Friday Open Thread | Music That Makes You Think Week

“Fight the Power” is a song by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records. It was conceived at the request of film director Spike Lee, who sought a musical theme for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. First issued on the film’s 1989 soundtrack, a different version was featured on Public Enemy’s 1990 studio album Fear of a Black Planet.

“Fight the Power” incorporates various samples and allusions to African-American culture, including civil rights exhortations, black church services, and the music of James Brown.

As a single, “Fight the Power” reached number one on Hot Rap Singles and number 20 on the Hot R&B Singles. It was named the best single of 1989 by The Village Voice in their Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. It has become Public Enemy’s best-known song and has been accoladed as one of the greatest songs of all time by critics and publications. In 2001, the song was ranked number 288 in the “Songs of the Century” list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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38 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Music That Makes You Think Week

  1. eliihass says:

    The media will be the undoing of this country.

    We criticize other countries and strut about with our superior noses in the air – yet our media is as corrupt, compromised, complicit, bought and paid for in much the same way corrupt, unruly, greedy, rogue undemocratic governments are.

    Money is everything. It’s the be all and end all. It’s what our media worships and responds to – hoping to ingratiate themselves to the wealthy for their own benefit. Credibility and country be damned.

    Money is the only reason we’ve been overtaken by mediocrity in every rank. Money – or the perception of having money – is the only reason a hollow Donald Trump gets and continues to command any attention. And in the midst of very serious domestic and global turmoil, we are regaled with hours of Trump antics-

    Money is what buys clout, power and access. It determines when and if you are listened to, and if your issues are addressed – and fast-tracked through an artificially rigid, rigged and dubious system – Or whether the same politicians expecting your vote (or else!) even care to see you, hear your issues, let alone address any of it…

  2. rikyrah says:

    ‘Empire’ Casts Gabourey Sidibe’s Love Interest for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

    Elizabeth Wagmeister
    “Empire” has cast Mo McRae in Season 2, Variety has learned exclusively. He will appear in a three-episode arc, playing Becky’s (Gabourey Sidibe) love interest.

    The character’s name is J-Poppa, who’s described as a handsome, easygoing guy who is seeing Becky, Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) assistant at Empire Entertainment. J-Poppa also develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers).

  3. rikyrah says:

    Parents’ Ceremony Serves Up Elements of ‘Morehouse Gospel’

    ATLANTA — For the previous 364 days, the carved wooden chest rested unobtrusively atop a bookshelf in a dean’s office here at Morehouse College. Then, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the dean, Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., reclaimed the vessel for its annual duty as the repository of Morehouse’s hope and history.

    The coffer is formally known as the Thurman Chest, so named because one of Morehouse’s most illustrious graduates, the African-American theologian and civil rights advocate Howard Thurman, bought it in India in 1936. He had journeyed there to learn the concepts of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience directly from Gandhi.

    In 1981, after Dr. Thurman’s death and cremation, his widow, Sue, placed his ashes in the chest. When she died in 1996, both their remains were interred in a monument outside the campus chapel here.

    The chest, with its evocative image of boatmen navigating between two shores, then took on another purpose, as the centerpiece of Morehouse’s Parents’ Parting Ceremony. By the time evening descended on Aug. 12, the chest had been opened and placed at the entrance to the chapel as the parents of Morehouse’s 679 freshmen entered to take their seats.

    Fathers, mothers and couples paused at the chest and dropped in a card or two, on which they had penned their hopes for their sons at this all-male school. Greg Olaniran wrote that his son, Christian, should not be afraid to be himself. Yolanda Coronel wished that her son, Sebastian, would fulfill his dreams.

    Aline Williams and her husband, Dereck Caldwell, had not expected to be there. They had an evening flight back to Chicago. Or they did until Morehouse’s provost learned they would have to miss the parting ritual, and paid to book them a flight the next morning.

    So there they stood on the chapel plaza — Mr. Caldwell, a manager for a payroll company, and Ms. Williams, a caterer — writing out their visions for their son Konnor. To feel a sense of brotherhood. To have a spirit of service. To become a whole person. Then, the couple moved toward their seats as three African drummers led the freshmen in white shirts and crimson ties past the Thurman crypt.

    In the annals of African-American history, and specifically of historically black colleges and universities, there is indeed a proper noun known as the Morehouse Man. These men have included not only Dr. Thurman and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15; the director Spike Lee; the civil rights lawyer James Madison Nabrit Jr.; and innumerable politicians, scholars, scientists, ministers and executives.

  4. rikyrah says:


    they took OVER!

  5. Protesters unveil demands for stricter US policing laws as political reach grows

    Protesters unveil demands for stricter US policing laws

    Leaders of influential civil rights movement release most comprehensive set of policy proposals yet calling for federal and state laws to combat police killings.

    Leaders in the new civil rights movement campaigning against the killings of African Americans by police set out their most comprehensive set of policies and demands so far on Friday, as they moved to intensify their rapidly increasing influence on US politics.

    The coalition of protesters outlined proposals for new laws at federal and state levels such as restricting the use of deadly force by officers, outlawing the supply of military equipment to police departments, instituting training to prevent racial bias and forcing the US government to keep a comprehensive record of fatal incidents.

    “We must end police violence so we can live and feel safe in this country,” the group stated on a new website, Campaign Zero, which also establishes an issue-by-issue system for monitoring the policy positions of candidates for the Democratic and Republican US presidential nominations.

    The unveiling of the detailed policy platform followed a series of disruptions by protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement of presidential campaign rallies held by presidential candidates across the country, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. The actions have succeeded in pushing police and criminal justice reform to the forefront of the race for the Democratic nomination.

    “America is finally waking up to this very necessary and critical conversation about race, equity and preserving the life and dignity of all citizens,” Brittany Packnett, one of the activists behind Campaign Zero, said in an interview.

    “These policies, like our resistance, will save lives and introduce a new way of viewing political strategy,” said Aurielle Lucier, the co-founder of the Atlanta-based activist group It’s Bigger Than You. “This is a blueprint for ending police violence,” said DeRay McKesson, another leading activist involved in the project.

  6. Mistrial declared in #KerrickTrial.
    Blacks have no rights which the white man is bound to respect.

    • Liza says:

      They will have to do it again.

      • You think it will happen?

      • Liza says:

        Well, with 8-4 in favor of acquittal, it’s hard to predict. But there is so much pressure out there right now because this is another unjustified killing by a cop, so they might have to do it again with more emphasis on jury selection. If they decide they can’t get a conviction, then all they are saying is that they can’t convict a cop, which means that cops get to kill with impunity in their jurisdiction. A lot of folks will take exception to that. A smart prosecutor would give it another go, in my opinion, but we’ll soon see.

        And we certainly can’t hope for the DOJ to prosecute a cop.

    • Ametia says:

      UH UH UH. When dear Lord, WHEN?

  7. Breaking News

    The jury is deadlocked in the Jonathan Ferrell case. God help us.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Jeb ‘ I see nothing offensive about Anchor Baby’ Bush


    She met Jeb Bush in 1970 in León when she was 16 years old and he was 17.[1] He was teaching English as a second language and assisting in the building of a school in a small village outside of León, Guanajuato, Mexico, (the village of Ibarrilla)[8] as part of a class at Andover called Man and Society.[5][1]

    They were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas[9][10][11] at the chapel in the Catholic student center on the campus of the University of Texas.[7][5] At the time of the wedding, she did not speak English; therefore, a part of the wedding ceremony was conducted in Spanish.[1]

    She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1979

  9. rikyrah says:

    they run away from the President, and don’t stand up for his accomplishments…get their azzes beat…and it’s President Obama’s fault?

    get da phuq outta here!


    Democratic Blues
    Barack Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression—even if Hillary wins.
    August 20, 2015

    Under Obama, the party started strong. “When Obama was elected in 2008, Democrats were at a high water mark,” says David Axelrod, who served as one of Obama’s top strategists. “Driven by antipathy to George W. Bush and then the Obama wave, Democrats had enjoyed two banner elections in ’06 and ’08. We won dozens of improbable congressional elections in states and districts that normally would tack Republican, and that effect trickled down to other offices. You add to that the fact that we would take office in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and it was apparent, from Day One, that we had nowhere to go but down.”

    The first signs of the slowly unfolding debacle that has meant the decimation of the Democratic Party nationally began early—with the special election of Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy’s empty Senate seat in Massachusetts. That early loss, even though the seat was won back eventually by Elizabeth Warren, presaged the 2010 midterms, which saw the loss of 63 House and six Senate seats. It was disaster that came as no surprise to the White House, but also proved a signal of what was to come.

    The party’s record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation and eliminating nearly a decade’s worth of rising stars who might help strengthen the party in elections ahead.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Republicans’ deep hatred for teachers can’t be denied and they’re not trying

    John Kasich wants to take lounges away from teachers. He is just the latest Republican to make an enemy of America’s educators
    Friday 21 August 2015 07.30 EDT

    It’s August, the heat is miserable, kids are going back to school and that means one thing for America’s conservatives: it’s the perfect time to take a cheap shot at the nation’s teachers.

    John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio – who is generally considered less extreme than Texas Senator Ted Cruz, less dynastic than former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and less crazy than professional troll Donald Trump – recently said: “If I were, not president, if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us’.”

    Kasich addressed a New Hampshire “education summit” sponsored by the 74 Million, an education “news site” which Huffington Post points out is run byfailed CNN host Campbell Brown “despite having little to no training in education, and never having taught students herself.” Many other Republican presidential hopefuls, including Governors Bush, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Chris Christie of New Jersey, addressed the gathering.

    Republicans love to hate teachers and imply that all the ills of US society are the result of their laziness. If only schools could be turned over to market forces and not held back by greedy teacher unions, conservative logic goes, everything would be fine – even though charter schools perform no better than traditional schools. Trying to bust unions in general (and those of teachers in particular) turns conservatives on as much as trying to deny climate change, defend the NRA,defund Planned Parenthood or battle for a check from the Koch brothers.

  11. rikyrah says:

    lack of church attendance?



    Kris Kobach employee allegedly fired for lack of religious fervor, lawsuit claims
    Posted: August 19, 2015 – 1:28pm

    A former state employee filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit targeting Kansas’ assistant secretary of state and alleging the dismissal was based on her lack of church attendance, court records said Wednesday.

    Eric Rucker, a top lieutenant to Secretary of State Kris Kobach since 2011, was sued in his official capacity by former staff member Courtney Canfield, of Topeka.

    Before her discharge in November 2013, the lawsuit alleges, Rucker “repeatedly and emphatically indicated a basis for her termination as the fact that, ‘She just doesn’t go to church.’ ”

    Shortly after she was hired as a clerk in January 2013, Canfield was invited by one of Kobach’s administrative assistants to attend a religious service to be conducted in the secretary of state’s office, her civil rights lawsuit said. Canfield declined to worship with colleagues at Kobach’s office in Topeka.

    The lawsuit asserts Rucker’s decision to oust Canfield violated constitutional rights of religious expression. She is a Methodist, the lawsuit says, but didn’t regularly attend church services. The lawsuit indicates Rucker had knowledge of her view on religious expression.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Search warrant served at home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons

    By Faith Karimi, CNN

    Updated 8:06 AM ET, Fri August 21, 2015

    A search warrant was served at the Los Angeles home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, but the rocker and his family are not considered suspects, authorities said.

    The division that handles online crimes against children executed the warrant Thursday, according to Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    “No members of the Simmons family are suspects in the case and were extremely cooperative,” he said.

    The rocker’s wife thanked fans for their support, and said the family is stunned.

    “We couldn’t be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes,” Shannon Tweed Simmons tweeted. “Law enforcement is on it.”

    She did not provide any details on the alleged crime. Nor did authorities, citing an ongoing investigation.

  13. rikyrah says:

    what is this phuckery?


    2,000 Men Show Up to Steve Harvey Taping To Call Women Bitches
    Jordan Sargent

    This past Sunday in Chicago, comedian and long suit enthusiast Steve Harvey held a taping for a two-hour special of his eponymous daytime program. The theme of the show was “What Men Really Think,” and to that end, Harvey packed 2,000 dudes into a theatre downtown. And those men, according to several attendees, did their jobs, calling female guests bitches, hounding them with catcalls, howls, and whistles, and lobbing homophobic slurs at one man in the audience.

    On Facebook, one Chicago comedian named Tim Dunn described what he saw during the 10-hour, two-part taping. The show was apparently spun to the men in attendance as a sort of male-only summit on dating and relationships. (Before coming, the audience members were asked to answer a 53-question survey via email.) But when the taping started, Harvey revealed to the audience that there would actually be hundreds of women onstage, too. This turned out to be a bad idea. From Dunn’s Facebook post:

    – Over a hundred women were seated onstage, and when they got up to speak they were catcalled. This resulted in the warm-up comic asking the men to stop catcalling, as the vibe in the room had become “too rapey.”

    – When women skyped in to ask Steve for advice, their image was displayed on large screens, which men would either catcall or groan at based on the women’s looks. And like, if you looked at the guys groaning, spending a night with any of these women would be the absolute best night of their lives.

    – During a segment about how often men want sex, a young man got up and mentioned that he is sometimes too tired from work to have sex with his girlfriend. He was immediately booed and had homophobic epithets yelled at him.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

  15. Ametia says:

    TGIF! Good Morning, Everyone. :-)

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