Thursday Open Thread| Johnny Mathis Week

Today we’re featuring duets with Johnny.

First one of my favroite CLASSIC singles


Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams-Too Much Too Little To Late

Johnny Mathis & Jane Oliver -The Last Time I Felt Like This

Johnny Mathis with Dionne Warwick

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    • eliihass says:

      Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”

      “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.You just know that your name is safe in their mouth. Billy – age 4

      “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

      “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

      “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”Terri – age 4

      “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

      “Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily – age 8

      “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age 7

      “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

      “My mommy loves me more than anybody.You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – age 6

      “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”Elaine-age 5

      “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.” Chris – age 7

      “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

      “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

      “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
      Rebecca – age 8

      “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” Karen – age 7

      “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8

  1. rikyrah says:

    I published it.

  2. Lord help! I’m trying to post Prince music. We have audio but I’m so shook until I don’t know how to post. Give me a minute to get myself together.

  3. rikyrah says:


    are you doing a post?

  4. I’m so shook. I need to make a thread.

  5. Lord Jesus! We’re losing them all. Michael, Whitney, Natalie, Prince.

  6. rikyrah says:

    You can’t find much Prince on youtube.

    So, let’s smile and cry with the Charlie Murphy skit.

    ” Game..blouses..bitches.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    He was brilliant. He was talented. He challenged everything I thought ‘ Black ‘ singers should do, not only in his music, but appearance.

    And, I loved him.

    Loved him.

    I’m crying now.

    I haven’t felt this sucker punched since I heard about Michael Jackson.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Alan ‎@SSDC1166
    Luther, Michael, Whitney, Natalie and now Prince. My childhood has died! Rest In Paradise

  9. I could just throw myself on the floor. I am crying…


  10. rikyrah says:

    My heart is hurting right now.
    Just hurting.

  11. AMETIA! Prince is gone! Oh I’m crying….

  12. OMG! Not Prince. No! Say it ain’t so. *falls down crying*

  13. rikyrah says:

    Trump Terrifies World Leaders

    And Obama’s reassurances aren’t calming them down.
    April 21, 2016

    President Obama “is trying but failing to reassure foreign leaders convinced that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. They’re in full-boil panic,” Politico reports.

    “According to more than two dozen U.S. and foreign-government officials, Trump has become the starting point for what feels like every government-to-government interaction. In meetings, private dinners and phone calls, world leaders are urgently seeking explanations from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Trade Representative Michael Froman on down. American ambassadors are asking for guidance from Washington about what they’re supposed to say.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ ‎@callmedollar
    As hard as it is for blacks to rise in media and here’s this hussy trying to make Michael Strahan out to be a monster. I won’t stand for it.

    ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ ‎@callmedollar
    If it was anyone else (white) Kelly and ABC would be cutting cake and celebrating the good news on the show. Bastards.

    ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ ‎@callmedollar
    You damn right I’m bringing color into it. We can’t ever just be congratulated for accomplishments without some bullshit lingering!

  15. Ametia says:

    Anybody got change for this?



  16. rikyrah says:


    Damon Young, 4/19/16

    I’ve already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge; the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

    Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let’s review!

    1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

    2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

    3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

    4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

    5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

  17. Ametia says:

    Canada to introduce legislation in 2017 to legalize sale of marijuana
    By Alan Freeman
    April 20 at 4:03 PM

    OTTAWA — The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it will introduce legislation next year to decriminalize and legalize the sale of marijuana, making Canada the first G7 country to permit widespread use of the substance.

    The announcement was made by Canada’s health minister, Jane Philpott, at a U.N. drug conference in New York. It follows through on a promise made during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s successful election campaign last fall.

    Philpott said details of the legislation are being worked out, but she vowed that the government “will keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals.”

    With the Liberals holding a majority in the House of Commons, the marijuana legislation is likely to pass. The path toward the legalization of marijuana is the latest in a string of policy announcements from the 44-year-old Trudeau that have moved Canada to the left after a decade of Conservative Party rule, including last week’s unveiling of legislation to permit assisted suicide.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The significance of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill
    04/20/16 02:20 PM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s been the subject of considerable public debate for quite a while. U.S. officials were committed to featuring a woman on American paper currency, but it was a matter of choosing the person and the denomination.

    Today, that debate appears to have ended in the right place.
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

    The long-awaited decision keeps Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers, on the front of the $10 bill – though suffragists who fought to give women the right to vote will go on the back of the bill, the Treasury Department confirmed.

    Civil Rights leaders are expected to go on the $5 bill.
    So, Hamilton, whose popularity surged thanks to the Broadway show about his life, gets to keep his place on the $10, while Jackson, a slaveholder who hated banks, will be replaced by a woman best known for leading slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

    NPR’s report added that the choice and the currency denomination carries a special historical resonance: $20 is the amount Tubman “eventually received from the U.S. government as her monthly pension for her service as a nurse, scout, cook and spy during the Civil War, as well as for her status as the widow of a veteran.”

    • Ametia says:

      Sad, beautifully written. There is no shame in grieving for a dead parent.
      I can understand Tiger missing his father, but he needs to get his shit together and prepare for his next amazing life journey, whatever that might be.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Ok, this hurt my soul.

    But…they are there to ‘ Protect and Serve’.

    And, it’s all in Black folks imagination – why we are skeptical of Law Enforcement.


    WATCH: Dash cam video shows Florida cops stood by as teens drowned in stolen car

    Tom Boggioni

    20 APR 2016 AT 22:51 ET

    Video taken from a police cruiser dash cam shows that sheriff’s deputies made no attempt to save three drowning Florida teens who drove into a cemetery pond after stealing a car last month.

    16-year-old Dominique Battle, 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler, and 15-year-old Laniya Miller all died on March 31, following a car chase with the sheriff previously stating that officers on the scene dropped their gun belts and waded into the water trying to save the screaming teens.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Meet the Black Woman Architect Behind the New Smithsonian Museum
    POSTED ON APRIL 19, 2016

    It was only a couple of months ago that we found out that the Smithsonian was creating an African-American museum. To make the news even better, now we know who the architect is. Her name is Zena Howard, and she is a dope Black woman architect.

    Howard focuses on all of the aspects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but hones in on the porch, which happens to span 200 feet and it serves as an transitional space between the outside and inside of the museum.

    “I think that the porch is…quintessential America,” says Howard. “In African American history, we use the porch in a different way.” It’s more “an extension of the indoor living space than probably in any other culture.” She explained that how as a child “everything was done on the porch. We ate on the porch. We sang on the porch.”

    Out of all the projects that Howard has worked on, which include the Anacostia Public Library in the nation’s capital and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, she said that her favorite project, thus far, is the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  21. rikyrah says:

    GOP’s anti-Planned Parenthood panel descends into ‘farce’
    04/21/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    As ridiculous as the House Republicans’ Benghazi committee has become, at least the GOP’s investigation is scrutinizing a real event. Sure, by Republicans’ own admission, the entire exercise is a partisan political stunt. And sure, the events in Benghazi in 2012 have already been investigated by seven other congressional committees. But at its root, four Americans died in a terrorist attack that actually happened.

    The existence of the House Republicans’ anti-Planned Parenthood committee is arguably tougher to defend.

    The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank highlighted the latest antics of the panel’s far-right chair, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who “isn’t one to worry about appearances.”
    The Tennessee Republican didn’t make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.

    On the eve of her panel’s Wednesday’s hearing, Blackburn went over to Georgetown University to participate in a protest against Planned Parenthood, the very entity she is supposed to be investigating…. Then Blackburn showed up at her committee hearing the next morning and proclaimed, “My hope is that both parties can work together.”

    Of course, when Blackburn talks about the parties “working together,” what she’s referring to is a hope that Democrats will simply go along with a culture-war crusade as if the GOP’s latest select committee were a legitimate exercise, probing a genuine controversy.

  22. rikyrah says:

    I don’t even have the energy this morning.

    I don’t have it.


  23. rikyrah says:

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    There are black voices now that only have a platform and voice because they demanded it.

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Yet you sit back quiet as fuck refusing to use or create your own platform then get mad when black folks do it

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Black ppl: we want to be heard
    Others: create your own space
    Black ppl: fine *creates space*
    Others:great now use that to promote our shit

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Don’t remember companies and artist pulling out of Ohio after tamir rice’s murder like they did after that anti-trans bill passed on NC

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    This country is built off the backs of black people. Even its activism.

  24. rikyrah says:

    See, this is why we can’t have nice things.

    IF Edwards were say, another Harold Ford, Jr., I’d understand. But, she’s not.

    This is also why SENATOR Barack Obama completely ignored them and passed them by on his run for the Presidency.

    Edwards confronts black lawmakers over refusal to back her
    Locked in a surprisingly competitive Senate race with party favorite Chris Van Hollen, Edwards is pressing for more support from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    By Rachael Bade
    04/21/16 05:24 AM EDT

    On the verge of a possible upset of the Democratic Party’s longtime golden boy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, in Tuesday’s Maryland Senate primary, Rep. Donna Edwards has a question for her fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus: Why aren’t more of you endorsing me?
    POLITICO has learned that Edwards met privately last week with several CBC members to voice her frustration that so few African-American lawmakers had offered her their support, according to five sources familiar with the meetings.

    Only four of the 46 CBC members — Reps. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Lacy Clay of Missouri, Robin Kelly of Illinois and Hank Johnson of Georgia — are backing Edwards over Van Hollen, an unusually small number for a group known for standing by fellow African-American lawmakers. Meanwhile, Van Hollen has been making hay over his growing number of endorsements from black political leaders in Maryland, including some in Edwards’ district, though he has yet to be endorsed by a CBC member.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  26. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :))

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