Monday Open Thread | Leon Haywood

Leon Haywood 2Leon was born in Houston, Texas on February 11th, 1942.  After an inauspicious childhood he made his way into the entertainment world in the early 1960’s as part of Big
Jay McNeely’s band. It was Jay who arranged for him to record his first single, “Without A Love,” on the small Swingin’ record label. After that, he joined Sam Cooke’s band
as a keyboardist until the singer’s untimely death.

He had his first charting single in 1965 with “She’s With Her Other Love” on the Imperial label. He was then part of two session groups organized by Los Angeles disc
jockey Magnificent Montague which issued the instrumental hits “Hole In The Wall” (1965) under the moniker of The Packers, and “Precious Memories” (1967) as The

In 1967, Leon had his first solo hit with “It’s Got To Be Mellow” on the Decca label. He continued to play on further recording sessions with The Packers and Dyke And
The Blazers
, before returning to recording under his own name. He found only sporadic success, most notably with “Keep It In The Family.” With a number of labels he
released a variety of singles but none caught the publics attention and he went largely unnoticed.

By 1974 the 32 year old was ready for a change, disco was emerging and Leon grabbed on to the sound for his first 12″ single for his new label 20th Century Fox Records.
“I Wanta Do Something Freaky To You” became an instant club smash and set the tone for the next decade of his career. He followed that album with one more for the
label and then disappeared for a few years.

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105 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Leon Haywood

  1. eliihass says:

    “…I want people to think about character, because character matters. And we don’t talk about it anymore…Character counts! I don’t want to know what you’ve done after you’ve decided you want to be President; I want to know who you were when no one was looking…What did you do; what were you doing in the shadows…..”

    -Michelle Obama DelaFebruary 2008.


    Spot on.

    • Ametia says:


      • eliihass says:

        Ooohh Ametia…still the wrong one…But I loved watching this…Hadn’t seen it before..

        POTUS is calm and marshaling points, and love how FLOTUS smiles and takes on Meredith whenever she starts on her “..they say…”

        But that video is from May 2008 and Meredith is pretending that people don’t really know who or what then Senator Obama is or stands for…with her silly ‘Arugula’ bit;

        Meanwhile here’s a video from months before – February 2008, where Mrs Obama is talking to an already packed venue and sold-out audience – the sort any candidate would give their right arm for and yet, this is not the candidate, but his wife! But many people didn’t know this because there was a media black-out of Mrs Obama’s incredible speeches on the trail – until of course they thought she’d made a boo-boo that could be used against her husband…

        She does what she does best: telling truths in such clear and easy to grasp ways… and seriously introducing the audience to who her husband is and what he stands for…

        No notes. No teleprompter. From the heart.

        All these 2016 candidates need to go back and study as many Obama 2008 related interviews, speeches, everything! They’ll understand the difference between Candidate Obama and them. The man and his wife had a vision. They had a solid plan that arose not from just wanting to inhabit the the presidency and live in the White House, but to really make a difference in ordinary people’s lives. To even out the playing field.

        You can’t choreograph or poll-test your way to people’s hearts – or to the White House for that matter. Authenticity makes all the difference. When you feel it deeply and honestly, it shows.

    • Ametia says:

      I LOVE FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA! Thanks for this, eliihaas.

  2. Ametia says:

    Mistakes have also happened, Obama admitted when Vieira asked him about the hits he’s been taking, including being called an elitist.

    “We wouldn’t be sitting here if that was the perception of the majority of the American people. It’s only when you become the front-runner that, suddenly, people are looking for potential chinks in the armor,” he said.
    “But are you responsible for some of those things?” Vieira asked.
    “Oh, absolutely,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it.

    “We hear time and time again that voters are tired of this,” she said. “They don’t want to hear about this division. They want to know what are we going to do to move beyond these issues. What made me so proud of Barack in this situation is that he is trying to move us as a nation beyond these conversations that divide us so deeply.”
    “Do you personally feel that the reverend betrayed your husband?” Vieira asked.

    She laughed when she talked about reading media reports about her husband. “I take the paper and I ball it up and I throw it in the corner,” she joked.

    “She gets protective of me,” Obama said.
    “I do,” she said. “I love my husband. You don’t want anybody talking poorly about the people that you love. And quite frankly, I think he’s handled this stuff. I’m so proud of how he has maintained his dignity, his cool, his honor.”

    “But I am proud of you,” she said.
    “I know,” he replied.

    “You know what I think, Meredith,” Mrs. Obama replied. “We’ve got to move forward.”

    • eliihass says:

      Ametia!! Thanks…but this is a different video from the one I posted below..

      It’s a segment from the now defunct Keith Olbermann show. It is an excerpt from the full interview but it was pretty good and captured much..

  3. eliihass says:

    As the current flock of mental midgets angle to move into the White House, here’s a look back to 2008 from the archives…lest we forget:

    • eliihass says:

      Please SG, Rik, Ametia, could you embed this video if possible…(I loathed Meredith Viera after this interview, but The Obamas handled her with FACTS thank you!)

  4. rikyrah says:

    Two Poets Just Called Out The Black Men Who Hate Black Women
    “I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me.”

    Headshot of Zeba Blay
    Zeba Blay
    Culture Writer, Voices

  5. rikyrah says:

    BEAUTYThese are the most gorgeous black women over age 50
    By admin | July 20, 2015

    They say that black don’t crack. This might be proof that not only does it not crack, it might even get better with age. Take a look.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Lauryn Hill No-Show At St. Tropez Show
    By patrice | July 20, 2015

    Lauryn Hill is back in the news once again this week after she has allegedly missed a scheduled gig on Wednesday at the Citadelle fort overlooking the Rivera harbor in St. Tropez. Unfortunately, this news follows a string of missed and canceled shows, which include those in Tel Aviv and Nigeria.

    Earlier this month ‘The Fugees’ singer allegedly canceled a show in London and wrote a statement to her fans via Facebook, “I’ve been informed that I won’t be able to enter the UK for a period of time due to my past legal situation.”

    According to Page Six News, neither Hill nor the organizers of the concert gave any good reason for her no-show before a sold-out audience in St. Tropez. Although the 40-year-old musician didn’t make the scheduled appearance at the Citadelle fort, she did put on an impromptu show at the exclusive VIP Room nightclub which is also located in the South of France.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Bishop T Jakes Calls Braxton Sisters “disgraceful” and “flat-out spoiled”

    Reported by Liku Zelleke

    Bishop T.D. Jakes was on last week’s episode of “Braxton Family Views” for a family counseling session. Halfway into an angry speech he gave to the sisters, he suggested that they should go back to their Gospel roots, and they did. Heeding his request, they rendered him an a capella version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    SheriffFruitfly @sherifffruitfly
    Texas cop behavior and bernie & followers behavior comes from the same ultimate place: idea that black folks owe us their obeisance.

    • Ametia says:

      Clearly, smorkingapple dude/dudette is emotionless.

      It’s another way of saying we negroes are child-like, and need to grow up, shut up, and let that white parentalism take charge.

      These folks truly have no empathy, compssion or SOUL, for that matter.

      • eliihass says:

        “…And I’d like to begin today by reflecting on that history — starting back at the time when the Army chose Tuskegee as the site of its airfield and flight school for black pilots. (Applause.)

        Back then, black soldiers faced all kinds of obstacles. There were the so-called scientific studies that said that black men’s brains were smaller than white men’s. Official Army reports stated that black soldiers were “childlike,” “shiftless,” “unmoral and untruthful,” and as one quote stated, “if fed, loyal and compliant.”

        So while the Airmen selected for this program were actually highly educated — many already had college degrees and pilots licenses — they were presumed to be inferior. During training, they were often assigned to menial tasks like housekeeping or landscaping. Many suffered verbal abuse at the hands of their instructors. When they ventured off base, the white sheriff here in town called them “boy” and ticketed them for the most minor offenses. And when they finally deployed overseas, white soldiers often wouldn’t even return their salutes.

        Just think about what that must have been like for those young men. Here they were, trained to operate some of the most complicated, high-tech machines of their day — flying at hundreds of miles an hour, with the tips of their wings just six inches apart. Yet when they hit the ground, folks treated them like they were nobody — as if their very existence meant nothing…”

        -First Lady Michelle Obama, Tuskegee University, May 09, 2015.

        Nothing’s changed…

    • Ametia says:

      FLOTUS! Thanks for reposting our First Lady Michelle Obama’s words.


    • Ametia says:

      Let’s see, can’t stop us from working, eating, voting, achieving, creating, walking, talking, loving,…stop us from BREATHING …KILL US

  9. Ametia says:

    What a sideshow this past weekend and even today. The GOPe4rs & media jackals are feigning total disgust for Trumps’ statement about McGrumpy.

    Yet none of their INCREDULOUS musings were completely ABSENT, when that rug-headed fucker Trump took off on the birther bullshit, asking for President Obama’s birth certificate.

    I guess insulting McCain TRUMPS, insulting a SITTING President, Barack Hussein OBAMA!

    • eliihass says:

      For years they whooped it up and egged on Trump on as he disrespected and demeaned the sitting President; They offered Trump top billing at events, hosted him at their tables at WHPC events where the President was speaking to further poke the President in the eye..

      The Republican leadership all jumped on Trump’s bandwagon, echoing Trump’s ridiculous and insulting attacks and demands of the President all these years.

      But we’re now to believe that Trump is ‘toxic’ because he was rude to the Mexican people and their government and, heaven forbid, he dared to question bloody shit-starter John McCain’s bloated and manufactured ‘war hero’ status…

      But years of attacking and insulting the duly elected President of the United States…?

  10. eliihass says:

    It’s just too funny watching John McCain play the honorable, put upon victim…

  11. rikyrah says:

    My President…never stops trying to help.

    • rikyrah says:

      PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

      Instead of trying to pass off Pres. Obama’s ideas as her own, why can’t @HillaryClinton just say, “I want to continue Pres. Obama’s work?”

    • eliihass says:

      Why oh why are people falling for this ridiculous manipulative, patronizing and frankly, insulting stagecraft..?

      If all candidates were allowed ample time to observe stuff from a distance and then give their written take after the fact via a social medium after, they’d all be ‘perfect’..

    • Liza says:

      We should make sure every police department has body cameras? What about the racist, killer cops who are not behind bars where they belong? And how do we get bad cops out of law enforcement BEFORE they kill someone? And who should be a cop to begin with? How should we screen, hire, train, etc…?

      • Ametia says:

        Liza, these candidates, including Hillary do not want to rub those ‘HARD WORKING CLASS AMERICANS’ the wrong way, by digging deep into the police brutality against Black Americans.

        These folks she’s really trying to court for votes are tsome of the very folks who think the police are in practice just to protect them from SAID black people.

        YEAH, I said it.

      • eliihass says:

        Even the supposedly ‘well-crafted’ response is weak sauce Liza…

        It’s obvious she’s not thought through this issue and it shows with her glib offerings…

    • Ametia says:

      Hillary wasn’t present at Netroots this weekend, because she had her staff peruse Netroots, sociall meida, etc and take notes.

      And then the magic wand comes out and viola’! Her well-crafted response, from CRIB NOTES.

  12. rikyrah says:

    hat tip- Shadow and Act

    Antonia Speaks with Arise about Pretty

    … Antonia, the creator of the docu-series Pretty, speaks with Arise!

    Pretty is a documentary series exploring different ideas of beauty across the globe.

  13. rikyrah says:

    drhug @drhug

    President Obama opens #Cuba Embassy and does #IranDeal while sending Republicans chasing a #JadeHelm15 smoke screen. Brilliant Mr. President

  14. rikyrah says:

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    Lambert tells @TJMShow the dash cam video shows the trooper pulling his taser out at #SandraBland & she then complies to get out of the car

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    Lambert tells @TJMShow the dash cam video shows the trooper trying to open #SandraBland’s door and she reaches for her cell to record him

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    Lambert tells @TJMShow that the dash cam video shows #SandraBland saying she is in her own car and she can smoke if she wants

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: Lambert tells @TJMShow the trooper dash cam video shows him telling Bland to put out a cigarette & she refused

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: #SandraBland family attorney Cannon Lambert tells @TJMShow he will have a preliminary autopsy report in 72 hours.

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: #SandraBland attorney Cannon Lambert tells @TJMShow that an independent autopsy was completed yesterday

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: Lambert says there is no video on the dash cam of #SandraBland striking the state trooper. @TJMShow

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: Lambert says the dash cam video shows the Texas state trooper reaching into #SandraBland’s car & trying to pull her out

    rolandsmartin ✔ @rolandsmartin

    BREAKING NEWS: Cannon Lambert, attorney for the #SandraBland family, says they have been shown the dash cam videotape of her arrest

    • sunshine616 says:

      There will never be a way to know the true number of people that were abused and murdered in this manner. It should anger all of our politicians that people are being murdered everyday under the shield of the law. This has been going on as long as there has been police and their abuse of power is literally killing us. Will not one person see it, say it, act on it! Why do we have to beg!

      • eliihass says:

        And yet we can’t seem to get them to unequivocally acknowledge this fact – or even promise to do something abut it…

        The fear of losing the police union support trumps fairness, justice and the lives of innocent black people..

  15. rikyrah says:

    Rubio: ‘More Scalias and less Sotomayors’
    07/20/15 11:22 AM
    By Steve Benen
    On the campaign trail last week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) turned his attention to the U.S. Supreme Court, which he sees, correctly, as one of the key issues in the 2016 presidential race.

    “We apparently have five justices on the Supreme Court today that have forgotten the proper role of the Supreme Court. They view themselves as Super Legislators – basically the supervisors of the republic. They invent rights, they, they find and are basically writing law. The job of the Supreme Court is not to create law, it’s to interpret the Constitution as originally constructed and applied.

    “The next president of the United States must nominate Supreme Court justices that believe in the original intent of the Constitution and apply that. We need more Scalias and less Sotomayors.”
    Looking past some of the grammatical errors, Rubio’s ideological case is dubious. For example, Justice Antonin Scalia has become an alarming laughingstock, and the idea of filling the high court with more justices cut from the same cloth is rather terrifying.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Did Rand Paul enter the witness-protection program?
    By Steve Benen
    About a month ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced a new stunt: the senator would, in his official capacity, sue the Internal Revenue Service. As p.r. gambits go, it seemed pretty silly, but this is exactly the sort of maneuver Paul has repeatedly exploited for attention and fundraising.

    Show of hands: how many of you heard about this anti-IRS lawsuit last month? Chances are, most of you didn’t – Paul has made a splash with various press stunts in recent years, but this one was largely ignored. The Republican presidential candidate has a shtick and for some, it’s getting a little stale.

    Of course, it’s not just the ineffective schemes; Paul’s support has also faded recently in national Republican polling – he’ll have no trouble qualifying for GOP debates, but at least for now, few see him as a top-tier contender. As the bulk of the political world’s attention turns to other candidates, I’ve heard jokes about Rand Paul maintaining such a low profile that he’s presumably entered the witness protection program.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman explained the other day that the “reality of presidential politics is seeping in, and the limitations of what was always a long-shot strategy are coming into focus.”
    The long and short of all of this is that Paul is stuck, afraid of alienating core GOP voters while trying to woo independents he might never get the chance to face.

    Or put another way: When he tries to lure the independents who are disgusted by the comments of Bundy or Trump, he risks losing Republican primary voters who see truth in both.

    The result is milquetoast responses to the issues of the day that leave “the most interesting man in politics” not really all that interesting.

  17. rikyrah says:

    GOP turns up the volume on anti-gay rhetoric
    07/20/15 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) caused a stir last week, arguing that the Boy Scouts shouldn’t change its policy banning gay adult leaders. The status quo, Walker said, has “protected children.”

    The Republican presidential candidate walked that back a bit a day later, but on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), another 2016 White House hopeful, embraced the anti-gay argument without hesitation. ThinkProgress reported:
    Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd asked Perry, who served as the governor of Texas from 2000 – 2015, whether his views on openly gay scout leaders had changed since 2008, when he wrote that “openly active gays, particularly advocates, present a problem. Because gay activism is central to their lives, it would unavoidably be a topic of conversation within a Scout troop. This would distract from the mission of Scouting; character building, not sex education.”

    Perry said he still stood by that statement. “I believe that scouting would be better off if they didn’t have openly gay Scout masters,” he said.\

    The video of the exchange is online here.

    Also yesterday morning, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Walker if he believes sexual orientation is a choice. “I don’t know,” the Wisconsin Republican replied. “I don’t know the answer to that question. So, I’m saying I don’t know what the answer to that is.”

    • Liza says:

      Israeli forces use chokeholds, beatings & stun grenades against Palestinian children via @HRW— Jim Murphy (@jimmurphySF) July 20, 2015

      • eliihass says:

        This is what happens when the formerly oppressed become the oppressors – And when a megalomaniac exploits the fragile history of his people only to hold on to power and purely for his own aggrandizement..

    • majiir says:

      What the GOP/TPers have never understood is that Israel’s greatest enemy has always been Bibi. Quite a few leaders of Western nations have told him that his tactics will cause Israel to become more isolated, and that their countries might not back him if he invades Iran, but he’s never listened. These leaders are just like PBO—they’re tired of Bibi.

  18. Riley Curry is back!!!!

    Ayesha Curry, posted a video of Riley breaking it down to Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”

    • Ametia says:

      LOL so cool that Bob got a reply from Ava. Some of us can use this kind of INSPIRATION. I’ll bet Ava got a good kick out of receiving this Tweet.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Trump has no regrets after smearing McCain’s service
    07/20/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 07/20/15 08:18 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made clear how unimpressed he is with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The candidate is firing up “the crazies,” McCain said, adding that Trump has “galvanized” a “very extreme element” within the Republican Party.

    As msnbc’s Benjy Sarlin reported over the weekend, Trump fired back during an appearance at a major GOP event in Iowa, which in turn may have put his newfound position as a Republican leader in jeopardy,
    “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said during an onstage Q&A at the conservative Family Leadership Summit, an event that features a number of Republican presidential contenders. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”

    Perhaps realizing he had gone too far – even for him – Trump followed up by saying “perhaps he’s a war hero” before repeating his criticism of McCain’s academic record in the U.S. Naval Academy over five decades ago.
    There are many in the GOP who’ve been eager to condemn Trump, but who’ve hesitated, unwilling to risk alienating the candidate’s nativist supporters. But Trump’s ugly rhetoric about McCain’s military service offered Republicans an excuse to go after the candidate with a vengeance.

    Party officials and candidates quickly – and at times, ferociously – denounced Trump and his line of attack. Even the Republican National Committee, which has treated Trump’s racist incidents with kid gloves, said in an official statement, “There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    is it wrong for me to wanna see the Iranian Embassy open ASAP?

  21. rikyrah says:

    Barack Obama is not a modest man, but when it comes to assessing his or any president’s place in the long American story, he has been heard to say, “We just try to get our paragraph right.” Yet the way a raft of recent events have broken sharply in his favor, Obama suddenly seems well on his way to writing a whole page—or at least a big, fat passage—in the history books.

    From the Supreme Court decisions upholding his signature health care plan and the right of gay Americans to marry, to contested passage of fast track trade authority, the opening of normal diplomatic relations with Cuba and an international agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Obama is on a policy and political roll that would have seem unimaginable to many in Washington only a few months ago.

    “Obama may be singular as a president, not only because of his striking background,” says Kenneth Adelman, who was Ronald Reagan’s arms control negotiator with the Soviets three decades ago, and who has his doubts about the Iran deal. “It may turn out that unlike virtually any other president, his second term is actually better than his first.”…

    “It is a measure of the times in which we live that we start the legacy discussion a year and a half before the end of a presidency,” says David Axelrod, Obama’s former longtime strategist. “But he’s had the most productive period he’s enjoyed since the first two years: Cuba, the climate agreement with China, action on immigration, fast track on trade, the SCOTUS decisions on health care and marriage and now this agreement on Iran. These are big, historically significant developments, in most cases the culmination of years of commitment on his part.”…

    …[T]ime and again, Obama has proven himself patient and willing to play what he likes to call the long game, or what Axelrod summed up as “the determination to resist small, incremental politics to do big, transformational things.”

    The president’s former chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, notes that almost all of Obama’s recent successes had their origins in things he said and did long ago, including his insistence in a 2007 primary debate that it was worth talking even to enemies (an assertion that many commentators saw as a gaffe at the time) and his 2008 Philadelphia speech on race (which he made over the nervous objections of some of his advisers).

    “This is the long game paying off,” Favreau says. “Most critically, he understood that change on all of these issues would come at a slower and more gradual pace than the perpetual hysterics in Washington would demand. When it came time to actually govern, he put the history books ahead of the news cycles, and our politics will be better off if future presidents follow his example—because the thousands of words written since the midterms about how resigned and defeated Obama is now seem as insightful as the comments section of a blog.”…

    • sunshine616 says:

      You know I love shit like this. They want their country back but don’t even know their own country’s grammatical rules. Your and you’re are different. Just a suggestion you go back to school and learn english!! Then, you can make informed opinions about what and who is making you so angry. I’m sure some quick introspection would reveal that you might have something to do with your unresolved anger. I usually am not the grammar police but damn, the ignorance is mind numbingly ignorant and so uneducated.

    • Liza says:

      Well, so much for the theory that the racists will die off someday. America keeps making new ones and plenty of them. This young woman really is stupid to post something like this and inform the world she is a racist, psychotic a$$hole in the US Army.

      • sunshine616 says:

        this is a problem. The kids nowadays are not challenged,they are coddled, have a huge sense of entitlement and are increasingly selfish. Education is key, but it’s the first thing people put no investment in. Have u seen a U.S. History book lately? Ugh is all I can say. Apathy is a big thing. Inability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and parents who are mad at Obama and addicted to faux news and voila, forever racist.

    • eliihass says:

      There you have it..

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  23. Ametia says:

    — Cuba’s embassy in Washington officially reopened at midnight after being closed for five decades. There will be a flag raising ceremony later this morning with 500 guests, including a 30-member delegation of Cubans. The foreign minister is scheduled to meet with John Kerry later today. Kerry is slated to go to Havana next month to raise our flag over the U.S. Interests Section.

  24. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)))

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