Book The WOE Man Show

April 30, 2017

In the summer of 2017 you can bring in the WOE Man Show to give motivation inspiration and encouragement to your group youth church program city town organization association school college business or company.

While faced with divorce with his after college sweetheart Derrick Hayes moved with a friend and slept on his apartment floor without a bed for over a year. Next to Derrick was a bible that read woe is me and a dictionary that defined woe as a trial and tribulation. When Derrick pulled out a pen and pad he received his life changing statement, “Before you leave work or go to sleep tonight, give someone a WOE, a Word Of Encouragement.”

Derrick had Derricknyms but when facing adversity the universe used him to give the world WOE by speaking to him through words so that others would receive entertainment education and elevation.

The WOE Man Show came to life after Derrick Hayes developed his craft  as a Motivational Speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Legacy Chevrolet, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

Derrick Hayes is never selfish with his success as he gives back to others by providing them with guest blogging opportunities, publicity with DERRICK Interviews, recognition via his blog Today’s Honoree and motivation with The DAILY Message and the Android and iPhones app Motivation To Your Mobile.

Book the WOE Man Show by visiting www.derrickhayes.com, emailing info@derrickhayes.com and by calling (706) 615-1662.


DERRICK Interview with International Artist and DJ Sabrina Terence

July 29, 2016

TerenceEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Sabrina Terence who is a contemporary abstract painter and DJ. She has lived in Germany Berlin, Miami and is currently for the past 9 years in Dubai U.A.E.  Her paintings are mostly acrylic and oel on canvas and her signature work consists of bright, bold colours, with very different effects and techniques.

She took her first painting lesson in 1998 after school back in Germany. Went to many Art Exhibitions worldwide, Art Basel, Art Berlin, Art Fair Singapore and many more.

Now intently focused as an abstract artist, Sabrina was inspired – the paintings were fresher and more sophisticated.

My paintings are about energy, color, and feelings. My work has a spiritual bent and is a result of continual exploration.  I believe that true art comes from within and color is central to my individual expression of my feelings. As well I combine my music with the Art I create , live on stage or in my studio.  My Paintings are sold worldwide, I am travelling all over the globe.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My biggest dream was always, traveling around the world, which I did and still doing. Then building a family besides my career. My last goal was becoming a well known dj in the region ( Middle East , Dubai) which I successfully achieved. My next goal is becoming a well known artist and painter.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to a school 🙂 honestly , if you arent a Doctor etc you just need to educate yourself via internet, I watch Youtube Videos to learn more about the world.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I am very creative since school, means I love colours and can combine them, so for example with my Art, there is many different styles not just one , some artist just paint the same style again and again. I am open format as we say in music, means flexible 🙂

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

You can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself nothing is impossible…

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about?

My mom.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Relationships due my career, distance from family etc.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

The Key is not to give up and think positive which is not always easy , but even you fail , stand up and try again! Rom was not built in a day 🙂

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

YEs please have a look at my art, tell me what you think by visiting  http://www.artsabrina.com and please follow me on facebook >>> http://www.facebook.com/sabrinaterence where we now have 1.4 million fans since 2007.


DERRICK Interview with Hip Hop Artist Chris Kelly AKA Cella

May 7, 2016

CellaEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Chris Kelley who was born and raised Nashville native with a heart for hip hop music and culture. Cella as they call him is 29 years old and still chasing his dream of a music career all while being a dad and attending Berklee College of Music online.

*D is for Dream*. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to make it in the hip hop and rap industry. My goals are made
weekly or monthly (small goals) to help me achieve the big goal known as
“the dream”. I have already made a name for myself in many cities across
the U.S. and also have a fan base in Africa, Ukraine, Turkey, Costa Rica,
and Japan that I made threw social networking and marketing myself.

*E is for Education*. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I already have an associates degree in business which has helped me market
myself a lot and has helped me to spend money wisely when it comes to my
music business choices. I am currently attending Berklee School of Music
Online. I am studying music production with the goals of remaining
independent like some of my biggest inspirations in the rap industry: Tech
N9ne, Rittz, Twizted Insane and all of Strange Music.

*R is for Resource*. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Well, I am a white guy in the hip hop industry for starters. Some may say that doesn’t make you stand out but I disagree. How many white rappers can you name that have blown up and been signed to major labels in the past 5 years? It is a shark tank for us and the fact that we are willing to jump into that pool of primarily African American sharks dominating the game says a lot about our character and drive. I’m not scared of anything including rejection and negative comments. I push on.

*R is for Ready*. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When my dad first handed me a cassette player with the newest Master P album in it back in like 1995 or so. I knew immediately I would have something to do with this culture band industry and by age 13 was battle rapping and by age 21 had been offered free recording from many studios in Nashville and even some smaller independent record deals.

*I is for Individual*. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Highrolla Krush. He has been a mentor to me in the past few years and recorded my first album titled Deep Waters. He has taught me a lot and is an amazing producer. The dude has worked with Haystack, Jellyroll, Lil Wyte, 3 6 Mafia and many more big names. He cares about what he does and cares about others dreams too.

*C is for Challenges*. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I am still overcoming the biggest challenge of my life right now which is Anxiety. I was officially diagnosed with social anxiety and that put a skretching hault on my music for two years. It wasn’t until 6 months ago that I even started writing again and now I am excited to announce that my second full length album titled The Homecoming will be released this Summer.

*K is for Key*. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming
entrepreneurs and leaders?

I am not one to give advice on success because I haven’t even touched the surface of it yet. What I can say though is that if you have a dream the YOU have to chase it and YOU have to make it happen. No one and I mean no one will come along and place your dream in your lap in a nicely wrapped gift box. If you want something then go get it and don’t listen to the people who say you can’t.

Visit Cella for more information.


DERRICK Hayes Interview with Hip Hop Artist Matthias aka “Mr 16 Bars”

December 6, 2015

MatthiasEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Matthias who was born in North Philadelphia in 1979. He is one of 10 siblings. Matthias graduated from Eastern University with a BA in marketing. In 2006 he enlisted in the US Army. He completed two tours in Iraq and was awarded two Army Accommodation medals in his support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his discharge Matthias began working on his first hip hop album called, “The Forgotten“, (available on iTunes, CdBaby, Amazon MP3, Google Store etc.) Matthias’s latest sophomore album, “You & I“, speaks on issues ranging from male & female relationships, growing up in a poor urban environment to social injustice throughout the world. This album is available exclusively at http://www.matthias16bars.bandcamp.com

Remember Hip-Hop? Remember the music before the “bling”, before the pimp swagg, before the music got lost in the image. Remember the Hip-Hop that was an instrument of social change? Remember the music that stood at the foundation of expression before players, gangsters, and video vixens took over? Remember the artists that had the world moving to beats that spoke of social prejudice and injustice. Remember that Hip-Hop? If you don’t remember music like the one I just described—let me introduce you to Matthias aka “Mr 16 Bars

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream goal is to be a successful independent hip hop music artist. I want to be able to control every aspect of my career from branding to writing.

What is your educational background and how do you use it daily

I have a BA degree in marketing. I use marketing every time I try to sell my music to fans by creating value through product placement and branding.

When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized that I was ready to be a hip hop artist when I found it literally impossible to walk away from it. Whether I make a dime or not, I will continue to write music until I’m 6 feet under.

Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I would have to say Jimmy Da Saint. He is an author as well as a local Philadelphia music promoter. He has created a platform that allows independent artist to be recognized in the city. He is the visionary behind the Philly Hip Hop Awards. He is a positive role model and a natural born hustler.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The biggest challenge I find myself having to overcome is the lack of financial resources. As an independent artist you do not have the major financial backing of a major label, so you don’t have the luxury of getting the national exposure like a major label artist. In order to be heard you have to be able to do a lot with a little, and create marketing campaigns that are creative with the right amount of flare that can capture your target audience’s attention.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Be consistent, work smart, and plan appropriately…oh and don’t forget to have fun! It’s your dream, so you should find enjoyment in doing it!!!!

Visit Matthias AKA “Mr. 16 Bars” for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Street Lotto the President of OOOG Brand

July 15, 2015


StreetLottoEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Street Lotto who is the President of the OOOG Brand. The meaning of OOOG is wisdom acquired through life experience, struggle, endurance, and set backs. A OOOG has stayed the course through all it’s up and downs never giving up on his/her dreams, passions, or goals. A OOOG is one that is a shining example to those ahead of them, beside them, and the ones to come. Three times GREAT, Three times a GENIUS, Three times GRAND. To be labeled as a Triple OG means you’ve earned the RESPECT to represent the OOOG Brand‼️

Born in Cincinnati, now residing in Atlanta, Lotto sought opportunity to better himself and focus on a career in music, overcoming the obstacles of the drug trade in his native city. “Money was never the focus for me, only a means.

Through the years, Lotto has aligned himself with well established brands like Coca- Cola, Apple Inc., Snoop Dogg, and 98 Degrees!  Including going on tour with multi- platinum artists streaming from The Nappy Roots to Jeff Timmons (founding member of 98 Degrees). On the list of accomplishments also includes his collaboration with Ted Talk’s “TED X”. In celebration of 1 billion visits to the company’s site (tedtalks.com), Lotto penned and performed  “TRANSCEND”, the theme song for the well attended convention. Scoring even bigger, he was featured along with Dallas Austin, and Too $hort, on the billboard nominated mobile app Zooz Beat made available on iPhone receiving over 1.6 million downloads.

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Though in Atlanta, Lotto has always been compared to and inspired by west coast hip hop. At points, he recalls spending months at a time on the west coast, submerged in it’s culture. “I don’t know why, I just always got love from the west. The music was comfortable to me. I guess that’s why they took to me”, he explained. “Collaborating with Cali veterans like Daz Dillinger and Bay area artists Mistah FAB and Turf Talk inspired me to do something different. “My new project is produced totally by DJ POOH protégé, west coast producer, TWEEK BEATZ whose credits include: Snoop Dogg, Keisha Cole, Glasses Malone, Jim Jones, Crooked I, and Suga Free, to name a few. I just wondered what it would sound like if somebody from over here, fused sounds with somebody over there?”

The new single “#GO”, is from the full length album Levi’s And Chucks, produced by Tweek Beatz.  Why Levi’s And Chucks? Both brands are synonymous with classic American culture, appealing, but not limited to, black and white, but EVERY race, creed, and color within the make up of our society, current and future. They will forever be a mainstay in our society,  just like the material from this LP. Classic. Original. Timeless….

My dream has always been to not only be a major artist with a voice that effects change, but also a business mogul that would inspire people that grew up in places like where I (originally) come from, Cincinnati, Ohio.

E is for Education: What is your background in Education?

I finished High School and 2 years of college before I entered the “real” world. I didn’t finish college. To tell you the truth, I really had no desire to finish school. I was there to continue my football career. But, once I figured out that ship had sailed, I wanted to sell enough weed to buy a dope crib with a dope ride and a dope chick to complete the cipher! (laughs). I eventually came back home and did just that. I started to also get into making the music that was the soundtrack to my lifestyle at that point. That lead me into wanting to take music further. But there was no real music scene in Cincinnati, so I moved to the A! Over the last decade and a half, I’ve been traveling the states performing, getting deals, losing them, making money, losing it, all in efforts to figure out how to brand myself to the masses. I guess you can say, I’ve put my 10,000 hours in! (laughs) Over time, I’ve just figured out how to give people something dope, yet honest, and inspirational. What I have figured out in music, comedy, and branding- nothing beats truth nor purpose and both are heavily applied to the OOOG Brand!

OOOGBrandR is for Resource: What makes you stand out or unique?

My resources include my network. Through being hungry in this business for years, you encounter alot of influential people behind those doors. Some say YES , and some say NO. One thing that I picked up is, just because they said NO doesn’t mean somewhere down the line I can’t get a yes out of them. See, some people will never  change, thank GOD, circumstances do! So what happens is, now, most of them not only ride for me, but they open new doors that weren’t there before. The moral to the story- KEEP PUSHIN’!!!

R is for Ready: When did you know you were ready for what you are doing now?

You just know. Things start happening and you don’t have to ask questions anymore. You know the answers, and feel God’s favor surrounding you like a force field.

I is for Individual: Name one individual that others should learn more about and why?

The source! G-O-D! People should really get to know Him. I grew up with my dad, so I knew him, and could with certainty trust all he said he would do for me- because I knew him. Others weren’t as fortunate. They didn’t grow up with a father around, so they learned to trust themselves more. Even if dad was half there, he wasn’t all the way there. So if you don’t really know the man, how could you really trust him? The same principle applies to knowing the Lord. I know men, that are now grown, that want to find and meet their father just to learn more about themselves. Imagine if you find the Father God Himself, you’d learn ALL about yourself and untapped potential, feel me? To know HIM is to know yourself. You will know His will, then discover your purpose!

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you faced along the way?

Challenges- I’ve had to overcome the obstacles of the game like anyone else that stayed the course. Having to learn, people are NOT what they SAY, they ARE what they DO! Most people will tell you your dreams are impossible- and they ARE- for THEM! It isn’t their purpose to do what you do, so they don’t have the vision to see what you see. I learned not to get caught up in what didn’t work before. That was them- THIS IS ME! I expect to win. Maybe it doesn’t happen right away, but it will in HIS time. And 10 times out of 10, if it don’t happen, it wasn’t for me, and I’m good with that. I also learned that nobody is going to work harder for your dream than YOU, regardless of what they may tell you or make it look like. You get out what you put in.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for others?

One sure fire way of not achieving your dream is to quit!

Visit Street Lotto and the OOOG Brand for more information.


DERRICK Interview with International Pop Artist Dalal Bruchmann

February 28, 2013

DalalLaceEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Actress and Pop Artist Dalal Bruchmann who according to Hollywood Music Magazine is “A multitalented international rising star.” Influenced by Beethoven, Prince, Andrew Loyd Webber and Kylie Minogue, Dalal’s music has pushed her to the forefront of up and coming Pop artists. Her Debut Single “Taste the Night” reached #5 on the Billboard Breakout Charts, #7 on the UK Club Charts and #8 on the UK Pop Commercial Charts with a music video that premiered through AOL Music and gained over one million views.

The most added new independent artist 2011 on radio was born on Walpurgis Night, the Night that celebrates the coming of Spring. Dalal’s passion for acting, singing and modeling began in Austria, following a long a line of Artists, Composers and Musician. Dalal is a direct descendant of Franz Seraph von Bruchmann, lyricist for world-renowned composer Franz Schubert, and her mother, Maria Harmony, a painter and actress in the Shakespeare Theatre.

Dalal currently resides in New York City, where she began her musical career in the United States, writing and recording her Debut Single “Taste the Night” with Producer Michael Grant (Crazy Possessive, Body Shots).

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My Dream is to create music that the world loves listening to. My goal is to create Art that resonates with people… that moves them 🙂 I think I’ve gotten so far as to accumulate the right ingredients to achieve what I’ve set out to do.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Beautiful stories that inspire me and that encourage me to do what I love doing. Bad experiences that I came out of stronger that encouraged me to work harder, be better, act wiser… Great experiences that made me happy and have left me wanting to go further. Recognition. Whether it is through friends, family, fans …. A good word at the end of the day.Dalal

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I grew up with classical music, learning violin and piano and toured with orchestras throughout Europe, Egypt, Turkey… I’ve also written for Gospel choirs and studied Musical Theater, 3D Animation and Editing.

My love for the cinematic world also plays an important role when it comes to writing music and creating my live shows. I think my background, the way I grew up and the environment I was exposed to makes for an interesting mixture that is reflected in my work.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I remember that I’ve always wanted to do what I do now. Music, Performing and the Arts in general always made me feel like I’ve come home. But I remember being on this road for a while, when I came to a point where I was on my way to turning my weakness into a possibility and honing the gift of my strength; when I was eager to take the next step and faster in my decision to accept the next challenge… I knew I was ready… and I wasn’t afraid.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

For me personally, it would be my Mother, I’ve never seen a stronger person in my life. Her work ethic and her attitude towards and her trust in life is incomparable to anything I’ve ever come across.

Also, I’ve just finished reading “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, so another answer would be Abraham Lincoln. It is simply amazing how he intentionally surrounded himself with people that were against him and ended up being loved and respected by those, who were his opponents or even enemies. That’s what I call a victory in every way. I think his strategic genius should be known to the whole world.

Also, I just revisited the story of Dan Millman, which I’ve found incredibly inspiring. He took 0% and turned it into 100%

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

It depends on the consequence of the failure how hard and long that process of finding your path again is and living it well. But my family and everyone that believes in me makes me wanna go onward and upward again. 🙂

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Oi! I really actually think it is a key-chain full of keys! 🙂 There are very many ways to succeed. I believe in making fast decisions. Trust your gut, do it! Cause if you end up having made the wrong decision you are just as fast in righting the wrong decision and getting back on track.

Visit Dalal for more information


DERRICK Interview with Hip Hop Gospel Artist PG-13

February 27, 2013

PG 13Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with PG-13 born Delontaye Taylor who is a Christian artist that has a heart for God’s people. His desire is 2 win souls for Jesus Christ & allow lives 2 be changed through music!

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, God decided to move him and his family (lovely wife Amanda and 3 handsome boys) to Columbus, Georgia. PG-13 has a passion for the youth and they cling on to him like a magnet. At the age of 23, he started with a group called Collaborated Minds, where they put out 3 mix tapes (Taking Back Our Streets Volume 1, 2, and 3) and a high impacted album in 2010, called “What’s Cooking.” After a successful album and 3 mix tapes in the streets, God spoke to PG-13 and guided him in the direction of Street evangelizing.

In February of 2012, God gave him the vision to record his 1st solo album called “LEGO”(Less Evil Greater Overflow). It was released on August 18, 2012. He released his 1st hit single called “Going Home” featuring Dunbar, which video has shot to the top of the charts on a variety of Social Networking sites in such a short period of time. His 2nd single released was “Christ on Swag.” This is a song that ministers to the youth about sagging their pants, and embarrassing themselves. To hear his music, check him out on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, or Youtube.


DERRICK Interview with Artist Liz Marotti

October 10, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Liz Marotti a New York Artist  that is trying to make it.  Liz creates because if she didn’t life would be meaningless. Her hope is to open peoples eyes to their own extreme emotions. Liz calls her art an emotional overload. Painting for her is a religious experience. This experience allows her to create a world that did not exist 5 minutes ago.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I want to be a world famous artist, who’s message encourages women to love themselves and to drop the emotional baggage that holds them back from the happiness that is rightfully theirs.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

People do. I sell my art over the internet, and in person at Union Square Park. When I am selling my work out doors, one of the things that makes me happy is when people who can not really afford my work, are so inspired by it that they look in the bottoms of their pockets for change, just so they can have a piece of what I do.

Then the letters that people send me. I once had one woman who was a Breast Cancer Survivor write to me, she said that she would love to see me create a breast Cancer Awareness painting. So I asked her to describe to me how it made her feel. She told me about her missing breast, how she felt like less of a woman because of it. That she knew her husband still loved her, but she did not feel as beautiful. So I created a painting called “War Scars” It was a woman with one breast on her chest and a scar in place of her other breast, with one hand extended to the heavens. My plan for that painting was, you can take my breast, but i will fight to defend what I have left. She loved it so much she immediately sent me the money for it, and I made a time lapse video of it on YouTube, and used my friend Timothy Dark’s music as the sound track and she even went on Itunes and purchased the song. I was so happy to have reached her like that. Those are the things that encourage me :)

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Well, I guess my technique. My brush strokes hold all of the emotions that people see in my work. I am able to create movement in my work.
I love to learn, so I taught myself film editing, I am not the best at it because I am self taught. But it does come in handy. Then I am an artist that loves to collaborate with other artists, and I love to create circumstances where I can bring my friends along with me. I am fortunate enough to know some of the best talent in NYC. So when I am offered a space to do a gallery show, I not only bring my art work, but I bring my friends who are dancers and singers to preform for the show. So my shows are never just paintings and cheap wine. They are paintings, cheap wine, and entertainment. Too many of us forget that we are simply here to help one another and if I could give other artists a stage, I will.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When I was working for $10 an hour at a tile store, and I was Bored. I knew there had to be something better than this. So I Googled how to sell art in NYC. Found out what I needed to do to become a street artist legally. Quit my job, moved back home with my parents, and the rest is history.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I know so many people that others should learn about. Melissa Otero is one of my best friends, she is an amazing writer and vocalist. She has worked very hard to achieve her dreams and her music relates to people on a deep level. She is making a difference by really creating art and maintaining a great relationship with her audience. Plus she bought my art when she really could not afford it, and she supports other artists and I love her for it! Choomasi he is another amazing vocalist and writer. His voice is incredible, and he is beyond humble. That is what makes him so awesome, is he is awesome and doesn’t act like it. He is kind to all his fans and friends.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

My Fans and Friends. They are the only reason I am able to create the way I do. It is with their support that I am able to do anything. I know I was called to do what I do. There is no other reason. No one would take the vow of poverty I took, if there wasn’t something bigger pushing me forward.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

KINDNESS. Loving people and the people you are working for. Share your dreams with the world and the world will show you your destiny.
LET PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! People will love you, people will support you as long as they know you exist. SPIRITUALITY. It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as you believe there is something bigger than yourself, otherwise when things get dark, there is nothing to hold on too.

Visit Liz Marotti for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

September 3, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and this opportunity was made possible with the help of the TransMedia Group. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. called to interview with me right before he was about to go in and meet with Russell Simmons. Now that is something awesome to interview with Uncle Derrick and then go right in and meet with Uncle Rush

Dr. Chavis is the President, CEO and Co-Founder with Russell Simmons, of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is similar to the one that Martin Luther King, Jr. had and that is to have total equality and equal justice for all. We still have a long way to go where one day every human being will be treated just and fair with an opportunity for economic empowerment.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I get encouraged when I receive knowledge from  studying the history of African people. My civil rights background is over 50 years and the struggle for freedom and economic empowerment inspires me especially when young people can go into business and be successful.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I’m a committee organizer and knowing how to mobilize one’s community is a great resource. I know how to mentor, lead, and develop the skills in others that will push them to success. 

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Everyday I realize I’m ready. Readiness is a process of  being educated and prepared. Being an optimist puts me in position to respond to what comes in my direction

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Patrice Motsepe  and the reason is that he became the first Black Billionaire in South Africa. In 1994 Patrice Motsepe started African Rainbow Minerals which now is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company, with world-class long-life, low-cost assets.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

One of my favorite sayings is a Portuguese slogan A luta continua  which means “the struggle continues.”  I know the struggle continues so I must keep moving the dream forward. Life moves on and it is up to us in how it moves on.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

1. Make sure educaton is your foundaton 2. Stay focused on your success 3. Understand the importance of math and science and how they can help you maximize your education and entrepreneurial development 4. Always learn from other succeess stories

Anything else that you would like to add that has not been mentioned already?

Currently I’m the Company Spokesperson for Energy Edge Solutions that is publicly traded with the  stock symbol EEDG. More people should have their own companies that one day are taken public. Brother Hayes I would like to thank you for interviewing me and I wish you well on all of your success.

Thank you Dr. Chavis  for allowing me to DERRICK Interview you and since you are about to meet with Russell Simmons challenge Uncle Rush to get his own DERRICK Interview.

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TAYLOR SWIFT Is The Derricknym Of The Day

May 29, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

TAYLOR SWIFT (Think About Your Life and Open Resources to Share With Individuals to Find Truth).

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