Tag: Inspiration

Episode 87: Helping Others Obtain Destiny… with Pastor Corey Brooks of Project H.O.O.D.

Can you imagine spending a cold winter’s night on a rooftop, in the windy city of Chicago? How about spending 100 cold winter nights on a rooftop in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods? What if the cause was so great that you felt called to do so? Well Pastor Corey Brooks felt that calling, and he is doing just that, for the second time!

Who is Pastor Corey Brooks and what is Project H.O.O.D.?
Pastor Corey B. Brooks, founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation has become a leading voice and presence in the fight against the violence gripping Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. 
Don’t miss this conversation where Pastor Brooks and I discuss his second go round on the rooftop in a cold Chicago winter, encouraging CEOs and others to join him on the roof to raise funds for an incredible community activity and learning center. We talk about his inspiring vision of providing hope, rehabilitation, revitalization and a path towards dignity and independence for those who have all but thrown in the towel.

Episode 86: Forgiveness is Your Path Forward, Love is Stronger Than Hate… with Chris Singleton

Friends of the Derate the Hate podcast know that I love stories of those who triumph over adversity, and those who persevere through the toughest times in life to come out on the other side and start their own journey towards bettering the world. Being able to forgive is not something that comes easily to everyone, and to some people, it comes as a total surprise when it happens, but it’s forgiveness that often times provides us with a path forward.

This week’s guest, Chris Singleton, is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church mass shooting in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 50 organizations and 30,000 students annually. His clients include: Boeing, The Houston Texans, Microsoft, Biogen, Volvo, The Washington Wizards and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. One of his children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.