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

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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.

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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

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Kevin Durant & Lady Gaga Caught the Eyes of Fans with Their Latest Breakout Moves #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)

This was one of those much anticipated moments. Where would Kevin Durant play ball next season? Not everybody’s happy that he’s going to the Warriors. Meanwhile, at age 31, Lady Gaga posted that she finally got her driver’s license. Durant & Gaga caught the eyes of fans with their latest breakout moves.

Durant told The Players’ Tribune “moving out of my comfort zone to a new city offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth.” Plus, Gaga posted to social media “I’m free. Rollin’ with the homies.” Sometimes, a big factor in ‘doing you’ is matching your mojo with an important mission.

Sports junkies are trying to get inside Durant’s head. Some think it was a weak decision. But having played with OKC for nine years he gives us a new way to see MOJO as Move:On, Juice:On! A few years ago LeBron James did it in leaving for Miami. He then won his first title and wore the robe of a champion.

Durant’s searching for his first ring. He’s been named league MVP before so that box has been checked. Now he wants to make a fresh start by teaming-up with a new set of NBA fellas. He’s looking for ways to feel like he’s rollin’ with the homies. For ballers, rings and stats are cool. But off-court good times are too.

So the story’s end is yet to be written. Here’s what Gaga also posted on social media in saying “And after I passed my test. PRAISE HIM.” Sometimes another factor in ‘doing you’ is feeling like someone’s looking out for you. Without the church bells, Warriors players made him feel like it’s time to play ball in the Bay.

Groove-Track: Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out – https://youtu.be/VzpP0KbjHU8

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

Folks waited for word from Durant. July 4th fired-off the online rant. Where would he play ball next year? That’s what team GMs did fear. Not all happy people like those in Golden State. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga moved something off her plate. Getting driver’s license finally. Making moves that hit some socially.

Telling The Players Tribune his reason. For going somewhere else next season. Stepping out comfort zone a first step. Contribution and growth to bring more pep. Plus Gaga feeling like she on a roll. With her homies and kindred soul. Big factor in ‘doing you’ right. Is matching mojo to mission that’s out of sight.

Sports junkies trying to scoop his head. Thinking it’s a weak decision instead. Durant did nine years with OKC. Now he wants to be set free. With new way to set MOJO on point. As Move:On and Juice:On to anoint. LeBron going to Miami did it then. Getting title and champion’s robe, remember when?

Durant searching for a first ring. Players know that’s a big thing. Been named league MVP before. That’s already made his box score. Wanting a fresh start in the Bay. Who are we to judge or say? To feel like one of the guys. Did something to open his eyes. Rings and stats are cool. And off-court acting the fool.

Storybook end not out of reach. In time he’ll have something to teach. Gaga giving props along the way. PRAISE HIM for passing the test that day. Maybe another factor in ‘doing you.’ Is knowing someone’s looking out for true. Without church bells ringing loud. Warrior players made him feel Bay-area crowd.

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Tip: Sometimes a big factor in ‘doing you’ is stepping-out from the shadows and feeling the crowd.

Talkback: Was it Curry or Green that made Durant want to play ball with the boys?

Groove-Tracks: Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money Mo Problems – https://youtu.be/gUhRKVIjJtw

Carrie Underwood – Church Bells – https://youtu.be/N2-yVryNjUM

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Cedric the Entertainer & Regina Hall Move from Past Standing to Main Street Rep Appeal #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)

The Golden State Warriors have met a higher standing for their team single-season record. Now they’re getting ready for the playoffs just as others look forward to the Barbershop 3 movie. So Cedric the Entertainer and Regina Hall hope to move things from a past standing to higher main street rep appeal.

According to Cinema Blend, Ced said “I’m one to believe that you just can’t do sequels, just because they’re doing them. That was key for me, is to see, where was the story or where were these people 10 years later.” That’s impact visioning for raising the bottom line from an old standard to a higher box score.

It’s been over a decade since the last movie release. After lower than expected sales, there were some doubts about next steps. That’s why a message from the movie and Cedric is when life knocks us down we need to get back up stronger. A ‘next cut’ can help get us past personal lows and performance woes.

The producer shared how he ditched the fears by looking at the success of other urban-styled movies like The Best Man. So he figure-out how to convince Hollywood execs on taking things to the next level. At the barbershop or salon, that’s like seeing someone leave with a fresh look and wanting the same feeling.

Hall can relate, with many key roles since graduating from NYU. About her 20-year acting career and role in Barbershop, she told the Source “It’s just always wonderful to see people with a lot of talent do great work and expand what they do as artists.” Surely, their success has some next generation street value.

Groove-Track: Soul II Soul – Back to Life – https://youtu.be/TB54dZkzZOY

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

Golden State Warriors show what’s good. Meeting higher standing than others could. Single-season team record for the taking. Getting ready for the playoffs shaking. As folks look to new Barbershop movie. Lots of laughs to have life groovy. Cedric & Hall keeping things real. From old standing to higher rep appeal.

Word from Cinema Blend the other day. Cedric says sequels you don’t do for play. Just because it can mean more fame. That’s not how he sees the game. Key for him is in where story falls. For these people 10 years later calls. Bottom line between old-time reasoning. And higher box score from impact visioning.

Been over a decade since last pic. After low sales from last flick. Some doubts about next steps on the rung. So that future success was not unsung. A message for when life knocks us down. Get back up then wear the crown. Take the ‘next cut’ past personal lows. And flush those stubborn performance woes.

Producer shared how he ditched the fears. Over those up and down years. By looking at folks who had it made. Urban-styled movies were getting paid. Convincing Hollywood execs after a while. Turning things up on next level dial. A barbershop or salon’s good-look feeling. Wanting the same in fresher revealing.

Hall can relate on coming through. With some key roles after leaving NYU. A 20-year acting career since then. Looking back as if to remember when. Cool to work with lots of talent and artist skill. Doing great work to expand the thrill. Ready for the next-gen in street value. With more success on showbiz menu.

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Tip: Doing great work and spreading the thrill brings higher street value and more success up the hill.

Talkback: Which Barbershop character has the most hilarious role in the movie series or your own shop?

Groove-Tracks: Mali Music ft Jhené Aiko – Contradiction – https://youtu.be/hZ67E2R77Uw

 

Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up – https://youtu.be/m8AXUq5uA0Y

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Chris Rock & Stephen Curry Made a Name for Their Game When Stuff was on the Line #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)

It was the NBA buzzer-beater for the ages! The shot was taken over 30 feet from the rim with 0.6 secs left on the clock. That was Steph Curry on the court while Chris Rock held court at the Oscars. He was in rare form during the opening monologue. Rock and Curry made a name for their game with stuff on the line.

The name they made for themselves is “clutch.” During post-game interviews Curry said “I’ve always tried to push the envelope and keep getting better, but a lot has to go right to get to this point.” Curry and Rock show us what can happen when ‘dare greatly’ is something done lately for work goals or leadership roles.

Rock took the stage and dealt with the diversity issue head-on. He mentioned some easy things that could be made to have #OscarsSoWhite be a thing of the past. Sometimes the hardest thing to do when it comes to social issues or work goals is change. It might make things better but it can be hard to foster.

In one sense it’s a matter of getting or seizing opportunity. But in another it’s about making the right choice. With little time left on the clock Curry had to take a shot. Yes, he could have missed it. But if he didn’t take the shot they wouldn’t have had a chance at the win. That’s true for sports and dreams alike.

Curry also set a new record for 3-point shots in a season. That might have been achieved out of a personal challenge. It’s like throwing a challenge flag to yourself, your co-workers or the powers-that-be. Rock and Curry show how to minimize letting ego, excuses or bad experiences block the larger blessings.

Groove-Track: Patti Labelle – Don’t Block the Blessings – https://youtu.be/HICPNN-cH7I

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

NBA buzzer-beater of the ages. With another shot from Curry that amazes. Taken over 30 feet from the rim. With 0.6 secs, game on the limb. Steph Curry among the best modern-day ballers. As Chris Rock held court at the Oscars. Doing it big in their main thing. When stuff’s on the line for the gold bling.

Showing up on-time and in the clutch. For them it’s not asking much. Post-game interview giving us a feel. For how Curry turns his wheel. Pushing the envelope to get better. Has to be right point to flash go-getter. It’s what happens when people can dare greatly. Doing it for work goals or leadership roles lately.

Rock took stage and dealt his cards. On diversity beyond the barnyards. Giving some changes that could be made. So that Oscars no longer gets shade. Change is hard to do even with social vision. Or workplace goals driven by a mission. Change to make things a little better. But can be very hard to foster.

Often a matter of opportunity seizing. Or primetime performance breezing. Making the right choice at right time. Being able to celebrate past lemons or lime. Little time left on clock for a shot. Could have missed but hitting it was hot. True for sports and dreams anew. Even though at times you can feel a bit blue.

Curry gets in the 3-point record books. Shots that hit net like catchy song hooks. A personal challenge good for motivation. To self, friends and across the nation. Like throwing a flag to the ground. Picking it up as lost & found. Minimize ego, excuses and bad breaks. Worth it to not block blessings for dream sakes.

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Tip: When things in your game are on the line, taking the shot is good for strengthening your spine.

Talkback: Now that the Warriors made the playoffs, which team has the best chance to give them a run?

Groove-Tracks: Ruben Studdard – Take the Shot – https://youtu.be/a3DHYND5hWI

 

Fifth Harmony ft Kid Ink – Worth It – https://youtu.be/Uh5mEat46fc

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NBA Stars and MBA Greats Showcase Workplace Genius & Market Brilliance – #WUWECAST

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

What do NBA stars and MBA greats have in common? For the NBA it’s the annual dunk-fest and 3-point shooting contest. Many of them were the usually suspects. But there were some new kids on the block. The oldtimers & newbies put on a show with high-flying feats and ‘high-fives’ in the seats.

The all-star game has been around for six decades. It’s as much a game as it is a commercial enterprise. The players put on a show on the court. Recording artists put on a show on the stage. Together it’s all about bringing together the ‘creative chops’ of NBA ballers with the musical talents of hit-makers.

Many of the NBA stars and MBA greats (Mega Bank Account) started from the bottom with a big dream. Washington Wizards guard John Wall’s story is one of turning the loss of his father at a young age into motivation. He remembers his mother’s dedication in working multiple jobs to raise the family.

Wall is using his passion, life experience and skill execution as workplace genius. He hopes to be counted among one of the best point guards ever. He’s focused on raising his game and market appeal. While other real MBA minds or front-office bosses are raising the brand to the utmost in market brilliance.

So it was another day at the office for NBA stars and MBA greats. Russell Westbrook was named game MVP. Stephen Curry won the 3-point shooting contest. Zach LaVine was the runaway winner in the slam-dunk. They delivered creative chops and workplace genius, leading the way in market brilliance.

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

Another day at the office for NBA stars. Another day for MBA greats beyond fancy cars. From a night of jams at the dunk-fest. To loud cheers at the 3-point contest. Many of the oldtimers were in place. With some newbies showing their face. A slew of high-flying b-ball feats. And ‘high-fives’ in the arena seats.

All-star game going six decades strong. Rookies and breakout stars get to come along. As much a game played for the fun. As a biz enterprise making a run. Players put on a show for the fans. Recording artists put on a show with their bands. Creative chops of NBA ballers. Musical talents of today’s hit-makers.

As players they started-out with big dreams. MBA greats (Mega Bank Account) getting to the big leagues. Washington Wizards star-story of John Wall. Turning the loss of his father into getting the call. Setting a goal fueled by motivation. Reaching new heights inspired by Mom’s dedication.

Wall uses life experience as fire. Skill and workplace genius going even higher. As point guard he’s ready for the test. Hopes to be counted as one of the best. Raising his game and market appeal. Working real hard at getting a steal. MBA execs and mgmt chiefs lifting brand. To mega market brilliance in the stand.

What do NBA stars and MBA greats share as twins? Trying hard to get more wins. Russell Westbrook named game MVP. Stephen Curry won 3-point shooting spree. Zack LaVine runaway winner in the slam-dunk. His jams had a whole lot of spunk. Creative chops, passion and leadership brilliance in the trunk.

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Tip: When it comes to being a star with greatness it helps to have creative chops, passion and brilliance.
Talkback: Who’s in your top-5 as a pro-player, sports anchor/analyst or business star?
Groove-Tracks: Alicia Keys – ‘Girl on Fire’ –

Jimmy Cozier ft. Shaggy – ‘Choose Me’ –

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