Throughout our lives, we may experience moments where we feel lost, stuck, or hopeless. It’s in these moments that we may start to doubt ourselves and our ability to make a change. However, there are countless stories of individuals who have completely transformed their lives, proving that change is possible.
Whether it’s overcoming addiction, making a career change, or pursuing personal growth and fulfillment, transformation often begins with a shift in mindset. It’s about recognizing that we have the power to make changes in our lives and takeaction toward our goals.Of course, transformation is not easy. It often requires hard work, dedication, and the willingness to step outside our comfort zones,but the reward is worth it. By transforming our lives, we can achieve greater happiness, fulfillment, and success.
One such individual who completely shifted the trajectory of his life is LaPonne Burton. Born in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood, known as “Fillmore,” LaPonne’s early life was filled with danger and violence. At the age of 13, he joined the notoriously violent gang Fulton St. Mobb, also known as Y.B.G. (Young Black Gangstas).
Despite facing guns and drive-by shootings, LaPonne was determined to turn his life around. At the age of 15, he was shot through the 38 Geary Street bus, and the glass shards landed in his chest and on the side of his face. This experience further motivated him to seek a better life for himself. He began to focus his mind on graduating from high school, which was important tohim as his mother had never graduated and wanted him to.
To graduate from high school on time, LaPonne attended a step-to-college program introduction to “Black Studies.” This course was a turning point in his life, as he realized the value of his people and their true identity as the originators of civilization. He became conscious of how gang activities, particularly drive-by shootings, were destroying his community and began to scale back his involvement in drug distribution.
One night, while intoxicated and selling drugs, LaPonne had a near-death experience. A dope fiend pulled a 9mm Beretta on him, and he thought he was going to die. However, his triple O.G. Jay Stone saved his life by knocking out the dope fiend with one punch and taking the gun.
After this experience, LaPonne received a revelation and heard a voice from Yahweh saying the word “Atlanta.” A few days later, his friend Ms. Regina Davenport announced that she was moving to Atlanta and encouraged LaPonne to join her if he wanted to better his life.
However, LaPonne had a hard time finding employment in Atlanta and would volunteer and consult behind the scenes on various celebrity projects. He caught the attention of A/R Coordinator Regina Davenport, who worked for LaFace Records, Stankonia, and Purple Ribbon Entertainment, and she would often ask for LaPonne’s feedback and evaluation.
While serving as CEO of F.U.E.N.T.S., LaPonne collaborated with Aaron Reppert, the technical sound designer, genius, multimedia director, and founder of Travsonic Studios, who was mentored by Calvin Roberts, the D.I.T. (Digital Imaging Technician/Vision Engineer) on the iconic franchise, Star Wars: Return of the Sith and Attack of the Clones.
LaPonne’s musical compositions have been featured in iconic TV shows and commercials. He has also appeared as a co-star in various TV shows, including LA RIVER PSA “Women in Film Los Angeles” for PSA National Networks and TSN/BELL Media Newstalk 1010 for commercial TSN Network/Bell Media.
But LaPonne’s contributions go beyond just music and entertainment. He has created several works, including “Troublesome: The Untold Story,” “Overcoming the Storms,” and “Bayville Cartoon Animation.” Through these works, LaPonne aims to inspire and uplift those who may be going through tough times.
LaPonne’s generosity and compassion extend beyond his professional career. He has mentored at-risk youth through government programs such as the Family Worship Centre in Canada and the Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Through his mentorship, he instills confidence and self-belief in the youth, allowing them to tap into their full potential and make a positive impact on their community.
LaPonne’s journey to success is a testament to the power of determination and hard work. Despite facing numerous obstacles, he persevered and kept pushing forward, ultimately achieving great things both in the music industry and beyond.From hosting the Toronto International Music Summit to appearing in countless TV shows, interviews, music videos, and commercials, LaPonne has left his mark on the entertainment world. But what’s even more impressive is that he’s used his success to give back to his community in more than one way.
LaPonne’s story is a powerful reminder that no matter how bleak things may seem, there is always hope for a brighter future. With hard work, perseverance, and a love for what you do, anything is possible. Indeed, “tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”