THE MOGUL MINUTE : USHER'S NEW LOOK FOUNDATION "DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION SUMMIT " IS INSPIRING HUNDREDS TO BE LEADERS
Usher Raymond IV founded the New Look Foundation in 1999 to develop the Next Generation of Disruptivators! Over the weekend the New look Foundation brought together 300 youth leaders to take part in the Disruptive Innovation Summit! The 2-day summit includes the Spark Tank Competition, motivational speakers ,networking opportunities, and various other fun and educational activities, performances & more. Young people from the ages of 17 to 24 years old that desire to use their "spark" to make a positive change in the world attended the summit presented by Imagine World, Atlanta Teen Magazine, and sponsored by WM Events, General Electric , AT&T , Ford and South West Air. Usher kicked off the conference. The first panel included Disruptivators of the Internet including Jay Versace, Barry White Jr, and Vanessa Wilson. Other speakers included CEO Of Lava Records Jason Flom, Political Educator - Popular Education Project Ciara Taylor, Executive director Hudson - Sean Pica, Education director, Anti-defamation league - Erin Peachman , Mew look student, activist & politician - Mary Pact Hector, Author, Speaker & mentorship specialist - Shawn Blanchard, Executive Director, Choose ATL & Founder, Kate's Club - Kate Atwood, Singer, Songwriter & Actress - Starshell, Violinist, Composer & Inspirational Speaker - Eric Stanley , Founder, NYC Together - Dana Rachlin, Disruptivator Award Honoree - William Kamkwamba, FOUNDER, Partpic Jewel Burks, Founder, My Scholly app - Chris Gray, Artistic Alchemist Brandan 'B-Mike' Odums, Founder, Love Beyond Walls - Terence Lester , and Disruptivator Award Honoree Drew Charter - Inven Team. The panels are going to be very informative and all attendees heard stories and speeches from various game changers and leaders. During the Spark Tank competion one attendee will walk away with a 5,000 dollar check to invest in their idea. Tony Beton Jr, served as the moderator for the summit. Global Ambassador Of Youth (Ushers New Look Motivational speaker 1/2 Urban Republic , CEO of Loudpack Productions Dewey Da Don also spoke attended the event.
Although there will be tons of educational segments there will also be an opportunity for the youth to mix and mingle with 300 of their fellow Disruptivators at a networking party featuring Music, "Disruptive" Performances , the AT&T Dream Market & more. Performers are AYO & TEO , Cashae, Torion, and Jasmine Pollard. This 2 day event took place at SunTrust Park 755 Battery Avenue SE in Atlanta, GA . I think its amazing that the attendees received this opportunity and all the speakers cut out time in their schedules to offer their voice to the youth. The goal of this event is set out to connect passion, career & service and for each person to leave with a blueprint for living on purpose. During the summit the $5,000 funding check was awarded to Justina for her innovative idea, an organization that helps connect adopted people with their families via Ancestry DNA. Overall this two day conference inspired the youth to be passionate about their ideas and innovate great things. Huge shoutout to everyone in attendance and the entire New Look staff!
THE MOGUL MINUTE : CHESS NOT CHECKERS YOU CAN'T BOX IN URBAN REPUBLIC (INTERVIEW WITH THE MOGUL GIRL)
If you look at people that's successful they never really follow the pattern that everybody feels they have to go by
-Dewey Da Don
My favorite song from the "Killa City State Of Mind" mixtape by Urban Republic is 'Distorted Portraits". The song is definitely food for thought. Dewey and Novacain have diverse paths of their own but they've collaborated to create conscious and heart felt music. Both young men were born and raised in Kansas and they're going hard for their city. Currently they've moved to Atlanta for more opportunities . They are making moves in the industry as well as their personal lives. Dewey Da Don is Usher's protege and the Ambassador of Usher's "New Look Foundation". Dewey has inspired tons of youth with his story and that they are their own individual no matter what people say or where they are from. Dewey and Novacain continue to reach their goals. Their newest project "From Atlanta With Love" releases in 2016. I interviewed "Urban Republic" so check out what they had to say below.
1.) The Mogul Girl : Dewey you posted an Instagram post with the caption "My passion is my purpose so I let it lead me. How are both of you letting your passion lead you at this point in your life?
Dewey Da Don: I have learned that a great leader wears many different hats. I set up all my passions to be a revolving door so that no matter when I'm doing something its always feeding into what I ultimately want to do. My three biggest buckets would be music, business and philanthropy. So ultimately it would be just that. I just really set myself up so that everyday I'm surrounded by what I want to do. I do what I love which is music, service, and business. Also always keeping in mind that this right now is not the future. That I have to grind. Grind until it make sense to everyone because it makes sent to me. So I just have to grind to get the results that I need to translate to everyone else.
Novacaine: Just keeping the music at the forefront. With music we can be going through things in our personal life and we always say "When we get on or when we get to that point". So we make decisions that will help our future. We just let music carry us.
2.) The Mogul Girl : So you guys are doing something with the Usher New Look Foundation on October 22, 2015 at the Leadership Academy .Can you tell me a little bit about what's going on that day in Brooklyn?
Dewey Da Don : I'm kicking off my orientation with my children. This is our 3rd year of representing in Brooklyn. I was afforded a promotion. I took on the responsibility of being the Atlanta coordinator and New York coordinator. Now I've gotten a few promotions however Brooklyn is near and dear to my heart. Brooklyn is my favorite city in New York. My youngest daughter's name is Brooklyn. That's how much that community means to me. Just because of the youth that I've worked with.The orientation is to bring new freshmen on board as well as acclimating our sophomores and juniors. We just want to give them new information and update them on things throughout the year. For example job settling and mentor/ mentee opportunities. We'll also have four panelist that will speak from different perspectives and pillars that we serve which our talent, education, career, and service.We have Tracey G from Sway In The Morning to come and speak so it's going to be lit. So I get to fellowship with my children.I love Brooklyn, I love the kids out there, it's a lot of potential and opportunities out there
3.) You guts have recorded a lot of music. What's one of your favorite songs of your own?
Novacain : Probably are song "What You Know About It". That song has so much substance and pain in it. Everytime I listen to it. I keep it on repeat. I just sit and reflect. It brings tears to my eyes.I remember Dewey called me one morning and was like you been through a lot. He was very emotional and tearful. Just for him to do that and invoke the same emotion from that song is definitely why that's one of my favorite songs.
Dewey Da Don : That song you should go check it out because it cosigns the story were trying to tell. That song means a lot because "I watched my brother suffer" . It was pain in there because I saw him growing as an individual, as a man, as a leader, and a rapper. One of my favorite songs is "Daddy's Little Girl" . Early on I was very transparent with my music even in high school. I mean like my chick broke up with me and I just put it on a track. So major life events and all that were expressed through my music. So when my daughter got taken away from me for a year, so the only way I could communicate with her was through music. I'm not going to let any type of barrier keep me from speaking to my daughter. Whether it was through YouTube or Facebook . She's not going to have the feeling I abandoned her. I'm not going to have that impression. I wasn't going to allow that. That's one of my near and dear songs because I encapsulated a very painful moment in my life. I turned that pain to power.I used that as motivation to try and reach my daughter. Overall, I'm cheating because I'm saying two it would have to be "Distorted Portraits" . It has been the trial of our life.We make so much diverse music and we're good at everything we do. I don't want to toot my own horn. People tell us we're good at everything we do when we do it. So its like people want to box us in and the song is about that. Don't box us in! We have our own plan and goal. We have to be who we see ourselves as not how everyone sees us. Distorted Portraits is you see the picture its right in front of you but you don't get it . Its up to us to make that vision clear. When our visions unify we can create change and power. It takes a cooperative effort to make anything happen. So its going to take everyone to help us get that platform. So we can continue to do the work it takes everybody.
I appreciate Dewey Da Don keeping it G-Real! Telling his story and speaking on the importance of grinding, being confident in your craft, branding yourself, and not letting doubters stop you from what you believe in. Novacain and Dewey Da Don both spoke on the importance of turning pain into power. I really appreciated their openness and their charisma is the interview.
Make sure you get their mixtape "Killa City State Of Mind" (Here)
Dewey Da Don
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