Defining Greatness

By Alison Baumgartner

Defining Greatness

Bold and fearless, Shaun Boothe’s Unauthorized Biography Series modernizes history by adding a hip-hop twist. Part TED talk and part live concert, Boothe takes the stage January 26 to present his viral documentary-style music video series. The series, which has received social media love from folks like Kanye West and Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, has garnered much attention and provided Boothe the opportunity to perform with legends like Nas, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Snoop Dogg.

Each chapter in Boothe’s series captures the legacy of a positive and influential iconic figure. Boothe’s highly interactive performances have featured the incredible stories of people like Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai,  one of “The Greatest” boxers of all time Muhammad Ali, influential electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and beloved philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

Boothe’s unusual take on history explores the “greatness that is inside all of us” and encourages everyone to find it within themselves. “We are all more similar than we are different,” Boothe says. While some people think they don’t have what it takes to do what they want in life, Boothe demonstrates otherwise. “We are made of the same stuff,” Boothe says, “it is just up to us to dig deep and work hard for that level of greatness.”

This may be what the series does best, allowing people to recognize that greatness is something everyone can achieve. The power of what Boothe’s message can do was realized by Boothe himself when he received a phone call from Muhammad Ali’s daughter. She praised Boothe for capturing her father’s life and legacy while expressing gratitude in knowing that Boothe’s message would inspire others.

Boothe’s unique performance will be presented in two separate school shows on January 22. Poudre School District high school students will have the opportunity to watch Boothe drop his history knowledge and walk away inspired for free courtesy of the Lincoln Center Support League.

See greatness defined in Shaun Boothe’s The Unauthorized Biography Series on January 26 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Seats start at $15 and are available at

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