Wednesday Open Thread | Best of Motown

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company.

Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.[2] Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album.

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Video Updated | Rula Jebreal Palestinian Journalist vs MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

ICYMI yesterday…

Rula Jebreal Scolds Network for Lack of Palestinian Views – ” Disgustingly Biased ” – MSNBC

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Rula was asked to come back on MSNBC and face their Soldier Nerd, Chris Hayes. Now watch how Maddow, Hayes, and the rest of these so-called HIPSTER talking heads go silent on Israel-Gaza, after tonight.

TELL.IT.ADRIANE.

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And Hayes fell on the sword. What else was Hayes going to say. Andrea Mitchell sucks?! He was the mouthpiece for the corporate-owned media. You can’t match social media, dude.

Hayes couldn’t separate the fact that Rula was a journalist and Palestinian. He tried to paint her as a sympathizer of Palestine-Gaza simply because of her being Palestinian.

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Rula Jebreal on Democracy Now-7-23-14

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Video | Zbigniew Brzezinski says “Netanyahu ‘Not Man Enough’ to Broker Peace Deal”

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TRUTH! In short: Netanyahu is an IDEALOUGE who does not want PEACE. PERIOD…

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Tuesday Open Thread | Best of Motown

The-four-topsThe Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and showtunes.

Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons‘ Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, whereas most male/mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.

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Video | President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Townhall

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Full Transcript of Remarks by the President at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall

Excerpt: “Now, everybody has got different talents and everybody has got different passions. And sometimes — part of the goal of My Brother’s Keeper is to expose you to more things so that you don’t think that the only thing you can be passionate about is what you’re seeing on TV. And part of the problem with young men of color is oftentimes the only thing they see to be passionate about is basketball or rap. And we want to make sure you get exposed to graphic design, or you’re exposed to engineering, or you’re exposed to being a lawyer, so that maybe you will be passionate about that.

But the point is those two things go hand in hand. If you find something you really care about, then that’s also what you’re going to really be willing to put a lot of work into and that’s what you’ll end up being good at. So that’s goal number two.

And goal number three — or third thing — and I’ve got a longer list, but here’s the third thing that’s pretty important — understand that you will not achieve by yourself, which means that you’ve got to be able to invest in relationships with other people who you can learn from, who will support you, who you will support in turn. And if you learn how to be somebody who is a good teammate, who is connected and is thinking not just about yourself but about others as well, and they then respond to that by wanting to help you because you’ve shown yourself to be reliable or trustworthy or having somebody else’s back, you then build a network for yourself. And that increases your capacity to get things done.”

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Monday Open Thread | Best of Motown

SupremesThe Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group[2] with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity,[3] and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

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Sunday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope you enjoy the weekend with family and friends.

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