Monday, December 24, 2007

Every Day Is A Happy Holiday!

Happy Holidays is so 80's! (smile)

2008 is slowly approaching and it's time to set goals and resolutions. Take time to think about what you really want...Happiness, Health & Wealth. Sure for some of us they might be in a different order but for some they mean different things. This New Year take time to take care of yourself and the loved ones around you. Be a blessing to others and watch the blessings return ten fold. Take time to say a kind word to a few people each day it may brighten up their day. Give a gift on a day other than a birthday or anniversary. Spend more time with your family besides reserving it just for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Time waits for none of us and life is traveling faster than ever in this day and age. Before long babies are teenagers, young adults, adults and parents right before our eyes. We pray they grow to display all that we teach them...but what are we teaching them? How about instilling the right traditions, morals, customs and beliefs that they can pass on to their children. It's time to not just make a change but to do things differently and throw away grudges and hatred. Life is too short.

This new year we should wake up every day and be grateful to live to see another opportunity to live life and enjoy it with loved ones and close friends. It is a gift from the most high. Don't wait for holidays that just exist on the calendar...Every Day Is A Happy Holiday!

In My Lifetime...June Archer

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Take Time To Stop And Say Hello...

How many times have you said to yourself...I wonder how such and such is doing or what they have been up to? With life moving fast in this day and age we often forget about family and close friends. Yes, we e-mail, we text, we even catch people on Myspace. What happened to human interaction? Calling a friend or relative on the telephone just to say hello, I was thinking of you. Taking the time to stop by and say hello just to see how they were doing. I am guilty of it as well but have tried over the past two years to do better.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. To wake up and live to see another day is a blessing. A blessing we tend to take advantage of. Some might not live to see another day. The ones you love, are close to, admire or just enjoy being around. Do you greet them with a kind word and part with I love you? I charge those who read this to reach out to those close family and friends and let them know you love and appreciate them. What is ahead for tomorrow, we don't know.

I had the opportunity to speak with a good friend two weeks ago. A childhood friend I grew to respect, admire, look up to and love. He was what one would call a renaissance man. For as long as I could remember he was always ahead of the latest and greatest of what was hot. He used to spray paint/air brush jean jackets for the kids in the neighborhood. If you needed a fresh haircut with the fly design in it, he was your guy. When it came to music, he was an M.C. with the most prolific and intelligent lyrics, he could DJ like the best of them he looked up to...Jam Master Jay and Grand Master Flash. If you wanted your jeans with the permanent crease or switch up the look of your Lee jeans...He was the future of clothing design as we know it today. This young man truly had his hand in everything and did them all very well.

Time had past and going through my phone book I came across his name and gave him a call. I was glad to know he was doing well and enjoying life. Our conversation was electric as we spoke about life, what was going on with each other. He was proud of my accomplishments as I was of his as well. We promised to see each other soon to meet about another young man he was thrilled to mentor at church. He was called to ministry and was obedient in his calling. I was looking forward to seeing and speaking with again...On Monday October 29Th 2007 the lord called him home. His stay was very short however, his legacy, memory and friendship will last a lifetime in my heart. I see his smile as I write these words. It was a blessing to speak with him that day. It was a blessing to be his friend. I look forward to seeing him again. Until then I wish him peace and blessing. I pray for his family and friends that they will heal with time. They should know they have a lot to smile about for just being able to spend what little time he had here on earth with them but know the day will come when they will see him again.

I'm glad I had the chance to take the time to stop and hello. I won't say goodbye but for now I'll say see you later.

My Friend, my brother I will surely miss you.
We love you Anthony (Tony) Mason
Rest In Peace 1970-2007

In My Lifetime - June Archer

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Realize Your Potential Today!

After having an in depth conversation with a few friends a week ago I realized that I had more potential than I could imagine. It's funny as you go about life and accomplish certain things you tend to forget how blessed you truly are. Never once did I think that I could not be good at something. But never did I think that I could possibly waste a few blessings along the way.

My friends and I spoke about what happens to a person when he or she gets bored. Bored with life, school, marriage, jobs, etc. It seems as we looked back and think about things that were new and dear to us we might have taken for granted. Have you ever been so good at something that you never thought to challenge yourself to further greatness? Have you missed the opportunity to put some spark into your relationship or marriage? Too smart to attempt to challenge yourself that you just waited for the rest of the class to catch up while you got distracted by things that did not need your attention? How much further would we be in life had we only stuck to something and challenged our self to become even better?

We cannot change the past. Who we are today is because what we did yesterday but we can strive to be even better tomorrow. With technology much further advanced than the past you can dream bigger than ever. There are role models and idols that are doing what some of us wish we had the confidence to do or just the discipline to apply ourselves. Make a change today! Pick up on the passion that you once had and see where it can take you. If that is too late then encourage our young people to do so. Let them know they can do anything they so desire if they put their minds to it. However, help them to understand that it will take faith, patience and trust to accomplish these things. It may come easy it may come more difficult than others but always challenge yourself to become better than you were the day before.

June Archer ...In My Lifetime!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Man, Isn't Life Funny...?

Thinking back to that morning the towers were hit was somewhat of a dream. I hesitated to write this on the anniversary of the date but still felt the need to share how life can be funny. That Friday night before the tragic events I went to Boston to attend an affair given by some friends. The party was held at the Hotel in which the terrorists stayed before they so-called hijacked the planes. On Monday night I hung out at the Soul Cafe, NYC and drove by the Twin Towers before heading home to Connecticut to get a few hours of rest before heading into work.

That Tuesday Morning I sat at my desk when the events took place. I heard about the first plane and thought....what kind of craziness is this? At that time who would have known the second plane would have been making it's way to follow. I wanted to stay the night and take the day off but decided against it. To learn I was in Boston and then in New York where I could have potentially been harmed...Man, Isn't Life Funny?

Every day we live to see is a blessing. Live well with those close to you as tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

My heart and prayers continue to go out to the families and friends of all the victims and service men that lost or gave their lives in the devastating events.

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Yankees Vs. Red Sox: My First Professional Game

It must have been about 23 years ago that I had the opportunity to attend my first professional sports game. There I was in Boston, Fenway Park on a nice August evening. Unaware of the impact of the rivalry between these two teams, it was the day that would confuse everyone who ever asked me who my favorite baseball team was. The excitement of the day had my adrenaline going. The crowd of fans, the screaming, the players I'd seen on the television made the day somewhat of a dream. It was then I made up my mind that those two teams were my favorite. It was a great experience.

This past week I had the chance of attending the second game of a 3 game series between The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox. I have since favored the Yankees but still remember why they were both my favorite. I was thrown back in time to that first game and I felt like a kid again. All the excitement was there as it was before, the crowds, the cheering, the players and the celebrities...Paul McCartney, Billy Crystal, Venus Williams, Penny Marshall and the diamond encrusted smile worn by the one and only Hip-Hop artist Paul Wall.

One day when I have children I hope to bring them to witness the same thing. Maybe create the same watch it live is so magical! I pray that my kids will one day say I remember when I went to my first professional sports game.

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It Was A Pleasure To Meet You Mr. Dick Gregory...

I went to attend a hair show in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend and had the opportunity to introduce myself to Mr. Dick Gregory. In that instance as I recognized him while we walked toward each other I had so many questions for him. How was the experience growing up as an activist? What encouraged you to want to be a comedian? As a vegetarian what kinds of different foods do you eat? Do you think Barack Obama will make a great President if given the opportunity? What is your opinion on the Michael Vick situation?

For a moment it felt like we spoke for hours and all I did was ask the questions one by one the whole time. I wanted to learn so much and hear about everything he had to share. However, all I had the chance to say was...Hello Mr. Gregory it is a pleasure to meet you, my name is June Archer. He said, "It's a pleasure to meet you" "How are you?" I said, great! He replied, "How's your family?" They are great, I said with total confidence. The elevator arrived and I was left with all those questions to be answered until the next time we meet.

It was a pleasure to meet you Mr. Dick Gregory.

June Archer - In My Lifetime!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kids Just Being Kids...

Recently I had the pleasure of judging a showcase of talent that was given by a few BET executives. To my amazement I was brought back to the days when I grew up having fun. The days when singing and dancing was the greatest feeling in the world. The young people that participated in "Blaze The Stage" were not only talented but very manageable, polite and respectful. There were singers, rappers and dancers that took the stage as if they were seasoned veterans. The excitement in the theater was electric.

For the first time in a long time I was convinced that despite the years that have passed by and how much things have changed due to the age of Myspace, Facebook and the almighty Internet kids are still having good clean fun. I charge every parent to assist in the development of their child in the arts and entertainment. It encourages teamwork and the ability to develop their personalities. Yes, school work is important however, beyond that, we are missing human interaction with each other. Every now and then put down the blackberry, sidekick and iPhone. I am guilty as well for being so dependent on one of these gadgets. However, human interaction cannot be replaced as communication is very important. Spend time with these young people, support them. If it presents itself share with them those old videos of you at your high school talent show. You were a kid once...

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Friday, June 22, 2007

What Is Success?

Success is realized when you are able to balance everything. Family, friends, career and extracurricular activities, etc. When those around you are satisfied, when those around you are inspired, that is where true success will find you. What is business success if you have no one to share it with and are able to enjoy it?

Never consider yourself a success if those around you are not successful or inspired by your passion for what you do or have achieved. Think of it as "The sum is greater than the whole of it's parts" The ability to make all things work in conjunction with one another is the ultimate challenge and goal...but the best pay-off, ever.

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

This Is Your Season...Step Your Game Up!

Words Of Encouragement...

The words that come out of your mouth provide the environment you create around yourself. Be sure that when you speak that positive and encouraging words are being shared. Too often we discourage ourselves and others by what we say..."You'll never make it", "Go get a real job", "Stick to what you know best"...but what if what you know best is not your passion?

How about saying..."You can do whatever your heart desires", "I can see you being successful at that" or just simply..."I'm praying that it will all work out for you and I support whatever it is you wanna do". There are times we need motivation and the only way to receive words of encouragement is to give those same words to someone who needs them just as bad as you do. How would things be if we all supported one another and kept a positive outlook on what it is we want to accomplish? The windows of opportunities and blessings would be wide open.

Please take the time as often as you can, if not everyday, to give someone a positive word of encouragement. Take the time out to let someone know they are doing good and to keep up the good work. Let someone know that you are proud of them. This type of positive reinforcement is very important and necessary. Watch it spread and you'll see love spread as well. I want you to walk away from this blog with the understanding that "Love Is A Lifestyle"!

Keep doing what you are doing and making your dreams come true. The only way to predict the future is to create it. Keep your head up and a smile on your face. This is your season, so step your game up.

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Is Hip-Hop Dead?...Not at all.

To say that Hip-Hop is dead would mean that a whole culture and way of life would be extinct. I believe that the knowledge of what has come before what is presently here is missing. I grew up on Hip-Hop! I remember how it felt to listen to Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., Force M.D.'s and the list goes on. Watching "Breakin", "Beat Street" and "Krush Groove" thinking to myself I wanna do that, too. Not really sure what it was that I wanted to do but I knew "that" was it.

A person who considers themselves well versed in their passion should have a vast knowledge of the history of that they hold dear. If you are a baseball fanatic you should at least know the greats that have swung a bat. Know that Hank Aaron holds the Home Run title and that Barry Bonds is on his way to possibly breaking that 33 year-old record. So why is it, we have people that claim they love Hip-Hop and that they are Hip-Hop, but don't know the pioneers. I'm not saying you will know everyone and everything but know some of the ground breaking moments and individuals who were a part of music history. I say this to say that I find it interesting that people are in the music business and want to be a part of it but don't know certain people and don't take the time to find out who is who...

Recently I attended an event promoted by ASCAP* and had the pleasure to once again kick it with individuals that I consider contributed to Hip-Hop. I was so excited but could not understand how others could not be as excited as I was. Was I making more of it than I should have...? Was I the only one paying attention...? I asked a photographer who was taking pictures if he saw what I saw. I said, excuse me but you need to get over here! There is a great shot waiting to happen. Easy Mo Bee, Allstar and Large Professor are all over there speaking, right now! It seemed like a movie when the movie begins moving in slow motion and the music comes to an abrupt stop a wine glass smashes on the floor and a loud scream of noooooo! screeches out. The photographer says, who?

Thank the Hip-Hop Gods that I had my own camera and took the shot myself. At that point it was then people began to realize who was being caught for a photo op.

Of course there were others who had a hand in Hip-Hop and Music in general but that moment took me back to when I felt music, especially Hip-Hop was fun...In My Lifetime!
By the way, the photographer took the picture anyway. I still don't think he realized the history he had just captured in that one image.

Is Hip-Hop Dead?...Not at all. We just need to remember our history and educate the next generation.

Easy Mo Bee -Biggie Smalls "Ready To Die", "Gimmie The Loot", Miles Davis "Doo-Bop"
Allstar - SWV "Anything" feat. Wu-Tang, Joe "Stutter" feat. Mystikal
Large Professor - "Live At The BBQ" feat. Nas, "Just Hangin' Out" w/Main Source

* The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

I have more pics to share at
(Paparazzi / ASCAP Hitmaker's Haven)

June Archer...In My Lifetime!

Friday, April 6, 2007

In My Lifetime...

In Life it is said that it's not the destination but the journey that is important. I look forward to sharing my views, opinions, stories, successes and failures (hopefully not too many failures) with you; My Journey. Please feel free to share your opinions and feedback. Information is power and I look forward to sharing and recieving every little bit that I can. Whether it be a daily thought, past event or fond memory, I hope you enjoy what I have to share.

Follow me on a journey as I talk about Life, Music, Politics, Religion, Family, Love and everything else that I come across...
In My Lifetime!

June Archer...In My Lifetime!