Saturday Open Thread-Denzel Washington Week

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends. And that you have enjoyed this week with Denzel.


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Denzel Antwone Fisher

Denzel out of time

Denzel man-on-fire-movie

Denzel the manchurian candidate

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Denzel deja vu

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Denzel the great debaters

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Denzel unstoppable

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Denzel flight

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Denzel the equalizer

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42 Responses to Saturday Open Thread-Denzel Washington Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    @CharlesMBlow: So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted – at GUN POINT – by a Yale policeman bc he “fit the description” of a suspect…

    @CharlesMBlow: He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal ( he was leaving the library!) He’s shaken, but I’m fuming!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Dear Johnson Publishing Company, About Selling Your Photo Archives
    Luvvie — January 24, 2015 4 15
    I had to write this sternly-worded letter because NAWL!

    Dear Johnson Publishing Company,
    I read a story in the Chicago Tribune called “Johnson Publishing to sell historic photo archive” and I had to write you a letter because my spirit was bothered. I posted it on Facebook and everyone did a collective *wall slide*. According to that article, you’re considering selling your photo archives to raise some capital for the company. There are 5 million pictures and you’re hoping to get $40 million for them. That is $8 per picture. EIGHT DOLLARS.

    Can we talk about this? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS? We need to, because this is not ok and I am here to panic about it and ask some questions.

    First of all, the value of the entire archive was appraised at $40 million and y’all accepted it? 5 million images of Black icons and Black history, which includes a 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Coretta Scott King at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral is worth $40 million? Michael Jackson paid $48 million for The Beatles’ music catalogue, which included like 260 of their songs. And 5 million pics that chronicled some of the most memorable moments in 20th century Black history is being put up for less than that? Yup. I’m pretty offended.

    Who appraised this collection? Why are they a hater? And why do I feel like this price is basically a dropkick to our legacy? It’s like a clearance sale on our history and I am side-eying everyone involved. This is a literal de-valuing of our history.

    Let me move past that for a second and talk about the motive behind this sale. Desiree Rogers, JPC’s CEO is quoted as saying “It’s just sitting here. We really need to monetize that in order to ensure growth in our core businesses.”

    “It’s just sitting there.” What are the pictures supposed to be doing instead of “just sitting there?” Should they sing while in the boxes collecting dust? Why are they just sitting there? Why are they hidden? Why are they not in a museum already being displayed for the masses? Why isn’t there a photography exhibit curated by Johnson Publishing Company, charging people to come see moments in time captured award-winning photographers over the years? Why aren’t these pics being used on the EBONY website as a weekly feature? WHY ARE THEY JUST SITTING THERE?

  3. Liza says:

    Denzel Washington week has been really interesting, seeing all of his work in one place really shows what a consummate actor he is. He’s certainly had a distinguished career. Very well assembled, Rikyrah, I’ve enjoyed it.

  4. rikyrah says:

    January 24, 2015 7:30 AM
    Je Suis Barack
    By D.R. Tucker

    Those who endlessly promote Reagan’s “accomplishments” argue that they have to do so because progressives have a vested interest in tearing Reagan’s legacy down. (Of course, what they don’t acknowledge is that there’s so much to tear down!) The right’s argument is pure projection. In reality, it is progressives who must go the extra mile in defending the legacy of Barack Obama.


    Progressives cannot allow Barack Obama’s legacy to be relentlessly trashed the way Carter’s legacy was. Quite frankly, we need a Barack Obama Legacy Project, one that will recognize, today, tomorrow and forever, his true significance to America and the world.

    With two years remaining in his term, a compelling case can be made that Barack Obama is one of the greatest presidents of all-time. Look at the track record: an economy resurrected, Osama bin Laden brought to ultimate justice, the Iraq War ended, millions of Americans finally accessing health care, dramatic advances in equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, two brilliant Supreme Court appointees, sweeping economic reform, and an energy policy that, while imperfect, nevertheless takes the climate crisis seriously.

    He accomplished all of this despite raw hatred from “birthers” and Tea Partiers who went to bed every night dreaming of seeing Obama’s black body swinging from a tree—as well as that of his father, for being uppity enough to marry a white woman. He accomplished this despite hyper-partisan media entities that smeared him as a Marxist from Mombasa. He accomplished this despite being unfairly blamed for the dementia and depravity of a right-wing Congress.

    He has brought us through the worst financial heartache since the Depression. He has brought us through incidents of shocking gun violence. He has brought us through racial discord sparked by those who so obviously killed Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner because they saw these men, subconsciously, as proxies for the President.

    Generations from now, children should read about the courage and conscience of Barack Obama, his passionate love for this country, his commitment to the hurting and the hungry and the hopeless. Generations from now, Obama’s name should grace public schools and federal buildings. Generations from now, his name should be honored in the same way we honor the names of Washington and Lincoln and Roosevelt and Kennedy.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Arapaho415 @arapaho415
    #LeoDurocher Banks is one nice guy who finished first
    #ToddHollandsworth “Pure. Every day, every moment”
    8:17 AM – 24 Jan 2015

  6. rikyrah says:

    Does anyone else watch Grimm?

    I loved last night’s episode. The last 15 minutes completely rocked!

    All the frustration with leaving WU out has paid off. With him doing all of the investigations and finding all the stuff that just ‘ didn’t add up’ – once they told him, it was like full throttle!!

    Juliette…all I can say is…WTF?!?!?!

  7. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans Propose Bill Mandating Ultrasounds Before Abortions

    hortly after House Republicans had to cancel a vote on an anti-abortion bill that some members found to be too extreme, GOP congressmen on Thursday introduced three new abortion restrictions, including one that would require women to receive an ultrasound procedure before an abortion.

    The mandatory ultrasound bill, introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and co-sponsored by 10 Republican men, compels women to “receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.”

    One of the other bills prohibits federal education funds from going to schools with access to an abortion provider on campus, and the other requires states to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

  8. rikyrah says:

    hat tip – Zandar.

    And sometimes, TRUTH is stranger than fiction


    Gitmo Commander Sacked After Dead Body Found

    The officer running the American naval base in Cuba is gone. And U.S. officials are telling the Associated Press that he’s under investigation in connection with another sailor’s death.On January 11, the body of Christopher Tur, was found in the waters off of Cuba. A subsequent investigation uncovered an alleged affair between Tur’s wife and Capt John R. Nettleton, the commander of the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.

    On January 21, the Navy publicly announced that Nettleton has been relieved of command.

    The decision to relieve Nettleton was made by his boss “Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson due to loss of confidence in Nettleton’s ability to command,” according to a statement from Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs.

    Following his dismissal from Guantanamo, Nettleton was moved to Florida, where he is assigned to Jackson’s staff.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Last Call For The Whole Ball Of Wax
    Posted by Zandar
    GOP is playing with fire here, but it seems like they’re confident they will keep control of the Senate in 2016. If they get the White House too, then the game is over for the Dems if they pull this off.

    Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could yield big rewards for whichever party controls the White House and Senate after 2016.

    The move, still in its early stages, reflects growing GOP confidence in its electoral prospects next year. But it could also have a major immediate impact if a justice such as 81-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg steps down, making it far easier for President Barack Obama to get a replacement confirmed.

    The proposed change would expand on the dramatic move Democrats made in 2013, when they killed the 60-vote hurdle for executive branch nominations and almost all judicial nominees. Republicans have complained bitterly about the Democrats’ action ever since, saying it violated the Senate’s tradition of being a deliberative body where the minority holds big sway. But now, GOP supporters contend, it may be time to bring majority rule to votes on Supreme Court nominations, too.

    The 60-vote filibuster threshold would remain for legislation.

    The GOP understands that there’s a very good change the next President will be able to appoint 2, maybe 3 justices. They seem to be willing to leverage blocking any further SCOTUS appointments for Obama into assuring that they have precedent for packing the court in 2016 if there’s a GOP president. And let’s face it, if a Democrat wins and they still control the Senate, well Hillary or whoever isn’t going to be able to appoint anyone anyway.

    There is massive upside and very little downside right now for the GOP doing this. They are counting on cover from the Village, and a short memory of the public, two extremely safe bets.

    We’ll see what happens, but if I were the GOP, I’d throw the dice on this.

  10. rikyrah says:

    she can build her own phucking list.

    just sniffs of that ENTITLEMENT doesn’t it?


    Obama, Clinton tensions build over email lists ahead of 2016

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    By Amie Parnes and Niall Stanage – 01/24/15 06:02 AM EST

    New tensions are emerging in the relationship between allies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    At issue is the fate of the political equivalent of gold dust — the enormous email list, comprised of many millions of supporters and donors, that the Obama team has compiled over the course of his two presidential campaigns.

    The Clinton camp would dearly love to get its hands on the list, but there is no promise as yet that the president’s aides will comply.

    There are “large concerns” about the lists among Clinton supporters, one Hillary ally told The Hill.

    To the Clintons and their friends, it’s near unthinkable that a Democratic president — who has plenty of reasons to want a member of his party to succeed him — would withhold such a valuable commodity.

    But Team Obama has long believed that the president’s support is built upon the bedrock of his personal qualities rather than mere party identification. His people are loath to be seen as treating the passion of his supporters in a cavalier fashion.

    “There’s a lot of data — voter data, massive email lists — that Obama built and there are a lot of people who want to make sure that he spreads that wealth,” the Clinton ally said. “They want to make sure he doesn’t take it in a suitcase back to Chicago and move on. No one wants to see it disappear or have it used just to build a library.”

    • Liza says:

      Well, what is more important than the “list” is the methodology used to create and update the database. It is more than just a list of names and e-mails.

  11. rikyrah says:

    yeah, ok……uh huh


    Scott Walker shows fire in Iowa

    By Cameron Joseph

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered a fiery speech in Iowa on Saturday, wowing the conservative crowd with a passionate argument for small government and his own lengthy resume

    The Wisconsin governor, in rolled-up shirtsleeves, paced the stage as he blasted big government and touted a long list of conservative reforms he’s pushed through in blue Wisconsin.

    The governor also showed a rhetorical flourish that’s largely been absent from his previous campaigns, drawing the crowd to its feet multiple times.

    “There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April,” he said, almost yelling as his voice grew hoarse. “Because in America we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

    Walker’s speech had something for every element of the activist crowd. The governor touted his three victories over Democrats and recall win as well as his state-level education reforms. Each new policy he helped pass drew cheers: Voter ID laws, education reforms, tax cuts and defunding Planned Parenthood.

  12. rikyrah says:

    because, of course, this is who they are


    Senate Republicans Remove ‘Civil Rights And Human Rights’ From Subcommittee Name

    Posted: 01/23/2015 4:58 pm EST Updated: 01/23/2015 5:59 pm EST

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans revealed this week that they have eliminated the phrase “civil rights and human rights” from the title of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee charged with overseeing those issues.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month and announced the members of the six subcommittees this week. With Grassley’s announcement, the subcommittee formerly known as the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights suddenly became the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

    The new chairman of the newly named subcommittee is Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). His office confirmed that it made the switch.

  13. rikyrah says:

    they are so excited about the First Couple coming to India


    List of eminent guests who will attend banquet for Obama New Delhi, January 24, 2015 | UPDATED 20:43 IST

    US President Barack Obama on his 3-day visit to India will attend Presidential banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan which will see the presence of political leaders, leading industrialists, Padma awardees, academicians and eminent citizens. The banquet will be held on January 25-the day Obama lands in India.

    President house sources said keeping the high level of interest and the importance of the visit, the guest list has been increased from 100 to 200

    Read more at:

  14. rikyrah says:

    I used to love the six degrees of Kevin Bacon Game.

    I wanted to do one with Denzel.

    So, I’ll start with Vivian Leigh.

    Vivian Leigh was in a Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando.

    Marlon Brando was in The Score with Angela Bassett.

    Angela Bassett played Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X.

    Anyone else wanna play?

    • rikyrah says:

      trying again with Lionel Barrymore.

      Lionel Barrymore was in It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart

      Jimmy Stewart was in The Philadephia Story with Katharine Hepburn.

      Katharine Hepburn was in On Golden Pond with Jane Fonda.

      Jane Fonda was in The Butler with Forest Whitaker.

      Forest Whitaker was in The Great Debaters with Denzel Washington.

  15. rikyrah says:


    The State of the Union Is “Shove Your Midterm Victory”
    Prior to the release of the speech, you know that most Republicans were fantasizing about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. They wanted him to hungrily gobble their cocks. They wanted that Negro on his knees, eagerly sucking off all the Republicans to show that he knows his place after the 2014 midterm elections. “He can even spit on my dick, if he wants,” Lindsey Graham thought. How could Obama not acknowledge his masters after Democratic losses that wrested control of the Senate away from them? Unless he’s the most arrogant, uppity sumbitch ever, it was obvious, they believed, that deep-throated hummers were required. Obama needed to ask them what they wanted. He needed to say that he’d do anything to please and pleasure them. Their flies were unzipped, pricks of many shapes and sizes, half-tumescent, ready for purchase in the President’s mouth.

    And then Obama sauntered out, slapped all the dicks like Moe with a bunch of Curlies, and told them to shove their fellatio dreams up their pathetic asses.

    Look, almost nothing Obama proposed in his ambitious agenda is going to pass a Congress filled with more scoundrels, criminals, perverts, and rats than a pirate ship named “The Thieving Buggerer.” Taxes aren’t going to rise for the wealthy, even if it’s through loophole-closing. Child care won’t get funded. The minimum wage won’t go up. And climate change? No. And Gitmo? Just forget it. For that matter, it doesn’t matter that Obama didn’t mention poverty, except in the most general sense. Because no matter what he proposed to help people in poverty, the Republican-controlled Congress was going to laugh in his face. And, let’s be honest, a good many Democrats would be giggling, too. So the substance of the speech was fine, great, aspirational, and pretty damn safe.

    What mattered was that Inspirational Barack made his triumphant reappearance, riding high on solid economic news and a health insurance program that is, so far, working as designed. This was exactly the opposite of the speech Republicans thought they deserved. They needed him chastened, ready to give in. Instead, they got the Obama who, in one of the great “No, you can blow me” moments in modern politics, after saying, “I have no more campaigns to run” to Republican cheers, could go off script to add, “I know because I won both of them.” In that one moment, Obama told the truly arrogant motherfuckers, the Republicans who saunter around talking about their “mandate” when they ignored his, that he not only matters, but he wants to get shit done. Of course, they were upset because what else are they capable of doing?

    And if the GOP won’t do good, he will sure as shit stop them from doing bad. He threatened to veto bills twice: if there are Iran sanctions and if Congress tries to undo any of the accomplishments or executive orders he’s made. “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or re-fighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got to fix a broken system. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it.” Obviously, Republicans spun this as Obama only wanting to veto everything.

    – See more at:

  16. rikyrah says:

    Yes, they are. and the earlier they learn, the better it is for them

    Black girls are magic

  17. rikyrah says:

    The President’s Youtube Interview has already had 1.5 million views…wow.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Published on Jan 23, 2015
    This week, the White House was a flurry of activity during the lead up to — and the rollout of — the annual State of the Union Address, with follow up trips to Kansas and Idaho, the second annual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” and YouTube stars bringing their flair to the East Room to interview the President.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Off to swim and run errands.

  20. Ametia says:

    Good Morning,, Everyone!

    Denzel Week gave me ALL.KINDS.OF.LIFE. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    • rikyrah says:

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      I’m serious..we could do a six degrees of Denzel game, because of the extensiveness of his career.

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