“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

By Joseph Campbell

Fear makes people stay static, repeating the same pattern over and over again, because staying in the zone of comfort is ideal. 

Get out of the comfort zone !

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Michelle Obama added her voice to the global campaign to bring home the missing Nigerian girls, who were kidnapped from their school on April 15.

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Michelle Obama tweeted a photo that shows the First Lady holding a sign that says, “#BringBackOurGirls,” in reference to the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, on May 7, 2014.
IMAGE: TWITTER/@FLOTUS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Social Media has brought the awareness the kidnapping of 230 girls in North East Nigeria on April 16, 2014 .
The girls are between the ages of 12 & 17 years old. They were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria.

The girls were relaxing in their dorms at the Government Girls Secondary School in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok when gunmen arrived in trucks, cars and on motorcycles.

“If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world’s biggest story,” said CNN’s Frida Ghitis.

The rise of #BringBackOurGirls

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Make this photo your profile picture. 2. Ask all of your friends to post this photo as their profile pic on Facebook, twitter and instagram.
3. Include on your wall a link to the petitions below, demanding that our world leaders take action.

Call or write the US President:http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
White house petition http://wh.gov/lf1ke
Change.org petition 1 http://chn.ge/1rukxYo
Change.org petition 2http://www.change.org/petitions/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-so-why-doesn-t-anybody-care-234girls

Let us come together and tell the world that we will not allow schools to be places of violence.
We want our girls rescued and we want the world to protect all women.

Make sure to hashtags:

#bringbackourgirls

Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.

Timeline of Key Events in the American Women’s Rights Movement 1848-1920

http://www.infoplease.com/us.html

FANTASY

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly,”One must have sunshine, freedom,and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Andersen

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Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, and/orsetting. Many works within the genre take place in fictional worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction in that it does not provide a logical (or pseudo logical) explanation for the scientifically impossible events that occur, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two (both are subgenres of speculative fiction).

In popular culture, the genre of fantasy is dominated by its medievalist form, especially since the worldwide success of The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. In its broadest sense however, fantasy comprises works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, from ancient myths and legends to many recent works embraced by a wide audience today.

Fantasy is a vibrant area of academic study in a number of disciplines (English, cultural studies, comparative literature, history, medieval studies). Work in this area ranges widely, from the structuralist theory of Tzvetan Todorov, which emphasizes the fantastic as a liminal space, to work on the connections (political, historical, literary) between medievalism and popular culture.

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Every woman has a place, in her heart there’s a space, and the world can’t erase her fantasies.
Take a ride in the sky, on our ship fantasy, all your dreams will come true, right away
And we will live together, our voices will ring forever, as one.

Every thought is a dream, rushing by in a stream, bringing life to The kingdom of doing.Take a ride in the sky, on our ship fantasy, all your dreams will come true, miles away.Our voices will ring together until the twelfth of never,we all, will live LOVE forever, as one.Come see victory, in the land called fantasy, loving life, a new decree, bring your mind to everlasting liberty!

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AMAZING GRACE

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, a philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780 and became the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

William Wilberforce Statue

Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality, and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His underlying conservatism led him to support politically and socially repressive legislation, and resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home while campaigning for the enslaved abroad.

In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire; Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt.

Wilberforce still plodded on with only a handful of supporters.

“A change of tactics, which involved introducing a bill to ban British subjects from aiding or participating in the slave trade to the French colonies, was advised by maritime lawyer James Stephen in early 1806. It was a smart move, as the majority of the ships were, in fact, now flying under American flags and were manned by British crews, sailing out of Liverpool. The new Foreign Slave Trade Act was quickly passed and the tactic proved successful. The new legislation effectively prohibited two-thirds of the British slave trade. This was in part enabled by Lord Nelson’s victory at the Trafalgar which had given Britain the sea power to ensure that any ban could be enforced.”

The tactic should proceed as follows:

1. The public will be made aware that actual infanticide is going on in these killing places. Abortionists will be prosecuted.
2. A variety of other health and medical code violations in these killing chains will be publicized. Abortionists will be prosecuted.
3. Public sentiment against abortions of viable unborn children will rise as stories of premature birth success stories are published.
4. State by state, second and third trimester abortions will be outlawed as infanticide.
5. State by state, abortion can be pushed back to the original intent of Roe v. Wade, which is to limit abortion to the less than three percent of all abortions currently procured for the so-called “exceptions.”
6. A Constitutional Amendment banning all abortion will be enacted.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REwilberforce.htm

http://www.brycchancarey.com/abolition/wilberforce.htm

* Thank you Mr. Wilberforce for a life of dedication and for others around the world who fought against injustice.Humans are created equal.We are all Divine creation. Love , Peace and Harmony.People like Wilberforce make a difference in the world.

This movie is educational,the photography is very sharp.A big 5 star rating for all who helped produce such an amazing Masterpiece.

 ARTISTIC FREEDOM

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Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ʁi də tuluz loˈtʁɛk]) (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an œuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period.

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Physically unable to participate in most of the activities typically enjoyed by men of his age, Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in his art. He became an important Post-Impressionist painter, art nouveau illustrator, and lithographer; and recorded in his works many details of the late-19th-century bohemian lifestyle in Paris.When the nearby Moulin Rouge cabaret opened its doors, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to produce a series of posters. Thereafter, the cabaret reserved a seat for him, and displayed his paintings.Among the well-known works that he painted for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian nightclubs are depictions of the singer Yvette Guilbert; the dancer Louise Weber, known as the outrageous La Goulue (“The Glutton”), who created the “French Can-Can“; and the much more subtle dancer Jane Avril.

 Paris 1900 – Forever

“Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Love”…………..”Freedom of Expression with depth” Be Sassy about it! Design 360* it is about all Fine Arts & Applied Arts together! What we will do with all this knowledge? Forget about Fashion non-sence…etc. It is all about Design and functionality! The world is turning things are changing every second. Thank God! The creative energy is more powerful than ever.A New Artistic movement is being born. Be Bold. re:INVENT re:THINK re:CYCLE re:FLECT re:START re:NEW re:BORN Adriana Sassoon Design 360* looking to the horizon line with full 360* VIEW.MULTICULTURAL GLOBAL .THE DESIGN BASICS ARE THE COMMON LANGUAGE FOR ALL FORMS OF ART.THE MATERIALS DIVIDE & DEFINE US AS HAIR DESIGNERS, FASHION DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARCHITECTS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, PAINTERS, SCULPTORS,PATTERN DESIGNERS, VISUAL PRESENTATION,SO ON AND ON AND ON………….GET IT?
 

 

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (15 de janeiro de 1929, Atlanta, Geórgia4 de abril de 1968, Memphis, Tennessee) foi um pastor e ativista político estadunidense. Membro da Igreja Batista, tornou-se um dos mais importantes líderes do ativismo pelos direitos civis (para negros e mulheres, principalmente) nos Estados Unidos e no mundo, através de uma campanha de não-violência e de amor para com o próximo. Se tornou a pessoa mais jovem a receber o Prêmio Nobel da Paz em 1964, pouco antes de seu assassinato. Seu discurso mais famoso e lembrado é “Eu Tenho Um Sonho“.

Vida familiar

Luther King Jr. nasceu em Atlanta, filho de Martin Luther King que era agricultor e Alberta Williams King que era pastora. Graduou-se no Morehouse College, em 1948, com um bacharelado em sociologia. No Morehouse, teve como mentor Benjamin Mays, um ativista dos direitos civis. Em 1951 viria a formar-se no Seminário Teológico Crozer, em Chester, Pensilvânia, e em 1954 se tornou pastor da Igreja Batista, em Montgomery, Alabama. Em 1955 recebeu um PhD em Teologia Sistemática pela Universidade de Boston, razão do uso comum do titulo de Doutor.

Em 1955, Rosa Parks, uma mulher negra, se negou a dar seu lugar em um ônibus para uma mulher branca e foi presa. Os líderes negros da cidade organizaram um boicote aos ônibus de Montgomery para protestar contra a segregação racial em vigor no transporte. Durante a campanha de 381 dias, co-liderada por King, muitas ameaças foram feitas contra a sua vida, foi preso e viu sua casa ser atacada. O boicote foi encerrado com a decisão da Suprema Corte Americana em tornar ilegal a discriminação racial em transporte público.

Depois dessa batalha, Martin Luther King participou da fundação da Conferência de Liderança Cristã do Sul (CLCS, ou em inglês, SCLC, Southern Christian Leadership Conference), em 1957. A CLCS deveria organizar o ativismo em torno da questão dos direitos civis. King manteve-se à frente da CLCS até sua morte, o que foi criticado pelo mais democrático e mais radical Comitê Não-Violento de Coordenação Estudantil (CNVCE, ou em inglês, SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). O CLCS era composto principalmente por comunidades negras ligadas a igrejas Batistas. King era seguidor das idéias de desobediência civil não-violenta preconizadas por Mohandas Gandhi (líder político indiano também conhecido como Mahatma Gandhi), e aplicava essas idéias nos protestos organizados pelo CLCS. King acertadamente previu que manifestações organizadas e não-violentas contra o sistema de segregação predominante no sul dos EUA, atacadas de modo violento por autoridades racistas e com ampla cobertura da mídia, iriam criar uma opinião pública favorável ao cumprimento dos direitos civis; e essa foi a ação fundamental que fez do debate acerca dos direitos civis o principal assunto político nos EUA a partir do começo da década de 1960.

Martin Luther King Jr. profere o seu famoso discurso “Eu tenho um sonho” em março de 1963 frente ao Memorial Lincoln em Washington, durante a chamada “marcha pelo emprego e pela liberdade”.

Ele organizou e liderou marchas a fim de conseguir o direito ao voto, o fim da segregação, o fim das discriminações no trabalho e outros direitos civis básicos. A maior parte destes direitos foi, mais tarde, agregada à lei estado-unidense com a aprovação da Lei de Direitos Civis (1964), e da Lei de Direitos Eleitorais (1965).

King e o CLCS escolheram com grande acerto os princípios do protesto não-violento, ainda que como meio de provocar e irritar as autoridades racistas dos locais onde se davam os protestos – invariavelmente estes últimos retaliavam de forma violenta. O CLCS também participou dos protestos em Alabany (19612), que não tiveram sucesso devido a divisões no seio da comunidade negra e também pela reação prudente das autoridades locais; a seguir participou dos protestos em Birmingham (1963), e do protesto em St. Augustine (1964). King, o CLCS e o CNVCE uniram forças em dezembro de 1964, no protesto ocorrido na cidade de Selma.

Em 14 de outubro de 1964 King se tornou a pessoa mais jovem a receber o Nobel da Paz, que lhe foi outorgado em reconhecimento à sua liderança na resistência não-violenta e pelo fim do preconceito racial nos Estados Unidos.

Com colaboração parcial do CNVCE, King e o CLCS tentaram organizar uma marcha desde Selma até a capital do Alabama, Montgomery, a ter início dia 25 de março de 1965. Já haviam ocorrido duas tentativas de promover esta marcha, a primeira em 7 de março e a segunda em 9 de março.

Na primeira, marcharam 525 pessoas por apenas 6 blocos; a intervenção violenta da polícia interrompeu a marcha. As imagens da violência foram transmitidas para todo o país, e o dia ganhou o apelido de Domingo Sangrento. King não participou desta marcha: encontrava-se em negociações com o presidente estado-unidense, e não deu sua aprovação para a marcha tão precoce.

A segunda marcha foi interrompida por King nas proximidades da ponte Pettus, nos arredores de Selma, uma ação que parece ter sido negociada antecipadamente com líderes das cidades seguintes. Este ato tresloucado causou surpresa e indignação de muitos ativistas locais.

A marcha finalmente se completou na terceira tentativa (25 de março de 1965), com a permissão e apoio do presidente Lyndon Johnson. Foi durante esta marcha que Stokely Carmichael (futuro líder dos Panteras Negras) criou a expressão “Black Power“.

Antes, em 1963, King foi um dos organizadores da marcha em Washington, que inicialmente deveria ser uma marcha de protesto, mas depois de discussões com o então presidente John F. Kennedy, acabou se tornando quase que uma celebração das conquistas do movimento negro (e do governo) – o que irritou bastante ativistas mais radicais e menos ingênuos.

A partir de 1965 o líder negro passou a duvidar das intenções estadunidenses na Guerra do Vietnã. Em fevereiro e novamente em abril de 1967, King fez sérias críticas ao papel que os EUA desempanhavam na guerra. Em 1968 King e o SCLC organizaram uma campanha por justiça sócio-econômica, contra a pobreza (a Campanha dos Pobres), que tinha por objetivo principal garantir ajuda para as comunidades mais pobres do país.

Também deve ser destacado o impacto que King teve nos espetáculos de entretenimento popular. Ele conversou com a atriz negra do seriado Star Trek original, Nichelle Nichols, quando ela ameaçava sair do programa. Nichelle acreditava que o papel não estava ajudando em nada sua carreira e que o estúdio a tratava mal, mas King a convenceu de que era importante para o negro ter um representante num dos programas mais populares da televisão.

Martin Luther King era odiado por muitos segregacionistas do sul, o que culminou em seu assassinato no dia 4 de abril de 1968, momentos antes de uma marcha, num hotel da cidade de Memphis. James Earl Ray confessou o crime, mas anos depois repudiou sua confissão. A viúva de King, Coretta Scott King, junto com o restante da família do líder, venceu um processo civil contra Loyd Jowers, um homem que armou um escândalo ao dizer que lhe tinham oferecido 100 mil dólares pelo assassinato de King.

Em 1986 foi estabelecido um feriado nacional nos EUA para homenagear Martin Luther King, o chamado Dia de Martin Luther King – sempre na terceira segunda-feira do mês de janeiro, data próxima ao aniversário de King. Em 1993, pela primeira vez, o feriado foi cumprido em todos os estados do país.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.

King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

Legacy

King’s main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, which has enabled more Americans to reach their potential. He is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today. His name and legacy have often been invoked since his death as people have debated his likely position on various modern political issues.

On the international scene, King’s legacy included influences on the Black Consciousness Movement and Civil Rights Movement in South Africa.King’s work was cited by and served as an inspiration for Albert Lutuli, another black Nobel Peace prize winner who fought for racial justice in that country. The day following King’s assassination, school teacher Jane Elliott conducted her first “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise with her class of elementary school students in Riceville, Iowa. Her purpose was to help them understand King’s death as it related to racism, something they little understood from having lived in a predominately white community.

King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, followed her husband’s footsteps and was active in matters of social justice and civil rights until her death in 2006. The same year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, Mrs. King established the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to preserving his legacy and the work of championing nonviolent conflict resolution and tolerance worldwide. His son, Dexter King, currently serves as the center’s chairman.Daughter Yolanda King is a motivational speaker, author and founder of Higher Ground Productions, an organization specializing in diversity training.

There are opposing views even within the King family — regarding the slain civil rights leader’s religious and political views about homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. King’s widow Coretta said publicly that she believed her husband would have supported gay rights. His daughter Bernice believed he would have been opposed to them.

The King Center includes discrimination, and lists homophobia as one of its examples, in its list of “The Triple Evils” that should be opposed. Universally, moderate African-American civil/human rights activists and moderate gay rights activists support the middle view: gay rights is a private sexual matter between consenting adults. However, they contend gays’ social issues should be equated to more grievous social injustices such as the now defunct slave trade, past Jim Crow laws and the brutal murder of 14-year old Emmett Till.

In 1980, the Department of Interior designated King’s boyhood home in Atlanta and several nearby buildings the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. In 1996, United States Congress authorized the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity to establish a foundation to manage fund raising and design of a Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established by and for African Americans. King was the first African American honored with his own memorial in the National Mall area and the first non-President to be commemorated in such a way. The sculptor chosen was Lei Yixin. The King Memorial will be administered by the National Park Service.

King’s life and assassination inspired many artistic works. In 1969 Maya Angelou published her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In spring of 2006, a stage play about King was produced in Beijing, China with King portrayed by Chinese actor, Cao Li. The play was written by Stanford University professor, Clayborne Carson.

What a Wonderful World – o original

Publicado por Marco Santos [18/Junho/2007]. Categoria: Música

Relacionado (ou não): Da Noruega aos bares de Nova Iorque [14/Fevereiro/2006]
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Louis ArmstrongEm 1967, ano em que foi lançado What a Wonderful World, vivia-se um dos períodos raciais e políticos mais conturbados nos Estados Unidos. Era o ano de Martin Luther King e de Malcom X, o ano dos happenings hippies e da contestação à Guerra do Vietname.
O artigo da Wikipédia refere-se à canção como tendo sido feita de propósito para apaziguar os ânimos raciais nos Estados Unidos, embora falhe por não especificar como ou por quem – e eu não encontrei nenhuma referência à canção como qualquer coisa “encomendada”.
Inocente ou perversa, a canção foi um fiasco nos Estados Unidos. Teve um enorme sucesso na Grã-Bretanha, onde chegou ao primeiro lugar dos tops, mas na América, numa primeira fase, não vendeu mais de 1000 discos.
Talvez o autor do artigo da Wikipédia baseie a sua ideia no facto de Louis Armstrong ter conseguido a proeza de ser uma figura aceite tanto por brancos como por negros, até mesmo pelos brancos racistas. O temperamento generoso e bonacheirão de Armstrong valeu-lhe críticas duras: chamavam-lhe Uncle Tom, ou seja, um preto subserviente em relação ao branco. E não lhe perdoavam o facto de dar concertos no Sul dos Estados Unidos, onde as audiências eram segregadas: brancos de um lado, pretos do outro.
O que Armstrong nunca quis foi comprometer-se porque, acima de tudo, tentava preservar a sua carreira. Em termos políticos, sabe-se agora, o jazzman preferia os bastidores: foi um dos que contribuiu com mais dinheiro para o movimento dos direitos civis encabeçado por Martin Luther King.
Desde então, a canção tem servido para tudo: elevar o espírito optimista (ou ingénuo?) nos homens mas, sobretudo, como contraponto irónico e sarcástico a imagens de guerra e violência. Para a história, eis a versão original de What a Wonderful World.