Tuesday Open Thread | Holiday Music

Christmas candles 82This Christmas” is a well-known Christmas song originally recorded by R&B singer/songwriter Donny Hathaway and released as an Atco single in 1970. Hathaway co-wrote the song (it is credited to Nadine McKinnor and “Donny Pitts,” the stage name Hathaway used as a young rap singer). Since Hathaway’s original version, it has become something of a modern holiday standard, covered by a wide range of artists:

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  2. Ametia says:


    Black Lives Matter Minnesota Christmas Protests: Mall Of America Sues Activists To Stop Planned Demonstration On Season’s Busiest Shopping Day


    A Black Lives Matter group in Minneapolis said Monday it will not be intimidated by a lawsuit filed by the Mall of America against their activists ahead of a planned protest that could disrupt the busiest shopping day of the holiday season in the nation’s largest shopping mall. Members of the group, which planned to rally at the mall Wednesday to protest the death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man shot by Minneapolis police last month, received letters last Friday warning them that they could face arrest and other legal action if they proceeded with the demonstration, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

    The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, which boasts 2.5 million square foot of retail space and sees approximately 42 million visitors annually, sought a temporary restraining order against the activists to prevent Black Lives Matter from protesting. Mall officials also said they want activists to post a message on social media declaring the protest canceled, according to the lawsuit.


  3. I wish i knew how it would feel to be free

  4. rikyrah says:

    The list of performers for Kennedy Center Honors – CBS, December 29th.

    ineup (set your DVRs for this one):

    Host Stephen Colbert—in addition to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—will be joined by the following A-list stars to pay homage to this year’s group of honorees, which include…

    Rita Moreno (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and GRAMMY Award-winning actress and singer) will be celebrated by:
    Gina Rodriguez (Golden Globe Award-winning actress) will offer a spoken tribute
    Rosie Perez (Academy and Emmy Award-nominated actress) will perform the song “Fever”
    Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony and GRAMMY Award-winning actor and singer) will offer a spoken tribute
    Karen Olivo (Tony Award-winning actress and singer) will perform the song “America”


    Seiji Ozawa (GRAMMY Award and Emmy Award-winning conductor) will be celebrated by these talented presenters and performers:
    Itzhak Perlman (conductor and violinist awarded the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom) will offer a spoken tribute
    Renée Fleming (opera singer) will offer a spoken tribute
    Yo-Yo Ma (GRAMMY Award-winning cellist) will perform Tchaikovsky: “Andante Cantabile”


    George Lucas (renowned filmmaker and recipient of a National Medal of Arts) will be celebrated by these talented presenters and performers:

    Carrie Fisher (actress, novelist and screenwriter) will offer a spoken tribute
    Mellody Hobson (wife of George Lucas) will offer a spoken tribute
    Steven Spielberg (Academy Award-winning director and producer) will offer a spoken tribute
    Martin Scorsese (Academy Award, Emmy Award and GRAMMY Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter) will offer a spoken tribute
    C-3PO, R2-D2 and Stormtroopers will appear as special guests
    Kennedy Center Honors Orchestra will perform themes from Indiana Jones and Star Wars


    Then, country music superstar Miranda Lambert will honor The Eagles with a special tribute performance of the band’s hit song “Desperado.”


    Cicely Tyson (Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actress) will be celebrated by these talented presenters and performers:

    Tyler Perry (Actor, filmmaker, writer and produce) will offer a spoken tribute

    Viola Davis (Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actress) will offer a spoken tribute
    Kerry Washington (Emmy Award-nominated actress) will offer a spoken tribute
    Terence Blanchard (GRAMMY Award-winning musician) will perform the song “My Funny Valentine”
    CeCe Winans (GRAMMY Award-winning gospel singer) will perform the song “Blessed Assurance”


    Carole King (GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame) will be celebrated by these talented presenters and performers:

    John Kerry (U.S. Secretary of State) will offer a spoken tribute

    Chilina Kennedy (Broadway actress and singer) and Scott J. Campbell (Broadway actor and singer) will perform a duet of the song “So Far Away”
    Paul Anthony Stewart (Broadway actor and singer) will offer a spoken tribute
    Janelle Monáe (musician and actress) will perform the songs “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “One Fine Day”
James Taylor (GRAMMY Award and Emmy Award-winning musician, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame) will perform the song “Up On The Roof”
    Sara Bareilles (singer-songwriter) will perform the song “You’ve Got A Friend”
    Aretha Franklin (GRAMMY Award-winning singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) will perform the song “Natural Woman”
    Tribute Cast will perform the song “I Feel The Earth Move”)

  5. rikyrah says:

    There’s gotta be a gif…

    for when you’ve been told by your department to

    ‘ let someone else do that job…we have to let other people llearn how to do it…’

    and, you say.. ‘ok’…….

    then the moment comes when the supervisor (with a look of absolute horror in her eyes) brings back a stack of papers and says…

    ‘ it’s all messed up….please unravel it and make sense of what they did…’

    and, you say nothing…but just purse the lips……

  6. rikyrah says:

    11 times Michelle Obama was absolutely flawless in 2015♥
    — 2015 was an absolutely flawless year for FLOTUS.

    Throughout the year, the always stunning Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine, showed off her dance moves on The Ellen Show, gave us another round of mom dance moves with Jimmy Fallon and released her first rap video.


  7. Y’all remember Penny Goodie from #WallerCounty? Report says she looked dazed after leaving courtroom.


  8. rikyrah says:

    you complain about a trip to SANTA for FIVE YEAR OLDS?

    what kind of bitter heifer must you be?


    Kindergarten Trip to Visit Santa Canceled After Mom Complains, Parents Stage Walkout


  9. rikyrah says:

    Tom Joyner Show Moving From FM to AM in D.C.

    Less than three weeks after Dailymail.com published an anonymously sourced story saying “Radio legend and first African-American nationally syndicated host Tom Joyner getting the boot timed to President’s exit from White House,” Radio One in the nation’s capital said that in January, it is moving Joyner’s show from its longtime FM perch to an AM station.

    “The Tom Joyner Morning Show that has been on the air for over 20 years in DC will continue to empower listeners with information and entertainment,” urbanradiomagazine.com reported. “Broadcasting on nearly 100 stations nationally and reaching 7.4M listeners, Tom Joyner remains the top urban radio personality. The Tom Joyner Morning Show will continue to be the morning show DC listeners awaken to, but now on the heritage station WOL1450 AM in addition to a number of HD2 stations. . . . .”


  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from this link:

    …retorting “all lives matter” is not only ignorant and insensitive, it doesn’t make any sense. In historical context, “black lives matter” is meant to counteract the fact that black lives have been devalued in the United States since its founding.

    As explained in one photo, this is what’s wrong with “all lives matter.”


  11. Any word from Loretta Lynch about the non indictment of #WallerCounty jail officials in the death of Sandra Bland?

  12. Ametia says:

    news media didn’t cover the grand jury decision for Sandra Bland, but have major orgasm over that RACIST POS Trump during his KLAN RALLIES.


  13. Ametia says:

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    A photo of Sandra Bland provided by her family

    — A grand jury declined to indict anyone in the death of Sandra Bland, the woman who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell in July. But a special prosecutor stressed that “the case is not over.” “Bland, who is black, was arrested during a traffic stop on July 10 that turned confrontational,” writes Sarah Kaplan. “Bland’s family has remained vocally suspicious of the coroner’s ruling of suicide, and in August family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit.” That trial begins Jan. 23, 2017.


  14. Ametia says:

    President Obama, golfing at sunset in Hawaii, sunk a 40-foot chip on the 18th hole and then pointed triumphantly at the reporters looking on. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, of the New York Times, circulated this photo to the White House press corps in a pool report:

  15. rikyrah says:

    Pretty Foot @PrettyFootWoman
    I am so tired of the MSM parroting every nasty..tasteless thing that Trump utters from his mouth…pretending that this is news…

    • Ametia says:

      Co-sign! Chris Matthews is doing an MSNBC special on him tonight. Elevating this turd, and sensationailzing that young Black woman Lakeisha Holloway’who obviously has mental health issues.


  16. rikyrah says:

    Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back
    DEC. 22, 2015

    Clifford Cain Jr., a retired electrician in Baltimore, was used to living on a tight budget, carefully apportioning his Social Security and pension benefits to cover his rent and medication for multiple sclerosis.

    So Mr. Cain was puzzled when he suddenly could not make ends meet. Months later, he discovered why: A debt collector had garnished his bank account after suing him for about $4,500 the company said he owed on an old debt.

    Mr. Cain said he never knew the lawsuit had been brought against him until the money was gone. Neither did other Baltimore residents who were among the hundreds of people sued by the collector, Midland Funding, a unit of the Encore Capital Group, in Maryland State Court. Some of them said they did not even owe any money, or their debt had long expired and was not legally collectible, according to a review of court records.

    In any case, the Encore subsidiary was not licensed to collect debt in Maryland.

    Yet when Mr. Cain brought a class action in 2013 against Midland Funding, the company successfully fought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

    If the plaintiffs wanted to try to recover their money, they would have to do so in private arbitration. And because class actions are banned in arbitration, Mr. Cain and the others would have to fight the unit of Encore — one of the largest debt buyers in the country with vast legal resources — one by one.

    “I can’t for the life of me understand how this is allowed to happen,” said Mr. Cain, who could not afford to pursue his case alone in arbitration.

    In short, Encore and rival debt buyers are using the courts to sue consumers and collect debt, then preventing those same consumers from using the courts to challenge the companies’ tactics. Consumer lawyers said this strategy was the legal equivalent of debt collectors having their cake and eating it, too.

    The use of arbitration by the companies is the latest frontier in a legal strategy orchestrated by corporations in recent years. By inserting arbitration clauses into the fine print of consumer contracts, they have found a way to block access to the courts and ban class-action lawsuits, the only realistic way to bring a case against a deep-pocketed corporation.

    Their strategy traces to a pair of Supreme Court decisions in 2011 and 2013 that enshrined the use of class-action bans in arbitration clauses.


  17. rikyrah says:

    Not mad at them.


    Fusion ✔ @ThisIsFusion

    In response to numerous death threats, Muslims in Florida are arming themselves for protection

  18. rikyrah says:

    Obama Has Broken the Second-Term Curse
    By Bill Scher
    December 21, 2015
    Presidential scholars have a term to describe the typical experience of a chief executive who wins re-election to the White House. It’s called the “second-term curse.” There’s evidence for it. Midway through their second terms, George W. Bush suffered Hurricane Katrina and the Iraqi quagmire, Bill Clinton was impeached, Ronald Reagan was staggered by the Iran-contra scandal, and Richard Nixon was run out of town.

    At the risk of jinxing our current president with one year left to go, he appears to have broken the curse.

    Not everything has been smooth sailing. His party lost the Senate in the 2014 midterms. He failed to pass gun control despite a series of tragic shootings. His immigration executive actions are tied up in court. He has yet to arrest the threat of ISIS or resolve the underlying crisis of the Syrian civil war.

    But Obama, unlike all of his second-term predecessors in the last 40 years, has not been knocked off course by scandal. Even if something truly awful happens in his last year, he has already been able to pocket several significant wins that will burnish his legacy.


  19. rikyrah says:

    The Establishment Needs to Get Its Act Together
    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 21st, 2015 at 10:38:42 AM EST

    The fate of nations ultimately rests of the quality of their political establishment, and it often matters more, in the end, what a Talleyrand or Kissinger actually does than even what a monarch or dictator or president might think at any given time. The character of a people probably matters less than the leadership they produce, and since the leadership’s control of information makes them largely responsible for the opinions and passions of the people, what they choose to “teach” the people is largely determinative of the people’s character.

    Representative government is less some magic way of overcoming these dynamics than a way for there to be some accountability and self-correction in the system. It’s also much easier to govern when the governed consent to be governed, and the more consent you can generate, the more freedom, rights and security the establishment can provide. In any nation or political society, there is a system of laws and norms that more or less perfectly provide for freedom, rights, and security, and when the system malfunctions, the consent begins to disappear. When dissent arises, security is diminished and it becomes necessary to chip away at rights and freedoms to restore it, if possible. In an extreme case, civil war is required to restore consent and therefore security and thereby freedoms and rights. In less extreme cases, a goodly dose of repression and brutality and terror can manufacture consent, but it does so by giving up on providing freedom, rights, or the true security that comes with the ability to express your real conscience.

    We used to see the latter situations in places like Libya, Iraq, and Syria, and now we see the former.

    Keep this in mind when reading Jeff Greenfield’s piece in Politico about the Republican establishment bolting the party if Donald Trump is the nominee to back a third-party candidate. Greenfield has talked to many people who are accustomed to providing leadership to the nation not through any formal arrangement whereby the people selected them as representatives, but more as individuals with the money and connections that confers actual power. These aren’t just kingmakers in the traditional sense, and their predicament is partly that they seem to have lost their kingmaking ability. More importantly, they are part of a class of people whose opinions shape what actually happens when the government has to make big decisions. We might wish that these people didn’t exist, but they always do, in every society. And, if they’re a rotten lot of selfish short-sighted bastards, national ruin is likely to follow in short order. If, on the other hand, they have wisdom and generosity of heart, they are likely to steady the ship of state.

    On the right, the establishment in this country is trying to come to terms with the fact that the Republican Party seems increasingly poised to nominate someone who it would simply be irresponsible to make president of the United States. And, as greedy and short-sighted as they may be, and as much responsibility for their own predicament as they may have, they aren’t prepared to argue that Donald Trump would be an acceptable leader.

    As Greenfield points out, Trump’s Republican opponents have called him everything from “unhinged” to a “drunk driver” to “a cancer on conservatism.” The word “fascist” is being used to describe Trumpism with increasingly frequency, and just as often on the right as on the left.


  20. rikyrah says:

    Watch: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on Her Professional and Personal Life in CBS Profile

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    December 18, 2015 at 12:37PM

    Cicely Tyson in a rare videotaped feature courtesy of “CBC This Morning” earlier this week, and is now available online.

    The profile was done in conjunction with her Kennedy Center Honor celebration for her contributions to American culture, paving the way for African Americans in the industry.

    “You know, I say no to everything first,” Tyson said, speaking to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King in her old Harlem neighborhood. “I say no to everything because I always want to make sure that when I say yes, I know what I’m getting myself into


    • Ametia says:

      Voter suppression is the major POLITCIAL CRIME of the 21st century

      While the American media, GOP, and Democratic Party, and law enforcement parade charlatans, thieves, liars, unprincipled, bigots killers, and mediocrity at Voters, we are expected to blacken an oval or push a lever for these disgusting POS.or our districts get gerrymandered or put slick legislation in place to SUPPRESS OUR VOTES.


  21. rikyrah says:

    they wanted her to have a CORONATION

    Greg Sargent ✔ @ThePlumLineGS
    Again, the Hillary camp privately lobbied DNC for lower-profile debate schedule: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/21/how-democrats-got-bogged-down-in-a-messy-dispute-over-debates/https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/678921089565749248

  22. rikyrah says:

    Fears raised for witnesses’ safety in corruption case
    Dec 21, 2015

    A would-be assassin attempted to gun down a witness who agreed to testify against police officers in Detroit, a report revealed this week.

    The Detroit News obtained court records on Monday that indicated the lives of several witnesses had been threatened days after they agreed to testify against Detroit narcotics officers Lt. David “Hater” Hansberry and Bryan “Bullet” Watson.

    Hansberry and Watson have been accused of using fake traffic stops to steal drugs, money and other property. Prosecutors said that the officers distributed stolen cocaine to known drug dealers who then agreed to split the profits with them.


  23. rikyrah says:

    WGN Ups the Action in Double Trailer Launch for Slave Escape Thriller ‘Underground’
    By Shadow And Act | Shadow and Act
    December 14, 2015 at 3:11PM

    WGN America announced today that “Underground,” the highly-anticipated original series, will premiere Wednesday, March 9.

    The network also revealed the first two trailers in support of the escape thriller, a series that takes viewers on a pulse-pounding journey with revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad.




  24. rikyrah says:

    New Fashion Web Series ‘The Reclaim’ Aims to Change the Negative Imagery of Black Men

    By Sergio | Shadow and Act
    December 19, 2015 at 12:05PM

    It will be interesting to hear your take on this.

    A new web series on Vimeo has been launched this month called “The New Stereotype: The Reclaim” which aims to change the perception of black men in the media.

    Conceived by Harlem based Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist, who is an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion company, he says that he came up with the idea for the series to “show the diversity and strength of black males”.

    He then reached out to friends and others willing participants through social media to be a part of the project, and created it to be all inclusive, taking into account skin tones, fashion styles, careers and backgrounds from all over the world, such as Ghana, the Virgin Islands, North Carolina, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Georgia.

    The result is basically a fashion show for young, successful, upwardly mobile brothers (or “dandies” as I call them) who are eager to show a different image from the sagging pants and gold teeth that the media offers too often..


  25. rikyrah says:

    Watch: CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning’ Previews Upcoming All-Star Lineup ‘Shuffle Along’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    December 20, 2015 at 8:15PM

    It was first announced in March when Producer Scott Rudin said that 6-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald would be returning to Broadway next spring, to star in a show that will look at the making of the 1921 hit “Shuffle Along” – one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans.

    To be titled “Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” the show will have a story by George C. Wolfe, who will also direct, with choreography by Savion Glover, who last worked together with Wolfe on the 1996 hit “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.”

    In an all-star lineup, 4 African American theatre star performers of our time, will be joining Audra next spring: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry – with 5 Tony nominations (including two wins) among them (not including Audra’s 6 trophies).


  26. rikyrah says:

    Teyonah Parris Stars in TV One’s Original Movie on Life of Miki Howard, Directed Christine Swanson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    December 21, 2015 at 11:09AM

    Teyonah Parris stars in the upcoming TV One Original Movie “The Miki Howard Story” (working title), which is being directed by Christine Swanson. Parris plays the R&B/Jazz singer and actress who enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a string of top 10 hits including “Come Share My Love,” “Baby, Be Mine,” “Love Under New Management,” “Ain’t Nobody Like You” and others.

    The film, which is produced by Carl Craig and Eric Tomosunas and Rob Robinson of Swirl Films, will cover 30+ years of Howard’s life, both professional and personal trials and triumphs, including her relationships with the men, like Gerald LeVert, who played instrumental roles in her life.


  27. rikyrah says:

    Tommy Oliver’s Feature Debut ‘1982’ Gets a Trailer + Release Date (Hill Harper, Sharon Leal Star)
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    December 21, 2015 at 3:07PM

    Tommy Oliver’s directorial debut “1982” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, in its “Discovery” section (“The future of world cinema”). It’s been picked up for distribution by Codeblack with a multi-platform release set for March 2016. The drama is based on a true story that revolves around a black father whose wife suffers from a crack cocaine addiction, and his efforts to protect his 10-year old daughter from having to experience life as the child of a drug addicted mother, while also trying to help her (the mother/his wife) become clean again. Set in Philadelphia, at the very onset of the crack epidemic, the drama stars Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Bokeem Woodbine, Lala Anthony, Quinton Aaron, with Wayne Brady and Ruby Dee. A brand new release trailer for the film is embedded below, followed by Zeba Blay’s review of the film, published in 2013, after its TIFF premiere.


  28. rikyrah says:

    Is Clinton right that Trump is Helping ISIL?
    By contributors | Dec. 21, 2015 |

    By Juan Cole |–
    During Saturday night’s Democratic debate, Sec. Hillary Clinton at one point alleged,
    “And we also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don’t fall on receptive ears. He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. So I want to explain why this is not in America’s interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry.”
    Trump on Sunday denied that any such Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) video exists, and said of Clinton, “she lies like crazy.”
    But Sec. Clinton did not say that Daesh had made videos featuring Trump. She said that they were simply showing people Islamophobic Trump videos.
    That is, Sec. Clinton is maintaining that the Trump campaign videos or his appearances on television reproduced at YouTube are so offensive to Muslims that he has relieved Daesh of the labor involved in making recruiting videos.


  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  30. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning :)

    SG2, I love the welcoming spirit and warmth of the Christmas song you posted today.



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