The path to success is rarely straightforward, and it’s not uncommon to encounter various roadblocks and challenges along the way. For many, the journey toward achieving their goals may feel like an uphill battle, especially when faced with setbacks and failures. However, it’s important to remember that success is not limited to those who come from privileged backgrounds or those who live an easy life. Despite the odds, countless individuals have managed to achieve remarkable success by staying determined and persevering through hardship. The inspiring story of LaPonne Burton is a testament to the power of never giving up hope, even in the face of adversity.
There are uncountable examples of successful people who overcame many insurmountable obstacles, such as poverty, discrimination, or illness, to achieve their dreams. The common thread that runs through their stories is an unwavering determination to succeed, no matter what. They understand that success is a long and often challenging journey that requires hard work, resilience, and a willingness to learn from failures. Moreover, they recognize that setbacks and failures are simply temporary roadblocks, not permanent obstacles that define their abilities or potential. By embracing this mindset and persevering through adversity, they have been able to overcome significant challenges and reach their goals. As such, their stories offer valuable lessons on how to navigate life’s ups and downs and find success, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
LaPonne Burton, a prominent leader, life coach, mentor, spiritual leader, motivational speaker, and entertainment executive, hailing from San Francisco, California, has made notable contributions to the industry through his creative works rather be creating a Grammy premiere music catalog for artist, networks, film, gaming and all media outlets. He is the author and publisher of the book Troublesome the Untold Story (Overcoming the Storms, which will be adapted for TV networks, as well as Bayville Cartoon Animation). His expertise expands from developing summits to being a panel speaker or a moderator such as at The Toronto International Music Summit, where LaPonne served as the director. The summit also had a fashion show and musical education from the theory of music side. The list is countless of how LaPonne has poured his invaluable compassion for people in so many channels. Talent management and business development have been instrumental in the success of LaPonne’s Foundation, a rap group comprising independent artists and producers based in San Francisco, which he co-produced, performed, and managed.
LaPonne, from the age of 12 on and off, found himself living as a runaway, navigating the challenging streets and eventually joining the notorious Fulton St. Mobb gang located in Filmoe, California – a group renowned for its violent tendencies in San Francisco. Tragically, LaPonne was shot through the 38 Geary St. bus and the glass from the bus landed in his chest and the side of his face, leading to a never-ending cycle of danger from being shot at or guns pulled to the head, or avenging rivals that killed his street family to almost being stabbed as a 14-year-old. In1991, a turning point arrived as he decided to leave his deviant lifestyle behind and embark upon the path of education; graduating from high school with the help of a step-to-college program that introduced him to the enriching field of “Black Studies.” Finally, beginning to recognize his self-worth, LaPonne made it his mission to address the destructive gang activities that had ravaged his community, with a particular focus on reducing incidents of drive-by shootings and drug distribution. This was a tireless battle for LaPonne that continued until the age of 20, when he made the difficult decision to relocate to Atlanta, having become acutely aware of the dangers that still loomed around him.
LaPonne later became a notable figure in the entertainment industry, having founded Foundation Unit Ent. Services LLC. During his tenure as CEO, LaPonne co-produced, managed talent, and pursued lucrative business opportunities for a prominent rap group known as Foundation. Comprised of independent artists and producers from San Francisco, this group enjoyed a successful run of three years before disbanding in 1994. Following this period, LaPonne decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, seeking to discover more to life than just this Bay Area gang lifestyle.
Upon his arrival in Georgia, LaPonne faced significant obstacles in securing employment. However, he soon found solace in volunteering and consulting behind the scenes on various celebrity projects. During this time, A/R Coordinator Regina Davenport, known for her work with LaFace Records, Stankonia, and Purple Ribbon Entertainment, frequently sought LaPonne’s input and feedback.
LaPonne’s interest in the entertainment industry grew with his never-ending interest in music. His fascination with hip-hop culture was sparked by the movie Beat Street, which motivated him as a 10-year-old to join the “City Hall Breakers” as a break dancer. However, it was the film Krush Groove that truly captured LaPonne’s heart and inspired him to contribute to the hip-hop culture. He became a beatboxer, adopting the moniker, Jam Master “Day,” and forming a group with his middle school friends, Coolcat and Mitch, drawing inspiration from Run-DMC and Jam Master “Jay” (may his spirit rest in peace). Eventually, Mario replaced Mitch, and the group continued to hone their skills.
As LaPonne matured, he channeled his passion for music into composing soul-stirring melodies that have been featured in iconic television shows and commercials. His musical journey has been characterized by his steady commitment to excellence and a relentless pursuit of creative expression.
In conclusion, LaPonne Burton’s inspiring journey from a difficult past could not have been transformed if he didn’t have a spiritual foundation in Yahweh, Yashua & The Holy Spirit. His life is filled with purpose and is a testament to the power of resilience and determination. As a motivational speaker, life coach, and youth advocate, he has dedicated his life to empowering others to make positive changes in their own lives. Additionally, his talents as a musician have garnered recognition and have been featured in various media outlets. LaPonne’s story is a shining example of how one can overcome adversity and use their passion to make a meaningful impact on the world.