Will Smith and Ciara on Their Reboot from Hip-Hop to the East Side of Showbiz is a Throwback to Some Old-School Fun


The Jeffersons and All in the Family, two sitcoms from the 70s, made a return TV appearance with a new cast of characters. Jamie Foxx played the role of George Jefferson while Woody Harrelson played the Archie Bunker role from All in the Family. The ratings were a hit as rumors surfaced of a full reboot.

Well that’s what Will Smith and Ciara are doing in their careers. Their reboot from Hip-Hop to the East Side of Showbiz is a throwback to some good old fun. Just look back to a time when their careers were becoming mainstream and taking the main stage. It’s a way to think about how to pull-off a career reboot.

Smith plays the ‘Genie’ role in the Disney favorite ‘Aladdin’ reboot. He says he was hooked after reading the revised screenplay, in seeing how to play the role made famous by comedian Robin Williams. He’s been turning-up his social media game and hopes his online cred transfers to a new big screen audience.


Ciara has new music on the charts. Her ‘American candy’ type good looks and music style also has her reaching for new fans. She recently made a pop-up visit to a middle school to give a young fan the surprise of a lifetime. Of course, they did the level-up dance challenge with teachers jamming along.

Both started out their careers in the music industry and have stretched their swag to a wider following. Smith recently turned 50 and so he’s been big on completing bucket list goals. Ciara recently got into Harvard Biz School to fulfill a lifelong professional goal. They plan to do so with new rounds of:

  1. Flow

Both know something about the flow of lyrics in a hot track. They’ve mastered a certain flow as songwriter and a certain flow as rapper. Being ‘in da flow’ is a great feeling when they’re on the mic. The feeling they get from using their lyrical skills is similar to how game skills can put our performance in the zone.

  1. Flava


Smith says he was able to connect to the Aladdin soundtrack with the song ‘Friend like Me’ because of his Hip-Hop background for rapping. It’s just that he had to bring his own flava to the remix. Over the years he’s come to learn that sometimes a career reboot takes a ‘skill remix’ to keep getting that excitement fix.

  1. Fresh

Career reboots are about keeping it ‘fresh.’ Smith started out as a rapper called ‘Fresh Prince’ and has done a TV series, big box office movies and social media video clips. It’s been 29 years since the first episode of the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ Now he’s got a new spin with a ‘Fresh Princess’ kids book.

  1. Freestyle

To freestyle in music is to let the lyrics flow from your mind to the mic. Smith and Ciara know that sometimes in biz you gotta freestyle some things to let folks experience your best work. As you free your style or free your game it opens the door for your dreams to flow like the genie on a magic carpet ride.

Maybe it’s just small talk if The Jeffersons or All in the Family will see a full-season reboot. But Smith and Ciara hope to keep living their best life with a reboot of their own. For the love of flow, bringing new flava, keeping things fresh and doing it freestyle is to know your best work is right there like a genie in a bottle.

Tip: Your best work comes from letting your skills and dreams flow like the genie on a magic carpet ride.

Talkback: Was the 70s TV reboot worth the buzz that it was crack-up to be?

Tracks: Christina Aguilera  – Genie in a Bottle – https://youtu.be/kIDWgqDBNXA

Craig David ft Sting – Rise & Fall – https://youtu.be/pU2ukeS2JTE

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


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.


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?
Groove-Tracks: Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera – ‘Feel This Moment’ –


Mali Music – ‘Walking Shoes’ –   

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