Sunday Open Thread

I hope you’re enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Amazing Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals On Skin Color
    By patrice | March 28, 2015

    By: Naturally Triece

    In recent discussions about mainstream beauty, it is not uncommon to hear many media outlets talk about the prominence of certain body types, confronting types of disorders like anorexia and bulimia at the same time.

    In the short film, “Yellow Fever,” Kenyan artist and film maker Ng’endo Mukii explores and confronts the relationships between a woman and her skin color, hair type and the type of world that she lives in when taking on the mainstream standards of beauty that can be exposed to the impressionable minds of the young.

    “While growing up, I would come across women who practiced skin bleaching, and often had a condescending internal reaction to them,” Mukii explained in a recent email sent to the Huffington Post.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Bravo Reality TV Star Stuns Fans With Revelation of Stage 3 Cancer By staff | March 29, 2015

    Reported by Angela L. Braden

    The upcoming season of Bravo’s hit reality television show, “Blood, Sweat, and Heels” won’t have the typical frivolous, emotional drama that many reality television shows display from week to week. The show will deal with a real life issue that will surely touch the lives of both the cast and their viewers.

    In the upcoming season, Daisy Lewellyn reveals she was diagnosed with stage 3 bile duct cancer. The reality television star allows cameras to follow her throughout her cancer treatment, revealing some very heartfelt emotions as she fights for her life.

    When Lewellyn initially signed on to do the reality television show, she didn’t know she had cancer in her body. It wasn’t until she was doing press for the show, someone noticed something about Daisy’s eyes that was unusual.

    “I was doing press for season one and my makeup artists noticed that my eyes had this crazy green color,” Lewellyn told OK! Magazine. “I assumed I was just tired — but it turned out I had a tumor in my bile duct. It’s super rare.”

    In an interview with, Lewellyn said hearing about “cancer” is one thing, but having it “fall in your lap” is another thing completely. She expressed how shocking it was to be told she had cancer.

  3. rikyrah says:

    DreamWorks Finally Has a Black, Female Lead in an Animated Film
    Raveen Johnson
    Posted on March 28, 2015 by The Reel Network in Black History, Entertainment, Opinion, Positive
    by Raveen Johnson
    If you have not been keeping your ear to the streets (or to your television), then you are not aware of the new animated film “Home.” DreamWorks is doing something new with this film, and this something is long overdue.

    “Home” is a 3D animated film about a young girl named Tip who is on a quest to reunite her human race while helping her alien friend Oh reunite his Boov alien race. There is not anything complex to that plot and, for the most part, it is your typical storyline for a children’s film. The big deal, though, is that Tip is being played by Rihanna.

    Rihanna serves as the first black female protagonist in a DreamWorks film, and she will be one of the first few women to grace the Hollywood theaters as the leading character. What makes this even more great is that Tip is a beautiful, chocolate brown little girl with bouncy, curly natural hair. If that is not one heck of a representation, than I am not sure what is.

    While it is pretty sad that it took this long for our little girls to be represented in leading roles, we cannot focus on what should have been. Right now we are celebrating Tip’s character and Rihanna’s hand in that.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Carole Troll @Thejazzchick
    I’ve realized yet another benefit of the Obama presidency: The big reveal. America revealing who we truly are. Painful? Yes. But so needed.


  5. rikyrah says:




    Study: Gay Black Men More Likely to Earn a Higher Salary Than Straight Black Men
    Reported by Ashley Naples

    It is hard enough being a Black man in the United States, and ordinarily, one would expect being a gay Black man to make things even more difficult. But being a Black man and gay at the same time actually brings some benefits in the corporate world, according to a Princeton University study.

    Researchers from the study led by sociologist David Pedulla set out to explore what effects race and seχuality have on the chances of being considered for jobs and on starting salaries. In the end, they made the controversial observation that a gay African-American man stands a better chance of landing jobs and getting better pay than his heterosexual counterpart.

    The finding is rather contrary to what some people would have expected to be the outcome. Being Black and gay is commonly considered a double disadvantage in society based on the fact that you are essentially a member of minority groups on two fronts. Several studies have shown the disadvantages that a man can face when he is Black and gay. It was observed in a popular study published in 2003 that African-American men of any seχuality with a clean slate face more difficulty getting jobs than White men with records of crimes. Another study also found that Black teens who are gay are more likely to become homeless than their gay peers from other races.

    These previous findings make one wonder how the Princeton researchers came to their conclusion.

    To arrive at the result, a resúmé test was conducted involving hundreds of employers across the country. Pedulla sent resumes to 231 White employers asking them to suggest a starting salary for a fictional position for the applicants. The resúmés used either a typical White male name, Brad Miller, or a Black male name, Darnell Jackson. Half of the resúmés listed the applicant as the president of a “Student Advisory Council,” while the remaining half described the applicant as president of the “Gay Student Advisory Council.”

    From the responses generated, Pedulla and his team observed that gay Black men were more likely to receive the same starting salaries as heterosexual White men. Gay White men and straight Black men were considered for lesser salaries.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Afrobelle @AfroBelle_
    @PublicFR Merci de comparer ma coif de ts ls jrs & de milliers de femmes aux cheveux crépus, à des dessous de bras

    pixie paramour @lethaljoker
    #LRT fuck this shit, a French magazine actually compared Solange’s hair to armpit hair. I don’t even have words for this.

    Muse Musington @huegolden
    “COIFFEÉ COMME UN DESSOUS DE BRAS” = ARMPIT HAIR. @PublicFR thought insulting millions of Black women’s hair was ok.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    @PragObots Any number of events that celebrate White women all year long but they’re all in their feelings about Black Girls Rock? GTFOH.

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    Ignorant mags like @PublicFR equating the natural texture of Black women’s hair to armpit hair is why we need #BlackGirlsRock.

    Eric Bogan @bogan3253
    @PragObots cuz if we don’t elevate ourselves, sho nuff mags like @PublicFR won’t hesitate to insult and trash us.

  7. rikyrah says:

    oh Rafael


    Cruz Pushes Back on Inexperience Charge: I Wasn’t Just a ‘Community Organizer’

    by Evan McMurry | 10:04 am, March 29th, 2015

    State of the Union temporary host Dana Bashpointed out to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Sunday morning that he and President Barack Obamashared notable similarities in their biographies and qualifications before the seeking the White House (an example of the limits of political analogy). Given that the GOP has made so much hay over Obama’s supposed “inexperience,” how, Bash asked, could they nominate Cruz?

    “In his time in the Senate he had basically been a backbencher; he had not been leading on any issues of any significance,” Cruz said. “In my time in the Senate you can accuse me of being a lot of things but a backbencher is not one of them.”

    Cruz argued that his pre-Senate experience dwarfed Obama’s.

    “Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,” he said. “I spent 5 1/2 years as the solicitor general of Texas…I supervised and led every appeal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-person agency with over 700 lawyers. Over the course of 5 1/2 years, over and over again Texas led the nation defending conservative principles and winning.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    Sleepy Hollow Fans:

    “Sleepy Hollow” Season 2 Post-Mortem: Part 1
    Posted on Mar 20, 2015

    I took on the challenge to rewatch Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow to see just how good or bad the season actually was without the fandom influences of #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter and other fan-based movements. I wanted to see the series just like how the average non-fandom viewer would. I even took notes. The results were interesting.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    • eliihass says:

      Sorry but I still think that seat ought to go to Karen Bass or if she isn’t interested (I’m sure she is but is too much of a decent person to get into some public spat) — if Karen Bass doesn’t go for it, I’ll support an informed, well-rounded and serious legislator like Adam Schiff for it.

  9. rikyrah says:


  10. rikyrah says:

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    I’ll say it again: Can’t underestimate what the presence of THIS First Family means. #BlackGirlsRock @TheObamaDiary

  11. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Nightmares Come To Life As GOP Worries That Jeb Bush Is Crashing and Burning

    By: Jason Easley
    Saturday, March, 28th, 2015, 2:02 pm

    The Republicans’ worst 2016 nightmare could be unfolding before their eyes, as they are early signs that Jeb Bush is crashing and burning.

    National Journal reported on the Bush nightmare scenario:

    But there are signs that a worst-case, crash-and-burn scenario for Bush is more realistic than even his skeptics recognize. He’s underperforming in early public polls and is receiving a frosty reception from Republican focus groups. His entitled biography is at odds with the Republican Party’s increasing energy from working-class voters, who relate best with candidates who have struggled to make ends meet. The Bush name is a reminder of the past at a time when GOP voters are desperate for new faces. And after losing two straight presidential elections, Republican voters are thinking much more strategically—and aren’t nearly as convinced as the political press that Bush is the strongest contender against Hillary Clinton.

  12. rikyrah says:

    These Republicans Want to Take Away Your Weekend
    Moshe Z. Marvit on March 19, 2015 – 2:45PM ET

    As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the so-called “right to work” bill on March 9, making Wisconsin the twenty-fifth right-to-work state in the country, labor advocates braced themselves for the stream of anti-worker bills that were almost certain to follow. Many assumed the first target would be Wisconsin’s 1930s prevailing wage laws, which require that workers on public works projects be paid the established going rate for their labor, rather than allowing contractors to try to outbid each other by lowering workers’ wages. Few, however, expected the legislative cluster bomb that is currently being referred to committee by a pair of Republicans: a bill to repeal the weekend.

    Though labor often boasts that it helped codify the two-day work break—witness the popular pro-labor bumper sticker, “Unions: the folks that brought you the weekend”—a day of rest is protected by law in only a fraction of the states. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, thirteen states have laws mandating a day of rest for some or all workers. In states that mandate a day of rest only for certain categories of workers, those workers are often in jobs where fatigue could lead to increased accidents or deaths.

    Now that might be about to come to an end in Wisconsin.

    Currently, the law in Wisconsin requires that workers employed in a “factory or mercantile establishment” must receive “at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every 7 consecutive days.” If an employer would like a worker to work seven days in a row for a limited period of time, then the two can jointly petition the Department of Workforce Development for a waiver. According to the office of Republican Representative Mark Born, who is introducing this bill in the State Assembly, there were 169 waivers requested in 2013 and 232 in 2014, and all of them were granted. Under the current system, the waiver requests must state the necessity for the waiver, and they are granted only for a limited period of time.

    The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law that could effectively nullify it. The bill would create an exemption that would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to slave away for seven days in a row without at least twenty-four hours of rest.

    Representative Born’s office played down the magnitude of the bill, arguing that it merely “codified into law the waiver system and made it easier for employers and employees to make work schedules.” But this new law cuts the regulatory body out of the equation, relying instead on the troubled notion that employers would allow employees to choose “voluntarily” to give up any day of rest. As Marquette University law professor Paul Secunda explained, the idea “completely ignores the power dynamic in the workplace, where workers often have a proverbial gun to the head.” Indeed, the reason Wisconsin had passed a “day of rest” law in the first place was because employers had been abusing employees by pressing them to work too many days without break. “Now this bill will force many workers to strike a bargain with the devil,” Secunda said.

    I met with Democratic State Senator Chris Larson to discuss the bill. The bill does not yet have a title, so Larson jokingly refers to it as the “Abolishing the Sabbath Act.” But the bill is no joke, Larson said, and represents an alarming trend in Wisconsin politics. Senator Larson pointed to a large painting hanging on his wall of the famous progressive era politician Robert La Follette, whose legacy, he said, had long inspired him. “But right now, we’re in the regressive era of politics.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Illinois’ GOP Seat In Jeopardy As Democrat Tammy Duckworth Plans To Run For Senate

    By: Keith Brekhusmore from Keith Brekhus
    Saturday, March, 28th, 2015, 6:02 pm

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth plans to announce on Monday, that she will be running to defeat Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk in the 2016 election. Duckworth represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, which includes the Chicago suburbs of Schaumburg and Elgin. She was first elected to Congress in 2012, when she handily defeated Tea Party Republican Joe Walsh 54-45, in one of the nation’s most closely watched and expensive House races of that cycle.

    Duckworth is a combat veteran who received a purple heart after being wounded in the Iraq War. She served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. Duckworth lost both her legs, after the helicopter she was flying was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in November of 2004.

    Duckworth’s entry into the race makes Illinois a strong pickup opportunity for the Democrats. Republican Mark Kirk is an inviting target as he is a freshman GOP Senator in a Democratic-leaning state, who narrowly won in the Republican wave election of 2010.

    Sensing his vulnerability, Kirk has tried to discourage a strong Democratic challenger. In November, his desperation showed when he gave a patronizing warning to Duckworth, arguing that she should not challenge him. Kirk made his condescending remarks to a reporter for The Hill, in November 2014, when he stated:

    She has a very bright future ahead of her. After only one term … you know, when you run for the Senate, you have to give up your congressional seat. If she gives up her congressional seat and loses against me, that’s a very sad ending to a bright career. To fight and lose a Senate race against Kirk is a terrible start to a career.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Last Call For Indiana Pence And The Backlash Of Doom
    Posted by Zandar
    Things aren’t going too well for the Hoosier State since GOP Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act State Permission To Discriminate Act last week, and the backlash has been fierce. Companies ranging from gaming convention Gen Con to clomputing firm Salesforce to Apple CEO Tim Cook have blasted the law and have even threatened to pull out millions of dollars of investments in the state.

    What the law doesn’t have is a whole lot of defenders, as Indianapolis Star columnist Tim Evans notes.

    Oddly and conspicuously missing has been a strong counter-show of public support by the law’s backers, including evangelical Christians.

    Polling shows Americans are divided nearly evenly on the issue of gay marriage — even down to whether wedding-related businesses should be forced to serve same-sex couples in the face of a strongly held religious objection — but you wouldn’t know the split was so close based on the noise swirling around Indiana in the last few days.

    The ceremony where Gov. Mike Pence’s signed the bill into law Thursday was deliberately low-key and private. The event was closed to the media and, even though the governor’s office issued a photograph of Pence surrounded by a clutch of backers — many in religious garb — the governor’s staff refused to provide their names.

    So what’s the deal?

    An excellent question. The law was sold as a necessary bulwark to protect Indiana Christians from secular assault, but there aren’t tons of people celebrating the law in the streets. So why not?

  15. rikyrah says:

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    Last Call For A Bluff, Broken And Busted
    Posted by Zandar
    We’ve talked about Indiana’s “religious freedom” bill allowing people to not face penalties for discrimination against LGBTQ folks based solely on belief, so when similar legislation came up in front of the Georgia House of Representatives this week, one Republican bravely stood up and killed it with truth.

    As in Indiana, proponents of Georgia’s bill have tried to argue that it has nothing to do with discrimination. Rep. Mike Jacobs, an LGBT-friendly Republican, decided to test this theory by introducing an amendment that would not allow claims of religious liberty to be used to circumvent state and local nondiscrimination protections. Supporters of the bill, like Rep. Barry Fleming (R), countered that the amendment “will gut the bill.” Nevertheless, the House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment with a 9-8 vote, three Republicans joining the Democrats in supporting it.

    Fleming moved to table the amended bill, a motion that passed with 16 votes, making it unlikely the bill will proceed before the legislative session ends. With an exception for nondiscrimination protections, the “religious liberty” bill is dead.

    Before the vote, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R), joined the hearing to similarly argue against making an exception for nondiscrimination protections. He claimed that the bill’s religious liberty protections would no longer be “uniform” across the state, adding, “That amendment would completely undercut the purpose of the bill.” Rep. Roger Bruce (D) pressed McKoon: “That tells me that the purpose of the bill is to discriminate.” Without further explanation, he countered, “It couldn’t be further from the truth, no sir.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Bank On Their Hatred Of Warren
    Posted by Zandar
    OK, if Wall Street is having this much of a hissy fit over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, then she’s doing something right.

    Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said.
    Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

    Bank officials said the idea of withholding donations was not discussed at a meeting of the four banks in Washington but it has been raised in one-on-one conversations between representatives of some of them. However, there was no agreement on coordinating any action, and each bank is making its own decision, they said.

    The amount of money at stake, a maximum of $15,000 per bank, means the gesture is symbolic rather than material

    Moreover, banks’ hostility toward Warren, who is not a presidential candidate, will not have a direct impact on the presumed Democratic front runner in the White House race, Hillary Clinton. That’s because their fund-raising groups focus on congressional races rather than the presidential election

    Still, political strategists say Clinton could struggle to raise money among Wall Street financiers who worry that Democrats are becoming less business friendly.

    The tensions are a sign that the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis – the bank bailouts and the fights over financial reforms to rein in Wall Street – are still a factor in the 2016 elections.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Are political winds of change blowing in Chicago?

    John Kass

    The oligarchs who run Chicago don’t want to consider the unthinkable — at least not publicly.

    Yet as the campaign for mayor of Chicago between Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel enters its final week, some oligarchs are worried.

    They’re probably wondering: What if Rahm really loses this thing?

    If Rahm isn’t around to carry the city on his shoulders, will Chicago just slide into the lake, the new beach beginning somewhere along Pulaski?

    The final debate is Tuesday. Debates aren’t leadership as much as performance art under pressure.

    Yet in last Thursday’s debate Chuy thrashed the mayor, repeatedly, and Rahm looked weak, especially when Garcia slapped the mayor’s push for a Star Wars museum.

    “The citizens of Chicago have not weighed in on this,” Garcia said. “They haven’t been asked. You don’t make those decisions by fiat. You are not king of the city.”

    Isn’t being King of the City what this is all about?

    And what of the Greater Oligarchia — those Rahmulan strongholds of Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast?

    Will they suffer a mass epidemic of mustachiophobia, and shout, “Run for your lives!!!” every time they see a mustachioed man?

    According to the polls Rahm is ahead, but I have a feeling that it will be much closer than the Rahmulans, or their spinners, want to admit.

  18. rikyrah says:

    now this is what you call PUT UP OR SHUT UP

  19. rikyrah says:

    It’s Sunday, and my Chicago and Suburban Cook County folks…


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  20. rikyrah says:

    I just finished Gone Girl.



    When they say that maybe it’s better to be alone than in a relationship….watch this movie to realize what that means.

  21. Liza says:

    Al Green singing Gospel is kind of awesome.

  22. Y’all should see the tears b/c Michelle said ‘Black Girls Rock’. The haters are out.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, folks used to say that the only certainty here on Earth is death. Now they can say the only certainties are death and haters. Even if we were having a nuclear war, or if an asteroid hit the Earth, or anything else you can think of, the haters would still be at it.

      Just sayin’…

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

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