Saturday Open Thread: Music legends Nat King Cole & 11 year old Billy Preston singing Blueberry Hill

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37 Responses to Saturday Open Thread: Music legends Nat King Cole & 11 year old Billy Preston singing Blueberry Hill

  1. rikyrah says:

    Why is black wealth always under scrutiny?
    November 3, 2015

    Black Wealth gets questioned a lot — not only by white people, but by other blacks, too — as was the case over the past weekend when singer Dr Malinga purchased a R3,2 million home with cash

    In the case of some wealthy black people, their wealth is presumed to be fraudulently acquired until proven otherwise. Is this because it contradicts the conventional narrative that defines black poverty as the normal state of affairs?

    Some two decades ago, wealthy South Africans used to travel overseas to purchase their luxury goods, but that has changed dramatically. Today, more and more super-wealthy South Africans indulge in the world’s most expensive champagne, Goût de Diamants, deck themselves out in Louis Vuitton or drive exclusive cars like Bentleys, Ferraris or Maseratis, without ever having to leave the country.

    The 2015 World Wealth Report (WWR) says the world is becoming increasingly preoccupied by the lives of the rich and famous; the more sensational the details, the better. “Last year, around 15 people a day joined the ranks of the ultra- wealthy, or those worth over $30 million. This growth is set to continue in the coming decade, with the global population of ultra-high-net-worth individuals forecast to climb by 34% to almost 231 000,” it reads.

    In 2006, when he delivered his Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, former President Thabo Mbeki commented on the “new value system” among the previously oppressed, saying that “personal wealth constituted the only true measure of individual and social success”.

    Mavundla says when his company was awarded a R1,2 billion stake in the construction of Eskom’s R8,9 billion Ingula hydro power station on the border between KZN and the Free State three years ago, some white politicians criticised his business dealings. Mavundla, who has strong business interests in KZN and a long-standing relationship with President Jacob Zuma, says white business is “uncomfortable” with the rise of black businessmen like himself.

    “As Africans, we don’t need their validation. We don’t need to remain slaves to be successful. I won’t let somebody else decide my fate.”

    Mavundla, whose company, PG Mavundla Engineering, has been responsible for a number of projects, including the R8 billion King Shaka International Airport and the R1 billion Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, says the outcry about flaunting wealth is misplaced.

    “Everything we do will always be questioned. Some go so far as checking who we drink tea with. In some cases, our wealth is presumed fraudulent until proven otherwise. It goes beyond jealousy.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    John Noble is Sherlock’s father on Elementary?


  3. rikyrah says:

    BlackInformant @BlackInformant
    Missouri’s Black Players Announce Boycott Of Football Until University President Is Removed

  4. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    “Who’s to Blame for This Mess?”

    I unintentionally stumbled on a bit of a pattern today. First I wrote about some insights from a former Republican Congressional staffer. Next came a post about the historical perspective of someone who calls themselves a “movement conservative refugee.” And finally, there was the unexpected optimism coming from a conservative writer at the National Review. Do you see what I did there?

    So I figured…let’s do one more. This week Robert Reich posted a fascinating conversation on Facebook that he had with a former Republican member of Congress. Reich asked him what he thought of the current crop of Republican candidates for president.
    Him: “They’re all nuts.”

    Me: “Seriously. What do you really think of them?”

    Him: “I just told you. They’re bonkers. Bizarre. They’re like a Star Wars bar room.”

    Me: “How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?”

    Him: “We didn’t. They came up with themselves. There’s no party any more. It’s chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They’re in the lead, and they’re both out of their f*cking minds.”

    Me: “That’s not reassuring.”

    Him: “It’s a disaster. I’m telling you, if either of them is elected, this country is going to hell. The rest of them aren’t much better. I mean, Carly Fiorina? Really? Rubio? Please. Ted Cruz? Oh my god. And the people we thought had it sewn up, who are halfway sane — Bush and Christie — they’re sounding almost as batty as the rest.”

    Me: “Who’s to blame for this mess?”

    Him: “Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh. I could go on. They’ve poisoned the American mind and destroyed the Republican Party.
    Wow! One has to wonder how many more there are out there like this guy. Too bad he doesn’t have the courage to say all that publicly. But maybe that wouldn’t make much difference anyway.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Ok, I’m back from SPECTRE.

    I really liked the movie.
    It was some good action, and some old school mixed in with the new school.
    Dare I say this shallow point – THE costumers make sure that the suits they put on Daniel Craig are TAILORED TO A TEE!! I mean, the FIT of the clothes on him…oh my….

    His James Bond was always darker than the others, and this one is no different. If you know James Bond lore, these have been sort of pre-quels, even though they’re set up in modern day. We find out who Blofeld really is. ….commentary about intelligence gathering in this day and age and the long fight of it’s not a matter of whether we CAN do it…how about SHOULD we do it…

    The theater was packed, but I really enjoyed it.

  6. rikyrah says:

    @LVBurke: @rolandsmartin asks @HillaryClinton if she’ll reverse the #Obama Admin’s #parentplus loan decision. SHE SAID YES #HBCUs @RepAdams

  7. rikyrah says:

    Oh dear….

    @newsone: Tyshawn Lee: Slain Chicago Boy’s Mother Defends Buying Car With GoFundMe Money

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    On this day in 1837 abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy was killed by an angry mob which had destroyed the warehouse that housed his anti-slavery newspaper.

  9. When Adele says “hello”. Cutest thing ever!

  10. rikyrah says:

    anybody’s tinfoil hat going off besides mine?

  11. rikyrah says:

    The two Black officers that killed that little White boy are receiving their wake up call about how little the Wall of Blue protects their Black asses…

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Off to swim and then go see SPECTRE :)

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