Monday Open Thread | Herbie Hancock Week

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Mr. Herbie Hancock.


Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer.[1] Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music (characterized by syncopated drum beats). Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock’s best-known solo works include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

Hancock practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the Buddhist association Sōka Gakkai International.[2][3][4] As part of Hancock’s spiritual practice, he recites the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo each day.[5] In 2013, Hancock’s dialogue with Wayne Shorter and Daisaku Ikeda on jazz, Buddhism and life was published in Japanese.

Maiden Voyage

Cantaloupe Island

Mr Funk (Full Album) 1998

Early life and career

Hancock was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Winnie Belle (Griffin), a secretary, and Wayman Edward Hancock, a government meat inspector.[7] He attended the Wendell Phillips High School. Like many jazz pianists, Hancock started with a classical music education. He studied from age seven, and his talent was recognized early. Considered a child prodigy,[8] he played the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K. 537 (Coronation) at a young people’s concert on February 5, 1952, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (led by CSO assistant conductor George Schick) at the age of 11.[9]

Through his teens, Hancock never had a jazz teacher, but developed his ear and sense of harmony. He was also influenced by records of the vocal group the Hi-Lo’s. He reported that:

the time I actually heard the Hi-Lo’s, I started picking that stuff out; my ear was happening. I could hear stuff and that’s when I really learned some much farther-out voicings – like the harmonies I used on Speak Like a Child – just being able to do that. I really got that from Clare Fischer’s arrangements for the Hi-Lo’s. Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept…. He and Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, that’s where it came from.[10]

In 1960, he heard Chris Anderson play just once, and begged him to accept him as a student.[11] Hancock often mentions Anderson as his harmonic guru. Hancock left Grinnell College, moved to Chicago and began working with Donald Byrd and Coleman Hawkins, during which period he also took courses at Roosevelt University. (He later graduated from Grinnell with degrees in electrical engineering and music. Grinnell also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1972.[9][12]) Byrd was attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York at the time and suggested that Hancock study composition with Vittorio Giannini, which he did for a short time in 1960. The pianist quickly earned a reputation, and played subsequent sessions with Oliver Nelson and Phil Woods. He recorded his first solo album Takin’ Off for Blue Note Records in 1962. “Watermelon Man” (from Takin’ Off) was to provide Mongo Santamaría with a hit single, but more importantly for Hancock, Takin’ Off caught the attention of Miles Davis who was at that time assembling a new band. Hancock was introduced to Davis by the young drummer Tony Williams, a member of the new band.


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75 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Herbie Hancock Week

  1. eliihass says:

    The Napa Train incident is merely another example of how little we matter in this society, and just how entrenched these destructive and ugly stereotypes that have been casually tossed about for far too long, have shaped the way we’re now treated by society in general.. Black women no matter their age or station in life are not deemed worthy of respect, consideration or chivalry…

    Sans of course a couple of convenient beholden tokens – willing to be wielded as cover for racists – conscious and unconscious – in return for being ‘useful’ and tossed about as ‘noteworthy’ examples of unoffending ‘black person I know and like’. To be touted and elevated at every turn, and professionally and personally advanced in ways otherwise denied other black women…with the added caveat that where possible – and for maximum effect, they transform into that ‘more appealing’ bleached-brown versions of the cloying, saccharine-sweet, sex puss, pouting and valley-girl sounding white standard-

    This general disrespect, mistreatment and disregard of black women is now so deeply ingrained in our society, that it’s become not only accepted, but normal…par for the course-

    The negative and false stereotypes are so bad that it’s seeped into, and affects and instructs ordinary, daily interactions – including the preemptively hostile response to the older black lady, and the subsequent humiliating way she and her group was treated on this Napa train trip..

    And somehow, it’s also become our fault…

    Sadly, these destructive stereotypes have not only been perpetuated by white racists, but have been freely wielded to dismiss and put down black women for far too long – even by our own men who deem white women – including those who blackmail the likes of Terrence Howard for half of his earnings – as infinitely more deserving of chivalry, respect and regard, than black women in general..

    And we’ve allowed it – because we thought it wouldn’t affect us personally – that we’d be fine once they got to know us and get to see that we are nothing like the stereotypes.

    And it’s only gotten worse – and yes, it does in the end affect each and everyone of us…

    It affects us all no matter our hue of black, and no matter how hard any of us have worked hard to ingratiate ourselves, tried to be validated and approved of as ‘different’ from those other blacks…

    It affects us all even as we stayed silent as it was confirmed by none other than David Axelrod, that the story of our black First Lady – the first black First Lady, and most visible metaphor for 21st century black woman, wife, mother, daughter – was cussed out by the young white White House Press Secretary and others working for her husband, was indeed true. It affects us all when within months of their arrival in the White House, Toure, a mediocre, hollow, black-woman-hating, confused self-proclaimed ‘journalist’ with color issues, was dubiously utilized for a one-time New York magazine gig to do a ghetto hit-piece that opened the doors for others to insult, malign and freely disrespect our first black First Lady;

    It affects us all when we erroneously assumed none of this had anything to do with us..

    It affects us all even when we fail to realize like I experienced first-hand the other evening, that even our best California liberal pals who we assume to be like-minded and open-minded, are frankly no less racist than those who came out to see Trump in Alabama… They just used to be smarter and slicker about it, but it’s getting harder to not let the mask slip…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Luvvie Ajayi
    2 hrs ·

    I told Charlamagne that him referring to women as “females” might as well be him calling us “bitches.” My Twitter mentions are now in shambles and all the “ME MAN GROWL Twitter” is defending their king. This is interesting.

    All this because I asked that you refer to women as WOMEN, not a word that could also describe an animal. Ok den.

  3. rikyrah says:

    According to Maddow, the VP from Shell Oil went with the British Foreign Secretary to Tehran to re-open the Embassy there.

    Uh huh.
    Uh huh.

  4. rikyrah says:



    Jeb Bush’s very satisfactory and inoffensive explanation of the “anchor babies” thing: He meant *Asians*

  5. rikyrah says:

    How to Read Joe Biden’s Eleven-Dimensional Chess Moves

    By Al Giordano

    …The POTUS-VP lunch is on the official White House schedule, which few political reporters ever report. First on the agenda is “Joe, can you get me those Senate votes on the Iran deal?” And sources say Biden will go over the list of prospective votes with the president and they two will synchronize watches over what is needed to get those ten votes.

    Notice how almost every photograph the Vice President’s office puts out on Twitter and Instagram – photos taken by public employees in Pete Souza’s White House official photographer staff, and therefore are public domain documents, so I can publish this one here – are photos of Biden with his hand on Obama’s back. That’s because Biden – like so many of us – has Obama’s back. And if the President wants the Iran deal passed, we’re all going to spend the next month or more making it happen.

    …But right now, tonight, your reporter with a track record on such affairs is hearing from the best of sources that Biden is “getting closer” to announcing his 2016 campaign. And yet Biden doesn’t have to say anything in public until October 12.
    The more he does not speak, the more powerful he becomes. And the more turmoil, uncertainty and flailing about will come from the current so-called frontrunner.

    Meanwhile, let’s all go out and get the Iran Deal passed, because nuclear war would be a real buzzkill to deal with when we have such an interesting US presidential contest to play out if such thermo-nuclear horror can be prevented.

    That is what President Obama most cares about at this moment in history. And the key Democrat who is challenging him on that – Sen. Schumer of New York – is answerable to the Clinton organization, and the Clinton organization is about to be made answerable for what Schumer does or does not do.

    Eleven dimensional chess. Don’t ya just love it? All offers void in case of nuclear war.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese Prez’s Trip Amid Market Woes.

    Spartanburg, S.C. – Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. next month, Gov. Scott Walker released the below statement.
    “Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today’s markets driven in part by China’s slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy. Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests. Given China’s massive cyberattacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit. There’s serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.”

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    ShordeeDooWhop ‏@Nettaaaaaaaa 3h3 hours ago
    “researchers have linked the use of tear gas and pepper spray to possible serious illness and death,”

    ShordeeDooWhop ‏@Nettaaaaaaaa 3h3 hours ago
    “delayed menstruation, and reports of miscarriages and stillbirths associated with the gas”

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      ShordeeDooWhop ‏@Nettaaaaaaaa 4h4 hours ago
      Had some conversations today w/scientists about the new teargas used on protesters last week. Some of our ppl now have respiratory issues.

      ShordeeDooWhop ‏@Nettaaaaaaaa 4h4 hours ago
      Some haven’t had asthma attacks in years, but after being gassed last week have to buy costly inhalers & have breathing treatments.

  8. rikyrah says:

    the financial meltdown, in a few easy steps
    By Liberal Librarian

    The financial markets are melting down. Here’s why.

    A couple of months ago, the Shanghai bourse began the Mother of all Corrections. Within a few weeks, it had lost 30% of its value.

    This first go-round of market mayhem was greeted with pretty much of a yawn in Europe and the US. This was especially so after the government in Beijing stepped in to prop up the markets.

    However, that propping up failed to calm the markets. Beijing decided to let the market work, and the sell-off commenced again.

    Now, though, there is the added component of a fear of a major Chinese slow-down in its broader economy. To paraphrase that old saw: When China sneezes, the world catches a cold.

    The fear of a significant downturn in the Chinese economy is spooking markets all over the world like a bump in the night spooks wild horses. Without knowing exactly what’s coming down the pike out of China, markets are in a panic.

    This has nothing to do with the fundamentals of the US or European economy. This is not due to the job-killing Affordable Care Act. You can’t “blame Obama” for this. Unless you think President Obama should have somehow fixed China’s export-driven economy to make it more balanced with domestic demand. China is the world’s factory. There’s a spanner in the works, and that’s being felt all around the world.

    So, fix a cup of tea, turn on the news, and wait. Unlike in 2008/2009, there really isn’t anything we can do this time.

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    2012 article:

    In Southern Towns, ‘Segregation Academies’ Are Still Going Strong

  10. Ametia says:


    08.24.1512:26 AM ET

    John Oliver’s Bogus Church Is a Huge Success: ‘Thousands of Dollars’ Received

    Last week, the host of HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ skewered televangelists and established a church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption. Well, it turns out the thing is a big hit.

    It was one of the better episodes of HBO’s Last Week Tonight in an already illustrious canon. During last week’s edition of the satirical series, host John Oliver targeted the fraternity of shady televangelists fleecing Americans for millions as part of “The Prosperity Gospel.” These hucksters demand “seed” money from their followers in exchange for the lord’s blessing and then use said seed money to treat themselves to lavish private jets, vacations, and luxurious “parsonages” in the form of mega-mansions. Oh, and to make matters worse, all of these donations and purchases are tax-free under the guise of religious exemptions.

    After the episode aired, the IRS came under fire for conducting just three audits of churches total in 2013 and 2014, and zero between 2009 and 2013. Anything designated a “church,” including the Church of Scientology, is exempt from paying taxes by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which grants the free exercise of religion.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Walker on Black Lives Matter: ‘Who knows who that is?’
    08/24/15 11:28 AM—UPDATED 08/24/15 12:18 PM
    By Steve Benen
    A few presidential candidates have met with activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, as evidenced by Hillary Clinton’s discussion last week. Any chance Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) might be willing to do the same?

    As the Capital Times in Madison reported the other day, the GOP presidential candidate seems reluctant, and to bolster his case, Walker compared Black Lives Matter’s decentralized structure to the Tea Party.
    “I’m going to meet with voters … Who knows who that is?” Walker said in response to a Daily Mail reporter in New Hampshire who asked whether he would meet with the representatives of the group. “I’m going to talk to American voters, period. It’s the same way as saying, you’re going to meet with the tea party. Who is the tea party? There’s hundreds of thousands of people out there.”

    Asked again whether he would sit down with representatives of the movement if they requested a meeting, Walker said, “That’s a ridiculous question. I’m going to talk to voters. That’s just a ridiculous question.”
    To clarify, when Walker said, “Who knows who that is?” he wasn’t saying he’s unaware of the movement. Rather, the governor is arguing, accurately, that Black Lives Matter has no hierarchical structure. There’s no official, or even semi-official, “leader” of the movement, so it’s not as if a campaign can simply pick up the phone and arrange a meeting with Black Lives Matter’s top representatives.

    I don’t even have a problem with the analogy, per se. The Tea Party “movement,” if one wants to call it that, is also loosely organized. Like Occupy and BLM, it has prominent activists associated with a cause, but there’s no formality to the leadership structure. There’s no executive director or chairperson of the board.

    But there’s a flaw in Walker’s defense. The Republican candidate thinks it’s “ridiculous” to even ask if he’s prepared to sit down with Black Lives Matter activists, because it’s decentralized like the Tea Party.

    If Walker genuinely believed that, however, why has the governor made such an effort to cozy up to the Tea Party?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Mr. Unintimidated’ struggles to keep his story straight
    08/24/15 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker appeared at the Iowa State Fair last week, where he was confronted by protesters. One, in particular, drew the Wisconsin governor’s attention. “I am not intimidated by you, sir, or anyone else out there,” Walker declared.

    It’s an important part of the candidate’s pitch: plenty of Americans may not be comfortable with his far-right vision, but the governor will not back down in the face of pressure. To drive the point home, Walker titled his recent book, “Unintimidated.”

    There’s nothing wrong with the message. There may, however, be something wrong with the messenger.

    Walker’s record on immigration can charitably be described as “erratic.” He’s overhauled his entire approach to the issue more than once, contradicting himself along the way, and the governor’s position tends to change based on the audience he’s speaking to at the time. Last week, the GOP candidate’s troubles became more acute when the debate shifted to birthright citizenship.

    For example, on Monday, the Wisconsin governor told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt that he opposes the constitutional principle. To my ear, it was unambiguous – Hunt asked,” Do you think that birthright citizenship should be ended?” He replied, “Well, like I said, Harry Reid said it’s not right for this country, I think that’s something we should, yeah, absolutely going forward.” Clarifying further, Hunt asked again, “We should end birthright citizenship?” “Yeah, to me it’s about enforcing the laws in this country,” he answered.

    On Friday, Mr. Unintimidated retreated, telling John Harwood that he refuses to take a position on the issue altogether.

    All of which led to Sunday, when Walker took this third position in six days during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. It took several attempts, but eventually viewers heard the candidate’s answer:
    STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re not seeking to repeal or alter the Fourteenth Amendment.

    WALKER: No. My point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing the laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there….
    So, he went from “absolutely” wanting to change birthright citizenship, to refusing to talk about it, to saying he doesn’t want to change the policy after all.

    One can only speculate as to how and why Walker underwent such a speedy evolution, but Sam Stein flagged an interesting Washington Post article from last week, noting the Republican candidate had heard from Stanley Hubbard, “a conservative billionaire who oversees a Minnesota broadcasting company and has donated to Walker’s campaign.” Hubbard said he was prepared to “quickly change my allegiance” if the governor stuck to the position Walker announced on Monday.

  13. rikyrah says:

    North Dakota’s governor says will not seek re-election in 2016

    North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, who shepherded the state through an oil boom that made it the No. 2 U.S. crude producer, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in 2016.

    Dalrymple, who helped tighten regulatory standards across the state’s Bakken oil formation, steps that some critics decried as too lenient, said he decided not to seek re-election in order to spend more time with his family.

    “North Dakota has made incredible progress and I feel so blessed to have been part of leading our state,” Dalrymple, 66, said in a statement.

    The retirement sets up a mad dash to replace the popular governor, a Republican who first took office in 2010. At least four senior state politicians are rumored to be eyeing the governor’s mansion, including Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican, and U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat.

    Heitkamp’s office declined to comment and Stenehjem could not immediately be reached for comment.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Drake And Serena Williams
    I’ll Have the Tongue
    Restaurant Makeout Sesh
    8/24/2015 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

    Read more:

  15. rikyrah says:

    Black women ‘humiliated’ after getting kicked off Napa Valley Wine Train
    4:03 pm, Sunday, August 23, 2015

    What started as a joyous ride through wine county Saturday afternoon turned into a “humiliating” experience for 11 African American women, who said they were booted off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loud.

    Accounts and pictures of the episode have been spreading across social media, spawning the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack while the women involved have questioned whether they would have been treated differently if they were not African American.

    “It was humiliating. I’m really offended to be quite honest,” said 47-year-old Lisa Johnson, who was among Saturday’s group. “I felt like it was a racist attack on us. I feel like we were being singled out.”

  16. Ametia says:

    I’m in for now!!!!!

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson retweeted
    Propane Jane ‏@docrocktex26 3h3 hours ago
    WATCH: White school board crowd boos NAACP, call blacks ‘racist’ over objection to ‘Dixie’ fight song … Terrible.

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 9m9 minutes ago
    Two transgender murders, one city: US fails to track new ‘state of emergency’ #TamaraDominguez #JasmineCollins

  19. rikyrah says:

    this is who they are. this is what they’re about and have been for some time.

    OWN IT.


    Trump Campaign Manager Addresses “White Power” Incident
    AUG 24, 2015 10:00 AM

    There was an ugly moment at Donald Trump’s rally in Mobile, AL, on Friday night. A video from the event captured an audience member yelling out “White power!” during the Republican candidate’s speech. Trump, addressing a massive crowd in his trademark “Make America Great Again” hat, did not respond.

    It appears this was not an isolated incident — reports from the event and comment threadsfrom attendees suggest the phrase was shouted multiple times throughout the event, by one attendee or several.

    CNN asked Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, about the incident over the weekend, and he suggested that Trump hadn’t heard the racist comment. “I don’t know about the individual you’re talking about in Alabama,” he said. “I know there were 30,000 people in that stadium…who want to be proud to be Americans again.” Trump’s campaign has not returned R29’s request for comment.

    Critics have blamed the campaign’s extreme rhetoric on immigration — starting with Trump’s campaign kickoff speech, when he suggested that Mexican immigrants were “rapists,” — for inciting extremist rhetoric and racism among his followers.

    CNN host Jim Acosta also asked Lewandowski about a prior incident, when two men in Boston beat up an immigrant man, telling police they’d been motivated by Trump’s message. Lewandowski said Trump would “never condone violence.” Trump also condemned the attack in a tweet.

    Trump’s campaign claims Friday’s rally drew 30,000 attendees, which would make it the biggest such event of the 2016 race thus far — though reports from the scene suggest that estimate might be overblown. Trump remains the GOP frontrunner, and his lead in the polls is continuing to grow; hopes from Democrats and Republicans that the business mogul’s popularity is just a passing fad are looking more and more unfounded.

    • eliihass says:

      Who even knew Trump had a ‘campaign manager’..?

      “I don’t know about the individual you’re talking about in Alabama,” he said. “I know there were 30,000 people in that stadium…who want to be proud to be Americans again.”

      But this crap response pretty much supports the quality and character of the man and whatever ‘campaign’ they’re running..

  20. rikyrah says:

    EDITORIAL: Time to pack it in, governor

    It is time to call for an intervention. Gov. Chris Christie, you seem convinced that you actually have a path to the White House if you but double down on your efforts and simply keep campaigning.

    That is not going to happen, Governor. You’ve been out-Trumped by Trump and your poll numbers, unfortunately, reflect that. This will likely be made manifest if you find yourself out of the top 10 candidates for the next GOP candidates debate on Sept.16. You’ll be consigned to a separate debate for what is charitably called “second tier” candidates and less kindly, “the kids’ table.”

    For a man who wants to command the bully pulpit, rather than simply be labeled a bully, we know this is not how you thought your presidential campaign would end up.

    Four years ago, people were clamoring for you to run for president. This year, not so much.

    Many in the state have complained that you have put New Jersey in your rear-view mirror to run for president.

    Worse: according to a new Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics poll, 54 percent of registered voters say “presidential” does not describe you at all compared to 14 percent who say the term fits you “very well.” New Jerseyans, rarely at a loss for words, think these are better descriptions of you: “arrogant,” “self-centered” and “bully,” to name a few.

    Let’s chalk this ill-fated run for the White House up to a midlife crisis.

    Perhaps you should remember these words of wisdom: “Give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

    You know you cannot change the poll numbers — accept that and move on.

    Come home, Governor.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Ok….we need the gif of the Sista giving the side eye while drinking


    SUNDAY, AUG 23, 2015 07:00 PM CDT
    I’m black, but I’m uncomfortable around black people
    Growing up in lily-white Wisconsin, people often told me, “You’re not black.” Eventually, I started to believe it

    It happened. I failed the “black” test. My hair stylist and I were chatting while she was taking a break from retightening my locs. I made a funny quip, and she extended her palm so that we could partake in the standard Black American handshake. In what was most likely the longest three seconds in the universe, I stared at her hand in befuddlement, trying to figure out what she was doing. By the time I realized that this was the handshake, it was too late. I tried to recover with some weird amalgamation of a fist bump and a high five, but the damage had been done. I had revealed myself to be the Carlton to her Fresh Prince.

    I replayed the scene over and over in my head during my walk to the train. How could I have been so oblivious to an obvious cultural norm? This set off a mini existential crisis where I came to one of my greatest philosophical epiphanies: I’m uncomfortable around black people. This is a peculiar realization being that I am also a black person.

    But you see, my stylist embodies a certain Harlem black cool I’ve always been told (by white people) that I lack. Every time I walk into the black barbershop where she does hair, I feel like I’m going to be “found out.” In my mind when other black people see me, they’re thinking: “She may look black, but she’s not black black, if you know what I mean.”

    Where does this discomfort come from? And why do I think of Blackness as a test I am doomed to fail?

    Like most psychological problems, it all began in my childhood, specifically the eight years I spent living in all white towns in rural Wisconsin. If there was one phrase I heard more than “nigger,” it was “You’re not black.” Talk about irony.

    Sometimes it was phrased as a “compliment,” meaning you’re one of the good black people. But other times it was meant so white people, whose sole interaction with black culture came through the distorted lens of racist media, could assert their own twisted version of blackness over me.

    • rikyrah says:

      please retweet SG2

    • Liza says:

      These women were escorted off the train and the Napa police were waiting for them, but apparently “no charges were filed.” I guess we’re supposed to be grateful that the cops didn’t cuff them for resisting arrest so they could slam their heads into the ground. I guess we’re supposed to think that this was handled politely and everyone walked away without a concussion.

    • eliihass says:

      Black women no matter their age or station in life are not deemed worthy of respect, consideration or chivalry…

  22. rikyrah says:

    Scott Walker’s longtime chief of staff Eric Schutt is stepping down, the governor’s office announced.
    Schutt is leaving “to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family,” Walker’s office said in a statement. It did not say what those opportunities are.
    Schutt played a key role in helping pass Walker’s three state budgets and his legislation repealing collective bargaining for most public employees.
    Walker’s campaign has suffered from declining poll numbers, a weak performance in the first GOP presidential debate, ongoing scandals, and growing national awareness of his economic failures as governor. A recent Marquette University Law School poll found Walker losing to Hillary Clinton among Wisconsin voters in a theoretical matchup. The poll also showed Walker’s favorability rating falling below 40 percent for the first time.

  23. rikyrah says:

    you believe this?


    Donald Trump Puts ‘Hedge Fund Guys’ on Notice

    Aug 23, 2015 2:01 PM CDT

    The billionaire Republican front-runner channels his inner Bernie Sanders.

    For a moment there, Donald Trump was starting to sound a lot like Bernie Sanders.

    The billionaire Republican front-runner assailed hedge fund managers in a Sunday appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation in which he portrayed himself as a champion of the middle class.

    “They’re paying nothing. And it’s ridiculous,” Trump said of those who make a living running hedge funds. “I want to save the middle class. You know, the middle class—the hedge fund guys didn’t build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky. And, by the way, when the market collapses, like it is now, the market is going down, they’re losing a fortune.”

  24. rikyrah says:

    what a lowlife scumbag


    Following cancer announcement, Carter draws fire from Cruz
    08/21/15 04:54 PM—UPDATED 08/21/15 04:59 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Five days after Beau Biden’s death, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared at a Michigan fundraiser where he publicly mocked Vice President Biden. A reporter for the Detroit News asked Cruz after his remarks about the propriety of taking rhetorical shots at Biden, so soon after his son’ death, and Cruz simply walked away without answering.

    A day later, the far-right senator realized he was wrong. “It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize,” Cruz said in a statement.

    It was, of course, the right decision. Politics can get rough, but basic human dignity requires at least some sense of limits.

    Two months later, however, here we are again. NBC News reported from the Iowa State Fair:
    In his “soapbox” remarks at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Jimmy Carter’s presidency – a day after Carter’s moving public admission about his cancer.

    “I think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970’s. I think the parallels between this administration and the Carter administration are uncanny, same failed domestic policy, same misery, stagnation and malaise, same feckless and naive foreign policy. In fact, the exact same countries, Russia and Iran, openly laughing at and mocking the president of the United States.”
    On a substantive note, Cruz’s rhetoric is plainly ridiculous and deeply at odds with reality. Even he ought to know better.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Gov. Christie fiddles, while RGGI money burns: Editorial

    It’s official: The governor is so averse to a green economy, he burns money.

    Someone has finally slapped a price tag on Gov. Christie’s environmental indifference. According to an analysis from Environment Northeast, his decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2011 has already cost New Jersey $114 million in revenue from cap-and-trade auctions, and staying out of the carbon reduction venture will cost the state another $387 million over the next six years.

    It was providence that created a lowering of emissions – the economy tanked, and many power plants switched from coal to cheaper natural gas, which releases half as much carbon as coal – but this is another inexcusable waste of funds that could be used toward green investments.

    And it still does not compute.

    This was the governor who once acknowledged that climate change is probably a scientific fact and is probably man-made, but his national ambition drives him to pray at the altar of the Koch Brothers.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  27. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning! :)

    I love the Herbie Hancock music videos you posted, Ametia. This will be a Herbie Hancock discovery week for me. I am looking forward to this week of great music!!!

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