Yesterday at True Star headquarters marked the beginning of taping for season two of “Content, Culture, and Life”. This new season of our youth-led show includes a shining spotlight on more young people with their own individual talents that they utilize to change the world as we know it. From singers, artists, to activists, “CCL” covers amazing stories about some of the brightest kids straight from Chicago.
In this season, we go along this journey with our host Genesis Hale from the hit show “The Chi”. With her bright and bubbly energy, we kicked off the first episode with Hale interviewing our first special guests, teen motivator Marquis J. Hill and actor/singer/songwriter/dancer Papa Jay.
At 17 years old, Hill is a motivational speaker that specializes in putting a light on the self-esteem within the teenagers of this generation. Since eighth grade, Hill has been building his brand via his YouTube channel, then expanded to other social media platforms to spread positivity and kindness online. During the interview, he talked about his two books U Have Genius Ability Within You, and It’s A Good Day To Be Great. Hill also has a clothing brand called Love Yaself Co., which is aimed to be a way to indirectly spread passion and display the message of caring about those around you.
Hill was thrilled to be a part of the show’s new season. “I’m very appreciative, very grateful,” he said. “It was an honor to be on the Content, Culture, Life segment here at True Star.” He added, “For me, it’s all about connecting with other young kids that are doing great things, and that’s what I love about this. Just highlighting the youth doing powerful things is something I love being a part of.”
Our second special guest plays young Adonis Creed in the new movie Creed III. Papa Jay, also known as Thaddeus J. Mixson, came to True Star headquarters to talk to us about the release of his new music, his experience in the entertainment industry, and overall how he manages to juggle all his talents and execute his craft in a way everyone can enjoy. His fascination with the arts started at a young age, giving him lots more time to create his public image as a renowned and professional entertainer. Although he has reached a level of fame desirable by anyone, Papa Jay still remained humble as he reminisced on all the great opportunities he has been rightfully given. When asked how he felt about this newfound Creed fame, he said, “I mean, it feels great you know? It’s crazy to be in such a big movie. It’s honestly a blessing to work with such great actors. It feels amazing.”
Following the taping of the first two episodes of season two, True Star hosted a screening of Creed III, along with a meet and greet with Papa Jay at the Showplace ICON Theater. The movie was phenomenal and really gave a lot of people time to think about how cinematography alone can change the way people perceive the storyline. The acting was superb, and the plot was easy to follow and entertaining.
We’ll keep you posted on when the second season episodes of “Content, Culture, Life” will drop. Until then, take a look at what season one had to offer if you haven’t already.
By Jada Strong, Freshman, Whitney Young Magnet High School