Monday Open Thread | Nina Simone Week

This week, I’m featuring music and rare videos of the incomparable Ms. Nina Simone.

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133 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Nina Simone Week

  1. Liza says:

    Dang, I don’t get HBO. But this looks good, airs on Wednesday.

  2. eliihass says:

    Having a well-received ‘moment’ – or even several of those… no matter how ‘viral’ they go, do not a competent, capable, visionary, selfless, effective president make ..

    As Dems tweet and tv preen their ‘outrage’ d’ jour, and carry on with the media-requested ridiculous minstrel shows that in the end do little to actually improve their chances..

    Media actively helps degrade Dems – even as same media folk simultaneously, gratuitously throw a few pc crumbs at a select few in the running.. with no intention however, to in the end help any Dem actually cross that finish line …make it into that Oval Office in 2020..

    For those who aren’t paying attention, know this – the media, a trusted and dedicated subsidiary of the GOP, has their marching orders for 2020..

    They’re busy papering over the smelly treasonous buffoon.. all while the GOP …including the so-called ‘never-trumpers’ who’ve somehow wormed their way into and have been embraced by some in the Dem family who’ve been thoroughly hoodwinked and for sometime now, have allowed these gop-nevertrumpers invite themselves into Dem party business and decision-making process..

    …while at the same time, they have been working hard behind the scenes to put a more ‘acceptable’ oligarchy- approved face over the GOP’s callous policies and inhumanity … they’ve all been busy behind the scenes fluffing up and re-packaging Nikki Haley for unveiling replace Pence as the treasonous buffoon’s running mate… effusively supported and being pushed for by among others, the Israeli lobby of which there are some Dems.. even if they go about stuff on the sly..

  3. rikyrah says:



    and, they are trying to justify why they can’t get soap, toothpaste, hot food, and a place to sleep.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) Tweeted:
    Simple question for Evangelicals: Do you believe the way children are bein’ treated in Trump’s detention centers is “godly?”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Ari Berman (@AriBerman) Tweeted:
    Two big pieces of census news:

    -federal court suggests citizenship question added by Trump to discriminate against Latinos based on new smoking gun evidence

    -Census Bureau’s research says q could undercount 9 MILLION people, larger than population of NJ

  6. rikyrah says:

    Evangelicals go all in for Trump reelection
    BY JONATHAN EASLEY – 06/21/19 06:00 AM EDT

    Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes.

    The Faith and Freedom Coalition will spend tens of millions of dollars on a voter mobilization effort that aims to register 1 million Christians in key battleground states and reach 30 million people nationwide.

    The group, which is led by conservative activist Ralph Reed, will pump literature into more than 100,000 churches across 18 states, primarily focusing on the presidential battlegrounds but also with an eye on contested House and Senate races.

  7. Look who followed me….

  8. rikyrah says:

    A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

    Anne Branigin
    Friday 2:30pm

    Toni Morrison had to figure out a way to talk to Muhammad Ali. It was the mid-’70s and at the time, she was his editor, tasked with bringing his autobiography to the world. But Ali wouldn’t speak to her—deferring instead to whatever man was in the room.

    Her longtime friend, author and activist Angela Davis, recalls seeing that dynamic play out—and witnessing Morrison come up with a solution. At the time, Morrison had already published The Bluest Eye and Sula, but it wasn’t her literary heft that she threw at the heavyweight champion. Knowing how much Ali held mother figures in reverence, Morrison, the mother of two boys, spoke to Ali in ways “that reminded him of his mother,” Davis recalls, eventually using this to forge a deep connection to the boxer.

    It’s a story Davis recalls while on the phone with me, and that Morrison tells herself in a new documentary, The Pieces I Am, in theaters this Friday.

    In Davis’ words, the documentary is a “living memorial” to Morrison’s life and work. Directed by Morrison’s friend and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, what makes The Pieces I Am particularly gratifying is its mosaic quality. Taken from a famous line from her 1987 novel, Beloved, the film acts as a sort of gathering place: You can find archival footage of Morrison talking about her work or responding to critics, close friends like Davis, poet Sonia Sanchez and Oprah recounting treasured anecdotes, and critics like the New Yorker’s Hilton Als contextualizing her work. But most importantly, you can find Morrison herself, gazing directly at the camera, talking to you.


    Morrison retells one such story about her grandmother, who alongside her grandfather, used to work as a sharecropper in Mobile, Ala. One day, Morrison says, her grandmother informed her husband that she and the children would be on a northbound train.

    “White boys are circling, and we have to leave,” Morrison’s grandmother told her husband through a hand-delivered note. “If you want to see us again, be on that train.”

    “The girls were growing up and white boys would come look at them from a distance, but she knew what they had in mind,” Morrison explains to the viewer. The family ended up in Lorain, where Morrison was born, and which would become the setting of her first novel, The Bluest Eye.

    • Ametia says:

      Loves me some Toni Morrison.


      • Liza says:

        She is one hell of a storyteller. I remember reading “Beloved” for the first time. I could only read a few pages at a time because I was so scared about what would happen next. Then I saw an interview with Ms. Morrison discussing this novel and apparently that is how she wanted the reader to feel.

    • rikyrah says:

      Break 👏it👏down👏

      So that even those in the bleachers can see it 👏👏👏

    • Liza says:

      Well, we know that Mr. Buttigieg is a media creation. He’s never had the poll numbers to support the amount of attention he gets. I don’t know about his fundraising, I haven’t checked that.

      Most of these candidates already know they aren’t going to win the nomination and they are probably hanging in there for other reasons. And most prominent among those reasons is the VP spot.

    • majiir says:

      Everything you said is right on the mark! I always had reservations about Buttigieg. Those reservations increased after that officer gunned down an unarmed black man, and I noticed all Buttigieg seemed to be concerned about were optics that might negatively impact his presidential bid. F*ck his presidential bid! A black man is dead who should still be alive and with his family.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    I always thought Buttigieg had 0 chance because of his terrible polling numbers with Black voters. Seems Black constituents have truly been pained by how he’s run South Bend, and his handling of the police department was really awful. Might be the first campaign implosion of 2020

  10. Pete Buttigieg should end his campaign. It’s over. Turn out the lights.

  11. The US government is STEALING folks children and LYING about it.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Colleague @HolmesLybrand and I fact-checked nine of the Democrats who spoke Saturday at the SC convention. We found zero objectively false or misleading claims from seven: Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke, Booker, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Castro.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) 24 June 2019

  13. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : June 24, 2019

    Contraption; noun kun-TRAP-shun

    Definition: device, gadget

  14. Buttigieg can’t handle the situation in South Bend, he can’t even control a town hall. How in the hell will he handle a crisis in the country? We tried to tell folks he ain’t ready but the media keeps fluffing him up.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Mary J at the BET Awards:

  16. rikyrah says:

    Lizzo @ the BET Awards

  17. rikyrah says:

    Mary J pulled a Diana Ross and performed her OWN Tribute 👏👏👏

  18. rikyrah says:

    Peanut wants to go see Toy Story 4.
    Can you believe that the first Toy Story came out in 1995
    I feel so old :(

  19. rikyrah says:

    Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change
    The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.
    06/23/2019 05:04 PM EDT Updated 06/23/2019 06:02 PM EDT

    The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.

    The studies range from a groundbreaking discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment — a potentially serious health concern for the 600 million people world-wide whose diet consists mostly of rice — to a finding that climate change could exacerbate allergy seasons to a warning to farmers about the reduction in quality of grasses important for raising cattle.

    All of these studies were peer-reviewed by scientists and cleared through the non-partisan Agricultural Research Service, one of the world’s leading sources of scientific information for farmers and consumers.

    None of the studies were focused on the causes of global warming – an often politically charged issue. Rather, the research examined the wide-ranging effects of rising carbon dioxide, increasing temperatures and volatile weather………………………………….

  20. rikyrah says:

    This weekend, one of the largest online knitting communities has banned things all thing Dolt45.

    The power of Ravelry’s stance against white supremacy reaches beyond the knitting community
    Catherine Shu

    I am a knitter. It is more than just my hobby. Knitting has been a core part of my identity since I was five years old, when my grandmother patiently taught me how to make my first garter stitch square. I am also a person of color. Over the past few years, it’s been painful to see the empowerment racists derive from the Trump administration, but even more troubling to see how many people insist that taking a stance against racism is “being political.” And I’ve been a member of Ravelry for 11 years.

    Today the site, which currently counts eight million members, and is one of the most influential online communities dedicated to knitting and other yarn crafts, enacted a policy that explicitly bans support of Donald Trump and his administration in content posted to the site, including project entries, patterns, forum posts and profiles.


    To quote from Ravelry’s policy update:

    We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.

  21. rikyrah says:


    ‘Barack picked him for a reason’: South Carolina voters stand by Joe Biden after comments about segregationist senators.


    Many voters told CNN they had not followed the debate over Biden’s comments or even heard about it at all. When briefed on the details, most shrugged off that Biden said he had worked with segregationists — even though his views were diametrically opposed to theirs — noting that the ability to work with politicians who have opposite views is part of the skill of legislating.

    “They need to leave it be,” said Cheri Reed, a 66-year-old Democrat from Columbia as she waited in line with friends for fish at Clyburn’s event on Friday night. She chided Democrats like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who criticized Biden for his remarks and called on him to apologize.

    “We don’t need a rookie in the game right now. Because it’s the anti-Christ that we’re up against,” Reed said, referring to President Donald Trump. “He’s despicable. He’s destructive. He’s a liar. He’s trigger-happy. He’s everything that you don’t want in a President.”

  22. rikyrah says:


    CNN (@CNN) Tweeted:
    A woman and three children have been found dead near the Mexico-Texas border

  23. rikyrah says:

    Yes. .that hand would be out😒😒🤨🤨

  24. rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) Tweeted:
    Nearly 100 Trump vetting documents leaked to me identify a host of “red flags” about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Woke Twitter is beside itself because of Tyler Perry’s speech at the BET Awards last night.
    Let them stay mad😒😒

    Tyler Perry at the BET Awards:

    • Ametia says:

      Seriously, I don’t want to hear shit from HATERS about Tyler Perry’s accumulated wealth.

      We have to scrape and work our black asses off to get what we want.

      White folks can’t stand it when we get a crumb. Can’t have anything, we earned, without them thinking they deserve a cut, a spotlight, some shine. FUCK OFF

      • majiir says:

        Tyler struggled for years to establish his career before he became successful. That some are attacking him for his wealth pisses me off as much as those who attacked PBO for receiving millions for giving a speech. They ran their d@mn mouths about PBO at the same time they ignored the white politicians who were also raking in big bucks. They felt might sh*tty after PBO donated the money for that speech to create jobs for Chicago youth during the summer. Not only did he and his wife donate that speech money, they added millions of their own dollars to the effort. There’s nothing I detest more than implicit bias.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Ms. Simone 👏👏👏

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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