Thursday, April 28, 2016

Good Night Sweet Prince - Roger Nelson!

Good Night Sweet "Prince" --

 "I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain"

So sad -- you music, performances, style and so much 

more ill be missed - thank you for all so many 

memories!  Your songs will live on

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known as Prince, was an American .... In 1995, Willie released the album 94 East featuring Prince, Symbolic Beginning, ... During this period Prince referred to his band as the Revolution. .... In 1992 Prince and The New Power Generation

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, which lead him to move back and forth. Prince had a troubled relationship with his step-father which lead him to run away from home. Prince was adopted by a family called the Andersons. Prince soon after became friends with the Anderson's son, Andre Anderson (Cymone) together along with Charles Smith they joined a band called Grand Central. The band later renamed themselves Champagne and were a fairly successful live band, however soon diminished.

Prince at the age of eighteen started working on high-quality demo tracks with Chris Moon. With these demo tracks Prince eventually ended up signing a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records and was the youngest producer associated with the label. Prince made his debut on the record label with his 1978 album, For You. It wasn't a strong successful album, however it was fair for a beginning artist and ranked 163 on the U.S. Pop Charts. Prince's next releases would tend to do much better on the charts with his singles, "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and I Wanna Be Your Lover in 1979. This would start to introduce Prince as a person who presented sexually explicit material into the music industry. However Prince didn't begin to attract mainstream artists until he release his single, 1999. This single began to be noticed by M.T.V. viewers and this would make him a part of the main-stream music media. Prince released two more singles called Little Red Corvette and Delirious. The album featured Prince's new band, The Revolution. In 1984 Prince would release what would be seen as an admired and profound masterpiece the feature film/sound-track album, Purple Rain in 1984. Prince's father contributed to this album, by cowriting the chord sequence for a couple of his songs. Prince continued to give cowriting credit to his father on several other albums, as his famous chord sequence would be used in several of Prince's singles and albums.

A lot of Prince's songs did not agree with listeners and one of his songs, Darling Nikki prompted a group of people to start a censorship organization called, Parents Music Resource Center (P.M.R.C.) as the track implemented grinding ludicrous acts such as masturbating, which stunned listeners. Prince however continued to release various other singles with the same platform his memorable releases being, Around The World In A Day, Parade, Love Sexy, and Batman.

Prince released a sequel to Purple Rain in 1990 called Graffiti Bridge, a soundtrack album accompanied this movie entitled, Graffiti Bridge. The film did terrible in box-office and was nominated for several Razzie awards. Many people saw the sound-track album, as the high point of the film.

In 1991, Prince assembled a new band called, The New Power Generation with this band he would release singles such as Diamond And Pearls, Cream, and Gett Off. Prince eventually changed his stage name from Prince to a symbol, which lead people to call him, "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince". Prince soon took back his old stage name.

In the 1990s, Prince continued to release singles such as Came, The Gold Experience, Chaos And Disorder, and Emancipation. With the rise of the new millennium, Prince released material such as a religious album called The Rainbow Children,One Nite Alone,The Chocolate Invasion,The Slaughter House, and had a collaboration with Stevie Wonder on Stevie's single called, What The Fuss in 2005.

Prince died on April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at his Paisley Park recording studio complex. He was 57.

Prince will be remembered as a musician and artist who inspired millions through his music, and set an inspirational platform which others still abide by.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Sean

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

HYTCS Guest Morris Morris, WWII Veteran

Morris Morris, World War II Veteran,
shares being in the military, losing his son Barry Morris ((who is also my bff's father) and public speaking tips that will Help YOU Take Center Stage.

Speaking Tip/s -  "A lot of people are shy... I know I was too.  "I went to the library to get a book on public speaking and that is how I found out to say certain things".  "Be honest with the people...throw a little humor into it". "People come in there shaking sometimes". "Tell them a joke, tell then a little funny story and most importantly tell them the truth".  "You can never really remember a lie but you can always remember the truth". "I try to keep people happy, smiling and jovial".


Barry Morris

World War II Veteran - Morris Morris and Host/Producer Sherri Raftery, M.Ed.

HYTCS - Public Speaking & Leadership Tips with Guest Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo

Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo is my guest on "Helping YOU Take Center Stage" - Public Speaking & Leadership Tips and share multiple tips that he has learned by being a speaker and leader in the Military and as an elected official and he also share about Stammering  which means: to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses, or with spasmodic repetitions of syllables or sounds  

 Take a peek at this link:

 Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo and beautiful wife Jane Fitzgerald Rizzo

Public Speaking Tip/s:
 1) "One thing you always have to remember is that there's nobody sitting listening to you who would be any less anxious or nervous or than you are speaking"...

2) "Just try to be conversational, as if you are talking to one hundered (100) as if you are talking to one (1) person - try not to get caught up in the fact that there are multiple people in the room - you are talking to one person, that person in the far back in the last row.. You're talking to them in the back of the room and trying to help them understand what your point is"....

3) "If YOU'RE the one doing the speaking -- you're going to know more about that topic than 90% of people in the room"...

3) "Just get yourself  in the mind set that I have a story to share and I want to share it with you".

Leadership Tip:
1) "Leadership qualities or leadership skills can be traced those back potentially to time my time in the Military".

Times in Port -- stand watch oversee things, times served watch engineering office of the watch 23-24 years old -- big chair, monitor the entire ship - huge responsibility - magnitude of what we had to over see
General Quarters -- central control - relaying information - hit ---

2) "One thing that has helped me a lot is I have faith in have to trust, if you put good people in positions, that you feel comfortable that they're going to do well....then you need to let them do their job..."

3) "If you have to conversations down the road if things don't go the way you think they should be going -- then have conversations done the road for improvement".

4) "Give people some rope --- Can't be over shoulder, emails, following them around" I am more of a person who judges a job by the results -- if I want this job done and this is what I want accomplished today - if you get it done in six (6) hours instead of  eight (8) and last couple of hours doing what ever it is that you are doing -- I am not necessarily  interested in that. I am more interested in that fact that you got the job done that I wanted to see happen ".

TOP PHOTO L-R: East Boston Chamber Executive, Sherri Raftery, Revere Mayor, Daniel Rizzo,
WHDH-TV, Investigative Reporter, Cheryl Findaca, Revere Chamber Executive Director, Stephanie Scopa Andrade
BOTTOM PHOTO L-R- Revere First Lady Jane Fitzgerald Rizzo and Revere Mayor, Daniel Rizzo

Stuttering --
Stuttering (/ˈstʌtərɪŋ/) or stammering (/ˈstæmərɪŋ/) (more generally the first in US and the second in British usage) (alalia syllabaris, alalia literalis or anarthria literalis) is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds.[1] The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels or semivowels. According to Watkins et al. stuttering is a disorder of "selection, initiation, and execution of motor sequences necessary for fluent speech production."[2] For many people who stutter, repetition is the primary problem. The term "stuttering" covers a wide range of severity, encompassing barely perceptible impediments that are largely cosmetic to severe symptoms that effectively prevent oral communication. In the world, approximately four times as many men as women stutter, encompassing 70 million people worldwide,[3] or about 1% of the world's population.[4] The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, being a possible target of bullying (especially in children), having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. Stuttering is sometimes popularly seen as a symptom of anxiety, but there is actually no direct correlation in that direction (though as mentioned the inverse can be true, as social anxiety may actually develop in individuals as a result of their stuttering).[citation needed]

Monday, March 23, 2015

HYTCS -- Airing on Wakefield Community Access Television 

Happy to share that 
"Helping YOU Take Center Stage" - Public Speaking & Leadership Tips 
is now airing on Wakefield Community Access Television!

See this link for days/times! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

"HYTCS" - Airing on Local Cable Stations!

I am happy to share that "Helping YOU Take Center Stage" - Public Speaking & Leadership Tips is being aired on BOTH RevereTV and Saugus Cable Television Station   and it will be airing in Salem soon as well!

Hi Sherri, Just wanted to let you know that while your show Will air regularly on Thursdays at 7pm, and then at various other times throughout the Channel 8 schedule that may be subject to change, depending on program needs.  Hope this is good for you!  Let me know if you have any questions!  Roger
Roger Froilan, Programming Manager - Saugus Cable Television Station
TEL: (781) 231-2883  - EMAIL:

If YOU would like to be a guest -- please let me know!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014
I still think about where we were when it was announced that the planes left Boston Logan Airport and hit the Twin Towers in New York City.  How shocked we were, how saddened we were and how we all came together and road our cars with American Flags to show our support and patriotism. 
It has been 13 years and I know I am blessed to be able to witness my daughter Sabrina start 11th grade on August 28, 2014, work at Party City - Saugus, MA, have a steady, stable boyfriend who started Wentworth College in Boston and will be taking her driving license test on Monday September 22, 2014.  I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming and how focused she is on her goals. 
Thank you lord for these blessings.  I am saddened that folks were ROBBED of these mile stones.  We haven't forget YOU!   God Bless the USA.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Becky Curran Motivates with her story about Achondroplasia Dwarfism !

Special guest Becky Curran motivates while she shares about personal story about her physical differences and being an Achondroplasia Dwarf.

Becky is also a member of Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association, She travels around the globe speaking to organizations and groups about physical differences, challenges of little people.

Achondroplasia Dwarfism -
is a disorder of bone growth that causes the most common type of dwarfism. (Wikipedia)

 Click this link to watch guest on Becky Curran on YouTube