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Lanae Dillard is an aspiring writer, in the process of completing her studies as a Creative Writing for Entertainment major at Full Sail University. She looks forward to writing about entertainment. She hopes to one day become an Editor of a Magazine which has always been her dream.

Young Stars On The Rise

You must follow before you are able to lead. The new generation is approaching the entertainment spotlight with a bang. Young stars Willow and Jaden Smith and Daniel “Diggy” Simmons, and Justin Beiber are turning heads worldwide. When it comes to leading by an example, parents Will & Jada Smith and Rev. Run & Justine Simmons are setting the tone by building a solid foundation at home, which through drive and ‘tough love’ will not only open doors but, will bring about success.


Diggy and Justin Beiber at the Kids Choice Awards 2010

The show Run’s House featured on MTV back in 2005 captured the hearts of families and brought a modern day moral standing to our television screens. The Simmons family reality show is by far closest show to a typical family dealing with fame and fortune. Through each episode a lesson was taught and with the show’s last minutes, Rev Run closed with words of wisdom. All of the lectures from Rev. Run and his wife Justine gave their children the push to succeed. While all of their children have reached success on different levels, their current rising star is Diggy. He is currently embarking on his journey to become a rapper.  With small appearances on the Hip Hop Honors and BET awards, he is surely coming into his own. Also joining the entertainment world is Willow Smith. Her flamboyant style and catchy song titles is the beginning of the evolving pop culture. Her recent winning of best young star at the BET awards with her brother Jaden Smith was to no surprise for a sibling fan base reaching millions. Jaden Smith, the star of popular films The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid following in his parents acting footsteps with perfect duplication. The Smith family definitely has a trail of success to look back on as well as more than enough accomplishments to come.


Willow and Jaden at the premiere of The Karate Kid

On the other side of young fame stands Justin Beiber, young star founded by veteran Usher Raymond. He unlike the rest of our young stars didn’t stem fame through his parents. After posting videos of his singing talent on YouTube, Justin started to gain the interest of So So Def, a record label eager to meet the young talent. He impressed the label with his singing and seven months after his videos were posted, he was flown to Atlanta, where he was signed to Island Records. At the age of 16, he is a platinum selling artists with a number of growing fans.

These young talents on the rise are our entertainment’s future. With that being said appreciate and understand that moral support and success begins in the home. You must put forth a positive example for your youth and in result I guarantee you it will be worth the effort.

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