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Mydreamalive.com presents the Iconic Leontyne Price

What does it take to change the face of African-American culture?

A person that believes in what they believe and does not care what anyone else thinks!

One of her favorite quotes:

Accomplishment has no color

                                                         Leontyne Price

What an amazing person, performer, and voice like no nother.

Born in Laurel, Mississippi on February 10, 1927, Leontyne price grew up with  the love of music stirring inside of her veins. Like most African-American children, Leontyne got her music chops and internship in church, growing up listening to the type of music that could stir a soul. She new right then and there that she was going to make music, and affecting people’s lives, her  profession.

Now here is where the story gets interesting.

She chose to pursue a career in Classical/Operatic music and not jazz or gospel music!

huh??

This is where the disconnect happened for many of good ole down home black folks.

She went to Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio and got encouragement and inspiration to further her love for the genre.  Leontyne went to college to become a music teacher. While hearing her sing one day in a Hall, the President of the College, Dr. Charles H. Wesley encouraged her to change her major from education to voice.

Leontyne Price earned her B.A. in June 1948, and headed to New York to study at the Julliard School of Music where she had won a full tuition scholarship. At Julliard, she received voice training from Florence Ward Kimball, a distinguished teacher, and, in her last year, she gave a strong performance as Mistress Ford in the student production of the opera, Falstaff. Upon seeing her in this production, Virgil Thompson immediately invited her to star in a revival of his opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, which ran on Broadway for three weeks in April 1952. Less than two months later, Price made her debut in Dallas, in a role that would carve her name in the minds of audiences everywhere; she appeared as Bess in a revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Leontyne Price achieved one of the greatest artistic victories of her career on January 27, 1961, when she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. This performance ignited a 42-minute ovation, one of the longest in the Met’s history. Critic Harold Schoenberg wrote: “Her voice was dusky and rich in its lower tones, perfectly even in its transitions from one register to another, and flawlessly pure and velvety at the top.”

Over the years, Leontyne Price has won 15 Grammy Awards for vocal recordings she has made, and she has been on the cover of Time and 27 other magazines. In addition, she was the only opera singer to be represented in the list of “Remarkable American Women: 1776-1976” in Life Magazine‘s Bicentennial issue in 1976. She now lives quietly in a cozy house in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Even with her amazing popularity in Europe, her status as an African-American Icon has yet to be truly celebrated!

There is more than enough evidence, rewards, reasons, and accolades to make this happen today!

Derrick Butler is CEO and Founder of Mydreamalive.com which has a mission of changing the negative images that media portrays as African-American heroes, to positive images that are true African-American Icons.

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        Mydreamalive.com is all about removing the obstacles that are in your way to make your dreams come true.  I am often asked, How do you know if you are on the right road? Let me be clear that there is only one way to be sure that you are on the right road. You must be Connected to the Holy Spirit! Yes, that is the way and the only way. Once you are on the right road, you will be connect to the amazing anointing and the road will be a true road to the purpose that God has in store for you. I have often been faced in life with challenges, and these challenges usually come when I am doing what I want to do in life and not do what God wants me to do. I often get my mind straight and decide that I am going to go in a direction that doesn’t have anything to do with the purpose that God has in store for me. I get on this road, and destruction happens. Now when the destruction happens, I then get on my knees and pray, “Oh Lord, please help me out of the mess I am in.” Thank goodness that God is a forgiving and passionate God, because if he wasn’t he would have left me a long time ago because of the crazy messes I get myself into.

Salon Chairs filled with customers what a great thing!

I was recently talking to a young lady about starting a Hair Salon, and she did not know where to get started.  I told her the first thing you have to do is pray, to be sure that you are going in the right direction. Then go to http://www.domainnames.com  to find and purchase a  url that speaks to the type of salon you want. Then write a business plan that spells out what she is going to do in terms of operations, marketing, and finance. Once all those ducks were in a row then she needed to do pray again, just to be absolutely sure. In all my life I have never seen a women go without getting her hair done. I don’t care if the women did not have food in the house, or pay her cable bill, she was going to make sure she was in the shop getting her hair done. So a Hair Salon is a very good way to go. Women spend so much time with their hair, I am amused watching my wife and daughters spend hours at a time deciding on how they are going to wear their hair that DAY! Every day it is the same routine, wake up shower, dress, and spend 1 hour deciding on the right style/look of the hair. Men we have it soooo easy. We go the barber every two weeks, and until we get to the point where our wifes/lady friends tell us its time to go, we don’t even think twice about our hair.  Perhaps I should go to http://www.domainnames.com and secure www.hairmadness.com! I bet I could get a whole lot of traffic and sell hair products…lol

People, whether you ar trying to figure out if you are on the road of anointing, or deciding to open your first business. You have to commit to moving forward.

Stay in the grace of GOD and take action..and the rest will fall in the place.

Remember:

“Seek you first the kingdom of GOD, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you”

Matthew 6:33

Derrick Butler is Founder/CEO of My Dream Alive Inc, the largest producer of Black History Clothing Online. Find out more at www.mydreamalive.com

Today the Mega Millions Loto is $312 Million Dollars.

Can you believe it?? We’ll this lottery has given me the passion to write again. The last time I was this fired up.. Barack Obama was becoming our 1st ( Not Last ) African American President. I am still a huge  Obama fan and supporter, and next year is going to be no cake walk. Especially if the economy remains in the dumps like it is.

The truth of the matter is… what can one poor non suspecting slunk do with that much money.

The odds of winning are..and I like 5 Million to 1.. and people still play.

Yea.. let’s let 1 person get $312 Milllion in an American where the rich keep getting richer and the poor get stumped on!!

The middle class is disappering right before our eyes..

Wouldn’t it be better to make 312 new millionaires today. Today we could change 312 peoples lives…

Why should 1 person get the opportunity of a life time.

Imagine the families of the 312 members.. Imagine all the money in places all over the country that could get impacted by that one change in the system.

I don’t think 1 person would even know what to do with all that money, and imagine if Hitler one that money..

This Lottery system is suppose to support education.. but in fact it supports who? and where is the money for all the effort?

Let more people win.. and let’s do something right for a change.

So often we make the wrong choice..

Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement

Black History Month has traditionally been all about the  Civil Right Movement and the categorizing that place and that time as the whole black experience.

Now that Barack Obama is President and the glass ceiling is shattered, I think that we need to move from 100 Civil Rights.
We have a long and powerful History of Great People!
Believe me when I say, I take nothing away from the Civil Rights movement, if not for the movement then we would not be where we are today. However; before the  Civil Rights struggle their were African American People that were finding a way to make it, and to succeed in society. Their were many people that through business, athletics, art, entertainment and armed forces, were able to make a dent in the Iron Veil.  The questions remain, who are they? and how did they do it?
The latest how did he do it?  Barack Obama, came up in complete oblivion to every African American tha was not in the Chicago political scene.
In 2008, does how could a man come through the system and not make a wrinkle! Then run for President and win, without really focusing on the African American community?
We need changes to Black History!
We need at least to change:
  1. Current Movers and Shakers
  2. Up and Coming Movers and Shakers
  3. Education of Historic Contributors
  4. Way to comment and
  5. Inspirational unity and ways to show it

We have a whole month to really Inspire our Race to move forward but I don’t think we are truly capitalizing on the opportunity.

Let’s engage conversation on ways we can move forward.

We need change!

 

Aaron Douglas Together we can Build the Future

Aaron Douglas Together we can Build the Future

Hello All:

   I haven’t written in a while, mainly because the Obama campaign win was an incredible journey.

Now that Barack has won, the question that everyone is asking is, what is going to change?

That is the burning question that everyone that I talk to keeps asking.  The answer is… I don’t know what is going to happen. That is what history is all about.

We at Mydreamalive.com are all about history. All about the people that made it possible for the United States to elect the 44th President, a African American man.

We are all going to have to watch and see history unfold.  My Dad and alot of other older African Americans really, honestly thought they would never see this day come. Well to be honest, alot of people in my generation thought this day would not come. If you have been reading my Blog then you know I picked Barack Obama to win and to win by a landslide. I did not believe the press at all, and it did not take a Rhodes Scholar to do the math and see that the electoral college was truly wrapped up 3 months before the election. The whole campaign was a Doctorate Thesis in Political campaigning. The world will study that campaign for the rest of time.

I am truly happy that I was able to contribute to the campaign and make an effort to bring change to America. Like Barack said, the whole election was not about him. I still think McCain is trying to figure out what he was talking about.

Ok before I go…. DID YOU SEE BUSH DUCK THE SHOES??????????? HILARIOUS!!!!!

Stay tuned for more.. I am back in the saddle and ready to go.

Stay Tuned because now that the glass ceiling is broken, there is nothing, no excuse to hold US BACK!!

Go Get It!!!!

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President Elect Barack Obama

President Elect Barack Obama

Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington

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Can you believe what happened yesterday? There was no trickery at all by the Republican Party. Why???

Can you say > LANDSLIDE <
America has spoken and truly picked the best man for the job. The fact that this man happens to be the First African American elected to the highest office in the land, creates the most historic event in African American History.
Booker T. Washington once said:
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I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
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Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
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Those that tell us that we can’t, we shall respond that sums up a creed of people..”Yes We Can”
Barack Obama and his incredible team has officially raised the bar of expectation.
I tell the young African American man  – Pull up your pants
I tell the African American woman        – Stand by and believe in your Man
I tell the race of African American people – The glass ceiling is now shattered and you can now do and be anything that you want to be. The Audacity of hope is real and you no longer have any excuses to hold you back.
You can look your self in the mirror and say “Yes I can”
You can look your kids in the face and boldly say… “You too can be President”
This day I am Inspired to achieve my dreams and aspirations. Mydreamalive.com is all about Inpiring people to be who and what they want to be.
Let no personal situation stop you from achieving your dreams.
When Barack Obama accepted the nomination to be the candidate for the National Democratic party, I will be the first to say… That was the start of the “African American Renaissance”
The time and this place will be written about, sang about, philosophied about until the end of time. Their will be programs and papers and books written about this moment in time. Artist will do paintings and write poems about this time.
The “African American Renaissance” will be a moment in time when the world will celebrate the fact that any man of color can achieve their dreams and achieve them.
What will you do with this time? What will you do that will signify your acceptance of this time and this moment.
Mydreamalive.com I give to you as a people, and I Inspire to be great!!
What about you?????
OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA!!!!!!
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Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2003 by the Washington Post

Middle Class Tax Share Set to Rise
Studies Say Burden Of Rich to Decline
by Dana Milbank and Jonathan Weisman
  
Three successive tax cuts pushed by President Bush will leave middle-income taxpayers paying a greater share of all federal taxes by the end of the decade, according to new analyses of the Bush administration’s tax policies.
As critics of the tax cuts in 2001, 2002 and 2003 have noted, the very wealthiest Americans — those earning $337,000 or more per year — will be the greatest beneficiaries of the changes in the nation’s tax laws. And, as administration officials have argued, low-income taxpayers will also enjoy a disproportionately lighter tax burden.


Conservatives and liberals alike agree that Bush’s tax policies have shifted more of the tax burden to the middle class.

 

The result is that a broad swath of lower-middle, middle- and upper-middle-income people, as well as some rich Americans, will carry a greater share of the federal tax burden after the laws passed in the past three years are fully implemented. While taxes are scheduled to decline for all income groups, those earning more than $28,000 but less than $337,000 will end up paying a greater share of the taxes than they did before the changes.

The findings, by two groups that have been critical of the Bush administration’s tax policies, add a new wrinkle to the increasingly contentious debate over the fairness of Bush’s tax policies and which income groups would benefit most.

Liberal groups have argued that the Bush administration is penalizing the poor while rewarding the rich. In part to answer those critics, Republicans have targeted the poor with expanded tax refund checks for families with children, a new 10 percent tax bracket and a larger earned-income credit for married couples who are poor.

The result may be a surprise to both sides: By the end of the decade, the middle class will be picking up a greater share of the government’s tab.

“It’s hard to get a lot of progressivity at the very top,” said R. Glenn Hubbard, the architect of Bush’s most recent tax cut proposal and a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. By slashing taxes on dividends, capital gains and inheritances, the cuts ensure that tax burdens will no longer rise consistently with income, as they would with a perfectly “progressive” system. “But,” Hubbard added, “we’ve very much retained progressivity overall because so much money was dumped into the bottom rates.”

The two studies focused on separate issues. Citizens for Tax Justice examined the percentage changes in total federal taxes that would be paid by different income groups through 2010. The Tax Policy Center, jointly run by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, looked at the share of federal taxes that would remain for the various groups once those changes are fully phased in. But the studies reached similar conclusions.

Citizens for Tax Justice found that for the lowest fifth of taxpayers — those earning below $16,000 — federal taxes would fall 10 percent between now and 2010, while federal taxes for those in the second quintile — earning between $16,000 to $28,000 — would fall 12 percent. At the other end of the scale, the decline for the top 1 percent of taxpayers — those making $337,000 and up — would be 15 percent.

In contrast, for taxpayers earning between $45,000 and $337,000, the decline would be 7 percent, less than half the cut reaped by the very wealthy.

Citizens for Tax Justice assumed that those provisions in the tax laws scheduled to expire before 2011 would expire as scheduled, although administration officials have said they are determined to make those changes permanent.

The Tax Policy Center assumed that all proposed tax cuts would become permanent. It found that the share of federal taxes paid by the top 1 percent of taxpayers would drop to 22.8 percent of the total in 2011, from 24.3 percent today, while the share paid by the lowest 40 percent would fall to 2 percent, from 2.2 percent.

All others would have a slightly larger proportion of the federal tax burden in 2011 than they do today. For families earning between $22,955 and $80,903, their share of federal taxes would rise from 25.5 percent to 26.1 percent.

Both groups included all federal income, payroll, corporate and estate taxes; Citizens for Tax Justice also included excise taxes.

Treasury Department officials said the studies are skewed because they include Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, which the tax cuts did not seek to reduce. Pamela F. Olson, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, said that if Social Security taxes are included, then Social Security benefits should also be measured. “Then you would have a very progressive system,” she said.

Instead, Olson pointed to the Treasury’s analysis of the impact of successive tax cuts on individual income taxes only. In that analysis, all taxpayers with less than $100,000 in income are shown to be paying a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than they did before Bush took office. Households earning $100,000 or more are now paying 73.3 percent of federal income taxes, up from 70 percent.

Figuring out whether tax policy benefits the wealthy or the poor is a hotly disputed subject. Liberals favor a progressive tax system in which households pay higher tax rates and a higher share of their total income as they climb up the income ladder. By that measure, the Bush tax cuts have made the tax code less progressive. By 2011, the poorest taxpayers’ after-tax income will have risen only 0.3 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center, while household income for the richest 1 percent of taxpayers will have jumped 8.6 percent.

Conservatives say the better measure is which group winds up paying a greater proportion of the tax burden after the tax cut. The rich may get the largest dollar benefit from the tax cuts, but the top 20 percent of households will still be paying 71.5 percent of all federal taxes in 2011.

Conservatives and liberals alike agree that Bush’s tax policies have shifted more of the tax burden to the middle class. Kevin Hassett, a conservative economist with the American Enterprise Institute, said it “makes complete sense” that this would happen as a result of Bush’s policies.

Changes such as the elimination of the estate tax and the reduction of the stock-dividend tax disproportionately benefit the wealthiest 1 percent, who have the largest amount of assets and capital. Those at the other end of the income spectrum benefit disproportionately from targeted tax cuts such as the child tax credit.

With the biggest gains going to the wealthiest and to low-income taxpayers, those in the middle inevitably get a higher tax burden because they don’t qualify for the targeted tax breaks that go to the poor or the investment-related tax breaks that go to the wealthy. “The middle class is predominantly labor income,” Hassett said.

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

 

I hope this has opened your eyes

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MLK the Dream is Alive

MLK the Dream is AliveWe can overcome

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Here we are so close to the finish line.
Wow.. Did MLK have this in mind? Was this the America that he was dreaming about?
When he talked about an America that did not see the color of your skin but the content of your character, was he talking about this time, this place and this hour?
Barack Obama & MLK have so much in common.
MLK was looking at our Social equality the ability to eat at the same table, go to the same schools and vote at the same Voting booth.
Barack Obama is focused on our Economic equality, being able to earn a descent living, save and move our families to the next economic level.
The last 8 years the gap between the rich and the middle class has grown at an alarming rate. We have  taken a step back.
Now with Barack Obama so close to victory, one can only hope & pray that we have enough courage to cross the finish line.
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Wow,  Here is another day!

Today is another day and you can Inspire to be anything! You can decide today that you are going to finally:

  1. Stop Smoking
  2. Be faithful to your relationships
  3. Read a New Book
  4. Clean that Garage
  5. Get back in school and FINISH!
  6. Stop Gossipping
  7. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!
  8. Pick a Presidential Candidate <<<< Sometime soon people <<<<<
  9. Laugh until it hurts!
  10. Give someone a smile
  11. Hug my love ones
  12. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  13. Get off that sofa and EXERCISE!!!
  14. Did I say Pick a Presidential Candidate Already??? <<<OBAMA<<< OBAMA<<<<OBAMA<<<  🙂
  15. etc…..

You get my drift!

Today is what you make of it and your mind is your mind and you can inspire to accomplish GREAT things.

So many times you here people complain about their situation. Come on PEOPLE!!

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If you need inspiration.. their is all the inspirational clothing and figures you need to inspire you to change and to achieve the dreams that you have.

Barack Obama decided in his mind when he was young that he would be GREAT!  If you don’t ever make it up in your mind, then it will NEVER HAPPEN!

What did you want to be when you were 5?

What happened to that dream?

Get back on track and Inspire to be GREAT today! There is nothing in the way but YOU!!!!

 OBAMA * OBAMA * OBAMA * OBAMA