Saturday Open Thread | Hugh Masekela

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30 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Hugh Masekela

  1. rikyrah says:


    Whoopi Goldberg Doesn’t Understand Viola Davis’ “Lack of Opportunities” Emmy Speech
    By Sergio | Shadow and Act
    October 17, 2015 at 11:10AM


    Now take for instance her recent comments made during an interview for BET about actress Viola Davis, and her Emmy speech on the lack of opportunities for black actresses, stating, “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity.”

    Well Whoopi doesn’t see it that way at all. In fact, she said that things are quite the opposite, and that black actresses have a lot more opportunities than they know what to do with.

    She said: “I’m not sure what that [Viola] means; Opportunity to do what? You know what I mean? The truth of the matter is, there have been plenty of opportunities. Look at ‘Scandal!’ Kerry Washington is there, and she’s working her booty off. But they didn’t vote for her. So maybe the question is, “What do you have to do, to get voted for?” Not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities. See, now, there will be more parts, more dramas because Viola won an Emmy award. The truth is everyone wants an Emmy, the studios, everyone! So they’ll hire more Black women.”

  2. Ametia says:

    We Are Already Months Into the Biden Campaign
    By Gabriel Sherman

    On Wednesday, the day after the first Democratic presidential debate, almost the entire political and media Establishment was in agreement: Hillary Clinton had delivered a command performance, elevating her candidacy above the swamp of character concerns prompted by months of pseudo-scandal and political incompetence surrounding her email account. She had, it was widely acknowledged, dominated the stage and reassured anxious Democrats that she had the political skill to win. But at least one Democrat had a different reaction. “We woke up this morning, had our coffee, and went to work talking about Joe Biden and why his voice should be in the race,” says Josh Alcorn, a senior adviser to Draft Biden super-PAC.

    Joe Biden is running for president — a fact that has been obvious, and true, for weeks. He spent the week continuing to phone key Democrats in early voting states and huddle with his kitchen cabinet, which includes his chief of staff, Steve Ricchetti; message man Mike Donilon; longtime adviser Ted Kaufman; and sister Valerie Biden Owens. He spoke with Harold Schaitberger, the general president of the powerful firefighters union, and won his endorsement, should he declare. According to a source, he told Schaitberger that “all the political pieces are in place.”

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  5. Vitamin, where you at?

    Texas A&M vs Alabama

  6. rikyrah says:

    Federal Judge Rules Children Born In U.S. May Be Denied Birth Certificates — For Now
    By Karoli
    10/17/15 9:00am

    Maybe this is too simple of a thing for a court. If you’re born in a hospital located in the United States, you get a Certificate of Live Birth saying that you were born in said hospital at a certain time in a certain place. Because you are a living, breathing human being, that certification also goes to the state, so that said birth can be confirmed and established as a record that also affirms your citizenship.

    It’s really irrelevant who your parents are. What matters is that you emerged from a womb into the world and the place where you did that is the United States.

    That seems simple enough to me, but apparently it is more complicated than that.

    In Texas, if you’re brown and your parents don’t have the right paperwork, you might not get that birth certificate.

    A federal judge has chosen for now not to force Texas health officials to change their stance in denying birth certificates to immigrant families with U.S- born children, saying that the families raised “grave concerns” but more evidence is needed, according to a ruling issued Friday.

    U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin denied an emergency injunction on behalf of immigrant families seeking birth certificates for their children after the Department of State Health Services refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.

    The families’ lawyers had asked for the judge to intervene, saying that the children’s right to health care, travel, and schooling–along with parental rights–are being harmed.

    Pitman called the arguments of the families “heartfelt, compelling and persuasive,” but said that this was “not enough without substantiating evidence to carry the burden necessary to grant relief,” according to the ruling.

    At issue is the acceptance of identification cards_known as matriculas consulares_issued by Mexican consulates to citizens living and working in the United States. Lawyers for the families contend that prior to 2013 they were able to present these document, as well as foreign passports without U.S. visas in them, and obtain birth certificates in Texas.

    The judge said in his ruling that attorneys had not shown that health officials had improperly “focused on and excluded” these documents. The judge also questioned the integrity of the information behind the consulate identification cards and passports.

    • Ametia says:

      How do the rules CHANGE?


    • Liza says:

      This is awesome. Why should the Royal Dutch be allowed to f*** up the Arctic to begin with when scientists believe the probability of a spill is somewhere around 70%?

  7. rikyrah says:

    This is the wedding present at the reception that the creator of Hamilton did for his wife.


    Uploaded on Sep 8, 2010
    My surprise for my wife Vanessa on our wedding day. All of Vanessa’s close friends and family rehearsed for a month in secret, leading up to the reception. What we lack in polish, we hopefully make up for in joy and love. In any event, everyone in this video has one thing in common: We’d do anything to show Vanessa how much we love her

  8. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Off to swim and run errands.

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