The definition of a Lane Maker is someone who creates opportunity for others. There is no question that Oprah has helped me define my brand. Now she has done it again by starting The Oprah Winfrey Network. There are no words that can describe her journey from a poor black girl born in Kosciusko, Missississppi in 1954 to a multi-billionaire dollar female OWNing her OWN television network in 2011. My favorite part of her staring the network is the name, OWN! Although it stands for The “Oprah Winfrey Network,” the acronym already has a meaning in itself and more importantly a message. For everyone aspiring to become better, whether its in business, a certain craft or just life in general! OWN! Own yourself first and foremost, don’t let anyone control your dreams and aspirations!
Speechless. That was the only word that could describe how I felt after watching this documentary. The series “Masters Class” and who it features is iconic but for Oprah (who isn’t a fan of Hip Hop) to choose a Hip Hop artist to headline her first episode really speaks to how impactful and undeniable Hip Hop has become worldwide. Not only is Jay-Z my favorite rapper (as I’ve gotten to witness him grow as an artist from the beginning) but he is also my favorite entrepreneur as he literally created everything he currently has from nothing solely through his dedication and intuition to listen to himself when many tried to alter his vision. Through all the years that Jay-Z has been in the public eye he has never spoken so in-depth about things like his failures, his relationship with his father and other very personal issues he has had to deal with throughout his life. In this documentary he does not give you Jay-Z the rapper but rather Sean Carter the man. For fans of his music and entrepreneurial career this is a must see and for those who don’t like “Jay-Z”, this documentary might give you a different opinion on a man who was marked for failure but did not accept what was given to him and followed his dreams and ambitions to influence children and adults of all races around the world. If there is an ultimate example of #MYOL, Sean Carter is it.