Fruits of Labor Story

#FruitsOfLabor is a chronological documentary of my life’s most meaningful experiences. As the story unfolds, I hope it’s understood that progress is a process.

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    The Art Gallery

    By Johnny on September 28, 2016
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    HBCU Buzz Top 30 under 30

    By Johnny on August 28, 2016
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    HBCUs are breeding grounds for cultural awareness as well as character and community building. In an effort to socialize and honor the wealth of talent each these institutions yield, the annual celebration – HBCU 30 Under 30 – was born. Those who have made the 30 under 30 classes in years prior include civil rights leaders, doctors, Olympians, educators, politicians,

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    ShineHard Sports & Entertainment Panel

    By Johnny on April 28, 2016
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                                              The #ShineHard Development Series:  A series of pop-up panel discussions geared to educate, inspire, and connect millennials (students & professionals) through Q&A, personal testimonies, and intimate networking. When | Where: The Sports & Entertainment Panel was held April 24th, 2016 at

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    The Inaugural #ShineHard Discussion Panel

    By Johnny on January 19, 2016
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    The #ShineHard Development Series: Washington, DC The #ShineHard Development Series:  A series of industry based panel discussions geared to educate, inspire, and connect students and young professionals through Q&A, personal testimonies, and intimate networking. When | Where: The Inaugural Panel was held January 17th, 2016 at the YMCA Anthony Bowen in Washington DC.  Guests: Students, Young Professionals, Seasoned Professionals, Local Businesses, Corporate

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    #FOL Pt 39 Howard Law Conference

    By Johnny on August 4, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt39 – Howard Law Conference Attending the 19th Annual Center Court Conference was fun and very informative. The conference is geared towards law students looking to get into Sports & Entertainment industries. I enjoyed the discussions because the topics were extremely relevant to today’s culture and the apps that I use. The panels were seated by seasoned industry

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    #FOL Pt 38 #ShineHardFamily Business

    By Johnny on June 4, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt38 – #ShineHardFamily Business In 2012, I confided with my friend Edwin Jones about forming a mastermind group. I analyzed the idea for a while and organized things on a smaller scale, but internally the magnitude of the vision was never quite fulfilled. I tabled the idea until late 2013 when I was struck with an idea that

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    #FOL Pt 37 – Harvard Business School II

    By Johnny on May 21, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt37 – Harvard Business School II The journey to Boston, MA was smooth. A typical late night packing/early morning flight transition. I touched down in Boston on Friday afternoon. Caught an Uber to meet with my guys Ralph and Walt at a Jamaican restaurant in Roxbury. We did some light shopping downtown then rushed back towards Cambridge

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    #FOL Pt 36 All-Star 2015: New York City

    By Johnny on May 7, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt36 – New York All-Star Weekend 2015 I arrived in Manhattan on one of the coldest days in New York City history. It was a legit 9 degrees, but it felt more like a below zero frozen tundra. I brought football gloves and a thin hoodie trying to stay light. I should have checked the weather! I mean,

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    #FOL Pt35 The Grammy’s 2015

    By Johnny on April 9, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt35 – The Grammy’s 2015 I had just got off the phone with a friend mentioning how I’d never been to an awards show. It was one of those things on my #BucketList that I felt like I should of checked off by now. I guess the opportunity hadn’t presented itself. Then minutes later, I get a

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    #FOL Pt34 Revolt TV: LA

    By Johnny on January 8, 2015
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story pt34 –  Revolt TV + ESPN Los Angeles   After many months of  running the #ShineHard project, I was on the move again. I was scheduled for a trip to LA to interview actress, Javicia Leslie. A couple weeks prior I interviewed Staci Smith, the HR Sr. Director for Revolt TV. Considering Revolt’s home office is in LA,

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    #FOL Pt33 Thurgood Marshall Awards Gala

    By Johnny on December 4, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt33 – Thurgood Marshall Awards Gala I like to think that me ending up at this event was the law of attraction at it’s finest. The previous weekend I was in New York with my guy Edwin and we ended up at a Private Hennessy event in Manhattan. As we mingled and enjoyed the libations, I ran

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    #FOL Pt32 The Website

    By Johnny on November 27, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt32 – JBsFood4Thought @JBsFood4Thought has been my social media handle since the 2009 twitter days. During those years, I used that platform as a blog to showcase my thoughts and ideas with those that chose to tune in. I was able to generate a nice following for the #Food4Thought brand. Looking back at it now, I realize that I have always been

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    #FOL Pt31 ABC Studios

    By Johnny on November 20, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt31 – ABC Studios At the top of 2014 I was journeying the East Coast gathering interviews for the soon to come #ShineHard Project. As I browsed through my network and brainstormed on people to talk to, I remembered that a good friend of mine has a very impactful position with ABC in Richmond. I reached out

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    #FOL Pt30 Student with a Message

    By Johnny on November 13, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt30 – Student with a Message If someone were to ask me what my passion is, I would have to say Traveling, Realizing Ideas, and Developing People. Trying to make a difference in people’s lives, and leaving an imprint on this world. At the start of this year I was in a place of deep thought and self reflection. I was

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    #FOL Pt29 Harvard Business School

    By Johnny on November 6, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt.29 – Harvard Business School: 42nd H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference I hopped off the plane at Boston Intl and decided to use the Uber Car Service App for the first time. The black suburban pulled up promptly 5 minutes later. During the 15 minute car ride to campus, I conversed with the driver about landmarks and demographics. He was well informed on the City of

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    #FOL Pt28 Nike DC

    By Johnny on October 30, 2014
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     The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 28 – Nike DC Following the ATL wedding, I was gearing up for the next big step in my career. Crazy that we’re actually at the point in the Fruits of Labor story where things are becoming current. After years of working tours and activations for Nike, and brand coordinating for a Big Box retailer, I

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    #FOL 27 – The Best Man Atlanta

    By Johnny on October 23, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt27 – The Best Man Atlanta Ashard Moore was one of my closest friends in college. We ran track together and crossed the burning sands of Phi Beta Sigma on a line of thirteen in Spring 2008. I was honored when he asked me to be the best man his wedding. The wedding was held in Atlanta, Georgia

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    #FOL Pt26 Draft Day: Toronto

    By Johnny on October 15, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 26 – Toronto Draft Day In June 2013, my brother Myck Kabongo was on the verge of reaching his life’s dream. He decided to leave college early and enter the NBA Draft. The buzz surrounding him was encouraging considering how much he had been through the passed year. I was proud of his courage to realize his

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    #FOL Pt 25 – Nike Brand Coordinator

    By Johnny on October 9, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt25 – Nike Brand Coordinator 2012-2013 was a year of soul searching and self-reflection. It wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned for myself a year after finishing graduate school. I had been on a brief sabbatical and was building up a fury for my next big surge. In May 2013, I was determined to Re-#Focus my passion

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    #FOL Pt 24 – Father Time

    By Johnny on October 2, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 24 – Father Time When I returned back from Houston, I found myself living in Midlothian, Virginia with my Father. This time was significant to me because my father and I hadn’t spent a lot of time together since I was a kid. I literally hadn’t lived with him since I was six years old and

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