Panelists, Aaron Paxton Arnold, David Banner, and SGA President, Dillon Isaac speak with college students at the College Completion (Town Hall Meeting) in Minister's Hall.
By: PRINCESS B. WILLIAMS
Former rapper, actor, Grammy Award winning music producer, activist and philanthropist, David Banner joined SGA president, Dillon Isaac, and Entrepreneur Lifestyle Expert, Aaron Paxton Arnold on a panel at the College Completion (Town Hall Meeting) at the UNCF Empower Me Tour.
Banner, Isaac, and Arnold shared the many obstacles faced while traveling on their road to success.
“If you’re faithful to your vision, God will reward you,” Arnold said. “It’s not how you start. It’s what you do along the journey.”
When Arnold presented Banner to the audience, Banner immediately explained to students that people get paid for what they know.
“If you don’t say nothing, you don’t get the money. I want you to understand how important education is,” Banner stressed.
Banner explained that initially, the only reason he went to college was for his mother. His first two years of college were a blur, due to being constantly inebriated.
“I then realized the things that I knew would bring me money,” Banner said. He began to excel academically, with a GPA skyrocketing to a 3.9987.
Banner shared that he too was an SGA president of his alma mater, Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
In a separate interview with student journalists, Banner revealed that he never knew that God would take him on the path that He did.
“The things that I’ve done, I wouldn’t have ever been able to imagine traveling around the world…I used to beg for people to listen to my opinion. They’re all just opinions. For people to want to pay for them, and be excited about me coming is just amazing,” Banner explained.
David Banner is also the CEO of his own multimedia company called, Banner Vision. The company provides services such as, scoring music, making sounds, consulting, shooting commercials, visuals, graphics, and audio arts.
“I had a vision. If we don’t have respect for our images, how can we expect somebody to?”
Banner expressed that he is extremely humbled that the UNCF wants to hear his message. “I’m honored that the UNCF finds what I believe in valid, because I know what I believe in is revolutionary.”
Banner wanted to leave Claflin students with the message to learn as much as you can. “Thirst for knowledge the same way you thirst for air in your lungs, but until that point you are not ready. In order for these students to be free, they must thirst for knowledge like the last breath in their lungs. We have all of these books, all of these people from different parts of the world now. Knowledge is global. We learn from each other. Take advantage of the blessings we have in front of us.”