Friday Open Thread | Ride Like The Wind

Christopher Cross1Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammy Awards. He is perhaps best known for his US Top Ten hit songs, “Ride Like the Wind“, “Sailing“, and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)“, the latter recorded by him for the film Arthur starring Dudley Moore.[1][2] “Sailing” earned three Grammys in 1981, while “Arthur’s Theme” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen).

Cross first played with a San Antonio-based cover band named Flash (not to be confused with the early 1970s English band of the same name) before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. in 1978.

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A Native Texan who adores baby kittens, loves horses, rodeos, pomegranates, & collect Eagles. Enjoys politics, games shows, & dancing to all types of music. Loves discussing and learning about different cultures. A Phi Theta Kappa lifetime member with a passion for Social & Civil Justice.
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106 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Ride Like The Wind

  1. Liza says:

    Just as I thought, another activist is born…

    Martese Johnson, free of charges, seeks racial harmony on U-Va. campus

    By T. Rees Shapiro June 12 at 7:35 PM

    CHARLOTTESVILLE — Martese Johnson grew up on Chicago’s South Side, raised by a single mother and attending a school that was 85 percent black and rife with poverty.

    Johnson always knew he wanted to chart his own path to something better. He graduated at the top of his high school class and, unlike most of his classmates, enrolled at a prestigious college.

    When Johnson arrived at the University of Virginia’s historic campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he felt like a foreigner. A vast majority of the students are white, and just 34 percent receive financial aid.

    Instead of turning inward, he embraced the elite school and its opportunities. By his junior year, he served in student leadership positions and excelled in academics.

    But in the early morning hours of March 18, Johnson found himself in a situation all too familiar for black men his age: shoved to the ground, a white police officer on his back, confusion — and blood — on his face.

    After attempting to enter an Irish bar near campus for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Johnson was confronted by three white police officers, thrown to the ground, handcuffed and shackled. Photographs capturing the incident showed Johnson’s face dripping in blood. He was charged with public intoxication and obstructing justice.

    “I think that race was definitely a factor in this situation, but I don’t believe it was the only factor,” Johnson said. “I think that part of what happened with me can’t be blamed on the officers. It has to be blamed on society as a whole.”

    For three months, Johnson waited for his day in court, the possibility of a jail sentence looming. As students rallied behind him, demanding racial equality, Johnson’s future prospects appeared to crumble. The day after he was arrested — an event publicized nationwide amid a debate about police treatment of black men — Johnson learned that he was removed from consideration for a selective internship in private wealth management with a large investment banking firm.

    On Friday, Johnson’s name was cleared: Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert H. Downer accepted a motion from Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman to dismiss all charges against Johnson, citing a lack of evidence.

    For Johnson, it was a huge relief.

    “It is a tremendous opportunity for me to have a second chance at not having charges and being free,” Johnson said. “But I think that in many instances, minorities are not allowed this privilege. It shouldn’t just be the honors student who goes to the University of Virginia and has some great academic record who has the opportunity to have his charges dropped for something that happened so unjustly. This should be an opportunity for every minority in the country to be able to experience. This should be something that isn’t a privilege to those who have certain accolades, have a certain image, that makes them passable in a way.

    “So for the rest of my life, I hope to work to serve the minority community and also society by shedding light on what is injustice and serving those who are overlooked and mistreated throughout our county.”

  2. Liza says:

    The Brief and Tragic Life of Kalief Browder

    Numbers alone can’t convey what the justice system does to the individual black body.
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Jun 8, 2015

    We are in the midst of a debate around criminal justice right now, a timid one no doubt, but a debate nonetheless. In the midst of such debates it is customary for pundits, politicians, and writers like me to sally forth with numbers to demonstrate the breadth and width of the great American carceral state. The numbers are, indeed, bracing and are not hard to find. The fact that African Americans comprise some one in 200 of all known people in the world, and yet African American men comprise one in 12 of all known prisoners has always given me pause.

    Kalief Browder was one of those African American men. But in 2010 he was a boy of 16, sent to Riker’s Island for a crime he did not commit. As reported by the great Jennifer Gonnerman, Browder sat there for three years without a trial. He was repeatedly beaten by guards and inmates while in Rikers. He spent two years in solitary confinement—a euphemism for living under torture.

    The numbers which people like me bring forth to convey the problems of our justice system are decent tools. But what the numbers can’t convey is what the justice system does to the individual black body. Kalief Browder was an individual, which is to say he was a being with his own passions, his own particular joys, his own strange demons, his own flaws, his own eyes, his own mouth, his own original hands. His family had their own particular stories of him. His friends must remember him in their own original way. The senseless destruction of this individual must necessarily be laid at the feet of the citizens of New York, because it was done by our servants, and it was done in our name. He was his mother and father’s child—an individual. And yet for reasons as old as America, he was not treated like one.

    There should be an accounting beyond numbers for these years, something that goes beyond the failures of state budgets, something that goes beyond the the insanity of our policy. Something that captures the grandmothers beaten on traffic islands, the daughters shoved face first into the ground, the son shot while playing, the man choked to death over cigarettes, or for producing his license, or for being mentally ill, or for playing cops and robbers, or for sport. This is more than mistaken policy. This is cruelty—the long war to save the blacks from themselves. Browder was not “the blacks.” He was his mother and father’s child—an individual. And yet for reasons as old as America, he was not treated like one.

    • Liza says:

      Well, I think that TNC is stating the obvious, but he does it so well. This is why I keep preaching that some of the individual perpetrators of these crimes whether it’s the cops, the prosecutors, the prison guards, etc… need to spend a few years in a cage before there is going to be any final solution to this problem from hell that has been hundreds of years in the making.

      There must be consequences for individuals who corrupt the justice system. Period. Investigations that end with recommendations or consent decrees or that just become documentation seem to have a marginal effect on reform. When everyone is guilty, no one is guilty. When the entire criminal justice system has been designed to protect the dispensers of justice, regardless of their own criminal and/or reckless and/or negligent behavior, then reform is impossible.

      And who pays the price? Well, in this case, a 16 year old kid who was accused of stealing a backpack and somehow ended up in an adult prison and being tortured for three years. Now, someone did this. Who in the blazing hell did this? There’s a prosecutor(s) out there somewhere who should be disbarred. What about the prison guards? What about the judge? Who put this kid in solitary confinement? These folks have names.

    • Ametia says:

      I WEEP uncontrollable everytime I read or hear about Kalief Browder. His cruel & criminal treatment and death is OVERWHELMINGLY DEVASTATING, and the darkest hours in our criminal justice system in the 21st century.

      • eliihass says:

        What gets me is how the powers that be refuse to acknowledge the unnecessary loss of this kid at the hands of an incompetent and racist system that never valued him or cared about him – and still don’t even care that they’ve pushed this kid to his death.

        When they aren’t directly murdering our kids in cold blood, they’re psychologically destroying them and pushing them to their death.

      • Liza says:

        I suspect that Kalief was a very sensitive, intelligent person. I heard on Amy Goodman’s show that he was holding down a 3.5 GPA at community college despite missing his junior and senior years of high school. But that he refused to admit to stealing, something he didn’t do, seems to indicate that he couldn’t bear the injustice and this attests to his sensitivity, in my opinion. And, the truth is, he was right. The prosecutor offered plea deals as in, “Just say you did something wrong so that I, the mighty prosecutor, can avoid saying that I WAS WRONG.”

        Someone show me where in the Constitution or any interpretation of due process where it says that the accused must accept a plea deal so that some stupid, incompetent prosecutor doesn’t look bad for wasting taxpayer dollars on baseless charges and legal proceedings. Good Lord, if anyone ever added up what this is costing the citizens, and I’m talking about just the dollars right now, we would all be blown right out of recliners.

        Oh, yes, I am angry. And devastated by what this is doing these victims and their families. This is being done in OUR NAME and with OUR MONEY and it is supposed to be JUSTICE. God help us, I’m beginning to think He is the only one who can.

    • My son spent 3 years in Clinton Correction Facility SHU (Special Housing unit). Which is solitary confinement. My son is bi-polar and an addict. He wasn’t compliant with medication and attacked a guard. They left him there with no privileges. He told me that they laced his food with pubic hair, spit and what ever else. I wrote to the warden, senator and governor. Eventually they moved him to a psychiatric unit But had he not had me to fight with him he could have been Brower. This is the plan to lock out boys up and forget about them. They keep the influx of drugs in the communities and the education system lacking. It’s disgusting and disturbing that we are still fighting this same fight year after year, decade after decade.

      • Liza says:

        What we hear about in the media is actually the tip of the iceberg, and it’s always too late. Insider information, such as what you just described, just doesn’t seem to make it past those who are involved. Thank God that your son had you to advocate for him. But what is going on these prisons needs to see the light of day, that’s absolutely true. What happened to Kalief is definitely not an aberration.

  3. eliihass says:

    Please watch this video. It’s another incredibly important one that went completely under the radar

    • Liza says:

      Interesting video. We should never forget that it is a very small percentage of Americans who have paid the price for these post 9/11 wars that should never have happened. And these caregivers, spoken of in the video, will keep paying until their warrior passes away. But we aren’t supposed to think about this too much because more people might become anti-war.

      • eliihass says:

        What gets me is how much lip-service and superficial gestures like flag-flying was previously paid these veterans and their families. And now, tangible help is offered by President and Mrs Obama who in addition to all the support programs they’ve started for military families, have as part of their charity giving every single year since they moved into the White House, have given to the Fisher House Foundation (Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during rehabilitation or hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.)

        I never saw President or Mrs Bush, or any previous POTUS and FLOTUS speak to the needs of military families or the caregivers to the wounded, or rally the country behind and for them, or do anything actually tangible for them.

        Yet so many in the military think the Bushes ‘love’ them, and remain hostile to the Obamas. Yet in spite of it all, FLOTUS keeps loving and giving her all to them.

      • eliihass says:

        It’s also important to remember that the Obamas donated $250,000 (a quarter of a million dollars) of the President’s Nobel Peace prize money to Fisher House in early 2010. This helped towards the completion of the first of three new Fisher Houses at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda. FLOTUS dedicated the new house in December 2010.

        But to hear the right-wingers tell it, you’d never guess how much of their heart and money the Obamas have poured into caring for our military families. (FLOTUS has said from the start while campaigning in 2008, that the military families she met on the trail, opened her eyes and touched her heart, and that she was determined to make sure the country rallied around them. that it wasn’t enough to just say as was common then, ‘thank you for your service.’)

      • Liza says:

        Interesting. You know, I never saw Laura Bush do much of anything, certainly nothing that had a major impact. And all George Bush ever did for the soldiers who served is to get them killed or maimed. Well, as they say, facts are stubborn things. Undoubtedly, historians will get this right regardless of what revisionist right wingers want to believe.

  4. Ametia says:


    Actress Zoe Saldana, 36, glows on the cover of July’s InStyle magazine, and she used the interview to address the backlash that came with her decision to play Nina Simone in a forthcoming biopic. The actress donned dark brown makeup and prosthetics to play the legend.

    “I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree, but then again, I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either,” Saldana said. “An artist is colorless, genderless… It’s more complex than just ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself. We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.”

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Published on Feb 17, 2015
    “Professor Rachel Dolezal discusses the connection with the Black Power movement & hairstyles in the African American experience. Student models will showcase ancient to modern Afrocentric hairstyles & apparel”

  6. #Rachel Dolezal to her parents: “I don’t give two sh*ts what you guys think”.

    Faint gif

    • eliihass says:

      Hey SG, I’ve looked at Rachel’s nose and I don’t know…

      Just maybe Rachel’s mother has some ‘splaining to do? Or like Rikyrah once said about Mary Landrieu, perhaps not advisable to meet up with Professor Henry Gates.

      If you ask me, there’s definitely more to Rachel Dolezal than ‘a little bit of American Indian’ blood.

      Dad looks distraught, mom sounds defensive…

      • Ametia says:

        eliihass, me & my daughters had this convo this morning. There’s NEGROID BLOOD running through Rachel’s veins. I had great aunties who looked whiter than Rachel, and the defining feature was the NOSE, THERE IS NO DENYING.

        So mom can get defensive all she likes. If not her mom, someone in heir lineage, for sure.

      • eliihass says:

        Thank you Ametia! I too have black family that’s whiter looking than Rachel. Instead of concern for her daughter’s mental well-being, I sense more of an animosity. Doesn’t make sense…

        When parents are concerned about a daughter suffering some race dysphoria or some other serious mental illness, they don’t treat her with disdain or with hostility.

        Something’s not right. And part of Rachel’s many issues stem from and can be traced to home – and mama.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL LAWD, this image brings back memories.

  7. NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

  8. The NAACP needs to just disappear.

  9. rikyrah says:

    BECAUSE…my mouth still gapes open watching this.

  10. Ametia says:

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down on July 1, the company announced Thursday. Co-founder and chairman of the board Jack Dorsey will step in as interim CEO while they search for a permanent replacement. No reason was given for Costolo’s exit.

  11. Ametia says:

    SG2, LOOKIE!

    Dear Sirs, I Am the Son of US President George H.W. Bush and I Have a Business Proposition for You
    The fraudulent Nigerian water pump deal that continues to haunt Jeb Bush’s political career.

    —By Stephanie Mencimer
    | Thu Jun. 11, 2015 12:27 PM EDT

  12. Ametia says:

    “And I got such a long way to go, to make it to the border of Mexico, gonna ride like the wind til I’m free again!’

    Chris Cross just sailed (PUN INTENDED) in and out of the music world in the 80s.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Play Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange’s Archenemy in Marvel’s ‘Strange’ Adaptation

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 1:15PM

    Announced in January of this year, when it was said that the actor was “in talks” to join the film’s cast, Chiwetel Ejiofor is apparently no on-board, as the character he’s signed up to play has been revealed

    Per Deadline, he will play Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange’s archenemy, whose full name is Baron Karl Mordo. Per the Marvel wiki, Mordo began his tutelage under the Ancient One as early as the 1930’s, already an adult, and residing in the Ancient One’s lair brought him reduced aging. The Ancient One realized that Mordo’s lust for power made him dangerous but chose to teach him anyway, feeling that he could at least keep a watchful eye on him. Mordo was immediately resentful of Doctor Strange when he began studying under the Ancient One and magically restrained him from speaking when Strange accidentally walked in on Mordo’s plot. The plot failed, Strange became the Ancient One’s disciple, and Mordo eventually left. Mordo continued his studies and became a fierce rival of Doctor Strange. They battled many times.

    In the comics, Baron Mordo is a Transylvanian during the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

  14. rikyrah says:

    It Appears Sanaa Lathan Will Be Omar Tyree’s ‘Flyy Girl’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 12:35PM

    say “it appears” because this isn’t news that’s been officially announced – at least, not that I’m aware of (maybe I just missed it?). This morning, I received a Google alert (I have Google alerts set up for just about every black actor and filmmaker for obvious reasons) that led me to the Tracking Board website, with an “exclusive” on Codeblack Films’ adaptation of author Omar Tyree’s trilogy bestseller “Flyy Girl,” saying that Sanaa Lathan will star in the film.

    I immediately searched the web for any other mention of this, and found just one article – an interview Lathan gave to The Daily Beast in November of 2013, just before “The Best Man Holiday” was to open in theaters, which included the following sentences: “After realizing the value of her experience in the industry, Lathan decided to take matters into her own hands, developing a script with Lionsgate Codeblack based on ‘Flyy Girl,’ a book trilogy with a big influence in the African American community by Omar Tyree, in which she will be starring and producing. ‘This is me trying to have a little more control.'”

    So there you have it…

  15. rikyrah says:

    Oprah Winfrey & David Oyelowo Are Talking to Disney About ‘The Water Man’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 11:04AM

    Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and David Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon are in talks with Disney to back newcomer writer Emma Needell’s “The Water Man,” which Oyelowo will also star in.

    Described as a magical family tale, “The Water Man” follows the adventures of a precocious young boy named Gunner who runs away from home to find a mythical character able to cheat death, known as The Water Man, in order to save his sick mother, as his father, Amos, with whom Gunner has an adversarial relationship with, goes in search of his son – an occurrence that forces them to learn more about each, and likely brings them closer together.

    Deadline calls it a mix of “Stand By Me,” and “E.T.”

    Oyelowo will play Amos, the father, in addition to producing alongside Oprah Winfrey – assuming Disney comes on board.

    • Ametia says:

      Oh the IRONY of the premise for this movie. “to find a mythical character to cheat death,” magical tale….

      Just saying

  16. rikyrah says:

    Rev. Run never stops hustling for a new tv show…gotta give him credit for that..


    Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Will Bring “Man School” to TV in a New Primetime Talk Show for OWN

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 2:28PM

    OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new primetime show from Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run – essentially a talk-show extension of their New York Times bestselling Simon & Schuster book “Man-ology.”

    The pair is bringing “man school” to television sharing everything viewers need to know about men and love, says the press release. These two unorthodox “love and relationship experts” will be joined by a primetime studio audience plus celebrity guests in a no-holds-barred relationship throw down. Social media platforms will take center stage galvanizing America to ask Tyrese and Rev Run their most intimate questions about men, relationships, marriage and sex.

    OWN has picked up 8 episodes of what will be a weekly series that will debut in early 2016.

    “When Rev Run, Tyrese and CBS came to us with the idea of a primetime series we were energized by the chance to bring OWN viewers something fresh and entertainingly real in the ‘love space,'” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We can’t wait to turn them loose – enlightening us all about what makes men tick.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    loved the first one..will see the next one.


    Sony Sets 2017 Release Date for ‘Equalizer’ Sequel. Denzel Will Return. But What About Fuqua?

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 7:44PM

    It was always expected to be a franchise for Denzel Washington (although, quite frankly, I think a wonderful opportunity was missed with Walter Mosley’s Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins crime series, after Washington played the fictional private investigator in “Devil in a Blue Dress”), so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Sony is now officially moving ahead with a sequel to last year’s “The Equalizer” (a film I was underwhelmed by actually, expecting more than what was delivered by director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Richard Wenk).

  18. rikyrah says:

    This is the time to ask for it. He’s proven himself…so, time to get paid.


    Lester Holt Demands Salary Respect from NBC (What’s a Brother Supposed to Do?)

    Shadow and Act
    By Sergio | Shadow and Act

    June 11, 2015 at 8:44AM

    Hey, what does a brother have to do to get some respect around here, huh?

    As I reported yesterday (HERE) Lester Holt no longer has to worry about Brian Williams returning to reclaim his anchor job on “NBC Nightly News” since he won’t be coming back.

    After an internal investigation, the network has realized that it would be a very bad move to put Williams back at his old job, and since ratings have remained solid, in his absence, for the newscast, why spoil a good thing?

    However, there now seems to be a sticking point with Holt and the network in terms of his salary. Rightfully so, Holt and his agents now want what Williams was getting – $10 million a year for five years. Some at the network are reluctant. According to one inside source: “Lester hasn’t ‘been there’ yet.”

    Currently, Holt is getting $4 million a year, which is surprisingly low, considering all the years and work he’s done for the network – hosting the weekend newscast, sub-hosting on “Nightly News” and “The Today Show,” hosting “Dateline NBC” and other reporting duties. One can literally argue that Holt has done more, and works a lot harder that either Williams or Matt Lauer, who gets $20 million a year, for two hours of work, 4 days a week.

    • Ametia says:

      CLAIM IT, LESTER HOLT. CLAIM.IT. What ya’ll mean “Lester hasn’t been there yet.”



      Ya’ll just don’t want to SEE HIM , especially now, when it comes to that $$$$$.

  19. rikyrah says:

    I’m telling you, Willard is laying in the cut…waiting for Jeb to fall.

    • Ametia says:

      TRUTH! For too long black folks have bought into the belief that we don’t need to seek help for our emotional & mental bodies, let alone physical body. We are WHOLE, and denying aid for any portion of our wholeness, that’s the weakness.

      And this is what kills us.

  20. rikyrah says:


    Black Twitter is all over the Rachel Dolezal situation

    Alexandria Brooks @AlexSCBrooks

    I guess I just find it weird her parents chose now to say something. Am I alone thinking that something motivated this? #RachelDolezal @alpha1906

    ATTENTION BLACK PEOPLE: Since #RachelDolezal was passing, all new passwords, codes, & handshakes, will be distributed via EMAlL tomorrow

    Hoodkage @blackflautist

    I’m not black. I’m dark white. #transracial

  21. rikyrah says:


    NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal lied about being black: parents

    An NAACP leader and prominent civil rights activist in Washington state has been pretending to be black for years, her parents admitted local media Thursday.

    Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane’s NAACP chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was exposed.

    A KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, “Are you African American?”

    After a stunned pause, she replied: ““I don’t understand the question.”

    The question of her race “is not as easy as it seems,” Dolezal told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

    “We’re all from the African continent,” she added.

    Dolezal’s parents, who are both white, provided a birth certificate and childhood pictures of their daughter to the Coeur d’Alene Press to back up their claims she has been grossly misrepresenting herself.

    The birth certificate confirmed she was born to the white couple, and the pictures show Dolezal as a pasty, blonde child — a complete contrast the darker skin and curly brown hair she has now.

    “It is very disturbing that she has become so dishonest,” Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, told the Idaho newspaper.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Nobody is going to put The Manchester Union Leader in a corner.


    NH GOP unimpressed by new Fox News debate ideas
    Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he is not willing to allow Fox News to usurp New Hampshire’s “first in the nation” role in helping decide the nominees for the presidency.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

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