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Is it me..or does this feel like 2008 all over again!

Here you had the ” I have a Dream,” bold and bright Barack Obama as the eager President ready to right the wrong of the last 8 years, under the oppressive rule of the establishment.

I still remember the sight of the helicopter with President Bush taking off as not a single person in the crowd waved or shed a tear.

Everyone had such relief that the nightmare was finally over, and we had a qualified, intelligent, capable President that had a plan to turn things around and get America headed back to glory!

I remember seeing President and First lady Obama at the inauguration:

Mydreamalive.com shows one of the iconic pictures of 2009. The Inauguration Day Oath of our 44th President

To this day, I get goose bumps thinking about what this moment meant for the entire African-American race, and for America!

Now…

It has been 4 years, and I believed in my heart that more would be done to rectify the gross racist and unequal laws that remain on the books in the judicial system. I also truly believed that the corrupt and broken public educational system would finally be overhauled. I believed, that America would right the ludicrous tax code, and the top 2% would be required to pay their fair share. Finally, I believed that immigration reform would take a higher precedence and President Obama would get a chance to put pen to paper and usher in a revived policy on Immigration.

There is still much work to be done!

How in the world is Mitt Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich going to compete against the lasting legacy of President Barack Obama.

They would have to compete with the same earth shattering, America altering campaign that elected President Obama in 2008.

Perhaps it’s me, but I just don’t see it.

I don’t think that:

  1. The Economy – Which is picking up steam
  2. Contraceptive – Rush Limbaugh, need I say more
  3. War on Iran – Did someone say War??? Again????
Are enough to change the course and minds of the American people!
I don’t believe the points above compare with the agenda and priorities before mentioned.
Now, the 1000 pound guerilla in the room is obviously the religious beliefs of all (3) three GOP candidates.
Mitt Romney – Mormon
Rick Santorum – Roman Catholic
Newt Gingrich  – Lutheranism, Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic ( What????)

Will America elect a Mormon to be President of the USA? It is a question yet to be answered?

Now, Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich profess that they are both Roman Catholic.

This is very interesting on so many levels! But I will not get into that right now.

Even though, Mitt Romney is leading in delegates, I think that out of the (3) three GOP candidates, Mitt Romney will have the hardest time competing against an entrenched Christian President.

I know President Obama is looking forward to debating with Mr. Romney on so many levels.

I am again taking back to 2008, when Senator McCain won the GOP and went head to head with President Obama.

I didn’t think the Republican’s had a chance then, and I don’t think either candidate will offer an America shifting ideology that will make President Obama supporters change course now!

So..Again I say, where is the real challenger?

Derrick Butler is President and CEO of Mydreamalive.com, a company dedicated to changing the negative stereotypical images if African-Americans in media, to positive more reflective images of the entire African-American community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I awoke this morning to a normal Wednesday morning..I thought today was going to be just a normal “Hump Day”, and now it will go down as a day that I will forever remember.

See, today I sold my first “William Alexander Leidesdorff” T- shirt and when I saw my report I had to check it twice just to be sure I was reading the report correctly.

A little history….

I started Mydreamalive.com 3 years ago..( wow..yes made it through the dreaded 2 years)….and I have never sold a William Alexander Leidesdorff  T-Shirt.

In fact, there maybe a bunch of you…the 6,000+ people who have read my blog,that are fans of African-American History, but don’t know who William Alexander Leidesdorff is.

Let’s say this…. William Alexander Leidesdorff is the FIRST…repeat the FIRST African-American Millionaire.

It is indeed a shame that a bunch of people don’t know the name and another shame that he does not have a day, or stamp in his honor.

Here is a picture:

First Black Millionaire

Just some highlights of his illustrious career:

“..a prominent civic leader and pioneer in the successful quest for California to become the 31st state in the United States.  He was elected Treasurer of the City of San Francisco, owned the largest home in the city, constructed the first City Hotel, built the first commercial shipping warehouse, and donated the land to build the first public school in California.”  

So why is he such a big secret? Why does he not get credit? If anyone can answer that, please do post a comment.

He here is more info on him: Click here

and if you would like to own your own T Shirt: Click here

There are so many successful African-American stories that are yet to be told.

We need to get these stories out of the books, and onto the movie screens.

I applaud “Red Tails” for sharing the incredible story of the Tuskegee Airman.

Although there were some parts missing, and a little fiction.. at least it was an

epic African-American story…that was more than ready to be told.

Thanks for your time…

Derrick

Derrick Butler is founder of Mydreamalive.com a company founded in 2009 to  change the negative images displayed in media to positive images, and allow all African-Americans to see all sides of the American opportunity.

Ways to make money in a Recession

        Mydreamalive.com is all about removing the obstacles that are in your way to make your dreams come true.  I am often asked, How do you know if you are on the right road? Let me be clear that there is only one way to be sure that you are on the right road. You must be Connected to the Holy Spirit! Yes, that is the way and the only way. Once you are on the right road, you will be connect to the amazing anointing and the road will be a true road to the purpose that God has in store for you. I have often been faced in life with challenges, and these challenges usually come when I am doing what I want to do in life and not do what God wants me to do. I often get my mind straight and decide that I am going to go in a direction that doesn’t have anything to do with the purpose that God has in store for me. I get on this road, and destruction happens. Now when the destruction happens, I then get on my knees and pray, “Oh Lord, please help me out of the mess I am in.” Thank goodness that God is a forgiving and passionate God, because if he wasn’t he would have left me a long time ago because of the crazy messes I get myself into.

Salon Chairs filled with customers what a great thing!

I was recently talking to a young lady about starting a Hair Salon, and she did not know where to get started.  I told her the first thing you have to do is pray, to be sure that you are going in the right direction. Then go to http://www.domainnames.com  to find and purchase a  url that speaks to the type of salon you want. Then write a business plan that spells out what she is going to do in terms of operations, marketing, and finance. Once all those ducks were in a row then she needed to do pray again, just to be absolutely sure. In all my life I have never seen a women go without getting her hair done. I don’t care if the women did not have food in the house, or pay her cable bill, she was going to make sure she was in the shop getting her hair done. So a Hair Salon is a very good way to go. Women spend so much time with their hair, I am amused watching my wife and daughters spend hours at a time deciding on how they are going to wear their hair that DAY! Every day it is the same routine, wake up shower, dress, and spend 1 hour deciding on the right style/look of the hair. Men we have it soooo easy. We go the barber every two weeks, and until we get to the point where our wifes/lady friends tell us its time to go, we don’t even think twice about our hair.  Perhaps I should go to http://www.domainnames.com and secure www.hairmadness.com! I bet I could get a whole lot of traffic and sell hair products…lol

People, whether you ar trying to figure out if you are on the road of anointing, or deciding to open your first business. You have to commit to moving forward.

Stay in the grace of GOD and take action..and the rest will fall in the place.

Remember:

“Seek you first the kingdom of GOD, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you”

Matthew 6:33

Derrick Butler is Founder/CEO of My Dream Alive Inc, the largest producer of Black History Clothing Online. Find out more at www.mydreamalive.com

Today the Mega Millions Loto is $312 Million Dollars.

Can you believe it?? We’ll this lottery has given me the passion to write again. The last time I was this fired up.. Barack Obama was becoming our 1st ( Not Last ) African American President. I am still a huge  Obama fan and supporter, and next year is going to be no cake walk. Especially if the economy remains in the dumps like it is.

The truth of the matter is… what can one poor non suspecting slunk do with that much money.

The odds of winning are..and I like 5 Million to 1.. and people still play.

Yea.. let’s let 1 person get $312 Milllion in an American where the rich keep getting richer and the poor get stumped on!!

The middle class is disappering right before our eyes..

Wouldn’t it be better to make 312 new millionaires today. Today we could change 312 peoples lives…

Why should 1 person get the opportunity of a life time.

Imagine the families of the 312 members.. Imagine all the money in places all over the country that could get impacted by that one change in the system.

I don’t think 1 person would even know what to do with all that money, and imagine if Hitler one that money..

This Lottery system is suppose to support education.. but in fact it supports who? and where is the money for all the effort?

Let more people win.. and let’s do something right for a change.

So often we make the wrong choice..

 

We as a country have come a long way. With the election of President Barack Obama, the United States has finally taken a huge step in the right direction. 

However; ( And you knew that was coming), the educational system is still broken, unequal , and the opportunity of Educational Rights which Dr. King dreamed about are still not achieved. 

The opportunity to have an incredible impact on the lives of African-American students is possible with one addition to our public educational system. 

“It’s where, 500 years before England’s universities thrived, Westerners flocked to a place called Timbuktu, which some historians say is the site of the world’s first university. And it’s where kingdoms dripped in gold, emeralds and other riches, earning West Africa the name The Gold Coast.” 

African-American History needs to be taught in ALL Public educational systems. We do not require slavery to be taught as the only part of African- American History that is worthy of being taught in History classes across the nation. Slavery is not the beginning of the African experience. Slavery is the untimely end to African history and the beginning of the African-American experience. There exists a plethora of African History that we are still part of. Our history and African History are one in the same. 

What about: 

  IMHOTEP 

THE WORLD FIRST KNOWN GENIUS 

Imhotep was the royal advisor to King Zoser during the Third Dynasty of Kemet. Regarded as the world’s first recorded multi-genius, Imhotep was  an architect, astronomer, philosopher, poet and physician. As an architect he was responsible for designing the Step Pyramid and the Saqqara Complex. During his lifetime he was given a host of titles, among them:Chancellor of the King of Lower Kemet, the First after the King of Upper Kemet, High Priest of Heliopolis and Administrator of the Great Palace. As a physician, Imhotep is believed to have been the author of the Edwin Smith Papyrus in which more than 90 anatomical terms and 48 injuries are described. This is well over 2,200 years before the Western Father of Medicine Hippocrates is born. Some 2,000 years after his death, Imhotep was deified by the inhabitants of Kemet and was known later as Asclepius, God of Medicine, to the Greeks. His very name, Im-Hotep, translates as the Prince of Peace. His tomb near Memphis became a sacred place and the site of pilgrimages for those seeking a cure. As a philosopher and poet, Imhotep’s most remembered phrase is: “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we shall die.” There still remain many bronze statuettes, temples and sanatoria bearing his name, as is depicted in the picture of the statue above. 

                                                                               

THE KING SHARK (1841-1906)Behanzin was the most powerful ruler in West Africa during the end of the nineteenth century. He strongly resisted European intervention into his country. This was done with a physically fit army which included a division of five thousands female warriors. He is often referred to as the King Shark, a Dahomeyan surname which symbolized strength and wisdom. He was also fond of humanities and is credited with the creation of some of the finest song and poetry ever produced in Dahomey. 

 

KING OF THE ZULUS (1818-1828)A strong leader and military innovator, Shaka is noted for revolutionizing 19th century Bantu warfare by first grouping regiments by age, and training his men to use standardized weapons and special tactics. He developed the “assegai” a short stabbing spear, and marched his regiments in tight formation, using large shields to fend off the enemies throwing spears. Over time, Shaka’s troops earned such a reputation that many enemies would flee at the sight of them. He built the Zulus into a nation of over a million strong. He was also successful in uniting all the ethnic groups in South Africa against the despicable vestiges of colonialism. 

The majority of African American Adults don’t know who these people are, and even fewer children are aware of the greatness of the Early African Empires. 

This information needs to be taught and shared in schools so that our children understand that our descendents once were a mite nation of Kings, Physicians, Astronomers,  Architects, Philosophers, Mathematicians. 

If we as a race had the intellectual ability to build pyramids, than centuries later we should be Intellectually Smarter, Better, and Greater! 

Be Inspired! 

Derrick Butler 

www.mydreamalive.com 

 

We can not afford the Republican BUSH Tax Cuts

 There is a huge “Debate” on weather the National Crippling Bush Tax Cuts should be Continued?  

What in the world is the “Debate” Why does everyone forget that this country was in a SURPLUS at the End of the Democratic Clinton Administration.  

 Has the Right Controlled Media using some kind of Brain Washing machine to erase memories? Or is it just that American is the Racist Country that the world thinks we are, and they just don’t want President Barack Obama to be President. There is no arguement that makes any type of since that would make a right thinking person believe that that we continue the Tax Cuts put in place by President Bush.  

In fact,  

“By the end of the Reagan-Bush 12-year “revolution,” the extra debt they had piled on the country was costing the country an extra 2.6% of GDP in interest—$300 million a day. Without that interest working against him, Clinton would have paid down the debt much faster. That’s why the green-line goes down so fast in the Clinton years. That’s what would have happened without the Reagan-Bush interest burden.”
“Now if W. Bush had held the line almost as well as all presidents before Reagan, the national debt would have been only 9% of GDP, and the country would have been ready to pull itself out of the Great Recession with ease.”
Of course the rich loved this “theory” and fed the press many story about the wonders of the new supply-side “economics” (cooked up by Laffer, as a graduate student). Money talks, and a lot of people listened. It’s time to rethink what radical conservative have done and are doing to our country. The Reagan-Bushes National Debt now totals $10.1 trillion by a most conservative estimate. That’s the lions share of our present debt.

 Again, the LIONS SHARE of our National Debt came because of the Nation Crippling Reagan-Bush Tax Cuts.  

WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE BUSH TAX CUTS.. THEY ARE CRIPPLING OUR NATION  

There is no debate that the economic formula that President Clinton used was the correct one, and President Bush had not reason or precedent to change the Tax code.  

The only saying is “If it ain’t broke, why fix it”  

So why did President Bush try to fix something that wasn’t broken??????????  

Also,  

President Bush even showed that he understood the importance of returning the country back to prosperity by putting a direct END to the Tax Cuts.   

Now, get this:  

Back in 2001, when the first set of Bush tax cuts was rammed through Congress, the legislation was written with a peculiar provision — namely, that the whole thing would expire, with tax rates reverting to 2000 levels, on the last day of 2010.  

Why would he put into to law that at the end of 2010, the tax rates were to revert back to the levels of 2000? Why would he change the law “for the better”, just to change the law back to the laws that ” were not working”  

What’s at stake here? According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, making all of the Bush tax cuts permanent, as opposed to following the Obama proposal, would cost the federal government $680 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. For the sake of comparison, it took months of hard negotiations to get Congressional approval for a mere $26 billion in desperately needed aid to state and local governments.  

Cost the Federal Government $680 Billion in revenue over the next 10 years? Are you serious?????  

We would have to get that revenue somewhere else right? If you make $20,000 a year, and your bills are $20,000 but you away $5,000 don’t you have to get that “deficit” from somewhere?  

We can’t  borrow it, so what will the US do? Do a Monetary Correction and continue to De-Value the Dollar. That is what will happen.  

For what? Do give the richest individuals in America an additional estimated $3 Million in savings?  

That are supposed to magically filter down to the rest of the working class. KEEP DREAMING!  

  

This Economy was inherited by the Obama Administration.  

I really am not sure if any of the cuts should be continued.  

I remember the economy back in the Clinton Administration and it felt pretty good.  

I would give up my tax break if the economy could be restored to that level.  

I am not rich.. but I would be willing to give up my Middle Class cut to get back to a time when not just individuals are prosperous but the whole country was experiencing an incredible economic euphoria.  

Let the Tax cuts end.. let them end and let’s never let that happen again.  

Be Inspired!  

Until Next Time,  

Derrick Butler  

Founder/Mydreamalive  

www.mydreamalive.com

President Barack Obama 2010

Republicans again have nothing but negative to say.

There was such Controversy the last time that President Obama gave this speech that the Obama Administration had to release the speech the night before it was given. Parents were threatening to pull their kids out of school because of the “Influence” of Politics in education.

What hogwash. I can believe it, because Racist and Uneducated people will make any excuse to cause division amongst the nation.

Today President Obama was doing what I wish all Presidents before him would have done, stressing the importance of Education for us all.

How in the world anyone could manipulate that message into anything negative is beyond my comprehension.

Let’s look at the stats:

OECD/PISA Study:
Mathematical Literacy

1. Japan
2. Korea
3. New Zealand
4. Finland
5. Australia
6. Canada
7. Switzerland
8. United Kingdom
9. Belgium
10. France
11. Austria
12. Denmark
13. Iceland
14. Liechtenstein
15. Sweden
16. Ireland
17. Norway
18. Czech Republic
19. United States
20. Germany

In a recent OECD (www.oecd.org) study the United States was 19th in Math according to 265,000 15 year olds across the World. I strongly feel that Math is by far the hardest subject for most people to grasp, and if you can excel in Math then you are more like to be able to excel in reading, writing, and science.

We are way below the Top 10 in Math compared to the industrialized world and this is unacceptable as arguably the richest and most powerful nation that has ever existed.

Some Words of Inspiration from the President:

Quotes 
“But here is what I came to Masterman to tell you: nobody gets to write your destiny but you. Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing – absolutely nothing – is beyond your reach. So long as you’re willing to dream big. So long as you’re willing to work hard. So long as you’re willing to stay focused on your education.”

“That last part is absolutely essential – because an education has never been more important. I’m sure there will be times in the months ahead when you’re staying up late cramming for a test, or dragging yourselves out of bed on a rainy morning, and wondering if it’s all worth it. Let me tell you, there is no question about it. Nothing will have as great an impact on your success in life as your education.”

“More and more, the kinds of opportunities that are open to you will be determined by how far you go in school. In other words, the farther you go in school, the farther you’ll go in life. And at a time when other countries are competing with us like never before; when students around the world are working harder than ever, and doing better than ever; your success in school will also help determine America’s success in the 21st century.”

“But the truth is, an education is about more than getting into a good college or getting a good job when you graduate. It’s about giving each and every one of us the chance to fulfill our promise; to be the best version of ourselves we can be. And part of what that means is treating others the way we want to be treated – with kindness and respect.”

“So, what I want to say to you today – what I want all of you to take away from my speech – is that life is precious, and part of its beauty lies in its diversity. We shouldn’t be embarrassed by the things that make us different. We should be proud of them. Because it’s the things that make us different that make us who we are. And the strength and character of this country have always come from our ability to recognize ourselves in one another, no matter who we are, or where we come from, what we look like, or what abilities or disabilities we have.”

“And I’m absolutely confident that if all our students – here at Masterman, and across this country – keep doing their part; if you keep working hard, and focusing on your education; if you keep fighting for your dreams and if all of us help you reach them; then not only will you succeed this year, and for the rest of your lives, but America will succeed in the 21st century. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. ”
 

People, if those words Inspire me and they should Inspire you to be the very best person that your Drive and Dreams allow you to be. Don’t settle for being in Music or Sports because that is what people expect from you. Be the next Engineer, Scientist, mathematician, Teacher, Politician,Pilot,Astronaut or Business Person. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your Country.

Until Next Time,

Be Inspired,

Derrick T. Butler

Founder

www.mydreamalive.com

Big Tech Hoarding Cash

What in the world is Big Tech Doing with such a large War Chest? With that much money on hand why arent’t they hiring people. The buzz on the street is that the Big Tech’s are trying to position themselves for a nasty season of Take Overs in the next 2 years. While Big Tech sits on there laurels with all that cash on hand. The Un-Educated publicc thinks that all the Policy Reform  that the Barack Obama Administration Initiated did not work. The Tea Party and the Republican party both are crying wolf as loud as they can that the Presidnent is doing nothing to help the American people. Give me a break! You have got to be kidding me. Instead of helping American revover from the Great Recession, corporate america should be doing there part just like Governement did theres. With the unemployment rate in August at 9.5%, we need coporate America to start hiring back some of the 1,000 that were laid off during the worst of the recession. We also need the banks to loosen the guidelines so that they can start lending money to small busineses that continue to have difficulty getting loans to start and continue in business. This county is healthy when both Big and Small business are doing there parts in hiring employees. President Barack Obama has only been in office for less than 2 years and has delivered some of the most aggressive reforms that Government has passed in two decades. Finally we have a President that knows exactly what he is doing and that has this country in the right direction. Clinton was the last Great President that got this country to incredible years of surplus. Once Obama gets Health Care and the Financial Sector under Control. He will have to cut spending by geetting rid of the fat in the Public Sector. If we can spend $21,000 per household which matches the spending livel that Clinton achieved in his term, this country will not only get out of the Great Recession, but get back to surplus and economic prosperity for all.

It is about time that the Capitalist Pigg banks get a talkin to!

“The Goldman CEO sLloyd Blankfein acknowledges Goldman Sachs role in the financial crisis and explains how Wall Street and Main Street can recover together.”

Nooooo duhhhh! Are you kidding me?

Of course you were behind the potential ruin of the Great US of A! You lined your pockets and invested in Dubai and let the little people fend for themselves. Isn’t this the way it always goes? The rich get richer and the poor get sh****d on! I do not cuse often by this really gets my goat.

The rich, the real rich top 1%, do not care about the other 95% that they have more money than. They only care about PROFIT! Is this suppose to be a democracy or a Monarchy! I can not believe that they are not all in jail.

When is enough ever enough! Let’s talk Wall Street REFORM! Let’s talk about it and debate it and then legislate it!

We were on the break on disaster and if it was not for the incredible actions of the Great President Obama, and his incredible team at the Fed. We would all be speaking Chinese and making Nike’s for a living.

I want my dream to happen and there are millions of people like me that need a honest banking system to make it happen. I know I just said an oxymoron honest:Banking but that is what this country really needs.

To big to FAIL! These banks are so big that they choose who FAILS! Let’s change this and have a better life for the next generation.

Derrick Butler

Founder/CEO

Mydreamalive Inc

www.mydreamalive.com

180px-frederick_douglass_as_a_younger_man2  Here we are in 2009!!

Hello All and welcome to My Dream Alive

I had to take a moment to reflect on all the things that just happenend in the United States.

I am like everyone else dazed, stunned, and excited all at the same time.

As founder and CEO of Mydreamalive.com I am utterly amazed at Barack Obama actually getting elected to offfice.  Alot of people feel the same way as I do. Not because of his qualifications or the fact that nothing happened while the election was going on, or the fact that he is the 1st African American President and the most powerful man in the world!

I am so proud of my country and I am soooo proud of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and his daughters. If they were concerned they never showed it, if there was heighted security it never dominated the media outlets. I am sooo very excited that this man who was inspired by Abraham Lincoln would have the Audacity of hope and the commitment to make history.

I look back at the people before Barack Obama and I think about men like Frederick Douglass that pulled himself up and made himself a better person.

He was inspired by William Lloyd Garrison’s Speech about Freedom and this experience ignited a fire within him that created one of themost influential abolotionist in the history of America.

We have to dream and dream big in 2009. We have to let our minds wonder and get Inspired by some incredible models that exist in the world today.

Dream of being a Politician, businessperson,  Doctor, Scientist and Inventor.

Create the next big thing in Science that will change the world as we see it today.

You can pull yourself up from any current condition and achieve things that you have only dreamed about.

If Frederick Douglass can do it you can too!

If Barack Obama can do it you can too!!

Get Inspired Today!

Derrick   Butler                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

www.mydreamalive.com