Tuesday Open Thread | Classics Week: Sarah Vaughan

Today’s Classic is Sarah Vaughan.

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Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer,described by Scott Yanow as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”[1]

Nicknamed “Sailor” (for her salty speech),[2] “Sassy” and “The Divine One”, Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner.[3] The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its “highest honor in jazz”, the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989.[4]


With Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine: 1943–1944

Vaughan spent the remainder of 1943 and part of 1944 touring the country with the Earl Hines big band that also featured baritone Billy Eckstine. Vaughan was hired as a pianist, reputedly so Hines could hire her under the jurisdiction of the musicians’ union (American Federation of Musicians) rather than the singers union (American Guild of Variety Artists), but after Cliff Smalls joined the band as a trombonist and pianist, Sarah’s duties became limited exclusively to singing. This Earl Hines band is best remembered today as an incubator of bebop, as it included trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Charlie Parker (playing tenor saxophone rather than the alto saxophone that he would become famous with later) and trombonist Bennie Green. Gillespie also arranged for the band, although a recording ban by the musicians union prevented the band from recording and preserving its sound and style for posterity.

Eckstine left the Hines band in late 1943 and formed his own big band with Gillespie, leaving Hines to become the new band’s musical director. Parker came along too, and the Eckstine band over the next few years would host a startling cast of jazz talent: Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey, Lucky Thompson, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, among others.

Vaughan accepted Eckstine’s invitation to join his new band in 1944, giving her an opportunity to develop her musicianship with the seminal figures in this era of jazz. Eckstine’s band also afforded her first recording opportunity, a December 5, 1944 date that yielded the song “I’ll Wait and Pray” for the Deluxe label. That date led to critic and producer Leonard Feather to ask her to cut four sides under her own name later that month for the Continental label, backed by a septet that included Dizzy Gillespie and Georgie Auld.

Band pianist John Malachi is credited with giving Vaughan the moniker “Sassy”, a nickname that matched her personality. Vaughan liked it and the name (and its shortened variant “Sass”) stuck with colleagues and, eventually, the press. In written communications, Vaughan often spelled it “Sassie”.

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Vaughan officially left the Eckstine band in late 1944 to pursue a solo career, although she remained very close to Eckstine personally and recorded with him frequently throughout her life.

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Stardom and the Columbia years: 1948–1953

The musicians union ban pushed Musicraft to the brink of bankruptcy and Vaughan used the missed royalty payments as an opportunity to sign with the larger Columbia record label. Following the settling of the legal issues, her chart successes continued with the charting of “Black Coffee” in the summer of 1949. During her tenure at Columbia through 1953, Vaughan was steered almost exclusively to commercial pop ballads, a number of which had chart success: “That Lucky Old Sun”, “Make Believe (You Are Glad When You’re Sorry)”, “I’m Crazy to Love You”, “Our Very Own”, “I Love the Guy”, “Thinking of You” (with pianist Bud Powell), “I Cried for You”, “These Things I Offer You”, “Vanity”, “I Ran All the Way Home”, “Saint or Sinner”, “My Tormented Heart”, and “Time”, among others.

Vaughan also achieved substantial critical acclaim. She won Esquire magazine’s New Star Award for 1947 as well as awards from Down Beat magazine continuously from 1947 through 1952, and from Metronome magazine from 1948 through 1953. A handful of critics disliked her singing as being “over-stylized”, reflecting the heated controversies of the time over the new musical trends of the late 40s. However, the critical reception to the young singer was generally positive.

Recording and critical success led to numerous performing opportunities, packing clubs around the country almost continuously throughout the years of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In the summer of 1949, Vaughan made her first appearance with a symphony orchestra in a benefit for the Philadelphia Orchestra entitled “100 Men and a Girl.” Around this time, Chicago disk jockey Dave Garroway coined a second nickname for her, “The Divine One”, that would follow her throughout her career. One of her early television appearances was on DuMont’s variety show Stars on Parade (1953–54), in which she sang “My Funny Valentine” and “Linger Awhile”.

With improving finances, in 1949 Vaughan and Treadwell purchased a three-story house on 21 Avon Avenue in Newark, occupying the top floor during their increasingly rare off-hours at home and relocating Vaughan’s parents to the lower two floors. However, the business pressures and personality conflicts led to a cooling in the personal relationship between Treadwell and Vaughan. Treadwell hired a road manager to handle Vaughan’s touring needs and opened a management office in Manhattan so he could work with clients in addition to Vaughan.

Vaughan’s relationship with Columbia Records also soured as she became dissatisfied with the commercial material she was required to record and lackluster financial success of her records. A set of small group sides recorded in 1950 with Miles Davis and Bennie Green are among the best of her career, but they were atypical of her Columbia output.

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Rebirth in the 1970s

Vaughan met Marshall Fisher after a 1970 performance at a casino in Las Vegas and Fisher soon fell into the familiar dual role as Vaughan’s lover and manager. Fisher was another man of uncertain background with no musical or entertainment business experience but, unlike some of her earlier associates, he was a genuine fan devoted to furthering her career.

The seventies also heralded a rebirth in Vaughan’s recording activity. In 1971, Bob Shad, who had worked with her as producer at Mercury Records, asked her to record for his new record label, Mainstream Records. Basie veteran Ernie Wilkins arranged and conducted her first Mainstream album, A Time in My Life in November 1971. In April 1972, Vaughan recorded a collection of ballads written, arranged and conducted by Michel Legrand. Arrangers Legrand, Peter Matz, Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson teamed up for Vaughan’s third Mainstream album, Feelin’ Good. Vaughan also recorded Live in Japan, a live album in Tokyo with her trio in September 1973.

During her sessions with Legrand, Bob Shad presented “Send in the Clowns”, a Stephen Sondheim song from the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, to Vaughan for consideration. The song would become her signature, replacing the chestnut “Tenderly” that had been with her from the beginning of her solo career.

Unfortunately, Vaughan’s relationship with Mainstream soured in 1974, allegedly in a conflict precipitated by Fisher over an album cover photograph and/or unpaid royalties[citation needed]. This left Vaughan again without a recording contract for three years.

In December 1974, Vaughan played a private concert for the United States president, Gerald Ford, and French president, Giscard d’Estaing, during their summit on Martinique.

Also in 1974, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas asked Vaughan to participate in an all-Gershwin show he was planning for a guest appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The arrangements were by Marty Paich and the orchestra would be augmented by established jazz artists Dave Grusin on piano, Ray Brown on double bass, drummer Shelly Manne and saxophonists Bill Perkins and Pete Christlieb. The concert was a success and Thomas and Vaughan repeated the performance with Thomas’ home orchestra in Buffalo, New York, followed by appearances in 1975 and 1976 with symphony orchestras around the country. These performances fulfilled a long-held interest by Vaughan in working with symphonies and she made orchestra performances without Thomas for the remainder of the decade.

In 1977, Vaughan terminated her personal and professional relationship with Marshall Fisher. Although Fisher is occasionally referenced as Vaughan’s third husband, they were never legally married. Vaughan began a relationship with Waymond Reed, a trumpet player 16 years her junior who was playing with the Count Basie band. Reed joined her working trio as a musical director and trumpet player and became her third husband in 1978.

In 1977, Tom Guy, a young filmmaker and public TV producer, followed Vaughan around on tour, interviewing numerous artists speaking about her and capturing both concert and behind-the-scenes footage. The resulting sixteen hours of footage was pared down into an hour-and-a-half documentary, Listen to the Sun, that aired on September 21, 1978, on New Jersey Public Television, but was never commercially released.

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In 1977, Norman Granz, who was also Ella Fitzgerald’s manager, signed Vaughan to his Pablo Records label. Vaughan had not had a recording contract for three years, although she had recorded a 1977 album of Beatles songs with contemporary pop arrangements for Atlantic Records that was eventually released in 1981. Vaughan’s first Pablo release was I Love Brazil!, recorded with an all-star cast of Brazilian musicians in Rio de Janeiro in the fall of 1977. It garnered a Grammy nomination.

1977 also saw the release of the Godley & Creme album “Consequences”, on which Vaughan sang one of the few tracks to achieve popularity outside of the album: “Lost Weekend”.

The Pablo contract resulted in a total of seven albums: a second and equally wondrous Brazilian record, “Copacabana”, again recorded in Rio (1979), How Long Has This Been Going On? (1978) with a quartet that included pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Louis Bellson; two Duke Ellington Songbook albums (1979); Send in the Clowns (1981) with the Count Basie orchestra playing arrangements primarily by Sammy Nestico; and Crazy and Mixed Up (1982), another quartet album featuring Sir Roland Hanna, piano, Joe Pass, guitar, Andy Simpkins, bass, and Harold Jones, drums.

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50 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Classics Week: Sarah Vaughan

  1. rikyrah says:

    President Obama’s ‘grand bargain’ for the middle-class

    By Jamelle Bouie, Published: July 30 at 11:04 am

    Today, President Obama will head to an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn., to propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs,” where he’ll offer corporate tax reform in exchange for new investment in infrastructure and education. The details of the proposal are straightforward: For Republicans, he offers a cut to corporate income taxes, from 35 percent to 28 percent, along with fewer loopholes and a preferred rate for manufacturers. And to gain Democratic support, he includes a series of projects meant to “invest” in the middle-class and boost the economy.

    While it’s hard to say how much ordinary Americans would gain from the proposal if it were to become law, what is apparent is the extent to which this “grand bargain” is a boon for business, which wants tax cuts and new investments in infrastructure (which makes it easier to conduct business). Indeed, if Amazon is any indication, the kinds of jobs that might come out of this “better bargain for the middle class” aren’t great. Last year, as investigative journalist Mac McClelland detailed for Mother Jones, warehouses are home to difficult, low-wage jobs, with dangerous conditions, few (if any) benefits, and little security. Here are just a few of the safety concerns:

    “Give forklifts that are raised up several stories to access products a wide berth: ‘If a pallet falls on you, you won’t be working with us anymore.’ Watch your fingers around the conveyor belts that run waist-high throughout the entire facility. People lose fingers. Or parts of fingers. And about once a year, they tell us, someone in an Amalgamated warehouse gets caught by the hair, and when a conveyor belt catches you by the hair, it doesn’t just take your hair with it. It rips out a piece of scalp as well.”


  2. rikyrah says:

    Diahann Carroll Joins Denzel Washington in ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Revival
    July 30, 2013 by EURpublisher02

    *Diahann Carroll is returning to Broadway for the first time in three decades to portray Denzel Washington’s mother in a revival of A Raisin In The Sun.

    Washington, 58, signed on to portray disenchanted limousine driver Walter Lee Younger in a new version of Lorraine Hansberry’s play.

    “Diahann Carroll is playing my mother. So this will be her first time back in 30 years… I’m excited,” he said during an appearance this morning on “Live with Kelly & Michael.”

    Carroll, 78, last appeared on Broadway in a production of Agnes of God in 1983.

    Previews for the revival of A Raisin in the Sun are due to begin in March 2014. Sidney Poitier originated the role of Younger in the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, and rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs took on the role in 2004. Both versions were turned into movies.


  3. rikyrah says:

    Sweetie Pie’s’, ‘Where Are They Now’ Premieres Set OWN Records
    July 30, 2013 by EURpublisher02

    *OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network scored ratings highs in primetime on Saturday and Sunday nights with the premieres of its original series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (Saturdays at 10 p.m.) and “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (Sundays at 10 p.m.) delivering their highest rated episodes in series history.

    On Saturday, July 27, the premiere of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” delivered a series high 1.1 million total viewers. The season premiere was up 15% in total viewers versus its fall season premiere last year (September 15, 2012). The episode was also the #1 show for African-Americans in all of television.

    On Sunday, July 28, the premiere of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” which features updates on some of the most memorable “Oprah” show guests delivered 657,000 total viewers. The season premiere was up 71% in total viewers.

    In addition on Saturday, “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (9-10 p.m.), featuring spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant with R&B recording artist Syleena Johnson, delivered 814,000 total viewers, up 2% in women 25-54 versus the season average. Iyanla: Fix My Life” ranked #2 behind “Sweetie Pie’s” for African-American women in all of television on Saturday, July 27.

    For nine weeks in a row, Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” has ranked among Tuesday night’s top 10 cable telecasts among women 25-54, and among the week’s top five cable telecasts for African-American women 25-54. In addition, “Love Thy Neighbor” ranked in the top five cable telecasts among women 25-54 in the 9:30 p.m. time period on July 24. The series is averaging 1.1 million total viewers.


  4. rikyrah says:

    Monday, July 29, 2013
    Dear Don Lemon, I’m respectable as hell, now what?

    It’s one thing when folks outside the race make sweeping and narrow-minded generalizations about what “black people” should do to fix “our” issues. It’s another when one of our own do it.

    If nothing else, Don Lemon should know that not all black people face these five issues. And that even the repair of the simplistic issues he spouted won’t repair deeply embedded racial disparity in this country. Mr. Lemon seems to think that if we all just assimilate and be respectable members of society no one will profile us, feel threatened by us, stereotype us, belittle us, talk down to us, deny us basic rights based on the color our skin.

    Well sir, not to brag, you don’t get much more respectable than my family. My father was a doctor, my mother an MBA’d accountant. My sister is a Global Director at a Fortune 1000 company. My older brother is a surgeon. I’m an HR consultant and published author of five books. My younger brother is a Director of Software Architecture. We’re all degreed, some of us double. We live in nice neighborhoods, we drive nice cars, we speak “so well” and we’re freaking nice to be around if I may say so myself. Our pants have never sagged and we have an abnormal fixation on clothing that might best be described as “preppy chic.”

    What I’m saying here Don… is that we are probably the closest real life approximation to Huxtablism (yes I made it up) as you will find anywhere. We don’t (or shouldn’t) scare people.

    And yet, my older brother gets mistaken for a waiter just because folks assume that’s the only reason a person of his color should be in a certain restaurant. My sister and I get goggled at when we show up at four or five star resorts without aprons or vacuum cleaners. My younger brother, who drives a cream colored PT cruiser (the least gangster vehicle in the world), gets pulled over for Driving While Black on the regular. Just yesterday I was followed around a store in Far North Dallas for close to half an hour before I turned with a brittle smile and asked the woman to locate the jeans in a size 10 and meet me at the register. Once there I declared in a loud voice how awesome it was to get such personalized service that out of all the patrons in the store, Kaylie chose to follow me and give me undivided attention the entire time. She turned red, the manager started in our direction, I paid for my jeans and rolled out. (Don’t judge me, those were $125 jeans marked down to $17.99) Back to my point…

    Tell me Don, what did my respectability earn me? What should I have done differently to not be treated like a suspect? Get educated? Check. Wear nice clothes? Check. Behave sociably? Check. What else could I do? Walk in with my hands over my head and declare, “I’m not here to steal anything, I promise. I have my passport, birth certificate, credit report, bank statement and college degree in my designer handbag. Feel free to frisk me!” O__o

    One thing I can’t stand is when people make generic “black people should” statements. It diminishes the conversation, clouds the actual issues and is so assumptive that it comes across condescending, belittling and naive. I took a Logical Theory class in college. The first thing they teach you is not to make generalizations that will ultimately prove false. The second thing they teach you is to not submit solutions to a problem that don’t really address the baseline issue. If this entire debate sprang up out of the George Zimmerman trial than I’m wondering (as many of us have) what could Trayvon have done differently on that fateful night to save his life? The only answer is for him not to have crossed paths with George Zimmerman. Something that was beyond his control. The Zimmermans of this world only see black. They don’t see any of the five things Mr. Lemon seems to find so intrinsic to outer respectability.


    • Yahtc says:

      Outstanding! Fantastic!

      She knows how to tell it like it is……..whites will make a mess of things no matter what….something that Don Lemon doesn’t seem to understand.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Justice Kennedy Has To Answer For North Carolina
    By Andrew Cohen at 3:39PM

    To become better citizens “we must know and understand our heritage and our history, its triumphs and its mistakes,” Justice Anthony Kennedy told an audience last Monday at the Chautauqua Institution in Upstate New York in a speech that, sadly, was neither recorded nor transcribed for posterity. Four days later, as if on cue, the governor of the relentlessly regressive state of North Carolina showed the justice who last month helped scuttle the heart of the Voting Rights Act exactly how some intend to interpret his lecture. Pat McCrory, the Republican presiding over the dismantling of the state’s relatively reasoned approach to race and the law, declared Friday that he was eager to sign the state’s restrictive new voting law, the most suppressive of its era, even though he had not read a key part of it. “I don’t know enough, I’m sorry,” the governor told a reporter who asked about a provision in the pending measure that will preclude pre-registration for those under 18 (because, after all, if there is anything this nation needs to do when it comes to encouraging civic participation it is to make it harder for eager young people to vote).

    In his confessed ignorance of the details of a discriminatory voting law in a Southern state, McCrory is no outlier. His incurious approach to such vital legislation is yet another form of the willful ignorance that has animated much of the national debate over voting rights over the past half decade or so. There has been the legal and historical ignorance of the purposes of the 15th Amendment and their continuing application to the modern-day ruses designed to suppress minority votes. There has been widespread practical ignorance of the differences (constitutional and otherwise) between being required to show photo identification to purchase allergy medicine and being required to show photo identification to exercise a constitutionally protected right to vote. And of course there is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to modern-day voter suppression — the factually ignorant and quite persistent myth that “voter fraud” in anything more than a negligible problem in any of the states where lawmakers have invoked such “fraud” to make it measurably harder for poor and elderly and ill and young citizens to vote.

    In North Carolina, Gov. McCrory might not have read what he was so gleeful to sign. But he sure had memorized his talking points about why the state needed to eliminate same-day voter registration, cut early voting by a week, ban paid voter registration drives, and allow more people to challenge the registration qualifications of other voters, to name just some of the ways in which state lawmakers rushed to stymie the voting rights of their fellow citizens. “Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected,” the Associated Press diplomatically reported in its piece about McCrory and the bill he is expected to sign in the next week or so. Just how something can be known to be “rampant” and yet also be “undetected” is unclear. What is clear is that North Carolina since 2000 has had just 22 reported cases of voter fraud and no reported cases of voter impersonation out of millions upon millions of votes cast.

    How can a state justify such drastic voting restrictions based upon so little evidence of voter fraud? Because the United States Supreme Court said so, in 2008, in a case styled Crawford v. Marion County. Today, Crawford seems one part ignorant, one part naïve: yes, the justices said by a vote of 6-3, let’s unleash partisan state lawmakers to restrict voting access without requiring them to justify those restrictions on any discernible evidence. What could possibly go wrong? No wonder John Paul Stevens, the retired justice who authored Crawford, so quickly and passionately excoriated Chief Justice John Roberts and the rest of the Court’s conservatives for their June decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the ruling which gutted Sections 4 and 5 of the federal law and encouraged McCrory and Company to pounce. Perhaps Justice Stevens is mortified about what state officials, in North Carolina and elsewhere, have done with the “good faith” leeway he gave them in Crawford. He sure ought to be.


  6. rikyrah says:

    OWN, Winfrey’s Cable Channel, Turns Around Financially
    Published: July 30, 2013

    After several grueling years, Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel OWN has
    turned the corner toward profitability, her business partners at
    Discovery Communications said on Tuesday, six months ahead of a
    previously stated goal.

    In the second quarter, OWN was cash-flow positive for the first time,
    said David M. Zaslav, Discovery’s chief executive. He credited investments in programming, including two new shows from Tyler Perry,
    and increases in subscriber fees from cable and satellite providers.

    OWN, which is a joint venture between Ms. Winfrey and Discovery, is now “starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture,”Mr. Zaslav said.


  7. rikyrah says:

    Malcolm Johnson@admiralmpj

    Congratulations Julian Assange. You’re locked up in a Embassy. Manning’s going to Leavenworth, and Snowden’s in a Moscow Airport. #ThumbsUp!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Court: Grant’s dad can sue officer who killed son
    Jul. 30 6:24 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s
    father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and
    killed his son on a train platform.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected former
    officer Johannes Mehserle’s claim that he was acting in his official
    capacity when he killed the younger Grant during a 2009 New Year’s Day
    melee captured on video by several bystanders.


  9. Ametia says:

    MSNBC Chris Hayes calling out the White MOB Huntington Beach abd white culture and CRIME!!!

  10. Ametia says:

    I repeat per 3 CHICS: NO MORE CLINTONS, NO BUSHES, NO KENNEDYS in the White House!


  11. Yahtc says:

  12. It can now be determined without evidence of a crime when black folks are “up to no good”. Ask Austin TX police?

    Read this fuckery from Austin Texas police!


    • Yahtc says:

      No doubt Zimmerman would have been that type of policeman had he made it into the police academy. There are many “Zimmerman” type policemen.

      Racism + rage + gun = evil

    • Ametia says:

      And when men like Geroge Zimmerman stalks, shoots, and kills an UNARMED teenager, it can be determined that he can go home and not becharged for 2nd degree murder until 45 days later…stand trial and get a NOT GUILTY verdict.

  13. Ametia says:

    Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

    An Army judge on Tuesday acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy by disclosing a trove of secret U.S. government documents, a striking rebuke to military prosecutors who argued that the largest leak in U.S. history had assisted al-Qaeda.

    The judge found Manning guilty of most of the other charges.
    Read more at:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive wedding album: Tina Turner’s stunning nuptials
    26 JULY 2013

    Tina Turner has shared her personal wedding album with HELLO!, and has revealed the reason behind her unusual wedding dress. The singer wore a striking green taffeta and black silk tulle dress for her wedding to German music producer Erwin Bach. The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at their home on the banks of Lake Zurich in Switzerland, where they were joined by celebrity guests including Oprah Winfrey and Bryan Adams.

    Tina revealed that she had first spotted her Giorgio Armani gown at a catwalk show in Beijing. “I thought, ‘I gotta have that, even if I never wear it,'” she told HELLO!. “Then I thought, ‘I know, that will be my wedding dress!'” The dress was embellished with Swarovski crystals.

    In a further break from tradition, the 73-year-old superstar requested that all her female guests wear white, while the men wore black tie.

    Though a practising Buddhist for many years, Tina reveals that she chose not to have a Buddhist wedding ceremony, opting instead for “the American tradition I grew up with, tailoring it a little bit to me”.

    The singer and Erwin have been together for 27 years, but she told HELLO! that she has finally reached a stage in her life that she calls her “Nirvana”.

    “It’s that happiness that people talk about, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say, ‘Everything is good,'” she said. “It’s a wonderful place to be.”



  15. rikyrah says:

    Bankrupt Toni Braxton loses the copyright to 27 of her songs including You’re Making Me High

    By Ed Tahaney

    PUBLISHED: 13:11 EST, 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 02:43 EST, 30 July 2013

    A recently single and broke Toni Braxton has lost the copyright to 27 of her favorite songs.

    The six-time Grammy Award winner has filed for bankruptcy not once but twice.

    The 45-year old R& B singer was given the opportunity to purchase the copyright of some of her best hits from her music catalog for $20,000 when they were put up for sale on July 15.

    But Toni was unsuccessful in her bid to buy back ownership of some of her most famous hits – including You’re Making Me High and was outbid by another buyer TMZ reports.

    Ross M. Klein doubled the low offer Braxton made and now he now owns the rights and can profit from hits like How Many Ways and Always.

    Toni made a deal with the bankruptcy court to resolve her financial woes which included settling a whopping $150,000 debt last month.

    But despite her gloomy predicament she still owns the rights to her most famous hit Unbreak My Heart, which was not included in the auction – for now.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2380923/Bankrupt-Toni-Braxton-loses-copyright-27-songs.html#ixzz2aXu58YxK
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  16. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Christopher Emdin: Dissecting the Venom of Don Lemon
    by Dr. Christopher Emdin, Columbia University

    Earlier this morning, I was sent a video clip of CNN anchor Don Lemon’s usually thoughtful and increasingly controversial news segment “No Talking Points.” I was expecting some interesting commentary but instead watched him dive head first into a self-righteous tirade about the lack of responsibility Blacks have for the ills that plague their community. As I watched the diatribe, I was shocked by Lemons endorsement of Bill O’Reilly’s off handed and grossly inaccurate criticism of the Black Community. O’Reilly states, “… raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs.”

    Soon I realized that Lemon not only endorses O’Reilly’s words, but uses them as the guiding theme of his tirade. He quickly transformed the session on “No Talking Points” into an opportunity to talk, point, and critique people of color and hip-hop culture. Lemons entire segment was from a standpoint of obscene elitism that “progressive liberals” feel they have a license to spew by virtue of aligning themselves to a particular underserved group. The reality is that Don Lemons self -identification as being Black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a groups culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that has blinded him from reality.

    What was most problematic about the segment was Lemon’s judging of Blackness from an ideal that neither considers the complexities of Blackness nor identifies the fact that there are counter examples to each point that he raises to critique the community.

    The notion that the urban poor lack structure, reject education, or gravitate towards drugs, hustling and gangs is so deeply flawed that deconstructing it fully would take a book. However, for the sake of brevity, consider the following points.

    In response to the” absence of structure” in the Black community

    1) I argue that that Black culture (particularly hip-hop culture) has a more complex structure than the white middle class ideal that Lemon judges it by. A lack of understanding of this more complex structure positions all who observe it without knowing it as outsiders. Outsiders who perceive their worldview as the norm and others as less than the norm naturally misperceive the value of the culture they are observing. To quote Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Lemon is obviously unaware of the complex structures of hip-hop and the rules of engagement of hip-hop culture. I certainly do not expect him to be fully knowledge able of the culture, but do expect some respect for the culture – I equate his Blackness in the context of his understanding of hip-hop culture to a group of mathematics students. One (Lemon) is an expert in basic arithmetic. The others (the hip-hop generation) are experts at advanced calculus. The basic arithmetic student has no choice but to view calculus as lacking structure. He simply doesn’t understand that without the structures of calculus, his basic arithmetic would have no meaning.


  17. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Boyce: Don Lemon is an Angry White Man Who Just Happens to be Black

    I think I may have Don Lemon figured out. Don is a relatively well-educated, hard-working, law abiding citizen, as well as a proud gay man. He is the darling of the liberal establishment, and realized long ago that he can get rich and famous by proving to white people that he’s “different from those other people,” meaning loud mouth negroes such as myself.

    Don also possesses the arrogance that comes with being a young, light-skinned black man who’s been elevated by the legitimacy granted to leading blacks who are accepted by white American media. CNN, MSNBC and other networks have long been in the business of creating “black thought leaders” by simply giving them a large platform to serve as mouth pieces for an agenda that has typically left us at the back of the bus. Also, we have to face the fact that there are many in the gay and female liberal establishment who think of black men as ignorant, s*exist, homophobic neanderthals. Hardcore feminism and gay rights have never mixed very well with our community.

    I don’t hate Don, but I’m a little disappointed in him.

    Don’s recent remarks about dressing and speaking appropriately weren’t just disappointing because he found himself taking the advice of a man like Bill O’Reilly. They were also sad because he’s found himself using his platform as a way to join the full-scale verbal assaults that conservative media tends to put on the African American community. In their minds, Trayvon deserved to die for wearing a hoodie, and any black man who isn’t well-versed at acting as white as he possibly can deserves whatever he has coming to him.

    If I speak a little slang, wear the wrong outfit, get a tattoo or (God forbid) let my pants sag, then I can only blame myself when a racist lunatic with a thirst for blood profiles, stalks, and chases me down before shooting me dead. Thank God I learned how to make white people feel comfortable; maybe I should have gotten my PhD in “Whiteman-ology” instead of Finance.

    This goes deeper than Lemon telling people to dress better and speak well. Yea, yea Don, I’m a professor who grew up around white people, so I understand all of that. What’s most telling about Don’s criticism of the black community is that there is a blatant asymmetry in the manner by which he attacks other black people with the ferocity of a lion, but becomes as meek as a choir boy when asked to speak about the systematic racism being perpetuated by whites. If he were to do that, he’d be like all the other talented black journalists who can’t find a job because they have the audacity to speak for their community.

    Don should remember that a half-truth is very close to being a lie. If a man says, “Officer, that guy punched me,” then it would be less than genuine to “forget” that the first man r@ped the other man’s daughter and pulled a gun out on his mother. That’s what often happens when people do fourth-grader analysis on the race problem in America: People love to discuss the last 20 years of history while forgetting about the 400 years that preceded it.


  18. rikyrah says:

    Employee of 30 Years Fired for Helping Free Innocent Man

    by Barry Burch Jr.

    A Kansas judge’s assistant of 34 years has been fired for providing a wrongly convicted man with documents to help him gain his freedom. Last month, Sarah Snyder was terminated for violating court rules by inappropriately giving advice and discussing court matters with outsiders.

    Robert Nelson, a man attempting to exonerate himself from a r@pe conviction through DNA testing, had been turned down twice because his motions did not meet technical requirements. Luckily for him; however, he had help on the inside. Following the failure of the second motion in 2011, Snyder gave Nelson’s sister, Sea Dunnell, a copy of a motion filed in another case where the judge had sustained a request for DNA testing.

    According to Daily Kos’s, Laura Clawson, Nelson used that motion to file for a third time in 2012. Later that year, the judge sustained the motion. He also found Nelson to be indigent, and appointed legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project, Laura O’Sullivan, to serve as his legal representation. Testing showed that Robert Nelson did not commit the r@pe for which he had been convicted.

    Although Snyder’s actions led to the release of an innocent man, she was fired. According to Snyder, the reason had to do with her violating numerous court rules, including providing assistance to Nelson and talking specifics of the case, even while under seal, to attorneys who were not involved in the matter.


  19. Yahtc says:

    New Evidence in the Georgia Infant’s Death Points to Parents, Not Two Black Teens:


    Here is a list of white people who have have falsely accused Blacks + comments following the article:

    Unbelievable-895817commented 5 days ago

    I’m just gonna take the high road and say…… NEVER FORGET
    Central Park 5
    Charles Stuart
    Jessie Anderson
    Susan Smith
    Robert Harris
    Katelin Faber
    Jennifer Willbanks
    James Prindle
    Ashley Todd
    Brian Wells
    Bonnie Sweeten
    Amanda Knox
    Bethany Storro
    Sgt. Robert Ralston
    Countless others who have sent innocent black men to jail, without a thought or a care………

    Unbelievable-895817 replied 4 days ago

    I am saying that this white woman (Sherry West who said that her 13 month old was shot and killed by 2 black teens) USED racism, specifically “White Privilege”, to blame a crime SHE committed, onto someone black.  She used the practice of racial profiling to tailor her defense and shift blame onto someone else, someone who has been profiled as having “that type” of behavior.
    This is EXACTLY why racial profiling is bad….. as to why you dont understand why she did, what she did and how it impacts racism in society…. I cant help you with that.

    DOCJT replied 4 days ago

    It just so happens that that list was of white individuals who have accused Black individuals, and it was also an accurate list.

    V-1797921 replied 8 hours ago toUnbelievable-895817

    YES – it’s a past time!
    Esp. if there is any way, shape or form a Black person involved or the hint of a black person period – it’s what some people do for KICKS is this new “post-racial” world of theirs – LOL

  20. Ametia says:

    Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet for breakfast Tuesday morning.

    Biden’s office confirmed to Politico that the two would meet at the Naval Observatory.

    Their meeting will come less than 24 hours after Clinton met with President Barack Obama for a private lunch in the White House. A White House spokesman said it was “largely friendship that’s on the agenda” at the private meeting on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/joe-biden-hillary-clinton_n_3672653.html

    • Yahtc says:

      Thank you SOooo much for posting Fannie Lou Hamer’s speech, Ametia!

      I have read “I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer” by Kay Mills.
      Great book.

  21. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! Loving Ms. Vaughn. :-)

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