Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Etta James Week


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…


I’d Rather Go Blind


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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.

The Urban Prep Academies’ graduating class-Facebook

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.



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

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Serendipity SOUL | Tuesday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Etta James Week continues with…


Early life and career: 1938–1959
Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only 14 at the time. Her father has never been identified.James speculated that he was the pool player Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, and met him briefly in 1987.[7] Due to her mother’s frequent absences from their Watts apartment conducting relationships with various men, James lived with a series of foster parents, most notably “Sarge” and “Mama” Lu. James referred to her mother as “the Mystery Lady.”

James received her first professional vocal training at the age of five from James Earle Hines, musical director of the Echoes of Eden choir, at the St. Paul Baptist Church in south central Los Angeles. She became a popular singing attraction there, and Sarge tried to pressure the church into paying him for her singing but they refused. During drunken poker games at home, he would often wake James up in the early hours of the morning and force her through beatings to sing for his friends. As she was a bed-wetter, and often soaked with her own urine on these occasions, the trauma of being forced to sing meant she had a lifelong reluctance to sing on demand.

Something’s Got A Hold On Me


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Videos | Melissa Harris Perry’s Interviews with Ta-Nehesi Coates & Jonathan Chait

Melissa Harris Perry had invited Jonathan Chait to join her and Ta-Nehesi Coates on the show together, since both of them had been engaged in an online debate on President Obama and Race, politics, etc.

2011 Aspen Ideas Festival - Day 5

MHP-Ta-Nehisi Coates on culture, poverty, race, etc.


Jonathan Chait debates “Race Has Been the Real Story of the Obama Presidency All Along” with Melissa Harris-Perry.

Mythe, Where are you?

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