Friday Open Thread | Teena Marie

Tina MarieMary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer, songwriter, and producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina[1] before taking the stage name Teena Marie; she later acquired the nickname of Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick James.

She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals, which initially caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her success in R&B and soul and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album.

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87 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Teena Marie

  1. rikyrah says:

    I posted about that story from Virginia about the politician with his 19 yo Baby Mama.

    Everyday, more tea.

    Hilarious 10 questions about it.

    10 Burning Questions We Have For 57yo Politician Joe Morrissey & His 19yo Girlfriend
    By Shanice Brim | 05/22/2015

    I swear, this has Lifetime movie written all over it.

    • rikyrah says:

      truth is simply stranger than fiction. because nobody would take seriously someone who wrote a screenplay outlining this. when they came up with the Gone With the Wind recreation, folks would have criticized it as coonery.

  2. rikyrah says:

    still think it doesn’t matter who you voted into office?

    • Liza says:

      Indeed. Once a person pays his/her debt to society, then what? Permanent disenfranchisement, unemployable, forced to live in poverty? America.

  3. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Biker Gangs, Tamir Rice, And The Rise Of White Fragility


    PublishedMAY 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Recently released records show that Cleveland Police would have wanted to charge 12-year-old Tamir Rice with inducing panic and being an “aggravated menace.” He was shot and killed by an officer in less than two seconds while playing in the park with a toy gun. This development is juxtaposed with the news that a violent biker gang in Waco, Texas shot up a restaurant parking lot. Nine biker gang members were killed. Police arrested 170 gang members, and confiscated countless weapons. Apparently those 170 weren’t an aggravated menace worthy of immediate death.

    Tamir Rice was an African American, while the biker gangs were not.

    This scenario has repeated itself too many times to be coincidence. An 8-year-old child shot and killed by officers while she slept, a 17-year-old killed by police in his own home, a 22-year-old immediately shot and killed in a Wal-Mart, and many more cases of unarmed African Americans immediately getting shot down and labeled as menaces. While on the other side of reality, the Aurora shooter, Timothy McVeigh, and many other armed mass killers were arrested without a scratch on them.

    The most dangerous uprising that’s threatening America’s stability isn’t black protests in places like Ferguson or Baltimore. It’s taking place among an aging white majority that is losing its bearing on reality and destroying the gears of government, media and public welfare. At its center is an inexplicable, illogical and dangerous fear that some sociologists are now defining as white fragility.

    I have witnessed this strange phenomenon intensifying over the last several years, but I first became aware of it immediately after the election of Barack Obama.

    On the Wednesday after the 2008 election, I drove from Cleveland to Columbus to catch an afternoon flight back to New York City. Out of curiosity I scanned the AM dials until I found a few conservative political talk shows. The sustained and palpable panic was amusing at first, then outrageously funny, before settling into deeply disconcerting. Despite the fact that virtually every poll had shown Obama as the predicted winner for weeks, the election results felt like a political Pearl Harbor for some.

  4. Ametia says:

    Rikyrah, could you weigh in on my son-in-law’s write up below? Thanks.

    You know I want to read what you have to share about my grandson’s encounter.

  5. Throngs expected to pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas

    Like loyal roadies scrambling about a stage, the staff at the Palm Mortuary west of the Strip rushed this week to ensure that B.B. King’s last big public appearance comes off without a hitch.

    They’ve cleaned the chapel carpet, mapped out security, researched their duties and answered the phone calls that haven’t stopped coming from grieving music aficionados worldwide.

    For fans, the thrill was gone along with their idol. On Friday, the body of blues legend King will lie in state as hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of fans file past the casket to pay their respects.

    In his two decades in the business, mortuary manager Matthew Phillips has taken part in services for state politicians, while another Palm Mortuary branch in Las Vegas hosted the viewing for actor Tony Curtis.

    But Matthews has never seen anything like this.

    “B.B. King’s death has made me realize just what a cultural icon he was to the entire nation, not just the music business,” he said, sitting inside the mortuary in a crisp suit. “It’s an honor to play a role in his final journey home.”

    King, a sharecropper’s son dubbed the “King of the Blues” who named his favorite guitar Lucille, died May 14 from complications associated with his long battle with Type 2 diabetes. He had lived in Las Vegas for several years before his death at age 89.

    From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, fans will be allowed to view the open casket before a private family funeral planned for Saturday at a nearby Palm chapel. King’s body then will be flown to Mississippi, where burial services are planned for next week in Indianola on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center there.

  6. rikyrah says:


    About that Josh Duggar thing…this following is from a blog commenter in *2007*…how did TLC not know?

    Alice Says:
    May 22nd, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    …He and his mother “Mary” has this all figured out. She is fame hungry and she couldn’t manage this for herself and now she is helping out Jim Bob and Michelle. She calls different TV shows and exploits her grandchildren. This is the Duggar’s way of making a living and providing for the huge family. Fame and Fortune In January, the whole family went to Chicago and taped Oprah Winfrey show. Oprah wined and dined them for one week. You know that had to cost some pretty pennies. As you may have noticed, that show never aired and it never will. Oprah was informed that Josh, the oldest son, had been molesting his sisters. Yes, this is the truth. Oprah turned them over to the Arkansas State Police Child Protection Agency and the Washington County Child Protection Agency. They have been investigated to some length. Jim Bob Duggar told the producers of the show that he built a small church out back for his followers. HIS FOLLOWERS. GET REAL. THE MAN IS A FRAUD. In April, they were in court with their story. They have to report to Arkansas Department of Human Services every six months.. They have lied and lied about their son to protect him at their daughters expense. For some unknown reason the boy is still in the home with the girls. God only know if this is still going on. In my eyes he is a CHILD MOLESTOR. HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE HOME. What kind of parents cover up for one child and hurt the others. I do not believe that this is what God has in mind for them. Frauding the American people and taking their money and living off of it…

    there’s more:

    • Ametia says:

      Oprah wasn’t having none of that family’s fuckery, and certainly not the MOLESTATION.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Just wow!! Let me count the ways this shit would’ve gone down if it was a brown or black family. Damnit, and they made money. If u white u always right no matter how wrong, wrong is.

  7. Ms Teena Marie

  8. Ametia says:

    lest we forget

    Watch This Atlanta TV Station Expose ALEC’s Influence On Local Legislators

  9. Ametia says:

    Here Are Pictures Of Molester Josh Duggar With Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz
    May 21, 2015

    I’m not posting them here, so go see them there:

    • sunshine616 says:

      There really shouldn’t be a petition to remove this show. It should just happen. The parents clearly knew and not only covered it up but probably did so to.protect their finances and appearances. So intolerant of others while protecting one who needed to be held accountable. The hypocrisy in this country would be comical if it didn’t end in so much death and injustice.

    • sunshine616 says:

      And of course when your white, your youth is a time to make mistakes and be forgiven.

      Mike huckabee on the duggars

      “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature.”

      • Ametia says:

        “The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgment is not mature.”

        Where was FUCK-A-BEE, when 12 year old Tamir Rice was gunned down & murdered for carrying a toy gun?

        Let’s just say, the cops who killed Tamir judgment was not mature.


      • sunshine616 says:

        These fuckers will die choking on their hypocrisy before admitting that racism is as prevalent as air.

  10. Ametia says:

    Every day, ALL DAY

    • Ametia says:

      There is continuous, blatant, INSTITUTIONAL RACISM in AMERICA. WE CAN SAY IT, AG LYNCH!

    • Ametia says:

      Nora O’Donnell: Her relaxed tone…
      Charlie Rose: “The remarkable thing to me is just how well-spoken she is and all that remarkable experience and her command of language and expression., truly stunning.


      • well-spoken, command of language?

        These mofos here!

      • Ametia says:

        Nora had the nerve to ask AG Lynch if there was institutional racism in America.

        YES, & you play a part of the racism, Charlie & NORA!

        In what respect, Charlie? Your condescending “well-spoken’ remark, MOFO.

      • Ametia says:

        These folks are just downright PATHETIC. So fucking transparent. AG Lynch is so accomplished, and these fools can’t handle it, they think by making these remarks it’s a way for them to give us their stamp of approval.

        No Mr. Charlie, we don’t need or want your approval for jack shit. you didn’t contribute one iota to the successes.

      • sunshine616 says:

        What the Fuck?? What was she supposed to sound like? Does anyone ever mention the nice tone and how educated the rwnj sound, like the ever intolerant santorum, when they spew their bullshit??!!! Was she supposed to speak in slang. Omg, proves that no matter how educated you are they will look at your skin tone first and make their assumptions that way. We see you, racist amerikkka!!!!!

      • Ametia says:

        C’mon sunshine. They send the message for their white viewers to remind them that folks like that ‘colored’ Loretta Lynch is an exception, not the rule, not in their world.

        And that they still rule ‘SUPREME’

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I think these people have filled up on too many White “bred” baloney sandwiches

      • rikyrah says:

        She went to HARVARD, muthaphucka.

        But, I guess, like the President, she went through the BLACK ENTRANCE

        and got her degree in CRAYON.

      • Liza says:

        I like listening to AG Lynch and that isn’t something I can say about many folks. She does have excellent public speaking skills without sounding over trained. She also knows what she’s talking about, the lady is brilliant. When she’s interviewed, she is patient and kind and comes across as honest but also diplomatic.

        Because her tenure is going to be so short, I don’t think we are going to get to see what she is truly capable of accomplishing. She has to set priorities and focus on what she thinks is going to have the strongest impact for the time she serves. This is unfortunate, in several ways because she seems to be just the right choice for the times and it would be great if she had four years. But I’m also afraid that none of these criminal cops are going to be prosecuted by the DOJ. We’ll see, I guess, but I’ve just about given up hope.

        Under a Democratic president, she could end up on the Supreme Court, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

      • Ametia says:

        Liza, if only you were sitting with AG Lynch and interviewing her. She’s more than qualified. Why folks like Charlie and Nora can’t just say it, is so damn irritating.

        The Rethugs tried to run out the clock which definitely will provide her little tenure. I only expect her do what she’s capable of doing with the folks she has to work with. She’ll do her part, no doubt. I don’t expect miracles.

      • majiir says:

        I remember when I had a part time job at Sears years and years ago and was teaching high school during the day, a white female came into the department where I was working. We were having a conversation, and I properly pronounced a word, and she complemented me. I was wondering to myself, “WTF is wrong with her?” There have been well-educated blacks in America for generations and generations. I didn’t tell her that I had graduated from the University of GA in three years because it would have blown her mind. I also remember when one of the managers at Sears got the bright idea to train some of us to become department managers. There were about 12 of us. Lord, I thought he was going to have a stroke when I was the only one in the entire group to pass the test and receive a diploma for it. Some of the whites in the group thought I’d cheated. I didn’t. The course material was very easy, something I’d studied in high school. You could have, as my dearly departed mom would have said, “Knocked them over with a feather!” I know for a fact that one of the reasons so many republicans (and some alleged liberals) hate PBO is because they fear his intellect, and that of our FL Michelle, too. Just because they don’t know well-educated black persons live in America doesn’t mean we don’t exist, it just means they need to expand their circle of social involvement!!!

      • Ametia says:

        majiir, If America truly thrived on MERITOCRACY, seriously, a lot of white folks would be left out of the mix.

  11. Ametia says:

    GEESH! “I don’t have herpes, but it’s ok if you do.” LAWDT!

  12. Ametia says:


    We all know Bill O’Reilly has built a career by making false claims about parental violence and neglect, and it’s impact on Black families.

    Yet, according to multiple reports, Bill should probably be worrying about his own family. Details of his incredibly nasty divorce from ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, have gone very public, including a bitter custody battle and allegations of physical abuse in front of his children. 1

    The situation is particularly appalling considering O’Reilly’s track record of viciously attacking Black families. Even if the domestic violence allegations are proven false, O’Reilly’s divorce saga still reflects that O’Reilly is hypocritical in his analysis of unmarried Black families. In the past year alone, he has accused Black communities of allowing 9-year olds to do drugs2 and embracing pathological patterns of violence, and even claimed that “the reason there is so much violence and chaos in the Black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.”3

    With such an influential platform, O’Reilly’s relentless attacks, biases, and harmful mistruths about Black families cannot be tolerated. Over the coming weeks we will be talking to advertisers about their continued sponsorship of The O’Reilly Factor; if they don’t respond, we will begin naming those advertisers publicly.

    • sunshine616 says:

      I can’t even with this. All of these pundits are some seriously angry,criminalistic, hypocritical mofos. From this dude to rush limbaugh, to all of the others who dare to condemn behaviors that they themselves engage in. Projection is a muthafukka!!

  13. Ametia says:

    Rockets lost by one measly point!

    • Ametia says:

      Such courage these men had. Only to fight in a war for their country who saw their freedom as an inroad to fight and be killed mainly for profit.

  14. Ametia says:

    From my son-in-law Your thoughts?

    Sunday, April 12, 2015My son and my wife were at a playground in Dupont Circle yesterday. Dupont Circle is an affluent, gay-friendly part of the city, and this particular playground is a reflection of that environment. It isn’t unusual to see two moms or two dads at the playground, and it isn’t unusual to see a wide variety of nationalities playing together. It is however very unusual to see black or brown babies playing on these playgrounds. I don’t make the rules, that’s simply how it is.

    So yesterday, my son Nyles was playing a non-brown/black kid and the following conversation went down:

    The kid: Come here boy
    Nyles: My name is Nyles
    The kid” Come here boy
    Nyles: No, my name is Nyles

    After my son’s second name declaration, the kids went to play together sans incident..for the most part. My wife later told me that in an unrelated incident, my son pushed this other little kid, but quickly apologized, and they resumed playing. But that part is irrelevant to me right now.

    I seriously doubt that kid–who had to have been around three or four years old–was intentionally trying to talk down to my son in a condescending, racially-tinged way. I also seriously doubt that my son meant to be militant by ignoring the boy and telling this kid who the hell he was. Kids at that age get the benefit of the doubt. They are learning all things gender related, and they enjoy pointing out who is a boy and who is a girl, and sometimes that happens with common, not proper nouns. But I did find it interesting that this kid’s dad, who my wife told me was within earshot, did coach his kid in the moment, and tell him that wasn’t cool. If I heard Nyles referring to another kid by simply “girl” or “boy”, I would coach him up and tell him that wasn’t polite–especially if he said “boy”. And when he gets a little older, I will give him a mini-history lesson on why that word (among others) has historically been offensive to black and brown folks.

    I don’t know if these lessons are taught in other households, but it sure as hell would help nip some injustices in the bud earlier rather than later. You don’t have to be a bleeding heart liberal to teach your kids a little history so they know right from wrong. Then again, you have to actually know this history to be able to teach it right? I’m rambling…but there’s a smart point somewhere in this entry I hope.

    • Hmmmm…
      I’m wondering does this kid address all little boys with ‘come here boy’?

    • Liza says:

      “But I did find it interesting that this kid’s dad, who my wife told me was within earshot, did coach his kid in the moment, and tell him that wasn’t cool.”

      This seems to indicate that this wasn’t learned from the parents and that’s a good thing. But that makes me curious where it was learned and how did such a little boy pick up on it, remember it, and later use it. Children absorb things so easily. But, yes, I agree that the primary responsibility for reversing this damage falls on the parents. In this case, a history lesson would be helpful for an older child perhaps, but this is also about teaching children how to interact with other people, a necessary skill.

      I like the response, “My name is Nyles.” The next time someone calls me “sweetheart” in a condescending way, maybe I should say, “My name is Elizabeth.”

      • Ametia says:

        Good points, Liza. I have to CHECK folks occasionally with their condescending greetings, etc. And trust me, I know when they are condescending.

        My daughter & son-in-law are very skilled at parenthood.

        Lord knows I tried to teach my daughter the necessary skills to navigate this world. And one of the things I always told them is to hold firm to being addressed by your NAME, especially in business environment and with folks who are not in your immediate inner circle.
        Check it, and check it PRONTO!

        Neither one of them suffer fools lightly and will always give folks the benefit of the doubt.
        The racial micro-aggressions do add up over time, and can do major damage.

      • Liza says:

        Micro-aggressions are supposedly unintentional, but I just don’t believe that’s true. It could only be true if we assume that people never think about what they are saying to another person and are incapable of gauging that person’s reaction. Sooner or later the perpetrator is bound to see the flinch, or the hurt, or the displeasure. I may be a cynical old b!!tch but I believe that repeat offenders do see it and they enjoy it. It seems minor, so most people let it go, but they do add up over time, as you say.

      • Ametia says:

        I believe they are ingrained, and unconsciously they rear their ugly head. That’s why I check it stat. No apologies, no excuses. Just stop it in it’s tracks.

      • majiir says:

        I was shopping at my favorite grocery store, Aldi, a month ago, and when I got to the cash register, this young white girl called me, “Sweetheart,” and it offended me. I took the time to inform her that I do not like being called, “Sweetheart,” and in the future, I’d like to be addressed as either “Ma’am, or “Ms. Robinson.” You should have seen the look on her face. She was being lazy by not wanting to learn the names of customers like myself who are in the store at least two-three times each week. I’m not her “Sweetheart.” And, besides, I’m old school, and somewhat prefer formal to casual when it comes to younger persons addressing older persons. It was the way my parents raise me. I would not have been permitted to call one of my parents’ friends “Sweetheart.” It was either “Mr. X” or Mrs Y.” or “Ms. Susie” or Mr. John.”

    • rikyrah says:

      Maybe I don’t remember that age well, but I just don’t think I addressed folks as ‘come here, boy/girl.’

      I do raise my fist in support of ‘ My name is Nyles.

      He knows his name, and he will only respond to it. That he stood his ground too makes me smile, Ametia.

      The child does get the benefit of the doubt, but a little lesson and home training never hurt anyone.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Is it going to take twitter to bring this Duggar situation to light? I don’t see the MSM talking about this

    TheNewDeal @TheNewDeal
    Josh Duggar Admits to Molesting His Sister…

    Here He is with Several “Family Values” Republicans

    #UniteBlue #p2

    Sarah Reese Jones @srjones66
    It’s truly appalling how many people actively sought to cover up the allegations and protect Josh Duggar from what he admitted to doing.

    Xenia @RaisedByCulture
    Dear @TLC! CANCEL 19 KIDS AND COUNTING! We shouldn’t have to sign a petition. Do the right thing. Signed, Everybody.

    Montel Williams ✔ @Montel_Williams
    Sorry, Josh Duggar is a bigot, slimebag. Whole family is, and FRC is a scam. Yup, Gay people are the danger to kids? NOPE, JOSH DUGGAR IS

    • Ametia says:

      MSM is harping on the dc murderer right now. The Waco killers, off the radar. never really aired the seriousness of the massacre. Because, well Daron is you know?

      • Kathleen says:

        Good morning, Ms. Chicas and Chicettes. My thoughts exactly as I watched “Today” show “coverage”. Also, too, I read that Today has had the Duggars on the show so I don’t know if embarrassment played into soft pedaling the coverage. Oh, wait. How could this white, Rethuglican, homophobic God fearing family cause the Today Show embarrassment? Silly me. Those people are Today’s target audience.

      • sunshine616 says:

        Something about that murder and the arrest that just doesn’t seem right. DNA off a pizza crust??? I’m all sorts of side eying this shit.

      • sunshine616 says:

        Yeah Southern Girl, it all came together so quickly. What if this guy they arrested is being framed? This quick rush to judgment doesn’t bother anyone, though. But, When u do it to the godly cops………

  16. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Univision buys African-American news site The Root”

  17. Ametia says:

    I just want to be your lover girl…. Ah Ms. Teena, Lady T.

  18. sunshine616 says:

    Hola chicas!!

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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