Tuesday Open Thread | Old School Music That Make You Wanna Jump

shalamarShalamar (/ˈʃæləmɑːr/) is an American R&B and soul music vocal group, active in the mid-1970s and throughout the 1980s, that was originally a disco–driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator and producer Don Cornelius.[1][2] They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Cornelius.[3] As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce “body-popping” to the United Kingdom.[3] Their collective name, “Shalamar”, was picked by Griffey.

Their first hit was Uptown Festival (1977), released on Soul Train Records. Its success inspired Griffey and Don Cornelius to replace session singers with popular Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, to join original Shalamar lead singer Gary Mumford. Gerald Brown took over the spot vacated by Mumford for the group’s second album, Disco Gardens (1978), which featured the hit “Take That To The Bank“. After conflicts over lack of payment from Dick Griffey and Solar Records, Brown left the group.[5] Howard Hewett replaced Brown in 1979.[2] The group was joined up with producer Leon Sylvers III in 1979, signed with Griffey’s SOLAR Records, and scored a US million seller with “The Second Time Around” (1979).

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44 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Old School Music That Make You Wanna Jump

  1. This is why he was mocking the CIA….trying to throw folks off…


    • Liza says:


      I’m reading this and I’m not really surprised by any of it. Trump’s seething hatred for President Obama factored heavily into his presidential ambitions.

      What is insane is that this man really is going to be the president. I don’t know for how long, but he is apparently going to be inaugurated.

      Well, this will get worse.

  2. Ametia says:

    PBO Farewell address thread I up!

  3. rikyrah says:

    See, this is why you don’t PHUCK with The Spooks.
    They are not playing with you🙅🙅🙅

  4. #Treason #Espionage

    How can he be inaugurated? Are we a Nation of Laws or not? But watch whiteness work.

  5. rikyrah says:

    I am not ready to say goodbye to the President😢😢😢😢😢

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I am not ready either.

      I will always be grateful that we were blessed with such an outstanding President and such a deeply caring, kind hearted First Lady.

  6. rikyrah says:

    GOOD for the decision in South Carolina

  7. Liza says:

    #DylannRoofTrial. First person in America to get the death penalty in federal court for a hate crime. pic.twitter.com/N8iurmDhPO— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) January 10, 2017


  8. eliihass says:

    Ted Cruz still auditioning …

    Someone needs to remind lying Ted that his pal Jeff Sessions was right along for the ride with and in cahoots with the buffoon who talked about his wife Heidi…and got his pal who owns the Enquirer, to blast those photos and the story of his Cuban father being complicit in JFK’s murder..

  9. eliihass says:

    What the heck is going on with this FOX-erizing of MSNBC and NBC..?

    I simply could not take even 5 minutes of Greta Van Susteren…


  10. Ametia says:

    Have you met Toya? She’s the world’s first Jamaican Patois-speaking doll. Get into it.

    • eliihass says:

      Did you have time to read the excerpts from New York Mag…

      I realize it’s a really long read, but it’s instructive..

      He’s just as petty and vindictive and materialiastic and greedy and just as wannabe as his father-in-law…

      What’s that they say about how we end up marrying men just like our fathers..

      • Ametia says:

        I read all the of the excerpts, eliihaas.

        CHIILING…We live in precariously dangerous times with the PLUTOCRACY, KLEPTOCRACY, HYPOCRACY, running amok I our country.

    • eliihass says:

      Democrats better up their game…Just not impressed with what I’ve witnessed so far..

      This little, thin-skinned, racist rat must not be allow through..and only Al Franken seems to have come stripped of any of that fake ‘collegial camaraderie’ that only seems to favor the republicans, and ready to do battle …

    • eliihass says:

      So unbelievable watching this hearing…

      Of all the brilliant legal minds in this country, impossible to believe that this marginally literate, barely can read, racist bumpkin is what’s on offer…


  11. Ametia says:

    HarperCollins said that it will stop selling a book by Monica Crowley that an investigation by CNN’s KFile found to have more than 50 instances of plagiarism.

    The conservative author and television personality was picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

    “The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” according the statement from HarperCollins.

    • eliihass says:

      Already undeservedly propelled her to professional heights she never earned or deserved…squeezed that book for what it was worth..

      Now they need to reassess her so-called Ph.D…revisit whatever dissertation was submitted..

      People who lack integrity especially in academia…anyone who has have the cojones to lift portions of original writings by others, and brazenly and arrogantly pass off and publish stolen material as theirs…should not be rewarded in any way..

    • eliihass says:

      Hey Ametia, more like mediocrity resorting to theft..

  12. Ametia says:
    • eliihass says:

      There’s already all sorts of blackmail, poisoning etc. on tap…

      It’s Vlad’s specialty and the shallow, easily flattered, desperate to be liked buffoon, is the perfect rat for Vlad’s bait..

  13. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Sessions is No Champion of Civil Rights
    by Martin Longman
    January 10, 2017 11:35 AM

    The Ku Klux Klan went broke and disbanded during World War Two. James Colescott, their Imperial Wizard at the time, blamed FDR (“the nigger lover”) and Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (“that Jew”) for orchestrating his organization’s demise. In truth, though, it was the Internal Revenue Service that came calling with a bill for $685,305 in unpaid taxes.

    I want you to know that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III had nothing to do with this. He wasn’t even born until two years after the second iteration of the Klan closed up shop.

    When it was announced that Sessions would be the nominee to serve as Attorney General, the right-wing alt-right wingnut media was ready with their talking points, which were heavy on the idea that Sessions is the farthest thing from a Klansman that you ever saw and that he’s actually responsible for singlehandedly crushing the Klan to death. Even Erick Erickson got into the game, informing us that “The media wants you to think Jeff Sessions is some sort of Alabamian unrepentant racist, but in fact Jeff Sessions has a long history of fighting segregation in Alabama, seeking the death penalty for KKK members, and marching with civil rights leaders to commemorate and honor the 50th anniversary of the march at Selma.”

    On that whole seeking the death penalty for KKK members thing, I’m having just a wee bit of trouble verifying that. You see, it’s a reference to the conviction and ultimate execution of Henry Francis Hays. On March 21st, 1981, Hays and two coconspirators kidnapped Michael Donald off a Mobile, Alabama street and lynched him. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama at the time was Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, which must have been a great comfort to Michael’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald.

    At first, the investigation went in a very Alabama kind of way:

    The Mobile police chief was certain from the very beginning that the Klansmen were involved. Despite that, the police soon arrested three young men they described as ”junkie types.”

    The whole junkie thing didn’t really fly because junkies aren’t known for hanging black people up in trees down the street from their mother’s house, and Michael didn’t use drugs. So, the District Attorney for Alabama asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for some help. That investigation “produced no useful evidence, however, and it seemed that the killers would go unpunished.”

    We’re quite a way down the road here and we still have not seen an appearance by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. We will hear now from his assistant:

    The FBI investigated and was ready to close its investigation, but Thomas Figures, the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Mobile, asked the Dept. of Justice to authorize a second investigation and worked closely with FBI agent James Bodman. His brother Michael Figures, a state senator and civil rights activist, served as an attorney to Beulah Mae Donald and also encouraged the investigation. Two and a half years later in 1983, Henry Hays and James Knowles were arrested. Knowles confessed to Bodman in 1983, and additional evidence was revealed during the civil trial initiated by Donald’s mother Beulah Mae Donald in 1984. As a result, in 1988 Benjamin Franklin Cox, Jr., a truckdriver, was indicted as an accomplice in the criminal case. Henry’s father Bennie Hays was also indicted in Donald’s murder.

    There are two things I want you to take away from that blockquote above. First, the third iteration of the Ku Klux Klan was ruined by Beulah Mae Donald’s civil case which resulted in a $7 million judgment in her favor. She wound up owning the KKK’s Tuscaloosa headquarters. And an all-white jury gave it to her, too, which she didn’t expect.


    Second, where have we heard that name “Thomas Figures” before?

    In 1986, Session’s nomination for a federal judgeship was rejected after one of his former subordinates, Thomas Figures, alleged that Sessions called him “boy,” made remarks disparaging civil-rights organizations, and made jokes about the KKK, even as his office was investigating the Donald lynching.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Kushner going to the White House as an ‘ unpaid advisor’.


    This is ridiculous.

    Utterly ridiculous.

    I keep on imagining President Obama trying to install Craig Robinson or his sister’s husband into a position of power in his White House.

    sorry…I had to stop because I was doubled over with laughter at the preposterousness of it all.

    And, the phucking bullshyt of him not taking a salary?

    Don’t get me started on that obvious corruption.

    • Ametia says:


    • eliihass says:

      Start by imagining then President-elect Obama…and even now President Obama, making moves like threatening to ‘shake’ up Intelligence institutions like the CIA, FBI etc…the public outcry, pushback, outrage and fear-mongering would have been out of this world…

      There would have been serious moves sanctioned by the invisible powers, to do away with him – folks, including many in the media, who would have been so sure he was colluding with the ‘Arabs’ to not only leave America vulnerable, but to completely destroy us..

      Then imagine President Obama firing the old guy – an institution himself- who has been the presidential inaugural parade announcer since 1957…and replacing him with some hack supporter who has done a few announcing gigs on the side…

      There would have been outrage for days and folks like Tom Brokaw would have been on every news show not just giving the historical relevance, but I insisting that this abomination was grounds for impeachment even before the swearing-in …

      It’s safe to say that if this pattern keeps on, that most if not all of the current White House residential staff – kitchen, butlers, etc. – may all be out of work too..

    • Ametia says:

      Sessions failed to disclose oil interests as required, ethics experts say

      “The fact that his oil is in a federal wildlife refuge means he should not be involved in DOJ policies concerning drilling or environmental issues” involving federal reserves, Potter said. “Clearly he should have disclosed the asset.”

      As attorney general, Sessions would have a role in determining policy for the department’s environment and natural resources division, which has more than 400 lawyers responsible for enforcing pollution and other laws.

      As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Sessions has been critical of past nominees who submitted what he said was incomplete information. In 2010, he spearheaded a letter to the committee’s then-chairman, Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), arguing that an appeals court nominee, Goodwin Liu, was not providing senators with enough information about past articles he had written.

      “At best, this nominee’s extraordinary disregard for the Committee’s constitutional role demonstrates incompetence; at worst, it creates the impression that he knowingly attempted to hide his most controversial work from the Committee,” the letter read.

      Alabama records show that the senator leased “undivided mineral interests” to Chief Capital, a Texas firm, in 2015. The interests described in state records are located in Choctaw County and appear from state topographical maps to be located in the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge


  15. rikyrah says:

    Quick Takes: Rushing Hearings on Trump Nominees
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 9, 2017 5:02 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to rush through hearings on Trump’s nominees before they’ve completed background checks and ethics clearances. As Norm Eisen tweeted yesterday, this is simply another example of his hypocrisy.

    Mitch McConnell to Reid in 2009: nominee “financial disclosures must be complete… prior 2hearing being scheduled.”

    — Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 8, 2017

    In case that is difficult to read, the image is of a letter McConnell sent to Reid in 2009 enumerating the things that needed to be completed before hearings were scheduled on Obama’s nominees – including background checks and ethics clearances. McConnell writes:

    In consultation with our Ranking Members, we affirm our commitment to conduct the appropriate review of these nominations, consistent with the long standing and best practices of committees, regardless of which political party is in the majority.

    * After hearing from Democrats about the need to slow down the process, yesterday McConnell suggested that he would move forward with the rushed hearings and that Democrats need to “grow up.” That elicited some A+ trolling from Schumer on twitter today.

    Our requests are eminently reasonable, shared by leaders of both parties. I’ll return this letter to @SenateMajLdr with the same requests.

    — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2017

  16. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Nepotism vs. Harmless Lies
    by Martin Longman
    January 9, 2017 5:25 PM

    If you go to the New York Times today, you can learn that the president-elect will make his son-in-law a chief adviser despite nepotism laws that should preclude him from doing so, but not to worry because “the Trump team will muscle through — as it usually does.” You can also learn that there will be many hearings for Trump’s un-vetted, unqualified cabinet nominations, but the Democrats’ “complaints about the process may not resonate with the broader public, though they will surely continue.”

    Overall, they devote about a paragraph each to discussing these developments, but surely you’re more interested in this extensive treatment:

    As the president-elect attacked Ms. Streep in a phone call with The New York Times, he took a moment to say his inaugural celebrations are such a hot ticket that “dress shops” in the area are selling out.

    “We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” Mr. Trump said. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”

    To which Washington-area stylists replied, “Huh.”

    “All of the stores in the area are set up with huge inaugural shops,” Lauren A. Rothman, a Washington-based stylist and author who is focusing on dressing around 30 clients for two inaugural balls. “When you walk in, you don’t even have to work hard to find the dress section.”

    Women who need dresses and accessories can find what they need at those oh-so-hard-to-find department stores Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, she said. Two-strap styles and matte satin gowns in lengths that skim the floor are plentiful.

    Linda Giordano, an assistant manager of sales for Nordstrom at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va., said that there were no inventory issues and that women could reliably find dresses between $200 and $10,000 in the “happy colors,” including jewel-toned blues and bright pinks, that have been popular with inaugural ball shoppers.

    “If they’re looking for stylists we still have availability,” she said.

    Jan Batch, a stylist for Neiman Marcus at the nearby Tysons Galleria, put in her plug: “If you get a ticket today, call me.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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