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Ice Cube – Mogul for the Masses (Black History Month Profile February 27, 2016

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Ice Cube

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Mogul For the Masses

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Ice Cube

By: Ms. Bobbie Jones

Was it ever in anyone’s imagination that the man who brought us the group NWA (Niggas with Attitudes) and gave us an in your face attitude because as the song BH IC 6.jpgsaid, “He was straight out of Compton,” would later grow into the giant business man and Movie Mogul  we see before us today.

           I would place a sure bet that O’Shea Jackson or as you may know him (Ice Cube) would BH IC 9.jpghave thought that years ago this type of fascinating life may have been far out of the realm of possibilities for any other young African American male born and raised in the so-called ghetto, but he is not any other male – he is Ice Cube.

            In an age where being multi-faceted pays off big time Ice Cube wears many hats.  It’s obvious that he got started as a rapper and songwriter but later added actor, producer, executive producer, movie maker and all around creative genius to his credits.

            The first time many of us saw Ice Cube on the big screen he played a character that may have not been too far from his up bringing.  Dough Boy – in the movie BH IC 23.jpgBoyz in the Hood put him on the radar and some would say the fast track to stardom.  I myself remember that movie and all it’s relevance to what life is really like in the inner city stuck with me for years and actually became a so-call cult classic in many African American homes.  In some circles all one has to do is mention that movie and it will bring back memories.  From day one whatever Ice Cube had captured in that character and on that screen he made us feel it and till this day Boyz in the Hood has endured.

            Cube is no stranger to hard work but he also knows how to combine fun, BH IC 4.jpghope, creative learning and generosity of BH IC 5.jpgspirit to many of the film projects he undertakes, just ask any of his co-stars if you ever get the chance.  If Cube thought they were funny and he saw that someone were on their “Hustle” he was first to give a comedian a chance.  Chris Tucker, Bernie Mac, Kat Williams and many other Black Comedians have Ice Cube to thank for putting them on the big screen.

            With movies like Friday which started the entire Friday franchise then along came (Next Friday) and (Friday after Next) and with those films no one could doubt that laughter had to be a big part of Ice Cubes life BH IC 7.jpgand he was determined to make it a part of ours.

Barber Shop being one of my favorite films produced by Cube Vision, Ice Cubes own Production Company not only made us all laugh but gave us a lesson in love and togetherness, the things our parents taught us and that never go out of style.

Ice Cube has also done his best to keep the franchise business going he has the Ride Along gang on his roster and it’s looking to be a hit just as everything else Ice BH IC 17.jpgCube has dabbled in. The tough talking hard hitting buddy comedy is back in action and funny is not just a word when it comes to these two… it is a way of life.  Love it !!! And, if you did not know his labor of love and a long time coming, his work and collaboration with his long-time friends Dr. Dre, and DJ Yella has created a legendary historic and epic film and one movie I think I waited my whole live to see – You know the name.  BH IC 8.jpgStraight Outta Compton”

Ice Cube does his best to stay grounded and with his wife and 4 kids to keep him on a calm yet steadily progressive path toward the future and with that in his life he can never go wrong.  Cube has come from a place many may have shunned to receive his rightful place somewhere few of us get a chance to dwell and that is – in America’s heart.  Not bad for a kid who came Straight Outta of Compton.

So, if you ever have it in your mind that geographic locations, family history or BH IC 10.jpgyour rank on the social economic level is just the end all and be all barriers to your life’s stalemate – check out those that came before you.  I say to you get a plan in place and embrace your God given gifts and talents whatever they may be, secure your faith and get about the business of doing something that can inspire those generations to come.

From the Mind  of Ice Cube check out what’s next (Clothes Line)

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Genius

Copyright © Ms. Bobbie Jones February 27, 2016

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