Flashback Friday: New Edition is a Legacy



Earlier in 2023, New Edition blessed their fans with the Legacy Tour to commemorate 40 years since the release of Candy Girl. Legacy is such an appropriate descriptor – I have literally grown up with New Edition. They are my favorite group of all time – as you likely already know. No other group has had the type of solo and collective success – Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, and Bell Biv Devoe (BBD). I had the pleasure of attending the Legacy Tour in my hometown in Washington, DC, and traveling to Atlanta to attend with one of my sandbox besties. I’m an original “NE4Lifer”!

I love that I was able to spend my daughter’s 30th birthday with her in the hometown of New Edition, Boston, MA this week. She was raised on New Edition from conception LOL.

Today I want to share 2 Flashback Friday blog posts with you to celebrate the HUSTLE OF @617MikeBiv documentary chronicling the amazing career of Michael Bivins of New Edition which premiered on ALLBLK on yesterday, August 24, 2023. You can also learn more about New Edition from The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story on BET and Ralph Tresvant: A Closer Look documentary.


I’m Living My Legacy

As the countdown to my half-century mark continues, I am consistently focusing on not just the legacy that I want to leave, but also the legacy that I am currently living. Moving beyond thoughts of clarifying my identity and solidifying my branding to legacy thinking is powerful.

  • 1973 – A Princess arrived
  • 1983 – A Candy Girl appeared
  • 1993 – A Mother materialized
  • 2003 – A Woman elevated
  • 2013 – A Queen manifested
  • 2023 – A Legacy emerged


5 Career Lessons You Can Learn From New Edition

 I LOVE New Edition. I have loved New Edition since 1983.

New Edition’s decades in the music industry is a great example of how to build a successful career.

5 Career Lessons You Can Learn From New Edition:

  1. Do What You Love
  2. Be Consistent
  3. Collaborate
  4. Nurture Your Talent
  5. Give Your Best

Did I already say how much I LOVE New Edition?

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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