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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

My Perspective: The War on Our Youth—National Address

For nearly four years now, I have been speaking about the war on our youth nearly everywhere I went and it is clear that many supporters have come to support this movement while others have attacked us at nearly every corner. However the naysayers, doubters, and those who spew hate and negativity will not deter our efforts to build a generation of youth who can and will do anything. They will not stop us from saving many youths from violence and they will not stop us from helping many youth graduate will high school as well as college thus becoming able to not just survive but to live and prosper.

We have gathered here as one to pursue a cause that is greater than self and that cause to build young leaders who are filled with hopes and dreams that don’t die but live for as long as they live. We have fought for the dreams and hopes of so many young people who for years have given up hope because they didn’t see their dreams going anywhere, they didn’t see living conditions improving and for the most part, they didn’t see anyone who truly cared for them.

Still despite all of the, now the movement to win this war on youth begins with us winning the battles of education, parental responsibility, violence and a host of other issues that plague our youth. No longer will we accept the status quo as we tackle the nagging issues that continue to grow and feaster as thousands of millions of youth get lost in the traps of a system that continues to fail them at alarming rates. No longer will we accept the notion that the generations before us have our best interests at heart when they are still operating off of the same tired old playbook that has yielded little no results in improving the conditions that create the hopeless attitudes of thousands of millions of youth.

Today is a new and that is why we no longer can deal with those who don’t desire to teach our youth as well as learn from our youth in the process. No longer can we deal with those who claim to have a wealth of experience but aren’t willing to learn from our youth as well as encourage our youth. Today is the dawning of a new day for our youth movement and that is why we will not continue to allow people to use excuses such as we don’t desire to be informed, educated or enlightened when the reality is that those people have no intentions of teaching us anything and they have no intentions of trying to learn something from us as youth. The learning process is a two way street and for people to sit up here and act like we as youth don’t want to do better or we can’t do better is simply not the truth.

We can no longer allow others to feel sorry for us just because we don’t think like them and we don’t believe as they believe. We can no longer allow others to spew negativity toward us such as they see no hope for us while in the same breath wishing us in the best in their endeavors. This is not what our movement is about. Our movement is about encouraging youth to believe in themselves, believe in each other and to have each other’s back no matter what. While some youth may stumble ever now and then we can’t give up on them, we can’t allow them to stay down forever and we can’t continue to allow others to tear their hopes, their dreams and their goals down because they don’t act, think and believe like that.

What is so unique and great about this youth movement to save our youth is that we respect and understand our differences but we don’t allow our differences to stand in the way of us saving youth. In fact we look toward our similarities more so than our differences because we understand that bickering and fighting won’t save youth from these senseless attacks on their minds, their bodies and their souls. We understand that youth don’t need any more preaching and teaching but they need people who care to listen to them, who want to understand them and are willing to work with them not against them. We understand that youth want to learn and they want to teach others what they know so we encourage youth, we uplift youth and we inspire youth to pursue their dreams.

The war on our youth is not a black issue, brown issue or white issue but it is an American issue. Those of us involved in the movement to save our youth know that this isn’t about the struggles of black people, of brown people, of woman, or of poor people but it is about the struggles of our youth who all must have the same opportunities and resources to achieve successfully in school and out in order to have a chance at a better future for all. We know that if we are to save our youth, we must not only vote in elections to put politicians who have an interest in putting programs and resources in place that will help our youth but we also need to be involved in the lives of our youth as much as we can.

Those of us involved in the movement to save our youth, we know more than others that we can’t downgrade or disrespect our youth if we expect them to respect us as well as want more out of life. We know that our youth are thinking people and while they probably don’t think like we want them to think or they don’t act the way we want them to act, we can’t lose hope on them. Our youth must be independent thinkers and we must build independent minds if they are to achieve a better future not just for themselves but for those around them as well.

This is what our movement is about and this is why saving our youth from this war on their minds is important to us. An independence of their minds from the mainstream zombie thinking that pits races against races, cultures against cultures and classes against classes is what we are trying to create. This is about building independent thinkers because oftentimes, we cannot think for ourselves so how can we expect for our youth to think for themselves if we are not thinking for ourselves. One of the major factors of poverty is ignorance. To many, the word ignorant is an insult. What we mean is simply that some people do not know some things; there is no shame in that.

Still this is not just about black people but this about all people. A conservative friend of mine, Akindele Akinyemi once said that, “In urban communities all across America we have not reached independence. We are still trapped and enslaved in our own minds and hearts. Single families are on the rise and our churches are in decline. There is a liquor store on every corner next to the church. Blacks generate over $910 billion as consumers yet we are not producers. We drop seeds in one woman and move on to the next woman. We still think social power is the key to our problems. Nothing can be further from the truth.”

He is right because there are people who would want us to continue to think to fight for civil rights and to fight racism when there are other –isms that plague our society and other issues that are not about race that plague our nation. This is why if we are to save our youth than we must show them that while racism may rear its ugly head, don’t allow it to succumb you and don’t allow others hatred, negativity or poisonous bigotry venom to prevent you from being all you can be and achieving all you can achieve while uplifting, encouraging and giving to other people on your way to the top.

If our youth are to succeed we must deal with the crumbling infrastructures across America in many cities and towns but most of all we must deal with the lack of jobs, high crime and failing schools. We cannot celebrate any level of independence, regardless of what party affiliation we belong to or what church we belong to because if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problems that plague our youth and the communities they are from.

Independence has to begin in the mind and spirit first. In communities our independence will not just come from spiritual and mental freedom but also creating a counterculture. Our children are out of control because many parents have stopped parenting and gave up their right to be free a long time ago but that is why many of got involved in this movement to reclaim our parental, communal and independent rights. This intergenerational crisis has transpired into a culture of poverty and a culture of death. With the lack of jobs in our communities, our youth are left with hopelessness and a culture that is still living in the dark ages.

The biggest trap from our communities becoming free and independent is education. Education is a passport to freedom. However, we have liberal ideologies dominating the academic landscape and conservative ideologies not creating an academic counterculture to combat this. Education must be taught from a global perspective to begin to break down the stereotypes, fears and ignorance that will help uplift people in our communities out of both spiritual and mental poverty. Yet, no one is using education as a chief policy platform to create (1) a counterculture, (2) generate wealth and (3) compete globally. When we stop emphasizing geography in K-16 education something is wrong.

Many social conservatives preach about there is a need for Christianity in communities, yet I see a church on every corner in my community along with abandoned homes, prostitution and crime. It has gotten so bad that our own children are practicing self-destructing behavior by committing murder in the aisles of the church. These godless children, who are being raised by godless single parents, have created a new level of slave behavior that has transpired into the hip-hop culture, television and radio, and even in public where we cannot even enjoy going to the grocery store, sitting on your porch or get this, sitting in your living room watching cable without someone shooting, someone raping or someone carjacking an individual or family.

Our churches are change agents and we must hold our preachers, pastors, and bishops accountable along with our local police and non-profit entities. Accountability, integrity and trust are three factors we need to improve our communities. The biggest factor of independence will not come from a tea party, criticizing Sarah Palin for resigning as Governor of Alaska, critiquing Michael Steele's performance as RNC Chair or President Barack Obama performance as Commander-in-Chief. The biggest factor of independence will come from freeing our minds and hearts from the fear, ignorance, racism, and sexism that plagues our communities.

Many of our leaders are still caught up on civil rights and black power leadership in the black communities but that died out a long time ago. We are still playing these race games when the race that we are losing in our communities is the race to save our young men from destruction, save our young women from their dignity and saving our children from violence that they are bombarded with on television and in the streets. We never talk about that race. We only discuss the race that has something to do with the color of our skin.

We are now in a silver rights era where we are striving for global education, global dignity and respect by rebuilding our family structure to generate wealth creation that will create a legacy for our children. We have to teach the language of money and financial wealth to our children if they want to compete. If they do not have a bank account then we are creating a new generation of economic slavery.

That is why what we need to do is stop fighting among each other and come together with a common cause. If liberal thought has destroyed urban communities how long will it take for conservatives to even come into urban communities and join those who live in the community to take a stand on apathy and destruction? Traditionally, conservatives who previously lived in urban communities did not stay to live in those areas like Detroit after the 1967 riots but moved out to areas like Oakland County. First it was called white flight and now we are experiencing black flight from the inner cities (for various reasons). Now I am not saying that black folks should not live outside urban cities but at the same token, if this continues to happen than who will be left to fix the urban communities up like the rural and suburban communities are?

Independence will come from our minds when we realize that (1) no political party will come in and save us and (2) we have to save ourselves. Those of us involved in this movement understand this and this why we are working to teach our youth to be self sufficient and dependent on each other to create the 2st century communities that are needed for all Americans to succeed. What is plaguing our youth is not a Democratic or Republican issue but it is an American that has festered for far too long without enough people standing up to speak about it. No longer will our youth be waiting on handouts when they should be working for a hand up that is why our message of self-sufficiency is pivotal to saving youth lives.

If we are going to take root in our communities we must create an independent vision and take a radical different approach to solving problems in our communities. We cannot discuss social issues in our communities if our faith-based and value structure is broken. How can a minister preach against homosexuality when you are bi-sexual yourself? How can you talk about not having an abortion if you label the very same woman a welfare queen or whore? How can we discuss national defense when our cities defense is broken because of the lack of quick police response time in our communities? How can another woman criticize a woman who wears pants instead of a long skirt when both of you suffer the same things that other women are suffering from? The ego and ignorance must stop.

How can conservatives and liberals mock urban agriculture projects in the inner cities when people of color suffer the highest rate of health problems ranging from diabetes, heart disease and AIDS? There is a fast food restaurant on every corner in urban communities. We have to eat better and exercise. We do not need to hear President Obama's plan on health. Close your legs or wear a condom and get tested for STDs is a start. I do not want to hear about abstinence education because how many young people you know are virgins before they get married? Very few so we need to EMPHASIZE in our homes the need to wait as well as practice healthy relationships around our children. Notice I said the homes FIRST. The church will reinforce this through youth ministries and actual biblical teaching. A counterculture through media and culture arts will be the third factor in creating a culture of respect and love.

We need more than protests and rallies to improve the issues plaguing our youth because they do not equate to improving education and bringing in new industries into our communities. These are practical things that only we are capable of doing. While we should hold government accountable for their actions let's hold each other accountable for our actions as well. We cannot protest the government about raising taxes if we are not protesting the fact about looking out for our fellow men and women.

If our youth are to be independent thinkers than in this silver rights age we must strive to be free from political and religious dogma, racist actions, anarchy and failure. We must work together for the sake of our children and future. We must teach our youth to read and to love reading because that is the gateway to learning and that is the passport to rebutting many of the stereotypes associated with racists, classes and yes even our youth.

The days of attacking those we disagree with and uplifting those we agree with are over. No longer can we sit up here and stand on soap boxes and attack people who we disagree because what will that solve. What will attacking our youth for not thinking like us solve? No longer can we think that attacking others for their beliefs will solve anything. In fact the youth movement today is about making sure all the constitutional rights granted to Americans are upheld for all Americans especially free speech. However we in today’s youth movement believe that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech so we don’t condone speech that entices or advocates for death and violence of anyone or any group of people.

This is not the Civil Rights movement or slavery days although some of us on both the extreme right and left would love for it to be. However those days are over and that is why today we must not continue to speak about racism as if it is just whites hating or disliking blacks when many blacks hate or dislike whites. In fact our youth today will not succeed unless we improve the communities they live in and show them how they can play an important role part in doing that.

Aaron Tang, an education advocated, said “There is no such thing as an American public education. If a child goes to a public elementary or secondary school somewhere in America, everything that influences his or her likelihood of success—from the quality of the classroom teachers to the rigor of the standards he or she and the school are expected to reach—everything hinges on the happenstance and geography of his or her birth.”

Mr. Tang is right when he says that and that is why we must continue to fight for an equality and affordable public education system in America for all Americans. If a child is born to a well-to-do family in an affluent New England town, the public schools there will reflect that child’s fortune; if a child is born into the poverty of the Deep South, their chances of going to college plummet dramatically. The reality is that there are different opportunities, different supports, different worlds for different kids here in America, even in a day and age where America’s children face more in common—international competition in high tech job markets, increasing demands on civic and social participation—than ever before. Yet our schools in America continue to train Californians to compete with Virginians and Georgians to compete with New Yorkers. So much, then, for the “American” dream.

This is what our movement is about and we aim to address the issue of education and help our youth reclaim the American dream through education. While at the same we want to address the community issues that deter many from wanting to obtain a high quality. We are a part of this movement to save our youth because we want our youth to do better than what we did and we want our you to be independent thinkers who see what’s wrong with the world and don’t just talk about what they will do to change it but will do it.

If we are to save our youth, we must engage them, we must encourage them and we must experience what they are going through in order to understand why they act the way they act and why they have become hopeless. This is how we are going to save our youth. We are going to be involved in their educational lives as well as their personal lives to show them that there is more to life than the communities they stay in. Still we are going to improve their communities with them by helping them to understand what the problems are and helping them to figure out how they can improve the conditions of their community.

It takes a village to raise a child and our communities have to step up to save our youth. If the future for our youth is to be better than what they have now than we have to play an active role in our youth lives right here, right now. We have to uplift them, motivate them and encourage them to pursue their dreams rather than demonize, downgrade them or feel sorry for them. Feeling sorry for our youth won’t help them but what will help them is us as a community being actively engaged in what our youth do and how they do it.

This what we are about and why are working all across America to accomplish. This movement has never been about us but it has and will always be about saving our youth. We will win this war. We will win the battles that will ultimately lead to us winning the war and saving our youth lives.

I can feel it!

I know it!

I believe it!

So it shall be done! Keep on working, keeping on believing, keep on hoping and most of all keep on working to improve the lives of thousands of millions of youth all across America. This war is ours to win and lose and if you are like me than we won’t lose because we hate losing. We will win and we will see a better and greater future for our youth because they want it and we will help them.

Thank you all for your support!

SAVE OUR YOUTH!

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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