Kobe Bryant Brought ‘Mamba Flava,’ Kerry Washington brings Acting Chops with Their Talent on the Big Stage


That never-ending question of who’s the greatest ever NBA player has surfaced again. This time it’s because of a TV commercial featuring Michael Jordan. In it he sets the stage for an NFL matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Of course folks thought Jordan was hinting at something else.

Often the question of the greatest ever basketball player brings up the name of Lebron James. But there’re times another name gets thrown in, that of Kobe Bryant. He went on to be known as one who brought the ‘Mamba Mentality.’ He says it’s a matter of ‘building your process and working your craft.’

Bryant has moved on from the player-roster but his name is still relevant. So is Kerry Washington who’s moved on from ‘Scandal’ on network TV to a new production on Broadway. Bryant brought his mamba flava while Washington brings her own acting chops in how talent rises on the big stage.

Sometimes people debate who is the greatest. Other times they debate a trend that’s the latest. What these two celebs know and show is how talent is to your it-factor as ‘hustle love’ is to your hit-factor. Bryant explains this by sharing that he worked at the small things so he could perform the big plays.


When you peal back the player in Bryant and the layer in Washington you get to some core aspects of their success and greatness. Some of what they do can apply to the work court and career-you. Whether it’s to start-over on the daily grind or start-up a new journey in the real world they push their talent for:

  1. A goal

Washington who grew up in the Bronx has returned to New York to perform on stage. It’s something she’s familiar with as a child. She says she was a busy-body teenager when she caught the acting bug because her mom put her in extra-curricular activities. Her goal is to improve her ‘live performance’ roles.

  1. The game

Bryant says he worked at his skill and at his game. There’s the skill in how he shot the ball or how he made a pass. But there’s also the game in how he made talent become more than his it-factor. He would try to understand all aspects of the game (the detail) to deliver his hit-factor.

  1. Some guts

There’re times you see an athlete make a play that commentators say was a gutsy move. That simply means not everyone with talent might have been able to pull that off. Bryant and Washington from their career might say ‘gutsy’ happens when we commit to growing in the game personally and professionally.

  1. Pure glory

The ones who experience a measure of greatness are those who are remembered not just for their play but for their story. Washington has made her commitment to social justice a part of her story. Bryant is turning his champion experience into life-notes for trailblazers. Oftentimes the story is the road to glory.

Washington hopes to pass-on her childhood experiences while working in NY. She’s taking museum trips and other adventures with her kids. Bryant hopes to inspire the next class of great players. They know that regular folks and those with startup dreams reach the mountaintop by turning it-factor into hit-factor.

Tip: The road to glory might start-off with talent as your it-factor. But it moves from the valley to the mountaintop because of your hit-factor.

Talkback: Was that Michael Jordan commercial a tease or a throwback?

Tracks: Sia – The Greatest – https://youtu.be/GKSRyLdjsPA

Juice Wrld – Lucid Dreams – https://youtu.be/mzB1VGEGcSU

James Bond, Gloria Estefan Bring Twists & Turns for Best of Times with Stuff of Dreams #BigTimeUniversity

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

Who says you have to be young to be a Bond girl or a Hollywood icon to score a Latin hit? That’s what some are thinking after weekend releases on the big screen and Broadway. It’s a case of James Bond movies and Gloria Estefan music having twists and turns for the best of times with the stuff of dreams.

The Broadway show is Estefan’s Cuban-American story. She tells Hollywood Reporter “We wanted to succeed with who we were, because if you succeed, you’re gonna be doing it the rest of your life, so you better like it!” Basically, pack some flavor in your craft, watch what happens to passion after the first draft.

The first Bond movie was Dr. No. The first English-language song by Estefan was Dr. Beat. Interestingly, she was told ‘no’ by a record executive who felt a crossover Latin artist was impossible. Her story reminds us that to keep the dream alive means staying on your feet, proving things and turning the beat around.

She didn’t take ‘no’ as final, keeping focus on her Miami Sound Machine. She even had to bounce back from a tour bus accident. That didn’t stop her reaching higher and making the hits hotter. She feels focus has given the universe reasons to conspire to help her dreams, so that things meant to happen, happen.

Bond movies and Estefan’s music are buzz worthy for their drive to the end, leaving room for a little playtime. Along the way there’re surprise moments that bring goosebumps or empowers ‘oomphs.’ No wonder the Bond franchise keeps rolling in dough and Estefan’s story is good enough for its own show.

Groove-Track: Sia – ‘Alive’ – https://youtu.be/t2NgsJrrAyM

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

Gotta be young as a Bond girl? Or icon to score hits in Latin world? What some might be thinking today. After releases on big screen and Broadway. Case of James Bond franchise movies. And Gloria Estefan salsa groovies. With twists and turns on the A/V reams. The best of times and the stuff of dreams.

Broadway show her Cuban-American background. In mainstream from the underground. Tells Hollywood Reporter about wanting success. To reflect being at her best. Living what it brings in name. Liking what it does for the fame. Basically, pack some flava in your craft. Watch how passion rocks after first draft.

First Bond movie was Dr. No. That one made everything go. Her first English song was Dr. Beat. Told by record exec she can’t compete. As crossover artist not even possible. ‘Cause her music not so relatable. Story reminds us all to keep the dream alive. Stay on your feet proving things and that’s no jive.

Didn’t take ‘no’ as final say. Kept focus on Miami Sound Machine play. Had to bounce back from bus tour crash. Not something she likes to rehash. Didn’t stop her from reaching higher. Or from making hits even hotter. She feels focus gives universe reasons to conspire. So that things happen for which we aspire.

Bond movies and Estefan music have many fans. For their drive to the end and dancing bands. Along the way there could be goosebumps. Or surprise moments that empower more oomphs. No wonder Bond series keeps rolling in dough. And Estefan story’s good enough for a show.


Tip: Packing the right flava in your passion puts your dreams on the big stage and not go out-of-fashion.

Talkback: How does the latest Bond movie measure-up with the others in the series?

Groove-Tracks: Eli Young Band – “Even if it Breaks your Heart” – https://youtu.be/D-5GnZYxI4M

Ariana Grande – ‘Focus’ – https://youtu.be/lf_wVfwpfp8

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