DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement 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 Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

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

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

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

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

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

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

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

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

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

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

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

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

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

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

Visit Preston Prizzie Reid for more information.

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Important Facts About Richard Daley College

December 3, 2013

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Richard Daley College situated in Chicago is perhaps one of the most popular colleges in the ‘Windy City’. With varieties of courses focusing on academic and vocational lessons, it has welcomed thousands of students in its compounds. Affordable fee structures and generous scholarship programs offered by the college has made it an attractive place to study for students from many different backgrounds.

Here are some important facts about ‘Daley’ — as it’s known to people associated with it:

Part of the City Colleges of Chicago

Daley is one of the 7 colleges in the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) group. CCC is the largest community college system in Illinois with more than a million alumni members. The college grants two-year degrees after which the graduate students can opt to transfer to 4 year institutions.

Numerous choices of academic programs

Richard Daley College hosts a multiple array of choices in academic programs for students. More than 25 different 2-year degree programs are available to choose from. With a good and dynamic administrative team managing the college, the varieties of courses are growing every year.

Ranging from popular courses like accounting, biology, physics or business administration, to specialized courses including medical insurance coding or phlebotomy, the college offers diverse choices. The college also have distance education courses.

Significant percentage of students with grants and scholarships

Nearly 80% of students of Daley receive scholarships and grants, which is a fairly high percentage. Based on student merits and needs, the college grants financial aid to deserving students generously. Daley’s students also have the option to apply to scholarship schemes funded by businesses, community organization or private institutions. On average, nearly 18% of in-state tuitions and 13% of out-state tuitions are funded by grants at Daley.

Diverse ethnic presence

Students from various ethnic and racial backgrounds study at Daley. The college seems to be a popular choice among Hispanic students in Chicago, with more than 60% of the total population. Besides them, blacks, whites and Asian student are also present at Daley in sizable numbers, making it a wonderful multi-ethnic hotspot.

A large sized institution

There are more than 8,000 students admitted to the college, making it a big institution in the city. Hence, the opportunities at Richard Daley College are often better, compared to smaller institutions. The student to faculty ratio of the college stands at 39:1, which is fairly good for such a large college.

Career Counseling, employment and placement services

Through its strong network, Daley is well regarded as an institution that provides good career guidance to its students. Ranging from special career counseling programs within its premises, to employment and placement services for its graduates, it’s definitely a good institution to enroll in — especially for students who want to start off their career on a serious note.

Good athletics and extra-curricular activities

Varieties of athletics and extra-curricular activities are encouraged by administrators at Richard Daley College. Basketball and soccer are the most popular sports among students. The college houses 4 NJCAA teams named ‘bulldogs’ which include both men and women teams. Other activities like music, plays, excursions and tours also serve to be among some important extra-curricular activities encouraged by the college. On the whole, Daley is regarded to be a good place to study for students interested in extra-curricular activities.

Comprehensive library facilities

The library at Daley can be considered as a pretty good facility. It houses more than 65,000 books and printed materials. Besides the fact that it also has nearly 2000 audio-visual materials, it also boasts of having more than 10000 eBooks in its portfolio.

Satellite Campus offering specialized programs

Daley hosts a sister satellite campus within its premises called the Arturo Velasquez Institute. It provides specialized community and professional skills based courses within the two year associate program framework, or as some special basic and advanced certificate programs. It also hosts special adult education programs — free of cost. These courses have been designed by the management to help its surrounding communities.

Richard Daley College can be considered as a large multi-disciplinary community college, which caters to the needs and demands of students in a variety of ways. Because of this, more and more students regard it as one of the finest colleges in Chicago.

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The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Wednesday

May 1, 2013

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes brings you The DAILY Message on May 1st, 2013 to empower and inspire you to your next level.

(Please read and Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

In This Issue:

1. Daily Derricknym is FLOWER. Did You Turn April Into May FLOWER (Fruit Let’s Others Witness Empowered Results)? Now you can also order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is President. One can lead their country or company with Presidential excellence. Let’s strive to be leaders of good and not followers of evil. This is brought to you by Motivation To Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to vote especially when you have the power to. Here is how you can exercise your right to vote.

I nominated my Dad James Hayes, Jr. and he was selected as a finalist for JET’s first annual “Fantastic Father Contest.” The gallery featuring of all of the nominees is now up on JETmag.com. Please click http://jetmag.com/slideshow-2/fantastic-fathers-nominees-gallery/ to go directly to the gallery. Once you are on the Gallery page my Dad’s profile is on the second page.

Official voting for the best dad winner is for today only, Wednesday, May 1. Remember that polls are only open for one day so we encourage you to ask all of your family and friends to vote. The nominee with the most votes by midnight CT on Wednesday, May 1, will be the winner.

Please help me get the word out and vote so that someone we know has a good chance to win.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com  and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.


DERRICK Interview with The Weave Queen Satin Latimer

March 20, 2013

SatinEncouragement 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 Satin Latimer who is a licensed cross-trained hair stylist also known as The Weave Queen. Her specialty is the art of hair weaving as Satin is known for a flat to touch natural looking Sew in. Born in Chicago, IL  and raised in Memphis, TN Satin learned at a young age that her passion was style and beauty.  She prides herself in work ethic and priority to keep her clients happy.

D) My dream is to show young women that they do not have to settle for circumstances that have clogged their pathways. I try not to just follow my dreams but to catch them. I am a licensed hair stylist who has stepped out on faith and embarked on a journey to become a Celebrity hair stylist! I have styled 2 celebrities and a celebrity makeup-artist.

E) My faith and the fact that I won’t give up! I love what I do and I am always striving to perfect my skill. So my faith in God and myself keeps me encouraged to keep pushing.

R) I consider myself very hard working, dependent and humble enough to take constructive criticism and willing to learn. I have many hair techniques and visions that aren’t really being used in the industry.

R) I prayed on it for 3 months and i began to prepare for my journey. I began to network, build my brand. I knew I was ready when my work began to speak for itself thru pictures and on my clients.

I) Jim Rohn- I say him because personal development is a major part of growth! I listen to it everyday. You have to learn how to relate to people when your are in an industry dealing with a variety of personalities. You have to learn how to progress as a person in order to advance.

C) I look in the mirror and say to myself NO One can beat me up or steal my power to prevail unless I give it to them! I am a winner! what keeps me going is the fact that I believe in myself!

K) Key to success is start with a vision, then a plan and execute it. No matter how many no’s you get carry out the vision.

Visit The Weave Queen for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Filmmaker and 11 Time Author Travis Hunter

December 12, 2012

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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 Travis Hunter who is an author, mentor and father.  His first novel, The Hearts of Men, was originally published in 2000 by Hunter’s own company, Jimrose Publishing House. During the 2000 Book Expo America in Chicago, Hunter handed out copies of his self-published debut and one week later received an offer from Random House’s imprint, Striver’s Row/Villard, for the re-release of The Hearts of Men.

Hunter lives in a suburb of Atlanta with his son Rashaad. He is the founder of The Hearts of Men Foundation, Inc., through which he mentors and provides meaningful opportunities for underprivileged and at risk teens.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved? I’ve written eleven novels, One off Broadway Stage Play and I wrote, directed and produced a short film based on my novel, Dark Child so I have achieved a lot in terms of the goals I set for myself. But I’m always pushing to take it to the next level.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you? I’m encouraged by many things. One is my family. I want to lead a life where a real legacy is involved. Another is in the past I had a huge fear of failure which kept me from trying things that I believe would’ve given me lots of fulfillment.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out? I’m very creative so that’s my gift. I’m also a very happy person by nature, so I try to bring joy to every occasion.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now? I gained confidence in my writing as my readers provided feedback on my first novel. It (The Hearts of Men) became required reading at Florida State when I didn’t even have a degree.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why? Wow. That’s a good question and I don’t I have a solid answer. I think people should learn more about our history and not the tidbits they give you in your school text. African Americans are a very resilient group and I think if the kids today learned more about our history, they might not take life for granted as many of them do.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue? I’m in the business of writing books for black people so I go through my feast or famine moments. My son keeps me motivated and once again that fear of failure.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders? You have to stick to your goals, write out a business plan and tweak it as needed. Trust yourself. There is no such thing as job security anymore, so you have to believe and invest in your own vision. After all you wouldn’t fire yourself.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with? Life is what you make it. Things may be tough, but so are you. If you think you can or if you think you can’t you are absolutely right. I think Henry Ford said that. Also my dad used to tell me; nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. Wake up and start living.

Visit Travis Hunter for more information.


DERRICK Intervirew with Celebrity Publicist Beatrice Davis

December 11, 2012

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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 Beatrice Davis who is a former tour & road manager with over 24 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Worked with many celebrities from music and politics, to the sports industry. Married without children, Beatrice has worked for the past 12 years as an Entertainment Consultant. Her clients reach from the cosmetology to the fitness industry with her passions being travel, martial arts and volunteering for charities.

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

My dreams are like commodities… as I trade them as I move forward in life! I had a great career in the entertainment industry and the honor to work with many famous and talented people. Presently I continue consulting. Striving to lead to the next level and setting new goals are just a ballpark of my personal development. I have so much more to accomplish, but there a few dreams yet to be fulfilled. Some of those passions would be to travel around the world with my husband and enjoy what life has to offer. Some of the activities are scuba diving and learning how to play the piano! Clients are amazing to work with and some of the ones I presently work with are; International Norwegian Celebrity designer Geir Ness; Celebrity fitness trainer Christopher Sasha; former Sumo World Champ Emanuel Yarbrough and Academy of Mutual Interest in Motion Pictures. Helping others to achieve their goals fulfills my desire to successfully complete their projects.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My husband, friends and my clients! But most of all if my clients succeed and achieve their dreams it keeps encouraging me to push them further. Helping others and realizing I was able to make a difference in their life also encourages me.

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

Knowing myself and my limitations combined with worldwide experiences and understanding the nature of the business is what makes me stand out.

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

When I took the risk to move to the USA and start a new life by myself. Fear and worry set in. It took guts to take such risks; not knowing a single person or speaking the language was extremely challenging. Once I was on the plane to Chicago, I knew I was ready for my new life and work.

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

As a Buddhist I believe and live by the words of Buddha. I believe everybody can learn from his wisdom and apply his principals to improve their lives.

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

The power to succeed! Nothing is perfect in life and if you fail take the courage and realize you made a mistake. All you have to do get up and start over again.

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

Never give up and be persistent. Believing in yourself is half the battle. You are your own destiny and future. Stay on the path you choose and don’t look back, only forward. Never stop learning and be open-minded. Be respectful and courteous, because we all have to work together. Strive to improve yourself every day and to be a better person than you were yesterday.

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

Life is a never ending journey until it’s over. Treat life with respect, dignity and courtesy and life will treat you the same way. Share your knowledge and help the less fortunate. Make a difference every day no matter how small the difference is but most of all keep believing in yourself.

Visit Beatrice Davis for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Gospel Singer Alexis Gwin

December 10, 2012

AlexisGwinEncouragement 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 Alexis Gwin who knows that Jesus Christ is the only way to have life. He sings loud in Alexis’ heart. She sincerely believes through obedience to the Holy Spirit, one can reach perfection in any endeavor that God has set for them. Alexis Gwin “SongBird” is a Chicago native, and has been singing beautiful music since a child.

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

My dream is to reach all through the music that God has granted me to sing so beautifully, spreading the good news about Jesus Christ.  My goal is to never stop spreading the message of Jesus through the music I sing.  I am currently releasing my first album early 2013, I did a video recording on October 27, 2012 at Parkland College, and if you go to my webpage you will see a video clip.  So many wonderful things I have achieved but will never stop achieving them as long as God grants me the life to live and live for him.

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

I will say that the resources I bring to the table humbleness to God to lead and direct me in the places he only wants me to go.  I believe anyone with the uniqueness and the stand out spirit is only because they have chosen to walk on the path that truly God has ordained for their life.

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

I realized I was ready last summer when I step out on faith and totally trusted God; trust God that I did not need anybody but him to lead me towards the path of where I am now and where I will go.  If I trusted God then other believers would see I was following God and then they would follow God and help make the vision come to pass.

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

JESUS!!!!!! The reason why is because Jesus is the reason we have life and an opportunity to have eternal life.  There is no joy without Jesus, there is no purpose without Jesus, and life is truly not worth living without JESUS.

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

I only fail if I am disobedient because I did not follow the plan God has laid before me but what makes me want to continue is the desire to spread Jesus, Joy, happiness, and to be able to edify and uplift all who believe and who will believe that Jesus is our savior.

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

Strive with all you’re might to be led by God, and to feel good about what you are doing and what you are representing.  Remember we are what people see who represents Jesus so we must represent well, if we make mistakes get up, try again and get back on the road to obedience and ask for forgiveness to our father and to the ones who have seen you fall.  Also what I would like to pass along to upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders is that, we must forgive others because we one day will need to be forgiven.

Visit Alexis Gwin for more information.