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  1. rikyrah says:

    Black Victorian Photos Exhibit “Black Chronicles II” at Harvard University’s Cooper Gallery Through December :>)
    – – – — – -“We are not what we seem.” When the iconic novelist Richard Wright wrote those words, in 1940, he was describing the African-American experience. As a stunning new exhibit at Harvard University’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery shows, the complexity of seeing and identity took its own twists on the other side of the Atlantic when the relatively new art of photography began
    producing images of people of color in Victorian England.

    In more than 100 photographs, including a striking set that has been lost for more than 120 years, “Black Chronicles II” reveals a mash-up of racist imagery and cultural tropes that in many ways will be familiar to American viewers — and still often reveals the timeless humanity of the subjects.

  2. rikyrah says:

    This Mother-Of-Two Makes $25 Million A Year From Home, You Can Too

    BY: John “Hennry” Harris

    Could you imagine making a fortune from the comforts of your own home?

    Feel like you’re always competing against the clock and never have enough time for…

    That is exactly what Linda Lightman, a 53-year-old eBay expert has done by turning her luxury consignment store, Linda’s Stuff, into a $25 million a year business.

    Lightman, a mother of two living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, first got her start selling her son’s video games on eBay 15 years ago. She told Daily Mail Online:lindalightmanfubu

    “Most people don’t know that the average household has over 52 items worth over $3,000 just lying around their house ready to sell.”

    “But you don’t have to be limited by what is in your home. Branch out. You can make money selling other items on eBay,” she added.

    Lightman, a former labor and employment attorney in New York, says that her real venture into eBay started when she ran out of video games to sell so she started selling her own clothes, shoes and accessories.

    “I was always so passionate about fashion and for me it was a no brainer,” she explained.

    “Within weeks, my friends asked me to sell their clothes and so on. Word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool and it spread quickly. I instantly knew I was on to something.”


  3. rikyrah says:


    By Daniel Forbes
    August 31, 2015

    Swindled Church Nets White Baptists Big Bucks

    PORTLAND, OREGON — There are ways to sell a church property legally, procedures dictated by state law and church bylaws. Typically, they require a formal vote by the congregation.

    A phone call is not one of them. A simple call from a newly installed white trustee of an inner Northeast Portland, Oregon African-American church does not suffice. A call to the white secretary of a local affiliate of the giant Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) doesn’t hold water, either. And finally, a phone call to transfer ownership of a church adds insult to injury when the church’s founding pastor–Rev. Percy N. Manuel, an African-American whose indomitable will kept Mt. Zion Baptist Church afloat for 17 years–is barely cold in the ground.

    Yet Sharon Stone, the new trustee who’d seized Mt. Zion’s frayed reins with a sure grip, phoned Lila O’Banion, the secretary of the Interstate Baptist Association (IBA), a 70-church, metro-Portland affiliate of the SBC. “I called Lila and said Percy wanted it to go to Interstate, and Lila took care of it from there,” said Stone.

    Stone added, “I let Lila know—Lila took care of it.” She continued, “I let Lila know that Percy wanted to protect the church and have IBA own it. Lila said she’d take care of it.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Matt Duss ✔ @mattduss
    As with Booker, DSW’s decision indicates recognition that anyone hoping for a future as a progressive leader needs to support #IranDeal.

  5. rikyrah says:

    I am going to miss them when their show ends.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’
    SEPT. 3, 2015

    The Republican Party and its acolytes in the news media are trying to demonize the protest movement that has sprung up in response to the all-too-common police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country. The intent of the campaign — evident in comments by politicians like Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky — is to cast the phrase “Black Lives Matter” as an inflammatory or even hateful anti-white expression that has no legitimate place in a civil rights campaign.

    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas crystallized this view when he said the other week that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were he alive today, would be “appalled” by the movement’s focus on the skin color of the unarmed people who are disproportionately killed in encounters with the police. This argument betrays a disturbing indifference to or at best a profound ignorance of history in general and of the civil rights movement in particular. From the very beginning, the movement focused unapologetically on bringing an end to state-sanctioned violence against African-Americans and to acts of racial terror very much like the one that took nine lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June.


    The Charleston church massacre has eerie parallels to the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. — the most heinous act of that period — which occurred at the height of the early civil rights movement. Four black girls were murdered that Sunday. When Dr. King eulogized them, he did not shy away from the fact that the dead had been killed because they were black, by monstrous men whose leaders fed them “the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism.” He said that the dead “have something to say” to a complacent federal government that cut back-room deals with Southern Dixiecrats, as well as to “every Negro who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice.” Shock over the bombing pushed Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act the following year.

    The “Black Lives Matter” movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued. People who are unacquainted with this history are understandably uncomfortable with the language of the movement. But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith. They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them.

  7. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know what I love more about this pic…the look on the boy’s face, or the fact that his sister is hiding behind grandma.

  8. Ametia says:

    Serena & Venus- Quarterfinals Tuesday

  9. ladies, check your email

  10. Ametia says:

    Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the best-selling self-help guru and author of 30 books, died late Saturday, his family and publisher said. He was 75.

    A posting on Dyer’s Facebook page said: “Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.”

  11. Ametia says:


  12. Ametia says:

    Ken Burns’s ‘Civil War’ After Dylann Roof

    The PBS documentary turns 25 this year, just as the Charleston murders and the Confederate flag debate freshly exposed a nation’s racial wounds—wounds the film mostly ignores.

    In October 1862, the photographer Mathew Brady opened an exhibition in his New York studio called “The Dead of Antietam.” In it he presented nearly 100 images of the Civil War battlefield that saw what was, up to that time, the bloodiest confrontation ever fought on American soil. In one day, more than 20,000 men had been killed, wounded, or gone missing.

  13. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Brent Staples ‏@BrentNYT
    “The Architecture of Segregation: How Gov’t ghettoizes the poor – and what to do about it.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    this is crazy


    Donald Trump doesn’t need Latino voters to win

    By Bruce Bartlett September 4

    Bruce Bartlett has worked for many Republican officeholders, including Jack Kemp and President Ronald Reagan, for whom he was a domestic policy adviser. He is the author of “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past.”

    It’s safe to say that virtually all political professionals think Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is doomed. The odds of him winning the Republican nomination are long, and the odds of him winning the general election are nonexistent, they say. The key reason is that Trump’s campaign is based on alienating Latinos, a large and fast-growing voter bloc, by supporting the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and building a wall along the border with Mexico to prevent further emigration. If the eventual Republican nominee needs 47 percent of the Latino vote to win the general election — the threshold set by two political scientists in a study for Latino Decisions — what chance does Trump have?

    But if Trump could replace Latino votes with those of another large minority group that traditionally votes Democratic, he might have a fighting chance at victory. And even without changing his message, black voters could be that group.

    African Americans have long been receptive to the anti-immigrant concepts behind Trump’s campaign. Simply put, the jobs, housing and other opportunities that immigrants take come largely at the expense of blacks who were born in the United States.

  15. rikyrah says:

    this sort of made me tear up


    Crowds flock to Georgia to pay tribute to cancer-stricken Jimmy Carter

    By David Weigel August 30

    PLAINS, Ga. — The cars and SUVs and RVs began lining up outside Maranatha Baptist Church early Saturday evening. Jimmy Carter, a Maranatha parishioner and the 39th president of the United States, was due to teach Sunday school the next morning.

    It would be Carter’s second lesson since he announced that he would undergo treatment for brain cancer. His first post-cancer lesson drew nearly 1,000 people to a church built for a few hundred, so the church decided to offer pews on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving by 12:01 a.m. Sunday would be admitted to the church parking lot, where they would have to sleep in their cars.

    Cynthia Alfont, a 47-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, flew from California to Knoxville, Tenn., then drove six hours straight to Plains. Georges Kabongo-Mubalamate, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, flew from his job in Maine then drove three hours from Atlanta. Kent Schroeder, 62, packed his sister and mother into his SUV and drove the hard 14 hours from Illinois.

    “We’re gung-ho people!” chirped Schroeder’s mother, Pat, who was 93 and could walk only with assistance.

    By 9 p.m. Saturday, the line of cars snaked more than half a mile along the two-lane blacktop, and church organizers gave in. Drivers were ushered into the church parking lot by Jill Stuckey, a board member of the Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historical Site, who seemed to have evolved beyond the need for sleep.

  16. rikyrah says:

    How Jimmy Carter’s 1977 voting reform proposals revealed the dark Id of conservative Republicanism

    By Rick Perlstein
    Posted on August 27, 2015 in Politics

    James Earl Carter is nearing the end. In an extraordinary press conference last week, the 39th president discussed his impending death from metastasizing liver cancer, with a grace, humor, and wisdom the rest of us can only hope to emulate when our own time comes.

    Soon will come the eulogies: then, the assessments. Forgive me if I jump the gun with a gust of affection. I’ve been grappling with his 1976 candidacy and presidency for most of my workdays for at least a year now for my next book on Ronald Reagan’s rise to the presidency. I want to loose some thoughts while they are fresh in my mind.


    Frequently, Carter’s approach to those complexities produced political disasters; “The Passionless Presidency,” James Fallows’s classic 1979 essay on his time as one of Carter’s White House speechwriters, will forever remain the best account of that. But Carter’s approach to governing also could lead to a glorious kind of democratic prophetic witness. Coincidentally, I was writing about one of those moments, from the spring and summer of 1977, last week when the news of Carter’s diagnosis broke. This moment reveals Carter at his very best. It also reveals American conservatives at their venal worst—and provides one more precedent to help us understand and contend with their ongoing deformation of our democracy now.

    It was March 22. President Carter, concerned that America ranked 21st in voter participation among the world’s democracies, transmitted a package of proposed electoral reforms to Congress. He had studied the problem. Now he was ready to administer a solution.

    Everyone loved to talk about voter apathy, but the real problem, Carter said, was that “millions of Americans are prevented or discouraged from voting in every election by antiquated and overly restricted voter registration laws”—a fact proven, he pointed out, by record rates of participation in 1976 in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, where voters were allowed to register on election day. So he proposed that election-day registration be adopted universally, tempering concerns that such measures might increase opportunities for fraud by also proposing five years in prison and a $10,000 fine as penalties for electoral fraud.

    He asked Congress to allot up to $25 million in aid to states to help them comply, and for the current system of federal matching funds for presidential candidates to be expanded to congressional elections. He suggested reforming a loophole in the matching-fund law that disadvantaged candidates competing with rich opponents who funded their campaigns themselves, and revising the Hatch Act to allow federal employees “not in sensitive positions,” and when not on the job, the same rights of political participation as everyone else.

    Finally, and most radically, he recommended that Congress adopt a constitutional amendment to do away with the Electoral College—under which, three times in our history (four times if you count George W. Bush 23 years later), a candidate who received fewer votes than his opponent went on to become president—in favor of popular election of presidents. It was one of the broadest political reform packages ever proposed.

  17. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    skeptical brotha @skepticalbrotha

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants 2 be Speaker. We see you, girl. #IranDeal

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Amelia Boynton Robinson, the matriarch of the voting rights movement, is taken by horse-drawn buggy from Walker Mortuary to Tabernacle Baptist Church during a memorial service in her honor.” (Photo by A.D. Deshazo)

    • Liza says:

      I’m sure that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a vision of her meteoric rise in the next Clinton administration, should Hillary be the next president. DWS certainly doesn’t want to jeopardize that.

  19. Ametia says:

    Exclusive: Debbie Wasserman Schultz backs Iran nuclear deal

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, who heads the national Democratic Party, has announced she will support the controversial Iran nuclear deal that is a top priority for President Barack Obama but has faced widespread voter criticism, including in Florida.

    In a five-and-a-half page statement released exclusively to the Miami Herald on Sunday morning, Wasserman Schultz wrote that after wrestling with the agreement she still has concerns but will support it.

    “I have subsequently come to the conclusion that the agreement promotes the national security interests of the United States and our allies and merits my vote of support …” she wrote. “This agreement is not perfect. But I join many in the belief that with complex, multilateral, nuclear non-proliferation negotiations with inherent geopolitical implications for the entire world, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ deal.”

    She is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning to speak about her decision.

    Read more here:

  20. rikyrah says:


    No, Kim Davis, You Can’t Beg for Money on GoFundMe
    By Keisha Hatchett
    September 5, 2015 12:12 AM

    While Kentucky clerk Kim Davis sits in jail for being in contempt of court after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, her lawyers are hard at work trying to clean up her mess and the judge is in a bind when it comes to hitting her where it hurts.

    DailyKos reported that “Plaintiffs in the case had asked [District Court Judge David] Bunning to fine Davis, but they specifically requested that he not jail her. Bunning, though, said fines would not work because others might raise money to pay the penalty on her behalf.” Well, thanks to a pair of homophobic bakers, they won’t be able to do it on GoFundMe.

    According to, the crowdsourcing service nixed a fundraising campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein earlier this year. They were fined $135,000 for refusing to go through with a wedding cake request for a gay couple. In a statement, GoFundMe explained:

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

  22. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

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