AC Green is ‘Winning’

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Chicago radio personality AC Green said after almost losing everything, his decision to reinvent himself changed his life.

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Chicago radio personality AC Green said after almost losing everything, his decision to reinvent himself changed his life.

Green, creator of President Barack Obama’s campaign jingle “Yes we can,” offered to do the song even after Obama informed him that he wouldn’t be able to compensate him.

“I said I’ll put it together for you anyway,” Green told the Defender.

He was no stranger to creating tunes for businesses and political campaigns as he had been writing them for years; however, before having his own radio show, he’d never been in front of the microphone.

Now, having a show on local stations Soul 106.3 and V103, the author of the book Back2Zero is encouraging those experiencing hardships to continue to press forward.

“The Back2Zero book is all about reinventing yourself,” said Green. “Kind of like Forest Gump; keep plugging away. Don’t give into your fears.”

After living through financial strife, a period that he defines as one of his many Back2Zero moments, he said that his decision to revive who he was led to what he has accomplished today.

“I was literally getting ready to lose everything,” Green said. “The money had stopped.”

Green also started a book club for those who purchased the book. Many of the members own businesses and at no charge, he allows them to come on his radio show because he is also investing in them.

Having placed a monetary gift in every book, Green said his goal is to show people how to invest in themselves as well as others.

“I’m ultimately trying to show a community of people how to not give up, how to move forward and then how to invest in themselves and invest in other people,” he said.

“Zero’s not a bad thing; the first number in the numeric system is the starting point.”

Copyright 2012 Chicago Defender

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