Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Dionne Warwick Week

Happy Friday, Everyone! We made it through the week without freezing to death. Today we’re featuring duets & tributes with Ms. Warwick.


Burt_David_DionneAbove: Lyricist Hal David with Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach in the recording studio.


Dionne & Christopher Cross- Sailing

Dionne & Maetro Barry White – Never Gonna Give You Up

Dionne & Roberta Flack- Killing Me Softly

Dionne & MJ- Never Love This Way Again

That’s What Friends are For

Whitney Houston- Dionne Warwick Medley

Dionne Warwick – Live ’00 Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David

And coming in May 2014…


Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green and Ziggy Marley also join the legendary songbird on ‘Feels So Good,’ set for release in May on her son’s new label

Singer Dionne Warwick had little trouble summoning partners for her upcoming duets album. That’s what friends are for.

She’s paired with Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder on Feels So Good, a duets album set for release in May. The Grammy Hall of Famer also links voices with Ziggy Marley and Cee Lo Green on the 10-track project, a combination of new songs and classic covers.

Warwick, 72, worked with producers Swizz Beatz, Jack Splash, Jesse “Corporal” Wilson and her son, Damon Elliott. Feels So Good will be released on the newly formed Damon Elliott Music Group label in partnership with Caroline. In addition to scoring numerous films, Elliott has worked with Beyoncé, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera.

Additional artists and song titles will be announced soon. Check here for updates

Have a teriffic weekend!

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56 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Dionne Warwick Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    First Look: How Colorism Affects People Around the World
    Tune in Friday, January 10, at 9/8c. on OWN

  2. rikyrah says:

    Veronica Mars Movie Poster Is Here and You’re Going to LoVe It

    “She thought she was out,” but fans wouldn’t let Veronica Mars stay dead. The official movie poster for the highly anticipated Veronica Mars movie is here and it’s a doozy.

    Our heroine, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), is front and center with her trusted camera. To her right: film reel with shots of her friends and family. Please note there are two images of Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls and only one of Chris Lowell as Piz. We’re not picking sides, just pointing it out.

    The Veronica Mars movie picks up several years after the series ended its three-season run in 2007. Veronica has moved on from Neptune and private investigator work and hasn’t seen Logan since. She’s got a great boyfriend, Piz, is about to graduate law school and Jamie Lee Curtis might be giving her a job! But then Logan’s accused of murder. What’s a girl to do when her epic LoVe is in trouble?

    The official logline:

    “In the film, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Can’t let this week end without thanking you for the wonderful music from Ms. Warwick. I had to watch a PBS special to really grasp the depth and breadth of her musical career….Ms. Warwick was a true trailblazer.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Did anyone else know about this? I found this in the comments at TOD:

    January 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm


    I know that you, Ms Chips and the other “blog tyrants” are already carrying a heavy load maintaining this site so brilliantly;

    However, since you have put together a number of different portions clarifying and advocating for ObamaCare, I am asking you to please, please, consider putting together another portion of Obamacare that has not received enough attention (in my judgment);

    Once you have put this together then it makes it easier for us to share it around;

    The portion I am talking about is HOW obamacare (ACA – Affordable Care Act) changes the options for former prisoners and has the potential to provide and incentive to stay out jail and also reduces prison costs;

    The role of Obamacare in reducing the rotating re-entry and health of former prisoners is as VP Joe would say a BFD;

    We need to add this to things we “shout from the rooftops “ and thanks President Obama, his team and Dems for making happen;

    I can’t find the audio of this report from NPR so if you can find it, I will be very grateful;

    I heard part of this report on NPR a few days ago (may be Monday or last week); If I am not mistaken the report was done jointly with Kaiser Health News


    The California Health Report: Parolees, Corrections To Benefit From ACA
    Recent parolees, a population in dire in need of improved medical care, could be among those poised to benefit most from the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1. The full implications of how the law will affect this population are still hazy, as officials across all fields of corrections prepare for the changes. It is clear, however, that parolees are among those with a high rate of health concerns and are likely to fall into the categories qualifying for assistance under the new law. Roughly 1,000 inmates are released from California prisons each month. Many return to their communities and struggle to access health care or coverage for it (Wyman, 12/24/13).
    Earlier, related KHN coverage: Medicaid Expansion To Cover Many Former Prisoners (Gugliotta, 12/4/13).

    Another interesting paper about this is:

    “The Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice : Intersections and Implications
    Source :

    If you are aware of other sources of information about this then please share it;

    If to other people want to contribute to this then please help out our already busy TOD Team.

    As an aside, during enrollment for our state, one of the questions the Obamacare phone team asks is if anyone in the household has been in incarcerated;

    It may also be of interest to some to know that the when the right-wing governor of Ohio was considering whether or not to allow Medicaid Expansion as part of Obamacare, a key persuasive arguments for him was ACA’s potential to reduce medical cost of prisoners (a gain in the budget which they state gop is pushing now to be used for – you guessed it a tax cut).

    thanks in advance to all who are going to help highlight this exceptional feature of Obamacare

  5. rikyrah says:

    ProgressiveHelpPhD @CallOut4

    Small experiment: CA rejects austerity, initiates modest tax increases & liberal reforms, economy surges
    10:11 PM – 9 Jan 2014

  6. Ametia says:

    GTFOH Murdering JOE!

    Scarborough: If We Attack ‘Culture’ of Christie, ‘We Have to Go After Culture of Obama’
    by Noah Rothman | 8:07 am, January 10th, 2014

  7. rikyrah says:

    Joey Tranchina @JoeyFotoFr

    What a state w/ a future does @latimes: California schools get $10 billion more than last year in budget proposal
    11:00 PM – 9 Jan 2014

  8. rikyrah says:

    ThisMagicalEarth @MagicalEarth

    DOJ raked in $8 billion in legal actions last year. More than 3 times amt GOP budgets for DOJ. … #Uniteblue #Holder
    10:56 PM – 9 Jan 2014

  9. rikyrah says:

    All-Male Congressional Committee Considers Imposing Far-Reaching Abortion Restrictions

    By Tara Culp-Ressler on January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    On Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on HR 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.” That subcommittee, which is headed up by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and comprised of 12 other male lawmakers, is deciding whether to advance sweeping restrictions on abortion coverage that would make the procedure less affordable for women across the country.

    Abortion opponents are relentless in their efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars don’t end up financing abortion services. But HR 7 is actually deceptively titled. Under the guise of preventing federal money from covering abortion, it would actually have dramatic consequences for the insurance industry and the tax code as a whole, potentially creating a society in which private insurance no longer includes abortion care.

    “This bill is a sweeping piece of legislation that would affect nearly all women in this country and would do significant harm to many, especially those women and families who are struggling to make ends meet,” Susan Woods, an associate professor of health policy at George Washington University, explained in her testimony against HR 7 on Thursday.

    In addition to banning insurance coverage for abortion in all of Obamacare’s new state-level insurance marketplaces, HR 7 would also reach into Americans’ private insurance plans. It would force small businesses to pay additional taxes on their health benefits if they offer their employees a plan that covers abortion. It would also eliminate medical-expense deductions for abortion care, except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment — an update to the tax code that the IRS would be forced to figure out how to implement. NARAL Pro-Choice America points out that the IRS would be empowered to make the final decision about what “counts” as rape or incest, essentially conducting an audit of victims to ensure they’re not committing fraud.

    In an interview with ThinkProgress, Wood explained that these regulatory changes could end up dramatically reshaping the entire private insurance market. “The status quo is that abortion has been regularly covered — not called out, not controversial — as part of general medical coverage in private health insurance,” she noted. “HR 7 could really change the nature of the insurance market such that ultimately it becomes the norm not to cover abortion.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Big Chicken Exposed

    By Charles P. Pierce on January 9, 2014

    Permit me to revise and extend my remarks from yesterday regarding Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, the putative Republican frontrunner for president in 2016, and, apparently, nothing but a delicate feather in the wind, buffeted in his professional life by the machinations of the web of scoundrels and liars with whom he innocently had surrounded himself, and the innocent victim, always, of the traps and snares of others. I admit, I was somewhat dismissive of the impact of the obvious political morass into which Big Chicken had been led by the people in whom he had so naively trusted never, ever, to lie to him. But now, after two days of this, I have seen a number of things that have caused me to change my mind. First of all, yesterday morning, on MSNBC, while still confessin’ their love for the big, trusting lug, Squint and the Meat Puppet admitted that the revelations regarding the low-rent ratfking of the George Washington Bridge — And can we stop calling it the GWB scandal, please. Those initials next to the word “scandal” still remain redundant. — had given them pause about his national ambitions. Second, Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee, is really good on television. And then, finally, and most important, I spent a couple of hours watching his bop-til-you-drop press conference this morning, and I came to the following conclusion.

    What a fking poltroon.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Tell us what and how you really think and feel, Charlie. Memo to Christie & Co. Don’t even try and fuck with Sokolich, the “SERBIAN.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Four Key Questions Chris Christie Didn’t Answer at His Press Conference

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a lengthy press conference on Thursday aimed at answering questions about his administration’s involvement in the sudden decision to close traffics lanes in the town of Fort Lee last September. But a number of critical questions went unanswered.

    Background: The closure of most of the on-ramp lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York the week of September 9 meant a massive traffic back-ups in Fort Lee, slowing emergency vehicles (with dangerous effect) and delaying commuters. The town’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, wrote a letter on Thursday of that week, suggesting the closures were punitive.

    At the time, two Christie appointees ran the Port Authority’s New Jersey arm, both of whom have resigned. One, David Wildstein, had his emails subpoenaed, revealing that Bridget Anne Kelly, deputy chief of staff to Christie, told him shortly before the traffic change that it was “time for traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

    Christie’s press conference lasted about two hours, but there remain some outstanding questions.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Remember the deficit? It’s melting

    By David Lauter

    January 9, 2014, 3:00 a.m.

    WASHINGTON — The capital may be enduring a brief spell of record-low temperatures this week, but the federal deficit continues to melt away.

    According to the latest figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the red ink for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which began Oct. 1, dropped by almost 40% compared with the same period a year earlier.

    The deficit has gone down so much that the federal government actually ran a surplus for December — a one-time occurrence that resulted from some special circumstances but still an indicator of the rapidly improving state of the government’s finances.

    Indeed, many prominent economists, including outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, have suggested that the deficit is now coming down too fast.,0,1467119.story#ixzz2q0i8Ftdv

  13. rikyrah says:

    The Medicaid Cure

    Something really interesting is happening on the health-care front: costs are rising much less rapidly than anyone expected. This is good news for the budget; it’s also good news for Obamacare. There was much skepticism about promises that health reform would “bend the curve”, reducing cost growth; well, the curve is bending, and it’s likely that the cost control measures that are part of Obamacare (and have been in effect for several years) are part of the reason.

    One thing I haven’t seen mentioned much, however, is that another aspect of recent developments — the rapid rise in Medicaid enrollment, despite Republican efforts to block it — adds to the prospect of continuing good news on health costs.

    Medicaid gets a bad rap. It’s a poor people’s program, and it’s widely assumed that this means poor care. In fact, there’s not much evidence that this is true, and claims that Medicaid patients can’t find care are greatly exaggerated. Beyond that, however, Medicaid is the piece of the US health care system (aside from the VA) that does the best job of controlling costs. It does this by being able to say no. For example, it’s able (in a way Medicare so far can’t) to say that it won’t pay for me-too drugs that are far more expensive than equally or almost equally good alternatives. This ability to say no, combined with its size, means that Medicaid covers people far more cheaply than private insurance, and probably than Medicare.

    One way to think about this is that Medicaid is actually the piece of the US system that looks most like European health systems, which cost far less than ours while delivering comparable results.

    Now, expanded Medicaid is a key part of Obamacare — and so far, despite GOP obstruction, Medicaid enrollments have outpaced insurance through the exchanges. This is often reported as if it were a bad thing — as if Medicaid were somehow a fake solution, as if only purchases of private insurance count. But Medicaid is good, very cost-effective coverage! And rising Medicaid enrollment is, aside from a huge benefit to the previously uninsured, a step toward better cost control in the system as a whole.

    So liberals, don’t apologize for Medicaid growth. In economic and human terms, it’s just what the, um, doctor ordered.

  14. ****************

    Judge denies motion to revoke Marissa Alexander’s bond. Fuck you, Angela Corey.

  15. ********************

    Translation: sense of entitlement = uppity.

  16. Angela Corey need to sit her trifling vindictive ass against black people down. If only she worked this hard to keep a child killer in jail?

  17. Ametia says:

    Christie Says, “I Am Not a Bully.” Here Are 8 Videos of Him Yelling, Name-Calling, and Belittling People.

    By Dana Liebelson

    New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie asserts, “I am who I am. But I am not a bully.” He once told an Occupy Wall Street protester: “Something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    amk4obama @amk4obama

    A small town newspaper unearths the truth behind the #bridgegate while the overpaid corrupt bw msm hacks still cover & kiss christie’s ass.
    7:45 AM – 10 Jan 2014

  19. rikyrah says:

    Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read
    By Sara Ganim, CNN
    updated 8:04 PM EST, Thu January 9, 2014

    The death threats, Mary Willingham expected.

    More shocking is that the University of North Carolina is now disavowing her research as a whistle-blower — research that showed between 8% and 10% of the school’s football and basketball players are reading below a third-grade level.

    UNC issued a statement Wednesday night saying it did not believe Willingham’s account of a basketball player who could not read or write.

    It went on: “University officials can’t comment on the other statistical claims mentioned in the story because they have not seen that data. University officials have asked for that data, but those requests have not been met.”

    As well as questioning UNC many times about the story before publication, CNN has also detailed Willingham’s research.

  20. rikyrah says:

    CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders
    Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork.

    He couldn’t read or write.

    “And I kind of panicked. What do you do with that?” she said, recalling the meeting.

    Willingham’s job was to help athletes who weren’t quite ready academically for the work required at UNC at Chapel Hill, one of the country’s top public universities.

    But she was shocked that one couldn’t read. And then she found he was not an anomaly.

    Soon, she’d meet a student-athlete who couldn’t read multisyllabic words. She had to teach him to sound out Wis-con-sin, as kids do in elementary school.

    And then another came with this request: “If I could teach him to read well enough so he could read about himself in the news, because that was something really important to him,” Willingham said.

  21. rikyrah says:

    BLS-Labor Statistics ✔ @BLS_gov

    December unemployment rate declines (6.7%); payroll employment edges up (+74,000) #JobsReport #BLSdata
    7:30 AM – 10 Jan 2014

  22. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow has an alternative theory as to why Christie’s gang went after Fort Lee. It’s quite interesting.

    Especially since we now know he removed the Black woman from being Attorney General because she wouldn’t sue about Obamacare.

  23. rikyrah says:

    The Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President’s plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  25. Ametia says:

    Happy FRY-day, Everyone!

    • Yahtc says:

      Good Morning, Everyone!

      Ametia, Oh how I love all of Dionne’s performances you have brought us this week. You have really outdone yourself in your post today!!

      I so love the “That’s What Friends Are For” video + I love Dionne’s and Roberta Flack’s duet!

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