Wednesday Open Thread | The Baby Makers Week: Al Green

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Today’s romancer is Al Green.

 

Albert “Al” Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including “Tired of Being Alone”, “I’m Still In Love With You”, “Love and Happiness” and his signature song, “Let’s Stay Together”.[1] Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum’s site as being “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music”.[1] He has also been referred to as “The Last of the Great Soul Singers”.[2][3] Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 66.[4]

Early success[edit]
Having noted that Al had been trying to sing like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and James Brown, Mitchell became his vocal mentor, coaching him into finding his own voice. Before releasing his first album with Hi, Green removed the final “e” from his name. Subsequently, Green released Green Is Blues, which became a moderate success. Green’s follow-up album, Al Green Gets Next to You, featured Green’s hit R&B cover of The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You”, recorded in a slow blues-oriented version. The album also featured his first significant hit, “Tired of Being Alone”, which sold half a million copies and was certified gold, becoming the first of seven consecutive gold singles Green would record in the next couple of years.

Green’s next album, Let’s Stay Together, solidified Green’s place in soul music with the title track becoming his biggest hit to date, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album became his first to be certified gold. His follow-up, I’m Still in Love with You went platinum with the help of the singles, “Look What You Done for Me” and the title track, both of which went top ten on the Hot 100. His next album, 1973’s Call Me spawned three top ten singles including “You Ought to Be with Me”, “Call Me (Come Back Home)” and “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”. Green’s album, Livin’ for You, released at the tail-end of 1973, became his last album to be certified gold.

In addition to these hit singles, Green also had radio hits with songs such as “Love and Happiness”, his cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, “Simply Beautiful”, “What a Wonderful Thing Love Is” and “Take Me to the River”, later covered successfully by new wave band Talking Heads and blues artist Syl Johnson. Green continued to record successful R&B hits in the next several years including “Livin’ for You”, “Let’s Get Married”, “Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy)”, “L-O-V-E (Love)” and “Full of Fire”. By the time Green released the album, The Belle Album in 1977, however, Green’s record sales had plummeted, partially due to Green’s own personal issues during this time and his desire to become a minister.[8] His last Hi Records album, Truth n’ Time, was released in 1978 and failed to become a success. Two years later, he left Hi for Myrrh Records and recorded only gospel music for the next decade and a half.

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Gospel recordings and return to secular music[edit]
Green’s first gospel album, The Lord Will Make a Way, was released in 1980. The title song from the album would later win Green his first of eight Grammy Awards in the Best Soul Gospel Performance category. In 1982, Green co-starred with Patti LaBelle on the Broadway play, “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God”.[9] His 1985 gospel album, He Is the Light reunited Green with Willie Mitchell while his 1987 follow-up, Soul Survivor, featured the minor hit, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, which reached number 22 on the R&B chart, his first top 40 R&B hit since “I Feel Good” in 1978.

Green returned to secular music in 1988 recording “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” with Annie Lennox. Featured on the soundtrack to the movie, Scrooged, the song became Green’s first top 10 pop hit since 1974. Green had a hit in 1989 with “The Message is Love” with producer Arthur Baker. Two years later, he recorded the theme song to the short-lived show Good Sports.[10] In 1993, he signed with RCA and with Baker again as producer, released the album, Don’t Look Back. Green received his ninth Grammy award for his collaboration with Lyle Lovett for their duet of “Funny How Time Slips Away”. Green’s 1995 album, Your Heart’s In Good Hands, was released around the same period when Green was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[11] The one single released from the album, “Keep On Pushing Love” was described as “invoking the original, sparse sound of his [Green’s] early classics.”[12]

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In 2000, Green released his autobiography, Take Me to the River. Two years later, he earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and recorded a hit R&B duet with Ann Nesby on the song, “Put It On Paper”. In 2003, Green again reunited with Willie Mitchell on the album, I Can’t Stop. A year later, Green re-recorded his previous song, “Simply Beautiful”, with Queen Latifah on the latter’s album, The Dana Owens Album. In 2005, Green and Mitchell collaborated on Everything’s OK. His 2008 album, Lay It Down was produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and James Poyser.[13] It became his first album to reach the top ten since the early 1970s. The album featured a minor R&B hit with the ballad, “Stay with Me (By the Sea)” featuring John Legend and also featured duets with Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae.[14] During an interview for promotion of the album, Green admitted that he would have liked to duet with Marvin Gaye: “In those days, people didn’t sing together like they do now,” he said.[15] In 2009, Green recorded “People Get Ready” with Heather Headley on the album, Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.[16] In 2010, Green performed “Let’s Stay Together” on Later… with Jools Holland.

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Al Green

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72 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | The Baby Makers Week: Al Green

  1. vitaminlover says:

    A little bragging…..Our Beloved President will be in Alabama tomorrow and will be speaking at Lawson State College. Whoooooo!

  2. Liza says:

    Well intentioned perhaps but leopards do not change their spots.

    https://twitter.com/deray/status/580885722535583744

  3. rikyrah says:

    Taraji P. Henson’s Son to Transfer Colleges After Racial Profiling

    In a new issue of Uptown magazine, Empire star Taraji P. Henson says that her son, 20-year-old Marcel, was racially profiled at the University of Southern California and will transfer to Howard University, her alma mater.

    According to Henson, her son experienced two cases of racial profiling: one after being pulled over by cops in California and another while on USC’s campus, for having his hands in his pockets. The anecdote, in full, via Uptown:

    “My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for. Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”

    http://defamer.gawker.com/taraji-p-hensons-son-to-transfer-colleges-after-racial-1693623882

  4. rikyrah says:

    Luvvie has responded

    …………….

    Dear Nellie Andreeva and Deadline, About Your Piece on Too Much “Ethnic Casting” on TV

    Luvvie — March 25, 2015

    Yesterday, Deadline’s TV editor Nellie Andreeva posted as piece titled “Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?” This headline wasn’t click-bait because it captured exactly what the writer was trying to say: that TV is getting too Black and maybe it should chill on that. It was bullshit pasta mixed with wack sauce and I was offended by it. This is why I’m writing this sternly-worded letter

    Dear Nellie and Deadline,

    First of all, I gotta point out that the word “ethnic”, or any form of it, was used 21 times in the article. Yes, I counted. Appearing this often in something written by a white person, the word is clearly coded language. It is used when people are afraid to say “Black” too much, because let’s face it, you are mostly talking about BLACK people. If you want to say something, say it with your chest! What I respect even less than being obtuse and ignorant is cowardice that comes with pussyfooting your way around something, using passive aggressive language that needs to be picked apart to get to the point.

    But we got the point that you were making. It is loud and clear. To quote one of the beginning paragraphs of the piece:

    “As is the case with any sea change, the pendulum may have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal.”

    Wait. Wayment. Wait a gahtdamb minute. You’re pointing out that because people of color are getting roles, white actors are starting to suffer. Jehovah, hold my mule and be a fence because what I am NOT able to do is deal with is this.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2015/03/dear-nellie-andreeva-deadline-ethnic-casting.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Luvvie+%28Awesomely+Luvvie%29

  5. My Josh! He has a tattoo of his daddy on one arm & my mother’s name with a halo on the other. She acted as if he was her baby. LOL!

    Josh in the hummer

    • Ametia says:

      “Nellie, I want you to absorb these wise words of Bunk Moreland from The Wire: “There you go giving a fuck when it ain’t your turn to give a fuck.”

    • Ametia says:

      Dear white folks screaming about too many blacks on TV shows

      e93d0-cryriver

    • eliihass says:

      I’m in the thick of a deadline (no pun intended), but I had to quickly speak on this. Will be back later.

      Nellie Andreeva is an immigrant from Bulgaria. Yup, a Bulgarian immigrant who because of her white skin thinks she can decide the fate of black American actors. And If you know anything about Bulgaria and much of Eastern Europe, you’ll understand precisely from whence this hubris comes from.

      Deadline was started by the deeply awful and yes, another one of those N.Y type racists, Nikki Finke. This is a very bitter and racist woman. This was the same woman who attacked Mrs Obama for being asked to present an Oscar. She went on a very angry tirade against FLOTUS and allowed comments from right-wingers insulting the FLOTUS with idiotic stuff like ‘fat cow’. Yup, that’s your ‘liberal’ Hollywood.

      This is that Miss Ann complex at work – and more. There is a deep racist element that rears its head once they feel their entitled high perch even slightly threatened. And even when they aren’t.

      Why else would the bloody florist at the White House think she can poke Mrs Obama in the eye, and just like so many other Miss Ann’s have since the first black First Lady arrived on the scene, act as if they’re there to audition for, and assume the role of First Lady – because you know, she’s black.

      Here’s a video of Laura Dowling former White House florist, telling you guys that she’s not just a florist, that she studied political science in school. Someone should have asked Ms. Dowling why she bothered applying for the job if she felt it was beneath her. The expression on Pastry Chef Yosses’ face is priceless. ‘Comm’on lady, you’re the bloody florist. Nobody cares. You the florist. Florist m’aam, florist.’

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsYzZwNL1i8

      • Ametia says:

        LOL everything about this woman reeks of white privilege. And what’s this about poking FLOTUS in the eye? NO.SHE.DIDN’T!

      • eliihass says:

        Yes she did Ametia. It’s all over the news. She was said to have been escorted from the White House 6 weeks ago, but she released a statement through her lawyers, Sidley Austin LLP (FLOTUS’ former law firm by the way!), saying that she ‘resigned’ to pursue another direction – writing books, lecture circuit etc.

        And it’s the hottest gossip in D.C – and of course per usual, FLOTUS is being accused of everything.

        As if Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton , Nancy Reagan and the others would ever have had to deal with this rubbish from staff who work for them – or even have to answer to the media about the departure of a junior staff – florist please! The idea that this woman is even being mentioned in the same breath as the sitting First Lady, her employer, is nuts.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Weekend Reading: Ezra Klein on Evan Bayh

    As ex-senator and current lobbyist Evan Bayh beats the drum for the U.S. to launch an attack on Iran, Duncan Black reminds me of what may be the best thing Ezra Klein has ever written:

    Duncan Black: What’s Evan Bayh Up To Now: “Ezra got a bit suckered once upon a time…

    …but got his revenge as well as he could. Now it’s more war all the time. It’s the greatest grift of all, really. War breaks out, and ‘everyone’ gets rich.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Ezra Klein: The Sad, Hypocritical Retirement of Evan Bayh: “After two terms in the Senate, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) announced that he was done with Congress…

    …’There are better ways to serve my fellow citizens,’ Bayh said. ‘I love working for the people of Indiana. I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress.

    Evan Bayh wasn’t a particularly distinguished senator. You’ll not find much major legislation with his name on it, or a particularly coherent philosophy laced through his votes. He was a popular Democrat in a red state, and most of his efforts seemed to be devoted to keeping it that way. In practice, that meant talking a lot about the deficit, taking occasional potshots as liberals and avoiding any overly courageous legislative stands. ‘An ordinary politician,’ I wrote when he retired.

    But he was a very interesting near-retiree. When he decided not to seek reelection in 2010, he published a precise and devastating broadside against the institution in which he and his father had served. Instead of merely condemning the bitter partisanship of the place, he proposed to close the loopholes that had enabled polarization to metastasize in paralysis. ‘Filibusters should require 35 senators to… make a commitment to continually debate an issue in reality, not just in theory,’ he wrote. And ‘the number of votes needed to overcome a filibuster should be reduced to 55 from 60.’ Strong stuff. He then went after money in politics, calling for ‘legislation to enhance disclosure requirements, require corporate donors to appear in the political ads they finance and prohibit government contractors or bailout beneficiaries from spending money on political campaigns,’ not to mention ‘public matching funds for smaller contributions. Bayh had no record of leadership on any of these topics. But, in part for that reason, it was particularly potent to hear him speaking out on them.

    An acknowledged moderate who’d taken on these crusades wouldn’t have just been a good senator. He’d have been a great one. This new incarnation of Evan Bayh, I wrote, should stay in the Senate, where he could do some good. But he didn’t want to stay in the Senate, he told me in subsequent interviews. He waxed rhapsodic over his time teaching at Indiana University’s Graduate School of Business. ‘It was real, it was tangible, and it was making a difference every day,’ he said. He wanted that feeling again. He wanted to come home at night, he told me, and say, ‘Dear, do you know what we got done today? I’ve got this really bright kid in my class, and do you know what he asked me, and here’s what I told him, and I think I saw a little epiphany moment go off in his mind.’ For a United States senator to explain his retirement by saying, ‘I want to be engaged in an honorable line of work,’ was the single most persuasive and devastating critique I’d ever seen of the Senate as an institution.

    But Bayh did not return to Indiana to teach. He did not, as he said he was thinking of doing, join a foundation. Rather, he went to the massive law firm McGuire Woods. And who does McGuire Woods work for?:

    Principal clients served from our Washington office include national energy companies, foreign countries, international manufacturing companies, trade associations and local and national businesses,

    http://www.bradford-delong.com/2015/03/weekend-reading-evan-bayh.html

    • eliihass says:

      Another presidential season around the corner, and like clockwork, here’s Evan Bayh auditioning for the V.P slot. ‘Cause Evan’s too lazy and too full of it to actually run for the job, knowing for certain that he’ll be left with the sweet taste of defeat. He’s one of the worst.

  7. rikyrah says:

    WEDNESDAY, MAR 25, 2015 04:59 AM CDT
    Ted Cruz’s “back-bencher” problem: Why the right-wing hero is in serious denial
    Like Obama did, Cruz has very little experience in the Senate. Here’s why that’s a problem for the nut’s campaign
    JIM NEWELL

    Experience, in and of itself, is one of those overrated things people talk about in presidential campaigns. It’s a factor, sure, but it doesn’t correlate well with someone’s knowledge or ability to perform. You can be a professional dumpster diver for your whole life, but if you know what you’re talking about, and can convince a country of 300 million people that you know what you’re talking about over the course of a two-year campaign, then fine.

    When Barack Obama announced his candidacy in 2007, he had served as a United States senator for two years. But he was able to convince a solid majority of the American people that he had enough knowledge of domestic and foreign policy to be president. His opponent, John McCain, had been serving in the Senate for approximately 650 years, but his platform of constant warfare with everyone on the foreign policy side and reading Alan Greenspan’s book on the domestic side suggested that he hadn’t learned all that much, and he failed to persuade voters that he was more qualified to run the country.

    The conservatives who claim that all of the world’s problems today, domestic and abroad, are the direct result of President Obama’s inexperience upon taking office find themselves in an uncomfortable position with Ted Cruz. They may not all vote for Cruz, but they do generally agree that he is right in all the areas that Obama is wrong. Perhaps Cruz just learned more quickly in his two years on the job than Obama did? After all, Cruz is very smart. He has two Ivy League degrees including a J.D. from Harvard Law School. A lot like… Barack Obama.

    If master litigator Ted Cruz was running against Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz would argue that Ted Cruz is not experienced enough to be president. But Ted Cruz is only inadvertently running against himself. What’s his defense against those who would dare compare his level of inexperience to that of the inept Barack Obama? Cruz tried out a line on political independent Glenn Beck’s radio show yesterday.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/03/25/ted_cruzs_back_bencher_problem_why_the_right_wing_hero_is_in_serious_denial/?source=newsletter

  8. rikyrah says:

    found this comment at BJ about the Bush Crime Family dealing with Scott Walker:

    David Koch says:

    March
    25, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Walker is sooo boring. Plus, it’s hard too see how he endures the famed Bush smear machine that brought you Willie Horton commercials, Kitty Dukakis burning a flag, Mike Dukakis’ electric shock treatments, McCain’s black baby, Ann Richards is gay, Bill Clinton and his mom were a russian spyies, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and the swift boaters.

    Even if Jeb!’s ex-CIA agents (who are now working as his private
    investigators) don’t find any dirt on Walker, they’ll just make some shit up.

    • eliihass says:

      The Bush’s are going around asking asking all their potential competition ‘nicely’, to drop out or be moved. Even if it means to the great beyond. Daddy Bush still has his guys.

      The difference between the arrogant and raucous Mitt and Ann Romney before the Jeb visit to Utah, and the quickness with which Mitt removed himself from contention – and the eery silence ever since Jeb’s visit, is all you need to know. Mitt isn’t quite ready to assume his royal place in the celestial kingdom.

  9. rikyrah says:

    hey isonprize…

    Charter Schools are the Devil

    …………….

    SATURDAY, MAR 21, 2015 08:29 AM CDT

    Hipsters for charter schools: The big lie “Togetherness” tells about race and education

    Rich whites run charter industry and funnel them cash. On HBO, it’s a post-racial bandwagon gutting public schools

    JOSHUA LEIBNER

    Michelle Pierson, a 40-ish mother of two, is in a state of confusion over her the direction in life and finds herself wandering down the main drag of her gentrifying, hip Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood. She hears a confident voice coming from Eagle Rock City Hall that entices her in.

    Inside, David Garcia, a handsome, charismatic Latino, is speaking stirringly to a group of concerned parents. He says, “There’s like bird shit all over the place — I mean you got kids eating five-day-old sloppy joes. Our public school system is broken. I don’t think we can fix the old schools but I’ll tell you what we can do. We can build a new one. Isn’t a great school no more than a box and an inspired teacher inside of it? We need a great charter school here in Eagle Rock. Let’s create a place for our children to flourish. There’s a big empty hole in our community. And if we don’t do anything about it, our kids are going to be more disenfranchised and lost than we are now.”

    Michelle is entranced, and suddenly her life has found a purpose.

    Charter school dogma has made it to the Big Time: It just got its own soapbox on the Duplass brothers’ HBO Sunday night series “Togetherness.”

    The one thing the aging-hipster parents know of their school district, Los Angeles Unified, is its “broken-ness” — and by extension, the rest of America’s obsession with that term. These “thoughtful” parents don’t waste one breath discussing the possibility of their white middle-class children attending their neighborhood school, saving it instead for lengthy wails of anxiety about private school applications and liberal guilt about isolating their kids from “the community.”

    Who cares what a Hollywood show about “disenfranchised and lost” film industry workers and their precious progeny does?

    We all should, because “Togetherness” very much reflects the state of national discourse on education and its corrosive effects on public schools, particularly as it has played out in Los Angeles. (I taught in LAUSD public schools for 20 years.) The show also presciently mirrors a current school board race in that district that is pitting a charter school reformer against an old-time public school advocate.

    With “Togetherness,” we witness the battle through the intersection of art, politics, race and class.

    The show’s creators, Mark and Jay Duplass, are the very talented Hollywood powerhouse titans of smart, artsy films about the white middle class and its obsessions; their work dominates Sundance and they have a four-picture deal with Netflix. The brothers also live in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles School Board District 5, and that’s where they’ve set “Togetherness.” It also happens to be where I live and will send my son to school when he is old enough. Although the show is ostensibly about the marriage and lives of Hollywood sound man Brett and his wife, Michelle, the charter school plotline is enlightening and can be discussed in light of not only LAUSD’s relationship to these characters, but to the nation as a whole.

    The charter school speech-maker, David Garcia, an aspiring politician, begins with the mantra that has been drummed around the country for the last 20 years: “Our public education system is broken.”

    Is it broken in Palos Verdes? In Beverly Hills? In Malibu? Or any of the richer districts that surround L.A.? No, but definitely, apparently, in Eagle Rock.

    Michelle goes up to David after his speech and says, “My daughter is going to start kindergarten and we’re talking about where is she going to go… what is she going to do… I’m wondering why is there not some community place — somewhere I can put her and feel good with a lot of different people. I don’t want to put her in a private school where she doesn’t get to experience what life is like where we live. I mean why is therenot a great place?”

    The Eagle Rock public schools are obviously not an option for Michelle. Our local elementary schools — Eagle Rock, Rockdale, Dahlia Heights — get conflated into the fictional “Townsend Elementary,” and are clearly not gonna cut it. It goes without saying.

    Michelle has previously been shown speaking longingly to her husband, who has all but decided to put their kid in private school: “Don’t you want her to be in a different kind of community with kids of different colors and economic backgrounds?

    That obviously — to these characters and to many real life members of their demographic — isn’t the public schools.

    But why not? One LAUSD school board member has said pointedly that “maybe it’s time for the district to look in the mirror and figure out what can be done within district schools to make parents less eager to remove their children into charters.”

    True enough. And maybe it’s time for charter school advocates to look into their own mirror.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/03/21/hipsters_for_charter_schools_the_big_lie_togetherness_tells_about_race_and_education/

  10. rikyrah says:

    WEDNESDAY, MAR 25, 2015 05:00 AM CDT
    Black girls’ sexual burden: Why Mo’ne Davis was really called a “slut”
    Just as I was harassed at 8 years old, baseball wunderkind Mo’ne Davis is a target of sexual shaming. Here’s why
    BRITTNEY COOPER

    Mo’ne Davis is a Black girl wunderkind. At age 13, she has pitched a shutout at the Little League World Series, becoming the first girl ever to do so, and she has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Disney is now planning to do a movie about her called, “Throw Like Mo.”

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I still watch the Disney Channel, and I will certainly be tuning in. But everyone isn’t as excited as I am to see a Black girl on the come up. Last week, Joey Casselberry, a sophomore baseball player from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, called Mo’ne a “slut” in response to the news about the movie. He was subsequently expelled from the team.

    In response, Davis has forgiven him and she and her coach have asked that he be reinstated. About Casselberry, Davis released a statement, which said:

    Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it in that type of way, and I know a lot of people get tired of like seeing me on TV but just think about what you’re doing before you actually do it. I know right now he’s really hurt and I know how hard he worked just to get where he is right now.

    Her level of empathy is remarkable but not particularly surprising. Black girls learn almost from the womb to empathize with others, even when those others have committed deep injustices toward us. Perhaps it is the unparalleled level of our suffering that makes us always look with empathy upon others.

    But I am troubled. It is absolutely wonderful that Davis has this kind of care and concern and a heart so huge that she can forgive a nearly adult person for insulting her. It goes without saying that she’s a better person than Casselberry.

    But she should not have to be. For starters, he meant what he said. One doesn’t slip up and mistakenly call a young teen girl a slut. Second, it bothers me that she sounds almost apologetic about how much others have to see her on television. Girls in our culture are taught that they should never take up too much space, that they should be seen (and look real pretty), but not heard. And Black girls in our culture are damn near invisible, whether in regards to their triumphs or their struggles.

    Lest we think this inappropriate sexual shaming of Black girls is an isolated incident, let us not forget that in 2013, The Onion “jokingly” referred to then 9-year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis, as a “c*nt” in reference to her Oscar nomination that year for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    Such language is nothing short of vile and reprehensible. And it raises the question of why young white people have such a prurient fascination with young Black girls? Mo’ne Davis is 13. Quevenzhané Wallis is 11. One is a baseball player. The other is an actress. Why are they being characterized in sexual terms at any level?

    The fact that Black girl artists and athletes are understood only in terms of a sexuality that they may not even have begun to articulate for themselves should concern us. That their sexuality is already being publicly circumscribed by white men (and the anonymous Onion tweeter) in dirty and shameful terms is appalling.

    Even more concerning is Davis’ identification of Casselberry as “really hurt,” and as a person who has “worked hard to get where he is right now.” Black girls learn early and often the script of toting around someone else’s pain. We learn to identify with those who have abused us, to see their humanity, even when they don’t see ours.

    Jesus.

    I’m not just being flippant. We teach Black girls to be Jesus, and they grow up to become Strong Black Women, who hold families, and communities, and nations together, while they fall apart. And die early. I wish so deeply that Mo’ne Davis does not become this Black woman. I wish that Black girls’ lessons in building character and being the “bigger person,” did not have to be learned in a system that requires we gloss over long histories of racialized sexism and sexualized racism in order to do so.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/03/25/black_girls_sexual_burden_why_mone_davis_was_really_called_a_slut/?source=newsletter

    • Liza says:

      Such a heartbreaking photo. I’m still waiting to hear about the cops who actually assaulted him, especially the one who slammed his head into the brick street.

  11. rikyrah says:

    mail troubles spread for Clinton critics
    03/25/15 09:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In the context of the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s critics have raised legitimate questions about her use of a private email account during her tenure as Secretary of State. The problem has been that many of those same critics are vulnerable to the exact same questions – many Republican White House hopefuls used private accounts to conduct official business and/or shielded communications from public scrutiny.

    Tim Murphy noted yesterday that Mike Huckabee belongs on the same list.
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thinks questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state “will linger” throughout the 2016 presidential race. “If the law said you had to maintain every email for public inspection, that’s what you got to do,” he recently told ABC News. Huckabee also suggested that the missing emails might shed new light on the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

    Huckabee, who is considering a second run for president himself, is probably right that the issue of secrecy will dog Clinton’s campaign going forward. But he might not be the best man to make that case. As Mother Jones reported in 2011, Huckabee destroyed his administration’s state records before leaving office in 2007.
    Email was, of course, a common tool used by officials as recently as 2007, but when the Arkansas Republican left office, according to his successor’s chief legal counsel, all of the computers used by Huckabee and his aides were removed. What’s more, all of the hard drives were “physically destroyed.”

    The former governor has not yet explained why it was necessary to keep these materials hidden.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/email-troubles-spread-clinton-critics

  12. rikyrah says:

    Rebukes From White House Risk Buoying Netanyahu

    By JODI RUDOREN
    MARCH 24, 2015

    JERUSALEM — Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, is hardly an advocate for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Mr. Eiland called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress this month, and he has criticized the prime minister’s strategy for fighting both the Iranian nuclear threat and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In last week’s election, he cast a ballot for someone else.

    But in the days since, he and many other Israelis have been astonished by the unrelenting White House criticism that has helped sink relations between Washington and Jerusalem to a nadir not seen for more than 25 years. Even some who mainly blame Mr. Netanyahu for antagonizing President Obama over the last six years now see the scales flipped.

    “Everybody understands this is part of the political campaign,” Mr. Eiland said of Mr. Netanyahu’s pre-election comments promising that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch. “To try and say: ‘I caught you; I heard you say something. Since that’s what you said, I’m going to make a reassessment,’ it sounds like, ‘Well, I have been waiting until you make such a mistake, and now I’m going to exploit it.’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/world/middleeast/white-houses-rebukes-risk-buoying-netanyahu.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

    • rikyrah says:

      Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
      Follow
      PBO tells story of woman whose mom made her get #ObamaCare. Then she got stomach cancer. She’s alive & invited him to her wedding as thanks.
      9:59 AM – 25 Mar 2015

  13. rikyrah says:

    Top Principal to Leave CPS, Blames ‘Over-Testing’
    By Paul Biasco on March 25, 2015 5:38am
    @Paul_Biasco
    Elizabeth Heurtefeu, the principal of LaSalle Language Academy. Elizabeth Heurtefeu, the principal of LaSalle Language Academy. View Full Caption DNAinfo/Paul Biasco
    OLD TOWN — The principal of one of the city’s top public elementary schools has announced her plans to leave at the end of the school year, a decision that was influenced by new federal testing mandates.

    LaSalle Language Academy’s principal, Elizabeth Heurtefeu, has a unique perspective on the school system as she has worked in both Paris and Chicago as an educator. Seeing both systems, and the frequent testing of students under the U.S. approach, played a role in the “extremely difficult” decision, she said.

    “I am a person who has always done things that are aligned to what I believe in, and that’s why I can no longer do something that’s not aligned to what I believe in even though it’s a special school,” she said of LaSalle.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/old-town/top-principal-leave-cps-blames-over-testing

  14. rikyrah says:

    the folks in this video are crazy

    ……………

    Shocking Video Shows Road Rage Battle on Chicago Street

    By Benjamin Woodard on March 25, 2015 6:18am | Updated March 25, 2015 7:55am

    @benjamdub

    ROGERS PARK — With a nearby surveillance camera recording it all, two feuding drivers launched into a violent and extended battle on a Rogers Park street last week, with one driver repeatedly ramming the other’s car while the second man delivered wild jump kicks and punches, according to police and the video.

    For more than six minutes, the drivers went at it as bystanders — including a young girl on a scooter — looked on, according to the video obtained by DNAinfo Chicago.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/rogers-park/shocking-video-shows-road-rage-battle-on-rogers-park-street

  15. Free Ride Live, Chicas! Classic rock, baby!

    • Liza says:

      What seems apparent is that Ben Carson has some kind of seething hatred for PBO. But why?

      • Ametia says:

        Actually, the HATRED is for himself…SELF-HATRED.

      • majiir says:

        Jealousy and envy, Liza. Although Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, he knows it pales in comparison to Barack Obama’s achievement in becoming the POTUS and most powerful leader on the planet. I’ve seen black persons like him before. They hate having another black person achieve what they’ve been unable to achieve. Carson is pestered by the question, “What makes him (PBO) so successful and well-liked?” He’ll probably be thinking about this until his last breath. Some blacks just cannot accept other blacks rising above their “stations” in life. When Ben Carson talks about blacks who vote for democrats living on plantations, he’s talking about himself. He has created a plantation mentality in his mind wherein he thinks that any black person who achieves an unprecedented feat (like being the first POC to be elected POTUS twice) is somehow upsetting the status quo. By thinking this way, he has created a personal plantation of his own to inhabit.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Webb Evans spent most of his life trying to get a simple message across: “Buy black.”

    When I first encountered Evans in the early ’90s, he had been on this crusade for more than 50 years. But you wouldn’t know it from the gleam in his eye and the fire in his belly.

    “Dr. King stated that he planned to change the struggle for civil rights to a struggle of economic and political empowerment,” Webb said in an interview with the Jackson Advocate in 2010.

    “Since Dr. King is not here to carry out what he had planned, we who are still here . . . must march with our dollars to each other in order to accomplish what we were not able to accomplish with our civil rights marches,” he said.

    Affectionately known as “Mr. Buy Black,” Evans founded the Chicago-based United American Progress Association in 1961. He was 101 years old when he passed away February 23. His homegoing service was held on Saturday.

    Minister Rahim Aton took over the “buy black” mantle when Evans became too ill to shoulder it.

    “His whole purpose was to educate blacks of the tremendous need to circulate our dollars among ourselves, to support black business and to teach [blacks] to go into business, thereby creating jobs as opposed to begging for jobs,” said Aton, who now serves as the organization’s board chairman and president.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/mary-mitchell/7/71/420021/mitchell-mr-buy-black

  17. rikyrah says:

    Cinespace film studio returns $10 million state grant after Sun-Times investigation

    Posted: 03/24/2015, 04:55pm | Tim Novak and Chris Fusco

    Cinespace Chicago Film Studios returned a $10 million grant, plus interest, to the state of Illinois on Tuesday — a day after Gov. Bruce Rauner demanded repayment in the wake of a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that found the money wasn’t being used.

    Cinespace was given the state grant a few weeks before Gov. Pat Quinn left office to help it buy seven industrial properties around its North Lawndale campus, where the hit series “Chicago Fire” and other TV shows and movies are filmed.

    But in a letter to Rauner’s administration, Cinespace president Alex Pissios acknowledged Tuesday that six of the properties “have been sold or are under contract to other third parties” since the state sent Cinespace the grant check on Dec. 19.

    The Sun-Times reported Sunday that Quinn’s administration awarded the grant without any appraisals to justify the projected purchase prices or any other documents to indicate that Cinespace had been in negotiations to buy the properties.

    The newspaper also reported that two of the seven properties had been sold to other buyers, since the grant was approved Dec. 1. A manager of four other properties in the grant application said the owners had no plans to sell to Cinespace or anybody else.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/the-watchdogs/7/71/467113/cinespace-film-studio-returns-10-million-state-grant-following-sun-times-investigation

  18. rikyrah says:

    Dark-money probe raises questions about Scott Walker donations

    Michael Isikoff, Yahoo! News chief investigative correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about revelations stemming from a dark money investigation into Wisconsin governor Scott Walker raising questions about donations from a local billionaire.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/dark-money-probe-puts-new-pressure-on-walker-417736771934

  19. rikyrah says:

    Graham blames Gore for GOP’s science problem
    03/24/15 05:09 PM—UPDATED 03/24/15 06:14 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) conceded yesterday that his party lacks direction and vision, at least for now, when it comes to the environment. “Before we can be bipartisan we gotta figure out where we are as a party,” the Republican said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. “What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?”

    Good question. Graham deserved credit for acknowledging the party’s, shall we say, confusion on environmental policy. Ideally, the GOP would already have answers to basic questions like these, but in the absence of leadership from within the party, I’m glad the senator is at least raising the issue.

    It’d be slightly more encouraging, though, if Graham weren’t blaming Al Gore for his party’s problems.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday admitted that Republicans need to do some “soul searching” on climate change and blamed former Vice President Al Gore for making it difficult to make progress on the issue. […]

    Graham blamed Gore, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007 for his efforts to combat climate change, for blocking progress on the issue.
    “The problem is Al Gore has turned this thing into a religion,” Graham said. “You know, climate change is not a religious problem for me, it is an economic, it is an environmental problem.”

    This is a dreadfully bad argument.

    For one thing, neither Gore nor anyone else concerned with climate science has turned the issue “into a religion.” It’s actually the exact opposite – Gore and those who accept the data as true aren’t asking anyone to take the evidence on faith or belief in things unseen. On the contrary, Gore and other believers in science are asking people to look at the verified evidence.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/graham-blames-gore-gops-science-problem

  20. rikyrah says:

    The Uncensored, Epic, Never-Told Story Behind ‘Mad Men’

    by Lacey Rose, Michael O’Connell 3/11/2015 9:00am PDT
    A version of this story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    Don Draper lived on hard drives for half a decade before anybody paid him any notice. In 1999, Matthew Weiner, then an unfulfilled writer on CBS’ Ted Danson sitcom Becker, spent his every off-hour doing research on the 1960s: what people wore, how they decorated their offices, what they ate and drank (and smoked, and drank some more). Then, over six days in the spring of 2001, he sketched out his vision for a show about the staff of a boutique advertising agency — Sterling Cooper — and its stylishly debauched head pitchman. Nobody bought the script, but it landed Weiner a 45-minute call from David Chase, who hired him as a writer on HBO’s The Sopranos.

    Weiner’s Madison Avenue opus sat in a drawer for another three years — until a cable network with zero experience in original scripted programming (formerly American Movie Classics) stepped in and self-financed a pilot. Today, nine years later, Mad Men, which on April 5 begins its final seven episodes, is a pop cultural phenomenon that not only has made stars out of its cast of unknowns — Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery — but also transformed AMC into one of the most influential networks on the dial and set off cable TV’s gold rush for scripted dramas.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mad-men-uncensored-epic-never-780101

  21. rikyrah says:

    I’m a fan of Mad Men. I think the first 3 seasons were some of the best tv ever. This past season, the first half, was the closest the show has come to the first 3 seasons, and I sort of wish they had ended the show right there. I am apprehensive about this last half.

    …………………………..

    ‘Mad Men’: TV Review

    9:01 PM PDT 3/22/2015 by Tim Goodman

    The acclaimed series heads into its final seven episodes as impressive as ever, with Don’s existential angst wafting in the air.

    Note: This Mad Men review is, for the most part, free of “spoilers.” However, in exploring where the series is headed from this point onward, some viewers might consider certain small revelations to be spoilers.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mad-men-review-amc-series-783581

    • Liza says:

      I’m a “Mad Men” fan too. They were already in the fifth season when I started watching, so I spent about three days watching the first four seasons on DVD. I wish they hadn’t split the 7th season, making folks wait a year to find out what happens to Don Draper. Truthfully, I don’t know what to expect, but I hope that Don gets a soft landing. On the other hand, in real life all of that drinking and smoking and philandering would just lead to lung cancer and cirrhosis and venereal disease.

  22. rikyrah says:

    this is ridiculous

    …………….

    Fox Sues to Keep ‘Empire’ as Title of Hit Series (Exclusive)

    7:24 AM PDT 3/24/2015 by Eriq Gardner

    In response to a demand that it pay $5 million and cast several artists in the hit TV seriesEmpire, Fox filed a trademark lawsuit on Monday seeking a declaration that it has every right to use the show’s title.

    A preemptive lawsuit holds risks, as the “Blurred Lines” verdict demonstrates, but on the other hand, Fox might wish to avoid another Glee, which ran into trademark trouble in the U.K. with a judge there basically allowing the owner of a comedy club to assert dominion.

    In this instance, Fox is suing Empire Distribution, Inc., which is identified as a California corporation that has not only come forward asserting rights to “Empire,” “Empire Distribution” and “Empire Recordings” but has also in a demand letter claimed trademark dilution by tarnishment via a series that features “a label run by a homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-sues-keep-empire-as-783907

  23. rikyrah says:

    Sleepy Hollow Fans

    …………

    SLEEPY HOLLOW: Tom Mison on Fan Support and His Season 3 Wishes

    March 23, 2015 by Marisa Roffman

    It’s been a month since SLEEPY HOLLOW ended its second season, and in that time, the show has beenrenewed for a third season and nabbed a new showrunner.

    “There was a lot of concern from viewers about season 2 — that it had drifted away from [what made it special in] season 1,” SLEEPY HOLLOW star Tom Mison (Ichabod) acknowledged. “A choice was made, a path was taken, to explore certain aspects of these characters. And we’ve done that. We’ve got to know them through these circumstances, and now these circumstances are over, and now we’ll explore a different part of them, and they’ll have a different quest, a different journey.”

    While the show’s renewal was in jeopardy, fans rallied to support it, including pushing the hashtag#RenewSleepyHollow on Twitter — a fact that was noticed by Mison.

    “It’s incredibly flattering,” he said. “I survived the shoot [of SLEEPY HOLLOW season 2], but I will say, I survived only just…it was particularly grueling, and long, and to see it’s paid off, that people still hold it very, very close to their hearts means an awful lot. To see a real outpouring of support, it makes it all worth it.”

    For Mison, one of his season 2 highlights was something a bit unexpected.

    “Give me Timothy Busfield (Ben Franklin), naked, and flying a kite, and I’m a happy man,” he laughed. “To explore Benjamin Franklin, what a treat!”

    “I hope…we’ll see much more of him [in season 3],” Mison continued. “In fact, I have pitched an episode that I hope gets in: I’d like to see an 18th century heist with Ichabod, Jefferson, and Franklin. Mainly because I’d like to see Steven Weber (Thomas Jefferson) and Tim Busfield bickering while picking a safe. That’s my dream.”

    For modern Ichabod, Mison’s dreams are a bit more grounded.

    “I do think we need to get him a motorbike,” he said. “I would like to see the Ichabbie-mobile. Maybe Abbie riding the motorbike and Ichabod riding in the side car, that’s how they get around.”

    Well, stranger things have happened…

    http://www.givememyremote.com/remote/2015/03/23/sleepy-hollow-tom-mison-on-fan-support-and-his-season-3-wishes/?cmpid=social_publicity_Sleepy_20150324_42616356&adbid=823864497692184&adbpl=fb&adbpr=467026763375961

  24. rikyrah says:

    Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica among headliners

    Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + the Machine will headline Lollapalooza when it returns for its 11th year to Grant Park on July 31-Aug. 2.

    For McCartney, it will mark his first Lollapalooza appearance, and Metallica will headline for the first time since 1996, when Lollapalooza was still a traveling festival.

    Also among the 130 bands and artists scheduled to play on eight stages over the weekend are Sam Smith, Bassnectar, the Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio and Gary Clark Jr.

    Single-day tickets ($110) go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, after three-day passes sold out Tuesday at lollapalooza.com. Daily capacity is expected to be 100,000.

    http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/544/article/p2p-83133848/

  25. rikyrah says:

    Mark Holden wants you to love the Koch brothers

    WICHITA, Kan. — Every morning around 7:30, hundreds of Koch Industries employees walk from their cars and trucks across a large, gated-off parking lot and into a tiny glass building, no bigger than a log cabin. There, a stone’s throw away from the office buildings where they work, the employees use their keycards to get past security and descend into an underground tunnel that leads to the heart of the more-than-one-million-square-foot headquarters.

    The isolated campus feels like a fortress, but over the past five years, as Koch transformed from a nearly anonymous Midwestern oil and manufacturing company to a reviled symbol of corporate influence in politics, the security has been necessary. Protesters and other aggrieved citizens showed up by the busful. Death threats poured in for the company’s septuagenarian leaders, David and Charles Koch. Hackers attempted to infiltrate the company’s networks multiple times.

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/mark-holden-wants-you-to-love-the-koch-brothers-114509971631.html

  26. rikyrah says:

    Jerry Falwell Jr.: Cruz aides lobbied to get us into Division I

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Monday that associates of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lobbied university presidents on behalf of his school’s attempt to join a new athletic conference.

    Speaking to a handful of reporters after Cruz addressed Liberty’s student body and announced he was running for president, Falwell was asked how long he has known Cruz and how much of a relationship he has with the freshman senator.

    Falwell, 52, said he met Cruz in 2014 when the Texas lawmaker first spoke at Liberty — a Christian college with a student body of around 13,800 that was founded in 1971 by Falwell’s father, Jerry Falwell Sr. — but that he has interacted “mainly with his people.”

    “They helped us,” Falwell volunteered. “Liberty’s trying to move into one of the top athletic conferences, and they did a little lobbying help for us on that, talking to college presidents.

    “But that’s it. No personal relationship,” Falwell said.

    Moments earlier, Falwell had stressed that Liberty went out of its way to make sure that Cruz’s speech on Monday did not violate federal laws that prohibit nonprofit institutions such as universities or religious institutions from endorsing specific candidates.

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/jerry-falwell-jr-cruz-aides-lobbied-to-get-us-114515366596.html

  27. rikyrah says:

    Walker confronts new ‘dark money’ controversy
    03/24/15 04:46 PM—UPDATED 03/24/15 04:48 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) career in public office has not been without controversy. The “John Doe” investigation has been ongoing for quite a while, and has led to criminal prosecutions of former Walker colleagues, and there’s also a series of questions surrounding alleged coordination between the governor’s recall campaign and allied groups on the right.

    These stories were obviously not serious enough in the minds of Wisconsin voters to derail Walker’s career – he won re-election last fall with relative ease – but as the governor moves forward with his unannounced presidential plans, he and his team surely realize that the scrutiny is poised to become far more serious.

    And with that in mind, investigative reporter Michael Isikoff published a doozy of a report for Yahoo News today raising questions that Walker likely have to answer fairly soon.
    John Menard Jr. is widely known as the richest man in Wisconsin. A tough-minded, staunchly conservative 75-year-old billionaire, he owns a highly profitable chain of hardware stores throughout the Midwest. He’s also famously publicity-shy – rarely speaking in public or giving interviews.

    So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – and help advance his pro-business agenda – he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo News.
    That, in itself, seems rather routine. There are plenty of very wealthy, politically active Americans writing generous checks to various groups, and many of these contributions are not subjected to disclosure laws. It’s called “dark money” for a reason – these political transactions, which are legal, are shielded from the glare of public scrutiny.

    But in this case, the fact that a billionaire directed $1.5 million to the Wisconsin Club for Growth to indirectly help Walker isn’t the problem. It’s how the billionaire benefited soon after that matters.

    Isikoff’s report is well worth reading for the details and analysis, but note that in the wake of Menard’s generous campaign support, Menard’s company was awarded “up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/walker-confronts-new-dark-money-controversy

  28. rikyrah says:

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    Israeli Getting Messy Out There, Folks
    Posted by Zandar

    Colonel Mustard’s Law And Stuff Emporium:

    Now it’s all making sense. The Israelis saw Obama acting deceptively, hiding negotiations that would affect Israel’s existence, and giving away the store to the Iranians.

    Netanyahu saw no choice but to go to Congress both through the Israeli ambassador and the speech to Congress, knowing that it would harm Israel with the administration.

    This was not something done for election purposes

    Jackass, Son Of Jackass:

    How dare Israel undermine American talks with a country that wants to annihilate both Israel and the United States. Our petulant, thin-skinned, mom jeans wearing President is angry because he got exposed. Boo freaking hoo.

    Carl Of Team Israel All Day Every Day:

    One final comment. Obama is lucky this story didn’t come out last Sunday or Monday. If it had, the Likud might have won 80 seats in last Tuesday’s elections. This story doesn’t make Obama into a victim (although I am sure that was the administration’s intent in leaking it). This story makes Obama look petty, vindictive, and more than willing to abandon an ally that just happens to be the only democracy in a part of the world that is of critical interest to the United States.

    Obama has won the title. He will go down in history as the worst President the United States has ever had.

    The excuse from the right is that the deal with Iran is soooooooo awful that it has driven Israel to spy on us with, again, the express intent of undermining our foreign policy and involving other US elected officials in the effort. Israel had no other choice, you see to stop Iran from being months away from a nookular weapon, they way they’ve been for well over a decade now.

    It does explain why the Obama administration has been less than cordial to Bibi over the last couple years. They knew the Israelis were spying on us and going to Congress over it and apparently President Obama has gotten sick of it. Puts that whole “Bibi endorsing Romney in 2012” thing in perspective, doesn’t it. Apparently that particular bad bet has continued for the last couple years.
    …………..

    Enjoy your ride, Bibi. You signed up for it. And Obama is fresh out of damns to give about you.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2015/03/israeli-getting-messy-out-there-folks.html

  29. rikyrah says:

    it began with this last night…and, of course, Black twitter caught onto it:

    https://twitter.com/Luvvie/status/580575526311559168/photo/1

    • rikyrah says:

      LUVVIE TOLD ALL KINDS OF TRUTH:

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      TV Pilots 2015: Ethnic Casting Trend Hits Peak | Deadline http://luvvie.me/1IsNSMQ <— SERIOUSLY? "trend" to reflect everyday life, huh?

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      We got 1 season where TV isn't lily white and people are already whining about poor white actors losing out on roles b/c of "ethnic quotas"

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      You're whining about too much color on TV ALREADY? We're JUST getting started, ma'am. Don't believe me just watch, @DeadlineNellie.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      OOP! RT @DrJasonJohnson Like Latina mag asking "Where are the Latinos on #Empire" when NARY an AA has been on their covers.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      People got some nerve. And Latino Mag should hursh b/c Jamal's first boyfriend was Latino. ARE WE ON UNIVISION? No? Ok den.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      Here's the bullshit. Folks always want Black people to be inclusive/bigger people when they're petty and exclusionary their damb selves.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      Don't tell me to include your whiteness in my shit when you've locked Blackness out of every gahtdamb thing you do. Sit down.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      They want us to be Saint Negros the Ever Forgiving. Only reason Black folks ain't wrecked shop is because this high road we take. Be glad.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      I hate that everything that includes forward movement of Black people is considered a trend, dismissing it as some temporary phenomenon.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      White people complaining about not being in SELMA is like if we were to be all "Why weren't we in Schindler's List?" IT AINT BOUT US.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      Black people are underrepresented in EVERYTHING. And in media, which forms public opinion, we got this lady suggesting too much of us on TV

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      When Tom Hanks spent 3 hours talking to a white volleyball on a desert island, did we ask why the ball wasn't brown??? NO WE DID NOT. lolol

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      OH AND ANOTHER THING! Remember TV in the 90s? When Black folks had HELLA shows? @DeadlineNellie, we're not a trend. We are here to stay.

      Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie

      cc: @scottEweinberg RT @TH3_KiDD @Eric_Haywood @DeadlineNellie This is what she meant @DeadlineNellie’s article pic.twitter.com/ECIWAv7cc1

    • rikyrah says:

      DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

      For White Actors Who Considered Suicide When Black Folks On TV Were Too Much #DeadlineThinkPieces

      Nichole @tnwhiskeywoman

      And stop using “ethnic” or “people of color” when you really mean Black. @Deadline @deadlinenellie

      Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian

      Hey, @DeadlineNellie is just sticking up for the poor white actors being genocided out of Hollywood.

      Torraine Walker @TorraineWalker

      @DeadlineNellie Would you like it if Black actors only occupy 3/5ths of the screen?

      Nichole @tnwhiskeywoman

      @DeadlineNellie incredibly insulting. For 100 years, white actors have dominated H’wood but a few seasons of POC as leads & it’s too much?

      Jason Johnson @DrJasonJohnson

      @FilmFatale_NYC @KirkWrites79 “School Daze: Why are Black College Films Excluding Talented white actors?” #DeadlineThinkPieces

  30. rikyrah says:

    such a sad story

    ………………..

    Lynching of Afghan woman triggers anger, soul-searching

    The Washington Post

    Sudarsan Raghavan

    KABUL — In life, Farkhunda would have been an unlikely role model for empowering Afghanistan’s women.

    Every day, she wore the head-to-toe black garment favored by conservative Muslim women. She studied at an Islamic religious school. She believed, her father said, that women should be educated in order to raise their children in a good way, manage their house and make their husbands happy.

    In death, however, Farkhunda has become a champion for women’s rights and the rule of law. The 27-year-old’s brutal murder by a mob last week has galvanized this nation in a way no other recent atrocity has. It has unleashed a society’s deep-rooted frustrations with the unchecked violence in everyday life, highlighting the continuing struggle between Afghanistan’s ancient customs and modern laws.

    “Until now, I don’t know why my daughter was killed,” her father, Mohammad Nader Malikzadah, said in an interview at the family’s home Tuesday. “She was innocent.”

    Earlier, thousands of Afghans marched in front of the nation’s Supreme Court in a steady pouring rain, in the biggest rally yet to demand justice for Farkhunda’s death. “Punish the murderers,” some chanted. “Sack the police chief,” others shouted. Some women painted their faces red, emulating the bloodied face of Farkhunda, who like many Afghans used only one name.

    That face was one of the last images of her after a mob beat her with sticks and stones in front of one of Kabul’s most venerated mosques Thursday. She was accused of burning a copy of the Koran, a crime punishable by death in Afghanistan, according to Islamic law — a crime authorities later said she did not commit.

    Although details are unclear, some witnesses suggested that the attack was sparked by a dispute Farkhunda had with the mosque’s imam. Whatever the case, the mob was bent on killing her in the most horrific manner. They dragged her body with a car, then burned it and threw it into the Kabul River.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/lynching-of-afghan-woman-triggers-anger-soul-searching/ar-AA9Xmem?ocid=HPCDHP

  31. rikyrah says:

    No no no no..

    Please don’t do this

    ……………….

    Beyoncé Wanted for ‘Star Is Born’ Remake, Alongside Bradley Cooper, Who Also Wants to Direct

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    March 24, 2015 at 6:39PM

    I actually thought this project was dead. Our last update on it was 3 years ago, when it was announced that Beyoncé had dropped out of Clint Eastwood’s “A Star Is Born” remake, citing a jam-packed schedule; and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding was said to be Eastwood’s next choice for the role. Although it was never reported officially that Spalding was ever cast.

    Warner Bros. had no comment, with the project, at the time, still searching for its male lead, in what had been a casting carousel that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and, most recently, Bradley Cooper, who was eventually offered the role by Eastwood, although, at the time, there was no deal in place, as Cooper’s scheduled was already quite full. It’s nice to be in demand…

    Skip ahead to today to news (courtesy of Deadline) that Cooper is still very much interested in the film, and he actually wants to not only star in it, but also direct. Apparently Eastwood has moved on.

    Assuming Cooper and the WB work out a deal for him to direct and star, the actor wants Beyoncé back to star alongside him in the remake. She hasn’t said yes yet, so some other actress just might be cast instead, if Queen B. isn’t interested. Word at the time of her exiting the project 3 years ago was that she had a jam-packed schedule. Maybe it’s not-so jam-packed now.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/beyonce-wanted-for-star-is-born-remake-alongside-bradley-cooper-who-will-direct-20150324

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  33. Ametia says:

    Al Green, in bed, NA-KED, on a backdrop of BLUE ROSES.& LEAVES….

    Happy HUMP day, Ladies. Tee hee hee

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