Todays Inspiration

True success is defined by the lives you effect, the chances you take and the story your life leaves.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

So after a long break from blogging ( I know I know, it was more like an exaggerated vacation) Im back. I am going to switch things up a bit and write about me, my life, my story, the things Im passionate about, my heroes and any other things that come to mind. Im going to keep this up by asking the same questions to various people and post it.

Name: Robert L. Peterson
Age: 28
Location: NYC, NJ & OK
Occupation: Menswear designer

Favorite quote
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
Dorothy Thompson

My wife, strong and beautiful has inspired me to want to be a better man, husband and father.
Caleb, Joshua and Breianah, my three kids, they motivate me to work harder in life to set up a firm foundation which they can build on when they get older. My Pastor, Dr. Robert Dowell of New Life Fellowship, Lawton,OK wise beyond his years. My mother and sister two other women that have helped to shape me into the person I am now.

Ultimate goal for life/career
I want to watch my children graduate college and start a successful family and career. I want to be with my wife for the rest of my life, I look forward to celebrating our 65th anniversary. Becoming the owner of a successful clothing line, Caleb Lee. Ultimately walking in Gods will.

Spending time with my wife and children. If not with them I enjoy reading up on the latest menswear, designing clothes, meeting new people and having full fledge conversations aloud with God (nah Im not crazy, I just feel it necessary some times)

Favorite food
My wifes fried pork chops
My mothers chitterlings
Salmon skin sushi rolls

Sum up everything in five things people should know about me
1. I am a God fearing man that is on a mission to spread the love of God in a way that is excepted and appreciated by all walks of life.

2. Next to God I am most passionate about my family. I have been married for just under 9 years to a wonderful woman that is more then everything a man could want and need from a partner. Together we have three beautiful children that motivate us to be and do better things in life.

3. I love fashion, menswear to be more specific. I eventually would like to create a menswear line that magnifies the gentleman in every man. My vision is one that is for the man that has come to a place of maturity and wants it to reflect in his wardrobe.

4. After I complete everything that I can in fashion I believe I would like to go into ministry. I have a heart for Gods people. I feel that He died for everyone and everyone should know this regardless of where life has lead you. God wants you where your at, only He can heal you in your broken place, only He can free you from whatever addiction you may have.

5. Last, I love music all types of music.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


This is not my blog nor did I have any part in writing it, it is however something that I feel should be brought to the attention of Americans and the rest of the world. To see the original blog please go to

Racism 2009...Through the Eyes of a Child

"Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome."

-Rosa Parks

When Barack Obama was elected President of the United States and he moved his African-American family to Washington DC, I remember thinking, "finally, there will be some black Barbie Dolls in the halls of the White House!" I thought of all the little black kids who would go to bed at night thinking, "someone who looks like me is the President., wow, I can do ANYTHING I want"...well, not so fast...

You can grow up to be President of the United States, but apparently you can't swim in the pool of a club in Pennsylvania. Here's the background:

Two weeks ago in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside Philadelphia, Creative Steps Day Camp paid The Valley Swim Club more than $1900 for one day of swimming a week for their 65 campers, but after the first day, the money was quickly refunded and the campers were told not to return. Apparently, when the campers entered the pool, White parents took their kids out of the water, and the swimming club's staff asked the campers to leave. Several campers said they heard pool members making racist remarks during their time inside the club. I saw a little boy on CNN relating the story of his first encounter with racism and my heart just ached for him.

The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership...but evidently, the club didn't know the kids were largely Black. The next day, the club told the summer camp that their membership would be canceled and that they would refund their money. When asked why, the club's leader said it was because the minority children might "change the complexion...the atmosphere of the club." Yes, that was the actual statement by the the club's president, John Duesler.

I don't need to tell you that a "Whites only" pool in 2009 should not be tolerated. The club's actions appear to be a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Whether or not any laws were violated, a "Whites only" pool should be something every American condemns.

I've just joined and others in doing exactly that -- will you join me, and email your friends and family asking them to do the same?

We're also calling on the President, The Vice-President, The Attorney General and U.S. Department of Justice as well as the Governor of Pennsylvania, both Senators and members of the Pennsylvania delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to evaluate suing the facility under federal law.

Barack Obama is President but that doesn't mean that suddenly all is fine when it comes to race in America. This is a vivid reminder of what we know still lies beneath the surface...notwithstanding the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas' recent lone dissent against the Voting Rights Act. His statement that ''The violence, intimidation and subterfuge that led Congress to pass (the provision of the Voting Rights Act) and this court to uphold it no longer remains.'' He further stated that "The extensive pattern of discrimination that led the Court to previously uphold (the provision) . . . no longer exists...And the days of 'grandfather clauses, property qualifications, 'good character' tests, and the requirement that (voting) registrants 'understand' or 'interpret' certain matter,' are gone."

Is it really? Has anyone told the members of The Valley Swim Club?

We all know stories like this one -- similar incidents play out quietly every day in different communities across the country. The difference in this case is that folks got caught and there was a contract in place that makes for a potentially illegal act.

Standing up now isn't just about making things right for these kids in Philadelphia or bringing consequences to the Valley Swim Club. It's about creating a climate of accountability everywhere. If we can publicly shame the Valley Swim Club and hold them accountable for this incident, it will make others think twice before engaging in this kind of discrimination.

Human Rights investigations have begun into this incident; as well they should. However, no one who loves this country and believes that we are all "equal under the law," should be quiet about this.


So please join me in condemning the Valley Swim Club's blatant discrimination and calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether they violated civil rights laws. And please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Please feel free to copy, cut and paste any or all of my letter...or simply use it as a guide for your own thoughts about this issue...but WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES so that our collective voices are being heard. Here is all the info you need:

To write President Barack Obama, click HERE for the link.
To write Vice-President Joe Biden, click HERE for the link.
To write U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, click HERE for the link
To write Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, click HERE for the link
To identify and write the Pennsylvania U.S. Representatives in Congress, click HERE for the link.
To write the U.S. Senators from Pennsylvania, click HERE for the link.

Here is the letter I sent, feel free to cut and paste it or use it as a template to write your own:

Dear Public Servant who is dedicated to Justice for All:

I was shocked and outraged to learn that the Valley Swim Club in Huntington Valley Pennsylvania seems to be enforcing a "whites-only" policy at their pool.

Two weeks ago, the Creative Steps Day Camp paid the Valley Swim Club more than $1900 for one day of swimming a week for their 65 campers, but after the first day, the money was quickly refunded and the campers were told not to return. Apparently, when the campers entered the pool, White parents took their kids out of the water, and the swimming club's staff asked the campers to leave after making what can only be described as racially insensitive and discriminatory comments directed at the children. The President of the club compounded the situation and left nothing to interpretation by stating that the children were not welcome at the club as they might "change the complexion...the atmosphere of the club."

I'm sure you agree that is shameful that in 2009, anywhere in America, children have been turned away from a swimming pool because of their race.

I stand together with thousands of Americans across the country in condemning the Valley Club's discrimination. We are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate whether the Valley Club violated federal civil rights laws. Together, we are sending a strong message that this kind of discrimination has no place in our society.


Star Jones

New York

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Russell Simmons presents ARGYLECULTURE

From the man that brought you Phat Farm, Mr. Russell Simmons introduces his latest collection ARGYLECULTURE. Founded in 2007 as a way of producing fashion forward relevant menswear Argyleculture was birthed. A fresh breath of air for menswear, Argyleculture provides quality clothing for those that have "arrived" in the world.

Russell and the designers at Argyleculture continue to incorporate original urban concepts with more professional attire. Looking at the spring/summer 2009 collection, Argyleculture appears to be consistent with its business/weekend casual look.

Included in the collection are button up shirts, vest, sweaters and various polo shirts just to name a few. The collections use of navy, khaki, salmon, browns and yellows for the most part are carried out well. The design team does a lot of solids however Russell seems to pull off just the right amount of prints.

Over all Argyleculture looks to have a bright future in men’s fashion with their mix of urban casual meets professional attire.

Steve L. McNair (02/14/73 - 07/04/09)

            Today we celebrate the life and career of Steve LaTreal McNair (02/14/73 - 07/04/09).  Steve got his start in professional football after being drafted in 1995 by the then Houston Oilers which later became the Tennessee Titans.  After only two years on the team McNair quickly became the starting quarterback. 
 McNair led the team to the playoffs four times and eventually earned the chance to play in Super Bowl XXXIV.  After his 2005 season with the Titans, McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.  Playing for only two seasons and taking the Ravens to the playoffs, McNair  decided to retire.
Known and respected on and off the field, McNair touched and influenced fans all over.  Steve was respected by many for his extensive work and dedication to charities and works such as his annual football camps.  McNair loved to volunteer in and around his community and would do most of it under the radar. McNair's foundation donated $30,000.00 to the Covington County Boys and Girls club.  Steve sent several bus loads of supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and various other things. 
Today fans, friends and family stand in line at LP field where McNair played 11 seasons for the Tennessee Titans.  A video tribute to his life and career will be played for everyone in attendance.  The Titans have opened a book for fans and friends to sign and leave encouraging notes for the family left behind by the tragic death of Steve McNair.
My deepest and most sincere prayers go out to the family first and then to the friends and fans of a man, father, husband, friend and quarterback.

Morning Inspiration

Live your life on purpose so that you will be walking in purpose and there will be no accidents or mistakes only life lessons that contributed to your  success.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Introduction to the A New Man's Fashion Blog

So with this blog my goal is to motivate, encourage and inspire today's men to be not only real men but stylish and confident men.  I will be blogging about  the latest menswear, relationships, entertainment and more.  In the blogs you will be introduced to some of your favorite designers as well as up and coming designer to keep a look out for. There will also be blog postings about the latest in entertainment news as well as ways  to better your current relationships and other topics that are appealing to men.

If there is something that you would like to be addressed or feel the need to comment on I am always interested in hearing what you have to say.   Please feel free to leave a comment.

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