Photo Credit: Cindy Burnham, The Fayetteville Observer
WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?
It’s not every day that you hear of an artist doing great deeds for the community. Not that they don’t happen, but gossip events almost always overshadow their benevolent acts of kindness. And although J.Cole has been in the news before for lending a hand to the youth of Fayetteville, NC, he’s done it again. This past weekend, Cole held a show in his hometown of Fayetteville for the 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour to a sold out crowd. While the crowd witnessed performances by Jay Z, Big Sean and Drake, a 4 kids from the area got a chance to meet Cole for a chat. According to one report, the kids had been removed from their families and placed in CPS custody and what they thought was a summer exercise, turned into a one on one meet and greet with J.Cole, where he discussed rising above their current circumstances and education.
Last night, J.Cole brought out Jay Z and Drake, but he did something even greater for 4 special and deserving kids. These kids have been removed from their families and placed in CPS custody, they don’t wake up smiling every day because life isn’t peaches and cream. So a bunch of these kids on a voluntary basis wrote an essay about what success meant to them and their proudest moment. They had no idea why they were writing it, except as a summer exercise. One child wrote, “Letting go of anger against all those that have done me wrong.” Despite circumstances of no parental involvement or single home, lack of finances and role models, these kids have maintained good grades and behavior. Seeing beyond Fayetteville is just a dream for them if u ask them. Last night, Cole and Dreamville invited these young people to his concert and afterwards, he took out time to talk with them about life one on one and as a group. He encouraged them to get their education and go the right thing. He told them that circumstances don’t define them or what they can do.
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Late Tuesday night, Twitter erupted with retweets from Meek Mill, who ranted about Drake’s inability to write his own lyrics and other issues within the music industry. As the Twitter-verse conversed about that topic, I went on a search to determine what sparked the tirade. I was unable to come up with a valid reason, but I did come across something positive and interesting Drake said during his Sprite “Obey Your Thirst” documentary. He gives a couple of great quotables on success and battling negativity, which correlate perfectly with this current situation. Continue reading
Here we are in the middle of another week and for most, an inspirational word is desperately needed. That mid-week drab leaves us feeling exhausted and mentally drained. But, as I write this, the word push comes to mind. This, in particular, holds true to those who have dreams and goals that they would like to accomplish. Instead of pushing through, though, we often let the adversities of life get in the way. With cloudy judgement and a weary spirit, these aspirations seemingly appear unobtainable. This, however, is the ideal time to push. When we do begin to push, we’re often met with more opposition than we’d like to carry, but this is the perfect time to seek opportunity. It’s hard to believe that opportunity can be found within opposing situations, but it is possible. To see opportunity, we have to push past the clutter or be pushed by opportunity to work harder and into our destiny. Continue reading
Something cool this week goes to Drake who donated a $75,000 towards building a recording studio and providing equipment to Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. He learned of the struggling school by watching a news program that aired on ABC News. Drake gathered the students during a stop in the area to present them with the gift;
“I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”