Welcome to the website of author, DeRay Cole, who wrote Ma, Ma, Um Sweatin, A Grandmothers Compelling Dream.  He tells of the wisdom of his grandmother that provided a roadmap to success for him.  This site provides information regarding the author, educational projects, appearances, Ma, Ma’s products, special events and more.  If you are interested in having DeRay speak at an event or your school, please contact him.

Ma Ma’s Wisdom


Through the guidance of his independent, loving, supportive grandmother, an archetype of the strong black woman, DeRay rises above life in the segregated South and finds personal and professional fulfillment.

To be successful:
•    Be at work or in school every day
•    Be at your work place or in class on time
•    Be manageable or teachable
•    Be ready to learn something new every day
•    Be drug free

Ma Ma’s Lessons

•    The early birds gets the worm – Self Starter
•    Every tub must sit on its own bottom – Independence
•    Don’t spend all of your money in one place; spend some , save some – Budgeting
•    Whatever you do, do the best that you can – Work Ethic
•    Look a person in the eyes and say what you mean; let your yeas be yea and nays be nay – Honesty
•    No one is better than you, and you are no better than anyone – Equality