Monday Open Thread | Oldies |Jerome “J. J.” Jackson


JJ-JacksonJerome Louis Jackson, better known as J.J. Jackson, is an American soul/R&B singer, songwriter, and arranger.His singing style is as a belter.

Jackson started out as a songwriter and arranger for “Brother” Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon, and the Shangri-Las, among others. His songwriting credits include “It’s Easier to Cry” for the Shangri-Las,[2] released as the B-side to “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” in 1964, and the Pretty Things‘ 1966 hit single, “Come See Me.”

He is perhaps best known for the soul hit “But It’s Alright” which, after its 1966 release, became one of the best known dance music tunes of the decade,[3] reaching No. 22 on the Billboard chart.[2] The single was recorded in the United Kingdom, featuring some of Britain’s top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar, Dick Morrissey on tenor sax and John Marshall on drums, and who would later make up his backing band for the following two albums.

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53 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Oldies |Jerome “J. J.” Jackson

  1. rikyrah says:

    Sleepy Hollow…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Key and Peele are crazy..LOL

  3. rikyrah says:

    out of 700,000 who need the new ID in Texas..

    121 people have the ID.

    uh huh

    uh huh

  4. Ametia says:

    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    Cutting our deficit in half

    A new report has some big economic news you probably missed: Since 2009, we’ve cut our deficit in half — and it’s falling at its fastest rate since World War II

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sleepy Hollow is back tonight!!!!

  6. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s unprecedented blocking of Mel Watt


    by David A. Love | November 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Senate Republicans are looking for a fight with the president.

    This much was clear when they used the power of the filibuster to block the nomination of Rep. Melvin Watt (D-North Carolina) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

    The blocking of Rep. Watt is significant because it speaks volumes about Republican opposition to President Obama. This just does not happen to sitting members of Congress. Although the FHFA is not a cabinet-level position, no lawmaker has been blocked for nomination to a cabinet post since 1843—that’s 170 years ago.

    In 1843, the enslavement of black people was still the law of the land, and Sojourner Truth began her career as an abolitionist. Roger B. Taney—the jurist who wrote the opinion in the Dred Scott decision—was Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. And 1843 witnessed the introduction of the first blackface minstrel show.

    A great deal has changed in 170 years, to be sure. Now we have our first African-American president, and Republicans—once the party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass until they lost their way—have now decided to block a congressman (who happens to be black) as nominee for a federal agency. Coincidence? You decide.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Sista, time to cut him loose.


    My White Boyfriend Is Keeping Our Relationship A Secret From His Racist Family — And I Think That’s A Dealbreaker

    I never expected to go home with him for the holidays this year, nor did I expect any of our kisses to begin with Kay. But as much as I’ve seen photos of his family members and know their names, I did kind of expect that at least one of them might come to know mine.

    Hey, xoJane fam. I think my relationship is over. I say ‘I think’ because I’m honestly not sure. Earlier in the year I told you about the wonderful man that I feel blessed to have in my life in this xoJane article. If you read that or if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I publicly refer to him by his code name ‘Pizza’ simply because I choose to (over)share about my life on the internet and he does not. Also, as I am fond of saying, Pizza is hot and delicious and sometimes even better in the morning and…you get my drift.

    We’ve been going along pretty well together for most of this year, but we recently had a Very Ugly Conversation that I’m still kinda reeling from. Essentially, I asked him after hearing a particularly lovely update on his closest friends and family, none of whom I’ve ever met or interacted with electronically or on social media, how much they knew about me. The answer: nothing.

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Interesting Case of Mike Michaud

    by BooMan
    Mon Nov 4th, 2013 at 11:21:10 AM EST

    Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) is an interesting figure. He represents Maine’s 2nd District, which is primarily rural. It is actually the largest, by geographical size, district east of the Mississippi River. While it includes cities like Bangor, Lewiston, and Augusta, it’s a very sparsely-populated district filled with outdoorsmen. Rep. Michaud never went to college, and he spent 29 years working for the Great Northern Paper Company as a member of the United Steelworkers union. He is a Blue Dog, and he is the only member of that caucus serving in New England. His position on abortion has evolved somewhat, but he entered Congress in 2003 as a pro-lifer. During his decade in Congress, he has done most of his lasting work on veteran’s issues.
    It’s a conservative profile befitting a representative from, perhaps, New England’s most conservative district. But now Rep. Mike Michaud is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to be their candidate for governor. Suddenly, he has decided to come out as gay.

    I love the opinion piece he wrote announcing his sexual orientation. He hits all the right notes. He’s right; it shouldn’t matter. But it does. Coming out as gay now helps him win support in the Democratic primary from the vibrant Portland gay community, which would otherwise consider him the most conservative Democratic in the race. Portland lies in Maine’s other congressional district, the first, and is represented by Rep. Chellie Pingree.

    In other words, even if it is true that Rep. Michaud, as he says, made the decision to come out because he became aware of “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls some of the people opposed to [his] candidacy have been using to raise questions about [his] personal life,” the timing here is very convenient for him.

    It’s also interesting. He no longer has to care how being gay might play with the mill workers and outdoorsmen in his own district since he isn’t running for reelection there. At least in the primary, those folks will probably still prefer him to some downstate liberal. And Michaud obviously thinks being gay won’t doom him in a general election, which is probably true, although with a strong third-party candidate in the race, it’s hard to say for sure.

    This is a rare instance where coming out of the closet actually makes political sense. I wish he had done it when it wouldn’t be seen as a political ploy.

    Nonetheless, it really is a great column. The thing is, I agree with what he wrote so completely that I am no more willing to support his Blue Doggy candidacy today than I was yesterday. I think Maine deserves a liberal governor.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Discovery of Nazi-plundered art offers glimpse ‘into a dark story’

    By Carlo Angerer and Erin McClam, NBC News

    MUNICH — Hundreds of works of art by Picasso, Matisse and other masters of the 20th century — seized by the Nazis, lost for decades and now worth more than $1 billion — were reportedly found among piles of rotting groceries in a German apartment.

    The find would be among the largest in the worldwide effort, underway since the end of World War II, to recover masterpieces plundered by the Nazis from Jews inside Germany and from elsewhere in Europe, considered the largest art heist in history.

    Experts will appraise the works — paintings, drawings and prints — but the German news magazine Focus, which broke the story, put the value at more than 1 billion euros, or $1.3 billion.

  10. rikyrah says:

    I still remember the announcement from Grant Park:

    Ladies and Gentleman, the next First Family of the United States of America

    obama family election night 2008 _new first family

    Five years ago tonight..

    Chips at The Obama Diary has a great diary up

    • Yahtc says:

      Obama painting

    • In 08 when I heard Keith Olbermann announce Barack Obama won the election….I literally fell to the floor crying.

      • Yahtc says:

        It truly was an exciting night!!

      • rikyrah says:

        I guess it was about 9:30 CST when I realized that they were just stringing us along. They had already called Ohio awhile ago, and it hit me that they were just waiting for the West Coast. Did the calculations and realized that he would pass 270. So, I waited…and waited it…

        I was watching MSNBC and Olbermann called it, but I always liked how Brian Williams described it and was glad to find that clip over at Jed Lewison’s site the next day.

        I remember the young woman with the Afro on her knees at Spelman, as well as the celebrations in Grant Park.

        I will always remember the announcer saying,

        ” Ladies and Gentleman, the next First Family of the United States of America.”

      • Yahtc says:

        I loved the way the news stations showed one celebration after another as they brought us pictures of crowds all over the U.S.

      • Yahtc says:


    • rikyrah says:

      Mama had passed away earlier that year, so she didn’t get to see his election, but the Iowa Caucus shocked her like nothing else. For someone born and raised in the Police State known as Jim Crow Mississippi, to see him win 97% White Iowa was something else to behold.

      • Yahtc says:

        Wow….so moving to read, rikyrah.

        To think of the beauty of her getting to see Obama win the Iowa caucus after everything she had lived through!

      • Liza says:

        I was floored by Iowa. I grew up in the Jim Crow South, and I just couldn’t allow myself to be too hopeful that PBO could win the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton. I just wasn’t going to set myself up for disappointment. I wasn’t concerned about John Edwards, just Hillary. Then there was New Hampshire and PBO’s awesome speech, but that is when we knew it was going to be a really long fight against the Clintons for the nomination. Honestly, I was more excited when PBO won the Democratic nomination than the election. After he was nominated, I was fairly confident he would win. McCain’s campaign problems and the gambit with Palin turned into an epic fail after the Lehman Brothers meltdown, the “news” finally became serious, and at that point I felt very confident that PBO would win.

        I really wanted that moment, you know that moment of reconciliation when something happens that is totally at odds with all of your memories, and you’re witnessing something that you never thought possible. I’m not sure I ever got that, except for when PBO was nominated by the Democrats, after that long fight against the party elite. It was truly a populist victory, the people spoke, and they won.

      • Ametia says:

        I wasn’t as surprised as many by the IOWA win. I’ve been traveling, visiting with friends in Iowa since1998, and the state is fairly progressive. IMO, Iowa’s More progressive than California.

      • Yahtc says:

        I am going to post a picture here of a sweatshirt on which I stitched an Obama sunrise symbol that I created out of pieces of fabric.

        Sweatshirt- Obama

      • Oh, it’s beautiful, Yahtc! I love it.

      • IOWA!

        Now that’s where I had to pick my jaw from the floor. I said…he won IOWA…O.M.F.G.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers

    Dylan Scott – November 4, 2013, 5:13 AM EST13441

    Donna received the letter canceling her insurance plan on Sept. 16. Her insurance company, LifeWise of Washington, told her that they’d identified a new plan for her. If she did nothing, she’d be covered.

    A 56-year-old Seattle resident with a 57-year-old husband and 15-year-old daughter, Donna had been looking forward to the savings that the Affordable Care Act had to offer.

    But that’s not what she found. Instead, she’d be paying an additional $300 a month for coverage. The letter made no mention of the health insurance marketplace that would soon open in Washington, where she could shop for competitive plans, and only an oblique reference to financial help that she might qualify for, if she made the effort to call and find out.

    Otherwise, she’d be automatically rolled over to a new plan — and, as the letter said, “If you’re happy with this plan, do nothing.”

    If Donna had done nothing, she would have ended up spending about $1,000 more a month for insurance than she will now that she went to the marketplace, picked the best plan for her family and accessed tax credits at the heart of the health care reform law.

    “The info that we were sent by LifeWise was totally bogus. Why the heck did they try to screw us?” Donna said. “People who are afraid of the ACA should be much more afraid of the insurance companies who will exploit their fear and end up overcharging them.”

    Donna is not alone.

  12. rikyrah says:


    So white women are complaining about Black Girls Rock, really?
    You are celebrated and put upon a pedestal the day you are born. We see it in magazines, television and runway shows throughout the world. Meanwhile black women are invisible, told we are unattractive and not worthy of love, happiness. Look no further than the disrespect directed at our first lady on a daily basis. And not one white feminist group says shit. But they find time to tell us how great Hillary is, they’ve even went to bat for Sarah Palin. So you don’t get to bitch about us telling our daughters, mothers and sisters that they are loved and worthy. Our contributions and sacrifices to and for this country are often overlooked and forgotten. So you all can STFU and have a stadium full of seats. I’m so sick of this shit!

  13. Yahtc says:


  14. Yahtc says:

    Ferris’ Jim Crow Museum Featured in PBS Series ‘The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross’

  15. rikyrah says:

    Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers
    DYLAN SCOTT – NOVEMBER 4, 2013, 5:13 AM EST

    Donna received the letter canceling her insurance plan on Sept. 16. Her insurance company, LifeWise of Washington, told her that they’d identified a new plan for her. If she did nothing, she’d be covered.

    A 56-year-old Seattle resident with a 57-year-old husband and 15-year-old daughter, Donna had been looking forward to the savings that the Affordable Care Act had to offer.

    But that’s not what she found. Instead, she’d be paying an additional $300 a month for coverage. The letter made no mention of the health insurance marketplace that would soon open in Washington, where she could shop for competitive plans, and only an oblique reference to financial help that she might qualify for, if she made the effort to call and find out.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Senator Paul and the disappearing transcripts
    11/02/13 09:12 AM
    By Michael Yarvitz

    As examples of his plagiarizing from Wikipedia and other sources pile up, Rand Paul’s Senate office now appears to have started scrubbing his Senate website to make it harder to get the text of his speeches.

    The screengrab below shows what it used to look like if you went to his website to watch his “State of the Union” response, containing the block of text plagiarized from an Associated Press article. You could follow along with the transcript of the speech typed out below. You can see the page says, “Below is a video and transcript of his speech.”

    That full transcript was still up as of October 14, according to Google’s cache of the page. Now it’s gone. “Below is a video of his speech,” the page reads. So, yes, you could transcribe the video yourself if you want to search for whether the words he used came from someone else, but Rand Paul’s office won’t make it so easy for you anymore.

  17. rikyrah says:

    40 percent of the uninsured in Missouri will be able to select a no-cost bronze plan under the Affordable Care Act.… …
    View summary

    — ☺@keithboykin
    7 million people qualify for free health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.… …
    View summary

  18. rikyrah says:

    Not everyone selects the cheapest option. Dante Olivia Smith, a lighting designer from Manhattan, learned that federal subsidies would allow her to buy a bronze plan for $24 a month.

    “It was astounding,” she said. “I almost started crying, and called my mom.”

    In the end, however, she went with a silver plan for $91 a month that included dental and vision coverage. Ms. Smith, who is 30, said she opted for the more comprehensive plan because of her work, which requires her to climb ladders and use power tools.

    “If I had a different job, for 24 dollars a month I would have been like ‘Woo-hoo!’ ” she said. “But the reality is, I know what my risks are in my life.”

  19. Yahtc says:

    Eye of the Beholder
    At The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the “Ashe to Amen” exhibition interprets the Bible from an African-American perspective.

    by Marilyn Sadler

    King-Hammond sees the exhibition as an intersection of many African belief systems as they are channeled through the Bible. Images reflect the artists’ understanding and interpretation of Biblical stories and the process of discovery and revelation they experience in the process.

    She points out that although reading was banned for blacks for centuries, oral storytelling kept the Bible alive for them. So did its promise of salvation and hope for a world far better than the harsh reality they endured on earth. The works in the exhibition, she adds, question and challenge America’s moral, religious, and spiritual accountability in the aftermath of the slave trade and the persistence of racism on a global level. “The ultimate question posed by every artist is when will a person of color be accorded his God-given Biblical right to be a full member of the human race?” says King-Hammond. “It is the twenty-first century and these issues are still in conflict.”

    One Memphis artist is a contributor to this exhibition. Jared Small’s contemporary version of The Good Samaritan depicts a white man tending the wounds of a black man, who has been assaulted in a public park.

    “We’ve sent probably 800 letters to churches and church-based organizations, inviting them to come to the Dixon on us, to bring their church bulletin as a pass.” — Kevin Sharp
    Others in the scene, either passing by or sitting in the grass, appear mildly curious, utterly disinterested, or perhaps in denial. The work, according to Sharp, was commissioned by Memphians Brad and Dina Martin. “When it was completed,” says Sharp, “I showed it to Leslie and she said, ‘We’ve got to have it.’ It’s a very large, commanding work.”

    One stunning piece that interprets scripture from the Book of Revelation is made up of 180 objects covered in silver and tinfoil. This series of winged thrones, altars, and tablets is titled The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly.. Over the center of the thrones are the words “Fear Not.” The installation’s creator was James Hampton (1909-1964), who worked as night janitor by day and an artist by night and died before The Throne was completed. It stands not only as a monument to Biblical inspiration but to the use of ordinary, found objects in creating art.

    While several artists bring a contemporary slant to their work, others are traditional in style and subject matter. Oil paintings by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) include the landscape, The Walls of Jerusalem, and two thoughtful portraits, The Virgin Mary in Meditation, and Nicodemus, a powerful Pharisee who nonetheless sought Jesus at night to learn more about his teachings.

    In addition to scripture, various works interpret church ceremonies and rituals, from heads bowed in prayer or raised in ecstatic song, to arms, hands. and faces lifted to the Almighty. Also displayed are pieces of fashion, including Evetta Petty’s Spanish Harlem, a black-stenciled felt hat with colored crystals; and Sunday Best, with its multicolored flowered crown and black velvet brim. Photographs too reflect the styles of the times, such as Linda Day Clark’s North Avenue, No. 8: Easter Sunday, circa 1995, showing two little girls wearing sweater-coats and white hats as they stand behind their little brother clad in a white shirt and a double-breasted suit.

    Older photos and documents show how families worked to preserve the faith of their fathers and pursue education in spite of racial barriers and hardships. On loan from The Hudson Bigger Family Archives are fragments of a family Bible, including part of the family’s birth record, and a 1911 diploma from Hartshorn Memorial College, where Jeff Hudson, a tobacco farmer, chose to send one of his daughters, Katie Vashti Hudson. The college was founded to train African Americans as teachers, who were needed after emancipation to educate black citizens. The Hudson family archives hold a wealth of documents — photographs, poems, lyrics, spirituals, sheet music — as well as a reward notice, written in neatly flowing cursive by Jeff Hudson, that serves as a grim reminder of the racism he faced. “I will give $50.00 reward for capture of the person that set fire to my house on the night of the 1st of Dec 1894 . . .”

    With such a wide array of historical and artistic items on display, and as the third and final venue for “Ashe to Amen,” the Dixon hopes to “reinforce the diverse work we’ve been doing all along,” says Kevin Sharp, “and to use this tremendous opportunity to engage the communities. We’ve sent probably 800 letters to churches and church-based organizations, inviting them to come to the Dixon on us, to bring their church bulletin as a pass. We’re hoping to drive significant audiences to the show.”

    And curator King-Hammond hopes this audience will come away with “a sense of the amazing range of genres, and imaginative interpretations” that show the Bible’s impact on the lives of African Americans, she says. “Their ability to survive and create a brilliant legacy [when] bonded Africans were forbidden to learn to read or write — that’s extraordinary genius.”

  20. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! Happy MUN-dane. :-)

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