Thursday Open Thread| Slow Jams | D’ Angelo

D' AngeloMichael Eugene Archer (born February 11, 1974), better known by his stage name D’Angelo (pronounced dee-Angelo), is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influences, Marvin Gaye, and Prince. D’Angelo was one of the most influential artists during the rise of the neo soul movement.

D’Angelo was born Michael Eugene Archer, in Richmond, Virginia on February 11, 1974, to a Pentecostal preacher father, and a mother he described as powerful. He was raised in an entirely Pentecostal family. Strict, they forbade interaction with other church members. His time deep within Pentecostalism left Archer with several notable memories, including seeing his 9-year-old-brother receive the Holy Ghost.

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  1. Thanks for finally writing about >Thursday Open Thread| Slow Jams
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  2. Yahtc says:

    Some history and excerpts from the NILES REGISTER, a weekly journal:

    On March 22, 1794 Congress forbade the states to engage in the slave trade with foreign nations. Nevertheless, the law was widely ignored, and slavers, as they were called, continued to bring their ships from Africa to ports in the southern United States. Slave markets flourished. In 1794, France declared that all slaves within its borders were free, becoming the first country in the world to make such a move

    1803 History •: Ohio became the 17th state in the Union on February 19, 1803, and the first new state which abolished slavery from the beginning of statehood; earlier, Vermont, which joined the Union in 1791, had abolished slavery under its constitution of July 1777.

    1833-12-28: Prohibiting education of slaves. From Niles’ Register, December 28, 1833 (Niles’ Register): South Carolina. A bill has passed the Senate, to prohibit the teaching of slaves or free persons of color to read or to write. Its provisions are very strong. “A white person teaching a slave or free person of color to read or write is subject to a fine of $100, and six months imprisonment, and a free person teaching, is subjected to fifty lashes and a fine of $50, and a slave teaching will receive fifty lashes. No slave or free person of color is hereafter to be allowed to preach or lecture. No white person is to preach or lecture to slaves or free colored, except in the presence of not less than three white slaves holders.”

    1834-02-15: Educating slaves. From Niles’ Register, February 15, 1834 (Niles’ Register): SOUTHERN LIBERALITY. John McDonough, one of the most wealthy and influential citizens of New Orleans, has presented a memorial to the legislature of Louisiana, praying for leave to educate his slaves. He states that he is the owner of from forty to fifty black children, male and female, of various ages, the offspring of old and faithful servants, who have mostly been born under his roof. These slaves are valuable, being mostly mechanics, and would sell for $150,000. The design of the owner, however, is to give freedom to all, and colonize them in Liberia. For this purpose, and that they may be qualified for the proposed new sphere of action, he desires permission to educate them. [N.Y. Com. Adv.]

    1834-07-05: Slave trade active in Cuba From Niles’ Register, July 5, 1834: oooo The African slave trade is very extensively carried on from Cuba. The convention and laws for its suppression, seem to be almost dead letters. Twenty-four slave vessels were recently lying at Havana, at one time. Some of them bring 500 victims—“packed the pickled herring,” and the market for them is “brisk.”

    In 1837, slavery was a hot topic in Congress, which enacted a gag rule to suppress debate. The Anti-Slavery Society furnished a new press to Alton, Illinois newspaper publisher Elijah Lovejoy, whose Alton Observer press had been destroyed by citizens who protested his abolitionist stance. An armed mob sought to destroy the new press as well, and in the fight Lovejoy was killed.

    ) In 1838 the so-called Underground Railroad was in operation and provided a method for slaves in the South to escape to the North or to Canada. Clandestine way stations were set up in 14 Northern states, but activities were greatest in Ohio, which serviced a stream of slaves coming up from Kentucky. It is estimated that about 500 to 1,000 slaves escaped each year. The Anti-Slavery Society’s 1838 token, AM I NOT A WOMAN & A SISTER (known by numismatists today as Low-54), was among the copper issues that achieved wide circulation. In Philadelphia on May 17 a crowd burned down Pennsylvania Hall in an attempt to stop anti-slavery meetings in the city. Pro-slavery advocates spread rumors that freed slaves would take jobs away from citizens.

    1854 On the anti-slavery front, a federal court convicted a Wisconsin man of aiding a runaway slave, in violation of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the act was unconstitutional and, therefore, the conviction was invalid. In Boston an angry crowd stormed a federal courthouse on May 26th in an effort to rescue fugitive slave Anthony Burns, but the slave was escorted to a ship, to be returned to his owner in the South.

  3. Yahtc says:

    ” ‘Almost unreal’ : Bipartisan lawmakers unveil new Voting Rights Act fix”

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would restore protections in the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court last year.

    A Bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., announce a new bill aimed at restoring portions of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court.
    “It is unbelievable, it is almost unreal that we were able to come together so quickly to craft a compromise that both Democrats and Republicans can find a way to support and move forward,” said Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
    The legislation would rewrite the formula that decides which localities and states must get federal approval before changing their voting laws – the piece of the law that the court struck down as unconstitutional, leaving it essentially toothless.

    Before the Supreme Court ruling, nine states — mostly in the South — and numerous municipalities with a troubled history of voter discrimination were required to get federal approval before they changed their voting laws.

    The proposed legislation would state that all states and jurisdictions are subject to the same standard: If they have a clean record with no voting violations over the past 15 years, they don’t have to ask the federal government for approval to change their laws. But if they have a certain number of voting violations over the last 15 years, they have to get a thumbs up from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia first.

    The bill is bipartisan, with Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner joining Democrats Rep. John Conyers, Sen. Patrick Leahy in introducing the legislation.

    Sensenbrenner said the bill is “constitutional, nationwide in application and will allow states to enact reasonable voter ID laws.”

    At this point, the future of the bill — whether it would come up for a vote at all in either chamber — isn’t clear. But backers say they are optimistic and that they have the support of some high-profile conservative House members.

    “This is something that I believe will get passed,” Leahy said.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Dems still not giving up on unemployment insurance
    By Greg Sargent
    January 16 at 3:38 pm

    Earlier today, Harry Reid tweeted:

    After Senators go home to hear from constituents next week, we’ll vote again to #RenewUI

    I’m told it’s very likely that Dems will hold another vote on the Reed-Heller bill to extend the unemployment benefits program for three months. This measure, which is not paid for, was the one that already got a surprise 60 votes to proceed to the bill; the next vote would be to end debate and move to a final up or down vote.

    The question would then be whether the same six GOP Senators who supported it last time would do so again. They probably won’t, obviously, since it isn’t paid for. And they can always trot out their objections over amendments. Dem aides say they are “open” to another round of discussions over votes over amendments, provided Republicans agree to move the bill to a final vote. Probably not gonna happen.

    But for what it’s worth, Republicans may have to vote again to sink UI, and Dems are hoping that during the intervening recess, GOP lawmakers catch an earful at home. Liberal groups may gear up again to mount some pressure. Organizing for Action is likely to be active. And Americans United for Change, which ran UI ads in December, is set to coordinate constituent telephone calls into GOP offices, particularly those of GOP senators Rob Portman, Dan Coats, Lisa Murkowski, Kelly Ayotte, and Susan Collins, who voted for the bill the first time.

    Democratic Senators, particularly in states where the other Senator is a Republican, will be encouraged to hold events and/or speak out about the issue.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Fight over jobless aid ‘just outrageous’
    01/16/14 11:42 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked yesterday for his take on extended unemployment benefits – a policy he and his party have now killed more than once.

    “Look, it’s no secret that Democrats plan to spend the year exploiting folks who are still struggling in this economy for political gain,” McConnell said. “I’d probably want to be talking about something other than Obamacare, too, if I’d voted for it. But to create a conflict where the possibility for agreement was so close, while more than a million people are stuck in the middle, is just outrageous.”

    Think about just how much chutzpah is necessary to say something like this out loud, on the record, with a straight face. Democrats are ready to help the jobless keep their heads above water in exchange for nothing; McConnell leads a caucus that first wanted to cut off the unemployed, only to change its mind and say it’ll help if Democrats meet GOP demands.

    McConnell did a radio interview last week in which he literally laughed at the idea of extending jobless aid; now he sees it as “outrageous” that Democrats won’t approve the policy by giving Republicans what they want?

    The editorial board of the New York Times is unimpressed.

  7. rikyrah says:

    from lamh about the Oscar Nominations:


    I’m just waking up but I have glanced at twitter and this explains why I saw the #WhiteOscarsBlackHistory hastag this morning.

    I’ll just say as an Idris-stan, I’m sadly not at all surprised by him or Naomie not getting a nom. Nor am I surprised by The Butler actors either. I am a little surprised that there was no recognition for Fruitvale Station but…I read ALOT of pop culture and entertainment blogs and mags and I’ve been seeing the writing on the wall for some time. Don’t get me started.

    As for 12 Years a Slave, I’m not surprised by the noms, I fully expected those. But I also will not be at all surprised if 12 Years either wins nothing or just 1 of it’s actual noms. As I said, I read alot of entertainment stuff and I have been reading/hearing rumblings even before the Globes that the academy members have been finding 12 Years “hard to take”,…the bastards.

    So them only winning the Best Picture award at the Globes was already written on the wall. Now with the 10 noms for Gravity and American Hustle today, maybe they will cancel each other out in each category, but I fully expect it to make it easier for the bastard “too hard to take” Academy whiners to check their ballots for the other two.

    We’ll see, but fully expect nothing

  8. rikyrah says:

    What the GOP calls a ‘jobs bill’
    01/16/14 11:08 AM—Updated 01/16/14 11:47 AM
    By Steve Benen

    House Judiciary Committee hearing last week spoke volumes about what Americans have come to expect out of Congress. While Senate Democrats worked on extending unemployment benefits, 12 Republican men championed a bill called the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion,” which seeks to prevent middle-class consumers from receiving health care subsidies if their plans include abortion coverage.

    It seemed like another pointless culture-war fight on a proposal that won’t become law anytime soon. After all, shouldn’t GOP lawmakers at least pretend to be focused on jobs instead of one more anti-abortion push that will inevitably fail?

    By Republicans’ reasoning, they are. Yesterday, the men on the House Judiciary Committee readied the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion” for floor action, and Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said this is a jobs bill.

    It is “very, very true,” the congressman said, “that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation. It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children.”

    Tara Culp-Ressler made the opposite case.

    In reality, denying women autonomy over their reproductive lives is not a wise economic policy. Without access to affordable family planning services, women are less likely to be able to finish their education, advance their career, or achieve financial independence. The low-income women who end up carrying unwanted pregnancies to term end up slipping deeper into poverty and struggling with long-term mental health issues. That ends up impacting the social safety net, putting a greater strain on the Medicaid program. In fact, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that every $1 invested into family planning programs yields more than $5 in savings for the U.S. government.

    Stepping back, though, Goodlatte’s assertion that his latest anti-abortion bill “promotes job creation” raises a larger question: when congressional Republicans talk about their support for “jobs bills,” what exactly do they mean?

  9. rikyrah says:

    The slow transition to healthcare normalcy

    01/16/14 09:56 AM—Updated 01/16/14 10:27 AM
    By Steve Benen

    To hear Republicans tell it, the imminent collapse of the Affordable Care Act is upon us. It’s imploding. The failure is catastrophic. It’s a fiasco for the ages. It’ll all become clear, any minute now. Just wait.

    It’s such a foregone conclusion that National Journal reports today that congressional Republican leaders will likely blow off the presentation of a GOP health care alterative. House Speaker John Boehner’s office, the piece says, “appears content to sit back and bet on Obamacare collapsing under its own weight.”

    And while I don’t doubt that epistemic closure helps turn hopes into facts – Republican are only talking to each other, and they’re all certain that the ACA is in the midst of an epic crash and burn – and that everyone within the far-right bubble has successfully blocked out inconvenient facts, for the rest of us, it’s becoming clearer that the law has successfully taken root.


    Sarah Kliff talked to some insurers who were optimistic about the future prospects of the system, even if they lose money in 2014. If an implosion is due any minute now, it’s apparently been kept a secret from the insurance executives whose job it is to know.

    OK, so the insurance industry, whose existence is largely on the line, doesn’t perceive an imminent collapse of the Affordable Care Act. What about business leaders?

    They don’t share Republicans’ assumptions, either. Robert Schlesinger reported yesterday that Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T and the chairman of the Business Roundtable, a powerhouse lobbying group, is wholly unconcerned with the health care law. Indeed, he sees the ACA as a national program comparable to Social Security and Medicare. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given up on opposing the reform law.

    Maybe we’re reaching the point at which “Obamacare” is just a normal part of the American landscape?

  10. rikyrah says:

    How not to appeal to women voters
    01/16/14 09:19 AM—Updated 01/16/14 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: National Organization of Women President Terry O’Neill (C) participates in a rally in support of the Violence Against Women Act …
    The Republican Party has struggled in recent election cycles with a growing gender gap – the Democratic advantage with women voters has made a critical electoral difference in races nationwide. On this, GOP officials do not have their heads in the sand, and they’re eager to improve their standing with women.

    The efforts will not, however, include changing the Republican policy agenda in any way. Rather, party leaders are convinced that if they simply change the way they talk about their agenda, women voters en masse will be persuaded. The difference between success and failure, the GOP believes, is appropriate word-choice.

    There’s ample reason to believe rhetorical wisdom won’t trump substantive disagreements over issues like reproductive health, but there’s a more immediate problem for the party: a few too many Republicans still haven’t mastered the part about avoiding stupid comments.

    Take Ken Buck, for example. Buck’s extremism on women’s issues contributed heavily to his failed U.S. Senate candidacy in Colorado in 2010, but he’s back in 2014, apparently having learned very little.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Far-right activist groups, out in the cold

    01/16/14 08:02 AM—Updated 01/16/14
    By Steve Benen

    For all the predictable drama in Washington, the recent progress on the budget and appropriations has been a pleasant surprise. Just three months after House Republicans forced a two-week government shutdown for reasons that are still unclear, the process through which Congress spends money has worked with surprising ease.

    Lawmakers approved a bipartisan budget deal a month ago without much fuss, and last night, the House followed up by approving a spending package of about $1.1 trillion, funding the government through the end of the fiscal year. The final tally wasn’t close – the bill passed 359 to 67 – and the Senate is expected to approve the same package by a similar margin.

    The process may not have been dramatic, but there are some larger takeaways to keep in mind. For example, Jonathan Weisman noted far-right activist groups’ opposition to the spending bill, which turned out to be irrelevant.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Yet another Obamacare lawsuit fails
    01/15/14 03:00 PM—Updated 01/16/14 02:19 AM
    By Steve Benen

    There are some lawsuits pending against the Affordable Care Act – most notably involving the provisions related to contraception access – but they tend to deal with peripheral issues. The core question about the law’s constitutionality was resolved two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    But there’s one lawsuit still pending, which argues that there’s one out-of-context phrase in the law that’s so problematic, it should derail the entire federal health care system. It gets a little complicated, but the ultimate point of the suit is to say consumers in state exchanges aren’t eligible for subsidies, which in turn would make coverage unaffordable for most of the country.

    So far, this odd approach hasn’t gone especially well for ACA opponents. Brian Beutler reports that a federal court “has looked at this argument, and concluded that it’s total nonsense,” and though it’s just one court, the outcome is “actually pretty embarrassing for the challengers.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Lawmakers To Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Fix Voting Rights Act

    Sahil Kapur – January 16, 2014, 12:52 PM EST1574

    Members of Congress will introduce bipartisan legislation on Thursday to patch the Voting Rights Act, according to a top Senate Democratic aide.

    The sponsors will be Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), a senior Judiciary member and former chairman of the panel. They’re expected to release the bill in the afternoon.

    The move comes after months of negotiations on how to resurrect a key portion of the landmark law that the Supreme Court struck down last summer, which requires certain states and localities with a history of racial discrimination to receive federal pre-approval before making any changes to their voting laws.

    The prospects of success for the bill are highly uncertain. Sensenbrenner, who has led efforts to renew the law in the past, is among very few Republicans who have demonstrated any interest in patching up the “preclearance” formula after the Supreme Court invalidated it.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Boehner Says ‘It’s Time To Move On’ From Christie’s Scandal

    Caitlin MacNeal – January 16, 2014, 11:57 AM EST1826

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday said that lawmakers and the media should move past the controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, noting that the governor has “held people accountable.”

    “It’s time to move on,” he said during a Thursday press conference. “I think the governor made clear that mistakes were made.”

    Boehner would not address whether Christie should campaign for House Republicans now that the state legislature is investigating potential political motives behind the lane closures.

    The federal government is running a separate probe into Christie’s use of Sandy relief funds.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Study: Light-skinned black men perceived as better educated
    by Kunbi Tinuoye | January 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    uccessful and educated black people are remembered as lighter in skin tone, according to the controversial findings of a new study.

    Research spearheaded by a team of academics at San Francisco State University claims a black man described as educated is remembered as lighter than he actually is, a phenomenon the authors refer to as “skin tone memory bias.”

    The findings published this week on the open access journal SAGE Open determines this subconscious bias is based on the ingrained belief an educated black person is an “exception to their race” rather than an example of what is capable with hard work.

    Lead author Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev and his colleagues conducted a two-part experiment, titled When an ‘Educated’ Black Man Becomes Lighter in the Mind’s Eye, with a total of 160 university students.

    In the first experiment, participants were subliminally exposed to either the word ‘ignorant’ or the word ‘educated’. This was followed immediately by a photograph of a black man’s face.

    The same participants were later shown seven photos that depicted the same face. The original image was shown in the center alongside three images with varying levels of darker skin, and three with lighter tones.

    The researchers found that participants who were primed subliminally with the word “educated” demonstrated significantly more memory errors attached to lighter skin tones, identifying even the lightest photo as being identical to the original.

    There were fewer errors among participants who had been subliminally shown the word ‘ignorant.’ The experiment was repeated with a separate set of participants, yet researchers noted the same racial bias.

    “When a black stereotypic expectancy is violated – herein, encountering an educated black male – this culturally incompatible information is resolved by distorting this person’s skin tone to be lighter in memory and therefore to be perceived as ‘whiter’,” said Dr. Ben-Zeev.

  16. Chris Christie Has Hired Dynamite Legal Counsel To Navigate Bridgegate

    chris-christie-64New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office announced Thursday morning that the administration has hired outside legal counsel to help navigate an investigation into its role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September.

    The Christie administration hired Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a large law firm, to help with an internal review and with the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey’s inquiry into the matter. Last week, new documents revealed that one of Christie’s top aides was involved in the decision to close two of three access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., onto the George Washington Bridge.

    Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor and a former assistant U.S. attorney, is leading the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher team. Mastro also served as chief of staff and deputy mayor for operations under former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close ally of Christie.

    Here’s the full statement from the Christie administration on the firm’s retention:

    “Governor Christie made clear last week that he will conduct an internal review to uncover the facts surrounding the lane closures in Fort Lee. His Administration is fully cooperating with the U.S. Attorney inquiry and other appropriate inquiries and requests for information. To assist in conducting that internal review and furthering that cooperation, the Christie Administration is announcing today that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has been retained as outside counsel. Their presence will bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward. This Administration is committed to ensuring that what happened here never happens again. That’s what the people of New Jersey deserve.”

    Christie has disavowed any knowledge of the decision to close the lanes, which Christie’s political opponents have said was political revenge, motivated by Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s (D) refusal to endorse Christie for re-election last year. Last week, Christie traveled to Fort Lee to meet with and apologize to Sokolich.

    Along with the internal review and U.S. attorney inquiry, Christie is also facing an investigation from a New Jersey Assembly special committee. The committee, which is investigating solely the motive of the lane closures, is expected to issue a new round of subpoenas this week.

  17. rikyrah says:

    January 16, 2014, 08:46 am
    Civil rights, Tea Party activist enters race against Horsford
    By Alexandra Jaffe

    A black civil rights advocate and former Tea Party activist jumped into the Republican primary to take on Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.).

    Niger Innis, a spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality and former strategist for, launched his bid on Wednesday, pledging to “shake things up in this district.”

    “We cannot afford go-along, get-along, soft, establishment Republicans or big-government, trickle-down Democrats,” he said, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “We must be willing to elect leaders who will advance private-sector innovation, entrepreneurialism and help liberate Main Street.

    Innis framed himself as a grassroots candidate and brought substantial local support to his kickoff, with former Nevada Republican Party chairs Amy Tarkanian and Dave Gibbs and former North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck alongside him on Wednesday.

    He’s also nabbed the endorsement of former GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has previously headlined a fundraiser for him.

    Having moved to the state in 2007, he may need those local endorsements to compete in the primary, where he’s facing Cresent Hardy, a Mesquite assemblyman who is the favorite of local Republicans.

    Horsford, who becamse the first African-American the state had sent to Congress after his 2012 win, has been targeted by national Republicans but is not considered particularly vulnerable heading into reelection.

    Read more:
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  18. rikyrah says:

    NJ Lawmaker Plans To Subpoena Christie’s Chief Of Staff

    Hunter Walker – January 16, 2014, 11:55 AM EST817

    New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) said on Thursday that she plans to subpoena Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff, among others, in the bridge scandal investigation.

    Weinberg, who will chair a special Senate committee being created to investigate the scandal, said during an interview on MSNBC that subpoenas would be handed out to Christie’s newly appointed chief of staff, Regina Egea and two of the governors appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Weinberg said she planned to ask for documents related to the closures of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, which led to days of traffic gridlock in the town of Fort Lee, N.J. Some Democrats, including Weinberg, have alleged the closures were ordered as political revenge against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee.

    “When we see those documents, then we can make our next decisions,” she said.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Reporter cries over brother’s Oscar nom

    CNN Newsroom|Added on January 16, 2014CNN’s Zain Asher gets emotional while reporting on her brother Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Best Actor Oscar nomination.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Black Nannies/White Children: Photo Series Reveals the
    Racial Divide in Child Care

    Photographer Ellen Jacob created a photo series that delves into the lives of New York City nannies.
    The series highlights something we already knew: there is an extreme racial divide that characterizes the home child care industry.

    After spending four years scouring the streets for willing subjects she discovered the majority of caregivers, aged 23 to 60, were immigrants living on the minimum wage with no sick pay, holidays or health benefits.

    The photographer noted the disparity between the women’s value to the families they care for and the compensation they receive, “Mothers talk about who much they love these women and they’re part of the family yet when it comes to money they tend to be much more tight.”

  21. rikyrah says:

    Milwaukee voucher school disappears after getting $2 million in taxpayer money

    LifeSkills Academy closes ‘in the dead of the night’
    Only 1 student attending the school scored proficient in reading in 2012-’13
    By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel
    Jan. 14, 2014

    A small private school participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program abruptly closed in the middle of December, but not before collecting more than $200,000 from taxpayers this academic year to educate students who now attend other schools, state officials confirmed.

    LifeSkills Academy, a K-8 school that had dwindled to 66 students, appears to have closed around Dec. 12, according to a letter sent to the school from the Department of Public Instruction.

    All Saints Catholic Church owns the building that LifeSkills rented at 3434 N. 38th St.

    “They moved out, as people say, in the dead of the night,” Father Carl Diederichs of All Saints said.

    The school’s leader listed in DPI documents is Taron Monroe. Diederichs said she appeared to work with her husband, Rodney Monroe.

    LifeSkills received $202,278 in taxpayer-funded voucher payments from the state this year, and more than $633,248 in voucher payments in 2012-’13, according to the DPI.

    The school joined the voucher program in 2008-’09 and collected more than $2 million in total public payments to educate children.

    No students attending LifeSkills were proficient in reading or math in 2012-’13, except for a single fourth-grade student, according to the most recent state achievement test score results.

  22. rikyrah says:

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    Found this in the comments at BJ:

    Big R says:

    January 16, 2014 at 8:54 am
    @gene108: So, the odd thing about “Barack Obama = most corrupt President ever” meme is that it is a classic example of the environmental fallacy. There are African-American politicians, particularly local ones, who are incredibly corrupt.* The thing I notice about corruption among AA politicians is that it appears to take the form of the same bullshit we saw in Tammany Hall and other machines up to the time of Harry Truman (or maybe even later). So while white politicians have moved on to the direct grift and the tax-exempt grift, it appears that African-American politicians have moved into the patronage grift to fill that void. The problem, and the reason that corrupt AA politicians appear worse than white ones, is the direct pipeline between the public fisc and the grifting. But just because your scam is one degree removed from the budget doesn’t make it any less a scam.

    So then you have Barack Obama, who is not only the cleanest President I’ve seen in my lifetime (which is an admittedly low bar, as I was born in Reagantime), but is also one of the most skilled politicians I’ve ever seen, and the wingers go nuts. They know that there are AA politicians who win election and re-election through corrupt means.* And so they assume that any successful AA politician must be corrupt. The environmental fallacy, ladies and gentlemen – reasoning from your conclusions about the population to any individual thereof. It’s the same as saying, “Because the average age of John Cole and Sarah, Plain and Tall is 75, they both must be 75 years old.”

    * – This is not to suggest that white politicians AREN’T corrupt, nor that all African-American politicians are corrupt, nor that race doesn’t play an enormous role in the media coverage of corruption and graft.

    • rikyrah says:

      my response:

      So then you have Barack Obama, who is not only the cleanest President I’ve seen in my lifetime (which is an admittedly low bar, as I was born in Reagantime), but is also one of the most skilled politicians I’ve ever seen, and the wingers go nuts.

      As a Black person, I say this in all seriousness…

      Seeing the lack of scandals in the Obama Administration only makes me appreciate Barack Obama even more. Looking at a picture of him the other day, with all the visible gray hairs on his head, only reinforces the truism that the Presidency ages men. In addition to having to handle the traditional job as President, Barack Obama also is subject to the Black tax. He carries the burden of ‘The First One’. That burden killed Jackie Robinson so young, and while it seems to be the President’s personality is to be so calm, on some level, it has to be getting to him.

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    Harlem Milliner Hosts ‘The Great American Hat Show’

    HARLEM — Harriet Rosebud knows exactly how she wants a woman to feel when she slips on the black fascinator style hat with the delicate feathers that she designed and made by hand.
    “The feathers are mysterious because they sweep the face,” said Rosebud. “I want a woman to feel elegant, vintage and classic.”
    Rosebud, 53, has been designing and manufacturing hats for 20 years after she said she couldn’t find a nice one to fit her head.
    After a two-year stint studying millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology and another two working at a hat factory, Rosebud launched her own company called Rosebud of New York. She designs up to 4,000 hats per year from her home studio in Harlem.
    Her collection includes everything from fascinators — the highly decorative pieces that sit on the side of the head attached by a band and made famous recently by Kate Middleton— to her $600 hat for the Kentucky Derby called the “Triple Crown.”
    “It’s art, but it’s wearable art. That’s something I want people to understand and appreciate about hat-making,” Rosebud said.
    The public will get that chance on Feb. 8 when Rosebud hosts “The Great American Hat Show” at St. James Presbyterian Church on 141st Street, a daylong event that will feature hat-making classes for adults and children and new hat collections.
    “The show is to give the art form more exposure,” said Rosebud who also has a degree in political science from Florida State University. “It’s a real conversation about hats and what they mean to us.”
    Hatmaking is a form of expression, said Rosebud who added that she dreams up fresh designs almost daily.
    “I see something that inspires me and I’ll draw it out,” she said.
    Millinery hasn’t changed much over time. Rosebud uses some of the same techniques that hat makers used centuries ago.
    “A brim is a brim and a crown is a crown,” she said.
    The only thing that has changed is the fabric. In the past, hats were made mostly of wool and straw. Today they can be made of almost anything including ribbon, satin, synthetic fabrics and mudcloth.
    Rosebud said she’ll shape the hat on a mold using fabric before it goes through steaming, shaping and even a baking process. That shaped hat becomes the blank canvas where she plays with color before moving on to adding feathers, ribbons, crystals or silk flowers.
    “Dressmakers start with a sketch, but most hat designers create the shape with molds and then design the hat. The hat is a blank canvas we paint on,” Rosebud said.
    Rosebud is one of the most well-known African-American milliners in the country, especially after her collection of miniature hats took off a few years ago. She has clients in the U.S. and in Canada, some of whom will travel to The Great American Hat Show.
    The Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, chairwoman of Community Board 9,  is a prolific hat wearer who owns more than two dozen of Rosebud’s designs.
    For President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Rosebud made Morgan-Thomas a white wool hat with fox trim and a big buckle that was “blinging,” and gave the notable crystal bow hat that soul singer Aretha Franklin wore that day a run for its money.
    “My hat was better than Aretha’s. She should have had a Harriet Rosebud creation,” Morgan-Thomas said.
    For her son’s recent wedding, Morgan-Thomas hadn’t planned to wear a hat because she didn’t want to draw any attention away from the bride. But when her now daughter-in-law requested that Morgan-Thomas wear one of her trademark hats to the wedding, she turned to Rosebud, who created one with pearls around the brim.
    “It was me: soft, feminine and yet outstanding,” joked Morgan-Thomas. “Her hats are always very chic, even the ones that are ostentatious.”
    Rosebud credits her degree in political science for her interest in the sociology behind hats.
    Hat designs often change with the country’s social and economic situation. In the 1920s the hat styles were more grand to reflect the booming economic times. But during the Great Depression and World War II, hats were plain based on the inaccessibility of supplies.
    “A hat could denote your wealth,” Rosebud said.
    She should know. Rosebud is putting the finishing touches on an $800 hat that is loaded with rhinestones and crystal. The “car payment,” as she facetiously calls it, will be stunning and worth every penny because hats are also a symbol of a feeling that the wearer is trying to display, she said.
    The giant brim of the massive triple crown hat denotes a grandness associated with going to events like the Kentucky Derby. The black fascinator hat is playful but also a serious evening hat. For the black church women in Harlem, it’s all about large brims, tall crowns and bling.
    “The more rhinestones the better. They look like Christmas trees,” Rosebud said.
    Rosebud is working on purchasing her own small factory to produce her designs and can’t wait to unveil her new creations at The Great American Hat Show.
    “America is a leader in fashion and I want to return the art form to greatness,” said Rosebud. “It’s very important to me that the art form doesn’t die.

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    Legacy Project Tells Stories Of Prominent African Americans With Oral Histories

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    Louisville Program Founded by J. Blaine Hudson Focused on African-American Issues Set to Return

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    Belafonte and Civil Rights Icons Honored
    Phi Beta Sigma Celebrates Centennial

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    Purveyor of African-American Pride
    Joyce Harris reflects on King; service to the community

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    January 9 article:

    Tryon Palace opens 2014 African American Lecture Series with play

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    “USC commemorates legacy of Rev. King with series”

    Read more here:

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is being remembered with a series of activities scheduled for this weekend at the University of South Carolina.

    Events begin Thursday with a legal symposium at 6 p.m. with the Black Law Students Association in the law school auditorium.

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    Black state lawmakers spurn meeting with Gov. Scott

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    Good Morning Everyone :)

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