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Monday, October 05, 2009

My Perspective: The War On Our Youth: The T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. Address

Good (Morning, Afternoon or Evening)!

I want to thank everyone for listening to what I am about to say because it is clear we all know that there are many problems plaguing our communities today. However one of the main issues I continue to battle in all communities throughout America is how do we deal with the war on our youth.

Now this war on our youth is about many issues our youth have to tackle but the most prevalent issues that need addressing are violence and criminal activity. It seems as if youth violence and criminal activity amongst our youth has seen a sharp spike since the beginning of this century.

This shouldn’t surprise any of us considering what our youth are facing each and every day from a single parent home due to the fact many fathers are not taking care of their kids. However the reality is that much of the violence and criminal activity that has been going up is a result of many youth today wanting to be thugs but not respecting the code of ‘Thug Life’.

Now I don’t condone ‘Thug Life’ but the truth of the matter is that there is a part of our society particularly our youth who believe in ‘Thug Life’ and this notion has been passed down from the 80’s babies to the 90’s babies to now this 21st century generation.

That is why I need to take the time out to speak this issue of ‘Thug Life’ in order to address it head on in hopes of creating a new generation of ‘Thug Life’ believers that aren’t as violent and unproductive to our communities as they are now.

Now the word ‘Thug Life’ is a word that “Evolved” by the late American rapper and activist Tupac Shakur or simply 2Pac which was his stage name. It is commonly mistaken for a ‘Criminal’ but ‘Thug Life’ is the opposite of someone having all he needs to succeed. ‘Thug Life’ is when you have nothing, and succeed, when you have overcome all obstacles to reach your aim. Tupac was famous for saying, "When my heart beats, it screams THUG LIFE."

In fact ‘THUG LIFE’ has an acronym which means, "The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everyone". Now if many of us think about it, this is what we are facing in today’s youth and why the violence and criminal activity that we see amongst our youth is getting higher and higher. A lot of our youth today don’t have love in their life and too many adults are doing nothing but spewing hate toward them that results in what we see whenever some of us encounter youth who have this hard knock life persona.

Still ‘Thug Life’ today has lost its way and has reverted back to violent ways of the 1980s and early 1990s in which violence amongst gangs didn’t just hurt gang members but hurt communities due to the fact innocent bystanders were being gunned down rapidly. These issues were more prevalent in California particularly the urban areas where the Bloods and Crips were warring with each other each and every day.

Now as we fast forward today, it seems as if gangs are on the raise in nearly every urban community and throughout every urban city. However the violence and spike in youth crimes doesn’t just happen in urban areas now days but it has spilled over to suburban communities where many youth see opportunities to score big in the game by robbing from those who they perceive have some money or are living better than them.

That’s why many of us have to understand that our youth today never got the codes of ethics for Thug Life that were created by Tupac and Mutulu Shakur in 1992 at the ‘Truc Picnic in California, which was a peace treaty picnic and this code was signed by the heads from the Bloods and Crips. Now these codes where designed to give order to the rise of gang violence and drug dealing. In fact the codes made certain actions immoral actions, against the code which, would become a code of the street for thugs to use with consideration when on the streets. Simply put these codes were created to help the innocent stay safe within their community.

However as we can see today, many of our youth who want to be thugs and claim to be living ‘Thug Life’ aren’t living by these 26 codes or no one never taught them these codes because many quote unquote thugs don’t abide by them anymore.

So it is time to revive many of the codes that were created 17 years ago in order to teach our youth how to respect their communities as well as understand that their actions have consequences and repercussions like no other.

These are the codes that thugs shall live by according to Tupac:
1. All new Jacks to the game must know: a) He’s going to get rich. b) He’s going to jail. c) He’s going to die. Many of our youth probably don’t understand that being a part of the streets will only lead to three things and those that do don’t acknowledge the latter 2 options because all of them think they will get rich.

2. Crew Leaders: You are responsible for legal/financial payment commitments to crew members; your word must be your bond. Now as we know, our youth today usually don’t have crew leaders and if they do, it’s usually no loyalty amongst most gang members now days when it comes to taking care of their members legal/financial payments which is why you see a lot of youth/gang members having public defendants while the quote unquote leaders get the high prices lawyers. This is not holding to one’s bond and why those who claim to be thugs need to understand code 2 and what it really means.

3. One crew’s rat is every crew’s rat. Rats are now like a disease; sooner or later we all get it; and they should too. I have no commit on this matter, well actually I hope all quote unquote thugs understand that eventually someone who is gang banging with you gets a conscience eventually either to save their own life from a long jail sentence or because they just saw someone they dearly loved die because of nothing.

4. Crew leader and posse should select a diplomat, and should work ways to settle disputes. In unity, there is strength! All disputes should be solved peacefully instead of in the streets like what was caught on camera that lead to the death of a Chicago honor student two weeks ago. That image was truly horrendous but is just one of a few occurrences that get caught on tape where innocent bystanders are attacked by gangs and eventually killed because gangs don’t resolve their issues peacefully or behind closed doors but instead allow it to spill over into the streets resulting in the melee video seen all across America.

5. Carjacking in our Hood is against the Code. I’m against all carjacking and criminal activity but it is clear that none of our youth or current gang bangers today respect this code by the way they are constantly robbing from their own communities and those that do respect it only do so because they know the people of their communities don’t have nothing so why rob from those with nothing when you can rob from others with something.

6. Slinging to children is against the Code. This is a code that needs to be abided by but it is clear that so many of our youth today are sold drugs young and younger each year. If you don’t believe me, ask how many of our youth smoke weed and I guarantee that nearly 70% of them say they have tried it once or are still smoking weed. Therefore it is clear that our youth children are being sold drugs.

7. Having children slinging is against the Code. This is yet another code that isn’t really respected as we can see by the amount of youth who are selling drugs today or are consuming drugs. Youth are selling to youth or are helping youth find the drugs they need because that’s all many of them know.

8. No slinging in schools. I guarantee you people that drugs are being sold in our nation’s schools at least the drug deals are being discussed and the transactions take place either immediately after school on school grounds or they take place near schools. I think we can all agree on this to a degree and sadly many of our urban school districts don’t conduct searches on a frequent basis so it is no telling what is in our students’ lockers when I hear reports from some youth that they smell weed smoke when walking through their hallways.

9. Since the rat Nicky Barnes opened his mouth; ratting has become accepted by some. We’re not having it. Simply put a rat is a snitch and a snitch is not what our youth think it is today but a snitch is someone who participated in a criminal activity and when they get caught they start spelling the dimes on other people in order to lessen their sentence or charges by working with the authorities.

10. Snitches is outta here. Well I feel that authorities should give the same sentence and charges to all parties involved in the crime no matter who cooperates because they all committed it. The only reason a person is snitching is because all the information points toward them and they are trying to get off.

11. The Boys in Blue don’t run nothing; we do. Control the Hood, and make it safe for squares. Well I believe neither gangs nor police run our community but we the people do so we have to take care of our streets. We must work with the police and the gangs to make sure certain standards for our communities are adhered to. Therefore we let’s take our communities back and make them safe for our all residents. However if gangs respect these codes and are willing to help in the protection of our communities than let’s be willing to work with those that do.

12. No slinging to pregnant Sisters. That’s baby killing; that’s genocide! We as a people are already seeing genocide in many other areas so we should not add to it by killing off future children.

13. Know your target, who’s the real enemy. I don’t believe in violence but the reality is that most of the killings that are taking place in our communities involve too many innocent bystanders and that is something we can’t have.

14. Civilians are not a target and should be spared. Well if only the gangs of Chicago knew that than perhaps 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert would still be alive. This code is perhaps one of the most important codes for thugs to adhere to.

15. Harm to children will not be forgiven. This is a code that all quote unquote thugs should adhere to but the problem is that many of them are children themselves so they usually do harm to other children. Nonetheless our young thugs need to understand that they don’t harm each other or anyone unless they are trying to do harm to them first. Like I said, I am against violence but if our youth are being harmed by others and it seems that the harm against them is not stopping than our youth have a right to protect themselves to a degree. I’m not calling for our youth to murder or kill those who do harm to them but I am calling for our youth to protect themselves by not allowing adults to sexually abuse them and not allowing other youth to put their hands on them without fighting back. Still the latter should not happen if our youth adhere to this code.

16. Attacking someone’s home where their family is known to reside, must be altered or checked. This is so true because the senseless violence that leads to houses being bombed or shot up is not good for anyone.

17. Senseless brutality and rape must stop. When will it stop, when will people in our communities and quote unquote gangs realize that they need to stop the senseless violence as well as the rape that takes place in many of our communities. Rape and sexual abuse should be things that our gangs today should not tolerate and should be trying to prevent in order to protect our communities. Also the senseless brutality like the melee that occurred in Chicago two weeks ago is just another reason why this gang warfare must end and must stand for something greater than what it stands for now. I can see if the gangs in our communities today were going door to door to capture a rapist and once they captured the rapist they beat the rapist down, although I don’t encourage that but for gangs to be warring with each other and killing innocent bystanders in the midst of their violence is just shameless. Gangs today and quote unquote thugs need to stand for more than they stand for today especially when they are a part of the problem in our communities rather than a part of the solution.

18. Our old folks must not be abused. If only the 19 year old who killed Clarence (Sonny) Jones, a beloved 86-year-old southwest Detroit man known for helping others, had of adhered to this code than one of our senior citizens would have been saved from the abuse and ultimate death of him. This is why this code is yet another code that needs reviving now more than ever before. Our senior citizens should not be victims of gangs attacks, well no one should be especially not our elderly who have fought for years to give us as a people some of the opportunities and chances that we today.

19. Respect our Sisters. Respect our Brothers. This code is important because it is clear that today’s ‘Thug Life’ member doesn’t have any respect for anyone when in fact they should always have respect for others especially if people are showing them respect.

20. Sisters in the Life must be respected if they respect themselves. Simply put those sisters who want to be in gangs must still represent themselves as ladies and sisters not like males and brothers. At the end of the day, have respect for yourself and others will have respect for you.

21. Military disputes concerning business areas within the community must be handled professionally and not on the block. An important code considering that too often disputes are resolved in the streets instead of behind closed doors.

22. No shooting at parties. Parties are places for people to enjoy themselves and that is why no one should have to feel afraid at a party. Also if disputes break out at a party than they need to be resolved outside peacefully in fist to fist combat if it comes to that but ultimately both sides should just squash it and avoid each other for the rest of the night at the party. This is what this code should tell our youth.

23. Concerts and parties are neutral territories; no shooting! The same rules that apply to Code 22 applies here which is people are trying to enjoy themselves and should not be have to look over their back in fear.

24. Know the Code; it’s for everyone. It’s clear that our youth today don’t know the code and why they need to be taught the code now more than ever before this violence gets way too out of control.

25. Be a real ruff neck. Be down with the code of the Thug Life. All those who claim to be thugs should adhere to the code and be down with it but as we know, they don’t adhere to it like it should be adhered to it.

26. Protect yourself at all times. The best way for one to protect their self is to leave this quote unquote ‘Thug Life’ mentality alone once and for all.

Nonetheless, these are the 26 codes of ‘Thug Life’ that Watts, Compton, and many other cities' gangs agreed to use the Code of Thug Life to help keep those, who are innocent, safer. But from what we see today, our youth and quote unquote gangs are not adhering to these codes today.

So it is clear as I address this ‘Thug Life’ issue, that not only do our youth today need to know these codes and live by them in order to make our communities better but we as a community need step up our efforts to prevent this war on our youth from getting too far out of control.

In Detroit when we have well over 40 teenagers and a 12-year-old sitting in local jail cells on murder charges or attempted murder, the tendencies are two: Wring our hands over the sorry state of society or pass even tougher laws to get these young thugs under control.

Neither has proved particularly effective. We know that as society what does work: strong, skilled parenting; early intervention for troubled kids; the right kind of peer pressure; instilling a system of values. The best way to deal with ‘Thug Life’ is to have a "community authority" that is clear so that enforced lines of acceptable behavior are known throughout the community for everyone to adhere to but particularly our youth.

While none of these steps are as easy as just reacting to the worst offenders, but any or all of them can prevent a lot of damage.

It's interesting and telling that the recent wave of heinous local crimes in which children are suspect comes at a time when violent crime overall is dropping. Yet four Warren kids are accused of beating a man to death over a trifling marijuana debt; a 16-year-old Detroit girl is alleged to have ordered the execution of a carjacking victim who saw her face; a 12-year-old faces a murder charge in the shooting of a woman in a robbery after midnight. And nine young people assembled for a battle royal in Wixom that ended with an 18-year-old dead from being bludgeoned with a golf club.

Somehow, the message isn't getting through to enough kids that settling disputes with violence only spawns more trouble; that civilized people protect the vulnerable rather than prey on them; that lawless behavior can have drastic, long-term consequences, not just for victims and their survivors but for the criminals and their families, too.

Meanwhile, competing messages come from the make-believe violence of movies and video games -- stuff that never has real consequences. There's plenty of evidence about which kids are at risk of putting themselves or others in danger. They tend to be male, often from poor or broken-down families, and many have either low IQs to match their self-esteem or such a sense of entitlement that they lack empathy for other people.

They've had little or no good direction from the adults in their lives, and many have been neglected and abused. Chances are pretty good they had some contact with authorities before facing charges that would land them in an adult jail or prison, where their chances of salvaging a normal life drop precipitously.

Unless we as a society are willing to invest in intercepting them early and working through their families to set them on a better course, there will be a bill coming due somewhere down the road.

When troubled kids turn bad, everyone pays the cost -- in public safety, prisons and lost potential. The chances of a return on that investment are pretty slim.

The better investment starts much sooner, in homes and schools and communities. Identify, intercept, correct. Or watch out.

We have to pray for our youth, lobby to them and work with them if we are to prevent these violent acts from continuing to prolong and fester throughout our communities. Or wise we are simply adding to “The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everyone.” We must stop the hate and give our youth love so they can have a better future than the present life they currently have.

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