Friday Open Thread

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.[2] Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[3] and fourth in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.[4]

In the mid sixties, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. In his one-year stay with Mayall, Clapton gained the nickname “Slowhand”, and graffiti in London declared “Clapton is God.” Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce the trio Cream, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop.”

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  1. Black History Month: Are Whites Entitled To Write Black History?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/black-history-month-2011_n_818462.html

    Open Road Media recently released William Styron’s “Confessions of Nat Turner” as an eBook, hoping to “reach a new generation of readers.”

    The 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning book details the 1831 Virginia slave revolt led by Nat Turner, during which 56 white people, and many more black people, were killed.

    Over the years, Styron’s novel has caused much controversy. Some African-American intellectuals and authors were outraged that a white man would dare to write a book about black history. After all, African-Americans had to struggle to maintain a strong identity. Countless books, such as “Autobiography of Malcolm X” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” were written by African-American authors about the difficulties of maintaining a black identity in the midst of white culture.

    In Alan Kurtz’s article “Are Whites Entitled To Write Black History,” he declared that race should not dictate what an author can or cannot write about. He wrote, “Ultimately, history is no one’s property. It belongs to all of us; it’s our collective experience.”

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a Harvard professor, agreed in his video interview with Open Road Media.

    He read Styron’s novel shortly after it was published. Admittedly, he understood the question that many African-Americans were asking: “How could a white man have the authority, the authenticity, the moral claim, to write responsibly about an event in African-American history?”

    However, Gates noted that any White racist person could make the same argument about Gates writing a book about a prominent white person. One of his final statements summed up his opinion on the matter: “Anyone has the right to write about any subject available to be written about.”

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  2. Ametia says:

    Sen. John McCain will not back Sarah Palin for president
    Friday, February 04, 2011

    Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain says he will not be backing any of the potential Republican presidential candidates as they look to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

    “I think I’m staying out of this for the first time in many years,” Mr. McCain told Politico on Thursday.

    The comment comes as Mr. McCain returned from a one on one meeting with President Obama at the White House. The Arizona Republican said he viewed the meeting as a sign of increasing bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, adding that his meeting with the president was “cordial” and that Mr. Obama has become more of a “centrist.”

    http://www.thestatecolumn.com/blog/sen-john-mccain-will-not-back-sarah-palin-for-president/

    LOL so McShame unleashes this nightmare named Palin on America, and now he wants to ” stay out of it.” He knows these candidates don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of defeating ‘THAT ONE”

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  3. Ametia says:

    Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame to honor female artists
    By Associated Press
    12:56 p.m., Thursday, February 3, 2011

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum says it will open the world’s first exhibit devoted to rock’s most influential female artists.

    The show opening May 13 at the museum in Cleveland will feature women ranging from Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin to Melissa Etheridge and Lady Gaga.

    “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” will spotlight more than 50 female artists and fill two floors of the hall with artifacts and video telling the story of how women have shaped the history of popular music. Throughout the year, the museum will offer educational programming on the role women have played in rock and roll.

    A benefit concert is planned for May 14. Performers will include Cyndi Lauper and Wanda Jackson.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/rock-n-roll-hall-fame-honor-female-artists/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

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  4. Ametia says:

    Egyptians Defy Crackdown With New Mass Protests
    By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and ALAN COWELL
    Published: February 4, 2011

    CAIRO — Defying a wider government crackdown, more than 100,000 Egyptians packed Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Friday, chanting slogans, bowing in prayer and waving Egyptian flags to press a largely peaceful campaign for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak that has transfixed the Arab world and tested American diplomacy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/world/middleeast/05egypt.html?_r=2&om_rid=DRaeQf&om_mid=_BNS-1WB8YO7jrd

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  5. Ametia says:

    Tyler Perry to play Alex Cross
    By Jen Chaney

    Tyler Perry has signed on to play the role of Alex Cross — the crime-solving D.C. detective in James Patterson’s seemingly never-ending series of popular novels — in a new movie called “I, Alex Cross.”

    The Wrap and other outlets have confirmed the news, which gives Perry a high-profile starring role in a movie that is not a Perry production. Until now, the filmmaker has primarily tackled two major movie parts: Terry, the perfect husband in his “Why Did I Get Married?” movies, and Madea. You know Madea. She hosted a family reunion. And later, she went to jail. (For the record, Perry also appeared briefly in J.J. Abrams’s “Star Trek.”)

    So can Perry pull off Alex Cross, a role previously played onscreen by Morgan Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider”? And in a related question, what happened to Idris Elba, who at one time looked all set to take on the investigative role? He even sounded kind of excited about it during an interview over the summer, but apparently the deal must have fallen apart.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2011/02/tyler_perry_to_play_alex_cross.html?wpisrc=nl_gogmovies

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  6. Ametia says:

    The argument for funding public media
    By Laura R. Walker and Jaclyn Sallee
    Thursday, February 3, 2011; 8:00 PM

    Federal funding for public media has once again become a target in the debate about fiscal prudence. Attempts last fall to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting were defeated along party lines. CPB provides financial support for locally owned and operated public radio and television stations, and acts as a journalistic firewall between the government that provides this funding and the public media journalism it funds. When the new Congress convened last month, legislation was once again introduced in the House. If there is to be a battle about the funding of public media, we should all know how it works and what is at stake.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/03/AR2011020305170.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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  7. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!!

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