Saturday Open Thread | The Films of Spike Lee

This week, we’ve explored the films of Spike Lee.
2000 Bamboozled

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Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the violent fall-out from the show’s success. The film was given a limited release by New Line Cinema during the fall of 2000, and was released on DVD the following year.

Plot

Pierre Delacroix (whose real name is Peerless Dothan), (Damon Wayans) is an uptight, Harvard University-educated black man, working for a television network known as CNS (for “Continental Network System”). At work, he has to endure torment from his boss Thomas Dunwitty (Michael Rapaport), a tactless, boorish white man. Not only does Dunwitty talk like an urban black man, and use the word “nigger” repeatedly in conversations, he also proudly proclaims that he is more black than Delacroix and that he can use nigger since he is married to a black woman and has two mixed- race children. Dunwitty frequently rejects Delacroix’s scripts for television series that portray black people in positive, intelligent scenarios, dismissing them as “Cosby clones”.

Facing the necessity of either coming up with a hit black-centric show or being fired, Delacroix decides to aim for the latter. Delacroix would be in violation of his contract if he resigned, but getting fired would release him from it and allow him to seek work at another network. With help from his personal assistant Sloane Hopkins (Jada Pinkett Smith), Delacroix decides to pitch a minstrel show. Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show is complete with black actors in blackface, extremely racist jokes and puns, and even offensively stereotyped CGI-animated cartoons that caricature the leading stars of the new show. Delacroix develops the program believing that the network would reject such over-the-top racism and fire him immediately. Delacroix and Hopkins decide to recruit two impoverished street performers, Manray (Savion Glover, named after American artist Man Ray) and Womack (Tommy Davidson) — homeless squatters who regularly perform outside CNS’ headquarters building to star in the show. While Womack is horrified when Delacroix tells him details about the show, Manray willfully agrees to star in the show, seeing it as his big chance to become rich and famous for his tap-dancing skills.

To Delacroix’s horror, not only does Dunwitty enthusiastically endorse the show, it also becomes hugely successful. As soon as the show premieres on television, Manray and Womack end up becoming big stars while Delacroix, contrary to his original stated intent, defends the show as being satirical. Delacroix quickly embraces the show and his newfound fame; he even wins awards for creating and writing the show, while Hopkins becomes horrified at the racist nightmare she has helped to unleash. In the meantime, an underground, militant rap group called the Mau Maus (presumably named after Mau Mau), led by Hopkins’ older brother Julius (Mos Def), becomes increasingly angry at the content of the show. Though they had earlier auditioned for the program’s live band position and were rejected, the group plan to bring the show down using violence. Eventually, Womack quits, fed up with the show and Manray’s increasing ego. Manray and Hopkins thus grow closer, which angers Delacroix. Delacroix tries to break up Manray’s relationship with Hopkins by accusing her of sleeping with Manray to further her career. Delacroix reveals that Hopkins only got her position as his assistant by sleeping with him. The move backfires and drives Manray and Hopkins even closer.

Hopkins creates a tape of racist footage culled from assorted movies, cartoons, television shows, and newsreels to try to shame Delacroix into stopping production of the show, but he refuses to view the tape. After an argument with Delacroix over all these differences, as well as realizing he is being exploited, Manray defiantly announces that he will no longer wear blackface. He appears in front of the studio audience, who are all in blackface, during a TV taping and does his dance number in his regular clothing. The network executives immediately turn against Manray, and Dunwitty (who is also wearing blackface) personally fires him from the show and throws him out of the studio.

The Mau Maus kidnap Manray, and then announce a plan to publicly execute Manray on a live webcast. The authorities work feverishly to track down the source of the internet feed, but Manray is nevertheless assassinated while doing his famous tap dancing (as a sort of sacrificial figure at his death). At his office, Delacroix (now in blackface make-up himself, mourning Manray’s death) begins to fantasize the various coon-themed antique collectibles in his office staring him down and coming to life and goes into a rage, destroying many of the racist collectibles. The police quickly catch The Mau Maus, shooting them down in a hail of bullets. The camera lingers on their corpses, especially female rapper Smooth Blak’s (Charli Baltimore) corpse. They leave only one survivor, a white member known as “One-Sixteenth Black” (MC Serch), who tearfully proclaims that he is “black” and demands to die with the rest of his group instead of being arrested. Furious, Hopkins confronts Delacroix at gunpoint with her brother’s revolver and demands that he watch the tape she prepared for him. Delacroix, after watching the tape, tries to get the gun, but is shot in the stomach. Hopkins, horrified, flees while proclaiming that it was Delacroix’s own fault that he got shot. Delacroix, after positioning the gun to make the gunshot wound to the stomach appear self-inflicted, watches the tape as he lies dying on the floor.

The film concludes with a long montage of racially insensitive and demeaning clips of black characters from Hollywood films of the first half of the 20th century. Some of the films used in the sequence are The Birth of a Nation, The Jazz Singer, Gone with the Wind, Babes in Arms, Holiday Inn, Judge Priest, Ub Iwerks’ cartoon Little Black Sambo, Walter Lantz’s cartoon Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat, the Screen Songs short Jingle Jangle Jungle, the Merrie Melodies short All This and Rabbit Stew, and, from the Hal Roach comedy School’s Out, Our Gang kids Allen “Farina” Hoskins and Matthew “Stymie” Beard. After the montage, as the cameras point to Delacroix’s dead body on the floor, the camera then shows Manray doing his last Mantan sequence on stage.

2002 25th Hour

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25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Edward Norton. Based on the novel The 25th Hour by David Benioff, who also wrote the screenplay, it tells the story of a man’s last 24 hours of freedom before going to prison for 7 years for dealing drugs.

Plot

A canary yellow vintage Super Bee pulls up short on a New York City street, and Monty Brogan gets out with his buddy Kostya to look at a dog lying in the road. The animal was mauled in a dogfight and Monty intends to shoot him but changes his mind after he looks him in the eye and decides to take him to a nearby clinic instead.

Fast forward to late 2002. Monty is about to begin serving a seven-year prison sentence for dealing drugs. He sits in the park with his dog, Doyle, on his last day of freedom. He plans to meet childhood friends Frank and Jacob at a club with his girlfriend Naturelle. Frank Slaughtery is a hotshot trader on Wall Street and Jacob Elinsky is an introverted high school teacher with a crush on one of his 11th grade students.

Monty visits his father, James, a former firefighter and recovering alcoholic who owns a bar, to confirm their plans to drive to the prison the following morning. Monty’s drug money helped him keep the bar, so a remorseful James sneaks a drink when Monty goes to the bathroom. Facing himself in the mirror, Monty lashes out in his mind against everyone else: all the New York stereotypes he can think of, from the cabbies to the firefighters, the corner grocers to the mobsters, as if he hates them all. Finally, he turns on himself, revealing that he is actually angry for getting greedy and having not given up drug dealing before he was caught.

Monty sold drugs for Uncle Nikolai, a Russian mobster. Kostya tries to persuade Monty it was Naturelle who turned him in, since she knew where he hid his drugs and money. Monty refused to turn state’s evidence against Nikolai but he’s not sure what Nikolai will do at the club that night. He remembers how he met Naturelle when she was 17, hanging around his old school, and how happy they were before he was arrested. He asks Frank to find out if it was Naturelle who betrayed him.

At the club, Jacob sees his student, Mary, so Monty invites her in with them. Discussing what kind of a future Monty can have after prison, Frank says they can open a bar together, even though he told Jacob he believes Monty’s life is over and he deserves his sentence for dealing drugs. Frank baits Naturelle by accusing her of living high on Monty’s money, not caring where it came from, but she reminds him that he knew as well and said nothing. Jacob, meanwhile, finds the courage to kiss Mary, but both appear to be in shock afterwards and go their separate ways.

Monty and Kostya go down to talk with Uncle Nikolai, who gives Monty advice on surviving in prison. Nikolai then reveals it was Kostya, not Naturelle, who betrayed him, and offers Monty a chance to kill Kostya in exchange for protecting his father’s bar. Monty refuses, reminding Nikolai that he asked Monty to trust Kostya in the first place. He walks out, leaving Kostya to be killed by the Russian mobsters.

After he tells Naturelle that he’s sorry he mistrusted her, Monty has one last thing to do. He goes to the park, where he asks Jacob to look after Doyle. Then he admits that he is terrified of being raped in prison, whereupon he asks Frank to beat him, saying if he goes in ugly he might have a chance at survival. Frank refuses, so Monty deliberately provokes him until Jacob intervenes and Monty attacks him. Frank is goaded into taking out his frustration, leaving Monty bruised and bloody, with a broken nose. Frank is in tears as Monty gets up and goes home.

Naturelle tries to comfort him as Monty’s father arrives to take him to Otisville. On the drive to prison, James suggests they go west, into hiding, giving Monty one last vision of freedom. Once again Monty sees a parade of faces from the streets of the city, followed by a vision of a future where Monty avoids imprisonment, reunites with Naturelle, starts a family, and grows old. As the fantasy ends, we see Monty, his eyes closed and face still bruised, sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car, which has driven past the bridge to the west and towards prison.

2006 Inside Man

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Inside Man is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist in Manhattan, New York during a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD’s hostage negotiator; Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist; and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who is hired to act as a “fixer” in response to the heist; Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also featured.

Gewirtz spent five years developing the film’s premise before working on his first original screenplay. After he completed the script in 2002, Imagine Entertainment purchased it to be made by Universal Studios, with Imagine co-founder Ron Howard attached to direct. After Howard stepped down, his Imagine partner Brian Grazer began looking for a new director to helm the project. After Menno Meyjes turned down the chance to direct, Grazer hired Lee to helm the film. Principal photography for Inside Man began in June 2005 and concluded in August of that year; filming took place on location in New York City.

The film premiered in New York on March 20, 2006 before being released in North America on March 24, 2006. Upon release, Inside Man received a generally positive critical response and was a commercial success, grossing over $184 million worldwide.

When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina. It was filmed in late August and early September 2005, and premiered at the New Orleans Arena on August 16, 2006 and was first aired on HBO the following week. The television premiere aired in two parts on August 21 and 22, 2006 on HBO. It has been described by an HBO executive[specify] as “one of the most important films HBO has ever made.” The title is a reference to the blues tune, “When the Levee Breaks”, by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

The documentary was screened at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on August 31 and September 1, 2006. It won the Orizzonti Documentary Prize and one of two FIPRESCI awards. In addition, it was shown at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival on September 15 and September 16, 2006. It won three awards at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards and received a Peabody Award.

The documentary is based on news video footage and still photos of Katrina and its aftermath, interspersed with interviews. Interviewees include politicians, journalists, historians, engineers, and many residents of various parts of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, who give first hand accounts of their experiences with the levee failures and the aftermath. The first installment opens with a photo and film montage of historic and recent New Orleans scenes, with a soundtrack of Louis Armstrong performing Louis Alter’s “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans”. At the end of the last episode is a similar montage with Fats Domino’s “Walking to New Orleans” on the soundtrack.

The film’s original score is by Terence Blanchard, a New Orleans-born trumpeter who appears in the film, with his mother and aunt, as they return to their flooded home.

In the style of Michael Apted’s Up series (a documentary series that interviews Apted’s subjects every seven years), Lee has planned to interview his featured subjects in Levees at least once more.[1] In August 2010, HBO aired Lee’s documentary series, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which chronicles how New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area have fared in the five years following Hurricane Katrina.

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19 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | The Films of Spike Lee

  1. Yahtc says:

    Raw Deal
    Georgia’s governor faces ethics questions, not for the first time
    Oct 26th 2013 | ATLANTA |From the print edition

    >WHEN Joe Sixpack faces allegations of impropriety, he has two options: accept the charges or rebut them. But when a congressman faces an investigation into similar allegations by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), he has a third choice: resign. The OCE can only probe or punish sitting members of Congress.

    In early 2010 the OCE found “substantial reason to believe” that Nathan Deal, then a congressman from northern Georgia, had used his position to enrich himself. (It alleged that he had intervened to protect a state programme that benefited his car-salvage company.) Shortly before the OCE was due to release its report, Mr Deal resigned, saying he wanted to focus on running for governor, and calling the report a “political witch hunt fuelled by Democrats”. (He stayed in Congress long enough to vote against Obamacare.) The OCE released its report anyway.

    Unmoved, Georgia’s voters elected Mr Deal governor, a position he has held since January 2011. Now he is pooh-poohing another ethics scandal. In July 2012 the Georgia state ethics commission settled five complaints against Mr Deal alleging misuse or improper reporting of campaign funds during his 2010 run for governor. The commission dismissed two big complaints and assessed administrative fees totalling $3,350 on more than 50 minor ones.

    In September the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), the area’s biggest daily newspaper, reported that Holly LaBerge, executive secretary of the Georgia ethics commission, ordered pertinent documents removed during its investigation of Mr Deal. The ethics commission’s staff lawyer has also accused Ms LaBerge of boasting that Mr Deal “owes” her, because she “made this [ie, the ethics complaint] go away”, and that the light punishment given to Mr Deal was “completely influenced by…private meetings and discussions” between Ms LaBerge and members of Mr Deal’s staff. The state ethics commission initially voted to ask Georgia’s attorney-general to appoint an independent investigator to look into the allegations, but on October 22nd asked the state audits department to conduct an internal probe.

    Mr Deal told reporters that he is “regretful of the decline I have seen in the reporting of the AJC”, and called the allegations “totally unsubstantiated and primarily false”. Ms Laberge, through her lawyer, also denies all the allegations levelled at her. Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Mr Deal, blames “media frustration” for the story, which, he says, amounts to nothing more than “he-said, she-said within the ethics commission”. If any files were removed, Mr Deal wants them restored, because “we’re telling the truth and we have nothing to hide.”

    Meetings between Mr Deal’s staff and members of the ethics commission were, Mr Robinson says, routine—the sort of meetings that often occur between the governor’s office and state agencies. In any event, Mr Deal seems to have found a silver lining to the allegations: fundraising. The day after the AJC story his campaign sent an e-mail blaming “the liberal news media” for “baseless, factually flawed” articles and asking supporters for “$100, $50 or even $25 [to] help me push back against liberal noise and attacks from the mainstream media.”

    But not all criticism of Mr Deal has come from liberals. He is up for re-election next year, and so far has attracted two Republican primary challengers: David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, a small carpetmaking town; and John Barge, the superintendent of Georgia’s public schools. Mr Pennington says that Mr Deal needs to “tell us what happened”, adding that the perception of corruption among state officials hurts Georgia’s economy. Mr Barge faults Mr Deal for “underfunding public schools”, and calls for “leaders who will govern and not play politics”.

    Things have been quieter on the left. So far just one Democrat has declared: Connie Stokes, a former state senator and county commissioner from the Atlanta suburbs. But a poll released on October 9th showed Jason Carter, a state senator and grandson of a former American president, trailing Mr Deal by just four points (40% to 44%)—within the margin of error. And nearly half of those polled say that the ethics commission’s call for an independent investigation provides a “convincing” reason to vote against Mr Deal.

    Asked about his gubernatorial ambitions, Mr Carter said: “I’m not going to comment but I’m thinking about it.” Like many Democrats, he believes that both Mr Deal specifically and “the Republican brand” more generally are vulnerable in the state, though Democrats currently hold no statewide office. Michelle Nunn, a Democrat running for Georgia’s open Senate seat, has amassed a hefty war-chest in a short period of time, and like Mr Carter has a famous Democratic father (Sam Nunn, a former United States senator).

    Demography helps Democrats: the state is growing younger and less white. In addition, Mr Carter believes that “in rural Georgia Republican support is fraying. People are no longer getting answers to their questions” because Republican fixate on ideological purity at the expense of pragmatism.

    He may be right, but challenging a generally effective incumbent Republican governor in a state that remains bright red will be hard. Should he decline to fight this time, however, there will be other chances. Mr Carter is only 38.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR’s national level with a victory in a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway.

    Darrell Wallace Jr. has won a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR’s national level.

    [+] EnlargeDarrell Wallace Jr.
    AP Photo/Steve HelberDarrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level since Wendell Scott won a Cup race in 1963.

    Wallace captured a Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, beating Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

    Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels.

    “We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement.

    The 20-year-old Wallace picks up the victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He was never below sixth place and led a race-high 96 laps but needed to survive a final restart. Wallace chose the inside line for the reset and quickly pulled away from Burton.

    Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by Burton. Championship leader Matt Crafton finished 17th and leads James Buescher by 51 points with three races remaining.

    In 2010, Wallace was second in season points in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, winning rookie of the year honors. Last season, he became the first African-American driver to win the pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover. Wallace also won a truck series pole award at Dover in May.

    “I had a chance to talk with Darrell and his father in Victory Lane today and we are just thrilled for him and his entire family on the win in Martinsville,” car owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement. “We obviously think a lot about Darrell. He has tremendous talent and we really believe he can have a huge impact on our sport.”

    http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/truck/story/_/id/9883258/darrell-wallace-jr-becomes-first-black-driver-win-nascar-race-1963

  3. Yahtc says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TijcoS8qHIE

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    House Hippo Commercial – Don’t believe what you see on television.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity

    As conference committee talks begin, the GOP isn’t trying to cut $40 billion from SNAP just to save money. It wants to punish the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.

    by Michael Tomasky Oct 26, 2013 5:45 AM EDT

    What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know

    But spare me a moment here—plus a thousand words down the page—and I think maybe you’ll agree with me that the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done is try to push through a $40 billion cut to the food-stamps program. It’s just unspeakably cruel. They usually say publicly that it’s about saving money. But sometimes someone—one congressman in particular—lets slip the real reason: They want to punish poor people. The farm bill, which includes the food-stamp program, goes to conference committee next week. That’s where, the cliché has it, the two sides are supposed to “iron out their differences.” The only thing the Democrats on this committee should do with an iron is run it across the Republicans’ scowling faces.

    The basic facts on the program. Its size fluctuates with the economy—when more people are working, the number of those on food stamps goes down. This, of course, isn’t one of those times. So right now the SNAP program, as it’s called, is serving nearly 48 million people in 23 million households. The average monthly individual benefit is $133, or about $4.50 a day. In 2011, 45 percent of recipients were children. Forty-one percent live in households where at least one person works. More than 900,000 are veterans. Large numbers are elderly or disabled or both.

    It’s costing about $80 billion a year. Senate Democrats proposed a cut to the program. A small cut, but a cut all the same: $4 billion over 10 years. The Republicans in the House sought a cut of $20.5 billion over 10 years. But then the farm bill failed to pass. Remember that? When John Boehner didn’t have enough votes to pass his own bill? After that debacle, the House took the farm bill and split it into two parts—the subsidies for the large growers of rice and cotton and so forth, and the food-stamp program. Two separate bills. And this time, Eric Cantor doubled the cut: $40 billion over 10 years. This number, if it became law, would boot 3.8 million people—presumably, nearly half of them children—off the program in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/26/the-republicans-food-stamp-fraud-it-s-not-about-austerity.html

  5. rikyrah says:

    The right’s realization: websites can be fixed
    10/25/13 10:55 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The political establishment has obviously been deeply invested this week in exploring the technical problems associated with the Affordable Care Act’s website, and the glitches are now the core Republican message. But there’s always been a serious flaw with the GOP’s strategy.

    For one thing, tech troubles don’t reflect on the underlying merits of “Obamacare” itself. For another, as some in the party are starting to realize, website glitches, no matter how severe or systemic, can be fixed (via Greg Sargent).

    Privately, certain Republicans express concern with the party’s decision to focus so much attention on a website that could very well be fixed over the next few months, instead of calling attention to other potentially problematic aspects of the law. And polls show support for Republicans remains way down, while support for Obamacare is still ticking up.

    I get the sense that GOP officials, feeling desperate after their party’s standing went into free fall after their government shutdown, saw website glitches as a life-preserver. Don’t ask too many questions, they said, just hold on before we sink even further.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-rights-realization-websites-are-fixable

  6. rikyrah says:

    Nina Turner @ninaturner

    I was so honored to meet @FLOTUS Michelle Obama today! Such an inspiring force! #DNCwomen
    5:53 PM – 25 Oct 2013

  7. rikyrah says:

    Texas Voter ID Law Prevents Women from Voting while Married

    By: Adalia Woodbury
    Friday, October 25th, 2013, 7:01 pm

    If you’re a woman in Texas, getting married or divorced could cost you your vote, especially if you drive too. In fact, Republicans are counting on it.

    Under Texas’ new voter ID law, Women who were married or divorced will have to update their voter ID to match their current legal name.

    It means first, middle and surname on your voter ID must be your current legal name and must match with your voter registration card exactly. This is serious stuff. Some estimates suggest this law affects 34% of eligible women voters. It is complicated, as a Texas judge found out the hard way.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/25/texas-voter-id-law-prevents-women-voting-married.html

  8. rikyrah says:

    In a Private Memo, GOP Strategist Explains Why The Republican Party is Dying

    By: Sarah Jones
    Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 2:41 pm

    The Koch brothers’ dark money screwed Republicans again.

    In California, an FPPC investigation into conservative groups funneling money into the 2012 state election turned a previously private GOP strategist’s memo public. The memo Republican consultant and fundraiser Jeff Miller wrote to his clients was meant to be private, but as part of the documents included in the investigation into the Koch brothers dark money, it is now public.

    The state ended up levying $16 million in fines against conservative groups, which they probably won’t end up paying but a legislative point has been made.

    Miller’s memo is a death knell for California Republicans, noting that the only way they are going to be able to hang on is to “to try and force the Democrats into making mistakes”. Miller has a strong reputation within the business community, so his words should carry some weight.

    …………………………………….

    Miller also admitted that the Republicans’ traditional funding base is the corporate world. It’s important to note this because the Republican base seems to be blissfully unaware of this fact, and the Libertarians who think they stand for freedom but vote Republican also seem unaware of this. Miller also claimed that the corporate world doesn’t want to help California Republicans anymore because they prefer to work with dominant Democrats.

    Miller is not new to pointing out the inevitable failure of the Republican Party’s current path. In 2011, he stepped down as finance chairman after warning the party that they were speaking to just 30 percent of the electorate.

    Democrats the nation wide should note Miller’s concern that conservatives can only carry the day when there is ultra-low turnout. This is why Republicans work so hard to depress the morale of the Democratic base by constantly bashing Obama, bashing any policy of Obama’s, concern trolling under fake IDs as disenchanted liberals, and using the allegedly Libertarian left to loudly denounce Obama as a tyrant who is just like Bush.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/26/ca-republican-strategists-private-memo-the-republican-label-anathema-younger-voters-women-latinos.html

  9. rikyrah says:

    Obama Destroys Republicans’ Concern Trolling After Their Govt Shutdown Over the ACA

    By: Sarah Jones
    Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 12:33 pm

    President Obama is not impressed.

    In his weekly address, the President pointed out the absurd hypocrisy of Republicans concern trolling the ACA (ObamaCare) website for not working, when they just spent years trying to destroy the ACA and even shutdown the government trying to defund it. Obama pointed out that Republicans are so obsessed with denying care that they threatened to default over it.

    “That’s why it’s also interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website – especially considering they’ve spent the last few years so obsessed with denying those same people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/26/obama-demolishes-gop-concern-trolling-aca-government-shutdown-defund.html

  10. ‘Treme’ actor: NYC Macy’s stopped me because of race.

    http://news.msn.com/us/treme-actor-nyc-macys-stopped-me-because-of-race

    NEW YORK — A black actor on the HBO drama series “Treme” said in a lawsuit on Friday that he was stopped because of his race while buying sunglasses at Macy’s — the third discrimination allegation made this week by a black shopper against a department store.

    Robert Brown, who filed the lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, said he was detained by police at the flagship Herald Square store on June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud.

    He said he was “paraded while handcuffed” through the store to a holding cell, where he was kept for nearly an hour while officers grilled him and searched his bag. His lawsuit said Macy’s employees suggested he couldn’t afford to make such an expensive purchase. He eventually was released without charges.

    The department store was profiling Brown because of his race, said his lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages.

    “This is about justice, not money,” Brown’s lawyer John Elefterakis said.

    Macy’s didn’t comment on the litigation but said in a statement it was investigating.

    The New York Police Department is accused in the lawsuit of violating Brown’s constitutional rights. The city’s Law Department said it would review the claims once it received a copy of the lawsuit.

    Earlier this week, two Barneys New York customers came forward with similar stories. Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, who are black, said they were detained by police after making expensive purchases at the store.

    Police said they were already in the store when Christian was taken into custody and they were contacted by the store after Phillips used a temporary debit card.

    The accusations prompted an outcry from civil rights groups, with the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network threatening to picket the store. Sharpton said he planned to hold a Saturday news conference at which other shoppers who felt profiled would come forward.

    The Barneys profiling claims also incited criticism on Twitter and an online petition asking rapper Jay-Z, who’s collaborating with the luxury retailer for a holiday collection, to disassociate from it. An email to his representative seeking comment was unanswered.

    Barneys said on Thursday it had retained a civil rights expert to lead a review of its policies and procedures and had reached out to community leaders to start a dialogue. The CEO of Barneys, Mark Lee, offered his “sincere regret and deepest apologies.”

    In the lawsuit against Macy’s, Brown, who also acted in “Don Jon” and “Finding Forrester,” said he tried to show police officers his identification to prove his credit/debit card wasn’t a fake but was told it was phony. He said he also produced the ID when buying the sunglasses.

  11. Yahtc says:

    Sharing the wisdom of Shorty Brown
    Daughter’s new book a story of love, personal growth and basketball

    http://www.dnj.com/article/20131025/LIFESTYLE/310250027/Sharing-wisdom-Shorty-Brown

  12. Yahtc says:

    “No More a Slave”
    October 25, 2013

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/no-more-a-slave/?_r=0

    Excerpt:

    “Come On, Children: The Autobiography of George Washington Fields, Born a Slave in Hanover County, Virginia,” recently rediscovered in museum archives in Hampton, Va., is a particularly stirring and valuable account of a slave’s path to freedom.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    I hope you all have enjoyed this week with Spike Lee.

    • Yahtc says:

      Good Morning, Everyone.

      rikyrah, thank you for all of the hours your poured into producing this week’s fabulous presentation of the works of Spike Lee!

      I have really enjoyed all of it!

      (I still have some of videos to watch.)

    • Good morning, everyone! Happy Saturday!

      Rikyrah, you worked the Spike Lee series! Very good presentation!

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