Show Air Date: 11/10/2014
Link to Show: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x29u7d7_the-breaking-free-show-11-10-2014-w-kornelius-bascombe-and-det-neighbors_lifestyle
Show Synopsis: Kornelius Bascombe is the host of CBS’ Emmy winning series Undercover Boss. He started his on-camera career as a contestant in the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Your OWN Show” competition garnering an astonishing 5.9 million votes worldwide, and placing 4th in the competition.
In the spring of 2011, Bascombe beat out hundreds of applicants nationwide to become the host of Time Warner Cable’s first original talk show series Born To Shine. In this archived show, you can meet Korn and the detective who helped keep him on the right track.
Introduction from Marilyn (M) – “We’ll have this moment forever, but never again.” Make the most of this moment. You’ll never get this exact same moment back again. Today we have two guests: Kornelius Bascombe and Detective Neighbors is on the phone with us.
Detective (D) – I am a homicide detective and have been for 12 years. Everyone joins the department for different reasons. My reason was I wanted to go after the worst of the worst – the guys who were bringing down neighborhoods. I started in the Southeast District of the city. That was my beat. That was my little plot of land that I was accountable for. I really liked to get to know the people on my beat. I liked to stop and talk with people. I like people who were a little different. I met Korn via a check on welfare call…a COW call. I young man pulls up on a bike and asks, “Are you 2443 Baker? He starts talking with me in these ten codes that we use. Do you need a backup officer?”
Call signs? I’m looking at him. How does he know who I am and how does he know ten codes?
I’m awestruck! This kid is rattling off ten codes. I give him the ten code and tell him to stay close. He tells me he’s really interested in being a police officer. That’s the first time I ever had an encounter with him.
I met up with an officer who knew him and we gave him his own ten code nickname. From then on, I had a young motivated kid. They are motivated by being happy. They want to enjoy life. We hit it off and kept in touch.
Korn explains how his interest in police and law enforcement led to his spearheading a Police Explorers club for kids interested in this career.
D – A few years later, we had a double homicide. What happened next relates to how positive relationships between law enforcement and the community can happen. A sixteen year old walks up with a police explorers club shirt and asks, “Can I help?”
There are people who care about their community on both sides. When you have a positive connection between the community and law enforcement, all it takes is one positive interaction and maybe a community member starts thinking maybe not every cop is just coming to harass me or take me to jail.
One of the reasons why I’ve stayed on because the people I work with come to work to go out and do the worst of the worst and how can I impact it in a positive way. Most police officers don’t come to work hoping to work 20 tickets. It doesn’t work that way.
When I was growing up, sometimes we got hassled by the cops. I didn’t always have a positive experience as a kid growing up.
You can meet 10 different officers. Most of it is motivation and most want to do the right thing for the neighborhood.
K – As a kid, I wanted to get out of that environment. I slept on the floor for a majority of my childhood. But I knew I was going after my dream. If I knew that I could become a police officer, then I could help other kids.
My desire is to see a change in my community, especially for kids who were in the same predicament. At this time in your life you’re only given certain things. I had to apply what I learned in school in the community…that was ultimately going to help me be a better person.
Personal drive, drive to improve his community and improve others, especially kids.
When I was a teenager, my Grandmother, who took care of us, had a stroke. Then our house caught on fire. I reached out to all of my friends. People heard my story and they wanted to help.
M – What did they know about your story? What was it?
K – Most people who know me see a positive guy. I was 17 at the time. Here I am working at Chik-fil-A. Trying to pay for the regular things. I wasn’t the average person relying on others to do things. I was trying to be a successful person in life. I have 2 younger siblings and an older sibling. I was trying to do my best for my family at the time. We had NOTHING. No shoes. No clothes. I was one of the only ones in my family to go to high school. My mentors saw that and helped. Money came from London and Europe. I was trying to do something with my life and not take the easy way out and people saw that and wanted to help.
Even my school resource officer helped. He and I knew each other in a more intimate way so he knew me and what I was like as a person. He saw that I was a young guy trying to make it.
I didn’t know my Dad. To have those men look out for me was a great thing.
Hayes Lancaster, another police officer, helped too. They didn’t look like me as far as being black, but they took time out of their family’s lives to look out for me.
I see myself as someone who wants to effect change. When I tell you that I was into law enforcement… I had walkie talkies AND a Radio Shak police scanner. I’m so determined to see people having a good, positive time. As a police officer, you can help people. You can effect change by going after the bad guys. My whole life is about changing people’s lives for the better. I want to create a platform. I want to be who I am.
People who are coming from impoverished areas…I tell them, “You can do it. You can do it!” That’s my whole platform. I watch a lot of TV. Even in LA, you see a lot of homeless people. You see people who are doing worse than you are. I feel grateful for life. I’m not a superstar. As long as I am changing people’s lives.
If you don’t go out and try to help yourself…it’s up to you. I am trying my best to get my brothers to understand that working somewhere is better than working nowhere. My one brother just got out of jail. My sister is trying to get on the right track. If you have the right motivation, you can get where you need to be.
I don’t know what is different about me. I grew up in the same roaches, same house, etc. It’s my personal motivation.
Sticking to the rules allows you the wisdom to stretch them. You don’t know where to stretch them, if you don’t know what they are and how to use them.
M – Final Words, Detective?
Korn will have the final word soon!
M – Korn, You have the world as your oyster. You have the time to enjoy how you see the world and the world can be as great as you see it or not.
K – I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my story. It’s amazing to me that people actually care about my story and my life. At the end of the day, validation is so important!
My final words: Work hard and be kind!
More about Kornelius Bascombe and How to Follow Him:
Energy, compassion, and resilience are the driving forces behind multi-talented Kornelius Bascombe’s desire to become the next TV star and are the impetuses for this shining star’s bright future in front of the camera.
Currently, Kornelius is the main Improv actor, and host of CBS’ Emmy winning series Undercover Boss. Kornelius traveled to over 40 states, spending at least one week working with each major company for the series.
Kornelius started his on-camera career as a fan and producer(s) favorite as a contestant in the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Your OWN Show” competition garnering an astonishing 5.9 million votes worldwide, and placing 4th in the competition. Since the competition, Bascombe has been frequently featured on the both the Oprah Winfrey Network and the OWN website.
Following Bascombe’s success in the OWN competition, he gained more on-camera experience by launching a successful television talk show on his college’s premiere television network, linking students and faculty together for memorable experiences. This television program quickly became the highest rated shows on the college TV network.
In the spring of 2011, Bascombe beat out hundreds of applicants nationwide to become the host of Time Warner Cable’s first original talk show series Born To Shine. The programs main purpose was to create diverse original content spotlighting African-Americans who are paving the way in entertainment. Bascombe interviewed director and writer, Robert Townsend, singer Estelle, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and actor Mekhi Phifer along with others.
To date, Kornelius has hosted over 75 different live events, with audience sizes ranging from 50 to 20,000 people. In addition, Kornelius has launched his own Interactive website, TheeKornerStore.com. and YouTube channel.
Kornelius continues to touch lives through community service and mentoring with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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