At the The Rising Icon event I met an amazing group of talented people. So when I saw Grammy Award winning songwriter Gordon Chambers I asked him to share his story. He credits Essence Magazine as the turning point in his career. He has worked with Anita Baker “I Apologize”, “If You Love Me” Brownstone, Whitney Houston, Phylis Hyman, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight. “Always be confident about who you are but always be humble enough to get better..if your a writer,whether it be a poet, playwriter, songwriter..always write something that demands to be written..not just casually..let it be demanded to be written..let it fel an urgency in your soul..let your art be of service..let it be of healing right now a lot of people are stressed and depressed. And underneath all their jiggy fly clothes alot of people are hurting and yearning, so if your an artist let your art have some depth.”
“I’ve been an artist since I was 2” Yusef Sirius El is a a man of many talents. Painter, musician but he is known for his success as a footwear designer. Name the brand..Adidas, Nike, ENYCE, he has designed for them. Millions have worn his designs. Our conversation covers the story of Yusef, footwear designer.
I saw a Facebook posting “New York Children To Occupy Wall Street on 10/10/11 at noon at Liberty Plaza. Get your schools to endorse this event and invite all the students to come. Let the world see how much the children want their world changed.”
I along with millions of Americans have grown up “Fatherless”. And today 40% of American children live in a fatherless home raised by single mothers, aunts, grandmothers and other female caregivers. Kobie Brown’s 2012 film From Fatherless To Fatherhood explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to turning the corner on father absence. We met at Central Park for an unscripted, insightful conversation about the inspiration for the film, his family story and his goals. I love and support what Kobie is doing, solutions through dialogue.
“Before You leave this planet, it is important that you get in touch with what your purpose is and not be defined by what your job or career may be..but find out what it is you are suppose to do for the betterment of mankind and everything else will fall into place.” – Kobie during our Central Park conversation