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In Memory of... "The King"

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s death, but has his dream turned into a nightmare?



A year before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, he admitted in an interview in May, 1967 that the dream he once had has turned into a nightmare. During the last few months and years prior to his death, he explained he went through a period of soul searching, agonizing moments that helped him believe things would become more difficult in the future, and the optimism he had was superficial, because realistically, we still have a long way to go.


Within the interview was one of his classic speeches where he talked about black empowerment, and that black people have something to offer the world. Dr. King also said black people can’t rely on others to fight injustices for them. Not even the Emancipation Proclamation could help because the fight is bigger than just a document.


In order the be free, Dr. King said black people must search deep within their own souls and sign their own Emancipation Proclamation. During this time, black men were looked down upon and were not seen as men. Dr. King explained to black men that nobody should take away their manhood, and to be proud of their African heritage because they don’t have anything to be ashamed of.


For many years, lies were told about black people being inferior compared to other races of people, according to Dr. King. Everything concerning the word “Black” meant that it was ugly and evil. Just look in the dictionary, because the synonym of the word black is degrading, while white is always something pure.


Dr. King’s goal for this speech was to tell black people to be proud of who they are, and to embrace the melanin in their skin because black is beautiful.


To check out Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s interview and speech, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr9alxHclvY&t=3s



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr vs President Donald Trump…


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday was Jan. 15th, and a few days before his birthday, President Donald Trump called certain African nations, Haiti and El Salvador “sh*thole countries.” On Dr. King’s birthday, President Trump made a weekly address video detailing how Dr. King’s dream inspired all Americans from different backgrounds through his words, because his dream is the American dream.


He also said Dr. King dreamed of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look, or where they come from, but President Trump did the opposite when he called certain African nations, Haiti and El Salvador “sh*thole countries,” the Washington Post reported.


“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” President Trump said, suggesting the U.S. bring more immigrants from places like Norway, according to the Post.


The origin of every black and brown person who lives in the U.S. are of African and Hispanic decent, which means they come from different African and Hispanic nations. If President Trump was familiar with the history of the U.S., he would know that the U.S. was built on the labor of minority people.



What if...


The last few years of Dr. King’s life were difficult because he was conflicted, and realized he should of done some soul searching before being the voice for the unjust. After living life and from experience, he noticed he could have better articulated himself and put more thought about the future for those who were treated unjustly.


Dr. King also wasn’t well liked by people who didn’t care about the inequalities happening to black people in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. He felt all people should have a chance to make something of themselves if given an equal opportunity.


I feel people are more courageous to speak, edit the narrative of somebody’s work, accomplishments and criticize the content of their character after they have passed away and can’t defend themselves. I believe some people criticized Dr. King while he was alive, but now praise him because he stood up courageously against the system of inequality.


I also believe Dr. King would have lived a longer life if the system he was fighting against wasn’t full of jealousy, envy and pushed the narrative of inequality.


If Dr. King was still alive today, he would be 89-years old, and I think he would say we made some progress, but not much in 2018 because the United States of America still has a “dominate the weak” mentality, which was the same injustices he was fighting against in the 1960s before he was assassinated.



Three days after Dr. King’s assassination, Jazz singer Nina Simone’s bass Gene Taylor wrote “Why? (The King of Love is Dead)” after the news of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death had reached him.


To check out Nina Simone’s “Why? (The King of Love is Dead),” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3jiFbOMr8E


 


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2017: A Year in Review

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

2016 was an emotional year full of ups and downs, but 2017 was a stressful year for me because I’ve been working hard without seeing many fruits from my labor. All year until the beginning of November, my website struggled to stay online, which was very frustrating for me. It was difficult for me to keep a positive mindset when things around me felt like they were falling apart.


Throughout this stressful year, I was still able to push through the negative energy and accomplished a lot:  



* I completed my 10th Advanced Manuals speech (20 overall) for Toastmasters at CSUSB, and will be receiving a certificate for this accomplishment.


* I received “Liked Tweets” acknowledgments via Twitter from Hip-Hop duo “Blu & Exile.”


* I received my new prosthetic leg, and my Doctor said it’s a “Ferrari of Prosthetic Legs.”


* I completed 221 overall volunteer hours at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, which is the same hospital where I did my chemotherapy treatment from 1999-2000 and 2002-2003.


* Vocal is a long form social publishing platform for contributors and readers engineered for creation and discovery, and I’ve written 12 articles for the platform.


* I received “Liked Tweets” acknowledgments via Twitter from two members (Imani and Bootie Brown) of the original Hip-Hop group “The Pharcyde,” and a “Tweet Reply” from Sucker Punch Productions Co-Founder and Producer of inFAMOUS Brian Fleming. When I perform my inspirational speeches, within my PowerPoint, Hip-Hop artist’s Nas, and The Pharcyde, along Sucker Punch’s inFAMOUS videogame franchise with superhero Cole MacGrath help tell my story of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee. The art from Nas, The Pharcyde and Sucker Punch’s inFAMOUS helped me believe, “Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind.”


* Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services wished me a happy birthday.


* I attended an event called “Relay for Life,” by the American Cancer Society, which celebrates cancer survivors from all ages.


* I wrote an autobiography, “CalmandStrong: Some People Walk in Each Other’s Shoes… I Carry Mine.” Within my book, I detail my pain, struggle and accomplishments from 1999-2013, which is exactly 14 years, and I was 14 years old when I was first diagnosed with knee cancer called Osteosarcoma.



Throughout 2017, I noticed improvements within my speaking and writing abilities, because I’m able to articulate my ideas and turn them into interesting content. With my website being the hub, and connected with my many social media, publishing and online outsourcing platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, YouTube, Vocal and Fiverr has helped me connect with people from all over the world. 


Each red dot represents each person that has clicked on my website within the last 30 days from around the world.


I felt 2017 was a year where I was working hard in the background, but I still made progress even though it was slow. In 2018, I plan on being in the forefront, so people could witness the full scale of my potential, creativity and talent.



“When you feel passionate about something, follow your instincts because Nothing is More Powerful Than a Made up Mind.” 


- Darryl C. Richie




Inspiration from Entertainment



Along with Nas and The Pharcyde, Blu & Exile are also one of my favorite Hip-Hop artist’s, and they released their new album called “In the Beginning: Before the Heavens” this year. This album is considered a prequal, because the songs are from the recording sessions that didn’t make it to their classic debut album, “Below the Heavens.” 


One of my favorite songs was the single they released called “Constellations,” and it captured how I felt all year of always pushing through negative energy, but still believing God will give me everything I prayed for and more.



“Some people will hate, some will probably be astonished by the sh*t we accomplished, others will acknowledge it, or leave it up to God and me, cause he promised me everything I prayed for.”


– Blu & Exile, Constellations, In the Beginning: Before the Heavens



To check out Blu & Exile’s “Constellations,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4n_LVFdPsQ




* To check out my 10th Advanced Manuals (20th overall) speech for Toastmasters at CSUSB entitled, “CalmandStrong: Retrospective,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb9_up7TeTY ;


* To check out my “CalmandStrong: Part 2 Slideshow Video with inFAMOUS Music Montage,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiVCZ8yMigY ;


* To check out the sample of my autobiography, “CalmandStrong: Some People Walk in Each Other’s Shoes… I Carry Mine,” click here: http://www.calmandstrong.net/calmandstrong-book-sample


* To check out more photos of my accomplishments from the last few years, click here: http://www.calmandstrong.net/photos


* To check out my Vocal profile, click here: https://vocal.media/authors/darryl-richie?page=1




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Blu & Exile. In the Beginning: Before the Heavens album image. HipHop-N-More. New Music: Blu & Exile – 'Back To Basics'. October 04, 2017. November 24, 2017. http://hiphop-n-more.com/2017/10/blu-exile-back-to-basics-new-song/


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The INFJ Personality Type and inFAMOUS

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

INFJ’s use escapism from video games to attempt to make the world a better place.



The INFJ personality type is a part of the Myers Briggs introspective questionnaire, and as an INFJ, my personality is also known as the Advocate. The Advocate means I’m quiet and mystical, yet inspiring and a tireless idealist, according to 16personalities.com.


INFJ’s are very rare, making up only less than 1% of the population. These people are soft-spoken, but they have strong opinions and will work tirelessly towards what they believe in.


Video games are a great way for the INFJ to escape from the harsh realities of the real-world. For instance, INFJ’s who were forced to overcome difficult obstacles in real life may find comfort within video games because they can relate to the main protagonist (main character) struggles, trails and tribulations. 



The inFAMOUS videogame franchise is an action-adventure game with role-playing elements. The game was released on the PlayStation 3 in 2009, and stars superhero main character Cole MacGrath. Cole is an ordinary bike messenger who gained electrical superpowers when a package he delivered exploded.


Throughout the game, Cole searched for answers of why was he chosen to deliver this dangerous package that gave him the ability to control electricity, because he looked at his superpowers as a burden.


While Cole was looking for answers, he slowly became stronger and learned new abilities of how to get around his environment, along with new and creative ways to defeat his enemies.


inFAMOUS also has a karma system, which means Cole has the choice of being a superhero or supervillain based on his actions.


For example, within the first mission of the original inFAMOUS entitled, “First Glimpse.” The American government delivered food by plane after the explosion in Empire City (New York City) because it was quarantined. The food was left on top of a tall building and only Cole could climb up and get it without getting hurt. Cole eventually got the food down on the floor, but the thugs known as “The Reapers” took advantage of this opportunity.


Cole eventually defeated all the Reapers in the area, and the food was safe for all people to eat, but there was a catch. Cole had to make a choice to let the civilians take and eat some of the food, or fry everybody with his electricity powers and keep all the food for himself, his girlfriend Trish and best friend Zeke.


After the First Glimpse mission, the game tracks everything Cole does on his quest to become a superhero or supervillain. Also, there is a meaning behind the way the developers, Sucker Punch Productions spelled “inFAMOUS.” For instance, they spelled it that way because based on what Cole does within the game, the civilians and the world react to Cole’s actions as being “Famous (superhero) or inFAMOUS (supervillain).”


INFJ’s enjoy playing role-playing games because they appreciate the personal growth they have with the main character, along with being put in situations where the main character must “save the world.”


More than the other 15 Myers Briggs personality types, INFJ’s may feel unsure about their own identities, and role-playing games are a great way for them to live through a character within the digital world that video games provide.



I was at Loma Linda Children's Hospital (Loma Linda, CA) hooked up to an IV pole with my Grandmother and Uncle by my bedside; like Cole who was also in the hospital hooked up to an IV pole with his girlfriend Trish and best friend Zeke by his bedside. 


In 1999, this photo was taken of me when I was 14 years old, and the other image I lifted from the original inFAMOUS, which was released in 2009.


INFJ’s are a “mage,” which means I find it more fascinating to be a master of spells and environments. I had a strong connection with Cole because he eventually mastered how to control electricity and he mastered getting around his environment by using parkour. INFJ’s would rather not play video games as a character that is an archer dealing with stealth and long-distance fights, or be a warrior, which focuses on stealth and close-range fights.


INFJ’s enjoy playing single player role-playing games because it helps them become one with the character and understand the character’s motivations and actions of why they are going on a specific adventure. Along with going on an adventure with the main character, INFJ’s also enjoy the power fantasy of controlling magic.


Sometimes INFJ’s see the world as uneven or uncompromising, but video games provide escapism and the ability to make things balanced by living through the main character’s actions. Video games gives the INFJ’s the opportunity to make things right within the digital world, because sometimes trying to make things right within the real-world may seem hopeless.



“Any man can overcome adversity. If you truly want to test a man’s character, give him power.”


- Abraham Lincoln



* To check out gameplay videos from the original inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2, click here: http://www.calmandstrong.net/infamous-videos


* Update: On Dec. 22nd, izideo followed me on Twitter, and they accept guest blogs. They also claim guest blogs is a great way to increase web traffic, and is a credible way to build a good business reputation.


izideo also recommends that blogs have to be unique because people want to read something interesting. For instance, I’ve written many blogs about connecting my experiences and realities of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee to the digital world of the inFAMOUSvideogame franchise and superhero Cole MacGrath.


If my blogs are unique and interesting enough, the good Google rankings will be the result.


To find out more about izideo, and guest blog posting, click here: https://www.izideo.com/blog/list-sites-accepts-guest-posting/

 






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