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  1. Amazing: 14 year old girl set to graduate College with a 3.9 GPA

    Awesome! 14-Year Old College Graduate Had a 3.9 GPA - And She is from the South Side of Chicago

    Yes, you’ve read the title correctly. A 14 year old girl is graduating from COLLEGE. Young Thessalonika Arzu-Embry, who lives on the Great Lakes Naval Base, will be graduating from Chicago State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

    Thessalonika actually started college at the age of 11 at the College of Lake County. She will end next month with the degree from Chicago State. With all of the talk about kids in Chicago not being prepared to succeed, this young lady is showing that there is a great deal of brilliance right in the heart of the south side of the city.

    Thessalonika doesn’t attend regular high school like every other freshman her age. She actually wakes up early with her mother, Wonder Embry, and makes the commute from home at the Great Lakes Naval Station near North Chicago to Chicago State on the South Side of the city. On the way to school, Thessalonika and her mother study theory and talk about homework assignments.

    Thessalonika dedicates all of her hard work to her mother, who keeps her motivated.

    “My mother is a strong inspiration to my success. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, and when she finished her tour, she home-schooled my brother and I”.

    Wonder Embry adds that she was just doing right by her daughter.

    “The parents are the most influential force in their own children’s lives, and they have the power to influence them to do good and to go forward,” she said.

    Embry was home-schooled until she was eight and received the equivalent of a high school diploma. Passing an entrance exam, she got into the College of Lake County and enrolled to study psychology.

    Embry carries a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the College of Lake County Honors program and enjoys studying unlike any other kid her age.

    Thessalonika plans to continue her studies at a graduate program for clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a private college in North Chicago, or she may also attend Stanford University.

    Embry is set to graduate August 30th. Wish her luck!

    Thessalonika’s story reminds us that with hard work, family support and faith, you can do practically anything. Your age doesn’t define your intelligence or abilities. Never underestimate your potential.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks About Losing Her Virginity At 29, Staying Celibate Until Her Wedding

    Posted: 07/19/2013 8:52 am EDT | Updated: 07/19/2013 3:04 pm EDT

    Actress and “The Real” co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley revealed she waited until she was almost 30 years old to lose her virginity, and then stayed celibate until her wedding because she felt guilty about it.

    The 35-year-old and her co-hosts chatted with Hot 97 to promote their new show recently and delved into topics like twerking, Justin Bieber and sex. That is when Mowry-Housley admitted she didn’t lose her virginity until she was 29 years old.

    “I don’t know how to explain this, but I’m religious… So I waited ’til I was 29 to lose my virginity,” she said. “And then — you may not understand this — I did it and then I felt guilty, and then I became celibate until I got married.”

    But when the ladies brought a sex therapist onto the show, Mowry-Housley knew all the answers.

    “Just ’cause you only had sex with one person don’t mean you not a freak, and I think that that’s a good thing,” co-host Adrienne Bailon added. “I think people think that you could only be a freak by doing it with a bunch of people. You can be a freak and just be a freak with one person. And I think that’s beautiful and dope.”

    Mowry-Housley married husband Adam, a Fox News correspondent, in 2011 after six years together. She gave birth to their first child, son Aden, the following year.

    This isn’t the first time the actress, who is a devout Christian, has opened up about what she has (and hasn’t) done in the bedroom. She talked about her virginity with Young, Black and Fabulous two years ago.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Kelly Rowland Rescued After Private Boat Drifts Offshore

    07/21/13 04:57 PM ET EDT AP

    The Coast Guard says singer Kelly Rowland was among the passengers on a private boat escorted back to Cape Cod after the captain became disoriented.

    Lt. Ruairi White tells the Cape Cod Times that the boat’s captain was following a commercial whale-watching vessel Friday, lost sight of the boat and became disoriented north of Provincetown.

    The Coast Guard directed a commercial towboat operator to escort the private vessel back to Provincetown.

    TowBoat U.S. Provincetown says on its Facebook page that the boat was 33 miles north of Provincetown. It says the passengers “were great. Just a little shook up.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Tavis Smiley Made A Fool Out of Himself by Bashing Obama’s Trayvon Martin Remarks
    By: Jason Easley
    Jul. 21st, 2013

    PBS host Tavis Smiley embarrassed himself by criticizing the president’s Trayvon Martin remarks for the singular purpose of bashing Barack Obama.

    If your read the transcript of Smiley’s remarks, you can see why he embarrassed himself. He never criticized what the president said about the death of Trayvon Martin. Instead, he pulled out his usual Obama bashing remarks. The president isn’t doing enough. The president is leading from behind. The president isn’t trying hard enough. Smiley’s main criticism of leading from behind came straight from the Republican Party.

    theGrio knocked down Smiley’s main point that Obama was pushed into making his remarks, “An administration source on Friday told theGrio that the president watched the verdict, along with millions of Americans, last Saturday, and by Thursday, following intense conversations with members of his family, and with friends, Obama decided that he wanted to speak. The official told theGrio on background that Obama called a meeting of his senior staff late Thursday and told them he wanted to make a statement, but that he didn’t want to give a scripted speech, or even warn the press.” (Just like Republicans, Smiley is painting a picture of Obama that doesn’t really exist in order to portray himself as the hero.)

    His other criticisms are the same old axes that he has been grinding for years against Obama. Smiley mentioned Johnson and Truman as political leaders on race, but what he didn’t mention was that those presidents could use their political position to either advance legislation or carry out executive action. Obama doesn’t have either of those options in this case.

    Smiley wants Obama to be Martin Luther King, but Obama is the president, not a civil rights leader. He has the biggest bully pulpits in the world, and he used it effectively on Friday.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Hey, Tavis Smiley, Here’s Your List
    Sunday, July 21, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:39 PM

    Today, Tavis Smiley – of the race-baiting cohort of Cornel West – appeared this morning on Meet The Press to drag down the president after his stirring address on Friday. In that appearance, Smiley pejoratively asked Prof. Charles Ogletree (Harvard professor who taught both Barack and Michelle Obama) to “lay out” what the president had done for African Americans or to lead the conversation on race. Watch:

    While Prof. Ogletree correctly called out the smug Smiley for pretending that all responsibility to have a conversation and take action on race falls on the president simply because he’s black, for the lack of time, he didn’t get to respond to the smug Smiley’s demand to list what the president had done. I will.

    Let’s start at the beginning – let’s start with candidate Obama. Barack Obama’s 2008 speech on race and race relations in America is one of the best inspiring speeches that captured America’s emotions – in history. His 2008 speech falls in a group of select speeches by presidents in this country: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, JFK’s historic civil rights speech, and President Johnson’s address to Congress on voting rights. The contemporary import and significance of Barack Obama’s 2008 speech is exceeded perhaps only by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s I-have-a-dream speech.

    But as much as Tavis Smiley would like for the president to speechify until he’s blue in the mouth – much like Smiley himself does without making any real difference – President Obama, despite his impressive oratory, is more of a doer than a talker. So let’s have a look at the policies that the president has codified or pushed, and what difference they make in the American promise to equal opportunity and equal justice for all.

    Health Care Reform: Obamacare isn’t just good health care policy, it is a key policy to bridge the health insurance disparity between whites and people of color. 21% of African Americans and 32% of Hispanics have no health insurance, compared to just 13% of whites. Health reform levels the playing field, institutes community rating and guaranteed issue, and ensures affordable coverage, along with the largest subsidies for health insurance in history. Because people of color bear the disproportionate brunt of lack of health insurance, we also stand to gain the most from health care reform.

    Wall Street Reform: The president’s Wall Street reform not only set up the country’s first independent federal agency dedicated to consumer protection, but also imposed restrictions on banks and financial institutions from fooling and issuing liar loans to unsuspecting minorities and pushing subprime loans. Bankers even admit that they did so. Poor people and minorities are targets of rip-off style financial products, and both overall financial reform as well as the CFPB are a godsend. The CFPB is looking into regulating payday lenders I write. Once again, because people of color are disproportionately the target of financial vultures, the president’s reform also disproportionately benefits them.

    Pell Grants and Student Loan Reform: We continue to hearken back to economic factors limiting the scope of opportunity for minorities – who are disproportionately dependent on student loans and Pell Grants – but that’s normal given that it is the economic hurdle that is the most pernicious in trapping minorities. One of the first bills President Obama signed into law protected students from loan sharks. The president’s student loan reform was done in two parts: the first part in the student loan reform bill itself – a bill that made it far easier for students to pay off their debt. In the second part, through the reconciliation bill that completed health reform, he cut the banks out of the process of federal loans, investing the banks’ cut in students instead.

    The president also doubled the funding for Pell Grants. Why is that important? Because of the greater economic need, Pell Grant recipients of color dramatically increase their college graduation rates. It also eases the debt burden.

  6. rikyrah says:

    ok, some of these are just inspired

    brown twitter birds

  7. rikyrah says:

    Confronted By Univision Reporter, Steve King Says Comparison Of Immigrants To Dogs Was A Compliment

    By Rebecca Leber on Jul 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    In a Univision interview, leading Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over remarks in 2012 where the congressman likened immigrants to dogs. King refused to apologize, even as Ramos told him “many people would find that offensive and racist.”

    Video of King’s 2012 town hall shows him saying America has the “pick of the litter,” and should pick the “friskier” immigrants, “not the one that’s over there sleeping on the corner.”

    But King denies that he ever made the comparison. Interrupting Ramos throughout the interview to make that point, King said, “I told you if you watch that video you would know that was a speech celebrating legal immigrants.”

    Here is an excerpt of the testy exchange:

    RAMOS: So from your point of view, you actually did not compare immigrants to dogs?

    KING: I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration. It was a very complimentary speech and no I did not do that.

    RAMOS : I don’t think many people found that complementary. [Crosstalk]. You know it is not complimentary to compare a group of immigrants to animals.

  8. rikyrah says:

    #TavisWeeps – and its a top trending topic! ‏@TheObamaDiary41m
    #TavisWeeps when 99.99% of the country say “who?”

    Arrogant Demon ‏@ArrogantDemon1h
    #TavisWeeps when he saw Barack & Michelle dressed to the nines dancing at their Inaugural Ball #MichelleShouldaBeenWithMe

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom1h
    #TavisWeeps when Pres Obama convenes AA leaders to the WH and he’s not one of them. #ButWhatAboutMyStateofBlackAmerica conference?

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom1h
    #TavisWeeps every time Pres Obama walks across the WH lawn to board Marine one. #ItShouddaBeenMe

  9. Ametia says:

    Rev. Al. “We don’t need a CONVERSATION; we need LEGISLATION.”


  10. rikyrah says:

    Detroit Sinks Deeper Into Hell As It Faces Right Wing Utopian Fantasies

    By: Deborah Foster
    Jul. 21st, 2013

    This week, David Atkins and Lynn Parramore, writing at Alternet, each told the story of the downfall of Sears. Once an American institution with over a century of successfully providing goods and services to the nation, Sears has fallen into a state of business failure free fall. The company has been hemorrhaging customers, seeing its profits plummet, and its reputation nosedive. If there is anyone who deserves credit for the company’s demise, it is the Ayn-Rand loving, libertarian Eddie Lampert, recently ranked #2 on the Forbe’s list of America’s worst CEOs. Mr. Lampert’s decision to embrace the economic philosophy of Friedrich von Hayek, beloved among libertarian conservatives, means that he scorns investment in infrastructure, education, or the labor force. Instead, his concerns are always with austerity, budget reduction, and the bottom line. He believes in the free-market, corporate largesse, and greedy self-interest. These beliefs led him to implement an organization of his company whereby he broke it into over 30 smaller components and then basically told them that they needed to compete with each other in a cutthroat atmosphere to earn more profits. The result? Individual units within the corporation began undermining each other. Parramore notes, “Units competed for ad space in Sears’ circulars, and since the unit with the most money got the most ad space, one Mother’s Day circular ended up being released featuring a mini bike for boys on its cover.” Yes, that sounds like excellent business acumen; mini-bikes are famously popular gifts for mothers. Employees became disheartened to the point where Sears was ranked the 6th worst place to work in America by AOL Jobs.

    Meanwhile, this week also brought news that the City of Detroit tried to file for bankruptcy under the direction of its state-appointed, anti-democratic “emergency manager,” only to be rebuffed by a judge’s ruling. How does Detroit’s situation relate to Sears’s sad demise? Both are facing the specter of Randian objectivism, free market fanaticism, dehumanization of ordinary people, and an abdication of corporate responsibility. As the workers at Sears have been forced into cutthroat competition, so too, have Detroit’s residents been asked to compete over insufficient and scant resources.

    There is no question that Detroit has been struggling for decades. As a rust-belt city dependent on manufacturing, it has faced the same woes as many other cities in the region as our country’s manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas. However, the historical dependence of Detroit on the auto industry has meant that its well-being has been tethered to the whims and welfare of the American auto corporations. As the business infrastructure of the city aged, rather than investing in and developing new factories, these corporations opened up plants in other parts of Michigan, Ohio, Canada, etc. They left behind massive, abandoned factories that not only pepper the city with dangerous, broken-down eyesores, but also left the city with a dramatic loss of jobs. With little other choice remaining, residents of the city departed by the millions seeking employment. Many of those who remained were simply too poor to relocate. The city government was left with an ever-decreasing tax base to maintain its functioning, falling more and more into debt. Instead of taxing the remaining corporations and businesses within the city, Detroit was essentially blackmailed into giving them colossal tax breaks under threat of seeing the businesses pick up and move. The State of Michigan has also been withholding funds that it is supposed to give Detroit through revenue-sharing, restricting their access even further to necessary resources.

    The commonalities between what is happening to Sears and what is happening to Detroit are that both are now being subjected to right wing ideology, Ayn Rand philosophy, and von Hayek’s austerity economics. The results for each are similar. People will unnecessarily suffer. Damage will eventually need to be undone. And people will have to learn the hard way what a failure these poisonous schools of thought really are.

    According to reports, the emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, and his cohorts, wealthy businessmen and corporations, have big plans for Detroit. They can’t wait to implement their conservative fantasies of privatizing and cutting city services, busting unions, selling off public assets, and laying off public employees. The citizens of Detroit have already seen 20% of their city’s workforce cut by their Democratic, multi-millionaire mayor, David Bing. In a place that suffers from a severe lack of jobs (there is one job for every four residents), more layoffs is just what the community needs. Among the upcoming plans approved by Orr are service shut-offs to neighborhoods determined to be too poor or under-populated for private investment to be profitable. The city’s unsung assets, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle Park, and even the animals at the Detroit Zoo, have all been appraised and are ready for sale to private interests. Public services ranging from transportation to garbage collection and water treatment will soon be privatized and in the hands of for-profit corporations.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Why Tom Perez Matters

    By Ian Millhiser on Jul 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Just a few minutes ago, the Senate confirmed Tom Perez, the top civil rights attorney in the Department of Justice, to be the next Secretary of Labor — an outcome that, until two days ago, appeared likely never to happen. Senate Republicans opposed Perez’s confirmation so strenuously that some of them did not even wait for President Obama to formally announce Perez’s nomination before they attacked him. The final vote to break their filibuster of Perez’s nomination was 60-40 — exactly the number of votes he needed to move forward. And this result probably never would have happened if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had not come within an inch of invoking the so-called “nuclear option” in order to force a deal that included Perez’s confirmation.

    The fact that Perez emerged as Obama’s most controversial cabinet appointment reflects a very significant bias in our confirmation process. Secretary Perez has two Ivy League degrees, including a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. The market salary for an attorney in private practice with an honors Harvard JD is $160,000 a year — and that’s in their very first year after graduation. Perez, as an experienced attorney with years of senior-level government service, obviously could command substantially more money. At any point in his career — from the day he graduated from Harvard through today — Perez could have left public service and chosen a career that would have made him very rich very quickly. He never once took this path.

    Instead, Secretary Perez spent his entire career in public service — as a law clerk to a federal judge, as a prosecutor in the same Civil Rights Division he would go on to lead, as an adviser to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on civil rights, and in various high-level civil rights and labor policy jobs at the state and federal level. When his law school classmates were plotting how to convert their six-figure associate salaries into seven-figure partnerships, Perez put white supremacists in prison.

    It’s unlikely that conservatives opposed his nomination simply because he chose public service over wealth, however. What really drove this opposition was the way he conducted himself throughout his career. Secretary Perez pushed basic labor protections such as a minimum wage for domestic workers when he served on the Montgomery County City Council, an effort that ultimately succeeded after he left the council. He promised to “throw the book” at employers who withheld pay from immigrant workers. He saved a key prong of federal fair housing law from an attempt to neuter it in the Supreme Court, and he used that very aspect of the law to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from major banks that charged minority homeowners more than whites seeking a mortgage. He also reinvigorated the Civil Right’s Division’s historic commitment to protecting voting rights after the Bush Administration largely shunned that role. Indeed, Perez led the push against voter ID, a common method used by conservatives to shift the electorate rightward, in Texas and South Carolina.

    At every one of these junctures, Secretary Perez could have been less aggressive. He could have decided to preserve his chances of surviving a future confirmation hearing by not taking actions that would enrage powerful conservatives. Instead, he rigorously enforced the law and fought hard to improve it — predictably making many enemies in the process. His confirmation today is proof that it is still possible to live your life the way Perez did, and still rise to the highest levels of government.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Virginia GOP Nominee For Governor: I Still Believe Gay People Are ‘Soulless’ And ‘Self Destructive’

    By Josh Israel on Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    In his first gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinellii II (R) admitted Saturday that his extreme anti-LGBT views have not changed. While reaffirming his extreme earlier comments about what he termed “the personal challenge of homosexuality,” he suggested that he would create an economically positive environment that would help LGBT Virginians.

    McAuliffe repeatedly attacked Cuccinelli throughout the Virginia Bar Association debate in Hot Springs, VA for his record of demonizing science, women’s health, and LGBT people. Twice, McAuliffe noted that Cuccinelli had called LGBT Virginians “soulless” and “self-destructive” and that his attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.

    Cuccinelli consistently ignored the attacks until moderator Judy Woodruff asked him directly about his previous comments. Cuccinelli responded briefly, saying, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” He then said that as governor he he would “create an environment” economically every Virginian has opportunity.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Walk-in clinics sprouting up to meet consumer needs
    Affordable Care Act may fuel future growth
    Jul. 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    Dr. Biju Matthews, a Titusville-based cardiologist, believes the Affordable Care Act is going to create a new wave of medical consumers armed with something they haven’t had before — health insurance.

    And many of those newly insured, Matthews said, are not going to have primary care physicians, nor are they going to want to go to a hospital emergency room for run-of-the-mill medical care, like cuts, colds or sore throats.

    That’s why Matthews and his medical partner, Dr. Naresh Mody, opened Chiron Urgent Care earlier this month, next to their cardiology practice on North Washington Avenue in Titusville.

    “It’s definitely a good service,” Matthews said, “and it’s already picked up within two or three weeks. We’re seeing a lot more than we expected in our initial pro forma.”

    With just months to go before the individual mandates from the Affordable Care Act kick in, walk-in clinics like Chiron Urgent Care are seen as one of the medical niches with the potential for rapid growth.

    Part of that is because of the health insurance opportunities offered by the Affordable Care Act, but also because some patients might decide to pay the tax penalty and not carry insurance but still seek medical care.

    Either way, patients will be looking at walk-in clinics — where costs are lower and service quicker than traditional emergency rooms — for more of their medical care.

    “We’re probably going to have to hire another doctor full time and expand,” said Laura Newell, operations manager at the Eau Gallie Walk-In Clinic in Melbourne. “We’re going to get slammed.”

    Dr. David Williams, who started MedFast Urgent Care Centers in 2007, now has five walk-in facilities — the most recent opening in Rockledge last December. Williams concedes business could increase at the clinics due to the Affordable Care Act, but he maintains there are better reasons for MedFast’s growth.

  14. Ametia says:

    Sunday talk shows are full of COONS & UNCLE TOMS throwing SHADE at PBO.

  15. Ametia says:

    Genie Lauren on MHP. She started the Twitter comment alerting social media folks about juror B-37’s book deal.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Should black organizations boycott Florida?
    by Alexis Garrett Stodghill | July 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    …Tourism is one of Florida’s largest revenue streams, rendering the
    state politically vulnerable to a boycott. Total tourism spending in
    2012 was almost $72 billion based on preliminary numbers from the
    Florida Tourism Board.

    Simultaneously, Florida is routinely chosen by black professional groups for networking and revelry.

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will start its
    annual convention in Orlando on July 31, a mere 40 miles from the city
    of Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was killed. The National Bar
    Association (NBA), “the nation’s oldest and largest association of
    African American lawyers and judges,” according to its site, will
    commence its 88th annual convention on July 27 in the city of Miami
    where Trayvon Martin once made his home.

    …“I cancelled my hotel in Orlando for NABJ,” a New York City-based
    journalist told theGrio. (She prefers to remain anonymous for
    professional reasons.) ”Florida does not need my tourism dollars. Not
    with all those crooked ‘laws,’” she continued, referring to Stand Your
    Ground, and the concealed carry gun permit ordinance that empowered
    Zimmerman (along with one in 17 Floridians) to be armed.

    “NABJ should stand up and boycott as well,” she said. “They need to
    do the event in New York City or L.A., where the actual hiring managers
    and decision makers are. I don’t need passes to Disney World. Round
    table discussions with actual hiring managers is what members need. We don’t need celebrity golf. We need justice and for the press (which we have little control in) to keep this story alive.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Mapping the Sequester’s Impact on Low-Income Housing
    Greg Kaufmann on July 19, 2013 – 1:41 PM ET
    In April, Doug Rice, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, released a paper that described some of the ways people would be affected by sequestration cuts to local housing agency budgets, including: up to 140,000 fewer low-income families receiving rental assistance vouchers, higher rent for people who can’t afford it and a rise in homelessness.

    “These kinds of cuts are really unprecedented,” said Rice, noting that this was just the third time in thirty-nine years that Congress failed to sufficiently fund housing agencies so that they could renew all current vouchers. “Here we are in 2013 looking at severe cuts in the number of families that receive assistance, even at a time when the number of families in need has been rising sharply.”

    Rice said that most local housing agencies would likely “shelve” Section 8 rental assistance vouchers, meaning vouchers would no longer be reissued to families on waiting lists when current recipients leave the program. He said that many people receiving new vouchers would have them rescinded as they searched for apartments. Maintenance and inspection of units would be deferred, and affordable housing stock would be jeopardized.

    Read more: Mapping the Sequester’s Impact on Low-Income Housing | The Nation
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  18. rikyrah says:

    Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear – Posted on July 10, 2013

    If the Senate does not act quickly to approve President Barack Obama’s five bipartisan nominees to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, a number of workplace protections taken for granted by union and nonunion workers alike could functionally disappear in August, leaving millions of workers vulnerable and with nowhere to turn.[….]

    Workers talking about how much they get paid, meeting to discuss how unsafe their working conditions are, sharing information about their workload or salary with other employees on Facebook, or putting together a petition to oppose a pay cut will all be at risk. While many employees may take the right to engage in such activities for granted, without a functioning NLRB, little would stand
    in the way of employers who wish to fire workers for exercising these rights.[….]

  19. rikyrah says:

    Soul Survivor

    …One morning shortly after the group’s departure, Mr. Isley awoke
    humming a new melody. “I wrote the words while walking my daughter to
    school, and we recorded it a day or two later. We offered ‘It’s Your
    Thing’ to [producer] Jerry Wexler at Atlantic for Aretha Franklin, but
    he turned us down. We would have taken $10,000 for it.”

    So the Isleys revived T-Neck and released the recording themselves in 1969. The song reached No. 2 on the Hot 100—winning a Grammy and becoming their biggest hit to date. “When Jerry realized what he had passed up, he wanted to jump out his window. That song now earns around $1 million a year in publishing royalties alone.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    A couple of comments this morning:


    A43 white president always spoke through the prism of whiteness and never had to speak on the “others” white America is used to that. They at used to POC being invisible and never having to consider others plight or be empathetic. They like it that way. So reading salon, talk left is no surprise..they all come from that mindset. They have always been the one to determine the scope of discussion of issues in this nation and race. Interestly when the president comforts victims of mass killings, majority white, you don’t hear complaints from these factions. The fact that the mirror was turned inward on America is making some folks uncomfortable. I don’t think POC have allies. I think we have people who tolerate us provided we stay in the peripheral and say within their limitations of us.
    Lets be honest, majority whites voted for romney while the remaining who voted for Obama think they deserve to dictate his actions and police. Hence all this crying about drone and civil liberties.

    I have no expectation of privacy. The sooner these assholes wake up from their la la land regarding NSA, the better.

    • rikyrah says:


      I think that a lot of white people in this country can’t stand anyone talking about race and injustice because they can’t handle the truth and they don’t want to be called out on the history of this country. (Their ancestors killed the native Americans and exploited them, enslaved black people for 100’s of years, exploited Asians who helped build the Continental railroad and denied them citizenship and rights, stole more land out west from Mexico, instituted Jim Crow, instituted a discriminatory judicial system) I can go on and on but they want to act like all of these things are in the past and no longer relevant.

      I think one person on TPV made a great comment yesterday, That person said that those white people who are acting out are doing so because white privilege does not go as far as it use to, and they fear that their demographic will be targeted for revenge.

      • Ametia says:

        “I think that a lot of white people in this country can’t stand anyone talking about race and injustice because they can’t handle the truth and they don’t want to be called out on the history of this country. ”

        I don’t think, I know this is the reason. Folks can call on PBO and any other black leader to start a “NATIONAL CONVERSATION” all they like.

        White folks need to call for a NATIONAL CONVERSATION about their RACISM.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Good morning, everyone!

      Psalm 147:3
      He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

      My heart is broken. An innocent child was murdered, slandered & vilified and the guilty walks free. It’s so painful.

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