December 20, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

toni elling

Toni Elling is a black American burlesque performer and said to be the inspiration for Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll. Elling was born Rosita Sims in 1928, and was one of the premier ecdysiast of her day. Her stage name Toni Elling is an anagram of her friend and mentor’s name Duke Ellington.

According to Elling, she had a friend named Rita Revere that was a dancer who encouraged Elling to give burlesque a try. In the beginning, Elling was insulted by the suggestion, but at the time she was working a dead in job and needed another source of income to support her family.

Elling had applied at least seven times unsuccessfully for a position with the telephone company. She was finally hired but found herself in a dead end job being constantly discriminated against and being passed over for promotions because she was a black woman. Elling had dreams of buying a four flat apartment building so she, her parents, her brother and sister would each have their own unit to occupy. She knew working at the telephone company would not  enable her to purchase the 4-flat property for her family.

20130823144656-indexSo in 1960 at the age of 32 when most dancers are hanging up their G-strings permanently, telephone operator Rosita Sims becomes burlesque dancer Toni Elling.

Elling got her shot at burlesque by being the opening act for Jackie Wilson at an upscale Detroit venue. She claims she was shy and had only seen two other dancers perform and she remembered what they did and just got on stage and “worked” it.  Elling not only performed in her native Detroit, but was booked in other cities such as: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and Hollywood. She rubbed elbows and considered Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. her friends.

In 1967, Toni Elling went international and went to the Exotic World competition for the first time. The event was being held in Japan that year, and according to Elling, she wasn’t just a black female, but Elling claims that was the only time she truly felt and was treated like a queen. She was originally booked for a 10 week engagement that ended up becoming a six month stay in Japan.

Elling was married once, but once she realized her husband was abusive, she quickly became “unmarried.” She never had any children. Even though she dealt with fragrant discrimination, disrespect and unsavory propositions, she always kept it classy and kept her head up. Elling stopped performing and making appearances around the mid 1970’s.

Recently, she has been brought out of retirement and can still be seen at various burlesque annual reunion shows in the US and Canada. Toni Elling resides in Detroit.

For a recent interview with Toni Elling:

http://burlesquedaily.blogspot.com/2007/08/interview-with-burlesque-legend-toni.html

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU. IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to PARTAY lol.

    • rikyrah

      Morning cc

    • goldenstar

      Good for you. Good morning.

      • Alma98

        lol

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    artnet ‏@artnet 2h
    NEWS: Brazilian artists & activist are being attack by military police during the World Cup http://artnt.cm/1nRv1lk

    • AxelFoley

      Where’s GiGi? Surely he must be speaking out on this.

      • Alma98

        Don’t make JC come for you lol.

        • AxelFoley

          LOL, I just posted this link on the lasted thread over there. ;)

          • Alma98

            heehee

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning.

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

    Jeremy Meeks: Gorgeous Calif. Man’s Mugshot Goes Viral [VIDEO]
    Jun 20, 2014

    By NewsOne Staff

    The Stockton Police department sparked a social media frenzy when they posted the mugshot of 30-year-old Jeremy Meeks on their Facebook page.

    The intense interest in Meeks, a convicted felon arrested on five felony weapon charges and one gang charge, has taken police officers by surprise.

    “I have not seen that many likes for a photo before,” said Officer Joseph Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.

    Early Friday morning, Meeks’ photo had amassed close to 40,000 likes, 4,300 and approximately 13,000 comments.

    http://newsone.com/3023365/jeremy-meeks-gorgeous-calif-mans-mugshot-goes-viral-video/

    • TresL

      I guess he’ll be getting lots of letters, photographs and marriage proposals during his prison stay.

      • rikyrah

        LOL

      • AxelFoley

        And that’s just from the guys in prison.

        *runs away*

        • Alma98

          LOL!

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

        He’s already married. Someone posted a pic of him and his wife on Twitter.

    • GOVCHRIS1988
      • Alma98

        LMAO!

      • TyrenM

        Excuse me while I wipe coffee off monitor.

      • Daltex82

        I.am.speechless.

    • Alma98

      These people are pissed at folks for finding him attractive. I can’t believe the media went to the prison lol.

      The news woman in the clip looks pissed she had to report on it. I think they’re pissed because some of those comments are from white women lol.

      • EpiphanySweet

        I aint gonna lie I find him to be beautiful to look at. Woosah!! The criminal thing is not good. He really should have done modeling.

        • Alma98

          LOL, ain’t nothing wrong with that EpiphanySweet, you’re human. lol

          • EpiphanySweet

            Yes ma’am. I just kept my opinion to myself..until now…lol

          • Alma98

            LOL

    • Guns3000

      And women wonder why they can’t find a good man. These “good looking guys” come out of jail and find women to leech off. When women get played by men like this they need to look in the mirror.

  • rikyrah

    First black ‘Phantom of the Opera’: Still a ‘glass ceiling’ for black performers

    by Chris Witherspoon | June 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Actor Norm Lewis made history last month, becoming the first African-American to ever star as the Phantom in the Broadway’s long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera.

    However, the 51-year-old Tony nominee says there is still a glass ceiling for black actors on Broadway.

    “You don’t ever see African-American men being the romantic lead [in Broadway shows],” Lewis told theGrio.com. “We’ve had a few guys that have played the romantic lead in Wicked, but you can’t really point out any romantic leads in a show, especially some classic shows that will show African-Americans.”

    Lewis garnered a Tony nomination for his role as Porgy alongside Audra McDonald in the 2012 Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess and most recently starred as Kerry Washington’s on-again-off-again love interest in ABC’s Scandal.

    “I’m known as the guy [Olivia Pope] kicked to the curb,” Lewis said. “My arc was done because I was too nice… I was too good. The audience wanted her to be a little bit more gritty and dirty. That’s why they love her affair with the President.”

    Up next, Lewis is producing a show at legendary Carnegie Hall honoring black history.

    The Black Stars of the Great White Way brings together Lewis along with several other Broadway legends, including Ben Vereen, Andre De Shields, Cecily Tyson, Phylicia Rashad, Savion Glover and Chita Rivera, to honor the achievements of black men on Broadway.

    The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream will take place June 23 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/06/19/black-phantom-of-the-opera-there-is-still-a-glass-ceiling-for-black-actors-on-broadway-norm-lewis/

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

      Lewis is the first Black actor to play the Phantom on Broadway, but Robert Guillaume from “Benson” was first Black actor to ever play the Phantom. I remember there was a lot of controversy about him being cast.

  • rikyrah

    There’s nothing wrong with Malia Obama using ‘connections’ for her ‘job’
    by Luvvie | June 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Malia Obama got her first job.

    She was a production assistant for one day on the set of Steven Spielberg’s new TV series called Extant starring Halle Berry.

    My first job was at a Presbyterian church’s summer camp, dealing with snot-nosed 6 and 7 year olds. But my parents weren’t the President and the First Lady of the United States. If they were, you better believe I’d be working as a professional side-eye giver at the Oprah Winfrey show. MAKE THAT CALL, IMPORTANT MOM!

    I am not mad at the fact that Malia’s first gig is way doper than most of ours, but some people are crying “nepotism” and criticizing the way she probably got the job. I’m here to say a hearty “AND SO WHAT?!”

    HELL YEAH, NEPOTISM (aka family hookups)! I am here for it, especially in this instance.

    Why shouldn’t POTUS and FLOTUS help their daughter get a cool job? Surely we don’t think Malia’s going to have that last name and still have to apply for stuff via LinkedIn like the rest of us regular people whose parents don’t rule the free world, right?

    Let’s talk about how white folks have been prospering for centuries off of family hookups You want to be upset at nepotism getting people into positions they might not have, then you better be pissed at the legacies of powerful families like the Kennedys and Bushes. You’re mad at Malia getting some one-day gig, but you’re not that upset at someone handing their brother a governorship or senator seat or whole companies. Ralph Lauren’s granddaughter is one of the faces of his brand as a model, Chelsea Clinton is running her family’s foundation (and getting paid $600,000 by MSNBC), and Jenna Bush Hager has no formal journalism training but has a job on the Today Show.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/06/17/malia-obama-first-job-spielberg/

    • goldenstar

      Luvvie swings the might sword of Truth.

    • Miranda

      Hell, half the folks I went to college with got their first jobs in high school via a uncle or aunt, or somebody Mama or Daddy knew.

      • Town

        It’s wrong when black people do it, though. It’s ALWAYS wrong when black people do it.

    • nellcote

      It was one day, does that even qualify as a job rather than hanging around the set?

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – – -GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

    REAL FAST: – – –A FOCUS on MR. PRESIDENT♥/FIRST LADY♥ –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – – – -The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All

    – – – — This week, America’s foreign policy is dominating the headlines, but it’s the White House’s second-term domestic agenda that’s the focus of this week’s Parade cover story. On Monday, June 23, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a Working Families summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for affordable childcare and paid family leave, raising minimum wage, and achieving equal pay for all. In an interview conducted by Parade Editor-in-Chief Maggie Murphy and contributing writer Lynn Sherr on May 20, the Obamas opened up about their personal connection to these issues and what they hope to accomplish during their remaining time in the White House.
    THERE IS MORE – —

    — –Goin’ 2 GET – -SEVERAL COPIES! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —-WHOA! — -This was a SURPRISE 2 C this article on – -“Marketwatch”. —-:>)[Part of the “PARADE” article]

    Obamas want daughters to get taste of minimum-wage life, and more must-reads- –
    ——President Barack Obama and wife Michelle want their
    daughters Malia and Sasha to get a taste of what it’s like to work for
    minimum wage. The president and first lady both worked minimum-wage jobs before they went to law school and tell Parade magazine they want the same sort of experience for their teenage daughters.
    As Reuters writes, President Obama has focused this year on issues including raising the minimum wage,now $7.25 an hour. Asked by Parade whether they want their daughters to work in “character building minimum-wage jobs” as their parents did, the first lady replies: “Oh, yeah. I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.”

    “We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to
    work, and getting a paycheck is not always fun,” the president says.

    THERE IS MORE — –

    – – — -The BEST FIRST FAMILY♥ —EVA♥- – :>)

    • qosine

      Yes!!!
      Oh, yeah. I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.”

      “We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to
      work, and getting a paycheck is not always fun,” the president says.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Friday MornTin’ jds09. **BIG –Cali- -HUG*** :>)
      Have a good day. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • nellcote

    Kasai™ ‏@Kahsai 23h
    He was Our Brothers/Sisters Keeper..Before we knew His name… pic.twitter.com/omfIveY5Jc

  • nellcote

    POLITICS
    2016 Pre-Campaign Leads to Squirrel-on-Squirrel Combat

    Allies of Hillary Clinton aren’t going to take the tauntings of a man in a giant squirrel costumelying down, so they’ve enlisted their own online arboreal rodent to fight back against the Republican National Committee’s, which has been stalking Clinton at recent stops on her book tour.

    Adrienne Elrod, the communications director for Correct the Record, the pro-Clinton group which created RNC Squirrel, said it seemed only appropriate to respond in kind. “A silly, squirrelly campaign by the RNC deserves an appropriate response,” she said.

    Correct the Record, a project of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge, was created to defend Clinton from Republican attacks. …

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/2016-pre-campaign-leads-to-squirrel-on-squirrel-combat-20140618

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Oh good God. Has anyone there learned ANYTHING from 2008-2012?

      • TresL

        Let’s hope not. LOL!

      • AxelFoley

        Seriously. All I can do is SMH.

        2016 is gonna be fun.

      • nellcote

        I hope all the candidates get furry animal spirits. Then have a fight club.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – –EVEN without a –Thank U —MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –CONTINUES his –“YEAR of ACTION” :>) —

    — -Obama Administration To Extend Family Leave To Same-Sex Couples

    – – – –The Obama administration announced that it would direct the Department of Labor to begin issuing regulations to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to same-sex couples, according to a White House official.

    After the Supreme Court’s struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, Attorney General Eric Holder and other members of the administration began to reviewing relevant statutes and laws to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples. The administration said that its extension of FMLA is simply part of that process. The new regulations will clarify that an employee is eligible to take leave to care for a same-sex spouse in the instance of an illness, regardless of whether that employee lives in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.
    THERE IS MORE — –

    THANK –U SIR♥ — -Annnd AG HOLDER♥ :>)
    – -NOW – — CAN THEY GET a a – -THANK U? – —hmmm. . .

  • nellcote

    ISIS puts out photo of members chillin’ with John McCain In Syria

    Isn’t it nice to know that the US government is talking out of one side of their mouths and doing the complete opposite on the other side? Remember in 2013 when John McCain made that trip to Syria to hang out with ISIS radicals? Now, ISIS is using that photo of them hanging with John McCain as propaganda for themselves.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqdYZ5BCAAE-HwF.jpg

    http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/2014/06/19/isis-puts-out-photo-of-members-chillin-with-john-mccain-in-syria/

    • rikyrah

      the innanets are forever
      BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • Daltex82

      This country should be beyond thankful that this fruit loop did not win the Presidency.

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

      Damnit man!

  • Miranda

    uh..ummm…can I holla at you for a minute?
    ——————-
    Exclusive: BofA asks Holder to meet with its CEO – sources
    BY KAREN FREIFELD AND ARUNA VISWANATHA
    Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:45am EDT

    (Reuters) – Brian Moynihan may be taking a play out of Jamie Dimon’s book.

    Representatives of Bank of America Corp have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with Moynihan, its chief executive officer, in an attempt to resolve differences over a possible multibillion-dollar settlement involving shoddy mortgage securities sold by the second-largest U.S. bank and its units, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

    Negotiators for Bank of America and the Justice Department have not met in more than a week and have no plans to do so after a flurry of meetings did not bring them close to a settlement amount, sources said.

    Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson and Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson declined to comment.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/20/us-usa-banks-holder-idUSKBN0EV0BV20140620

    • jds09

      See this is what happened….

      • qosine

        “I wouldn’t go there, buddy” — AG Holder

    • TyrenM

      But but PBO doesn’t do anything to Big Finance.
      Holder coming for a Moynihan!?! We’ll never have another Black AG.

  • Miranda

    Joe Walsh: I Got Booted From My Radio Show Simply For Using The N-Word!
    CATHERINE THOMPSON – JUNE 20, 2014, 7:02 AM EDT

    Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said he was kicked off his own radio show Thursday, apparently because he used racial slurs on-air while discussing the Washington Redskins’ name dispute.

    Walsh, a Tea Party darling who was unseated by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), hosts “The Joe Walsh Show” on Chicago’s WIND-AM. The former congressman live-tweeted his interactions with station management when they apparently began cutting to commercials each time he used a racial slur, including the n-word.

    Later he tweeted that he was taken off the air “until further notice:”

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joe-walsh-racial-slurs-redskins?utm_content=buffer86e06&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • jds09

      He prolly got booted for poor ratings. Nice attempt at a cover tho. lol

    • Worldwatcher7

      Good morning POU. The universe has afforded this fool incredible opportunities in life —to be a congress member and a national radio personality — and all he could think to do with these blessings is to insult and hurt people. Smh.

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    OK, I’m sure this was covered, I’ve been out of the loop a few days…but damn y’all! Who is the bad ass over social media for Harry Reid?!?!? LMAO! They are NO JOKE! They taking it to the streets!

    https://twitter.com/SenatorReid/status/479623656822542336

    https://twitter.com/SenatorReid/status/479619294708645888

    https://twitter.com/SenatorReid/status/479299157191315456

    • qosine

      YES!!! Badass is right! Harry Reid’s going after the Kochs
      like he did Mitt! This will end well – for US!

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    HAHA!!! Kevin Hart done burnt up Cloris Leachman. I might go see this when it come out.

  • Alma98

    Morning peeps!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥- – A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥ – -A FIRST/BIRTHDAY♥- – –

    – – –☺June 20, 1969
    Former tennis pro MaliVai Washington
    was born on June 20, 1969 in Glen Cove, New York.
    In 1993 he became the first black since Arthur Ashe to be selected for the U.S. Davis Cup Team.
    — – – – -In 1996, he became the first black man since Ashe to reach the Wimbledon singles final. Also that year, he became the first African American man to be named to the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team.

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

    — – — – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzeg_uIwrF0

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

    – – – – – – – ☺HE GIVES BACK: – –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu8Fy_akLAk

    – —CONGRATULATIONS–With PROFOUND PRIDE♥ :>)

    — – – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

  • nellcote

    pssst, Chuckie your mic is on…

    • Alma98

      uh huh, Because Patreaus is against Obama must have something on him, smh. Our media stinks

      • rikyrah

        they are such simple bitter bytches

        • Alma98

          I was noticing how they all look short and squat lol.

          • edp4bho

            And very wan.

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

      They’re like a bunch of gossipy school girls!

    • qosine

      When did this custom of lining up in front start?
      I see they’re trying to upstage the Press Sec.,
      the other reporters, and def the President. They
      bneed to stop. All they do is Blah blah blah

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

    See…I tried to be nice, but bum bitches like Prof. Crunk always gotta take it there:

    http://twitter.com/ProfessorCrunk/status/479959244909727744

    • TresL

      She is really stupid and obviously enjoying her 15 minutes of fame. It’s probably time to just ignore her silly ass.

    • AxelFoley

      SMH at this biscuit.

    • Alma98

      Really, you wanna go there no-neck?

    • Tunisia

      It’s about producing strong, productive men of color for society. Why do they think that everything is about getting a damn husband(although there is nothing wrong with that)? It’s about getting more men of color into college and into the workforce. This woman needs to do her research. Our communities need this initiative. We have a shortage of programs for boys of color.

      • Alma98

        She just can’t admit she’s wrong so now she’s derailing the convo.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Hoof MornTin’ Tunisia♥ ***BIG HUG** :>)

        — –***BIG fist bump**- – – -IMHO THIS –is NOT about all the tangential issues mentioned by her/supporters. —
        IT is about DISPARAGING MR. PRESIDENT♥ andd this was just an angle 2 do so. —

        They have done “little” 2 help GIRLS/WOMEN [they have given NO EVIDENCE] annd continue 2 do so[NOTHING.!!] —
        I feel sorry 4 her/them -’cause they have a DESTRUCTIVE PERSONALITY annnd SHE/THEY –hafta LIVE with THEMSELVES –DAILY —Eeeewww! – –***shudder***

        Good 2 C UTunisia. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

        • Tunisia

          GM GLH….

          You are correct. There are many organizations that have programs that work with girls(specifically girls of color). If these girls were so important to them then why haven’t they partnered with any of these organizations to help enhance/build better programs?? They are FOS, plain and simple.

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            STILL wonderin’ —What/who is the $OURCE of the $$$$$$$???
            — We’ll find out – —:>)

            – – -KARMA — -WILL GET the “W” – –TA-RUST! :>)

          • qosine

            Exactly.

      • itgurl_29

        They hate marriage, unless it’s SSM. Then they’re the biggest pro-marriage activists. And they hate Father’s Day, especially when it’s black father’s black honored.

      • gn

        Exactly, ICAM. MBK also came at a time in which we as a community watched as hatefulness and stereotypes about young black males were all over the airwaves due to the racist murderers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. I see MBK as one of the ways in which the legacies of those children are being turned into something positive, in which black boys are being told that they are valued and treasured, a message made even more beautiful because the dads of TM and JD are involved. Professor Crunk could not be more out of pocket with that statement. Really, all participants in this current attack on the program couldn’t be more wrong. Sad to have seen it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ – –BIG HUG*** :>)
      – — -Which-eva college/university GAVE her that degree —needta — -SNATCH it back annnnd NOT ADMIT IT. LOL
      She is and embarrassment!! – -geesh!!–

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥U♥/Family♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      These young men will become someone’s father someday. Is it so hard for us to wish that they would be financially and emotionally ready for that responsiblity. While I’m sure these Black women would like for them to be good husbands, they would equally be as appreciative for those young men to be good fathers for their grandchildren

      • qosine

        Exactly.

    • Miranda

      Sepia….I’m gonna lose my religion on his heifer. See….i’m trying to be nice, but I’m bout to take it there with this silly bitch.

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

        OK! I try to keep it classy out in them Twitter streets, but sometimes ya gotta call a dumb bitch, a dumb bitch.

    • Kennymack1971

      She’s not serious about a damn thing. This gratuitous cheap shot just reveals she’s mad that it’s Black Women that are checking her ass hard.

      • Miranda

        THIS

    • Tafr

      Serious question: Is she a real professor?

    • itgurl_29

      This whole #whywecantwait thing has crashed and burned and I love it.

      • nellcote

        I’m sure MHP will try a Heimlich maneuver.

        • itgurl_29

          And she’ll get read for filth by us Obots too.

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

            OK! She needs to let the S.S. Dumb Bitch sink on its own.

    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • gn

      OK did Ms. Lady just insinuate that defending MBK is just about us trying to line up some d-? Um. No. That’s so utterly f-ing insulting. Why does MBK have to be the repository for all of this psychodrama? And why now? The program’s been out for months? Why are they having this meltdown now (rhetorical question: answer is boredom and attention-seeking).

      • Tafr

        That is her telling on herself. Why in the world would you think of something like that? I mean that is so damn random, immature and just stupid.

        • gn

          Seriously wtf! It’s like, no I have not been dicknotized into defending MBK lol. This is some sole patrol stuff in terms of this “love” and concern for sisters feeling an awful like contempt to me…

          • itgurl_29

            Yup. We’re a bunch of dumb dickmatized broard raising dickmatized daughters. Blackademics hate black people. They use the same horrible racist sterotypes against us that teabaggers do. It never fails.

          • gn

            Thx, I was trying to remember the word—exactly: dickmatized women chasing after some penis…WOW.

            Professor Crunk, sister, pls choose one or more of the below, as soon as possible, just stop:

            http://catherinepooler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/stampin-up-have-a-seat.jpg

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

            Meanwhile, SHE’S the one begging to be included in MBK. Maybe SHE’S the one trolling for the d?

          • Kennymack1971

            They’re no different than RWNJs. They resent the Obamas and they hate the Black folks that love and support them. It’s pathetic.

          • AxelFoley

            *tears @ dicknotized*

    • Daltex82

      She losing it, she needs to concede and move on.

      • nellcote

        she seems to be succeeding in making this all about her

    • Tafr

      This heifer is crazy. I ventured over to her twitter to find out her profession. All her tweets on this subject are nothing more than sanctimonious bullshit. I don’t see many facts just her feelings. She has nothing y’all defeated her lol.

      • AxelFoley

        POU is heavyweight
        And STILL undisputed!

        /Onyx

        • Miranda

          Like Iron Mike in his prime!

      • Miranda

        I don’t know who the brutha was that turned her out and then dumped her but damn……………let go and let God.

        • Tafr

          LOL you are crazy.

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

          And get some batteries.

          • Alma98

            LMAO!

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            You KNOW this should probably her theme for the year.

          • Guns3000

            The toys even run from her.

          • Alma98

            LMAO!!!

    • qosine

      Lonely?

  • TyrenM

    Wow. To quote the beginning of “No Vaseline,” I see “The mother fuckin saga continues…” wwcw lol.

  • Miranda

    The time Donald Sterling tried to wreck Chris Paul’s marriage
    June 19, 2014

    Donald Sterling is such a repugnant being, he once tried to publicly ruin Chris Paul’s marriage.

    ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne has a pretty incredible piece on Sterling that is full of incredible details and insight about the man and his character. We really recommend you read the entire thing.

    One of the notable nuggets mentioned in the lengthy story concerns a party Sterling threw in 2012 to celebrate the Clippers making the playoffs. The whole story about the party is pretty funny, so we’ll include it below. The stuff about CP3′s marriage is just plain sad.

    From Shelburne’s story:

    In 2012, [Sterling] hired Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators for a party to celebrate the Clippers’ playoff berth. The Marilyn impersonator tried and failed to coax Blake Griffin and Chris Paul up on stage with her before seductively serenading then-coach Vinny Del Negro while everyone in the room watched. “It was awkward, to put it nicely,” Griffin says. “Vinny ended up biting the bullet for us there.”

    Later, Sterling brought Paul up on stage with him. He asked for a round of applause for the point guard who had elevated the franchise to a new level, then joked, “Why is this guy married? Look at all the beautiful women in L.A.” Paul’s wife was in the audience. He smiled uncomfortably and said, “Because I love my wife.”

    more here: http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/donald-sterling-chris-paul-marriage/233159

    • Alma98

      SMH

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

      Dude ain’t wrapped too tight.

  • nellcote

    Mika Brzezinski, Kate Bolduan, Norah O’Donnell to interview Obama

    By HADAS GOLD

    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, CNN’s Kate Bolduan and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell are each conducting interviews with President Barack Obama on Friday, the networks announced.

    Brzezinski’s interview with Obama will air Monday morning during “Morning Joe.” Excerpts of O’Donnell’s interview will air Friday night on “CBS Evening News” and the full interview Monday morning on “CBS This Morning.” and portions of Bolduan’s interview will air Fridya night, with the full interview airing Monday morning on “New Day.”

    According to MSNBC, Obama will discuss “news of the day and preview Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/06/mika-brzezinski-norah-odonnell-to-interview-obama-190789.html

    • Alma98

      Oh gawd!

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

        OK?! They’re gonna try their best to bait PBO. It won’t work tho.

    • nellcote

      I hate the way they ‘tease’ interviews almost as much as the way they pre-critique PBO’s speeches.

    • qosine

      For a President that “critique” every chance they get, they’re sure persistent – “some might say” desperate — to get an interview and boost their ratings the only way they can!

  • Miranda

    In case anyone missed it….these GOP govs keep getting busted one after the other………………..BENGHAZI!
    ————————-
    Prosecutors: Wis. Gov. Scott Walker in criminal scheme
    USA TODAY 1:33 a.m. EDT June 20, 2014

    Prosecutors claim Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a plan to illegally coordinate fundraising with an array of outside conservative groups to help him and several Republican senators survive a 2012 recall election, newly released records show.

    In the documents unsealed Thursday, prosecutors from five Wisconsin counties allege an effort by Walker and top aides to circumvent state law and raise money and plan spending by a dozen outside groups during the election.

    The prosecutors’ filings include a quote from an e-mail in which Walker tells Republican strategist Karl Rove that a top campaign aide, R.J. Johnson, was leading the coordination effort and praises Johnson’s work.

    more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/06/19/scott-walker-prosecutors-criminal-probe/10891057/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥- –Lookin’ BACK :>)- – —

    —–☺@Kahsai[THANK U♥]

    Kenya 2006 -Then-Senator Barack Obama plants a tree with Nobel Prize “Tree Lady”Wangari Maathai
    #throwbackthursday pic.twitter.com/F5IebFuxTW

    – –HE has HONORED people —ALL HIS LIFE♥:>) BLESS U♥ –SiR♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Look at his crisp, pressed suit w/burgundy tie.
      Fine, fine, fine. LOL
      #AlwaysWinning

    • qosine

      Look at his crisp, pressed suit w/burgundy tie.
      Fine, fine, fine. LOL
      #AlwaysWinning

      • GreenLadyHere

        La Qosine. :>) CO-SIGN. :>) – –

        I like the “lighter color suits”.- —:>)- –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

  • rikyrah

    lamh,

    you got me going to youtube to get clips of The Philadelphia Story

    • rikyrah

      and I told you, if I ever found a man who could walk into the room as Cary Grant does at the end of this scene, I’d marry him…LOL

      • rikyrah

        • rikyrah

      • rikyrah

  • Miranda

    You can best believe this man was given the official ok from the White House to kindly tell Issa and crew to go royally fuck themselves – wish I could see video when he said he wasn’t apologizing for shit.
    ———————————
    IRS chief denies a cover-up
    By Bernie Becker – 06/20/14 09:58 AM EDT

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Friday denied that his agency is covering up Lois Lerner’s emails and told Republicans his agency has nothing to apologize for.

    “I don’t think an apology is owed,” Koskinen said at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    The hearing quickly grew heated, with Republicans audibly gasping when Koskinen said that Lerner’s crashed hard drive — which kept her archived emails — had been “recycled and destroyed,” something the commissioner said was standard procedure.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/210040-camp-insinuates-irs-cover-up#ixzz35CEPCGvK

    • nellcote

      Paul Ryan has a meltdown on the clip they’re showing.

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHA!! I WISH I could have been there!

        • nellcote

          the hearing will be up on cspan.

  • Miranda
    • TresL

      These people are sick and obsessed and I wish them all that they deserve and more.

    • nellcote

      I feel pretty confident that these christianists are going to hell.

      • TresL

        Amen!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Ok, now thats just nasty in all senses of the word. And childish as all hell.

    • qosine

      Ugh

    • edp4bho

      Won’t extend the view but I’m with the others. They are headed to hell, and I’m ecstatic.

    • MsKitty

      Jesus would totally approve.

      (/snark)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -TWEETIN —TRUTH —-

    – —☺@CallOut4[THANK U♥]

    GOP and Rubio: very confident humans don’t cause climate change, but have no evidence http://thkpr.gs/1liU78G pic.twitter.com/ZYg2pkdNvj

    – – – –***smh** – –☺http://stupidevilbastard.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/the-stupid-it-burns.jpg

    • qosine

      GreenLady, they evidently didn’t get your VISUAL climate change course. Ever consider a national teaching seminar? LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        La Qosine. :>) LOL- YA MEAN –LIKE THIS???
        — —-☺http://www.skepticalscience.com/images/_core/other/Warming_Indicators.gif

        – – –Lemme think about it. :>)

        • qosine

          I love it, GLH! This is what I’m talking about!!
          So clear, memorable, and above all — FACTUAL!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL- – – –La Qosine – —-***HUG*** :>)

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

    WELP! When the WH tells you not to runteldat to the media, they mean it! #YallGonLearnToday

    White House Threatens To Cut Out LGBT Groups After Report
    posted on June 20, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
    Chris Geidner BuzzFeed Staff

    WASHINGTON — The White House is threatening to cut LGBT groups out of the conversation following a BuzzFeed report on the federal government’s treatment of married same-sex couples.

    “Apparently one or more of you chose to ignore our request regarding the embargoed nature of this evening’s meeting,” Gautam Raghavan from the White House Office of Public Engagement wrote to an undisclosed group, referencing BuzzFeed’s Thursday night report, which followed a Thursday meeting the White House held with LGBT organization leaders.

    “Moving forward, we will no longer be able to brief any of you in advance of major decisions or developments,” he wrote.

    MORE: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/white-house-threatens-to-cut-out-lgbt-groups-after-report

    • AxelFoley

      SAAAAAALAP!

    • Miranda

      That’s what they get….told you to keep your traps closed…but nooooooooooooooooo…had to go yapping. Now you’ll be doing this:

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5CfrYaKNaVs/Th5w89AJfOI/AAAAAAAACGs/XeVZO8QjRXw/s1600/ontheoutside.jpg

      • Alma98

        LOL

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

        LOL!

      • AxelFoley

        LOLOLOL

    • jds09

      That doesn’t sound like a threat to me, but a statement of fact. These headline writers need to use their dictionaries. lol

      • qosine

        Yep. Break the embargo; no more advance briefings. That’s the way “embargo” works.

        “Apparently one or more of you chose to ignore our request regarding the embargoed nature of this evening’s meeting,”

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—BWAHAHA —-BETTER- —The NIGHTMARE -Team: – –

    – – –☺@NoShock[THANK U♥]

    The medias Republican 2016 “Dream Team” of candidates pic.twitter.com/5vVcUQH8k5

    – —-☺http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121228051736/glee/images/3/30/You_are_a_loser.gif —-SPEAK TRUTH!! LOL

    • jds09

      The first commenter nailed it….Jeb is the father of Stand Your Ground Laws and is married to the NRA. Can’t make this up folks. lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – -jds09 —***BIG fist bump***

        – – -As he ALWAYS says —☺http://media2.giphy.com/media/TZKFBveHtquAM/giphy.gif

        • qosine

          Confession: I had a crush on Spock, watching reruns. Loved his logic, his human moments, and his ears, GLH. LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            La Qosine – –***BIG fist bump**

            — – -Loved his logic, his human moments,. . :>)

    • qosine

      #Unwinnable

    • qosine

      #Unwinnable

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

      Slay on, Obamas! Slay on!

    • qosine

      Wow!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -JUSTICE –I$ —$ERVED – —:>) – –

    – – – -AP Source: Settlement reached in ‘Central Park Five’ case
    – – —New York City has agreed to a $40 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed against police and prosecutors by the five men exonerated in the 1989 Central Park jogger attack, a city official said Friday.

    The official has direct knowledge of the agreement but wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about it and therefore spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

    A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department declined to comment. The deal must still be approved by the city comptroller and a federal judge.

    The $250 million lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago on behalf of five black and Hispanic defendants convicted in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park a year earlier.

    Each served six to 13 years in prison. Their convictions were tossed in 2002 after evidence emerged linking someone else to the crime.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement that the proposed settlement signifies “a monumental victory” for the five young men and their families.
    THERE IS MORE- —-

    – –BEST WISHES – –2 ALL♥ —-A BLESSING —WELL-DESERVED♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—JUST HEARING —57 Nigerian Girls HAVE BEEN RETURNED.- – [219 Remain Missing]

    • nellcote

      returned or rescued?

  • rikyrah
    • Alma98

      I love that pic! They exude confidence, just love it!

    • jds09

      Anybody know anything about the portrait in the background? I’m thinking that some shade is involved.

    • AxelFoley

      They some bad foke!

    • edp4bho

      I detect that PBO stands tall as a man, alongside his wife who is a strong woman. Her strength never emasculates him, and his manliness never diminishes her as an equal partner and a woman. I sense it in the overall body language. They are completely in sync. Oh, to be so blessed….!

  • Miranda

    Well looky here….McAuliffe not playin with you mofos!

    McAuliffe Defies GOP: We’re ‘Moving Forward’ With Obamacare Expansion
    DYLAN SCOTT – JUNE 20, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said on Friday that he planned to act administratively to expand Medicaid in his state under Obamacare, defying the Republican-controlled legislature that maneuvered to block him.

    The specifics of McAuliffe’s plan aren’t clear. But he vetoed an item in the Virginia budget Friday that would have required the legislature to approve any expansion and asserted that he planned to “move administratively” to expand coverage to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.

    “We are very encouraged,” McAullife said at a news conference. His administration “has several options that we’re looking at, but we’re going to provide health coverage to our citizens,” he added.

    McAuliffe’s unexpected announcement comes after months of drama over Medicaid expansion in Virginia. The state government had been barreling toward a shutdown after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a budget because of their disagreement on the issue.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcauliffe-virginia-medicaid-expansion-administrative

  • nellcote

    Who leaked healthcare info to Wall Street?

    On the evening of April 3, 2013, the Wall Street Journal published a striking investigative piece: shortly before federal officials announced good news for private insurers regarding Medicare payments, those companies’ stocks jumped. It appeared that some investors had benefited from inside information, possibly in violation of insider-trading laws.


    Prosecutors are gathering evidence for a grand-jury probe into whether congressional staff helped tip Wall Street traders to a change in health-care policy, an indication the long-running investigation has entered a more serious phase.

    Public documents show federal law-enforcement officials and the Securities and Exchange Commission are seeking records and other evidence from the House Ways and Means Committee and a top congressional health-care aide, Brian Sutter, staff director of the committee’s health-care subpanel.

    The SEC has subpoenaed the House committee and Sutter, a top aide on Rep. David Camp’s (R-Mich.) panel, and the Justice Department subpoenaed Sutter to appear before a grand jury. It’s not clear whether that appearance has already taken place.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/who-leaked-healthcare-info-wall-street

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -GR8 NEWS!! – – –
    – – -Tracy Morgan released from the hospital- –
    – – – – -Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident, his spokesman said Friday.

    The former star of “30 Rock” is showing signs of improvement, but has a long road to full recovery, – spokesman Lewis Kay said in an email. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the June 7 accident.
    THERE IS MORE- —

    —PRAYERS —WERKIN’. . . . :>) —CONTINUE 2 IMPROVE. :>)

    • Alma98

      I wish you continued good health and a full recovery Tracy.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – — -AMEN♥ annnd AMEN♥ :>)

  • jds09

    I’m liking this new press deputy. I see some promise.

    • qosine

      Hey, jds. Good to know! I’ll start tuning in.

  • Alma98

    heehee

    White House Af-Am Ed
    @AfAmEducation
    Join #AfAmEdChat on June 26~ 9amPT/12pmET discussing supporting women & girls success in education ~ Don’t miss it! pic.twitter.com/WIf9Jy1LiW

    • Miranda
      • AxelFoley

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • AxelFoley

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • gn

      The claim that the WH is unconcerned with women and girls was always a lie. What a shameful episode.

      OT, sorry all I’m not done ranting: I wrote downthread that MBK is also a reminder to young black males that they are very much so valued, in light of the message sent by the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis media spectacles otherwise. Along with so much else, MBK is a vehicle by which the dads of those two boys are countering hatred. To troll this, to pit male against female…it’s just shameful.

      • Town

        Professor Crunk made them do this chat, you know.

        • gn

          lol right, of course, she “changed the narrative” how could I have forgotten?

        • gn

          Looking at the chirpstory (thanks so much for compiling!), where is she getting this:
          https://twitter.com/ProfessorCrunk/status/479960262363987970

          No one is saying anything like this at all, what in the world?!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma – —LOL- -HAH! — -A DOUBLE!!! – –:>)

      — –☺http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/neverhft/58983906/65025/65025_600.gif

      – —-2 Da MIGHTY —

      –☺http://fancyoatmealblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/nene-leakes-bam-gif-300×216.gif?w=300

      – —KARMA – –On DA MOVE!! — – –HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -YES! – –Ms. VALERIE – – -has MORE –IMPORTANT WERK 2 DO !!—–:>)

    – – -White House: Election boosts immigration- –
    – — – –The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday.

    Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform.

    “There’s a change in leadership obviously with Cantor’s loss and so we have an opportunity with a new team in place in the House to act,” Jarrett told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday.

    President Obama believes “this summer is a pivotal opportunity for us to get comprehensive immigration reform passed through the House,” she added.
    THERE IS MORE—–

    – – –THANK U —Ms. Valarie. . .- -U DO GR8 WERK!! – –

    — -[READ — -“Anti-“MBK” Krew!!] –

    SPOKEN by a POWERFUL – -BLACK WOMAN!!!– -

  • GreenLadyHere

    —-PBOMB♥ —HONORING Your SERIES :>)

    – —- ☻Ms. Toni Elling- -STILL GOIN’ —after a L8 Start – -:>)

    ————-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ue5mYY-gs

    – – —THANK U PBOMB♥- –Learned a lot from this series. :>)

    – – –☻- -ENJOY♥ —http://www.buzzbrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IMG_9573-1024×682.jpg

    – –B BLESSED♥- — -:>)

  • gn

    No matter any disagreements here or there with the POTUS, I 100% without a single solitary doubt see this brother as one of the most ride or die uplifters of black women and black girls on the planet. He never misses a chance to uplift, ever.

    For some people to have reached the point at which any initiative or overture or helping hand to black males is seen as an insult or affront or taking something away from black women and girls is to me counterproductive and flat out a waste of everyone’s time. It’s divide and conquer.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ GN. —***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – -THIS:- –>It’s divide and conquer.
      A PITIFUL — ATTEMPT- —WHICH was an —EPIC FAIL! – —HAH!

      The ONLY thing that was – -“divided”[SEPARATED OUT –in this case]— –was an IL-LOGICAL woman annnd her minions!! – –

      Annnd THAT was a – –GOOD THING!! —- – YES!!

      Oh. –By her “DIVISIVE” actions — -The “PRESIDENT OBAMA “SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN – —GALVANIZED annnd STRONGLY SOLIDIFIED!! :>) – —
      – – –KARMA 4 the “W”!!– – –

      Good 2 C U. GN. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • gn

        Preach GLH! Hugs back to you and thanks for this positive comment. :-)

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) — GN. ***smiles @ U** – —My Pleasure. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- —We can CONTINUE 2 HONOR —MS. RUBY DEE♥ – —

    — – —☺http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/nytimes/ruby-dee-condolences/171351658?eid=85637127#sthash.QohOD7p0.dpbs

    – —RIHEP♥ —http://i9.glitter-graphics.org/pub/1530/1530009g4tz9sbbum.jpg

    — – —-☺HONORING U BOTH♥-♥– -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASCGxhJu02w&list=PLh4FrDT5rX01I_h7x3HpXA9wm1vuY6agW AMEN♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —TWEETIN’ — –TRUTH♥ — :>)

    – – —☺@140elect[THANK U♥]- –

    Obama steered America away from a Second Great Depression and now he’s avoiding a Third World War. pic.twitter.com/7CuE59Fjr5 #UniteBlue

    WE the MEDIA♥- –Join U. :>)