“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”
“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.
But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author, Philanthropist & Public Speaker
“Try to accomplish things you have always dreamt of while you can.
I know it sounds cliche, but the biggest lesson
I have learned is that life is precious; enjoy it while it lasts.”
~ Lisa Ling,
Journalist, Television Presenter & Author
“New Year… …. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written.
New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.
Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year
of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself
in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author, Philanthropist & Public Speaker
“It is in the quiet crucible of our personal, private sufferings
that our noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given.
And often God gives His greatest gifts in compensation for what we have endured
and what we have been through.”
~ Wintley Phipps,
“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there’s nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.”
~ Cicely Tyson
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x) Continue reading “A Mountain So High …”
“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you
from getting where you want to be.”
~ Jennifer Hudson,
Singer, Actress, Spokesperson, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award,
Screen Actors Guild Award , Grammy Award (2x),
Daytime Emmy & Hollywood Walk of Fame (Star)
“I don’t regret what I’ve been through.
I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows.
I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’
It’s part of who I am. There’s nothing in my life that’s so ugh.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer
“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)
“I stopped chasing a dollar and started chasing a dream.”
~ Dr. Cindy Trimm,
Author & Executive Life Coach
“God puts dreams in your heart
that are bigger than you
so that you will rely on Him and His power.”
~ Tony Evans,
Founder & Senior Pastor – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
Founder & President – The Urban Alternative,
Former Chaplain – Dallas Cowboys, Chaplain – Dallas Mavericks,
Radio Broadcaster – The Alternative, & Television Broadcaster
“Instead of looking at the past,
I put myself ahead twenty years
and try to look at what I need to do now
in order to get there then.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author
“Self-admiration has created a culture of narcissism and a “love gap” that diminishes us.
What the world needs most is a love that is the polar opposite of narcissism.
A love that is selfless and self-abandoning.
A love that does not ask,
“What’s in it for me?” but “What’s in it for those I am privileged to know?”
A love that isn’t about being served but serving others.
Your dreams come alive when you are preoccupied with making other people’s dreams come true.
That is where real happiness is found.”
~ Mark Chironna,
Pastor, Life Coach & Author
“Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan.”
~ Author Unknown,
“It’s God’s will that you live a life filled with dreams;
a life filled with ‘calling’ and ‘purpose’. Our life should be
bursting at the dreams. Dreams are God’s GPS System,
giving us hints of God’s Kingdom AND His will in Heaven and here, on Earth.
~ Phil Munsey,
Chairman of Champions Network of Churches, Pastor & Author
“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is
characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence,
and a belief in our right and our responsibility
to be equal members of society.”
~ Janet Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress & Author
“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
~ Casey Kasem,
a.k.a Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem,
Co-Founder – American Top 40 franchise, Disc Jockey,
Music Historian, Radio Personality, Voice Actor & Actor
“The Voice of NBC”
The voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers for Scooby-Doo franchise (1969-1997) and (2002-2009)
“I think when you move past your fear
and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly,
you become free.”
~ LL Cool J
a.k.a. James Todd Smith ,
Rapper, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur
“The whole idea is whatever you do, have fun with it;
try to make sure that it’s quality and something you don’t mind putting your name on.”
~ Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds,
Record Producer & Grammy Awards (11x)
“Laughter is timeless.
Imagination has no age,
and dreams are forever.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
~ Henry David Thoreau,
Author, Poet, Philosopher,
Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister,
Surveyor, and Historian
“Follow the trail to your dreams,
not the path of others’ expectations.”
~ Byrd Baggett,
“Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill
his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.”
~ Myles Munroe,
Author & Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) Medal
Founder of Myles Munroe International (MMI),
CEO & Chairman of International Third World Leaders Association,
President of the International Leadership Training Institute
“Know that the Creator lives
and moves and breathes within you.
So those dreams? Risk them.
Those words? Write them.
Those hopes? Believe them.”
~ Elora Nicole Ramirez,
Author & Founder of Awake the Bones