I Hope you dance!

Posted in 1 on May 12, 2009 by 80sbabiesblog

About a month ago i watched the movie “The family that preys” for the first time. There was a song called “I hope you dance” which was a big part of the movie. This song struck me the first time i heard it. I am a person that turns to music whenever something is going on in my life and lately i have been listening to this song a lot. Its just so inspirational. So i figured i would post the lyrics for all of you. I hope it makes you feel as good as it has made me feel.

Ty

“I hope you dance”

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,

GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance….I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
.

I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone
.)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

Dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance..
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone)

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Inspiration…

Posted in 1 on March 15, 2009 by 80sbabiesblog

Last weekend i watched a story that was so inspiring that i just had to share and add my own pearls along with it. I was watching the show real life divas and this particular episode featured the story of Lisa Price – The owner of Carol’s Daughter. Her story was so amazing that i would have been a fool to walk away not feeling inspired. In a nut shell this woman created all these products herself as a hobby. She lost her job and decided to pursue this hobby full time. This woman was persistent, she didn’t wait for success to fall in her lap she went all out to make her dreams come true and look at her today (several stores, products in major department stores, high profile investors). The way she overcame the obstacles placed in front of her it was clear that her success was destined. But it took hard work and dedication.

Her story got me to thinking….. why are so many of us afraid of success/failure? Why do we lack the confidence to step outside the box? I have been a victim of this myself….OMG what if I actually succeed???….OMG what if people don’t like what I’m doing?? So often fear and self –esteem issues prevent us from realizing how great we truly are.

But really if GOD blessed you with the idea the only question in your head should be how can I make this happen. Why would GOD bless you with the idea if he wasn’t going to pave the way for you to make it happen?

Take Oprah and Lisa Price the only thing that sets them apart from most people is that they saw the vision, put one foot in front of the other and made it happen! If something is meant to be, regardless, of what it is as long as you put effort into it, it will be. Taking something from concept to reality is not always easy. It takes a lot of hard work and undoubtedly there will be rejection along the way. However, when it gets hard or when you’ve been rejected don’t use it as an excuse to drop your dream altogether. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned, maybe you just need to refocus or maybe your just dealing with the wrong people. If you believe in what you’re trying to do then you should never give up. Remember anything worth having is worth doing what it takes to make it happen!

Our president is a man of color! Regardless of how you feel about him….there is a man of color running the United States of America! Given the history of people of color in this country, we all should feel motivated to do everything we were placed on this earth to do. The only limitations are those you place on yourself!

Create a new mindset….
Believe that anything is possible
Stop using your past as an excuse not to be great

Maybe you have already accomplised everything you set out to do. If so, that’s great. However, you shouldn’t stop there….take the opportunity to encourage those around you. Try to be a “Spliff Star” at least once a week to those you love…or even a stranger! Side note: For those of you who don’t know who Spliff Star is…he is the best hype man in the business. You will be amazed how good it will make you feel to push someone in a positive direction.

For those of you who don’t know me….i loooooove old music. I have been listening to “Do you know” the theme song from the movie Mahogany everyday for about a month now. Since, some of the lyrics fit in with the topic discussed in this blog, I figured I would post them.

Enjoy!
Ty

Diana Ross – “Do you know?”

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? Do you know?

Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?

Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies that filled our minds
You knew i loved you, but my spirit was free
Laughing at the question that you once asked of me

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? Do you know?

Now, looking back at all we’ve planned
We’ve let so many dreams just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long before we’ll see
How sad the answers to those questions can be?

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? Do you know?

Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door
What are you hoping for? Do you know?

Freedom’s Plow

Posted in 1 on February 8, 2009 by 80sbabiesblog

Working on this film has caused me to reflect a lot on where we have been, where we are and where we need to go. It’s amazing how much we have come through and not just people of color but everyone…… We have a black president! It just goes to show that when you put ACTIONS to the things that our creative minds can think to do and build each other up instead of break each other down anything is possible!!! I have posted a poem by Langston Hughes. It is long but take the time to read it because when it is digested properly it is encouraging, thought provoking and life changing!

Also when you are reading take the time to think about your ancestors and the things they went through so that you can have the live life the way we live it today.

Don’t waste time, don’t waste life! Go forth and BE!
Ty

Freedom’s Plow

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
When a man starts to build a world,
He starts first with himself

And the faith that is in his heart-
The strength there,
The will there to build.

First in the heart is the dream-
Then the mind starts seeking a way.
His eyes look out on the world,
On the great wooded world,
On the rich soil of the world,
On the rivers of the world.

The eyes see there materials for building,
See the difficulties, too, and the obstacles.
The mind seeks a way to overcome these obstacles.The hand seeks tools to cut the wood,
To till the soil, and harness the power of the waters.
Then the hand seeks other hands to help,
A community of hands to help-
Thus the dream becomes not one man’s dream alone,
But a community dream.
Not my dream alone, but our dream.
Not my world alone,
But your world and my world,
Belonging to all the hands who build.

A long time ago, but not too long ago,
Ships came from across the sea
Bringing the Pilgrims and prayer-makers,
Adventurers and booty seekers,
Free men and indentured servants,
Slave men and slave masters, all new-
To a new world, America!

With billowing sails the galleons came
Bringing men and dreams, women and dreams.
In little bands together,
Heart reaching out to heart,
Hand reaching out to hand,
They began to build our land.
Some were free hands
Seeking a greater freedom,
Some were indentured hands
Hoping to find their freedom,
Some were slave hands
Guarding in their hearts the seed of freedom,
But the word was there always:
Freedom.

Down into the earth went the plow
In the free hands and the slave hands,
In indentured hands and adventurous hands,
Turning the rich soil went the plow in many hands
That planted and harvested the food that fed
And the cotton that clothed America.
Clang against the trees went the ax into many hands
That hewed and shaped the rooftops of America.
Splash into the rivers and the seas went the boat-hulls
That moved and transported America.
Crack went the whips that drove the horses
Across the plains of America.
Free hands and slave hands,
Indentured hands, adventurous hands,
White hands and black hands
Held the plow handles,
Ax handles, hammer handles,
Launched the boats and whipped the horses
That fed and housed and moved America.
Thus together through labor,
All these hands made America.

Labor! Out of labor came villages
And the towns that grew cities.
Labor! Out of labor came the rowboats
And the sailboats and the steamboats,
Came the wagons, and the coaches,
Covered wagons, stage coaches,
Out of labor came the factories,
Came the foundries, came the railroads.
Came the marts and markets, shops and stores,
Came the mighty products moulded, manufactured,
Sold in shops, piled in warehouses,
Shipped the wide world over:
Out of labor-white hands and black hands-
Came the dream, the strength, the will,
And the way to build America.
Now it is Me here, and You there.
Now it’s Manhattan, Chicago,
Seattle, New Orleans,
Boston and El Paso-
Now it’s the U.S.A.

A long time ago, but not too long ago, a man said:
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL–
ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR
WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS–
AMONG THESE LIFE, LIBERTY
AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
His name was Jefferson. There were slaves then,
But in their hearts the slaves believed him, too,
And silently too for granted
That what he said was also meant for them.
It was a long time ago,
But not so long ago at that, Lincoln said:
NO MAN IS GOOD ENOUGH
TO GOVERN ANOTHER MAN
WITHOUT THAT OTHER’S CONSENT.
There were slaves then, too,
But in their hearts the slaves knew
What he said must be meant for every human being-
Else it had no meaning for anyone.
Then a man said:
BETTER TO DIE FREE
THAN TO LIVE SLAVES
He was a colored man who had been a slave
But had run away to freedom.
And the slaves knew
What Frederick Douglass said was true.

With John Brown at Harper’s Ferry, Negroes died.
John Brown was hung.
Before the Civil War, days were dark,
And nobody knew for sure
When freedom would triumph
“Or if it would,” thought some.
But others new it had to triumph.
In those dark days of slavery,
Guarding in their hearts the seed of freedom,
The slaves made up a song:
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
That song meant just what it said: Hold On!
Freedom will come!
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
Out of war it came, bloody and terrible!
But it came!
Some there were, as always,
Who doubted that the war would end right,
That the slaves would be free,
Or that the union would stand,
But now we know how it all came out.
Out of the darkest days for people and a nation,
We know now how it came out.
There was light when the battle clouds rolled away.
There was a great wooded land,
And men united as a nation.

America is a dream.
The poet says it was promises.
The people say it is promises-that will come true.
The people do not always say things out loud,
Nor write them down on paper.
The people often hold
Great thoughts in their deepest hearts
And sometimes only blunderingly express them,
Haltingly and stumblingly say them,
And faultily put them into practice.
The people do not always understand each other.
But there is, somewhere there,
Always the trying to understand,
And the trying to say,
“You are a man. Together we are building our land.”

America!
Land created in common,
Dream nourished in common,
Keep your hand on the plow! Hold on!
If the house is not yet finished,
Don’t be discouraged, builder!
If the fight is not yet won,
Don’t be weary, soldier!
The plan and the pattern is here,
Woven from the beginning
Into the warp and woof of America:
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.
NO MAN IS GOOD ENOUGH
TO GOVERN ANOTHER MAN
WITHOUT HIS CONSENT.
BETTER DIE FREE,
THAN TO LIVE SLAVES.
Who said those things? Americans!
Who owns those words? America!
Who is America? You, me!
We are America!
To the enemy who would conquer us from without,
We say, NO!
To the enemy who would divide
And conquer us from within,
We say, NO!
FREEDOM!
BROTHERHOOD!
DEMOCRACY!
To all the enemies of these great words:
We say, NO!

A long time ago,
An enslaved people heading toward freedom
Made up a song:
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
The plow plowed a new furrow
Across the field of history.
Into that furrow the freedom seed was dropped.
From that seed a tree grew, is growing, will ever grow.
That tree is for everybody,
For all America, for all the world.
May its branches spread and shelter grow
Until all races and all peoples know its shade.
KEEP YOUR HAND ON THE PLOW! HOLD ON!

Langston Hughes

Just Fine….

Posted in 1 on February 3, 2009 by 80sbabiesblog

So i was driving home on my birthday and i was having one of those days when i wasn’t sad but i wasn’t happy either and i couldn’t comprehend why i was even feeling that way. Just as i was in the middle of trying to analyze my feelings “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige came on the radio…now i know i was meant to hear this song because i never listen to the radio. I have heard this song a million times but i don’t think i truly ever listened to what she was saying in this song. This song was just what i needed to change my thought pattern and bring my focus back to what’s really important! Sometimes we go through life focusing on all the bad things….when really we should just be thankful to be blessed with another day. Because every day we live is a another opportunity for us to make a change. So i figured i would post the lyrics to the song in hopes that it will lift someone else out of their funk the same way it did for me.

-Ty

Let it go……
Can’t let this thing called love get away from you
Feel free right now, going do what you want to do
Can’t let nobody take it away, from you, from me, from we
No time for moping around, are you kidding?
And no time for negative vibes, cause I’m winning
It’s been a long week, I put in my hardest
Gonna live my life, feels so good to get it right

So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
When I’m walking past the mirror
No stress through the night, at a time in my life
Ain’t worried about if you feel it
Got my head on straight, I got my mind right
I aint gonna let you kill it
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..

Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine

Feels so good, when you’re doing all the things that you want to do
Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
Keep your head up high
In yourself, believe in you
, believe in me
Having a really good time, I’m not complaining
And I’m a still wear a smile if it raining
I got to enjoy myself regardless
I appreciate life, I’m so glad I got mine
So I like what I see when I’m looking at me

When I’m walking past the mirror
Aint worried about you and what you gonna do
I’m a lady so I must stay classy
Got to keep it hot, keep it together
If I want to get better
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
You see I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine

I aint gon’ let nothing get in my way
(I ain’t gone let nobody bring me down, no, no, no)
No matter what nobody has to say
(No way, no way, no way)
I ain’t gon’ let nothing get in my way
No matter what nobody has to say

Feels so good, when you’re doing all the things that you want to do
Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
It’s a really good thing to say
That I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine

Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
You see I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine

So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
When I’m walking past the mirror
No stress through the night, at a time in my life
Ain’t worried about if you feel it
Got my head on straight, I got my mind right
I ain’t gonna let you kill it
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..

Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine

Upcoming Project: 80’s Babies the documentary

Posted in Documentaries on December 30, 2008 by 80sbabiesblog

This film takes an up close and personal look at the town of Plainfield, New Jersey and the people who were born and/or raised there in the 1980’s. We will examine the current state of the town and its people: Crime rate, the drugs, breakdown of the family structure as well as the history that contributed to the current state: slavery, 67 riots, crack, drug laws. And with all of that…….how do we move forward? This story is framed by interviews from law enforcement officials, local politicians, community activists and town residents who will share their stories and experiences.

80’s Babies Productions

Posted in Documentaries on December 29, 2008 by 80sbabiesblog

80’s Babies Productions, LLC is a full service production company. 80’s Babies strives to produce projects of substance that forces the audience to venture into topics rarely discussed. The company is based in Atlanta, GA and is in the process of producing its first two projects due for release this year.