October 25, 2014

Friday Afternoon Thread: The Legacy of Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating a new American sound andsetting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With “You Send Me”in 1957, Cooke became the first African-American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and pop charts. It was risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing “the devil’s music” — but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers.

His smooth songs and sophisticated phrasing influenced artists from Al Green to Alicia Keys. And Cooke’s legacy reaches far beyond music boundaries. Spike Lee featured ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ in his film Malcolm X, and the same song inspired President Obama’s speech. Who else besides an American Master can make such claims?
 
Cooke’s career was tragically short, but meteoric at every stage. From early childhood, his silky, soaring voice electrified the congregation at his father’s First Baptist Church in Chicago. By the age of 19, he became lead vocalist for the popular gospel group the Soul Stirrers, heard in churches and jook joints and nightclubs all along the Chitlin Circuit, from Chicago through the South to LA and back again. He redefined the genre and became gospel’s first iconic and, ironically, sexy superstar. Women began to flock to concerts to experience Sam, not Jesus!

Professionally, things continued to come easily to Cooke. “You Send Me” went gold, selling over a million records, and was followed by “Soothe Me,” “Feel It,” “Bring It on Home to Me,” “Wonderful World,” “Cupid,” “Twistin’ the Night Away” — all of which hit the charts within a two-year period. In combining two worlds, his constant challenge was to sing meaningful lyrics with the fervor of gospel and the romance of pop. He came closest with “Chain Gang,” observed and written during the civil rights era, and with the poignant, biting lyrics and melody of “A Change Is Gonna Come” in 1962, fashioned out of the depth of personal pain and loss.

Sam Cooke accomplished what no other black performer had ever even attempted, founding his own music publishing and record label, opening doors for and writing material for other artists — mentoring Aretha Franklin and launching Otis Redding. He had the courage to take an open stand against racism, refusing to perform at a segregated venue in the South and garnering the support of Dick Clark. His story ends abruptly at the height of his success when, at the age of 32 in 1964, he was, inexplicably, gunned down, leaving a profound legacy filled with extraordinary talent — and all the questions about what might have been.

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  • isonprize

    uh yeah. Sam Cooke? Twice on Sundays…

  • Miranda

    Administration officials say ‘Obamacare’ website will be much improved in December
    by Perry Bacon Jr.
    November 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Obama administration officials say the website HealthCare.gov,
    which users throughout the country struggled to navigate for much of the last two months to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, is gradually improving and will meet President Obama‘s goal of having a site that works for the majority of users by December 1.

    Administration officials say the media narrative of a broken website
    is outdated, and the woeful initial rollout of the health care law is
    over and a new phase has started in which most Americans who log on to get health care are able to do so.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/11/29/administration-officials-say-obamacare-website-will-be-much-improved-in-december/

    • qosine

      Of course, it’ll be ready.
      Millions will sign up.
      Millions will vote.
      For life.

    • nellcote

      How hard can it be even Boner signed up.

  • Miranda

    Nerdy Wonka@NerdyWonka4m
    Video: POTUS & First Lady Michelle Obama with @Fast4Families activists for immigration reform http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KMQ00wCjZs

    • nellcote

      I hope the Village press corpse was there in great number taking their own photos.

  • Miranda

    Rooting for Failure
    By TIMOTHY EGAN
    Published: November 28, 2013 541 Comments

    I just spent 15 minutes on my local health care exchange and realized that I could save a couple hundred dollars a month on my family’s insurance. Of course, I live in Washington State, which has a very competitive market, a superbly functioning website and no
    Koch-brothers-sponsored saboteurs trying to discourage people from getting health care.

    California is just as good. It’s enrolling more than 2,000 people a day.New York is humming as well. And Kentucky, it’s the gold standard now: More than 56,000 people have signed up for new health care coverage — enough to fill a stadium in Louisville.

    This is terrible news, and cannot be allowed to continue. If there’s
    even a small chance that, say, half of the 50 million or so Americans
    currently without heath care might get the same thing that every other advanced country offers its citizens, that would be a disaster.

    But not to worry. The failure movement is active and very well funded. You probably know about the creepy Uncle Sam character in ads financed by the Koch brothers. Sicko Sam is seen leering over a woman on her back in a hospital exam room, her legs in stirrups. This same guy is now showing up on college campuses, trying to get young people to opt out of health care. On some campuses, he plies students with free booze and pizza — swee-eeet!

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/opinion/egan-rooting-for-failure.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131129&_r=1&

  • Miranda

    An Education in Equality (Video)

    Filmed over 13 years, this short film presents a coming-of-age story of an African-American boy who attends an elite Manhattan prep school.
    http://nyti.ms/16VQcLF

  • GreenLadyHere

    -GOOD AFTERNOON -Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ – – – -THIS – -BROTHA –had done sooo MUCH – -as a MUSICAL ARTIST – -in a VARIETY of GENRE. – Miss him sooo much. :>)

    — —Miranda♥ – –THIS: – -Sam Cooke accomplished what no other black performer had ever even
    attempted, founding his own music publishing and record label, opening
    doors for and writing material for other artists
    — mentoring Aretha
    Franklin and launching Otis Redding.
    — -THANK U♥ 4 – –FEATURIN’ him –via your – –FAB MUSIC VAULT. :>)

    – – -POU FAM♥ — ENJOY the REST of your day. :>) – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -Some ENCOURAGEMENT ifff U R goin’ shoppin’ :>) —

    — -Small Business Saturday: Shop small and make a big impact on black small businesses this holiday weekend- -:>)

    — – -Just like that, the holiday shopping season has arrived — quicker than you could ask for more turkey. While megastores and online retailers are serving up another year of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, mom-and-pop shops are strategizing to get black consumers off the couch over the weekend. Sandwiched in between those two shopping days is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.

    Now in its fourth year, Small Business Saturday (founded by American Express in 2010) has aggressively recruited and engaged black entrepreneurs to participate in the annual event in order to benefit from the holiday season sales spike.

    It is also an opportunity for black consumers to shop smart — not only in terms of savings, but also in a way that is community-based and socially conscious.
    THERE IS MORE —-

    A THOUGHT: – – -ALL these people – –goin’ –$HOPPIN’. — -WHAT doe$ thi$ –MEAN??$$$$$$ – – —

    —– THEY have – – ☺-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gORHxX58Avw :>)

    THEREFORE – —The ECONOMY is somewhat BETTA. :>) – –
    :>) – –YES! – – –☺http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif

    – – – -☺THANK U MR. PRESIDENT♥ – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -Continuin’ — 2 SEEK – — JUSTICE – – —–DELAYED -[1944] —-***smh*** [14 trs old; --like Emmitt Til]

    – – -Lawyers continue push to clear George Stinney’s nam

    – – – -The events leading to the execution of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., began in the tiny mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

    In March 1944, two white girls, ages eleven and seven, were beaten to death while picking wildflowers along the railroad tracks separating
    the white and black sections of town.

    THIS: – -Shortly afterward, authorities arrested George Stinney, Jr., and claimed he gave an oral confession.

    “Their bodies were found in a creek bed in this general area and they
    had been brutally murdered,” said George Frierson, a local historian.

    His family was run out of town, and Stinney was tried for murder in this courthouse packed with whites only.

    Ray Brown, who’s producing a movie about the Stinney case, says the real killer got away and the trial was a sham.
    “It’s a situation where he clearly was railroaded, you know, there was no evidence. Nobody could find anything.”

    THERE IS MORE- – —WATCHIN’ —

    – –A TYPICAL EXAMPLE of —“JIM CROW” – in FULL OPERATION.
    — -Wishin’ them SUCCESS – -on BEHALF of ALL – –PRIOR/PRESENT/FUTURE – – -IN-justices!! – —

    – -RIHEP –CONDOLENCES 2 ALL. AMEN. — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -Mr. SOUZA –Y’ALL: – – -Da BEST :>) —

    — –☺https://twitter.com/petesouza/status/406541558775693312/photo/1

    – – – — -The President and First Lady today w Fast for Families participants bringing attention to immigration reform
    — -THANK U 4 CAPTURING — –their –“KINDNESS” – –annnd “KOMPASSION”. :>)

    – -WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS —FIRST COUPLE♥ -♥
    — – -BLESS U♥ – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –TWEETIN — -TRUTH –[annd KINDNESS :>)] – –

    — – – -@lacasablanca
    RT @fast4families President Obama, @FLOTUS & the fasters today: “it’s not a matter of if, but of when” #Fast4Families pic.twitter.com/lOQW2VIQVQ

    – – – –BEST wishes 2 the families. :>) – – – -THANK U♥ —FIRST COUPLE. ♥ :>)

    • qosine

      I’m SO GRATEFUL everyday for our First Family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Qosine :>) – – –A -***-BIG -CO-SIGN!!*** :>)

        [ALWAYS luved your "handle" ]- – -

        • qosine

          Thank you, GreenLady
          Double ***HUGS***

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT :>) – –

    – —☺• November 29, 1908 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., pastor and politician, was born in New Haven, Connecticut.; – – As chairman of the Coordinating Committee for Employment in Harlem, he
    organized mass actions to increase job opportunities for Black workers.
    In 1941, he became the first Black person – elected to the New York City Council;
    . . . Powell was also instrumental in passing legislation that made lynching a federal crime and desegregating public schools. Powell published his autobiography, “Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.,” in 1971.

    –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE2m4SNDy0U

    — —Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Documentary on Like it is
    – – -A POWERFUL –PRODUCTIVE –“WARRIOR – In “Da STRUGGLE” –:>) — – THANK U♥ – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – –FROM: –Mr. BOB — -CARTOON – — TRUTH! —-

    – —Unmitigated Disasters</a. —
    – – –POWERFUL – –SLAMS!! —HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –BU – -bu – – -BUT –dey took his case —-PRO BONO: – LOL
    —–Though he and his fellow defense lawyers took the case pro bono, he said after all the money issues are settled, he’d like to be paid something.
    State statute on acquittal fees prohibits Florida from paying for
    privately secured counsel. So any pay for the lawyers’ services would
    likely come from money they are seeking to recoup from prosecutors.
    – – – -LOL —DEY — -REALLY – –LO$T!! – -HAH! — –

    George
    Zimmerman’s $2.5 million debt is entirely in legal fees – See more at:
    http://www.blacklegalissues.com/ARTICLE_DETAILS.ASPX?ARTCLID=ea71d611a5&cat=Legal#sthash.aW0FNIcl.dpuf

    • qosine

      Hey, but you got that gig on TV, O’Mara.
      That’ll pay your bills, right?
      Hope you 2 never get paid and Z ends up in prison.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL –Qosine – – -Wonder –“How’s THAT werkin’ 4 him??” – – -HAH! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- — -SAD NEWS — —

    – -We Remember: Radio Legend Jerry Boulding Dies at 75- –

    – – -It’s with an extremely heavy heart that ALL ACCESS must report the untimely passing of our beloved friend, Urban/UAC Editor, JERRY BOULDING, following a short term illness,onTHANKSGIVING evening (11/28). JERRY was 75 years young. He is survived by his wife MAGGIE O’HARRA BOULDING, son AARON and granddaughter SAGE of LONG BEACH, CA.

    MAGGIE BOULDING remarked, “JERRY was a very special man. We’ve always known that but we really found out when JERRY became ill. So many folks spoke of him as their mentor. The outpouring of support was amazing. Thank you all so much.”
    – –SNIP – —
    — -“JERRY also developed HEART & SOUL, the first Urban format for satellite delivery. He later went on to run MCA RECORDS’ Black Music Division, co-founded ‘BLACK RADIO EXCLUSIVE’ and later founded ‘URBAN NETWORK MAGAZINES,’ eventually joining AMERICAN URBAN NETWORKS as SVP/Entertainment Programming. He then joined ALL ACCESS, and continued his consultancy specializing in network syndication and ratings analysis for major market stations including KJLH/LOS ANGELES.

    THERE IS MORE – —- – – —

    – – –☺http://www.allaccess.com/urbanizing/archive/17860/holiday-hookup
    — – – –Urbanizing – -By Jerry Boulding
    – — -The Radio Doctor

    — — -“Holiday Hookup” -

    – – -RIHEP — -With APPRECIATION♥ —CONDOLENCES 2 ALL. AMEN

  • Miranda

    Media alert:

    ABC World News@ABCWorldNews1h
    A look at @BarbaraJWalters’ exclusive interview with Pres. Obama and the First Lady at 10 p.m. ET on @ABC2020: http://abcn.ws/1iZY4Rz

  • Miranda

    Alistair MacDonald@macdonaldajm22h
    @CBC admits it paid taxpayer’s money to @ggreenwald for access to Snowden’s documents but won’t say how much. #NSA #NSAFiles #cdnpoli

    (Canadian Broadcasting Corp in case anyone (like me) goes “WTH?!?! These negros done lost their minds!” thinking its the Congressional Black Caucus)

    • Alma98

      LOL!

    • crazycanuck

      LMAO

    • qosine

      LOL!!

    • gn

      Nothing but grifters and thieves.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- — -a TRAGEDY —in Scotland –
    — -Helicopter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub[No word yet on injuries]- –
    – – -A helicopter crashed late tonight into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, leaving the building littered with debris and emergency crews scrambling to the scene. Photos taken at the scene showed a helicopter smashed into the roof of The Clutha pub. Emergency workers can be seen near the pub’s door. There were reports that people may have been trapped inside, but they could not be immediately confirmed.
    THERE IS MORE – — – – –CONDOLENCES 2 all. — -

  • TyrenM

    Hey all. I’m through. Bro man bet not move again before all his kids are grown. Imma need to run to store for some Epsom salt. I’ll be soaking tired bones and down early tonight. Can’t wait for Grambling-Southern tomorrow…Battle of the Bands!

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — -TyrenM. :>) – – -***BIG HUG** :>) —

      – —YA DONE an ACT of —“KINDNESS”. :>) —Good on U.:>)

      – — -ENJOY [From 2012] —
      – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL4nhUGSYIM –[LUVIN' some --"DRUMLINE" :>)]

      — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGeLofAgjpE

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -MS. JOY-d’ANN[ihilator] —GOES HARD —IN ON –da HATAS!! – — WHEW LAWD. :>)

    – – – -Obama, GOP and political cruelty – –

    – – –As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one thing is clear: We are living in an age of strange and persistent cruelty, and our politics is making things worse.
    In Washington, where lawmakers are taking yet another break from a Congress that has been the least productive in a generation, three truths have ground the entire governing project to a halt: Barack Obama exists.

    And because Barack Obama exists, Republicans have deemed that nothing of substance will pass the House of Representatives. And by ensuring that nothing of substance will pass the House of Representatives, Republicans hope to regain power, so that they can ensure that nothing of substance passes the Senate, either.
    – – – -SNIP — –
    – –Therefore Republicans are gleeful that one method of accessing that lifesaving care, the Healthcare.gov website, has had a tough rollout.
    Those on the far right (which increasingly is the only right) are just
    as gleeful — immorally so, in my estimation — that some 5 million
    Americans will be locked out of Medicaid coverage by the dispassionate political calculus of their Republican governors.

    THERE IS MORE – —

    – —HOWEVA: — – -THIS line:- – -<iThe president has come very late to this realization. — –***fangernails on a chalkboard***

    But it’s clear that he finally understands just what he’s dealing with in the opposition party, which whether motivated by unbridled Obama hatred or simple cruelty and lack of interest in the plight of fellow Americans who are struggling, is determined to end his presidency here and now. — —

    IMHO: – – –MR. PRESIDENT PRECISELY SEES —annnd he –PRECISELY CALCULATES —WHEN he will ACT annnnd RE-ACT. – — – —Jus’ sayin’!!. . . .

    • crazycanuck

      And he’s always known what they are all about.

      • GreenLadyHere

        crazycanuck :>) – –***BIG –BIG fist bump*** :>)
        –I really cain’t abide THAT kind of statement. —IT’s like givin’ up MR. PRESIDENT 2 the enemy — -with a CHEAP point!
        – – -HE KNOWS!! – – -annnd even ifff he di-int – — I wouldn’t tell it.!!! – -***tsk*** – -***smh** –vigorously!!

        THANK U cc. :>)

    • qosine

      This makes want to scream!!!
      Where’s the insight? Where’s the loyalty?
      I can’t imagine two people — FLOTUS and PBO —
      who are MORE aware.
      “—HOWEVA: — – -THIS line:- – -The president has come very late to this realization. — –***fangernails on a chalkboard***”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY –Le Qosine –http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff250/evacita77/BowingSmiley.gif – -***BIG HUG**

        —***BIG fist bump*** –

        –I was good ’til I got 2 –THAT LINE. — WHEW LAWD!!

        I need some recovery time. LOL http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af215/bowierocks/whew_fanning_smiley_zpsf931a6de.gif

        — –Where’s the insight? Where’s the loyalty?
        IMMA ax’ her ifff she was AWARE of the impact of THAT single line. — [When I calm down]. :>)
        – –Good 2 C U. “Qosine”. – – -**bowin’ as I exit.** -LOL

        • qosine

          I know, I’m reading along, and then BAM!
          Le Qosine:)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Qosine: LOL — -YA MEAN —LIKE -THIS?- –http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/newtlaws/cci.gif
            – – – -RESPECTFULLY – –:>)

  • crazycanuck

    This is what Disqus has been doing lately, Notice anything?

    • TyrenM

      Your comment has swallowed jzig and hers has a new font. What’s that about?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -WAY-ELL. — —WONDER ifff – – -VOTES R a consideration? — —

    – –Congressional Democrats Take a Stand and Defend WalMart Workers on Black Friday- —
    – – –Congressional Democrats are lending their support to Walmart workers Black Friday action, and demanding that the company pay a living wage and stop trampling workers’ rights.

    In a statement Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives JanSchakowsky (D-IL), Judy Chu (D-CA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Jim McDermott (D-WA) said,
    – – — -SNIP- – —
    – — – -We stand with the courageous Walmart workers who are demanding better wages and an end to illegal retaliation. Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, has a responsibility to their employees and our country to respect workers and their rights. No one should have to fear losing their jobs just for speaking up.

    THERE IS MORE — –

    ALSO – – – -CONTINUE 2 STAND –WITH – – — MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

  • TyrenM

    Michelle cutting off Barbara bitchassness!

    • GreenLadyHere

      TyrenM – –I’m in the wrong time zone. DANG. :>)

      • TyrenM

        If this is her last show before she rides off into the sunset…so be it. I won’t say anymore (sorry west coasters), just know you can turn after 1st 1/2 hour.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL TyrenM -:>)–THANK U 4 the “heads-up”. – – -:>) – – -

  • qosine

    Hi POU fam!
    I hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving!
    I MUST go back to the gym tomorrow:)

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – -Le Qosine. :>) – –

      U – -WERK -IT —Gurrrrlllll –:>)

      http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac14/girlee_girl/sport/bth_1136f2.gif :>) – – -

      • qosine

        LOL. Oh, you’re good for me, GreenLady.
        Visualizing!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – –Qosine :>) – –I’m such a — VISUAL learner. :>) Can U tell?? – — -LOL – –

          • qosine

            I am too, GreenLady!

          • GreenLadyHere

            – -LOL – — ***UP –HIGH*** — -http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

            Guess we’re — -“related” :>) – –

  • TyrenM

    This Baba Wawa is a fakeout. 20 with first couple. 30 talking about everybody else. Back to GLH Battle of the Band videos below.

    • conlakappa

      So what did Babs do this year? She is probably smug about the annual get. The interview, not a Semitic term.

      • TyrenM

        Try to lame-duck him (glitches glitches glitches…) act like their parenting isn’t the most important job they do. As mentioned downthread, if they stay in Washington, it will be for the kids not political bs. Yeah, she can go.

        • conlakappa

          Thank you for the recap. She is a treat, that one. Her daughter has talked about her not knowing how to boil water and we know it was career first. She strikes me as one of those Jurassic Era women who has to remind you about how tough she had it, which she did in how she was treated on the Today set and by Harry Reasoner, but that was work. Not daily life. She came from privilege.

  • conlakappa

    The husband and I went to see 12Years today. It was a hard movie but well acted and beautifully, thoughtfully shot. Interesting that there were so many non-American actors.

  • qosine

    Guess what year? Sound familiar?
    1. Today the pure food and drug laws are universally acclaimed as a vital safeguard to our people’s health. But when it was before the Congress in 1904, a Republican Senator proclaimed that in terms of “paternalism and socialism, I do not think I ever heard a proposition inside the walls of this Capitol that was to my mind as monstrous as this.”

    2. Today the Federal Reserve System is used by both parties as the most important instrument of combating inflation and depression. But in 1933, Republican leaders attacked it as “revolutionary, socialistic, and dangerous.”

    3. Today prohibitions on child labor are accepted as a vital protection for our youth. But when these laws were first proposed Republican leaders attacked them as “socialistic in origin, philosophy, and associations.”

    4. Today the Fair Labor Standards Act, with its guarantee of a decent minimum wage, has become an established feature of
    the American economic System but in 1937 a leading Republican Congressman warned that “if you pass this bill * * * gone with the wind is our democratic system of government and all the institutions we hold dear.” Other Republicans attacked minimum wage as “communism” and the “road to economic hell” – 93 percent of the Republicans in Congress voted to kill the bill calling for a 25-cent minimum wage and the Republicans have opposed every increase in the minimum wage ever since.

    5. Today the Social Security Act is regarded as the most important and beneficial single piece of social legislation in American history.
    But in 1935 a Republican congressional leader warned that “this bill * * * threatens the integrity of our institutions and to pull the pillars of the temple down upon the heads of our descendants.” Other Republicans called it a “cruel hoax” that would enslave American workers – 99 percent of Senate Republicans voted to kill social security in 1935, the Republican presidential candidate in 1936 called for its repeal, and the Republicans have opposed every increase in benefits ever since.

    5. There are a host of examples. When they were first proposed the Republicans said that the Federal protection of securities would “Russianize everything,” that the Federal Farm Loan Act was “socialistic,” that the U.S. Housing Act “will eventually create communism and chaos,” that TVA was patterned closely
    after one of the Soviet dreams and would * * * leave a tremendous debt for the taxpayer to pay,” . . . .

  • rikyrah

    An Education in Equality
    By Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson September 23rd, 2013

    Filmed over 13 years, this short film presents a coming-of-age story of an African-American boy who attends an elite Manhattan prep school.

    http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000002460625/an-education-in-equality.html

  • rikyrah

    A very powerful article.

    From Esquire‘s Tom Junod and Mark Warren, a tale about fighting cancer, being brave because there’s no other choice, and the dubious honor of having a fly created in your genetic image:

    On May 7 of this year, I received a Facebook message from a woman named Stephanie Lee: Hey Mark, I found that I have colon cancer today. I go for surgery Thursday morning. Please keep me in your prayers.

    http://www.esquire.com/features/patient-zero-1213-2

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – – -FIRST: –https://www.kleenex.com/images/products/Facial%20Tissues/Everyday/upright80/EncircleLime.jpg

    — -NOW —THIS is INSPIRING –:>) —
    – — – -Heartwarming moment teenage footballer, 18, scores touchdown just months after emerging from coma – –

    – — -Just three months after Kenbriel Hearn emerged from a coma, the 18-year-old football star scored the mostmemorable touchdown of his life.

    The senior at Memphis High School suffered two strokes caused by a bleeding mass on his brain and spent three weeks on life support.

    By the time he awoke this past summer, his 5ft7 frame had withered from 160lbs to 112. He was paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk or talk.

    His football season was the last thing on his mind.

    Once regaining the ability to jog, Hearn found himself back in pads when his coach asked him to suit up for the Cyclones’ final home game. He figured he was on the sideline for moral support, but unbeknownst to him, both coaches had arranged for a special moment to highlight his road to recovery.

    With Memphis trailing 35-0 in the final minute, Hearn was sent into the huddle and given directions to take the handoff and go.
    He jogged 48 yards to the end zone, where players from both teams cheered him. He briefly knelt to pray as his mother, Tammy Henderson, looked on, tears streaming down her face.

    THERE IS MORE — – —
    – – –:>)– Not sure that I woulda let him back on the field iff I was his mother. BUT – –WHAT an INSPIRING — YOUNG MAN. – -BLESS U♥ — with continued RECOVERY. AMEN

  • Miranda

    Its 12:35 am est….and my Mother found another box of the Xmas door knob hangers she bought over the summer so I had to replace the ones I hang earlier on every darn door in the house. My brother said this has to be considered child abuse.

    • crazycanuck

      LOL

    • qosine

      I’ve been loving your stories about your mom, Miranda!

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL Miranda. – – -PLEASE pass THIS 2 your BELOVED Mother♥: – – -http://hotdamncharlotteann.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/trophy.jpg?w=490

      – –B BLESSED ♥ – -:>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -WATCHED — “THE INTERVIEW: – – – -The OBAMAS 100 – – – -BW – –Some POINTS! – – -LOL —

    – -- LUVIN’ – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ :>) – – -Woo! Hoo!♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    -Dear POU FAM♥ -Wishin’ U a GOOD NIGHT. :>). MAY U HAVE – -BLESSED SWEET DREAMS.♥ -♥ – – –
    – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT.♥ :>) – -AMEN
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