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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

My Perspective: Celebrities won’t save DPS

My fraternity brother Dr. Bill Cosby is volunteering his time to come back to Detroit help turn the city’s ailing schools around. While I commend Cosby for his efforts and his passion for the last few years about education and teaching black people especially parents to be responsible and active in their children’s lives. I have to be honest that Bill Cosby and the Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb don’t understand what is plaguing Detroit Public Schools yet alone the educational climate in Detroit. Now comedian, actor and philanthropist Bill Cosby, who has a Ph.D in education, is scheduled to meet with Detroit Public Schools officials, parents and students during a series of appearances today. Cosby, known best as his role as Dr. Huxtable on NBC-TV's "The Cosby Show," held a noon news conference with Robert Bobb, the district's emergency financial manager, at the district's Welcome Center that was more like a bully pull pit preach than anything of substance.

Cosby criticized parents and students as well as people like me who don’t agree with everything Bobb is doing. I love my fraternity brother and I agree that education is important and both students as well as parents are responsible for making sure students get an adequate education but at the same time as Cosby said it takes a village to raise a child and teachers, administrators, politicians and community leaders have failed at helping students achieve a good education as well. Cosby ‘s celebrity status is sure to draw attention but Detroit Public Schools don’t need celebrities or anymore rhetoric but it needs real solutions. Robert Bobb isn’t doing anything new that other superintendents as well as board members have suggested. Nonetheless, not everything Bobb is doing is right for the district or the children.

The problems in Detroit Public Schools will not solved with star experiences by Cosby who will join Bobb for a neighborhood walk in the area of Evergreen and Pembroke at 5 p.m. tonight. The problems of DPS will not be solved by Cosby participating in a 7 p.m. rally at Henry Ford High School, on the city's northwest side where violence and gang activity has plagued that area particularly last October, a Henry Ford student was shot to death and three others were wounded near the school. While Cosby should be commended for taking an interest in DPS after seeing a report about DPS' problems on CNN but what Cosby don’t understand is that Bobb was brought to DPS to fix a budget that he can’t fix and all the while has added to the district’s financial problems by bringing in his own people while laying off the little people in the district as well as many qualified young teachers who will never come back to DPS.

The reality is that DPS has launched a $500,000 “I’m In” marketing campaign that Cosby’s visit is a part but this is all aimed toward student retention or stopping the loss of students. Still the bigger problem in DPS is not retention of students but it that it doesn’t have an academic foundation that the district runs off. The district doesn’t have an academic plan to go along with academic vision of building state of the art technological schools. While Cosby and Bobb will visit and meet with students, parents and city leaders during Cosby's visit here today, it is not enough to simply talk about action needs to be taken to fix the district’s budget and to put together an academic plan that will make students in DPS compete not just locally or national but internationally. Now Detroit has been a frequent stop for Cosby in recent years during his cross-country tours to talk to African Americans about taking back their communities and raising their children. Cosby has encouraged parents to take more responsibility for their children's education and well-being, as well as becoming more active in building safer neighborhoods. All of that is fine but as Cosby said, it takes a village to raise a child and DPS has been failing because we are always reacting rather than acting.

Also the news that came out today that EFM Robert Bobb wants Mayor Bing to run Detroit schools is another problem that is hurting DPS and the future of it. Who is actually going to run Detroit Public Schools after Robert Bobb leaves in March 2010 is truly a big question mark of why the district won’t be saved from celebrities simply speaking and telling people to be more responsible and become more active in helping Bobb. Why should the Detroit community help Robert Bobb when he can’t balance the district’s budget and wants a mayor to run the school district after he leaves when the mayor can’t even run the city properly and neither one of these man have an academic plan on how to educate DPS students.

Then celebrities won’t save DPS when you got the Emergency Financial Manager suing the school board over the hiring of a superintendent when the district has had an acting superintendent getting paid top dollar since they removed Connie Collaway as superintendent of the district late last year. So the school board decided to remove the interim or acting superintendent title form Teresa Gueyser so that she could properly perform her duties as superintendent and while I am not for Gueyser being superintendent but she has been getting paid top dollar for nearly 6 months since Bobb has been here for doing nothing. So for Bobb to want to sue the board over this a waste of time and a waste of money of district funds that could go toward educating our youth.

Also what isn’t being talked about is how successful was the Summer School Academies that used Title 1 money to pay for students to go to summer school for either failing the MEAP or not meeting GPA or attendance requirements to move on to the next grade level. So with less than a week before classes open for students, data has not been released on how successful the district summer school program and what were the academic goals of the summer school academy. Plus Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb said Monday he hopes the mayor takes control of the struggling district, stripping the elected board of its powers after his one-year appointment ends. "I'm hoping that the mayor takes the helm and takes control over these schools," Bobb said in an interview with The Detroit News. "The governance structure in Detroit is going to have to change one way or another, whether they are under control of the mayor, under control of the state or under control of the courts. The current government structure is not working here."

Bobb is right, the school board hasn’t worked in its current format but putting the schools under the governing body of the mayor will not solve the districts nagging problems. Also mayoral control of schools don’t solve the academic problems plaguing many urban school districts just look at Chicago Public Schools where the charter academies are working but the regular public schools are failing under mayoral control. Now New York Public Schools and D.C. Public Schools are working to some degree but that is because the mayor helped to put academic standards in place that give students the chance to compete globally in the 21st century. Mayoral control of schools is not the answer when the mayor has no idea on how the school district should function or what academic standards they want to achieve. In fact Robert Bobb’s idea of mayoral control is flawed when Bobb has not set out any plan whatsoever to improve the district’s academics.

Thus while Bobb wants to continue to express his dissatisfaction with the board for promoting Teresa Gueyser from acting to general superintendent Aug. 13 without his approval or a national search so he plans to sue them is just ludicrous and crazy. "They violated my order and they've been given an opportunity to cure it, and they chose to thumb their noses at it," Bobb said. Board members balked at Bobb's comments. Marie Thornton said removing the board could "reopen wounds" and reignite fears over the previous state takeover, from 2000-04. She defended Gueyser's promotion and said Bobb's proposed legal action is another example of a "communication breakdown" between the board and Bobb. "As long as both parties don't come to the table, there's a problem," she said. "Some of it needs to be decided in court -- his role, our role. ... But it's supposed to be about the children. With fighting on both sides, the kids are losing."

In a wide-ranging interview with The News, discussing his first six months, Bobb said he will double his efforts in the final six months of his term to transform the district, which is plagued by a $259 million deficit and dwindling enrollment. Key to his vision is achieving radical reforms in the teachers’ union contract that would challenge cherished provisions, such as seniority. "It's the Holy Grail for the union," Bobb said. "For us, it is a monumental problem." Great teachers with less than 10 years of experience are losing their jobs while some longtime, but ineffective, teachers are retained, he said. Principals need to be able to keep the best teachers, he said. Using the teachers' contract in New York City as a model, Bobb wants to create a special "chancellor's district" for the lowest performing schools -- an estimated 50-54 schools out of the district's 172. The schools would operate under new rules: no seniority for teachers, extended school days and prescribed teaching techniques. Performance-based bonuses would be instituted for schools that achieve goals. Everyone, including custodians and cafeteria workers, would be eligible, based on a formula.

Among other provisions Bobb and Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett are seeking: peer review to weed out underperforming teachers, an extended school year and mandatory professional development. Bobb is seeking $86.8 million in concessions from the district's 10 unions and 16 bargaining units, including $45 million from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. The teachers' contract expired June 30. Both sides agreed last week to a 60-day extension to ensure classes could start on time. Keith Johnson, DFT's president, said he hopes a long-term agreement can be reached without major concessions or additional cuts. He said the $45 million figure could change, depending on changing enrollment figures and state aid. "We're not going to negotiate cost savings (district officials) don't need," he said.

Now all of Bobb’s suggestions are needed and it is clear that both principals and teachers need to take responsibility for the educational process. However at the same time, Bobb needs to take responsibility too and that is the district continues to try to fix the deficit on the backs of unions but the top heavy staff are getting paid for doing what. Everyone including the assistant superintendents needs to take pay cuts. In fact what Bill Cosby doesn’t realize that is the problems facing DPS aren’t the fault of the people of DPS but the state that created this deficit we are in when they took over DPS and apart of the blame is on the current school board as well. Now at the time, what needs to be said that Bobb hasn’t went after all the corruption in the central office of DPS and he hasn’t improved the conditions of academic standards when people like former NBA player Derrick Coleman are employed as an assistant superintendent for the district. Why isn’t this being researched and discussed by Bobb. Nonetheless Bobb is bringing in celebrities to attract more students to the district but that alone won’t solve the academic problems and violence problems in the district when metal detectors in the school are not working.

Now to Bobb’s credit, Byrd and him are working to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and working out financial details to reduce class sizes for grades 4-8 and high school as soon as this fall. The plan is possible through federal stimulus dollars. In all, the district is going after about $800 million in federal funds. Still what is more troubling is that Bobb wants the voters of Detroit to pass another bond mileage totaling well over a half a billion to improve many buildings in the district but at the same time Bobb has completed all the legal work to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy to alleviate the district's deficit. The district has not yet filed because "we'll have to see how we get through the contract negotiations," Bobb said, adding that he intends to bargain in good faith. "We are working hard to squeeze every nickel and every penny we can." Bobb is continuing to reduce costs with vendors, ranging from lawn service to natural gas. "Many of our creditors are falling in line," he said. The deals so far would allow the district to trim $6 million, Bobb said. In the midst of an enrollment campaign that will bring comedian Bill Cosby to Detroit, Bobb said he realizes he's asking parents to trust that his rapid reforms will make a difference. Mayor Dave Bing, who has supported mayoral control of the schools, was unavailable for comment, said press secretary Edward L. Cardenas. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she supports mayoral control and legislation is pending in Lansing that would eliminate the school board by July 1 and give authority to a mayor-appointed chief executive officer. "Give the Detroit school system a chance," Bobb said. "New leadership is coming into these buildings. ... I am not living in Alice in Wonderland. If we don't get a good teacher contract, that's going to have a negative impact on parents."

Still Bobb’s efforts are not flawless because while he is advocating for squeezing every nickel and dime he can to trim the district’s budget, he is giving multi-million dollar contracts to companies like Armark and Compuware who have delivered poor quality of service to the district for several years now. While Bobb says he’s cleaning house, but he’s actually cleaning out the cash drawer, handing out multi-million dollar no-bid contracts to Compuware and to the firm Bobb worked for until riding into Detroit as a privatizing hired gun. It makes it very questionable as to what Bobb is really doing for our struggling district. Bobb’s plan for DPS is very unclear and the fact that all his plans to lower class sizes among a host of other things sounds good in theory, these are not new solutions to any educational system.

In fact no new ideas have emerged as to how to improve attendance in the district to how to improve academics have emerged since Bobb’s tenure and if Detroit youth are to be able to compete nationally, it doesn’t want type of great teachers you bring in the classroom, if they don’t have a template as to what the academic goals of the district is yet alone how long their job will be protected as well as how to deal with disruptive students, DPS will continue to fail. Even with Robert Bobb as EFM, he has done some things that I commend but at the same time, I am not going to applaud all his efforts when he isn’t going far enough to weed out corruption and thief and he isn’t going far enough to improve academic standards in the district. So while I applaud Dr. Bill Cosby, my frat brother for making another stop in Detroit, it will take more than just rhetoric and recruiting students back to the district but it will take real solutions to the ailing problems plaguing our district. It will take a real hands on approach to dealing with what plagues DPS and that will have to be principals as well as teachers investing in the communities they teach and it will take administrators at the central office to stop playing politics or favoritism when it comes to making decisions regarding how to deliver better educational services for our youth to be able compete in the 21st century. Detroit Public Schools has some serious problems and has had it for the last 11 years but they won’t be fixed with rhetoric or celebrities and it definitely won’t be fixed with temporary people like Bobb doing a job than riding off into the sunset without truly caring about the lives it affects and the youth who’s future it impacts. For far too long state officials and others have dismantled DPS and even when we got our right to vote for a school board, many of those who were on the board or are still on the board didn’t improve DPS academic standards or financial problems but many of only cared about their own selfish gains.

This is why it will take more than just a celebrity to change the climate or culture in Detroit Public Schools. A culture of corruption and being apathetic takes a counter culture to change it and that is what is missing right now as a new school year gets set to open.

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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