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What a year in sports it has been!!

LeBron James finally climbs the mountain top after 9 years of struggle and disappointment. Coming into the league and thinking he could do it, and that he didn’t need any help to accomplish it.

Then finally going to Miami where he had (2) two other All Stars to help him obtain the championship. Lebron grew up a lot in the process, and in the final game when other team mates where ready to party before it was over, he pulled them by the side and said, “Let’s win as champions.”

Andy Murray, who has an entire country watching his every move, and being the focal point of the nation for the two weeks at Wimbledon. No Brit has been in the finals since 1936!! The country hosting the event having no hometown champion to stand up for them.

Wow…I look at the two pictures above and immediately can see the difference in the two moments.

Andy looking up in the sky and Lebron jumping up and down and partying till 6 in the A.M.

Both of them under magnifying glasses, and I personal opinion is that Andy was under MORE scrutiny and

pressure than Lebron could even imagine!

But…my point..Look what faith, sacrifice, and hard work can do!!

Better yet…Philippians 4:13 sums it all for me:

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”

How often we remind ourselves that Christ is the answer to any and every obstacle that we face in life.

Christ has the strength that we need, that no matter how tall, wide, or deep the obstacle is…Christ is the 

answer!

Watching Andy Murray this week, I noticed with EVERY win, this picture above is the exact look he showed.

Every WIN his head and eyes all looking upward in thanks and in realization of the moment.

Andy must now face Roger Federer in the Finals of Wimbledon! But watching Andy so far, I believe he has 

learned and won already!

Congratulations to both winners! 

Derrick T. Butler is Founder/CEO of Mydreamalive.com which strives to change the negative images of African American into positive images that better reflect the majority of African American experiences. You can find out more at www.mydreamalive.com.

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.

What in the world is going on in Iowa? Why would they even have language in there pledge about Slavery and how the African American family was stonger during slavery?

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum sought to clarify their support of a pledge that contained a controversial preamble suggesting black children born into slavery had better family structures than black children now. The excerpt has been removed from "The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family," a pledge issued by the conservative Christian organization The Family … Read More

via CNN Political Ticker

The Terrible Duo

 What in the world are the Republicans drinking? You can not tell me that their line in the sand is the continued manipulation of the tax dollars by Billionaire corporations and the richest 1%. How in the world can you have a talk about deficit without revenue. Did Newt and Mitch go into a deep slumber during the President Bill Clinton years. Where their panties up their butts so tight that they missed one of the most ( If not the best!) deficit reducing years in American History. The Tax increases that Bill Clinton initiated not only reduced the deficit, and brought in 241 Billion in five years. It took both cutting of wasteful spending and revenues to turn the country around.

Now President Obama comes to the table with the Revenue and the Republicans come to the table with the Reductions, and now we have what we need to turn the country around.

I for one feel that the Holy Grail of the Democratic party – The Incredible FDR New Deal initiatives after the Great Depression should not be touched! Economists around the nation agree that Social Security is not a problem and only needs to be funded to last to the next couple generations. So I strongly disagree on putting it up as an offering to the republicans!

Do not cave in on this one.. we need the revenue and the cost cutting measures to turn the country around. For once, let both parties work together for the good of the country and not the good of their and their constituents pocket books!

Derrick Butler is Founder of My Dream Alive find out more at www.mydreamalive.com

Follow me on Twitter @DerrickButler

 

The Origin of ALL Life

      What a question? Can we all come together and create a African History movement that encompasses the African History that most of the African-American know nothing about, with the African-American History that most Africans know nothing about.

African History is the true history that we should be sharing with generations. Connecting ourselves with Africa and then bringing history forward to the present. To much of the history that comes up in February is about the Civil Rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ” I Have a Dream” movement. We have to go back further and we also need to include more of the people who made this dream life of ours possible.  Even though we have not reached the utopian level of society that Dr. King envisioned, this life is still a far cry from the civil unrest in the 60’s.  The ultimate example of how far we have come is the first African-American President Barack Obama.  Our generation needs to see the amazing rich culture of the Egyptians, and also understand the complexity of Booker T. Washington. Understand how Madame CJ Walker became the 1st African-American woman Millionaire, and how the great ruler of Ethiopian Yohannes IV ruled from 1872-1889. Until we can unite the two continents we as African Americans will continue to fight to find ourselves in this  caucasian dominated nation.

Do you feel it is possible to unite the two continents together?

Derrick Butler is Founder of My Dream Alive Black History Clothing that Inspires, Motivates, and Educates. Find out more at www.mydreamalive.com and stay up to date by following me on Twitter @DerrickButler

You do NOT have a good relationship with Blacks!

Wow.. here we go again.   A Billionaire that
“THINKS”  ( Ohhh boy does he THINK)
that he has an inkling of an idea of who and what we are as a people!
It is funny even hilarious to me that he would even imply that he could have taken away votes from Barack Obama in 2008!
This is like you know who saying ” Those People” that gave him a quick reality of who we are and what happens when you get us excited!
You can not come to us when you are looking for votes, after decades of neglect and non relationship.
You can not come to us, after spending no time in Black communities or even inviting a “Real Black” over to the house.
I don’t think Mr. Trump even knows a line from the most popular Lil Wayne song!
Come on.. we are not going to be fooled again to thinking that a Billionaire even understands the average wealth of a Black American or the graduation rate from High School of a boy in uptown New York.
We are not going to let the Republicans pretend to have our best interests at heart when people like  McCain think the average person has an income of 5 Million.
I am one that believes that you should not even get to run for office if your net worth exceeds 1 Million dollars.
We are supposed to be a Democracy… for the people and by the people.
Your Mr. Trump are not one of the people.
That is not your fault, you get the great distinction of being a self-made Billionaire, but you also should not be given the great responsibility of representing the common man.
We saw just recently with Meg Whitman running for Governor of California ( Thank God she did not win!) what would happen if a Wealthy person was to take office and run the Government strictly as a business.
You can not do that!
Government is more than profit and loss!!!
This amazing incredible country needs to get back to the foundation of what we were created to be.
A place where money would not decide..your education, or your ability to start a business or the state of your income for the rest of your life.
Like England where if you are born into Noble blood then you are set, but if not you are pretty much screwed.
We want a Democracy.. the Democracy that the founders believed was possible.
You Mr. Trump are the sign of the Capitalist propaganda that exists today. You are a sign of the disease that has infested our country.
I can tell you that NOOO Mr. Trump you do not know how much we detest the possibility that you would even be considered for Presidency!
You go run your business and make Billions more…
But.. please leave the Government to those who have a blood in their veins and a REAL HEART!!

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