By Dherbs | February 13, 2013
MEET KEVIN BLACK
Kevin Black began his career as a roadie for Run-DMC, where eventually he was promoted to Tour Manager. Gifted with an innate sense of what could be hot and what could not, Black became the hottest radio DJ on the West Coast. In 1987, Black became the National Promotions Director at Death Row Records. He then moved to EMI Records, A&M Records asthe National Director of Promotions. After leaving EMI, Black has carried such titles as Vice President of Urban Music at Virgin Records, Senior Vice President of TWISM RECORDS, Vice President of Rap Marketing and Promotions at Interscope Records, and served as a top level executive at Warner Brothers Music. Black has appeared on numerous television series and has affiliations with many of the world’s top artist including Prince, Janet Jackson, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J, Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Gwen Stefani among many others. Kevin lives by his personal creed: “Stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready.” Currently, Black is the president and CEO of his own Promotion/Marketing/Management firm U CAN FLY HOLDINGS and is on the precipice of an exciting new chapter in his professional life.
THE WEIGHT LOSS
Kevin decided it was time to make a change. Being a success music mogul, his 290 pound weight issue and health was the least of his worries. Ready for a new beginning, Kevin started on his journey to better health. Armed with the determination to RUN not walk a half marathon (13.5 miles) in April of 2013, Kevin began intensively training, eating smarter and healthier as well as completing the Full Body Cleanse.
Watch as Kevin transforms before your eyes.
Dec 10, 2012
The weigh in. Kevin weighed in at 289.5 before he started training for the Marathon. After the weigh in, Kevin received his Full Body Cleanses to begin his training.
Dec 23, 2012
Happy Holidays to everyone I am training through the holidays got a goal to reach must come across that line and complete the 13 1/2 miles you cannot think about it you got to be about it.
Jan 03, 2013
I just want to say its a New Year and this is OUR year i am going to train Hard and i need your support please know this is The Best Thing I have done in my Whole LIFE and one of the Hardest Challenges I Love It …
Jan 10, 2013
Cannot wait until sat we are running the Big 10 Miles i Love it just getting Ready for it check me out.
Jan 14, 2013
I want to thank everyone for all of your support we still have away to go I am training hard you would not believe it we did our 10 mile run and BOY OH BOY I can still feel it. here are some picture of me in the gym doing sit ups and more check it out…
Jan 21, 2013
Still Training But will NEVER give up!!!
Feb 11, 2013
First Time i Ran 10 Miles in the Street with TNT! It’s getting close y’all please support the cause. I am on a strict diet now because I want to bring in a time that will make everyone proud. The workouts are tuff but anything you put your mind to you will achieve. I am taking the Dherbs Full Body CLeanse. Look it up it cleanses your hold system it helps your Blood, Cardiovascular, Liver, Spleen & Gallbladder, Lungs & Respiratory, Kidney, Bladder & Adrenals, and last but not least it hits your Colon & Digestive Tract. It will help me drop the weight while doing my intense workouts. I Love it …
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By Dherbs | September 13, 2012
The Skin I Live In :
The Sh*t Burgers Will Make You Do!
What do you get when you cross a McDonald’s drive thru, a late night taco spot and a 24 hours Rally Burger? Baaaaaaabi! Let me tell you! An episode of magnanimous proportion! Oh! Tonight…was no F’ing joke. Fits, fights and a whole damn break down. Found myself in a corner parking lot having to pull it together!!!
Oh, I can laugh now, but at the time, I truly felt that life had something against me. There I was, on the Battle Field as Ms. Sparks (Jordan) would say. Warring with myself, fed up with shrubbery and nuts and berries- and ready to cut any brave food attendant who would suggest that I order a salad. I mean it was an all out War! I wish I were playing. I do, truly. But I’m so serious. Here I am, Day 18 of my full-body cleanse; forward thinking, working-out and hell, even encouraging people. Hhm, thought I had this thing down packed…lol. That’s a lie! Or is it.
Wrote a song `bout it, like to hear it, here it go!
I pulled into the McDonald’s ready to order- I was gonna have a few chicken nuggets and fries… Oh yeah, I was serious. This damn cleanse had been in line for too long as far as I was concerned. Ordered, pulled up… getting ready to pay, thank God there were several cars in front of me… thought to myself, self, “this is to fattening and overpriced. So I pulled out of the line and across the street into the taco spot I would frequent not so long ago. Hell, even got greeted by Sam “where you been? Looked at the menu…”you ready yet” Not yet I thought as I fawned over the luxurious and glistening taco platters and nachos etc…”you ready boss? Looked over the menu some more and pulled out of yet another line… Heard Sam yell “thanks for nothing” as I (clearing my throat…) pulled into Rally’s instead. I thought, well I know Rally’s will do the trick. Took my time, licked my lips as the attendant whispered almost seductively to me (at least in my head that’s how it went) “ready to order yet? “Yes! I’ll have the crispy fish sandwich and thee (yes…and thee…lol) Hell, you know Rally’s/Checker’s and their two for 3$.
Anyways, as I was saying…lol.
Yes, I’ll have the Crispy Fish sandwich” and then it hit me… as I looked at the calories for every item… I thought about how long I’d have to workout, ride a bike, hear Coach’s mouth…and Lord knows I’m not in the mood to hear my self say I quit… I finished my order and then, you guessed it; backed out of yet another line. I pulled into the adjacent parking lot and sat there. I thought about calling my life coach, my DHerbs specialist and even my God. Ultimately I called-on myself, and the little bit of strength I had left in my body. I sat there for about maybe 90 seconds; trying to find a reason other than I don’t want to quit (my weight-loss journey). Tonight “I don’t want to quit” unfortunately was not enough, but I landed at something much bigger… crying out, literally Lord I don’t want to Die! In literal tears I thought about how weak I looked…but God is so…Ahhhhh. He’s so absolutely amazing.
It took tonight’s experience to show me just how Strong I Am. Not weak at all, not whack or lazy, but full, rich and determined. Tonight I proved to myself that I am the warrior He’s called me to be and also the decision I’ve made, I’m sticking with it! Sometime we don’t even know we’re in the fight of our lives until our lives are on the line. I quickly hauled my whole ass up out of there and damn near ran through the door to a piece of watermelon.
Look, I never thought I’d be telling anyone about my weird excursions, I almost chose not to write about this one. But then I thought to myself- “who am I to not tell the truth about the process of making it to my goal? People all and every day surround us with this picture perfect image of how “easy” it is to make things happen and that simply is Not the truth. You want to get to your goals, what ever they are, well damn-it it’s gonna take work, and sweat and tears and pushing and falling and getting back up again.
I definitely don’t want you to be mislead, eating fresh and making better choices is a great thing and I’m happy I’ve made the decision. I also however want you to know that I struggle just like you do. Making drastic life changes and choices often suffers adverse reactions and can feel mountainous. I like to share my little war anecdotes, 1, because they’re funny and 2, because they’re real. Make no mistake- I’m happy with my choice to eat clean and feel that it’s the best thing for me. I’ve begun to see the changes in just a short while and I feel them too. How else would I be able to run from rehearsals to stage, filming and teaching to boxing and workout sessions if I didn’t have a new-found energy. The hard times come with it is all. :)
I thank God for the “after midnight “ test I got… It shows and proves to me that anything and every curve ball thrown at ya boy is gonna get knocked out of the park, every time.
I’m a winner because I’ve chosen to Win!
Now! I’m off to bed before a burger comes flying through my damn window…. and I catch it.
Tonight’s post is dedicated to a gladiator, a king, a warm spirit and amazing energy, Michael Clarke Duncan. You will be sorely missed. 12/10/1957 – 09/03/2012
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By Dherbs | September 12, 2012
The Skin I Live In – Day 11:
Empty, Worthless, Tired, and Weak; unfortunately this is how I’m feeling tonight. I’m lonely and uncovered and seeking something bigger, greater and fuller than my understanding. I wish I could say that the feeling is about a plate or some rich food I wish I could eat, but it’s not. I’m feeling this way, I believe because I’m transitioning into a space that I’ve never been in before, something I’ve never seen. But isn’t this space the place of new-birth? A place of surrender, no strength, no masks, desperate for the fullness of a new life in the exact space that was designed specifically for Me.
I’m hungry to feast on the vision poured into me while I sleep. I‘ve heard it said that God is never far away and is always waiting on you, but in which direction are you tonight God? I decided to write not because of my blog schedule, but because I’m fed up with finding myself emotionally eating when I feel this hole of a space. I’m angry with the thoughts of being content with whatever disastrous, destroying thoughts that I’ve had in the last 20 minutes. I’m angry because there is something that is bigger than me that wants me to lean to something temporary rather than fixing my strength to win past the passing hunger pains of feeling empty and away from living my true life.
Like you I try daily, I reach daily, I urge myself from the secret place within to surrender to my calling and to be the example of all that is rich with love and passion for Being, living and loving; but tonight I just want to be held, I want to be satisfied with what God has already provided, done, given, but I’m not there, or haven’t been there today I should say. I know I’m an encourager, a pillar and a giver, but who will give to me, restore me, encourage me? Me in Him and Him in Me!
So tonight, instead of surrendering to that voice in my head that wants me to give up, I’ll reach for the strength that only comes when my strength is gone. Tonight I surrender my heart, my mind, my flesh and all of my hearts desire in exchange for the arms of the God I serve. We get weak, we get tired, we get lonely, and we suffer, that’s just how we’re made…but whom He is trumps all of those physical ailments and torments and imperfections. There will be nights and days when you don’t want anyone to say to you “you can do it”. “Keep pushing”, don’t give up here, now” those statements will have no effect on you, hell, they may even piss you off to hear…but that’s when you push, that’s when you pull, that’s when you STAND.
I’ve told you before, I have no secrets; I have no plan in my back pocket to pull out in these moments of disgust. I continue to say you have to have a base, a place bigger than you your Master Love Source. I’m a guy who believes fully
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his powerthat is at work within us,
I promise you as surely as my name is Abraham McDonald I would not have been able to push through tonight without this scripture and Hillsong’s “I Surrender” playing in the background while I wrestled with myself. And no, not having food did not put me in a state is depression, no indeed; food tried to become the solution and entrapment to my dealing with the days hardships. I’m still learning balance and when I have to break a rule or two to keep myself on track, but today was filled with bumps and bruises, unexpected twists and a bit of loneliness.
Choosing to surrender to the path you’re traveling just isn’t easy…and hell, the truth is you don’t want it to be…How else do we learn to fight and win? There has to be pressure to birth vision.
SO here I am Now, standing and feeling 100% better, I beat the beast tonight and can head to the gym in peace. It’s like I’ve said before, you will become angry, sad, lonely and tired, but don’t become a quitter. Never that!
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By Dherbs | September 10, 2012
The Way You Look Tonight
Back in 2008 before I started my weight loss journey
I’m sitting here on the side of my bed with a full heart. I guess when I started this weight loss journey I hadn’t considered how many people may be feeling just like me, or how I felt before I started. Look, I have no secret weapons; I have no tricks or lies to give you. I’m a 35-year-old man who just wants to see life longer. I read a couple comments posted to my blog and I began to weep, not because their stories are sad, but because I’m in awe of how God can and will use you once you let down your own guard.
I wasn’t raised in a church, I don’t have a deacon or entitlement Jesus-Pin attached to the hem of any of my garments. I’m just a guy that He’s shown favor and love to time and time again, loving me in to a place of trusting Him. I get it, you know God and His power and all that He’s done, but for some, they’ll only know Him because of you and how you move around. I wish I could say I’ve made no mistakes, but I can’t. I’ve hurt people, lied, stolen, cheated, and been out right wrong in my past, but in it all, the one thing that remains true is that I’ve never avoided the responsibility of accepting my part. Something I believe God can and will honor.
The things I’m seeing as I journey this road to healing my body are astounding, beyond anything I could have fathomed. My strength and determination come not from some quote I saw on a damn Facebook wall, but solely from the SOURCE of my creation. I am His and being His means I have a right to live. Live healthy, strong, spiritually sound (without your opinion of right or wrong).
These past two weeks have presented many hills and valleys, I’ve dreamed dreams I never thought I would and I’ve seen clearly each step I’ve taken to land me at this place of reconciliation. I’m no pastor or evangelist; I’m simply a man who recognizes that in order to grow forward we have to rid ourselves of the sicknesses we like to hold on to as excuses to Not become great.
Now check this out; there are people who are happy looking just how they look and feeling just how they feel, I’m just not one of them. Anymore! Though I’m rich with joy and family, I have hope and strength, I’m a good guy and I know it… the changes I’m making on the outside are only possible because of the home I’ve built on the inside. I aim daily to live in a good space and place with me.
The Way You Look Tonight
I remember a recording studio I went to years ago, I couldn’t find it for a good thirty minutes because it was disguised as an abandoned building. Once I did locate it and walked behind to find the entrance, I opened doors to one of the most elaborate and well-equipped studios I have ever worked in. I mean it was lavish, all the bells and whistles, laid with lounges, writing nooks, three kitchens and even two lofts for staying the night. This studio was it man, I tell you! Unfortunately we aren’t made the same way. Sometimes people will miss the best part of you, the inside, the heart you have only because you don’t look like the package they were looking for and that sucks.
However, I would be remised if I tried to pretend that there is no part of me that considers vanity a partial reason in my desire to lose weight. The good part is that I’ve always felt I was a good-looking guy with a lot to offer as a person. I’m a catch! I’m the sexiest 6’8 chocolate thang you done eva seen! But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t fought the ugly stereotypes and afflictions that come just because I’m a bigger guy. Hey, I want the second glance and long stares too! And not just because I sing well, know Oprah and dress well, hey that’s a part of it, but lets be honest, there’s nothing like a bit of good old sexual desire to make you feel alive, present and confident.
For those of us who have been stuck rebuilding the outside without considering the inner changes that have to happen in order to sustain the shell; be foretold with a full heart, baby, it starts on the inside. That studio would have been worthless had the inside been the same as the shell on the outside. All that I think of me started with believing I Am Worth It and that was no easy road either! I found worth without the fancy car, the perfect 10 on my arm, or the six-digit job. All of those things are garments of confidence and not the skin you’re in. There is nothing worse than a miserable rich person, and to be honest, nothing funnier either.
I implore you to recognize the gift there is in you just being you. You’re right, that person who can’t see past your weight does suck, stink, is whack and not so hot them damn selves etc… I agree with you, but don’t allow their feeble sense of identity to keep you from affecting the world with change as you become the face of change. Go get em!!
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