Saturday Open Thread | Willie Hutch| Old School Soul

Willie Hutch14One of the unsung heroes of 1970s soul, Willie Hutch was never the big name he deserved to be. The smooth singer/composer had a few major and moderate hits, but commercially, he didn’t make it to the level of Marvin Gaye, Ronald Isley, and Curtis Mayfield (all of whom he inspires comparisons to). Released in late 1998, The Very Best of Willie Hutch spans 1972-1982 and reminds us how engaging a singer he was in his heyday. Hutch could get funky when he wanted to, and he does so with splendid results on “Get Ready for the Get Down” (a number 24 R&B hit), “Brothers Gonna Work It Out,” and the theme from the 1973 blaxploitation film Foxy Brown. But for the most part, Hutch made his mark as a romantic crooner. It is Hutch’s smooth, romantic side that prevails on “Sunshine Lady,” “I Choose You,” “What You Gonna Do After the Party,” and his inspired makeover of Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were.”

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24 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Willie Hutch| Old School Soul

  1. Yahtc says:

    “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” by Douglas A. Blackmon

  2. rikyrah says:

    White House travel director moves Obama entourage
    9 hours ago

    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — Even on a summer family vacation,
    President Barack Obama is followed by an entourage whose
    behind-the-scenes movements are juggled by a woman who was born into politics and has been with him since his Chicago days.

    Ashley Tate-Gilmore heads the White House Travel Office, a five-person
    operation that handles precise logistics behind every presidential trip.
    The details usually go unnoticed by the public, unless something goes
    horribly wrong.

    Tate-Gilmore not only acts as a high-stakes travel agent for White House press and staff, but a mini-ambassador who is often the first to arrive at presidential destinations.

    She’s used to being underestimated, a 29-year-old woman who is quick to laugh and signs off every email with a smiley face. She said it was clear from her first meeting with foreign officials when she took over the job three years ago that they weren’t expecting to take directions from a woman who looks so young.

    “People are like, ‘Who are we meeting with?’ I was like, ‘Me.’ And mouths dropped,” she said in an interview.

    ashley tate gilmore

  3. Yahtc says:

    “NAACP leaders march in Freehold to preserve voting rights”

    Written by Carol Gorga Williams Asbury Park Press Aug. 17, 2013 8:36 PM |

    FREEHOLD — Some 30 or so representatives from area NAACP chapters joined other activists this morning to focus attention on key civil rights issues, including a recent decision by a Florida jury to acquit a man accused of the slaying of teen Trayvon Martin and a June U.S. Supreme Court decision that dismantles key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
    Sandra Davis, who leads the Greater Red Bank chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the idea for a combination rally, march and prayer meeting came from veteran civil rights activist Norma Randolph of Freehold.

    “They marched and walked until we got jobs and freedom,” said Rev. Jacqueline Carr- Hamilton, a former Virginia Tech professor who is now the religious officer for the Red Bank NAACP. “We are the sons and daughters of the Civil Rights movement…They had to do so much so we could be free.”

    The marchers convened a meeting that culminated in the plaza in front of the Monmouth County Hall of Records, where speaker after speaker urged people to remember the recent history such as the Trayvon Martin case.

    Bob Taylor, president of the Greater Freehold NAACP, rushed over after having been released from the hospital where he was recovering from what he termed a minor stroke.

    He came with handfuls of voter registration forms, reminding people of the probable lost of some protections of the hard won 1965 Voting Rights Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson after the iconic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. The 50th anniversary of the march is Aug. 28.

    In 1964, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and attendees Saturday said they were grateful for such advances — which they lobbied for, often at great personal cost and loss. But they also acknowledged more work needed to be done to assure equal protections for everyone.
    The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in June overturned section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that required some southern states to have their voting law changes and amendments cleared by the federal Department of Justice before implementation.

    The decision almost immediately provoked a call in some states under that order to return to voter ID cards and other restrictions, which minority leaders contend suppresses theminority vote.

    Randolph and Davis agreed Saturday that the purpose of the event was to inspire people to return to their neighborhoods with a renewed sense of commitment to push for civil rights reforms. The inspiration took the form of personal testimonials of people who suffered what they described as injustice by law enforcement and school authorities. Musical hymns and selections were performed by the New Hope Baptist Church of Freehold.

    The meeting also aimed to tell young people that they were responsible for carrying the torch forward and that their elders were there to support and guide them through the historical fight.

    “We’ve become complacent over the last few years because we thought everything was all right,” said Rev. Ronald P. McDougal of the Shrewsbury Avenue AME Zion Church in Red Bank.

    McDougal compared the plateau in Civil Rights efforts as “an oasis” in the desert that some people mistook for “the promised land.”

    “We have to serve as witness for justice, witness for equality and witness for peace and love and not just talking about it but acting on it,” he said.

  4. Yahtc says:

    “NY Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Fingerprinting Public Housing Residents To Reduce Crimes; Idea Triggers Outrage”
    by Sreeja – August 17, 2013

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that access to public housing buildings should be controlled by fingerprint technology to prevent criminals from entering the buildings.
    Speaking during a weekly program on WOR-AM radio,Bloomberg said that fingerprinting tenants of the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, buildings would help to bring down the crime rate there.   

    “Five percent of our population lives in NYCHA housing, 20 percent of the crime is in NYCHA housing — numbers like that. And we’ve just got to find some way to keep bringing crime down there,” Bloomberg said. “What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” he added.

    He said that fingerprinting more than 600,000 residents in the city-run housing projects would make the buildings safer. He added that the locks in the apartments are often broken, making it unsafe to live there.

    “The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection,”  Bloomberg reportedly said. “They want more people. If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘who are you, why are you here?’”

    The mayor made the suggestions while responding to questions on public security measures and on the safety of public housing buildings. He also said he would a Federal Judge’s ruling this week that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional might make it difficult for police to ensure the safety of public housing buildings.

    The city, on Friday, appealed against Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the stop-and-frisk policy unfairly targets Black, Latino and low-income people. The bulk of the tenants who live in the NYCHA buildings are racial minorities from low-and moderate-income groups.

    Bloomberg’s comments drew sharp criticism from Mayoral candidates, who said the mayor is stigmatizing entire communities who reside in high-crime areas.

    Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller and a current mayoral hopeful, said Bloomberg’s comments were “disrespectful” and “disgraceful.”

    “Just like stop-and-frisk, this is another direct act of treating minorities like criminals,” Thompson, the sole African-American mayoral candidate, said in a statement, Reuters reported.  
    Bill de Blasio, Democratic front-runner in the mayoral race, demanded an apology from the mayor.

    “Once again, Mayor Bloomberg has resorted to presuming innocent people are guilty simply because they happen to live in certain areas, and in doing so he is stigmatizing entire communities,” he said.

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    “Black Officers Discuss Challenges, Changes”
    By Jenny Wagner | Beaver County Times | Saturday, Aug 17, 2013

    excerpt from article:

    Several years ago, Andre Davis and his wife were driving home from a concert in Pittsburgh.

    The couple had seen Luther Vandross at the Civic Arena.

    At a red light on Route 65 north between the city and the Beaver County line, Davis _ then a beat cop _ found himself across the intersection from a police cruiser stopped in the opposite lane.

    When the light turned green, Davis proceeded through the intersection. The cruiser made a U-turn and pulled over his vehicle.

    The fairly young, white officer told Davis, who is African American, that he pulled him over for a “white line thing.” There was no alcohol involved, Davis said, and he and his wife didn’t understand the justification for the traffic stop.

    Davis opened his wallet to retrieve his driver’s license, and the officer saw his badge inside.

    “His whole demeanor changed and we were sent on our way,” said Davis, who is now chief of the Aliquippa Police. “But I was thinking, had I not been a law enforcement official, that could have gone south for me.”

    It’s interactions like this that have helped Davis over his 27-year career to foster better relationships between law enforcement and the Aliquippa community, both black and white.

    “But that’s some of the stuff that you live,” Davis said. “So I am able to kind of relate to some of the situations that come into play when dealing with the community, as far as them feeling that there’s no connection with the white officers.”

    Last week, black leaders in law enforcement from all over the country gathered in Pittsburgh for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ 37th annual National Training Conference and Exhibition. The organization was formed by a group of officers in 1976 to address crime rates in largely black, urban communities.

    You can read more at:

  8. Yahtc says:

    “Harford CC to host tribute to African-Americans in horse racing”

    BY HAFIZ RASHID, Special to The Aegis
    August 16, 2013

    The former Havre de Grace Racetrack, known as “The Graw,” was the site of many spirited and historic horse races in its relatively short existence from 1912 to 1950.

    This October, the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College will honor African-Americans’ contributions to some of those races and to horse racing as a whole in “Beauty in Sport: Celebration of Black Jockeys in Harford County, Maryland and Beyond.” Organizers are asking for help in identifying African-Americans who rode at local tracks or whose families have ties to the county, then and now.
    The idea for the exhibition came from a Gean Smith painting purchased last year with money donated to the house by former HCC president Jim LaCalle and his wife, Lynne. The portrait shows the horse Yorkville Belle and the renown African-American jockey Issac Murphy, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner and a member of the first group of jockeys to be inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1955.
    In February, The Aegis wrote about the painting, which drew the attention of African-American sports historian Pellom McDaniels, who was putting together a biography of Murphy and wanted to use a print of the painting. After learning the book was to be released Oct. 6, the idea came to the folks at the Hays-Heighe House to recognize African-American jockeys.

    Read more:,0,3014888.story#ixzz2cHCKQUeN

  9. Tennessee Republican tells girl her father has to be deported as tea party crowd cheers

    A Tennessee tea party Republican state legislator told a frightened little girl at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Murfreesboro, TN that laws are laws and that her undocumented father is going to have to be deported. According to, 11-year-old Josie Molina told state Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R) that she has papers but her father does not.

    During a question and answer session at the meeting, Molina stepped up to the microphone and, with a quavering voice, asked, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?”

    Rather than make any attempt to assuage the girl’s fears, Desjarlais said, “Thank you for being here and thank you for coming forward and speaking,” but “the answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that’s where we’re at.”

    The tea party crowd whooped and applauded wildly as the little girl took her seat, head down. Progressive Populist reported that Josie Molina’s father is currently in the process of being deported and that the girl is seeing a child psychologist in order to cope with the stress and anxiety.

    Desjarlais is a former physician and anti-choice crusader who was fined $500 by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners after it came to light that he had engaged in multiple extramarital affairs with female patients. When one woman became pregnant, the staunch anti-abortion conservative pressured her into terminating the pregnancy. Another patient charged that Desjarlais prescribed narcotic painkillers to her for recreational use and frequently smoked marijuana with her.

    “I know God has forgiven me” for the transgressions, Desjarlais told a conservative radio host in an interview in December of 2012.

  10. Texas Pastor walks around town with his AR-15 Bushmaster rifle slung over his shoulder because guns.

    San Jacinto County, Texas Pastor Terry Holcomb Sr. is walking around with his rifle slung across his back, because Jesus carried a Glock or something.

    Open carry is allowed in Texas if the weapon is a rifle, with limitations, and the Pastor hopes to change that. Perhaps he should pray for divine intervention because working in his profession to help the poor would be crazy.

    Holcomb is seen in various videos he uploaded onto YouTube, walking into Double Dave’s Pizza, Starbucks, Jack in the Box and Walmart carrying his AR-15 Bushmaster .223 slung over his shoulder, behind his back with the barrel pointed down. He said the magazine was loaded, the chamber was empty and the safety was on. Amen.

    But when Holcomb got to Walmart, within minutes a manager asked him to leave. Later when he visited Starbucks, a concerned customer phoned the police, according to KHOU.

    Pastor guy with a gun said, “Well, the Walmart in Huntsville definitely doesn’t honor 2nd Amendment rights,” he said in the video as he strolled into the store parking lot.

  11. Police stop and frisked this kid when he was 13 years old and then told him he’s going to end up in jail. Police acting like hooligans.

  12. Nation Wide Call to Action. August 25th, 2013

    At 7:16:56 and One Million Hoodies are organizing a Nation Wide action calling for and end to SYG and Racial Profiling Laws which lead to the death and dehumanization of our communities.

  13. Good morning, everyone! Have a great weekend!

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