African Americans acknowledge the history of their ancestors being haunted by the harassment of white supremacists in America; however, many of them see Frank Lucas as a hero who was a self-made millionaire. To many black people, Frank Lucas has been much more a legend than Dr. Martin Luther King (a civil rights activist), President Barack Obama (the President of the United States), Denzel Washington (actor) and many others who legitimately made history in the country. Even after the election of President Barack Obama (first black President), many African Americans choose Frank Lucas and other notorious drug dealers as their mentors, some say it is because President Obama is part white and does not really understand the hardships of being a black man in America, which we discovered is totally untrue, because he has been harassed over 50 times a day since he has took office in the White House. Furthermore, there has been several reports President Obama has been haunted with racial discrimination and white supremacists view him just black, although they acknowledge he has a white mother. The average thought of a proud black man in this country, is simply they are not proud to have President Barack Obama as a mentor, but would rather admire Frank Lucas and others like him. The millions of Frank Lucas causes a lot of black people to imagine having nice expensive things they never could afford: suburban homes, nice automobiles, planes, furs and expensive jewelry. Although, they could obtain millions of dollars like the average millionaire, the thought of gaining riches the quick way always excites them. Bill Gates success of building Microsoft does not give an intense excitement like becoming a drug lord. Frank Lucas has been often called “the Bill Gates of dope.
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American Gangster of All Times: Why Did Frank Lucas Millions Make Him a Legend in the Black Community?
It does not matter, if we are in a recession or not, black business owners have always had problems of becoming successful like other races of entrepreneurs. The difference in learning how to become successful during this recession is any potential successful black person who desire to make a fortune can allow the effects of this recession drive them keep focused on their goal of success; therefore, any other past era when there was no recession may not have driven an them to be all they can be. So, this is the most powerful thing about facing this recession and for the most part, some good will come out of it. During this recession, you will learn not to allow this recession or any other personal hardships to get in the way of your success. If you are black and you have always thought is was difficult to succeed because of your race, then you must wipe that out of your mind, regardless of who reminds you of it, for that has been one of the barriers that has stopped us from obtaining success. The thought of being black is no different from the thought of being a part of this recession. Think about it for a moment. There are a lot of people of all races that has allowed the this recession to control their destiny to failure and just because most people have lost their jobs, living out on the streets, losing their homes and valuable possessions, they begin to accept what has happened to other people and this is the very reason why they will not beat this recession. Do not allow this to be you, whether it is being black or not having enough money during this recession. Please do not look at your color or your lack of finance, just because other people see that about you. That is the most powerful key that can reform your life for good. During this recession, begin to program your mind with dignity and allow faith to control your thoughts.
Many people always ponder on their earlier days as a youth, but fail to realize that age is just another number and they could very well look the way the did when they were younger, only if they work at it. Many men and women think that saying, ‘age is just another number‘, is a myth, but it is true. You are as young as you feel. When Jamie Lee Curtis was on the Oprah Winfrey show, Oprah asked her, “how do you stay so young looking?”, she then answered, “oh I feel young and I believe, age is just another number.” She was right, each year when you have a birthday, it is a blessed year and only a higher number; therefore, if you live your life based on your age, you will most likely feel and look it. You must make a decision to live your life based on what and how you feel about yourself and just be grateful you are alive. Believe or not, there was actually a time when it was popular to be older, then centuries later, it changed, it became popular to be young. The question is, do you feel like you have to live your life based on popularity? If so, then it would be impossible for you to learn how to keep your body fit and to remain young, because your thoughts are responsible for the way you feel about yourself. When you control your mindset, regardless of how the way the rest of our society views age, then you can train your body to remain fit and young. Because the majority of people within our society are guilty of “Ageism (hatred and prejudice against older people)“, then this why there are a lot of people dying early. For centuries, the thoughts of mankind have changed and disrespected older generations so much, people fear growing old. The fear of growing old comes from how we treat ourselves. For example, on the released tapes revealing Michael Jackson’s in depth secrets, he told his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach he thought is was ugly to get old and he was afraid of aging. Michael Jackson allowed his thoughts to rule how he felt about himself. It may have been because of majority society’s ageism or it may have just been what he thought about age, either way, Michael had the power to control his thoughts. One important thing to remember about growing old, the beauty in getting older is how we conquer negative thoughts and one of those thoughts is the fear of growing old. Most likely, Michael Jackson would have been here, if he had chose to beautifully grow old and thought of it as beautiful and not ugly. It is spiritually offensive to judge our years as ugly and when you do, naturally it will affect your body. I do not care how much you exercise, eat right or take vitamins, you must choose positive thoughts about yourself as you grow older, gracefully.