Mindset Monday

July 27, 2020
Alcorn State University Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Evans Davis interviews with me for Mindset Monday and for more information on the program please go to https://alcornsports.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster

HBCU Monday

June 29, 2020

Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” presented HBCU Monday on Facebook Live and YouTube. Talladega College Alumnus and George Washington Carver Boys Basketball Coach did the welcome for the program.


June 28, 2020

Welcome to HBCU Week and Please make This LAST (Like And Share This). HBCU Week is an online and virtual experience presented by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” to give back to parents, students and HBCU Alumni. We will make this happen through programming and interviews. Here is the schedule for this week. Other events may be added so please tune in. All events will be seen on Facebook www.facebook.com/derrickhayes and YouTube www.youtube.com/entietainer

On Monday June 29th at 12 Noon EST. we will kick it off with HBCU Monday with the Welcome from Talladega College graduate Terry White who is the Basketball Coach at George Washington Carver.

On Monday June 29th at 7 PM EST.  we will have VOTE Your Best Life as I will interview Edward Waters College graduate L.J. Holloway who is the Founder of All About Healthcare Advocates, Partner in Today’s Honoree and currently a candidate in the race for Congress in the 5th District in Florida

On Tuesday June 30th at 12 noon EST. I will interview Fort Valley State University graduate Ozone Mayweather who is an Entertainer, DJ and Brand Builder on Episode 23 of Life Skill Life School.

On Wednesday July 1st at 12 EST. we will have the HBCU Hump Day HUDDLE where I will interview former Tuskegee University professor Dr. J. Aleem Hud who is the Founder of Project Rebound, Inc.

On Thursday July 2nd we will have Spelman College graduate Candace Shaw who is the Founder of Why Hate Math www.whyhatemath.com on Episode 24 of Life Skill Life School.

Flashback Friday

April 10, 2020

In 2007 I was a presenter at the Student Leadership Conference at Jackson State University. This is a moment that I will always appreciate because I had the opportunity to give back to another HBCU.

Every Entrepreneur Should ROCK

April 3, 2016

RockNewmanby Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes with Super Business Owner Rock Newman

As college students at Tennessee State University my friend Dez Frazier and I would watch all of the big time boxing matches. I would of never imagined that over 20 years later I would be on the phone interviewing Rock Newman who helped Riddick Bowe win the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the world.

Through the name ROCK we discuss his Reason, Opportunities, Character and Knowledge that helped him be who he is today.


DH: Who inspires you and what did you learn from them?

RN: I was most inspired by Cassius Clay who later became Muhammad Ali. The night he beat Sonny Liston was a transformative night in my life. People laughed at me because I thought he could beat Liston. I received independence of thought once I knew someone could make something happen. It gave me a sense of unconventional thinking and beating the odds was very inspirational. Ali’s victory over Liston played in my mind that all things were possible.

I love sports and fighting was a competitive athletic event. Observing Ali at 12 years old, and 4 years later seeing him standing by his convictions for what he believed in was another incredible lesson that I learned. Seeing how he handled the whole situation gave me a lesson in manhood and character. I knew then that you could stand against the world when you are right.

DH: Where are you from?

RN: I was born in a Washington, D.C. hospital but I grew up with my family in rural Southern Maryland where we raised pigs and chickens in a farm like setting.  Once I turned 18 I went to Howard University on a baseball scholarship and had the opportunity to see another side of life.

DH: When did you realize you could make it?

RN: For some reason I was blessed with the spirit at an early age of thinking that I was someone special. I always had big dreams. I always had dreams of going way beyond the surroundings that I grew up in. I always felt I had the confidence that would take me beyond my own my family circumstances.

DH: Why do you exist?

I think that I exist to be the source of my granddaughter’s security, a source to be a vessel to make people always feel good. When I meet family, friends and even strangers on the street I hope to have an ability to make them all feel good.


DH: How does one find opportunities?

RN: Often times you hear the word opportunist in a negative way and it baffles me the way it is used. Every day we wake up there is a sense of venture and opportunity that is determined by your mindset and attitude. You have to have your eyes open for any opportunity that might exist like helping an elderly lady across the street or helping someone that is struggling in business.

DH: How did you get started in radio?

RN: One morning a radio talk show host couldn’t make it into his job at WOL radio station.  The owner called me and asked if I could make it in. I said yes without really knowing if I could make it in or not. I went to the end of the street and caught a ride with a snow truck on one of the snowiest days of the year. I had to end up catching a few more snow trucks going in the direction of the radio station until I got about 6 blocks away. Dick Gregory was my first guest and radio gave me a platform. We all have to seize our moment and be an opportunist.

DH: What are keys in looking for the right opportunity?

RN: One of the keys is identifying what you love and what you would do for free. My granddaughter is obsessed with cameras. Other things like dolls and toys don’t matter to her. I want to tap into her love of photography and build up her passion for it.

I dreamed of being a pro baseball player. At 10 I saw Angelo Dundee always with Ali. I said if I could not make it as a baseball player I wanted to be in the boxing industry. Thoughts become things.

My life journey led me to where my dream as a 10 year old was. I was 42 years old when Riddick Bowe became the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.  I was working with Butch Lewis and Michael Spinks at the time when I saw Riddick Bowe in the Golden Gloves. At the time I was thinking about leaving the boxing industry. Only thing that would keep me in the game would be a chance to work with a possible champion.


DH: How important is character in business and life?

RN: Character is everything. Character is the absolute foundation for a solid life and business career. Honor your word if you want to become the person that someone feels they can build a relationship with. Character is the essence of who a person is. Character is what you do when the lights are off and no one is looking.


DH: What words of wisdom can you give to struggling or up and coming entrepreneurs?

RN: When you find your passion and follow that passion at the end of the day you take in more knowledge and absorb it so much easier. You gravitate to all things that will prepare you and educate you in your pursuit.

There was and still is no script written to show someone how to become a great manager or promoter.

Follow passion, develop a plan and have discipline with good intent to identify what your purpose is. Work hard and excellence will come naturally when it is inside your passion.

DH: What are some lessons you had to learn the hard way?

RN: When you set out to use good intent/good sense of purpose, strong aspirations and desire to make things happen sometimes is the most difficult challenge is to get out of our own way and let the universe unfold for you

DH: How can people support you?

RN: Please visit http://rocknewmanshow.net/ where the show appears on WHUT Howard University Television. Subscribe on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/RockNewmanShow. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RockNewmanShow1 and on Facebook we are at https://www.facebook.com/TheRockNewmanShow

Every Entrepreneur Should ROCK but you have to find your Reason, seize Opportunities, have Character and share Knowledge so that the world will change forever.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit ww.DerrickHayes.com  email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

Dear OBAMA Please Help Save Our HBCU’s

March 12, 2015

President_Barack_ObamaDear Barack Obama:

Greetings Mr. President. I recently read an article about your views on Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the website www.crewof42.com.

Do you really think that some HBCU’s are not good at graduating students and that if they don’t improve that they will have to go by the wayside? This is a case of many non HBCU’s as well.

The question should be what can we do to strengthen them and keep HBCU’s from falling apart?

I’m a graduate of Tennessee State University and since I was presented an opportunity to go to college before I graduated I helped start The Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund that has raised over $500,000.00 to help College of Business students continue and complete their education.

Through your name OBAMA here are 5 things that could be done to help keep HBCU’s alive.

O – Offer scholarships to males coming out of prison to help them re-enter the world and succeed.

B – Bring more jobs to cities where HBCU’s are located.

A – Assign mentors to students that qualify.

M – Move more soldiers out of war so that they can come back to college campuses.

A – Align banking partners with student entrepreneurs to allow them to start and build businesses before they graduate.

If these ideas won’t work for you please present some that will. The opportunity that an HBCU gave me saved my life. I documented this in my poem, “An HBCU Saved My Life.”

Growing up our Mothers gave us love

I turned to school and He turned to sell drugs

No high grades with passing test scores

My life seemed dark with no open doors

Apply anyway is what I heard my Mother say

If they all say no you can always go work for pay

Would I get in? My town would debate

One by one said yes, FAMU and Tennessee State

My friend that was dealing is no longer around

He was buried 6 feet deep when I came back to town

My work is now seen all over the nation

Only because I received a 1st class education

The things I seek and do

Happen because of seeds planted at my HBCU

Saving our sons and daughters we have to continue

Help each child keep school on their menu

I wrote this because “An HBCU Saved My Life”

The importance of HBCU’s was relevant years ago and they are still making an impact today. Just at my alma mater TSU alone graduates are currently empowering the world through television and technology.

Oprah Winfrey started with a show and now has the OWN brand that is currently partnering with Tyler Perry to help bring television to another level. Bobby Jones who is an HBCU graduate is the host of one of the longest running programs in television history. Jesse E. Russell is an HBCU graduate and is the one you have to thank for turning the car phone concept into a cell phone so that billions of people can talk to each other without having to be in the house or car.

No school or institution is perfect so with all due respect please use your Executive Order to help keep HBCU’s in order.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.



Derrick Hayes Dream to Speak at Tennessee State University Comes True

September 6, 2013

EncouragementSpeakerAt Tennessee State University, Derrick Hayes started a business with a friend during his First Year Experience with three packs of hot dogs. Selling them to hungry students, Hot Dog Heaven was founded. Helping Paying his way through college with Hot Dogs gave Derrick the inspiration he needed to begin teaching other people how to run a business.

Before graduation Derrick realized that some students were not able to finish school because of financial hardships. This revelation inspired Derrick to help start The Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund that has helped raise over $500,000.00 so that College of Business students can complete their education.

Derrick Hayes has been a featured speaker at colleges and universities such as Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Bowie State University, and Jackson State University but he always dreamed one day that he would be hired to speak at his alma mater Tennessee State University.

On Tuesday September 24th, 2013 at 6 PM the dream of Derrick Hayes will be achieved. At TSU the Women’s and Men’s Centers are combining to bring Hayes in to speak to the student body about the process of “Building Relationships in College and Out.” The event will take place in the 2nd Floor Auditorium in the Harold M. Love, Sr. Student Success Center on the main campus of Tennessee State University.

In college Derrick Hayes learned how to build relationships through selling food and giving back with scholarship opportunities and once he graduated he realized how to help experts, entrepreneurs and celebrities by providing them with publicity opportunities through his blog Today’s Honoree and his world famous DERRICK Interviews.

When Derrick is not speaking or blogging he is writing original quotes for his Android and iPhone application Motivation To Your Mobile that gives subscribers all over the world a new positive word of encouragement right to their phone at the start of each day.

For more information:

Randy Arnold, Director of the Man Center
Tennessee State University

Chandra Norman Lipscomb, M.A., Director of the Women’s Center
Tennessee State University

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 Hustle University Founder Hotep

October 17, 2012

The #1 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 Hotep a native of Long Island and a  Georgia resident since 1991. Hotep is the Founder of  Hustle University which he calls the HBCU for entrepreneurs focusing in areas of self help and entrepreneurship that can turn your Dreams to dollars, Ideas into income, Passion to profit, and Craft to cash.

I first met Hotep a few years ago at the Twinkie Awards that is produced by Letitia Owens.  I still get energized ever time I talk to Hotep and that is why I wanted to DERRICK Interview him.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is for Hustle University to have a seat at the United Nations. When this happens we will effectively be able to broadcast the Hustlers Gospel to people all over the world. This makes it official that you have been brought to the table to make things happen and represent hustlers worldwide.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by young people that are out there showing the commitment to make their own way. I’m encouraged by people that lead by example , people bold enough to live life on their own terms.

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

Combination of leadership of the civil rights movement,  intellect of the highest academic, swag of the Hip Hop generation and Culture and the business savvy of an entrepreneur. The mentality of a Hustler.

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

When I realized that people liked what I did but were more interested in learning  how I did it.

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

Marcus Garvey because he set the precedents and is the prototype for the Nation of Islam  and is the archetype for people like Malcolm X, Minister Louis Farrakhan and even President Barack Obama. People should learn more about Dr. Benjamin Mays  from Morehouse College as  he is the one that inspired  and influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

I’m an optimistic opportunist and it is in my nature to see the world for what it can be and also to take advantage of the opportunity to make it so.

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

Here are the  Hustlers 10 Commandments.

1. Network is your networth 2. Image is everything 3. The early bird gets the worm 4. It’s Lonely AT THE TOP 5. Success is where opportunity meets preparation 6. Business is personal  7. Everything is negotiable Everything 8.It’s not what you or who you know its who knows you 9. It takes dough to make bread 10. Know and believe in thyself

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

It is good to have faith but faith without works is dead so get on your hustle.

Visit Hustle University for more information

DELAYED But Not Denied

May 19, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In my journey I have been DELAYED where my course was Detoured and I became Easily influenced. This put me at a Loss and I became Absent and then just Yawned all together. The Echo of trouble kept repeating in my life and soon caused Damage. Even with all that happening I was DELAYED But Not Denied.

Detour. Growing up I wanted to be a pro athlete or Hip Hop star. Year after year I would play various sports including basketball, football, track and field and bowling thinking this was the answer to my destiny. Rap helped me develop writing skills and I kept working on new ideas all of the time. Writing skills were different then study skills as I started to fall behind.

Easily. I didn’t even see it coming. Girls started to like me and if you had a girlfriend back then you were the man. More time was going into trying to meet Miss right than my academics and even my athletics started to suffer. There was no he said she said it was all about what she said.

Loss. When my grades and athletic ability started to decline I was not just at a loss for words I started to lose confidence. I was great with the girls but where it counted most I was replaced as a starter on the field. When you lose at one thing a feeling comes that you will lose at another.

Absent. By the time I graduated from High School I felt like my life was empty. I had played sports since I was 5 years old and had no scholarships offers to show for it. My confidence was gone and I hadn’t even taken the ACT Test so I could get into college.  I graduated from High School but the thing that was absent was my purpose.

Yawn. When you lose track of your goals and have no purpose you become bored. When you are not excited about too many things you will do whatever it takes to have fun. The hard lesson I learned was that in order to have fun in life you have to make life fun.

Echo. When you have no direction you will follow what everyone else is doing. I became an alcoholic at an early age. I mastered how to lie to my parents and stay out all night. I never knew the things I did as a child I would see done exactly the way I did them by my own children.

Damage. Sitting on the porch of my mother’s house I realized that I was damaged goods. I had to look in the mirror and hear the truth. I made it through High School but had not even applied to any colleges. My ACT score came back and I failed the test. Due to my health I had already ruled out a military career.

Just like many of you I was DELAYED But Not Denied. If you are on Detour turn around and get back on track. If you are Easily influenced buckle down and be the one that starts to inspire others. If you are tired of Losing, start winning. If you have been Absent show up and give quality time. If you don’t want to Yawn get up and make it happen at the break of dawn. Nothing is wrong with an Echo just find positive things to repeat. Guess what? The word is Damage and not done. Damage means you have been hit but not too hurt to holler back. When you are done it means that it’s over for you Rover.

I was DELAYED but that’s when my mother prayed

My son is DELAYED but don’t let him be denied

Let him do right and hear words from the wise

Inspire him to create what others want to buy

Bless him when he tries so his dreams are multiplied

Through the prayers of my mother and with the help of my Brother David I was able to pass the ACT and enroll in Tennessee State University and receive a B.A. in Business Administration.

I was DELAYED But Not Denied.

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Use Your Skills or Someone Else Will

October 30, 2008

In life you will do one of three things, work for self, work for someone or don’t work at all. If you have been giving a talent to use put it work so that others can benefit from it. What we are afraid to do others are already doing to make things happen. No matter what happens for once in life go out and and be the one that is being reported on instead of the one that is giving the interview. Please inspire our future with this video.