Aaliyah Dana Haughton (/aː.ˈliː.ə/) (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson‘s Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.
Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again“. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal. “Try Again” earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat“. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyah’s music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah sold 52 million records worldwide. She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B and hip hop, earning her the nicknames “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.
New PPP POLL
Sheriff David Clark is the most bootlicking ignorant hankyhead house nigga I have ever seen in my life. OMG! He makes me want to throw up.
But here’s the thing…
The white media uses people like Sheriff Clark & Bill Cosby to insult and put down black people until they’re no longer useful to them. What the media is doing is exploiting black people to push their narrative & these niggas want acceptance sooo bad…they let themselves be used.
These white dudes shedding white tears aboout a name of a fucking mountain.
How about crying over America’s FUCKED up INFRASTRUCTURE.
I imagine the native population shed real tears when the renaming of their mountain Denali to McKinley occurred because it symbolic represented the gaining of control and domination of Europeans over them. It is good that its original native name has been returned.
The native Alaskans (or any culture) becomes stronger when their heritage is recognized and they can reclaim their OWN history. I think this empowers a culture.
Children of Immigrants Denied Citizenship
For nearly 150 years, the United States, under the 14th Amendment, has recognized people born here as citizens, regardless of whether their parents were citizens.
But Texas has other plans. In the last year, the state hasrefused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in Texas to undocumented parents. In May, four women filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Texas Department of State Health Services alleging constitutional discrimination and interference in the federal government’s authority over immigration.
Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, who is representing the women, said the deluge of birth certificate refusals began last winter. “I’ve never seen such a large number of women with this problem,” she says. “In the past someone might be turned away, but it was always resolved. This is something altogether new.”
According to the lawsuit, the women who requested birth certificates for their children in Cameron and Hidalgo counties were turned away because of insufficient proof of their identities. State law allows the use of a foreign ID if the mother lacks a Texas driver’s license or a U.S. passport.
But local officials, which issue birth certificates registered by the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, told the women they would no longer accept either the matricula consular,which is a photo ID issued by the Mexican Consulate to Mexican nationals living in the U.S., or a foreign passport without a current U.S. visa. Undocumented Central American women are also being turned away because they only have a passport without a U.S. visa. “They are locking out a huge chunk of the undocumented immigrant community,” says Harbury.
“Even in the darkest hours of Texas’ history of discrimination, officials never denied birth certificates to Hispanic children of immigrants.”
We can’t have all those BROWN children growing up to become Ameican citizens and not voting Repbulican!
Why Isn’t Elisabeth Hasselbeck Classified As a Hate Group?
Filed to: black lives matter
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the third runner-up on season two of Survivor, had a particularly stupid thought Monday which she helpfully shared on national television. Elisabeth wondered why the Black Lives Matter movement hasn’t been classified as a hate group. What’s funny is that we’ve all been wondering the same thing about her.
Hasselbeck pondered this question that was designed solely to further the narrative that black people deserve to be gunned down at the hands of their own government during a segment today on Fox & Friends, which attempted to make the very thin connection between the killing of a deputy in Texas by a man who happens to be black and the Black Lives Matter movement (h/t via the Wrap).
Elisabeth and [insert generic white, Fox New dudebro here] were joined by their resident Uncle Tom black person, Kevin Jackson, who described the movement as “nonsense” and suggested that black people are being shot by the police at alarming rates because black families can’t stay together.
His idiot remarks perfect set up Elisabeth to fear monger like only a woman of her limited intelligence, willfully emboldened by the backing of a truly evil conglomerate can.
This CaC & Coon right here
SG2, lookie, WSJ says it was UNFORTUNATE CLICHE.’
Wall Street Journal tweets out unfortunate cliche about Chinese president
unfortunate cliché? These mofos!
That was an intentional play on words using a racist term for Chinese, no question about it!
New Poll Out:
When Iowa Republicans are asked who they would support in their local caucus, Ben Carson
(23%) and Donald Trump (23%) tie for the top spot. The next tier of candidates includes Carly Fiorina (10%) and Ted Cruz (9%), followed by Scott Walker (7%), Jeb Bush (5%), John Kasich (4%), Marco Rubio (4%), and Rand Paul (3%). The last two Iowa caucus victors, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, each garner 2% of the vote. None of the other six candidates included in the poll register more than 1% support.
Unflattering side of Iowa’s GOP politics draws new scrutiny
08/31/15 11:22 AM—UPDATED 08/31/15 01:46 PM
By Steve Benen
Just last month, one leading Republican activist in Iowa conceded he had sincere doubts about Donald Trump’s “moral center and his foundational beliefs.” When Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer on conservatism,” the same Iowan praised the former governor’s condemnation. When Trump went after John McCain, the activist added he was offended and insulted.
The activist is a man named Sam Clovis, a failed far-right U.S. Senate candidate, former talk-show host, veteran, power player in Iowa GOP politics, and former chairman of Rick Perry’s operation in the Hawkeye State.
The fact that Clovis found Trump offensive wouldn’t be especially noteworthy, were it not for the fact that Clovis last week joined Team Trump as the Republican’s new national co-chairman last week – just a month after Clovis expressed his contempt for the candidate he’s now working to elect.
There is no evidence at all that anything untoward caused the unexpected shift, but the New York Times reported over the weekend that some in the state party are beginning to ask, “Is Iowa for sale?”
That is the perception sending shudders through the state’s Republicans, after the leader of Rick Perry’s Iowa campaign quit when Mr. Perry suspended pay to staff members, then quickly went to work for Donald J. Trump, who he had earlier said lacked a “moral center.”
The head-spinning dismount and remount came three weeks after another embarrassing episode for the state’s Republicans. A long-running scandal over under-the-table payments to a state senator to endorse Ron Paul’s presidential bid in 2011 led to the federal indictment this month of Mr. Paul’s former campaign manager.
If you hear the dogs, keep going
If you see the torches in the woods, keep going
If there’s shouting after you, keep going
Don’t ever stop. Keep going
Until Black Lives Matter!
So Trump pulled a Willie Horton ad on Jeb?
BWA HA AH AH AH AH AH AH AHA HAH
Cirque du SoBae @brownandbella
“Don’t play with me, bitch” might be new favorite gif.
Y’all see this? This is how whiteness work. Sheriff pushes a lie and then the media runs with it. FACTS BE DAMNED. The Sheriff has already stated he doesn’t KNOW motive for the killing. But it doesn’t stop the sheriff and CBS NEWS from pushing a narrative.
It is totally irresponsible on his part to promote a false motive.
wanna see where the shooter was out there protesting
the shooter was a career criminal.
doubt he had a ‘social consicence’ and was out there protesting
From page 157 of Derrick Bell’s Faces at the Bottom of the Well:
“(Ralph Ellison) is telling—or, rather, reminding—us …that black people…are the nation’s conscience, but he says it better than I.”
“In other words,” I suggested when she looked up, “we’re a race of Jeremiahs, prophets calling for the nation to repent.”
“Exactly!” Geneva said. “And you know what nations do to their prophets?”
“I do. About the least dire fate for a prophet is that one preaches, and no one listens; that one risks all to speak truth, and nobody cares.”
which is why we have always been despised. We actually expect the country to live up to its ideals, instead of living in fatasyland about them.
We have always been a trusting race.
Pray tell,how in the living hell can SheriffHickman blame anti cop rhetoric for an officer’s killing but don’t know the motive? IRRESPONSIBLE!
why you asking logical questions like this, SG2?
now, this is a quote
Jeb wouldn’t even stand up for his wife, when she was insulted.
He’s so used to everyone getting out of his way because his last name is Bush…he’s not used to dealing with someone who doesn’t give a phuck what his last name is.
Jeb believes he’s ENTITLED to be President.
And, if there had been just ONE of the Clown Car in 2012 that could match Willard’s resources, Willard never would have made it to the nomination.
My money’s still on the Establishment getting Jeb the nomination…but, I’m wondering how.
Trump better up his protection.
Don’t help Trump. Let him keep thinking he’s untouchable.
Agreed. but I never for one minute think that Trump’s being set up for a deep, deep, FALL. By the time the establishment gets done with him…
That would be the best comedy hour.
LOL! So true!
BWA HA HA HA HA Exactly! Grandma and my mother had one of these and 13 kids in one house. We’d be swimming in casts had we gone into one of these.
The justices’ questions at oral arguments meandered towards racial bias, a perennial issue with capital cases. This led to the following exchange between the first black justice and a Southern deputy attorney general:
and this kind of mindset still RUNS DEEP in America.
Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall
By Andy Borowitz
New polling suggests most Americans favor the building of border walls over extravagant pet projects like structurally sound freeway overpasses.
You only need a HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO BECOME A JUDGE OF ANY KIND?
WHAT DA PHUQ!?!?!?!?
Whites Quit Working With Black Mississippi Judge, Then He Got Sacked
Rickey Thompson started a drug court to start treating offenders and stop imprisoning them. Then he says officials quit sending him offenders altogether.
A black judge in Mississippi claims he was removed from office following years of resistance from a mostly white legal system to his push to treat drug offenders instead of imprisoning them.
Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson of Lee County—named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee—is the first and only black judge in the county’s 149-year history. In May, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed him from the post that he’s held since 2004 over a slew of misconduct allegations.
“It came to the point where they couldn’t beat me at the ballot, so they had to find another direction,” he said.
Thompson said the sheriff quit sending him suspects and fellow judges quit sending the accused to his drug court. Warrants he signed for the sheriff’s department went unserved. A bailiff even once refused to open his court.
Officially, Thompson was found by Mississippi’s highest court to have violated several rules, including what amounts to making clerical errors like using the wrong form when filing paperwork. That should not be surprising given Mississippi requires only a high school diploma to be a justice court judge. (Thompson, a registered nurse with an associate degree, has more education than that of his fellow justice court magistrates.)
I understand the premise….
Where Black Lives Matter Began
Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain.
By Jamelle Bouie
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in 2010, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu preached unity. “With the rising water, differences and divisions were washed away,” he said, asking the audience to listen to each other, and embrace their common aspirations. “We will hear and we will learn the beautiful truth that Katrina taught us all,” he declared, “We are all the same.”
With this, Landrieu invoked our national memory of the hurricane—a catastrophe that devastated New Orleans for all of its residents. In his own address on the fifth anniversary, President Obama struck a similar tone, with a message of rebuilding and harmony. “Five years ago we saw men and women risking their own safety to save strangers. We saw nurses staying behind to care for the sick and the injured. We saw families coming home to clean up and rebuild—not just their own homes, but their neighbors’ homes, as well.”
But there’s a problem with this capsule summary of Katrina and its place in national memory. It assumes a singular public of “Americans” who understand events in broadly similar ways. This public doesn’t exist. Instead, in the United States, we have multiple publics defined by a constellation of different boundaries: Geographic, religious, economic, ethnic, and racial. With regards to race, we have two dominant publics: A white one and a black one. Each of them saw Katrina in competing, mutually exclusive ways. And the disaster still haunts black political consciousness in ways that most white Americans have never been able to acknowledge.
White Americans saw the storm and its aftermath as a case of bad luck and unprecedented incompetence that spread its pain across the Gulf Coast regardless of race. This is the narrative you see in Landrieu’s words and, to some extent, Obama’s as well. To black Americans, however, this wasn’t an equal opportunity disaster. To them, it was confirmation of America’s indifference to black life. “We have an amazing tolerance for black pain,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview after the storm. Rev. Al Sharpton, also echoed the mood among many black Americans: “I feel that, if it was in another area, with another economic strata and racial makeup, that President Bush would have run out of Crawford a lot quicker and FEMA would have found its way in a lot sooner.” Even more blunt was rapper Kanye West, who famously told a live national television audience that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
I have been thinking of new ways to teach African American history to make it relevant to Black students today in the world they are facing.
Perhaps one good approach would be to have a class that would center on the theme of protest, past and present by African Americans demanding their civil rights. Such issues as voting rights, police and White Supremacist brutality, housing, job discrimination, lynching, prison issues, and equal justice could be addressed.
Students could be informed of how society has resisted change with various gimmicks as well as how advances in civil rights have been intentionally eroded. They could then be on the look-out for similar things in the present.
So often (during Black History Month) issues of today are not connected with issues of the past. Studying past grassroots and local community organizers and their methods could be taught with the purpose of deciding if similar methods would be effective in pushing back against injustice and inequality issues of today.
This approach would provide our youth with the tools and protest “know-how” BEFORE their own local community faces an injustice or civil rights violation.
I like the showing past to present. The children (HS or collegiate, I don’t know the level you teach,) need to know that what they’re seeing isn’t new.
Me. Last February, I attended my 2nd grade daughter’s “AA Parent Involvement Day.” Though I would have loved to speak “social studies,” I spoke on AA inventors past to present. Though a couple were familiar with Madame CJ Walker, the eyes lit up upon learning the inventor of the Super Soaker was AA and recently awarded $72 million.
I’d be interested on the feedback on what they think is more effective,
Fabulous hearing about your inventor presentation and the students great reaction. It is so wonderful when parents share history or experience with their children’s school classes.
Yes, as you say, the higher grade students do “need to know that what they are seeing isn’t new. The gains for the Black community in 1860 and 1870 from Reconstruction in regard to the many elected Black officials from local sheriffs, to members of state legislatures and Congress was strong just as that which occurred through the Civil Rights Movement gains. Yet, with both, lack of enforcement of new acts, laws, or amendments as well as undermining court decisions eroded the gains. We are seeing it today for sure.
(My suggestion was just one of many approaches to teaching Black History. There are many good thematic ways of presenting it.)
August 30, 2015 5:17 PM
The End of Silly Season is in Sight
By Nancy LeTourneau
I got a bit of a chuckle this week when Kevin Drum wrote: TGIAS: Finally, August is Almost Over. Those who have been suggesting that Trump-mania is at least in part fueled by the fact that there hasn’t been much else to talk about are not completely wrong. But silly season is about to come to an ignominious end.
If you have any doubts about that – just look at the September calendar. Congress comes back into session this month and right off the bat, they’ll have to tackle a vote on the Iran deal (it looks like Boehner will also throw in a vote in the House to block funding to Planned Parenthood – but since that already failed in the Senate, its all for show until government shutdown time arrives). The conversation about the Iran deal has shifted from whether President Obama will have to use his veto pen to whether Republicans will have enough votes to override a filibuster. The countdown continues with Senator Merkley signing on to support the deal today.
Right on the heels of that vote comes a visit to the United States by Pope Francis. That will provide quite a shift in the conversation. Of course we can expect a lot of his visit to focus on the need to act on climate change. But the Pope has also been outspoken on the issue of income inequality as well as immigration reform. He was instrumental in forging the opening between the United States and Cuba and has spoken out in support of the agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons. In summary:
Rubio embraces a Romney error as his own
08/31/15 09:20 AM
By Steve Benen
It was arguably the biggest takedown of the 2012 presidential campaign. In the third debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican complained, “Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917…. Our Air Force is older and smaller than at any time since it was founded in 1947.”
The former governor had used the same argument many times on the stump, and the prepared president pounced. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed,” Obama explained. “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting slips. It’s what are our capabilities?”
It was a rough moment for Romney, whose canned talking points were made to look ridiculous.
And yet, there was Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) last week, delivering a big speech on foreign policy, embracing Romney’s argument as his own.
“[President Obama] wasted no time stripping parts from the engine of American Strength. He enacted hundreds of billions in defense cuts that left our Army on track to be at pre-World War II levels, our Navy at pre-WWI levels, and our Air Force with the smallest and oldest combat force in its history.”
First, the defense cuts were part of the Republicans’ sequestration policy, not the White House’s agenda, making this an odd line of attack. Second, Romney’s discredited argument from three years ago isn’t any better now.
Bloomberg Politics had a good piece, noting that the far-right senator’s arguments “don’t add up.”
[T]he numbers of ships and planes don’t define U.S. military capabilities. Modern warships, notably aircraft carriers and submarines, are far more effective and lethal than their World War II predecessors.
The Air Force is preparing to field the costliest jet fighter ever built, Lockheed Martin’s F-35, and already has the second generation F-22 with stealth characteristics. Advances in precision guidance and intelligence collection make even older aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16 far more capable than the jets that preceded them.
Romney at least had a decent excuse – he had no foreign policy experience, no national security experience, no working understanding of how the military operates, and he hadn’t even held public office for the six years leading up to the 2012 campaign.
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin was born in this day in 1842 in Boston, MA.
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and her husband, The Honorable George Lewis Ruffin:
Donyale Luna, the first African American featured on a Vogue Magazine cover, was born on this day in 1945.
The reliability of Peggy Noonan’s friend
08/28/15 04:03 PM
By Steve Benen
There’s a famous election anecdote from 1972 in which film critic Pauline Kael expressed astonishment that Richard Nixon had won re-election. She was stunned, the story goes, because “no one I know voted for him.”
The story is probably apocryphal – relevant details have changed over the years – but the enduring qualities of the anecdote deserve appreciation. It’s easy, perhaps too easy, for all of us to extrapolate from our personal interactions and draw misleading conclusions based on limited data.
The Kael story came to mind today reading Peggy Noonan’s latest Wall Street Journal column in which the Republican pundit suggests Donald Trump has burgeoning support with Latino voters. No, that’s not a typo.
Something is going on, some tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways. My friend Cesar works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store. He is Dominican, an immigrant, early 50s, and listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM. Their morning show is the popular “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts.
I later spoke to one of them, who identified himself as D.J. New Era. He backed Cesar’s story. “We were very surprised,” at the Trump support, he said. Why? “It’s a Latin-based market!”
Noonan seems quite impressed with Cesar’s perspective. He apparently claimed Latino callers to the same radio station also sided with Trump – “He’s the man,” Cesar said of the Republican – after this week’s confrontation with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.
Cesar went on to tell the GOP pundit that immigrants not only “don’t like” undocumented immigrants, they also agree with Trump on “anchor babies.”
Walker eyes border wall … for the other border
08/31/15 08:01 AM
By Steve Benen
When far-right politicians endorse the construction of a massive border wall, they rarely specify which border, because it’s simply assumed they’re not overly concerned about Canadians.
When it comes to border security, it’s only natural to wonder why Republicans seem vastly more energized about our neighbors to the south than those to the north. I was delighted to see NBC’s Chuck Todd ask Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) about this yesterday.
One issue he plans to fix if elected is the terrorist threat posed by the nation’s porous borders, and he said while he’s most concerned about the southern U.S. border, he’d be open to building a wall to secure the northern border as well.
“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” he said.
And I’ll be eager to hear what the far-right candidate comes up with after he “looks at” building a northern border wall – because the idea is a little nutty, even by the standards of GOP presidential candidates.
For now, let’s put aside the issues – the costs, the needs, etc. – related to a building a giant wall along the U.S/Mexico border. Let’s instead consider Walker’s apparent concerns about Canada.
As the Republican governor may know – his home state is along the northern border – the United States and Canada don’t simply share a lengthy land mass. There are these things known as the “Great Lakes,” which the two countries share. Even trying to build a giant wall through them would be … how do I put this gently … impractical.
The alternative, of course, is building a water-front wall along U.S. states that border the lakes. Some folks might not like the view, but we’re either going to take border security seriously or we’re not, right
Good Morning, Everyone :)
Move, it’s the L -I- Y- A- H..
Good morning, everyone! Get in the mood with this funky mellow groove.
Loving Aaliyah this morning. Getting my groove on too!