Monday Open Thread | SEAL Week

Happy Monday, Everyone. This week’s featured artist is SEAL.


Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), better known by the pseudonym Seal, is a British soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is known for his numerous international hits, including “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013.

Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, in consecutive years for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).

Seal was born Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel[9] on 19 February 1963 in Paddington, London, England, to a Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji, and a Brazilian father, Francis Samuel. Seal’s first and middle names are in the Yoruba language. Olusegun means “God is victorious”, Olumide means “my Lord has arrived”, and Adeola means either “rich crown” or “a crown of wealth”. He was raised in the City of Westminster in inner London by his foster family. He received a two-year diploma, or associate degree, in architecture and worked in various jobs in the London area.

Although there have long been rumours as to the cause of the scars on his face, they are the result of a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus – a condition that specifically affects the skin above the neck.



Seal's new album of classic 1970s soul songs is called Soul 2.

Seal’s new album of classic 1970s soul songs is called Soul 2.

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76 Responses to Monday Open Thread | SEAL Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Watching island hunters. Dude just brought the client to a place with no electricity, no water well, no indoor plumbing -it has an outhouse…and did not break a sweat telling her that it was $ 1.25 million.
    Get da phuq outta here.

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    • Ametia says:

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  3. Ametia says:

    Paul Krugman Definitively Shows How Slavery Still Haunts Us

    A state’s history of slaveholding predicts opposition to gun control, unions, Obamacare and better wages.
    By Janet Allon / AlterNet June 22, 2015

    Overwhelmingly, the 22 states that have refused the Medicaid expansion that would give their residents access to Obamacare are former slaveholding states. Coincidence? Krugman thinks not. “And it’s not just health reform: a history of slavery is a strong predictor of everything from gun control (or rather its absence), to low minimum wages and hostility to unions, to tax policy.”

    All, Krugman argued, have an ugly racial component. But still, the columnist does not think we are doomed forever to live in slavery’s long shadow, or at least, he’d like to think not. Increasing ethnic diversity is slowly making the black-white polarity outdated. Dog-whistle politics has to decline, eventually.

    Let’s hope.

  4. Ametia says:


    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend the funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, according to a White House official.

    Obama will deliver the eulogy, the official confirmed to The Post and Courier.

    Pinckney’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at TD Arena at the College of Charleston. Interment will follow at St. James AME Church of Marion.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Shaun King ‏@ShaunKing 4h4 hours ago
    It’s all adding up. The white supremacist hero cited by terrorist Dylann Roof is a major donor for Ted Cruz.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Bruce P. Knight‏@brucepknight
    You can usually spot a racist when they get upset about a black person using the N-word. They cry because they can’t. Looking at you media.

    • rikyrah says:

      Michael Ian Black ‏@michaelianblack 5h5 hours ago
      “I ran the country from my couch for a couple years.” Maron

      “A lot of people do.” Obama

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:


      Thanks for posting this :)

      I have read all of Octavia Butler’s books but none by the other 6 science fiction writers mentioned in the article.

      Can you please recommend 1 or 2 top books by the other authors for me to read?

  7. Ametia says:

    HA HA HA HA HA Bunch of racist HYPOCRITS

    Billy Graham’s grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair
    By Sarah Pulliam Bailey June 21 at 9:23 PM

    Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in South Florida, after admitting he had an affair. He released the following statement to The Washington Post:

    “I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family. As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and …

  8. Ametia says:

    We know damn well that those 2 white men who escaped from NY PRISON with the help of a dick-loving prison staff should have been captured by now.

    Charles Dorner, remember him? they burned him ALIVE.

  9. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    We have 2 threads up one of the Charleston AME church service yesterday and anopen thread on Charleston. Feel free to posts comments there too. Thanks!

  10. rikyrah says:

    Veteran Freshman @yusufyuie

    White people making a big deal about Obama using the N-word. THE IRONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. lollll

  11. rikyrah says:

    scary lawyerguy @scarylawyerguy

    For 6 yrs, media whined that Obama didn’t talk about race. He gave some real talk about it this weekend & now media wants him to zip it.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Walker keeps missing leadership opportunities
    06/22/15 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Though some Republicans were initially reluctant to connect the massacre in Charleston to racism, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) addressed the issue with clarity. “I want to make it abundantly clear that I think the act, the crime that was committed on Wednesday is an act of racism,” the Republican presidential hopeful said.

    Got it. Would Walker be equally clear about the Confederate battle flag still flying at the South Carolina Statehouse? No, he wouldn’t. On Twitter, the Wisconsin governor wrote:
    “RE: confederate flag in SC, it’s a state issue & I fully expect SC leaders to debate this after the victim’s families have time to mourn.”
    Welcome to June 2015 – the point at which “It’s a state issue” becomes the new “I’m not a scientist.”

    It’s true, of course, that it will be up to South Carolina to decide how and whether to consider changes. There will be no federal proposal on this, and it won’t be up to any president or out-of-state governor. Scott Walker will not have a direct say in the outcome.

    But he, like all Americans, can have an opinion. Indeed, there’s an expectation that presidential candidates will speak their minds, especially on controversial issues, letting the electorate know where they stand on the major issues of the day.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Clinton: ‘Our problem is not all kooks and Klansman’
    06/22/15 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The political reactions to last week’s mass shooting in Charleston were, in too many instances, woefully inadequate. Much of the Republicans’ 2016 field, for example, has not only spent the last several days clumsily dodging questions about the Confederate battle flag, but has been equally cautious discussing the shooter’s racist motives.

    But among high-profile White House hopefuls, not everyone was prepared to sit quietly on the sidelines. MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reported over the weekend on Hillary Clinton stepping up in ways her GOP rivals would not.

    In the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina massacre at a historically black church this week, Hillary Clinton vowed Saturday to fight for new gun control laws despite the overwhelming opposition. She also said America must address lingering racism exposed by the shooting. […]

    In a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, Clinton said it “make no sense” that Congress has failed to pass simple gun control laws, like universal background checks. She vowed to keep fighting and promised to achieve reform if elected president.

    Amidst caution and reticence from so many national candidates, former Secretary of State did the exact opposite, delivering candid, almost aggressive remarks on matters of race and gun violence.

    On the latter, Clinton didn’t endorse specific policy measures, so much as she offered support for the kind of reforms the right refuses to even consider. From the transcript made available by the Democratic campaign:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Shaun King @ShaunKing
    The agony.

    Only 12 people were in the bible study.

    9 killed.

    2 faked death.

    1 was left to tell the story of what happened.

    • rikyrah says:

      Shaun King @ShaunKing

      Felicia Sanders, mother of the slain TyWanza Sanders, watched her son be killed as she and her grandaughter played dead in warm blood.

    • Kathleen says:

      Next week on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd will feature a segment on Marion Berry and Adam Clayton Powell because “both sides” and it’s his job to stick it to the Liberal Man, Man! Fox Audition Tape Part Deaux.

  15. rikyrah says:

    For those who watched Ballers, there’s a podcast on AfterbuzzTV

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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