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Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Perspective: Detroit’s New City Council Should Be

The City of Detroit has had its fair share of ups and downs over the last year from a mayoral scandal and removal to city council corruption as well as not to mention a free falling economy and a huge city deficit. Therefore it is no wonder why with such a pivotal primary election on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, it is important for Detroiters to turn out like never before to elect a new and better City Council that understands the City of Detroit residents and know exactly what the future of Detroit needs to do in order to improve.

Now Detroit will not change overnight and many Detroiters might not see the change we want to see to Detroit’s economy but the things that Detroit should expect from a new city council is respectability, better governance, regional cooperation, and plans for economic development for not just the next 4 years but for the future. Also Detroit’s new City Council should be focused on improving Detroit’s city services particularly lawn cutting, garbage pick-up/bulk up, and public safety. Detroit’s new City Council has to be knowledgeable of the issues affecting the city, the county, the region and the state so that they can be proactive in trying to fix these issues before they drastically affect the City of Detroit like they have done in the past.

The new City Council must be able to strengthen Detroit’s image and must be willing to work with the Mayor of Detroit Dave Bing to create a marketable plan that will attract new businesses to the city. The new City Council should not try to focus on repopulation for the city because that is something that will and should be discussed 4 years from after the bleeding stops in the city in terms of budget deficits and corruption in city government.

Simply put, Detroit’s next City Council must be able to relate to the people and must be willing to work with the people to fix city government, city services and the overall image of the city. Therefore with all that said, here are a list of candidates running for City Council who I have paid attention to and have actually seen campaigning from which shows me that they didn’t just put their name on a ballot and they are not just looking for a job neither. Detroit we need to get beyond name recognition and we need to start listening to candidates’ platforms and issues. The candidates I am supporting are not pro-union or anti-union, they are not pro-public education or anti-public education, and they are not pro-regionalization or anti-regionalization. However these candidates are pro-Detroit in the sense that they will work to do what is best for the city and the residents of the city.

The candidates I am endorsing are about embracing new ideas to figure out government and they are willing to meet with all people to bring about changes to the City of Detroit that will improve the overall image and quality of life in the city. So without any further opinion, I am endorsing the following candidates for Detroit City Council (these candidates are not in any particular order):

1. David Cross because he is business savvy and isn’t running to have a job but actually understands that the survival of the City of Detroit is not possible without fixing the education system and the quality of service in the city. Also Cross understands that City Government must be able to relate to the people and must be open, honest and upfront with the people. Now the knock on Cross might be he isn’t in the political arena as much and he has never ran for political office before but that shouldn’t be a reason for anyone not to vote for Cross because Detroit needs competent people with new ideas to the problems that plague us. Plus Cross is a businessman with business connections so he understands the importance of business and running a city like a business which is what was missing on previous councils. The City Council must understand they are managers of a business and they must make decisions that will help the business grow which is what previous councils have not done.

2. Raphael Johnson because he is a very intelligent man who has overcome many obstacles in life in order to become a role model to young men and women who make mistakes early in their life. Also he is a quick and fast learner who has a fresh approach to solving Detroit’s issues and will connect it with the rest of the world which is what Detroit’s Council City has been missing for years. The City Council needs a proactive thinker who thinks about the future and looks to solve problems or prevent problems before they even occur. Plus the fact that Raphael Johnson has never ran or participated in any political arena makes him the fresh blood that Detroit needs in politics. We need new faces in government and Raphael is not only a new face but someone with bold and innovative ideas to address the issues plaguing Detroit.

3. Brenda Goss Andrews is a grass rooter who knows the political system but most of all understands people and knows the issues that the City of Detroit faces. She knows the issues of both the East and West sides of Detroit which makes her an ideal candidate for council because she is able to relate to the entire city which previous council members knew nothing about. Brenda Goss Andrews is hard nose and knows how to bring solutions to the table that plague us the residents of Detroit which is why it would make sense to put her on council.

4. Dr. Corletta J. Vaughn is another great candidate for Detroit City Council because she brings a spiritual nature to the campaign and understands the need to "marry" government with non-profits to generate jobs. Now she is someone who understands that no matter who you put in City government they must be able to work with non-profits to improve many of the issues plaguing our city. That’s why having a council member who understands non-profits not just churches will be something new to council. Thus it should create a partnership similar to the one Obama’s administration wants when it comes to service and community. Dr. Vaughn can help non-profits turn parks and neighborhoods into beacons of light for the City of Detroit thus improving the city’s image in the short and long term.

5. Dalton Roberson Jr. is truly what Detroit’s City Council needs because he young blood. He is not only young but he is new blood which the City of Detroit needs and he is sharp as a whip which is what I am impressed by. Detroit needs young people to step up and Dalton is a young man who can help pave the way for future youth to run for office in the future and perhaps Dalton can reshape the image of politics for youth when they seek other offices in the city. Dalton is very centrist in his thinking and has a pulse on the region in terms of business, education and development which is what impresses me the most. Now some people might think he is running because of name recognition since his father is Judge Dalton Roberson, Sr., but I am here to tell you that Dalton understands politics and he understands what it will take for Detroit to get better for the future. Dalton is not running on name but he is running off of energy, passion and charisma. He is the new blood of politics that Detroit needs and someone that many Detroiters need to embrace and help get on council.

6. Joan Gist is another candidate for Detroit City Council and she ran in 2005 but lost but despite that lost in 2005, she supports black owned businesses in Detroit and she is pro-Detroit and would fight to maintain a tax base here in the city. Her signs from her 2005 were seen throughout the city for 4 years now and after listening to her platform, I quickly seen how she would bring a huge shift in the way city government has been done in previous years. She is classy, respectable and knowledgeable about city life but most of all she possesses a strong voice to address the issues of city residents and black businesses in the city which is needed. The fact she hasn’t made any loud noise since 2005 doesn’t mean anything to me because she has been doing behind the scenes work on many issues plaguing our city and in the process she has gained a broader base of support for what it takes to be effective on City Council. Effectiveness is key and I think she will be one of the most effectiveness City Council members on this new council.

7. Lisa Howze is exactly what the City Council needs because she is a financial wizard. Lisa is a master in terms of balancing budgets and she fully understands that in order for Detroit to grow economically, it has to embrace a silver rights approach which in turn will connect Detroit to global market places like never before. Lisa’s vision for transforming Detroit into a global financial market is bold and innovative as well as one that is needed for the City to get financially and economically stable. While Lisa Howze knowledge of budgets alone is all the more reason why she needs to be on council because it is clear that our council over the years have not been able to balance a budget and don’t understand how to make effective budget cuts without city services getting poorer and poorer. Lisa can help other council members as well as city residents understand the budget as well as how it needs to be fixed. So even if she doesn’t’ win a seat on council she definitely needs to be involved in city government particularly the finance and budget office in some capacity.

8. De'Rone Buffington is another new face to politics but has familiarity with city government from working with the Archer administration in volunteer positions. However he understands the need to bring more business to Detroit and wants to bring Detroit into the 21st century. I met him at a father’s day event and he spoke of how males in the City of Detroit need to play a larger role in not just City Government but in the lives of children which is something that is so true. He also spoke to me afterwards about making Detroit more marketable and attractable to future events, conferences and concerts by creating a marketing plan for the city that can help the city grow both in the short and long term. Buffington is business savvy and he understands that a city is business and his connection to the business community will help the city in going forward.

9. Gary Brown should be on council because of his experience in public safety and his approach to understanding people. Now many people might not agree with Gary Brown since he won his case against the city and Kilpatrick administration but I am simply speaking about my conversations with Brown from 2001 up until now. Gary has always presented to me a fairness to deal with people and a familiarity to understand what is right and wrong for the residents of Detroit. As a police officer he had proven results of protecting residents and even as a commander he was extraordinary in dealing with crime, school truancy and youth violence. I truly believe that Gary’s experience with the public safety is a plus to city government because he will ensure that when it comes to budget cuts and making sure that that public is safe will be a priority for us the city residents. However if you don’t like Gary, there are other former police officers running for City Council so you might find them enticing.

10. Shantel Bell is another global thinker and her approach to city government will be one that similar to other candidates which connecting Detroit to the rest of the region. However she articulately explains this vision in a more universal approach and she speaks about connecting education globally. Not many City Council members talk about education but if the mayor inherits DPS, it is an issue that the council will have to deal with which why Shantel’s approach to Council is one that will help this transition of DPS being a part of City government a great chance for the city to grow population wise and business wise by building a stronger educational base.

11. Renette Jackson is inexperienced from time to time when presenting her case in terms of why she should be on council but the action she possesses in terms of energy in rare. Renette is affectionately called to bring excitement to the City Council race with her energy and passion. Also her legal expertise can help her as well as other council members interpret the charter, interpret legislation from Lansing and other matters. Renette’s legal expertise is similar to that of Sharon McPhail because when Sharon was on council she was one of the most effective council members in years. Thus Renette’s ability to understand the laws and to apply the laws because of her legal experience should help her be an effective city council member. While her approach is shaky, her excitement and her legal knowledge are rare and important to city council.

Now I know there are many other candidates that running but my list is based off of information I received from my policy partner Akindele Akinyemi as well as what I have seen from those running for political office. Now be mindful that the economy has affected politics as well as because not every candidate has enough money to bill lawn signs, billboards, and do mass mailings. Therefore I encourage all of you to attend candidate forums, read other blog sites and ask your neighbors about certain candidates as well as your friends who are political savvy and aware of Detroit politics.

This is an important election year for Detroit and we must all show up at the poll on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 and vote for the candidates I am proposing to you or the one’s you feel is best but just make sure you vote on. We can’t change Detroit unless we vote to change the political climate of our battered past. So make your vote for change count this August by voting for candidates who have us the residents of Detroit interests at heart first. We need new leadership, a new vision and innovative plans to rebuild Detroit and these are the candidates I can see doing it.

Political Disclaimer: I am no way affiliated with any candidate that I have endorsed on this list nor have I taken any monetary payment from any candidate on this list or have I volunteered, worked or participated in any political planning meetings for any candidate I have endorsed for City Council. These endorsements are based off my vision for the City of Detroit and the candidates that I feel can bring about the change that I want to see for the city.

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Jay-Z - History



(Jay-Z - History)Jay-Z - History with Lyrics

LYRICS : [Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighter)
And the battle's finally won
(Gimme a lighter)
Victory (Lighters up) is finally ours
(Lighters up)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
In search of victory, she keeps eluding me
If only we could be together momentarily
We can make love and make history
Why won't you visit me? until she visit me
I'll be stuck with her sister, her name is defeat
She gives me agony, so much agony
She brings me so much pain, so much misery
Like missing your last shot and falling to your knees
As the crowd screams for the other team
I practice so hard for this moment, victory don't leave
I know what this means, I'm stuck in this routine
Whole new different day, same old thing
All I got is dreams, nobody else can see
Nobody else believes, nobody else but me
Where are you victory? I need you desperately
Not just for the moment, to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighters)
Victory is finally ours
(Yeah)
History (yeah), so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
So now I'm flirting with death, hustling like a G
While victory wasn't watching took chances repeatedly
As a teenage boy before acne, before I got proactiv I couldn't face she
I just threw on my hoodie and headed to the street
That's where I met success, we'd live together shortly
Now success is like lust, she's good to the touch
She's good for the moment but she's never enough
Everybody's had her, she's nothing like V
But success is all I got unfortunately
But I'm burning down the block hoppin' in and out of V
But something tells me that there's much more to see
Before I get killed because I can't get robbed
So before me success and death ménage
I gotta get lost, I gotta find V
We gotta be together to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters. Up.)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighter. Up.)
Victory is finally ours
(Lighters. Up.)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 3: Jay-Z]
Now victory is mine, it tastes so sweet
She's my trophy wife, you're coming with me
We'll have a baby who stutters repeatedly
We'll name him history, he'll repeat after me
He's my legacy, son of my hard work
Future of my past, he'll explain who I be
Rank me amongst the greats, either 1, 2, or 3
If I ain't number one then I failed you victory
Ain't in it for the fame that dies within weeks
Ain't in it for the money, can't take it when you leave
I wanna be remembered long after you grieve
Long after I'm gone, long after I breathe
I leave all I am in the hands of history
That's my last will and testimony
This is much more than a song, it's a baby shower
I've been waiting for this hour, history you ours


[Chorus: Cee-lo (2x)]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History, so long, so long
So long, so long



Man in the Mirror--By Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)
CHANGE!

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)


Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook






It's been a long time coming but a change is surely going to come in America and the World! I am the Future of America and the World and that is the message that each of us must carry with us each and every day that we wake up on Earth! I am the Future! You are the Future! We are the Future of America and the World! That is way every election is important--primaries, special elections and general! So vote every year and hold our politicians accountable. Hold our political officials accountable by writing them, calling them and making sure they attend meetings that we the people have. "The Time for Change is not Now but Right Now!"

"EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary" should be our anthem and should be our creed as we make the positive differences in America and the world that so many people beg for and hungry for year after year! A Change is Gonna Come, A Change is Gonna Come, that's what we must say as we say "God grants us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courge to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference" each morning before we go about the task of making a positive change in America and the world a reality.



Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen


“When will people realize that we are Americans first and foremost, not Democrats or Liberals, not Republicans or Conservatives, not Independents or moderates. We are Americans. Stop putting a political party above America and stop putting any politican above America. America succeeds because of us the people holding our government responsible no matter the political party because the main two political parties are to blame for the condition America is in."—Hodari P.T. Brown

America with its flaws and all is a country I am proud to have been born in. America is not perfect but my love for it is perfect. That’s why all Americans must realize that we are all Americans. In fact we are Americans first and foremost. We are not Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans.

We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews. We are Americans. Too many times we recognize our differences with others rather than appreciating our similarities which are, we are Americans. We are Americans first and foremost, no matter if we were born here or moved here legally. We are all Americans, here in this country to make not only our lives better but the lives of other Americans better so future Americans can enjoy the rights and freedoms that make us all Americans.

We are all Americans. We are one party united under God. We are Americans and this is the only political party that matters. We are Americans and this is our country so let’s make sure that we make America better than how we found it so future Americans can live prosperous and joyous lives. We are Americans and must not ever forget that.

America will prosper as long we make sure we are doing our part to make it prosper and that means we can’t put any political party or politician above America. Long live America forever and long live America’s service to the world. Together, America and the world will prosper for future generations to enjoy America and the world we live in.


Lift Every Voice and Sing


This video of the ' Negro National Anthem' was originally screened at the historic African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 18th, 2009. Many of the esteemed individuals featured in this video in attendance and we presented with the ' Keepers of the Flame' award for the monumental contributions to social justice.

This version of the song was performed by the Grace Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, conducted by Derrick James. The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC (www.ascender-c.com) at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

If I Was President--Wyclef Jean




If I was President that is the people's anthem. We all have ideas of what we can do as President and through this website, we will fulfill our deam as a people!

Somethings Gotta Give--Big Boi ft Mary J Blige



Somethings Gotta Give people and it begins today for all us to make sure that something is us. We the people are sick and tired of suffering. Where is our piece of the Dream that so many people dead for so that we all could see today. This is our time people to change America and the world so that the Next Generation has a better future than the past we inherited.

This is our call to service. This isn't about one political candidate or one political figure. This is about us as people coming together to finally leave up to our potential and achieving the great feats that those before us have achieved. This is our moment to lead our nation and our world to greater heights.

Somethings gotta give people and it starts with us the people making it happen. We have to improve our education system in America. We have to rid the world of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have to go to the streets and lift a hand to another in order to decrease poverty in this world. We have to take a stand today and make sure that the future of America and the world is brighter than it has ever been.

Somethings Gotta Give and that is why we must "Remember Each One, Reach One and Teach One so America's future and the World's future continues to prosper."

John Legend - "If You're Out There"


If you're out there than you need to get started in helping to change America and the world. The world and America won't change until you get involved in making the changes you want to see in this world. If you're out there, than you must know that tomorrow started now and today started yesterday so you are behind in helping to the change. If you are tired of hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence than the time to change it is now. If you want universal health care, world peace, democracy for every nation, equal rights, and happiness for all than you must get involved now to help the save world.

You must believe in the change that you want to see and you must act on making that change a reality. If you're out there than say it aloud and show the rest of America and the world that you're out here to make a real positive change in the communities we stay in. If you're out there than get involved now. I'm calling every women and men to join me as we take back our country right here, right now. If you're out there than the future started yersterday and we are already late so we have lots of work to do but I know we can do it together as one.

YES WE CAN



Yes We Can accomplish anything that we set out to do! We don't need charismatic or inspirational leaders to believe in ourselves and to take responsiblity for our own faith, we just need each other. Yes We Can build a new America and a new world if each of us would take action now to make the changes that we want to see in the world. Yes We Can control government by holding our political officials accountable for their actions by calling them out when they don't pass legislation that supports the common good of all man and by voting in every election to ensure that we have people representing the people locally, state wide, nationally and in the world.

Yes We Can be great! Yes We Can be what we want to be! Yes We Can be glorious in not only America but the world! Yes We can put action behind our worlds and change the world starting right here, right now! Yes We Can as Republicans, Democrats and Independents become one as we freely think about our fellow men and women and make decisions that will be in the best interest of all people and not one single group.

Yes We Can be the change that we want to see in the world! Yes We Can show the world that the youth are ready to lead! Yes We Can put our egos, our social economic statuses, our religions, our educational statuses and our skin color to the side for the better good of the world! Yes We Can be Greater than we have ever been and help others be Greater than they have ever be!

YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN ALL THAT WE DO! YES WE CAN, no matter what others may say, we will be glorious! YES WE WILL and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN is what will be sung from every mountaintop, every riverbank, every household, every school yard, every factory, every sporting event, every college campus and even every place you can imagine in the world is where YES WE CAN, will be said and heard!

YES WE CAN!

Keep On Pushing - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions


Wake Up People! No matter who is elected to any public office, we have to “Keep On Pushing” as a people to make sure they don’t leave us in a worst state than what they inherited. We as a people have to “Keep On Pushing” to make a difference in the lives of others. We have to have an “EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary” attitude as we continue to push our agenda that we the people deserve and want better. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change in a positive way that will benefit all Americans no matter their age, their religion or skin color. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will improve our education system, improve our military, improve our national security, improve our healthcare system and improve our economy. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will leave America’s future in a better than how we found it and that will leave the world’s future in a better state than we imagined we could live it. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to make life better for our neighborhoods, our families and even our quote on quote enemies. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to inspire, to uplift and to guide those who need help spiritually, physically and mentally. We have to “Keep On Pushing ” so that our lives, our future generation’s lives and the lives of those who came before us does not die in vein.

“Keep on Pushing”

A War For Your Soul

A War For Your Soul-regular version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.


The moment has come for us as a nation of people to finally wake up and realize that our destiny and fate in society has rests on our shoulders. We cannot allow the forces of evil and darkness to drain us out. We have to continue to overcome all odds in order to make the future of our nation better and the future of future generations of Americans better. We have to continue to pray to our Lord and we have to continue to uplift each other in prayer as well as take action against those things that are trying to destroy us. We have to stand up once and for all and be the future that we want to be. Now is our time and we shall do together by any means necessary.

This video was created to inspire young African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents evil, which is where the blame of all problems should be placed, and not on any one group of people. This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White), there are images of heroes that are white in this video, and there are images of Black & White coming together with the words of Dr. King in the background. Some of the images from the past can be unsettling, but they are used to show all Americans how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. This film is being strategically placed in school systems, churches and youth orgs around the country, in hope of helping a lost generation of kids that we as Americans have forgotten. As fellow Americans we must continue to love each other, and take that love and spread it to the rest of the world. **THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE & I AM NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE FILM, I ONLY WANT THE MESSAGE TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY HIDDEN POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL AGENDA.
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding



"The time for sitting is over! The time for action is now! The time for hope without action is hopeless! The time for change without a positive attitude is a change that we can't believe in! We need change that is positive of helping all people! Our time for action is now, our time for hope is now, our time for change is now and our time to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to is not now but right now!"

STAR SPANGLED BANNER


The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!


O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust; "
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Black President



Our Time is not now but Right Now! Our Time has finally come to change the world not now but Right Now! If you don't believe that we can change the world than watch as we do it by changing your mind into believing in us and what we can do! This is OUR TIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

FIGHT THE POWER



We got to FIGHT THE POWER! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place. We can no longer sit by and allow our right to vote to become unexercised. We must FIGHT THE POWER for our past, present and future! We can no longer allow our rights to be oppressed and our voice to become drained by the powers at be. We must FIGHT THE POWER and show that we have a lot to say that needs to be heard by the mainstream media. We must FIGHT THE POWER and live up to our potential as dynamic, unbelievable and phenomenal people.


We must not believe the hype but we must become the hype. We are not Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, the Black Panther Party, SNCC, or any other activists but we are the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties, and relatives of those who came before us to pave the way for us to FIGHT THE POWER! We are not next Generation of leaders who will not be honored and praised until they die but that’s the fight we accept. We are not fighting the power for glory or fame but we are fighting the power for just causes that most men and women will not understand until years or decades later.


We are fighting for our sisters and brothers in Darfur, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China and Mexico. We are speaking for those who are poor and have no food or water. We are fighting for those who are sick and dying. We are fighting for universal healthcare across the world and human rights for all people. We are fighting for rich and poor! We must FIGHT THE POWER no matter how hard and tough the road may be. We must FIGHT THE POWER for a better today and an even greater tomorrow!


FIGHT THE POWER!

PEOPLE GET READY


“People Get Ready” our time is coming! We have come too far to turn back now. Our train is coming and it is coming in waves. “People Get Ready”, we don’t need a ticket but we need faith and the Lord will help guide us as we take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” our moment is now and we are ready to see the change we want in America and the world. All we got to do is have faith, hope and prosperity. “People Get Ready” to face your fears. “People Get Ready” to face your demons and the challenges of yesterday because today and tomorrow we will conquer & be victorious. “People Get Ready” a change is coming and our actions will make sure that change is a real positive change that lasts forever.


“People Get Ready” because we have had enough of just talking but now is our time to show action. “People Get Ready” to take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” to take back our communities and to make our streets safer and schools better. “People Get Ready” to make all our dreams come true. “People Get Ready” to see a better present for everyone and a better future for future generations. “People Get Ready” to live up to your potential and to help others live up to their own potential. “People Get Ready” to move past hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us and those who will come after us.


“People Get Ready” as we make our actions speak louder than our words. “People Get Ready” to make words mean something again as we put action to back up our rhetoric. “People Get Ready” as we embark on a new journey that will re-write America’s history as well as the world’s history. “People Get Ready” as we make the lives of others better and the lives of future generations better. “People Get Ready” because all we need is faith, hope and action to make this world a better place. “People Get Ready” to make a difference. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the American dream. “People Get Ready" to live out the American Dream as our founding fathers wanted us to live it. “People Get Ready” because our time is now, our moment is now and our moment in time to change America & the world is not now but right now. “People Get Ready” because a change is coming!


Alicia]
(Let me tell you now)
People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord

[Lyfe]
People get ready, for a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

[Alicia]
There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all man kind just to save his own (believe me now)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

[Alicia & Lyfe]
So people get ready there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming,
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord


“PEOPLE GET READY!”

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood


Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A