It was easy for Dreux "Lil Fizz" Frédéric of platinum selling R&B group B2K, to think he had it all, when by society's standards he did. Fame, fortune and millions of adoring fans had him convinced he had accomplished everything he ever wanted and more. He soon found out he was wrong. Even with all his success, he still felt incomplete and empty inside.
In the shadows of the bright lights is where he discovered the true meaning of having it all. On the day his son was born, Dreux then realized it was his son who made him whole. Regardless of what he was going through or how he felt, he was a father first. The pain from the roller coaster ride of stardom was immediately removed when he looked into his son's eyes. Dreux now knows that being a father is the ultimate reward and it is his responsibility no matter what.
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About the Author
Dreux Pierre Frédéric is better known by his stage name Lil' Fizz. He is a rapper, record producer and television personality. He was best known for being the youngest member and rapper of the R&B group, B2K. Currently, he stars on VH1's number one reality television series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
Author extraordinaire Brittani Williams, of Philadelphia, began her foray into writing by happenstance when she was required to pen a play as a high school assignment. It was then that Brittani discovered her unbound imagination, creativity and the escapism rooted in great literature. After much encouragement from family, friends, and co-workers alike, Brittani’s hobby became a profession in 2005 when she completed her first manuscript entitled Automatic Princess, (later renamed Daddy’s Little Girl). Since then she’s released numerous books and several anthologies. To broaden her horizons beyond exclusively writing novels, Brittani made her directorial debut in June 2010 with the stage play adaptation of one of her bestselling novels, Black Diamond. In addition to directing, Brittani also wrote and produced Black Diamond the stage play; which successfully debuted to a sold out audience of over 700 on its opening night. At an impressively young age Brittani has sold several hundred thousand books, is currently writing a cookbook, has founded Dare2bee Dramatic Publishing, and works as the lead graphic designer at her highly successful graphics company TSPub Creative, making her a force to be reckoned with.
Table of Contents
• Early Life (Chapters 1-3)
• Teen Stardom (Chapters 4-6)
• Fatherhood (Chapters 7-9)
• Life After (Chapters 10-12)
• Chapter 1- Life with a single mom and the effects of being fatherless. This will show why being in your child’s life is so important later on in the book.
• Chapter 2- Childhood dreams, goals and aspirations (basketball, music etc.)
• Chapter 3 – The Love of music and the limelight. Family support, and how instrumental family was with your dreams.
• Chapter 4 – B2K and beyond. Pressures of success at a young age.
• Chapter 5 – Trials and Tribulations while being a part of a very successful group.
• Chapter 6 – Demise of the group, friendships etc.
• Chapter 7 – Relationships and fatherhood
• Chapter 8 – Hardships and conflict with relationships and the effects of conflict and being a father.
• Chapter 9 – Being Responsible and Co-parenting
• Chapter 10 – Maturing / No Excuses / Setting an Example
• Chapter 11 – The struggle of balancing Fatherhood and Career
• Chapter 12 – Goals and Purpose/ Plans for the future
• Conclusion – Purpose and message to readers / inspiration for young fathers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been a fan of Dreux AKA "Lil Fizz" since his B2K days and have followed his career faithfully to this day so I was excited to know that he had added Author to his many talents. In his book No Excuses, he speaks candidly about growing up without his father, his days in B2K, their sudden breakup, and becoming a father at a young age. Throughout this book, it is extremely evident how much his mother means to him in the way he speaks about her and how she raised him all on her own into becoming the man he is today. He speaks about what his life might have turned out like had he not had his mother supporting him by being both his mother and father figure as he grew up. He also speaks about meeting his father for the first time and the ways in which they have been slowly working to form a relationship. Although he did not have his father in his life throughout his formative years, he was determined not to become just another statistic. His rise to fame in the group B2K was one of the career highlights of his life and he gives not only some insight into what it was like to experience the highs of stardom at a young age but also the post break-up lows. In the second half of the book, Dreux talks about his son Kamron and how fatherhood changed his life. He not only speaks about his relationship with his son and the ways in which he is trying to stay a positive force in his life, but he also speaks about how he has learned to co-parent with Kamrons mother. I really enjoyed this book and since I know that Dreux has always been an extremely private person, it was nice to see him open up and share his vulnerability with his fans. I honestly feel that anyone can read this book whether you are a parent or not (I myself don't have any kids) because it has an extremely positive message and just reaffirms the importance of staying true to yourself and realizing that you can overcome any obstacles in your life big or small.