you don’t have to be a celebrity to be celebrated
fame ain’t what its cracked up to be.
Debi Thomas, James Bubba Stewart,Warren moon, Ruby dee, Micheal Jai White, are just few of the many, many names in a book authored by Jessie Carney Smith called “Black Firsts”.
The book focuses on 4000 events inspired by African American individuals or groups that played a part in improving conditions in a society where neglect, mockery, racism in savage like actions was like the norm.
Whats enchanting is that numerous names in the book wasn’t the typical famous celebrity type that gets somewhat worshipped, especially in the present time where technology assist in exposure, giving any average joe a platform. Having your own mind, being authentic, speaking from experience that’s of testimonial has gone out the door. Now being famous is having a bunch of likes, being involved in detrimental activities.
Once upon a time,standing up for something was a must if you wanted to be heard or seen in more of the public eye.
Ruby Dee was a well known actress, playwright, poet, journalist, and yes a civil rights activist. She starred in many well known stage and films well over 50 years, She achieved awards and accolades as a result of her hard work and the soulful charm she brought with it. It was her activism, that made her name a even more relevant, such as being an emcee at the “march on Washington for jobs and freedom”.
Though she was a public figure- Rubys actions off the screen is what made her an icon. When ever I hear a younger individual say they want to be a entertainer or athlete, I don’t know if I should take that as someone who actually has the drive, ambition, and yes the actual work it takes to be the master at the craft, or they just want the fame that has become an addiction where rehabilitation will be in serious need.
An unsung hero is a person who has achieved great things or committed acts of bravery or self-sacrifice, yet is not celebrated or widely recognized.
I remember as a kid I wanted to be the star like the late” Micheal Jackson.” I would make the spin moves just to fall on my ass, LOL. I still swore up and down I had what it takes to be that star that would stand on stage in front of thousands upon thousands and just entertain and have an impact. well, lets just say I haven’t quite accomplished such goal.
Magic Johnson was a athlete that really made me have interest in the sport of basketball. The way he dribbled the ball, assisted in passing to his teammates in such astounding style, was so wide eyed in my facial response that I would go to the neighborhood courts, and played like I had the skills like magic but couldn’t dribble the ball to save my life. That, of course, made me the last to get picked. Still in my mind, in order to be recognized I had to be the big time star. I had to finally realize it took practice, dedication, and overall confidence to establish goals that spoke success.
Stardom comes in all shapes and size. moms-and-pops stores played a big role in many communities, especially the urban communities where residence couldn’t afford the big time name products sold at Macy’s, JC Penneys, or Sears. Moms & pops stores, though smaller than the retail giants still had a impact in the specific communities it served. Many founders and owners of these establishments, was well known and loved, due to their work and constant presence in the community, but still unsung.
Disturbingly these establishments, is becoming extinct due to high cost and gentrification.
why is ignorance so popular
World star hip hop is a “content- aggregating video blog” that averages approximately 400,000 unique visitors a day. It’s known as the CNN of the ghetto, oh yeah, acting like you got no sense, humiliating yourself by drunkard actions, getting involved in aggressive conflicts is all needed to attract attention. the hell with hard work, sacrifice, determination, and other things our past elders dwelled in us once upon a time.
Celebrity status has become the goal to those that wish not to function in good spiritual health that will attract souls to a more purpose filled walk. You want to be celebrated in the masses, humiliate yourself, then post, then watch the numbers grow. Sad but true.
Yes, conflict and drama has always been entertaining. Why you think we go to the movies, we wanna watch conflict and people acting a fool, but at least for me , there still should be a relevant message, that we can take that make us want to be better involved in our everyday non fiction sense of living.
The late John Singleton directing debut “ Boys in the hood” was that motion picture that exposed the harsh reality of growing up in a community where gang activity, police brutality and single mother parenting was a every day thing in the predominantly black community. Though violence, and over masculine images was seen all throughout the flick, there still was a relevant message that came about in this motion picture. The message in this flick was having a strong black male role model, plays a big part in growth in the society that demands our downfall. Sadly the flick also showed that even trying to live right doesn’t make us less of a target. Still at least to me, this movie didn’t glorify, but instead acknowledged reality of how living in an environment that has very little examples of role models that makes pragmatic approaches to challenging issues, while stile working on healthy solutions, causes ongoing detrimental activities.
Celebrate authentic you
Time to look in the mirror and ask yourself what is it about me that I can provide to the society I gotta be a part of that can attract attention without having to be a superficial type soul. I know it’s easier said than done, we don’t want to be seen as the strange outsider, but, you may still be surprised how much attention you’ll receive when you present a element that speaks strictly of your own experience, strength, and not only speak, but provide HOPE.
Those that’s close to my peer group (in their 40s and early 50s), have more of a responsibility of influencing the generation after. Nobody likes to be preached to so I speak to younger people with a energetic, vibrant style that makes em say he’s a character but he has wisdom. Being expressive with knowledge don’t have to be a boring waiting room, waiting to be called, trying to pass time, conversation LOL.
Even if you choose on being the next big time name, walking that red carpet in Hollywood, or being the first draft for the lakers, there’s other forms of actions that can show the true you that dont get encouraged in the mainstream life.
Over the years a few well known names has started podcasts where they have more of a rhythm that is in their true being. Many big time names has started business that may not fit the element of their industry life.
Snoop Dogg, Dwayne “ The Rock” Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg, Tituss Burgess are just some big name thats also doing entrepreneurial things.
Get amongst those where you are celebrated not tolerated
We all wanna be accepted and liked amongst our peers. peer pressure has always been the factor especially within our adolescence that determines how we present ourselves.
Many of us, me included, tried to be something we are not- just to fit in and when there’s little progress in that we throw ourselves a pity party. How about this, you wasn’t meant to be everything to everybody.
There is a population of 7.5 billion people(yes with a B) in this world we live in.
There are those with no kind of fame that are happy and joyous with their life and still living lovely. Those names I mentioned at the beginning as well as many others, though they went through some challenging times they still maintained closeness with those that stayed celebrating their style of living and overall being that they stayed true too.
Even if nobody sings about you, you still a hero by the simple fact you’re courageous enough to not do the “let me fit in” dance with no soul. Speaking from experience you’ll be totally surprised how much more at peace you’ll be and how you’ll attract like minded people and build great relationships.