“Focus On Family, So That Your Legacy Can Be Passed Down” With Hip Hop Artist Dupré Kelly
Take time for yourself, so that even when you are chasing your goals and dreams you still need some time for yourself to rejuvenate your energy. Focus on Family, so that your legacy can be passed down. Make sure you mentally stay healthy by listening, talking & sharing with a mentor.
I had the pleasure of interviewing ( “Doitall” Dupré Kelly of the Legendary platinum selling HipHop Group Lords Of The Underground. Du is also a businessman who owns a audio recording Studio in Newark, NJ as well as an Activist who previously ran for political office in Newark & is Executive Director of a non profit organization called 211 Community Impact.
What is your “backstory”?
My backstory is that I was born and raised in Newark NJ to a single parent mother who left Newark to attend Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina where I pledged Alpha Phi Alpha & it is also where my group was discovered.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
There have been so many great memorable moments but one of the funniest has to be Messing up on The Taping of a popular show in the 90’s called In Living Color & having Jim Carrey & Jamie Fox joke with me about it.
What would you advise to someone who wants to emulate your career?
I would say be inspired but the the things I do & have done only to become and do better than I have done!
Is there a person that made a profound impact on your life?
There have been many people in an out of my life with different influences but I will have to say my mom has been the biggest.
Can you share a story?
My mom is the first one to instill hope into me. She did not like HipHop music but her love for me allowed her to support what I loved which is The HipHop culture.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Most definitely everything I do is for the good of the HipHop culture & People from poverty communities.
Are you working on any meaningful or exciting non profit projects?
I am always working in my community of Newark NJ to help those less fortunate & for those who want to be civically engaged. Right now my non profit 211 Community Impact is focusing on The homeless.
Wow!Can you tell me a story about a person who was impacted by your cause?
I pray all that we have done throughout the community has impacted the students at the schools we speak at as well as the seniors when we engage them & the entire community with our Let’s Eats programs. Look Good Feel Good programs, People Without Addresses, & literary programs.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. I wish someone would have taught me Financial literacy & independence so that when I was making a lot of money in the entertainment industry I would have been able to make better decisions at a younger age. 2. To have an Owners mindset. Power lies within ownership 3. To take time for myself, so that even when you are chasing your goals and dreams you still need some time for yourself to rejuvenate your energy. 4. Focus on Family, so that your legacy can be passed down. 5. Make sure you mentally stay healthy by listening, talking & sharing with a mentor.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
It would be challenging people to truly do the things that make them happy, to encourage them to take a leap of faith thru outreach.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?
You are who you are because of you!
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this :-)
I would love to sit down With Sean Jay Z Carter to talk about the culture of HipHop & utilizing its power to galvanize entire cities to change the dynamics & mindset of the people.