Inspirations – Wed., Aug. 31, 2016

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.


William Jennings Bryan – 1860-1925, Politician

Voices of the Hill – Date & Time Details

THANK YOU to Hubert Brandon who shared details about Voices of the Hill at the Cleveland Film Festival.

I’m EXCITED THE VOICES OF THE HILL has been selected to be screened at Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. Voices of the Hill” is a community oral history documentary that chronicles the history of Twinsburg Heights, a historically black segregated suburb in Northeast Ohio. This documentary is told through the eyes of area youth as they research, film, and interview elders in their community in order to learn and preserve a history before it is lost to dying industries, foreclosures, and gentrification. Students learn first-hand, the importance of banning together, self-advocacy, civic engagement and family as they capture the stories of their elders and document a history to bring their fractured community together.
Run Time: 113 min
Director: Carla L Carter-Bishop
Screening: 9/22 @ 1:00 pm
Thursday September 22, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Shaker Square Cinema 13116 Shaker Square , Cleveland Ohio 44120
Film, Documentary
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Voices of the Hill at Greater Cleveland Film Festival

You DO NOT want to miss this!  


PLEASE NOTE: Thanks to our friend Hubert Brandon, details about the exact Date, Time, and Content of this event can by viewing by PRESSING HERE!


Happy to announce that “Voices of the Hill:The Twinsburg Heights Community Documentary” is an official selection in the 2016 Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival! Download the Festival Schedule App at or on google play #GCUFF#VoicesOfTheHill


The July-August 2016 issue of VISIONS Newsletter contained an article about the Red Carpet Premiere of Voices of the Hill (see article below).


You do not want to miss this!  Please scroll to the top of this article to access the App for Registration!

Pixel Photo Club Article & Gallery Event

The November 2016 Photo Gallery Event is promoted in a recent issue of VISIONS Newsletter. Updates regarding the event will be shared at
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Build a Bridge, Not a Wall!

During this long ‘Summer of our discontent’, a nation divided is experiencing near crippling dysfunction.  Loud and thoughtless rhetoric fills the airways, infecting the minds and hearts of countless Americans.  From our televisions to our coffee shops, there is eyeball rolling, finger pointing, and increased suspicion toward those who are not of a “chosen” ancestry.


Far too often divisiveness overrules reasonable thought and action.  A shocking number of comments are of how wrong, how lazy, how criminal (etc.) others are; based not on their individual actions, but as members of a particular race, religion, or ethnicity.  It is scary enough when these irrational thoughts and comments are in the minds, on the lips, and in the hearts of the relatively powerless and least influential.   The scenario quickly accelerates from scary to frightening when the call for irrational behavior becomes the calling card of the rich, the powerful, the well connected; particularly when they aspire to lead and teach others.


History teaches us hard lessons that beg not to be ignored.  When we ignore those lessons, history repeats itself in some form or fashion.  The isolationism of 15th Century China did not work.  The policies of the Ming Dynasty eventually fell to economic reality, as those who once hid from the world now advertise to the world.  The theory of Hitler’s “Super Race”, severely crippled at the 1936 Olympics and since destroyed, did not work.  The Berlin Wall, climbed over and broken through thousands of times, did not work.  How many times and in how many ways must the message be signed, sealed and delivered?  We are much better off standing on the common ground of tolerance and mutual respect, than sinking in the quicksand of division, discourse and destruction.  People sitting in Ivory Towers, looking down their noses at the economically disadvantaged, fail to understand structural integrity.  If the foundation becomes too flawed, cracked and weakened, then down comes the Tower.

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I recently asked ”If someone had built a Wall between the U.S. and Mexico prior to Hurricane Katrina, how would the Mexican Navy have aided U.S. Relief Efforts?”  I later ran across an article in the Washington Post that addresses the high cost of isolationism.  The article was written by Stephen Kelly, a former U.S. diplomat who served in Mexico from 2004 to 2006.  Mr. Kelly teaches at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


The Cry “we want our country back” begs me to ask the question; Who should get it back, the Indian, driven from most of their land and into near extinction, or descendants of the slaves who provided 4.1 Trillion Dollars of forced free labor to help build this nation?


Hopefully, we can find common ground if we commit ourselves to building bridges instead of walls, and supporting those who do likewise, for; “If my people who are called by my name . . . “ 2 Chronicles 7:14

This is the Cover Article for VISIONS Newsletter Aug-Sep 2016.  To read the entire newsletter please visit