Sunday Open Thread

Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961(1961-08-27)) is an American Grammy– and Dove-award-winning Gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, according to SoundScan.[1]

On December 11, 2009, Billboard Magazine named her the #1 Gospel Artist of the last decade.[2] In the same chart, her album Mountain High…Valley Low was acknowledged as the best gospel album.[3]

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12 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Regardless Of Age, Race, Income, Or Party, Americans Agree On One Thing: Romney Favors The Rich

    By Alex Seitz-Wald on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    A CNN poll released yesterday found that 65 percent of Americans think Mitt Romney “favors the rich” over the middle class or poor. Just 39 percent said the same of Rick Santorum, while that number was only 26 percent for President Obama.

    But when the polling data is broken down into various demographic categories — including gender, race, age, income, education level, party affiliation, political attitude, geographic region, and Tea Party support — the results are even more revealing.

    No matter how you slice the population, every single category of Americans agrees: Romney favors the rich:

  2. dannie22 says:

    Hello everyone!!

    • Hey Dannie!

      I’m kinda in a slump from yesterday. I have to pull myself together. I’m drained. My energy is gone. I need to recuperate a bit. Yesterday was just too much. The grief was overwhelming.

      • dannie22 says:

        Im in the library studying. Im tired and drained as well but I needed to get out of the house. Pray for the family, especially Bobbi Kristina and Cissy. Their hearts will be heavy for much longer than ours. Pray for Bobby as well, cause Im sure that inspite of everything his heart is heavy.

      • Indeed, Dannie. I will continue to lift them all up in prayer. The loss will really hit the family when friends and others are gone back to their lives and homes and they are left with their loneliness and broken hearts. I’ve been there. I can imagine the hurt, the grief, the pain. May the Lord comfort them with his everlasting love.

  3. Whitney Houston’s Casket exiting the church

  4. Whitney Houston Funeral Puts African American Spirituality On Display

    It was pretty big of the Houston family to let the world, via television camera, into Whitney Houston’s home going celebration, one of the most personal, most heartrending processes any family has to endure. In Whitney Houston’s case, the friends and family members who gave remarks about her life were mostly accomplished stage professionals who are used to performing in front of big audiences, but as CNN commentator Don Lemon so aptly stated, what you saw was pretty much an extended version of what happens at practically every funeral in a black Baptist church. The songs, some of their lyrics altered by the performers to pay homage to Ms. Houston, brought to mind the kind of musical tributes fellow bluesmen are reputed to make in honor of their own when he passes away.

    Whether the cable news network head honchos know it or not, the Houston family actually helped them out by restricting them to a single pool camera to televise the proceedings. This meant there would be no cutaways, no reaction shots, no zooms on the tears rolling down the cheeks of the more photogenic mourners, just one lone lens trained on the podium that panned to the piano in front of the choir whenever someone was performing. The somber, elegiac mood of the sanctuary was projected right into my basement and the homes of millions of others as a result.

    Thousands of Twitter users noted CNN anchor Piers Morgan’s amazement at the raucous singing, clapping, shouting and swaying exhibited throughout the service. Black viewers were quickly reminded just how foreign the African American community and its customs can be, even for the media’s most highly experienced and elevated journalists. Morgan was covering one of music’s most celebrated voices who, at times in her career, transcended race and ethnicity.

    Houston’s Home Going: Authentic Black Church on TV & Twitter

    I listened to the wonder in Piers Morgan’s voice as he watched people tell funny stories, or sing songs from the absolute bottom of their hearts, and I realized, after thinking about it for a moment, that I have only been to a handful of funerals that were not steeped in African American traditions. Outside of my own relatives, in fact, I can count on one hand all of the funeral ceremonies I’ve attended.

  5. Whitney Houston Memorialized By Stars, Family, Friends At Childhood Church
    ‘Whitney, you are the only one who could bring us all together,’ New Hope Baptist Church pastor says in Newark, New Jersey.

    The whole world went to church on Saturday (February 18) to say goodbye to one of the greatest singers of all time. Attendees of all ages, religious beliefs and walks of life, gathered to celebrate superstar singer Whitney Elizabeth Houston, a native of Newark, New Jersey. The state’s governor, Chris Christie, flew flags across New Jersey at half mast in her honor.

    The 48-year-old music icon died on February 11, a day before the Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. She is expected to be buried on Sunday. (The official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.)

    Despite the singer’s well-documented struggles with substance abuse, on Saturday, there was very little talk of controversy during the largely upbeat, often humorous and emotional Home-Going ceremony held at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston first sang in the choir as a child. It was attended by more than 1,500 mourners, including Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Whitney’s longtime friends, the Winans family.

    The ceremony largely underscored her deep Baptist roots and love of the gospel, whether through word or song. This was evidenced by a performance by Grammy-winning gospel star Donnie McClurkin, who sang one of Houston’s favorites, “Stand,” at the request of her family.

    Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who spoke early in the service, said that in conversations with Houston he learned that it was her faith in God that carried her through the darkest times of her life. “Say whatever you want,” Perry said. “God is for her. She is resting with the angels.”

    Gospel singer BeBe Winans, who caused ripples of laughter as he talked about the “crazy Whitney” he knew, wept as he sang the touching ballad “I Really Miss You,” a song he wrote about his deceased brother who also died at the age of 48.

  6. Ohio state House speaker jokes that Obama should be sent to jail

    AKRON, Ohio — State House speaker William Batchelder (R) joked to a crowd of Republicans here Saturday night that President Obama shouldn’t just be denied four more years in office — he should be sent to jail.

    “The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start,” Batchelder told a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the Summit County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. He made the remarks as he was introducing former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who has been spending the past two days campaigning in the Buckeye State.

    Some in the post-dinner audience responded to Batchelder’s remarks with laughter, and the state House speaker continued.

    “I don’t want to say that he’s incompetent, but as you’ll recall, Jimmy Carter endorsed him early on,” he said. “The reason for that is so that Jimmy Carter wouldn’t be the worst president in the history of the United States.”

  7. Santorum Proves Unfitness for Presidency with Bible Attack

    Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum effectively disqualified himself from the office of the presidency today. Speaking in Ohio, Santorum revealed his inability to govern a pluralistic society. The truth emerged in the context of an attack on President Barack Obama, whose agenda he claimed is “about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” according to the Associated Press.

    For a man running for president to suggest governmental policy should be based on the Bible raises a red flag that proves his unfitness for the job. Santorum calling non-Bible-based religion phony tells voters he will only represent Christians. The U.S. is not a theologically defined society but one governed by a Constitution, whose First Amendment precludes government establishment of religion. The government cannot base public policy on the Christian Bible without running afoul of this governing principle.

  8. Good Morning, 3Chics! Happy Sunday!


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