1 09 2008

Once Upon a Celebrity

Remember when you where young and it seemed as though every bedtime story started with “Once Upon a Time…?”  You would gradually close your eyes and drift off to somewhere safe, somewhere just as comfortable as home, where the smell of dinner cooking in the kitchen superseded what was on television. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some exclusive time with individuals that reminded me of those moments: Nick Cannon, Jennifer Freeman, the Black Eyed Peas‘ own Taboo and several others. You sit down with these celebrities and it hits you like a ton of bricks. I mean, I feel like I’m doing a handful of things all at once, but someone like Nick Cannon is doing even more with much more pressure on him. So many eyes. So many expectations. Unfair comparisons. So many even hoping that he fails. Yet, he makes it happen. I’m talking about everything from hit movies such as Drumline, to chart topping music singles, to a #1 MTV Show, to a clothing line, to a recently VERY publicized marriage to megastar Mariah Carey. The man keeps it moving. I think you get the picture. So let’s fast forward to the day I do an interview with Nick.

John III Interviews Nick Cannon (Click Play Button to Watch)

John III Interviews Nick Cannon

John III Interviews Nick Cannon

I expected him to arrive at the video shoot with people in tow, something like a Verizon commercial gone bad. Well, this wasn’t the case. The door bell rings and Nick is standing there with himself and his right hand man Dorian. That’s it!  No army of PR folks or lawyers– just Nick being Nick. He comes in and we talk about the Angel City Classic and how excited he is to be participating. Nick Cannon, DrumlineHe throws ideas out about how involved he wants to be with the fans attending on game day. We talk about his expectations for his Stop Hating, Educate campaign. We laugh because he was told he can hang out in a small room until the production team is ready to start rolling (you have to understand that the view on the patio next to the pool was absolutely “Hollywood” and that the temperature was pure Southern Cal perfect with a slight peppermint breeze! Not hanging out on this patio would’ve been like hanging a NY Strip Steak around your neck and telling that Rottweiler named Killer sitting next to you to be cool. You might be good for a second or two but otherwise it’s just not happening (***NOTE: KIDS PLEASE DON’T TRY THAT AT HOME**). We also chat before the shoot about a flight that he is about to catch in a few hours to go overseas. Be sure and click the “play” button above to watch the interview produced by Tri Destined Studios.

Taboo:  Black Eyed Peas

Taboo, Black Eyes Peas

Fast forward again.  I’m hanging out with my man Taboo and he begins to talk about his recent hit records with the Black Eyed Peas and his new co-staring role in one of Fall’s hottest movies. (Black Eyed Peas is a hip hop group composed of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie.) We also chop it up about his new reality television series.  (I’ll give you a hint on this one. You’ve seen America vote for the hottest dance Crews, well Taboo is sitting as a judge on the newest American crew to be dropped on the public. And I’m not talking about dance, either).

In the meantime, while I’m sitting in their studio, others are preparing for him to go in and do some recordings while a second camera crew waits for him to do a photo shoot for a magazine. I’m just sitting there glad that we don’t have to wait for his part in our TV commercials and continue chatting about what’s next for the Classic. We hope to bring you that interview soon.

Jennifer Freeman, My Wife and Kids

Jennifer Freeman, Angeles City Classic

Jennifer Freeman, My Wife and Kids

Just as amazing was Jennifer Freeman from “My Wife and Kids,” who will be conducting interviews on Friday and Saturday during the event. She didn’t star on a hit television show for years by accident. Taboo didn’t sell MILLIONS of records on a whim. Nick Cannon didn’t blow the doors open with the hit movie Drumline by chance. Isaac Hayes didn’t become ‘Black Moses’ without practicing how to part seas with his talented singing and writing skills. Lalah Hathaway and Angie Stone didn’t become divas overnight. And the Angel City Classic hasn’t become a focus of each respective celebrity that was mentioned in this blog because they had nothing else to do. Each believed that this event is an excellent way to enhance the many things that they respect and work very hard each day to accomplish. They believe that their voices or talent can be positively used to touch their fans and most importantly the communities that raised them into who they are. Without a constructive effort and focus from them and our familiar families, none would have been able to exist as we now know them.

They believed. They believed, just like you and me, that the vision of ˜Once Upon a Time”isn’t just a story teller’s set up, but rather something that can be accomplished by applying as much effort to TODAY or the immediate PRESENT as possible. How hard are we working TODAY to encourage education and mental growth? How much energy are we willing to put forth on the positive things instead of the negative things that stunt our growth and cultivate our nightmares?? What are we doing RIGHT NOW to constructively and economically build stability within our communities?

We Take Education of Our Youth Seriously

September 27th 2008 is only a highlight of some of these actions that we all should strive to take right now. Come out and be a part of history. It is your decision right here and right now for how our story wants to be remembered.

One thing that I can promise is that at the end of the day on September 27th, 2008 we will all be so exhausted that we can fall asleep to what seemed like a real life “Once Upon a Time” fairy tale! But we have to put in the work and tell someone who can tell someone who can tell someone who can also bring someone to join us. So for now, sweet dreams, ACC fans, I can’t wait to get started on tomorrow!

John III

Angel City Classic COO

Proud Hampton Grad

Angie Stone Performs at5th Quarter

P.S And, in case you are wondering, I did mention names in here that are directly involved in the Angel City Classic. Angie Stone and Lalah Hathaway will be joined by Anthony Hamilton in our “5th Quarter Tribute to Isaac Hayes Concert.” OH BOY!! Have you heard them sing lately? Better yet have you seen Angie Stone in concert??? The woman can sing! And Lalah?!!! And Anthony Hamilton??? Man, I’m not even going to give you all the details here, because I’m going to be writing about it later. Just might even have an interview coming up with each. Stay logged on and you’ll be the first to get the news right here on this blog spot!

In Other News:

September 9
Recycling Black Dollars’

John T. Fleming, CEO

First Tuesday Breakfast Mixer

Bring a fresh batch of cards for networking!

Guest Speaker:
John Fleming, CEO,
Farmer’s Angel City Classic
Papa West Restaurant
4336 Degnan Ave
Leimert Park 310-673-7777

We Have Extended Our King and Queen Scholarship Deadline for Entries to Sept. 12!

Attention High School Seniors! There is still time to enter to win the $5,000 scholarship for King or Queen ($10,000 total!) to be showcased at this year’s Angel City Classic, Sept 27, 2008 at the L.A. Convention Center.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Click Here to Enter!

BLACKWEEKLY.com Celebrates 3 BAAS Media Group and Angel City Classic

Terrorist Fist Bump or Brotherly Unity?

Representatives of our 3BAAS Media Group PR firm will be honored at a Black Weekly function designed to promote the Farmers Angel City Classic. First Fridays Los Angeles is geared to providing professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area a monthly event in which to interact with their peers.

Friday, September 5th, join Blackweekly.com Founder Fleace’ Weaver and other professionals for First Fridays Los Angeles We Are Kings III, A Celebration of Black Men.

Last month at First Fridays Los Angeles, over 400 people attended. The event was such a success with all the handsome professional brothas in the house that by popular demand “by the ladies”, they will rewind and repeat with “We Are King III” on Friday, September 5th. You are invited to an evening of music, dancing, mixing and mingling as they celebrate professional Black Men and acknowledge their contributions to our lives and community.

We Are Kings III, featuring The Men of 3BAAS, Friday, September 5th
Sheraton Gateway LAX
Lobby and Poolside Lounge
6101 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
7:00 pm – 1:00 am

Reduced Valet and Self Parking!

Cover: $10 before 11pm with RSVP to

From Left:  Kevin Ross, Chairman and CEO; Steven Temple, Accountant and Dwayne Foster, Vice-President, Chief Administrative Officer

Insider Tip: Since you read til the end, leave a great comment about the Angel City Classic, (why you want to go, your experiences last year or what you are looking forward to this year)  and we will pick the best post to win a pair of tickets to attend the Angel City Classic!    Of course, you must register so we can reach out to you to get your hot off the presses tickets to you (Sorry, Anonymous.)  Please post only once! And please do not post private info! We will stop taking entries by Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 at midnight. Good luck! (Yes, feel free to forward to friends so they too can enter!)

Q: But John III, I never win anything. How can I purchase tickets? A: Simple!  Click Here!

Photo OP: CLICK HERE for photos from our Breakfast Rally. Thanks to everyone for coming!