Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

In honor of my sister-in-law

Precious Memories!

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85 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

  1. rikyrah says:

    JURASSIC World opened to a global weekend purse of $500 MILLION!!!

  2. rikyrah says:

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    #RachelDolezal isn’t a case of “Blue Eyed Soul.” This isn’t even about a co-opted fashion/cosmetic statement. She lied to gain power in orgs

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    under the guise of “helping” African Americans. Why couldnt you just be yourself and offer alliance & help? Oh, b/c u wouldn’t be the leader

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    that we should be “grateful” to have our stereotypical parts along w/ snippets of our history rearranged & worn like furs on non Black Women

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    I think the most maddening thing in this whole drama to me, is idea that we should be “grateful” that someone finds us worthy to hide behind

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    MHP shld have #RachelDolezal on the @MHPshow & #AskRachel why she LIED abt her life AND experiences if she cares so much about the struggle.

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    talking about how we are dissected into “parts” by society, rather than being seen in our full, unique humanity. And yet, mimicry is ok?

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    I remember seeing her speak live, few yrs ago, discussing the way that Black women have been historically minimized, fetishized, stereotyped

    JamilaJP @JamilaJP
    To see MHP, the author of “Sister Citizen,” defending #RachelDolezal, even in the context of hypothetical academic debate, is disappointing.

  3. Ametia says:

    About Rachel Dolezal the Undercover Sista and Performing Blackness | Awesomely Luvvie

    Posted: 14 Jun 2015 12:51 PM PDT

    Soooo about Rachel Dolezal… I am aware that I’m tardy for the party in throwing my hat in the ring but I’m just here so I don’t get fined. I might be a day late…

  4. Ametia says:

    Here’s the St. Elsewhere pilot:

    Great, classic TV.

  5. Ametia says:

    Catching up on episodes of this:

  6. rikyrah says:

    Tim Wise @timjacobwise
    Blackface is blackface, even if u keep it on 7 years, twist yr hair & go 2 Howard on scholarship. #MimicryIsNotSolidarity #RachelDolezal

    • Ametia says:

      FLOTUS is all about GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT for girls & women. She gets it. She along with POTUS are in it for the LONG GAME.

      • eliihass says:

        You know FLOTUS is EVERYTHING as far as I’m concerned…
        Not even those who scramble to find reasons to hate her can deny her brilliance and just how sincere, compelling, passionate, perceptive, fearless, principled and genuine she is. She has said herself that she’s best at what she feels passionate about – and it shows.

        And what I love best about her is that unlike so many public figures, she’s not looking for a fan club. It’s never about that. She’s just there to engage with the audience and it’s never about cultivating a following, selling you a product, or winning approval or validation. She does her thing and walks away. She’s admired by many, but in a world filled with people who love to be looked down on (see tax payer funded royal family and their subjects including ironically, many right-wing Americans!), and who as much as they’d deny it, actually prefer their heroes to have a superior air and something unattainable and out of reach about them – and to remain for the most part, completely out of reach and something unattainable — she instead engages in the most natural and unaffected ways, and connects in ways that make you feel like she understands and in the most profound ways, and that she’s very much one of we the people…

        When she interacts with young people, and mentors young girls, it’s clear to see that it’s really all about these young people thriving and building worthy lives for themselves. There’s no agenda. She’s not looking for anything from them. She’s not looking to exploit or con them. She needs nothing from them.

        She’s especially not about ’empowering’ girls and women as some corny, overused slogan, or as some predictable default, or some boring generic cause/fallback; And certainly not as a means to gain support or to glibly and cunningly cultivate a fan following to be manipulated, exploited or guilted into support for album, book, t.v or movie sales or to win awards – or that all important ‘feminist’ backing necessary to propel one into some ultimate political office as ‘first’ – because, woman…

        Mrs Obama is my kind of ‘feminist’. (I’ve come to be annoyed by that word, and realize with much relief that I’ve never actually ever heard Mrs Obama use it to describe herself – or even speak it). An empowered woman who isn’t afraid to be as modern as she’s traditional, and as strong, no-nonsense, fearless and confident as she’s sweet and vulnerable. A capable and accomplished woman who’s unafraid to be human – but human in that wonderfully normal and decent way – and never as an excuse to be flawed in the warped ways of those who are quick to claim those descriptors as cover for their dubious character shortcomings. She unapologetically prioritizes her sacred role of mother – something she always longed for, and the daughters she’s always lived for – and stepping back and sacrificing in every way to support the husband she deeply loves and believes in.

        She still lives life so fully – and in such fun and impactful ways that leave the rigid, single story tsk tsking ‘feminists’ still so envious and still falling short.

        Have I told you all just how much I love our FLOTUS..?

    • Ametia says:

      All of THIS. And yes; we feel & know how passionate you are for our FLOTUS!

      And because FLOTUS really does understand and does NOT seek nor needs validation or approval she owns her power and uses it to create space for others to claim their power as well.

  7. Ametia says:

    See how these white folks get to justify their criminal behaviors

    I’m sure Tamir Rice, Eric Gardner, Walter Scott, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin,, were BEYOND THEIR BREAKING POINT TOO!

    Oh, excuse me, they don’t count, because they aren’t SEEN AS HUMAN

    • eliihass says:

      If this were a black man, you’d have Giuliani and the rest of the terror and fear as a business opportunity hustle brigade, raucously up in arms, outraged and advocating even more extensive and oppressive powers for law enforcement, as they use the incident to further stigmatize and strip black people of any remaining ‘rights’, shut down all valid concerns and dehumanize and disparage us as a whole.

      This is what they’ve done when an unarmed black man was shot in the back, and an unarmed black kid was shot dead in broad daylight for supposedly lifting cigarillos, another black man choked to death for selling loose cigarettes, and a beautiful, harmless boy shot dead in seconds playing with a toy gun in an open carry state.

      But a white man holds the Dallas p.d siege with bombs, assault weapons and an armored vehicle, and it’s all crickets. And we get his dad treated sympathetically as a victim father of a harmless but mentally ill son unjustly killed by a faceless crew that was supposed to be baby-sitting him…

  8. rikyrah says:

    Beautiful tribute to your sister-in-law.

    thank you for sharing it with us, SG2.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Question: how many of our spies have been outed and killed because of Snowden?

    • Ametia says:

      Folks aren’t counting the CASUALTIES & FATATLITIES from Snowden and his accomplice Greenwald’s SHENANIGANS.

      Wonder why….

      Take your time with your ANSWER.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  11. Ametia says:

    Racial Masquerades, White Domination, and Rachel Dolezal’s Racist Co-optation of Black Identity
    June 13, 2015 • Wendy Moore • identities, white privilege, whiteness, women

    The firestorm over continues to hold people’s attention. As Jessie detailed in her post about Rachel Dolezal, the President of the Spokane, Washington NAACP, has presented herself in her adult life as African American (or at least as bi-racial, claiming to have an African American father). Last week her birth parents, both white, told the media that Rachel is, in fact, white – and they illustrated with pictures of her as a child with long blond hair, very fair skin, and blue eyes, a stark contrast to how she looks as an adult:

    • Liza says:

      Okay, I’m 8 minutes into this, can’t go much longer. So far, same old re-hashed, re-cycled and safe Democratic message. But Hillary’s delivery isn’t good, cadence is awful.

      • eliihass says:

        A desperate, craven, insincere and over-rehearsed and highly-choreographed politician lacking a principled, selfless, moral true north, offering generalized focus group and poll-tested platitudes in a speech crafted over an unusually generous time-frame by a slew of highly paid expert advisors, is still obviously, a deeply craven, self-serving, inauthentic, insincere and bland politician. And comes across as such.

        No amount of predictable stagecraft and globs of over-paid staff obsessively controlling every last detail and representing ‘expertise’ in every perceived target demographic and topic/meme du jour – for a campaign so bloated out of desperation, they’ve snagged every last perceived relevant political expert –

        No amount of this transparently contrived and inorganic set-up does much to compel or elicit trust or confidence in said candidate.

    • Liza says:

      Race free at 25 minutes. One general statement after another about the economy, the middle class, income inequality, clean energy, blah blah blah. Specific policies will come later, right now all we’ve got are these general statements. And Hillary crashed my browser, but I will try to see this through.

    • Liza says:

      Race free at 35 minutes, but said “women of color” often make less than other women who make less than men. Said “unequal rates of incarceration” is a family problem. Said something about “path to citizenship.”

      The B.S. really kicks in around 31 minutes starting with. “America’s diversity, openness, deep commitment to human rights and freedom has drawn so many to our shores blah blah blah. More buzzwords – leadership, peace, prosperity, threats, rise of China, cyberattacks, ISIS, disease – all in reference to America’s superior position.

      Okay, I’ll slog through the rest of this.

    • Liza says:

      Race free to the end. Mentioned “people of color” in the context of voter disenfranchisement by Republicans. Not a word specific to black people or police brutality or any kind of racial bias against black people in America.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        So, it seems as if she is proving that she’s not in touch and not interest in the issues that Black people face.

      • Ametia says:

        Wow, Liza. You hit every major point from this charade of a speech. THANK YOU!

      • Liza says:

        Well, she knows that she must have the black vote to win. But I can’t imagine what her strategy might be. I think that political candidates need to start out the gate strong, not timid. The human rights crises in this country right now really seem to negate lofty statements about America’s dedication to human rights. Sooner or later Hillary is going to have to get down and speak to what is going on in this country in ways that are more specific than references to income inequality, equal opportunity, free kindergarten for all, affordable college and so forth. Even though we might agree that the wealth should be shared, and I certainly do, we are way past that conceptual level of speaking to one another. Social media has changed everything. Young folks want it real, they don’t want to hear about the American Dream.

        Hillary will figure this out or she will lose. It’s not 1992 and she’s not Bill. That reminds me that she talked quite a bit in her speech about her own accomplishments. But none of it had much relevance to what matters right now. I just don’t see her being accepted as a populist candidate which is what she is trying to be.

      • Liza says:

        Ametia, YVW.

    • Liza says:

      Well, I would say that Hillary’s stump speech needs work. This is just the standard, safe, Democratic message, crafted to offend no one except Republicans. I just don’t think there is anything here that truly engages anyone except for Hillary’s die hard supporters.

      It’s hard to disagree with most of what she said because it is just so generalized and non-controversial. But so much is missing. The approach here is almost timid, and isn’t going to get people fired up and ready to go.

      I don’t know what to think, but she better have more than this, real soon.

    • rikyrah says:

      thanks for slogging through it, Liza.

      • Liza says:

        Ha ha. I really was curious if she was going to say something provocative or brave or interesting, and she didn’t. She had a pretty good start talking about voter suppression a week or two ago, but no follow up. And her delivery is flat.

    • Ametia says:

      LMBAO Seriously, eillihass, tell us how you really see it.

      So smug, so self-assured, so ENTITLED, yes, it’s HILLARY!

    • eliihass says:

      Naughty Ametia…Lol…

      The video pretty much speaks for itself…

      You could tell by how even her most dedicated delegation of ubiquitous media rah-rah choristers were quite nervous and rather alarmed at how blah and inauthentic she and her speech…Stringing together good sounding buzz words, and reciting them like an over-practiced 2nd year mediocre drama as an elective student just won’t cut it. Or make one relatable or exciting or appealing.

      You’ve got to believe in what you’re saying – and feel passionate about it. All Hillary believes in or feels passionate about, is that it’s her turn, and she so badly wants to be the first woman president. She can’t even give you a plausible reason why, except that she just wants that honor for herself personally. Her cheerleaders, all mercenaries too, all along for the ride – not because they think she’s best for the job, but only for what’s in it for them monetarily and for their own professional placement and advancement.

      I watched MHP this morning and her roundtable sans the one PUMA lady were hemming and humming and pussyfooting about, reluctant to say just how blah and underwhelming Hillary and her event was, until this young black activist joined the conversation and essentially dismissed Ms Ann the obvious. Then the young Latino Dreamer felt emboldened to chime in and admit that she was unmoved and unimpressed too. Even Jamelle Bouie took his digs.

      • Liza says:

        I totally agree. I think this populist angle that she is aiming for is so ill conceived. She has not addressed a single issue, even at this very generalized level of speaking, that that she is actually passionate about. But that is understandable given that her whole adult life is mostly about being a political wife and a politician. Bill and Hillary are Democratic royalty, disconnected from real life so long ago that neither one of them can relate to the hardships of everyday Americans. Populism as the cornerstone of her campaign is just simply futile. There really is no obvious reason for her to pursue this other than her own obsession with being the first woman president and not having her legacy be that she lost the 2008 nomination to President Obama.

        Something is off, way off. But I’m not sure what she is going to be able to do about it.

  12. vitaminlover says:

    Praise His Holy Name!

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