Credit 'Sesame Street' / YouTube

Credit ‘Sesame Street’ / YouTube

I must say that I’m in love with this video of Ice Cube on Sesame Street. While there, he does magic tricks and talks with Elmo about things that are astounding and amazing. He even turns himself into an ice-cube. My soul leaps with joy! Pure joy! Plus, he gives Elmo a little side hug at the end to remind us that he’s still the realest.

You’ve come a long way, O’Shea Jackson! A mighty long way.

Who knew that seeing you in family friendly films like “Are We There Yet?” was only the beginning? Who knew you would trade in music for film and make his own 30 for 30 documentaries? Who knew what seemed like a permanent scowl and attitude seemingly against all things institutional and the powers that be would one day be erased? Or at least minimized? Not I. Not I.

I guess that’s what money and middle age will do. It makes you soft. And all melty like an ice-cube.

But beyond that, I respect these hip hop legends: Ice Cube, Jay Z, Ice T, LL Cool J, just to name a few for showing the world that they are grown men. They are fathers. They are husbands. They are family men who provide. They worked and twerked the entertainment industry so that it worked for them. They made sure to find ways and created avenues that would allow them to have longevity in the game (which we all know means steady paychecks) and remain relevant. This is not the Ice Cube of my childhood/youth. But why would it be? Why should it be? Growth and growing up are part of life. We all change in some way.

Plus, I’m sure there’s still a little rage, still a little bit of a scowl, somewhere deep down in Ice Cube’s bones and soul. Can’t you see it? Just beyond the new twinkle in his eye? It’s still there. Oh we know it’s there. But in the meantime, I’m loving this Ice Cube who is clearly living out the anything is possible, re-brand yourself, fool, American Dream.

Check out the video below. It’s totally adorbs!

Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.

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  • Me

    cute clip. i started rspecting ice cube more when he made the first friday movie. i’ve been appreciating that i could see even back then that it wasn’t his mission to keep pushing the stereotypical thuggish, hoish, druggish, violence that hip hop was becoming. then when he started doing family films, i knew it was a wrap. so i’ve been a long time fan of his on screen career.

    now as far as respecting jay z… mister “my presence is charity”. girl please. i don’t care if he had a million & one babies w/beyonce, how he raise his kid does not trump the fact that he put out a diss tape to the gov’t about pushing coke to the streets just to get back at folks who questioned why he would take a trip to cuba. that old man needs to grow the hell up & quit being a stain on our community.

  • Ang28

    That was so adorable. I’m picturing black 5 year old kids using “astounding” in sentences now. I heard Ice cube say in an interview years ago that he started making family movies because having kids made him see the need for movies the whole family would like watching together. And I respect that he writes & produces his own movies and always hires blacks and shows black couples.

    But, the writer lost me at “respecting Jay z.” For what? Jay is only concerned with fatting his own pockets. I lost what little repect I had for Jay when he put out a diss song calling Harry Belefonte a “a boy” simply bc he said jay and Bey should do some charity. Being rich and famous isn’t enough to garner respect.

  • OSHH

    The author must be on the young side cause I see studio gangsta cube from a different lens as well as Pawn Z

  • Mary Burrell

    Great post. I like writer Diana Veiga.