Sunday Open Thread

Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who perform music from several genres music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz. The group scored several hits on the Billboard R&B chart and Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the 1990s. One of the group’s current members is Cynthia Johnson, who rose to fame with Lipps, Inc.

The group was founded in 1969 by Russell Knighton at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the group was called the Macalester College Black Voices. It was in 1971 when current director Gary Hines took leadership over the ensemble, and the group name was officially changed to Sounds of Blackness (SOB). The group had acquired local celebrity status throughout the years though never signed with a record company because of various reasons including the fact that many companies were not comfortable with the group’s name. Some companies even suggested to Hines that the group’s name be changed to “The Sounds of Music.

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7 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:


    Sunday, February 27, 2011
    Tonight: DC School Kids Are Guest Chefs As President & First Lady Host Governors’ Dinner
    Chefs Move To Schools gets glam: Students from Tubman Elementary School join the White House Chefs in prepping the black tie dinner, featuring Kitchen Garden crops…
    There’s another first to add to the long list of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s historic food initiatives. In keeping with Mrs. Obama’s new tradition of inviting guest chefs to help prepare important dinners at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House Chefs are being joined today by some very special guest chefs as they ready the meal for this evening’s glam black tie 2011 Governors’ Dinner, an East Wing spokesman tells ObFo. The President and First Lady will welcome almost fifty of the leaders of America’s states, commonwealths and territories–and their spouses/dinner companions–for tonight’s affair, which will feature a performance by legendary songstress Gladys Knight as well as the Marine Corps Band. (Above: The President and First Lady at last year’s Governor’s Ball)

  2. Gladys Knight to Play the White House

    White House press secretary Jay Carney announced today that Gladys Knight will perform for President Obama Sunday at the 2011 Governors’ Dinner.

    In a C-Span video of the press briefing posted on, Carney’s announcement drew some good-natured laughter when a reporter asked, “Are the Pips coming?”

    Carney rolled with the lighthearted question: “I will ask about the Pips.”

  3. Walker shows no sign of conceding in Wisconsin battle Warns of layoffs of government workers if accord isn’t reached to curb collective bargaining

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that government workers’ collective bargaining rights have caused unsustainable costs and stuck to his demand that bargaining rights be curtailed for most public workers.

    “If we do not get these changes, and the Senate Democrats don’t come back, we’re going to be forced to make up the savings in layoffs and that to me is just unacceptable,” he said.

    Walker has been locked in a battle with his state’s public sector unions for the past four weeks over his proposal to strip the unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. His measure would apply not only to state employees but to those of local governments and school boards around the state.

    Recall this mofo!

  4. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!

  5. Good Morning, 3 Chics, Friends & Lurkers! Word for today…

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    Happy Sunday!

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