Friday, August 31, 2012
Chris Lighty, one of the music industry legends has passed away. Chris was the founder and chief executive of Violator Management/Brand Asset Group. Chris had been a part of the music scene since 1988 when he joined Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen at Rush Management. The music industry is definitely feeling the loss of this music mogul who helped mold many careers in the industry. Chris worked with some of the greatest like Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mya, Diggy Simmons, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, and 50 Cent just to name a few.
There was some confusion about what actually happened leading to the death of Chris Lighty as reported by NY Daily News:
"Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.
It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS."
Then NY Daily News reported:
"Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after he shot himself after an argument with his estranged wife at his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — stepped outside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., after a spat with his wife, Veronica, police sources said.
Suddenly, a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying faceup with a 9-mm. pistol next to his body, sources said."
Our condolences go out to Chris Lighty's family from all of us here at Zobe. He is gone but will never be forgotten.
Friday, August 24, 2012
This weekend I challenge you to "ride solo"; go out and promote yourself, by yourself. Why? Because when you travel outside of the comfy cozy box of your neighborhood bar with your life-long friends and into the wild on your own, you are guaranteed to learn about yourself and others.
The most amazing thing about the Washington DC area is the variety of people and cultures, income classes and races. Its mind blowing how many different types of people there are in the area and how often we stick to what's safe and what we know.
Get out there! Meet new people! Market yourself! Be influential! Stand out!
If you dare to complete this challenge, give me feed back. Did you love it or hate it? Who did you talk to? What new experiences did you have? How did it effect how you feel about yourself?
I will follow up with you all about this week's challenge: "Ride Solo" and present the Week Two Challenge that will get you thinking and experiencing outside of your small constricting box next Friday! Happy weekend!