I SEE U, Episode 71: The Lion King of The Chicago Projects

Author of ‘Raising Simba,’ Falisa Ray, offers up a story of resilience as she recounts how her quest of faith emboldened her to inspire her son’s dreams of becoming one of the world’s most beloved characters on Broadway.


Author Falisa Ray and Lion King Musical Cast Member, Aaron Nelson.


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Author Falisa Ray took notice in her son's interest and realized early his love for the arts. Instead of pressuring him to pursue law school or the medical field, she was led to embrace his passion and help him navigate through the unpredictable world of the entertainment industry – but not before coming to grips with the rough streets of Chicago's South Side. Through the course of her own life, Ray—a fashion designer—quickly discovered the importance of how she needed to experience a sense of healing herself, from dealing with sexual assault as a teenager to facing financial hardships and evictions. Her determination and unwavering spirit carved out an inspirational path that resulted in her son earning the acclaimed role of Simba in Disney's landmark Broadway musical, ‘The Lion King.' Join us as Host Eddie Robinson chats unguarded with the author of the book, "Raising Simba," Falisa Ray, along with her son, actor Aaron Nelson. Both share their remarkable journey of what it takes to understand the power of faith, the strength to endure and the ability to forgive.


This article is part of the podcast I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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