One year ago today, I knew my life was permanently changed. My cousin and I were off on this journey, walking by faith, “We outta here”. Well, we still here. Still walking by faith, still standing on the promises of God, still trusting and knowing that if we do right by our brethren, by our children, and right by our communities then this WALK, though not easy, will be #LEGENDARY .
Today, we have a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, and a 501c3 non profit that we’re both started along this journey, we have touched the lives of thousands of kids, and thousands of Community connections. We have shaken hands, kissed babies, and helped strangers. We took this leap, And if I’m asleep.... please don’t wake me.
As I speak for my cousin, about this last year I say thank you to every stranger who has extended a hand of help. Thank you to the guardian angels who have carried my pour Toyota Prius all over the United States even sleeping beside us in the car. Thank you to every professional that has taken the time to listen to my pleas to save the kids and heal our communities, and my enthusiasm about my Vision. Thank you Holy Spirit for giving me the courage to press on, despite the obvious reasons to look back. Thank you to every person who encouraged me by NOT helping sometimes. Thank you for making this leap of faith eventful, and trying, and taxing and ultimately #worthit I know now that since FB and IG is watching, I will look back on today, and remember that I remembered the day that GOD put me on HIS special assignment.
The assignment was to live.... #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Not everyone who shares your plight is in n the paint with you. Sometimes things that look disguised as “help” can be wrapped in an ultimate trap for you. You have to stay motivated by your desire to serve in order to navigate through these traps. Sometimes you still get bit, But as long as your heart is pure, your wins will exceed your losses. Learning how to say no to some good things is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
It’s about heart, grit, and a gut full of “give a damn” if you want something bad enough to not be denied, to not be shoo’d off or hushed up, or “not now’d”. When your #right meets your #fiight things begin to happen for you. You see, The baby chicken in this video represents a lot of us in a lot of battles, out gunned, overpowered, easy win right? To Him that overcomes is the kingdom of Heaven. If you stand up for what you believe in and your heart is pure, NOONE WILL EVER STOP YOU. Now go whoop some big chicken butt!!! #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Culture is colorless. It’s the arts in us that brings us all together. Two things that will Always#crossover every race, #Blood and #beats . Living in #humanity of the #future , knowing that in the future we won’t be seperated by color or culture, bridging the gaps that divide us all , that slow US, up lest we fall. Until His Kingdom come, That’s living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Both of these men could do NOTHING to effect who your Local #Judge , Tax #Commissioner , #Sheriff , #public#service commissioner, #school#board#chair , or SBA branch leader or Mayor turns out to be.
Those 7 positions have way more weight on your day to day lives than ANY President. Presidents have been used as media fodder to distract and divide rather than publicize the many great things that are being done in this country.
Give me an hour and I will explain how both of these men did great things in their administrations, and did some horrible things. But great or horrible can’t be based on what channel I’m watching, it has to be based on the issues, the records, tale of the tape.
For me personally 44 was a more interpersonal #President , 45 has done some amazing things for small businesses, most of these things very few have sorted out yet, But I assure you the residual effect on all of these tax cuts, regulation cuts, and community programs will be positive. It’s up to the 7 people above I mentioned, they have the ability to maximize what the #legislation (congress, Senate, 44 and 45 ) have already done. Get involved in your local leadership if you want to see real changes.
It’s time for ME to care enough to be present right here in MY community. If I keep my head in the game, I’m not focused on every play that the offensive coordinator is calling when I’m on defense, I’m a middle linebacker in this game called preparing a place for my children’s children. I am focused on what is best for my business, my neighborhood, my district, my region. What is the health of my non profit and church community? Who are the critical organizations that are helping disadvantaged in my community? Man, if I don’t know anything about those questions above, then I don’t have the time to be addressing what the PRESIDENT is doing everyday. Especially about an election that is already over. Work the ground game. Babies are killing babies. Nuts are attacking schools because it’s the furthest place away from all the MEN!!!!!! #runteldat#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Went down to the Atlanta City Hall today. Hoping to get a chance to connect with some city leaders about this HUGE STEM event we are going to be hosting. 1200 kids from around #atlanta will be learning about #Coding , #Cyberspace#Security , #drones and other cool careers that the US #Army provides. If anyone is interested in learning how they can sign their 11th or 12th grade up for an event like this Hit me in the DM. Making #changes that are necessary to build tomorrow, today. #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Your #pillars , true supporters, your “DAWGS” can give you extra legs. It’s sometimes hard to walk by #Faith , and in the #direction of our purpose. Sometimes it feels downright debilitating. But man when you can lean on something when your balance is off, when you can get a couple words of #encouragement when your knees buckle, You can experience “the walk”. Walking by faith SEEMS Daunting. Because you’re not walking by Faith in GOD (he’s never failed, He doesn’t need our Faith to be #GOD ). You’re walking by Faith in the GOD in YOU! So from time to time, you’re gonna need some braces and some crutches the get you going. You need to look up and see your “dawg” coaching and prodding you on. So you can say “Look Maggie, I’m walking”. Finding your purpose, and your infrastructure to help you walk, until you can run, is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
All to often life hits us with unexpected challenges. You can either Grow, or fold. Regardless of your decision in the above two choices, you can’t lose touch with the reality that chance and struggle will visit us all! Being prepared for whatever comes is a function of having peace with the work you’ve done, are doing, and are planning to do. Your works will guide you through your struggle. #payattention#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#keep#eyes#moving#nothing is #secure
Do everything you can to add value to your home, then to your community, then to your city, then to your state, and finally to your country. But regardless of The Who you add it to, #add#value#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Had a chance to meet with some young engineers last night. STEAM Revolution is partnering with NSBE In the Atlanta Metro area to bring Robotics, and Drone competitions to Schools all across the Atlanta Metro Area.
Our goal is to field 10 competitive STEAM Teams for the 2018-2019 season, where we will expose them to the latest concepts in robotics, coding, drones and environmental sustainability.
JOBS of the #FUTURE are what matters most in our quest to build a better #economy . We have to build a smart workforce of #creative#entrepreneurs . I say we build them out of struggle, into a world that needs them. Lets make #titans .
Bridging the gaps between “want to” and “have done” is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#nsbe#atlanta#georgia#steam#revolution
These 2 phenomena drive my #peace , erase any uncertainty and worries about #yesterday or #tomorrow . One happens in the east, the other in the west. Can’t get so worried about the future that you forget to do what’s necessary between these 2 moments. Fret not about wars and rumors of wars. Instead, set goals, Run towards those, In between the #sunrise and #sunset is the best weapon you’ll ever need, #Time . #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
They arrive, they grow, more arrive, they grow, more arrive they all grow. All the while collecting words. Words of encouragement, words of power, words of prophesy, words of Legacy. My prayer is that these words take root, That they accomplish what they were sent to do. So that my mini me’s can become Mini He. So the Thehfactr lives. Living a life full of ideas (Infrastructure, Discipline, Empathy, Accountability, Solidarity) is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#family#goals#father
Had an excellent day commiserating with my West Point Family. We had a discussion about West Point’s efforts to hire more diversity amongst their faculty. Truth is, not enough officers know about the benefits of becoming an academy professor. My suggestion was that they start working more closely with the HBCU’s. They have an excellent track record of creating great officers who could use some of that good old West Point Network swag in their lives. We’ll see how it goes. Changing the narrative so that leaders of the future reflect the America we long to see, Making sure that mentorship and identity are still a strong part of your makeup is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#army#strong#diversity is #broad not just #black
In a world 🌍 where so much seem skewed towards those in the know, #Knowledge is literally #power . In a world made perfect by my design, that knowledge can be freely attained. Power is a decision to gain that knowledge, disseminate that knowledge, and putting it to work. The knowledge we speak of is #steam#Science , #Technology , #Engineering#arts#math Will drive the economies of the future. I’m proud to announce our next big effort to share that knowledge with our future leaders. If you have a child in the 11th or 12th grade be sure to read this flyer, Call their school, and get them signed up for this event. Do not let your child miss the opportunity to get a leg up on their competition. In a #global economy their competition is the#world And being ready for the world is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
On August 20, 1619, the first 20 #Africans arrived at Old Point Comfort in what would become the the United States.on a Dutch ship named the 'White Lion' under the command of Captain Jope and an #English pilot named Marmaduke.
Old Point Comfort is now Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA.. The Africans were originally loaded onto a #Spanish ship named the Sao Joao Bautista that set sail for Vera Cruz, Mexico. They encountered the 'White Lion' and an English ship called the 'Treasurer' which robbed the Spanish ship of its #cargo and 60 Africans.
The 'Treasurer' arrived 3-4 days later and attempted to trade their African captives for #supplies , but weren't allowed to do so and set sail for Bermuda.
The arrival of the 'White Lion' was a event that only garnered this line for the journal of colonist John Rolfe, who wrote, "......there came a Dutch man of warre that sold us (20) Negars." The African arrivals bore Spanish names, such as Antonio, Isabella and Pedro.and were sold to work at plantations up and down the James River. Only two of the original twenty Africans arrived at #Jamestown according to Calvin Pearson, the president of Project 1619 Inc.
Capt. William Tucker, the commander of Point Comfort purchased Antonio and Isabella, and in 1623 they became the parents of the first African-American child, William Tucker. The descendants of this child and the Tucker family still live in the Hampton area, and William Tucker is buried there. #400years#time to #pivot#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold @get_repost
I know most of us keep on praying to God for something better. A better life. A better house. A better health status. A better job. And more. And there are times that we think God must have not heard our prayers. But actually, God does not mean, "No!". His answers are in the forms of OPPORTUNITIES. He makes and gives us opportunities that will lead us to where we want to be. However, when opportunities are dressed in the form of labor, effort, time and sacrifice, we tend to not see it. We tend to be blind. Remember this, God does not answer us directly because He has already created us capable of achieving more in this life.
I remember myself some years ago, praying to Him to lead me to something better. I don't know what's with me back then. Then I saw this photo. It shows someone's dream coming true. I didn't know what this person, who is now my mentor, has done but I knew she is gonna get her dream. And that was the beginning of it. It lead me to opportunity that required me to work, cry, celebrate, fail, succeed, and everything in between. It required labor, effort, time and sacrifice. But I am not going to trade it for anything. I am grateful of this opportunity because through this, I see my dreams coming true too, just like how my mentor has done it. And what's more rewarding is when my team's dreams are coming true too, one dream at a time. We are changing one life at a time for the better.😊😍😄 #LiveBeyondLimits2018#livetoinspire#lifeunlocked#makingtheshift#dreamshappeningnow#dreamersdoers#teampromotion#opportunities#blessedtobeablessing#takechargeofyourdreams#goaldigger#appreciationpost#motivation#projectGOLD#7800USdollarsProject
I wrote this 21 years ago. It was something I always felt was my #manifesto . To enlighten my brethren that it’s OK to #dream . Dream with your eyes open. To see what’s coming and place yourself in the path of the ball. Skate to where the puck is going to be. That’s what I’m calling for, 1 million Ambassadors with open eyes about what it means to work in collaborative teams, to create new tech, new inventions, new ways of changing the world by harnessing the power of diversity, “The Entourage Effect”. I will gladly take 100 ambassadors, but for what America CAN BE, and seeing how we have so many people. Let’s open some eyes. I’ll start with #mine#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#steam#ambassador#envisionthedream
I had the honor of meeting Hon. Mayor Eugene Grant of Seat Pleasent, Maryland yesterday. Mayor Grant and his team of experienced City councilmen and women have created the first small Smart city. They’ve integrated all of their shared services across the entire city. They have an app where you can drop a pin where you see a pot hole, and they city responds immediately. This is the kind of things that STEAM Revolution is all about. Integrating our neighborhoods by sharing critical data that will make us all live better. I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Grant as we bridge the gaps between our small and large towns. Even Manhattan was just a tiny neighborhood at one point. Seeing the oak tree in every acorn is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#maryland#seatpleasant#smart#smartcity#steam
Determination leads to Growth. It’s critical to know where you are, but not to criticize yourself for being there. Where you are is not as important as #WHO you are. Who you are is not as important as #WHOSE you are. Whose, Who, Where, When, why? Then HOW. That’s what I see displayed here. I’m willing to bet FAYE is not done collecting badges. Figuring out your 5W’s and your 1 H is living #lifeunlocked . Taking down milestones 1 by 1 like you know #thestoryisbeingtold
This is my #father . Not just my #daddy but #dad too. Not just my #friend but my #brother too. Someone I love to #help but he’s my #hero too. Making him proud is always on my #things to do. He and my mommy too. Because they did what no one made them do, They stayed the course so we could know what we should do. He taught me keep your #family close to you. He taught me giving even when it hurts to do. Though he had #fear none of us ever knew. Because he was Girded in Psalms 23 too. So now like him I walk through shadowy valleys too. And just like him my faith is Girded too. So no matter what, if I do what I’m supposed to do. My God will help me see my Mission through. And if you want to do anything in this world. #itsuptoyou Living in the #also#believed category is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#gooddadsmakegooddads#thenewhfactr#loveyoupops
A shot that hit #Vibranium .
It didn’t just injure it was absorbed.
Felt deep inside our hope
Rang out into the day,
Impact immeasurable, #impact#immeasurable#Collectively we said, “No”. This can’t be true
But it was true. He was no longer Him.
No longer the speaker, he became the speech
No longer the teacher, became what we teach
No longer the trouble , he became the prophet
No longer the #movement , we chose to stop it.
Dejected, disappointed, hurt, ashamed.
We named streets in his name.
We then surrounded them with shame.
Claiming to truly have someone to blame.
We resorted to fame, exchanging chains for a chain
For helmets and #cleats , #stadiums and seats
Guns, dope and beats, murder over Unowned streets.
5 decades of repeats. nosebleed seats
Watching #dreams deferred, while The Dream lay incomplete.
Then come 50, the year of Jubilee.
Now we see that them which they seek, from balcony peak. Are still available in these streets.
He won’t come back the way he came.
He’ll come inside an army of Kings.
Equipped with hundreds of thousands of dreams.
Releasing revenue stream after revenue stream.
Painted clear as Day, Our new array.
Is an image that’s already been seen.
From #overseen to #overcame .
We shoulder all blame, and carry our own crosses past the streets of #Wall , #Pennsylvania , and Main.
We’ll Carry our crosses to My Brother’s tomb, and #permanently remove our shame.
It’s harvest time again. #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Sometimes chilling right where you are is the best move you can make. A wise man once said nothing at all. #seleh Knowing how to have professional development and #chill moment with your brethren is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Interdependence- it’s a word that has defined the essence of a people Long not forgotten, but presently left behind. It’s the driver of unity #weneedeachother It’s the essence of collaboration #whatfor ? Because we are #interdependant . United States is in a unique place right now, because even with the internal bickering that we are doing, everyone still believes and knows that deep down inside we need everyone to #win in order for the USA to stay competitive #globally which dictates that we all start talking about the critical discussions that need to happen. I’m saying July 9th, 2018 we started the conversation. I’m determined to keep it going. Making every effort to Make America Great is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#atlanta#steamrevolution#steamatl#get_repost
One day you wake up, and you just feel like a life changing decision is about to happen. You’re gonna make a permanent change. That’s what my brother here did. @officialgreymusic I’m totally feeling your testimony. Keep living your truth my brother. Your leadership is unlocking a lot of brave souls who feel trapped by a heritage of bad decisions. I’m definitely a fan of your #purpose#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#plantbaseddrippin#cbd#atlanta#atl#plant#plantbased
In a time where the right to vote is not even the question. The question is where is your vote? You have a right to coordinate your vote, to secure your rights FOREVER. The greatest freedom that was ever won was the freedom to READ, WRITE, and INCORPORATE. Job creation calls for #Collaborative#Leadership . When I look at this letter, it was from over 60 years ago, Shamefully some of it is still critically relevant, and more shamefully most of it is current reality. But my call is not for justice. But “in”- justice. Descendants of hurt and Shame have to look 👀 inwardly to a broken collaborative model that is self perpetuated and glued together magically by fear. As we look at a Day post #Jubilee and we make plans to walk in a technological and empathetic medicinal movement that is matched by unprecedented transfers of wealth and land. 100% of it is ALREADY Federal Law, and our collaborative model fails to keep us afloat, In this sea of debt released upon us by our disunion! The check was in the casket, But praise God it’s been found. #ifyouknowyouknow#lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
There is a scripture that says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall have renewed strength”. It’ says “they shall run and not get tired, they shall walk and not faint”. Think about that.
To renew strength implies working hard enough to run out of strength, Only to have it #replenished by your willingness to wait. Trust.
Ever run before???? Doesn’t take long to get tired does it? Imagine running hard enough to grow weary yet no weary comes. Imagine walking like you’re on the trail of tears yet not fainting. Bent but not broken. Bloodied but unbowed. That is Deacon Cleveland Henry. The real HFactor. He waited on the LORD all of my life, all of my parents lives, as long as we’ve known him he was waiting on the Lord.
Boy did he ever have a run, almost 100 years. Today, pressing through my sadness, I rejoice that his wait is over. Somewhere in the great unknown, There are a pair of spiritual hands, wrapped around a pair of Nail scarred feet. There is gratitude in Heaven today. A #King went #home today. A king 🤴🏾 went home 🏠 today.
Grand daddy I’m so glad you can go with me now, to all my meetings, to all of my challenges. I can run like you ran , knowing my breath will stay with me. I can walk like you walked, knowing that my own righteousness was never my strength.
God of Abraham, God of Issac, God of Jacob
God of West Henry, God of Cleveland Henry, God of Charles Henry
Same God. Same prayer.
Bless my Soul! Enlarge my territory, Heal our land.
I am proud of my Institution of Learning. From the First Black Female First Captain to the First Superintendant of Schools the Narrative stays true. Our Army is great BECAUSE of its diversity not in spite of it. A Harvard study was conducted that showed that projects submitted by diverse groups Always did better or were funded more quickly than projects that were dominated by 1 particular demographic. America is the Cradle of pure diversity, and despite her groaning to the contrary, “THIS is America”. Congratulations LTG Williams for blazing a trail that has never been blazed and for inspiring generations of servants for Decades to come. Giving Hope to Leaders who in the past thought they’d never see this day. #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold#goarmy#beatnavy#usma#history#legendary
Young King. Keep your wits tightly about you. Your reign is imminent, it’ way past evident. Go get your crown 🤴🏾. Had the pleasure of spending time with @taylor_hodge11 this week before he heads off to Furman to #Dominate . He surprised me rocking his STEAM Revolution shirt, he said he thinks it’s dope, that got me going. It’s good to see your work and #sacrifice take root in the people you love the most. Anyone who is willing to put their foot to the task of bettering every one of us, is Brother and friend to me! Knowing you have a future reign and taking responsibility for your part of your own #future is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
Viewing life from a hard climb. It’s way to easy to see the view from where you currently reside. You must #climb . Mountains ⛰ expect to challenge you. The miracle of the mountain is in its pinnacle. What good is the flag in your backpack if you never plant it. My brother went to the mountain top, what he saw was worth dying for (maybe) but worth living for #definitely . It was worth living as if dying along the way, as long as it’s closer to that which you see, wasn’t the worst use of his time, nor of mine. #climb Trouble comes with sweat, never second the guess, despite certain #distress , with all in just #Press . Because from the Mountain top, You can see your new address! Beyond #blessed Living a life in constant pursuit of a dream to fulfill is living #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold
She’s the princess of my world 🌍. My total surprise, my capstone project. I love my baby girl. May my life continue to play out in a way that keeps her set up to win. When they carry your name they should carry your gain. #lifeunlocked#thestoryisbeingtold