Sunday Open Thread |Black Oscar Nominees

We conclude this week of Black Oscar Nominees with the Blacks Nominated for 2013.

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave


Best Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

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Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave




Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips


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Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave





Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave




Best Original Song: Pharrell Williams for Despicable Me 2

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94 Responses to Sunday Open Thread |Black Oscar Nominees

  1. Ametia says:


  2. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Russell Wilson is the second African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Congratulations, Seahawks. A richly deserved win.
    9:01 PM – 2 Feb 2014

  3. *****************

    • Ametia says:

      LOL The media has a tendency to play up the white players, especially the QBs. Tonight’s Seahawks win is the 3RD Biggest blow out in Superbowl history!

  4. rikyrah says:


  5. Ametia says:


    Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

    The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl championship Sunday with a 43-8 win against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. Seattle’s top-ranked defense forced four turnovers against Peyton Manning and the top-ranked Denver offense.

    Read more at:

  6. rikyrah says:

    Ok, that Budweiser Puppy/Horse commercial is too cute.

  7. Hold up! 2 weeks ago the racists said Peyton was going to embarrass the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Karma bitches!

  8. **************

  9. Ametia says:

    Seahawks! 29 Bronchos 00000000000000000000000000000

    Percy has a 90 yard TOUCHDOWN!!!!! 12 seconds in the 3rd quarter. YEAH BABY!

  10. Ametia says:

    Bruno Mars tore it up during halftime.

  11. Josh and Magen is here! oooooooooooooooh..

    She’s very beautiful.

  12. Ametia says:

    Seahawks=22 Bronchos=0

  13. Way to go #Cheerios! They told the haters to go pound sand. Loves it. Y’all go buy some Cheerios.

  14. Ametia says:


  15. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    President Obama knows how to do shade. He didn’t call Fox a news station. Noooo, he called it a “TV station.” Thank you sir for the laughs.
    4:13 PM – 2 Feb 2014

  16. Lawd, barbequing in this cold ass weather. We need our ass whupped.

  17. Yahtc says:

    Ametia and SG2,

    I am organizing notes with people’s comments discussing their personal experiences.

    I have nothing for this White privilege:

    I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group

    Have either of you personally been asked to be a spokesperson for Blacks?

  18. rikyrah says:

    found this in the comments at BJ about Governor Krispy Kreme and his parents – back in HIGH SCHOOL:

    Violet says:
    February 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Interesting insight into Christie’s parents:

    In 1980, Scott Parsons was a star pitcher on the baseball team at Livingston High School in suburban New Jersey. One day, the team’s best catcher — a senior named Chris Christie — came to his house, upset, to ask for advice.

    The problem was that Christie wasn’t the team’s best catcher any longer.

    A better player was transferring in from another school. Now, it looked as if Christie might spend his senior season on the bench.

    “The family was considering consulting attorneys, to see if this could be blocked,” Parsons remembered Christie telling him. “He told me that if that happened, there was a chance that the whole team would have to forfeit the spring season. And he asked me what my thoughts were.”

    Parsons told him: Don’t. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Chris, hey man, I want to play my senior season,’ ” Parsons said.

    In that instance, Christie passed up the chance to play legal hardball. Parsons didn’t hear about the lawyers again. The new kid played, Christie sat, and the Livingston Lancers won the state title.

  19. Ametia says:

    I’d love to have a one-one sit down with Lupita Nyong’o .

  20. rikyrah says:

    this comment cuts to the heart of the problem for Governor Krispy Kreme:

    gf120581 says:
    February 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

    No matter what type of accusation Christie hruls against Wildstein, juvenile or not, he cannot escape this question:

    “If he’s such a bad guy, why did you hire him?”

    There’s is no getting out of that question. He’s nicely trapped and
    as a result he’s flailing about, lashing out blows like a drunk, trying
    desperately to land one and hitting nothing but air.

    And as said above thread, if Christie “wasn’t friends” with Wildstein
    and barely knew him in high school, how does he know all these things about him? Did he have spies tracking him even then because he had a premonition that this guy could destroy him some day?

  21. Just finished making potato salad for the game. In my best southern drawl… Mmm… honey!

  22. rikyrah says:

    Award-winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment, Law-Enforcement Official Said
    The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death

    Pervaiz Shallwani
    Feb. 2, 2014 1:27 p.m. ET

    Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.

    The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

    Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film, “Capote.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    Please note: When folks can logically put John Dean and Nixon in a headline with YOU….it ain’t good….


    David Wildstein has flipped on Christie as spectacularly as John Dean flipped on Nixon
    Sunday, February 2, 2014 3:58 EST

    Of all the arrows fired at Gov. Chris Christie over the years, the one that inflicted the deepest wound came not from a rival, but from an ally.

    David Wildstein, by all accounts, was thrilled to be part of the governor’s inner circle. He was known as a loyal member of the palace guard, the governor’s eyes and ears at the Port Authority, a buddy of Christie’s since their high school days.

    And now he has flipped, as spectacularly as John Dean flipped on Richard Nixon. And in the end, Wildstein could do just as much damage.

    “This guy is really mad,” says one leading Democrat who asked not to be named. “The way the letter is written is almost rambling, throwing everything in the kitchen sink. There’s a lot of anger there. He feels dissed.”

    Why would Wildstein be so angry with his old boss? Look at it through his eyes.
    He closed those access lanes on orders from the governor’s office after receiving the infamous message from Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s deputy chief of staff: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

  24. Go, Seahawks! Lets do this!

  25. rikyrah says:

    Opinion: What Mike Huckabee Wants to Take Away From Women
    By Sandra Fluke
    Filed: 1/24/14 at 5:05 PM | Updated: 1/24/14 at 7:22 PM

    Memo to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and the bosses at for-profit corporations who think they belong in every doctor’s office and that they should be able to decide whether their employees have access to birth control: Women who use birth control do not have an “overactive libido.” We are not looking for a handout from “Uncle Sugar” to score a contraceptive fix. We are not sluts. This is not the reality for women — it never has been and never will be.

    In fact, women who use birth control are your mother, partner, sister, and daughter. Ninety-nine percent of sexually active American women have used birth control at some point in their lives. We are just regular people trying to take care of ourselves medically and financially. That’s why seven in ten Americans believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services.

    Yet former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee stated yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s provision guaranteeing women access to no-copay birth control was created because women are oversexed. He explained, in a speech at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, that Democrats are doing women a disservice by telling them that “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”

    This comes just months before the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in two cases challenging the birth control benefit, brought forward by the bosses of Hobby Lobby — an arts and crafts store chain — and Conestoga Wood Specialties – a cabinet manufacturer . They want the Supreme Court to decide that employers have the right to choose which medical procedures your insurance covers — based on the boss’s personal beliefs. A decision like that could take away from many the comprehensive insurance coverage that over 27 million women are already receiving under the law, and 47 million will eventually receive.

    If the Supreme Court agrees with these employers, survivors of rape could effectively be charged a rape penalty in the emergency room because their insurance doesn’t cover emergency contraception, which is essentially a high dose of birth control.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Why Did Obama Go to Costco? Our Wage Calculator Explains
    Check how many hours it would take you to make a living working at Costco vs. Walmart.

    —By Tasneem Raja and Jaeah Lee
    | Wed Jan. 29, 2014 10:44 AM GMT

    This morning, President Obama visited a Costco in suburban Maryland to reemphasize the theme of income inequality he sounded in the State of the Union speech last night. Our calculator shows why Obama chose the home of the giant pickle jar and behemoth TP package: Even at the relatively low wages paid by big-box retailers, slightly better pay can mean the difference between inescapable poverty and a modest living.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Low wage workers struggle to get by

    By Robert McCoppin and Lolly Bowean, Tribune reporters
    8:02 am, February 2, 2014

    In the bitter cold, dark hours of the night, as many others are sleeping, Rocio Caravantes begins her hourlong journey on public transportation from her home in Logan Square to one of her two jobs downtown.

    Once she arrives at work, Caravantes spends hours vacuuming and scrubbing floors, polishing sinks and toilets, cleaning the bar areas and event spaces and tidying up the rugs in an upscale luxury hotel where she can’t afford to spend a night. Panic at times grips her as she thinks about how she will pay all her bills, she said.

    “It is impossible to live on $8.25 an hour,” Caravantes said in Spanish, through an interpreter. “Not even three jobs are enough. I earn $495 biweekly. The first check goes to rent — it’s $500 a month. The second is for transportation, food, (phone) and education.”

    Caravantes, 40, is one example of the minimum wage workers who have become the focus of a national conversation about salaries for the working poor.

    It’s a political debate in the Illinois governor’s race, and Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State address last week to renew his push for an increase in the state minimum wage. President Barack Obama weighed in on the issue too when he asked Congress to increase the federal wage to $10.10.

    Caravantes is part of a cadre of workers who prepare food, clean rooms, serve customers at department stores and take care of children, all while struggling to pay bills and provide food for their own families. Cobbling together three part-time jobs to earn a living, Caravantes thought if she worked hard, she’d be offered pay increases as a reward.

    “I thought I could earn more,” Caravantes said. “I was wrong.”

  28. Morning, everyone!

  29. rikyrah says:

    Well, That Escalated Quickly

    Brian Murphy – February 2, 2014, 8:28 AM EST14685

    Over Chinese food at the fabulous Lao Sze Chuan in Milford, Ct. I had the pleasure of reading Chris Christie’s 700-word-long attack on David Wildstein and the New York Times. This came moments after I opened a fortune cookie that advised me to “Enjoy yourself while you can.” (!)

    I am trying to summon the requisite mood to seriously ponder the implications of the email that Governor Christie apparently sent to supporters/donors/ Politico/Beltway Republicans (as if there’s any… never mind). But I can’t. I just can’t.

    It is hard for me to believe that the governor of an American state could author such a piece of risible juvenilia, except it is even harder for me to believe a paid communications professional could have been behind this. The “argument” Christie (or possibly one very very close longtime advisor) is making here is that David Wildstein is a bad guy.


    Because as a “a 16-year-old kid” he filed a lawsuit over a school board election and was “publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior.” Because he was, according to Christie, a “tumultuous” person (not the correct usage of that word, Governor, but whatever). Because he was “a political animal” who had “a controversial tenure” as the mayor of Livingston. Because he “made moves that were not productive.”

  30. rikyrah says:

    Life after Jan. 1: Kentucky clinic offers early glimpse at realities of health-care law

    By Stephanie McCrummen, Published: February 1 E-mail the writer

    in Breathitt County, Ky. — The envelopes began arriving in December across eastern Kentucky, one of the sickest and poorest corners of the country.

    “Dear member . . . We want you to be healthy . . .” read the letter to Mary Combs, and with it came a plastic card representing the first insurance she ever had: a Medicaid plan made possible by the nation’s new health-care law, effective Jan. 1.

    Nine days into the new year, the 41-year-old call-center worker headed to the health clinic on Highway 15. She saw a doctor about her chronic stomach ulcers, had her blood drawn for tests and collected referrals for all the specialists she had been told she needed but could never afford.

    The next week, she saw a neurologist, who found lesions on her brain and prescribed medicine for the cluster headaches, which are also called “suicide headaches” for pain that is far more intense than a migraine and which Combs had been treating with an alcohol-soaked cloth wrapped around her head. She lined up a gynecologist for abnormal uterine bleeding and a hematologist for anemia and an ophthalmologist for an affliction she called “arthritis of the eye,” which was diagnosed on one of the rare occasions she decided to see a specialist, a $250 visit her husband paid for by selling his lawn mower.

    “She got mad at that,” Johnny Combs said now, waiting in an exam room with his wife, who was back at the clinic again, this time for an earache she would normally treat with sweet-oil drops.

    “Well, we needed that mower, too,” Mary Combs said, and soon the nurse practitioner arrived, and a new conversation began:

    “Okay,” she said. “We are no stranger to these ear complaints.”

    “No,” said Combs, who soon had another referral for an ear, nose and throat specialist, as Week 3 in the world of the newly insured carried on.

    This is the world that many critics of the new health-care law have worried about, one in which the sick and the poor expand the ranks of Medicaid while other Americans see premiums rise, policies canceled or favorite doctors booted out of networks.

  31. rikyrah says:

    This is so sweet:

    Vows: Mr. Duckett and Dr. Jones
    By Samantha Stark October 19th, 2013

    Together 46 years, Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones wrote coded letters to each other during Dr. Jones’s deployment in Vietnam. They adopted a baby, became grandfathers and then, finally, got married.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

  33. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Wow, I feel like we’ve already had our film awards show this week. And everyone of these actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, and original scores are WINNERS!

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