When I first heard about the '100 Brilliant Boys of Color' Magazine Photo Shoot, I knew that I wanted to be apart of it! Erica Molett of the Beyond the Ball organization (creative director of this monumental gathering) contacted me about featuring the "Crowned King" design from my clothing line to their wardrobe department for an added touch of urban flare. (See Below) The boys who would all be dressed in various careers, like Firemen, Doctors, Lawyers, etc as a way of saying, beyond playing ball...you have the ability to be successful in the future! Needless to say, I immediately oblidged the opportunity! On that call, Erica talked about how my song, King, was a great influence on the vision for this shoot that would be captured on the steps of the historic African American Museum. The more we spoke, it became apparent that I should shoot a portion of my upcoming music video, "King Remix", during the photoshoot! So we did just that and boy was it FUN & EPIC!
On the contrary, this is where we all were when we found out that Kobe passed away. 100 boys of color, a pro photographer (Kuwuane Burton), Southern magazine, Beyond the Ball Org, and the ShySpeaks crew all breathed in the news at once but couldn't help but to exhale with a sense of all the hope that we were surrounded by. 9 Mins after hearing the news, we began the shoot! Good Morning America announced that we dedicated the photo to the legacy of Kobe Bryant & all the families who suffered a loss during the tragedy!
I'll share more of this moment from my perspective later...til then, enjoy this video coverage by WFAA Channel 8!