Today the Boston Red Sox play their 104th home opening game; Trade Fight looms as Congress returns from the weekend; Jodi Arias faces sentencing today in Arizona; 800,000 children have been forced out of their homes because of Boko Haram; and Watch Hillary Clinton’s new 2016 White House campaign announcement. All this and more, please follow the links below
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!
Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/picture/article that I have featured in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.
This week’s ThrowBack Thursday Edition: My interview with Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at SDSU.
This interview was recorded in the summer of 2014 at my old alma mater San Diego State University–GO AZTECS! And in this interview, not only did I learn more about his role at SDSU, but his passion for international diversity.
Today I had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Bruce at SDSU, where he continues to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all SDSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors–working very closely with senior level administrators, deans, and committees throughout the campus, who are all also dedicated to diversity inclusion strategies. In our conversation, he told me that he is travelling to college campuses across the nation to give important lectures on race topics, such as “Ferguson.”
Here is an article on Dr. Bruce, from Huffington Post, urging students of color to study abroad: Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders.
To read my original post on Dr. Aaron Bruce, click on the link below:
If you wish to learn more about his current activities in recruiting Staff Diversity in International Education, go to www.nafsa.org
If you wish to contact him to give lectures on diversity inclusion and important topics on race such as Ferguson, email him at email@example.com or Google him.
#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.
(This interview was recorded on Oct.8th 2014)
Charlie Davies is a local Bostonian and plays for the New England Revolution. He has participated in two World Cups (2008 and 2009) for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and plans to play again in the next World Cup in 2018.
Charlie shared with me his future plans and his recovery from a serious car accident that he was involved in, back in 2009–and this month will mark the 5th year anniversary of escaping certain death. He said it was truly difficult for him because he couldn’t play consecutively as he used to–it took him 2-3 years to fully recover. But now he is making the right steps to getting back in the game and playing with his fellow teammates one more time before the next World Cup!
Playing soccer and being a soccer player is not a job but passion for him. He says, “There is no greater joy than to step on the field, put on your cleats and play with the ball.” He narrated to me his first goal account with the US National Soccer Team–and how that turned into a crucial qualifying goal for one of the World Cups that he was in. The US was playing against Trinidad, in Trinidad, Tobago, when his good friend Jozy Altidore (who is now the striker for the US Men’s National Team) assisted him by making a terrific pass which Charlie tapped the ball right into the goal.
Charlie admits that it was an easy “tap-in” goal but he says, “a goal is a goal!” And he was over the moon with it.
When I asked him to share any aspiring words to my audience, of whom wanted to be like him, he said this to me:
“Through my experience, I would tell them to have faith–to have belief in yourself! Things do not always go well and they don’t always go the way that you want them to go. But you have to stay focused and stay positive! And if you can stay positive and work hard then you can achieve many things that people think that you can never achieve. You will prove yourself wrong and you will prove doubters wrong. But most importantly don’t take life for grant it because anything could be taken away from you in an instant.”
If you wish to reach out to Charlies Davies, and give him love and support in his quest to play for US Men’s National Soccer Team in the next World Cup, go to his Twitter account (@charliedavies9) at www.twitter.com/CharlieDavies9.
And you can also follow him on his Instagram account (@charliedavies09) at www.instagram.com/charliedavies09.
For more of my radio talks and interviews go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com.
(*I made a slight gaffe in the beginning: “Charlie Davies is a US Men’s National Soccer Team player”)
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
–1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
You can’t save everybody! Nor can you force people to respect what you believe in–that right belongs to Jesus Christ. It is why I strongly believe that people frown upon the Christian religion today–especially when fellow believers carry sinister picket signs.
Talk with your feet, instead of your mouth; you’d be surprise how many people will listen to your actions not your words. And mind your own business; your faith does not require you to be the NSA!
Prince Talks About Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls Scandal on Prince in the City Show
On each and every show I don’t just provide you news in the City, but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you. And on this show, I talk about the emergence of a new Foreign Terrorist Organization Boko Haram and investigate if the U.S. can really #BringBackOurGirls?
But before I commented on this important international issue, I first introduced my person of the week who has changed the lives of thousands through her hand-written letters of love: Hannah Brencher.
Every Monday, I post a TED talk video (or a YouTube video) of an awesome and inspiring individual who has triumphed over obstacles and/or has something meaningful to say through their words or actions. And I have selected Hannah because of how she turned tragedy into pure comedy by writing love letters to complete strangers.
In her TED talk she tells the tale of her own life story; how in college she would always write hand-written letters to her mother. However, when she made the move to New York City, right after college, she then experienced her first downpour of depression. But instead of standing in the rain, she did the unorthodox: she wrote and hid letters throughout New York City, and took love letter requests from the World Wide Web! And what started out as self-therapy turned into a public cry for action!
One of the greatest takeaways from her TED talk video (and is still my favorite) is the story of the man who almost took his life, but did not because of what Hannah and her team of “strangers” did for this man in words. When I saw this it reminded me of my interviews with the people that I have featured on my website–and how they all changed my life for the better.
So this week (and today), when you are at work or school, grab yourself a piece of paper, note card, thank you card, etc.; write a letter with inspiring words of love (NOT HATE); and tuck it away in a spot where a stranger can pick one up and read it.
For more information on her work go to www.moreloveletters.com.
Now to comment on the #BringBackOurGirls scandal and the emergence of a new Foreign Terrorist Organization: Boko Haram.
On April 15th, 2014, a Nigerian terrorist group called Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian teenage girls from their school in Chibok. This mass kidnapping galvanized a global outrage and gave rise to a Twitter hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which First Lady Michelle Obama and dozens of celebrities have joined in. It has also encouraged President Barack Obama to dispatch a team of military personnel, hostage negotiators, and intelligence experts to assist Nigerian authorities to #BringBackOurGirls. However, what make this scandal so interesting is the fact that Boko Haram has always been under the radar of the U.S. (since 2012) but were never considered a serious “terrorist” organization, until November 2013, because of its weak links to Al Qaeda.
In this talk, I do not only bring up implications (“US negotiating with terrorists”) and interesting facts (“Nigeria is the 5th largest oil exporter to the US”) but a declaration that the U.S. can #BringBackOurGirls and that all terrorists (whether it be in Boston, the Middle East, or Africa) do always feel the weight of American Justice.
To listen to this talk, click on the link below
You can read more on this story by clicking on Weekly Political Report: “Boko Haram–A New Threat on The Rise and It’s Hidden Secrets”
Disclaimer: Prince’s opinions and the opinions of others, do not have any affiliation with UR Business Network.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Be Yourself! And remember to always seek guidance from God.
I find this particular verse pleasing because of what God has done for me in my life recently. Ever since I have dedicated myself to God & His teachings, I have observed just how terrible and deceitful the world can be. Before God transformed me into a new person, I was forced to conform to the world because I believed it was the only way to garner success. However, looking back from where I was two years ago to where I am today, I am proud to say that I have found peace and success through God.
Pursuing God’s customs and behaviors (respecting and honoring your parents; loving your neighbor as thine self), and not the customs and behaviors of the world, has allowed to me garner the peace and success that I have always wanted. There is peace in submitting to God.
So my advice to anyone who asks is this: do not watch television. True Reality is outside the (TV) box. Do not believe what you watch and don’t copy their ways of seeking happiness and peace. Instead keep God’s commandments near your heart; refer to the Bible when you are lost; and enjoy life according HIM! In the great words of Bob Marley,
Wake up and Live!
Please Watch and Share this Video to Anyone That You Know.
I hope this video reminds us why education is important in the lives of everyone and why terrorism seeks to destroy it–especially in the lives of these young Nigerian girls. Let’s not take our education for grant it, and recommit ourselves to providing equal and safe access to education here in the U.S. and around the world.
As Mother’s Day is approaching, let us not forget the mothers in Nigeria that will not be celebrating Mother’s Day with their daughters.
Jimmy Fallon debuts his first ever “Tonight Show” with a cameo bang!; Russian activists from Pussy Riot were arrested near Sochi Olympics; In Syria, almost 6,000 people died during the Geneva talks; The Jamaican Bobsled team are back in the Sochi Olympics with their new theme song; and The US Navy are to zap its enemies with a futuristic laser. All this and more, please follow the links below.
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)
World icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela passes away at the age of 95; Former Vice President Dick Cheney does not regret voting against Mandela’s Freedom; Kim Jong Un’s disgraced uncle seeks asylum in South Korea; Twitter appoints its first female board member; and, This 19th century photo is probably the world’s first selfie. All this some more, please follow the links below
- Talk Tuesdays Preview w/ Makeda Dread, Executive Director and Founder of the San Diego World Beat Center (princesdailyjournal.com)
- Weekly Political Report: Financially Conservative This Holiday Season (princesdailyjournal.com)
- ThrowBack Thursdays: Who is Kim Jong Un? (princesdailyjournal.com)