Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Hill Harper is a man I consider to be positive person. The first time I realized that was about a years ago, when I purchased his book. (The book is below) The book is basically letters between Hill Harper and a young man. The converse through letters over a period of time. They ask questions back and forth. Hill Harper is basically the young man’s mentor. When I read the book, it inspired me and has stuck with me since. I advise every young black male to read this book by Hill Harper. Below is his mission statement and info about his organization. I found them both interesting and inspiring. You can also find links to his Twitter page and Amazon. (If you would like to purchase the book.)

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide underserved youth a path to empowerment and educational excellence through academic programming, college access skills, and personal development.

The Beginning

Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, is a non-profit youth organization established by Ivy League actor Hill Harper. Despite his many accolades and awards, or maybe because of them, Hill Harper made a commitment to work in service of our youth – to pass along the lessons he learned and to provide a foundation for young men and women to use as a launching pad to success.

Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper

<<< Here is the book that I read with the actual info below

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Harper, a young black actor and graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, offers similar inspiration to young men clamoring for advice and encouragement at a time when popular culture offers little positive direction. Interspersed throughout are e-mail inquiries from young men and Harper’s responses and those of other celebrities, including Nas, Venus Williams, and Barack Obama. He devotes separate chapters to school and work, sex, and life aspirations, tackling such issues as single parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases, the allure of materialism, and the power of words and faith. Harper offers his personal story: a young man brought up by a demanding father, who developed a relationship with his mother only as he grew older. He views the youth of today as an evolved species, like the latest model car, with improvements that come from the experiences of those who came before. Although aimed at young black men, this book, with its contemporary language and approach, should have appeal for youth of both sexes and all races. Vernon Ford

 Amazon.com  and  Twitter Page

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Positive Black Stories. By Heru G. Duenas

 
Someone showed me a very positive Facebook page and I wanted to should share it with you all. The page has positive goals and missions, similar to this blog. Highlighting positive black news instead of the stereotypical news promoted daily. View the page and hopefully you take something positive from it.

Positive Black Stories. By Heru G. Duenas

 This page was started out necessity and sheer exasperation of ignorance…as a researcher I spend a great deal of time online, and as I visit websites daily such as “Worldstar Hip-hop” and the likes.

I started to notice a pattern  in the constant bombardment of negative videos posted daily stereotypically depicting  people of African Decent as violent and Animalistic…

Not one to sit on the s…idelines and talk, complain or wait from someone else to do something. I gave birth to this concept. It’s time for Balancement. Welcome to the other side of black.

Our mission statement:
Is to start a global movement of optimism and action.
http://www.youtube.com/user/PositiveBlackStories
http://www.facebook.com/Heruduenas

631 Words That Can Change The World

It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco]
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, thats on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move you so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the f-cks”
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
And that aint Jersey Shore, homie thats the news
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either
I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people.

[Skylar Grey – Chorus]

It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco – Verse 2]
Now you can say it aint our fault if we never heard it
But if we know better than we probably deserve it
Jihad is not a holy war, wheres that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam!

And you are not observant
And you are not a muslim
Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them
Walk with me into the ghetto, this where all the Kush went
Complain about the liquor store but what you drinking liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when’d you pick a broom up?
Just listening to Pac aint gone make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts, aint gon make it halt
If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor
Pills with million side effects
Take em when the pains felt
Wash them down with Diet soda!
Killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the World
Would gladly give a loan today
So if you ever miss payment
They can take your home away!

[Skylar Grey – Chorus]

It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said, never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco – Verse 3]
I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion thats why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

[Skylar Grey – Chorus]

It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said