Saturday Open Thread | Oldies |R B Greaves

R B GreavesRonald Bertram Aloysius “R. B.” Greaves III (November 28, 1943 – September 27, 2012)[2] was an American singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single “Take a Letter, Maria“. A number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this single sold one million copies, and it earned gold record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit one year later with “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“.

Greaves was born in 1943 on the U.S. Army Air Forces base at Georgetown, Guyana.[1] A nephew of Sam Cooke, he grew up on a Seminole Indian reservation in the United States, but he moved to England in 1963.[3] Greaves had built a career both in the Caribbean and in the UK, where he performed under the name Sonny Childe with his group The TNTs.

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78 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Oldies |R B Greaves

  1. rikyrah says:

    Kanye West, Hip-Hop’s Confederate Coon
    November 5, 2013 · by the uppity negro

    Recently, Kanye made headlines simultaneously for his engagement to Kim Kardashian but also for donning clothing from his own clothing line featuring the Confederate flag. The typical knee-jerk response I believe is more than appropriate. There are moments in which humanity makes the collective decisions to never resurrect the moments and the symbols of great human suffering. One of the most notable is the global disuse of the swastika. Even though as a symbol it predates the Nazi use of it, today, it is a symbol that the German government has gone so far as to ban the use thereof. While the U.S. will probably never ban the use of the Confederate flag, for many it is still a symbol of hate, of the slaveocracy that so defined the southern antebellum United States.


    I think the scary part in Kanye’s coonery is that he’s simply doing it because he can. It’s the old school equivalent of a rich guy buying his 7th car, not because he needs it, not even because he wants it, but doing it because he can–and he’s bored. There’s not intrinsic value attached to Kanye reappropriating the Confederate flag other than to add another entry into his Wikipedia page under “controversy.” Kanye didn’t do for money because the only place that would knowingly carry those flags would be the truck stop off of I-20 just this side of the Mississippi state line. No major department stores will ever carry that for mass distribution. The only place they will sell will be the pop-up stores at his concert venues.


    Now I’m not making the argument that Kanye should be grand “race uplifter” like this is the height of the Civil Rights movement, but I am having issue with a culture that seemingly has no ground to stand that seems to be directly affecting some of the random violence. No, I’m not trying to be a curmudgeon declaring some end of the world cataclysm and go around quote Yeats’ “things fall apart, the centre cannot hold” as though doom is here, but I am saying that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. The unfortunate part of that is that some of what you fall for may be falling toward your death and destruction. Or in this specific case with Kanye, I see him as hip hop’s Confederate coon.

    The clashing irony of stanning for the Confederacy while at the same time being a coon is the rarefied space in which Kanye and Kaye alone occupies. His black skin and still other cultural signifiers identify him as black, yet he’s reclaiming the Confederate flag. No this isn’t something birthed out of the grand satirical comedy of Dave Chappelle as Clayton Bigsby, but rather Kanye enters the coon space because he seems to fail to see how what he’s doing is perpetuating more harm than good; he’s being overtly selfish.

  2. Dear Black People in SYG States – If You Get in a Car Accident Do NOT Seek Help Nearby

    You’ve heard the saying “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action”? Well it looks like enemy action may be afoot, folks. Yet another Stand Your Ground state has claimed the life of an innocent young Black person as Renisha McBride was gunned down last Saturday in Michigan after she was involved in an auto accident and tried to seek help at a nearby neighbor’s house. That neighbor opened the door and shot Renisha in the head. She died there on the porch. Two months ago a similar scenario happened to Jonathan Ferrell in the Stand Your Ground state of North Carolina. Jonathan, like Renisha, had just been involved in an auto accident and tried to seek help at a nearby neighbor’s home. The neighbor called the police thinking Jonathan was an intruder and when the police showed up they tazed and then shot Jonathan 10 times until he was dead. Jonathan’s story gained traction after it was discovered that he was a former football player for Florida A&M.

    In theory, Stand Your Ground laws sound like a good idea. Indeed, they are often presented as a necessary means to allow innocent law abiding citizens to protect themselves from the ills of society. However, more and more we’re seeing cases like Renisha’s and Jonathan’s (and don’t forget Trayvon’s) where innocent and unarmed Black people automatically trigger a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality among gun owners. Instead of protecting innocent people, Stand Your Ground laws seem to be responsible for the deaths of innocent people. Especially at the hands of those who harbor racial prejudices. Whereas before, a midnight knock at the door might have ended with somebody being told to get lost, now it results in somebody being shot in the head. Thus, it is difficult to see how laws like these are taking us in the right direction as a society.

    If you are the type who doesn’t particularly care for people of other races then that is your God given right to believe so. You can believe whatever you want. You can even go so far as to say just about whatever you want. This is, after all, America. Freedom of speech is enshrined within the First Amendment. But where I draw the line is when we, as a society, make it legal for people like you to DO whatever you want because then we have a problem. It’s one thing to have a society that tolerates the verbal expressions of bigots and racists; it is an entirely different thing altogether to enable those same people to legally act upon their feelings towards others.

    • I’ve already warned my boys. I had a talk with them a few days ago about this. I told them if they’re EVER in a car accident at night…do NOT knock on anyone’s door to seek help. All folks have to say is they were afraid of the black boogie man and shoot you dead. Take your chances in the car. God help us! We have to tell our kids not to seek help b/c they might be killed by a racist trigger happy shoot first and don’t give a damn fool.

      • Yahtc says:


        So sad. I am sorry it is necessary for you to have to tell them how to stay alive, SG2.

      • rikyrah says:

        this still boggles my mind, SG2. it’s so enraging. it’s unbelievable.

      • Xena says:

        Many moons ago when cell phones were “bag” and “brick,” there was a woman with a self-defense organization who spoke at my Rotary Club. She had products with her and free give-a-ways. One of the free items was a sign that folded in 3 parts. Unfolding it, you could place it in the rear-window of the car. It said, “Please Call Police.” I had that sign — don’t know what happened to it.

        So tonight, I did an internet search for that sign. Guess what? The only place I found that has “Call Police” signs for vehicles is in Canada under their “Highway Help” program. They sell them individually or in bulk of 10 or more. No prices are listed on their website, but I’m not opposed to contacting them if others are interested.

      • Ametia says:

        @Xena. I like this idea. And I’d take it a step further by posting it in the back window of my car permanently.

        • Xena says:

          LOL@Ametia. You would have the cops following you all the time. :-)

          I sent an email to the organization that has the signs and asked for the price. Will let you know if and when I receive a response.

          • Ametia says:

            LOL Damn RIGHT. It would be my little experiment. See how especiqally the PoPo would respond. I’d have my video cam hidden, just recording up a storm.

  3. rikyrah says:

    New book adds to deep rooted controversy
    11/08/13 06:23PM

    Newest “Game Changing” book contributes to the already complicated relationship between Pres. Obama and the black community. Michael Dyson and Panel discuss.

    from the book:
    “Obama had little patience for the ‘professional left’ and vinishly close to zero for what one of his senior african american aides, michael strauthmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’ (as opposed to black professionals).

    “Apart from Georgia congressman John Lewis and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Obama had nearly as much contempt for the CBC as he did for hte tea party caucus.

    “New York’s Charlie Rangel, he derided as a hack; Jesse Jackson, Sr. was effectively banned from the white house. Obama remembered all too well a conversation with (Cornel) West in 2009, in which the professor used the precious time to complain about his seating at the inauguration.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Wanker of the Day: Dylan Ratigan

    by BooMan
    Sat Nov 9th, 2013 at 11:58:50 AM EST

    Dylan Ratigan in an idiot. He claims that after he left his well-paying job at MSNBC he bought a catastrophic health insurance plan that cost him $170 a month. According to him, he cannot find a health care plan on the California exchange for less than $600 a month. So, I checked. I used their shop and compare tool and entered in Dylan’s data: 41 years old, living in San Diego County, and making too much money to qualify for any subsidies. Here are the cheapest plans available to Dylan Ratigan.
    Bronze (Anthem Multi State Plan Bronze 60, EPO): $237/mo.
    Silver (Health Net Silver 70, HMO): $277/mo.
    Gold (Heath Net Gold 80, HMO) $313/mo
    Platinum (Health Net Platinum, 90 HMO) $377/mo

    In other words, even if he gets the top-of-the-line platinum plan, he’ll barely be paying more than half of what he said he’d be paying for the cheapest available plan.

    “Well,” you say, “maybe he’s covering someone else on his plan?”

    In that case, the Health Net Platinum 90 plan would cost him $525, and the Anthem Multi State Plan Bronze 60 plan would cost him $352.

    So, he’s either a liar or a moron.

    I’m putting my money on both.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Went to see 12 Years A Slave today. Still decompressing from it. Powerful movie, from the opening scene to the end. Director Steve McQueen did a brilliant job, and I thank him for making this movie. An unflinching look at American Slavery.

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o should get Oscar Nominations without a doubt.

    Very powerful movie. I had to get myself in the mindset to sit and absorb the movie, and I’m glad that I did.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Black Bruins [Spoken Word] – Sy Stokes

    • Yahtc says:


      Yeah, I was born on third base. UNFAIR!

      I was one of those “white snowflakes” in the avalanche.



      • Yahtc says:

        “Campus Unrest in late 1960s & early 1970s at UCLA”

      • Yahtc says:

        Here is the publisher’s description of a book from the University of California Press.
        The Book is entitled “The Black Revolution on Campus” and is authored by Martha Biondi:

        The Black Revolution on Campus is the definitive account of an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life. At stake was the very mission of higher education. Black students demanded that public universities serve their communities; that private universities rethink the mission of elite education; and that black colleges embrace self-determination and resist the threat of integration. Most crucially, black students demanded a role in the definition of scholarly knowledge.

        Martha Biondi masterfully combines impressive research with a wealth of interviews from participants to tell the story of how students turned the slogan “black power” into a social movement. Vividly demonstrating the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture, Biondi illustrates how victories in establishing Black Studies ultimately produced important intellectual innovations that have had a lasting impact on academic research and university curricula over the past 40 years. This book makes a major contribution to the current debate on Ethnic Studies, access to higher education, and opportunity for all.

    • Yahtc says:

      “UCLA African American Studies Center 40th Anniversary in 2009”

    • Yahtc says:

      The UCLA video that rikyrah posted was telling about the year

      2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Not the 40’s, NOT the 50’s, Not the 60’s

      It is RIGHT NOW !!!!

      This is scary and SO, SO wrong!!!


  7. Yahtc says:

    In late 1963, Charles Cobb, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist, included the following words in his booklet of poetry “Everywhere is Yours”:


    Not that there ain’t nothin to do,


    nothin to do that get done in a hurry

    • Yahtc says:

      correction: not 1963 but in *** 1971 ***

      I was going to discuss how, in 1963, he suggested that SNCC sponsor Freedom Schools in Mississippi.

    • Yahtc says:

      In a mimeographed letter to supporters of Freedom Summer, Phil Moore tells of the conditions in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. Here are some excerpts which I just copied from it:

      Several days ago four singers were driving along a road. The driver, a Negro was stopped and arrested (not just ticketed) for “reckless driving.” The two policemen told the other three singers to drive on. The police took the driver with them, choosing the longest route back to the station, a route over dirt roads in back rural country at night. They never spoke while driving. SIX times they turned off the road, drove into the woods and stopped the car. They would start to open the door and then say, “no, not yet.” By the time the singer actually did reach the station, he was absolutely terrorized.

      (I think this must be one of the freedom singers in the Freedom Summer program.)

      After listing 3 other incidents, the Phil Moore writes the following:

      I really cannot describe how sick I think this state is. I really cannot describe the feeling in my stomach when I hear a typical story of injustice, or see the way people live down here, or confront a white man about to hit me. I really cannot tell you how repulsed I am by this state, nor how fervently I think something has to be done here.

      I cannot describe the real courage it takes to stay down here. I cannot describe the fears, the tensions and the uncertainties of living here…………

      ……….I live day to day. I wake up in the morning sighing with relief that I was not bombed, because I know that “they” know where I live.

      ………..I am almost finished with this letter. It is a confused mixture of emotions and intellectual observations. It is hard for anyone to believe what it is like down here. My answer to that is: Come down and see for yourself. It will never be real until you actually experience the sick and perverted structure here. This whole business of perverted law, my own personal bitterness, the late hour, and my own fear make it difficult to write a concise and organized letter. My point should be clear: that whatever law exists here exists only for the purpose of maintaining a perverted and oppressive way of life; – that to overcome this perversion, people must come to work down here; – that in order to work down here, we need some sort of protection.

  8. Shady_Grady says:

    Always liked the song “Take a Letter Maria” .

  9. Yahtc says:

    After Emancipation, the South essentially developed another form of slavery: the convict leasing system. Many Blacks were falsely arrested on trumped up charges.

    From Wikipedia:

    Convict leasing in the United States began during the Reconstruction Period (1865–1877) after the end of the Civil War, when many southern legislatures were ruled by majority coalitions of blacks and Radical Republicans, and Union generals acted as military governors. Farmers and businessmen needed to find replacements for the labor force once their slaves had been freed.

    Some southern legislatures passed Black Codes to restrict free movement of blacks and force them into employment with whites. If convicted of vagrancy, blacks could be imprisoned, and they also received sentences for a variety of petty offenses.

    States began to lease convict labor to the plantations and other facilities seeking labor, as the freedmen were trying to withdraw and work for themselves. This provided the states with a new source of revenue during years when they were financially strapped, and lessees profited by the use of forced labor at below market rates.

    Essentially whites in the criminal justice system colluded with private planters and other business owners to entrap, convict, and lease blacks as prison laborers.The constitutional basis for convict leasing is that the 1865 Thirteenth Amendment, while abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude generally, permits it as a punishment for crime.

    • Yahtc says:

      Often leased Blacks tried to escape these inhumane work conditions. Postcards would be sent to Sheriffs notifying them to be on the look out for an escapee.

      At a paper show, I bought a postcard (3″ by 5″) that I felt could relate to this practice.

      It is dated 1877 to “Sherriff of Lawrence Co., Monticello, Miss.” from Eutaw, Ala.

      Eutaw, Ala., July 20, ’77

      Dear Sir:

      We off a reward of TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS for the apprehension and arrest of an escaped negro convict by the name of William Dew. alias William Chambers, who left us about 5 feet 9 inches high, stout build, yellow complexion and about 40 years old.

      Please keep a look out for him, and if you find him write us and we will forward you the necessary papers for his arrest. If you cannot affect his arrest, any information as regards his present or past whereabouts will be thankfully received.

      Respectfully, & c.,
      C.H. Taylor & CO.

      This was a BUSINESS writing to a sheriff.

    • Yahtc says:

      Now here is a correspondence that I feel is involved in getting more “convicts” for as forced labor at a turpentine camp or a logging & lumber operation:

      Aberdeen, N.C. Nov 23d. 1894

      Messrs Mitchell & Smith, Atty’s at Law, Charleston, S.C.

      Gentlemen: —

      I am ready to start for Charleston Sunday morning with the view of being on hand Monday morning, and must return by Thursday, therefore if there is to be any delay owing to the criminal business not being through with, please wire me, but if the criminal business is to be taken up Monday of Thursday, you need not wire. Awaiting your reply, I am,
      Yours Very Truly,

      J. C. Mallonee

  10. Yahtc says:

    Josephine Baker at the London Palladium 1974

  11. rikyrah says:

    House GOP Leader: No Vote On Immigration Reform This Year

    The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that
    lawmakers won’t vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed.

    California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents that there weren’t enough days left for the House to act and he was committed to addressing overhaul of the nation’s immigration system next year. The congressman’s office confirmed what he said.[….]

  12. rikyrah says:

    A War on the Poor


    Published: October 31, 2013

    John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, has done some surprising things lately. First, he did an end run around his state’s Legislature — controlled by his own party — to proceed with the federally funded expansion of Medicaid that is an important piece of Obamacare. Then, defending his action, he let loose on his political allies, declaring, “I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That, if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.”

    Obviously Mr. Kasich isn’t the first to make this observation. But the fact that it’s coming from a Republican in good standing (although maybe not anymore), indeed someone who used to be known as a conservative firebrand, is telling. Republican hostility toward the poor and unfortunate has now reached such a fever pitch that the party doesn’t really stand for anything else — and only willfully blind observers can fail to see that reality.

    The big question is why. But, first, let’s talk a bit more about what’s eating the right.

    I still sometimes see pundits claiming that the Tea Party movement is basically driven by concerns about budget deficits. That’s delusional. Read the founding rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC: There’s nary a mention of deficits. Instead, it’s a tirade against the possibility that the government might help “losers” avoid foreclosure. Or read transcripts from Rush Limbaugh or other right-wing talk radio hosts. There’s not much about fiscal responsibility, but there’s a lot about how the government is rewarding the lazy and undeserving.

    Republicans in leadership positions try to modulate their language a bit, but it’s a matter more of tone than substance. They’re still clearly passionate about making sure that the poor and unlucky get as little help as possible, that — as Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, put it — the safety net is becoming “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” And Mr. Ryan’s budget proposals involve savage cuts in safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

    All of this hostility to the poor has culminated in the truly astonishing refusal of many states to participate in the Medicaid expansion. Bear in mind that the federal government would pay for this expansion, and that the money thus spent would benefit hospitals and the local economy as well as the direct recipients. But a majority of Republican-controlled state governments are, it turns out, willing to pay a large economic and fiscal price in order to ensure that aid doesn’t reach the poor.

    The thing is, it wasn’t always this way. Go back for a moment to 1936, when Alf Landon received the Republican nomination for president. In many ways, Landon’s acceptance speech previewed themes taken up by modern conservatives. He lamented the incompleteness of economic recovery and the persistence of high unemployment, and he attributed the economy’s lingering weakness to excessive government intervention and the uncertainty he claimed it created.

    But he also said this: “Out of this Depression has come, not only the problem of recovery but also the equally grave problem of caring for the unemployed until recovery is attained. Their relief at all times is a matter of plain duty. We of our Party pledge that this obligation will never be neglected.”

    Can you imagine a modern Republican nominee saying such a thing? Not in a party committed to the view that unemployed workers have it too easy, that they’re so coddled by unemployment insurance and food stamps that they have no incentive to go out there and get a job.

    So what’s this all about? One reason, the sociologist Daniel Little suggested in a recent essay, is market ideology: If the market is always right, then people who end up poor must deserve to be poor. I’d add that some leading Republicans are, in their minds, acting out adolescent libertarian fantasies. “It’s as if we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel right now,” declared Paul Ryan in 2009.

    But there’s also, as Mr. Little says, the stain that won’t go away: race.

    In a much-cited recent memo, Democracy Corps, a Democratic-leaning public opinion research organization, reported on the results of focus groups held with members of various Republican factions. They found the Republican base “very conscious of being white in a country that is increasingly minority” — and seeing the social safety net both as something that helps Those People, not people like themselves, and binds the rising nonwhite population to the Democratic Party. And, yes, the Medicaid expansion many states are rejecting would disproportionately have helped poor blacks.

    So there is indeed a war on the poor, coinciding with and deepening the pain from a troubled economy. And that war is now the central, defining issue of American politics.

  13. rikyrah says:

    NYT: Cut In Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices On Poor

    For many, a $10 or $20 cut in the monthly food budget would be absorbed with little notice. But for millions of poor Americans who rely on food stamps, reductions that began this month present awful choices. Mr. Simmons’s allotment from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called food stamps, has dropped $9. He has already spent the $33 he received for November.

    Food stamps are likely to be cut more in the coming years if Congress can agree on a new farm bill, which House and Senate negotiators began tackling this week. The Republican-controlled House has approved cutting as much as $40 billion from the program over 10 years by making it harder to qualify. The Democratic-controlled Senate is suggesting a $4 billion cut by making administrative changes. “We’ll be on our last $3 at the end of the month,” said Rafaela Rivera, 34, a home health aide who earns $10 an hour.

  14. Yahtc says:

    If you go to The Riverbends Channel at the link below, you can find many early 1930’s and 1940’s “Black cast” films:

    • Yahtc says:

      Here is just one of the movies:
      The Duke Is Tops (1938) – Lena Horne’s Film Debut:

    • Yahtc says:


      “Black and Tan Fantasy (1929) – Duke Ellington”

      Published on Oct 22, 2012 by The Riverbends Channel
      Duke Ellington plays hot jazz in a fictional story that finds him down on his luck; he tries in vain to dissuade his friend, dancer Fredi Washington, from working with heart trouble even though it means work for his band. Sure enough, she collapses on stage… (Summary by Rod Crawford (

  15. rikyrah says:

    A hard man to please
    11/08/13 11:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appears to be one of those politicians who doesn’t want to take “yes” for an answer. John Hudson had this report late yesterday:

    Last month, Senator Lindsey Graham vowed to block the confirmation of every Obama administration appointee because the administration was preventing Benghazi survivors from testifying before Congress. Now, three Benghazi witnesses are set to testify for the first time. Their lawyer says the administration never discouraged their testimony, but Graham’s office says the holds aren’t going anywhere. “Still have holds in place,” Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop tells The Cable.

    It’s unclear what further actions might change Graham’s calculus on the holds….

    Over the last year, I feel like a pattern has emerged. Congressional Republicans, convinced without evidence that their vague conspiracy theories have merit, said, “Give us classified briefings on Benghazi or we’ll throw a fit!”

    At which point the administration hosted a series of classified briefings, offering nothing to substantiate the conspiracy. So Republicans said, “We demand testimony from David Petraeus or we’ll throw a fit!”

    At which point Petraeus testified, offering nothing to substantiate the conspiracy. So Republicans said, “We demand testimony from Leon Panetta or we’ll throw a fit!”

    At which point Panetta testified, offering nothing to substantiate the conspiracy. So Republicans said, “We demand testimony from Hillary Clinton or we’ll throw a fit!”

    At which point Clinton testified, offering nothing to substantiate the conspiracy. So Republicans said, “We demand to hear directly from Benghazi survivors or we’ll throw a fit!”

    At which point the administration agreed to make several Benghazi survivors available for testimony.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Steve Benen: CBS backs off unraveling Benghazi tale

    It’s been nearly two weeks since CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a report that caused considerable excitement from Benghazi conspiracy theorists. Though much of the report, a full year in the making, covered familiar ground, the segment also highlighted an alleged witness to the attack, who said he scaled a 12-foot wall, beat an al Qaeda fighter with the butt of his rifle, and personally saw Ambassador Chris Stevens’ body.

    The man’s name is Dylan Davies – he used a pseudonym on “60 Minutes” for no apparent reason – and he has a book coming out about his Benghazi experience, published by a CBS-owned company that releases far-right books from conservative personalities.

    Almost immediately, Davies’ story started to unravel … The CBS reporters involved with the story continued to defend it anyway, brushing off broad criticism as politically motivated, and insisting that their segment was accurate. On last week’s edition of “60 Minutes,” the show featured feedback from viewers who cheered the segment, but made no mention of the burgeoning controversy.

  17. Yahtc says:

    Daisy Richardson – 1940’s Jitterbug Dancer:

    Uploaded on Aug 12, 2010 by MusicandDancing4Ever

  18. rikyrah says:

    This week, the President worked to help consumers learn about and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplaces, welcomed Iraq’s Prime Minister, hosted the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, and kicked off the newly re-instated White House Tours with a surprise drop-by.

  19. Yahtc says:

    • Yahtc says:

      Uploaded on Feb 23, 2010 by MusicandDancing4Ever

      Nina Mae became the first black movie star and popular entertainer in her time. Nina Mae became the first black woman to have a leading role in the first black cast movie “Hallelujah” and to be signed to a major studio, MGM.

      Though the movie had stereotypes, Nina Mae took her role as “chick” and introduced a new image of a black woman…beautiful, sexy, vivacious, lively, passionate, emotional, innocent but fierce. In the role she displayed her versatility as an actress, though she never acted before, her naturalness and knowledge of her culture came through and she brought her role alive and made the film a success but not without controversy, as with most of the black films of the time.

      As a child it was her dream to be an actress, she was told “there were no colored girls in movies or magazines,” and that a colored gal could never be a movie star. She took to the stage as a teenager, becoming a chorus girl in the hit musical The Blackbirds of 1929, and there she was discovered, in a chorus line of many beautiful girls and talented stars, Nina outshined them all and caught the attention of director King Vidor.

      The stage had many black stars, but no black screen stars, but Nina changed that. Her life’s dream of being an actress came true, and she took advantage of it, and provided a movie star to the black community, while at the same time, displaying a versatility in acting that Hollywood hadn’t yet took advantage of when it came to black actresses.

      Nina admired Florence Mills and Josephine Baker, and her film role she displayed the versatility in black women, in the role as chick, Nina displayed Flo Mill’s sweetness and innocence and Josephine Baker’s wild, sexy, in tune with her sexuality on screen, with a touch of her own style.

      In Hallelujah, Nina set the foundation of a black temptress who uses her feminine wiles to lead men astray, a woman who can’t chose between good and bad, who meets a tragic end, Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge would play the same type of temptress roles in their major roles.

      Like Horne and Dandridge, Nina Mae had her ups and downs in Hollywood. When the movie roles weren’t there, Nina Mae used her multi-talents for the stage, she became popular like the women she admired.

      She was the most talked about in the black newspapers, her love affairs, scandals, thoughts, were often written about.

      She was the first black women to appear in major pre-dominantly white magazines. She traveled all over the world performing in premier nightclubs and theaters. Her warm, soothing, crooning voice and lively dancing made her another popular entertainer from the Golden Era of Harlem.

      Nina Mae had other significant film roles and speciality appearances in films singing and dancing. Every opportunity she received she let her vivacious personality glow and her talent entertain.

      It’s unfortunate that the film industry wouldn’t give many black actresses a chance. There was a limit to how many they would let appear on screen, it was almost as if they felt one black woman’s talent or a few, represented the whole race.

      Hollywood was blind to the versatility in black actresses. In the 1930’s Nina Mae McKinney was the in-demand performer and actress that was sought after to appear on screen. In the 1940’s, it was Lena Horne, and in the 1950’s Dorothy Dandridge. There were many in each of these women’s time that had all the makings of a star but because of the “one black beauty” at a time rule, the world didn’t get to enjoy the versatile talent and beauty of black women, like the world got to enjoy the many white actresses beauty and talent.

      Nina Mae, Lena, and Dorothy had that extra something over all others, that made Hollywood give them a chance, and though they didn’t reach their full potential, with the films they were in, they showed they had what it took.

      They put up with and fought persecution, racism, stereotyping, and not having the freedom as an actress, they suffered so that the next generations of black actresses would have it a little easier. They weren’t truly appreciated in ther time, so let’s give them that appreciation now.

  20. Yahtc says:

    From slave to first lady’s confidant, tale of Elizabeth Keckley sure to captivate

  21. Yahtc says:

    “Pentagon Manual Says White Males Have Unfair Advantage”

    Political Correctness: A healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian man has unfair advantages in the U.S. military over other soldiers, says a training manual approved by the Pentagon, warning in great detail about a so-called White Male Club.

    Those who thought the U.S. military was already the ultimate level playing field, a place where skill and fighting ability were what mattered, not gender, race or religious belief, were sadly mistaken, at least according to a 600-plus-page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers.

    According to the manual, put together by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), and approved by the Pentagon, the U.S. military mirrors and is drawn from a racist society where whites have an unfair advantage, a situation that carries over to military service.
    “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual, which seems more intent on perpetuating white guilt and black victimhood than discussing sensitivities and tolerance.

    Regarding a so-called “White Male Club,” the manual states: “In spite of slave insurrections, civil war, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, the women’s suffrage movement leading to the 19th amendment, the civil rights movement, urban rebellions and the contemporary feminist movement, the club persists.

    “Today some white people may use the tactic of denial when they say, ‘It’s a level playing field; this is a land of equal opportunity,'” the manual reads. “Assume racism is everywhere, every day,” read a statement in a section titled, “How to be a strong ‘white ally.’ ”

    “The unfair economic advantages and disadvantages created long ago by institutions for whites, males, Christians, etc., still affect socioeconomic privilege today,” the manual warns, seemingly unaware this racist electorate just elected and re-elected our first African-American commander-in-chief.

    Lt. Col. and former U.S. Congressman Alan West told Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes that he wants a congressional investigation into the tome that is only slightly less inflammatory than one of the sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that President Obama listened to for two decades.

    “This is the Obama administration’s outreach of social justice into the United States military,” West told Starnes. “Equal Opportunity in the Army that I grew up in did not have anything to do with white privilege.” No, it had everything with your ability to fight well and emerge victorious.
    “When the president talked about fundamentally transforming the United States of America, I believe he also had a dedicated agenda of going after the United States military,” West said. “The priorities of this administration are totally whacked.”

    DEOMI seems to be heavily reliant on its views regarding white extremism on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Earlier this year, we editorialized about a 14-page email by Lt. Col. Frank Rich, the Second Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment commander at Fort Campbell, Ky., to three dozen subordinates warning them to watch out for soldiers connected with “domestic hate groups.” The list of “hate” groups in the email appears to be based on the one compiled by the SPLC.

    A DEOMI training guide used by the Air Force lists the SPLC as a resource for information on hate groups and references the group several times. Considered as hate groups were Christian organizations such as the American Family Association and Family Research Council, immigration reform groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Atlas Shrugs, run by Pamela Geller and monitoring global jihadist activity.

  22. Yahtc says:

    America Shifts to the Left

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    WASHINGTON — The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

    Republicans took a big step back from the tea party. An ebullient progressive was elected mayor of New York City. And a Democrat was elected governor of Virginia after campaigning unapologetically as a supporter of gun control and a liberal on social issues.

    The one bright spot for Republicans, Chris Christie’s landslide re-election in New Jersey, was won precisely because Christie ran briskly away from the party’s right wing and developed a civil relationship with President Obama. His victory speech spoke of the need for politicians to go to places where they might be “uncomfortable” — exactly where the tea party does not want to go.

    And in the one direct intraparty fight over the GOP’s future, a tea party candidate lost a primary in Alabama to a more traditional conservative. A telling distinction between the victor, Bradley Byrne, and the defeated Dean Young: Byrne said that Obama was born in the United States; Young suggested the president was born in Kenya.

    Young’s persistent “birtherism” is a reminder of how far right the American political discussion veered after the elections of 2009 and the midterms of 2010. The pendulum is swinging back.

    And this week was not just a story of the Republican Party struggling to disentangle itself from extremism, or of the revival of moderation. The Democratic victories in New York and Virginia plainly marked the triumph of two different kinds of progressivism.

    Terry McAuliffe may have won in Virginia as a middle-of-the-road, business-friendly champion of “jobs.” But he was also firmly liberal on gay marriage and abortion, and cast Ken Cuccinelli, his opponent, as a social troglodyte.

    More than that: McAuliffe was outspoken against the National Rifle Association and in favor of a variety of gun-safety measures, including background checks. McAuliffe did not shrink from his F-rating from the NRA. He boasted about it.

    His outspokenness was rewarded. He won the suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly and built a large margin among women. The power of the gun-control issue should not be lost in the sometimes foggy talk about centrism. This should embolden supporters of sane gun laws.

    In New York City, Bill de Blasio built the day’s second landslide on another sort of liberalism, a populist assault on rising inequality. In a victory speech that will be read as a manifesto for a new progressivism, de Blasio declared that inequality “is the defining challenge of our time.” He renewed his campaign call for modest tax increases on the best-off to finance education programs to give poorer kids a chance to join the ranks of the successful.

    New York has a reputation as a great liberal city, and in many ways it is. But not since David Dinkins won in 1989 has it sent a Democrat and a staunch progressive to City Hall. The de Blasio experiment will be a test case for the nation.

    Conservatives quickly sought to take the edge off their defeats on Tuesday by arguing that Cuccinelli’s attacks on ObamaCare at the end of the campaign nearly allowed him to snatch victory from McAuliffe in a race that turned out to be closer than polls had predicted.

    But the evidence for this is thin. In the Virginia exit polls, only 27 percent of the voters said health care was their most important issue, and they split 49 percent for Cuccinelli, 45 percent for McAuliffe. At a moment when media reports about ObamaCare are almost universally bad, this narrow advantage is surprisingly positive news for friends of the Affordable Care Act — especially since McAuliffe strongly and repeatedly endorsed using its expansion of Medicaid to provide insurance for Virginia’s near-poor.

    Republicans would be wiser to pay attention to the fact that McAuliffe re-created the coalition which twice elected Obama. When Democrats lost Virginia in 2009, Obama supporters stayed home in large numbers. This time, the electorate was significantly more Democratic, and the African-American share of the vote rose sharply. In next year’s midterms, Republicans cannot count on the sort of Democratic demobilization that was so helpful to them in 2010.

    To say that this election nudged the nation leftward is not to claim a sudden mandate for liberalism. But it is to insist that the center ground in American politics is a long way from where it was three years ago — and that if there is a new populism in the country, it is now speaking with a decidedly progressive accent.

  23. Yahtc says:

    W.T. Johnson paints ‘broad, colorful’ characters

    Nov. 8, 2013

    William Thomas Johnson is a weaver.
    For more than 30 years, he’s being sewing together patches of the past that capture the vibrant stories of historical figures he brings to life.
    The tales spark renewed interest in significant contributors to American culture who, for the Internet generation. are little more than names in dusty books.
    All of that stitching has led Johnson to his latest portrayal, a special treat which he’ll perform during the Louisiana Area Historical Museum’s annual fall banquet.
    The event is at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Seton Center, 510 N. Third. Tickets are $20, and are available from museum board members, the Louisiana Public Library or by calling 573-754-4443 or 573-754-6495.
    “I feel an obligation to share with others a little bit of history,” Johnson said. “I like to make it come alive for children and adults, too.”

    Read more:

  24. Yahtc says:

    “Why Detroit’s cultural heritage museums are going digital”


    Though digitization in a museum context is complex and time-consuming (it’s not just scanning an object and uploading it to the web), it is cost-effective, good for research, and it stimulates collaboration. For Maria Ketcham, the web and social media extend the reach of the DIA, drawing new audiences. “People come to the DIA now because they have seen an object on our website,” she says. “Digitization is the natural extension of our visitor-centered approach and the museum’s current mission: to help people find personal meaning in art.”


    Another advantage of digitization is the ability to re-use and repurpose items. Robert Smith of the Charles H. Wright Museum reported that “Museums have to increasingly rely on digital technology to be successful.” The Charles H. Wright Museum is the largest museum of African-American history in the world, but budget cuts have decimated his staff. Despite significant budget and staff reductions, Smith and his staff have leveraged digital technology to create cutting-edge projects, the museum’s “best work.”

    Smith described the evolution of multi-media displays. He recalled his graduate student days, physically gathering and organizing hundreds of slides, then punching holes into tape that would run through multiple Ektagraphic projectors. With Medium Management and Publishing System (MMaPs), a content management system, he and and his staff can input images, information, videos, and music to one place. With a few keystrokes, they can create interactive websites, kiosks, and touchscreens.

    Digital media creates new ways to experience collections. “Inspiring Minds,” for example, an interactive touchscreen wall, provides children an active, fun way to learn about the accomplishments of African-American inventors and scientists. Digital media accelerates the curatorial process. Every month, museum staff and interns create and publish high-quality documentaries on African-American perspectives on the Civil War.

  25. Yahtc says:

    Oldest African-American church in Bulloch celebrates milestone.Antioch Missionary commemorates heritage

    Posted: November 8, 2013 8:28 p.m

  26. Yahtc says:

    Grand Canyon Sunrise

  27. Yahtc says:

    “One of Little Rock Nine to speak at Pfeiffer, Livingstone”

    from the Salisbury Post, NC

    MISENHEIMER — On Nov. 12 and 13, Pfeiffer University honors the history of the civil rights movement in partnership with Salisbury’s Livingstone College, with special appearances by Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students in Arkansas credited with integrating Central High School in 1957, and presentation of the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m., members of the community are invited to Stokes Student Center’s Community Room on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, for self-guided tours of the Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, a traveling exhibition described as one of the nation’s foremost collections of African-American artifacts and history.

    Also on Tuesday, LaNier will appear at Livingstone College, speaking to Livingstone students and faculty. At 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at Livingstone’s Events and Hospitality Center, where LaNier will sign copies of her book, “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.”

    On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., LaNier comes to the Pfeiffer campus where she will address students, staff, faculty and the community (at no charge) and sign books, which will be available for sale, at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. At 2 p.m., she and Pfeiffer alumna Dr. Margaret Whitt ‘68, professor emerita of English, University of Denver, and author of “Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology,” will join Dr. Michael Thompson’s civil rights movement class and the community in G.A. Pfeiffer Library for a discussion about Lanier’s experiences and book.

    “In addition to teaching the recognizable icons and incidents of the civil rights movement, I make a special effort to introduce students to the perspectives of people who participated directly in major events of the time,” said Thompson, professor of history, who also collaborates with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to connect high school students with the history of the civil rights movement and the American South. “For students to have the opportunity to speak directly with Carlotta Walls LaNier, history comes alive and can be inspirational.”

    For more information about these events, contact Dr. Sylvia Hoffmire, assistant professor of English and director of cultural programs for Pfeiffer;

    LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, was the first female African-American student to graduate from Central High School. In 1960, she entered Michigan State University and graduated from Colorado State University (now University of Northern Colorado), where she is a board member and recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters. In 1999, she and the other members of the Little Rock Nine received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bill Clinton. Today, she is president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation, a scholarship organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to education for African American students.

    The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels was established in 1995 by Angela Jennings as a means to familiarize young people with the rich history and heritage of African-Americans and their contributions to the U.S. and the world. As curator, Jennings has traveled throughout the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa and Europe to amass art, collectibles and memorabilia. As part of the exhibit, Jennings presents stories and dramatizations about selected periods and historical figures. Sankofa is a Ghanaian term that means to use the wisdom of the past to build the future.

  28. dreamer says:

    Good morning to you Yahtc

  29. Yahtc says:

    “Professor Gates co-authors book about African American history”

    “One of the central themes of African Americans is the exploration of the diversity of ethnic origins of the people from Africa and their descendants whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies and beliefs, and religious and social institutions that the African American people have created…. Above all else, this book is concerned with showing that even in the midst of great political adversity and personal vulnerability, even under the harshest conditions, black people for 500 years have explored the fullest range of human emotions and actions, falling in and out of love, inventing novel ways to worship, stressing over the fate and fortunes of their children, and wondering about God’s purpose for their lives and their afterlives. In other words, the Black Experience is just one wondrous rendition of the larger experience of being a human being and collectively fashioning a civilization.” — Excerpted from the Introduction (pages xi-xii)

    By and large, the history books have marginalized the African American community by either omitting or minimizing its cornucopia of contributions to the country. Similarly, the African American psyche has been trivialized by a host of harmful stereotypes which suggest that we aren’t as diverse or as capable of experiencing the same full range of emotions as Caucasians.

    How else can you explain that the Mayor of New York City might rationalize employing the “stop and frisk” police tactic against blacks in wholesale fashion, as if criminality is a racial trait instead of judging people by the content of their character as envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King a half-century ago? Fortunately, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross has just been published in the face of such persisting, institutionalized prejudice.

    Co-written by Harvard’s Dr. Henry Louis Gates and Dr. Donald Yacovone, the book is basically a companion piece to the 6-part television series of the same name that’s set premiere on PBS on October 22nd. But this relatively-encyclopedic opus has been afforded the luxury of being able to explore the same subject-matter in much greater depth.

    Arranged chronologically, it starts with a chapter covering the period from 1500 to 1540 when Africans first arrived in the so-called New World. Next comes the period during which skin color-coded slavery became institutionalized, followed by 1700 to 1811, which the authors dub “The Age of Revolutions.”

    That’s followed by “Half Slave, Half Free,” the awkward ante bellum era when many Africans were emancipated while the majority remained in chains. Subsequently, in succession, came the Civil War, Reconstruction, lynchings and the rise of the Klan, en route to the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and President Obama in the White House.

    An engaging journey through African American history from a fresh perspective reflecting the rich inner lives of black folks, regardless of their generally-lowly station.

  30. Yahtc says:

    I am sending my prayers and caring thoughts to the people of the Phiippines.

    Tragic destruction of lives and property:

    ‘Massive destruction’ as typhoon flattens Philippine city, kills at least 100

    • Yahtc says:

      • Yahtc says:

        “Philippine super typhoon kills at least 10,000, official says”

        (Reuters) – One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves.

        Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director.

        Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many described as similar to a tsunami, which leveled houses and drowned hundreds of people.

        The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of deaths, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 killed.

        “We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria told Reuters. “The devastation is so big.”

        Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon that churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, packing wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), weakened significantly before hitting northern Vietnam on Sunday.

        Leyte province’s capital of Tacloban, with a population of 220,000, bore the brunt of Haiyan, which was possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall.

        The city and nearby villages as far as one kilometer from shore were flooded by the storm surge, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes. TV footage showed children clinging to rooftops for their lives.

        “From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami,” said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban since before the typhoon struck the city, about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila.

        “I don’t know how to describe what I saw. It’s horrific.”

        City officials said they were struggling to retrieve bodies and send relief supplies to survivors. They also reported widespread looting as authorities struggled to restore order and repair shattered communications.

        “There is looting in the malls and large supermarkets. They are taking everything even appliances like TV sets, these will be traded later on for food,” said Tecson John Lim, the Tacloban city administrator.

        “We don’t have enough manpower. We have 2,000 employees but only about 100 are reporting for work. Everyone is attending to their families.”

        Lim said city officials had so far only collected 300-400 bodies, but believed the death toll in the city alone could be 10,000.

        “The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,” he said.

        International aid agencies said relief efforts in the Philippines are stretched thin after a 7.2 magnitude quake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by a conflict with Muslim rebels in southern Zamboanga province.

        The World Food Programme said it was airlifting 40 tons of high energy biscuits, enough to feed 120,000 people for a day, as well as emergency supplies and telecommunications equipment.

        Tacloban city airport was all but destroyed as seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of the airport tower, leveling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles.

        Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, said water levels rose up to four meters (13 feet).

        “It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport,” he said. “Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided.”

        So tragic….so devastating….I am praying that the survivors can be rescued quickly and that emergency services reach everyone in time.

  31. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

    I hope all of you have a great weekend!

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