On the afternoon of May 22, news of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, passed through my consciousness as quickly as a radio advertisement for tree stump removal might. I heard the initial reports about a bombing outside a concert, and then in that sad, numb manner with which so many of us absorb and process word of tragedies in distant places these days, I thought to myself, that's awful. And then I promptly carried on making dinner.
Maybe an hour later, though, I received a phone call that was the first of its kind--a SUCCESS cover shoot scheduled for the next day would need to be postponed due to an international tragedy. The dots hadn't connected at first, but of course Scooter Braun would be on the first flight to meet and support one of his biggest clients, the pop star Ariana Grande. In the weeks to come, Grande and her manager Braun would become pillars of strength and love in the face of senseless violence. Our writer, Michael Mooney, recounts those rattling first few days after the attack in his eye-opening profile of Braun, beginning on Page 34.
Braun had been slated to front our November gratitude-themed issue for months, because gratitude for his fellow person is the foundational value that has guided his rise as a mover and shaker in the entertainment industry. But it was only after the awful events in Manchester that I was struck with a new sense of gratitude of my own. Watching Braun's brave response to the events in England, I swelled with newfound appreciation for my work at SUCCESS, which allows me to meet and absorb the inspirational power of stand-up people, doers like Braun who gather many talents and direct them in ways that make the world a better place, or at least instill a greater sense of humanity when it goes missing.
Braun is the perfect...