Boyz II Men On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM By: SoulMaven

When I got the word on Twitter that Boyz II Men were getting a Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, I literally dropped everything and made it my business to be there. See, for 20 years I have been on an amazing musical journey with 4 guys minus 1 from Philly who taught me a lot about life and love and who continue to show the world what great music is. It was important to me to show my face, just to let Nate, Shawn and Wanya know "Hey you matter to me."

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It's Hollywood, so what you generally expect are a bunch of Hollywood types showing up. pomp and circumstance, photo ops, a general wave to the crowd and then it's over. What we experienced was more like a family reunion, It was a very intimate, special event in the lives of these 3(well 4) guys and everyone that helped them to arrive at this moment in time.

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To see Mike Bivins there with his video camera, looking really smooooth I might add, was very special.


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Mike Bivins taking pictures of Shawn's Mom and Nathan's Mom


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Jimmy Jam said to me "This is a monumental moment in the history of music and it is very important that we are all here to share it with them."

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Terry Lewis

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My pictures of the ceremony were sporadic and fuzzy because I was too busy crying to keep the camera straight.

Standing there listening to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface and Mike Bivins speak about the contributions of the best selling R&B group of all time, you get this sense that their world impact was far greater than they ever expected and yet it did not change the core of who they are. As each member spoke about how great and humbling it was to receive a star you could FEEL the emotions in their words, you could see the pride in the faces of their family members as they accepted an honor that was long overdue.

For me, what this all boils down to is: Love and dedication. Here were four guys who had a simple dream to sing and make music and they were willing to put in the work to make it happen. Over the years I have been to many Boyz II Men concerts-Some in huge arenas and some very intimate shows with only a few in attendance, yet the effect was still the same: They gave 100% and the crowds responded in kind.

Wanya says "This award is for you too" and it is humbling to know that the special loving feelings go both ways.

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Shawn Stockman- It was really great meeting you and your beautiful family

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So many beautiful words were spoken on this day, but what truly resonated with me was Nathan talking about life and how it all comes down to choices. Coming from a family of educators I know the value of just having someone who believes in you, who is willing to make the choices that set you on the path to greatness.


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It was truly an honor and a privilege to stand with all of you on such a special day. I look forward to the next chapter in the Boyz II Men story.

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One million CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  1. SoulMaven avatar

    On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM, SoulMaven said:

    Thank you @hanayana. Nothing like being there soaking in the atmosphere. Standing in the crowd and certainly seeing the guys react to the entire event was truly amazing.

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    On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 6:59 AM, hanayana said:

    You captured the moment beautifully with your words! I was able to watch online but i'm sure it was nothing like being there in person. What a moment to remember for you and our wonderful group! Congratulations again fellaz!!!

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    On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM, SoulMaven said:

    @Saila, you were there in spirit. Thank you!

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    On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Saïla said:

    wow! i wish i could be there! But i live in Holland :(:( !!
    REALLY nice picture's !!
    No doubt u had a wonderfull day x0x0

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    On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM, SoulMaven said:

    @OneMsObi When our dreams take us to places we never imagined, it is a humbling experience. There is no sense of entitlement for these guys because they have worked hard for every achievement; Nothing was given to them and they appreciate and express gratitude for the great and the small. In some respects this honor was long overdue, but really it was right on time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM, Onesmartlady87 said:

    Nice pixs!! Glad you were one of the many SOL's there to represent!!

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    On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM, OneMsObi said:

    BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!
    Despite the fact that I was sitting in front of my laptop in South Africa screaming at myfoxla.com, I could truly feel the emotion. What took me by surprise was the fact that there was no sense of entitlement that is so rife these days. The Guyz truly seemed humbled. And here I was sitting here screaming (tato my dog!!!) that it was about damn time!!!!

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    On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 7:34 AM, SoulMaven said:

    Thanks @Mel-Tee. It was truly a historic day and I am so glad I was there.

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    On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM, Mel-Tee said:

    Beautiful @SoulMaven. This day truly goes down in history!

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