NO: Thank you for being apart of our Holiday issue. What is your favorite holiday memory?
JT: 10 Years ago my father was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was given 3 months to live. Spending the holiday season with him knowing it would be our last holiday was a memory I will always cherish. That holiday was focused on the love our family had for each other, and the memories we created together. It was no longer about presents and gifts because for once our family’s presence was my present, and our last memories we shared with my father was my GIFT.”
NO: In what way do you feel the black man style has influence the flash and industry?
JT: For many decades it was women who dominated the style culture, and it was said that for a man to have class, and style in the industry his masculinity was questioned. Now more masculine men are being more in tuned with flash and style and are being trend setters. Now a man can show up in style and speak without having to speak. Black men with fashion and style in the industry exist, and I live the example.
NO: What inspired you to become a life coach?
JT: At a young age I knew I was different, but the world used my difference against me forcing me to create my own reality with false hope. I was stuck with no one who understood me enough to help me push pass my self imposed limitations. I got so fed up that I wanted to help those I saw struggling and in need. I began coaching and mentoring for others what I needed for myself. That was my weapon, and my escape; through this I found my calling. Now I live a life of Passion, helping people remove their limitations, so they can reach their highest potential, and ultimately their Purpose.
NO: Do you feel that society accepts kurvy women?
JT: I feel that curvy women have been scrutinized for years about having “Too Much Curves,” making them feel less valued with an underlying message to become thinner. Now the barrios have been removed and curvy women have paved a place that is big, beautiful and empowering. Opportunities have opened for curvy women and it is more acceptable than ever before.
NO: What is the one thing you would tell a man looking in the mirror who is having a hard time with his self esteem?
JT: I would tell them we all have flaws and sometimes they make us beautiful. Base your value on your gifts, who you have become, what you have overcame and what you want tomorrow. Don’t allow your outward appearance to dictate the self esteem you carry for yourself but get to the inward root of what is causing your pain and make a Soul Adjustment. I call it “Soul Surgery.”
NO: If you were able to have a 10 minute conversation with Kanye West, what would you tell him?
JT: I would tell Kanye Thank You for answering your call and walking in your purpose against what your fans, lifestyle, industry and critics would suggest. I would ask him to share what was the final situation or circumstance that gave him his spiritual awakening that shifted him into his God given destiny. I would ask how he manages being married with kids, building multiple careers while going through his demise and rebirth. Finally, I would ask what a typical day with “Kanye” consist of.
NO: 2020 is just weeks away! What are you looking forward to in the new year?
JT: I believe the last 10 years were my seed planted years. I was buried under the soil of everything that once was, againsteverything I was born to be. I was buried so that I may live. Many things were removed, formed, as well as birthed. In 2020 I’m looking forward to my harvest manifesting where I no longer “Try” and just “Become,” were I am operating in mygifts that are opening doors and making room for my destiny.
NO: Can you define the word “ESSENCE” to you?
JT: When I think of essence, I think about something that would not exist or be what it is without the core. Your core essence is something special used to connect your gifts, talents and value to a need in the world. It is a special essence only you possess that fulfills your own purpose and provides what the world lacks.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
JT: My legacy is that my life as a Counselor, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Financial Advisor, and Fashion Connoisseur will createa culture that defines strengths, values, gifts and talents so that people’s passion connects with their purposes and breaks barriers of limitations, self-doubt, impossibility and impoverished mindsets. My legacy is to show the world that no matter what hand life dishes, you can still Win with a bad hand, a bad situation and bad circumstance. My life is the example of Success through the Fire, and my legacy is the testament of my story.
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Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American singer.
The Teddy & Joan Pendergrass Foundation (TJPF) invite you to join us for a very special and important event: Teddy’s 70th Birthday Anniversary Gala, honoring the life of Teddy Pendergrass, Saturday, March 28th, 2020, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing, located at 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19147.
The Teddy & Joan Pendergrass Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, creates a coordinated outreach organization that encourages and assists individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The TJPF aims to highlight success stories to change the way people view SCI survivors. All proceeds from the Teddy’s 70th Birthday Anniversary Gala will fund the Teddy & Joan Pendergrass Foundation.
Hosted by Mike Jerrick, Co-Host, “Good Day Philadelphia” on FOX 29 and other special guests, the Gala will include dinner, a silent and live auction and an exciting program including live entertainment and special recognition to those that have helped in our mission to help SCI survivors. Please visit our website at teddypendergrassofficial.com.
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