Fulfilling the Dream & Leadership

Two days in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream Speech,” (August 28, 1963) the question we have today for our readers is ” has the hype of MLK’s vision settled as African Americans continue to stand on the foundation Dr. King has built?


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



As we enter two weeks into the release of Lee Daniel‘s critically acclaimed film “The Butler,” another question to African Americans, is should we really be thankful for slavery? Not thankful in a sense for the inhumane, cruel, brutal, and hateful treatment our ancestors fought and persevered through; but thankful for the fact that if it weren’t for slavery,

Dr. King, and many other Black Men and Women leaders, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Although we have President Barack Obama in Office, we still continue to struggle behind the scenes for equality and justice for all men and women. As we answer these questions to ourselves, we must also keep in mind, not to become too complacent in this and the coming generation because we have a Black President in Office. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be this way forever. (or will it?) Sorry to burst your bubbles.

Dr. King not only set African Americans on the path to freedom, justice, and equality, he also embraced and encouraged Union Leader and Labor Organizer, Cesar Chavez and his colleagues to lead non-violent marches, boycotts, as well as coordinating several hunger strikes. All this was for Chavez to improve the treatment, pay, and working conditions for farm workers. Just as African Americans toiled this land until it was rich, so did Chavez and his family as migrant workers. We all can agree to disagree, that Blacks came as slaves; Chavez and his family came as migrants. Ask yourselves what’s the difference between the two?

Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally.

Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another point to ponder is will we ever have another young, courageous, ambitious Black Leader to pick us up from where we are and lead us in to the next phase in our journey to freedom, justice, equality, fair education for our young Black children? What qualities would this leader(s) have to possess? Does he or she have to be a well known politician, pastor, deacon, doctor? Will this person be respected and embraced in ALL communities not just the Black Community? In my opinion, it doesn’t matter, just as long as it gets done, or someone at least tries to step up. Not everyone at once now, for you can only have so many leaders.

To sum it all up, Leadership is the key to success in any race, society, and community. Everyone has the freedom to be a leader. We all can argue or debate about the cliches, opinions, literature and teachings on leadership. Ive just about heard it all and read it all. What I gathered from this valuable information is that taking the lead is a gradual process, starting with learning first, then following the direction of past leaders, mixed with solid beliefs and principles. Once you’ve got the hang of following those directions, you will subconsciously begin to lead by example to those in your circle, and the people you interact with at home, work, school, play, etc. Subconscious leadership will develop, then mature until it becomes almost natural to take the lead. You will begin to develop a clear agenda for your leadership, depending on the immediate & future needs of the “whole of the sum” of people, groups, organizations it comes almost natural to lead.

Lee Daniels and children

Lee Daniels and children (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No one ever said that leadership doesn’t come without it’s pro’s and cons, not to mention the sacrifices that need to be made for effective leadership. When done with peace, love, compassion, understanding, wisdom, and most importantly courageousness; your Leadership is bound to thrive on making a difference even if no one tells you you’re a great leader.

Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer

Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you embark on your journey to Leadership, please take a moment to remember some of these quotes from past leaders…

Salute Rising Leaders,

Editor in Chief,

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English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CEO & Founder

West Coat Rise Magazine

Maurice A. Petty

” Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

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Photograph of President John F. Kennedy conferring with former President Harry S. Truman in the Oval Office, on… – NARA – 200437 (Photo credit: Wikipedia

” Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

” Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

“A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public lif is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in it’s chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.” – John F. Kennedy

” As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates


West Coast Rising Talent

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This is the part if wcrm that everyone has been waiting for. WCRM is proud to

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introduce to you the myriad of Rappers, artists, entertainers and many other hidden talent that keep the West Coast on a constant Rise. Not all talent is so hidden; just check your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Soudcloud, WordPress, Instagram, and many other social networks. Most individuals and entities with a knack for learning, building, teaching, informing, or creativiting, utilize these social networking sites to market their talent and ideals to the world in hopes it will grace the right readers and/ or listeners.

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It seems that everybody has something to say about something here on the West Coast. We rap about it, blog about it, tweet about it. Whatever we can do to get it out is what we do. Thank God for talent, art, and effective forms of creative expression.

Revealing the west coasts hidden talents was difficult because there is so much talent here. We had to first start by breaking down each category where talent lies.

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Blogging/ journalism
Graphic design
Interior decorating
Dog grooming
Clothing design
Graffiti Art

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Radio Broadcasting

The West Coast has talent spread all throughout its communities. That is where the talent is hidden; within in our communities. It could be right next door to you, or sleeping in the bedroom down the hall. You could be sitting next to the West Coasts Rising talent on the bus, train, or maybe in your classroom. You just never know when you’re sitting next to rising talent at a stop light.

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Vision and the Scarlet Witch appear on the cover of the retitled “Avengers West Coast”, vol. 2 #47 (Aug. 1989). Art by John Byrne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We found that most talent comes from low income, single families in suburban communities. Environment is a really big deal these days. Our immediate surroundings and the knowledge you take in from learning experiences nurture  hidden talent. Although we don’t have any statistics to back that claim, you can investigate it, and draw your own conclusions on this theory or opinion.

Circumstances can also alter or nurture our talent. The most important Part of revealing the West Coasts Rising Talent; is understanding where it all starts. It starts in our schools and with our youth. The young, free, and eccentric kids you look at and might call “weirdos.” The kids who can run fast, jump high, hit hard, start a business, balance the books better than quicken itself, and get access to anything you need to have, know, or want with their fingertips. With the constant rise in technology there should never be an excuse for not getting out your dreams and goals.

For this particular article, we want to make sure we gather the most talented and creative individuals on the Rise with their personal or commercial brand names, products, goods, and services on the West Coast. Please give us some time as we continue scouting these individuals in order to introduce them to all of our informed readers who like to know who and what’s new on the West Coast.

Thank You,

Editor in Chief

West Coast Rise Magazine

Maurice A. Petty




Galvanized by Art

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Our West Coast Summer

J1 – Summer in the Sun

J1 – Summer in the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Summertime is almost officially over for teachers, parents, and students all



throughout California’s School Districts. So, when does Summer vacation really end. Well, it actually varies from district to district. Many schools are year round, which means there is no Summer break for them and the school year starts the Monday after July 4th. These students get 4 weeks off for every 12 weeks they are on track. However, most schools throughout California are traditional and do get to enjoy their Summer break. Most students are back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day.


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Summer school painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Growing up as a youngster in California, I would look forward to Summer ending, just as much as I looked forward to it starting. Why? Because that’s when I got all the newest clothes, backpack, and cool back to school gear that every kid needs to kick off their education for the new year. You can always feel the Summer approaching as all the students would share their plans and wishes for the ultimate fun in the sun. The most popular Summertime getaways for young teens, adults, and families. are the 20 unique water-parks located strategically throughout California. (See bottom of page for list of popular West Coast water-parks near you)


The “Dog days of Summer,” which usually arrive between July 3rd and August 11th, (named after the Dog Star [Sirus] in the Constellation of Canis Majori) is known for annoying Summer pest like those blood eating Mosquitoes that have been around more than 30 million Summer seasons our senior. And Ahhhh! The glorious mating call of the Crickets chirping in the night. Don’t forget that Crickets



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usually mate in the late Summer. The hotter the weather, the more frequent Crickets get their chirp on. Rumor has it; if you count a cricket’s chirp for 15 seconds, and add 37 to that, you come up with the approximate outdoor temperature.

Ever wonder when Summertime officially ends? It’s September 21st, so mark your calendars. If you haven’t really enjoyed your summer so far, just chill out, cause there’s still ample time to bask in the West Coast Sun. Just to point you in the right direction, here’s a list of Water-Parks in California, and some other fun Summer Activities.








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See a movie at the drive-in


Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet


Blow bubbles


Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games


Ride a roller coaster


Play miniature golf


Win a prize at the fair


Catch fireflies at night


Build a sandcastle at the beach


Eat and Drink



Eat a whole lobster with your hands


Pick berries and peaches at a farm


Buy a Creamsicle from the neighborhood ice cream truck


Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores


Make lemonade from scratch


Eat corn on the cob


Sip a sweating glass of iced tea


Eat a slice of watermelon


Buy fresh produce at the farmers’ market


Mix up a pitcher of sangria


Eat a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles


Dig your own clams


Have a barbecue




Nap in a hammock


Have a picnic in the park


Sit on a porch swing


Stargaze while lying in the grass


Watch the sun set from a beach


Dangle your feet off a dock


Bring a blanket and lie on the grass at an outdoor concert


The Great Outdoors


Pick wildflowers


Swim in a lake


Rent a bike


Go fishing


Go camping


Play tennis


Go for a hike


Go kayaking or canoeing


Toss a Frisbee


Just Because


Collect seashells at the beach


Take a last-minute road trip


See a summer blockbuster


Read a trashy novel


Walk barefoot in the grass


Get caught in a summer rainstorm


Sleep with the windows open


Make a summer playlist


Smell freshly-cut grass


Feel the sun on your back


Roll up your pant legs and go wading


Go to a baseball game




Hope in Jordan Downs

Los Angeles Unified School District: School Police

Los Angeles Unified School District: School Police (Photo credit: nate2b)

Jordan High School on Watts get some long overdue transformation needed in the L.A. Unified School District.

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903 School Yards for the Los Angeles Unified School District (Photo credit: The City Project)

According to LA Times newspaper Bethany Mollenkoff reports the significant educational changes in saff taking place among traditional high schools in LA.U.S.D.

Starting with Chemistry 24 year old teacher Evan Dvorak comes straight out if college to teach at Jordan High and make a difference in the Watts Community one student at a time. Starting with students Imani Earl, and Shanell B

lackmon, both seniors at Jirdan. Physics teacher Mr Dvorak made fun experiments in his classroom for his students to enjoy their learning experiences, making the classroom a creative learning environment for his students. Shanell was just about to drop Teacher Evan’s honors class, when he gave her that extra push and motivation until she en

ded up finishing her class with a B. as

Shanell approaches her Senior year, she is preparing to enter a junior college to become a nurse.

This is only one of

many inspirational stories about the transformations being made on the West Coast. Education has always been the key to our s

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uccess, and it all starts with our youth.

In the words of Physics teacher Evan Dvorak at Jordan High School; ” Nothing less than your best. No excuses!”

CEO/ Founder

West Coast Rise Magazine

Maurice Allen Petty M.A.P Rize Magazine