Life on Podcast

Life on Podcast

L.I.F.E. (which stands for Listening and Inspiring Friends Everywhere) used to be a live monthly event held at Icon Studios in Atlanta,Georgia. Founded by Stone Stafford, L.I.F.E. was to be a place where people in entertainment (the "E" used to stand for "Entertainment") could come together and learn valuable life lessons while also being able to share challenges and difficulties in their careers and personal lives. Then COVID happened.At the persistent urging of his co-host, Jony Van, Stone made the pivot to taking L.I.F.E. to the podcasting platform and after noticing the variety of topics that listeners seemed to be interested in (including and beyond entertainment), the "E" now stands for "Everywhere".So welcome, to L.I.F.E. On Podcast. We're glad you're here.


November 28, 2022 85 min

It's the whole chicken or the egg concept. Is violence in the black community exacerbated by some rap music?  Or is rap merely a reflection and narration of violence in the black community?  
The conversation got pretty intense over this highly controversial topic.  What do you think?

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Good ideas have changed humanity. They are something everyone has. But what happens when you have too many and want to start them all at once?  
No matter how many or few ideas you have, the last step we will share is unavoidable.

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How did the candidate like Herschel Walker end up in a runoff?  How did the issue of abortion takes center stage over the economy?  Hod do political campaign ads really work? 
If you thought the election of the 45th president was a doozy, these midterms further revealed even more about our society.

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  
The famous opening line from Charles Dickens' novel, "A Tale of Two Cities" perfectly describes the music industry in the digital age. 
Technology has put so much power and control and access into the creator's hands. But that also means more creations are out there which makes it exponentially harder to stand out. 
So is the music industry something you ...

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October 31, 2022 21 min

"Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything."  - Eartha Kitt

"Greed isn't a financial issue, it's a heart issue."  - Andy Stanley

It has been said that child support ruins families. But be clear, weaponized child support ruins families. But 50 Cent has a lesson for us all. 

Well played 50. Well played.

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October 24, 2022 26 min

From Billboard to Soul Train to the Grammys, each year, the music industry recognizes the extraordinary work of musicians, writers and artists with exclusive awards. 
To win a Grammy, for example, carries a prestige that instantly verifies a creative as a legitimate talent. Even just being nominated carries significant weight. 

But how legit are these awards nowadays and how fair is the process of selecting the winners? 

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October 17, 2022 22 min

Johnny Depp as Tonto (Indian). 
Katherine Hepburn as Jade (Japanese).
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (African/Egyptian)
Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia (well, Persian)
Ben Affleck as Antonio J. Mendez (Mexican-American)

Do you remember when society was in an uproar at these role castings?  Yeah, neither do we.  So why all the hubbub about Halle Bailey playing the Little Mermaid (especially since the mythical creature has no one s...

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October 10, 2022 20 min

How old is too old when it come to the music industry?  Well that depends on if you're trying to get in or trying to stay in and relevant. 

Is there an expiration date on being in the music industry?  Listen to find out.

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We continue our conversation with music industry veteran executive, Ian Burke. 

In this episode Ian opens up about how he has been responsible and so integral in the success of such power houses as TLC, Organized Noize, and Outkast, yet somehow the sweet summit of super success has eluded him.

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September 26, 2022 50 min

Entrepreneur, manager, and  veteran music exec Ian Burke sat down with us to share his story from being a computer science student to becoming a co-architect of the world-influencing Atlanta music culture. 

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September 19, 2022 89 min

** Trigger Warning **    Society has a way of taking meaningful phrases and terms and appropriating them and watering them down to where they lose their meaning or adopt a totally different meaning all together.  Has this happened with the terms "self-love" / "self-care"?  Can you practice self-love without self-discipline?

Jony and Stone tackle the sensitive topic of self-love vs. self-discipline in this intense con...

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September 5, 2022 34 min

Payday in Tinsel Town isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days of huge salaries for unproven actors ever since the advent of reality TV and streaming such as Netflix and Amazon's Prime Video. 

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We continue our entertaining conversation with successful multipreneur Lee Heisman as he shares his failures in business and his personal life, and how he overcame them.

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Comfort kills. As amazing as our brain is, its primary purpose is to keep us alive and from getting hurt. Therefore, it always seeks the past of least resistance. In other words, our brain is always seeking comfort. However, nothing great is born out of comfort. Nothing grows in the comfort zone. 
We sat with multipreneur Lee Heisman to discuss experiencing life outside the comfort zone.

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Atlanta, GA. Spring, 1994.  The downtown district of the southern metropolis looks like one big concert outdoor afterparty. 
Streets and highway exits are one big parking lot and the locals are upset. 
What has famously become a full weekend of music, parties and debauchery didn’t always start out that way. 

We sat down with one of the co-founders of this legendary event, Charles Geer,  to discuss how it started and when he became. 

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You don’t have to look far, either in real life or on social media, to see people working on happiness, aesthetics, or taking selfies while meditating (how do you even do that?). 
Our society seems so focused on the outward appearance without realizing that any real change or growth starts from the inside. 

So join us as we talk with actor, author and pro athlete, Stevie Baggs, Jr.  and molecular health specialist to the stars, Ladel...

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August 1, 2022 31 min

From the slap heard around the world to the apology that is seemingly falling upon deaf ears, we dive in and discuss Will Smith's apology video for his infamous Oscar slap of Chris rock. Opinions abound. Was it sincere or just a bunch of hot air? Why go through all the hooplah of production when a simple phone video could've sufficed?   What wisdom can be taken away from all of this?

What do you think?

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We all know someone who knows someone who's big dream is to land a big recording contract or publishing deal. But on the flipside, we've all heard story after story of artists trying to get OUT of that "dream" deal.  Why? 

Now where as bad deals aren't necessarily done based on color, there is a peculiar phenomenon that will give you pause. It's bad enough that you can count the number of Black executives at ...

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The first amendment to the U.S. constitution addressing the separation of church and state  has been a long debated topic that is often misinterpreted. 
This has caused cause often misguided and flat out incorrect implementation of several regulations and rules in our society.

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July 11, 2022 31 min

There is nothing  you won't do to make sure you can breathe, drink or eat. That's because oxygen, water and food are absolutely necessary for your survival. They are indispensable. 

Likewise, there's no better way to create job and business security,  and place yourself at the top of the list for opportunities than to make yourself indispensable. 
In this episode we discuss different things you can do today to make yourse...

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