Mahershala Ali & Ava DuVernay Gave Fitting Toasts to Folks and those That Mean Most #BigTimeUniversity

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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)

Another big moment, another tear jerker! That could easily describe some of the highlights from this year’s Oscars. With more black nominees in the running, it was a more diverse picture. There were a few special moments too. Mahershala Ali and Ava DuVernay gave fitting toasts to folks that mean the most.

Ali did it while accepting his Best Supporting Actor award. DuVernay shared hers during a Red Carpet moment. On his wife’s support Ali said “I want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and carrying me through it all.” Hey hot shot, that’s the look & stock of a leader, hook & heart of a winner.

DuVernay is one of the newest producers in Hollywood circles. As the brains behind OWN’s Queen Sugar, she’s giving new talent the opportunity to rise and shine. The thing about leaders like her is that they can separate the diamond from the dust. They know where the dust ends and the dynamo begins.

Ali has been working his way up the acting charts with a recent role in the movie Hidden Figures. His approach to the acting craft was drilled into him by teachers and industry mentors. By his own words of ‘serving the characters’ he shared the accolade and the hook for winning of turning lemons in lemonade.

When asked about advice Oprah has shared with her that stuck, DuVernay gave some ‘Pop Sugar’ saying Oprah once told her “When something’s not going your way, don’t think why is this happening to me, but think why is this happening for me.” No problem: think like a leader and have heart like a winner.

Groove-Track: Karen Young – Hot Shot – https://youtu.be/zRwu-ld3jSU

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

Big moment on Oscars stage. Could have turned into rage. Tear jerker and crowd pleaser. Unforgettable show-stopper. Highlights of what was seen. More black nominees on screen. With special moments to boot. Breakout movies taking the loot. Ali and DuVernay on set. Maybe we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Good toast accepting his award. Best supporting actor applaud. Her moment on Red Carpet quiz. On doing it in showbiz. Ali thanking wife for being good soldier. A class act about being a shoulder. Through ups and downs thick and thin. To praising her with the win. Hot shot with look, stock and leader’s pin.

DuVernay new producer in the mix. A Hollywood circle of chics. As brains behind OWN’s Queen Sugar. Giving new talent chance to think bigger. Rise and shine towards the stars. In how they lay down their cards. To separate diamond from dust. Where dynamo begins is a must.

Ali working his way up. To key roles and filling his cup. With recent Hidden Figures role. Keeping it moving on his sole. Approach to acting craft well set. By teachers, mentors and life’s bet. ‘Serve the characters’ to get paid. Sharing the love and accolade. Winning by turning lemons into lemonade.

In terms of Oprah advice she keeps. Or wants to share with us peeps. About something not going your way. Just think and sometimes pray. What’s happening not about rain. But about turning things into gain. No problem, thus says the leader. Or those who have heart like a winner.

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Tip: The look and stock of a leader might show up in advice they give and in the confidence they live.

Talkback: Who can say they saw this Oscars mess-up coming?

Groove-Tracks: Chance the Rapper – No Problem – https://youtu.be/rgUp1e-2UTM

Childish Gambino – Redbone – https://youtu.be/ezbsbkqoRrs

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

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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 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.

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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.

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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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Cory Booker, Yes! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, For Sure! They Spoke, Listened & Walked! #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

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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 stage was set for a parade of graduates. One by one they’d step forward to receive their diplomas. But first they had to sit through a series of speeches. The headline speaker was some well-known public figure. Cory Booker, Yes! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, For sure! They spoke, folks listened and then walked!

Booker said, “Stay faithful because you have come this far by faith—faith in each other, faith in yourselves, faith in our country…you may not be called to change the whole world, but to one person, you could make a world of difference.” That’s a real important leadership value for getting what you put in.

Before receiving his honorary degree Abdul-Jabbar poked fun at how social media has taken over in pop culture. He used his own journey to sell the idea of connecting to new opportunities. Whether it’s in a job, career or vocation, the next level ought to be less about default setting and more about an inner calling.

Twenty years ago social media didn’t exist. Today there’s plenty to go around. For some people it’s hard to imagine life without ‘likes.’ Booker is no millennial but as a social media pro he uses social savvy to keep his work in the culture flow. But he knows that ignorant enthusiasm doesn’t produce social impact.

After their commencement moments Booker and Abdul-Jabbar were back at work. The business of the Senate has him focused on justice reforms. While for Abdul-Jabbar, he’s writing a comic book. They bring an approach to work that’s on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but in many ways it’s worth fighting for.

Groove-Tracks: Brian Courtney Wilson – Worth Fighting For – https://youtu.be/3e5qjboL8iI

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

Stage set for the college grads. Robes covered up their tats and fads. One by one taking the stage. As they turn life’s next page. With diplomas received in hand. Speeches tell them to take a stand. Well-known public figures give headline talk. Booker, Abdul-Jabbar and others spoke, listened then they walk.

Booker said to stay faithful sister and brother. Come this far by faith in each other. Faith in self and country too. To change the world or point of view. Make a difference one person at a time. Turn lemons into lemonade and lemonade into wine. A leadership value for the strong. Get what you put in after long.

Abdul-Jabbar gets honorary degree. Not paid for but for free. Poked fun at social media’s cultural pop. How things have gone over the top. Used his story to pitch another way. Where opportunities come with more pay. Whether job, career or higher vocation. An inner calling that feels like recreation.

Twenty years ago social media wasn’t around. Maybe only in the underground. Hard to imagine no ‘likes’ in their stable. Even for millennials who’ve ditched their cable. Booker’s no young-un but a social media pro. Which tends to keep his work in the flow. With less ignorant enthusiasm to showcase a way to grow.

After commencement back at doing what they do. Working, creating, bringing change through. Business of the Senate his special place. Focused on justice reforms keeping pace. Approach to work on opposite ends. Worth fighting for is the message each sends. With plenty time left for family and friends.

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Tip: Getting out of the work day what we put in takes attitude and follow-thru that’s worth fighting for.

Talkback: How much do graduates really pay attention to or remember commencement speeches?

Groove-Tracks: Chance the Rapper – Blessings – https://youtu.be/uZyt5dSNcFo


Zara Larsson – Lush Life – https://youtu.be/tD4HCZe-tew

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