Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool! is a 1984 motivational video hosted by American actor Mr. T

The video proceeds strongly from new wave and R&B culture of the mid-1980s to appeal to children to respect adults, avoid peer pressure, and build self-confidence. It features a showcase of emerging talent, including Ice-TNew EditionFergie (credited as “Stacy Ferguson”), Kelly Jo MinterMartikaJanice KawayeTammy TownsendBumper RobinsonShanice and Valerie Landsburg. Several years later, the video has led to a proliferation of video clips that are posted on the Internet.

Be Somebody consists of many segments, with each delineated by a title caption at the bottom of the screen. These include:

  • Shyness – A young girl (Janice Kawaye) asserts herself by using her temper.
  • Roots – Mr. T says, “Ya can’t know where you’re going if ya don’t know where you’re from” and explains the symbolism of his gold chains.
  • Anger – Mr. T tells children to use their anger, not to lose it, but fails to fully employ this when a fly continues to bother him.
  • Frustration – Throughout the video, Mr. T tries to play the cello and finally succeeding.
  • Styling – Mr. T encourages children to dress up and express themselves.
  • Peer Pressure – A group of children on a dock take beer and cigarettes from the garbage, while nearby, Mr. T shakes his head and boy band New Edition sing a song disdaining peer pressure.
  • Recouping – When a child trips on the sidewalk, “Dr. T” shows how one can preserve their dignity after an “absoludicrous” mistake by playing it off as a breakdancing move.
  • Creating – A group of children breakdancing and encourage Mr. T to try some moves.
  • Treat Your Mother Right – Mr. T raps “Treat Your Mother Right”, a segment that was widely posted on the Internet between 2005 and 2006.
  • Workout – Mr. T encourages lazy children at a bus stop to use a boombox as a free weight and balance a bag of popcorn on their heads.
  • I Am Somebody – Mr. T raps “I Am Somebody”, as well as offering a few guidelines of rap.
  • Friendship – Mr. T gives his definition of “friendship”, while a girl sings a song about it.
  • Mr. T’s Tale – Mr. T tells his version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and gives a pro-reading message.
  • Daydreaming – Mr. T explains how having dreams and goals contributes to success.


also includes 30 minutes of wholesome advice from the man T!


color,  mono, fullscreen 60 minutes + 30 minutes of Mr. T Wisdom! DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!


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