9:23 PM, Sunday, April 13th, 2014:
Seems fitting that Mo'Kelly invited me to his Anniversary party considering we met at The Smiley Show's Anniversary Party 4 years ago.
I know I've mentioned it before but he had hired me several times before we met (thanks to my friend Linda who worked with him and passed my name along) and he made a point of stopping what he was doing (which was running around with his head cut off trying to keep the event organized) to tell thank me for my professionalism, promptness and attention to detail. When he turned to walk away I remember shaking my head in amazement. That shit doesn't happen. I remember at the time thinking:  "Is this 'cause I'm white?" LMAO. Like, it was so bizarre to me that anyone would do that I figured it had to be something other than professional courtesy. Of course I've now come to find Mo to be quite warm, loyal and genuinely happy to build a community around him of people he cares about and whom he knows care about him. I'm certain everyone in that room has a story like mine and I can't help but remember my "Late Show" days, and the people who still to this day remain supporters. In fact, Ron? There was even a dude that looked exactly like you in that room.
I got to be a fly on the wall and watch how proud he was. And believe me, it's not just because of my time in radio that I relate... it's because I know exactly what it's like when you have a goal, plan or idea - and no one else gets it. The mental processing of seeing what "can be" when no one else can really see it is all-encompassing. Especially in Mo's case when people straight-up told him he would fail. It's really the story of my life. Especially considering the project I'm in the middle of right now...
...of course on the radio level I really understand that magic when you turn on a mic, speak your mind, and connect with people on an intimate level. It's soooo different than a visual medium. And to get to a third year with the revolving door that is radio is indeed an achievement. I personally believe he can soar far beyond where he's at with the right amount of calculated risks, but tonight wasn't about that. Tonight was celebrating the moment and I am extremely thankful that he chose to include me in that inner-circle.
Here's to year three and beyond...