Sunday Open Thread

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Keith Young, 9/30/16

    Netflix has flooded the streaming streets with Luke Cage — the first time a Black character portrayed by an actual Black person is set to star in a title role in the Marvel/Disney universe. For those of us who periodically forsake the rest of our lives on weekends to binge watch things this is a big deal. For others who have never picked up a comic book or even heard of Luke Cage, this can still be a better way to spend your weekend in lieu of pressing “send” and setting of a cataclysmic chain of events that ends with a visit to either jail, doctor, or public defender’s office for reason that you can’t clearly explain to your parents without disappointing them.

    So for the uninformed folks out there, here’s a quick rundown of who and what Luke Cage is about on the page and screen:

    He was Marvel Comics answer to every bad Black movie idea from the 1970s

    All of the elements of a Blaxploitation movie sans a bass-heavy funk soundtrack were thrown together. First, we throw in the time-honored Black-man-wrongfully-accused-of-some-shit-by-the-man trope. Then we add some a dash of the corrupt prison industrial complex experimenting on brothers for the sake of experimenting on brothers. Next, add in a ton of John Shaft and Mr. T from Troubleman levels of not taking any shit and a sense of righteousness and we’ve got ourselves a superhero.

    He’s the prototypical “Big, bad, Black dude” that America fears and seems to categorize all Black men (and women) as

    During Cage’s Anthony Bouvier-like unfortunate incarceration he was on the business end of some sketchy experiments that resulted in him becoming a super strong Black man with bullet proof skin — which sounds exactly like what Darren Wilson said about Michael Brown.

    No Capes

    Sure, Cage dressed like a hyper-masculine Solid Gold Dancer back in the day, but now he just dresses like your cousin who works construction during the week and cuts hair at his house on Saturdays. Out of costume Peter Parker has set the standard for the “everyman” trope that has always been present in the various media based on the comic genre, but Cage wakes up in uniform and goes to sleep in uniform.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Panama Jackson, 9/30/16

    I’ve been to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) twice so far – yes, that was a stunt – and it is easily the second Blackest place I’ve ever been in life. The Blackest? I’m glad you asked. That would be in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, DC, where Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue intersects with Malcolm X Avenue; this corner features a liquor store, a park full of vagabonds, and the coup de grace: Popeye’s.

    It is indeed, the Blackest place in America. In fact, I contend that the Blackest thing you can do in this country is eat some Popeye’s chicken wearing a dashiki while listening to DC’s own Marvin Gaye at this intersection. Ask about me. Photos coming soon.

    Back to the NMAAHC, it’s a beautiful Black ass place and I love it. It wasn’t just that every 10th person had on a dashiki on opening day, or that there were people wearing tuxedos standing next to people in graphic tees with Black fists standing in line together to get in. Nor was it that all three verses of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” are inscribed on one of the walls as people hummed while they read. Or even the fact that the cafeteria specifically made sure to have good, quality soul food – appropriately named the Sweet Home Café – and the smell permeates the third floor so much that you are almost lifted off your feet and wafted towards the catfish.

    It’s that there were so many Black people looking at so much Black stuff feeling so much Black pride in accomplishments of both those exhibited throughout the museum, but of the museum itself. It is a marvel. It’s expansive. It’s huge. It’s awesome. And yes, that is all what she said. Every person who has been will undoubtedly tell you that it is impossible to fully take in the museum in one sitting. You just can’t. There are too many exhibits and too many floors. You could easily spend an entire day on the bottom floor itself.

  3. rikyrah says:

    How Hamilton’s Cast Got Broadway’s Best Deal

    Of all the prizes bestowed on Hamilton, the greatest might be the one its cast won for itself.
    By Richard Morgan | September 28, 2016

    Offstage last year, the cast of Hamilton was proofreading a different kind of script—one they’d written themselves, hoping for a sliver of the hit Broadway show’s runaway profits.

    Like so many letters that are difficult to write, this one was heavy with kindness. Twenty-two members of the musical’s original Broadway cast—including breakout stars Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Leslie Odom Jr., all of whom would go on to win Tonys—had signed it.

    “We love you. We love HAMILTON,” it began. “The one million infinitesimal and distinctive decisions you’ve made in service of this property … are destined to be studied on the level of the material itself.”

    The letter, sent Aug. 31, 2015, was addressed not to the show’s composer, librettist, lyricist, and biggest star—Lin-Manuel Miranda—but to lead producer Jeffrey Seller, the man the New York Times would later dub the “CEO of Hamilton Inc.” In it, the cast made its case for what could become one of Broadway’s most lucrative profit-sharing deals.

    “We CREATED this show”
    “There was undeniable genius on the pages we were given at the start,” the actors wrote. “There was a collective genius in the approach to the material. That is what we brought.”

    They were, in their words, “begging.” They gave Seller a week to respond.

    Diggs wrote in an e-mail to his cast mates: “This letter is brilliant.” Given the stakes, it better have been.

    Hamilton had been on Broadway just a few weeks, but its longevity had been evident since its sold-out, thrice-extended Off-Broadway run at New York’s Public Theater. Earning rave after rave, it would go on to win 11 Tonys, a Grammy, even a Pulitzer.

    Of all the prizes bestowed on Hamilton, perhaps most remarkable is the one its cast won for itself: 1 percent of net profits, plus a smaller share from most future productions. That retroactive agreement—announced in April, when the show was making $500,000 a week—shocked the theater world. Not since A Chorus Line a generation ago had Broadway’s bean counters offered such retroactive generosity.

    Three days after the deal was announced, the cast’s union scheduled a special meeting to field the flood of actors who felt they deserved similar contracts for their work in other shows. The Public postponed a new musical that couldn’t reach an agreement with its cast. The Hamilton victory was a bell that could not be unrung.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Lanre eLDee Dabiri ✔ @eLDeeTheDon
    Something is wrong with a world where Amber Rose gets paid millions to promote anything positive ahead of Simone, Serena, Lupita, Alicia…

  5. rikyrah says:

    As news of Trump’s taxes breaks, he goes off script at a rally in Pennsylvania

    By Jenna Johnson
    October 2 at 4:47 AM

    MANHEIM, Pa. — Donald Trump’s campaign announced Saturday evening that the candidate would soon deliver a nine-sentence critique of comments Hillary Clinton made months ago about many of the millennials supporting her primary rival, Bernie Sanders. It was an attempt to latch onto a new headline in hopes of finally escaping the controversies that had consumed his week.

    It didn’t work.

    It took Trump nearly 25 minutes to read the brief statement because he kept going off on one angry tangent after another — ignoring his teleprompters and accusing Clinton of not being “loyal” to her husband, imitating her buckling at a memorial service last month, suggesting that she is “crazy” and saying she should be in prison. He urged his mostly white crowd of supporters to go to polling places in “certain areas” on Election Day to “watch” the voters there. He also repeatedly complained about having a “bum mic” at the first presidential debate and wondered if he should have done another season of “The Apprentice.”

    As Trump ranted in this rural Pennsylvania town, The New York Times reported it had anonymously received Trump’s 1995 income tax returns, which show he declared a loss of $916 million — a loss that he could use to avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

    The evening capped one of Trump’s worst weeks of the campaign season, one that started with his shaky debate performance on Monday night and went on to include a public feud with a former beauty queen, a middle-of-the-night tweet storm, attacks on the Clintons’ marriage and an examination of an decades-old adult film that briefly featured Trump fully clothed.

    The rally started more than an hour and 40 minutes late because heavy fog delayed Trump’s arrival. His supporters grew tired of his looping musical playlist, at one point chanting: “Turn it off! Turn it off!”

    When Trump finally took the stage, it was clear that he was worked up about something as he quickly rushed through his usual talking points. He read the first sentence of the prepared statement: “A new audio tape that has surfaced — just yesterday — from another one of Hillary’s high-roller fundraisers shows her demeaning and mocking Bernie Sanders and all of his supporters.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Giuliani says Trump is better for the US ‘than a woman’
    Sunday, October 2nd 2016, 2:02 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Did Rudy Giuliani really mean to say Donald Trump would make a better president than Hillary Clinton because he’s a man? And that “everybody” cheats on their spouse?

    The former New York mayor was responding to leaked tax documents obtained by The New York Times that show Trump in 1995 declared such a massive loss in income that he could have legally avoided paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

    When asked about the report, Giuliani told ABC’s “This Week” that Trump was a “genius” when it came to tax laws, unlike Clinton who was investigated by the FBI for using a private email server while leading the State Department.

    “Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails?” he asked.

    In a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Giuliani was asked whether it was fair for him to criticize Hillary Clinton’s handling of her husband’s alleged affairs when Giuliani himself had dealt with his “own infidelity charge.” Giuliani, who has been married three times, was accused of cheating on his second spouse.

    “Well, everybody does. And I’m Roman Catholic, and I confess those things to my priest,” he said.

    A phone call and email to Giuliani’s staff asking if he would like to elaborate were not immediately returned.

  7. My niece visited the African American Museum



  8. Our Texans cheerleader…


  9. rikyrah says:

    Steve Marmel ✔ @Marmel
    Were Obama white.
    With his family values.
    Amazing wife.
    Amazing kids.
    His charm, passion and wit.
    We’d already be naming airports after him.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Jeffrey Wright ✔ @jfreewright
    Imagine in ’08: ‘I’m Barack Obama. I lost $916M in 1yr, have 5 kids by 3 wives, once intro’d a porno & I want ur vote, white America. #Never

  11. rikyrah says:

    SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

    The tale that Claud “Tex” McIver, an Atlanta attorney, has told about how his wife was shot and killed at his hands is reminiscent of the movie The Bonfire of the Vanities. Like the below scene from the movie (warning: explicit language), McIver claimed that his driver took an unexpected turn in Piedmont Park, and with his proclaimed fear of Black Lives Matter protesters and car-jackings, McIver brought a gun with him on the ride.

    According to, Tex and his wife, Diane McIver, were being driven in their SUV when the tragic shooting and killing of Diane happened. Oddly, Tex sat in the back set of the vehicle whilst his wife sat in the front of the SUV, in the passenger’s seat.

    That positioning put Diane in a position of danger, because the gun Tex positioned on his lap accidentally went off, according to him, when he fell asleep and the driver hit a bump in the road.

    What’s being questioned by those who read Tex’s seemingly tall tale is why Diane was driven nearly five miles away to Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road, instead of a closer hospital. Mrs. McIver would die during surgery several hours after the shooting.

  12. rikyrah says:

    ‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me.
    October 1 at 5:37 PM

    She lit a cigarette. Her boyfriend, Kevin Lisovich, was next to her on the couch, drifting to sleep, a pillow over his head. On the ottoman was her cellphone, her notes on the speakers so far — “LOCK HER UP!!” she had written — and the anti-anxiety pills she kept in a silver vial on her key chain.

    She was a 52-year-old woman who had worked 20 years for the railroad, had once been a Democrat and was now a Republican, and counted herself among the growing swath of people who occupied the fringes of American politics but were increasingly becoming part of the mainstream. Like millions of others, she believed that President Obama was a Muslim. And like so many she had gotten to know online through social media, she also believed that he was likely gay, that Michelle Obama could be a man, and that the Obama children were possibly kidnapped from a family now searching for them.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Ferret Head lost nearly a billion dollars during a raging economic expansion? how incompetent do you have to be?

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😉

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