Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Revolution will be televised, but when?

Where can a man find justice 
In a world who protest his success 
They say my words are unfair, but what’s unfair about the truth 
You can’t claim reverse racism, I have no capacity to be racist 
I have not the money, influence or fame to obstruct and destroy you 
I’m trying to free minds, not break spines, except with books and rhymes 
The revolution will not be televised because it will only stir falsehoods and propaganda 
I need you to wake up and be active 
You’re not a minority, you’re the majority, but until we’re unified we’re the true face of minority 
Our babies are dying, our men are imprisoned, and our women depend on the government instead of us 
The black man isn’t evil, isn’t threatening, isn’t against you 
We just want to lead our households, raise our children and not depend on someone else to better our community 
Our society 
Our people 
Be proud of who you are 
Be proud to be black 
Because our children can’t begin to be honorable 
Until we teach them they are worth it 
Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Motivate and Empower: Exceeding Goals and Dreams

Too often you see people in life that are stuck in a rut. People that have no ambition and get comfortable or settle for the misery that is their present. Then you see others that are truly ambitious and the go-getters of the world. They work themselves to the bone but at what cost? It is hard to find that happy medium that balance that we all seek. I’d rather aim high rather than settle low. 
Motivation isn’t a fix all; motivation is but words that are spoken to try to empower a person. Empowerment is putting those motivational words into action, we have to empower a person to achieve more than they think they can. You see the potential in a person, but the goal is to get them to see it for themselves. Once a person is in tune with their true worth, the impact they can have on society, business or other endeavors is phenomenal. A person can only see what view their mind has limited them to, this is why we must empower and not just motivate. 
Often the average American is only aware of a limited amount of opportunities that are available to them and they settle for less or settle for getting by. A minimum wage job isn’t the end all be all, it is but a step on a long staircase. You should never take such a job for granted, nor should you want to settle in that entry level position. Your goal in whatever you do should be to shatter the glass of the perpetual glass ceiling you’ve placed for yourself and aim higher. Reaching your goals and making your dreams come true are up to you, when obstacles are placed in your way, be creative and find a way around them. 
In life we encounter many roadblocks to success, rather than complain of being held back, move forward in a way that wasn’t expected. It’s in our nature to be innovative; we have to change the world around us, so that we may navigate easily through it. No matter the obstacle, no matter the person standing in our way, no matter the personal tragedy and suffering we may face; to exceed our wildest dreams we must be willing to go through it. Anything in life worth having isn’t going to be easy to get to, so keep striving, keep aiming but make sure you’re aiming high. 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2014 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dark Nature

When I realized that these eyes have seen much suffering 
Living but empty 
I guess this is what death feels like 
When my soul weeps outside me 
Outside the core that is me 
I’ve loved and lost 
Seems as if death follows me riding a white horse with red eyes 
Eyes that lit a fire at one time 
Now I sit here alone 
Waiting on my time 
To either die or shine 
Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2014