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Friday, September 11, 2009

My Perspective: One Person Can Make A Difference

Good (Morning/Afternoon/Evening)

I want to first thank all of you for allowing me to speak to you today. I come before you today humble for the fact that I believe that a real change is coming. I believe that a real change is about to happen in all our lives because one person in this crowd wants to make a difference and I believe that by the end of my message that many more of you in this crowd will be willing to be a difference in the lives of others someway, somehow.

We all have heard this message that one person can make a difference but lately it seems as if many people on speak it and don’t live by it. Well I am here to tell you that one person can make a difference and there are many examples throughout history to show that one person can make a difference. Now some people might say that one person can only do so much but most movements, most change operations and most causes begin with one person deciding to get something started.

So if it wasn’t for one person who decided to take action rather than just speak about to others than some of the things that we have today both at home and abroad probably would not have happened as quickly as it has happened. Let me give you one example, in the Bible, we know the story of Noah’s Ark and how God used Noah to save at least two of every creature on Earth. Now Noah was just one person and many doubted Noah by saying that a flood wasn’t coming. However Noah believed in what God told him and he worked night and day to build his Ark and he filled it with two of every creature on Earth.

Therefore if it wasn’t for Noah, we would not see many of the creatures we have today and Nora is just one person who can make a difference. However Noah is not the only person in the Bible who made a difference. Everyone knows of Moses story and how he told old Pharaoh to let his people go. While many of Moses people had talked about being free, not many took the direction that Moses took to actually demand Pharaoh to let them go. Moses was just one person who led his fellow Egyptians out of slavery because God told him that he could do it.

Then if you look right here in America’s history, than you will find many examples of some famous people and some less known local people who made a difference in the lives of others. Like during slavery, when many slaves dreamed of being free, there was a woman who found freedom and wanted to help other slaves become free so she helped to build the Underground Railroad, which was a path to freedom for many slaves. This one woman was hunted by the name of Harriet Tubman wasn’t the only person involved in the Underground Railroad because others joined the movement.

However Harriet Tubman risked her own life trying to free other slaves and while she made these trips in the midst of the night, her courage while being hunted by dogs and slave owners with pitch forks and guns, just goes to show anyone, the amount of guts her and others had. For some of people, they measure guts and courage by what someone does to help others when no one is watching. I agree with that but I also measure guts and courage by what a person does when some many believe they are wrong but they know that God will write the history of what’s right and wrong when it is all said and done.

That is why we as a people must not be afraid to stand up for those who are being abused, mistreated and misused by others because if in our heart of hearts we believe something is wrong than why not fight for. Why not speak out against it even if people of today might not agree with you. It is those who speak out and stand up against injustices and discrimination of any kind no matter what the privileging winds of current history say, that is what matters because as we know, what is viewed or deemed good in the present might not be viewed that way years from now.

Remember that during slavery, many people deemed it as a good thing and look at where we are as a nation today thanks to those who knew it was wrong and inhuman. Remember Jim Crow and segregation was deemed as good but some in this nation but look at where we are today thanks to those fought for integration and civil rights laws. Then if we look at world history, just look at the Germany and South Africa.

Just a few decades ago, we were fight World War II against the Germans and other nations but it was many Germans who believed that Hitler was right and even some people in the world probably thought like Hitler. However as history has shown, Hitler was wrong and look how better off Germany is for it. Then if we look at South Africa, just a little less than two decades ago, there was apartheid in South Africa similar to our Jim Crow and thanks to those like Nelson and Winnie Mandela, apartheid was abolished after years of fighting against.

All I am saying that is that although present history or those in the present might view something as good today, tomorrow others may view it as bad and even those who view it as good today might not tomorrow. History has a way of changing things, people and minds of others. That is why I encourage all of you to stand up for what you believe in and don’t worry about how others perceive your cause today because tomorrow will tell the real story.

Still I don’t want anyone to get lost on the point I am making which is one person can make a difference and always will be able to make a difference no matter what others say. We can just look at the news no matter if it local, national or international news to see how one person is making a difference somewhere, somehow. For example, I know all of you heard the story about the military contractors parting at the U.S. embassy in Iraq with strippers where strippers posed with guns and on or in military vehicles.

Well what many news outlets didn’t talk about was the fact that one person had the guts to blow the whistle on this and as a result of that, the military has adopted a policy of no more alcohol on military bases or U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was one person who had the guts to send these photos to Congressional leaders, the Defense Department and news outlets to let people know how dangerous and outrageous this was during a time of war. One person helped to reveal all of that but the person who made the biggest difference in so many Americans lives in these tough economic times is the person who took down Bernie Madoff.

I know many of you probably thought I was going to President Barack Obama and he is making a difference in his own right but the person who took down Bernie Madoff probably saved more billions of dollars from being ripped off by Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Think about the Security Exchange Commission and other U.S. governmental agencies didn’t detect what Bernie Madoff was doing because he was friends with many of the top officials in those agencies and if just one of them had of looked more carefully at Madoff’s business than billions of dollars would have been saved. Nonetheless, one person broke the code on Madoff and worked tirelessly to get the SEC to do something but after years of being ignored by the SEC, that one individual finally was able to show his evidence to political officials and others who wanted to listen. Thus that was what resulted in Bernie Madoff being busted.

One person had the guts and the determination to expose Mr. Madoff and thanks to that one person, Madoff’s operation is no longer in business and while Madoff ripped off billions from all sectors of America, his operations could be still going on today in those tough economic times, ripping off even more billions. Therefore because of one person speaking up and taking federal government agencies to task on the Madoff issue, finally something was and now our federal government is looking at changing how government agencies operate in order to prevent future Madoff operations from happening again.

One person can make a difference people. I can tell you about two stories that took place in my own hometown of Detroit. One story deals with the determination of a former Detroit Police Officer named John Bennett who had the guts to challenge at the time his boss, Police Chief Jerry Oliver. Mr. Bennett decided to start a website called Fire Jerry O (www.firejerryo.com) because he felt that his boss Jerry Oliver was only brought in as Police Chief of Detroit because of who he was related to which was he is the cousin of Carlita Kilpatrick who is the wife of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick but at the time he was the Mayor of Detroit.

To make a long story short, Mr. Bennett fought long and hard to get rid of Jerry Oliver because what good is a Police Chief who can’t carry a gun due to a case he in Virginia that barred him from carrying a gun. Then finally with a blink of an eye, Oliver was caught with a gun trying to travel through metro airport and that spilled the doom of Oliver. Now I am not saying that what caused Oliver to get fired was simply that one incident but it was the nail in the coffin but Mr. Bennett deserves credit for telling the truth about the corruption that was taking place in the Detroit Police Department under Jerry Oliver. John Bennett was one person who made a difference and in the process he lost his job only to win a case to get it back and even while back he was harassed but Mr. Bennett stood his ground and fought against corruption and injustices in the City of Detroit.

Then there is the famous whistleblower case that ultimately took down Kwame Kilpatrick due to his extra-marital affairs with his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty and other women. However this case was brought about by two former Detroit Police Officers, one of whom I know personally named Gary Brown who was the head of Internal Affairs for DPD and the other was an officer assigned to Kilpatrick detail team. Nonetheless, both man lost their jobs for investigating the alleged Manoogian Mansion Party or for telling what they knew about that party. To make a long story short, both man sued the city and won their cases because Kilpatrick and Beatty lied under oath about their affair and as a result of that, they settled with the officers in the hopes of sealing the text messages that the officers attorney’s had that revealed the affair amongst other illegal things done by Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff.

Now that alone is not what put the nail in the coffin of Kilpatrick and Beatty but it was the secret cover-up and the perjury under oath that lead to the demise of the Kilpatrick machine along with a host of other things that followed. Nonetheless, while it was one person Gary Brown who looked to investigate the alleged party allegations and police officers on Kilpatrick’s detail team breaking the law that led to the bigger issues that ultimately took down Kilpatrick. It was one officer on Kilpatrick’s detail team who had the guts to come forward and reveal valuable information to Brown about some shady dealings and actions by Detroit Police Officers.

One person can make a difference people despite what anyone may say. One person can make a difference in the lives of others and one person can change the direction of a community, a city, a state or a nation as well as the world. One person can truly pave the way for a better life for millions of Americans. One person can do it and has done it before.

It was one person who said, “I Have A Dream.” Now we all got dreams and we have shared them with many people but Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. although he gave his famous “I Have A Dream” in Detroit first, decided to redeliver it to millions of Americans during the March on Washington for the Civil Rights Movement in order to let millions of Americans in D.C. and those who were watching television or would read about it in the newspapers would know that he had a dream. Now Dr. King’s dream was no different than thousands of other civil rights leaders during that time but it captured the hearts of millions and captivated the future of America with four words, “I Have A Dream!”

It was on person who said, “I have a dream that one day…. little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” One person can make a difference and one person can give us hope for all our dreams. One person said “Yes We Can” and although many before him said it, this time, it gave a new sense of hope for millions of Americans and as well as people across the world.

I don’t believe what the naysayers say when they say one person can’t make a difference. I believe in the notion that one person can’t do it all because while one person might can’t do it all by themselves, one person can get the ball rolling and even if they don’t see their fruits of their labor today, it will happen.

Dr. King said his best in his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Speech, “I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

Well people this is the creed that all of us should follow. The work we do today is not just about today but it is about making life better for people today as well as in the future. Even if all of our fruits aren’t achieved in our lifetime, let’s hope they are achieved in our children’s future and the future of their kids.

One person can make a difference people. One person can begin anew today. One person can create opportunities for others to live prosperous lives today. One person can make this nation and this world a better place.

Gandhi did it with his peace and nonviolence approach which is what Dr. King adopted for the tune of the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Mother Theresa did it with effortless tries to help millions of Americans achieve success. Princess Diana did it by using her celebrity status to bring attention to many international issues such as malaria, malnutrition and poverty to just a few.

One person can make a difference and one person has made a difference in each of our lives regardless if we know it or recognize it. One person can be the difference between justice and injustice. One person can be the difference between prosperity and poverty. One person can be the difference between equality and inequality. One person can make a difference.

Do not allow others to tell you differently. Do not allow others to tell you that one person can’t make a difference. One person can do it.

Just look around you and ask yourself what you can do to make your community. Look around you and ask yourself what you can do to make your city or town better. What can you do to make your state? Seriously ask yourself what can you do to make this nation and the world a better place for all of us as well as future generations?

One person can make a difference but it begins with all of us deciding on what types of difference do we want to make. Not all differences are positive differences so I don’t want anyone leaving here thinking that all differences are good because they are not. Selling drugs to others might make a difference in poverty and unemployment to some degree but the long term hazards of doing that causes more problems than good.

That is why we need to make positive differences that have short term and perhaps long term encouraging impacts on society. We need impactful differences that leave long lasting positive impressions on the lives of others. Making a difference is not about getting awards or praise which is nice but making a difference is simply about doing good deeds out of the goodness of one’s heart.

Everyone knows that the time for us to look out for only ourselves is over. Now is the time to look out for each other. Now is the time to look out for the sick, the elderly and the most vulnerable. One person can begin to uplift the young to believe in their dreams. One person can help the elderly understand that the future of America is in good hands with our youth. One person can help end poverty by finding ways to find the poor and the homeless.

All it takes is one person deciding to stand up and to speak against injustices, discrimination and bigotry. All it takes is one person deciding to be the voice that speaks for so many people whose voices have gone unheard for far too long. That is why sometimes elections can pave the way for that one person to make a difference.

Many of us paved the way for a New Generation of Leadership in Washington and in the White House with the election of Barack Obama as President. However all cannot just hinge on the election of Obama to the White House because there are other elections both locally, state-wide and nationally that can pave the way for positive differences in the lives of so many Americans.

There is a saying that I have on the back of my personal business cards that I took from working on the Harold Ford, Jr. 2006 U.S. Senatorial campaign in Tennessee:
“Once in a GENERATION, a voice comes along that speaks for us. We have the power to make that voice be heard because ONE VOICE can make a difference so can ONE VOTE. So make sure you vote in EVERY ELECTION and allow that voice as well as your own voice to be heard.”

Well I am telling you today that one person can be that voice and one vote can give their voice the chance to speak for all of us and by expressing our right to vote in every election, we are giving our own individual voices new life. One person is just as powerful as a million people. One person is just as articulate as if it was a thousand people. One person can make a difference but it begins with that one person believing that they can do it and it begins with others believing in that one person doing it.

I leave you with this, if Dr. King didn’t say “I HAVE A DREAM,” would your dream mean any less or more today. If Obama never said, “YES WE CAN,” would you still believe you can yet alone we can? If Noah’s didn’t build the arc, would you still see many of the creatures we have today? If Moses never told Pharaoh to let his people go, would you still have the courageous to speak up? If Harriet Tubman didn’t risk her life for others to be free, would hundreds of thousands of more slaves had of dead thus preventing many Blacks from being here today? If one person never fought tooth and nail to uncover Bernie Madoff’s scheme than would Madoff ever had got caught and how many more billions would Madoff had ripped off?

Think about this people. If these single individuals never did what they did, where would we be as people? If one person never did what these individuals than how would our past, our present and our future be different?

Think about our history as a nation, as a world and as people, how would the single acts of others and their positive impacts on our society be different if they alone had never decided to pursue many of the causes they decided to fight for such as AIDS/HIV awareness, poverty, healthcare, civil rights, equality & equity for all, free and democratic elections, voting rights, justice, worker’s rights, and a host of other issues.

How would we be different people?

I don’t know about you but I am thankful for those single heroic individuals who decided to speak up when others were silent. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” So I hope that no one in this room will remain silent as we fight for justice, freedom and equality for all people. I hope no one will remain silent as we fight to get rid of bigotry, racism, sexism and discrimination of any kind no matter who it is from. I hope no one will remain silent when others race bait and use hatred to divide us.

Dr. King also said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Therefore we have to fight with love and we have to make a difference with love in our hearts, our minds and our souls.

I encourage all of you to be the difference you want to see in the world because each one of us can make a difference. We can make a difference. One person can do it and together we shall do it.

Thank you all for listening and I hope today begins anew for all of us.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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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