50 Cent Story of Success

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50 cent is an American hip-hop artist with international acclaim in the entertainment industry in form of awards, album sales, and earnings. In addition to this, he is a well-informed businessperson with dealings that have earned him millions of dollars in his business ventures. This paper will highlight his career from his tough beginnings, his entry and success in the entertainment industry, his profitable business dealings, and his present legal and financial woes.

He was born Curtis James Jackson III July 6, 1976 in Jamaican Queens, New York City. His grandmother raised him from the age of eight and was dealing drugs by the age of 12. At the age of 16, after serving six months in boot camp prison for possession of a weapon and drugs, he decided to turn his life’s direction. He had an interest in music and after getting a mentor, 50 Cent honed his skills and got the notice of the hip-hop industry. His reputation as a controversial rapper got him into trouble where it led to an attempt on his life and had his first contract terminated before even releasing his debut album and blacklisted by the recording labels. He overcame these insurmountable challenges to become one of the most successful hip-hop artistes and affluent businessperson in his era. His appeal as an artist is in part because of his music that depicts his dangerous real life experiences in his journey to success and another part due to his obvious talent.

The early life of Curtis Jackson was tough; at eight years, he became an orphan and moved to live with his grandmother. He soon became a drug dealer and quickly rose through the ranks of a local drug cartel with his natural talent in business and risk taking. He served six month in a juvenile center after he was guilty of possession of a weapon in school. At this point, Curtis Jackson decided to turn his life around. After he got out, he went into music and was introduced to and mentored by Jam Master Jay of the hip-hop group Run-DMC. He discovered a passion for music and learned the basics of music; rhythm, song structure and choruses. In addition to these, he got exposure to recording equipment that would have been otherwise difficult to access and introduced to the industry networks. He recorded an album that remains unreleased due to delays in writing and production.

One of 50 Cent’s best hits was an underground record known as `How to Rob,’ that led him to the notice of major hip-hop artistes and music industry executives, and was signed to Columbia Records in 1999. He was set to release his debut album, `Power of the Dollar’ in 2000, but was cut short in May of that year when an attempt on his life hospitalized him for a number of months. An assassin shot him nine times, at point blank range, in front of his grandmother’s house, on his way to a music video shoot. His rivalry with fellow rapper, Ja- Rule and his crew named Murder. Inc. had caught up with him even before his career had taken off. Columbia Records dropped him as a signed artist, citing his recent altercations. He went to recovery where he continued working on music. To vent his frustrations, he released a record called, `Ghetto Quran’ that exposed the inside secrets of the drug trade and streets, mentioning involvement of a well-known gangster and Murder Inc. This led to his blacklisting, where no recording company could record his songs.

He persisted with making mixtapes and singles and finally got the notice of Dr. Dre and Eminem who signed him to Shady Aftermath and released his debut album; Interscope distributed the album. He released his debut album titled, `Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, which was the first step in his meteoric rise to stardom. It sold 872,000 copies in its first four days of sale and reached the five million mark in by the end of the year. One of the singles of the album, `In Da Club’, topped The Billboard Top 100 for nine straight weeks. His next album released was, `The Massacre’ in 2005 and followed up with later releases, `Curtis’ in 2007, and `Before I Self Destruct’ in 2009, of which did not garner as much success as his debut. To date, he has toured the world extensively in promotion of his music, made millions in sales, royalties and concerts, released numerous singles and six studio albums, excluding the Unreleased Columbia Records, `Power of the Dollar’ meant for 2000 .

Consequently, he has turned his brand, 50 Cent, a marketable gangster persona, to a profitable venture and has participated in many roles and endorsements in the entertainment industry. He has diversified to book publishing, technology, fragrances, liquor, artist and talent management, clothing and footwear, TV and film production, and health drinks and supplements. Furthermore, he manages a massive financial empire that spans several sectors including, boxing promotions, mining, financial market investments, real estate, and fashion.

One of his first business ventures was a partnership with a company called Glaceau to create an enhanced water drink named Formula50. He got a share of the company in exchange of being the company celebrity spokesperson. After promoting the brand successfully, Coca Cola purchased the company for $4.1 billion, of which 50 Cent made $100 million from the deal. In Film, G-Unit Films and Television are presently renowned for their TV project known as Power, a highly rated series that a leading TV network purchased. He further demonstrates his business acumen in his involvement in a Dutch vodka brand known as Effen Vodka, as a minority shareholder and brand ambassador.

He is also a philanthropist; He started the G-Unity Foundation soon after he achieved success in 2003, which has since then; formed a community garden, offered College grants to numerous institutions, and participated in many community events. Additionally, in 2011, he launched an initiative with an aim to feed one billion Africans in need by 2016, through a partnership with the Pure Growth Partners to launch an energy drink, Street King. In this initiative, for every bottle of the energy drink bought, a portion of the profits goes to feed an unfortunate child in Africa. He also founded SMS Audio that sells headphones and earphones to an international market and for each headphone bought; it donates meals through a charity named Feeding America that caters to the less fortunate in the United States.

Ironically, the second-highest earning Hip Hop artist in 2007 filed for bankruptcy in July 2015, this is most likely because of his high-level spending habits. His expenditure on lavish vehicles and maintenance renovations to his mansion are some of the ways he spent his fortune. Additionally, 50 Cent faced legal losses that further lead to his bankruptcy. A Federal judge ordered 50 Cent to pay $17 million to Sleek Audio, in a case where the 50 Cent owned, G-Unit Records Headphones copied Sleek Audio’s designs. Furthermore, posting a sex-tape online that featured his rival’s, Rick Ross, past lover caused him further financial loss; a court ordered him to pay damages amounting to $7 million, after the woman sued him. This chain of events and decisions by him led to his bankruptcy.

50 cent, in a recent TV interview claimed filing for bankruptcy was a strategy, and with his past record of an adept business acumen, he could probably be making the necessary moves to protect himself. However, after surviving nine gunshot wounds, and rising to the height of stardom that few artists have experienced in their lifetime, this latest series of Challenges might be an obstacle in the race of life.

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What Factors Affect the African American Today?

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The African American who are also referred to as black Americans constitutes almost a third of the total racial and ethnic group in America. The African American faces social, economic and political challenges in the United State which affect their daily lives. This paper will discuss the three major issues for African Americans today.

African Americans face systematic racism in the United States. It involves discrimination of people accordingly to race. Argues that racism in America is alive and well as seen in most of the incidences in America. The hate crimes are mostly motivated by the race and is evidently shown by Federal Bureau of investigation results which claimed that 47% of the hate crimes in U.S. are racially motivated. Black Americans are more likely to be shot and killed by police as compared to white men in the states. They are killed or intimidated by the police. This is an issue which has been affecting the African American living condition in the State.

Breakdown of African Americans family is another issue facing black American. This is a situation whereby, the African-American children do not have fathers as they are born out of wedlock. An estimate of three out four black-America children today belongs to unmarried parents. This situation has greatly affected the lives of the children because the parents are not able to cater all the basic needs for the kids. Unwed mothers are more likely to live in poverty as compared to the average person. Moreover, the children for the unmarried parents’ faces psychological problems are more likely to be involved in crime activities due to lack of moral guidance from the well-formed families.

The cult of anti-intellectualism among blacks is another issue facing African American Today. It involves hostility towards and mistrust of the blacks American learners. Most of the African American students have been victimized and separated in learning institutions resulting to the low level of academic achievement as compared to white Americans. Most of the learners don’t believe in themselves and consider themselves inferior compared to other people. This has caused problems to African American for they lack sufficient educational skills that can help them in their daily life as compared to other Americans. We believe, that if African American can have confidence in their studies, they can excel just like other Americans.

It is undeniable that, African-Americans are facing various issues today. If these issues are considered and addressed, the African Americans will, therefore, live in harmony. Racial discrimination should be eradicated in the States for people to live harmoniously. In addition, parents should focus on building a stable family that includes both parents (father and mother) for children to bring up mannered and healthy children as opposed to single parenting. Also, the learners should focus on studying hard to learn skills and knowledge that will help them to cope in life. Education will enable them to eradicate most of the social, political and economic challenges.


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The Three point niners will be starting a mural project on July 16th 2012. This mural will be located at 2001 Bryant and 18th street in the Mission district.

This mural will be funded by Calumet and will be a collaboration with Precita Eyes (www.precitaeyes.org)and the 3.9 art collective (www.threepointninecollective.com).

Lead artist: SIRRON NORRIS

“My hope with this project, is to reach out to other artists and arts organizations in my community through collaboration. I also want to inspire my interns and give them one of the biggest challenges in their artistic life. On a personal note: this will be one for the books and will push my talent and experience to it’s fullest. I know the team I have at the gallery and the invaluable experience Precita eyes has, will help accomplish this massive undertaking. Keep posted for updates as we move closer to starting.”

MURAL UPDATE: SF master muralists Jet Martinez & Apex will join us on the Calumet mural project!

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Please join us for :The Exodus. The Migration. The Stand.

African American Art & Culture Complex

 May 17, 2012 – October 11, 2012

Opening Reception: May 17, 2012 – October 11, 2012

Sargent Johnson Gallery (1st Floor)

762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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University Press Books, University of Washington Press and the 2430 Arts Alliance invite you to join Jacqueline Francis for a reading and discussion of her new book Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art in America Thursday, 29 March 2012, 6:00 – 7:30 PM UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS 2430 BANCROFT WAY (between Telegraph & Dana), BERKELEY “Francis’s subject is not only these three artists, but encompasses as well broader issues of how social identities are constructed at particular historical moments and the complex relationships among racial and ethnic identity positions, critical reception, patronage, and artistic style.” – Melanie Herzog, author of Milton Rogovin: The Making of a Social Documentary Photographer Malvin Gray Johnson, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Max Weber were three New York City artists whose work was popularly assigned to the category of “racial art” in the interwar years of the twentieth century. The term was widely used by critics and the public at the time, and was an unexamined, unquestioned category for the work of non-whites (such as Johnson, an African American), non-Westerners (such as Kuniyoshi, a Japanese-born American), and ethnicized non-Christians (such as Weber, a Russian-born Jewish American). The discourse on racial art is a troubling chapter in the history of early American modernism that has not, until now, been sufficiently documented. Jacqueline Francis juxtaposes the work of these three artists in order to consider their understanding of the category and their stylistic responses to the expectations created by it, in the process revealing much about the nature of modernist art practices. Most American audiences in the interwar period disapproved of figural abstraction and held modernist painting in contempt, yet the critics who first expressed appreciation for Johnson, Kuniyoshi, and Weber praised their bright palettes and energetic pictures – and expected to find the residue of the minority artist’s heritage in the work itself. Francis explores the flowering of racial art rhetoric in the 1920s and 1930s, and analyzes its underlying presence in contemporary discussions of artists of color. Making Race is a history of a past phenomenon which has significant ramifications for the present. Jacqueline Francis is a senior lecturer at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. www.universitypressbooks.

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New Original Art Work

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I will be participating in Mission Open Studios. This will be a great opportunity for you to preview my new work “Rituals of Water” in progress for my solo exhibition in March of 2013 at IcTus Gallery.

“Rituals of Water” is a body of work that will reflect how the African Diaspora has been influenced by the element of water. The work will document its presence in the following capacities: TransAtlantic Slavery, Baptism, Civil Rights, and Hurricane Katrina.

Limited Edition Prints

I will also have on display limited edition woodcuts that I have created over the past year. The three editions that will be available reflect many of the themes and ideas that are in my larger original works, but on a more managable scale.

Each of the three editions that I have available are all hand pulled with edition sizes ranging from 5-14,

Small Drawings

Those of you who are familiar with my work, you know it’s scale can be a little…daunting. So with this in mind, I will also have some smaller works available for purchase. These pieces range from 11×14 inches (such as  “Trepedation” to the left) to 22×30 inches. If you have admired my larger works and did not have the space or budget, this is an opportunity to own an original at a great price.

I hope to see you soon,


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Thu, May 17 — Thu, Oct 11
Opening Reception: May 17, 2012 – October 11, 2012 6-8pm

This exhibition is about the Black San Franciscans of yesteryear, their departure, and the story of those who remain. According to the 2010 census, the African American population dropped to 3.9% which is devastating to a community that once thrived in various neighborhoods of San Francisco.

On the heels of the “Still Here” exhibition, at the Sirron Norris Studio Gallery, the Three Point Nine Art Collective (Nancy Cato, Rodney Ewing, Sirron Norris, William Rhodes, and Ron Moultrie Saunders) will use art to interpret what this decline in population means for a community and a city that prides itself on its cultural diversity.


762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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