Open Thread | Remembering Diahann Carroll, the Legend

Legend…trailblazer Diahann Carroll passed away last week at the age of 84.


Ms. Carroll was a legend. She was stunning, beautiful, graceful to the very end. Her two roles that will forever be close to my heart were Marianne Gilbert and Dominique Deveraux. She was divine in both roles.

RIP, Ms. Carroll.
Thanks so much for all your roles.

Just stunning😍😍

Diahann Carroll, pioneering actress on ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty,’ dies at 84

NEW YORK —Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”

But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on “Julia.” Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

Although she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series “Beulah”), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.

NBC executives were wary about putting “Julia” on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit.
It had its critics, though, including some who said Carroll’s character, who is the mother of a young son, was not a realistic portrayal of a black American woman in the 1960s.
“They said it was a fantasy,” Carroll recalled in 1998. “All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family.”

Not shy when it came to confronting racial barriers, Carroll won her Tony portraying a high-fashion American model in Paris who has a love affair with a white American author in the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical “No Strings.” Critic Walter Kerr described her as “a girl with a sweet smile, brilliant dark eyes and a profile regal enough to belong on a coin.”

She appeared often in plays previously considered exclusive territory for white actresses: “Same Time, Next Year,” ”Agnes of God” and “Sunset Boulevard” (as faded star Norma Desmond, the role played by Gloria Swanson in the 1950 film.)

“I like to think that I opened doors for other women, although that wasn’t my original intention,” she said in 2002.

Her film career was sporadic. She began with a secondary role in “Carmen Jones” in 1954 and five years later appeared in “Porgy and Bess,” although her singing voice was dubbed because it wasn’t considered strong enough for the Gershwin opera. Her other films included “Goodbye Again,” ”Hurry Sundown,” ”Paris Blues,” and “The Split.”

The 1974 film “Claudine” provided her most memorable role. She played a hard-bitten single mother of six who finds romance in Harlem with a garbage man played by James Earl Jones.
In the 1980s, she appeared in the long-running prime-time soap opera “Dynasty” for three years. More recently, she had a number of guest shots and small roles in TV series, including playing the mother of Isaiah Washington’s character, Dr. Preston Burke, on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She also returned to her roots in nightclubs. In 2006, she made her first club appearance in New York in four decades, singing at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Reviewing a return engagement in 2007, a New York Times critic wrote that she sang “Both Sides Now” with “the reflective tone of a woman who has survived many severe storms and remembers every lightning flash and thunderclap.”


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Joshua Brown who who gave emotional testimony in the Amber Guyger trial was fatally shot in Dallas

A man who was a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was fatally shot Friday in the parking lot of his apartment complex, according to attorney Lee Merritt.

Joshua Brown was a neighbor of shooting victim Botham Jean, who was sitting in his apartment in September 2018 when Guyger walked inside and shot him to death.

Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family, told CNN he spoke to Brown’s mother who confirmed the death.

Dallas police responded to a call for a shooting at the Atera Apartments complex around 10:30 p.m. Friday, police told CNN.

Officers were flagged down by witnesses who directed them to Brown, who was lying on the ground of the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Parkland memorial hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to a statement from Dallas Police.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-dour sedan speed out of the parking lot, police said.

Brown had no identification on him, so police couldn’t identify him until the medical examiner made a positive ID and notified the next of kin.

There is no suspect information at this time, police said.

‘He said it could have been him’

Merritt said Brown lived in constant fear of gun violence and that’s why he was emotional on the witness stand during the trial.

“He said it could have been him,” Merritt said.

Guyger, 31, was found guilty of murder a few days ago and given a 10-year sentence. She will first be eligible for parole in five years.

The ex-officer said she mistakenly walked into the wrong apartment in her complex and opened fire because she thought Jean was an intruder.

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Weekend Open Thread | Remembering Jessye Norman-Trailblazer

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends. Today I thought that we would remember Black American Trailblazer Jessye Norman, who passed away this week at the age of 74.



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Open Thread | Next Up….the Vice-President and China

From the beginning, Vice-President Mike Pence has been up to his eyeballs in the felonious shenanigans of this Administration.
Never forget:
2. He was Head of the Transition.
3. He lied all about Mike Flynn.

So, when I read this article, I wasn’t shocked. For several reasons. Pence keeps on this scam, thinking that if he just hides in the background, that folks will forget all the mess that he’s eyeballs deep into with this Administration. He doesn’t grasp that Dolt45 isn’t going down alone. If he’s going down, ERRRRRRBODY is going down with him, and that begins with Mike Pence.

Rachel Maddow had a good and entertaining segment about this. How Pence and his team’s lies just don’t correspond with what happened. And, not only does it not correspond, but, in many ways, Pence’s actions put him in closer with the crimes that Dolt45 is being impeached over than anyone else, other than Dolt45 himself.

Report implicates VP Pence in intensifying Trump scandal
10/03/19 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen


The timeline of events paints an exceedingly unflattering picture. We know that Trump personally intervened to delay U.S. aid to Ukraine, which was desperate for the American assistance. We also know that Trump soon after had a telephone meeting with Zelenksy in which the Ukrainian leader stressed the significance of the aid package, only to hear his American counterpart say in response, “I would like you to do us a favor, though.”

Trump’s wish list included, among other things, Ukraine taking law-enforcement action to undermine Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.

We now also know that in the wake of that conversation, it was Mike Pence who spoke with Zelenksy in person, reiterating Trump’s expectations.

That’s not a great position for the vice president to find himself in. Trump’s actions are likely to lead to his impeachment, and it now appears Pence may have done something quite similar.

One of the most striking things about the Washington Post’s report on this isn’t just the top-line revelation, but also the behind-the-scenes drama – because reading the article, it seems clear that there are factions inside the White House, one of which is eager to drag Pence into this mess, and one of which is scrambling to keep the vice president out of it.

The trouble with the defense from Team Pence is how underwhelming it is.

The Post article noted, for example, that officials close to the vice president “insist that he was unaware of Trump’s efforts to press Zelensky for damaging information about Biden and his son.” Or put another way, Pence told the Ukrainian leader that U.S. aid was on hold, and Pence pressed Zelensky about “corruption” concerns, but the Indiana Republican didn’t fully understand the big picture.

There are problems with the defense. A top member of Pence’s team, for example, was on the Trump/Zelensky call. Pence also had access to the transcript of that call soon after it took place. The Post also reported, “White House officials said that Pence probably would have received the detailed notes of the president’s call in his briefing book on July 26,” the day after the phone meeting.

What’s more, the detailed call summary was likely part of the briefing materials Pence received before his in-person meeting with the Ukrainian president. The article added, “Officials close to Pence contend that he traveled to Warsaw for a meeting with Zelensky on Sept. 1 probably without having read — or at least fully registered — the transcript of Trump’s July 25 call with the leader of Ukraine.”

I did appreciate the use of the word “registered” – as if Pence saw the document showing Trump pressing Zelensky on Biden, but the vice president didn’t fully get it.

Team Pence will have to do better than this.

Here’s that good Maddow segment:

at center of Trump Ukraine scheme, scrambles for cover

Rachel Maddow shares reporting from the Washington Post that Donald Trump made Mike Pence the middle man in his scheme to manipulate the president of Ukraine, leaving Pence scrambling to explain how he wouldn’t have been aware of the role he was playing.

So, we now have the Secretary of State, The Attorney General, and now the Vice-President all wrapped up in this.



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Open Thread |Latest Happenings With the Impeachment Inquiry

What has been revealed…….

Imagine where we would be right now if Democrats hadn’t taken back the House in 2018.
If you’re eligible to vote, register and do it. Every election. Every time.
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) September 30, 2019

Yes, imagine.
You don’t have to imagine. You know what happened in Congress from 2016-2018. Everything that was ignored.
Since last we posted, we have found out the following:
That Australia was contacted by this Administration for help with the ‘Russia didn’t actually interfere with the 2016 Election’ conspiracy theory.

We also found out that the Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo, was actually listening in on the phone call with the President of Ukraine.

And, thanks to poster eliihass, we know that Pompeo’s also been traveling around with Sebastian Gorka.

Gorka, who had to leave the Administration, because he never could get a Security Clearance, is flying around with the Secretary of State.

And, then, there’s the corrupt Attorney General William Barr, who was out of the country. Protocol says that whenever the AG leaves the country, a report is sent out informing the public of his whereabouts. No such report this time, because the weasel was meeting in secret:
Barr personally asked foreign officials to aid inquiry into CIA, FBI activities in 2016

Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter. […]
The attorney general’s active role also underscores the degree to which a nearly three-year-old election still consumes significant resources and attention inside the federal government. Current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials expressed frustration and alarm Monday that the head of the Justice Department was taking such a direct role in reexamining what they view as conspiracy theories and baseless allegations of misconduct.






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Coverage of Amber Guyger Murder Trial- Day 7-Verdict Watch

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is on trial for murder after she fatally shot Botham Shem Jean on September 6, 2018.

Guyger was off duty but still in uniform when she went into Jean’s apartment at South Side Flats. She told investigators she believed she was walking into her own apartment and shot Jean believing he was an intruder.

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Open Thread| Questions That Should Be Answered During These Impeachment Investigations

Now that impeachment is upon us, the strategy going forward is important.

I appreciated this comment on another blog:

jziglar •
I think that some of the liberal pundit people on twitter who are saying that democrats should not narrowly focus on the Ukraine issue for impeachment are wrong. Nancy and many in the caucus are right to have a narrow focus because the Ukraine scandal is very easy to understand and it’s concrete. You want to make a simple case to the public which clearly demonstrates abuse of power and the violation of the law. If you start adding the hush money payments and all this other stuff then you will clutter the main message and the case. Just keep it simple and focused on the issue that has the most impact, and the easiest to understand. If these people believe that they are so good at politics and have all the answers then maybe they should run for office and show us how good they are instead of always criticizing Democrats.

There is enough in the Whistleblower complaint, and the tentacles that seem to be coming from it to make a very compelling case for impeachment.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has already stated that they will be working through the Congressional recess. To that end, there have been a list of folks, including Secretary of State Pompeo, who have been subpoenaed.

There are a lot of moving parts right now, but, just so you don’t forget, here’s a list of things to remember about this bit of criminality:

1. The list of people, according to the Whistleblower, who knew.
2. This includes the Attorney General
3. Lawyers on the White House Counsel Staff
4. The Vice President
5. Who was paying Rudy Guiliani? Was he presented as a formal representative of the United States? Was the State Department aiding and abetting Rudy?
6. There is a PRIVATE SERVER where things that aren’t supposed to be on it, have been moved there TO HIDE THEM FROM THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT!
7. Who knew about the server?
8. What is on the server?
9. Before this story broke, Rudy was peddling stories about the Bidens and China. IS THIS the reason why we can’t broker a trade deal with the Chinese? Has he been holding up and threatening these tariffs because the Chinese won’t ‘investigate’ the Bidens? Could the reason why American farmers have lost precious markets in China-that won’t come back anytime soon, if ever, is because he was trying to use the tariffs as some sort of club to get the Chinese to do his bidding for his 2020 campaign?
10. Don’t forget the threats on the Whistleblower’s life that have been made.



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