By Norma Stanley
Over the past 50 years, the Hip Hop era produced some of the entertainment industry’s biggest stars in music, film and television, and The Legendary Paul Anthony, a member of the renowned R&B and Hip Hop Group, Full Force, has been a major contributor to its success for more than 30 of those 50 years.
Along with his brothers Lou George Jr., (aka Bowlegged Lou); Brian George (aka B-Fine) and cousins Gerard Charles (aka Baby Gerry), Curtis Bedeau (Curt-t-t) and J.R. Clarke (Shy Shy), Full Force exploded on the scene in the mid 80’s, with chart-topping and award-winning hits they produced for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Hits like “Head to Toe," "Lost in Emotion," and "All Cried Out,” are still old-school favorites, which today’s new-school music lovers also appreciate.
Working with top entertainers such as James Brown, Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, the late American Tejano Singer, Selena Quintanilla Pérez, Nicki Minaj, The Back Street Boys and Patti Labelle, to name just a few, Anthony’s discography of hit music is not only large, but historic. Also known for acting in such memorable movies like House Party; House Party 2 and Krush Groove, the multi-talented Anthony, who is also a three-time cancer survivor, says out of all his accomplishments, what he wants to be remembered for is how he positively impacted lives through cancer awareness and prevention, by sharing his health and wellness journey.
“I’m very thankful and appreciative of all that I’ve been able to do as a member of Full Force and since as a producer, singer and actor, but life is a series of peaks and valleys and I want my legacy to be more about how I helped people to live longer, as a result of what I learned through my experience with fighting cancer,” says Anthony.
Committed to raising awareness about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and the fight for a cure, Paul Anthony now shares his testimony wherever and whenever he can, via speaking engagements, performances, book signings and interviews, giving his own personal accounts of how he was able to eradicate his incurable health challenge of Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
“What I learned through my journey is that staying within the highest of heights energetically by connecting the mind, body and spirit, is key to overall health,” shared Paul Anthony. “As a result, I am on a mission to share information about alternative and integrative treatments, methods and remedies, to help others with their own life-challenging battles with cancer,” he continued. “For more than 35 years, I have been spreading messages of health, nutrition and renewal as a speaker, sharing my own successful cancer fight through my commitment to bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition,” he said.
Millions of people, including musicians, actors and athletes like Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Leonard, Will Smith, Busta Rhymes, etc., have been inspired by Paul Anthony’s work in the health and wellness, cancer awareness and prevention arena.
In addition to working with national organizations like the American Cancer Society, Sloan Kettering of New York, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, etc., one such example of doing what he can to spread information on cancer awareness and prevention, impacting local communities in a big way, is how Paul Anthony is working as an ambassador for the founder of Queen of Hearts (QOH) Girls and Women Empowerment, an Atlanta-based 501c3 nonprofit.
In fact, Dr. Paul Anthony will be honored by QOH at their annual fundraising Gala in early November, for his many years of touching, changing and saving lives. In doing so, Dr. Anthony says he also looks to help bring eyes and energy to QOH, by aligning with his 501C3 organization, Paul Anthony Cancer Champion Foundation.
“In addition to supporting healthcare in underprivileged areas and communities, the QOH organization holds our annual fundraising gala to not only support cancer research, but to also celebrate cancer survivors and remember and honor those who were overcome by it,” says Ethel Harris-Burkhaulter, founder of QOH Girls and Women Empowerment. “We are very excited and appreciative to have a major celebrity like Paul Anthony who has successfully walked the journey of battling cancer, agree to help bring awareness to what we’re doing, and look forward to having his good friend, Chubb Rock, a hip hop icon and nationally syndicated radio personality, present the Queen of Hearts Girls and Women Empowerment Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Anthony,” said Harris-Burkhalter.
Always moving positively forward, Dr. Paul Anthony, who is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy and Humanitarianism, from Leaders Esteemed Christian Bible University in Houston, TX., is also the founder of the Paul Anthony Live Life Give Life Foundation, promoting cancer awareness, prevention and healthy living. He also recently released the new single “The Rest of My Life,” (https://www.youtube"Rest Of My Life" The Legend Paul Anthony & Shalea Vintage Produced By Full Force & Big Dawg.com/watch?v=W4pEP0eIPYk) this summer, and is also working on a book.“I believe that God gives the toughest battles to the toughest warriors,” said Dr. Paul Anthony. “Although music has been a gift that has helped me bring joy to many, I want the legacy of my work to be how many lives I’ve touched and helped to save, by sharing how I was able to beat cancer, through understanding and leveraging the power of the mind, body and spirit connection,” he said.
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