Serendipity SOUL|Saturday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Ms. Etta James Jan 28, 2012

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ETTA JAMES STORY PARTS 1 through 6

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Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy Friday, Everyone, AT LAST…

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I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to stop now)

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Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Etta James Week

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Chess years: 1960–1978

Dueting with Harvey Fuqua, James recorded for the Chess label Argo (later Cadet) and her first hit singles with Fuqua were “If I Can’t Have You” and “Spoonful”. Her first solo hit was the doo-wop styled rhythm and blues number, “All I Could Do Was Cry”, becoming a number two R&B hit. Leonard Chess had envisioned James as a classic ballad stylist who had potential to cross over to the pop charts and soon surrounded the singer with violins and other string instruments.[13] The first string-laden ballad James recorded was “My Dearest Darling” in May 1960, which peaked in the top five of the R&B chart. James sang background vocals on label mate Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.”

Her debut album, At Last!, was released in late 1960 and was noted for its varied choice in music from jazz standards to blues numbers to doo-wop and rhythm and blues (R&B). The album also included James’ future classic, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “A Sunday Kind of Love”. In early 1961, James released what was to become her signature song, “At Last”, which reached number two on the R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the song was not as successful as expected, it has become the most remembered version of the song.[14] James followed that up with “Trust in Me”, which also included string instruments. Later that same year, James released a second studio album, The Second Time Around. The album took the same direction as her previous album, covering many jazz and pop standards, and using strings on many of the songs spawning two hit singles, “Fool That I Am” and “Don’t Cry Baby”.

All I Can Do Was Cry

Fool That I Am

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The Disturbing Reality of White Privilege

Tea Party racist-Eric Parker, who lives in central Idaho, aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp in Bunkerville, Nevada. (Jim Urquhart-Reuters)This image is so disturbing! It clearly shows the depth of white privilege in this country. No way a black man could aim a gun at federal agents and live to tell about it.

Monroe Isadore, 107 years old, of Arkansas aimed his weapon at two people in the home, prompting a call to the police. Swat Team inserted a camera in his bedroom and confirmed he did indeed have a gun. They stormed the room and shot 107 year old Monroe Isadore dead.

Monroe IsadorePolice claimed negotiations with Monroe Isadore were unsuccessful but refused to clarify how negotiations failed.

What? No waiting him out? Police couldn’t wear down a 107 year old man?  No, it’s shoot first and ask questions later…unless you’re a white gun toting tea party militia.

Please tell me, how is it tea party militias aimed guns at federal agents, blocked the highway against law enforcement & NO ONE was arrested? As you can see, they took photos, passed them around on social media & bragged about it! WTFF?!

Senator Harry Reid has thrown down the gauntlet and claims it’s not over but we shall see. It’s TWO Americas, folks. One for black people and one for the privileged whites. Skin color makes all the difference. Very disturbing!

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Serendipity SOUL | Wednesday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy HUMP day, Everyone! More Etta…

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I’d Rather Go Blind

LIVE

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In 2009: DHS warned white supremacy is the biggest threat for domestic terror

janet napolitanoIn 2009 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned white supremacy is the biggest threat for domestic terrorism.

Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment

CBS News: The “Key Findings” section of the report opens with these words: “The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.”

Republican John Boehner blasted the report and criticized Janet Napolitano for not focusing more on the REAL threat.. Islamic terrorists.

Michelle Malkin wrote: The report was one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real. By contrast, the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

Janet Napolitano walked back the report and then it began..

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Video | 100 % Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Graduates Accepted to College for Fifth Years in a Row!

Hat tip- The Root

CONGRATULATIONS, YOUNG MEN! I sense the makings of FUTURE Presidents of United States of AMERICA.

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Chicago’s Urban Prep Does It Again: 100 Percent College Acceptance

For the fifth year in a row, all of the graduating students at Urban Prep Academies’ three campuses (pdf)—240, to be exact—donned new ties as the graduating class has again achieved a 100 percent acceptance rate into four-year colleges and universities.

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What?! No headline from WaPo “Are Chicago’s 2014 Urban Prep graduates REALLY BLACK?”

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