. President, she the first black female principal with American Ballet Theater. Reid & Rowland could trade notes too, on going from back of the line to head honcho.

Rowland is launching her Reality Show while Reid was a BET Honors recipient. In his acceptance speech he said “When I met Kenny [Babyface] I didn’t have the confidence to know I could write. I was just a drummer.” They know chasing duty or chasing destiny is what extraordinary looks like, when all else fails.

Both started their careers in the background. But now they’re cheered by Arsenio’s dog-pound. The Deele and Destiny’s Child were springboards where they would educate their inner gene. It’s one thing to have talent but it’s another thing to release your genius. It takes skill and working on becoming your best self.

Reid shared some of the bumps and bruises along the way in going from drummer to executive. He realized that to elevate his game he had to broaden his credentials. After getting fired from the C-suite at a record company he admits he had to swap pride with humility to better manage his artists and notoriety.

They’ve had stresses in getting to the top. Even Misty Copeland told Time Magazine “When you have all of these expectations and goals to reach this point that 1 percent get to, you know how do you – what do you do when you get there?” Well, after going hard it’s great to celebrate milestones with those you love.

Groove-Track: Earth Wind & Fire – Keep Your Head to the Sky – https://youtu.be/KXMpx2XAf2U

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

President Obama had a chat. With Misty Copeland on this and that. Not for sharing dance lesson tips. But for adding life lesson clips. He, first African-American Prez elected. She, first black female Ballet selected. As with Reid and Rowland trading notes. From behind to in-front with head honcho quotes.

Rowland launching Reality TV show. Reid in BET Honors flow. Acceptance speech given with grace. Tipping his hat to others on the dais. Not first having confidence to write a song. Coached by Babyface in not going wrong. When all else fails in chasing duty. What success looks like in fulfilling destiny.

Both started-out in the background. Now cheered by Arsenio’s dog-pound. The Deele & Destiny’s Child a springboard. Sharp inner gene and showbiz chord. One thing to have talent at your finger tips. Another to release genius from tender lips. Takes skill and working to be great. Becoming best self without the hate.

Reid had bumps and bruises along the way. From drummer to executive in another day. Had to elevate his game from the trenches. With credentials beyond the benches. Getting fired from C-suite a wake-up call. As record company exec came a fall. Had to embrace more humility. To better manage his notoriety.

A few stresses in getting to the top. Even as the dreams don’t stop. Misty Copeland sharing her consent. For reaching ballet theater’s 1 percent. What to do when you get there? Something she wants to make clear. After going hard it’s great to celebrate. Big milestones with those who appreciate.

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Tip: If you wanna be great, learn from those who were chasing destiny above & beyond the call of duty.

Talkback: How has LA Reid changed the game or put his mark on the music business?

Groove-Tracks: DJ Khaled – All I Do is Win – https://youtu.be/GGXzlRoNtHU

 

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out – https://youtu.be/pXRviuL6vMY

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‘POTUS & FLOTUS’ Obamas Woke-Up Their Day with Sunshine in a Spritely Bottle #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)

In the space of a few days the White House went from crying to mourning to dancing. First it was a child crying about the President’s term ending. Then it was paying respects to Justice Scalia, followed by 106 year-old Virginia McLaurin’s dancing. The Obama’s woke-up their day with sunshine in a spritely bottle.

McLaurin’s recent supervisor told the Washington Post “For those of us who complain about commuting to work, neither rain, sleet, snow nor heat keeps Grandma Virginia from reporting to work.” For her getting the day started with passion at work is a breakfast combo of breakthrough zeal and business deal.

After launching a social media campaign to meet the President, she got her chance during Black History Month. She’s lived through ups and downs, heart-aches and bad breaks, depression and recession. But she knew that her lifelong dream to visit the White House would take working smart and showing heart.

Whether it’s meeting the President or working with lions, tigers & bears she wants us to live full. Ever noticed how the needle barely moves over the first few miles after a gas tank fill? Then there’re signs of less in the tank. Well she’s tried to live full from 6 to 106 by getting down for real with twists & shouts.

At first the President got nervous with her dance moves. It wasn’t the Nae Nae or Rihanna’s ‘Work’ video grind. But you can’t tell her she’s not a hot-stepper. When you hear her story she’s sure that longevity was about keeping things moving. If this was like winning a business deal she was ready to play hard.

Groove-Track: Ferris Bueller – Twist & Shout – https://youtu.be/0pGsD23YLvs

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

In space of a few days. White House been through emotional phase. From crying to mourning to dancing. Child upset about Obama’s term ending. Paying respects to Justice Scalia’s passing. Then 106 year-old grandma McLaurin’s dancing. So Obama’s woke-up their day’s throttle. With sunshine in a spritely bottle.

Her recent supervisor tells the press. This woman takes no mess. Last thing she does is complaining. Whether through rain, sleet, snow or heat in commuting. Reporting to duty like clockwork. Getting started with her morning twerk. Passion for the day in breakthrough zeal. Breakfast combo as a business deal.

Social media campaign on her plate. Hoped to meet President before too late. Got her chance in Black History season. Thanked him for having a reason. With ups, downs and heart-aches. Even depression, recession and bad breaks. Lifelong dream coming from the heart. Doing what it took by working smart.

Whether meeting POTUS or hanging with kids. She’s watched America change grids. If lions, tigers and bears live full. Why not us with greater pull. Ever noticed when gas tank full, needle barely moves? She’s done 6 to 106 with twist & shout grooves. Getting things done even with less. Yet still living to her fullest.

Prez got nervous about her steps. Showing she’s still got some peps. Wasn’t the Nae Nae or ‘Work’ video grind. That’s last thing on her mind. Longevity seen in being a hot-stepper. Keeping things moving like a crowd-pleaser. As if winning a business deal, ready to play hard. After stomping at the White House yard.

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Tip: Passion at work shines through as the love for what you do and represent take you places for true.

Talkback: Who was more proud of this White House visit: POTUS, FLOTUS, Grandma or us as citizens?

Groove-Tracks: Flo Rida ft Sage – Going Down for Real – https://youtu.be/F8Cg572dafQ

Jazmine Sullivan – Lions, Tigers & Bears – https://youtu.be/Uh5mEat46fc

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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?


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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.

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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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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Finds Himself Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Theme:– Operation C.R.U.S.H. Against Gun Violence, Bias and Clouded Vision

President Obama made a visit to Chicago recently to drum-up support for Democratic candidates. His trip started out with a Business Roundtable where he “rubbed shoulders,” but was overshadowed by the Fort Hood Shooting. Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanual finds himself between a rock and a hard place.

He’s faced with some serious challenges common to many urban cities. There’re the problems with school closings and street violence to name a few. The most pressing issue it seems deals with tackling the shortfall in pension funds. He’s not shrinking away from the challenge even with the clock ticking.

Some Chicago insiders and elected officials believe this issue is a game-changer. But maybe it’s the way Emanuel is dealing with it head-on that best fits the description. It could serve as a good example for how as a nation we might deal with gun violence. Every time there’s a shooting people analyze without action.

There’s a tendency to point fingers everywhere else but where it belongs. The latest complaints have been about people with mental health issues. Some want to blame the crazies when maybe the buck stops with us the sane. We keep allowing dangerous weapons to get into the hands of unstable people.

Emanuel is known as a tough-nosed guy. The challenges facing Chicagoans exists in others cities and states as well. The pension fund problem is about money and as we know “money talks.” So, is it going to take putting a dollar value on life and death to address gun violence with the same sense of urgency?

Footnote: The problems of urban plight are not fixed by simply pointing fingers at those seen as the “lazies or crazies” but by lifting fingers and empowering lives to be like the sane.

Pope Francis Gets ‘Person of the Year’ Nod and Guess Who’s Crying Foul?

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Theme:– Operation J.U.M.P. For Jobs, Justice & Unsung Dreams

The top-ten list came together. It included President Obama, Senator Ted Cruz and Edward Snowden. Some might say the answer was a no-brainer. Cruz was too much of a new-comer and rabble-rouser. Snowden was too much a hot-potato. So Pope Francis named ‘Person of the Year,’ guess who’s crying?

There’re more people cheering than crying foul so let’s stay positive. Time Magazine Editors made the decision with input from readers. Francis also received a majority vote on other more informal surveys. He’s seen as a breath of fresh air in religious affairs. His focus seems less dogma and more karma.

He’s a man who espouses love over fear and hate. He challenges the trickle-down theory of economics. He encourages the religious establishment to think outside-the-box and serve outside the walls. Francis epitomizes the belief of ‘shared purpose, shared pain, shared gain.’ Well so does Operation J.U.M.P.!

It takes shared purpose to turn unsung dreams into a unifying reality. It takes shared pain to know everybody needs help after losing their jobs due to no fault of their own or their homes when there’s enough fault to go around. It takes shared gain to see how less people having more is bad economics.

Since the ‘Person of the Year’ announcement some have been labeling Francis as a Marxist. That’s like saying he’s an undercover Communist. Isn’t it funny that whenever someone rises up for civil rights and social justice they get tagged in a negative light? Francis must know something about that from the past.

Footnote: Operation J.U.M.P. is a mix of economic justice ideals and social-change reveals that might lead to community resolve made of steel.