Serendipity SOUL-Saturday Open Thread

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, gospel and jazz singer and songwriter. James is the winner of four Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008.[1] In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as a blues and R&B singer. She is best known for performing “At Last“, which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials, and web-streaming services. James has a contralto vocal range.[2]

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20 Responses to Serendipity SOUL-Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

  2. Pat Buchanan needs to be smacked all across the face & neck until he’s blue.

    Why the he!! does MSNBC continue to give this bigot a platform? Racist mofo!

  3. Ametia says:

    Nov 19, 2010
    Spielberg to direct Daniel Day-Lewis as ‘Lincoln’

    Just in: Daniel Day-Lewis will star as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

    Varietyreports the announcement was made today by Spielberg and Dreamworks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider. Filming is expected to begin next fall for a 2012 release.

  4. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all !

  5. Ametia says:

    Bush v. Gonzo?
    Alberto Gonzales To TPM: My Book Will ‘Set The Record Straight’
    Ryan J. Reilly | November 20, 2010, 9:23AM

    George W. Bush isn’t the only official in the prior administration with writing chops. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is also hard at work on a book that he told TPM will “set the record straight” on his public service and offer a “very candid, very honest” assessment of the people he worked with and decisions he made in the White House and at the Justice Department.
    Gonzales also told me that he’s in the midst of reading Bush’s book Decision Points — and while he’s found his former boss’ memoir “insightful,” he remembers some events a bit differently than the former president.

  6. Ametia says:

    Originally published October 16, 2010
    Joint Center Report: Black Vote Possible Key to Democrat Victory
    by Zenitha Prince

    Don’t write-off Democrats just yet, as a newly released report found that African-American voters could help Democrats retain control of Congress, and gain ground at the state level, if they show up at the polls.

    “It is clear from this analysis that we have not reached the final chapter of the election story in many key states and congressional districts, and that African-American voters could end up being the authors of events if they match their turnout rates from other recent mid-term elections,” said Ralph B. Everett, president and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and a leading authority on Black politics. The center released the report Oct. 14.

    Titled, “In Anticipation of November 2: Black Voters and Candidates and the 2010 Midterm Elections,” the study reported that Black voters stand to play a key role in 20 House races—including 15 in the south—14 Senate contests and 14 gubernatorial races.

    David A. Bositis, Ph.D., senior political analyst at the Joint Center and author of the study, said because of the competitive nature of the races, Black voters may be more engaged and more resources will be spent on getting those voters to the polls.

    Bositis pointed to the 1986 and 1998 mid-term elections as evidence of the power of the Black vote in changing the Democrats’ fate. In 1986, harnessing the momentum from the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s mobilization of Black voters in his bid for the White House, Operation Big Vote registered and drove African-American voters to the polls and the Democrats regained a majority in the Senate. And in 1998, Black voters turned out in a showing of support for a beleaguered President Bill Clinton, who faced a challenge by the then-Republican Congress.

    Similarly, a perception among Blacks that President Obama is being unfairly targeted could drive that electorate to the polls, Bositis told the AFRO.


    Blacks and the 2010 Midterms: A Preliminary Analysis
    What follows is a brief review of some of the available evidence on what transpired on November 2, 2010, when the Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and at least 19 state legislative chambers, maintained control in the U.S. Senate, and lost several important gubernatorial elections. The black vote was critical to the outcome of some closely contested elections, but not enough in many more. In particular, this review will focus on the behavior and significance of African-American voters in the 2010 midterm elections; and the changing numbers and profile of black candidates for both federal and statewide office, as well as their performance at the polls.

  7. Ametia says:

    Nov 19 – Airport pat-downs and scanners: 24 hours of reported security issues
    November 19th, 2010 8:52 pm CT.

    KMOV reports that traveling to Chicago from St. Louis, a businesswoman set off the airport’s detectors (she has artificial knees). No body scanners were available and she was subjected to a *very* thorough search.

    “Her gloved hands touched my breasts…went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin… then put her hands up on outside of slacks, and patted my genitals. I was shaking and crying when I left that room.”

    She has complained to the TSA Supervisor and on the ACLU website.

    – Former Minnesota Governor and WWF westler Jesse Ventura has announced that he will no longer use commercial airlines. He has had hip surgery and is always searched because the metal in his body sets off airport metal detectors.

    – TSA is changing its procedures for airline pilots. They will undergo an employment status check and an identification verification, but no physical screening.

  8. Ametia says:

    Whew! We’re getting there…. Keep it going!

    Black farmers, Indians closer to gov’t settlement
    The Associated Press
    Saturday, November 20, 2010; 3:25 AM

    WASHINGTON — Black farmers and American Indians who say the United States discriminated against them and took their money for decades are a step closer to winning long-awaited government settlements.

    Under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday, black farmers who claim discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department would receive almost $1.2 billion. American Indians who say they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department would split $3.4 billion. Both cases have languished for more than a decade, and plaintiffs say beneficiaries are dying off.

    “The Senate finally did the right thing,” said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association. “They stepped up and told the world civil rights still matter in America.”

    The legislation was approved in the Senate by voice vote Friday and sent to the House. The money had been held up for months in the chamber as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it.

    President Obama praised the Senate for finally passing the bill and urged the House to move forward on it. He said his administration is also working to resolve separate lawsuits filed against USDA by Hispanic and women farmers.

    “While these legislative achievements reflect important progress, they also serve to remind us that much work remains to be done,” he said.

  9. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3 Chics, friends, and Lurkers! :-)

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