Sunday Open Thread | Praise and Worship

Wintley Augustus Phipps (born January 7, 1955) was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Phipps is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister, world-renowned vocal artist, and innovative initiator of special projects such as the US Dream Academy.[1]

He also founded Songs of Freedom Publishing Company and Coral Records Recording Company. Mr. Phipps has been the featured speaker and performer at many notable occasions around the world.

Wintley Phipps, at an early age, moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended Kingsway College, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian Academy, and later Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theology. Phipps would later go on to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    November 10, 2013 1:01 pm
    Shannon Sharpe with an intense 2-minute rant about Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin

    The NFL Today on CBS opened their Sunday coverage with the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story. Shannon Sharpe spoke passionately about the culture of the locker room and the use of racial epithets.

    Like I said before, this whole situation boils down to one thing—common human decency, respect. Nobody in the Dolphins locker room showed any. Yes, including Jonathan Martin.

    • Liza says:

      I’ve read quite a few articles this past week about Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. What stands out about Richie Incognito is that he has had problems everywhere he has played football including college UNTIL he lands at the Miami Dolphins who had him on their “leadership council.” This leads me to suspect that Dolphins’ management tried to use Incognito’s bullying for their own purposes which would indicate serious problems at the top of their organization. Also, the fact that Jonathan Martin felt isolated with no options other than to leave the team also seems to indicate that Richie Incognito had the support of Dolphins management, at least until the story was in the media and they suspended him.

      I don’t know what to think about Dolphins players supporting Incognito. I think there is a major gap between what they will say publicly and how they really feel. Winning games is important to them and I’m sure they do not want to be investigated. They would rather not have the whole country interested in their internal problems. But players from other teams seem to support Jonathan Martin.

      Shannon Sharpe is right. There is no such thing as a white man who has been given special permission to use the n-word when speaking to a black man. Nowhere in this country is that true and anyone who believes it is 100% devoid of emotional intelligence. Defending Incognito’s use of that racial slur is indefensible and people need to stop pretending that it’s accepted and laughed at in the locker room where most of the players are black men.

      The Philadelphia Eagles should have gotten rid of Riley Cooper after his racist rant at the Kenny Chesney concert but he rewarded instead because he was cured of his racism with a few days of “counseling.” Now we’ve got Richie Incognito. Maybe the NFL should stop pretending that this isn’t a problem.

    • trekkiewife says:

      I watched this video and I saw the passion in him trying to explain how the actions of one ignorant person can affect so many. I truly hope his words were not lost on those around him…but I truly don’t think they understood…

  2. rikyrah says:

    African-American aldermen confused over black contracting numbers

    Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration put out a perennial political firestorm by awarding 21 percent of city contracts to African-American businesses. Records released Friday of actual payments to black contractors showed African-Americans receiving a 12 percent piece of the pie. But, Chief Procurement Office Jamie Rhee maintained that’s progress.

    Alderman Dowell was not appeased. She noted that Hispanic contractors nearly doubled their share of payments—from eight percent in 2012 to 15 percent this year—while African-Americans remained “stagnant” at 12 percent.


    Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) came away from the whole debate confused about how African-Americans went from a 21 percent share of contracts awarded last year to a 12 percent share of payments this year.

    “I don’t understand that explanation because it’s not apples to apples. That’s why I asked for five years back, apples to apples. Don’t compare last year to this year if it’s not apples to apples,” Thomas said.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Cops probe claims that Hales Franciscan students shared sexually explicit photos

    BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter November 7, 2013 9:54PM

    Chicago Police are looking into claims that students passed around sexually explicit photos at a Catholic high school in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

    Police first responded to Hales Franciscan High School on Saturday, police News Affairs said in a release.

    School officials told authorities that some students received or distributed sexually explicit photos of a female, the release said.

    One school official told police that a more serious crime might have been committed, based on conversations with students, the release said.

    The name of the person in the photo has not been provided to police, and there has been no evidence presented to police that a crime had been committed, according to police News Affairs.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Bob Cesca: Millionaire Dylan Ratigan Whines About His New Obamacare Premium

    “I bought a catastrophic health policy for $170/mo when I left MSNBC. Obamacare cancelled the policy. New rate $600/mo. Thnx Mr. President!” Awww. Let’s all shed one tear for poor, poor rich guy Dylan Ratigan who made millions on cable news and, according to Wonkette, recently sold his Manhattan apartment for $1.38 million. Evidently Ratigan can’t afford an additional $4000 per year for this alleged $600 per month health insurance plan, which is more expensive this his previous “catastrophic” plan that only covered major injuries and nothing else.

    Meanwhile, this $600 plan, Christopher noted, is likely a Platinum top-of-the-line policy offered in the exchange. Interesting that Ratigan would compare his former bare-bones premium with, obviously, a high-end plan. Honest of him. And what about “Obamacare cancelled the policy?” That’s a lie. Obamacare isn’t canceling any policies — insurance companies are. Full stop.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sabrina Tavernise: Cuts In Hospital Subsidies Threaten Safety-Net Care

    The uninsured pour into Memorial Health hospital here: the waitress with cancer in her voice box who for two years assumed she just had a sore throat. The unemployed diabetic with a wound stretching the length of her shin. The construction worker who could no longer breathe on his own after weeks of untreated asthma attacks and had to be put on a respirator.

    Many of these patients were expected to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act through a major expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor. But after the Supreme Court in 2012 gave states the right to opt out, Georgia, like about half the states, almost all of them Republican-led, refused to broaden the program.

    “I understand that the state needs to balance its budget, and control the runaway costs of Medicaid, but to turn a blind eye and say, ‘Let the chips fall where they may,’ you’ll end up with a gutted health care system,” said Maggie M. Gill, chief executive at Memorial Health.

  6. rikyrah says:

    National Journal: American Health Care’s Good Old Days

    If you’ve been following the news cycle, you probably read the stories about Obamacare’s victims: the healthy, employed couples making $70,000 or $80,000 a year, just above the subsidy threshold for Obamacare, who now need to pay a bit more each year for insurance. But the reason that couples’ insurance is more expensive now is because insurers are no longer able to discriminate against the less fortunate, driving up the costs for the relatively healthy and wealthy. To put Obamacare victims’ strife in perspective, let’s take a trip down memory lane. You know, the golden years of American health care in … oh, let’s say 2007, back when you could be denied coverage for something as benign as acne or as mundane as pregnancy.

    Back then, anecdotes about people who were denied coverage abounded. They included this 12-year-old boy who died in 2007 from an abscessed tooth after his family’s Medicaid lapsed. And this 17-year-old boy whose insurance was revoked after he tested positive for HIV. This woman who was denied coverage for breast cancer because she wasn’t diagnosed at the correct clinic. And this woman whose double mastectomy was denied after her insurance company learned she had visited a dermatologist for acne treatment the year before. Ah, yes, those were the days

  7. rikyrah says:

    Sarah Kliff @sarahkliff
    Today Jeff Zients says has, on average, a 2% error rate average across all pages. Down from 6% at launch.

    12:53 PM – 8 Nov 2013

  8. rikyrah says:

    MAP: 9 States Besides Texas That Are Making It Harder for Women to Vote

    The GOP’s campaign for strict voter ID laws is affecting another voting bloc.

    —By Dana Liebelson

    | Tue Oct. 29, 2013 2:00 AM PDT

    Women have been allowed to vote in the United States since 1920, after the passage of the 19th Amendment. But fast-forward to 2013, and plenty of states’ laws have a provision that makes it harder for women who are married or divorced to cast a ballot.

    When Americans all over the country head to the polls on November 5 to vote on mayoral candidates, ballot initiatives, gubernatorial races, and even members of Congress, they will be up against a new kind of voter ID law that has mostly cropped up in 2012 and 2013 and disproportionately affects women—as well as transgender voters and anyone else with a name change.

    Controversial voter ID laws, which GOP proponents say are intended to prevent the (pretty much nonexistent) crime of voting fraud, are nothing new, and they have been criticized for targeting low-income voters, young people, and minorities. But Texas’s newly enforced voter ID law has put a spotlight on another group of voters that will be disproportionately affected by these rules. Not only must Texas voters present government-issue photo IDs to vote, but now poll workers are required under the law to check these IDs against an official voting registry to determine if the two names “substantially” match. That means that a woman who updated her voter registration when she got married, but not her driver’s license or passport (and vice versa), could face additional hurdles in getting her ballot counted.

    The Texas law may have drawn extra scrutiny because of the state’s reputation for being a battleground in the “war on women”—but it’s just one of many to adopt this type of provision. At least 9 other states’ voting laws, most enacted in 2012 or 2013, use similar language. That doesn’t count the 24 additional states with other kinds of voter ID laws, including some with looser photo ID rules that are still potentially problematic for women. In 2006, the Brennan Center found that 34 percent of voting-age women do not possess a proof-of-citizenship document that reflects their legal name, although updated statistics on photo IDs are hard to come by. And Slate points out that the law doesn’t just affect Democrats, as Republican women are more likely change their names.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare Approval

    [….] What I’m really interested in is what this chart will look like next May, or June, as we move into the stretch for the midterms. And here’s my prediction: the lines will have crossed, or be just about to cross, moving favorables over unfavorables for the first time. Why do I think so:

    *The web site will have been fixed (before Christmas) and it is very
    easy now to put your info in; to compare policy options; to see what (if any) subsidy support you are eligible for, and to sign up and buy
    insurance (although open enrollment is closed until October 1).

    *Enrollment was pretty much on target, greatly helped by the almost 2 million folks whose policies were cancelled and decided to buy new coverage on the Exchanges. Total enrollment is 6.8 million, with 2.5 million under 35.

    *The cancellation crisis is behind us. Of the 6 million people who
    lost coverage, 3 million renewed with their insurance companies
    directly; 2 million went to the Exchanges, and 1 million chose to pay
    the fine and skip insurance.

    *Large employers have continued to offer insurance to their
    employees, with almost no one pushing their workers out into the
    Exchanges. The Total number of people getting insurance at work has actually grown slightly, as more small employers, using ACA credits, are offering plans.

    *Overall healthcare costs are adding a 6th year to their record of
    cost moderation and premium increases (on exchange and off, both group and individual) have remained moderate.

    *There have been some pressure on doctors, especially in moderate income and poorer neighborhoods, as the medical system reacts to the surge of new patients from Medicaid and the Exchanges. But the system is adjusting. In some states, PAs’ and Nurse Practitioners are being granted new practice authority.[….]

  10. rikyrah says:

    thanks Luvvie for the hat tip:

    Reason Africans Don’t Answer Phone Calls.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Black Voters, Not the ‘Gender Gap,’ Won Virginia for McAuliffe

    Women of color are the “gender gap.”

    Zerlina Maxwell

    November 7, 2013

    When Terry McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday night, women were credited with handing him the victory. Pundits quickly declared that Cuccinelli’s extreme views on abortion—with the ultimate goal to “make abortion disappear in America”—were key to losing the female vote. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a different story

    Cuccinelli lost among women voters, by a margin of 51 percent to 42 percent. But he won a majority of votes among white women—54 percent—while 91 percent of black women voted for McAuliffe. A strong majority of unmarried women broke for McAuliffe, 67 percent. These facts have been obscured by the widespread claim that the “gender gap” fueled McAuliffe’s victory—and that candidates’ stances on abortion and birth control are what swing the “women’s vote.” As the Virginia election results show, if it were up to white women, the anti-choice candidate would have prevailed. If any voting block determined the outcome of the race, it was black women.

    Republicans on all levels of government have been on a relentless legislative assault on women’s reproductive rights. It should come as no surprise that women of color are opposed to Republicans like Attorney General Cuccinelli, because he and his sidekick former Governor Bob McDonnell, made “transvaginal ultrasound” part of the everyday political lexicon.

    But women of color, single and low-income women are the most directly impacted by regressive Republican policies—and not just on reproductive rights. Cuccinelli’s expressed his support for a one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country immediately after President Obama won Virginia saying, President Obama can’t win a state where photo ID is required.” Cuccinelli was one of the first attorney generals to sue the Obama administration over the constitutionality of Obamacare. Black women are one of the groups that will benefit the most from healthcare reform.

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Family members rescue abducted woman, kill captor
    4:30 pm November 9, 2013, by George Mathis

    The family of an abducted Louisiana woman rescued her and killed her abductor Friday, according to news reports.

    Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped Wednesday by Scott Thomas, 29, as she picked their child up from daycare, police said.

    Police and family members in Lafayette Parish began searching for her immediately.

    Her family found her first.

    Police said the family was searching the area and heard a woman scream. About a half-dozen men kicked in the door of the house and confronted Scott, who began stabbing Arceneaux, police said.

    What happened next is not clear, police said, but gunfire erupted and police that arrived at the scene found Scott dead from injuries sustained during the confrontation.

    Police said it appeared family members were acting in defense of Arceneaux so they may not face criminal charges.

    The woman’s brother didn’t apologize for his family’s actions.

    “We did what we had to do. We did not wait for authorities. We did it our own self,” said Harold Carter, Arceneaux’s older brother.

    • rikyrah says:

      there’s an excellent conversation on twitter refuting people who are criticizing the family:

      Kudos, hugs, Black Love and all that to BM who SAVED Bethany Arceneaux. No one saves BW. Being deemed worthy of LIFE isn’t “anti-feminist.”

      Some ppl seem to think saving someone you love means then ppl must have right to dominate them. Saving life ≠ approve patriarchal domination

      When you protect someone you love, you’re saying “your life matters to me. You are valuable.” Such protection can exist without domination.

      The cops did nothing when Bethany pressed charges, got restraining orders, & when she was kidnapped. In public. Think about that.

      400 years deep in the lesson that a Black American’s life is worthless in the eyes of the state & you wonder why her family did the work?

  14. Liza says:

    So, Robert Cray was in Tucson last night and I didn’t know about it in time to go see him. This is the price I pay for not reading local news. Such a talented person – guitar hero, songwriter, really good voice.

  15. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-) Amazing Grace.. How sweet the sound.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Black voters were a big reason McAuliffe won in Virginia

    By NBC’s Domenico Montanaro

    Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost white voters to Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by 20 points in the Virginia governor’s race, 56-36 percent.

    But McAuliffe still won the election by 3 points, 48-45 percent. How is that possible when more than seven-in-10 (72 percent) of Virginia voters Tuesday were white?

    Simple: Black voters.

    McAuliffe won black voters by a 90-8 percent margin, a similar spread to the 93-6 percent President Barack Obama ran up in the 2012 presidential election in the Old Dominion.

    Black voters also voted at a similar clip to the 2012 election. They made up 20 percent of voters, or one of every five people who went to the polls. That’s exactly the percentage of the electorate black voters made up for Obama in 2012 in Virginia.

    What’s more, for all the discussion of women, the gender gap, and the millions of dollars in ads McAuliffe ran in Northern Virginia targeting women on the issue of abortion, it was really black women specifically that fueled that gap.

    McAuliffe won women overall by a 51-42 percent margin. But he lost white women by 16 points (54-38 percent) and won black women by an astonishing 91-7 percent spread. They made up 11 percent of all Virginia voters. Black men voted at a similar margin as women, 90-9 percent, and made up a similar percentage of the electorate, 9 percent.

  17. rikyrah says:

    it is daytime, so I’m gonna watch my American Horror Story, Grimm and Dracula while the sun is out..I’m such a chicken

  18. Xena says:

    Rachel Jeantel is currently in counselling to help her cope with losing her friend Trayvon Martin. Tom Joyner arranged and pays for the counselling, as well as tutors and mentors. Rachel said that she is ignoring her critics. Rachel went to New York where theGrio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to give her a makeover, including wardrobe, to help her enter her new life as a college student.

    • rikyrah says:

      Tom takes hits, but I don’t see any other Black celebrity stepping up to the plate.

      • Happy Sunday, everyone!

        My friend’s son was shot & killed a week ago. I was so crushed & hurt. But one thing I know…….My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Psalm 73:26

      • Yahtc says:


        Beautiful trust in the Lord.

      • Yahtc says:

        I don’t know where to place this comment, but because all of you are here, I want to say something about two groups.

        Group one: African Americans

        As a GROUP African Americans can be proud of who they are and feel good about themselves……they have NEVER oppressed, brutalized, degraded any group in this country.

        Group two: White European Americans

        As a GROUP White European Americans CANNOT feel good about themselves or claim anything but shame and wickedness…….as a group they have oppressed, brutalized, and degraded African Americans, Native Americans, and others. Today, there isn’t even an effort (or even an acknowledgement of the necessity) by this group to repair the damage they have caused.

      • Yahtc says:

        I actually mean for this comment to land at the bottom of the page.

        SG2, I am sorry it landed under your grief comment. *hugs*

    • Good for Rachel. God bless Tom Joyner for all he does to help this child.

    • Ametia says:

      ACTIONS SPEAK louder than words.

    • Liza says:

      I’ve thought about Rachel Jeantel a lot. One thing that I hope is emphasized in her counseling is that she did the absolute best she could for her best friend. The prosecutors, for whatever reason and we could certainly speculate here, did not take good care of her and she was the most important witness in the entire (fake) trial. I’m really glad that people are stepping up to help her.

      • @Liza


      • Yahtc says:

        she did the absolute best she could for her best friend.

        Yes, she did, Liza.

        God bless her.

      • Xena says:

        @Liza. Yes, Rachel did do her absolute best. She also stepped up. What she feared in the beginning with coming forth was pushed to the back and her bravery stepped forth. She wasn’t afraid to address that either. It takes honesty and humbleness to do what she did.

        • I become furious everytime I think about Don West keeping Rachel on the stand for 5 hours asking the same questions over & over and Bernie nor Judge Nelson attempted to stop the fuckery!

          • Ametia says:

            That whole trial was complete FUCKERY. They tried to give Rachel Jental a beatdown, but FAILED.

          • Xena says:

            What Don West did to Rachel on the witness stand was unadulterated abuse. He tried so hard to follow the Zidiot theory of there being more than one “DeeDee” and try to find dirt on attorney Crump. But as we saw, although he deposed attorney Crump and had him sequestered as a witness, he didn’t dare call him to the witness stand.

            Then with the selfie photo with his daughters, along with the code word “stupidity,” West unzipped and exposed himself all the way of being a White Supremacist.

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