Tuesday Open Thread | Willie Hutch Week

Willie Hutch3William McKinley Hutchison (December 6, 1944 – September 19, 2005),[1] known professionally as Willie Hutch, was an American singer, songwriter as well as a record producer and recording artist for the Motown record label during the 1970s and 1980s.

Born in 1944 in Los Angeles, California, Hutch was raised in Dallas, Texas. He joined a doo-wop group, The Ambassadors, as a teenager. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High, Hutch shortened his last name when he started his music career in 1964 on the Soul City label with the song, “Love Has Put Me Down”.

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55 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Willie Hutch Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Sahil Kapur ✔ @sahilkapur
    Harry Reid says Senate Dems won’t accept ANYTHING other than a clean DHS finding bill. No negotiations.
    1:27 PM – 3 Feb 2015

  2. rikyrah says:

    The New York Times ✔ @nytimes
    By the Barrel: Saudi Arabia Is Said to Use Oil to Lure Russia Away From Syria’s Assad http://nyti.ms/1F2rfxb
    11:42 AM – 3 Feb 2015

  3. Ametia says:

    NEW YORK (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all.

    Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, “Go Set a Watchman” is essentially a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” although it was finished earlier.

    The 304-page book will be Lee’s second, and her first new work in print in more than 50 years, among the longest gaps in history for a major writer.

    “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called `Go Set a Watchman,'” the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement issued by Harper. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became `To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout.


  4. Ametia says:

    I see and hear the media doing damage control for the GOP-TEABAGGERS & their fucked up anti vaccination oscilations. Even showing Rand Paul getting a shot for? who knows what…


  5. rikyrah says:


    don’t even want to be ‘colored’ in his official portrait.





  6. rikyrah says:

    ‘Detroiters stay out’: racial blockades divide a city and its surburbs
    Tuesday 3 February 2015 09.30 EST

    On a quiet morning last December, Dionna Williams and Jason Rice wrapped up in warm clothes and readied themselves to “cross the border”.

    No passports were required for this ride. Williams, a customer service representative, and Rice, a nursing assistant, both 33, were taking advantage of the holiday lull to go thrifting. Thinking nothing much of the journey they were about to undertake, Rice got into his car with Williams and tapped “Grosse Pointe” into his GPS.

    The couple was headed towards a collection of suburbs surrounding the city of Detroit. But Detroit and Grosse Pointe could not be more different, and driving from one to the other feels like crossing into a different world – from urban devastation to suburban bliss in a matter of minutes. As a result, locals often refer to the act of exiting or entering Detroit as crossing the border.

    Back in the car, Williams and Rice followed their driving instructions. But riding east along Kercheval Avenue, they suddenly reached a block in the road. Rice parked, and the pair got out to investigate; their electronic map had clearly missed a memo.FacebookTwitterPinterestexpand Rice, who was headed towards Grosse Pointe to go thrifting. Photograph: Joshua Lott for the Guardian

    There, in the middle of the road, at the very point where Detroit morphs into Grosse Pointe Park, was a large, opulently decorated Christmas tree. Next to it, a collection of just over half a dozen smaller trees stood, taking up the rest of the width of the street.

    The street had been sectioned off. They could not drive through. “We’d heard about it on the news, but it’s something else to see it in real life,” Rice said with some bewilderment. “To me it says: “Detroiters stay out! Don’t come in. You are not welcome here,” Williams said.

    The couple may not have been crossing international boundaries, but they did try to cross the increasingly visible line dividing Detroit and its collection of suburbs – one of the most shocking in America.

    What they were witnessing for the first time was the latest installation in a succession of barriers erected over the course of 2014 by Grosse Pointe Park at the very point where Kercheval Avenue, a formerly busy commercial thoroughfare, goes from Detroit into the more opulent suburb.


  7. rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Jewel @JonathanJewel
    .@Gallup says 5.6% unemployment is a big lie.

    Don’t forget – according to #Gallup Romney won the presidency.
    12:37 PM – 3 Feb 2015

  8. rikyrah says:

    Christie To Reporter: ‘Is There Something You Don’t Understand About, ‘No Questions’?’

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie canceled planned availabilities with reporters in London on Tuesday after his comments on vaccinations sparked a political flap at home.

    The Republican governor and likely presidential contender had originally been scheduled to address the press three times during the final day of his three-day trip to the United Kingdom. Instead, the availabilities vanished from his schedule, which included lunch with the chancellor of the exchequer and a visit to the famous Globe Theatre.

    “Is there something you don’t understand about, ‘No questions?’” Christie snapped when a reporter asked whether he’d discussed the Islamic State group during his meetings with dignitaries during the visit to the Globe.

    Billed as an official trade mission, the trip doubled as a chance for Christie, a likely presidential contender, to broaden his foreign policy resume and build relationships with world leaders. But coverage of the trip has been dominated by remarks he made Monday after touring a pharmaceutical facility, that “parents need to have some measure of choice” when it comes to whether to vaccinate their children.

    Christie’s office quickly backtracked, releasing a statement that declared that, “with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated.” But the comments drew scorn across, first across social media, and then from medical professionals, newspaper editorial boards and national Democrats, who accused the governor of ignoring medical science.

    Trips to London have sometimes been problematic for Republican presidential contenders. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, angered officials here when he suggested that they weren’t prepared for the upcoming Olympic games. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stirred controversy in January when he told a think tank audience that some countries allowed Muslims to establish autonomous “no-go zone” neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law. British Prime Minister David Cameron had called such assertions bunk.


  9. rikyrah says:

    hat tip- POU

    Amid tensions, Sharpton lashes out at younger activists

    …Today, the 60-year-old reverend responded to the growing challenge by lashing out at younger activists, addressing them in a speech to his congregants.

    “They are pimping you,” he said, referring to activists who he said were trying to divide young protesters from the older generation of activists.

    Sharpton made the remarks during a regularly scheduled gathering in the Harlem office of the National Action Network, the nonprofit organization he founded more than two decades ago. He told the audience about the police brutality march he led in Missouri last year, where younger activists demanded a speaking role.

    Sharpton said he acquiesced, and told the crowd in Harlem today, “I’ve been meeting with them and talking with them since. And they were told, ‘Your problem is Al Sharpton and the other guys.’ Anytime you have movements, whether it’s in Ferguson, whether it’s in New York, whether it’s in Denver, wherever it is, when they got you more angry at your parents then they got you at the vote you’re supposed to be out there for, you’re being tricked and you’re trying to turn the community into tricks. And they are pimping you, to do the Willie Lynch in our community.”


  10. rikyrah says:

    Bobbi Kristina Brown moved to new hospital amid fight for life
    By Ralph Ellis, Greg Botelho and John Newsome, CNN
    Updated 4:07 PM ET, Tue February 3, 2015

    Atlanta (CNN)Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital on Monday, a source close to the family said, but the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston remained in a fight for her life after being found facedown in a bathtub over the weekend.

    Her family has been tight-lipped on the 21-year-old’s condition after her father asked the media to respect the family’s privacy.


  11. rikyrah says:

    GOP Rep.: ‘Illegal Aliens’ May Have Started Measles Outbreak In U.S.
    FEBRUARY 3, 2015, 3:22 PM EST

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Tuesday said that the outbreak of measles in the Western U.S. may have been started by “illegal aliens.”

    The recent measles outbreak has caused some politicians to take a stance on whether vaccines for children should be mandatory in the U.S. Numerous conservative lawmakers have argued that parents should not be forced to vaccinate their kids, while some Republicans have argued that vaccinations are safe and necessary.

    But during a Tuesday morning interview with the Matt Murphy radio show, Brooks was asked if there is a correlation between undocumented children entering the U.S. and the measles outbreak.

    “I don’t think there is any healthcare professional who has examined the fact, who could honestly say that Americans have not died because the diseases brought into America by illegal aliens who are not properly health care screened, as lawful immigrants are,” Brooks responded.


  12. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?
    Chicago’s experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?

    FEB 3 2015


    • Ametia says:

      Only America and its media would issue fear-mongering reports on the Ebola virus, quarantines, and canceled flights from western Africa.

      Yet, we don’t hear about the recent OUTBREAK OF MEASLES in America, and other countries issuing statements and quarantines on Americans traveling abroad.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan puts on a mask that doesn’t fit
    02/03/15 08:46 AM—UPDATED 02/03/15 08:54 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    After a few decades of failed economic predictions, the Republican message machine has run into some trouble. GOP officials were absolutely certain the combination of the Affordable Care Act, higher taxes on the wealthy, and federal regulations would stifle the economy, and when the exact opposite happened, Republicans were left, well, stuck.

    Left with limited options, the right has decided it now cares deeply about economic inequality. Up until very recently, the GOP condemned even factual acknowledgements of the phenomenon – to even notice the problem was “class warfare” – but Republicans at every level have nevertheless decided that the concentration of wealth at the top deserves their attention.

    Indeed, it’s the go-to rejoinder to economic optimism from the White House. “Sure,” the GOP says, “unemployment is down and growth is up, but it doesn’t really count if only ‘job creators’ are enjoying the real prosperity.”

    To be sure, the underlying problem is real. But as a political matter, Republicans are the absolute last group of people who should be casting blame in a debate about economic inequalities. They are, after all, the ones who (a) helped create this mess; (b) denied its existence; and (c) refuse to consider any measures that might improve the conditions they’re now complaining about. Watching Republicans push their new talking point is like watching someone put on a mask that doesn’t fit.

    NBC’s First Read had a good take on this last week:
    [T]he income-inequality playing field isn’t the friendliest terrain for Republicans. Are you for or against raising the minimum wage? (Boehner is against.) Are you for or against closing tax loopholes benefitting the wealthy? What about Medicaid expansion? The Obamacare subsidies the Supreme Court is deciding this year? And do you still call for reining in Social Security benefits?

    The GOP taking up the income-inequality cause is akin to a vegetarian becoming a food critic of America’s best steakhouses. You can certainly do it – but it’s not necessarily your strong suit. Plus, it’s QUITE the transition.
    Just how awkward is this transition? House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) – yes, that Paul Ryan – is accusing President Obama and Democrats of imposing “trickle-down economics” on the nation.

    No, seriously, that’s exactly what the far-right congressman actually said, out loud and on purpose. “The Obamanomics that we’re practicing now have exacerbated inequality,” Ryan argued. “They’ve exacerbated stagnation. They’re made things worse. The wealthy are doing really well. They’re practicing trickle down economics now.”


  14. rikyrah says:

    read @aayoub timeline to see how this Civil Rights attorney’s sister was harassed by some nut on a Delta flight yesterday and the response from the crew was to put the HARASSED passenger and her family in the back.

    A few tweets for those not on Twitter:
    Abed A. Ayoub ‏@aayoub 17h17 hours ago
    Bigot on @Delta flight 1576 scolds Muslims on plane, passengers crying. Your crew hasn’t done anything to make flight safe. @DeltaAssist

    Abed A. Ayoub ‏@aayoub 17h17 hours ago
    @Delta and @DeltaAssist – Muslim woman was told “This is America!!” And harassed on your flight. Nothing done by your agents.

    Abed A. Ayoub ‏@aayoub 17h17 hours ago
    My sister wear hijab. She was just assaulted on @Delta flight 1576. Shes with her husband and 4 kids. Airline is not helpful. #Islamophobia

    Abed A. Ayoub ‏@aayoub 16h16 hours ago
    As a civil rights attorney I work with victims of discrimination all the time. Corporations like @Delta need to respond better. @DeltaAssist

    Abed A. Ayoub ‏@aayoub 16h16 hours ago
    Update – many passengers supporting my sister and her family. One even crying over incident. #GoodPeople @Delta @DeltaAssist #Islamophobia

  15. Ametia says:


    Meanwhile, rug-head Rand Paul & Krispy Kreme Christie are PANDERING to the wingnuts!

  16. rikyrah says:

    Christie’s Vaccine Stumble

    The Governor panders amid an outbreak of preventable disease.
    Feb. 2, 2015 7:47 p.m. ET

    The U.S. is experiencing an outbreak of measles and other diseases long thought to be eradicated, and some politicians aren’t helping as much as they could. On this score President Obama has it all over Chris Christie .

    California reports 59 confirmed measles cases, and the U.S. reported 644 in 2014, the most in a quarter-century. In 2012 the U.S. had its biggest whooping cough epidemic since 1955. Nearly 50,000 Americans contracted the disease, which caused 20 deaths—mostly infants under three months. The outbreaks are the result of plunging vaccinations rates, as more parents believe false information about vaccines, including claims that they cause autism.

    President Obama had the right message Sunday on NBC: “You should get your kids vaccinated. I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”


  17. rikyrah says:

    Are Passport Stamps the New Paper Bag Test?

    When it comes to world traveling, one globetrotter warns the Black community against the divisive snobbery of wanderlust

    From Thailand to Iceland and every land in between, beautiful brown travelers are introducing Black America to the world, defying the shallow stereotypes of reality TV, and painting a more positive picture of our rich culture. Full of energy and optimism, these globetrotters are using the power of social media to prove that, contrary to popular belief, we are not a monolithic minority who only vacation on South Beach.

    But one look at the Travel Noire Instagram account could have you all up in your feelings, wondering why you’re not on a camel in some desert you can’t pronounce. And the Nomadness Travel Tribe has created a community of voices so on fire for travel that mass media has finally started to pay attention, slowly adding a more colorful perspective to their travel stories.

    In a culture where travel within our own borders was once a struggle, the Black travel movement has become a portrait of progress for previous generations. As a child, my mom would fry up a month’s worth of fried chicken for our road trips from South Carolina to New York City, and for years I didn’t understand why we couldn’t just stop along the way. I realized when I got older that on those road trips, stopping along the way in the Jim Crow south wasn’t an option, and packing all the food our family needed for 14 hours was a habit she’d learned from my grandmother.

    So today, when we post that selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower or at the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we make a statement far more powerful than the photo caption. Our collective journey has been a long one, and those photos are badges of pride that carry more weight that we realize.

    But just when this thing was getting good, here come your cousins. You know the ones that start acting all brand new when they Columbus something you didn’t know about. Now that Calvin got a job and a few passport stamps, he and his crew suddenly have that classic Kanye “you ain’t up on this” attitude, taking to social media to question every dollar in your wallet not dedicated to a vacation.

    Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/life/are-passport-stamps-the-new-paper-bag-test-999#ixzz3QguJirDd
    Follow us: @EbonyMag on Twitter | EbonyMag on Facebook

  18. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul reflects on ‘profound mental disorders’
    02/03/15 08:05 AM—UPDATED 02/03/15 08:10 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    Just a few weeks ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote a Politico op-ed with a memorable headline: “No, the GOP is not at war with science.” Upon further reflection, maybe he should have picked a different topic.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) created a mess for himself discussing the science of vaccinations yesterday, but as Rachel noted on the show last night, Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) stumble was just as bad.
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be “voluntary,” telling CNBC that a parent’s choice not to vaccinate a child is “an issue of freedom.”

    In an interview with the network Monday, Paul said that vaccines are “a good thing” but that parents “should have some input” into whether or not their children must get them. And he gave credence to the idea – disputed by the majority of the scientific community – that vaccination can lead to mental disabilities.

    “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” he said.
    The fact that the Republican senator has a medical background – Rand Paul was a self-accredited ophthalmologist before getting elected to the U.S. Senate – may lead some to believe he has credibility on matters of science and public health.


  19. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    In Christie’s Career, a Fondness for Luxe Benefits When Others Pay the Bills The New York Times


    As Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey waited to depart on a trade mission to Israel in 2012, his entourage was delayed by a late arrival: Mr. Christie’s father, who had accidentally headed to the wrong airport.

    A commercial flight might have left without him, but in this case, there was no rush. The private plane, on which Mr. Christie had his own bedroom, had been lent by Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and supporter of Israel. At the time, he was opposing legislation then before the governor to legalize online gambling in New Jersey.

    Mr. Christie loaded the plane with his wife, three of his four children, his mother-in-law, his father and stepmother, four staff members, his former law partner and a state trooper.

    King Abdullah of Jordan picked up the tab for a Christie family weekend at the end of the trip. The governor and two staff members who accompanied him came back to New Jersey bubbling that they had celebrated with Bono, the lead singer of U2, at three parties, two at the king’s residence, the other a Champagne reception in the desert. But a small knot of aides fretted: The rooms in luxurious Kempinski hotels had cost about $30,000; what would happen if that became public?

    It did not, for the moment. But it would not have been the first or last time that Mr. Christie’s desire for celebrity access and expensive trips has raised eyebrows.

    The governor, a Republican now preparing a run for president, shot to national prominence as a cheese-steak-on-the-boardwalk Everyman who bluntly preached transparency and austerity as the antidote to bloated state budgets. But throughout his career in public service, Mr. Christie has indulged a taste that runs more toward Champagne at the Four Seasons.

    He has also quietly let others pay the bills.


  20. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  21. Ametia says:

    Nigerian-styled ‘Queens of Africa’ doll outsells Barbie

    February 2, 2015 — A Nigerian businessman, Taofick Okoya, created a doll which has grown so big that it now outsells the legendary Barbie dolls in Nigeria


  22. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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