June’s 2020 Inspirational Icon—The Black Godfather

You most definitely heard of famous celebrities, like P. Diddy and Jay Z or Bill Withers and Janet Jackson. You may even think you know their inspirational stories, but there’s one person you most definitely haven’t heard. This man sits behind the curtain and at the deal-making tables, but never shows his face to a crowd. I only personally heard of him after watching his documentary, The Black Godfather. Musical artists, actors, television hosts and hostesses, and even presidents go to this man when they want something done, whether they want a better deal, or more money, he’s the man everyone goes to. Clarence Avant is the celebrities’ celebrity.

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April’s Inspirational Icon—Shonda Rhimes

Born in Illinois on January 13, 1970, Shonda Rhimes was the youngest of 5 siblings. She recieved her B.A. at Dartmouth College. She later recieved her M.F.A. at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Rhimes has always had an exemplerary work ethic. From her highschool days all the way through the University of Sounthern California, her unique horse-like work ethic is one of the most important reasons why she is at the pinnacle of the television industry.

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