Open Thread | Congratulations to Simone Biles!👏👏👏

The nightmare that is out current political situation will still be with us. I chose today to celebrate something positive. To celebrate Black Excellence👏👏

 

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Weekend Open Thread | Tyler Perry Opening His New Studio

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

I wanted to take this time to acknowledge the accomplishment of Mr. Tyler Perry. He opened up his new studio down in Georgia. This Black man, from Louisiana, who was abused and homeless. Built up his entertainment empire, and now has opened his second movie studio.👏👏👏👏

You don’t have to be a fan of Mr. Perry’s work to be in awe of his accomplishment. It’s not just what he puts on the screen, but who he is able to hire behind the scenes. People who never thought that they could have a sustained career in entertainment in Georgia. He is making that happen.

Bravo, Mr. Perry.

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Open Thread | What Is Possible With Progressive Prosecutors

 

I felt like crying, reading this story. For so many reasons.

3CHICS has long been a supporter of Ms. Mosby. We watched as she took so many hits trying to get justice for Freddie Gray. We thought that we knew what she was up against during those trials. But, it took the police scandal for me to realize just how treacherous trying to do the right thing in Baltimore could be for her.

But, she has come through it, and her enemies have been exposed for what they are. And now, Ms. Mosby is being responsible, and doing the logical thing concerning justice once you’ve found out that the police trusted to gather the right evidence are crooked as a winding road. IF they are crooked, then cases that they’ve touched are suspect, and what they brought to the cases can’t be trusted.

This is what you hope for, with the justice system, when you bring in progressive prosecutors. They see a wrong, and decide to try and correct it. It’s not easy, because so many are invested in the status quo, but, I hope that Ms. Mosby and others realize that there are a lot of us out here that support what she and others are trying to do.

Bringing JUSTICE to the Justice System….instead of JUST-US.

https://www.theroot.com/baltimore-s-top-prosecutor-marilyn-mosby-moves-to-throw-1838937932“>Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Moves to Throw Out Nearly 800 Cases Involving Tainted Cops

Anne Branigin

28 minutes ago

In the wake of a massive police scandal, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is asking the courts to toss out nearly 800 criminal cases linked to Baltimore cops her office believes cannot be trusted.

Prosecutors are hoping to wipe out 790 convictions linked to 25 police officers, including eight convicted in Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal. As the Baltimore Sun reports, the DA began asking courts last week to move forward with erasing the tainted cases.

In the wake of a massive police scandal, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is asking the courts to toss out nearly 800 criminal cases linked to Baltimore cops her office believes cannot be trusted.

Prosecutors are hoping to wipe out 790 convictions linked to 25 police officers, including eight convicted in Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal. As the Baltimore Sun reports, the DA began asking courts last week to move forward with erasing the tainted cases.

Mosby’s action follows the trial of eight former officers serving on the Gun Trace Task Force, in which Baltimore cops admitted to stealing money from citizens, planting evidence, lying on paperwork, and milking the city for overtime pay for hours they hadn’t actually worked, the Sun reports. Two of the crooked cops were convicted of racketeering at the trial, six pled guilty. While the scope of the trial focused on only eight cops, other Baltimore officers were implicated during the trial.

There’s no difference between the eight officers convicted, and the other cops named during the trial, Mosby told the Sun, adding that her office had no choice but to clear the compromised cases.

“When you have sworn police officers involved in egregious and long-standing criminal activity such as planting guns and drugs, stealing drugs and money, selling drugs, making illegal arrests, and bringing false charges, our legal and ethical obligation in the pursuit of justice leaves us no other recourse but to ‘right the wrongs’ of unjust convictions associated with corrupt police officers,” Mosby wrote the Sun in an email.

At least 10 of the 25 tainted cops have resigned. Three remain with Baltimore Police, a department spokesperson confirmed.

The vacated convictions are just one component of the work the city faces in cleaning up after the crooked cops’ mess: an avalanche of lawsuits tied to their cases is expected to cost the city tens of millions of dollars.

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Open Thread | Where Are We Now?

So,

Where are we now?

We’re at the point where the State Department is forbidding people who have been subpoenaed before Congress to come and testify. It’s past time that these people are held in Contempt of Congress and arrested. Period. Also, Chairman Schiff says that the State Department is refusing to turn over an electronic device with messages on it.

You always knew that their whining about Hillary’s private server was nothing but garbage. Now, we know that these people were conducting the business of the United States. National Security stuff – on the WhatsApp.

A freaking APP.

Da hail?

You can’t make this stuff up.

Maddow has pointed out that the Republicans are attempting to take the sting and obviousness out of Dolt45 and his corruption by throwing the word corruption around. All the GOP is now so interested in corruption. No dice. Every muthaphucka attached to this Administration is rotten. We found out this week that while Rudy was in Ukraine trying to dig up non-existent dirt on Joe Biden, it didn’t slow him or Rick Perry down from attempting to shakedown a local utility, so that they could put their own people on it, and loot it. THAT is corruption, and just another day for this Administration.

 

 

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Open Thread | Remembering Diahann Carroll, the Legend

Legend…trailblazer Diahann Carroll passed away last week at the age of 84.

 

Ms. Carroll was a legend. She was stunning, beautiful, graceful to the very end. Her two roles that will forever be close to my heart were Marianne Gilbert and Dominique Deveraux. She was divine in both roles.

RIP, Ms. Carroll.
Thanks so much for all your roles.

Just stunning😍😍

Diahann Carroll, pioneering actress on ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty,’ dies at 84
POSTED 11:18 AM, OCTOBER 4, 2019, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK —Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”

But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on “Julia.” Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

Although she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series “Beulah”), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.

NBC executives were wary about putting “Julia” on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit.
It had its critics, though, including some who said Carroll’s character, who is the mother of a young son, was not a realistic portrayal of a black American woman in the 1960s.
“They said it was a fantasy,” Carroll recalled in 1998. “All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family.”

Not shy when it came to confronting racial barriers, Carroll won her Tony portraying a high-fashion American model in Paris who has a love affair with a white American author in the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical “No Strings.” Critic Walter Kerr described her as “a girl with a sweet smile, brilliant dark eyes and a profile regal enough to belong on a coin.”

She appeared often in plays previously considered exclusive territory for white actresses: “Same Time, Next Year,” ”Agnes of God” and “Sunset Boulevard” (as faded star Norma Desmond, the role played by Gloria Swanson in the 1950 film.)

“I like to think that I opened doors for other women, although that wasn’t my original intention,” she said in 2002.

Her film career was sporadic. She began with a secondary role in “Carmen Jones” in 1954 and five years later appeared in “Porgy and Bess,” although her singing voice was dubbed because it wasn’t considered strong enough for the Gershwin opera. Her other films included “Goodbye Again,” ”Hurry Sundown,” ”Paris Blues,” and “The Split.”

The 1974 film “Claudine” provided her most memorable role. She played a hard-bitten single mother of six who finds romance in Harlem with a garbage man played by James Earl Jones.
In the 1980s, she appeared in the long-running prime-time soap opera “Dynasty” for three years. More recently, she had a number of guest shots and small roles in TV series, including playing the mother of Isaiah Washington’s character, Dr. Preston Burke, on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She also returned to her roots in nightclubs. In 2006, she made her first club appearance in New York in four decades, singing at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Reviewing a return engagement in 2007, a New York Times critic wrote that she sang “Both Sides Now” with “the reflective tone of a woman who has survived many severe storms and remembers every lightning flash and thunderclap.”

 

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Joshua Brown who who gave emotional testimony in the Amber Guyger trial was fatally shot in Dallas

A man who was a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was fatally shot Friday in the parking lot of his apartment complex, according to attorney Lee Merritt.

Joshua Brown was a neighbor of shooting victim Botham Jean, who was sitting in his apartment in September 2018 when Guyger walked inside and shot him to death.

Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family, told CNN he spoke to Brown’s mother who confirmed the death.

Dallas police responded to a call for a shooting at the Atera Apartments complex around 10:30 p.m. Friday, police told CNN.

Officers were flagged down by witnesses who directed them to Brown, who was lying on the ground of the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Parkland memorial hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to a statement from Dallas Police.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-dour sedan speed out of the parking lot, police said.

Brown had no identification on him, so police couldn’t identify him until the medical examiner made a positive ID and notified the next of kin.

There is no suspect information at this time, police said.

‘He said it could have been him’

Merritt said Brown lived in constant fear of gun violence and that’s why he was emotional on the witness stand during the trial.

“He said it could have been him,” Merritt said.

Guyger, 31, was found guilty of murder a few days ago and given a 10-year sentence. She will first be eligible for parole in five years.

The ex-officer said she mistakenly walked into the wrong apartment in her complex and opened fire because she thought Jean was an intruder.

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Weekend Open Thread | Remembering Jessye Norman-Trailblazer

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends. Today I thought that we would remember Black American Trailblazer Jessye Norman, who passed away this week at the age of 74.

 

 

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