Will Smith & Jennifer Hudson Know Sometimes Dreams Take a Little Bit of Nerve Which Grows into a lot of Spunk and Funk

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The top 10 list of summer hits is out and maybe your favorite artists made the cut. These songs got so much airplay it’s hard to get the lyrics out your head. Meantime the TV season premieres are rolling out. There’re some new shows and some retuning favorites that’s got fans jumping.

Speaking of jumping, Will Smith and Jennifer Hudson are taking leaps of a different kind. Smith recently did a bungee jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon to celebrate turning 50. He says he also did this thrill adventure to let what he does in his life be a contribution to the betterment of humanity.

Smith and Hudson know sometimes dreams take a little bit of nerve which grows into a lot of spunk and funk. For Hudson it’s the honor of being chosen to play the lead role in the Aretha Franklin biopic. For Smith it’s getting past his fears by doing that big-time jump. When it was over he had crossed off a bucket list item.

He’s even gone back into the studio some 13 years after his last album. Who knows what Big Willy might come up with. It’ll sure be funkadelic in style and flava. Smith and Hudson are taking things to next-level status. With new dreams and remixed dreams, they’re making waves in the marketplace.

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Whether starting from scratch or finding something that’s a perfect match, the nerves it takes can be a sign that you’re on to something good. Sometimes it means going from idea to concept to big dream. It’s like taking a step to a walk then a jump before you fly. But beyond that they took time to consider:

  1. What’s the vision?

Smith says before he decided to take the jump he had to see himself in that moment. The vision part was having that big picture in his mind that he believed would help him overcome his fears. But there was also the visualization part that helped him see himself in the place and space of a major accomplishment.

  1. How’s your voice?

Not everybody shows up with a voice like Hudson. She can hit those notes with or without the music track. Your voice isn’t something that’s only tied to singing. It may even be about how what you do speaks loudly for you. Smith and Hudson use their voice to power a music track as well as a social track.

  1. Where’s the vehicle?

Most of us didn’t know Hudson before her appearance on American Idol. Maybe her exposure at the time was limited to the church. But she found Idol as a vehicle to catapult her on the main stage of the music scene. It was the industry vehicle that would take her from no-name to breakout star and help her fly.

  1. What’s the venue?

Hudson went from a vehicle named Idol to a venue named The Voice. Smith went from a vehicle named ‘hip-hop’ to a venue named Hollywood studios. As with any transportation their success vehicle took them to their ultimate venue. Sometimes the venue is in the vision so that the vehicle can showcase your voice.

Their stories say something good about getting past fears or upping careers. Whether it’s with new dreams or remixed dreams, they’ll keep making waves in the marketplace. They sail the wide ocean of success by asking certain questions that help them jump to it and achieve beyond their wildest dreams.

Tip: Those who sail the wide ocean of success use new dreams or remixed dreams to put themselves in the place and space of major accomplishment.

Talkback: What’s your Top50, those things you want to achieve by age 50?

Tracks: Aretha Franklin – Jump to It – https://youtu.be/lHxrNJ2fNNA

Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton – Say Something – https://youtu.be/8MPbR6Cbwi4

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Taraji P. Henson, DJ Khaled: Two Among Many Who’ve Had a Career Year For Sure #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)

Lamar Jackson takes the Heisman award for contributions to his Louisville team. He beat-out four other finalists to join football’s best-in-class. Then there’s DJ Khaled & Taraji P. Henson who’ve been white hot this year even before the Christmas special. They’re two among many who’ve had a career year for sure.

According to Yahoo Celebrity Khaled told ET earlier this year “I feel like people can relate to me because we all go through wins and roadblocks and passion and pain and it’s a vibe.” Khaled and Henson might have different experiences but they could share their 4 keys on going from hidden figure to six figures.

For Henson’s latest role in the movie Hidden Figures she plays the true story of Katherine Johnson, a math whiz who worked behind the scenes at NASA. It reminds us of times we’ve had to go from scared to bold. The long-and-short of it is being able to fess-up our truths before we can bless-up the world.

If Khaled’s Instagram tells us anything, he did it with an eye on having more life. It’s the way we step-up to a cause or live-up to our dreams. He’s been busy raising his rap impresario game while sharing his keys for success. Even Drake gave Khaled props with gold plated keys for him and his new born son.

So Henson’s missing from the Golden Globe nods. Was it a snub or a slight rub? Khaled’s got his first #1 album Major Key on the Billboard 200. Their journeys line-up with the quote “Things are going to get in your way but whatever you do never stop showing-up.” Keep runnin’ since God can save the best for last.

Groove-Track: Will Smith – How Da Beat Goes On – https://youtu.be/s435h8Xc-wE

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

Lamar Jackson takes Heisman award. That’s big and makes him man-a-yard. Louisville teammates gotta be happy. Teasing him kinda feels sappy. Beating-out four other jocks. As college football’s best-in-class stocks. There’s Henson & Khaled who’ve been white hot. Before Christmas special or career top spot.

As told by Yahoo Celebrity note. Khaled on ET that he’s not yet GOAT. But feels like people can relate. With wins, roadblocks and things on the slate. Passion and pain has its own vibe. Khaled & Henson might pitch their own tribe. Giving 4 keys on going from hidden figures. To top billing and major six figures.

Henson’s latest role you see. Movie Hidden Figures history. Plays true story of math whiz. Who was part of NASA biz. Reminds us of what it takes. When fear gives us the shakes. Go from scared to being bold. Like winners of days old. Long-and-short is simple to say. Fess-up your truth, bless-up the world any way.

If Instagram is where he lives. Snapchat is where he gives. Wanting to have more life. For him the fans and cool wife. In how he’d step-up after a pause. Or live-up to dreams and a cause. Busy raising his impresario game. Then came more fortune the same. Even Drake gave props with gold keys in his name.

So Henson’s missing from Golden Globe list. Snub or slight rub the gist? Khaled with first #1 album reach. On Billboard 200, listen for his speech. Their journeys taking different roads for sure. But lines-up with idea close to the core. Things get in the way but no matter what. Keep runnin’ as God has your lot.

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Tip: The key in moving from hidden figure to top billing is making sure your work and life make a killin’.

Talkback: No Golden Globe for Taraji: Snub or a slight rub?

Groove-Tracks: Kim Burrell – I See a Victory – https://youtu.be/zM_ngicKTqU

Pharrell Williams – Runnin’ – https://youtu.be/96kIL2GV27I

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P. Diddy and Simon Cowell Want to Take Talent to the Breakout Point in Performance #BigTimeUniversity

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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)

Simon Cowell is getting in gear for his return to American TV. After a two-year absence while becoming a Dad, he’s going to be a new judge on America’s Got Talent (AGT). He’ll replace Howard Stern who left at the end of the season. So Cowell and P. Diddy want to take talent to the breakout point in performance.

Diddy just wrapped-up his Revolt Music Conference in Miami. He told emerging players that “There’re levels to your hustle so you have to continually evolve and keep your feet on the neck of your dream.” He knows there’re primetime skills that are great for paying the bills and getting to the next level.

His rise to mogul began as a teenager when he ran a paper route. He later went on to intern for a record company exec while he was a Howard University student. In the #AskDiddy Q&A he shared how he found his niche to get rich. His coaching advice was on the X’s and O’s of the music game and show business.

Every industry/sport has X’s and O’s for playing the game or upping the ladder. Diddy says it’s having a gameplan to greatness that sets folks apart. Getting there is about turning a low-end task into a stepping-stone for mastering the skills to reach high-end goals. He knows what worked for him can work for others.

Now that AGT might have new judges maybe they’ll give Diddy a look. He brings crossover appeal to whatever he does. It’s like a basketball player with a crossover dribble who creates more points and fan-demonium. Diddy and Cowell know crossover skills are great for having more value and bags of money.

Groove-Track: Lupe fiasco ft. Jill Scott – “Daydreamin’” – https://youtu.be/0GQjYPWDcmg

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

Simon Cowell’s getting in gear. Returning to America’s Reality-TV affair. After two-year absence off the radar. Becoming a Dad feels better by far. Set to be new Judge on AGT show. Replaces Stern not there for another go. Cowell and Diddy want to see talent peak. With breakout performances week after week.

Diddy wrapped-up music conference by Revolt. Miami was the place for a fiesta jolt. Telling folks there’re levels to a hustle of love. Giving props to dreams and the Man above. Continue to evolve good for getting a check. By keeping your feet on your dream’s neck. Primetime skills for bills on the next level deck.

Rise as mogul started with paper route. From teen to hip-hop industry clout. Later to intern for a record company exec. While as Howard University student tech. In #AskDiddy Q&A segment on finding niche. Is how he went on to become rich. Coaching advice in the X’s and O’s. For rising stars and future honchos.

Every biz or sport has its ladder up the ranks. For turning X’s and O’s into credit with the banks. But Diddy says having a gameplan from the heart. Is what sets big-timers apart. Making low-end task a stepping stone. Mastering skills by being in the zone. Works for him day to day. Good for others wanting more pay.

Now that AGT’s doing a refresh. It helps if new judges can mesh. Moving to LA seems in the book. So maybe they’ll give Diddy a look? With crossover appeal in what he brings. Like a baller with crossover dribble wings. Good for more cheers and points on the floor. Great for flying high in the money score.

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Tip: The swag your skills bring to the table is not wishful thinking but says you’re ready and able.

Talkback: What would it be like to see Diddy and Cowell as judges on AGT?

Groove-Tracks: Bomba Estéreo ft Will Smith – ‘Fiesta’ – https://youtu.be/VQnOHx–AVk

Nick Jonas – ‘Levels’ – https://youtu.be/taViGR5VT1U

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Stephen Colbert Has a Hunch that Pop Culture can Be Late Night’s Star Teacher #BigTimeUniversity

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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)

The newest player in late night TV has entered the building! That’s how some saw the debut of CBS’ Late Night with Stephen Colbert. He joins the ranks of comedy hosts who mix politics and showbiz eclectics. Competition for late night eyeballs is on, as Colbert’s hunch is that pop culture can be the star teacher.

He tells USA Today about his new role saying “It gives me everything I want. I like meeting the guests, I like the grind, I like a live audience, I love to hear the laughter. It’s the only job I could imagine that was a promotion.” This is a case of landing a promotion by learning the ropes and not being stuck on stupid.

Colbert made a grand entry with Joe Biden, Jeb Bush and other guests, plus a cameo from Jon Stewart. His interviewing skills and comedic slant are getting people’s attention. Reaching this next level has been a steady output of content built around ‘getting ready for great’ before his breakaway.

It’s been years preparing for this moment after spending time as an understudy and reporter on the Daily Show. This helped him spin-off his own gig on Comedy Central. Hardly anyone questions whether he was the right one to replace Letterman. And even Jimmy Fallon welcomed him to Network prime time.

Colbert adds “I’m looking forward to being sincerely interested in what (guests) have to say without having to translate it through an idiot’s mouth.” His background is built on improv and reputation built on his real love. No matter the guests, Colbert hopes people watch, listen, laugh and learn the civics lesson.

Groove-Track: Will Smith – ‘Getting’ Jiggy Wit It’ – https://youtu.be/3JcmQONgXJM

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

Newest player in late night TV game. Someone who entered the building with a name. Steps-in to host CBS’ nighttime comedy fix. With politics and showbiz top picks. Competition for late night eyeballs in play. Colbert sees pop culture as star teacher of the day.

Tells USA Today his feelings on new role. Gives him everything he wants to spur his soul. Likes the guests the grind and live crowd. Loves to hear when people laugh out loud. Only job he saw as his next promotion. Not stuck on stupid with new found recognition.

Made grand entry with Joe, Jeb and Jon. Other guests too that made his debut #1. Interviewing skills without the endless rant. Getting people’s attention with comedic slant. Reaching next level with steady output of content. Built around getting ready for great breakaway moment.

Years preparing for this gradual rise. A big step-up towards the ultimate prize. Time as understudy and Daily Show reporter. Helped to spin-off own gig as Comedy Central anchor. Hardly questioned as the right one for Letterman’s job. Even Jimmy Fallon welcomed him to the prime time club.

Looks forward to having best scoop. From variety of folks who’re in the loop. Without needing to translate stuff through. An idiot’s mouth that’s right for the zoo. A background built on theater improv. A reputation built on his real love. The guests he hopes will ring true. As we watch, listen, laugh and learn civics anew.

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Tip: The steps we take in moving our careers from first love to real love bring us closer to heights of feeling watched from above.

Talkback: How’re things going to play-out in the new ‘late night challenge’ between Fallon and Colbert?

Groove-Tracks: Kelly Clarkson – ‘Breakaway’ – https://youtu.be/c-3vPxKdj6o

Prince Royce – “Stuck on a Feeling” – https://youtu.be/Wlbb3DeA3jU

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