Serendipity SOUL | Saturday Open Thread |Instrumental Movie Soundtracks

Happy Saturday, Everyone. Here are a few of my favorites movie soundtracks. Enjoy!

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57 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Saturday Open Thread |Instrumental Movie Soundtracks

  1. Yahtc says:

    “Thanksgiving and Hanukkah converge — it’s Thanksgivukkah”

    The convergence happens only once in a lifetime: Thanksgiving falling on the first day of Hanukkah.

    It’s Thanksgivukkah — and it is not expected to occur again for more than 70,000 years.

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  3. Ametia says:

    After days of intense negotiation in Geneva, Iran and diplomats from six nations, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, have reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, according to a European Union negotiator.

    Read more at:

  4. Lucy McBath (Jordan Davis’ mother) has begun a new petition:


    It is time for the 80 million mothers of America to stand our ground and demand the repeal of all Stand Your Ground Laws in more than 20 states across America. Collectively, we can use our votes and our voices to change policies and laws that will help keep American children out of the line of fire. We call on all governors in affected states to work to repeal this needless and dangerous law.
    Why is this important?

    Stand Your Ground laws do not promote healthy conflict resolution. Too often they foster an “attack” response or even worse, vigilante “justice”. And because easy access to guns and concealed carry laws make lethal weapons immediately available to most anyone – including the untrained and irresponsible – that attack response becomes deadly.

    A recent Texas A&M study analyzed 20 states with Stand Your Ground laws, including Florida, and found that the laws do not deter violent crime. In fact, there is a clear increase in homicides in those states, resulting in hundreds more shooting deaths nationwide each year. Stand Your Ground laws also disproportionately affect communities of color. According to an Urban Institute study, when white shooters kill black victims, 34 percent of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable, while only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white.

    It is time to repeal Stand Your Ground laws.

    Protect our Children

    Lucy McBath, spokesperson for Moms Demand Action and mother of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Florida last year by a man who will likely use Stand Your Ground laws as his defense at trial next year, said, “Kill first, explain later is not justice – I know this first-hand. Children and adults who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable. Shooting to kill then asking questions later is not acceptable in any community, ever.”

    Help us protect our children today by signing this petition.

    Thank you,

    Lucia McBath and Shannon Watts
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
    Lucia McBath is a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Shannon Watts is the founder.

    You can find the petition at this link:

  5. rikyrah says:

    Cancer survivor: Obamacare got me covered
    By Lori Greenstein Bremner
    updated 2:06 PM EST, Thu November 21, 2013

    Editor’s note: Lori Greenstein Bremner is a cancer survivor, a single mother and a self-employed real estate agent in Sonoma, California, who struggled to obtain and afford health insurance for more than three decades after her diagnosis. She is on the volunteer board of directors of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

    (CNN) — As a 36-year cancer survivor, I am watching with great interest as the debate rages over whether the Affordable Care Act strengthens the individual insurance market, as the law’s supporters contend, or dismantles it, as critics say. Having been repeatedly denied health coverage I needed and wanted to buy because of my pre-existing condition, I know that provisions of the law can dramatically improve the quality and cost of insurance for people shopping for coverage on their own.

    I was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia as a college student. After nearly five years of aggressive chemotherapy, immunotherapy, bone marrow harvests and more, I was cancer-free. My cancer has never returned, but since then I have waged a battle of a different kind — a three-decade struggle to obtain quality, affordable coverage.

    I spent a few years on my parents’ health plan as a student — long before the new law guaranteed that parents’ policies can cover their children through age 26. Later I joined my husband’s work-based plan.

    Lori Greenstein Bremner
    Lori Greenstein Bremner

    It wasn’t until he got laid off and our COBRA coverage expired that I discovered how difficult it would be to buy a health plan on my own. I shopped around, but as soon as I revealed my pre-existing condition, I was denied coverage — no further questions asked. My appeals were unsuccessful, and insurers wouldn’t even sell me a plan at some sky-high price. I went to California’s high-risk pool for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions, but the option to pay $1,800 a month for flimsy coverage that would have left my three young children uninsured was not really an option at all.

    After months of searching, I found an expensive plan with limited benefits through a professional association, and ever since I have paid to be a member of the organization just so I can maintain coverage. For 15 years my sons and I have struggled to afford the plan’s annual deductibles of up to $3,000 per person and monthly premiums that have risen about 30% each year.

    Every couple of years I reduced our coverage and gave up our trusted providers to avoid yet another premium increase, until we reached the plan’s minimum coverage level. Now a single mom with three sons to put through college, I’ve had to make some very tough choices.


    I visited California’s marketplace,, on October 1 — the day it went live. At first I encountered technical problems, as so many others have, that were caused in part by the large number of people trying to find coverage. But I knew I had until December 15 to enroll for coverage to begin January 1. Recently I tried again and enrolled in my chosen plan in about 15 minutes.

    In January, for the first time since my diagnosis 36 years ago, I will have an individual health plan that offers quality coverage for me and my family. I will save $628 every month on premiums. Best of all — I wasn’t even asked if I’ve ever had cancer.

  6. rikyrah says:

    For those who are fans…tonight is the Dr. Who Anniversary…check it out on BBC America.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama a ‘feminist nightmare’? Please.
    11/23/13 12:30 PM
    By Melissa Harris-Perry

    When Lyndon B. Johnson became president, he brought with him a new first lady. Lady Bird Johnson’s passion was beautification. It was dismissed by some as a silly project, just planting daffodils by the side of the road.

    But it was more.

    Lady Bird was one of the first environmentalists, one with access to the legislative resources of the powerful Johnson White House. She gathered experts and brought the issue of conservation to the nation’s attention. Her work led to the passage of 50 bills protecting national parks and removing billboards and junkyards from the highways. Her work was more than just wildflowers.

    I was reminded of the inability of some commentators to see the real work of first ladies this week when I read a piece in POLITICO Magazine, calling first lady Michelle Obama a “feminist nightmare.” And that’s why my letter this week is to the Washington reporter who wrote that story, Michelle Cottle.

    Dear Michelle Cottle,

    Are you serious?

    You–or your handful of “feminist” sources–claim that first lady Obama is not a feminist because she says her most important job is being “mom-in-chief” to her two daughters.

    In a week when right-wing hatred of the president forced a nuclear change in the very rules of the Senate, your advice to the first lady is to come roaring out of the White House battling for reproductive rights?

    You wring your hands about first lady Obama’s quote “safely and soothingly domestic” issues. You quote a feminist who “marvels that someone of the first lady’s ‘capacities and education has done so little of substance.‘ “

    Given how simplistic your piece is, let me make this very simple: you are wrong.

    You’re wrong to write off the first lady’s priorities as fluff. She is fighting childhood obesity, one of the biggest public health crises of our time. And she’s not out there just flexing her biceps and mom-dancing with Jimmy Fallon–her Let’s Move campaign has helped thousands of child care programs offer healthier food and more exercise. And for the first time in years the CDC says there’s a significant decline in obesity in pre-schoolers.

    The first lady is not playing it safe with this work. She has drawn plenty of right-wing criticism. No, Ms. Cottle, not everyone loves a vegetable garden.

    You also dismiss the first lady’s new effort to get more low-income students into higher education by saying it’s not “exactly climbing out on a political limb.” But a college degree has everything to do with economic mobility and who gets to be in the middle class, and right now only about a third of students in the poorest families go to college. And only about a tenth graduate.

    The president has been ridiculed as an elitist for suggesting that more people go to college. So if you think there’s no political risk, maybe you haven’t been paying attention. Also, you misunderstand the place Michelle Obama occupies as the first African-American first lady. You seem to think she is steering clear of the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.

    But when she calls herself mom-in-chief, she is rejecting a different stereotype–the role of Mammy. She is saying that her daughters–her vulnerable, brilliant, beautiful black daughters–are the most important thing to her. The first lady is saying, “You, Miss Ann, will have to clean your own house, because I will be caring for my own.” Instead of agreeing that the public sphere is more imporant than Sasha and Malia, she buried Mammy and embraced being a mom on her own terms.

    So that can be your feminist nightmare, but it is my black motherhood dream.

    And on a strategic note, Miss Cottle: before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come asking black women for our support for your candidate, you might want to read up a bit on black women and our feminism. I can send you a syllabus!


  8. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

  9. Yahtc says:

    Wishing all of you a GREAT weekend!

  10. Yahtc says:
    “Soundies: Black Music from the 1940s”
    Uploaded by The Riverbends Channel

  11. Yahtc says:

    “Hey Soul Sister by Chidi Okoye and Train – Fine Art ”

    Uploaded on Sep 27, 2010 by Chidi Okoye
    Hey Soul Sister is a selection of paintings, drawings and relief sculptures by Chidi Okoye Dedicated to all sisters.

  12. I’m so loving this dance off between a young Piston fan & the Usher. It’s epic! When I posted it yesterday it had 2300 or so views. Today it has 437, 336 views.


  13. Yahtc says:

    “The Presidents’ RoundTable 30th Anniversary Gala Scholarship Awards Program”
    November 22, 2013

    Glitz, glamour and a whole lot of fun was evident at the 30th Anniversary Gala Scholarship Awards program, themed “Celebrating Black Business Wealth: The Harlem Renaissance to the 21st Century.”

    More than 400 guests enjoyed the PRT Reach Foundation and The President’s RoundTable Gala that featured fabulous food and ladies dressed in extravagant ball gowns, cocktail dresses with embellished rhinestones, feather boas and high heels while many of the men wore three-piece tuxedos and bow ties. The real crowd pleaser for taking photos was a shiny new Cadillac 2014, along with the back drop of the street lamps, typical of the night lights seen during the Harlem Renaissance era.

    In honor of the founding members of the Presidents’ Round Table, Raymond V. Haysbert, A. Tyrous “Terry” Addison, Dorothy E. Brunson and Osborne A. Payne, four $2,500 Entrepreneur Scholarships were awarded to students “in need” from HBCUs, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.

    The 2013 President’s Award was presented to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Trailblazer Awards were presented to nationally syndicated columnist, senior analyst and now host of News One Now, Roland Martin, and Black Enterprise.

    The Presidents’ RoundTable is an organization of 19 African-American entrepreneurs in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region which oversees and controls assets exceeding $800 million.

    Sheila Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, is president of the President’s RoundTable and PRT Reach Foundation.

  14. Yahtc says:

    BEYA Alumni Put Stock in Conference Content


    Marc Tate, a former honoree of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference held annually, wants the BEYA to be recognized as one of the best events for those professionals of color seeking to advance their careers.

  15. Yahtc says:

    Black entrepreneur says he’s told he doesn’t look black enough for minority certification

  16. Yahtc says:

    “Black World” by David Nelson*

    A Black world is coming
    A world of beauty
    Beauty is coming
    A Black beautiful world is coming
    It’s coming
    It’s here now inside you
    A beautiful, beautiful Black world inside you
    Inside each and everyone of you is here
    Is coming and is here
    Now look at it
    Make that world
    Make that beautiful world
    Make it from inside you
    It’s coming out now
    A beautiful world
    A world of love
    A beautiful world of love….
    Love is all
    Is needed
    Love is all
    You need
    You need
    You need love
    Defend that love
    Defend that love
    That beautiful love
    You have love
    You are love….
    Love is coming….
    A Black world of love….
    Made by you….
    It’s here now….
    It is Here….

    *Note: In the original publication the words of this poem are artistically place across the page.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond! This week, the Vice President traveled to Houston and Panama, the President honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, this year’s Medal of Freedom Winners and Nobel Laureates, and attended the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Summit. That’s November 15th to 21st or “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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        “BLACKNESS AND FREEDOM” by David Nelson*

        I wanna talk to you bout blackness an’ freedom
        The two are the same you dig
        When you find your blackness you find your freedom
        Find your freedom in your blackness….
        Blackness is freedom….
        Freedom from oppression
        From repression
        Freedom to love….
        Freedom to feel the beauty of the world….
        Freedom to hear the singing birds
        Freedom to float….
        Freedom to feel the universe
        Freedom to hear
        Freedom to feel the rhythm
        Freedom to feel life

        Blackness is freedom and love….

        *Note: In the original publication the words of this poem are artistically place across the page.

  21. Yahtc says:

    How John F Kennedy’s assassination spurred the drive for racial equality
    JFK’s murder in Dallas in November 1963 terrified black America, with many fearing his death would be a disastrous setback for civil rights.

    Candace Allen – The Guardian

  22. Yahtc says:

    “Africa: Imagining Ourselves – What Does It Mean to Be Part of the African Diaspora?”

    Tina Campt talks to Think Africa Press about black European subjectivities, the US’ dominance in diaspora studies, and how photographs tell us more than we might realize.

  23. Yahtc says:

    MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: We Need Immigration Reform — Now

    Marian Wright Edelman | 11/20/2013

  24. Yahtc says:

    Harry Belafonte: JFK ‘knew little’ about black struggles

  25. Yahtc says:

    Pride follows Harp’s election as New Haven mayor

  26. Yahtc says:

    History Of First African-American Marines Preserved By San Diego Students

  27. Yahtc says:

    The morning is nigh
    My hopes are high

    For world rebirth

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        by Nathan Chan

        One phrase can frame the moment.
        One thought can wake the dream.
        One tree can start a forest.
        One word can shine a beam.

        One smile begins a friendship,
        One touch will lift the soul.
        One star can guide a ship at sea.
        One word can change the goal.

        One vote can change a nation.
        One sunbeam light a room.
        One candle wipe out darkness,
        One laugh conquer gloom.

        One step must start each journey.
        One word must start each prayer.
        One hope will raise our spirits.
        One touch can show you care.

        One voice can speak with wisdom.
        One mind can know what’s true.
        One life can make the difference.
        Now it’s up to you.

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