April 24, 2014

Friday Obot Link Review | Afternoon Open Thread

Can Willard Or Leroy Carry A Tune?? News: Last night at a campaign fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama took the stage, crooning a line from Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during his speech. After noticing soul crooner Rev. Al Green in the audience, Obama started, “I… I’m so in love with you,” showing that, while not quite up to Green’s level, our President definitely has some chops, particularly in the falsetto range. Read more and see video here.

It May Not Be A Masterpiece, But Money Talk$. Let’s Try To Get This To #1 So More Of Our Stories Will Hit The Big Screen News: “Patriotic,” “jingoistic,” “old-fashioned,” “corny” and “inspirational for teenage boys.” Those are the words of George Lucas, the executive producer of “Red Tails,” describing his whiz-bang action film about African-American fighter pilots in World War II on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” Mr. Lucas financed the $58 million movie, which the major studios didn’t want to touch because of the box office limitations of its mostly African-American cast. Read more here and see slide show here.
 
Rest In Peace News: Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and the wedding favorite “At Last,” has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73. She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said. Read more here.
 
Power Of The People? Or The Internet Companies? Either Way, This Is Good News: Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites. Read more here.

He’s Waaaayyyy Funnier Than Jon Stewart, He Should Be On For The First Half Hour News: Stephen Colbert is exploring the possibility of running for the presidency of the United States of South Carolina, and he has the poll ratings to take him all the way. If only he made the ballot. In what Joe Scarborough called “absolutely disturbing” but true, Colbert outranks the established GOP presidential candidates in a national Public Policy Polling on favorable opinion, launching his “candidacy” nationwide. Read more here.

Happy Friday POU family! Check out the links and come back to discuss. Here’s your Friday Funny….