Sunday Open Thread | Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir | Praise & Worship

Brooklyn Tabernacle is a large church located in downtown Brooklyn. It has 10,000 members and has existed in Brooklyn for over 40 years, during which it has become a major institution in the borough.

Brooklyn Tabernacle has been pastored by pastor Jim Cymbala for over 25 years.

The church is famous for its Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, which is directed by Carol Cymbala, the wife of Jim Cymbala.[

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74 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir | Praise & Worship

    • Yahtc says:

      This has made me so sad and worried. Gotta forget feeling sick and queasy…….gotta get active and keep pressure on Congress to rectify things.

  1. rikyrah says:

    An Ugly Rape Case Involving Vanderbilt’s Football Team Could Get Much Uglier

    This summer, five football players at the elite Southern school were arrested in association with the rape of an undergraduate. The events of the night in question are even more unsettling than had been previously reported. posted on September 7, 2013 at 12:05pm EDT

    It began with a broken door. On the second floor of the Gillette House dorm at Vanderbilt University, a door had been knocked off its hinges and bent in the middle as if it had been kicked open, seemingly the kind of run-of-the-mill collateral damage that results from drunken hijinks on campuses all over the country. But officials reviewing security footage from the night the door was broken saw something suspicious, even sinister. Multiple men went in and out of one particular dorm room. Then Brandon Vandenburg, a highly rated tight end who’d just transferred to Vanderbilt’s football team from junior college, emerged and threw a towel over the hallway camera, and it went dark.

    What officials eventually discovered about the events of that night would lead to the indictment of four football players for rape and another for alleged involvement in a cover-up. The players in question were swiftly dismissed or suspended, and the case has gotten relatively little attention despite the elite Southern university’s enormous local prominence and its football team’s status as an up-and-coming member of the country’s highest-profile conference. But many disturbing details about the alleged crimes — including what is described as a racially charged video and an allegation that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin told a player to delete footage of the incident, which he strongly denies — have not been reported until now. The following is an account of the night and its aftermath based on two dozen interviews with students, attorneys, and others with direct knowledge of the night and the ongoing investigation.

  2. Ametia says:

    SG2; where are you? Giants vs Cowboys tonight, BAY-BEE!!!

  3. rikyrah says:

    More Than Half Of Teachers Report Buying Hungry Students Food With Their Own Money

    Posted: 03/18/2010 5:12 am EDT | Updated: 08/15/2013 6:24 pm EDT

    We often hear about U.S. teachers being paid poorly for all the work they do to educate children. But did you know that 63 percent of teachers report buying food for the classroom each month with their own money? That’s just one statistic from a report put out by Share Our Strength, which surveyed teachers across the country about hunger in America’s classrooms.

    You can download the full Teachers report and learn more surprising facts about hungry kids and the teachers trying to help them at the Share Our Strength site.

    Share Our Strength also interviewed two teachers in New York City about their personal experiences with students who have come to depend on them for enough food to get them through the day.

    • Liza says:

      Apparently, this has become the norm. This and teachers buying supplies they need for their classes. But, of course, we can’t raise any taxes on multi-millionaires or billionaires in this country…

  4. rikyrah says:

    Alongside His Family, Bill de Blasio Denounces Bloomberg Comments

    De Blasio responds to the mayor’s interview in New York Magazine. “Twenty years ago, my dad did not know he was running for mayor and did not seek to marry a black woman to put on display,” says the frontrunner’s daughter, Chiara.

    At a rally in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, Bill de Blasio responded to a recent interview with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man he hopes to succeed in City Hall, calling his charges of racism “very unfortunate and inappropriate.”

    Just days before Tuesday’s New York City primary, Bloomberg told New York Magazine, in an interview published Saturday morning, that de Blasio has run a “class-warfare and racist” campaign because of the way in which he has used “his family to gain support,” the outgoing three-term mayor said.

    De Blasio, the late-breaking frontrunner in this year’s crowded primary contest, stood alongside his wife, longtime activist Chirlane McCray, who is black, and his daughter, 18-year-old Chiara, at a packed get-out-the-vote rally Saturday afternoon, where he denounced Bloomberg’s comments.

    “I think we have run a campaign about the ideas, about the issues, about how to move this city forward,” said de Blasio, who led a recent Quinnipiac poll with 43 percent of the Democratic vote. “I’m very proud of that. I’m exceedingly proud of my family, and as you’ll know meeting every member of my family, they are each and every one strong and independent and make their own decisions.”

    “We all have proceeded as a family together,” he said. “It’s been an extraordinarily positive experience.”

    De Blasio, calling the interview “very unfortunate and inappropriate,” said he hoped Bloomberg would “reconsider what he said.”

    After the rally, where de Blasio appeared with Ken Thompson, a candidate for Brooklyn District attorney, his daughter Chiara told reporters she and her mother and brother, 16-year-old Dante, participated in the campaign on their own terms. “My mom, my brother, and I are all capable of making our own decisions,” she said. “Twenty years ago, my dad did not know he was running for mayor and did not seek to marry a black woman to put on display.”

    The de Blasios have appeared on the campaign trail with the candidate often, and Dante filmed an effective, much-talked-about direct-to-camera television ad earlier this year. When a reporter asked whether de Blasio has used his family as “a prop” during the campaign, McCray responded sharply. “Do I look like an inanimate object? I walk, I talk, I make my own decisions,” she said.

  5. Ametia says:

    Go Serena!

  6. rikyrah says:

    27 other things the North Carolina voting law changes

    By Reid Wilson, Published: September 8 at 6:00 amE-mail the writer

    When North Carolina Republicans passed a package of election law reforms this year, Democrats cried foul. As in other states, the new reforms required voters to show identification at the polls, and cut the number of early voting days when polling stations would be open before an election.

    But the package also contained several revisions to state election laws that go well beyond requiring an identification and cutting voting days — including some that will likely have a bigger impact on the future of the state’s election results than either of the best-known provisions.

    Together, the early voting and voter identification provisions take up fewer than four and a half pages of text. The bill is 49 pages long. Here are 27 other provisions you can find in the other 44 and a half pages:

  7. rikyrah says:


    On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb.

    Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television. Next came the things that were closest to his heart: his Marine Corps medals and photographs of his dead wife, Martha. The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go.

    All because he didn’t pay a $134 property tax bill.


    The retired Marine sergeant lost his house on that summer day two years ago through a tax lien sale — an obscure program run by D.C. government that enlists private investors to help the city recover unpaid taxes.

    For decades, the District placed liens on properties when homeowners failed to pay their bills, then sold those liens at public auctions to mom-and-pop investors who drew a profit by charging owners interest on top of the tax debt until the money was repaid.

    But under the watch of local leaders, the program has morphed into a predatory system of debt collection for well-financed, out-of-town companies that turned $500 delinquencies into $5,000 debts — then foreclosed on homes when families couldn’t pay, a Washington Post investigation found.


    In a 10-month investigation, The Post chronicled years of breakdowns and abuses in a program that puts at risk one of the most fundamental possessions in American life.

    Of the nearly 200 homeowners who lost their properties in recent years, one in three had liens of less than $1,000.
    More than half of the foreclosures were in the city’s two poorest wards, 7 and 8, where dozens of owners were forced to leave their homes just months before purchasers sold them. One foreclosed on a brick house near the Maryland border with a $287 lien and sold it less than eight weeks later for $129,000.
    More than 40 houses were taken by companies whose representatives were caught breaking laws in other states to win liens.
    Instead of stepping in, the D.C. tax office created more problems by selling nearly 1,900 liens by mistake in the past six years — even after owners paid their taxes — forcing unsuspecting families into legal battles that have lasted for years. One 64-year-old woman spent two years fighting to save her home in Northwest after the tax office erroneously charged her $8.61 in interest.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Young, black and speaking out after the Trayvon Martin case

    Ayinde Grimes splits the crowd on the sidewalk as he and a friend window-shop in Georgetown one afternoon. People break a wide arc around the tall teen from Anacostia, strolling on Wisconsin Avenue with his afro bouncing and his black-power medallion swinging.

    Were they just giving him space? he wonders. Were they afraid? Ayinde doesn’t know. He’s walking that line that black people — especially young black men — often walk.

    Maybe they did that because “I’m black,” he says later. “Maybe they did that not because I’m black but because I’m taking up space.” It’s a perpetual internal debate.

    Ayinde is 17 — the same age as Travyon Martin, the black teenager who went out one night in Sanford, Fla., to buy candy and was slain by a neighborhood watch volunteer on his way home. The killing had shaken Ayinde and many of his friends. Even worse, he says, was George Zimmerman’s acquittal in July on all charges in the teen’s death, an outcome that outraged them.

    In the weeks that followed the Zimmerman verdict, many people wondered what sort of impact the case would have on the lives of young African Americans like Ayinde. What would it mean for black teens navigating the journey from childhood to manhood in a world that so often defines them by stereotypes?

    “I call them young black baby men,” says Gayle Danley, who taught a “Split This Rock” poetry workshop that Ayinde attended this summer. “No matter what we tell them: ‘You are beautiful. You are valuable.’ No matter what the world says, there still might be that little kernel of doubt inside, saying, ‘Really? Am I really important? Am I really valuable? Look what can happen to me on a dark, rainy night.’ ”

    In Georgetown, Ayinde crosses the street and goes into the sports shoe store, where he gets sidelong glances from other customers. “It seemed like the girls were afraid to . . . walk by me,” he says. “And I’m just living my life.”

    Ayinde was in the fourth grade the first time he was followed as he was shopping, at a dollar store with two friends. A clerk trailed them as they looked for Styrofoam balls for a galaxy science project.

    But at the Apple Store in Georgetown, the clerks smile when they spot him and ask whether he needs any help. “They seemed genuinely friendly,” he says.

    • Yahtc says:

      I clicked on your link and read the three page article as well as watching the video. It is a great article.

      Thanks for posting this, rikyrah.

    • Liza says:

      This is an excellent article. There’s a lot to think about. But to make a very general comment, I just wonder who could read about these kids and not get a feeling about who they are? These are bright, sensitive kids with a future, or rather, they are the future. Yet, any one of them could have been Trayvon Martin and still could be. They say this, and they are right. There is so much that is wrong in all of this.

      What is it going to take to protect these children?

  9. Ametia says:

    *sigh* Past time for the Vikings to let Chris Ponder go. Detroit wins 34-24 today.

  10. Ametia says:

    Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP, is scheduled to announce on Monday that he will step down in January.

    Addressing his legacy and his resignation, Jealous said: “As others questioned its vitality, we have been able to regrow the mightiest of all trees in the ecology of social justice. I’m really going to miss the street fights we’ve been in.”


    Read more at:

  11. BREAKING: Ben Jealous Resigns as NAACP President

  12. Ametia says:

    White House considers top female Treasury official for post at Federal Reserve, reports say
    By Ylan Q. Mui, Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2:24 PM

    The White House is considering nominating a top female official at the Treasury Department to fill one of the vacant seats at the Federal Reserve, according to two people familiar with the process, amid criticism over the role of women in the Obama administration.

    As undersecretary for international affairs, Lael Brainard is one of the most highly ranked — and most visible — female members of President Obama’s economic team. Her name has long been circulated among the insular world of Fed watchers as a potential candidate to sit on the central bank’s influential board of governors

  13. Yahtc says:

    You know, I just thought of a new term for the fanatical conservative tea party types. They are “political conquistadors” who want to conquer and do away with true democracy through methods like voter suppression, etc.

  14. John McCain is pushing the Potus impeachement meme

    As Rikyrah says


    I wish a mofo would…

  15. johnnie stallings says:

    how can I say thank you when thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. My sisters and daughters you are doing a great and mighty work.

  16. Yahtc says:

  17. Hey 3CP!

    Happy Grandparents day to all you wonderful grandparents!

  18. Ametia says:

    So Mike Bloomberg thinks DeBlassio having a BLACK wife and children is RACIST?

    Please say it isn’t SO!

  19. Yahtc says:

    I would love it if someday an African American movie producer and director created a movie based on the life of Fred Shuttlesworth.


    The Freedom Rides
    Shuttlesworth participated in the sit-ins against segregated lunch counters in 1960 and took part in the organization and completion of the Freedom Rides in 1961.
    Shuttlesworth originally warned that Alabama was extremely volatile when he was consulted before the Freedom Rides began. Shuttlesworth noted that he respected the courage of the activists proposing the Rides but that he felt other actions could be taken to accelerate the Civil Rights Movement that would be less dangerous. However, the planners of the Rides were undeterred and decided to continue preparing.
    After it became certain that the Freedom Rides were to be carried out, Shuttlesworth worked with the Congress of Racial Equality to organize the Rides and became engaged with ensuring the success of the rides, especially during their stint in Alabama. Shuttlesworth mobilized some of his fellow clergy to assist the rides. After the Riders were badly beaten and nearly killed in Birmingham and Anniston during the Rides, he sent deacons to pick up the Riders from a hospital in Anniston. He himself had been brutalized earlier in the day and had faced down the threat of being thrown out of the hospital by the hospital superintendent.Shuttlesworth took in the Freedom Riders at the Bethel Baptist Church, allowing them to recuperate after the violence that had occurred earlier in the day.
    The violence in Anniston and Birmingham almost led to a quick end to the Freedom Rides. However, the actions of supporters like Shuttlesworth gave James Farmer, the leader of C.O.R.E., which had originally organized the Freedom Rides, and other activists the courage to press forward. After the violence that occurred in Alabama but before the Freedom Riders could move on, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy gave Shuttlesworth his personal phone number in case the Freedom Riders needed federal support.
    When Shuttlesworth prepared the Riders to leave Birmingham and they reached the Greyhound Terminal, the Riders found themselves stranded as no bus driver was willing to drive the controversial group into Mississippi. Shuttlesworth stuck with the Riders and called Kennedy. Prompted by Shuttlesworth, Kennedy tried to find a replacement bus driver. Unfortunately, his efforts eventually proved unsuccessful. The Riders then decided to take a plane to New Orleans (where they had planned on finishing the Rides) and were assisted by Shuttlesworth in getting to the airport and onto the plane.
    Shuttlesworth’s commitment to the Freedom Rides was highlighted by Diane Nash, a student activist and a major organizer of the later waves of Rides, as she noted, “Fred was practically a legend. I think it was important – for me, definitely, and for a city of people who were carrying on a movement – for there to be somebody that really represented strength, and that’s certainly what Fred did. He would not back down, and you could count on it. He would not sell out, [and] you could count on that.” The students involved in the Rides appreciated Shuttlesworth’s commitment to the principals of the Freedom Rides – ending the segregationist laws of the Jim Crow South. Shuttlesworth’s fervent passion for equality made him a role model to many of the Riders.[1]
    Project C
    Shuttlesworth invited SCLC and Dr. King to come to Birmingham in 1963 to lead the campaign to desegregate it through mass demonstrations–what Shuttlesworth called “Project C”, the “C” standing for “confrontation”. While Shuttlesworth was willing to negotiate with political and business leaders for peaceful abandonment of segregation, he believed, with good reason, that they would not take any steps that they were not forced to take. He suspected their promises could not be trusted on until they acted on them.
    In 1963 Shuttlesworth was set on provoking a crisis that would force the authorities and business leaders to recalculate the cost of segregation. This occurred when James Bevel, SCLC’s Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education, initiated and organized the young students of the city to stand up for their rights. The televised images of Connor’s directing handlers of police dogs to attack young unarmed demonstrators and firefighters’ using hoses to knock down children had a profound effect on American citizens’ view of the civil rights struggle, and helped lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Shuttlesworth’s activities were not limited to Birmingham. In 1964 he traveled to St. Augustine, Florida (which he often cited as the place where the civil rights struggle met with the most violent resistance), taking part in marches and widely publicized beach wade-ins.
    In 1965 he was active in the Selma Voting Rights Movement, and its march fromSelma to Montgomery which led to the passage of theVoting Rights Act of 1965. Shuttlesworth thus played a role in the efforts that led to the passage of the two great legislative accomplishments of the civil rights movement.

    • Yahtc says:

      Also from the Wikipedia article:

      Prompted by the removal of a non-cancerous brain tumor in August of the previous year, he gave his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church on the 19th March 2006—the weekend of his 84th birthday.

      Here is that sermon preceded by a song to him of “We are glad you are here”:

      • Yahtc says:

        Published on Oct 5, 2011 by wlwwtv
        Former Cincinnati reverend and pioneer of the Civil Rights movement, Fred Shuttlesworth, has passed away.

    • Yahtc says:

      Also from the Wikipedia article:

      Shuttlesworth was apparently personally fearless, even though he was aware of the risks he ran. Other committed activists were scared off or mystified by his willingness to accept the risk of death. Shuttlesworth himself vowed to “kill segregation or be killed by it”.

      Murder attempts:

      On December 25, 1956, unknown persons tried to kill Shuttlesworth by placing sixteen sticks of dynamite under his bedroom window. Shuttlesworth somehow escaped unhurt even though his house was heavily damaged. A police officer, who also belonged to theKu Klux Klan, told Shuttlesworth as he came out of his home, “If I were you I’d get out of town as quick as I could”. Shuttlesworth told him to tell the Klan that he was not leaving and “I wasn’t saved to run.”

      When Shuttlesworth and his wife Ruby attempted to enroll their children in a previously all-white public school in Birmingham in 1957, a mob of Klansmen attacked them, with the police nowhere to be seen. His assailants included Bobby Frank Cherry, who six years later was involved in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. The mob beat Shuttlesworth with chains and brass knuckles in the street while someone stabbed his wife. Shuttlesworth drove himself and his wife to the hospital where he told his kids to always forgive.

      In 1958 Shuttlesworth survived another attempt on his life. A church member standing guard saw a bomb and quickly moved it to the street before it went off.

  20. rikyrah says:

    The ’12 Years a Slave’ Hype Won’t Slow Down

    After its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last week, and a screening Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, the hype surrounding Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave reached a high point. It is undeniable — this is the movie you need to see. Don’t expect that hype to stop until awards season is over and the movie walks away with more than one statue.

    The reviews that trickled in Friday night and Saturday morning were excited, superlative, and unanimously positive. They all had one overwhelming message: 12 Years a Slave — the third from director Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender as slave and slave owner, respectively — will be a movie to mess with come award season. Buzzfeed’s Adam Vary called it “most emotionally powerful film I have seen in a decade,” in his initial reaction. “The Oscar race has been pronounced over, six months before the ceremony itself,” writes the Guardian’s Catherine Shoard. Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says it’s a “landmark of cruelty and transcendence.” This is not last year’s Django Unchained, then.

    “So… yeah. The stuff you’re reading about 12 YEARS A SLAVE that sounds like it must be hyperbole? Kinda isn’t,” NPR’s Linda Holmes added on Twitter.

    This kind of breathless praise shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who read the early reviews out of Telluride. That festival isn’t as widely attended as TIFF, but the movie’s brilliance was still on display for those in attendance. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg didn’t mince words last weekend in his report on the premiere:

    Indeed, I believe that it will strongly contend for noms in the categories of best picture, best director (McQueen, for biting off more than ever before and capably chewing it), best actor (Ejiofor, for his total commitment in every scene of the film), best supporting actor (Fassbender, for playing a brutal Southern slave owner), best supporting actress (N’yongo, for portraying a slave who endures heartbreaking brutality), best adapted screenplay (for John Ridley’s take on Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography of the same title) and best original score (Hans Zimmer).

    • Yahtc says:

      Let’s look at the movie trailer again:

    • ’12 Years A Slave’ Stuns Toronto, Compared To ‘Schindler’s List’

      One week after “12 Years A Slave” debuted at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews, Steve McQueen’s film won even greater acclaim after its official premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night.

      “I am composed enough to say ’12 Years A Slave’ is the best, most emotionally powerful movie I have seen in a decade, at least,” BuzzFeed senior film reporter Adam B. Vary wrote on Twitter in the first of two tweets about the film. “I would be afraid about overselling ’12 Years a Slave,’ but if you love cinema and storytelling and are human, you will understand.” Vary elaborated on those thoughts in a piece for BuzzFeed called “’12 Years A Slave’ Is The Must-See Movie Of The Year, And Should Win All The Oscars.”

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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