This story first appeared in the June issue of Ebony magazine. CHANCELOR BENNETT IS NOT one of those stiflingly religious types who answers every question by saying he is “blessed” or starts every sentence with a “hallelujah.” Yet the presence of God is stamped all through his Grammy-winning album, Coloring Book, and his positive spiritual vibration is palpable the moment he hits the stage. The 24-year-old MC is happy he learned to listen to that still, small voice.
Some parents spend a lifetime trying to convince a child to follow in their footsteps, but not skateboarding godfather Steve Olson. The master skater and modern artist didn’t try to sell his son on the family business; instead, he took a hands-off approach.
“Im going to be very honest. This doesn’t look good.”“Doesn’t look good as in I can die?” I asked half shocked but fully afraid. “Yes” said the doctor as he tried his best to keep me calm while remaining clear about the fact that this could be one of the very last conversations I have. “I’m still going to perform the surgery. I’m going to do everything I can. Your only job is to just wake up after the surgery. Now close your eyes and relax”I heard his words and tried to prepare for the surgery.