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Knowing That Reality Tv Is Often Just Fantasy! Look At The Real Housewives Of Atlanta For Example!

Ne-Ne from “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” was everyone’s favorite, loud-mouthed diva on this “reality” show. She spent a lot of time talking about how fabulous she was & how much she loved diamonds. This is to be expected because that’s what this show is about. These women represent the uppercrust of society. But, evidently, there was an imposter this season & Fox News has done a whole segment on her. All that posturing that Ne-Ne was doing for the cameras was all just an act. When her friend Kim called her “a low-budget bitch“, that seemed to really get under her skin something terrible! With all the financial troubles she has, now we know why!

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Amanda America Dickson: Known As One Of The Most Moneyed Black Women Of The 19th Century

Amanda America Dickson

Amanda America Dickson

Most people have heard of Madame C.J. Walker as being one of the first black female millionaires in America. She invented a hair straightening method called the straightening comb. Of course, we know about the richest black woman of this century. That would be Oprah Winfrey who became the first black female billionaire. But, I bet there’s one lady that you haven’t heard of.

There was a great little movie I saw on television calledA House Divided.” It was about the daughter of a slave & her owner who was left property by her father. Her father’s relatives contest the will because the beneficiary was a daughter of a slave which made her part black. The events that are depicted in the movie are based on Amanda America Dickson. Here’s more on her life from the New Georgia Encyclopedia:

“She was born on November 20 or 21, 1849, on the Hancock County plantation of her father, the famous white agricultural reformer, David Dickson (1809-85). Her birth was the result of the rape of her slave mother, Julia Frances Lewis Dickson, when Julia was twelve years old. At the time, David Dickson was forty and the wealthiest planter in the county. Amanda America Dickson spent her childhood and adolescence in the house of her white grandmother and owner, Elizabeth Sholars Dickson, where she learned to read and write and play the piano—the survival skills of a young lady but not ordinarily the opportunities of a slave. According to the Dickson family oral history, David Dickson doted on Amanda, and Julia quite openly became his concubine and housekeeper.

In the winter of 1885 David Dickson died, leaving the bulk of his estate to Amanda Dickson and subsequently to her children after her death. Executors appraised the estate, which included 17,000 acres of land in Hancock and Washington counties, at $309,000. In his will David Dickson stated that the administration of his estate was to be left to the sound judgment and unlimited discretion of Amanda Dickson without interference from any quarter, including any husband she might have. A host of David Dickson’s white relatives contested the will, but the superior court of Hancock County ruled in favor of Amanda Dickson in November 1885. The disgruntled relatives then appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court decision in 1887. The higher court stated that the “rights of each race are controlled and governed by the same enactments or principles of law”—in other words, whatever rights and privileges belonged to a bastard white child belonged to a mixed-race child as well.”(End of Excerpt) Read the full article here:




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Dr. Martin Luther King: The Dynamic American Visionary

The Dream Is Slowly Coming True!

The Dream Is Slowly Coming True!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived from (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968). He was a man of great eloquence & consequence who left an indelible print on America. That’s why we have a national holiday so that we will never forget the impact that he has on people. It was a struggle that is recounted in an article on the following website:http://www.holidays.net/mlk/holiday.htm

Because he was a man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed strongly in non-violence. Although he lived in tumultuous times, he refused to fight fire with fire. How he chose to deal with the brutality that faced him was to remain peaceful. This is why many regard him as being a martyr for the civil rights movement. He literally put his life on the line so that future generations could enjoy a better America.

Oh,my! His moving, melodic speeches mesmerized throngs of Americans. But, there were many who didn’t want equality & unity in America. They wanted the Jim Crow laws & segregation to continue. Who were “they”? Well, the FBI for one. Here’s an excerpt from CNN that talks about how the FBI tracked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s every move intently:

The almost fanatical zeal with which the FBI pursued King is disclosed in tens of thousands of FBI memos from the 1960s.

The FBI paper trail spells out in detail the government agency’s concerted efforts to derail King’s efforts on behalf of the civil rights movement.

The FBI’s interest in King intensified after the March on Washington in August 1963, when King delivered his “I have a dream speech,” which many historians consider the most important speech of the 20th century. After the speech, an FBI memo called King the “most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.”

The bureau convened a meeting of department heads to “explore how best to carry on our investigation [of King] to produce the desired results without embarrassment to the Bureau,” which included “a complete analysis of the avenues of approach aimed at neutralizing King as an effective Negro leader.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/31/mlk.fbi.conspiracy/index.html

So, to have the country elect a biracial man with a black family to lead the nation was a very powerful step in establishing equal opportunity for all Americans.That is why Jesse Jackson openly wept at the news that a black man had actually become president of the United States. He was a part of the vicious struggle for civil rights & he knew Dr. Martin Luther King personally. So, to see Barack Obama step up & give his acceptance speech was a powerful moment that Jesse Jackson knew he had played a part in. This is a turning point in history just like the civil rights era was. John Lewis ,another civil rights leader, was very emotional as well. You see, they knew that Dr. Martin Luther King had more than a dream. He was a dynamic American visionary who spoke of an America that we can actually see racial progress in. Many African-Americans truly believe that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream is finally taking shape. They point to Barack Obama’s historical win as evidence of that. Here is a quote from his famous “I Have A Dream” speech taken from American Rhetoric.com:

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ” (End of Excerpt) See & read the speech by following the link:http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm


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