Wednesday Open Thread | Music from the 1970’s

Today enjoy the songs of 1978.

1. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
2. Roxanne – The Police
3. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
4. Heart of Glass – Blondie
5. One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic
6. I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
7. Miss You – The Rolling Stones
8. Le Freak – Chic
9. Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger
10. Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

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105 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Music from the 1970’s

  1. rikyrah says:

    Domestic Terrorist Attack on a church in South Carolina. Possibly up to 8 dead.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Sheryl Kaye
    @tanehisicoates who makes a living on articles that Barack Obama isn’t black enough dismisses Rachel Dolezal’s mockery of its very existence
    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

  3. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama views Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

  4. rikyrah says:

    Jackal in the Press: President Obama, some Republicans have called you an appeaser.

    POTUS: Ask Osama Bin Laden if I’m an appeaser. Or call Al Qeda. Whomever’s left.

  5. rikyrah says:

    SNIPES! @ChocnessMonsta
    I hope everyone remembers how the #DominicanRepublic treats people of color when they plan their vacations/honeymoon. What a vile government

  6. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    We must keep in mind that the Ta-Nehisis, MHPs & Jelani Cobbs do not write for Black people. They serve as Negro Translators for white libs.

  7. rikyrah says:

    @AdamSerwer: Fun fact: Our current labor secretary’s family was exiled from DR for denouncing trujillo’s massacre of ethnic hatians in 1937

  8. Ametia says:


    It’s all about that crazy wanna-be- black white bitch Dolezal.

  9. Ametia says:

    Rachel Dolezal claimed her older brother Joshua Dolezal attacked her when she was a teenager
    drip, Drip. DRIP!

    Rachel Dolezal claimed her older brother Joshua Dolezal attacked her when she was a teenager and forced her to look at nude photos in National Geographic … according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

    Joshua has been charged with four counts of sexual assault by his other sister, Esther — and in legal docs for the case … Esther’s older sister describes a creepy 1991 incident. The older sister’s name is redacted, but Rachel is the only other daughter in the family.

    According to the docs, Joshua was 16 or 17 when he threw Rachel on the ground, pulled up her shirt and sexually abused her. The victim says Joshua then showed her National Geographic photos of topless African women … and told her he masturbated to them.

    She added Joshua was “turned on by the black body and was curious about black women sexually.”

    Joshua was not charged for the alleged incident with Rachel — and the statute of limitations has long since expired.

    Rachel believes her parents outed her race … to get back at her because she encouraged Esther to accuse Josh of sexual abuse. He was arrested and charged in March 2014, and is still awaiting trial.

    Read more:

  10. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Question for my sistas:Am I the only that gets emotional watching @FLOTUS, Mrs. Robinson, her niece, Malia &Sasha travel the world together?

  11. rikyrah says:

    Uber’s business model just went BOOM!!!

    A California Labor Ruling Just Said Uber Drivers Are Employees. That’s Uber’s Worst Nightmare.

    By Alison Griswold

    An Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor, the California Labor Commission ruled this month.

    The case, which involves a single San Francisco driver seeking reimbursement for expenses, is small potatoes. The driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, was awarded $4,152.20 — chump change for Uber, which has an immense warchest and a valution of $50 billion.

    But observers seized on the ruling as a possible game changer for Uber, as well as rivals like Lyft and other on-demand companies like Postmates and Handy, which all rely on vast workforces of independent contractors to perform services for customers. If those workers were reclassified as employees, the companies would be on the hook for a range of expenses, such as workers’ comp and other benefits, and expenses like gasoline.

    Uber has long argued that it is a technology company, not a transportation provider.

    But the labor commission disagreed. Uber is “in the business to provide transportation service to passengers,” it wrote. Moreover, Uber “is involved in every aspect of the operation,” the ruling said, including setting rates for rides, vetting drivers and more.

    A raft of lawsuits now winding their way through the courts seek to have drivers and other on-demand workers reclassified as employees, but those are years away from final decisions.

  12. rikyrah says:



    Roger Ailes Burned By Murdoch Sons In Fox News Power Shift

    Fox Business Network reported last week that Ailes would continue to “report directly to Rupert Murdoch” — a line that came directly from Ailes according to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.

    But on Tuesday, a spokesperson for 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying that Ailes would answer to Murdoch’s sons before the big man himself.

    “Roger will report to Lachlan and James but will continue his unique and long-standing relationship with Rupert,” spokesperson Nathaniel Brown told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.

    Sherman called the move significant and detailed the history of acrimony between the Murdoch brothers and Ailes, noting that, “until now, Rupert always backed Ailes during his messy feuds with Murdoch’s children”:

    “Ailes and James have maintained a distant, if frosty relationship. James is an environmentalist who led News Corp’s campaign to be a carbon-neutral company. His wife once worked for the Clinton Foundation. Ailes, a fierce climate change denier, openly badmouthed James to friends and colleagues. He’s called him a “fucking dope” and “Fredo,” according to sources.

    No one I spoke to in the hours after the news broke could remember a time when Ailes has been so publicly diminished.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    POTUS and Justice Sotomayor with Loretta Lynch’s Family

    POTUS with Loretta Lynch Family

  14. rikyrah says:

    From Limbaugh to Bush, GOP rejects Pope on climate
    06/17/15 12:45 PM
    By Steve Benen
    When Pope Francis indicated late last year that he intended to focus much of attention in 2015 on combating the climate crisis, there were skeptics who wondered just how far he was willing to go.

    The answer is getting much clearer. The pope has already hosted a major summit on global warming with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and this week, the public received a leaked copy of Francis’ encyclical on climate change, which holds human activity responsible for the crisis. Just as important, the pope characterized the crisis as a moral issue.

    When Republicans and the right first started pushing back against Francis’ work, they did so carefully, so as to not offend. But in the weeks that followed, that caution has faded. Rush Limbaugh condemned the pope yesterday, complaining Francis “doesn’t even disguise” his Marxist beliefs about global warming.

    The more mainstream GOP line is that the pope has no business even participating in the discussion. Here was Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush yesterday in New Hampshire:

  15. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Rachel Dolezal’s brother: She’s ‘making up more and more lies'”
    (Video of interview at link)

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Not only is Rachel Dolezal not Black but as a White person she never will be able to genuinely identify as Black.

      There is no amount of reading of the Black experience, listening to Black friends and acquaintances, enjoying the culture, styles, etc. to really understand what it means to take on a Black identity…to identify as such.

    • I’m enraged with the lies.

  16. rikyrah says:

    on chasing the “archie bunker voter”
    By Liberal Librarian

    In case it hasn’t been made painfully clear, the Democrats seeking to succeed Barack Obama as president have no time for his coalition.

    First, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee, urges the President to “take advice” from Nancy Pelosi on the TPP trade deal. You know, just like her husband did when he was in charge. Oh, except, Mr. Clinton didn’t. Call me confused, but I thought that, aside from sheer incompetence or malfeasance, the members of a president’s party were supposed to take leadership from him, not nip at his heels over every initiative.

    Then, of course, we had Senator Bernie Sanders opining yesterday that black Americans needed to stop voting based on race. The sheer audacity of this statement is mind-boggling. There would have been no Democratic wave of 2006, or two Obama landslides, without the African American vote. And these same African Americans, before the arrival of Barack Obama, voted in almost lock-step for every tired-ass white Democratic candidate which made it through the primary meat grinder. Were blacks voting based on race when they voted for Al Gore or John Kerry?

    That was insulting enough. But that was just the shot. Here’s the chaser. Sen. Sanders then went on to say that Democrats had to regain the “working class vote”.

    Let that sink in. A sitting United States senator, caucusing with Democrats, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, an avowed socialist, made a distinction between black votes and working class votes. In his mind, the two are mutually exclusive, not overlapping in a Venn diagram. Blacks over there, working class over here.

    President Obama showed Democrats how to win. And it wasn’t by slavishly pining after the “working class vote”.

    Let’s call that vote for what it is: white voters who left the Democratic coalition in droves after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and have stayed away ever since then, generation after generation giving its allegiance to the GOP.

    • Ametia says:

      WE SEE THEM. We have ALWAYS seen & KNOWN them.

    • Ametia says:

      You better listen to Pelosi, Obama! I loathe these people

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, there’s that and one more thing that I noticed. Hillary addressed the TPP issue because it was omitted from her speech last weekend. Well, she has also avoided speaking about police brutality and everything else that is wrong with the nation’s justice system. She should not be allowed to avoid this any longer. If she doesn’t understand that this is a national crisis, voters have a right to know that. It’s not too late for a new Democratic candidate, especially if her poll number sink. On the other hand, maybe I’m dreaming. The Democratic leadership is determined that Hillary is the one, even if she can’t pull together a winning coalition. And it doesn’t look too promising right now.

  17. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans take aim at key family planning program
    06/17/15 11:20 AM—UPDATED 06/17/15 11:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In the wake of the Republican gains in the 2010 midterms, House GOP lawmakers quickly prioritized the elimination of all Title X funding. Not surprisingly, the efforts faced massive Democratic resistance.

    But now that Republicans control both the House and Senate, far-right members are pursuing their goal with renewed vigor. Laura Bassett reported yesterday for the Huffington Post:

    The House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee released a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 on Tuesday that zeroes out funding for the Title X family planning program, the only federal grant program that provides contraceptive and other preventive health services to poor and uninsured individuals who would otherwise lack access to that kind of care.

    The program subsidizes 4,100 health clinics nationwide and provides no- or low-cost family planning services to individuals who earn less than about $25,000 a year. The largest demographic the program serves is reproductive-aged women between 20 and 29 years old.

    Those who said the so-called “Republican war on women” is over may want to re-think their thesis.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Neptune cop charged with shooting, killing ex-wife in front of daughter

    Fueled by a child custody dispute, a recently divorced Neptune Township police officer shot and killed his former wife in broad daylight on Tuesday in front of their daughter on an Asbury Park street, authorities said.

    Phillip Seidle, 51, a 22-year veteran with the Neptune Township Police Department, was charged with murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife Tamara Seidle on Sewall Avenue, said First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux


    Officers were able to arrest Phillip Seidle shortly before noon, LeMieux said. He was brought to a satellite office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in Asbury Park.

    LeMieux said Phillip Seidle was known to the officers on scene. When asked why officers didn’t use force against Seidle while he fired off a second round of shots in police presence, LeMiuex said that’s “under investigation at this point in time.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    Wal-Mart Has $76 Billion in Undisclosed Overseas Tax Havens

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it from reading the giant retailer’s annual report.

    A new study has found Wal-Mart has at least 78 offshore subsidiaries and branches, more than 30 created since 2009 and none mentioned in U.S. securities filings. Overseas operations have helped the company cut more than $3.5 billion off its income tax bills in the past six years, its annual reports show.

    The study, researched by the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union and published Wednesday in a report by Americans for Tax Fairness, found 90 percent of Wal-Mart’s overseas assets are owned by subsidiaries in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, two of the most popular corporate tax havens.

    Units in Luxembourg — where the company has no stores — reported $1.3 billion in profits between 2010 and 2013 and paid tax at a rate of less than 1 percent, according to the report.

    All of Wal-Mart’s roughly 3,500 stores in China, Central America, the U.K., Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Chile appear to be owned through units in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands, Curacao and Luxembourg, according to the report from the advocacy group. The union conducted its research using publicly available documents filed in various countries by Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries.

    Randy Hargrove, a Wal-Mart spokesman, called the report incomplete and “designed to mislead” by its union authors. He said the company has “processes in place to comply with applicable SEC and IRS rules, as well as the tax laws of each country where we operate.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    Girl Scouts subjected to racial insults after speaking out at Cecil County meeting
    Trang Do
    7:53 PM, Jun 16, 2015


    A group of Girl Scouts is speaking out against racial remarks they say adults shouted at them following a public meeting in Cecil County.

    A video taken after the April 29 meeting of the county’s Animal Care and Control Oversight Commission shows the tail end of a conflict between adults and Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Troop 176.

    Several of the scouts spoke up during public comment to ask about the treatment of animals at the county’s animal control facility. Their concerns were raised after reading local newspaper articles about cramped, inadequate conditions.

    “I felt really bad for the animals because that wasn’t a really good home for them,” said 10 year old Amayah Spurlock.

    “We thought that it wasn’t right to treat our animals the wrong way, so I wanted to give reasons why they shouldn’t,” said Tamara Spurlock, 11.

    The girls were standing outside of the meeting with homemade signs, when they said supporters of the county’s animal control vendor, A Buddy for Life, began shouting racially tinged remarks at them.

    “They were saying, ‘Go back to Baltimore, where you belong,’ and they started pointing out me and my sisters,” said 13 year old Arianna Spurlock, who is African-American.

    “I was like sad and mad at the same time,” Amayah said.

    “They were calling us, like animals and stuff,” Arianna said. “And I didn’t really know why because if they are calling us animals, aren’t they supposed to be helping animals?”

  21. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush’s line on Social Security draws scrutiny
    06/17/15 10:09 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Jeb Bush’s position on Social Security was already controversial. The Republican presidential hopeful, just two weeks ago, emphasized his support for raising the retirement age for Social Security eligibility – a broadly unpopular position. Making matters slightly worse, the former Florida governor was mistaken when talking about what he thinks is the current retirement age.

    Yesterday, Bush’s position drew even more scrutiny, when the International Business Times published this video from American Bridge, recorded at an event in New Hampshire. In response to a question about Social Security, the GOP candidate told an audience:
    “I appreciate the question because it relates to, not that Social Security is an entitlement – I’ve learned that from town hall meetings – it’s a supplemental retirement system that’s not actuarially sound, how about that.

    “And certainly Medicaid and Medicare are entitlements and they’re growing at a far faster rate than anything else in government, so it will overwhelm us. The contingent liabilities are clear. We can ignore it as we’ve done now – my brother tried, got totally wiped out, both Republicans and Democrats wanted nothing to do with it. The next president’s going to have to try again.”

    The line is arguably open to some interpretation. Some Bush critics pounced, arguing that he effectively endorsed his brother’s failed privatization scheme.

  22. Liza says:

    Steph and Riley…

  23. rikyrah says:

    Jossianna Arroyo @JossiannaA

    How history has been distorted to justify the Dominican deportations

    • rikyrah says:

      Over the past two years, a legal nightmare has grown in the Dominican Republic. Taking aim at Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent, the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling in September 2013, made retroactive more than eighty years, stripping citizenship from anyone who cannot prove “regular” residency for at least one parent. Legislation passed in May 2014 allows for a limited and incomplete path to naturalization for some; it amounts to “citizenship by fiat.” The rulings mark a drastic setback for as many as several hundred thousand residents of the Dominican Republic, threatening them with expulsion, statelessness, detention, and abuse. Individuals have already suffered the impact of the new laws. With the rulings, larger-scale detentions might begin tomorrow, overseen by the Dominican armed forces and the U.N., among other groups.

      In analyses of the crisis over the past two years, English-language press and Dominican right-wing nationalists have often been in simplistic consensus: they argue that the two countries have been in constant conflict. Scholars, activists, and other voices have made repeated admonitions to amplify and complicate this “fatal-conflict model,” as well as to eschew sensationalism in favor of concrete language. Nevertheless, one so-called truism emerges again and again in the U.S. press: that Dominican “animosity and racial hatred of Haitians dates back to at least 1822,” when Haitian rule extended over the whole island. Dominican supporters of the 2013 ruling, also, invoke the nineteenth century freely in a very similar manner. Commentators often talk of a supposed “pacific invasion” of Dominican soil at present, repeating the one that allegedly took place in January 1822. Images of Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the authors of separation of the two countries two decades later, populate demonstrations in support of the current rulings.

      The nineteenth-century narrative is an abject falsehood, repeated often. Unification between the two countries came at the invitation of numerous Dominican towns. It brought the end of slavery. All of the citizens of the island enjoyed and defended their independence for decades and decades, long after the countries formally split, as their nearby neighbors remained colonized (and hundreds of thousands, still enslaved). They did so, precisely, together. These facts were as immediately obvious to elite commentators seeking separation as they were to the great majority of the island’s residents, who manifested profound and dynamic interconnection. Decades after unification ended, Dominican-Haitian collaborators helped to win Dominican independence, for a second time, in 1865. The Dominican constitution changed that same year to jus soli citizenship; a handful of reformers called for dual citizenship across the island. Without much documentation, however, the popular foundation of these struggles was muted even as it unfolded. The island’s residents continued to defend their independence, but xenophobic, racist, and hostile voices on and off the island continued to marginalize them. With the U.S. occupations, outside hostility became even more concrete.

      Even more casual outside observers tend to know about the massive anti-Haitian intellectual production of the Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961). Perhaps the ten concurring Tribunal members were purposely trying to sidestep its shadow when they chose, against all precedent, to extend their ruling to the year before he took power. Fewer outsiders know of Dominican resistance to these narratives during Trujillo’s regime, or of later efforts to reimagine the history of the nineteenth century completely. Haiti and the Dominican Republic were siblings in a struggle for freedom in these new accounts. Colonial powers, old and new, were the common enemy. Juan Bosch was one such politician-historian. He managed seven months in office before a coup overthrew him. Trujillo’s one-time aide, also a prolific history writer, replaced him. The contest for nineteenth-century narratives began all over again.

    • Liza says:

      She’s looking for a way out. So, make up a story and see if it flies. Her other two options are to 1.) tell the truth or 2.) keep her mouth shut and let a lawyer speak for her.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Angela Bassett Takes Her Acting Skills to the Video Game Universe, Appearing in ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 2:22PM

    I’m not a big gamer, although I’ve owned an XBOX system for a while (an earlier version that I haven’t played in years); and I haven’t really kept up with the evolution of gaming – the systems, different platforms and, of course, the actual games themselves. So in checking out trailers for some of the upcoming new editions, announced at E3 this week (E3 being the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is an annual video game conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention Center), I’m impressed by how cinematic they continue to look and feel. Not that the computer generated characters and worlds look ultra realistic, but they are certainly much improved, and, to be honest, some of the worlds created in some of these massive games are absolutely breathtaking to look at and virtually inhabit and navigate with relative remote control ease.

    And with virtual reality being the next big thing (the much-ballyhooed Oculus VR device becomes commercially available early next year, as game creators rush to produce content for that platform), I can only imagine just how much more intensely realistic game play will become in the next several years.

    All that said… Angela Bassett features in an upcoming new game that was just announced at E3 – the highly-anticipated (according to my research) “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” from Ubisoft, which gaming experts and analysts are saying has the potential to become the best-selling shooter in the company’s history.

  25. rikyrah says:

    TNT’s Supernatural Summer Series ‘Proof’ Debuts Tonight. Here’s What Critics Are Saying About It (Jennifer Beals, Joe Morton, Edi Gathegi)

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 10:43AM

    Summer hasn’t yet officially begun (June 21), but the summer TV season is in full swing.

    Tonight, you’ll get your first look at one of TNT’s summer offerings – a supernatural drama series titled “Proof,” which premieres tonight, June 16th, at 10/9c.

    Jennifer Beals stars as a brilliant but somewhat jaded female surgeon, still struggling with the devastating death of her son, who begins investigating cases concerning reincarnations, hauntings, out-of-body experiences, and other supernatural phenomena.

    Joe Morton (on vacation from “Scandal”) co-stars, playing the tough and intimidating chief who runs the hospital where Beals’ character works.

    And Edi Gathegi plays a Sudanese hospital intern tasked with finding proof of life after death.

    Ahead of its premiere, here’s a sample of what critics who’ve seen episodes of the series, are saying about it:

  26. rikyrah says:

    First Trailer for IFC’s Pulp-Noir ‘The Spoils Before Dying’ Will Give You Pleasure

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 3:31PM

    IFC will premiere “The Spoils Before Dying” as a 3-night miniseries event on Wednesday, July 8, Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10. Two half-hour episodes of the six part miniseries will air each evening starting at 9pm ET/PT.

    Described as a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene, “The Spoils Before Dying” follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig). With 72-hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair, Rock and Delores embark on a dangerous quest for the truth that takes them into an abyss of sex, drugs, betrayal, and of course, jazz. While his world crumbles, Rock’s hard-charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) pressures him to record a mainstream jazz album.

  27. rikyrah says:

    David Oyelowo Ruins Kate Mara’s Day in First Trailer for ‘Captive’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 4:23PM

    One of several projects on David Oyelowo’s post-“Selma” slate, has been picked up by Paramount Pictures for a theatrical release later this year, set for September 18, 2015.

    The BN Films’ thriller “Captive,” is inspired by on the true 2005, Atlanta-set story of a man named Brian Nichols, who escaped from a courthouse jail and killed the judge assigned to his case, as well as the court reporter, sherriff’s deputy and an FBI officer. He then led federal and local police on a statewide manhunt, during which he took a single mother with a drug addiction, hostage in her own apartment, where she would eventually use the wisdom from a book in her possession (Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life”) to reason with Nichols.

    Oyelowo stars as Brian Nichols, while Kate Mara plays the single mother he takes hostage – Ashley Smith.

    Michael K. Williams is a lead detective on Nichols’ case.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Nia Long & Jason Mitchell Join Cast of Key & Peele Comedy Feature ‘Keanu’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 7:40PM

    Nia Long and Jason Mitchell (he plays Eazy-E in the upcoming N.W.A. film, “Straight Outta Compton”) have both joined the cast of the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele New Line Comedy, “Keanu,” which is to be directed by Peter Atencio, and follows a group of friends posing as drug dealers in order to retrieve a stolen cat.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Kimberly Elise and Kristen Ariza Join Cast of HBO’s Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Telepic

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 9:02PM

    Kimberly Elise and Kristen Ariza have joined the cast of HBO’s scripted movie based on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, titled “Confirmation,” which stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce as the 2 key characters.

    Elise will play Sonia Jarvis, Anita Hill’s college roommate and an attorney as well; while Kristen Ariza has signed up to play crisis management expert, and then White House press liaison, Judy Smith (you know her as the inspiration for Kerry Washington’s character in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama series “Scandal”).

  30. rikyrah says:

    I love this movie. Was always sad that they didn’t make more of them.


    Devil in a Blue Dress’ Finally Coming out on Blu-Ray in October

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    By Sergio | Shadow and Act

    June 17, 2015 at 9:10AM

    Just last month, I wrote an appreciation piece for Carl Franklin’s 1995 film adaption of Walter Mosley’s “Devil in Blue Dress” which I still believe is a much under-appreciated film.

    As I said, it is truly “a superior film that fires on all cylinders – acting, direction, script, cinematography, editing art direction… but is also true to its film noirish roots, giving us a complex, shadowy mystery story full of twists and turns with dubious characters who lie to hide their true agendas”.

    But, as I said as well, “the film is not simply a Humphrey Bogart film in blackface. It very accurately chronicles what like was like for black folks in this country during the 1940’s. Racism and segregation weren’t just a Southern thing. It was everywhere, from the Midwest to the East, to the so-called more liberal “Left Coast” of Southern California. Black people faced insults, oppression and degradation every day and yet persevered and endured. It wasn’t easy for sure”.

    Yet, somehow, when people talk about their favorite black films, “Devil” is rarely (if ever) on anyone’s list. It seems to have been overlooked. Though I’m sure there are those who still remember it fondly. It’s a shame that it didn’t do well at the box office since there are so many other wonderful Easy Rawlins novels that would make great films.

    • Liza says:

      I’m a film noir addict and I absolutely love “Devil in a Blue Dress.” Don Cheadle’s character is one of my favorite in all of cinema.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Here’s Your First Look at Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO’s ‘Confirmation’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 16, 2015 at 10:26AM

    Most recently, Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright joined the cast of HBO’s scripted movie based on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, titled “Confirmation.”

    Hudson will play witness Angela Wright, and Wright will be Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree.

    Previously-announced Kerry Washington is starring, playing Anita Hill, as well as executive produce the telepic, which is written by Academy Award nominated writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), and produced by Groundswell Productions in association with ABC Signature Studios.

    And Wendell Pierce is playing Clarence Thomas.

  32. rikyrah says:

    The Bush Family’s Game of Thrones

    by BooMan
    Wed Jun 17th, 2015 at 01:53:41 AM EST

    Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker has been covering the Bush family since she was a cub reporter in South Carolina during the 1980 primaries. She liked Poppy from the beginning, especially because, unlike Ronald Reagan, he didn’t suggest that it was past her bedtime and inquire as to whether or not her mother knew her whereabouts.

    That’s fine. You know, Poppy always had good manners and a well-developed sense of propriety. The man sends something like ten thousand Christmas cards. I understand how a person could take a personal liking to Poppy and then go through the next thirty years feeling well-disposed to his whole family. Of course, it helped if you never looked too hard and found yourself suffering the wrath of Barbara Bush or her idiot son, George Jr.

    Speaking of Dubya, he actually became the president of the United States. He did some things while he was president, some of which might have informed a normal person’s view of the political worth of the whole Bush Clan.

    Or not.
    I became familiar with these Bushes, as their years in office coincided with my own migration to Washington. I remember a comment George W. Bush made to me during a one-on-one, in-flight interview. He said the toughest moment of his life wasn’t what to do after 9/11 but seeing his father — “this fine, fine man” — defeated by Clinton. I thought for a moment he might cry, but of course he wouldn’t.

    What Kathleen is fondly recalling here is actually a moment that should have brought some clarifying terror. Here was the president of the United States freely admitting that watching his father lose the presidency to Bill Clinton was a more formative event for him than watching the Twin Towers collapse. Does Jeb feel the same way? What does that suggest about his motivation for running against Hillary Clinton?

    We already have the example of George the Younger acting out some elaborate dance of revenge…against everything that Clinton tried to do in office…against Saddam Hussein who supposedly tried to assassinate his daddy.

    How did that work out for the country or the Middle East?

    If you want to know how Bush wound up reacting to the 9/11 attacks by occupying a country that had nothing to do with the attacks, this exchange with Parker helps explain it. He was more obsessed with avenging his father than he was with avenging 9/11.

    Is Jeb similarly deranged?

    But Parker doesn’t even begin to notice the implications of her anecdotes. In fact, she still seems to think that the most significant national trauma in recent decades wasn’t 9/11 or the debacle in Iraq or the drowning of New Orleans or the economic catastrophe of the Great Recession, but Bill Clinton’s infidelity:

    After the national trauma of the Clinton years, during which mothers like me were forced to shield our children from the president’s deeds, it was a relief to see George W. and Laura Bush move into the White House. If nothing else was certain, at least no one would have to worry about blue dresses, knee pads and cigars.

  33. rikyrah says:

    The scope of Obama’s counter-terrorism successes
    06/17/15 08:03 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Whenever the political world’s attention turns to matters of national security and terrorism, Republican criticisms of President Obama feature familiar talking points. The president isn’t “aggressive” enough, they say. His approach must be “tougher,” like the policies adopted by the Bush/Cheney administration.

    Obama’s counter-terrorism policies are so ineffective, the right insists, that the White House won’t even use the specific words – “radical Islamic terrorism” – that Republicans demand to hear.

    But the gap between GOP rhetoric and national-security reality continues to grow. We learned yesterday, for example, that a U.S. airstrike killed Nasir al-Wuhaysh, al Qaeda’s No. 2 official – and the top guy in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. As Rachel noted on the show last night, his death is a “huge deal,” especially given the terrorist plots al-Wuhaysh has helped oversee.

    NBC News had a helpful report yesterday on the frequency with which U.S. strikes have successfully targeted al Qaeda’s top leaders.
    Since Navy SEALs killed [Osama bin Laden] in 2011, American drone strikes have taken out seven potential candidates to succeed him as the leader of what was once the most-feared terror gang.

    The targeted attacks started within weeks of bin Laden’s death. Three al Qaeda higher-ups were killed in June, August and September of 2011, followed by another three in late 2012 and early 2013…. Now, the death of 38-year-old Wuhayshi – killed in a strike on Friday – is seen by American intelligence officials as a major blow to al Qaeda, which is struggling with decimated ranks and ideological competition from the Islamic State.

    I’m reminded of this piece in The Atlantic last fall, when Jeffrey Goldberg, hardly a liberal, wrote, “Obama has become the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency.”

  34. rikyrah says:

    Public unaware of Supreme Court’s healthcare iceberg
    06/16/15 04:14 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Those who pay close attention to current events no doubt realize that, before the end of the month, the Supreme Court will rule on a case called King v. Burwell. For millions of families, the decision will be critically important – for some, it may even be a matter of life and death.

    But the fact remains that much of the public doesn’t pay close attention to current events. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s new report suggests most Americans have no idea there’s an iceberg ahead, and the high court may be aiming right for it.
    Most of the public continues to say they have not heard much about the case. About 7 in 10 say they’ve heard only a little (28 percent) or nothing at all (44 percent) about the case. Fourteen percent say they’ve heard something about it and 13 percent say they’ve heard a lot about the case.

    These shares are slightly higher than late last year when the Supreme Court announced they would take the case and earlier this year when the Court heard arguments, but still most say they haven’t heard much about the case.
    That’s no small detail. Possibly as early as Thursday, several Republican justices may tell 6 million Americans, “Sorry, we’ve decided you’ll no longer be able to afford health security.” And many of those 6 million have no idea this possibility is looming.

  35. rikyrah says:

    ‘Capitalism tops even racism in this racist ass country’
    by EricFive
    Here’s my take on Bernie Sanders.

    He is a Socialist and will never be a candidate for President.

    Capitalism tops even racism in this racist ass country (see Montgomery Bus Boycott).

    As for his comments, I have long argued that racism exists on both the political left and right.

    More precisely, the acceptance of the doctrine of White supremacy exists across the political spectrum.

    Sanders’ comments reflect that mindset.

    Without the overwhelming support of African-American voters NO Democrat can win the presidency, that is political reality.

    Yet he covets the “White working class” voter who shun the Democrats and insults the voting bloc that is essential to his candidacy.

    It makes no rational sense, but then neither does the doctrine of White supremacy.

    Put simply, some voters are more important than others in these United States.

    Winning the White vote gives the victorious candidate more LEGITIMACY than had he won through a multiracial coalition (both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were treated like usurpers by the Washington establishment and media).

    HRC has also been lamenting about the Dems loss of these White working class voters.

    HRC seems to be threading the needle better than Bernie, but their sentiments are identical.

    Dems don’t want to be seen as the Black folks party so they are willing to lose elections courting people who will never vote for them (see 2014 midterms).

    I think Bernie should be roundly criticized for his insulting comments.

    Silence gives legitimacy to those views and allows the eventual nominee to move to the right on civil rights issues.

    • Ametia says:

      Sorry for your loss, LeBron.

    • Liza says:

      I was so hoping this would be his year, that he could get that one championship title for the Cavaliers. I saw him on ESPN this AM, he’s really sad. But the Cavaliers know what they need to do, and there’s a really good chance that next year is their time.

  36. rikyrah says:

    The Infallibility of Miss Ann
    (Or, the Last Rachel Dolezal Thinkpiece Ever)

    [OPINION] Jamilah Lemieux asks why it’s so hard for us to adequately critique White women

    If you were asked to close your eyes and think of racist violence against Black folks—White on Black crime, if you will—I’d wager that you’d summon the image of a White man/White men brutalizing someone. The LAPD officers who beat Rodney King. Daniel Pantelleo taking Eric Garner’s air. Darren Wilson’s expressionless mug posing to reveal the “injuries” he sustained while gunning down Mike Brown. And, of course the latest member of the all-too-easy to join club of infamously violent cops, former (and likely, future, if history has taught us anything) police officer Eric Casebolt who brutalized a 14-year-old girl on that now-viral video shot in the ruins of a McKinney, Texas pool party.

    But what set things off in the first place? Allegedly, the incident began when a White woman made racist comments about attendees of the party and then slapped the 19-year-old host when she defended her friends. This entire fiasco was (allegedly) set into motion due to the racist violence of a White woman—and a group of Black teens were violated and likely traumatized as a result. Yet, she’s been largely absent from the conversation about that infamous day.

    We don’t say enough about how the racism of White women—who often escape scrutiny because the public face of racism is The White Man—harms people of color. We forget how the aggression of police when encountering Black bodies is often tied to the idea that these people present a danger to the fragility of White womanhood and how the word of a White woman will nearly almost always be believed over that of a Black man or Black woman (or a Black child, which is frightening, considering how many White women are teaching Black kids that they don’t necessarily value or believe in.)

    Read more at EBONY
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  37. rikyrah says:

    from Facebook:

    Denene Milner (on Facebook)

    I have never in my Black ass life…

    … trusted potato salad, greens, sweet potato pie or chitlins prepared
    by anyone who wasn’t taught by their OWN Black mama or auntie how to make them from scratch, sans a recipe.

    … listened to a Stevie Wonder or Donny Hathaway song or watched an August Wilson play or gazed upon a work of Romare Bearden and not been moved to tears, knowing for sure that they were speaking directly to our shared Black experience—our collective souls.

    … forgotten the touch of my mother’s fingers or the cool of her breath as I sat perfectly still between her knees, listening to the sizzle of the hot comb melting the Afro Sheen onto my kitchen.

    … trusted Black men who date exclusively outside their race, with their self-hating Black asses.

    … forgotten what it felt like to be called “nigger” with great gusto
    by white neighbors, fellow girl scouts, college classmates, enraged
    motorists and random people in the street who, when they looked at me, saw nothing more than Black skin and stereotypes that made them automatically HATE me.

    … worn all this chocolate and all these curves and all this kinky ass hair and then been able to decide, “eh, I’mma take this off now and be someone other than a Black woman today.” (Except for that one week in 6th grade when I thought it was a good idea to stuff toilet tissue into my training bra.) Never could take it off. But spent a lifetime being made to think that every inch of me wasn’t good enough, wasn’t pretty enough, wasn’t right enough, wasn’t white
    enough. Those were the experiences that made me the fierce ass Black woman I am today—the one who loves every inch of these curves, every bend in this kinky hair, every bit of this chocolate. It is uniquely, divinely mine.

    … trusted, liked or given a good hot damn about white people who think that because they know a Jay-Z lyric or two, like a Maya Angelou poem or two, can inflect a couple Black colloquialisms,
    read a couple books about Black people and trotted behind Black folk
    like a snot-nosed toddler does her mama that they are, indeed, my
    cultural equal.

    So FUCK ‪#‎RachelDolezal‬.

    All the dime store orange foundation, all the nappy wigs in Crenshaw,
    all the “Today” show/”Melissa Harris-Perry” appearances and proclamations shouted from the every TV screen on the planet won’t EVER make her BE me.

    • TyrenM says:

      Tell it!

      … trusted, liked or given a good hot damn about white people who think that because they know a Jay-Z lyric or two, like a Maya Angelou poem or two, can inflect a couple Black colloquialisms, read a couple books about Black people and trotted behind Black folk like a snot-nosed toddler does her mama that they are, indeed, my
      cultural equal.

      LAMH on another blog told me basically the same thing twice upon a time. I didn’t “get it” the first time I heard it. I definitely do now. *ugonlearntoday*

  38. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    The same folks who welcome Rachel Dolezal as black with open arms claim President Obama a white boy with a tan.

  39. rikyrah says:

    JusticeForTamirRice @essdotX

    So MHP is saying #RachelDolezal’s suit against Howard U. was really about gender. PASSES EVERYWHERE.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Let’s Not Question Blackness Because a White Woman Says So

    Why is anyone debating what it means to be black because Rachel Dolezal is trying on blackness like a set of clothing?

    By: Kirsten West Savali

    Posted: June 15 2015 7:43 AM

    I’ve spent much of the last few days crying real tears over black Twitter’s brilliant and hilarious responses to Rachel Dolezal’s shenanigans. Seriously, search #AskRachel and #RachelDolezal if you need a pick-me-up.

    Then the conversations turned serious.

    I saw how much pain she was causing sisters like me who have been demeaned for the very blackness she stole. I read the social media posts of black women living in anguish because the skin they’re in has been deemed less than in the eyes of society at large, and even in some of their own homes and communities. I cringed as I saw seemingly socially conscious and inclusive people post the most emotionally violent false equivalencies about the transgender community.

    I even watched Melissa Harris-Perry, who spoke with me in an interview several years ago about “authentic representation of black womanhood,” and the fact that she was “identifiably black,” grapple with the absurd concepts of “cis-black and trans-black” as racial identities, largely in response to some white impostor from Spokane, Wash., whose concept of blackness is constructed through the lens of white supremacy. This woman, with her orange skin and rent-an-Afro, her lies and artistic plagiarism, has caused black people around the world to stop and question their own understanding of blackness.

    Let me repeat: Most people who are entertaining this farce aren’t questioning Rachel Dolezal’s so-called blackness. Oh, no, her blackness is somehow deemed self-determination. Dolezal’s choice to be black has, instead, forced some black people to work through their own concept of blackness and how it should be defined.

    Because the white woman said so.

    Someone asked me on Twitter how I felt about the idea that we should “applaud [Rachel] for abandoning unearned racial privilege.” And my response was simple: In a society ravaged by colorism—where the aesthetic in closest proximity to whiteness is privileged over darker skin and kinkier hair—she hasn’t abandoned anything. Maybe she feels more privileged posing as what this racist society deems to be a superior black woman rather than living as a mediocre white one; she’s still benefiting from white supremacy either way. You can’t position yourself as a leader and lover of black people while exploiting our emotionally charged fractures at the same time. That’s not how this works.

  41. Ametia says:

    One Nation Under a Groove I Will Survive with some of that Old Time Rock and Roll, because I Miss You. The Sultans of Swing Wanna Be Sedated so you can feed Roxanne Rock Lobster and Le Freak me to break that Heart of Glass

  42. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Dolezal’s Imitation Game: Why Couldn’t She Struggle and Be White?

    Why didn’t she simply embrace her humanity and show that she could fully embrace the humanity of others, despite her whiteness?

    By: Charles D. Ellison

    Posted: June 13 2015 3:00 AM

    Conventional wisdom on the peculiar and seemingly otherworldly case of Spokane, Wash., NAACP President Rachel Dolezal might offer us the old maxim, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Others might hope that we wake up tomorrow and discover that Dolezal was indeed the long-lost stepchild of Black Like Me white journalist John Howard Griffin. That maybe this was all part of some bizarre, yet well-intentioned experiment in modern black experience, a racial road trip that simply swerved into a ditch full of bad reactions, and that (maybe) we’d discover insight that would make us all the better for it.

    Yet there are frantic cautionary Rachelisms that are hard to ignore. Dolezal became her own living black doppelgänger, successfully molding herself into a black activist superhero taking out Pacific Northwestern white supremacist networks and kicking a Cover Girl stylishness while at it. And while Dolezal herself may have rationalized that she brought some form of dignity to that image, that—at least—she had not defiled black femininity in fits of pasty twerkiness or an unfiltered oversexualized homage on the cover of Paper magazine, there is still something fantastically weird and quirky wrong about it.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Dear Rachel: Here’s What I Wrote After I Got Mad Watching Your Interview

    The author shares a real black American experience to counter the made-up “black experience” that race pretender Rachel Dolezal is passing off.

    By: Hilary Beard

    Posted: June 16 2015 8:54 PM

    It’s really not that “complicated,” #RachelDolezal. Because, no, you didn’t “go there with the experience”; no, you’re not a black hairdresser; no, you didn’t have to play black to be your black children’s mom; and no, this discussion about race and what it means to be black—while rich and important and long overdue—hasn’t occurred “at your expense.” But other people will let you have it for those transgressions. I’ll just share my personal experience because I think, just by laying it out, that you’ll see the problem.

    Consider this an ode to my mother, who was often—perhaps usually—seen as white. She was descended from many generations of mixed-race people: African (of unknown origin), Cherokee, Choctaw, Irish, Portuguese, Scottish and Lord knows what else. Mommy’s eyes were forest green, with gold specks, and sparkled. Whether snatched up into a bun or braided and falling down her back, her hair looked straight, except on a humid day. In some communities she could have passed for white, although black folks knew the deal.

    And truth be told, for several years I, Hilary, her eldest child, believed that she was, in fact, white. Her face hit the floor when she heard me tell one of my white girlfriends, Julie—who was shocked that a woman whom she saw as having white skin was my mom—that she was “white and Indian.” It hadn’t occurred to my mom, having lived her entire life under the one-drop rule, that she was anything but colored (which gave way to Negro and then black and African American), or that she would have to explain her racial identity to her very own biological child. She was just stunned, and I, her firstborn, felt very ashamed.

    My mother definitely experienced light-skinned, if not white-skinned, privilege. But unlike you, Rachel, she and most of the people she descended from—many of whom also had a somewhat or very European appearance because they were, in fact, somewhat or very European—had the lived experience of being nigger-Negro-colored-African American-black in these yet-to-be United States. For some of my ancestors, that included living as free blacks; for most of the others it meant being terrorized and subjected to the subhuman experience of enslavement.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Obama Blasted for Snub of Black Press: ‘Shameful’
    Stacy M. Brown | 6/16/2015, 8 a.m.

    To some, it’s not a surprise that the first African-American president, who has been in office for six years, has mostly ignored the black print media.

    However, to readers of the hundreds of African-American print newspapers in the nation, it’s worth noting that President Barack Obama still has not allowed for any face time with black-owned newspaper companies.

    “What’s interesting is that these outlets really only support the president’s agenda, they are non-controversial and they are not gossip sheets so a sit-down couldn’t hurt,” said African-American media watcher Floyd Gooden.

    “You see him appear on Jimmy Fallon and other white-owned media. Sure, you’ll see him with a Steve Harvey or an Oprah, but the issue is the hard-working African-American publishers and owners whom he’s forgotten about,” Gooden said.

    The Washington Informer’s publisher and owner is Denise Rolark Barnes, an African-American woman whose late father, Dr. Calvin Rolark, started the paper more than 50 years ago. Radio One founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes called Rolark a visionary.

    Still, repeated requests for interviews with the president have mostly been ignored by the White House.

    Earlier this year, White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said he’d “see what he could do” about the years-old request by The Washington Informer to speak with the president.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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