Category: Inspirational quotes


Mydreamalive.com presents the Iconic Leontyne Price

What does it take to change the face of African-American culture?

A person that believes in what they believe and does not care what anyone else thinks!

One of her favorite quotes:

Accomplishment has no color

                                                         Leontyne Price

What an amazing person, performer, and voice like no nother.

Born in Laurel, Mississippi on February 10, 1927, Leontyne price grew up with  the love of music stirring inside of her veins. Like most African-American children, Leontyne got her music chops and internship in church, growing up listening to the type of music that could stir a soul. She new right then and there that she was going to make music, and affecting people’s lives, her  profession.

Now here is where the story gets interesting.

She chose to pursue a career in Classical/Operatic music and not jazz or gospel music!

huh??

This is where the disconnect happened for many of good ole down home black folks.

She went to Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio and got encouragement and inspiration to further her love for the genre.  Leontyne went to college to become a music teacher. While hearing her sing one day in a Hall, the President of the College, Dr. Charles H. Wesley encouraged her to change her major from education to voice.

Leontyne Price earned her B.A. in June 1948, and headed to New York to study at the Julliard School of Music where she had won a full tuition scholarship. At Julliard, she received voice training from Florence Ward Kimball, a distinguished teacher, and, in her last year, she gave a strong performance as Mistress Ford in the student production of the opera, Falstaff. Upon seeing her in this production, Virgil Thompson immediately invited her to star in a revival of his opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, which ran on Broadway for three weeks in April 1952. Less than two months later, Price made her debut in Dallas, in a role that would carve her name in the minds of audiences everywhere; she appeared as Bess in a revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Leontyne Price achieved one of the greatest artistic victories of her career on January 27, 1961, when she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. This performance ignited a 42-minute ovation, one of the longest in the Met’s history. Critic Harold Schoenberg wrote: “Her voice was dusky and rich in its lower tones, perfectly even in its transitions from one register to another, and flawlessly pure and velvety at the top.”

Over the years, Leontyne Price has won 15 Grammy Awards for vocal recordings she has made, and she has been on the cover of Time and 27 other magazines. In addition, she was the only opera singer to be represented in the list of “Remarkable American Women: 1776-1976” in Life Magazine‘s Bicentennial issue in 1976. She now lives quietly in a cozy house in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Even with her amazing popularity in Europe, her status as an African-American Icon has yet to be truly celebrated!

There is more than enough evidence, rewards, reasons, and accolades to make this happen today!

Derrick Butler is CEO and Founder of Mydreamalive.com which has a mission of changing the negative images that media portrays as African-American heroes, to positive images that are true African-American Icons.

Guest post written by Marie Stevenson

I’ve never been one that wears a whole lot of makeup. Instead, I like to concentrate on making my hair look perfect. You could say that it’s become kind of obsession of mine since I was about in middle school. So a few years ago I started my own hair and beauty blog, well mainly just about hair. But I think that now it’s about time to actually move my blog over onto my own website.

I searched around for a while to find a good place to buy a URL and found the site www.Domainnames.com. I signed up for a URL that’s identical to the name of my regular old blog and have been working on moving over all my stuff and setting it up

I think that having my own site will make it so much easier on me in setting everything up. Plus, I think that it will be easier to organize things into pages that I want, rather than just following the format of the blogging platform like I have been up until now. The better to show off my hair how-tos!

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

One Nation Under GOD

                                                                                                                                              This has been a very trying week for me.

                                                                                                So excited about the news from President Barack Obama that Osama Bin Laden is finally dead.

I don’t usually get excited about a “Murder” because that was what it was.. but I know how GOD feels about sin and the people who continue to blasphemy his Holy name.
So I was happy that again the bad guy loses and all is right in GOD’s Universe.
Have you noticed that no matter the situation or movie the bad guys always gets it in the end!
Then the mess came out about..”Is he really Dead” and if he is DEAD then they should show the body!
I am really irritated about this whole debate.
Has anyone ever seen Hitler’s Body? Ok.. how about Attila the Hun??
We don’t even think about seeing them because guess what… they are DEAD!
Here we go again with a Republican Donald Trumpism.. where is the Birth Certificate???
Get a grip and get a clue!
Mr. Trump…where is your real hair??
Now you Trump  can spend his time on more important unsolved matters like… where the hell is Tupac and Biggie?
 
Come on people.. It is Mr. Bush that said that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that were proven to not be there.
A war to capture Hussein for some reason, was on the way and the American public believed it hook line and sinker.
 
We have to be a people, a country that believes that the office of President will not call a press conference to make a bold face lie to the American people.
We have to be a nation that does not take this opportunity to divide the country into people who think he is dead and people who do not think he is dead..
 
why… FOR RATINGS!!
FOR   POLITICAL  ADVANTAGE!!
 
The Republicans have no one to run in 2012. They have no one that can beat President Barack Obama so here they go again with the Divisive Tactics.
The same Tactics that have worked in the past to confuse the American People.
No more.. we need answers on topics of great importance.
How about…JOBS.. EDUCATION..DEFICIT..HEATH CARE..NEW ENERGY
 
Can we all get on the same page for once.
We need answers on real problems and we need a country a leadership that can lead us into the next century.
Perhaps two parties are too much for our country??
 
I know we need to trim the Government and get the spending dow.
I know we need to raise the taxes on the rich to Clinton 2000 years.
We know those two need to happen to have a chance in making it to another generation.
In history ALL great nations fall!!
They fall because of stupidity, selfishness and Power Struggles
 
Are we going to have the same fate? Or are we finally going to create a nation that can live together in peace and harmony
Perhaps I am asking more than we are able to do.
But I have always been told, that if you ask.. you can receive..
 
WE can do this anything is possible.
 
I still believe we are an Amazing nation!
 
Derrick Butler is the Founder of My Dream Alive the largest producer of  Urban Inspirational Wear that Inspires, Motivates and Educates. Find out more at www.mydreamalive.com
Also Follow Derrick Butler on Twitter @DerrickButler
 
One Nation under GOD indivisible and justice for all
 
 

Repubicans Block Progress again

 

   Republican leaders again want to block one of the biggest ways to get out of this economic mess ( that they created!!) and keep the social programs that were instituted by the Government to be a contract with the American people.

Everyone knows that I am a huge President Barack Obama fan ( Still love saying President), and I have supported him from the start, but he needs to stand firm on this one.

I have always been told that Facts are Friends..well let’s look at some facts:

Defense      Spending     :        2000        $334.2 Billion               20004   $379.5   Billion        2008   $726.10 Billion       2011 $928.5 Billion   ( Almost a Trillion!! )

Why is Defense up  $594.30 Billion Dollars!!

Why are we looking at Social Services cuts when we have added $594.30 Billion to the Federal Budget???

Our Defense Spending is 42% of our GDP!!   Are you kidding me!

Come on.. the place is Defense.. Defense…Defense!!

In order to tackle the astronomical Deficit that our County faces.. we have to take in more revenue and decrease spending.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to get this..

Why are the Republicans playing games. We can reduce spending on Defense and make it up slowly.. or we can take in more Revenue and take care of it faster.

Do you remember the Clinton Years?? 

We need to return the tax rates for the Rich to those years. I do not remember a person rich or poor complaining about how bad it was during those Glory YEARS!!

The top income tax rate was 39% !

We had a booming economy!  We had a $4 Trillion dollar Surplus!!

Enough said…

Derrick Butler is Founder of My Dream Alive the only Urban Inspirational Clothing line and also an Equal Education Advocate. You can follow Derrick Butler on Twitter @DerrickButler or learn more about My Dream Alive 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.