As much as I seek to inspire others, here’s who inspire me:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Gandhi:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world..”

Aretha Franklin

No other woman of the 20th century has taught women more about being aware of their own power and beauty or how they deserve to be treated by men.

Videos on YouTube: “Think” “Respect”

James Brown, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five

As a little black boy growing up in the ghetto these public figures helped shape my integrity and self-respect. James Brown singing “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud!” was a profound statement for me and I sang it like an anthem. Muhammad Ali was the first real-life black hero I realized I had – not something in a comic book. And he didn’t just have strength and a loud mouth – the man spoke sense! Wisdoms to live by.

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Michael Jackson 2nd June 1988. “Wiener Stadium” venue in Vienna, Austria. Courtesy Zoran Veselinovic on Flickr.

The Jackson Five was just another ghetto boy’s dream come true – you had these kids from a rough background that had grabbed onto the “American Dream.” They were inspiring and their music was really good; their songs stand as classics today: “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” “ABC,” “Dancing Machine” – all good stuff.

Michael Jackson himself was a “gift” like Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, and Elon Musk. I was literally so in awe of Jackson’s talent I was content to slowly build my career as I watched the juggernaut that was Michael Jackson. I am glad I was in his time

Video: “They don’t care about us

Robin Williams

Robin Williams: I never knew you were lonely

Photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Milosz Reterski. Art by Tony Harris.

I am still reeling and perplexed about Robin Williams’ suicide. I’ve personally had two friends who committed suicide.

The idea that someone who is also such a “gift” to this world could not find his own place and balance in this world leaves me to think he must have bought into some BS about his self-worth. Maybe some playground bully or adult in his early life convinced him he’ll be nothing, no matter what he did. I can’t imagine anyone with any love for themselves being able to self-murder like that.  Man, woman, child or beast – whoever spoke to him like that – he should have told them to go f— themselves.

Peace,

Dennis

 

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