Barack Obama, Kevin Hart: Making Passion Do for Hometown Blocks as for Brand Stocks – #HometownChat

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– Kevin Hart, Entrepreneur & Comedian

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– A’layah Robinson, Budding Social Entrepreneur

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#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

“It’s not where you start but how you finish.” For Barack Obama, it started as a community organizer on the streets of Chicago. This helped put him in the White House. Kevin Hart’s journey went from Philly to Hollywood. They might tell us something on making passion do for hometown blocks as for brand stocks.

These days Obama’s is looking to work on his memoirs. After signing what’s thought to be a hefty book contract, he’s setting aside time to recap his eight years as President. Hart’s become one of the hottest stand-up comics and is busy as pitch-man for all kinds of consumer products. The latest is for underwear.

Recently when word got out that Obama was in the NY area a crowd quickly gathered. When word hit social media that Dave Chappelle gave a nod to Hart in his Netflix show some buzz got started. Maybe that’s also what happened when the NFL announced that the Raiders were moving to Las Vegas.

There’s a list of cities that would love to have a team in their backyard. Many know they can’t depend on such fortune to change their future. They’ll have to do it in other creative ways for hometown blocks as an NFL team or biz start-up might do for their brand stocks. So for those on ‘Third Street’ this could mean:

  1. The local club isn’t just for getting your groove on but for Community 3.0 getting a move on.
  2. The beauty shop isn’t just for hair and nails but for social shifts and setting sails.
  3. The ‘race track’ isn’t just about black versus white or wins and losses but for dreams and causes.
  4. The street hotspot isn’t just for phones or ‘cards & dice’ but for letting ideas spread at a fair price.

The biggest part of getting an NFL team to switch cities is getting a new stadium. That usually starts out with a vision for the physical venue. This stadium would likely have the latest in service amenities and social niceties. Part of the consideration would also be the impact it will have on the surrounding area.

If only there was a strategy to have passion do for those ‘around the way’ as for those who come to play? That’s usually another sticking point with city officials for coming up with public/private funding. It’s why the local/social club might not just be a place for getting your groove on but also getting a move on.

The move from Oakland to Vegas is likely to be a big talking point on sports radio. Many have been ‘banking’ on such a decision after other teams made plans to change cities as well. The pros and cons will get discussed forwards and backwards. Some fans might be seen cheering and others seen jeering.

Another place where this will get some attention is in the barber/beauty shops in town. Beyond the bars and pubs, there’s no better place for down-home sports analysis than the place of many post-game experts. These neighborhood social shops don’t have to be known just for styling and profiling.

The passion expressed each week reminds us that the beauty/barber shop isn’t just for doing hair and nails but for social shifts and setting sails. It’s a place where the unsung get heard and the unsaid gets told. It’s a place where you might come-in feeling low but step-out feeling high and embracing a new flow.

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Hart’s been using his passion to do just that. He’s done it on stage with various road shows. He’s done it on the big screen with box office success to his credit. He’s doing it as a pitch-man for consumer products that fit his taste & wallet terms. And he’s even doing his part to push others in areas of health & wellness.

Everybody’s passion finds itself on a different kind of ‘race track.’ So, every community’s passion should be more that just about ‘white versus black’ or wins and losses but also civic dreams and social causes. Plus, the ‘race track’ should do more than have us going in ‘political circles’ to feel good or not feel used.

In technology the hotspot is a kind of virtual space where wifi connections take us to a far-reaching place. When you connect to a hotspot you get access to ‘ramps and lanes’ on the information superhighway known as WWW. It brings a whole new world. It’s a wider reach of content. It’s a web of resources.

What if the new hotspot approach to community isn’t just with tech streams but also with social streams? This would mean being more than just about smart phones or playing cards and dice. It’d be about letting breakthrough ideas spread at a fair price. It would be about handling resources as a smart community.

There’s talk on whether government should be run as a business or whether community can be run like a car. How that’s done effectively might depend on who’s at the top or who’s in the driver’s seat. But based on what happened in Flint Michigan, public service passion is in how much the powers-that-be really care.

In one sense, for some who bring passion to be trusted it might help to have social indicators related to a kind of ‘check system light’ similar to a car’s check engine light. So when new program ideas are introduced they get reviewed and measured on an e-scale, fairly serving needs from many to everyone.

Maybe that’s a lesson from Obama’s Presidency and the recent healthcare drama. It’s what the CBO, a good CEO or community leader might help us see through. Passion can do good for hometown blocks as with brand stocks. But if left unchecked it can do more tearing down than building up, so keep runnin’.

Block Talkback: How about a new ACA View; from ‘Repeal & Replace’ to ‘Repair & Repaint’? It’s not ‘totaled,’ just a few dents, no need to right-it-off?

Groove-tracks: Pharrell Williams – Runnin’ – https://youtu.be/jDoUrLtdVEY

Anderson.Paak – Come Down – https://youtu.be/Nh5WSnh8s4Q

Dave Chappelle & Neil DeGrasse Tyson Want the Community to See Old Things in New Ways – #HometownChat

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– Dave Chappelle, Comedy Genius

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– Kendrick Lamar, Hip Hop Lyricist

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#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

Over the past few days buzz had been building about FBI Director James Comey’s visit to Congress. He was invited to give updates about any ongoing investigations. There was a lot riding on his words. That’s also true for Dave Chappelle and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. They want us to see old things in new ways.

Chappelle is remembered for leaving Comedy Central for a period of ‘awakening.’ He’d say he left $50 million dollars behind but travelled millions of miles in social awareness. He’s set to return in a big way after signing a $60 million dollar stand-up comedy showcase deal. Many can’t wait to hear him again.

Tyson, known for his wide-eyed science talks, is not so much making a comeback. He’s concerned about the recent federal government budget proposal that’s sending shock waves across the country. He thinks the cuts might hold us back or do harm to America’s core ideals of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.

It’s hard to imagine but when you listen to Chappelle explain his return it’s almost as if he’s gone from caterpillar to butterfly. But in the concerns being raised by Tyson it seems the budget proposal would take us as a community and nation from ‘Edge of Great’ to ‘Corner of Deflate.’ It’s in competing forces where:

  1. The heartless play with politics as if in a villain reality (VR).
  2. The spineless move within the ‘inner circles’ of an underhand reality.
  3. The woke-a-bees live to serve a greater good in a conscious reality.
  4. The MODD Squad works from block to boardroom in a purposeful reality (PR).

The general opinion by political analysts and experts on the first 60 days of the new administration is pretty unflattering. Whether it’s in approval ratings or FBI statements, there’s a lot to be desired. Some believe we’re hovering somewhere between a dream and a nightmare depending who is telling the story.

It’s a nightmare if there’s more than enough money set aside for bombs but not enough money set aside for books. It would be a dream if HBCUs get the money to go along with the photo op and Meals-on-Wheels doesn’t get a notice to stop. If things become a ‘shell game’ we might need a war on heartless.

As everyday people try to understand proposed changes in healthcare some ask ‘who’s looking out for whom?’ It’s hard not to wonder who’s doing the con and who’s just like the chameleon. Some officials say the new measure will make their plan the best healthcare that money can buy. Others say that’s a lie.

One way to know who’s right and who’s really fudging is to think about the difference between a con and a chameleon. One changes color to protect itself the other to enrich itself. Plus, even-though a chameleon has a backbone it can be ‘spineless,’ moving & breathing within the inner circles of an underhand reality.

Chappelle kinda disappeared from the scene and lived in South Africa for a time. He says he wanted to step back and see the big picture. He calls this time of his life a ‘crisis of conscience’ which gave him a greater sense for his main purpose in comedy, life’s greater purpose and our nation’s legacy purpose.

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Who knows what Chappelle’s fan club is called these days. But those in community who can relate are among the woke-a-bees. He and Tyson use their professional background not just for making money but also making a difference. It’s serving a greater good as others from years past did in a conscious reality.

That’s how some might remember the TV series of the MODD Squad. This was a mixed group of individuals from different races and backgrounds. They had their own personal issues of setbacks or legal run-ins to deal with but found ways to use their talent to effect change from the block to the boardroom.

In one sense, the thing that put the MODD in their Squad was that they were a ‘mix of dreamers and doers.’ That’s not something new to community but it’s looking at old things in new ways as Community 3.0.  What they did then wasn’t so much based on superior gifting as it was on superior citizenship.

With politics there’s often talk of the Super-pacs where money comes to bear on the process. There’s also the Super-Delegate whose vote during Presidential elections seems to have some higher standing. In Community 3.0, there’re reasons to rock and roll like the way the MODD Squad did as super citizens.

Chappelle was invited by a university in South Carolina that renovated an auditorium in his family’s honor. At that event he talked about the legacy of his great-grandfather with whose work he was still making life connections. The thing he admired most was how his ancestors helped to created a ‘community way.’

Tyson and Chappelle want us to hold on to the things that matter. They would want us to see and pursue a way where social issues are treated as a public service not a political strategy. They’d want us to know we are the people to challenge folks when others get left out or left behind by those who’re just heartless.

Groove-tracks: Kanye West – Heartless – https://youtu.be/Co0tTeuUVhU

Ziggy Marley – We Are The People – https://youtu.be/rSmedYjTI_8

Chance the Rapper & Michael Bennett Give Lessons on Being ‘Purposed by’ in Hometown America – #HomtownChat

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Cam Newton, NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback

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#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

March Madness in college basketball is set to jump off. It’s where teams are turned into game-time brackets. Some fans have hype and props for their favorite player. Then there’s much props for Chance the Rapper and NFL’s Michael Bennett for giving lessons on being ‘purposed by’ in hometown America.

Chance made news for donating one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools. He even came up with his selection list of 10 schools that will receive $10,000 each. This decision helped inspire Bennett to layout some dollars for scholars as well. Bennett even supported recent Women’s Day events.

It seems there’s a new class of activist athletes & artists not afraid to speak their minds or put money where their heart is. They understand the importance as public figures of being able to deliver showbiz fun and reflection, on and off the big stage. They spread shine beyond what they do in primetime.

They’re using social appeal to influence the steps hometowns might take to up-shot their game. There were many others from the old days or those from today’s phase who’re serious about seeing a new round of social change whether in urban areas or the heartland. The key is recognizing that when:

  1. Freedoms feel limited, being woke should be unlimited.
  2. Resource are put in freeze-mode, vision should be put in airplane-mode.
  3. Opportunity gets taken for a ride, imagination should breakout a new stride.
  4. Progress wants to take a backseat, projects should take a front seat.

Some wonder whether with new efforts to undo and undermine certain social gains if there’s a new villain in town. Typically in movies the villain is the character whose motives seem to have bad intentions. It’s as if the role the villain plays brings a feeling like there’s someone or something out there to get you.

As Chance and Bennett know there’s a difference between PR – purposeful reality and VR – villain reality. One operates from some core ideals the other usually operates strangely. One is where government or the system wants to serve you. The other is where it feels like they’re trying to swerve you.

Even when freedoms seem like they’re becoming more limited being woke should become more unlimited. This might make sense when flying high in the sky. During pre-flight preps the flight attendant reminds passengers to switch device mode. So calls and data services of email, etc will be unavailable.

That doesn’t mean the smart phone becomes useless. There’re other functions that can be performed or apps used that don’t depend on data service. So for communities that might feel the pinch and pressure of VR with resources put in freeze-mode, it’s a smart time to put vision in airplane mode for a better PR.

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The example by Chance and Bennett is so important. They’ve challenged their peers to offer proceeds, resources or other incentives for spurring next-level communities. It’s kinda like giving folks a shot at being down with OPP – opportunity, purpose and having a plan. That’s core for being in Community 3.0.

There’ve been times in our history, when opportunity got taken for a ride but imagination did breakout a new stride. Sometimes that stride was with new inventions becoming so commonplace we take them for granted now. Other times that new stride was in neighborhoods and meeting places of social justice.

There was a time when agricultural farms were the thing that moved the economy and community. Then we saw a shift to industry with the rise of machines and a focus on efficiency. The tech push came next where information value is premium. Now things have been moving towards ‘work & woke education.’

What’s the difference between today’s social issues and past social effects? What can we learn from those old-school game changers and apply with today’s modern day social up-lifters? It’s what you find when folks read the shifting social tides, in going from ordinary citizens to extraordinary community.

When progress wants to take a backseat or move in reverse, it’s the right projects that take a front-seat for moving things forward. It’s in everyday folks choosing to step out on faith and attract the right people, resources & strategies towards a breakthrough. Community 3.0 can be that right project at the right time.

Each time Chance releases a new album it’s seen as ‘produced by.’ There could well be a few collaborations with other artists. Community 3.0 efforts represent the type of projects that might be seen as ‘purposed by.’ This means doing things fresh and releasing new ‘social tracks’ in a U + Me kind of way.

Chance & Bennett help us see what happens as folks break out a new stride. This means streets of hope rise like high tide. Plus those ready to spread some shine will lead within a more purposeful reality. Together they’ll spark a different kind of ‘march madness’ for a different kind of social steppers groove.

Groove-tracks: John Legend – Shine – https://youtu.be/hzQHnRPY3Zc

R. Kelly – Step in the Name of Love – https://youtu.be/nj71KbE6ekg

Alicia Keys & Rihanna as Artists Known for their Hot Tracks and Humanitarian Hearts – #HometownChat

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Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Drum Major

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Rihanna, Global Music Artist

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#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

This year’s Oscars had major confusion as to which movie won for Best Picture. With the awards season in full effect other artists are looking forward to their own time in the spotlight. It’s great to celebrate chart toppers and emulate performers like Alicia and Rihanna known for their hot tracks & humanitarian hearts.

But the Oscars also had a down home moment when folks from a city tour bus were invited inside the hall. The ‘star’ of this surprise part of the program was ‘Gary from Chicago’ who was busy taking pictures with Hollywood celebs. The mix of folks from the bus was a good reminder of America’s rich diversity.

From our history to the outlines of the American flag we see what can happen when stars and stripes come together. In a sense it was stars and stripes that came together in that Oscars moment.  Alicia might see it as the workings of a blended family while for Rihanna it’s shining bright like a diamond.

As artists they’re walking in shoes of past icons, including Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson. Simone sang about being young gifted and black. That was a kind of anthem during times of unrest and upset. Jackson was there in the trenches using her voice to lift spirits and move the needle on social activism.

Alicia & Rihanna know social impact is more than just working that body but also having a body of work. It’s more than just a singing voice but also a social voice for greater good by seasoned citizens and an engaged next generation. Having stars & stripes come together in Community 3.0 (call it C30) means:

  1. Giving no more reasons that leave ‘small change’ on the sidelines.
  2. Bringing lots more ‘We the People’ potential to the frontlines.
  3. Having a more ‘turnt-up’ mindset in hometowns over time.
  4. Moving a ‘C30’ vision into something primetime.

Most people can think of a time of walking over ‘small change’ in the street. It might have been a nickel or a dime. For someone who’s well-off, small change will have lower value than for someone less-off. For a less-off person, small change can be the difference maker in buying a bottle of water to quench thirsts.

There’re ways to have small change in smart community make a big difference. It might be small change when we plug our smart phones into the outlet. The power increases in small percent jumps. But before you know it apps get updated. Before you know it the phone is fully charged and ready for smart use.

When officials offer the same old same old to the community, then ‘We the People’ have to get plugged-into some new ways. We learn this from early human history in two kinds of social uplift situations. There was one where the powers-that-be was told ‘Let the People Go’ and the other told ‘#LetThePeopleKnow.’

If Moses and Pharaoh or Joseph and the King don’t ring a bell then at least modern civil rights history should. What they have in common is how folks stepped-up their true calling and hometown game. They brought more ‘We the People’ potential to the frontlines in every little step they took and move they made.

Recently, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made news saying people don’t fully appreciate what makes America great. It’s not simply in the cars we drive, homes we live in or towering skyscrapers we build. It’s in the down home ways we function as a melting pot of diverse ideas and breakout talents.

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When diamond is mined there’s a breakout process before it has market value. It’s all about how the diamond in the rough gets ‘turnt-up’ into diamond in the bling. Having a more ‘turnt-up’ mindset in community is in a ‘stars & stripes’ diversity that empowers consumers and citizens for more street value.

This will make us better by doing things to move a C30 vision into primetime. Remember when AOL first came on the scene. It was like an add-on feature with a new computer. It wasn’t there to compete with the computer but to connect the user (through the computer) to a broader space called the World Wide Web.

AOL partnered with computer makers to give more options to the consumer. The same could happen if C30 were to partner with urban radio to connect ‘block talk’ with the world of streets and beats. The same is true if C30 produced civic dream features connecting hometowns with ‘destiny’s dots’ in the community.

During the Montgomery Bus Boycott the powers-that-be weren’t ready to respond to ‘Let the People Go.’ So those in the movement also went with the ‘Let the People Know’ strategy. Along the way folks were told by movement leaders that there comes a time when time itself is ready to make a change.

In the days ahead if there’s ongoing confusion about civic affairs it might be baffling when certain officials remain hardened to their positions. But there’s sure to come a time when even time’s ready to make a change. Even in having to ‘Let the People Know,’ there came a time when ‘I Have a Dream’ took shape.

So to move C30 into primetime as in days gone by, there’re times to work with key decision makers and times to affect other powers-that-be. There’re times things might be well said but not well meant. There’re times to fight the power and times for plugging-in the power to be ‘turnt-up’ as young, gifted & stacked.

Groove-tracks: Snap – The Power – https://youtu.be/j1BNcSBApOU

Common & Lalah Hathaway – Young Gifted & Black – https://youtu.be/pPfgjNjLZ9I