Weekly Spiritual Digest: Living By The Spirit’s Power


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So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-26‬ NLT)

Whenever I am lost or confused of God’s plan for my life, I will read this verse. The power of the Holy Spirit will never be bound by any law because it is the law–and there is no guilt when you let the Holy Spirit guide your life versus the spirit of sin.

Recognize what is clean and what is dirty. Knowing what you want from life will help you make a clear decision as to what spirit you want to be guided by.

So this week, choose the Holy Spirit and let it guide you to peace and happiness.

Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (Ferguson Edition)


Each week I write a political issue that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s “Weekly Political Report”: Race “Does” Matter in America (The Ferguson Edition)

This post was inspired by my mentor Dr. Cornel West

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(Photo credit: Flickr User Joe Topichak)

mike-brown-headshot-smallerOn Aug, 9th 2014, America and the world witnessed yet again the death of another unarmed African American teenager by the hands of a law enforcer. Michael Brown, a 18 year old, was fatally shot by 28 year old police officer Darren Wilson, and has started an uproar in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Now in its 11th day, there has been no sign of peaceful resolution, to either curb the violence between Ferguson citizens and police officials or reduce the armory and weapons of the police force (military tanks, tear gas, etc.)

While its still unclear of what really happened between the teenager and the police officer, Americans are stilled faced with this divisive status quo:

An unarmed black male shot (multiple times) by an armed white police officer–no sugar coating.

Rather than talk about the evidence of this case or the witnesses’ accounts of what actually happened, I will instead talk about why “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” from a political stand point and what must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again–using concrete facts and examples.

Why Does Race Matter in America?

From a political standpoint, we are a nation of immigrants and “Race” implicitly drives the day in America–whether it be socioeconomic status, jobs, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, the justice system, etc.. We come from different walks of life in different shapes, sizes, faiths, and shades of color. And what Americans (and citizens around the world) need to have is “perspective.” To recognize that each race has a history of discrimination, and not be so quick to “brush it off”.

This incident of Michael Brown is a tragedy and comes from a long history racial discrimination which young black men and women in America have been wrongfully targeted by law enforcement or the justice system for no reason except for the color of their skin–dating back to the Civil Rights and Segregation era. And it is because of the unwillingness of people (like the law enforcement) to not recognize this history, that we see “Race and Police Brutality” again and again in American Television–whether it be the post-Civil Rights era (like Rodney King) or today’s era (like Trayvon MartinEric Garner). The history is there, and will repeat itself until it is recognized. Brown University and other sources have published this report:

  • St. Louis. situated just below of Ferguson (where the shooting took place) is the 9th most segregated metro area in America, as of 2010. (Brown University)
  • In a town that’s over 60% black, Ferguson has: a police chief and a mayor that is white, only one city council that is black, one school board member is black, and just 3 out of 53 police officers are black. (US Census; City of Ferguson; Ferguson)
  • In 2013, Ferguson police officials have arrested 483 black people while 36 white people were arrested–and when Ferguson police officers arrest and search black people for contraband, only 1 in 5 are caught with them verses white people in Ferguson which is much higher, 1 in 3 (Missouri Attorney General)

These are the facts and they are not sugar coated–you cannot deny them. Many Americans, who will read this, won’t view it as a big issue (versus what is going on now in Ferguson, Missouri). But, politically speaking,

“If you have a body of government that is disproportionate to the size and views of one minority population (a minority classified by gender, race, or religion) in one particular region, the results are catastrophic!

Political unrest is bound to happen, example being today. This is a political issue as much as it is a racial one. However, the core reason why I think “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” (which goes back to having “perspective”) is the current crises in Iraq.Image:

In July 2014, I did a radio talk at UR Business Network on the collapse of the Post-Iraqi War government. And what I said in that talk–as to “why the new Iraqi government collapsed?”–was this: the Shia government (the current Iraqi Government) marginalized their minority tribes the Sunnis and Kurds–especially the Sunnis– with their heavy armor military presence and force. This in return led to the growing opposition against the Shia government!

So it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. As long as you have a body of government that marginalizes one minority group by police or military force, you will always have political unrest in the streets.

The political disaster in Iraq is happening in the same fashion in Ferguson, Missouri. You can call the Mike Brown shooting “a freak accident” or “self-defense” all you want, but given the concrete facts from credible sources and the political perspective of having a disproportionate government overwhelm a minority population, the Michael Brown shooting incident cannot be brushed aside nor can “Race” in America.

Not to say that the government in Ferguson, Missouri will collapse, but the elements of political terror and unrest will continue unless there is a solid conversation on “Race” in Ferguson and a body of government that will represent all minorities–which is similar to what America is doing in Iraq today.

What must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again?

First, bring Darren Wilson to trial and let the system work under Eric Holder’s watch. Second, Ferguson citizens and the police force must establish a truce of non-violence (during and after the Michael Brown trial) and start having a serious dialogue on racial disparity in their city–re-evaluate the current city government (and law enforcement) and find ways to discourage racial profiling and encourage racial diversity that will reflect the minority population of Ferguson, then, Third, have Perspective!

The sooner Americans, and citizens across the globe, have this perspective of not marginalizing a minority group, the better. The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, by all means, must not reflect the same intrusive acts done by the current “collapsed” government of Iraq–it cannot oppress or overwhelm any minority population by military tanks or force.

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We are Americans and we treat Americans as our own–Michael Brown is an American! Like it or not!

Mistakes have been made in the Michael Brown incident, but Ferguson and the State of Missouri can still resolve this matter by reducing the huge racial disparity in the workforce and have a government (and police force) that is reflective of the African-American community.

The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to set up a training course, for law enforcement and Americans, on “Racial Harassment” (like “Sexual Harassment”) that will teach people the existence of racial discrimination in America and learn how to conduct themselves in a professional manner to prevent acts of racial prejudice–and I call on President Obama to enact this legislation.

For more people and politics go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Here is a source where I pulled my facts from: Ferguson is 60% Black. Virtually All its Cops are White (Mother Jones)

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY OWN POLITICAL OPINION. FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY CONTACT PAGE

FYI: This will be my last Weekly Political Report for Fall 2014. For more of my political editorials go and click on “Weekly Political Report” located on the right hand side of this page below my profile pic. You can also go to Archives which is located above, next to Home Page, read more of political editorials

If you like this editorial, please send it to friends and family, so we can stop the violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Also here are two YouTube videos, that I found very helpful, to explain the war in Iraq and an idea of a training course on “racial harassment”.

This video is part 2 out of 5 videos of an documentary done by Bill Cosby. I recommend you watch all the parts.

Motivation Monday: Write A Love Letter Today!


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Write a Love Letter Today!

In this short TED talk video, we do not only see the power of the pen but the beauty of love letters.

Hannah Brencher, letter enthusiast and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, began writing her love letters back in college–which she would address them to her mother, who did not believe in emailing or texting her loved ones. And it would take Hannah one bad day for her to realize her true gift and mission in life.

Hannah experienced her bad day when she moved to New York City after college. But instead of doing the orthodox to console her pain, she did the unorthodox: she wrote letters to complete strangers and hid them throughout the Big Apple! (cafes, libraries, the U.N, etc.). Furthermore, she blogged about them and made a promise to the Internet, which evidently changed her life forever: “If you ask me for a hand written letter, I will write you one–no questions asked.” And so, what started out as a kind favor turned into a call of public service overnight.

One of the greatest takeaways from her TED talk video (and is 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” wrote for him. When I saw this, it reminded me of the interviews I had with people (on my website)–and how they all changed my life for the better.

Storytelling is what the world is really about: listening, reading, and sharing each others stories. TED talk speaker Drew Dudley, who I interviewed, told me that “storytelling is the basic unit of human understanding.” When we share our stories with each other (especially through letter-writing) we do not only save lives, but empower ourselves and others too.

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.

[I’m going to start mine today (and this week) and see what happens!]

To follow Hannah and her TED talks go to www.ted.com/speakers/hannah_brencher

If you want to be part of this movement (which I strongly urge you all to do) go to www.moreloveletters.com, and learn how you can help a stranger through your words of love.

You can also go to Hannah’s website (www.hannahbrencher.com) and follow her on Twitter @hannahbrencher

Motivation Monday: Set Your Dreams High and Never Take Your Eyes Away From Them


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Set Your Dreams High and Never Take Your Eyes Away From Them.

In this video, we do not only see the beauty of Doug’s baritone voice but the power of dreams–and how dreams can ascend from all obstacles in life.

Doug Luffborough, who is now a heart inspired speaker and chief managing consultant of Turning the Hearts Center, was selected from his alma mater Northeastern University to give the keynote speech to his graduating class of 1993–a speech that would soon be the starting point of his speaking career.

In his speech, Doug starts out by singing Harry Belafonte’s famous song, “The Banana Boat Song”–and tells us just how much he wanted to go home after spending one week at Northeastern University. But the problem for him was that he had no home to go to. However, what prevented him from going back to his impoverished neighborhood was his dream of attending college–and how his mother, who sacrificed everything, made his dream possible.

One of the greatest takeaways from his speech was how his mother told him to set his dreams high (high in a corner) and to never take his eyes away from that corner. And it was through those words that he was able to go from “Homeless to Harvard”–and travel to the White House to meet the former President of the United States Bill Clinton himself!

Thank you Doug for your empowering words and I am elated to see the many successes that you have made thus far. You are a living testament of what dreams can do, when one does not look away. I am glad that I was able to share your story with the world.  –Prince

So this week, set your dreams high and never take your eyes away from them. Follow Doug’s mother’s advice and challenge each other for the great things in life while helping people along the way; so they can turn their lives around too.

And never live life with words like “I should’ve“; “I could’ve“; or “if only I had“. Instead live life with words like “I can“; “I will“; and “I did.

If you wish to contact Doug Luffborough for your next leadership workshop or speaking engagement, go to www.dougluff.com.

You can also follow Doug via Twitter @dougluff

Here is Bill Clinton’s Reaction from Doug Luffborough’s speech

(Update: Doug Luffborough is no longer a Chief Managing Consultant at Turning The Hearts Center. He is now a full-time Heart Inspired Speaker! [7/9/2014] )

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Never Lose Trust in The Lord


 

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“Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT)

Never Lose Trust in The Lord! Even when the path ahead looks shaky, we must not surrender our fears to doubt. It is true what they say that we alone conjure illusions, barriers, and even superstitions in our heads when all reason is lost. However there is still no excuse to pray, and to keep pushing through those illusions.

It is in these matters that we must rely on our hearts in order to clear the “smoke and mirrors” in our minds minds.

So this week, remember to keep your trust in God–and seek his will. When all things look impossible, do not give in to your own illusions that you have created for yourself. Even though life’s path is treacherous and side-winding, remember that God is like the North Star and he will always be there to guide you.

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: Give Your Anger to God


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Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

(Romans 12:17-19, 21 NIV)

Two wrongs don’t make a right and two evils don’t make it good. I was inspired to write this spiritual digest after several experiences of feeling angry towards myself and/or other people.

Finding ways to cope my anger (like sleeping, meditating, or performing deep breathing exercises) was like finding 100 ways to reinvent the wheel; it was tiresome. Not only was I tired but fed up because I was revisiting the same problem over and over again. However, it would not be until I asked myself a simple question, that I soon made an astonishing discovery:

“Why not give your anger to God? Let him take care of it.”

When I asked myself this question, I suddenly felt a boulder sliding itself off of my head; my mind became elevated. I began to feel at peace with myself and others. It was then that I realized that my anger can actually serve as an anchor towards my work and relationships with other people.

I can acknowledge that anger or resentment does promote positive change in the world. However, hurting each other through violence or taking vengeance on each other through words or actions only creates an endless cycle of pain.

Smashing cars or windows (as seen on TV) to control your anger DOES NOT WORK–you are only awakening the devil!

It truly takes a divine power and intervention to alleviate anger from your mind and spirit. Remember that “anger gives a foothold to the devil,” (Ephesians 4:27 NLT) and “Satan cannot cast out Satan” (Mark 3:23-30)–only Jesus can.

So this week, Give your Anger to God; do not Relinquish your Anger at HIM. Remember that the world creates woes for us to get angry over and start arguments with. So why worship the world? I too get angry with the world and people, but what helps me is to remember that God is all powerful–and only he can cast out my anger and relieve me of any heavy boulders that I carry on my shoulders.

And so, whatever woes, pains, ills, or frustrations that you may have, never be afraid to Give it to God. Only then will you be free from the devil’s foothold and live life!

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: He Has Risen! (Happy Easter!)


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The Resurrection

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” (Matthew 28:1-10 NLT)

Jesus Appears to Thomas

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:24-29 NLT)

Faith Brings Joy

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)

Lord’s Suffering Servant

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NLT)

God, ruler over the world and universe, heard the cries of Jerusalem and brought them a savior his son Jesus Christ! It was then that he sacrificed himself for humanity in order to rise again (on the third day) and defeat death and hell itself–the greatest feat that no man has ever performed.

While the world may forget his glory, his story still lives on! And his spirit and his peace will live inside those who seek it!

Glory to God! And Glory to Jesus Christ for showing God’s love to us–and for permitting us to live life with no fear of death! For we will rise too and join him in his kingdom forever and ever.

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ThrowBack Thursdays: The Lord’s Prayer (Boston Marathon Tribute)


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/article/review or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s Throwback Thursdays Edition: The Lord’s Prayer (Weekly Spiritual Digest: Forgive, for it is in The Lord’s Prayer)

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“Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us of our tresspasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.”

I wrote this Weekly Spiritual Digest, six days after the Boston Marathon Bombing–one year ago. And in my post I wrote this:

“Finding the right words or verse to reflect on what happened six days ago in Boston was difficult–knowing what I saw and what I experienced could not be consolidated into words. However it was not until I visited the memorial site, of where it all began, that I began to recite the Lord’s Prayer.”

My epiphany, from reciting the Lord’s Prayer, came when I manifested on the Lord’s Prayer and it’s call to forgive: “And forgive us of our tresspasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us”

In righteous anger I asked myself and even to God Almighty, “How can I forgive anybody, let alone those two men, after what they have done to those innocent men, women and children?”

It was very hard for me to understand this concept. But once I asked myself this question, everything began to be clear:

“Then why are you reciting The Lord’s Prayer?”

I remembered that I was reciting The Lord’s Prayer that day to deliver the world from evil; to have mercy on us; and for peace. And I realized that in order to receive those requests, (to deliver us from evil, to not lead us into temptation or for peace) I must forgive those who have trespassed against me; or the Father will not forgive me of my trespasses against Him.

Gandhi once said that, “If we want change, then we must be the change.”

So now if we want peace, then we must be the peace.

WE MUST BE THE PEACE, IF WE WANT TO SEE PEACE

The Lords Prayer is perhaps the oldest prayer in the world and it took me several years to realize its true importance.

So this week, practice forgiveness of others, regardless of the circumstances. And more importantly be THE PEACE. If we want to see PEACE in this dark world, then let us forgive and practice peace for it is in The Lords Prayer.

My prayers and thoughts still goes out to the victims who were affected by this tragedy.

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To read my Weekly Spiritual Digest, click on the link below

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Forgive, for it is in The Lord’s Prayer

Also read my First Person Narrative of the Attacks of When it First Happened. To read click on the link below.

Weekly Political Report: First Person Narrative of The Boston Marathon Bombing Attacks

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Motivation Monday: Get Back ON Your Feet and Dance Again! (A Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis)


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Get Back ON Your Feet and Dance Again!

In this TED talk video we do not only see the future of bionic limbs and robotic prosthetics, but the beauty of the human spirit; and how it can triumph over all obstacles.

Hugh Herr, head of the MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics, lost both his legs in an ice climbing accident. But instead of allowing his disability to control his future, he built his own–using innovation as a new approach to prosthetic engineering. Today it serves as the bridge between the impossible and the possible–driven by nature and human ingenuity.

In his TED talk, he shows us first-hand how his bionic limbs function (fusing biomechanics with microprocessors) while sharing personal stories of those who were transformed by his invention. More so, he emphasizes the power of the human spirit. And what better example to prove his point than showing off the beautiful Adrianne Haslet-Davis.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a remarkable woman–a woman who breathes and lives dance. However, when she lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, she was temporarily crippled to dance again. But like Hugh Herr, she refused to accept failure–promising herself that she would return to the dance floor regardless of her disability. And so with the help of Hugh, his media lab team, and her human spirit, she got back on her feet and danced again for the first time on-live television. It is this type of teamwork that makes “dreamwork.”

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 Every person should have the right to live life without disability if they so choose–the right to live life without severe depression; the right to see a loved one in the case of seeing impaired; or the right to walk or to dance…As a society, we can achieve these human rights if we accept the proposition that humans are not disabled. A person can never be broken.” –Hugh Herr

“Tomorrow (April 15th) will mark the One Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing Attack and I want to say thank you (to Hugh and Adrianne) for reminding the world the power of unity and the beauty of the human spirit–and how both of them will never cower against the face of terrorism or acts of violence.Thank you so much for sharing this remarkable story and I wish you two the best success!”  –Prince

To follow Hugh and his TED talks go to www.ted.com/speakers/hugh_herr

To learn more about Hugh and his biomechatronics research group go to: www.biom.com/

To contact Hugh go to: www.media.mit.edu/people/hherr

To follow the beautiful dancer Adrianne Haslett-Davis go to Twitter @adriannehaslet and www.adriannehaslet-davis.com

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Happy Palm Sunday! The Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled!


The Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ

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By artist Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese

“The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him. Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!” (John 12:12-19 NLT)

Happy Palm Sunday! The Prophecy has Been Fulfilled! Today is the day when God heard the people’s cries and brought them a savior: Jesus Christ!

“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”

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Meet The Candidates: Leland Cheung, Lieutenant Governor Candidate


Lt. Governor Leland Cheung

Leland Cheung is a proud son of immigrants. Having been honored to serve as a City Councillor for the City of Cambridge for over five years, he has developed a sheer appreciation for civic engagement and American values.

Leland was first elected to the Council while he was pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA the MIT Sloan School of Management. Not only was he the first academic student to be elected to the Council but the first Asian American in Massachusetts.

Before he participated in civic engagement, he worked as a Senior Associate at Masthead Partners, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm focusing on digital media, mobile, and internet infrastructure. He utilized this work experience to guide his efforts as a board member of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the National League of Cities.

In our interview he discussed his initiatives for Massachusetts, as the next upcoming Lt. Governor, and answered questions from Twitter as well as mine in regards to his personal journey in life and his candidacy.

Our biggest topics of discussion (and where his passion truly lies) is innovation and economy.

Leland tells me first hand that the main reason on why he ran for City Council in the first place was that nobody on the Council was talking about how to make sure that kids, who grew up in Cambridge, have the opportunity to work for Google or Microsoft which were literally located down the street from public housing. As the next Lt. Governor, Leland wants to make sure that the economy is not just benefiting for a few people (who live in the right zipcode), but for everybody–regardless if you have a PhD from MIT, a two year graduate degree or a GED. He wants to create economic opportunity for everyone.

However, the biggest obstacle that he faces, which he also sees in the Commonwealth, is the constant battle between Boston and Cambridge on innovation and economy. As Lt. Governor, he wants to put an end to this nonsense and make sure that everyone in Massachusetts (including Springfield) receives economic opportunity.

Today, Leland is happily married to his wife Yin and is a proud father of their 6 month old infant daughter Lela Marie. He is still currently serving as a City Councillor for Cambridge, but he is also serving as an Executive Committee Member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and a member of the Massachusetts Democratic Platform Drafting Committee. He is also a Commissioner on Governor Patrick’s Asian American Commission and is the Massachusetts State Chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials.

To listen to my interview, click on the link below.

Meet The Candidates: Leland Cheung, Lt. Governor Candidate (UR Business) Radio Interview

To learn more about Leland Cheung, and to follow his campaign, go to: www.lelandcheung.com

This interview can also be found under my “Meet The Candidates” section for Boston wide candidates.

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Motivation Mondays: Don’t Be Normal, Be Extraordinary!


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Don’t Be Normal, Be Extraordinary!

In this short TED talk video, we are reminded on the importance of being different in a world that demands normalcy.

Faith Jegede, a writer and PhD student, shares with us her story of growing up with two autistic brothers (Remi and Samuel); and how they taught her to be extraordinary.

Remi is speechless but he communicates unconditional love and has never told a lie. Samuel has an impeccable memory and he can remember things that no ordinary human being can. Remi and Samuel do not conform to society’s version of normalcy, but Faith tells us that they do not need to because they are extraordinary!

My favorite quote from her TED talk video was this:

“A boy (Remi) who saw the world without prejudice a human that never lied.”

If that what it takes to make the world a better place, then we should all be autistic. Because of this video I gained a greater appreciation for autism awareness and I am reaffirmed that being normal or conforming to the world standards of normalcy is not a good thing.

So this week don’t be normal; be extraordinary! Because “the pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential. The chance for greatness, for progress, and for change dies the moment we try to be like someone else.” –Faith Jegede

If you see a person with autism, tell that person that he or she is extraordinary!

If you wish to see more of Faith Jegede’s TED talks go to: www.ted.com/speakers/faith_jegede

To follow her blogs on writing, go to: www.thefaithjegedeblog.tumblr.com

You can also follow Faith on Twitter @faithjegede