Sunday Open Thread | Music of the Civil Rights Movement

This week was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Justice and Jobs. Let’s enjoy some of the music from that era.


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  1. Bobby Jindal Blames Racial Inequality On Minorities Being Too Proud Of Their Heritages.

    One day after thousands rallied at the March on Washington 50th anniversary demonstration, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) pitched the Republican civil rights vision…by criticizing minorities for not assimilating into American culture.

    In a Politico op-ed Sunday, Jindal lamented that minorities place “undue emphasis” on heritage, and urged Americans to resist “the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl” comprised of proudly ethnic identities.

    Jindal insisted that, “while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time” since Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I have a dream” speech, the major race problem facing modern America is that minorities are too focused on their “separateness”:

    Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.

    Here’s an idea: How about just “Americans?” That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our “separateness” is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot.

    There is nothing wrong with people being proud of their different heritages. We have a long tradition of folks from all different backgrounds incorporating their traditions into the American experience, but we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl. E pluribus Unum.

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL Poor Bobby refuses to claim his on Indian heritage, and now wants to tell black folks to disown their heritage.

      Here’s a hint for you Bobby: What white SOME folks don’t steal from you, they’ll will LIE, REVISE, & DENY your history and heritage, and lay claim to whatever they want for themsselves.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Jim DeMint’s Argument Against Federal Healthcare Takes Aim at Medicare and TRICARE

    By: Sarah Jones

    Former Republican Senator Jim DeMint (S.C.) announced on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that national health care can’t provide good health care. This is his big argument against ObamaCare.

    A pause while this sinks in and fills all of the outrageous holes…

    I guess he’s right: Medicare, the Military Health System and TRICARE are a big fail. Will Republicans next winning strategy be publicly admitting that their raison d’être is defunding Medicare and taking health insurance away from our troops and their families?

    DeMint’s argument is that federal healthcare is bad, “I can speak for the millions of conservatives across the country that know that this is not going to help the uninsured in America, it’s going to diminish the quality of healthcare for all Americans, and we see that in every country around the world where national healthcare has been instituted.”

    Certainly the former Senator takes advantage of the federal healthcare plan he gets for the rest of his life, courtesy of the taxpayers he is trying to screw over. He doesn’t seem to think that’s too shabby, and he’s not yet suggesting that we take federal healthcare away from the military (is DeMint arguing that our troops are deserving of bad healthcare?). Just the other Americans…

    DeMint is pushing for a shut down of the government in order to defund healthcare for Americans, claiming Obamacare is “unfair”. Ah, so that’s why it’s okay to be against law and order. It’s unfair.

    The bottom line is that Jim DeMint and the GOP think that if your kid has cancer, you shouldn’t care that you don’t have the money to pay for treatment. It’s much more important for you to help them get Obama back for winning yet another election.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Bobby Jindal Claims that GOP Obama Racism is Ok because Democrats Did It To Bush

    By: Jason EasleyAug. 25th, 2013

    On Meet The Press today, Bobby Jindal excused the race based Republican attempt to delegitimize Obama by with a bogus claim that Democrats did the same thing to Bush.

    David Gregory asked Gov. Jindal about Colin Powell’s opinion that there is a dark vein of intolerance within the Republican Party. Jindal answered by comparing the Republicans’ Obama racism to Democratic treatment of George W. Bush.

    Jindal said, “Well, I have a lot of respect for General Powell. I think our party at its best, its core principles looks at people and treats them as individuals, not as members of special interest groups. talk about specific examples, impeachment, for example. Look, I reject that kind of talk. The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush. I don’t think we should be doing that to President Obama. The reality is one of the great things about this country is we have a peaceful transfer of policy. I disagree this president’s policies, but instead of talking act impeachment, let’s have a legitimate debate, try to repeal his policies, repeal Obamacare, fight for school choice, fight against war and debt spending. entitlement spending. you see the disparity numbers, have the numbers from earlier about the African-American unemployment rate, the challenges in joining the middle class. It’s time for a new approach. Let’s not talk about impeachment. Let’s talk about the policies we disagree with.”

    On the surface it looked like Jindal was speaking out against the Republican desire to impeach President Obama, but what he was really doing was setting up a false equivalency.

    Can you image what the Republican reaction would have been if the Obama/McCain election came down to hanging chads and a recount in Florida? Picture the Republican riots in the streets if the Supreme Court would have handed the presidency to Barack Obama in 2008.

    Barack Obama is has been elected to the presidency twice by large majorities, but some Republicans spend every waking moment trying to delegitimize the Obama presidency. George W. Bush was twice elected to the presidency by the margin of what many would call two questionable outcomes in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

    Bush lost the popular vote in 2000, and won the 2004 popular vote by 3 million in 2004. Obama won the popular vote by more than 5.5 million votes in 2008, and 5.5 million votes in 2012.

    Republicans have no grounds on which to question President Obama’s legitimacy, but they continue to do so.

    Bobby Jindal can’t admit that the Republican delegitimization of Obama is based on race, because they he would be forced to deal with reality that he is dreaming of running for the presidential nomination of racist party that will never nominate him.

    This is why Jindal had to hide behind the flawed and worn Republican talking point that Democrats did the same thing to Bush that they are doing to Obama.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Rashida Jones Creating New CW Dramedy With Sister Kidada as Producer

    August 25, 2013 by PJ

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the CW network has given out a script order to “Ladyballs” an hour-long dramedy from Rashida Jones and her older sister, Kidada Jones.

    The project centers around two twenty-something estranged friends in search of love in New York, who are reunited after learning that they’ve been dating the same guy. They begin a plot to get even with the two-timer and endup going viral, which they take as a sign to turn helping those who have been wronged into a business.

    The project is from Warner Bros. and will be executive produced by Jones and Will McCormack. Kidada Jones will produce, marking a first for the model/actress/fashion designer. Jeff Grosvenor will also produce.

    The dramedy marks Rashida Jones and McCormack’s second sale so far this development season. The pair also are developing “Stuck,” a comedy with “Parks and Recreation” writer Alexandra Rushfield, that landed at Fox with a put-pilot commitment.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama Helps New York Gear Up for 2013 US Open; Endorses Tennis for Children

    August 25, 2013 by garadf

    The US Open draw is out and competition for the last major men’s and women’s trophies of the 2013 tennis season begins on Monday, August 26.

    “The most exciting Grand Slam,” called so due to the energy from its uniquely raucous environment, is held every year at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY and is the most attended annual sporting event in the world.

    To kick off the two-week – book ending the Labor Day holiday – tournament of “bring it or go home” professional tennis, a special address was made by First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday during Arthur Ashe Kids Day, reinforcing her appreciation for the inclusion of the sport in her Let’s Move campaign. Also contributing to the excitement of the start of the prestigious event, popular rocker and actor (“The Butler”) Lenny Kravitz will entertain the crowds during the opening night ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Prince Jackson cavorts with royal girlfriend Remi while rebelling against family
    Last Updated: 10:38 AM, August 25, 2013
    Posted: 1:46 AM, August 25, 2013

    Prince Jackson is taking a page out of his dad’s book — relatives say he’s being bad.

    Some in the Jackson clan complain the King of Pop’s son is keeping late hours and ignoring the various requests of his grandma and guardian, Katherine.

    Prince, 16, is now telling friends and family he wants out of the family mansion in Calabasas, Calif., and is seeking to move into his own pad.

    He sounds like any teen — except he has his own money, a family insider says, an allowance of $66,000 a month.

    “He’s a renegade kid. No holds barred,” a family member told The Post. “He’s up and out at all times of the night, and I’m concerned, and I think everyone around the situation has to be worried what could happen to this kid.”

    Prince often exits the mansion without security and is regularly spotted by paparazzi with girlfriend and schoolmate Remi Alfalah, 17, a princess from a royal Kuwaiti family.

    Prince and the princess have been stopped for speeding by police, who once cited Prince for blazing around in his Ford pickup at more than 20 mph over the speed limit.

    “No one can be sure what to expect next. He claims that his dad would have allowed this,” a family insider said. “The fact is, let’s be real, Michael kept them very low-profile. Hell, they wore masks, for God’s sake.”

    Prince and siblings Paris and Blanket are heirs to Michael Jackson’s fortune, estimated at more than $1 billion. When the kids turn 30, they each receive one third of their share; by 40, they get it all.

    Meanwhile, Prince has even hinted at marrying Remi just to get away from his relatives.

    Remi is from the Kuwaiti family line of Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The sheik provides most of his family members with a lifetime pension, and the family’s fortune is estimated to be in the high nine-figures.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Crack-addicted Lamar Odom missing for three days after Khloe Kardashian kicked him out: report
    Last Updated: 4:22 PM, August

    Lamar Odom has not been seen by anyone in three days and those close to him fear he’s off on a drug bender.

    TMZ reported Sunday that Odom is addicted to crack cocaine and has been for the last two years. This week, his wife Khloe Kardashian kicked him out of their California home after Odom rejected an attempt at an intervention. Now no one has been able to contact the NBA player for almost 72 hours – and his friends and family are worried.

    Odom, a Queens native who played last year for the Clippers, has had a drug problem for the last two years, TMZ wrote Saturday. Last August, Khloe insisted he go to rehab and Odom obliged begrudgingly, but left after just three weeks. Convinced he would bolt even sooner, Khloe had private investigators keep guard at the San Diego facility 24 hours a day.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states
    Associated PressBy MICHAEL GORMLEY | Associated Press – 42 mins ago.

    As a lobbyist in New York’s statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:

    Even though he’s not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.

    He’s among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.

    But several states have started to question whether these organizations should qualify for such benefits, since they are private entities in most respects: They face no public oversight of their activities, can pay their top executives private-sector salaries and sometimes lobby for positions in conflict with taxpayers. New Jersey and Illinois are among the states considering legislation that would end their inclusion.

    “It’s a question of, ‘Why are we providing government pensions to these private organizations?'” said Illinois Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz.

    Acquario, executive director and general counsel of the New York State Association of Counties, argues that his group gives local government a voice in the statehouse, and the perk of a state pension makes it easier to hire people with government expertise.

    “We want the people that work in local governments to continue to be part of the solution,” he said. “We represent the same taxpayers.”

  9. Ametia says:

    On MHP: Sybrina Fulton says she will never give up on justice for Trayvon and other children. She will take her advocacy to her grave.

    I’m not a “super woman or person. I drawmy strength from GOD.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Baltimore Algebra Project
    22 August 2013

    ★ Caroline Pressman

    Ralikh Hayes was not particularly interested in math when he got involved with the Baltimore Algebra Project. Then a high school student, he heard the organization was offering math tutoring jobs that paid ten dollars an hour. Way above minimum wage – $5.15 at the time – the decision was a no-brainer: he decided to get involved. Seven years later, Ralikh is still with the organization, currently serving as its treasurer.

    “Everyone was always welcoming and we are really a family,” Ralikh says of the Baltimore Algebra Project. “I can depend on them.” He’s not the only one who feels that way. Ralikh says that students like him readily fall in love with the group – some students keep coming back, even after their math scores have stabilized, just for the environment.

    Ralikh and his colleagues stay involved because beyond tutoring math – as the name implies – the goal of the Baltimore Algebra Project is empowering city students who may not have otherwise been given a chance. The organization has a dual focus: increasing math literacy and advocating for student rights in the city of Baltimore. Wrapped up in a peer-to-peer tutoring program is an organization fighting daily to raise the socioeconomic status of youth in Baltimore.

    Doing so starts by practicing what they preach. First, the Baltimore Algebra Project is youth-run. One hundred percent of its leadership are young people; the oldest, like Ralikh, are in college. While the non-profit has a Board of Directors with adults, the Baltimore Algebra Project – indeed, the national Algebra Project model, founded in the 1980s by civil rights activist and math educator Robert Moses – has functioned with adults working in an advisory capacity.

  11. rikyrah says:

    ‘The Butler’ continues to dominate box office
    by John Horn

    August 24, 2013, 9:25 a.m.

    Sony Pictures decided to abandon “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” placing its 2013 summer bets on “White House Down” and “After Earth.”

    Think the studio wishes it now had made a different decision?

    “The Butler,” whose financing was cobbled together by numerous investors and is distributed by the Weinstein Co., is continuing to dominate the box office and is certain to finish in first place in its second week of release, according to early numbers released Saturday.

    The fact-based account of a black White House butler who served in eight presidential administrations is projected to gross as much as $16 million this weekend, easily surpassing the holdover “We’re the Millers” and the new releases “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “The World’s End” and “You’re Next,” none of which are performing strongly.

    With an additional $16 million in sales, that would push “The Butler’s” total take past the $50-million mark. And if audience interest in the Forest Whitaker movie continues to hold, “The Butler,” made at a cost of $30 million, would surpass $100 million in domestic release.,0,2777625.story

    • Yahtc says:

      I am going to see “The Butler” this afternoon with a friend.

      I just read this article this morning:

      ‘The Butler’ Movie Review: New Film, Old Stereotypes
      Angel Evans in Culture 2 days ago

      Though somewhat skeptical, I chose to see The Butler in the spirit of optimism and curiosity. I’d heard positive reviews of the film from family and friends, many of whom are black.
      But when my grandmother and I entered the theater of elderly white couples, I couldn’t help but notice the few that stared at us as we walked to our seats. It didn’t bode well; but I tried to put them out of my mind as the movie began. It opened with a scene of a young Cecil Gaines (the character based on real-life White House butler Eugene Allen) in the cotton fields of Georgia, and we watch as he gradually transitions from a forlorn child into a diligent young man. Cecil builds a family, receives his position at the White House, and forms a refreshingly complex relationship with his beautiful wife, played by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah, Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, and Cuba Gooding Jr. all give excellent performances; each demonstrates a humanity that extends the story of one man into a multi-dimensional account of black consciousness.
      But the scene that made the strongest impression on me had less to do with the cinematography and more with the reaction from the audience. A little more than halfway through the film, Gloria Gaines (Winfrey) slaps her son for joining the black power movement. A hushed buzz of approval ran through the audience at my screening. “Serves him right!” I even heard someone say.
      A wave of anger surged through me. It soon gave way to disappointment; disappointment about how the critical black power movement was simplified in the film; disappointment about being one of the few black people scattered among the white audience; disappointment that the audience got so buzzed when Louis Gaines, wearing that funky black power beret, is slapped by his more reasonable, less militant mother.
      In the racial discourses of past and present, white dominant culture finds certain black images of resistance more favorable than others — and rewards them accordingly. A black person wearing a white apron is received more easily than one in a black beret. Movies such as The Help and The Butler are produced every few years. They predictably receive Oscar nominations and are praised for their representations of black history; while films that stray outside the ethos of black servanthood and smiles are much harder to come by (unless the film is Django Unchained).
      When the white audience scoffed at an image of black struggle that wasn’t all smiles, I began to wonder how far The Butler pushed the comfort zone of a racist, if at all. The film’s juxtaposition of honorable black servants alongside black freedom fighters, presumably intended to show the validity of both struggles for liberation, seemed to ultimately hold little weight. It seems we admire one side more than the other.
      Ultimately this is a method of silencing people who choose to resist oppression in a capacity not readily understood. All parts of a story deserve to be heard — including the parts we want to ignore.
      The Butler tells an important story; one that is crucial to the tapestry of black and American history. But to really pay homage to black history, a cultural memory is required on our part. True cultural memory exists for black people when we acknowledge the existence of all our ancestors, including the ones that lived before slavery. We must work to understand ourselves beyond a 500-year-span of servitude and ill-will. We should have more representations that support the many ways our ancestors existed outside white gaze and oppression.
      The Butler is certainly educational in its own way. It offers a reminder of how far African Americans have come and of our history of perseverance in the face of difficulty. But extending the variety of voices would allow us to go deeper. As the proverb reminds us, “In a multitude of counselors, there is safety.” In embracing the message of The Butler, let us also remind ourselves to remain receptive to the multitude of variations, histories, voices, and images of black America.

      • rikyrah says:

        A little more than halfway through the film, Gloria Gaines (Winfrey) slaps her son for joining the black power movement.

        I have to wonder if we actually saw the same movie.

        While it was true that the movie didn’t delve into the complexity of the Black Power Movement, I didn’t think the slap had anything to do with him joining the Black Power Movement. After all, Gloria was the the one who was down on Louis when he was working with MLK.

        That slap was about him disrespecting his father. And bringing a woman into HER home that she felt disrespected HER (Gloria). She wasn’t going to tolerate her son disrespecting his father in his father’s house.

        Maybe I’m wrong…maybe Ametia saw it like the author of this piece.

        If the author wanted to write about the shortshrift of the complexities of the Black Power Movement, ok.

        If she wanted to write about how White folks don’t have a clue about the complexities of the Black Power Movement, ok.

        But, the scene she chose had nothing to do with ‘ Black Power’ and everything to do with Black Middle Class family dynamics, IMO.

      • Ametia says:

        Folks are going to bring their own life experiences to their opinions about The Butler.

        Here are my thoughts on this article:

        1. This movie was not about the “Black Power” movement, per se, but a segment of the era of the Civil Rights Movement.

        2. The Butler showed that BLACK FOLKS ae not a MONOLITH. So the interests and experiences were varied during this era. Each one no less or more valuable to our collective struggles.

        3. In my household, my parents did not and would not allow any forms of disrespect of our elders or each other.

        4. “Extending the variety of voices would allow us to go deeper..”

        It’s a movie, How much time would this take? A huge swath of Black America has We lived through the racism.

        We could definitely use more shows like the Cosby Show”

        I’m with Rikyrah here, the black middle class got to where it did, because of our parents doing whatever it took to help their families not only survive but thrive. We CLAIM it all, all of who we are and what we’ve done to get there.


        • Girrrrrrl, you’d better not disrespect your ELDERS/BIGMAMA/GRANDPA. The End!

          We were raised to answer our ElDERS with “yes sir/no sir”–“yes ma’am/no ma’am”. Anything other than that was considered disrespectful. If Grandpa/Grandma walk into a room you stand UP and speak. If there aren’t any seats…you GIVE UP the seat.

      • Yahtc says:

        I am back and can tell you that the movie was brilliantly performed and directed! I felt the movie’s heartbeat and authenticity.

        You three are correct, that slap was for disrespect. I just read your original thoughts on August 18 about the movie, Rikyrah and Ametia, and can now appreciate how profound both of your reviews were.

        Here is something Ametia wrote here that caught my eye:

        The Butler showed that BLACK FOLKS ae not a MONOLITH. So the interests and experiences were varied during this era. Each one no less or more valuable to our collective struggles.

        See, you speak of your Black COLLECTIVE struggles, and yet we whites do not speak of our COLLECTIVE violence, terrorism and horrific actions against the African Americans. I want to recognize and own this COLLECTIVE evil. If I do not, I cannot begin to repair the damage I have done as being part of the white “collective”……in fact, it is this “owning” of it that morally MANDATES me to begin to repair the damage……This is NOT a matter of choice. It is not optional. It is an OWED requirement to be paid IN FULL.

      • Ametia says:

        Thanks for sharing the feedback, Yahtc. Can you post your comment on the 3Chics reviews Lee Daniel’s The Butler thread too, please?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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