Sunday Open Thread

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

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  1. Liza says:

    Y’all may already know about this, but I missed it. This article is from last July.

    JULY 10, 2017 10:18AM PT
    ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Sets Next Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
    By Justin Kroll

    Barry Jenkins is set to direct an adaptation of “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures, marking his first feature film since his hit “Moonlight” won this year’s best picture Oscar.

    Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the story follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.

    Jenkins, who has wanted to make the film for many years, wrote the screenplay during the same summer sojourn in 2013 when he penned “Moonlight.” Since then, Jenkins has been working with the Baldwin Estate. Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, says, “We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation. Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

    “James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day,” Jenkins said. “To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true.”

    • Liza says:

      Barry Jenkins‏Verified account @BarryJenkins Oct 16

      Day 1. Humbled. Feelin blessed, privileged, unworthy. But I’ll do my best to be WORTHY of Mr. Baldwin’s vision. 👀 y’all on the other side 🙌🏿

  2. I love this place…

  3. rikyrah says:

    The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

    You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?

  4. rikyrah says:

    They are trying to kill these American citizens.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Military Family Scandal Reveals the Profound Ugliness of His Character

    Michelle Obama said the presidency “reveals who you are.” Trump’s handling of the deaths of four U.S. soldiers proves her right.

    By Jeet Heer

    October 19, 2017

    Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention was a love letter to her husband, for his accomplishments both as a president and a
    family man. “Today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are—it reveals who you are,” she said.

    Four years later, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled for the
    presidency, the first lady reprised those lines in a speech in Northern Virginia—but this was no love letter. “At the end of the day, as I’ve said before, the presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she said. “And the same thing is true of a presidential campaign.” One did not have to squint to read between those lines, especially after she put a finer point on it:

    If a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in
    prejudice, fears, and lies on the trail, if a candidate has no clear
    plans to implement their goals, if they disrespect their fellow
    citizens, including folks who make extraordinary sacrifices for our
    country—let me tell you, that is who they are. That is the kind of
    president they will be. Trust me.

    Trump right now is under the harshest, white-hot light of his presidency, and we’re seeing more clearly than ever who he truly is. His handling of the deaths of four Green Berets is a case study in everything that is wrong with the president—all of his pathologies and deficiencies. The scandal has revealed his character in full, and it’s even uglier than Michelle Obama imagined.

    • Liza says:

      Trump had PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY to apologize to the Johnson family. It would have been so easy. He chose to attack the messenger. Then he sent his own messenger out to lie for him.

  6. rikyrah says:

    This is why Rev. Al needs to be on tv. He gave a report this morning, about the manipulations of the GOP in North Carolina, and how, now that they aren’t getting rulings in their favor, are trying to change the rules of how judges are elected.

    NOBODY else is covering this.

    PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton 10/22/17
    Partisan Justice?

    Join Rev. Al Sharpton as he talks with Kristen Clarke and Rep. Marcia Morey,to discuss the importance of the 2018 midterm elections being rocked by discrimination.

    From the NYTimes:

    In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges

    OCT. 18, 2017

    RALEIGH,N.C. — Republicans with a firm grip on the North Carolina legislature —and, until January, the governor’s seat — enacted a conservative agenda in recent years, only to have a steady stream of laws affecting voting and legislative power rejected by the courts.

    Now lawmakers have seized on a solution: change the makeup of the courts.

    Judges in state courts as of this year must identify their party affiliation on ballots, making North Carolina the first state in nearly a century to adopt partisan court elections. The General Assembly in Raleigh reduced the size of the state Court of Appeals, depriving Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, of naming replacements for retiring Republicans.

    And this month, lawmakers drew new boundaries for judicial districts
    statewide, which critics say are meant to increase the number of
    Republican judges on district and superior courts and would force many African-Americans on the bench into runoffs against other incumbents.

    “Instead of changing the way they write their laws, they want to change the judges,” Mr. Cooper said as he sat in a 19th-century, high-ceiling library at the Executive Mansion, which he has occupied uneasily since succeeding Pat McCrory, a Republican. The legislature has overridden nearly a dozen of his vetoes. The latest was on Monday, when lawmakers sustained a bill to eliminate judicial primary elections, which Mr. Cooper called part of an effort to “rig the system.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Congratulations to the Houston Astros for making it to the World Series :)

  8. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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