Tuesday Open Thread | Sweet SOUL Music Week

Today we’ve got Mr. James Brown, the “Godfather of SOUL.”

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60 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Sweet SOUL Music Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Turned on MSNBC. Another PHUCKING Trump rally.

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    Chicago Sun-Times ‏@Suntimes 1h1 hour ago
    “Grand jury could get Sandra Bland case next month”


  3. Ametia says:

    There is NO DOUBT in my mind that this Trump media marathon was MEDIA-MANUFACTURED.

    Today, it’s Ben Carson who is ready to take the spotlight. It’s a show folks.

  4. Ametia says:

    Black & Red… Wow! Iyanla looks fantabulous in RED

    • Ametia says:

      Don’t think for one minute that Republicans and Dems alike didn’t watch VP Biden on Late Show and didn’t get their HEARTS opened and tears flowing. Not human, if they didn’t.


      The fake tears Hillary shed in 2008 in NH…. PLEASE!

  5. rikyrah says:


    A Toni Braxton Biopic Is Coming to Lifetime Directed by Vondie Curtis Hall

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    September 15, 2015 at 11:16AM

    Actor and director Vondie Curtis Hall is attached to direct “Unbreak My Heart: The Toni Braxton Story” for the Lifetime network, according to Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.

    Of course, this will be the life story of singer, songwriter, and TV personality Toni Braxton. No word on where exactly the project stands, ETA, or casting at this time.

    Friedman says the film will obviously feature Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, LA Reid, Pebbles, and the Braxton sisters. So a lot of famous faces to be cast here.


  6. rikyrah says:

    New Poll:

    Today in Politics: In New Poll, Ben Carson Pulls Up Alongside an Idling Donald Trump

    1. Donald Trump: 27% (up three points since August)
    2. Ben Carson: 23% (up 17 points)
    3. Jeb Bush: 6% (down seven points)
    3. Mike Huckabee 6% (down two points)
    3. Marco Rubio 6% (no change)
    6. Ted Cruz: 5% (down one point)
    7. Carly Fiorina: 4% (up four points)
    8. John Kasich: 3% (up two points)
    8. Rand Paul: 3% (down one point)
    10. Scott Walker: 2% (down eight points)


  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Patience Oyira ‏@PayyLove 1h1 hour ago
    #BlackLiberation #BlackConsciousness #BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName #NatashaMcKenna #SandraBland #JonathanFerrell

  8. rikyrah says:

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015


    Maybe I just haven’t noticed it, but this seems new to me. It’s as if Sanders topped Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire in one poll and the word went out on the right to scramble the jets and start trying to take Sanders down.

    I’d have thought the wingers wouldn’t worry about a wild-haired old lefty, but they know it’s a crazy year and a significant portion of the public might go for a candidate who’d have been deemed unacceptable even a year or two ago. They also know that even in defeat Sanders might have a real influence on the way we talk about taxes and government programs and economic inequality.

    Right-wingers don’t let grass grow under their feet. I guess they’re going to try to address this threat now.


  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Sign held by member of audience at last night’s Fairfax County Police Commissioners’ public meeting:

    For more on meeting, please click this link and then scroll down:

  10. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Rauner won’t commit to signing Rahm’s property tax relief plan

    Written By Fran Spielman Posted: 09/14/2015, 05:12pm

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise the homeowner exemption will make the bitter pill of a $500 million property tax increase easier to swallow, aldermen said Monday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office cast doubt on whether the Republican governor would sign such a bill.

    City Hall sources said House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both Chicago Democrats, are on board with the mayor’s plan and committed to shepherd the legislation through the General Assembly once final details are hammered out.

    But so long as they are embroiled in a state budget stalemate with Rauner over the governor’s unyielding demand for pro-business, anti-union reforms, it appears that the mayor’s longtime friend could be a political roadblock.

    On Monday, the governor’s office was asked whether Rauner would sign legislation raising a homeowner exemption that now stands at $7,000 of a home’s assessed valuation and is scheduled to drop to $6,000.

    Before the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, the homeowner exemption was capped at $33,000 or 7 percent of assessed valuation.

    “The governor has proposed legislation that would freeze property taxes and provide significant new support for CPS,” the governor’s spokesman Catherine Kelly wrote in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    “Raising taxes alone won’t fix our problems. We need structural reforms to help cities like Chicago control costs.”


  11. rikyrah says:

    Wall Street’s latest panic: Trump could win
    With Bush and Clinton taking their lumps, financial executives face populist critics in both parties.
    By Ben White
    09/14/15, 07:34 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — Wall Street is growing increasingly terrified that Donald Trump — once viewed as an amusing summertime distraction — could actually win the Republican nomination for president.

    The real estate billionaire, who took another populist shot on Sunday by ripping into lavish executive pay, continues to rise in the polls. Would-be Wall Street saviors like Jeb Bush are languishing in single digits. The belief that Trump’s candidacy would quickly fade is now evaporating in a wave of fear.

    “I held four lunches for investors in August and at the first one everyone assumed Trump would implode,” said Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners and a senior figure on Wall Street. “By the fourth one everyone was taking him very seriously. He taps into frustrations that are very real and he is a master manipulator of the media.”

    The CEO of one large Wall Street firm, who declined to be identified by name criticizing the GOP front-runner, said the assumption in the financial industry remains that something will eventually knock Trump off and send voters toward a more establishment candidate. But that assumption is no longer held with strong conviction. And a dozen Wall Street executives interviewed for this article could not say what might dent Trump’s appeal or when it might happen.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/donald-trump-2016-wall-street-reaction-213614#ixzz3loffatgm

  12. rikyrah says:

    you OWN what you CREATE……

    Morning Plum: Donald Trump is in on the joke, and the joke’s on you

    By Greg Sargent September 15 at 8:59 AM
    Politico’s Ben White talks to a number of Wall Street executives and discovers that they are growing “increasingly terrified” that Donald Trump “could actually win the Republican nomination for president.”

    Trump has vowed to raise taxes on capital gains, claiming that executive pay in America is a “complete joke.” One senior figure on Wall Street tells Politico that investors who discussed Trump at a recent lunch were “taking him very seriously,” adding: “He taps into frustrations that are very real and he is a master manipulator of the media.”


  13. rikyrah says:

    The wife you wouldn’t defend against Trump’s attacks will not become your ‘secret weapon’?
    Uh huh.


    In a new appeal to Hispanics, Jeb Bush deploys his ‘secret weapon’ — Columba Bush

    Jeb Bush is deploying his “secret weapon” in a new video designed to appeal to Hispanic voters.

    A new video released by the campaign Monday shows Bush speaking in Spanish and his wife, Columba Bush, speaking in English in her most expansive comments to date on her husband’s behalf


  14. rikyrah says:

    ‘Mr Robinson’ Canceled by NBC While ‘The Carmichael Show’ Renewed
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    September 14, 2015 at 4:30PM

    On the heels of my post listing the new TV series with black actors in starring/lead/series regular roles coming to your TV screens this fall…

    NBC has announced that it has canceled “Mr. Robinson,” its summer series starring Craig Robinson as lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, who finds himself short on cash, and takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. Meagan Good, Amandla Stenberg, Brandon T. Jackson, Spencer Grammer, Tim Bagley and Peri Gilpin rounded out the cast.

    Worth noting is that the debut of “Mr Robinson” was strong for NBC considering that it was a summer series, with 4.6 million viewers. It was the most-watched summer-comedy debut on any of the Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) since 2007, and the #2 highest-rated summer comedy debut of the Big 4 networks since 2009.


    • TyrenM says:

      Dang. That was 1 summer fluff show I watched. I like Craig. Love Meagan. Remember Peri from Frasier. That’s too bad.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Clement Virgo Boards OWN’s Mega-Church Drama ‘Greenleaf’ as Exec Producer & Director

    Shadow and Act
    By Courtney | Shadow and Act

    September 14, 2015 at 1:57PM

    Clement Virgo has been tapped by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network to executive produce as well as direct the first episode of the upcoming original scripted drama series, “Greenleaf,” which hails from Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”), and will follow “the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

    Keith David will star in the series, playing Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries; Lynn Whitfield has been cast to play Bishop Greenleaf’s wife Lady Mae, described as a steely woman who loves money and power and will do absolutely anything to protect her position as the First Lady of Greenleaf World Ministries; Merle Dandridge will play Lady Mae’s estranged daughter Grace, a disillusioned former preacher who returns home after fleeing her contentious family 20 years ago; and Desiree Ross is Grace’s teenage daughter, Sophia, who finds her new extended family and extravagant new surroundings a welcome change from her previously isolated, middle-class life in Phoenix. Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne and Deborah Joy Winans have all booked lead roles in OWN’s


  16. rikyrah says:

    Someone shared truths about Thomas Jefferson on the twitter. Folks got their feelings hurt..LOL


    • Liza says:

      This was written by a person with very close to zero knowledge of the history of this country, but his contempt for black people is raw and exposed. Whoever wrote this is just trying to hide his own racism behind the over simplified notion that solving the poverty problem is the best we can do. If everyone is walking in tall cotton, things won’t be so bad. Just make your peace with intimidation, harassment, fear, assaults, maiming, and murder because “trying to stop racism is a pipe dream.”

      The self-righteous, know it all attitude here probably disturbs me more than anything. And explaining MLK, dear Lord make it stop.

    • Liza says:

      I think the bottom line here is that (some) celebrities, especially those who have been successful over a long period of time, become arrogant in a way that is incomprehensible to those of us who live ordinary lives. Maybe Matt Damon needs to contemplate the universe and put his own little life back into perspective.

      • eliihass says:

        Liza, you attribute this to a distance caused by success and celebrity..

        But Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are products of a ‘liberal’ Boston that was more racist than most are aware..

        Their perspectives are more a reflection of what’s shaped them their entire lives – including the conscious and unconscious racism, racial bias, white privilege, sense of entitlement inherent in their upbringing and existence as white boys, then white men in America…

        If these past 8 years have taught us anything, it is that supporting and voting for the black President does not an open-minded, race-equal, respectful, all-embracing person make..

  17. rikyrah says:

    I can’t wait for Pope Frankie’s visit! And I’m not even Catholic.


    • Ametia says:

      It’s so disgusting. Add BLACK WOMEN too. I can’t tell you the horror I’ve gone through in the last few years to get chronic pain under control.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  19. Ametia says:

    Mornin’ Everyone! :-))

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