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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Detroit’s Future Starts Right Now

The City of Detroit has had its fair share of ups and downs over the last year from a mayoral scandal and removal to city council corruption as well as not to mention a free falling economy and a huge city deficit. Therefore it is no wonder why with such a pivotal election on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, it is important for Detroiters to turn out like never before to elect a new and better City Council that understands the City of Detroit residents and know exactly what the future of Detroit needs to do in order to improve and elect members to the Charter Commission that will make the laws of Detroit more reflective of current times.

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

Detroit’s Charter Commission is pivotal to the future of Detroit because it will re-write Detroit’s charter so that language is clearly understood as to how to remove a mayor or city council member who has pleaded guilty to a crime or has broke the law or used their political office for their own personal gain. So with Monica Conyers headed for the federal slammer, it's worth pondering how many cities must contend with a culture of corruption as robust as Detroit's. First former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went down for lying and then firing cops and pilfering public funds to cover his lies. Now the president pro tem of the City Council -- and the wife of a powerful Detroit congressman -- admits to conspiring to take bribes. And the Synagro scandal in which Conyers was entangled may yield even more convictions.

This is crookedness at a level you might expect in the capital of some Third World country, not in one of America's largest cities. It's the kind of sorry distinction that Detroit and Michigan, already fighting a battered national image, just don't need. That said, the process of ferreting out the rogues in city government is important, overdue and ultimately cathartic. In a city whose voters have too long been indifferent to breaches of public trust, it may be the only way to shock the public conscience enough to inspire change. Maybe now Detroiters will demand a charter that contains ironclad ethical guidelines and powerful mechanisms to enforce them. The city has got to elect charter commission members who have a keen sense of appropriate governmental conduct.

Still the new City Council must be able to strengthen Detroit’s image and must be willing to work with the Mayor of Detroit to create a marketable plan that will attract new businesses to the city. The new City Council should not try to focus on repopulation for the city because that is something that will and should be discussed 4 years from after the bleeding stops in the city in terms of budget deficits and corruption in city government. Simply put, Detroit’s next City Council must be able to relate to the people and must be willing to work with the people to fix city government, city services and the overall image of the city. Therefore with all that said, here are a list of candidates running for City Council who I have paid attention to and have actually seen campaigning from which shows me that they didn’t just put their name on a ballot and they are not just looking for a job neither. Detroit we need to get beyond name recognition and we need to start listening to candidates’ platforms and issues.

Maybe now Detroiters will also demand more of the officials they elect to represent them. Conyers, remember, was elected four years ago on sheer name recognition -- the wife of Congressman John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. But that proved a shallow judgment of her character. She was bar brawling in northwest Detroit before she even took her seat. She was foul-mouthing and disrupting council meetings within months. And four years later, you'd have to strain to point out a single significant contribution she has made while on the council. Meanwhile, we now know she was taking money illegally. Detroiters have 18choices on the fall council ballot to choose from. Hopefully we will choose more wisely, based on achievement, work ethic and character.

If there's a glimmer of hope on this dark day in Detroit, it's in the understanding that should now be prevalent in the city. Crooks don't belong in public office. And if Motown doesn't want to be known as Roguetown, it will need to avoid electing bad actors like Monica Conyers in the first place. Therefore the importance of the City Charter is all the more important in these pivotal political times of the city. The charter, for those unaware, is the blueprint, the foundation, for Detroit's government. It's what the Constitution is to the United States. It's what steel beams are to a skyscraper. It's what ground round is to a cheeseburger. You get the point.

So the candidates I am supporting for Detroit’s City Council and the Charter Commission are not pro-union or anti-union, they are not pro-public education or anti-public education, and they are not pro-regionalization or anti-regionalization. However these candidates are pro-Detroit in the sense that they will work to do what is best for the city and the residents of the city. The candidates I am endorsing are about embracing new ideas to figure out government and they are willing to meet with all people to bring about changes to the City of Detroit that will improve the overall image and quality of life in the city. So without any further opinion, I am endorsing the following candidates for Detroit City Council and Charter Commission (these candidates are not in any particular order):

Detroit City Council
1. Andre Spivey
is the youth candidate in my opinion. When I endorsed candidates prior to the August 4th, 2009 primary, I didn’t include Andre Spivey because I didn’t hear about him until two weeks prior to the primary and after listing about 11 people Detroiters should consider voting for, I went against my own list and voted for Spivey for Council along with 8 others on my list because Spivey is a unique individual who has a youthful spirit and a attitude about community organization that is needed on Council. Spivey along with Raphael B. Johnson are my youth candidates but Spivey offers youth something that most politicians don’t offer our youth which is a spiritual background. Everyone knows that I have been fighting this war on our youth for a while now and my new motto to get to encourage people to help our youth is to lobby to them, pray for them and work with them. Therefore Spivey’s credentials as a young pastor offer our youth a sense of spirituality and he offers the residents of Detroit a sense that the separation of church and state can prevail in politics. Spivey isn’t running on hot button religious issues in the city such as strip clubs and other moral issues but instead Spivey is running on the issues that matter to Detroiters and affect us more so than how many strip clubs are being built in the city. Spivey is running to address the city’s blight, the city’s high unemployment, and the city’s budget issues. Spivey understands what the city faces and knows that if we are to build a brighter future than we have to do it by thinking outside the box and coming up with solutions that will benefit all Detroiters and not just a select few.

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

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

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

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

6. Fred Elliott Hall is another business candidate for City Council and I believe with his 20 years of experience as a business owner with an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University, he can be a great asset to City’s business development and the city’s financial situation. Hall wants to address the city’s budget deficit and he wants to create a more small business friendly environment while working with community organizations to rebuild Detroit. All three of those things are needed in creating a future Detroit and that is why Hall would be a welcomed addition to Detroit’s City Council. Hall along with Howze will help get the city’s finances under control and along with Cross will create a city hall that is friendlier to the small business community.

7. John Bennett is someone that I have watched from day one when he launched his candidacy for Detroit’s City Council and I have to admit that I have become even more expressed with Mr. Bennett in the General Election than I was with him during the primary season. Nonetheless I believe Bennett understands that being elected to city government is a privilege and he knows better than anyone that such a privilege to serve the people of Detroit should not be taken for granted. Bennett has been a fighter against the corruption and scandals that plagued this city and as a police officer, Bennett knows that Detroit’s future depends on the foundation of public safety. If we can’t protect our city than we can’t rebuild it and create the type of future that we know Detroit can be. Bennett’s ability to challenge the status quo while understanding that the traditional type of politics in this city will not get this city any further than it has already gone is why without a shadow of a doubt I endorse John Bennett for Detroit’s City Council. Bennett is fearless in his approach and he is not afraid to challenge others on the issues and on votes that plague us the people of Detroit which is needed in a member on Detroit’s City Council.

Detroit Charter Commission
1. Tonya Myers-Philips
is a great candidate running for charter commission. Tonya is an attorney with a passion for using her legal talent to improve her community. She has experience working in municipal law, and with the Charter in particular. She has already been working on charter related issues dating back to the Kilpatrick scandal as she worked with the Detroit City Council and its Special Counsel William Goodman to analyze and interpret the Council’s removal and forfeiture powers under the Detroit City Council. She is intelligent and is strong in understanding the issues that plague the city and how the charter commission can eradicate some of the issues plaguing the people. That is why she is a perfect candidate for the Charter Commission because she knows where the charter already is leaking and she already has plans on how to deal with the weakness of the charter.

2. Jenice Mitchell Ford is another great candidate for charter commission. She has a great way to solve some of the issues that lies in the Detroit City Charter. She has never run for anything before that is all the more reason why she should be on the charter commission because her loyalty is not to a political candidate or group but to us the residents. She wants to do what’s right for us the people and she knows that the best way to solve the problems plaguing the residents of Detroit is by making sure the city’s charter works for the people like it has never worked before. Also Jenice Ford has 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, specializing in interpreting contract language.. If ever there was a time to have skilled and qualified people at the table—this is that time and Jenice Mitchell Ford is such a candidate. She knows how inserting and deleting just one word in a legal document can bring you into, or keep you out of, court. Jenice is the ideal candidate for the Charter Commission and has a mindset that would definitely solve the problems facing the charter right now.

3. Ken Harris II is another candidate that I did not list as someone to vote for when I originally endorsed candidates for the Charter Commission but on August 3rd when I went to vote, I ended up voting for Harris because of his business background. I believe that the Charter Commission needs not only attorneys but people who understand business which is what Harris brings to the Charter Commission since the City of Detroit is a business. Harris has been referred to as the “Father of Black Economic Empowerment” published in the Michigan Front Page July 2005, but known to many as a dynamic young leader who can connect with anyone in every circle. A maverick network, Ken has built a global empire in business as the Founder, President/CEO of the Detroit Black Expo—one of the largest in the country representing more than 20,000 African American businesses. Therefore with that said, Harris brings to the Charter Commission the background necessary to make sure that the charter commission drafts the city’s by-laws in a way that make it more friendly for the city to conduct business as well as more engaging to business owners in the city particularly small businesses for how the city can help them.

Now I didn’t mention Detroit’s School Board elections because everyone knows that I am supporting Marie Thornton and Deborah Davis for the School Board because our youth and the people of Detroit need people who care about education and how the money of DPS is being spent. Also if you look at the only video questions that were asked of the 5 out of the 8 School Board candidates who interviewed with the Emerging Leaders Think Tank and Detroit Parent Network on than you will find out that these two individuals offered answers to both questions that show how they will govern. While Davis will be a great alley to Thornton on the board in terms of weeding out corruption in the district by passing along information to Robert Bobb and his team that they need to look into. Also Davis and Thornton as a tag team on the board can help the district finally adopt a long overdue attendance policy that has resulted in many students skipping school and the district failing to keep its enrollment count up due to a high dropout rate. Nonetheless, Davis will give the board a new face with a new non-sense type of attitude and with the help of Thornton can perhaps come up with ways to engage parents, teachers and administrators as well as students in some of the policymaking decisions that the school board can craft to improve the overall quality of education in the district.

Detroit’s future will depend on the election of these individuals to these offices as well as Detroit voting No on Proposal S and sending DPS to create a plan B to build and remodel schools that doesn’t put additional debt on the back of the homes of Detroiters. Detroiters deserve better than extending debt on their homes to build or remodel schools when new schools won’t improve the fact that the district hasn’t shown any positive signs of improving academically. DPS has many academic problems and no one can sit up here and say that our kids in DPS are failing because they don’t have the technology to succeed. Technology doesn’t educate students but good teachers and great leadership does which is what is missing in DPS from the central office on down to the classroom in most cases.

Still this can all change if Detroiters vote for the individuals I am proposing to everyone for City Council, Charter Commission and School Board. Detroit can be a great place again if Detroiters vote YES for Proposal D, which will create council by district no matter what the Charter Commission does and NO on Proposal S. Detroit’s future begins right now and all of us need to make sure on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, we are a part of creating that future the right way by electing the individuals listed above.


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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
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
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
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
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)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
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..)

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 ( 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 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!


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.

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!"


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!


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!



“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!

(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

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

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


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

Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A