Thursday Open Thread | Lionel Richie Week

Let’s applaud SG2 for the marvelous work she did with our Christmas Music Month.

She did an absolutely fabulous job.

Let’s end the year with the wonderful Lionel Richie.

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Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit “Truly”.

Early life

Richie was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie.[2] He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.[3] His grandfather’s house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where his mother Alberta was principal at Eliza Kelly Elementary school and his father worked at Armcom through the now defunct Joliet Arsenal.[citation needed]

Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and graduated with a major in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi[4] and Alpha Phi Alpha[5][6] Fraternity.

As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House.” Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and the tragic breakup ballad “Sail On.”

 
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By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogers’s album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of “Lady,” which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown’s biggest hits (in the US it sold 2 million copies and became a platinum single record).[citation needed] Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for The Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. His debut album, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, “Truly,” which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores.

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79 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Lionel Richie Week

  1. silentlyheardonce,

    Nice to see your face in the place. Happy holidays!

  2. Snoop Dogg & John Kerry Up In Da White House!

    http://globalgrind.com/2013/12/26/snoop-dogg-john-kerry-up-in-da-white-house-video/

    Snoop d-o-double-g up in da White House with Secretary of State John Kerry. Classic. We have no idea what they are talking about or why Snoop Lion is doing that dance at the end, but whatever went down, it seems the two OG’s were happy to see each other.

    Snoop dog in the WH

  3. rikyrah says:

    White Teacher to Black Student: We Don’t Need Another Black President

    Gil Voigt, a science teacher in Ohio, has been suspended for allegedly making the comment to an African-American teen boy with presidential aspirations.
    By: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
    Posted: Dec. 26 2013 1:25 PM

    A white Cincinnati-area teacher has been suspended for allegedly telling an African-American student that “we do not need another black president” after the student said he would like to become president, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports.

    The Fairfield Board of Education suspended Fairfield Freshman School science teacher Gil Voigt after he allegedly made the comments with several students present earlier this month, according to a report from Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin, who conducted a disciplinary hearing on the matter, the Inquirer reports.

    Voigt, who has been teaching at the school since 2000, has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board, but this isn’t the first time he has been disciplined.

    According to the Inquirer, which reviewed the teacher’s disciplinary documents, he received a verbal warning for making an inappropriate racial comment in 2008. That year he also received a verbal warning for improper use of school technology, and last year he received a verbal warning after allegedly calling a student “stupid.” He received a written warning last month for failure to use the adopted curriculum.

    “This is a rare occurrence. This is the first time I’ve faced it since being named assistant superintendent [in 2011],” Martin said. In his report, Martin said that he believed the four students who were interviewed and corroborated the account of the incident as the student reported it.

    The black student was removed from Voigt’s class after his parents complained.

    “We intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for the essential functions of the teacher job description,” Martin said.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/white_teacher_to_black_student_we_don_t_need_another_black_president.html?wpisrc=burger?wpisrc=mostpopular

    • Ametia says:

      Gil Voigt speaks for a host of folks, especially the teabaggers and racist Obama-haters. One black POTUS has sent them over the deep end. Here’s hoping a second black POTUS BURRIES them.

  4. Yahtc says:

    Ametia and SG2,

    I just came across this song which I guess I missed. I love it. Are you both familiar with it?

  5. rikyrah says:

    UPS and FedEx Ruin Christmas and Prove Republicans Wrong About Killing the Post Office
    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley
    Thursday, December, 26th, 2013, 1:41 pm

    People across the country got a look at what package delivery will look like if the Postal Service is privatized after both UPS and FedEx ruined Christmas by being unable to delivery holiday packages on time.

    UPS admitted that some children would not receive their Christmas gifts on time because their system could not keep up with demand, “We understand the importance of your holiday shipments. However, the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network.” A spokesperson for Fed Ex said, “We’re sorry that there could be delays and we’re contacting affected customers who have shipments available for pickup.” Fed Ex’s solution was to make customers who paid for Christmas delivery go to their local Fed Ex store and pick up their packages on Christmas Day. If you didn’t have a local Fed Ex store, you were out of luck.

    Things were so bad at Fed Ex that local depots were overwhelmed with packages to the point where they didn’t attempt to make deliveries. The AP confirmed that the delivery issues impacted Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/26/ups-fedex-ruin-christmas-prove-republicans-wrong-killing-post-office.html

  6. rikyrah says:

    Linda’s Wonderful Adventure
    By utaustinliberal

    Linda (@whatisworking)

    It all started with an email invitation. My reaction after opening this message swung from excitement and serious tingling, to disbelief and suspicion. I could not imagine what I had done that was wonderful enough to earn an invitation to the White House for a party. Our team had an event every week, I faithfully listened to briefing calls from our state and national leaders, we had been involved in some innovative projects – but a holiday party at the White house was over the top.

    I had fantasized about meeting the President, when he was in the SF area, shaking his hand, mumbling something coherent and trying not to pass out. Going to Washington DC, being able to attend an event at the White House with the President and Mrs. Obama was way beyond anything I had ever imagined.

    Then that dark voice that lives in my head began to emerge. I kept looking at the part of the invitation that asked for my social security number and date of birth. Was this just a clever scheme to steal my identity? Drats… I called the number on the invitation but it was an answering machine. I wrote to my Regional Field Organizer asking her if she knew anything about it – Nope. I wrote to another volunteer asking if she had received an invitation, Nada…

    After several days I wrote to the California Field Organizer and 4 days later she wrote back.
    “This is for real and very well-deserved. Apparently Stacy nominated you way back in September and then didn’t hear anything more until now. I hope you can go. This is in honor of all your hard work. The people I know who have been invited before had a wonderful time.”

    I still couldn’t believe it. I sent in my information in, and received an email with instructions on when to arrive. Later that day the State Leader who had nominated me, sent an email saying I was on a list of folks who had not RSVP’d and I had to do that right away or I would loose my spot. Yikes – I called the White House switchboard and they transferred me to the Office of Public Engagement. Feeling a bit like a country bumpkin I asked him to verify my attendance, and miracle of miracle, I was told my name was indeed on the list and I could go to the party.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/12/26/lindas-wonderful-adventure/

  7. Ametia says:

    WhatIsBlackPrivilege… Bubba Clinton 2 term presidency- gets blowjob in office, has more black males incarcerated during his administration , DOMA, DADT passed under his presidency…. GREATEST DEM POTUS EVA!!!

    PBO, 2 term presidency- repeals DOMA, DADT, passes HEALTHCARE-ACA, bill, equal pay for women/Ledbetter Act, getting Syria to destroy it’s chemical weapons…. LUCKY!!!!

  8. Yahtc says:

    I have been thinking about Trayvon.

    I am going to post your video, SG2:

    • Yahtc says:

      I would like to post a comment from another blog that speaks to the heart of the implications of the GZ case. This comment was written in the morning before the verdict was announced in the evening:

      MrSykes says:
      July 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Sorry everyone just have to get something off my chest this morning.

      This case has shaken me to the core. When I was 14, I was suddenly intercepted by a pair of cops on the street on my way to the corner store one evening to pick up a few snacks and toiletries. I was wearing shorts and a black hoodie at the time, nothing out of the ordinary. The cops drew their guns at me, slammed me on the hood of their patrol car, cuffed me and did a full search. After asking them what was wrong, they responded, “Your momma didn’t whip your ass enough that’s what’s wrong boy. Where’s the weed”!? Seeing that I had nothing but a few dollars on me, they eventually let me go.

      Instead of an apology, they admonished me to “be more cooperative next time.” (apparently I didn’t have my hands up fast enough). I was absolutely mortified and thought I was going to die. Of course, had they shot me dead they could have easily made up a story about me being the aggressor, and most likely I would have been dismissed as just another black thug dead on the street who probably deserved it.

      As you can probably guess, this case has hit home for me in a very deep way. I go back to my 14 yr old self and am sobered by the fact that my life or freedom could have so easily been taken away on the mere basis of an assumption of guilt.

      The prosecutor’s rebuttal argument just about brought me to tears, as he drove home the point that, yes, even young black men have feelings. We are human. We feel fear and pain. We have goals, dreams, and aspirations. We love. We just want to live freely without having to perpetually carry the burden of the wayward among us. I could have been Trayvon, but in a keen sense I already am.

      You never really shake that tinge of apprehension every time a police car trails you, or when you feel you are being watched/followed by security or even by someone who doesn’t think you belong in their neighborhood.

      It’s tough growing up having to struggle with knowing that some are automatically going to view you as a menace, no matter how much depth and sensitivity you have as a person.

      Truth be told it hurts, and while some may act out with outward resentment or even violence, most just remain quietly in the shadows, hoping to someday, somehow, end this seemingly unending existential battle in which they find themselves naked, vulnerable, unwilling participants. I pray justice is served in this case, for the sake of the future that Trayvon or his family will never get to experience, as well as all those other young, promising souls whose futures have been mercilessly robbed by senseless violence. That is all.

  9. Liza says:

    Christmas Music Month was both well done and inspirational. Thank you for the hard work, SG2.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Racism in Israel

    Reports The Washington Post, “Between 2005 and 2012, African migrants came in a trickle, then a flood, pouring across Israel’s border with Egypt, with a peak of 17,258 in 2011.” The paper adds: The newly constructed “open facility” is designed to hold up to 3,300 illegal immigrants. It is not a prison, but not exactly a shelter, either. Residents will be required to answer roll call three times a day. They are not allowed to seek work. The facility is surrounded by a fence topped with spools of razor wire, and the migrants will be locked down at night.

    Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar bluntly links his concerns to the fear of losing the “Jewish” nature of Israel[....]Needless to say, Israel exists because millions of Jewish refugees, many of whom entered Israel illegally during and after the Holocaust and World War II, built it.[....]

    It’s Israel that made the African migrants a problem. That’s what
    incitement does. Since the border is closed and international
    conventions bar their deportation, the state should allow those already here to work, to rebuild their lives, and offer them the prospect of becoming citizens through a gradual, careful process. That’s how it’s done in normal countries. Israel is too small, too weak to do this? Nonsense, merely too racist.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/177697/racism-israel

  11. rikyrah says:

    One Today
    Posted by dpm (dread pirate mistermix) at 10:44 am
    Dec 262013

    If you’re looking for a simple, interesting way to increase the amount you’re giving to charity, take a look at One Today. It’s a smartphone app that reminds you with a message about a single charity every day. When you get the message, at a time you pick, you can choose whether to give a buck to that charity. If the charity inspires you, you can add to your donation to match the donations of others. If others have been inspired, your donation will be matched. Google curates the charities that are presented, and from what I’ve seen they do a pretty good job.

    You need a Google Wallet account to use it, which basically means you need to link a credit card to your Google account. This may seem like an inconvenience (it is), but the use of Google Wallet allows Google to charge you every couple of weeks when your giving total approaches $20, instead of every day for your $1 donation, keeping the transaction costs down.

    I like the “just a buck a day” concept, and I’ve been giving more fairly painlessly using this app. Maybe a few of you will like it, too.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/12/26/one-today/#comment-4777247

  12. rikyrah says:

    Bill would give Port Authority inspector general subpoena power outside the agency

    By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger
    December 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    In the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, a Democratic lawmaker said he will introduce a bill to give the Port Authority Inspector General’s office subpoena power over documents or witnesses from outside the agency.

    The Inspector General’s office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is conducting one of several investigations into the unannounced closing of two out of three local access lanes to the bridge from Fort Lee. The closings clogged borough streets and prompted the start of legislative hearings followed by the resignation of two top officials named to the agency by Gov. Chris Christie.

    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/bill_subpoena_gwb_inspector_general.html

  13. rikyrah says:

    Oh my…is that something in my eye?

    Where’s the tissues?

    ……………………..

    Daughter reunited with family in St. Louis after nearly a decade
    December 24, 2013 8:05 am
    By Doug Moore • dmoore@post-dispatch.com

    The Kabashi family is a happy, rowdy bunch. With seven children, quiet moments are few here in their split-level house.

    Doors slam. The television blares. Roughhousing is a constant among the young children.

    The chaos is just as patriarch Munawar Kabashi wants it.

    “All my kids are here. They are safe. They are doing well,” Kabashi said as he sits on the couch in his living room.

    Nine years after a heart-wrenching decision 7,000 miles from St. Louis, Munawar is finally able to say that.

    For years, he had assumed his oldest child, Mona, now 14, was dead. And she thought her family had been killed — both reasonable assumptions at the time.

    In 2004, men on horseback, members of an Arab militia known as janjaweed, rode into the Kabashi family’s village in the Darfur region of Sudan. They began burning homes and slaughtering children, part of a decade-long conflict that continues today.

    Mona, then 5, was playing in a field of goats and sheep near her home when she saw people from her village running her way. They urged her to go back to her family.

    She made her way back, but her family, including two sisters and a brother, was gone.

    Kabashi had made a split-second decision that haunted him for years. When he couldn’t immediately locate Mona, he scooped up the rest of his family and fled as the militia began its attack. If he had kept looking for her, there was a good chance he and the rest of the family would have been killed, Kabashi said.

    That was the beginning of what became an extraordinary journey for Mona and the rest of her family.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/daughter-reunited-with-family-in-st-louis-after-nearly-a/article_5479b0e7-391c-5b96-bc23-f7c48cb3ba00.html

  14. Yahtc says:

    This article is well worth your time to read:

    “The Convict Lease System in the Southern States”
    http://www.unz.org/Pub/Century-1884feb-00582

    The author of this article considered the system “evil” and a “rotten institution”

    The article appeared in the 1884 issue of “Century Magazine”

  15. Lionel Richie…uh uh uh…….heart. be. still.

    Sail on……. honey…..Good times never felt so good.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Steve McQueen and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk 12 Years a Slave, Part 2

    The director of the gripping narrative tells The Root that slavery is “the elephant in the room,” and says it’s time for official apologies.

    In part 2 of their conversation, the two discuss the lasting effects of slavery and McQueen’s belief that it’s time for official apologies from leaders around the world.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr.: What surprised you most in translating Solomon Northup’s story as he narrated and wrote it from the page to the screen?

    Steve McQueen: Seeing the images. All I wanted to do was see those images. That has always been the power for me. Seeing those images. When I read the book, I wanted to see those images. Slavery is like the elephant in the room, and what you do is sprinkle flour over it and make it visible. We have to confront this topic in a real way. No one’s blind anymore. No excuses. That’s the power of cinema.

    HLG: Why do you think the West is blind to the elephant in the room? Is it only the West or is it everywhere?

    SM: It’s the embarrassment of slavery and what went down. There’s never been anything like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. And the effects of slavery are all around us. You can be blind, but you can’t be stupid. Look around us. In education. In prison populations. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. That’s the evidence of what happened.

    One can say, “It was 100 odd years ago, get over it!” OK, let’s get over it. But things have to be put in place for us to get over it. We’re talking about 400 years of slavery and mental torture. So guilt isn’t productive. I’m not interested in guilt. But something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. It wasn’t perfect, but at least there was some kind of acceptance. Of course the people who did it aren’t here anymore, so there’s no use talking about guilt. And you even had Africans selling African. I know some presidents who have apologized for that …

    HLG: Yes, the president of Benin actually got on his knees at the altar at a church in the U.S. and asked for forgiveness.

    SM: Yes, and a president of Ghana has apologized as well. When has a U.S. president ever apologized? How do we go forward? It’s time for the U.S., it’s time for the British, it’s time for the Dutch, the French, the Portuguese, et cetera, to apologize.

    HLG: Yes, and perhaps the airing of 12 Years a Slave will be the first step. What about your opinion of African Americans? Do you feel making this film helped you understand them better?

    SM: I’ve always had a connection with African-American culture. I remember looking at Michael Jordan, black sportsmen, and saying, “Wow, people are equal over there.” I remember coming to America in 1977 to visit my family. I’ve always had that connection with America.

    But the thing that shocked me about America for black Americans is education. I was so lucky in that way, being brought up in the U.K. But only for this reason: We had free education, so everyone to some extent—obviously it’s not perfect—at least had a shot.

    What I love about black people is that there’s a certain connection immediately … it’s natural. There’s a connection without even trying … there is something that is intrinsically common. No water, no continent, no country, can separate that.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/_12_years_a_slave_director_steve_mcqueen_interviewed_by_henry_louis_gates.2.html

  17. rikyrah says:

    Steve McQueen and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk 12 Years a Slave, Part 3

    The director of the gripping narrative tells The Root that slavery was 100 times worse than the film conveyed, and responds to a Schindler’s List comparison.

    By: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    Posted: Dec. 26 2013 12:41 AM

    When the creators of a drama that would bring Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave to the big screen needed a historical consultant, Henry Louis Gates Jr., who edited a recent edition of the memoir, was a natural choice.

    Gates, a Harvard history scholar, producer of PBS’s African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross and editor-in-chief of The Root, read the script and offered notes on the accuracy of the film’s unflinching depiction of the story of a man who was sold into slavery in 1841 and forced to work on a Louisiana plantation.

    Written by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen, the movie premiered in the U.S. in August at the Telluride Film Festival. Since opening in limited release in October and wide release in November, it has enjoyed box office success and become a consensus front-runner in the race for best picture at the Academy Awards.

    Now Gates turns from consultant to interviewer, probing McQueen about his intentions, as well as his experiences and lessons learned, in making the gripping film.

    In part 3 of their conversation, the two discuss why the hardest scenes to watch were important, and McQueen’s reaction to a Schindler’s List comparison.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Do you think that this year’s remarkable slate of films—Fruitvale, 12 Years a Slave, Many Rivers to Cross—are an aberration, or do they signal the start of a new chapter in black cinema and documentary?

    Steve McQueen: I hope so, because there are thousands of stories to tell. No one knew who Solomon Northup was, and that story should be engraved in everyone’s head. How come there’s not a feature film about the Underground Railroad? They’re just amazing stories, as well as them being from the African-American experience. At the end of the day we are in the entertainment business, and these are amazing stories, period.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/_12_years_a_slave_director_steve_mcqueen_interviewed_by_henry_louis_gates_1.html

  18. rikyrah says:

    Monday, December 23, 2013
    Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, and the White Trash Politics of the Republican Party

    The “controversy” about the wildly popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty is both laughable and sad for what it reveals about the woeful state of American public discourse.

    ……………….
    In the same piece, Robertson discussed his White Supremacist yearnings for the “good old days” of African-American subjugation and oppression in the South, before the foul carpetbaggers, Civil Rights agitators, and the evils of Reconstruction, the New Deal, and the Great Society robbed the good simple Negro people of their innocence and white toothed, big lipped, toothy grinned, banjo playing, watermelon eating, cotton picking ways:

    “Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash,” he said. “They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

    For people such as Phil Robertson, and the white conservatives who share his particular type of myopic and ahistorical whiteness, the full liberty and freedom of black Americans, especially as demonstrated through the use of our citizenship rights to redress grievances by struggling for full equality, is morally objectionable.

    Robertson and his Duck Dynasty clan are a depiction of how a writer and show-runner have chosen to represent white trash America. How can a network then feign surprise when an actor gives the very performance it has solicited?

    The following may be a surprise for those people who are not media literate or critical consumers of popular culture: reality TV is not real. It is a type of entertainment that is predicated on the cultivation and creation of an “irreality”.

    ……………………………………………

    News” outlets such as Fox News, Right-wing talk radio, conservative social media and websites, as well as even once “respectable” publications such as the National Review, have at one time or another mirrored Robertson’s claims about black Americans.

    Here, black conservatives are the worst offenders in perpetrating the White lie of a benign Jim and Jane Crow and slavery, in a political blackface routine wherein the Democratic Party is some type of “plantation”, and African-Americans–who of course lack any sort of agency or intelligence to act in their own political self-interest–have been ruined by the Civil Rights Movement.

    Black conservatives have more than earned the ire of the African-American community because they are agents of White Supremacy who shamelessly help to legitimate the type of gross White lies offered by Phil Robertson and the many white folks (and some psychologically maladapted black and brown people) who are emotionally and materially invested in such fictions about happy black people during American Apartheid who were “betrayed” and made worse off by the Black Freedom Struggle.

    The post civil rights era Republican Party is a neo-Confederate organization that (now) openly embraces the White Supremacist language and symbols of the antebellum south. Consequently, Robertson is a perfect spokesperson for the Tea Party GOP in the Age of Obama.

    http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2013/12/phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-and-white.html

    • Yahtc says:

      Yahtc says:
      December 26, 2013 at 6:54 am
      This is what I also have seen occurring……but I need to become more intellectually agile and verbally adroit in pointing this out to friends and acquaintances. I also need the info and history that I have read (including books and biographies detailing the treatment of Black elected representatives post civil war that I have) at my fingertips so that I can really back up my points.

      Remember this video of Rev. William Barber making some of this points as he spoke on the topic of fusion politics?

      (He says they are the real conservative Christians because they want to conserve justice and love.)

    • Yahtc says:

      from above article:

      For people such as Phil Robertson, and the white conservatives who share his particular type of myopic and ahistorical whiteness, the full liberty and freedom of black Americans, especially as demonstrated through the use of our citizenship rights to redress grievances by struggling for full equality, is morally objectionable.

      Phil Robertson and all the white supremacists are DEPRAVED, HEINOUS individuals. In America represent they are very SLUDGE of our society.

      When I think of them, I think of what a prominent Black lawyer in Baltimore said in 1888 to his Black audience:

      I have seen white men that I would not let black my boots

      from “Notes on the Progress of the Colored People of Maryland Since the War” by Jeffrey R. Brackett in John Hopkins University’s monthly history and political publication for summer of 1890.(As I am looking at this pamphlet, I cannot actually determine the formal name of this publication.)

  19. rikyrah says:

    this is just nasty.

    …………………

    Did Rebekah Brooks Fuck Rupert Murdoch and His Son Lachlan?

    The long-awaited criminal trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, who face conspiracy charges related to hacking the phones of murder victims and celebrities alike, is slated for this September. According to a rumor spreading around News Corp, things could get salacious.

    Sources tell Gawker that during the discovery process, emails were unearthed suggesting that Brooks had, at various times, had sex with Coulson, her boss Rupert Murdoch, and Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert’s son and the likely successor to his empire. A new twist on honor thy father.

    In one of the emails, Brooks purportedly discussed the size of Coulson’s penis. It’s not clear if her estimation of his member was favorable or not.

    In response to questions from Gawker, Steve Rubinstein, a spokesperson for the Murdoch family, said unequivocally, “There is no truth to these rumors.” The lawyers representing Brooks and Coulson did not respond to requests for comment sent yesterday.

    Whether the rumor is true or not, it is definitely circulating widely at high levels in the company. Three sources shared the claim of a sexual relationship between Brooks and Rupert Murdoch with Gawker; all three said they had learned the information through lawyers involved in the case. Two of those three sources are high-ranking executives at News Corp. The latter two sources had also both been told of a relationship between Lachlan and Brooks.

    http://gawker.com/did-rebekah-brooks-fuck-rupert-murdoch-and-his-son-lach-926651851

    • Yahtc says:

      This is what I also have seen occurring……but I need to become more intellectually agile and verbally adroit in pointing this out to friends and acquaintances. I also need the info and history that I have read (including books and biographies detailing the treatment of Black elected representatives post civil war that I have) at my fingertips so that I can really back up my points.

      Remember this video of Rev. William Barber making some of this points as he spoke on the topic of fusion politics?

      (He says they are the real conservative Christians because they want to conserve justice and love.)

  20. Tyren M. says:

    Happy Kwanzaa 3Chics.

    I hope everybody had a great Christmas. Kids are finally laid out. A good time here.

    Lionel Richie – my favorite singer of all time. I’m here!

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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