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C-SPAN’s Prez rankings are in and Barack Obama lands in 12th spot. On basketball’s all-star list he’d be first team in his first year eligible. Then there’s the Hollywood A-list with Denzel Washington and George Clooney showing us how to represent woke star power from ordinary citizens to extraordinary community.
Obama has been out of the spotlight enjoying his post-presidency, but Washington & Clooney have been front and center. They share stories of humble beginnings and social activism. Washington was recently honored with the Hollywood Legacy Award in Black film while Clooney’s getting ready to be a new dad.
They’re good role models for We the People being more than ordinary. That’s because even though they had struggles in school they figured out how to connect with their personal power and how to work with or affect the powers-that-be. There was a certain kind of voice and vision they managed with precision.
So a good start is to #LetThePeopleKnow from Coretta Scott King’s memoirs, advice she got from her mother as a child. She’d say “if you get an education and try to be somebody you won’t have to depend on anyone.” Her mother knew everybody wants to be somebody and in the community that means:
- Learning from those who’re beekeepers in the marketplace.
- Sizing-up those who’re gate-keepers in the establishment.
- Working with those who’re late-bloomers in the family.
- Celebrating with those who’re movers & shakers in the industry.
Education is a good thing in a formal way through schooling or an informal way by being self-taught. That’s something most breakout stars might say. Imagine how a beekeeper’s main thing is the skills for working buzz into honey and honey into money. It could get out of hand fast without the right knowledge.
The secret sauce is the process and not the plague. A swarm of bees can easily turn into a bad situation. So Washington might advise ordinary citizens to turn local buzz into honey and not a plague of more problems. It’s why Community 3.0 brings a process that gives folks ways to ‘run run run’ for their money.
In past days there’s been news of having to open the flood gates of a dam in California. This was a threat to towns in low-lying areas. It’s what we’re also seeing in the current political climate. Protest rallies across the country are concerned about a flood-gate of executive actions on social/environmental issues.
The threat is even bigger when it affects those of lower socio-economic status. Dr. King reminded us of how we handle this challenge when he addressed students at a New Jersey school in 1957. He said “Privileged classes do not give up their privilege without a struggle. It will continue until justice is a reality.”
At times history feels like we’re going in circles. This is true when a dog tries to bite its tail, going around and around thinking that will fix things. Whether with personal power or system power, it’s better if Mission Ready Blocks (MRBs) are wagging the tail of progress than fringe ‘tail groups’ running the dog.
A farmer sees how bees are important to the eco-system. They do their part to bring trees the pollen they need to succeed. No one really gets hung-up on whether bees or trees are late-bloomers. We’re just happy that they get to strut their stuff and deliver the goods in the beautiful fruits and flowers they bear.
Clooney might relate as a first-time dad at age 55. It’s also why in Community 3.0 ‘bees and trees’ do their part, while newbies and late bloomers deliver the goods in the ‘burbs or the ‘hoods. That’s a case of social engagement working together with young or old, ebony or ivory, side by side in smart community.
Washington gives us reason why not everybody is just out for themselves. When we see Hollywood A-listers or other industry leaders getting their party on there’s more than meets the eye. He shares tips with young actors coming behind him on how he found his personal power and how he has since made it big.
He had to dream beyond his immediate circumstances and study as much about his craft in order to have industry impact. It’s what athletes (drafted or undrafted), actors or community players do. It’s what he’s done in major feature films towards having showbiz power and esteem among peers and fans.
Meanwhile, Clooney and his wife as industry players are working for the benefit of many. They do things to put people and community on a roll. They turn buzz into something beautiful by not having things just go around in circles. This makes for some better quality honey, community and ‘woke-place’ harmony.
So “ain’t no stopping those who’re on the move” in industry or community. Washington & Clooney know with some powers-that-be we need not be too fooled by ‘white fright.’ But to check for ‘system short-sight’ that might cause communities to get lost in the shuffle of resources, recognition and popular rankings.
Groove-tracks: McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – https://youtu.be/VgYczUH-QWQ
Damian Marley – Everybody Wants to Be Somebody – https://youtu.be/ONQnat0wWC0