Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Philip Emeagwali: Inventor of the World's Fastest Computer

Dr. Philip Emeagwali, who has been called the "Bill Gates of Africa," was born in Nigeria in 1954. Like many African schoolchildren, he dropped out of school at age 14 because his father could not continue paying Emeagwali's school fees. However, his father continued teaching him at home, and everyday Emeagwali performed mental exercises such as solving 100 math problems in one hour. His father taught him until Philip "knew more than he did."

Growing up in a country torn by civil war, Emeagwali lived in a building crumbled by rocket shells. He believed his intellect was a way out of the line of fire. So he studied hard and eventually received a scholarship to Oregon State University when he was 17 where he obtained a BS in mathematics. He also earned three other degrees – a Ph.D. in Scientific computing from the University of Michigan and two Masters degrees from George Washington University.

The noted black inventor received acclaim based, at least in part, on his study of nature, specifically bees. Emeagwali saw an inherent efficiency in the way bees construct and work with honeycomb and determined computers that emulate this process could be the most efficient and powerful. In 1989, emulating the bees' honeycomb construction, Emeagwali used 65,000 processors to invent the world's fastest computer, which performs computations at 3.1 billion calculations per second.

Dr. Philip Emeagwali's resume is loaded with many other such feats, including ways of making oil fields more productive – which has resulted in the United States saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year. As one of the most famous African-American inventors of the 20th century, Dr. Emeagwali also has won the Gordon Bell Prize – the Nobel Prize for computation. His computers are currently being used to forecast the weather and to predict the likelihood and effects of future global warming.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shawn Carter Foundation

The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation was conceived of in 2002 and officially established as a 501(c)3 public charity in 2003 by Shawn & Gloria Carter. With an original vision and mission to help any individual facing socio-economic hardships further his or her education at institutions of higher learning, Shawn and Gloria Carter kicked off the Foundation’s efforts by awarding one student with full college tuition in 2002. From 2003-2005 the Foundation provided 50 scholarships to students in 50 different states yearly. In 2006, in addition to providing scholarship awards to a growing number of students in need, the Foundation launched the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation College Tours. Since the Foundation’s inception, over 750 students have received awards totaling over $1.1 million dollars. The Foundation is currently on the precipice of growth and is reviewing its current grant-making priorities as it plans for expansion as the Shawn Carter Foundation.

Ms. Carter is currently the CEO of the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation was established by her and her son Shawn Carter after her retirement. The Foundation was essentially formed because Ms. Carter wanted to create “something that would enhance the future of our young people.” The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. but desire a higher educational opportunity. This group is generally not the recipients of college scholarships and is typically ignored by the Board of Education. The Shawn Carter Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States who desires a higher education. One of the key questions asked by the Foundation when students apply for a scholarship is: What are your plans to give back to the community?”.
Ms Carter has also organized and sponsored the Christmas Toy Give-Away for:
• Marcy Children Day Care Center
• The Marcy Children
• Antioch Baptist Church
• LGBT Service Center
• The Children’s Hospital at Downstate Medical Center ( Brooklyn, New York)
• Calvary Baptist Church (East Orange, New Jersey)
In 2009 The Wall Street Alpha’s Charitable Foundation Inc. awarded her the “Think Black Award” for her community service to youth for building social and intellectual equity for our youth.
In 2009 Ms. Carter was presented with the “Tohma Faulkner Woman of Distinction Award” by Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn New York for her dedication to community service.
In 2007, The New York City Council’s office commended Ms. Gloria Carter for her work in serving as CEO of the Foundation and its tireless work with youth and her continued work with toy drives, her post Hurricane Katrina efforts in New Orleans and Houston and her work with various other community based organizations.
In 2005, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Gamma Omicron Zeta Chapter, Zeta Amicae of the Newark and Oranges congratulated Ms. Carter for her commitment to the community.
Chief of Staff’s BIO
Ms. Archer has been with the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation from its inception. She is a lifelong community and social activist and has spent her adult life working to better the quality of life for the most vulnerable members of the community. Speaking for those who have little or no voice and advocating for the hopeless and disenfranchised. Her work has included:
• Tenant Organizer and Assoc. Pres.
• P.T.A President
• Pres. of Community School Board
• Dir. Antioch Development Corp.
• Development of On-Site Mentoring Ministry for Girls at Antioch Baptist Church (Brooklyn)
• Dir. Of Youth Advisory Council at Antioch Baptist Church (Brooklyn)
Ms. Archer is a retired manager of Verizon Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Management and Sales from SUNY Empire State College and is a 2012 candidate for an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from NYACK College.
Ms. Archer believes “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Friday, November 25, 2011

Les Brown - Quotes

"You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life."

"Take action in order to move toward your goals."

"When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams."

"Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead."

"Just because Fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn?t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential."

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

"Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve."

"Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do."

"Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream."

"You have the power to change."

"Change is difficult but often essential to survival."

"You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change."

"You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are."

"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."

"You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers."

"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers."

"Don't let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you."

"If you don't program yourself, life will program you!"

"I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames."

"A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die."

"You gotta be hungry!"

"If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream."

"Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow."

"Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours."

"You have the courage and power to live your dreams."

"One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow."

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars."

"You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment."

"Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it."

"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."

"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness."

"You may not accomplish every goal you set -- no one does -- but what really matters is having goals and going after them wholeheartedly."

"Forgive those who have hurt you."

"Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on."

"Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them."

"As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person."

"Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams."

"Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have every day practical applications and they should be practical."

"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you."

"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner."

"You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life."

"Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality."

"If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness."

"If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present."

"When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up."

"If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness."

"The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience."

"The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today."

"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make."

"Act The Way You Want To Be And Soon You'll Be The Way You Act"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hrabowski: An educator focused on math and science

Under Freeman Hrabowski's leadership, the University of Maryland Baltimore County has become a powerhouse in math, science, and engineering. Byron Pitts reports.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All by Russell Simmons

The visionary entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller Do You! delivers a powerful guide to spiritual enlightenment.

Being "super rich" has little to do with living in a mansion and everything to do with living in a state of consciousness where you are equally connected to the world and your highest self. While it can be easy to become sidetracked chasing material wealth, the only worthwhile pursuit in life should be to find lasting, stable happiness.

Super Rich shares strategies on how to get past perceived obstacles to happiness and fill your life with friendship, compassion, laughter, love, a sense of fulfillment, and, yes, money. When you use your gifts and serve the world, the world will in return reward you. Through real-life examples, Russell provides the concepts and tools needed to transform your relationship with yourself and the world for the better.Super Rich offers a road map to lasting, stable abundance that is rooted in your consciousness. And once you tap into that consciousness and harness its power, then you're going to have access to the greatest stimulus package of all time: your higher self.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success

Since rising out of the New York City streets over twenty-five years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such groundbreaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and Def Comedy Jam. Russell might have helped introduce hip-hop to the world, but he credits his success to his belief in a strong set of principles—or laws. In twelve straightforward steps, Russell reveals a path that can be followed by anyone struggling to realize their dreams.

Russell’s laws stem from the belief that it’s impossible to receive any sort of lasting success from the world without giving something of lasting value to the world first. Blending business insight, universal spiritual truths, and an inspired sense of purpose, Do You! crosses the lines of age, race, and background, with wisdom that will lift you up and motivate you to pursue your vision.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Magic Johnson Foundation

The Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. It is recognized as a nonprofit public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Founder, Earvin Johnson’s motto is, “we are the communities we serve”, and his charitable activities as well as his business ventures are guided by the power and principle of continually focusing on representing and serving ethnically diverse, socio-economically challenged urban communities.

Since its inception in 1991, the Magic Johnson Foundation has had a significant, impact towards positively changing the face of urban, minority communities. Our programs and services are dedicated to harvesting an affirmative affect on community revitalization by eliminating negative cultural barriers; advancing economic and social equality by engaging minorities in every aspect of their communities; increasing academic and innovative achievement; raising HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention; the creation of positive emerging leaders; and promoting collaboration and alliance among all sectors of the community (businesses, educational institutions, legislative, community and faith-based organizations, and policymakers).

Our widespread outreach strategies and advocacy efforts are extensive in engaging countless individuals through enduring public address and national media exposure to raise civic awareness and provide solutions to pressing social issues. MJF’s integrated for and non-profit endeavors create unique and comprehensive contributions to our municipal service areas. MJF recognizes that minority leaders face special challenges in bridging the generations economic and education gaps, and traditional political factions that exist within the community. As a minority owned and operated organization, we are in the unique position of understanding these valuable communities, have long-standing relationships with them, and continue to be motivated to serve them in order to increase the quality of life for these vibrant, yet often neglected neighborhoods.

The Magic Johnson Foundation has improved its rating on Charity Navigator to Three (four star rating)
In 2011 the Magic Johnson Foundation will celebrate their 20th anniversary
To date the Taylor Michaels Scholarship program has provided over 300 youth with resources and support
By year’s end 2010 our Community Empowerment Centers will have impacted over 245,000 disadvantaged youth
CECs have provided programs and transitioned over 450 families from subsidized housing to home ownership
CECs have provided over 1,500 youth and young adults with GEDs
CECs have improved the academic performance of over 6,000 youth
Through the “I Stand with Magic” campaign over 89,000 people have signed up in the online campaign fight against HIV/AIDS
Through the "I Stand with Magic" campaign, the Magic Johnson Foundation has provided free HIV/AIDS testing to more than 38,000 Americans in 16 major cities. Additionally, the program has educated nearly 280,000 people about HIV, risk factors associated with the disease and the importance of HIV testing
Since 2003 our partnership with AIDs Healthcare Clinics has tested over, 3,750 adults and identified positive results for over 1000 testers
The Magic Johnson Foundation Annual Kid’s Mardi Gras started in 1997 has hosted over 16,500 disadvantaged urban youth
The Magic Johnson Foundation Annual Holiday Party has hosted over 45,000 youth and distributed over 300,000 toys since 1994

Our 2010 Annual Report reflects our evolution over 20 years, as a Foundation that initially awarded grants to HIV/AIDS organizations to the present, as a Foundation that has grown tremendously in quality and in reputation.  While an annual report gives us great perspective in relation to the fruits of our labor from the past year, overall achievement is paramount to the Foundation.  In 2010 we achieved several significant milestones and transformative support for which we are deeply gratified and appreciative including:

•   A nomination by President William J. Clinton for the prestigious 2011 Conrad Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Award;
•   Forged a White House relationship to support its National AIDS HIV/AIDS strategy and HIV/AIDS initiatives;
•   Committed $384,000 scholarships to Taylor Michaels scholars;
•   Launched, Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program Alumni Association;
•   Awarding of $200,000 grant for online learning scholarships to the Grockit Academy; to improve academic performance in the core academic areas of math, literacy and language arts along with a test prep program;
•   The empowerment of 16 communities, reaching over 60,000 residents with a virtual classroom and mobile technology to share resources, information and ideas;
•   Equipping three Community Empowerment Centers with interactive connected classroom technology; New York, New Orleans, and Bladensburg in partnership with Best Buy.
•   A third party evaluation by The Measurement Group, to improve and document the impact of the Foundation’s programs.

We invite you to view our 2010 Annual Report and learn more about our work and achievements over the past year, and those that supported us along the way.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Smokin" Joe Frazier Foundation

The "Smokin" Joe Frazier Foundation is a newly established national Non-Profit Organization, its endeavor is to produce "Life Champions" through capacity of building grants for organizations that have activities, programs, and services that result in true change in the quality of life for urban youth and families through community commitment, collaboration, and partnership.

    The Values governing the "Smokin" Joe Frazier Foundation will champion the cause, which encourages inner city youth and their families to become "Life Champions."

The purpose of the "Smokin" Joe Frazier Foundation is:

  1. To encourage, solicit, receive and administer gifts and requests of property and funds for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the advancement of all urban youth and family organizations.
  2. To take and hold either absolutely or entrust for any of said objectives and purposes, funds and property of all kinds, subject to any limitations or conditions imposed by law or the instrument under which received.
  3. To sell, lease, convey and dispose of any such property and to invest and reinvest any proceeds and other funds, and to deal with and expend the principal and income for any purposes authorized.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Les Brown: Author and Motivational Speaker

As a renowned public speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.

Born a twin in low-income Liberty City in Miami, Florida, Les and his twin brother, Wes, were adopted when they were six weeks old by Mrs. Mamie Brown, a single woman who had very little education and financial means, but a very big heart. As a child his inattention to school work, his restless energy and the failure of his teachers to recognize his real potential resulted in him being mislabeled as a slow learner. The label and the stigma stayed with Les damaging his self-esteem to such an extent that it took several years to overcome.

Unending Self-Education

Les has had no formal education past high school, but with persistence and determination he has initiated and continued a process of unending self-education which has distinguished him as an authority on human potential. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to 3-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker.

In 1986, Les entered the public speaking arena on a full-time basis and formed his own company, Les Brown Unlimited, Inc. The company provides motivational tapes and materials, workshops, and personal/professional development programs aimed at individuals, companies, and organizations.

Award Winning Speaker

In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence. In addition, he was selected one of America's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters international.

In 1990, Les recorded his first in a series of speech presentations entitled "You Deserve" with Les Brown, was awarded a Chicago-area Emmy and became the leading fund-raising program of its kind for pledges to PBS stations nationwide.

Acclaimed Author

Les Brown is not only an internationally recognized speaker and CEO of Les Brown Unlimited, Inc., he is also the author of the highly acclaimed and successful book, Live Your Dreams, and former host of The Les Brown Show, a nationally syndicated daily television talk show which focused on solutions rather than problems.

Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights to teach, inspire and channel people to new levels of achievement.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

HBCU CONNECT highlights 2011 top 50 employers of HBCU Students & Graduates

Columbus, Ohio, USA October 10th, 2011-- Based on its extensive relationships with faculty and staff members at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and also the largest database of companies actively hiring from the population of students and graduates from HBCUs, has announced their 2011 list of the top 50 employers of HBCU Students & Graduates.

In order for companies to be considered HBCU CONNECT uses a criteria list that includes a company’s HBCU specific outreach, conversations with the companies to learn about their recruitment efforts, relationships the companies have with HBCUs or alumni organizations, and the overall visibility of the efforts made by the companies being considered. Consideration for the actual rankings for the companies was based on their consistency in effort, level of investment, actual hires and creativity in their outreach.

“Over the last 11 years, my team has been working hard to connect employers with the talent produced by our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Having a top 50 list is a great way to congratulate and encourage these companies to continue their efforts, and also it is a great way to notify HBCU faculty, students and graduates about the employers really putting forth an effort to recruit them,” said Will Moss, CEO and Founder of HBCU CONNECT.

Top 10 Companies for 2011
1. McGraw-Hill Companies - 
2. Microsoft - 
3. Defense Intelligence Agency - 
4. Staples - 
5. Anixter - 
6. College of Lake County - 
7. Department of Veterans Affairs - 
8. General Dynamics C4 Systems - 
9. NextEra Energy - 
10. Verizon Wireless - 

To view the full top 50 list of employers, go to 

Founded in 1999, is the first and largest portal targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Encompassing a complete web portal, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora. 


The Film: Sing Your Song - Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song is the result of a confluence of many events, things as diverse as the passing of Marlon Brando, a look back at the lives of many other unsung heroes in the fight for justice as well as the faithful love (and gentle nagging) of two daughters. Like Brando, there are many public figures who are not known, primarily, for their activism, their compassion and their dedication to human rights. Harry Belafonte is one of them:

“Cecilia, the daughter of another silent warrior, my friend Gregory Peck, had just completed a documentary on her father’s remarkable life. Coincidental to this, was the tugging by my daughter, Gina, to document my own journey. For many years I had resisted prodding by several who felt that I should both write and film my story. The idea as an end in itself seemed too self-serving. But I was awakened to the possibilities of making such a commitment by revealing the stories that could be told of and by all those with whom I shared an unending quest for justice.”

Sing Your Song is an up close look at a great American, Harry Belafonte. A patriot to the last and a champion for worldwide human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. Told from Harry’s point of view, the film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens where he discovers the American Negro Theater and the magic of performing.

From there the film follows Belafonte’s rise from the jazz and folk clubs of Greenwich Village and Harlem to his emergence as a star. However, even as a superstar, the life of a black man in 1960s America was far from easy and Belafonte was confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing.

Among other things, the film presents a brief look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of an insider, someone who despite his high profile, wasn’t afraid to spend time in the trenches.

From Harlem to Mississippi to Africa and South Central Los Angeles, Sing Your Song takes us on a journey through Harry Belafonte’s life, work and most of all, his conscience, as it inspires us all to action!

TV: HBO EAST Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:30 PM 


Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Quitter For All The Right Reasons: Ash Cash Teaches You About Your Money

Nationwide (October 10, 2011) -- During one of the worst economic times in the country's history, 30-year old Ash Cash has decided to take a leap of faith and quit his six figure job as a bank manager to pursue a dream of becoming an entrepreneur and teaching financial literacy. Born and raised in a single parent household in the St. Nicholas projects in Harlem, it was believed by Ash and most of his peers that they would be dead or in jail by the age of twenty-five. Somehow through faith, family support, hard work and sacrifice he was able to avoid both.

With more than ten years of banking experience, Ash was able to work his way up the ranks from teller to personal banker, private banker and branch manager. Throughout his career he managed a book of 400 affluent clients with assets ranging from $100,000 to $22 million, coached and trained over 100 sales professionals, opened and managed six branches and brought in almost $90 million in deposits. Today he is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. He works with city agencies and organizations and teaches financial literacy in churches, colleges, and to undeserved, at risk, and incarcerated youth. Simply put, Ash is on a mission to Financially Re-Educate Every Spectrum of Humanity.
Ash believes that the biggest problem in the community, as it pertains to money, is that "we spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like."

He continues, "As a people, we are so used to not having money that we can't really grasp the concept of saving for the future and spending our money wisely. Couple that with the fact that a lot of us have low self-esteem and use expensive material things to make us feel better. Some of us would rather spend money on cars, jewelry and clothes than to become homeowners, save for emergencies or fix our credit. Our issues are deeply rooted and they become a cycle that is passed down from generation to generation making it more difficult to break. The good news is that there's a movement going on; people are starting to wake up and take more responsibility. We are seeing more of our people excel in positions that in the past didn't seem possible. This movement is what is spearheading the paradigm change and forcing many of us to put the first things first."

This is what led Ash to writing his book. Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom, is a book designed to teach readers how to effectively manage their personal finances. It shows, how with the right mental attitude and laser sharp focus, anyone can have anything they desire in life. It's an easy to read book that anyone, at any level, can understand. This book is especially geared towards those who are tired of having a dependency on money and are ready to take some practical steps in order to correct it.

Ash comments, "This is our generation's 'Think and Grow Rich'. Starting with the power of self confidence the book discusses in detail how having a positive mental attitude, paying yourself first, budgeting and planning for the future are all ways to immediately change your financial situation."

Mind Right, Money Right demonstrates how a person's mindset plays a tremendous role in creating financial abundance. By using examples of successful people such as Sean Combs, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Shawn Carter, Curtis Jackson, Chris Lighty and many others, the reader is given a real life account of how these laws have worked for others and how it can work for you. It's important to point out that the title is "Mind Right, Money Right" and not the other way around.

"Once we are able to control the way we look at money, the way we feel about money and the way we think about money, then it will become easier for us to keep and grow our money... To sum it up simply: This book will change your life," he says.

Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws Of Financial Freedom (Revised Edition) is now available on Kindle for $0.99 or in paperback on Amazon for $9.99. Pick up your copy today!

For more information on Ash Cash, visit

For bookings, speaking engagements, and book signings please contact: Amina Phelps at or 877-853-0493
For press releases, pictures, press kits, media and PR please email


How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Actor, singer, songwriter Tyrese Gibson crafts a memoir filled with every emotion and life experience one could possibly imagine. With personal experiences paired with reflective questions based on his extremely popular blog piece, "The Love Circle", Tyrese hopes to inspire readers to pursue their dreams and not let life's obstacles stand in the way.

How to Get Out of Your Own Way is organized into a series of fundamental questions that helped Tyrese redefine who he was as a human being, and evolve into a new man. Tyrese stresses that life becomes infinitely richer when one takes the time to know him or herself and understand the true meaning of peace and fulfillment. This book is a guide to helping yourself, using his experiences as a learning tool. "It's not about talking down to people, it's about elevating them," Tyrese says.

Some of Tyrese's chapter-based questions include: How much do you love yourself? How much do you want for yourself? Why do men cheat? What is your bottom line? Are you ready for the next level?

Quotes and Reviews:

"Tyrese wholeheartedly shares his life experiences and how he discovered a new road map of conscious compassion and love to define his true potential." --Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

"How to Get Out of Your Own Way is a triumph. Tyrese will shock and amaze you with how he overcame the odds and became a superstar. This star of the Transformers sequel will show you how to transform your life in this amazingly candid book!" --Rev Run

"I've watched Tyrese for many years - I've watched him succeed; I've watched him fail; I've seen him as a beneficiary of serendipity, and I've watched him suffer at his own hand. And in the recent years, as we've become friends, I've witnessed Tyrese Gibson learn how to get out of his own way as he wrestled his destiny from the fickle hands of fate." --Will Smith

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Very Smart Brothas

Although the blog was first launched Monday, March 30th, 2008, the concept of was first conceived by Johnson D. Riley and Randolph (Kim) Springer, 25-year-old roommates at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in July of 1913. Springer, the the self-proclaimed “ladies man with 50 peanuts in his pocket” and the introspective yet oddly violent Riley would sit in their quaintly pretentious two room shanty for hours on end, dreaming of ways to share their relationship expertise with a mass medium, stuck because the internet wouldn’t be invented for another 80 or so years.
Undaunted by their relative lack of technology and the infamous warthog swarms that plagued Alabama in the summer of ’13, Springer and Riley eventually put their heads together to create a list of relationship edicts, eventually transcribing them to paper and posting them on the shanty’s copper door.
Included were a few revolutionary yet transcendant gems of advice such as “bro’s before hoes,” “dont shit where you eat,” and “smack it, dammit!!” Word of mouth quickly spread, and Riley and Springer became overnight rockstars, invited to spread their gospel of advice in dormitory shantys throughout the southeast.
Sadly, they both perhished in the great warthog smarm related fire of 1913, which also destroyed the list as well as most of the warthogs, but their work was already done. The word had been spread. is the present-day manifestation of those lonely shanty nights, where Springer and Riley wrote and argued and theorized for days at a time, burning the midnight oil while ignoring the mad shrieks of the wild warthogs. The Champ and Panama Jackson are here to continue the relationship-related word, to enlight and excite, to enrage and enthrall, but most importantly, to educate and entertain. Enjoy