September 20, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African American Psychologists and Psychiatrists

Mamie Phipps Clark was born on April 18, 1917 in Hot Spring, Arkansas.  She attended Howard University, where she met her future husband, Kenneth Bancroft Clark, a master’s student in psychology who later became famous for his involvement in the pivotal Supreme Court Case: Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka. In 1934, Mamie Clark graduated magna cum laude from Howard University, and immediately enrolled in the psychology graduate program. Her master’s thesis, “The Development of Consciousness of Self in Negro Pre-School Children,” was the beginning of a line of research that became historic when it was used to make racial segregation unconstitutional in American public schools.

Her thesis concluded that children became aware of their “blackness” very early in their childhood, and it was precisely this conclusion that became the foundation and the guiding premise for the Clark’s famous doll studies.  In 1943, Clark received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, making her the first black woman to earn a psychology doctorate at Columbia, and the second black person – her husband Kenneth having been the first. 

After several unsatisfying employment experiences, Clark found a position that would lay the foundation of her life’s work and extensive contributions to the field of developmental psychology. The job was a counseling position at the Riverdale Home for Children in New York.

Here, she conducted psychological tests and counseled homeless African American girls. This experience at Riverdale, she described, was also the moment when she clearly perceived the tremendous shortage of psychological services available for blacks and other minority children in New York City.

 In February 1946, Mamie Clark opened the doors of “The Northside Center for Child Development” in Harlem.  Northside was Dr. Clark’s response to the city’s lack of social services for minority children. Indeed, Northside became one of the first agencies to provide comprehensive psychological services to the poor, blacks, and other minority children.

A couple of years later, the Center expanded its services by providing not only psychological help for behavioural and emotional problems, but a number of educational programs for both children and their parents.

Along with her work at Northside, Mamie Clark was active in the larger Harlem community and the greater New York City area. She worked with Kenneth on the Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited project, as well as serving on its advisory board. She was active in the initiation of the national Head Start program. Beyond psychology and child development, she served on the Board of Directors of numerous educational and philanthropic institutions.

 

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  • qosine

    Now, this is the way I like to start the morning.
    President Obama and VP Joe interviewed by
    disappointed press that we’re not going to war
    with Russia.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
      – – –GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ La Qosine. :>) ***BIG HUG*** – -:>)

      – – -LOL – – -Luvin’ the Good Fun News: – — -> President Obama and VP Joe interviewed by disappointed press that we’re not going to war with Russia. Never mind that boring true fact re: Ukraine is not a NATO ally. :>)
      — – -The –“DYNAMAIC DUO” – –Movin’ FORWARD. – –:>)

      —Good 2 C U La Qosine. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

      • qosine

        They showed this perfect this morning. LOL
        Stretches luxuriously and happily.
        “The –“DYNAMAIC DUO” – –Movin’ FORWARD. – –:>)

        • GreenLadyHere

          La Qosine – -:>) – —YEP.:>) – – —[Corrected the spelling. :>) Sorry] – -

          • qosine

            GreenLady, I was so captivated by your message, I didn’t even notice:) LOL — I’ll fix

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – – –**BIG HUG** :>) –IT’S ALL ABOUT The AVERAGES♥ :>)

    – – – –☺http://www.marketwatch.com/story/weekly-jobless-claims-tick-up-from-lowest-level-since 2007-2014-04-17?link=MW_story_latest_news
    Weekly jobless claims tick up from lowest level since 2007

    – – — -The number of people who applied for unemployment-insurance benefits ticked up by 2,000 to 304,000 in the week that ended April 12, a slight increase from the lowest level since 2007, signaling that employers are maintaining a slow pace of layoffs, according to government data released Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected claims to total a seasonally adjusted 315,000 in the latest weekly data. The average of new claims over the past month dropped by 4,750 to 312,000, hitting the lowest level since October 2007, just two months before the recession began. Trends for the monthly average are smoother than the jumpy week-to-week data. Also Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that continuing claims decreased by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 2.74 million in the week ended April 5, hitting the lowest level since December 2007. Continuing claims reflect the number of people already receiving benefits. The four-week average of these continuing claims fell 32,500 to 2.79 million, the lowest since January 2008.

    — – -The OPERATIVE WORDS: – —-LOWEST — -AVERAGE —FELL. :>)

    – – – – –***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥**** :>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah:)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday MornTin’ rikyrah :>P ***BIG HUG*** – –
      – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –:>)

  • rikyrah

    Shared Space at Heart of New York’s Heated Charter School Debate
    .
    By Nona Willis Aronowitz

    When Ginette Hernandez’s five-year-old son switched schools in November, she felt a palpable sense of relief. Her son, who has speech, behavior and developmental issues, had been struggling in his public school in central Harlem. Not quite potty-trained, the boy had accidents, and teachers didn’t have the time or training to clean him up. It seemed like every time her son had a meltdown, Hernandez got a panicked call at work.

    Things started looking up when the boy switched to the nearby Mickey Mantle School (P.S. M811), a special education public school that provides more individual attention. But a New York state budget deal struck in Albany two weeks ago has her afraid that her son will have to move yet again.

    The deal requires the city to provide rent-free space in public school buildings for charter schools — independently run public schools that receive less public funding than district schools and are subsidized by private donations. If the city can’t find room for charters inside public schools — an arrangement known as colocation — they must pay to house them elsewhere. The new law will also allot $500 more per charter school student by 2017.

    The decision grants unprecedented protections to charters, and stokes the often vitriolic debate over whether they offer a refuge for underprivileged kids from failing schools — or provide opportunities for a few at the expense of the larger public school system

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/shared-space-heart-new-yorks-heated-charter-school-debate-n82191

    • gn

      This is disgraceful.

  • rikyrah

    thanks to the twitter feed for this:

    Cenk Uygur Just Took $4-Million from a Conservative Source (but He’s Still a Better Liberal Than You)

    Chez Pazienza on April 16, 2014

    One of the pitfalls of running a for-profit media company that traffics almost entirely in one specific brand of political opinion is that your funding, and where it comes from, becomes especially relevant. If you spend all day espousing what you claim are strongly liberal views, then turn around and take a giant bag of money from, say, a former Republican candidate for president and governor of Louisiana who has worked against a woman’s right to choose and in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, people might accuse you of being a bit hypocritical.

    Just a little while ago the Young Turks Network announced that it’s inked a deal to get $4-million in seed money from a group run by Buddy Roemer. With the funding comes an option that could double the take for TYT, with the whole thing being made through Roemer’s private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co. Roemer himself is a pretty staunch conservative, despite having been a Democrat for many years and a late-career decision to try running for president as a member of both the Reform and Americans Elect party. In addition to his retrograde views on abortion and gay marriage, he also supported Arizona’s draconian crackdown on undocumented immigrants, is pro-torture, and is for the repeal of the ACA, saying that it amounts to government interference in healthcare. In other words, the guy is the furthest thing from a liberal.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2014/04/cenk-uygur-just-took-4-million-from-a-conservative-source-but-hes-still-a-better-liberal-than-you/

    • AxelFoley

      He wuz what we thought he wuz.

      • qosine

        Yep, retrograde, through and through.

      • rikyrah

        tell it.
        tell it.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Sooner or later, their true agenda is revealed.

      C.R.E.A.M. is real.

    • gn

      Well gee, a purity troll being directly funded by the far right. Who could have guessed.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      The only rubes that believed this leopard had changed his spots were emoprogs.

      • AxelFoley

        Speaking of which, I wonder what they got to say about this at DKos?

        • gn

          Half of that purity crew are probably Koch bros trolls too lol. It was so obvious. They’re probably mad at Cenk for disclosing his financial relationship to the far right.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – – –LOL – – – -DEY ON’T wanna DEAL with the –“TUFF STUFF” — LOL —Won’t THEY make GR8 LEADERS! — -NOT!
    – – —Republican presidential hopefuls steer clear of Nevada ranch fight – –

    – – – – -GOP presidential hopefuls are largely steering clear of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the federal government.

    The showdown, which left armed militia members and feds staring each other down last week, has captivated talk radio and cable news shows, turning Bundy into a conservative cause célèbre.
    – – -THERE IS MORE — – -LOL

    – – -☺WON’T – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyEE0qpfeig
    – –LOSERS!- – –LOL</b.

    • AxelFoley

      Chickenshit sonsabitches, LOL

      • jds09

        They can run but they can’t hide. Those folks will be hanging out in the town halls. lol

        • GreenLadyHere

          Jds09 – –***BIG fist bump*** LOL
          —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhcflDSUMvc

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —Good MornTinAxelFoley. :>) ***BIG HUG*** – –

        – – -**BIG fist bump***- –Their BIGGEST news annnd DEY RUN- —HAH!- –:>)
        –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhcflDSUMvc

        —-Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- – :>)

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      I love, love this Instagram, rikyrah!

      • rikyrah

        me too!
        It’s so Joe Biden..LOL

        • qosine

          LOL

  • rikyrah

    Benjy Sarlin ✔ @BenjySarlin Follow

    I repeat myself, but any argument GOP makes to Latino voters that Obama killed reform means trying to blame someone 70% of them voted for

    4:12 PM – 16 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah

    Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?

    Petty. Vindictive. Weak on policy. And yet she’s being hailed as the Republican Party’s great new hope.

    —By Andy Kroll

    | Wed Apr. 16, 2014 3:00 AM PDT

    As she likes to tell anybody who’ll listen, Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico, didn’t start out a Republican. She and her husband, Chuck, like most everyone else in Las Cruces, had always been Democrats. But she’d long dreamed of running for office, and when word got out that she had her eyes on the district attorney’s seat, two local Republican activists asked her to lunch. At the meeting, the story goes, her suitors didn’t talk about party affiliation or ideology. They zeroed in on issues—taxes, welfare, gun rights, the death penalty. Afterward, Martinez got into the car, turned to her husband, and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”

    It’s a tidy little anecdote, and Martinez has put it to good use. During her prime-time speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the biggest stage of her 18-year political career, the I’ll be damned punch line brought the crowd to its feet, getting more cheers than anything said by the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

    Previously unreleased audio recordings, text messages, and emails reveal a side of Martinez the public has rarely, if ever, seen.

    It’s not hard to see why the story is appealing: It suggests that Republican ideas can win over voters, perhaps especially voters who look like Martinez. If only those voters saw through pesky Democratic talking points like the “War on Women” and recognized what the Republican Party actually stands for, the logic goes, they would embrace the party. Just like Susana Martinez and her husband did.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/governor-susana-martinez-new-mexico-2016

  • qosine

    Breaking news!
    Putin told Snowden that Russia does not do surveillance on their
    own citizens. Wow! That settles it. I believe him unconditionally,
    don’t you? GTFOH

    • rikyrah

      Vladimir Putin was the head of the KGB.
      THE K-G-B!
      That’s the beginning, middle and end of any story you need to know about Putin.

      • qosine

        Exactly, rikyrah!! KGB = Putin = surveillance

      • AxelFoley

        Dontcha know? CIA/NSA =bad, KGB = good according to Greenwald.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I know Snowden believed him.

  • rikyrah

    The Daily Edge @TheDailyEdge Follow

    27,000 Americans will die in 2014 because of a preventable pre-existing condition: Their state elected a GOP Governor http://www.nationalmemo.com/report-27000-will-die-because-republican-states-refuse-to-expand-medicaid/

    12:19 AM – 16 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah

    where is my teeny tiny violin?

    that they actually published this?

    G-T-F-O-H

    ……………………….

    Why Rich People Feel Poor
    By Ben Steverman
    Apr 15, 2014 4:04 PM CT

    Spare a thought for the millionaires this week. The bill from last year’s tax increases has come due.

    The rich aren’t poor, of course, whatever their tax burden. An adjusted gross income of $389,000 puts you in the top 1 percent of earners in 2011, according to the latest IRS data. No telethons have been organized. No TV ads have been narrated by Sarah McLachlan. Even the House Republicans have been silent lately on taxes on top earners, as Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin notes.

    But put aside the tone-deaf rich and their caricatures in pop culture. Hold the class warfare. High-earning Americans who haven’t found the right dodge, or who live in high-tax states, get socked. They contribute more or less like their compatriots in other developed nations, with few of the perks.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-15/why-rich-people-feel-poor.html

    • qosine

      Oh, brother.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Woo, woo, woo! Woo, woo, woo!

    • MsKitty

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      Oh, how those making above 170K suffer. Those tax
      increases will just crush these job creators.

    • TresL

      Look at how sad and pitiful those poor, affluent people look. How will they make it? My heart just breaks for them. Boo fuckin’ hoo!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥’POU FAM♥ – —SOS Kerry will speak from Switzerland – — Soon.
    – –☺http://www.commercialappeal.com/photos/2014/apr/17/808827/
    – – — – -U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with EU foreign policy
    chief Catherine Ashton in a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing
    situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Geneva on Wednesday for the
    high-stakes diplomatic meetings with Russia, Ukraine and the EU.

    – –Lookin’ FORWARD – —-:>)

  • rikyrah

    Anyone watching the new Fargo tv series? I put it on the DVR.

    • qosine

      I’ve seen 1 episode, which drew heavily from the movie
      w/the accents, main characters, and lots of snow. But
      Billy Bob Thornton’s hit man plays a sly trickster, too
      insinuating himself into the lives of all kinds of people
      that he encounters. Good soundtrack, too. I’m interested
      in where it will go.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ — -From the “POTTY” of –FAMILY VALUES” – – –HAH!
    – – -Poll: Majority would not vote for McAllister – –

    – – – – -A narrow majority of voters in Rep. Vance McAllister’s (R-La.) district said the video of the married congressman kissing his former staffer would prevent them from reelecting him in November.

    An automated poll conduced by a small firm in Louisiana, Glascock Group, found 51 percent of voters there said the scandal would prevent them from voting for him again. However, another 49 percent said it would not keep them from reelecting the congressman. – —
    THERE IS MORE – —

    — –☺http://divadeesdiscussions.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/shaking-my-head-picture.gif

    – – – -☺He agrees —THIS time. :>) — -http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/attachments/game-room/128543d1342629798-things-make-you-shake-your-head-smart_guy_shaking_head_no_md_clr.gif

  • rikyrah

    A Nigerian terrorist group just kidnapped 100 girls to keep them from going to school

    Updated by Zack Beauchamp on April 15, 2014, 2:35 p.m. ET 

    The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world’s most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would an organization known principally for bombings and shootings kidnap a group of kids? Because Boko Haram’s opposition to educating girls is a core part of its ideology — and they think they can get something in exchange for the girls’ safe return.

    …………………………..

    Boko Haram will probably ransom the girls

    “Their goal is almost certainly to ransom [the girls],” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation of the Defense of Democracies who follows Boko Haram, told me. “Otherwise, they have chosen a target that will make everybody hate them. Killing [100] schoolgirls would be a huge PR hit even for some of the rougher jihadist groups.”

    http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5617256/why-a-terrorist-group-just-kidnapped-100-girls

  • rikyrah

    The whole world inexplicably loves Captain America

    By Zachary M. Seward @zseward
    April 8, 2014

    America’s greatest export is entertainment, and its improbable brand ambassador is now Captain America. The second installment of Marvel’s movie franchise is drawing huge audiences outside the United States, even in areas of the world that might ordinarily reject a jingoistic superhero clad in red, white, and blue.

    Captain America: Winter Soldier pulled in $107 million overseas this weekend, even more than its record-breaking $96 million draw in the US. It was the number one film in China ($39 million), South Korea ($20 million), the United Kingdom ($18 million), Mexico ($16 million), France ($12 million), Russia ($7 million), and Australia ($6 million).

    Russia’s enthusiasm for Captain America is particularly surprising given current tensions with the US over Russian encroachment in Ukraine. The film’s villain is a brainwashed Soviet assassin, and an agent played by Scarlett Johansson is a former KGB spy who defected to the US. At one point, she says she “called in some favors from Kiev.”

    http://qz.com/196387/the-whole-word-inexplicably-loves-captain-america/

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Mmm hmmm….

    @rolandsmartin: Y’all don’t want to miss @tvonetv #NewsOneNow today. GOP national chair @Reince Priebus makes his first appearance on the show.

    • jds09

      I’ll miss it, thanks.

    • TyrenM

      Yeah Roland, you can miss me with it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday Morntin’ Sepia♥ —**BIG –SUPPORTIVE – — HUG*** :>)
      – –☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbalteuL9J1qcjqew.gif

      – –Ewwww! – — –

      —C’MON — -“RoRo” — –STICK 2 Wha-chu KNOW!! –☺http://rolandsmartinbyverse9.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/rolandmartinascot.jpg

      – – –Sooo GOOD 2 C Sepia♥ :>) Continuin’ —2 – —
      ☺http://voicesofglass.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/pray_10773329_105222455_std.gif AMEN♥

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Thanks, GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia♥ – – -My Pleasure♥ — -**HUGS** :>)

      • AxelFoley

        This gif never gets old. LOL

        • GreenLadyHere

          AxelFoley :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    • AxelFoley

      Roland stay forever failing.

    • Kennymack1971

      Coon Train is coming…Coon Train is coming..

      • Alma98

        I had finally got that song out of my head and you kick started it again Kennymack lol. Ear worm extreme lol.

    • Miranda

      Damn…I rolled my eyes so hard I lost sight for a minute.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, jds!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG –Cali –HUG*** :>)
      —B BLESSED/SAFE/Enjoyin’ the Warm♥ — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥- — -Good SUPPORTIVE NEWS – –:>)

    – –Dems serious about Sebelius

    — – – –Democrats are dying to have Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius enter the Senate race in Kansas.

    – – –SNIP —–[Ignorin' the negativity :>)]
    —But Democrats say her candidacy would make Kansas more winnable, would blunt the problems ObamaCare poses to their party and would force Republicans to pour money into a red state.

    “I can’t think of a person who’s in a better position to defend ObamaCare than Sebelius,” said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist. “If she runs and she becomes a viable and serious candidate for Senate, that really throws a wrench into the Republicans’ playbook and certainly their narrative that there’s this kryptonite out there called ObamaCare.”
    THERE IS MORE – – –

    — HOPE they – -follow through! Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Gorgo The Black @FeministaJones Follow

    “Colorblindness” is psychological violence.

    “No, I don’t see you for who you are. I see you for who I need you to be to make me feel good”

    7:44 AM – 17 Apr 2014

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – —☺4 AG♥/Sepia♥/Families♥- –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9N57DcNWu8&feature=related
    – –AMEN♥ — :>)

  • jds09

    I love this week’s series. I just wish I could sit down and have coffee with these folks, ask questions and witness their magnificent minds in action. Thanks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ —-THE RICH GET RICH. . . NUTHIN’ SURER!—geesh!!
    – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ShHNF31xU

    Fired Yahoo Exec Worked 18 Months, Walks With $58M – –

    – – — Yahoo’s recently fired chief operating officer,Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job and wasn’t deemed worthy of the $540,000 bonus he was eligible for in 2013.

    — – -LOL – — I’ll APPLY. . . -☺http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.3440520.1327351193!/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/display_600/image.JPG

    geesh!!! —

  • GreenLadyHere

    –ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ — – – GOT –MILK? — :>)

    – –☺@BestEarthPix[Thank U♥]
    Just a super fluffy cow pic.twitter.com/KzKAV17ILo

    –“Mother Nature” —Very CREATIVE. :>)

    • Alma98

      Cool a cow with an afro! Morning GLH! Blessings to you and the family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Almaaaaaa. LOL — — Good 1. :>)
        —Is THAT a RED FLOWER in her hair?LOL

        • Alma98

          It sure is a flower GLH LOL!

        • EpiphanySweet

          No that is is a number tag. I have never seen a cow like that. I would still eat her tho. sorry not sorry….lol

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY EpiphanySweet. :>) ***BIG HUG**
            – LOL- -THANK U. — — -Actually – -that’s what I thought it was. :>) BUT – -I like lettin’ my imagination —RUN 2 da funny. :>)

            — -Good 2 C U. EpiphanySweet. :>)
            B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- –

      • Miranda

        HAHAHA! “a cow with an afro”

  • jds09
    • AxelFoley

      Oh, but MSN said Putin is winning.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT –FIRST —:>)
    – – —-☺April 17, 1823

    Arkansas jurist
    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gibbs
    became the nation’s first African American judge in 1873.
    From
    1850-1858, he served as U.S. consul to Madagascar.

    – – – -☺@BlackHistoryUS[THANK U♥]
    Mifflin Gibbs. Born April 17, 1823. The 1st elected African-American judge in the US. Art by EldenCreative #history

    – — -CONGRATULATIONS – –With PRIDE.♥ — RIHEP♥ AMEN♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXABDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – –EXCITING – –BLACK HISTORICAL NEWS :>) –A MUST C♥ – –Woo! Hoo!

    – –Never-before-seen African-American artifacts creating a buzz in Atlanta — –
    – – — - The nationally acclaimed exhibition, The Kinsey Collection, is in Atlanta for the first time since its inception.

    The exhibit at the Atlanta History Center is creating a buzz, in part because it features never before displayed artifacts, including the first edition of Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave.

    “A young man called me eight months ago about a stack of books his
    uncle had been collecting for 75, 80 years,” said philanthropist and
    avid collector Bernard Kinsey, who began the collection over 35 years
    ago, along with his wife Shirley.

    “We purchased these books about a month before the Oscars, really not thinking about 12 Years a Slave quite being so impactful. We got it because it’s really one of the first-person slave narratives that’s important to be in our collection.”

    Aside from Northrup’s harrowing memoir, which inspired the Oscar-winning movie, W.E.B Du Bois’s first edition copy of his groundbreaking book, The Souls of Black Folk, is also on public display for the first time ever.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE —

    Sooo ENCOURAGING. – – -Perhaps we should look around the houses of grandparents -4 BLACK HISTORICAL artifacts. :>) –

    • qosine

      EXCELLENT idea, GreenLady.
      Sooo ENCOURAGING. – – -Perhaps we should look around the houses of grandparents -4 BLACK HISTORICAL artifacts. :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Kanye West, Common Team Up With Chicago Urban League to Create Youth Jobs

    by Jamilah King
    Thursday, April 17 2014, 10:02 AM EST.
    This article is part of topic: Culture

    Windy City natives Kanye West and Common are teaming up with the Chicago Urban League for an initiative that they say will create 20,000 jobs for young people in the city.

    Chicago’s gun violence epidemic has been national news in recent years. Nearly half of the city’s 2,389 homicide victims between 2008 and 2012 were younger than 25, and more than 2,300 young people survived shootings last year, as my colleague Carla Murphy noted earlier this week when gun violence began in the city began to increase once again. Illinois also became the latest state to pass a law permitting registered gun owners to carry concealed firearms after a bitter fight that had victims of gun violence at its center.

    MORE: http://m.colorlines.com/archives/2014/04/kanye_west_common_team_up_with_chicago_urban_league_to_create_youth_jobs.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • gn

      I’ont like Kanye, but he definitely deserves a huge applause for that. & love Common!

  • MsKitty

    My sister had the biggest crush on Jermaine Jackson back in the day. I might send her this to ruin her day.

    https://twitter.com/TheDiLLon1/status/456795600852250624

    • Kennymack1971

      What the? Jermaine… Come on man.

    • rikyrah

      I just looked at the picture over at Luvvies and went
      W-T-F?

      • MsKitty

        OMG the comments. I’m still trying to catch my breath. People too funny for their own good over there.

    • jds09

      It’s a sad day, I was on Team Jermaine as well.

    • Joy

      I was all about Marlon…and then Prince came along. Sadly, some poor woman will find this look attractive.

    • AxelFoley

      What in the world?

      Looks like somebody did what they did when they did what they did to him.

      • Joy

        *chokes on cheez-its*

        LOL!

      • PBomb

        He looks awful. WTH is going on with his head and hairline?

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Rampart _______________

      • Daltex82

        _______________________________!

    • Alma98

      His whole damn head & face is greasy lol.

    • qosine

      Um.

    • Daltex82

      Oh I just remembered I need to get my oil changed this weekend. Thanks Jermaine.

      • Alma98

        LMAO!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – –The Obama administration on Thursday announced a $15 million program to help state, local and tribal governments build solar panels and other infrastructure to fight climate change.

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and White House counselor John Podesta announced the program at what the White House billed as a “solar summit.”

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    • qosine

      Alma! PBO’s investing in your suns. LOL
      SOLAR power.

      • Alma98

        LOL

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Pooty-Poot teels it like it is:

    “Mr Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy, I used to work for the
    intelligence service, we are going to talk one professional language,”
    Putin said, according to translation by state-run broadcaster Russia Today.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/edward-snowden-asks-vladimir-putin-about-russian-surveillance-n82806

    Not whistleblower, not hero to a generation, not public servant. Spy. When the former head of the KGB calls you a spy it’s game over. Pack up your delusions son along with your anti-surveillance pillows and come back home to take your medicine.

    • rikyrah

      DAMN
      Vlad busted his ass like that?
      LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      I want to see GG push back on Vlad the way he pushes back on anyone who calls his meal ticket Lil Eddie a spy.

      • gn

        GG don’t want none of Putin, that is for sure. He’s not about to say s-h-i-t. He saves his foolishness and hysterics for people like PBO who actually DON’T believe in abusing power and making retribution against political critics.

        • AxelFoley

          Matter fact, has GG even stepped foot in Russia? He probably saw what happened to Dan Choi and said fuck that shit.

          • qosine

            Yeah, he prefers his image projected on the big screen Big Brother style while safely ensconced in his gated community in Brazil, though didn’t
            fly in recently to cash in?

    • AxelFoley

      Shorter Vlad: You one of us, son. Don’t deny it.

    • qosine

      Vlad pulled him into a warm embrace of a fellow spy. Yes!!!

  • Joy

    Morning, everyone…have a blessed day.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Joy!

    • Alma98

      Morning Joy.

  • Alma98

    Wow over 80 comments already, let me see what happened lol.
    Morning everyone!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      It’s Thursday…yeah

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah, it warmed up a bit too.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Oh, to be on the beach!!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • GreenLadyHere

      —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeKIkvnAis
      Good Thursday Morntin’ Alma98. ***BIG HUG** —WOW&1/2! –SPECTACULAR colored Umbrella –SHADING the SUN’s ray. :>)- -Nice PIC- – -as USUAL. :>) – –THANK U♥ :>)
      —Good 2 C U. :>)

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      • Alma98

        Hey GLH waving at you!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – -LOL-***wavin’ back*** :>)

          Now where did I put that —“SuntanLotion”. — -J/k LOL

  • crazycanuck

    I’M FREE,I’M FREE, GOING TO STUFF MY FACE WITH DAIRY, WHEAT, SUGAR AND CAFFEINE LOL.

    • Alma98

      LOL…Morning cc!

      • crazycanuck

        Morning Alma

    • qosine

      Welcome back to “real” food!!!!

    • rikyrah

      one at a time, cc.
      don’t overload the system.

      • qosine

        True, true.

      • crazycanuck

        lol, I’m probably going to try and stick to it in some aspect. Maybe the dairy/wheat part.

    • AxelFoley

      She truly living up to her nym with the CAPS.

      LOL

  • rikyrah

    Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

    By JOSEPH BERGER
    APRIL 16, 2014

    It is a well-trod trail: Suburban youngsters enter their early 20s, leave their parents’ comfortable Tudors or colonials for the pizazz of the city, dawdle a few years until they find mates and begin having children and then, seeking more space and good public schools, move back to the suburbs and into their own Tudors or colonials.

    But that pattern is changing, or at least shifting. A recent report on the suburb-dotted New York counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk, based on United States census data, found that those young people seem to be lingering longer in New York City, sometimes forsaking suburban life entirely.

    Demographers and politicians are scratching their heads over the change and have come up with conflicting theories. And some suburban towns are trying to make themselves more alluring to young residents, building apartment complexes, concert venues, bicycle lanes and more exotic restaurants.

    Since 2000, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk have experienced a drop in the number of 25- to 44-year-olds, with the declines particularly sharp in more affluent communities. Between 2000 and 2011, Rye, for example, had a 63 percent decrease in 25- to 34-year-old residents and a 16 percent decrease in 35- to 44-year-olds.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/nyregion/suburbs-try-to-hold-onto-young-adults-as-exodus-to-cities-appears-to-grow.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I remember reading this a couple of years ago

      http://www.placemakers.com/2012/04/09/generation-ys-great-migration/

      They finally figured out it’s best to make the city livable then running out to the boonies where you have to drive to everything. That and they don’t seem to be suffering from that chronic condition of white flight (aka the Blacks are coming!) their parents and grandparents had.

      • Town

        Eh…

        Generation Y will move right back out to the ‘burbs as soon as their kids hit school age. It’s just a fad.

        Meanwhile the people who’ve been living there all along are priced out and have to move to the older, crappier houses in the burbs because it’s too expensive to live in the hood where they been living.

    • jziglar

      I thInk it’s because so many cities are improving, and this has been the case since the 2000’s and Millenials like myself prefer areas with great job opportunities, and a great social scene. Job growth has been heavily concentrated in the cities so it makes sense to live where the opportunities are. I moved from CT to New York City, and my sister who studies at NYU plans on living in either NYC or San Francisco.

      • TresL

        In some cities, it’s also much cheaper to buy a really nice home than it would be to buy the same home in a suburb.

      • qosine

        I’d love to live in the city – jobs, great social scene, public transportation, arts and culture, city parks. jziglar, I didn’t know you lived in NYC. Great!

        • jziglar

          Yeah I’ve been in NYC since 2006 when I decided to go to Pace University Manhattan campus. Since I lived in CT, New York was always close, so we would take weekend trips, and I fell in love with it.

    • jds09

      Just had a convo with a friend (Latina, early 30’s), she and her husband (white guy) decided to stay in a more urban diverse area of San Diego to raise their kids rather than move to the suburbs. After a lot of soul searching they wanted to raise their children in a mix of folks and go to public parks and magnet schools than have a yard and better school system. I wonder if that’s a trend.

      • TresL

        That’s an excellent point. Interracial couples may not want to endure or have their children endure the overt racism of some predominately white suburbs.

        • Alma98

          Or end up like GOP chick.

          • Town

            GOP Black Chick lived around enough diversity, I think she’s from the DMV and went to college in Richmond and in DC. If GOP Black Chick has decided to yuk yuk it up with racist white folks to put a coin or two in her pocket, it’s not because she wasn’t raised around enough diversity.

          • Alma98

            Ok ok don’t jump on me Town lol.

  • rikyrah
  • MsKitty

    Damn, just damn

    Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

    Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

    Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

    Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

    “They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

    The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

    It says the reason is because the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name adopted by the militant leadership.

    The leaflet then described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

    Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship bein g revoked “and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.” A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/

    • AxelFoley

      And so it begins…again.

    • qosine

      Oh, my God. This is terrifying.

    • gn

      Holy shit.

    • rikyrah

      REGISTER?
      W-T-F?

    • Kennymack1971

      No words…wow.

    • Miranda

      Where are all the pro-Putin folks now?

      • Alma98

        Yep, I’d like to know what GG and his cohorts think about this.

        • AxelFoley

          *crickets*

  • crazycanuck

    Someone needs to go check on Axel in the other thread. There is a strong possibility he is unconscious. Moderators?

    • qosine

      LOL LOL

    • AxelFoley

      You can’t let a man drool in peace?

  • qosine

    TennCare is our Medicaid system. So much fraud from
    COMPANIES, not patients. Pay up. Now EXPAND Medicaid.
    ….
    CRC Health Group to pay $9.25M in TennCare fraud settlement
    News release from attorney general’s office:
    CRC Health Group (CRC) has agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations of TennCare fraud related to its New Life Lodge Facility in Burns, Tennessee, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.

    The State alleged that between 2006 and 2012 CRC provided substandard services, repeatedly exceeded its state-licensed patient capacity, and caused third party pharmacies to bill the TennCare program for prescription drugs that New Life Lodge was obligated to provide to TennCare beneficiaries as part of their TennCare-paid per diem. The settlement is the result of a joint investigation between the State of Tennessee and the United States. The recovery will be divided between the state and federal governments with the State of Tennessee slated to receive approximately $3.4 million.

    “New Life Lodge accepted millions of dollars of TennCare funds with the understanding that it would provide necessary substance abuse treatment services to some of the State’s most vulnerable citizens,” Attorney General Cooper stated in response to the settlement. “Instead, far too often those operating the facility failed to meet their obligations by falling short of minimum necessary standards of care or using third-party pharmacies to double-bill the program.” ‘

    http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2014/04/17/crc-health-group-pay-9-25m-tenncare-fraud-settlement/#more-13933

  • Alma98
    • qosine

      Alma, they’re so sick and twisted w/hatred.
      They’re going down — and they know it.

      • Alma98

        They can’t seem to move on after they have lost. He lost his seat ages ago but he’s still hanging around looking for attention.

    • Miranda

      He will soon just flat out put on a white robe and hood to gain attention.

      • Alma98

        I think the media is responsible for these losers hanging around. They keep asking for their opinion when nobody else gives damn.

  • Miranda

    GOP Outreach…going swimmingly
    ————————–
    Texas Bro Figured ‘Boats ’N Hoes’ Was a Good Name for a PAC
    By Caroline Bankoff Today at 11:55 AM

    Now that Democrat and woman Wendy Davis is running for governor in Texas, you’d think that the Republicans down there would be extra careful to avoid using misogynistic language while going about their political activities. Not Shaun Nowacki! Nowacki is the bookkeeper for Blackmore & Associates, a GOP consulting firm that listed Davis’s opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, as a client from 1991 to 2004. Earlier this month, he established a PACcalled “Boats ‘N Hoes,” which is almost definitely a reference to the very vulgar song featured in Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s 2008 movie Step Brothers.

    Unsurprisingly, the state’s Democrats were critical of Nowacki’s choice of name — and they were not shy about pointing out his employer’s past ties to Abbott. (The firm’s founder, Allen Blackmore, is currently working with Dan Patrick, the GOP’s candidate for lieutenant governor.) “Texas Republicans say they want to reach out to women, to be more inclusive, but actions like this reinforce a pattern of disrespect,” said a Democratic Party spokesperson. “How can women possibly take the GOP rebranding effort seriously?” Though the PAC will be dissolved on Thursday, this is a case where the real question is, What rebranding effort?

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/texas-bro-named-pac-boats-n-hoes.html

    • Alma98

      SMH

  • rikyrah

    Brian Beutler: The Repeal Swindle Republicans are pretending to support Obamacare’s goals, but they don’t

    For years now, undeterred by an imposing level of conservative schadenfreude, a handful of us have argued that the introduction of Affordable Care Act benefits in January would flip the politics of Obamacare, and the GOP’s repeal platform would collapse.

    It’s April now and that worm is turning before our eyes, both on on Capitol Hill and in states across the country.

    Republicans have replaced an unabashed “full repeal!” mantra with a deluge of weasel words meant to conceal the fact that “repeal” is still the beginning and end of their health-care reform agenda. It’s still the goal—they’re just a little ashamed of it now. And that places an onus on Dems (and reporters and anyone else who believes politicians should own the consequences of their policies) to be extremely explicit about the benefits Obamacare is conferring, and what an unvarnished rendering of GOP health policy would really look like.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117402/republican-position-obamacare-makes-no-sense-anymore

  • rikyrah
  • GreenLadyHere

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