Thursday Open Thread | Donna Summer

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128 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Donna Summer

  1. rikyrah says:

    Number Of Women Owned Businesses at Record High, Especially For Black, Hispanic Women

    Reported by Liku Zelleke

    More women than ever, are running the largest number of small businesses in the United States. This week, it was revealed by the National Women’s Business Council that there were 10 million women-owned businesses in the country in 2012. That same year, the number of men owning businesses equaled about 15 million.

    The council’s census defines a “woman-owned business” as one that has a woman owning 51 or more percentage of the business’ equity or stock. The numbers also indicated a sharp increase from 2007, by 27.5 percent.

    Although men still own more businesses than women do, the women have been catching up at an impressive rate of four times that of their male counterparts.

    Profit numbers show that, over all, women-owned businesses made a total of $1.6 trillion from 2007 to 2012. The vast majority of these businesses – at 89.4 percent – were actually sole proprietorships where one employee was the owner.

    The report also highlights the fact that there was a major increase in the small business ownership among women of color and especially blacks and Hispanics.

    The data, which was collected from the Census’ Survey of Small Businesses Owners, also indicated that one possible reason for this impressive increase in women venturing out on their own was due to the impact of the high rates of blacks and Hispanics finding themselves unemployed during the years between 2007 and 2012. These same women were also more likely to be the financial heads of their households at that time.

    Carla Harris, the chair of the National Women’s Business Council (who was appointed by President Barack Obama), said, “We speculate that there may have been a bigger necessity among women of color to start their own businesses… Necessity is the mother of invention.”

  2. Liza says:

    In this article are two of the saddest pictures you will see today.

    Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees
    Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece

    • majiir says:

      Thanks, Ametia. This guy is a big, bad *ss on Facebook but a wuss when confronted by those he disparages when face-to-face with them. He didn’t have the nerve to say to their faces the things he says on Facebook. He sure doesn’t want anyone to know that his daughter Ashley likes “coffee, no cream” guys. LOL.

  3. Ametia says:


  4. rikyrah says:


    cckids says:

    September 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    @Gin & Tonic:

    The remarkable thing is not that Mr Trump is not going to be president, but that such a thing should even need saying

    I saw a interview with Emma Thompson; she was asked about Trump’s
    candidacy & how Europeans felt about it. She said mainly they are
    viewing it as “a surreal bad reality show”, because, really, America,
    TRUMP?? He is so, so disliked in Scotland (where she lives). She said
    people just cannot believe he’s being taken as a serious candidate.

  5. rikyrah says:

    I’m not ashamed to say…
    Stuff like this FREAKS ME OUT!!
    I’m still worried about the dying bees!

  6. rikyrah says:

    Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian

    Hey, here’s a great idea! Let’s give the lowest rated morning “news” show… ANOTHER HOUR! Way to go @msnbc!

  7. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    A day after a Millis, Massachusetts police officer said he was fired on, schools were closed, and a manhunt was launched…

    The MA State Patrol announces that the whole thing was a lie, and the reporting officer made it up.

    • Ametia says:

      Not even suprised here. My spidey senses have been on hyper alert since the media has been reporting a sudden rash of police being attacked / killed.

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  9. Ametia says:

    This never gets OLD

    • Ametia says:

      This is what Ag Lynch is not addressing. Instead, she is coddling cops with talking points about stamping out violence for ALL. GTFOH

    • Liza says:

      No one is counting the concussions, broken jaws, facial bone fractures, lost teeth, detached retinas, post traumatic stress disorder, etc… inflicted by police on citizens for no reason. I don’t think AG Lynch is interested in this either.

      • Ametia says:

        The VIOLENCE continues, AG Lynch. Until you can come before the cameras and speak on UNLAWFUL violence & KILLINGS by the police on American citizens (BLACK) stay away from the podium, PLEASE!

  10. rikyrah says:

    uh huh


    The LA Times Covers Cornrows, the Hot New Trend for White Ladies

    Kara Brown
    Filed to: HAIR9/23/14 2:30pm

    Friends, readers, ladyfolk, I believe we are being trolled. I believe we are being trolled by major newspapers and fashion magazines through a series of willfully ignorant and low-key racist articles where they attempt to completely erase black people from the very styles and trends that they created.

    They must be trolling us because I simply do not want to believe that these people are as utterly stupid as they are making themselves look.


    Yes, the first person that Ingrid Schmidt of the Los Angeles Times thinks of when she thinks of cornrows is a white lady. Crediting Bo Derek in an article about cornrows is literally the exact same joke that was made when Black Twitter went in on Vogue for their “big butts are a trend now” story.

    Schmidt continues:

    Far from the bead-bedecked cornrows and plaits the actress wore in the 1979 film “10,” cornrows with a punk vibe have shown up recently on model Cara Delevingne, singer Rita Ora and actress Kristen Stewart, as well as on the Alexander McQueen, DKNY and Marchesa runways. Madeline Brewer in “Orange Is the New Black” was another forerunner of the trend.
    It’s almost as if Schmidt deliberately went out of her way to dig for examples of any white woman who has ever worn cornrows so as not to utter the name of a black person.

    If Schmidt came out and just said, “Hey, white women are just now discovering cornrows even though they have obviously existed forever,” that would have been fine. WHATEVER. I can understand that being a story. But by not referencing a single black person, she is implicitly suggesting that these white women truly are the harbingers of this trend.

    She then spoke to some white male hairstylist named Jon Reyman who just says “fuck it” and blatantly insults black people: “‘Cornrows are moving away from urban, hip-hop to more chic and edgy,’ says Reyman.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    September 02, 2015 4:52 PM
    Anti-Choicers Pulling the Punch on Planned Parenthood?
    By Ed Kilgore

    Assuming Ben Domenech knows his right-wingers, which I would guess is the one thing he does infallibly know, he’s solved a big mystery for us in a column yesterday. A few weeks ago the whole hep conservative world was aflame with promises and threats about defunding Planned Parenthood, even if it took a government shutdown. Erick Erickson was hyperventilating nearly hourly about how the GOP needed to lay down and die if it did not follow this course of action to the bitter end. Presidential candidates were climbing on board in due order.

    Then—well, Mitch McConnell allowed as how it wasn’t going to happen, the presidential candidates and conservative media stopped talking about it, and even ol’ Pope Erick seemed to back off. What’s up with that?

    According to Domenech, it was actually the big antichoice groups that called off the dogs:

    For the time being, Capitol Hill Republican leaders are on the same page as the national pro-life groups – a shutdown strategy is not their preference, because it makes it more likely Democrats will win in 2016, and that means you miss probably your best opportunity in a generation to get rid of Roe v. Wade. Capitol Hill Republicans are looking to the pro-life groups to provide them cover by not scoring a Planned Parenthood-funding continuing resolution, and most of the big groups are expected to go along with this strategy.

  12. Ametia says:

    Where’s our Lady, eliihaas? We miss you and trust you’re doing well.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Clinton, Paul diverge wildly on addiction issues
    09/03/15 09:30 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It didn’t get a whole lot of attention yesterday, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a $10 billion plan to combat substance abuse, and by all appearances, it’s a serious approach, prioritized after Clinton heard from voters who emphasized its importance in their own families’ lives.
    Clinton’s plan calls for treating addiction as a public health issue, rather than a law enforcement one, and pledges more resources for treatment and recovery programs. That includes giving all first responders access to naloxone, a drug that can save the lives of people in the midst of an opioid overdose. […]

    Clinton also calls for better training for prescribeers, to limit prescriptions to addictive drugs like OxyContin. Clinton’s plan would devote $7.5 billion in federal-state partnerships to build up local treatment programs, with a potential federal match of $4 for every $1 a state invests.
    The release of the plan coincided with a new Clinton op-ed on the subject published in New Hampshire, and a post on Medium in which the campaign shared personal stories from Americans who’ve struggled with addiction and substance disorders.

    A few hours later, another presidential candidate decided to address the same issue.
    Rand Paul argued in New Hampshire Wednesday that the heroin epidemic in the United States could be solved in part by putting people back to work.

    “People always come up to me and say, ‘We got heroin problems and all these other problems.’ You know what? If you work all day long, you don’t have time to do heroin,” the Kentucky senator said to applause while holding a meet-and-greet at the Airport Diner in Manchester.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Freedom From Consequence: The Abandonment of Truth in 21st Century Politics

    Trevor LaFauci September 3, 2015
    An honest politician.

    That simple three word phrase automatically elicits a reaction from the reader. For some, there is immediate laughter. Honest politician, you say? Why, no such person exists! For others, there is a sense of nostalgia. I remember my youth. We used to have honest folk run for office back then! For others still, there is the sense that this is somehow against the norm. Not many honest politicians out there. ‘Cept Obama and a few others, I guess.

    No matter how you reacted to the phrase odds are somehow and some way, you felt a ping of hopelessness when you did. You were either of Camp A where this mythical person doesn’t exist, Camp B where this person used to exist but no longer does, or Camp C where this person exists but is the exception rather than the rule. Even the most optimistic of us would agree that in this day and age there exists few honest politicians. In a career designed to instill public trust, what does it say that the vast majority of politicians are seen as untrustworthy? When did it become “heroic” to actually go out and tell the truth?

    The answer: January 20, 2009.

    On that day, America ushered in a man who has become a transformational president. A man whose ascension to the highest office in the land scared the pants off the Republican Party because he was the exact kind of man they had been oppressing for a half-century: A biracial child born to an African man and a White woman from Kansas. A child whose single mother survived on government food stamps. A child who became a young adult and got accepted to Columbia and then Harvard Law School but had to take out student loans to do so. A man who used his world-class degrees to give back to his community and work as a community organizer before becoming a tenured constitutional law professor. A man who represented his state in both the state assembly and the United States Senate. A good, Christian man with a beautiful wife, two beautiful daughters, and a dedication and commitment to make the world a better place.

    In short: He was the Republican Party’s worst nightmare.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Go Brandy


    A New Scripted Series Is Coming to BET Starring Brandy Norwood and Executive Produced by Debra Martin Chase

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    September 2, 2015 at 5:42PM

    BET Networks announced that production on its new scripted series “Zoe Ever After,” starring Brandy Norwood, is underway in Atlanta, GA.

    The multi-camera romantic comedy centers on Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (to be played by Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex, and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Octavia Butler on the big or small screen is a good thing.


    Octavia Butler’s ‘Dawn’ Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes

    Photo of Jai Tiggett

    In Octavia Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn, a human race in danger of extinction is given a final chance to survive by mating with an alien species to create a new hybrid race. The first book in Butler’s Lilith’s Brood series (formerly Xenogenesis), adaptation rights were recently acquired by producer Allen Bain (“Revenge of the Green Dragons”).

    “Dawn” is the first television series to be developed under his new Bainframe sci-fi banner. Gary Pearl, Thomas Carter and Teddy Smith are set to executive produce along with Bain.

    As the project is in development and putting together its production team, Bain made time to talk with S&A about his plans for the series.

  17. Ametia says:

    So Trump signed a pledge, like pledges weren’t made to be broken.

    The GOP’s coming after you, clown. You’re going to come down off that high wire, it’s been slow, but you’re going to fall bitch, and fall hard.

  18. rikyrah says:

    PBS Newshour to Start Year Long “Conversation” on Race with Charlayne Hunter-Gault

    Shadow and Act
    Let’s face it, most news programs only deal with race when it’s sensational – like when there’s some violent crime, riots, or when a white cop kills a black teen, or a black criminal shoots a white cop. What usually follows are supposedly serious discussions on race which are, most of time, nothing but people screaming at each other on TV, which is good for ratings and getting viewers all riled up.

    Whether it’s MSNBC, CNN or Fox News, nothing is truly dealt with or discussed in any comprehensive way, and, ultimately, nothing is resolved. And soon enough, it’s all forgotten… until the next racial incident, and it starts up all over again.

    However, PBS’ daily news show, “PBS Newshour,” has decided that, “because of increasing tensions around the country to volatile levels and exposing a festering wound that has yet to heal,” to take a more serious and nuanced approach to the volatile matter, when it announced yesterday that, starting this week, they’re beginning a year long series to be called “Race Matters,” which will be a segment of the program, and will deal with race, as well as “diversity, the divisions that have seemingly torn the nation apart, and what can be done to bridge those divides.”

    The series will be hosted by veteran journalist and author, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who, from 1978 to 1997, was a correspondent and occasional co-anchor on “Newshour,” before leaving in 1997 to become NPR’s Johannesburg correspondent, and eventually, the Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent for CNN

  19. rikyrah says:

    Reports claim Gov. Robert Bentley had an affair: What do we know?

    Several media outlets – bloggers and radio talkers – this morning cited “sources” as they reported that Gov. Robert Bentley has without question had an affair with a female staff member, a torrid love cuddle that caused the governor’s wife of a half century, Dianne Bentley, to file for divorce and ask for everything the guy ever made.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive: MSNBC to Expand Morning Joe One More Hour; Kate Snow Gets Afternoon Role
    by Joe Concha | 11:22 am, September 3rd, 2015

    More sweeping changes are coming to MSNBC per a well placed source.

    As reported in this space exclusively last week, Kate Snow of NBC News will be taking on a substantial role in MSNBC’s dayside programming. Ms. Snow formerly a weekend anchor for Good Morning America and a frequent face seen on the NBC Nightly News and Dateline will inherit the 3-5 p.m. ET time slot on weekdays on MSNBC.

    Also of major note, Morning Joe will be expanded to a four-hour program (it’s currently three). Starting soon, the political roundtable show can be seen from 6 a.m. ET until 10. Note: With the 2016
    race heating up, and the great political theater that has come with it
    and only promises to continue, it only makes sense to expand the
    network’s editorial page in the morning.

    One notable causality to emerge from these moves is current 9-11 a.m. anchor José Díaz-Balart. With Morning Joe going to 10 a.m., Tamron Hall will then take over the 10-12 noon slot, thereby leaving Mr. Díaz-Balart as the odd man out.

    For the rest of the afternoon, Andrea Mitchell will stay in the 12-1 p.m. position. Likewise, Thomas Roberts will remain in the 1-3 p.m. slot that he took over a few months ago as the network began its pivot from opinion to (mostly) hard news programming.

    Following the aforementioned Snow in the 3-5 p.m. block will be Chuck Todd at 5 p.m., a move that was also previously reported by Mediaite in late July.

    What remains to be seen is who fills the small shoes of Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. as he moves to Sunday mornings. Changes may be coming to MSNBC primetime as well, as network executives still are mulling exactly what to do at 8 p.m. with the struggling Chris Hayes. Another source indicates that Willie Geist may get his own program at that time, replacing Hayes, but that is not confirmed at this time.

    • Ametia says:

      What remains to be seen is who fills the small shoes of Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. as he moves to Sunday mornings.

      There ignorance knows NO BOUNDS.

  21. rikyrah says:

    This Week’s Cover: Shonda Rhimes and her leading ladies pop open the wine and pour out their hearts

    The hitmaker and stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis dish on Hollywood sexism, McDreamy’s death, and what’s next for their shows

    by Melissa Maerz

    Viola Davis on colorism in the entertainment industry: “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”
    Kerry Washington on why it’s different to work for a female showrunner: “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.”

    Shonda Rhimes on why her parents were Gladiators: “When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor ­saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”

    • Ametia says:

      Every bit this:

      Shonda Rhimes on why her parents were Gladiators: “When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor ­saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”<b.

    • rikyrah says:

      from TOD:

      September 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm
      The judge also gave Davis’ deputy clerks thirty minutes to decide if they want to join their boss in jail for not issuing marriage licenses.

  22. Ametia says:

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Reclaiming Black Womanhood

    I ended my work day with a co-worker showing me a headline on her phone that screamed in bold faced font that our favorite fake black woman is pregnant with a baby. I gagged and then looked up the information on my own iPhone to confirm the miracle foolery. TMZ, The Daily Mirror, and several other 99.9 percent reliable celebrity news sites confirmed that Rachel Dolezal is indeed pregnant with a baby boy and in her second trimester. This confirmation thus commenced the gathering of the black women in the room at my workplace to discuss this latest tea. The conversation, as many conversations do amongst black women, jumped quickly and we went from trying to figure out if the baby would be black, the baby daddy, and we eventually got back to Dolezal and her race switching shenanigans in which I was reminded that she does hair now to make ends meet since she lost all her jobs. If she was actually black I could sympathize with the blackness of this story, hold up a fist of support for a black woman down, pour some out for her struggle, and add her to my prayer request at church. But Rachel ain’t Black no matter how many times she proclaims she is, and I ain’t the one to offer words of support for her privilege at pretending to struggle.


    However, Dolezal’s expectancy, the continued blow up, blow back, and critique of the Nicki Minaj-Miley Cyrus VMA beef, and the recent “Born and Made” campaign launched by Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price got me to thinking about black women and black womanhood and what it means to be and exist as such in a world that prefers our parts over our whole.

    Rachel Dolezal’s continued classification and representation of herself as a black woman eats at me whenever I see her name. The audacity of her to stake a claim to what she inherently is not, and then try to justify that fatuous claim with professorial philosophizing that “she can argue that she is Black, but not African-American,” and that a difference exists between those two labels. The one time Africana Studies professor should know that in this country black folk had to fight to be colored instead of niggers. We had to fight to be negroes instead of colored. We had to sing to be Black instead of Negro, and that after all that fighting, singing, protesting and crying we had to put our marching shoes on once more for us to finally be recognized as African-American.

  23. Ametia says:

    Kentucky clerk ordered jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage license

    ASHLAND, Ky. — A county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was found in contempt of court Thursday and taken into custody.

    “The idea of natural law superceding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning told Rowan County clerk Kim Davis.

    “Thank you, judge,” she replied before being removed from the courtroom by U.S. marshals.

    Davis, an Apostolic Christian, had said it would violate her faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and had directed her office to withhold marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight. She was sued by four gay couples who had been denied licenses, and was ordered by Bunning last month to begin issuing the licenses this week.

    But Davis refused, citing her religious beliefs. Attorneys for the four couples had not asked for jail time, but Bunning took more drastic action.

  24. Ametia says:

    A federal judge found Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court and remanded her to custody for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  25. rikyrah says:

    GOP candidates blame Obama for police shootings, cite no evidence
    09/03/15 08:45 AM
    By Steve Benen
    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday “strongly condemned shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas and Illinois and issued an unequivocal message of support for police.” The comments came on the heels of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) arguing that “the entire Obama administration” has shown “hostility [towards] law enforcement.”

    Cruz, of course, backed up his argument by pointing to … nothing. Soon after, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) appeared on Fox News and said the White House’s support for law enforcement has been “ambiguous,” which contributes to violence and lawlessness. To support the contention, the scandal-plagued Republican also pointed to … nothing.

    Taking an even less subtle approach, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) published a piece on a far-right blog yesterday, reflecting on “a serious problem.”
    In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric. Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat.
    Look, eventually we’re going to reach a put-up-or-shut-up moment. We talked yesterday about how offensive it is when politicians exploit the deaths of police officers for partisan gain, but as the number of GOP candidates connecting the White House to the slayings grows, it becomes all the more important for Republican officials to do one specific thing:

    Back up their ugly claims with some shred of proof.

    Of course, at this point, I can imagine some conservative readers yelling at their computer screens. “Oh yeah, smart guy? What about you? Where’s your evidence that the president has offered unambiguous support for law enforcement?”

  26. Ametia says:


    If you’re Baptist, don’t work in a liquor store. If you’re an idiot, don’t run for County Clerk in Kentucky
    Posted by: Helen Philpot | September 3, 2015

    Margaret, here is the thing about religion: Faith is a wonderful thing until it becomes certainty; at which point it becomes fanaticism. If there was only one true religion, fanaticism wouldn’t be all that bad. But there’s the rub, honey. Not only are there many different religions; there are many different versions of each religion. These days religious beliefs are like a backside. Everyone’s got one and often times they stink.

    If you’re a Baptist, you probably shouldn’t work at a liquor store or a dance hall. If you’re a Catholic, you probably shouldn’t work at Planned Parenthood or any organization that thinks women should have a voice. And if you’re an idiot, you probably shouldn’t get yourself elected as a County Clerk in Kentucky.

    My late husband was Catholic. I am a Methodist. I cooked and he did the dishes. Thank God we didn’t live in Kentucky because he would have starved and I would have had dishpan hands.

    If we can’t all get along in the name of Jesus then can we get along? I don’t know, but imagine asking that question in the Middle East much less the middle of Eastern Kentucky. Of one thing I am certain: I’d rather live my life believing there is a God and finding out there isn’t, than believing there is no God only to find out there is. The problem is that some want to make a dialogue out of what is essentially a monologue. And some so badly want to have a conversation with God that often they decide to make up his part of that conversation as well.

    My religious beliefs don’t have to affect your religious beliefs. In fact, you can even have no beliefs and we can still be friends and agree to live and let live. That, my friend, is what having faith really means. And I really do mean that. Really.

    • Ametia says:

      Nailed it.

      Folks better stop falling for the religious zealots who don’t follow LAWS. We live here on planet earth. Laws were made to lesson the chaos of humans living here. There are laws, boundaries set up in life.

      Sports, highways, they have lines/boundaries. Why? If I cross a lane with an oncoming car, CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Head on collision. See how this works, folks?

      My freedom ends, were the next person’s begins.

      Get religion out of my vagina, my schools, the places I conduct my business. It doesn’t belong there, it belongs in your faith, your heart, or in your place of worship. Live it and let me live my life.

  27. Ametia says:

    Christie contributes the most to climate change, because he carries the most HOT AIR

    SMGDH The stupid burns deep

  28. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,
    After a 20 year boycott of the Great White Get Together AKA The Minnesota State Fair (look it up,) I went to see the Commodores open for Patti LaBelle. Maaaaaaaan!!!!
    I’m no fan of JD, but he held it down. He didn’t butcher “Easy” so I was cool with it.

    Patti Patti! 71 and putting these kids to shame. Name checked Celine, Madonna and Gaga – I did it first, don’t get it twisted! Took me to chuuch last night. When the shoes flew I was DONE!

    So today just freestyling it and letting everybody know I got no sleep last night and still high from the show. Have a good day all.

    Ametia, did you go!?!

    • Ametia says:

      LOL@ Great White Get Together! No one has it on Patti LaBelle. Glad you had a good time high from the show, Tyren

      Since I moved here 17 years ago, I’ve only gone once, and that was too much. I know it’s an economical way to see the stars/artists, but frankly, I’d rather pay full price to see them in concert somewhere else.

    • Ametia says:

      Great, I hope it’s at Target Center, State Theater, Orpeum, etc., anywhere except the state fair.

    • Ametia says:

      No shit, we called this a gazillion times over.

      Just what America needs, another hour of Murdering Joke.

      Tamaron Hall, your days are numbered too, you just watch & wait.

  29. BlackLivesMatter raising their voices in unity to condemn police brutality is not hate. It’s love for black folks right to live.

  30. Ametia says:

    For Liza, four daily dose of Borowitz.

    Party That Mocked President’s Lack of Experience Favors One with No Experience Whatsoever

    By Andy Borowitz

    The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, said that he sees “no contradiction at all.”

    • Liza says:

      Lol. :) Borowitz and other humor writers don’t have to work too hard these days, just report the facts as the GOP clowns provide the jokes.

  31. Ametia says:

    Our AG at work

  32. WhitePrivilege. A hellava drug. Tom Brady.

  33. Ametia says:


    Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in DeflateGate case

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman on Thursday nullified the four-game suspension given to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by the NFL over the DeflateGate case.

    [Ruling isn’t necessarily the end of DeflateGate]

    At issue was whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell followed the rules set forth in the league’s collective bargaining agreement when he suspended Brady for four games and then upheld that suspension upon appeal. The league’s main argument was that Goodell had the right to punish Brady however he saw fit, based on the collective bargaining agreement, and that courts have long deferred to arbitrators when ruling on similar labor conflicts.

    Lawyers from the NFLPA, representing Brady, contended that Brady’s punishment went above and beyond anything outlined in the collective bargaining agreement and that the league kept changing the reason why it punished Brady, initially claiming he had a “general awareness” of the plot to deflate footballs but then saying he had an active role in the scheme.

    The NFLPA also argued that Brady’s appeal should have been heard by someone other than Goodell, claiming he was biased against Brady.

  34. Ametia says:

    You don’t want none of Kareem, Donald. Your arms are way to SHORT to box with him

    Here’s how Donald Trump responded to my essay about him

    The bully proves my point.

    By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar September 2 at 4:56 PM
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, is a former cultural ambassador for the United States and the author of several bestselling books. His latest novel, “Mycroft Holmes,” comes out this month.

    This morning, an essay of mine was published titled, “This is the Difference Between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.” Trump’s response to my piece is the best, though inelegant, support for my claims. Here again, he attacks a journalist who disagrees with him, not by disputing the points made but by hurling schoolyard insults such as “nobody likes you.” Look behind the nasty invective and you find an assault on the Constitution in the effort to silence the press through intimidation. The full text is below.

  35. Breaking

    Scarlett Wilson will hold a news conference at 2:45pm to announce plans to seek the death penalty against Dyllan Roof.

  36. Ametia says:


    Racism, violence and the politics of resentment
    By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer September 2 at 7:16 PM

    We have a choice to make.

    We can look at violence and racism as scourges that all of us must join together to fight. Or we can turn the issues of crime and policing into fodder for racial and political division.

    In principle, it shouldn’t be hard to recognize two truths.

    Too many young African Americans have been killed in confrontations with police when lethal force should not have been used. We should mourn their deaths and demand justice. Black Lives Matter turned into a social movement because there is legitimate anger over the reality that — to be very personal about it — I do not have to worry about my son being shot by the police in the way an African American parent does.

    At the same time, too many of our police officers are killed while doing their jobs. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 1,466 men and women in law enforcement died in the line of duty over the past decade. We should mourn their deaths, appreciate the dangers they face and honor their courage.

  37. rikyrah says:


    I just wanna ask… come every article the NYTimes is doing on Detroit involves White People?

    Last Stop on the L Train: Detroit

    Detroit, Just West of Bushwick,” read the first billboard that popped up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this spring, with a working class scene from one of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals. “Detroit, Be Left Alone,” a second one preached soon after, again in Bushwick. And then a third sign appeared, in two locations in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan — “Detroit: Now Hiring.”

    No one quite knew where they were coming from or who had put them up.

    But when an unrelated photo popped up on Instagram — “Move to Detroit” spray-painted on a girder of the Brooklyn Bridge — the campaign’s anonymous crusader finally revealed himself.

    “I rent billboard spaces where others don’t see value. That is how I saw Detroit on my first visit four years ago,” said Philip Kafka, the 28-year-old man who then put his passion behind the billboards with his SoHo-based company, Prince Media. “I saw great buildings, a deep and rich cultural history, and met amazing people.”

    He now owns six buildings in the Motor City, one of which will house his new restaurant, Katoi, across the street from Detroit’s most photographed “ruin porn,” the Michigan Central Station. “I want people to know that in Detroit you can afford to make art, be a chef, buy houses, start a business, do anything if you work hard,” he said.

  38. rikyrah says:

    uh huh


    TUESDAY, APR 8, 2014 01:34 PM CDT
    Gentrification’s insidious violence: The truth about American cities
    Too many claim white people are at risk in communities of color. Really, it’s those communities that are threatened

    A few years back, when I was still a paramedic, we picked up a white guy who had been pistol whipped during a home invasion in Williamsburg. “I can’t believe this happened to me,” he moaned, applying the ice pack I’d given him to a small laceration on his temple. “It’s like a movie!”


    While film narratives of white folks in low-income neighborhoods tend to focus on how endangered they are by a gangland black or brown menace, this patient was singular in that he was literally the only victim of black on white violence I encountered in my entire 10-year career as a medic.

    “What is distinctively ‘American’ is not necessarily the amount or kind of violence that characterizes our history,” Richard Slotkin writes, “but the mythic significance we have assigned to the kinds of violence we have actually experienced, the forms of symbolic violence we imagine or invent, and the political uses to which we put that symbolism.” Slotkin was talking about the American frontier as a symbolic reference point for justifying expansionist violence throughout history. Today, we can see the mytho-political uses of symbolic violence in mainstream media portrayals of the “hood.”

    It’s easy to fixate on physical violence. Movies sexualize it, broadcasters shake their heads as another fancy graphic whirs past sensationalizing it, politicians build careers decrying it with one side of their mouths and justifying it with the other. But institutionalized violence moves in far more insidious and wide-reaching patterns. “Gentrification,” Suey Park and Dr. David J. Leonard wrote in a recent post at Model View Culture, “represents a socio-historic process where rising housing costs, public policy, persistent segregation, and racial animus facilitates the influx of wealthier, mostly white, residents into a particular neighborhood. Celebrated as ‘renewal’ and an effort to ‘beautify’ these communities, gentrification results in the displacement of residents.”

    Gentrification is violence. Couched in white supremacy, it is a systemic, intentional process of uprooting communities. It’s been on the rise, increasing at a frantic rate in the last 20 years, but the roots stretch back to the disenfranchisement that resulted from white flight and segregationist policies. Real estate agents dub changing neighborhoods with new, gentrifier-friendly titles that designate their proximity to even safer areas: Bushwick becomes East Williamsburg, parts of Flatbush are now Prospect Park South. Politicians manipulate zoning laws to allow massive developments with only token nods at mixed-income housing.

    • Ametia says:

      The truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the TRUTH.

      And they use the almighty $ to commit their crimes of GENTRIFICATION.

    • eliihass says:

      Here’s a comment in poetry form posted by someone on that article you shared a while back Rikyrah:

      “…TheGentrifier May 13, 2015

      I am the Gentrifier.
      I am the Yin to White Flight’s Yang.
      First I lower it until you neglect it,
      Then I inflate it until you can’t afford it
      And have to sell it. What is it? Who knows?
      If you liked it you should have put a lien on it.
      I keep the outside the same but gut the insides,
      After all the façade is a charade until there’s
      A line around the block for brunch
      Where the OTB used to be.
      I’ll make it up to you. Now, I won’t buy your vote, but with
      Your vote you can buy a home; cars; upper-classrooms
      In which there are many degrees. Rummage through
      And pick one. They used to come with costumes,
      But don’t worry. The only way to lose is not to play.
      The only way to win is to be not asked to play.
      Want to play? This game has no back and forth, just a

  39. rikyrah says:

    Some more info on Detroit.


    Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit’s Resurgence, But No One’s Talking About It
    Posted: 07/17/2014 2:07 pm EDT Updated: 07/18/2014 6:59 pm EDT

    Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.

    Despite pending cuts for pensioners, as well as widespread poverty, sobering health and violence statistics and a declining population, Detroiters have expressed cautious optimism about recent changes, which include greater investments in development, promises to improve city services and an ambitious plan to eliminate urban blight.

    The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history has also stirred up interest in success stories. Though no one person will fix Detroit, some people have received well-deserved attention for their work to improve the city. A New York Times article last month highlighted hot spots in the Corktown neighborhood, and a story in the same paper earlier this year heralded small businesses.

    But something’s missing from those pieces, and from many other articles that examine the city’s resurgence: black Detroiters, who make up 83 percent of the population.

    Stories that claim entrepreneurs are building, revitalizing and even saving Detroit focus primarily on white professionals, often younger and new transplants to the city, a trend that’s palpable and frustrating for locals. When journalists and readers criticized the Times for leaving blacks out of its Corktown story, the paper’s public editor addressed the lack of diversity in a follow-up, and the writer said she regretted not including a black-owned business. (A more recent Times story takes a wider-ranging view.)

    It’s not difficult to find a black business owner to speak with, though. There are more than 32,000 in the city, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2007. Many, particularly those who have kept their businesses going on shoestring budgets, feel excluded from conversations about Detroit’s revival and overlooked when it comes to getting access to funds and resources.

    “I think, for the most part, black-owned businesses are not getting a piece of the pie,” bookstore owner Janet Jones told The Huffington Post. “What about people who have been doing the hard work of living and working and having business in Detroit for the last 20 years?”

    Despite difficulties, many business owners have had their doors open for decades, something local developer George Stewart, 77, traces back to historical segregation that had white business owners refusing service to black customers.

    “During the good times and the bad times, black-owned businesses have been around, primarily serving their community,” said Stewart, who moved to Detroit from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the 1960s. Such businesses, Stewart said, have long been “circulating resources, building wealth [and] opening doors to other opportunities, such as higher education and lifestyle.”

    Below are just a few of the successful black business owners contributing to Detroit’s resurgence, including young entrepreneurs newly investing in the city and locals who have stuck with it for years.

    • Ametia says:

      We can’t have all these stories about the ‘COLOREDS’ owning businesses and succeeding without the help of their white parents, now can we?

  40. rikyrah says:

    Go young folks. Work with your city.


    You May Not Know These Black Millennials, But They’re Helping Detroit Make Its Comeback
    “Whenever we see the positive side, the evolution of the city, it’s always white faces.”

    Kate Abbey-Lambertz
    National Reporter, The Huffington Post
    Posted: 09/01/2015 07:45 AM EDT | Edited: 09/01/2015 03:11 PM EDT

    Stories of Detroit’s revival have continually left out the black residents working to improve the city they’ve called home for decades.

    Young black Detroiters have chosen to stay in the majority African-American city or have returned from other places to take part in revitalization efforts — they’re working in the large organizations and foundations steering the ship, starting the new businesses, educating the generation following them, participating in the vibrant art scene and drinking the pour-over coffees. But their contributions go largely unmentioned.

    “Whenever we see the positive side, the evolution of the city, it’s always white faces,” said Chase Cantrell, a 32-year-old lawyer. “There are young black people who are doing great things to help the revitalization of the city, and no one’s talking about them.”

    Cantrell is one of the millennials who grew up in Detroit and believes in the city’s resurgence. But he and some of his peers are increasingly concerned about their lack of representation, a phenomenon that has real-world harm, according to Donyale Padgett, associate professor of diversity, culture and communication at Detroit’s Wayne State University.

    “It really does alter and affect one’s concept of self,” Padgett said. “I think one of the questions it brings up is, where do I see myself and where do I fit in, in this new Detroit.”

    In some ways, that lack of representation speaks to a real and troubling lack of diversity among those with power and capital in the city, but there are still many native Detroiters playing a part in its revival. And while the white artists and entrepreneurs coming to Detroit often get praise for the creativity and courage that entails, there are black millennials showing just as much innovation and hustling just as hard — and they deserve recognition, too.

    Below, hear from 11 native Detroiters who are deeply passionate about the place they call home and are making sure they are included in the city’s future.

  41. rikyrah says:


    When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass for a Spanish-American missionary in Washington this month, he will do so in a language that the new saint, Junípero Serra, would recognize: Spanish.

    There’s a number of reasons for that, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington who will be hosting the pope on the Washington leg of his three-city U.S. visit later this month.

    First, Spanish is the pope’s mother tongue; he was born in Argentina.

    “But it’s also a recognition of how large the Hispanic population in the United States is,” Wuerl said. “And also because he is canonizing a Spanish speaker. And he’s coming as the first pope from the New World, and the language, the predominant language of the Western Hemisphere, is Spanish.”

  42. rikyrah says:

    for those fans

    Watch Preview of ‘Being Mary Jane’ Season 3. Premiere Date Set + Loretta Devine and Jill Scott Join Cast
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    September 2, 2015 at 6:24PM

    Announced this week, the 3rd season of BET’s hit original drama series, “Being Mary Jane,” will premiere on Tuesday, October 20 in a new time slot, at 9 pm ET (it previously aired at 10 pm).

    Also announced, Loretta Devine and Jill Scott have both joined the series as guest stars for the season.

    Devine will play a character named Cecilia, a bookstore owner whose car was hit by Mary Jane’s vehicle in the final moments of the season 2 finale. And Scott will play Jackie, Niecy’s (Raven Goodwin’s) mother.

    Season 3 of the series will pick up immediately after last season’s finale: a newly promoted Mary Jane learns the truth about the relationship between Lisa (Latarsha Rose) and her ex David (Stephen Bishop), just after she broke up with Sheldon (Gary Dourdan).

  43. rikyrah says:

    Loved me some Fresh Prince.


    ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ cast: Where are they now?

    If you’re in the mood for a little nostalgia, we have something for you: It’s been 25 years since “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” debuted on television — seriously. While Will Smith hasn’t gone anywhere, the rest of the cast haven’t necessarily stayed in the spotlight. To celebrate this big anniversary, find out what the stars of the classic sitcom have been up to since the show ended.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Definitely don’t miss chalk boards and dust.

      I still appreciate writing in cursive and printing by hand.

      I love receiving handwritten cards in my mailbox, yes the one that stands on the side of the curb at my home with the red flag, signaling mail pickup.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  45. Ametia says:

    Bad GRILS! Ah hah, that’s 3 Chics.

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