Living the Dream With RBRM: Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It (And Then Dream Bigger!) by Ash Benton

3 years ago
Living the Dream With RBRM: Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It (And Then Dream Bigger!)

To dream is to believe, then to achieve! I have had the best times of my life over the last couple of weeks because I believed! I went to a few concerts of my favorite band and their entity – RBRM! The concerts in Greensboro, N.C., Augusta, Ga., and Spartanburg S.C., were phenomenal! I don’t care how many times I see the same show, the energy is always different and I leave with more memories! I’m not done. I have a few more places to visit, more New Edition family to meet and more memories with the fellas! I want to thank each of them separately:

  • Michael Bivins for that wonderful joke about carrying the Bobby Brown BBQ sauce in my new SportyRich Dope bag. Mike is a hilarious, very smart, business oriented and a wonderful person. He has his own line of clothing called SportyRich Apparel and now sells backpacks, which I had just purchased, and he noticed that at a meet ‘n’ greet in Greensboro. To know that someone of his stature sees me and my adventures is priceless! I had made a previous post when I was at Myrtle Beach sharing that I was grilling with the BBQ sauce and Michael saw it!
  • Ronnie Devoe, I would like to thank you for sharing my video of your precious twin boys to your page! It was a blessing to be on the front row to capture that moment. Ronnie brought his twin boys on stage for the second time in their father’s career and the crowd roared! He also took the time to take a personal picture with me on the elevator in Augusta, which I will be forever grateful.
  • Ricky Bell, what can I say? Well, let me start by saying I’m still on a natural high! I was able to sit in the same room with him and his beautiful wife, Amy Correa Bell, in Augusta. Although the meet ‘n’ greet was canceled, I had my own personal meet ‘n’ greet!!! It was awesome! Just to know we were in the same room socializing, laughing, taking pictures, was FREAKING FANTASTIC! I truly appreciate the memory and will see you at another show and hope to get another picture! A girl can dream, right?!
  • Bobby Brown, King of Stage … OMG!!!! I feel like a friend now. Two places where I was blessed, and Augusta is where it all started! I was allowed to be in the presence of Bobby and some of his family. We had a blast, yet I had no idea what was really in store for me until I got to Spartanburg, S.C. Bobby was the first person I saw when I walked into the hotel. He welcomed me with a hug and a great conversation. We watched a Mike Tyson boxing match on his telephone, which was phenomenal!! After the show was the big finale … I SAT DOWN AT THE TABLE WITH A GRAMMY AWARD WINNER AND TALKED FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS!!! Bobby Brown, his brother Tommy, myself, his cousin William Brinson, Jai “Lady J” Jones (an amazing radio personality) and my friend, Kenyetta McBride, had the best time! We sang together, we heard stories of Bobby’s childhood, we even heard of private moments that will always be in my heart and no place other. If someone would’ve told me that I’d be seated at a table for four with Mr. Bobby Brown, I would’ve laughed out loud and said, “Stop kidding!” But it happened! It actually happened! It was heartfelt. It was fun. It was as if we had known each other forever. The times that he would look me dead in my eyes to tell me a deep story will always resonate my soul. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I look forward to many more memories with all of my new friends! I wrote this blog mainly for young girls who have big dreams. Follow them! Never give up on them! I have been following these groups (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, Heads of State, their solo careers and now RBRM) for over three decades. I used to write to Fresh and Right On! magazines to win a chance to meet them or receive a phone call, and now I am in their presence 30 plus years later!

DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Stay focused and never give up!

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
"DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Stay focused and never give up!" You said it, Ash Benton ! I just love this. I'm very happy for you! Keep on being amazing and living your dreams. You inspire us all! xoxo
Ash Benton
Thank you!!!👍🏾💚💚💚
Nicole Webb
This is wonderful and so well documented! I feel the same about the fellas as you do as I have been loving them since 1983 like you! It is surreal that that know me as well, because I NEVER imagined I would ever meet them, although I was personal friends to them for my head! I recall meeting 5 of the 6 for the 1st time during the All 6 Tour in North Carolina in 2011. I flew to the show and attended with my bff. I had no idea I would meet them. We somehow snuck backstage and waited patiently as they ushered us from room to room, waiting on the fellas to come in. We were so scared, because we felt at any minute someone would realize we were not supposed to be there. The fellas walked and I felt like the luckiest Candy Girl in the world! I was 13 all over again! We took pics and talked, and did not leave the room until the fellas left the room. I remember walking out the venue with Ronnie Devoe and Mama Flo! Ronnie was singing the Rhianna song, "Cake..Cake..Cake" as we left the venue. I was do elated and that was a memory to last me a lifetime! So thank for your post! Keep dreaming and keep living your dreams! I hope tp meet you along the way at one of the shows! (I've seen R.B.R.M. 3 times and plan on seeing them again in New Orleans at Essence)!
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
How wonderful for you, Nicole Webb ! Thank you for sharing this. Your photos are awesome! :-)
Ash Benton
OMG I MET YOU BEAUTIFUL LADIES! When we were in Hollywood for the Star! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and your beautiful pictures! Cannot wait to see you again!!!! 👍🏾💚💚💚
Nicole Webb
OMG!! We shall meet again! I've been reading your stories and you are truly an inspiration! Keep living your dreams!!
Kenyetta McBride
Dreams do come true. I've only been dreaming about this moment forever and you were part of my dream. It was awesome sitting with my #1 guy (Bobby)and his family. I look forward to our next meeting. Thanks for sharing and including me in your article.
Ash Benton
So happy that your dream came true!!! Let’s keep it going!!! Thank you for joining this community and for following me! 👍🏾💚💚💚
Patricia Firstlady Jackson Salmon
I love love New Editiin I been a fan since 1982. Everytime they have a show near where i am I go. I just recently went to the RBRM concert in Spartanburg SC on May 24th. It was so dope my husband got me the tickets for my birthday and Im still on a high. I am a huge huge BOBBY Brown fan I was hoping to meet him in person but i didnt. But he did come over to the corner of the stage and sang to me for a second winked and moved on I thought I was going to have a heartattack. I even got Ronnie to point at me and head nod cause I did all their moves to do me baby....
My dream is to sit and chill with Bobby Brown and have a deep lufe encouraging conversation cause he is so dope and humble and a all around good guy he ALWAYS been my favorite since Candy Girl. But i dont mind hanging withh all of them so next time if I dont do meet and greet I will definitely try to bump into them....I love 💘 💘 Bobby Brown
And 💞💞💞💞💞New Edition
Until the next concert✌
Nicole Webb
Here's a tip to meet Bobby! Go to a city where there's a casino! Bobby will be there after the show! They will be performing in New Orleans at the Essence Festival this year and there are casinos in New Orleans!!!

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