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Heroes among us

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A hero is a man who is known to have sacrificed his personal ambitions and achieved a greater measure of success for the greater good of others. A heroine is the term used when we refer to women of such great strength.  I think that people who fought for human rights are more than heroes. Heroism to me implies unmatched strength from a selfless individual for the greater good of the wider society. In our society, hero, heroine or heroism is used to refer to those individuals who in different ways affect or influence our lives positively. Consequently, we see heroism in combat, athletics, soccer, leadership and religion just to mention a few.

Martin King was a human right activist who was the president of the Southern leadership christen conference at the time he wrote the book. Heroism is expressed in the manner king starts of his letter in a sentimental mood. One can’t fail to point out that Kings identifies himself with the injustices all over Birmingham when he alludes to the Biblical story of Apostle Paul. We also note the symbolic nature of kings character to compare himself to the messengers of the truth in the olden days. He expresses his desire to fight for those who are still captives of their masters his freedom notwithstanding.

We are made to understand the academic prowess of Martin King. Interestingly, he resolved to abandon the comfort of his home, the warmth of his family and security of a job to agitates for the rights of the oppressed. As such,heroism acts of King cannot be under-estimated.Kings argue that had he been there during the ill-fated era of Adolf Hitler, when Jews were persecuted, he would have defended his brothers at whatever cost. Kings argument conceptualize a man ready to sacrifice his freedom for the sake of others. Such selfless feats bespeaks of a man whose calling is synonymous to a freedom fighter. He laments the hypocrisy of his fellow white church leaders who he accuses of a double standard. He questions their honest in liberating the blacks. King argues that his fellow church leaders are not sincere in their guest.

From the liberal world, heroism is associated with acts of peace, honest, denial, and an endless desire for fairness. When he write his letter that he addressed to the eight white religious leaders, King identifies with peaceful, nonviolent means in resolving the stalemate. He writes expressing his deep feelings for the suffering Negroes in a candid way that leaves no doubt of his call to save mankind. He concludes his letter in rather a melancholic tone that leaves no doubt of his heroism.

Outcast by Claude McKay

McKay was a writer and a poet who was half America and half Jamaican. He lived between 1889 to 1948. He lived during a period when racism was the order of the day. As a poet and a writer, McKay, like King, dedicated his life to champion the grievances of the blacks. In the outcast, and expresses a desire to go back to Africa where there is peace. McKay uses poetry to show his displeasure of the white domination in a multiracial world. The poet reminiscence the old days living in the dark Africa. The poet talks of the suffering the black under the racist American to the point of singing forgotten jungle songs. He goes ahead to mourn with his fellow Africans who went to America in search of a better life but ended in a worse state. He cries of shattered dreams that are a monster that hovered over Africans during the racist era. Like King, McKay is a man who stood for black at a time when it was hostile for the race. Moreover, he identifies himself with the suffering blacks and takes the mantle of emancipation.

It is a case of two human rights activist who lived in different periods. However, their working in emancipation of the blacks should not be overlooked. Their tireless and relentless efforts bore fruits among the suffering blacks. Though they never lived to witness the fruits of their efforts, the Black celebrate them. McKay and King provide typical examples of selfless leaders who lived to see better days of the oppressed. I have managed to read some other works by McKay and his chosen theme of racism stands out. His work is a tale of a fighter with a tremendous desire for the liberty of his fellow human beings. Though both McKay and King wrote their respective works more than half a decade ago, the influence of their work lives on. It is fair to conclude that the campaigns of the early activists to create a harmonious world for all materialized when blacks gained freedom from the whites. The two writers represent heroes of the 19nth century.

Who is Pastor T.D. Jakes?

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T.D. Jakes was born in the year 1957, and he is an African-American author, pastor, and actor. He is the bishop and leader of The Potter’s House that is a non-denominational American church. Jake’s evangelistic sermons and church services are broadcast on The Potter’s Touch that airs on, Black Entertainment Television, The Miracle Channel in Canada, and the Daystar Television Network. Additional aspects of TD Jakes’ ministry involve a yearly revival referred to as “MegaFest” which draws more than 300000 people, an annual women’s conference known as ”Woman Thou Art Loosed,” and the gospel music recordings.

Jakes believes that for one to be an effective leader, there is the need for added exposure beyond the subjects, or the leader loses the right to lead the people. The pastor argues that a leader cannot exercise leadership beyond personal exposure and experience. Highly effective leaders usually possess various skills that are beyond those of the followers. When the leaders feel active, excited, and enthusiastic, they are more likely to motivate their subordinates and have a feeling of efficacy, optimism, competence, and enjoyment. TD Jakes believes in influencing other people as one of the traits of an effective leader.

Communication is a vital element of effective leadership in the different organizations within the scope of life. Jakes advocates that when a leader gets new information, it is important to find a way to update the people. When a leader fails to send out updates, he or she is creating the mentality of the followers around where they have been rather than where they want to progress in the future. The pastor throughout the ministry strives to maintain the free flow of information within the support team and all the administrative heads.

Effective leaders give opportunities to other upcoming players in the field. Jakes advocates for leaders to give people opportunities to say the things that they wish although the leaders do not like them. People will not be willing to follow the leaders if they are not heard and so it has been the pastor’s trait to give a chance to other people to express themselves and convey the ideas that they wish to communicate to the leadership team. Churches like other institutions are faced with organizational politics and hence it is the bishop to listen to all the parties and come up with the final verdict regarding the positions of all the parties in the institution.

According to the bishop, effective leaders are goal oriented. Jakes claims to apply the theory of goal setting and beating deadlines as strategies of achieving strides in the management and leadership aspects of leading the congregation. Visionary leaders are required to achieve enhancements and milestones in the various aspects of operations of the organization. Jakes has applied the goal setting strategy in the various projects that the ministry has undertaken, and he claims that it is fruitful to set systematic, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound goals for the key stakeholders in the operations of the organization.

Jakes believes in the legitimate, expert, and charismatic powers that the leaders hold over the subordinates. As the bishop, Jakes holds the structural position of the leader in the ministry. By virtue of being the bishop, he commands respect and following from the subordinates. Jakes started preaching in the year 1980 at the age of 23 years. Since then to date, he has acquired massive expertise, knowledge, and skill and hence he holds the leadership position through the expertise that he has gained. Jakes’ personality and interpersonal relations dictate that he is a charismatic person. He exercises charismatic control over the people under him within the ministry.

50 Cent Story of Success

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50 cent is an American hip-hop artist with international acclaim in the entertainment industry in form of awards, album sales, and earnings. In addition to this, he is a well-informed businessperson with dealings that have earned him millions of dollars in his business ventures. This paper will highlight his career from his tough beginnings, his entry and success in the entertainment industry, his profitable business dealings, and his present legal and financial woes.

He was born Curtis James Jackson III July 6, 1976 in Jamaican Queens, New York City. His grandmother raised him from the age of eight and was dealing drugs by the age of 12. At the age of 16, after serving six months in boot camp prison for possession of a weapon and drugs, he decided to turn his life’s direction. He had an interest in music and after getting a mentor, 50 Cent honed his skills and got the notice of the hip-hop industry. His reputation as a controversial rapper got him into trouble where it led to an attempt on his life and had his first contract terminated before even releasing his debut album and blacklisted by the recording labels. He overcame these insurmountable challenges to become one of the most successful hip-hop artistes and affluent businessperson in his era. His appeal as an artist is in part because of his music that depicts his dangerous real life experiences in his journey to success and another part due to his obvious talent.

The early life of Curtis Jackson was tough; at eight years, he became an orphan and moved to live with his grandmother. He soon became a drug dealer and quickly rose through the ranks of a local drug cartel with his natural talent in business and risk taking. He served six month in a juvenile center after he was guilty of possession of a weapon in school. At this point, Curtis Jackson decided to turn his life around. After he got out, he went into music and was introduced to and mentored by Jam Master Jay of the hip-hop group Run-DMC. He discovered a passion for music and learned the basics of music; rhythm, song structure and choruses. In addition to these, he got exposure to recording equipment that would have been otherwise difficult to access and introduced to the industry networks. He recorded an album that remains unreleased due to delays in writing and production.

One of 50 Cent’s best hits was an underground record known as `How to Rob,’ that led him to the notice of major hip-hop artistes and music industry executives, and was signed to Columbia Records in 1999. He was set to release his debut album, `Power of the Dollar’ in 2000, but was cut short in May of that year when an attempt on his life hospitalized him for a number of months. An assassin shot him nine times, at point blank range, in front of his grandmother’s house, on his way to a music video shoot. His rivalry with fellow rapper, Ja- Rule and his crew named Murder. Inc. had caught up with him even before his career had taken off. Columbia Records dropped him as a signed artist, citing his recent altercations. He went to recovery where he continued working on music. To vent his frustrations, he released a record called, `Ghetto Quran’ that exposed the inside secrets of the drug trade and streets, mentioning involvement of a well-known gangster and Murder Inc. This led to his blacklisting, where no recording company could record his songs.

He persisted with making mixtapes and singles and finally got the notice of Dr. Dre and Eminem who signed him to Shady Aftermath and released his debut album; Interscope distributed the album. He released his debut album titled, `Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, which was the first step in his meteoric rise to stardom. It sold 872,000 copies in its first four days of sale and reached the five million mark in by the end of the year. One of the singles of the album, `In Da Club’, topped The Billboard Top 100 for nine straight weeks. His next album released was, `The Massacre’ in 2005 and followed up with later releases, `Curtis’ in 2007, and `Before I Self Destruct’ in 2009, of which did not garner as much success as his debut. To date, he has toured the world extensively in promotion of his music, made millions in sales, royalties and concerts, released numerous singles and six studio albums, excluding the Unreleased Columbia Records, `Power of the Dollar’ meant for 2000 .

Consequently, he has turned his brand, 50 Cent, a marketable gangster persona, to a profitable venture and has participated in many roles and endorsements in the entertainment industry. He has diversified to book publishing, technology, fragrances, liquor, artist and talent management, clothing and footwear, TV and film production, and health drinks and supplements. Furthermore, he manages a massive financial empire that spans several sectors including, boxing promotions, mining, financial market investments, real estate, and fashion.

One of his first business ventures was a partnership with a company called Glaceau to create an enhanced water drink named Formula50. He got a share of the company in exchange of being the company celebrity spokesperson. After promoting the brand successfully, Coca Cola purchased the company for $4.1 billion, of which 50 Cent made $100 million from the deal. In Film, G-Unit Films and Television are presently renowned for their TV project known as Power, a highly rated series that a leading TV network purchased. He further demonstrates his business acumen in his involvement in a Dutch vodka brand known as Effen Vodka, as a minority shareholder and brand ambassador.

He is also a philanthropist; He started the G-Unity Foundation soon after he achieved success in 2003, which has since then; formed a community garden, offered College grants to numerous institutions, and participated in many community events. Additionally, in 2011, he launched an initiative with an aim to feed one billion Africans in need by 2016, through a partnership with the Pure Growth Partners to launch an energy drink, Street King. In this initiative, for every bottle of the energy drink bought, a portion of the profits goes to feed an unfortunate child in Africa. He also founded SMS Audio that sells headphones and earphones to an international market and for each headphone bought; it donates meals through a charity named Feeding America that caters to the less fortunate in the United States.

Ironically, the second-highest earning Hip Hop artist in 2007 filed for bankruptcy in July 2015, this is most likely because of his high-level spending habits. His expenditure on lavish vehicles and maintenance renovations to his mansion are some of the ways he spent his fortune. Additionally, 50 Cent faced legal losses that further lead to his bankruptcy. A Federal judge ordered 50 Cent to pay $17 million to Sleek Audio, in a case where the 50 Cent owned, G-Unit Records Headphones copied Sleek Audio’s designs. Furthermore, posting a sex-tape online that featured his rival’s, Rick Ross, past lover caused him further financial loss; a court ordered him to pay damages amounting to $7 million, after the woman sued him. This chain of events and decisions by him led to his bankruptcy.

50 cent, in a recent TV interview claimed filing for bankruptcy was a strategy, and with his past record of an adept business acumen, he could probably be making the necessary moves to protect himself. However, after surviving nine gunshot wounds, and rising to the height of stardom that few artists have experienced in their lifetime, this latest series of Challenges might be an obstacle in the race of life.

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