“It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation." — Michael Jackson
BLACK MUSIC FLASHBACK: 30 years ago today (February 28th), Michael Jackson’s Thriller album wins EIGHT Grammy Awards, including Best Album and Male Pop Vocal.
Think about it. Leap year comes every 4 years; but a Michael Jackson only comes around once in a lifetime. How original is this: the BEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME can only be celebrated every four years.
Today, BE AN ORIGINAL OF YOU; NOT A COPY of someone else. Celebrate your individuality!
"I don’t DANCE TO ANYONE’S TUNE, unless I want to" — Florence Ballard
Born in Detroit in 1943, singer Florence Ballard, became famous in the 1960s as a member of The Supremes, a group which she started with childhood friends Mary Wilson and Diana Ross. She sang on 16 different Top 40 hits but left the group in 1967 after a dispute with Motown Records.
On February 21, 1976, Florence died of a blood clot on one of her coronary arteries. She was only 32 years old.
Ballard’s short life witnessed more than its share of disappointment and sadness. But her contribution to music, especially as a member of The Supremes, brought joy to fans around the world. Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson dazzled the world with their talent and style, becoming role models to millions of people.
Today, remember YOU are no one’s puppet. Don’t dance to ANYONE’S tune unless YOU want too! R.I.P. Florence Ballard
LISTEN TO FLORENCE BALLARD IN HER OWN WORDS ON WHY SHE LEFT MOTOWN: CLICK HERE
"IF YOU ARE ACCOMPLISHED, people will talk about it for you. YOU DON’T HAVE TO POINT IT OUT." — Derek Jeter
Of all Derek Jeter’s accomplishments during his 20-year career … the most impressive accomplishment in our opinion is … not once has he been involved in any scandal or DRAMA. It will be a LONG time before a celebrity of that stature does that again. A class act, indeed … THANK YOU Derek Jeter!
Today, let your reputation do the talking for you.
'You must try to generate happiness within yourself. IF YOU AREN'T HAPPY IN ONE PLACE, chances are YOU WON'T BE HAPPY ANYPLACE! — Ernie Banks
Happy 83rd Birthday to “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks! In November 2013, Mr. Banks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
President Obama celebrated Banks’ achievements on and off the baseball field. From CBSSports.com’s report:
“That’s Mr. Cub — the man who came up through the Negro Leagues, making $7 a day, and became the first black player to suit up for the Cubs and one of the greatest hitters of all time,” Obama said. “In the process, Ernie became known as much for his 512 home runs as for his cheer and his optimism, and his eternal faith that someday the Cubs would go all the way.”
Banks, who was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1977, his first year of eligibility, played for the Cubs for 19 years. He was known for his enthusiastic game pep talk, “Let’s play two!”
Today, find what makes YOU HAPPY!
CLASSIC OPRAH #2: "THE BIG SECRET IN LIFE IS that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL … just not all at once!" — Oprah Winfrey
Today, get out there and work your area. You CAN have it all.
CLASSIC OPRAH #1: ”One if the hardest things in life to LEARN are WHICH BRIDGES TO CROSS AND WHICH BRIDGES TO BURN. Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey
Happy 60th Birthday Ms. Oprah Winfrey. Today, cross YOUR bridge … either road you take will be an experience to learn from.
“In every conceivable manner, the FAMILY IS A LINK TO OUR PAST, BRIDGE TO OUR FUTURE.” ― Alex Haley
BLACK HISTORY FLASHBACK: 37 years ago today, the TV miniseries Roots, starring LeVar Burton and based on Alex Haley’s novel, make its debut.
Today, celebrate family … past and present!
“When you LIVE YOUR LIFE THROUGH RECORDS, the “records” are a record of your life.” ― Questlove, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
Today, think about or play YOUR favorite song (or songs). Music has the ability to immediately bring you back to where you were or what you were doing. Your songs are a mini-replay of your life. Deep!
Happy 41st Birthday to QuestLove … keep rocking Bro …
'Cheers to a New Year … and ANOTHER CHANCE FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT!” — Oprah Winfrey
Happy New Year! 2014 is only TWO DAYS old. This IS YOUR year!
'Monetary success is not success. Career success is not success. LIFE … SOMEONE THAT LOVES YOU … GIVING TO OTHERS … DOING SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL COMPLETE AND FULL. That is success. And it isn't dependent on anyone else.” — James Avery
THANK YOU for your wit and wisdom. You will be missed. RIP James Avery aka “Uncle Phil”