Saturday Open Thread| Slow Jams | Anita Baker

Anita Baker21Anita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958)[1] is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late-1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. Baker rose to stardom following the release of her sophomore 1986 album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single “Sweet Love“. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has four platinum albums and two gold albums to her credit. Baker has an alto vocal style.

Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio. When Anita was two, her mother abandoned her and Baker was raised by a foster family in Detroit, Michigan.[3] When Baker was twelve, her foster parents died and her foster sister raised her afterwards.[3] By the time Baker was sixteen, she began singing R&B at Detroit nightclubs. After one performance, she was discovered by bandleader David Washington, who gave her a card to audition for the funk band, Chapter 8.

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67 Responses to Saturday Open Thread| Slow Jams | Anita Baker

  1. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I cannot help but crack up watching those Malcolm McDowell and James Earl Jones Sprint commercials. Seeing two ‘ thespians’ – in tuxedos no less – reciting ‘texts’ from teenagers – tickles me everytime.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Tom & Lorenzo on Lupita:

    Check that flawless bronze goddess OUT. WERQ that Aphrodite shit, girl. Three snaps. Z formation.

    Among the many other gifts bestowed upon her, she’s blessed with one of those faces that’s all planes and angles, which means she can look very different depending on the makeup and the lighting, from Grace Jones-style warrior to pretty princess. And while we always go out of our way to salute whoever does her makeup for her, attention must be paid to that astonishingly flawless hairline of hers.

    She SERIOUSLY feels like a present the universe sent to fashion
    bloggers. A beautiful, charismatic, talented, stylish woman who’s smart enough to get very good people on her style team who know exactly what to do with her striking looks. Thank you, universe.

  3. rikyrah says:

    These Gay Dads And Their Children May Be America’s Most Adorable Family
    Jan 17, 2014
    By Terrell Jermaine Starr

    This photo of two gay, Black fathers tending to their children’s hair
    is going viral and may become one of the most symbolic examples of the
    modern American family the social web has seen.

    Not because being an openly gay family from Atlanta is breaking
    news–because it really isn’t. For me, it’s because the photo is so
    extraordinarily normal, yet beautiful at the same time. In one selfie,
    any stereotype one could have about a Black gay couple raising Black
    girls was dispelled with the snap of a smart phone camera.

    And that is exactly the affect Kordale and Kaleb intended when they set up their Facebook page “KordaleNKaleb” last May.

    “I’d like to show that love, African-American gay love, any love can
    be displayed in a positive light,” Kaleb said to NewsOne in an exclusive
    interview. “I want to show people, close friends, people who aren’t our
    friends, that it’s possible to inspire others and that they don’t have
    to live in a stereotypical gay life where every man is promiscuous and
    sleeping with everybody.”

    Last year, the couple were in bed when Kordale opened up about having
    “big dreams” of taking their happy family life public. They were not
    only a happy family, Kordale thought; They are a brand. The Facebook
    page went live in May and the Instagram page with photos of them and their three children (Desmiray, 7, Maliya, 6, and Kordale, 5) followed.

    (All three are Kordale’s. He had them from a prior heterosexual
    relationship in consecutive years during his teens: 17, 18 and 19. He
    and the mother share joint custody)

  4. rikyrah says:

    Columbus has 17 charter school failures in one year
    Schools closing at alarming rate, costing taxpayers and disrupting the lives of hundreds of students
    By Jennifer Smith Richards and Bill Bush Sunday January 12, 2014 8:44 AM

    At the beginning of 2013, one long-struggling charter school closed. Over the summer, five more did. And in the fall, 11 more Columbus charters closed their doors, most of them brand new.

    That’s 17 charter schools in Columbus closed in one year, which records show is unprecedented.

    “It shows the power of a couple of players with standards that are not up to par really affecting an overall market,” said Chad Aldis, a vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which sponsors 10 charter schools in Ohio, some in Columbus.

    Nine of the 17 schools that closed in 2013 lasted only a few months this past fall. When they closed, more than 250 students had to find new schools. The state spent more than $1.6 million in taxpayer money to keep the nine schools open only from August through October or November.

    But while 2013 was unusual, closings are not rare. A Dispatch analysis of state data found that 29 percent of Ohio’s charter schools have shut, dating to 1997 when the publicly funded but often privately run schools became legal in Ohio. Nearly 400 currently are operating, about 75 of them in Columbus.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Kelly O’Donnell ✔ @KellyO

    .@GovChristie spokesman releases statement that begins “MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Gov Christie”

  6. rikyrah says:




    Nun who gave birth in Italy ‘unaware of pregnancy’

    A nun who gave birth to a baby boy in the
    central Italian city of Rieti, said she had no idea she was pregnant,
    local media report.

    The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains, which she thought were stomach cramps.

    The young mother, who is originally from El Salvador, reportedly named her newborn Francis after the current Pope.

  7. Why Governor Chris Christie and His Aides Belong in Handcuffs
    Occupy Wall Street protesters get arrested for blocking a bridge to make a larger point, then every member of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration should receive at least the same treatment, if not face greater charges.

    During his January 9 press conference, Gov. Christie’s explanations of the scandal in which he used his official position to score political payback prove that he’s corrupt, a coward and a bully. He’s a coward for deflecting accountability away from himself to members of his administration.

    And he’s a bully for shutting down traffic in a political opponent’s city simply because that public official exercised his First Amendment rights to support a gubernatorial candidate other than Christie. But this is just the latest incident in Christie’s long career of cowardice, bullying and corruption.

    As Ezra Klein wrote, Gov. Christie has a staffer who is paid to follow him around with a camera, record him bullying his constituents, and proudly post the videos on YouTube. One clip showed Gov. Christie shouting “Keep walking! Keep walking!” to a constituent who was criticizing him openly.

    Another incident involved Christie shouting at a teacher who dared to criticize him at a campaign rally. There’s no reason to engage in such buffoonery as governor of a state unless you are actively trying to cultivate a tough-guy political image.

    One of the most cowardly ways Christie exercised his executive power was by setting the date for the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, which popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker had already said he would seek. The three dates Christie could have chosen for the election were a Tuesday in November 2014, a Tuesday in November 2013, or a date of his choosing.

  8. Hey Chicas! I had to break out my Willie Hutch on Chris Christie blasting John Boehner about Sandy aid.

    Buuttt…this happened

    Chris Christie–> SLICK ain’t got no sorrow, if he don’t get you today, he’ll get you tomorrow!

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

  10. Yahtc says:

    Have any of you seen this play:

  11. Ametia says:

    What kind of Sandy Relief assistance is Mantoloking, the wealthiest community in NJ, receiving?

  12. Ametia says:

    Have y’all seen this vid? OMG

  13. Ametia says:

    Christie: “Now without a doubt, we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to ensure that this breach of trust does not happen again.”


    Christie’s GWB counsel fights to shield toll files.

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

    Crying with Laughter

  15. Ametia says:



    • Ametia says:

      So Christies’ counsel is fighting to SHIELD files already, huh? I guess those files are NOT “APPROPRIATE” for his cooperation in the investigation.

  16. Yahtc says:

    You’d better erase this because of the second half with the talking. I did not listen to it until I posted the song.

  17. Yahtc says:

    I am still remembering Madiba and singing this song!

  18. Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges

  19. Yahtc says:

    “Where Do We Stand” at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration (2012)

  20. Yahtc says:

    How to Make Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life Meaningful to Kids Today and Forever

  21. Yahtc says:

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Janice Hayes-Williams doesn’t forget easily, so she makes it a habit to remind others.

    In 2007, the Annapolis City Council passed a bill apologizing for slavery. The legislation also called for a time of education in the last week of October.

    But after four years without any observance, Hayes-Williams returned to the City Council to follow up on its pledge.

    “I felt like that was no longer appropriate,” she said. “The bill said the city would celebrate.”

    Her efforts led to another bill in 2011 forming the Annapolis Commission on Maryland’s Constitution of 1864 and the Abolishment of Slavery.

    Since then Hayes-Williams — the commission’s chairwoman — has been on a mission to make sure the meaning of Nov. 1, 2014, isn’t forgotten. On that date, Maryland will celebrate the sesquicentennial — the 150th anniversary — of the Maryland Constitution that put an end to slavery one year prior to complete national emancipation.

    In coming months, Hayes-Williams will continue raising funds and searching for volunteers to pack the week before Nov. 1 with events. Organizers are slating lectures and theater performances. The weeklong series will conclude with a ball.

    “She is so well-grounded both in her historical perspective and the social network of the community, there’s no one better to lead that effort than Janice,” said Lisa Craig, Annapolis’ chief of historic preservation.

    Hayes-Williams is an Annapolis native and descendent of slaves and free blacks who lived in the area before the American Revolution. She has contributed to publications and leads an African-American walking tour in the city.

    More than seven months ago, Hayes-Williams was one of about 10 citizens to testify before the state Senate on designating Nov. 1 as Maryland’s emancipation day. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law.

    On Nov. 1, 2013, the city and state celebrated the first Maryland Emancipation Day with an event featuring a Frederick Douglass re-enactor.

    Hayes-Williams’ preparations for the 150th anniversary will require outreach to the hospitality industry as well as educating residents on the significance of the event.

    The commission is seeking $10,000 in private funds and hopes that can be doubled with a $10,000 matching grant from the City of Annapolis. Last year, the commission raised $6,000 and received $7,500 from the city. While that money has already been spent, Hayes-Williams said the group has financial commitments from previous supporters.

    The goal is that the sesquicentennial will be recognized statewide, not just in Annapolis, Craig said.

    Prior to the 1864 Maryland Constitution, the state’s population was almost evenly divided between the free and the enslaved. Abolition nearly didn’t pass. In the first round, it failed by about 2,000 votes. Anne Arundel County did not favor the new constitution, with only 281 supporting it and 1,360 against.

    Maryland officials then encouraged Union soldiers to cast their votes, which tilted the numbers in favor of passage. The amended constitution was upheld by a 375-vote majority.

    “Even though it’s emancipation from slavery, this is the celebration of all of us,” Hayes-Williams said.–Emancipation-Celebration

  22. Yahtc says:

    Handing out iPads to students isn’t enough
    Schools need to focus on what makes computers work, not just on how to use them.,0,2183468.story#axzz2qlInPacj

  23. Yahtc says:

    “15 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes ”

    1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

    2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

    3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

    4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

    5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

    6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

    7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

    8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

    10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

    11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

    12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

    13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

    14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

    15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

  24. Yahtc says:

    Wishing all of you a Good Morning and a great weekend :)

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