Tuesday Open Thread | The Films of Spike Lee

This week, we’re exploring the films of Spike Lee.

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1988 School Daze

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School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee’s experiences at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, it is a story about fraternity and sorority members clashing with other students at a historically black college during homecoming weekend. It also touches upon issues of real and perceived racism related to skin tone bias and hair quality within the African-American community. The second feature film by Spike Lee, School Daze was released on February 12, 1988 by Columbia Pictures.

Synopsis

Vaughn “Dap” Dunlap (Fishburne) is a politically conscious black American student at Mission College, a leading historically black college whose motto is “Uplift the Race”.[2] The college administration is portrayed as inept.

He leads anti-apartheid demonstrations encouraging students and school administrators to divest from South Africa. When his buddies go into town, they find the local boys are not impressed with their activities, but think of them as privileged college boys. Open conflict breaks out between the groups.[2]

He is feuding with Julian Eaves (Esposito) aka Dean Big Brother Almighty of Gamma Phi Gamma Fraternity, Incorporated. This group is characterized as “wannabees”, as in “wannabe better than me”. The fraternity brothers are preparing for a big college football weekend and Homecoming parties. Meanwhile, Dap’s younger cousin, Darrell (Lee), aka “Half-Pint”, is a Gamma pledge.

The Gamma women’s auxiliary, the Gamma Rays, who are sleek and light-skinned, confront non-Greek black co-eds, particularly over skin color and the nature of their hair. Some of the Rays use contact lens to change eye color.[2]

1989 Do the Right Thing

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Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of ‘Mookie’ in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. It is also notably the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Pérez. The movie tells the story of a neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer.

The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.[3][4][5][6] In 1999, it was deemed to be “culturally significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of just five films to have this honor in their first year of eligibility.

Plot

Mookie (Lee) is a young black man living in a black neighborhood in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with his sister, Jade (Joie Lee), who wants him out of her apartment. He works delivering pizzas for a local pizzeria, but he lacks ambition and he works to support his girlfriend Tina (Perez) and their son Hector. Salvatore “Sal” Frangione (Aiello), the pizzeria’s Italian-American owner, has owned the restaurant and been in the neighborhood for twenty-five years. His older son, Giuseppe, better known as Pino (Turturro) says of the pizzeria that he “detests it like a sickness”, holds racial contempt for the neighborhood blacks and attempts to make Mookie’s life miserable. Sal’s younger son, Vito (Edson), is friends with Mookie.

The street corner is filled with distinct personalities, most of whom are just trying to find a way to deal with the intense heat on what is the hottest day in years and go about their regular day-to-day activities. A drunk called Da Mayor (Davis) is constantly trying to win both the approval and affection of the neighborhood matron, Mother Sister (Dee), who watches the neighborhood’s activity from her brownstone. A young man named Radio Raheem (Nunn) lives for nothing else but to blast Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” on his boombox wherever he goes. He wears “love” and “hate” four-fingered rings (brass knuckles) on either hand, which he explains in one scene symbolize the struggle between the two forces.

A mentally disabled man named Smiley (Smith) meanders around the neighborhood, holding up hand-colored pictures of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The local radio disc jockey, “Mister Señor Love Daddy” (Samuel L. Jackson) rounds out the neighborhood. Three men (Harris, Benjamin, Faison), known as “the Corner Men,” act as a sort of Greek chorus, commenting on the neighborhood and the day’s events. Four teenagers – Cee, Punchy, Ahmad and Ella – deal with the heat outside as well.

While eating a slice at Sal’s, Buggin’ Out (Esposito) questions Sal about the “Wall of Fame” and demands he put up some pictures of black celebrities on the wall since Sal’s pizzeria is in a black neighborhood and sells pizza to black people. Sal replies that it is his store and he doesn’t have to feature anyone but Italians on his wall. Mookie attempts to cool Buggin’ Out out, but he escorts his pizza outside and sternly bans him. Buggin’ Out attempts to start a boycott over the “Wall of Fame,” but no one will support his protest except Radio Raheem and Smiley.

Over the course of the day tensions rise around the neighborhood, all witnessed, and some influenced by, Mookie’s drawn out pizza deliveries . Teenagers open a fire hydrant for respite from the heat, flooding a passer-by’s car and police officers intervene. Some Puerto Rican men challenge the magnitude of the speaker on Radio Raheem’s boom box, leading to a “shouting” match between the competitors’ boom boxes. Buggin’ Out instigates a fight with a white brownstone owner, Clifton (John Savage) who accidentally rolls his dirty bike tire over Buggin’ Out’s Air Jordan shoes, and Da Mayor saves a boy from being run over by a car, tackling him away from a speeding car as the boy rushed to the ice cream truck. Sal argues with Radio Raheem for blasting his boombox in the pizzeria. Mookie and Pino begin arguing over which race is better, blacks or Italians, which leads to a series of scenes in which the characters, addressing the camera, spew a variety of racial insults.

In the afternoon Pino expresses his hatred of the neighborhood but Sal insists that whether Pino likes it or not, his pizzeria, and his pizza, are part of the neighborhood there, and he isn’t leaving. Mookie almosts gets fired by Sal, but Jade comes to Sal’s shop, cooling Sal’s anger. Outside, Mookie confronts her for being too close to Sal. As they’re cleaning to close the restaurant Mookie demands his weekly pay from Sal. Buggin’ Out convinces Radio Raheem and Smiley to join his protest and they begin insulting and threatening the yelling neighbors.

That night as Sal serves four teenagers prior to closing, Radio Raheem, Smiley and Buggin’ Out march into Sal’s and demand that Sal change the pictures on the wall. Sal demands that they turn the radio down or leave the shop, but the two men refuse to do so. They yell at each other, threatening, until Sal, in a fit of frustration and anger, calls Radio Raheem a “nigger” and destroys Radio Raheem’s boombox with a baseball bat. Radio Raheem attacks Sal, starting a fight with all the teenage boys, Sal and his sons, which spills out onto the street, attracting a crowd of spectators. As Radio Raheem is strangling Sal to death, Da Mayor yells at them to stop the fight.

The police arrive at the scene, break up the fight and begin to apprehend Radio Raheem and Buggin’ Out. Buggin’ Out is arrested while Radio Raheem is placed in a chokehold by one officer, killing him. The police officers, realizing they have killed a black man in front of an angry crowd, take Radio Raheem’s body back to the squad car. The angry crowd chases the police, who leave the scene with Radio Raheem’s body, and leave Sal, Vito and Pino alone with the angry crowd. The crowd is enraged about Radio Raheem’s death and blame Sal and his sons. Da Mayor attempts to tell the crowd to go home but the crowd threatens Da Mayor. Mookie grabs a trash can and throws it through the window of Sal’s restaurant, yelling “hate” which turns the collective anger towards the property and away from the owners. Da Mayor pulls Sal out of the mob’s way. Vito, Pino and Sal watch in horror as the restaurant gets destroyed.

The angry crowd becomes a riotous mob, rushes into the restaurant and destroys everything, while Smiley sets the restaurant on fire. From there, the mob begins to head for the Korean market. Sonny, the owner, tries to fight them off with a broom and yells that he is one of them causing them to spare the store. Firefighters arrive and begin spraying Sal’s building before they turn their hoses on the mob when they refuse to disperse, further enraging them. The mob disperses when the police arrive and begin arresting people. Meanwhile, Smiley wanders back into the smoldering restaurant and hangs a picture of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on what’s left of Sal’s “Wall of Fame.”

The next day, Radio Love Daddy discusses what transpired the previous night, asking, “are we ever going to live together?” After having an argument with Tina over what it is to be a man, Mookie returns to Sal, who feels betrayed by Mookie for destroying the restaurant. They get into an argument but then Mookie and Sal cautiously reconcile. He demands his weekly pay he had earlier been demanding to receive in advance, which he gets.

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43 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | The Films of Spike Lee

  1. rikyrah says:

    Fratricide Is Bad for Fundraising

    by BooMan
    Tue Oct 22nd, 2013 at 06:43:46 PM EST

    It appears to me that the Republicans’ government shutdown failed even in the rather modest goal of ramping up base enthusiasm. The fundraising boon did not materialize for them, but it did materialize for the Democrats.

    “I know a lot of people in New York who are just not going to give again,” said Thomas Scully, who served in the George W. Bush administration and is now both a partner with the private equity firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and a senior counsel with Alston & Bird. Donors to the NRSC were particularly frustrated after 2012, Scully said, when Republicans failed to regain the Senate after conservatives who won primaries went on to lose the general election.

    “It’s frustrating to give money to people when you know they’re not going to win,” Scully said. Business leaders fed up over the shutdown have pledged to become more active in primaries, with an eye to backing candidates more in tune with their philosophy of stability and good governance. Some Republicans fret that business donors will also defect to Democrats.

    “We should be worried,” said John Feehery, a former GOP leadership aide and president of the lobbying and PR shop of QGA Public Affairs. “I think the biggest worry for Republicans is the fratricide. When it’s Republican-on-Republican violence, the business community will look at Democrats and say: ‘At least these guys are sane.’”

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/10/22/184346/77#4

  2. rikyrah says:

    I’ll repeat it..
    IF you take a vote 43 TIMES TO REPEAL SAID LAW
    You can’t have shyt to say about said law.
    Beginning.Middle.End of story.

    …………………………………………

    GOP shut out of Obamacare briefing
    10/22/13 5:46 PM EDT

    House Republicans have requested a briefing with Obama administration officials about the implementation of the health care reform law after hearing that House Democrats will get a briefing on the law tomorrow.

    “Far too much information about Obamacare’s rollout is being concealed from the public,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. “This snub is all the more offensive after Secretary Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week. It’s time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”

    House Democrats will be briefed by Mike Hash, the head of the HHS Office of Health Reform, at 8:50 a.m.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/gop-shut-out-of-obamacare-briefing-98704.html#ixzz2iUSeOWaa

  3. rikyrah says:

    South Dakota Doctors Urge Their Governor To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

    South Dakota doctors are urging Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, warning that a failure to do so will hurt hospitals financially and raise health care costs for people with private insurance. Current Medicaid eligibility thresholds in most states — including South Dakota — are so demanding that they disqualify even the poorest working adults from receiving coverage through the program.

    In South Dakota, 15 percent of the adult population lives at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which works out to be about $11,500 per year for an individual. But justeight percent of adults are covered by Medicaid. Under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, any adult making up to 138 percent FPL would be able enroll in the public health insurance program. That would end up cutting South Dakota’s uninsurance rate by more than half. Without the expansion, on the other hand, South Dakota’s poorest will have to continue relying on the emergency room for their medical services.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/21/2808391/south-dakota-doctors-medicaid/

  4. rikyrah says:

    Ellen Show Gives Waitress Big Reward For Picking Up Military Members’ Tab

    By Good News Network Monday, October 21, 2013

    Ellen rewards waitress who bought lunch for service membersThe bill was $27.75, her reward for paying it was far greater. Sarah Hoidahl, a New Hampshire waitress, even though she is a single mom living on tips, bought lunch for two National Guard service members who were furloughed recently in the government shutdown.

    The Guardswomen posted the kind note they received from Sarah on Facebook from which thousands of people were inspired — including the Ellen Show producers.

    Sarah was flown from Concord to Los Angeles to be on the show Friday where Ellen paid her back the $27.75. Then the talk show gave her a television, because they heard Sarah’s was broken.

    It didn’t stop there.

    http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/ellen-awards-waitress-who-paid-tab-for-furloughed-soldiers.html

  5. Ted Cruz: ‘Nigerian Email Scammers’ Hired to Run Obamacare Website.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/ted-cruz-nigerian-email-scammers-hired-to-run-obamacare-website/

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) received a boisterous welcome from a hometown crowd in Houston, Texas on Monday, and repaid their enthusiasm with a shot at the Affordable Care Act’s troubled website launch.

    “You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz told the crowd. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.”

    The reception was a marked change from Cruz’s treatment among colleagues and in the polls, after the Senator’s strategy to link stopping Obamacare to government funding led to a two-week-plus government shutdown and disastrous approval numbers for Republicans.
    ********************

    Ted Cruz, I hear your dog whistle! Racist mofo!

  6. Yahtc says:

    ‘Black lifestyle’ in Japan

  7. Yahtc says:

    “Struggle and Success the African American Experience in Japan”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_d0tgYzHzrM

    Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011 by reggelife1
    Excerpt from a film about the complex lives of African Americans living in Japan

  8. Yahtc says:

    “African American Beauty”

    Poem by Carrie Suter

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/african-american-beauty/

  9. rikyrah says:

    Health gap between states could reshape US

    Rachel Maddow looks at the difference in degrees to which states are embracing Obamacare and wonders about the future of states that offer inferior coverage.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/health-gap-between-states-could-reshape-us-55320131507

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage
    By Greg Sargent

    October 22 at 8:16 am

    The Washington Post and ABC News have released a new batch of polling that shows in quite striking terms just how badly the shutdown fight has damaged the GOP.

    The question, however, is: Do Republicans actually think it matters that their image is in such disastrous shape, or is that rendered inconsequential by the degree to which the House GOP majority is believed to be invulnerable? The numbers:

    * Dems lead in the generic ballot matchup by 49-38. Among independents — a key midterm constituency — those numbers are 46-35.

    * Only 21 percent of Americans approve of the way the Congressional GOP is handling the federal budget, versus 77 percent who disapprove. Among independents: 20-78. Among moderates: 14-85. Among seniors: 18-79. Fewer than one in three regard the GOP favorably.

    * Only 20 percent think Republicans are “interested in doing what’s best for the country,” while 77 percent think they’re “interested in what’s best for themselves politically.” Among independents: 14-83. Among moderates: 18-81. Among seniors: 24-74.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/10/22/the-morning-plum-outside-the-conservative-bubble-gop-sustains-epic-damage/

  11. rikyrah says:

    igorvolsky @igorvolsky

    Nearly 150,000 NewYorkers have signed up for Obamacare.

    5:14 AM – 22 Oct 2013

  12. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    September Jobs Report: 148K jobs added. Unemployment rate fell to 7.2% (lowest since 2008) August numbers revised up to 193K from 169K.

    7:35 AM – 22 Oct 2013

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    September Jobs Report: Government sector added 22,000 jobs. In the past two months, government has added over 50,000 jobs.

    7:38 AM – 22 Oct 2013

  14. rikyrah says:

    daveweigel ✔ @daveweigel

    Idaho’s GOP gov sets up Obamacare exchange, gets primary challenge http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/19/2823385/sen-fulcher-exploring-challenge.html

    7:42 AM – 22 Oct 2013

  15. Yahtc says:

    Artist displays self-portraits in Durham gallery

    (This article focuses on Artist Beverly McIver)
    Published October 21, 2013

    http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/10/beverly-mciver-feature-1022

  16. rikyrah says:

    Michael R. Strain @MichaelRStrain

    Why go to college? Unemployment rates for:
    High school dropout = 10.3
    HS grad = 7.6
    Some college = 6.0
    BA or higher = 3.7

  17. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Georgian woman says “be patient.” She was and #ObamaCare cut her premiums by 50% and her deductible from $5K to $2500 http://m.ajc.com/news/news/local/amid-the-train-wreck-signs-of-life/nbTY9/

    7:49 AM – 22 Oct 2013

  18. rikyrah says:

    Ohio’s Kasich expands healthcare access through Obamacare
    10/22/13 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is one of several Republican governors eager to expand Medicaid in his state, even though it means implementing the Affordable Care Act, though it hasn’t been easy. The Republican governor has faced unyielding opposition to the idea from state lawmakers in his own party, who are convinced it’s important to combat “Obamacare,” even when that doesn’t make sense.

    Kasich tried nearly everything he could think, up to and including asking his party to consider what Reagan would do. Yesterday, however, the governor played the only card he had left: he circumvented the state legislature altogether and approved Medicaid expansion on his own.

    …………..

    There are now 26 states that have embraced Medicaid expansion – a new total that officially crosses the “more than half the nation” threshold.

    Estimates vary slightly, but Kasich’s decision will bring health care coverage to as many as 330,000 low-income Ohioans, who would otherwise be forced to go without.

    It’s easy to get lost in the numbers, so let’s pause to appreciate the scope of this single decision in a single state. Whenever the number of Americans without health insurance improves, it’s clearly a positive development, but in this case, a governor was able to bring coverage to a third of a million people in one afternoon.

    It’s the kind of decision that will boost Ohio’s economy and fiscal outlook, but more importantly, it’s also likely to save lives.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/kasich-expands-healthcare-access-through-aca

  19. Yahtc says:

    NAACP names interim president, CEO

    http://www.sunherald.com/2013/10/22/5049128/naacp-names-interim-president.html

    The Associated Press

    BALTIMORE — The NAACP has selected a former House of Representatives clerk as an interim president and CEO while the organization seeks a new leader.

    The nation’s largest and oldest civil rights group announced at its board meeting over the weekend that Lorraine Miller would take the lead during the search. President and CEO Benjamin Jealous announced last month that he will step down at the end of the year. Miller is set to assume day-to-day responsibilities at the Baltimore-based group on Nov. 1.

    Miller, now a commercial real estate broker, served as the first African-American clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She served as president of the Washington, D.C., branch of the NAACP and has been a member of the national board of directors since 2008.

  20. rikyrah says:

    GOP complaints over Jeh Johnson crumble under scrutiny
    10/21/13 05:00 PM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s been a few days since President Obama introduced former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the White House’s choice to lead to the Department of Homeland Security, and the Republican line of criticism is coming into focus: Johnson has donated to Democrats.

    It seems like a pretty weak pitch, but Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Session (R-Ala.), who’ve apparently taken the lead in opposing Johnson’s nomination, have both gone after the DHS nominee for having financially supported Democratic candidates, including the president, in recent years.

    The good news is, the criticism is not made up – Johnson, as Fox News first reported on Friday, has “contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups” over the past decade. Sessions characterizes this support as a “deeply concerning” part of Johnson’s background, while Cornyn included this detail among his “grave concerns” about this nomination.

    Whether one is concerned about a Democratic DHS nominee having contributed to Democratic candidates is, I suppose, a matter of perspective, but as Evan McMorris-Santoro noted, there is the question of a rather brazen double standard.

    Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, “raised at least $251,550” as a fundraising bundler for Bush’s 2000 campaign, according to a 2003 New York Times investigation and was known to be adviser to Bush’s campaign as well as on the shortlist for running mate in 2000 when he was plucked for the DHS job from his job as the Republican governor of Pennsylvania. […]

    Michael Chertoff, the second DHS secretary nominated by Bush, also got confirmation votes from Cornyn and Sessions. A former federal judge, Chertoff gave thousands of dollars in direct donations to Republicans, including Bush, in the years before his nomination.

  21. Yahtc says:

    Fort Mose featured on PBS tonight
    Six-part series focuses on 500 years of African-American history, people

    http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2013-10-21/fort-mose-will-be-highlighted-pbs-series#.UmZ0xhafczZ

    Fort Mose, America’s first free black town, “made” historian Jane Landers’ career.

    Landers, a professor at Vanderbilt University, will tonight be sharing some of that knowledge on PBS as she talks with Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. for his new television show “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

    “(Fort Mose) made my career (more than) 20 years ago. I’ve always wanted to come back … to show my respect for the place,” Landers said. “I was glad to have the opportunity to do it.”

    Gates’ six-part series “Many River to Cross” covers 500 years of African-American history. PBS will be showing it each Tuesday through Nov. 26. The series “explores the evolution of African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies and religious and social perspectives they developed,” according to the PBS site.

    What makes Fort Mose special and what earned it a place on Gates’ new series is that it is the first free black town in what is today the United States.

    Landers joined Gates last summer as crews filmed scenes at Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Mose and the final home of Georges Biassou in St. Augustine.

    Biassou, born a slave in Haiti, was an early leader in the slave uprising that began the Haitian Revolution and eventually became a Spanish general. At one point he commanded Fort Matanzas and lived in the Salcedo House at 62 Spanish St.; it’s now occupied by the Whetstone chocolate store.

    Born in the Dominican Republic where her father was a naval attaché, Landers planned to do research on Brazil but while at the University of Florida “stumbled into records” about the role of blacks in the days of colonial Spain in the New World. That caught her attention and led her off into a new direction of research, including Fort Mose.

    Finding the fort

    The fort’s site had been discovered through the efforts of the late Frederick E. “Jack” Williams III. He hired then-graduate archaeology student Kathy Deagan to explore the site that he had bought rather than see it developed.

    A grant secured by the Florida Legislature’s Black Caucus opened up more doors and paid to send Landers to Spain to do the rest of her research. It then paid for archaeologist Kathy Deagan and her team from the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida to do two seasons of digging based on the research Landers was able to do in Spain.

    Fort Mose is now part of the state park system, designated a historic state park. Although nothing remains of the original fort, a film, visitor center and museum offer visitors a chance to understand the significance of the site. It’s also been designated a National Historic Landmark.

    Landers turned her research into a doctoral thesis and subsequently a book, “Black Society in Spanish Florida.”

    “That’s where Mose became known to the general population outside Florida,” she said of the book.

    She’s continued to develop research and beginning in January will take a leave from teaching to work on more books, including a further exploration of Biassou’s life. She’ll also be working on a book tracing what happened to Francisco Menendez, leader of the black militia at Fort Mose, after the British took over Florida and the Spanish, including Menendez and his followers, left for Cuba.

    The Spanish and English had “totally different” systems when it came to slavery, she said. Spanish slavery wasn’t about race, she said, anyone might end up a slave, including Christians, the poor, Jews, Gypsies.

    There were various ways out of slavery, including buying out or being freed; Castilian law, grounded in Roman law, helped make that possible as did the Catholic Church which allowed slaves to join the church. Because the Spanish allowed sanctuary to runaway slaves, a number of blacks ended up fleeing to Spanish territory and Fort Mose.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Looking for the congressmen from Occupy

    10/21/13 11:41 AM

    By Steve Benen

    Remember former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty? He briefly ran for president in the last cycle, before bowing out, moving to D.C., and becoming the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy group for the banking industry.

    Pawlenty sat down with Jake Tapper last week, just a couple of days after his party ended its government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis, and tried to make the case that his party’s radical wing isn’t too big a deal – because there’s a Democratic analog (via John Aravosis).

    “[A]s to the Tea Party, keep in mind, you know, it’s one slice of a broader coalition. They overplayed their hand here…. But, you know, there’s an analog in the Democratic Party to the Tea Party, when you look at groups like Occupy, when you look at groups that want to just recklessly defund the Department of Defense.

    “They don’t represent the whole Democratic Party and the Tea Party represents only one slice of the Republican Party.”

    This is certainly the kind of argument that resonates for much of the Beltway. Both sides have fringes, both sides have extremists, both sides have radicals who try to pull their ostensible allies further from the center. Therefore, when the political process appears broken, the establishment feels comfortable blaming … both sides.

    But here’s my follow-up question for Pawlenty: name all the Occupy activists in Congress.

    Indeed, I think it’s probably fair to say the state of the larger Occupy movement is nowhere close to where it once was, and comparing it to the Tea Party is itself hard to take seriously, but even looking past that, the effort at bipartisan criticism here is just silly.

    Democrats did not create an Occupy Congressional Caucus. We don’t see large numbers of Democratic lawmakers identifying themselves as Occupy adherents. There is literally nothing to suggest Occupy, which was nearly always non-partisan anyway, is driving the Democratic agenda at any level.

    And on the flip side, we see Tea Party Republicans pushing around the Speaker of the House and shutting down the government. Pawlenty sees Tea Partiers as a mere “slice” of the GOP coalition, but if recent events are any indication, it’s a pretty powerful slice with enormous influence – something Occupy wouldn’t even pretend to claim.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/looking-the-congressmen-occupy

  23. rikyrah says:

    9 Year Old Jomiloju Tunde-Oladipo becomes Nigeria’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional

    Posted On

    By : Spread Media

    It’s so inspiring to hear news like this. Jomiloju Tunde-Oladipo of Role Model School, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, has emerged one of the youngest pupils to obtain the Microsoft Certified Professional certificate. He came tops among 21 pupils who sat for the professional examination in Lagos. He is now a Microsoft office specialist in office word 2010. Jomiloju scored 769 out of 1,000 in the examination held in August.

    In his examination score report, the slim-built boy performed well in Sharing and Maintaining Documents, Formatting Content, Applying Page Layout, and Reusable Content, among other subjects. By the feat, Jomiloju has joined the league of young Microsoft certified professionals, including Nigeria’s 10-year-old Anjolaoluwa Seyi-Ojo; an eight-year-old Indian, Lavishnashree, and two Pakistanis, named Arfa and Thobani.

    Microsoft Certified Professional is a certification programme provided by Microsoft Corporation. The certification is tailored towards building skills on Microsoft business solutions, focusing on client-end operating systems such as windows XP, Vista, Windows7 among others.

    Jomiloju, whose certificate was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, Steven Ballmer, says he did not achieve this feat easily, but through persistence and hard work. He says, “It was not all that easy, because I had attempted the examination last year, I did not make it then. But I remained focused and I put in a lot of hard work”.

    “At home and in the school, I am always on the computer. After school hours, if am not doing anything, I will go to my Information Communication Technology teacher, to learn more.” Jomiloju sat for the examination when he was in primary Five.

    http://www.spreadmediang.com/9year-jomiloju-microsoft-certifed-professional/

  24. Yahtc says:

    “Caregiver embodies MLK’s dream for the nation”

    In 2009, near the conclusion of our six-year campaign to pass the New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Marlene co-hosted, with several state legislative champions, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Town Hall in New York City. In June 2011, she spoke at the launch of the Caring Across Generations campaign at the first National Care Congress in Washington, and several months later appeared on the Michael Eric Dyson Show to speak about that campaign. Now in her late 60s, Marlene is a venerable leader in the movement, a force to be reckoned with.
    To me, Marlene embodies Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for this nation. She believes in the value and dignity of her work. She does her work with a tremendous amount of pride and care. She promotes education, dedication to family and community, and taking initiative. She came to America so her children and grandchildren could have a better life. She’s never stopped striving for a better future for herself, and for the caregiving workforce. And she’s helped make history with the passage of protections that will provide a floor for domestic workers for generations to build toward their dreams.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/ai-jen-poo-marlene-champion-women-rule-caregiver-embodies-mlks-dream-for-the-nation-98628.html#ixzz2iSCoUhfx

  25. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning!

    What a great job you are doing in bringing these important Spike Lee movies to us, rikyrah.

    Thank you very much!

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