He recieved 1 Million Dollars in ScholarhipFormer foster child in Chicago now a million-dollar scholarstephanie bancheroBy Stephanie Banchero-- Derrius Quarles leans back in his seat and methodically debates Aristotle's theory of truth during freshman honors English class at Morehouse College.He strides across campus in a navy blue tailored suit and a bold red sweater handing out business cards that boast "Student/Entrepreneur/Leader."But behind the 19-year-old's dauntless appearance is a past that few on campus know.When Quarles was 5, the state took him away from his mother. He spent his childhood bouncing from home to home before ending up on his own at 17 in an apartment on Chicago's South Side.His arrival at a prestigious, historically African-American college -- with more than $1 million in scholarship offers -- is a story of inspiration and anguish. And it's a testament to his determination to prove that he is better than his beginnings."You can't go around thinking you are inferior just because you didn't have parents," he says. "For me, it's about knowing where you are from and accepting it, but more important, knowing where you are going."Despite his polished veneer, sometimes there are glimpses into a more complicated young man.In sociology class, when students discuss their childhood dependence on parents, the usually verbose Quarles withdraws from the lively discussion and doodles in a notebook. When a tutoring coordinator asks students about the "caring adults" in their lives, Quarles mumbles something about an aunt.He rarely talks about his childhood, but when pushed, the words tumble out."I've had people tell me that I ain't never gonna be s---. That's not a scratch, that cuts deep," he says. "After so many people put me down, I said, 'I'm gonna show you.' "Quarles made good on that promise when he won more than $1 million in scholarship offers, including a full ride at Morehouse. A graduate of Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago, he is one of about a dozen students nationwide to garner such a bounty, according to Mark Kantrowitz, who runs the Web site Finaid, which tracks college aid.He won full scholarships to five universities, the Gates Millennium Scholarship worth $160,000 and the Horatio Alger and Coca-Cola scholarships, each worth $20,000, to name a few. He'll use most of it to pay for advanced schooling.Now, Quarles hopes to weave a new family narrative at an all-male college known as much for molding brotherhood as for molding scholars.He is searching for a band of brothers who will not abandon him, as so many others have in the past.Left aloneWhen Quarles was 4, his father was stabbed to death with a pocketknife in a fight on a vacant lot. His mother struggled with drugs.Quarles doesn't remember much about those years, outside of being left alone with his brother for long stretches of time, pilfering bread and snacks from a convenience store."We had to fend for ourselves the best we knew how," he says. "My brother really stepped up as an older brother. He never left my side."This connection to his brother was a sustaining one. But it would not last.When Quarles was 5, officials placed him and his brother in a temporary foster home, then with an aunt.Quarles remembers this as a period of calm. He learned to read sitting in his aunt's lap, paging through her favorite Bible passages. He recalls eating around the dinner table with more food than he ever imagined.But when Quarles was 13, his older brother was removed from the home and placed in a foster home in Maywood. Quarles wanted to go with his brother and his aunt let him. State records simply show she was not interested in becoming his legal guardian. Quarles says he is not certain why his aunt let him leave and he would not provide her name."I'm content not to know," he says. "I'm sure it was a good reason."Quarles' brother left the foster home a few months later, one of the toughest losses of Quarles' life. "That's when I learned you can't trust people to stay around," he says. "That when I learned to lean on me."Three years later, Quarles was placed with his grandmother and an aunt in Chicago. But within a year, he convinced officials with the Department of Children and Family Services that he would be better off on his own.The high school junior packed his clothes, books and a set of golf clubs and moved to an apartment as part of a state transitional living program for foster children. There, he learned to budget his money, wash and dry his clothes, shop for groceries and cook. He received a small stipend and got a part-time job at a barbershop.At 17, he was living like an adult.Desmond Kemp, who became a mentor to Quarles -- a brother, really -- when they met at a tutoring program, initially opposed the move.But Kemp was impressed with how Quarles kept up the apartment and budgeted his money with such precision that he always had enough for fashionable clothes and textbooks.He was awed when he took Quarles to the grocery store and the teenager shunned the snack aisles and headed to the fresh fruits and vegetables."He kept saying, 'This is brain food. This is what I need to eat to build a strong brain,' " Kemp recalls. "I had to laugh but also stared in amazement at how mature he was for a teenager."Even though his home life was sometimes chaotic, Quarles brought home A's and B's in elementary school. That changed when he entered Kenwood Academy. First quarter of freshman year, he got an F and eked out only a 2.5 grade point average.Providence intervened in the form of a pushy biology teacher.Quarles had enrolled in a summer biology course but skipped the first day and was late for the second. Teacher Nivedita Nutakki pulled him into the hallway and told him he was wasting his talent."He needed a push and some encouragement," she says. "I spotted right away that this was a special kid who had a special mind."Quarles got an A in the class. Sophomore year, he earned a 3.6 grade point average. By junior year, he was carrying three advanced placement classes and earning straight A's."Initially, I was doing it to show my biology teacher that I could do it," he says. "But then it kind of moved into, 'I didn't have to show her anymore.' I was doing it to show myself."Quarles latched on to Nutakki and spent hours after school with her, engrossed in a subject that inspired him to want to be a doctor.He found other mentors who, together, played the role of parent.Lynda Parker, a Kenwood counselor, recounts how aggressively Quarles pursued college scholarships. He would stay late to use the school computer for research and pester Parker to complete his recommendation letters."With teenagers, the biggest motivator is the parent," Parker says. "Every step of the way, you have to contact the parents so they can push the kids. Not only did Derrius not have a parent to push him, he was pushing himself as hard, or harder, than parents of the other kids."Even his oversize ambition couldn't get Quarles past one roadblock. He dreamed of attending Harvard, until one college adviser told him his 28 ACT score was simply not high enough. He abandoned his plans.At a crossroadsNow, as he walks the red clay hills of the Morehouse campus, the training ground of Martin Luther King Jr., Quarles seems poised between who he was and who he wants to be.His dorm room looks like every other teenager's. The bed is mussed, the refrigerator and shelves are stacked with Doritos and Coke, and the focus of the room is the 32-inch flat-screen TV and Xbox he bought with his roommate.But inside Quarles' closet hang four suits and a half-dozen wrinkle-free dress shirts. In the corner sits an iron and ironing board.As a high school senior, Quarles Googled tips on business attire. Now, his belt color always matches his shoes, and his shirt sleeves are tailored to fall exactly halfway across his watch."How you dress says something to the world about who you think you are," he explains.Quarles' counselors, friends and teachers worry he is too eager to grow up."I keep telling him that everyone has a right to live as a child during their childhood years," Parker says.Still, Quarles keeps an ambitious list of goals: graduate from medical school, earn a doctorate, start a tutoring program for low-income Chicago students, help shape the city's public health policy, become the U.S. surgeon general."I have no time to play around," he says. "There are people back home in Chicago starving, homeless, unemployed, killing each other. There is a difference between enjoying life and wasting time, and I can't waste any time."I want to make a difference. I want to show people that I can be all those things people said I could never be."Quarles now has the means to pay for his education. And oversize optimism could get him the rest of the way.During a training session for a Morehouse tutoring program one day, students introduce themselves and list three songs on their iPod -- typically Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Lou Rawls.When his turn comes, Quarles stands."Have you ever seen the movie 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'?" he asks, prompting raised eyebrows. "There's a song in there called 'Pure Imagination.' That's what I'm listening to these days."Quarles later explains that the lyrics inspire him: "Anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There's nothing to it.""It's so powerful," he says. "It shows the power of imagination. If you imagine it, you can do it."
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On the Ocean by Kjon Universal Republic's K'Jon has struck gold with his latest single "On the Ocean".This track has already reached #1 on Urban AC Radio, Mediabase, and the BDS published charts. K'Jon's new album, I GET AROUND, is set to drop on August 4th this year.Lyrics for "On the Ocean":Man, The moment I been waiting on And my soul is over flowing With anxieties and expectations I'm full of desires I just want it so bad You know And it just seem so real It's right there I just want reach out and touch it Before it all disappears[Verse:] Sometimes It feels like Everything Is passin' me by Every now and then It feels like (feels like) My ship has gone and sailed away But I I gonna be strong (gotta be strong) Gotta hold on It won't be too long[Chorus:] Now the tide is coming near I see the waves flowing Out there on the ocean I know my ship is coming in Just pass the horizon And right where the sky ends Cause out there on the ocean Know my ship is coming in But don't leave me hanging I've been waiting to long But this moment My ship has finally come[Verse:] I would travel to the seven seas (I would even go) I would even go wherever the wind blows me (I'll do anything) I'll do anything to find my destiny It's like fightin' with gravity And it's bringin' me down If this world was really round then tell me how It's just a moment for you to come around[Chorus:] Now the tide is coming near I see the waves flowing Out there on the ocean I know my ship is coming in (coming in baby) Just pass the horizon And right where the sky ends Cause out there on the ocean Know my ship is coming in But don't leave me hanging I've been waiting to long But this moment My ship has finally come[Bridge:] Finally you come (around) Around, around I said finally baby Finally you come (around) Around, around Finally you come around, come around baby Finally you Finally you come Said finally you come around (around) Now the tide is coming near (now the tide is coming in) I see the waves flowing Out there on the ocean I know my ship is coming in (and I know my ship is coming in baby) Just pass the horizon (And where) And right where the sky ends Cause out there on the ocean I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, is coming in Been waiting to long But this moment My ship has finally come Finally you come (around) Around, around [till fade]
KALARIUSGreetings Fellow Awakened MastersOh the slack! Oh the laziness of humanity! So many people are unwilling to do the healing work on themselves, daily. Surely this is because they have placed no value within themselves and think that the only thing worth investing into is material things. Material things fade away and even wealth doesn't mean nor does it guarantee happiness. Having a peace of mind is priceless. Do you have this peace when you go to sleep at night?Sometimes being psychic and clairvoyant is a sorrowful matter because one can see all the dark (heavy/negative) energy that is present in each individual one comes across. How do I express the importance of self development and self growth? It seems that so many are ruled by their fear and their pain. I don't think I have ever received so many emails from people looking for a quick fix to their problems. People need to be realistic and understand that if they have been dealing with certain issues all of their lives (20 or 30 years or more) that it is not going to go away over night.Ask yourself, do you even understand the fundamentals as to who you are? Some of you barely got the physical down - your health sucks! You eat poorly! You don't exercise! You have no idea how to communicate with God! You can't hear your Angels talking to you! You're clogged up emotionally and energetically! 8 out of 10 people that I work with have entities attached to them! 10 out of 10 women that I work with have haunted wombs which means entities are living inside of their wombs!DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION YET?You suffer because you choose to suffer. You refuse to take a look at yourself and get rid of the crap. How do you expect your life to change for the better if you are not even willing to put in the work? You think going to lectures, reading books, and watching "positive" movies or whatever is going to bring about the change you need in your life? Self development is no different than anything else in life - if you want something, then you HAVE TO WORK FOR IT!In just a few days, we are going to be in 2010. Are you where you need to be in your life? Are you fulfilling your life's purpose? Are you living out your passions? Do you even know who you are? Are you happy with yourself? Listen up people, the Winter season is a time for reflection and getting it together. Whatever you should choose to do to get your life together - stay CONSISTENT with it. Press your way and when you feel too tired to continue or you think you don't have what it takes - ask yourself, "how bad do you want change?"Eternalkween's slogan is:LEARN - the truth to who you are in your totality.IMPLEMENT - that knowledge in your daily living.DEVELOP - yourself so that you can reach your highest human potential.The planet is going through an evolution and not only raising Her vibrational frequency, but she is now housing NEW energies. In order for you to sustain yourself, you MUST be able to hold the energy of the planet within your bodies. People who have health issues and have not resolved them will get worse. You must know that you are truly a spiritual being having a human experience and Life wants to bring about a change so amazing. Life wants to elevate the human conscious to such an extent that you won't have to experience sorrow anymore.You can never and will never stand in your power so long as you house dark energy. You can only hold so much positive energy as your body will allow. You will have partial experiences or glimpses of Light so to say if you are partial with your self healing.!!!NEWS FLASH TO THE WEED HEADS!!!That weed (ganja, marijuana, dank, etc.) ain't gonna give you that spiritual experience that you are looking for. It will confuse you and zaps the energy from your body organs, depleting them. It even prematurely opens up certain energy centers and interferes with your development. Don't you think it is time you cleaned your lungs out? What about your brain? Surely you know all the toxins from this is going to the lungs and the brain. Weed Heads = limited spiritual growth and development.In closing, ladies - you hold the power of the planet in your wombs. You hold and choose the tone for your home, in your wombs. Everything in your life is determined by what resides within your wombs - which is your foundation. You can do vaginal steam baths or sitz baths, drink Donq Quai tea 2xs a day, reprogram your reproductive organs, clean the vaginal walls energetically and even talk to it to get it to re-tighten. You are not even using your power and you are disconnected from Mama Earth. Do yourself and your family and/or your mate a favor and sign up for Womb Wellness Online. Your mate can feel all your crap when he enters your womb and too a great extent he shares in harboring all of that negativity.Weekly Exercise:Since I have seen so much dark energy during my travels.. We got a new one for you:Visualize, see, feel your body with double doors on the front of it. Visualize the Light of God (looks like a bright light - imagine the color of a lightning bolt) directly in front of you.The double doors of your body are open to the light. When you inhale, you see and feel this Light coming into your body from God and the doors close to hold in the Light energy. 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