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[Artist Advice] 5 TEDTalk Seminars to Benefit You And Your Career

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If you haven’t heard about TEDTalk here’s some homework for you. TedTalk is a company that brings speakers to seminars all over. Giving life lessons, upcoming technology, research, and social interactions. I felt I came across a couple of TEDTalk’s that can relate to a hip-hop musician/entrepreneur. Why not generate a list of my five picks for TEDTalk videos that can benefit you and your career.

Hip-Hop’s Seat At The Table || Brad Franklin


Hip-hop may be the most influential genre in popular music but its artists are not always seen as community leaders in other contexts. Brad Franklin explains his idea that the creators of hip-hop are vital representatives of the culture they reflect, which has become mainstream.

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin is a Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, writer and activist. Kaz’s extensive career spans several mediums, including music, TV, and radio. He is one-half of the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Crooked Lettaz with David Banner. He’s also garnered much success as a solo artist with 5 releases though his own company, OurGlass Media Group. Those albums sold nearly 20,000 copies independently and led to extensive tours of both the Czech Republic and Ghana, West Africa. OurGlass is a full service Public Relations/Marketing/Entertainment Consulting Firm with a recording label, management company, film production company, concert promotions, and property management arms. Currently, Kaz is the marketing specialist for the City of Jackson, Department of Human & Cultural Services. He also writes columns for both the Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press. But his greatest achievement is being a loving husband and proud father of 3.

Keep Your Goals To Yourself || Derek Sivers


After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says its better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

Why Videos Go Viral || Kevin Allocca


Kevin Allocca is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can’t wait …)

How Winning in Hip-Hop Led To Winning in Business & Life || Glenn Bolton


In this short but entertaining talk, Glenn Bolton, aka Professor Daddy-O, shares the secret to his success in the highly competitive music industry that is relevant to anyone from any industry.

Glenn “Daddy-O” Bolton is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. Hailed by the industry as the “Quincy Jones of rap,” Bolton founded groundbreaking hip-hop group Stetsasonic, whose success inspired the alternative hip-hop genre. He later joined the executive ranks at Universal Records, where he was charged with talent discovery and development.

Bolton has worked with heavyweights Mary J. Blige, B52s, Queen Latifah, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. Other notable projects include the And 1 mixtape, MTV’s Rip The Runway and the movies Dangerous Minds, CB4, Lean On Me, and Straight Outta Brooklyn, where he served as talent and Music Supervisor. His career has been chronicled Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, and Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop.

Bolton lives in Atlanta and most recently served as a curator for the official Smithsonian Hip-Hop Anthology. He has an album out currently on iTunes entitled #everybodybutkrs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

The Transformative Power of Hip-Hop || Professor Lyrical


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized

This concludes my five top Hip-Hop related TedTalk seminar segments I feel that any upcoming hip-hop artist or entrepreneur can learn a thing or two from it. I find these seminars to be very insightful. If you come across any other TedTalk’s you’ll like to add to this list, by all means contact me via Twitter @NikkiSiixx. Would love to share those videos!

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