Can we get real for a minute, AllHipHop?
Its a fact that no one ever notices a star (the ones in the
sky) until its shining above our heads at night. We dont get to witness the
time period where it exists as nothing more than a shapeless cloud of celestial
matter, often, for gazillions of years.
Were never privy to the cataclysmic process of imploding
gases and violent collisions that go into making that brilliance that lights up
our nights - that grinding struggle that determines whether or not that cloud
of gas will eventually glow with the intensity of the star that led some of my
ancestors to freedom, or if it will simply fall into the background, flickering
with unimpressive dullness to us here on earth.
And the same goes for film and television stars, or really,
anyone in the creative arts or entertainment industries. The process of
becoming luminous, if you will, is not at all as glamorous as the life the
public is exposed to once the hardest struggle is over.
Just like the gases in our atmosphere that get kicked around
until they eventually have the breakthrough that jumpstarts the process of
stardom (their big break), the majority of the big names we see on our
screens everyday have been through the gamut of hunger, evictions,
homelessness, no transportation, no clothes, mental breakdowns when continual efforts
equate to doors being slammed in your face, physical illnesses or injuries without
the luxury of health insurance, and the list goes on.
And many times, we starving artists are just not able to,
or just dont feel that we can, ask
for the help we need when times get rough for us, because most of our support
system of family and friends think were completely nuts anyway for taking the risks and paths weve chosen, when in
their eyes we could simply just end all the suffering and get a real job.
But what many dont understand is that what most may view as
an option for us is really a life-sustaining necessity. If you took our ability
to pursue our creative passions away from us, in exchange for a pedestrian desk
job until we could retire quietly with a gold watch, then wed literally waste
away and die inside - one of those slow and painful mental deaths of coulda, woulda, shouldas, and what-ifs.
I know all of my entrepreneurs and creative people out there
feel me on this one.
Like I mentioned before, even after all of the demons we
battle to gain recognition and appreciation for whatever it is that we do, some
of us still remain in the background of the North Stars, barely visible in
the dark skies. In reality, theres only but so much room for single billing in
a film, only one number one at the
top of the charts but make no mistake, that doesnt make their struggle any
less relevant or any less noble than those who no longer have to fight that
It makes their accomplishments no less grand, which is
exactly why I give much respect due to those in the background with the tiny
roles, the one-liners, the DJ peddling his mix-tapes (when Im not broke Ill
always buy one from you!), the Hip-Hopper whose performance everyone yaps
through as they wait impatiently for the main event, the artist painting on the
street corner, the designer asking you to take a look at his t-shirts.
Yes, this article is for you. Keep grinding, keep pushing,
keep doing what you do. Many have no idea what it takes to just get to the
point of even being able to exist,
Before we even knew who Halle Barry was, she lived in a
homeless shelter. Tyler Perry, Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Kelsey
Grammer, singer Jewel, Eartha Kitt, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Tupac,
Colonel Sanders all of them, once homeless.
Imagine if all these folks had given up living in their cars,
in bus terminals, and in shelters, and had gone back to civilization with
everybody else now imagine the opposite for yourself.
Love, Hip-Hop, and Creative Struggle,
You can find Noree anytime