DERRICK Interview with Running Scared Author Robert Leon Davis

September 20, 2018

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 Robert Leon Davis who is the Author of Running Scared and in this book he details his former life of a young, 22 year old, cocky and arrogant police officer, who committed a crime in 1979, was arrested, skipped bail, and became known as one of America’s longest running fugitives without being apprehended; for 22 years.

The U. S. Marshal Service and FBI (interstate flight to avoid prosecution) searched for him for over two decades.

The book details how he lived a nomadic life in the woods and forest, and his travels throughout various cities.

It also details how he hunted and consume wild animals, how he dealt with the elements, as well as how he conquered loneliness.

The author eventually “voluntarily surrendered” in 2001, by then nearly 50 years of age, after what he described as a revelation. The Judge gave him no prison time, but released him on probation, after assessing that he “eventually incarcerated himself”.

The author travels the country for the last 16 years speaking to potential police candidates, churches, schools, and various organizations about crime and corruption.

Since his “surrendered” he’s been featured on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, NPR stations nationally, Snap Judgement, various newspapers, and CBS did a special segment on his life.

Now a senior citizen over 60, and looking back over 40 years ago, he now appreciates freedom.

The author was (and still is) soo sickened by his past life, (especially dishonoring the badge), that as a token of his appreciation for forgiveness, profits from his books are donated to The St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and various women and children abuse organizations.

This book is an example to all that repentance can actually be demonstrated in a positive way. His motto is;

“Learn to forgive so that you may be forgiven”.

D is for My DEVOTION to revealing the secret tactics of bad/rogue law enforcers, who has dishonored the badge and the communities trust. Many, through my website and articles, have been reprimanded or jailed. It’s a token of my bad experiences as a bad cop.

E is to EDUCATE the common citizen, also through my book and online articles, that just like you have bad carpenters, bad auto mechanics, etc., why wouldn’t one believe there are bad cops? Every vocation had a bad worker.

R is for RESPECT. Even if a law enforcer has an issue with your dreads, your style, men wearing earring, or ladies with tattoos, he must still respect you as a human.

Oftentimes, not only law enforcers, but everyday people who don’t share your style, has already determined who you are based on their physical observation of you.

I’ve personally have had to get over this hump. Just wait until they open their mouths, and you may see something totally different.

R is for Repentance. Trust me, God already knew that you and I was not made perfect; by design. Once he brought the Messiah into the picture, there could be no other perfection. The closest that we will become perfect is through repentance. In essence, you get another chance.

I is for Information. Now a days, unlike many years ago, or in the case of people of color, you can Google all sorts of information.

You can discover things you never knew. For instance, through Google, I discovered that the light bulb didn’t, “only” come from Thomas Edison’s mind, but a black person was in the “back”. The main person behind the concept along with Edison was him!

C is for COLORS of people. Listen, the color of your skin is based on a simple pigmentation issue. It has nothing to do with your successes, or lack of successes. It’s the mind, or the thinking processes of the mind. An examination of any human mind is all grey, and only weight about the same weight across the board. It’s just grey matter. The inside is what matters.

K is for Kindness. Ever been at an appointment or other venue where children of different races are together? Notice how they gravitate towards each other?

They, at that point, don’t understand racism, bigotry, or even hate. They are naturally kind to each other. Maybe some of us should look at that hard. It’s deep.

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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.

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