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Nick Cannon: ‘What people think about me is none of my business’


Nick Cannon always seems like he’s having a good time.

On a balmy afternoon near Battery Park in Manhattan, Cannon is laughing and joking with a photographer about his suit while acknowledging that he has less than two hours to get to JFK Airport to make his 7 p.m. flight. “We’ll be a’ight,” he says confidently. That scenario and his reaction are quintessentially Cannon: a sense of urgency without seeming too worried about anything. For a guy who came into the game with big dreams that he managed to fully realize, the ability to stay focused without getting flustered has been a hallmark of his career and life up to this point.

The personality, comedian, rapper, actor and philanthropist emerged in the early 2000s as an ambitious and likable Nickelodeon star and after more than a decade, he’s parlayed that affable persona into a multimedia empire. All the while, Cannon took shots from outsiders who felt that he wasn’t “edgy” enough to appeal to anyone other than preteens.

“I laughed at it,” Cannon says of the early criticisms. “I couldn’t care less what people say about me this week or next week. I’m trying to build a 50-year career. [People] like Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. — I know people had things to say [about them] at that moment, but when you step back and look and see what these people did to affect culture — that’s my goal.”

And Cannon points out that, while he has nothing to prove, his early life was no Huxtable-ish fairy tale. “I grew up in the ’hood, I could tell you every thug story that you would wanna hear,” he says. “But what is that going to prove?”

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  1. darth vader on July 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Good for you Nick! Live, love and be happy! That is all.

  2. Jewel on July 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Great Article! Abundant Blessings to you Nick and your Family! Live Long and Keep Prospering Nick, in every aspect of your Life! We can take a note from your page. Thank you for sharing.

  3. geminitwinworld on August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    let the hater’s hate nick while you laugh to the bank keep it positive and block that negativity from your family cipha that’s how you do it and be successful in your own right,keeping negative people out of your life you keep you down,bring you down,and hollering failure in your ear while your trying to make it happen.