Saturday Open Thread | Lionel Richie Week

More from Lionel Richie.


In 1986, Richie released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely popular album, which produced a run of US and UK hits including “Say You, Say Me” (U.S. #1), “Dancing on the Ceiling” (U.S. #2), “Ballerina Girl” (U.S. #7), and “Se La” (U.S. #20), Richie’s most recent U.S. Pop Top 20 hit. The title selection was accompanied by a video directed by Stanley Donen, which drew inspiration from Royal Wedding,[citation needed] a 1951 Fred Astaire film Donen had directed. The critical consensus was that this album represented nothing more than a consolidation of his previous work, though Richie’s collaboration with the country group Alabama on “Deep River Woman” did break new ground. By 1987, Richie was exhausted from his work schedule and after a controversial year laid low, taking care of his father in Alabama. His father, Lionel Sr., died in 1990. Richie made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.


Since then, his ever-more-relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum. He broke the silence in 1996 with Louder Than Words, on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade, sticking instead with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as contemporary R&B.

Richie’s albums in the 1990s such as Louder Than Words and Time failed to match the commercial success of his earlier work. Some of his recent albums, such as Renaissance, have returned to his older style and achieved success in Europe but only modest notice in the United States. Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK.


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45 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Lionel Richie Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    So white pathology rears its ugly head again

    So I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the ridiculous ‘artistic event’ that some are calling a ‘feminist gathering’ being held at a plantation, hosted by Ani DiFranco. Well shits hitting the fan on the Facebook page after some woman kept dismissing the critiques of black women about the insensitivity and thoughtlessness of the location. This person then made a fake account impersonating a black woman. Below are screen shots of the wreck.


    This is how far white women are willing to go to silence black women.
    this shit is so sad its almost funny.

  2. NYTimes Investigation Brings Bad News For Benghazi Hoaxers

    A six-part series by New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick destroyed several myths about the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, myths often propagated by conservative media and their allies in Congress to politicize the attack against the Obama administration.

    Since the September 2012 attacks, right-wing media have seized upon various inaccurate, misleading, or just plain wrong talking points about Benghazi. Some of those talking points made their way into the mainstream, most notably onto CBS’ 60 Minutes, earning the network the Media Matters’ 2013 “Misinformer of the Year” title for its botched report.

    Kirkpatrick’s series, titled “A Deadly Mix In Benghazi,” debunks a number of these right-wing talking points based on “months of investigation” and “extensive interviews” with those who had “direct knowledge of the attack.” Among other points, Kirkpatrick deflates the claims that an anti-Islamic YouTube video played no role in motivating the attacks and that Al Qaeda was involved in the attack:

    Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

    Fox News, scores of Republican pundits, and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), among others, dragged then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice through the mud for citing talking points that mentioned an anti-Islamic YouTube video on Sunday morning news programs following the attacks. Despite right-wing media claims to the contrary, however, Kirkpatrick stated that the attack on the Benghazi compound was in “large part” “fueled” by the anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube. He wrote (emphasis added):

    The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.


    There is no doubt that anger over the video motivated many attackers. A Libyan journalist working for The New York Times was blocked from entering by the sentries outside, and he learned of the film from the fighters who stopped him. Other Libyan witnesses, too, said they received lectures from the attackers about the evil of the film and the virtue of defending the prophet.

  3. rikyrah says:

    See, this is why The Thornbirds was so popular.

    Mich @michlan
    The Vatican have released a 2014 Roman Priests calendar. I kid you not.WHOA MOMMA.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Ok, which is your favorite:
    Corner Bakery
    Panera Bread

    Me…..Corner Bakery needs a slot on my tax return…as a work expense


  5. WTF kind of headline is this? Then checkout how the reporters ended the article. WTFF?

    Protests disrupt Obama vacation.

    The serenity of President Barack Obama’s Hawaiian vacation was rattled a little on Saturday when demonstrators aired grievances against unmanned aircraft and other issues in a small protest zone near the first family’s upscale rented house.

    Returning from an early morning gym visit at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Obama’s motorcade passed a few dozen protesters holding signs with slogans including “Drones: Unethical and Illegal,” “U.S. Bases Out” and “Close Guantanamo Now.” Others expressed their opposition to genetically modified foods.

    It marked a second day of peaceful protests surrounding Obama, who is spending a two-week vacation in Kailua with wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, the first lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, and the family’s Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny.

    On Friday evening, as many as 27 protesters turned out to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact being negotiated between the United States and several Asian and South American countries.

    Opponents of TPP say the agreement is being written to benefit large multinational corporations.

    “Other than a friendly ‘shaka sign’ from the president as he drove by in his motorcade, we have not received a formal response from the White House,” said Mike Hasselle of the MoveOn Honolulu Council, one of the organizers of the action.

    Obama has received mostly a warm reception in and around Honolulu, where he was born and spent much of his boyhood.

    Hundreds of onlookers swelled around his motorcade for about four blocks on Friday night after the Obama family dined at Nobu, an award-winning Japanese fusion restaurant, in Waikiki.

    As the motorcade pulled away for the 15-mile drive back to Kailua, the crowds clapped, cheered and waved, snapping photographs with their cellphones.

  6. Tyren M. says:

    Good afternoon 3Chics!
    Thanks again for sharing Lionel with me and the world.

  7. rikyrah says:

    about the Duck Dynasty racist:


    It’s so distressing reading people giving Robertson’s racism a pass because they disagree on gay rights. If black people were naturally so docile and happy during Jim Crow, why did they have to murder, assault, brainwash, and rape so many of us to keep that system going? And the idea that poor whites were our allies is bull. Racism was used to keep them docile—feeling superior to black people was worth economic security, and for some people, that’s STILL TRUE. I’m sympathetic to the argument that chasing people off tv for ignorance or refusing to accept apologies is counterproductive, but that shouldn’t extend to excusing clear racism and homophobia from people like Robertson and Paula Dean. Ridiculous episode.

  8. I found this on a friend’s FB post

    I wish you enough


    Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:”I love you and I wish you enough.”The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They ki…ssed and the daughter left.The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?””I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?” She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,”I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”She then began to cry and walked away.They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them.

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    Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009
    In this video House of Art Gallery features the artwork of Internationally acclaimed fine art artist Frank Morrison’s series titled “Soul Sisters” that pays tribute to the strength, beauty, elegance and style of black women to the poem titled “Phenomenal Women” written by Maya Angelou.

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  12. Yahtc says:

    From Yesterday’s thread:
    rikyrah says:
    December 27, 2013 at 8:04 am
    Disguise Leads To Freedom For Former Slaves

    Say the words “slave revolt” and images of bloody confrontations waged with guns, machetes, and pitchforks come to mind. But the self-liberation of former slaves Ellen and William Craft shows that the route to freedom could also be paved with smarts and guile as opposed to bloodshed.

    Using her light-skinned hue to her advantage, Ellen, a biracial slave born in 1826 in Georgia, figured that the best way to beat the slave holders in her region of the country was to, in a sense, join them.

    So Craft cooked up a plan to to pose as a White slave owner by cutting her hair, adopting a man’s walking gait, and hiding the fact that she couldn’t read. All this with her “slave” in tow.

    The plan allowed the Crafts to travel through the South to Philadelphia, where they arrived in the winter of 1848. They moved to Boston and became influential abolitionist speakers.

    One would think that would be the heartwarming end to the Crafts story of ingenuity and bravery, but one would also be underestimating the brutality of the American slave system.

    In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, which allowed slave masters to cross in to non-slaveholding areas to retrieve their “property.” The Crafts were forced to run to England but returned to Georgia after the Civil War.

    • Yahtc says:

      Yahtc says:
      December 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm
      Thank you for posting this wonder piece of history, rikyrah!

      Here is the video found in the article you linked:

      William Sill includes them in his 1872 book entitled “The Underground Railroad. A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, etc.” on pages 368 – 377.

      • Yahtc says:

        Yahtc says:
        December 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm
        YW, Ametia!

        I just copied the first 3 pages (bottom half of p. 368 to top of p.370 from my copy of the of the book.) What follows are William Still’s words:

        “WILLIAM AND ELLEN CRAFT: Female Slave in Male Attire, fleeing as a Planter, with her Husband as Her Body Servant

        “A quarter of a century ago, William and Ellen Craft were slaves in the State of Georgia. With them, a with thousands of others, the desire to be free was very strong. For this jewel they were willing to make any sacrifice, or to endure any amount of suffering. In this state of mind they commenced planning. After thinking of various ways that might be tried, it occurred to William and Ellen, that one might act the part of master and the other the part of servant.

        “Ellen being fair enough to pass for white, of necessity would have to be transformed into a young planter for the time being. All that was needed, however, to make this important change was that she should be dressed elegantly in a fashionable suit of male attire, and have her hair cut in the style usually worn by young planters. Her profusion of dark hair offered a fine opportunity for the change. So far this plan looked very tempting. But it occurred to them that Ellen was beardless. After some mature reflectn, they came to the conclusion that this difficulty could be very readily obviated by having the face muffled up as though the young planter was suffering badly with the face or toothache; thus they got rid of this trouble. Straightway, upon further reflection, several other very serious difficulties stared them in the face. For instance, in traveling, they knew that they would be under the necessity of stopping repeatedly at hotels, and that the custom of registering would have to be conformed to, unless some very good excuse could be given for not doing so.

        “Here they again thought much over matters, and wisely concluded that the young man had better assume the attitude of a gentleman very much in dispensed. He must have his right arm placed carefully in a sling; that would be sufficient excuse for not registering, etc. Then he must be a little lame, with a nice cane in the left hand; he must be very hard of hearing and dependent on his faithful servant (as was no uncommon thing with slave-holders), to look after all his wants.

        “William was just the man to act this part. To begin with, he was very “likely-looking;” smart, active and exceedingly attentive to his young master–indeed he was almost eyes, ears, hands and feet for him. William knew this would please the slave-holders. The young planter would have nothing to do but hold himself subject to his ailments and put on a bold air of superiority; he was not to deign to notice anybody. If, while traveling, gentlemen, either politely or rudely, should venture to scrape acquaintance with the young planter, in his deafness he was to remain mute; the servant was to explain. In every instance when this occurred, as it actually did, the servant was fully equal to the emergency–none dreaming of the disguises in which the Underground Rail Road passengers were traveling.

        “They stopped at a first-class hotel in Charleston, where the young planter and his body servant were treated, as the house was wont to treat the chivalry. They stopped also at a similar hotel in Richmond, and with like results.

        “They knew that they much pass through Baltimore, but they did not know the obstacles that they would have to surmount in the Monumental City They proceeded to the depot in the usual manner, and the servant asked for tickets for his master and self. Of course the master could have a ticket, but “bonds will have to be entered before you can get a ticket,” said the ticket master. “It is a rule of this office to require bonds for all negroes applying for tickets to go North, and none but gentlemen of well-know responsibility will be taken,” further explained the ticket master.

        “The servant replied, that he knew “nothing about that”–that he was “simply traveling with his young mast to take care of him–he being in a very delicate state of health, so much so, that fears were entertained that he might not be able to hold out to reach Philadelphia, where he was hastening for medical treatment,” and ended his reply by saying, “my master can’t be detained.” Without further parley, the ticket master very obligingly waived the old “rule” and furnished the requisite tickets. The mountain being thus removed, the young planter and his faithful servant were safely in the cars for the city of Brotherly Love.

        “Scarcely had they arrived on free soil when the rheumatism departd–the right arm was unslung–the toothache was gone–the beardless face was unmuffled–the deaf heard and spoke–the blind saw–and the slave, the facts of this unparalleled Underground Rail Road feat were fully established by the most unquestionable evidence.

        “The constant strain and pressure on Ellen’s nerves, however, had tried her severely, so much so, that for days afterwards, she was physically much prostrated, although joy and gladness beamed from her eyes, which bespoke inexpressible delight within.

        “Never can the writer forget the impression made by their arrival. Even now, after a lapse of nearly a quarter of a century, it is easy to picture them in a private room, surrounded by a few friends–Ellen in her fine suit of black, with her cloak and high-heeled boots, looking, in every respect, like a young gentleman; in an hour after having dropped her male attire, and assumed the habiliments of her sex the feminine only was visible in every line and feature of her structure.

        “Her husband, William, was thoroughly colored, but was a man of marked natural abilities, of good manners, and full of pluck, and possessed of perceptive faculties very large.

        “It was necessary, however, in those days, that they should seek a permanent residence, where their freedom would be more secure than in Philadelphia; therefore they were advised to to to headquarters, directly to Boston. There they would be safe, it was supposed, as it had then been about a generation since a fugitive had been taken back from the Old Bay State, and through the incessant labors of William Llyod Garrison, the great pioneer, and his faithful coadjutors, it was conceded that another fugitive slave case could never be tolerated on the free soil of Massachusetts. So to Boston they went.”

        Note…on the pages that follow this, Still tells how the Crafts felt safe in Boston for two years, but then the Fugitive Slave Bill was passed and fugitive slaves could no longer feel safe anywhere in the U.S.

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    Sugar Chile Robinson:

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    “Rare Black Cinema – “Oft In The Silly Night” (1929) featuring Curtis Mosby’s Blue Blowers”

    Published on Feb 14, 2013 by GoodOldDaysReturns
    This is a pretty good early-Black cast comedy (including Spencer Williams, the future “Andy” of Amos and Andy fame) about a rich lady who is in love with her chauffeur and his hairbrained scheme to try to get the girl’s father to approve (does it work? Watch it and see).
    Curtis J. Mosby (July 7, 1888, Kansas City, Missouri — June 25, 1957, San Francisco) was an American jazz drummer, bandleader, and businessman.

    Mosby toured with the Tennessee Ten in the 1910s, and also led his own ensemble in Chicago. He then moved to California early in the 1920s, where he opened a record store and then toured with Mamie Smith. He also led a band called the Blue Blowers in California. He took an extended residency in 1924 at Solomon’s Dance Pavilion in Los Angeles; this ensemble recorded privately, and some of these cuts have survived. The band recorded for Columbia Records in 1927, and included Jake Porter, Les Hite, and Henry Starr as sidemen. In 1927 they played at the Bronx Palm Gardens and in 1928 at the Lincoln Theater.

    Mosby opened his own nightclub, the Apex, in 1928, and his band appeared in the films Thunderbolt and King Vidor’s Hallelujah the next year. Late in 1929 a police raid shut the club down, but he reopened after an acquittal soon after. He opened another club in San Francisco at the end of 1930. He went bankrupt in 1931, and moved to San Francisco. Over the course of the 1930s he opened several clubs, not all of them successful, along the California coastline; musicians who appeared in his bands included Lawrence Brown, Marshal Royal, Wilbert Baranco, Baron Moorehead, and Buck Clayton. His successful Club Alabam featured Harlan Leonard in 1943, Roy Milton in 1944, and Johnny Otis in 1945, all in succession. He was jailed for tax evasion from 1947 to 1949 and lost control of his clubs; after serving his time, he reopened some of them and then permanently moved to San Francisco.

  17. Yahtc says:

    Film clips that include:

    Year: 1932 Color: Black & White
    Genre: 1930s FEATURE FILMS

    You will need to click “Start” right away when you get to the page before an order form covers “Start”

  18. Yahtc says:

    “Black Voices – Huffington Post”

    As this year comes to a close, we want to take a moment to remember those who passed on this year. We’ve lost legends including Nelson Mandela, and young people like Lee Thompson Young who were gone too soon. Here are some of the celebrities and notable industry leaders who died in 2013.

    • Yahtc says:

      From the article:

      Nelson Mandela
      Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, died on December 5th at the age of 95.

      Lee Thompson Young
      Actor Lee Thompson Young. Los Angeles police say Young, 29, was found dead Monday morning, Aug. 19, 2013. The actor started his career as a teenager in the TV series “The Famous Jett Jackson” and was co-starring in the series “Rizzoli & Isles.”

      Albert Murray
      Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the “unsquarest man I know,” died at the age of 97.

      Lou Myers
      Lou Myers, the actor most known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the NBC sitcom “A Different World,” died on Feb. 19 at Charleston Medical Center in West Virginia after undergoing a heart-related emergency and falling into a coma. He had previously been hospitalized in December for pneumonia. AP reports that Myers was 76 years-old.

      George Duke, 67, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

      Former boxer Emile Griffith
      Revered in retirement perhaps more than during his fighting days, Emile Griffith died at 75 after a long battle with pugilistic dementia. The first fighter to be crowned world champion from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Griffith required full-time care late in life and died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y.

      John Edward Allen, a New Mexico veteran who served as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and later earned honors for his Air Force service during the Vietnam War, died Tuesday July 30th after a long battle with cancer.

      Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, died at the age of 67.

      Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years died at the age of 70.

      Damon Harris, a one-time member of legendary Motown group The Temptations, died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, he was 62.

      Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the Miracles, in Detroit. Rogers, a collaborator with Smokey Robinson, has died. Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his home. He was 73.

      Bobbie Smith
      Former lead singer of the soul music group “The Spinners” Bobbie Smith died in Orlando at the age of 76 due to to complications from pneumonia and influenza.

      Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died at the age of 83.

      Former MLB All-Star George Scot.tScott died Monday, July 29, 2013 in his hometown of Greenville, Miss. He was 71.

      David “Deacon ” Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word “sack” for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night, June 3, 2013.

      Bob Teague, a former news anchor, reporter and producer and one of New York City’s first black television journalists died at the age of 84. Teague’s widow, Jan, told The New York Times that he suffered from T-cell lymphoma. WNBC says Teague died Thursday, March 28, 2013

      Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, lead singer for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in southwest Ohio. He was 69.

      Jazz educator and musician Donald Byrd in New York. Trumpeter, composer and educator Donald Byrd has died. He was 80.

      Willie Louis, a witness who went into hiding after testifying at the Emmett Till trial in 1955 about hearing the lynching victim’s screams, died July 18, 2013, in a Chicago suburban hospital. He was 76. After the trial, Louis fled his native Mississippi for Chicago. He changed his name and told no one of his connection to the case, not even his future wife.

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      The Rev. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of his north Philadelphia church ( Bright Hope Baptist Church) for 3½ decades, died on July 1, 2013. He was 71.

      New York City Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch, who for 40 years played an active role in city, state and national politics died Friday, Aug. 8, 2013. He was 72.

      Sean Sasser
      “Real World” star and AIDS activist Sean Sasser died at the age of 44.

      Malcolm Shabazz, the 28-year-old grandson of political activist Malcolm X, died in Mexico City on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Mexico City prosecutors said on May 13, 2013 that they have arrested two men in connection with the death of Shabazz, who died of blunt-force trauma injuries. A companion said the dispute involved a $1,200 bar tab.

      Demetrius Newton, a civil rights attorney who represented icons like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. before becoming the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of the Alabama House, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. He was 85.

      Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the hit song “Police and Thieves,” died in Jamaica on December 2. Son Keith Smith says the 67-year-old performer died at Port Antonio Hospital. He had been hospitalized recently for diabetes and high blood pressure but the cause of death will be determined at an inquest.

      Ken Norton, Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, died September 18th at the age of 70.

      L.C. Greenwood, the relentless defensive end who made up one quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s, died September 29 at the age of 67.

      • Yahtc says:

        (This list above should have been in quotes)

      • Yahtc says:

        Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard died November 18 following a high-speed car crash on a freeway in Oakland.

        Rev. T.J. Jemison, a father of the civil rights movement, passed away on Nov. 15 in Baton Rouge, La., at the age of 95. A founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Jemison was known as the architect of the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott, which foreshadowed the one led by Rosa Parks.

        Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died November 2nd. He was 74.

        Patti Webster, a longtime publicist who represented stars including Usher, Janet Jackson, Chris Paul and Alicia Keys, died September 13. She was 49.

        Harold Varner, an architect on the design team for Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, died at age 78. Varner died Saturday (December 14th) at Harper Hospital in Detroit after a long illness, his daughter, Kimberly Varner Tandy, told The Associated Press.

        Ricky ‘Lord Infamous’ Dunigan. Three 6 Mafia’s Ricky “Lord Infamous” Dunigan was found dead in his mother’s Memphis, Tenn., home on Friday (Dec. 20).

        James Hood,, one of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died (on January 17th) at the age of 70.

        Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died (Monday, Dec. 23rd) at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.

        Grammy-winning musician and composer, Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, died at age 93. Lateef died Monday (Dec. 23) at his home in Shutesbury in western Massachusetts, according to the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst.

      • Yahtc says:

        Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970, died on December 26 at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He was 69.

  19. Yahtc says:

    A&E: ‘Duck Dynasty’ resuming ‘with the entire Robertson family,’ including Phil
    By Brian Stelter, CNN
    updated 10:41 PM EST, Fri December 27, 2013

  20. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

    What a great job you are doing, rikyrah, as you bring Lionel Richie to us!

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