Wednesday Open Thread | Best of Motown

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company.

Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.[2] Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album.

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  1. Live updates: Eric Garner’s funeral at Bethel Baptist Church

    8:27 p.m.: Rev. Al Sharpton got a standing ovation from the crowd when he was introduced. Sharpton questioned the cop’s decency and lack of respect for him as one of God’s children.”

    “This is an occasion when we should not be here,” he said. “We’re in a city where you can’t choke us. Go to the video tape. What are you going to say now? You can’t stop us on this one.”

    Sharpton personally acknowledged the young man who took the video, Ramsey Ortiz, who said this was wrong and began taping the incident.

    “God will take care of us now. Fight back community. Don’t back down. We got to win. We don’t choke people. We’re redeemers of this city.”

    Sharpton asked where the cop’s morality and decency was when Garner was saying, “I can’t breathe.”

    The crowd cheered wildly every time Sharpton hit a nerve.

    Eric Garner- Esaw Garner is consoled as she sees her husband for the last time

  2. rikyrah says:

    CPS closes last electrical training program for students
    Wed, 07/23/2014 – 6:26pm
    Lauren Fitzpatrick

    Chicago Public Schools said its closed its last electrical training program for lack of student interest but a South Side alderman is joining growing efforts to revive it.

    Simeon Career Academy High School, 8147 S. Vincennes Ave., has rallied in recent weeks for the program — at CPS budget hearings and at Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Education, where Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) joined the chorus to save the electricity program.

    “As a lawyer, I would like every kid to go to college and get a post secondary education,” he said. But as one who also believes in choices, I know that choice is not for everybody, and going forward and looking to see what the direction of what good paying jobs in the city and this country are, electricity is one of them,” he said.

    Brookins asked the district, which has vowed to get every student college and career ready, to at least consider phasing out the program gradually for the sake of the current 56 participants instead of shutting it abruptly. Meanwhile, he said he’s approached the electrical workers union and some local construction companies to drum up interest in electricity among students.

    Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the board that program was cut because of lack of enrollment and interest rather than lack of money.

    Forty of the current incoming 9th graders chose to study electricity but only 18 of them would have enrolled because the others chose other majors as well, said Denise Little, chief officer of network support.

    “As such, there was not enough student interest to justify maintaining the electricity program,” Little told the board. “Of the students enrolled in the program, only 4 or 5 percent have earned qualifying certifications.”
    Board President David Vitale said he’d have the vocational education department work with the alderman.

    Latisa Kindred, the electricity teacher who was laid off when the program was closed, said she had fewer dropouts in her Career and Technical Education classes.

    “Electricity in CPS is the fourth program to close at Simeon in four years… first it was graphic design, then machine shop, then auto shop and now electricity,” Kindred said in a news release emailed by the Chicago Teachers Union. “They need to save CTE, because my students leave this program and find jobs, and that’s an alternative to what they face on the streets.”

  3. A Celebration of Life for Eric Garner

    A celebration of Life for Eric Garner

  4. Ametia says:

    Relatives, friends gather for funeral of Eric Garner, who died after NYPD cop put him in chokehold

  5. rikyrah says:

    Joy Ann had on Amadou Diallo’s mother and Sean Bell’s fiance today to talk about the Eric Garner case.

  6. rikyrah says:

    @Mediaite: Michael Moore’s Divorce Closes on Drunken Note

  7. rikyrah says:

    Marvin Gaye was a genius.

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Latest Obamacare Lawsuits Simply Want to Cripple the Law They probably won’t succeed, but what if they do?

    Federal judges issue conflicting ruling about Obamacare. The law’s supporters predict, confidently, that they will eventually prevail. The people who need health insurance watch to see whether the courts will take it away.

    Yes, we’ve seen this play out before. It happened a few years ago, when critics of the Affordable Care Act challenged the constitutionality of its individual mandate. And just like that effort, this one will probably fail, although the outcome is far from certain.

    But for all the parallels, there’s one crucial difference.

    The previous lawsuits were about some big, weighty issues—namely, the boundaries of federal power and the extent of personal freedom. The plaintiffs, whatever their true motives, at least claimed to be fighting on behalf of liberty.

    These new lawsuits, about which two courts issued conflicting rulings on Tuesday, make no similarly lofty claims of principle. They focus, instead, on some ambiguous text in the language of the law and allegation that Congress intended the law to work differently than the Obama Administration says.

    Oh, the legal briefs make some real arguments about constitutional principles and it’s entirely possible that the plaintiffs who wrote those briefs believe them. But it’s hard to escape the conclusion that these arguments are altogether secondary to the real goal here—that these lawsuits are simply one more attempt to cripple Obamacare and yank insurance away from millions of people, no matter what it takes.

  9. rikyrah says:

    You can always count on Working Whites to go against their own economic self-interest.


    The Ruling That Would Gut Obamacare Is an Amazing Advertisement for Obamacare
    By Jordan Weissmann

    Much of the case rests on the complaints of one David Klemencic, a West Virginia man who says he doesn’t want to buy health insurance, and that were it not for the government’s generous subsidies, he wouldn’t have to. Below is how the court describes his predicament:

    The district court determined that at least one of the appellants, David Klemencic, has standing. Klemencic resides in West Virginia, a state that did not establish its own Exchange, and expects to earn approximately $20,000 this year. He avers that he does not wish to purchase health insurance and that, but for federal credits, he would be exempt from the individual mandate because the unsubsidized cost of coverage would exceed eight percent of his income. The availability of credits on West Virginia’s federal Exchange therefore confronts Klemencic with a choice he’d rather avoid: purchase health insurance at a subsidized cost of less than $21 per year or pay a somewhat greater tax penalty.

    Let’s spell that out: This lawsuit has been brought by a man who, thanks to Obamacare’s subsidies, could purchase health insurance for $21 per year. That’s about the cost of a 750 of Jack Daniel’s or a hardcover novel. I guess you can’t accuse Klemencic of putting self-interest ahead of his principles.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Bad Readers

    The judges who ruled against Obamacare are following Scalia down a terrible path of interpretation.

    By Richard L. Hasen

    Unless you are a lawyer or a glutton for punishment, you probably want to avoid reading the new D.C. Circuit and 4th Circuit opinions reaching conflicting results on the legality of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act—the parts that provide subsidies for Americans who sign up for health insurance through the exchanges the law created. The opinions are full of jargon parsing the intricacies of the mammoth health care law. But well within the weeds of these lawyerly discussions is a more fundamental question: Is it the courts’ job to make laws work for the people, or to treat laws as arid linguistic puzzles?

    At the heart of the 2­–1 D.C. Circuit ruling striking down subsidies for anyone getting their insurance from a federally run rather than state-run health care exchange is a theory for interpreting statutes called “textualism.” Modern textualists view the job of courts’ interpreting statutes as puzzle solving, using dictionaries and grammatical rules known as “canons of construction” such as the “last antecedent rule.” Strict textualists generally won’t look at legislative history—records of what members of Congress said on the floor or what is contained in House or Senate committee reports, for example—to figure out what Congress intended. Just the text.

    Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court is the leading proponent of textualism, an approach he justifies as required by the Constitution and better than the alternative of using legislative history. He thinks judges unreliably cherry-pick legislative history, quoting the late Judge Harold Leventhal’s quip that it’s “the equivalent of entering a crowded cocktail party and looking over the heads of the guests for one’s friends.” Before Scalia, textualism was one tool among many for interpreting statutes. But now, thanks to his relentless campaigning for the textualist approach, for many strongly conservative judges, the text is the beginning and the end of the analysis when it comes to the meaning of a statute.

  11. Ametia says:

    Reactions to Mike Bloomberg’s flying to Israel:


  12. rikyrah says:

    Statement of Mike Bloomberg

    Jul 22, 2014 |

    “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    ‘The Best Man Wedding’ Already Has A 2016 Release Date
    Stacy-Ann EllisPosted July 23, 2014

    We knew the third installment of The Best Man was coming, but we didn’t know how soon. Worry not, there’s an official date that you can mark off on your calendar for the coming years. The Best Man Wedding will reportedly open in theaters on April 15, 2016.

    According to Shadow & Act, the Universal Pictures film didn’t share any details about casting, but provided this brief synopsis of the forthcoming flick and its writers and producers:

    The cast of THE BEST MAN series returns to celebrate the group’s most unexpected wedding to date. Malcolm D. Lee again writes and directs the third film in his signature hit series, and Sean Daniel (“The Best Man Holiday”) returns to produce THE BEST MAN WEDDING alongside Lee.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Obama goes there on ‘acting white’
    By Jonathan Capehart July 22 at 3:52 PM

    In the panoply of insults African Americans hurl at each other, there are two that are meant to stunt the viewpoints and ambitions of their victims. One is being called an “Uncle Tom.” We covered this ground back in May when I urged folks to stop smacking Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with the epithet. The other is being accused of “acting white.” And I was thrilled to see President Obama brazenly broach it yesterday at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) town hall yesterday.

    Obama got into it via a question from a Native American young man who wanted to know what the federal government was doing to help his people “revitalize their language and culture.”

    The president responded, “The Bible says without vision a people will perish. And what happens when you start losing your language and you start losing your culture and you don’t have a sense of connections to ancestors and those memories that date back generations is you start feeling adrift. And if you’re living in a society that devalues that, then you start maybe devaluing yourself and internalizing some of those doubts.” He talked about how America was great at taking people from different cultures and making one unifying culture out of it. But he also said, “There’s no contradiction between knowing your culture, the traditional cultures out of which your families come, but also being part of the larger culture.” It was here that Obama willingly waded into “acting white.”

    And I think that one of the things — this is true not just for Native Americans, but it’s also true for African Americans. Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” — which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go. Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.

    If you look at Michelle, she grew up South Side. And her mom still lives in a neighborhood where gunshots go off, and it can be rough where Michelle grew up. But she’ll talk proper when she needs to. Now, you also don’t want to get on her wrong side, because she can translate that into a different vernacular.

    But my point is, is that you don’t have to act a certain way to be authentic. .

    • Ametia says:

      Short: The King’s English is acceptable in certain circles, especially the workplace,but it does not, can not, and will not define my BLACKNESS.

  15. rikyrah says:

    CNN Breaking News ✔ @cnnbrk
    Obama administration will not overrule FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel, official says after reports Israel asked U.S. to reverse decision.
    4:59 PM – 22 Jul 2014

  16. rikyrah says:

    Asking for prayers for Peanut’s mother.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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