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Meet Rising Hip-Hop Mogul Mario Canon

Mario Canon, an artist originally from Springfield, Illinois, is acclaimed for his exceptional craft- singing and acting. He has starred on renowned television shows like ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Empire’ as Charlie Dupree. Among his most prestigious achievements is his nomination and winning of the Best Actor in The 48 Hour Film Project- Chicago. He attributes his award to the ‘Empire’ series, where he starred and recorded music for the show’s soundtrack.

Star-Power Elites

Mario Canon is the Founder of an independent entertainment company, Star Power Elites, which aims to create influential music and inspire other upcoming artists to fulfill their dreams. His manager, Darryl Stuggis, who had known the legendary Chicago artist, Twista for several years, connected Mario Canon, and the two recorded a song titled ‘Play to Win.’ Twista also appeared in the music video, which showcases who Canon is individually and as an entertainer. With the assistance of his manager, he is planning on having more collaborations that will make sense and help him grow as an artist.   

He’s currently on tour with Chicago legendary rapper Twista and has over a million streams online. His recent performance at Legend’s Fields in Kansas City, Kansas hosted over 10,000 people as he performed alongside Ludacris, Twista, Bobby V, Singer Mario, and Petey Pablo. 


Mario currently owns multiple franchises his main one being an Anytime Fitness gym. He also has ownership in several other restaurants including Small Cakes in Destin FL and IC BBQ in Springfield IL. He plans on to continue expanding his business portfolio which helps others expand as well.

To support the movement, follow Mario Canon at:

IG: @Thisiscanon

Facebook: Mario Canon

Twitter: Thisiscanon

YouTube: Mario Canon


If you are interested in booking Mario Cannon, contact him at:

Manager: Darryl Stuggis: 779-201-0237

J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.


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