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Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. (1 Samuel 17:41-45, 48-50 NLT)
Do not forget the story of David and Goliath! Do not forget the story of triumph over tribulation! While the world today teaches us fear and cowardice, the Bible (God) teaches us strength and courage. David was only a mere boy compared to Goliath. But yet he had the strength and courage of 10,000 men (and one army of angels) to take down a giant–and went on to become King, passing down his bloodline to Jesus Christ.
So this week, remember your history, honor your roots, and have strength and courage.
But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5 NLT)
In the mighty words of Bob Marley: “I’m gonna be Iron, Like a Lion, in Zion”
Here is the last batch of photos from the Two-Day Reggae fest “Tribute to the Legends at The World Beat Cultural Center–artists include Luciano, Twinkle Brothers, and Don Carlos!! To view click on the link below.
A Big Thank You To Makeda Dread for hosting this event. Be sure to read her story under “Interesting People”
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)
This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.
At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:
The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.
Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.
So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!
#Fullcircle. I couldn’t muster the words of what he really meant to me that night. So Here’s my story:
When I was 16 years old, I struggled to find my identity as young black male in High School. I had the mind and soul of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela but I was not accepted because I was too different or what people may call “radical”–I was so conflicted by the stereotypes in music, television, and social cliques, that I didn’t know “Who I was” at that time. However I pushed through those negative stereotypes, because of what one voicemail did for me. A voicemail that was left for me by none other than Dr. Cornel West.
In pursuit of finding my voice in High School, I wrote a speech called “Fear”–a speech that came to be the cradle of my creativity and charisma. But the problem was, nobody REALLY took the time to consider what I had to say–most importantly my ideas. And so, I did the most tenacious thing a high school student could ever do: send a letter to one of the most well-known and respected professors in the academia world today, Dr. Cornel West, and ask for feedback (and possibly a letter of recommendation). Although I didn’t get everything that I wanted, his voicemail was more than enough to put me on a right path to college, where I’ve graduated honorably from SDSU, and evidently into Suffolk Law School.
This month marks the 8th year anniversary of a voicemail of a lifetime, when a young man’s future is shaped by the words of a hero: love, compassion, and courage to chase your dreams.
That night was so emotional that I ended up crying because I am in Law School now; I’ve done so many great things since that voicemail. I spent all of my college years traveling across the country (from California to New Jersey and New York) to remind him of “Who I am.” But now I didn’t go anywhere. He came to me in a town where I have called my second home, Boston. And I reminded him again but only this time with, “I am what I am because you loved me.”
I want to send Harvard Book Store “A Special Thank You” for hosting this event, and making this FullCircle Experience possible. And once again I apologize to those who didn’t get their chance to ask their questions due to my tearful testimony. I hope Dr. Cornel West was able to answer them.
Thank you Dr. Cornel West; it has truly been a long journey for me. I will continue to love the way you have loved me when I needed it.
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A Special Thank you to Mark Jones from Florissant, Missouri for capturing these two photos. I had no idea that Dr. Cornel West was tearing up too.
Every Thursday, I post a miscellaneous article that I have written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.
This week’s ThrowBack Thursdays: My interview w/ Mike Brady, Founder and Producer of the Income Opportunity Expo.
Mike E. Brady is one of the most interesting individuals that you will ever meet in your lifetime. He has hosted and produced PBS broadcast segments, dozens of TV and radio interviews and a variety of talk shows, as well as becoming a filmmaker. He has traveled the world, and holds a college degree from Boston University in geography.
Mike began his career in New York City during the late 1980’s and has independently produced dozens of successful consumer trade shows (Holistic Health Expos, Bridal Shows, Arts & Crafts Expos, Environmental Expos, and World Music Festivals)–attracting tens of thousands of attendees to a broad spectrum of industries in some of the largest and most prestigious hotels, convention centers and venues across the Northeastern region. But what people fail to recognize is how down to earth and compassionate he really is.
When I first met him at the Small Business Expo at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Ma, he did not in no way perceive himself to be a “hot-shot”–which there were plenty of at the expo; I met him when I just got done introducing myself and my website to a business woman during lunch hour at the cafeteria. When I got up, Mike approached me and said that he was interested in my services and would loved to be featured on my website–he immediately wanted to do an interview!
I was quite surprised by his response because my site at the time didn’t generate a modest value to anyone just yet. However, I still scheduled an interview with him for the following week, we met up, and he began to tell me his life story and his upcoming expo: “Income Opportunity Expo.”
When I sat down with him, I was truly amazed by his accomplishments and travels. But yet he sounded so humble that it was very hard to believe him sometimes. When I asked him, “How do you define success?” He put it simply and said:
“Being comfortable in your own skin, while living in the moment.”
Furthermore, he quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson and says, “To be yourself, in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.”
From my interview not only did I learn a great deal on what “success” is, but his passion towards helping people; Today I am glad that I have documented his passion in our interview together.
Thank you again Mike for the opportunity to interview you and I am so glad that my website has been useful to you. I look forward in doing great things with you and UR Business Network!
If you wish to hear his voice and learn more about his passion go to: URBusinessNetwork.com “Lemonade Stand” featuring Mike E. Brady
To get a complete bio of Mike go to https://incomexpomedia.com/
To read my interview with Mike E. Brady, click on this link: Mike Brady: The Man Behind the Income Opportunity Expo
- ThrowBack Thursdays: My Interview w/ Makeda Dread, CEO and Founder of the San Diego World Beat Center.(princesdailyjournal.com)
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ThrowBack Thursdays: My Interview w/ Makeda Dread, CEO & Founder of the World Beat Center
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WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT WEEK.
Prince’s Daily Journal will be observing President’s Day on February 17, so Prince will not be posting Motivation Monday nor Daily Newsfeed that day. He will resume his daily postings this week after President’s Day.
*Also Prince has been invited by URBusinessNetwork to be interviewed on their daily radio show this President’s Day (Feb 17)! For those of you who wish to hear Prince speak on the radio waves for the first time ever, go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com and click on “Business Network Radio Listen Now” button. I’ll be on at 12:00pm EST
Prince will also be sharing the microphone with Mike Brady, Founder and Producer of the Boston Income Opportunity Expo Media, to talk more about his upcoming expo. To read his story go to: Mike Brady: The Man Behind the Boston Income Opportunity Expo
*ALSO DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE BIGGEST REGGAE CONCERT IN SAN DIEGO, CA: “THE TRIBUTE TO THE REGGAE LEGENDS CONCERT” hosted by Makeda Dread. To get your tickets, go to www.tributetothelegends.com or call 619-230-1190. To learn more and read her story, scroll up and click on her “ThrowBack Thursdays” link.
*Lastly Roy Afrique, CEO of Afrique Events, is hosting his President’s Day Celebration “Supreme” TONIGHT at the Vlora Lounge (545 Boylston St in Boston, Ma). To get a RSVP, call Roy 781-354-1580 or go to www.iamafrique.com PARTY STARTS AT 10pm and ends at 2am.
Every Thursday, I post a miscellaneous article that I’ve written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.
This week’s ThrowBack Thurdays: My Interview w/ Makeda Dread, CEO and Founder of the World Beat Center.
Makeda Dread is one of a kind. She is both an iconic figure in the world of Reggae Music and an ambassador of World Culture to San Diego, Ca and Tijuana, B.C. In this interview I did not only learn about her special relationship that she had with the legendary Bob Marley but her determination on making a positive change in her hometown of San Diego where racism still lingered. Today she still creates this positive change to the lives of millions through her music, teachings, and vegetarian cuisine–All at an astonishing age of 71!
Thank you Makeda for being a positive mentor and influence both to me and the world; that has been touched by your wisdom and love. I am so glad to call you my Aunt.
To read her interview story, click on the link below.
And Don’t Forget that Next Monday (February 17) on President’s Day is Makeda’s Tribute to the Reggae Legends Concert–The Biggest Annual Concert in San Diego, CA! To get your tickets call 619-230-1190 or go to www.tributetothelegends.com
- ThrowBack Thursdays: My Interview w/ Congresswoman Susan Davis (princesdailyjournal.com)
Here is my interview story of Makeda Dread, CEO & Founder of the San Diego World Beat Center. Read about her humble beginnings–from her time spent with Bob Marley to being an iconic figure in San Diego, CA–and learn how she is utilizing music, art, dance as a weapon for world peace. To read click on the link below.
- Talk Tuesdays w/ Roy AfriQue, Event Planner and CEO of AfriQue Events (princesdailyjournal.com)
Recently I had the pleasure to sit down with my aunt, the legendary Reggae Promoter and world culture ambassador of San Diego, as she told me her humble beginnings: how she established great relationships with Reggae Legends like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and how she is using music, culture, and dance as weapon for world peace. To learn more about her you can go to www.worldbeatcenter.org otherwise stay tuned for her story soon. http://www.princesdailyjournal.com
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That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied,
“You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around….Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.
So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet. (1 Kings 3:5-15 NLT)
King Solomon, the son of David–mentioned in all Holy accords such as the Bible, the Hidden Words and the Qur’an–was considered a great king of Israel. Not only did he obtain an immense amount of wealth and power, but his wisdom was like no other in the world–“The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart” Hebrew Bible (1 Kings 10:24). It is unfortunate that King Solomon did live up to his name during his last days on Earth, but his humble beginnings (in this passage) does reminds us that Wisdom and Compassion are more valuable than riches and fame.
In the world today, we see very few leaders that carry the wisdom or discernment of King Solomon; although he did not either during his last days on Earth. However, what we can learn from this is that the desires of the Earth stray us from the divine gifts of God which is Wisdom. Remember that King Solomon was not revered for his earthly treasures nor influence among men, but his Wisdom–a gift which God still reveres as valuable. And more importantly when we seek Wisdom, we should do so with Humility.
Ask for an understanding heart and seek the things that are not of this Earth.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Persistence Is A Virtue (princesdailyjournal.com)
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (Colossians 3:1-10 NLT)
This verse, along with others, are the teachings of Apostle Paul. And in this verse he instructs us all that the real treasures are stored in Heaven; not on earth.
What I love most about this verse is the philosophy of material wealth and how it can not be compared to the wealth stored in Heaven. We are so easily distracted by the things on earth that we forget to look up to the sky. We work so hard to obtain material wealth that we forget how little work it takes to obtain everlasting peace and rewards from Heaven. Why is that?
Why do we attempt to please the world, when the world does not please us? God gave us the world to live and to enjoy his creation– not to worship it.
We are so enslaved to the rewards on Earth [“Material Wealth”] that we force ourselves to do unsatisfied labor. And then, there are those who would commit wicked deeds (lie, cheat, steal, slander, and back stab) to gain the rewards from Earth. Until we break free from this “mental slavery,” we will never enjoy what life [or Heaven] has to offer.
So this week’s spiritual lesson is to set your sights high and stop looking down to Earth and ‘quarrel everyday, for you are saying prayers to the devil I say’ [Bob Marley].–Bob Marley even knew that Heaven is not on the Earth [“Get Up, Stand Up“]
Let go of the things that are Earthly, for it breeds evil and wickedness, and humbly receive (and perform) the things that are Holy and righteous.
Break free from mental slavery; wake up and live!
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Building On A Solid Foundation (princesdailyjournal.com)