April 23, 2014

Monday Open Thread: African American WhizKids

Good Monday Morning Obots!

This week we will spotlight incredible children and teens with talents and achievements that will leave you speechless.

Chelsea Dock

Chelsea is a gifted, thirteen-year old classical pianist that has been identified as a child prodigy. Chelsea began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 1/2 under the instruction of Eugenia Betman, a Russian, classically-trained teacher. She is also a straight A academic student. Recently, Chelsea’s art work was chosen out of 800 entries as part of the Public School Arts exhibition contest. Her piece, along with 45 other winners, was on display at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Chelsea is a humble yet fierce competitor. She began competing and winning piano competitions at the age of 5. Chelsea has been a winner in her last 10 straight competitions.

In addition to Chelsea performing in competitions, Chelsea has already performed at a variety of major venues: Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Rutgers University, S.O.B.’s, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the CMA’s which was televised by the ABC television network. The Country Music Association’s Music Festival is held once a year in Nashville and is the most prestigious event in Nashville. There Chelsea performed at the LP Stadium in front of 60,000 fans with the Grammy Award-winning duo “Big and Rich”.

Chelsea has participated in benefits and fundraisers such as The Governor’s Arts Awards (televised on the Metro Channels), a Tsunami Benefit in Baltimore, Hospital Audiences at Brooklyn College with Melba Moore, a Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rutgers University, New Visions at the Pierre and Waldorf Hotels in New York, and many Church functions.

With great honor, Chelsea performed at the Empire Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York on January 16, 2006 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s observance. This performance was televised on the Metro Channels.

Chelsea has been featured in several publications such as Newsdays City Life, Outstanding African-American Students, and National Geographic.

  • GreenLadyHere

    -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG** :>) – - – -WHAT an EXCITING THREAD –A – FOCUS ON the CHILDREN!! – –Woo! Hoo! – -
    ALSO – - -2-DAY –MR. PRESIDENT WILL ANNOUNCE 2 ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS. :>)- -

    ——-☻THESE CHILDREN R — -AMAZING!! —Woo! Hoo! —

    — —– – -☺Annnd THEY HELP OTHERS with THEIR TALENTS: –Chelsea has participated in benefits and fundraisers such as The Governor’s Arts Awards (televised on the Metro Channels), a Tsunami Benefit -in Baltimore, Hospital Audiences at Brooklyn College with Melba Moore, a Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rutgers University, New Visions at the Pierre and Waldorf Hotels in New York, and many Church functions.

    ———YOUNG – - -GIFTED – –annnd – –BLACK – -Sooo PROUD of ALL. — – — - —-THANK U miranda :>) – -

    —–☻Obama rounds out cabinet with EPA, Energy picks — -
    ——— -President Barack Obama will announce on Monday his intent to nominate air quality expert Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy, a White House official said.

    The long-awaited announcement will come as Obama fills out his second term cabinet. At 10:15 a.m. EST (1515 GMT) the president also plans to announce his choice of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of the Walmart Foundation, to become director of the White House budget office.

    — – - -WATCHIN’ – - – –BEST WISHES. – —

    ENJOY YOUR TREAT annnd — -HAVE A BLESSED DAY♥ –:>) – –

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

      Let the EmoProg and EmoNegro whinefest begin!

    • goldenstar

      Am watching the announcement live and that Moniz really has that Frederick Douglass ‘do down!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — —WHA’!???? — — -THIS ARROGANT — -STOOPID PHOOL!! – — -

    — –Sanford Asked Ex-Wife to Run His Campaign

    - ——Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) told New York magazine that he wanted his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, to run his congressional campaign.

    “According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend. So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal. ‘Since you’re not running, I want to know if you’ll run my campaign,’ he said. ‘We could put the team back together.’”

    “Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasn’t going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.”
    —Annnnd – - – - -THEN he said – ———->LOL

    — — -I hope she – –SAAAAA-LAPED —him!!! LOL —

    • goldenstar

      There seems to be a surfeit of Republican candidates who reside on a planet other than Earth despite walking among us. They are so..weird.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ GOLDenstar. ****BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — ——- – - – —They are so..weird. — -

        —-***fist bump*** —-”PARALLEL UNIVERSE” —LOL – -

        Perhaps there needs 2 B an IMMIGRATION POLICY 4 them !!—THEY R the TRUE FOREIGNERS!!!- –:>) –

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) – -

        • goldenstar

          There ya go. They need proof that they understand some key terminology around here: fairness, equality, constituent, Constitution, you know the rest…

          • GreenLadyHere

            AMEN- — -GOLDenstar!!- – -LOL

            - — Annnnnd THEY should- – -STAND IN LINE annd WAIT THEIR TURN! LOL

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

      This mofo got nerve!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – — I KNOW –HUH!? — -geesh!! – -:>) –

      • Miranda

        See, this right here is why I miss Richard Pryor and his variety show because no way SNL will do that justice! I dont even think In Living Color could do that the justice it needs!

    • MsKitty

      The balls on this one. Marky Mark really does think it’s his world.

    • Admiral_Komack

      “But according to the profile in New York magazine, Mark Sanford still wanted his ex-wife to play a prominent role in his new campaign bid.”

      “According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend. So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal. “Since you’re not running, I want to know if you’ll run my campaign,” he said. “We could put the team back together.”

      Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasn’t going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.

      “I could pay you this time,” he said.

      http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mark-sanford-approached-ex-wife-about-running-congressional?ref=fpb

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        You cheeky chub.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Admiral. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        - – - -**fist bump***—-I SAVED THAT LAST LINE- —LOL.

        Guess he believes that WIMMEN– -R his PROSTITUTES!!- -
        geesh!!!- —

        Good 2 C U Admiral. :>) — -

        • Admiral_Komack

          “Guess he believes that WIMMEN– -R his PROSTITUTES!!- -
          geesh!!!- —”

          -I think that’s exactly what he believes.

          • GreenLadyHere

            - — ***Smiles @-chu*** :>)- -

      • TyrenM

        Mark done went Mystikal on her: Stop your crying heffer. I don’t need all that. I got a job 4 ya….

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Jenny must be one of those Stepford women because the women I know would have pistolwhipped him for that one. Really?!

      • Town

        “Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasn’t going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.”
        ———-

        Jenny told him “Hayle Naw” (that’s what “told him, in so many words” means). Jenny Sanford is by no means a Stepford woman b/c if she was sloth looking Sanford never would’ve asked her to run his campaign. He recognizes her gangsta for leaving him high & dry on the Appalachian trail.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GOVCHRIS1988. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —–***fist bump**- –LOL— -I KNOW — -HUH!? — – -

        Wait til his – -”NEW FLAVA o’ da WEEK”- — – -READS THIS!! LOL!!!- –
        -***hidin’ behind my desk.*** :>)- –

        – — —-ONLY IN – -’merica!! . LOL- –

        Good 2 C U- – -Govchriss1988. :>) — -

      • Aquagranny911

        Some I know might have stripped him naked & staked him out in the desert…just saying…

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Enjoy your day!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -Woo! Hoo! – –Ms. OPRAH – -is —GOIN’ 2 HARVARD —

    —–Oprah To Deliver Commencement Address At Harvard – -

    ———Television personality and entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University this spring, the school’s newspaper reported Monday.

    She will speak May 30 at the “Afternoon Exercises,” which doubles as the school alumni association’s annual meeting. -

    Harvard made the announcement Monday in a statement from its president that was posted on the Harvard Gazette:
    THERE IS MORE. — —–LOOKIN’ FORWARD – —>:>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —VERY SAD INCIDENT —

    – -‘Miracle Baby’ in NYC Hit-and-Run Dies – -

    ——– –The “miracle baby” who survived the Brooklyn hit-and-run that killed his parents yesterday has died, CBS New York reports. Nachman and Raizy Glauber were en route to the hospital around 12:30am because Raizy “was not feeling well,” a cousin tells the AP. Raizy was just seven months pregnant, and her son, delivered via C-section, weighed only four pounds. He was to be named after his father and raised by relatives and neighbors in the Glaubers’ close-knit Orthodox Jewish community. “Now that little boy has been torn away as well,” says a community leader.

    The Glaubers had called the livery cab service because they didn’t own a car. It’s not clear whether the driver, Pedro Nuñez Delacruz, had come to a complete stop at the intersection. The BMW that broadsided the livery cab did not have a stop sign, the New York Post reports.
    THERE IS MORE ———RIHEP – - -2 ALL. AMEN

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

      Mornin’ GLH and POU!

      Aww…that’s so sad! RIP Nachman, Raizy and Baby Glauber.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Sepia —-***BIG HUG*** :>)—

        – —***joinin’ U —head bow*** – - -AMEN —CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/SYMPATHIZERS —***raises hand*** —

        Good 2 C U Sepia. :>) – –Have a good day. :>) – -

  • TyrenM

    Good Morning POU,
    I believe the children…
    Have a good day all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-HEADING: – –U! –AIN’T! – - -NEVA! – - -LIED!! — -

    ——-They Can’t Let Go of the Southern Strategy – -

    - ——-Romney yesterday:
    ROMNEY: We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations, and that was a failing, that was a real mistake.

    CHRIS WALLACE: Why do you think that was?

    ROMNEY: Well, I think the Obamacare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated, particularly among lower incomes. And, uh, just didn’t do as good a job in connecting with that audience as we should have.

    President Obama and the Democrats helped people — all people — to, you know, not die due to losing their health insurance. Also, he helped people to not go bankrupt when they become sick or injured. Somehow this is regarded as an electoral bribe to poor minorities. You’d think, however, that Romney would give up the Southern Strategy flimflam since he’s not running for anything.

    - — —-NOW -TWITT’s – GOIN’ PUBLIC with his —47% -slam –GEESH!! ——RACIST – –PHOOL!! — -

    —-[Gotta "bounce" early. Sorry. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY♥ :>)]

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it again:

      President Barack Obama put a stake through the heart of the Southern Strategy.

      he made the south ELECTORALLY IRRELEVANT.

      Willard won 60% of the White vote- and it DID NOT MATTER.

      HE GOT HIS ASS KICKED.

      THEY – and I mean ALL of them (the GOP, their co-conspirators in the media) are still in shock.

      • jds09

        And I love the fact that he had to say “white vote”. It’s a subset now, not the default description of “the voter.” Next step…the “white woman vote” not the “woman vote.” All the talk of Hillary running will clear up that piece of business too. lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        - —-Said in his BESTEST- — SOUTHERN DRAWAL-[as he watches the video]- —

        - —-“WHAT SOUTHERN STRATEGY- –Y’ALL???”- - —HAH – — -

        - — -YES!- — -THIS is a- –GLOAT!!- –LOL

        Good 2 C U rikyrah. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        “President Barack Obama put a stake through the heart of the Southern Strategy.”

        Gone are the days when a Prez needs to “win the South” to get elected. The South made themselves “IRRELEVANT”

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

    That “2520″ is so creative!

    But if I hear/see a 2520 say 14977518, we gonna have a big problem.

    • MsKitty

      When I saw the definition I fell out. Hilarious.

      • dannie22

        whats the definition? ive been out the loop

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
        • Aquagranny911

          What I read:

          25= Y (25th letter of the alphabet)
          20= T (20th letter of the alphabet)

          Thus: YT=White

          I think there may be more but that’s what I read.

    • Kennymack1971

      Indeed. Totally using this going forward.

    • Aquagranny911

      It is VERY creative! I admire that!

  • rikyrah

    I cannot wait to see the light shined on the other wonderful young people you will select this week!

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

    More Black Men in Jail Than in College? Wrong
    By: Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. | Posted: February 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    …More than 10 years ago, the Justice Policy Institute released the report “Cellblocks or Classrooms.” While the report should have been a wake-up call to policymakers, one line resonated and echoed more than any other: “Nearly a third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education.”

    JPI has yet to acknowledge that today the enrollment of black males in college is drastically different from when it published “Cellblocks or Classrooms.” If we replicated JPI’s analysis by downloading enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Post‐Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we would find a 108.5 percent jump in black male college enrollment from 2001 to 2011. The raw numbers show that enrollment of black males increased from 693,044 in 2001 to 1,445,194 in 2011.

    …In 2011, 4,503 colleges and universities across the United States reported having at least one black male student. In 2001, only 2,734 colleges and universities reported having at least one black male student, with more than 1,000 not reporting any data at all. When perusing the IPEDS list of colleges with significant black male populations today but none reported in 2001, I noticed several historically black colleges and universities, including Bowie State University, and my own alma mater, Temple University. Ironically, I was enrolled at Temple as a doctoral candidate in 2001.

    MORE: http://www.theroot.com/views/more-black-men-jail-college-wrong?page=0,0

    • jds09

      This is great news. I know some folks that use that quote like gospel.

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. Another awesome series on tap this week I see.

  • Miranda

    Oh you have read this bellyaching to fully appreciate the stupidity of it. LOL These media pinheads really don’t get it.

    White House and Press Relations Getting Worse

    excerpt:
    But in the process, something important has been lost. Journalists who cover Obama today don’t really know him, no matter how many of the president’s speeches, news conferences and activities they attend. They have virtually no relationship with him, so they don’t know how his mind works and what priorities he really has on budget cuts and many other topics. White House staffers don’t adequately fill in the blanks as they did in the past, such as under Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. As a result, much of the Obama presidency remains murky.

    As I have discussed in this space before, Obama holds relatively few news conferences and when he does, he generally calls on reporters from only a handful of news outlets, especially television and the wire services. He gives many one-on-one interviews, but has focused recently on talking with local TV anchors and celebrity network personalities, rather than front-line beat reporters who specialize in knowing the issues.

    For their part, Obama and his aides consider the mainstream media and the White House press corps too sensationalistic, too preoccupied with trivia and process over substance, and too eager to play “gotcha.” Many Americans agree, although my feeling is that these criticisms are exaggerated, and that there are plenty of journalists who want to tell straightforward stories about what’s going on, if only White House officials would cooperate. These journalists see their profession as a form of public education, and any White House would be well advised to deal with them rather than shunt them aside.
    more here: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/Ken-Walshs-Washington/2013/03/04/white-house-and-press-relations-getting-worse

    • conlakappa

      If theirs is a form of public education, so much is explained, innit? You act as stenographers and don’t ask follow-up questions nor contest what you know to be blatant falsehoods yet you’re acting as some sort of go-between with the public? As reported by U.S. News, which seems to be on the brink of going dark on the regular? Fools? Please.

    • goldenstar

      The brouhaha between journalist Bob Woodward and the White House appears to be dying down, but it offers a window into the unhealthy antagonism that exists between the West Wing and the mainstream media.

    • Rhoda

      Miranda, this should be seen in conjunction with the Woodward fight, and today’s lying column by Bill Keller in the OpEd titled “Obama’s Fault” in today’s NYTimes. They are going in on the administration and trying to not only pin the sequester on POTUS and the fallout on the administration (a tall hill to climb since Americans are blaming Republicans and the facts are against them); but want to bring the administration down a peg and ensure Republicans keep control in 2014 to prevent POTUS from moving an economic agenda that he wants forward as that would result in huge economic dividends to the country and likely guarantee democrats the power at the federal level for generations a’la FDR.

      That is the game being played. That is why the fact Messina and Plouffe are starting up a Democratic OFA like Crossroads and collecting 500k checks is scaring them.

      If the Democrats tap into Obama cash for their 501(c) AND have the bully pulpit behind them PLUS the Obama ground game: well they’re scared and they’re hollering and they will go on until they’re blue in the face and then six feet under. I say good riddance and good bye; the game’s changed and I for one am glad.

    • MsKitty

      Journalists who cover Obama today don’t really know him, no matter how many of the president’s speeches, news conferences and activities they attend. They have virtually no relationship with him, so they don’t know how his mind works and what priorities he really has on budget cuts and many other topics. White House staffers don’t adequately fill in the blanks as they did in the past, such as under Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. As a result, much of the Obama presidency remains murky.

      TRANSLATION: Barack never comes to happy hour. Barack never invites us to play golf. How are we supposed to cover him if we can’t get all into his bidness?

      Obama holds relatively few news conferences and when he does, he generally calls on reporters from only a handful of news outlets, especially television and the wire services. He gives many one-on-one interviews, but has focused recently on talking with local TV anchors and celebrity network personalities, rather than front-line beat reporters who specialize in knowing the issues.

      TRANSLATION: Doesn’t this negro know who we are? We’re the White House Press Corps. Only we get to decide the agenda, no one else. How dare he ignore us for these bumpkins and their 100-watt TV stations in East Podunk? If that’s the way he wants to play, we’ll show him who’s boss. We are the kingmakers in this town, not him.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Still crying over PBO and Tiger Woods.

    • jziglar

      Who cares about the MSM. They know realize that they are irrelevant and it’s a good thing.

    • jziglar

      Also this idiot say the beat reporters know more about the issues than local reporters and other media outlets ? LOL ! The WHPC is full of morons.

    • Worldwatcher7

      I got news for them: the President ain’t the only one ignoring them.

    • Aquagranny911

      They are hurting & I am loving it! They have been Pure-D evil to this President & he ignores them. So do I!

    • morphus

      Get your popcorn and sit back while PBO take down ANOTHER Washington institution … The Gang of 500 refers to political insiders and journalists who influence the daily media narrative in US politics. About ten percent of the Gang of 500 is made up of political journalists. The term was coined by Mark Halperin as “campaign consultants, strategists, pollsters, pundits, and journalists who make up the modern-day political establishment”. They are “the 500 people whose decisions matter to the political news and campaign narrative we get from the major media.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Note_%28ABC_News%29

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU! What a great way to start the week. WOW!

  • dannie22

    im watching Michelle O on the google hangout talking about health and fitness and i feel bad. Ive gotten real lazy about exercise and eating healthy. I need motivation. Michelle always looks so good. I need some discipline

    • MsKitty

      A few months ago somebody sent me a birthday card that said “It’s not how you get down…but how you get back up.” With middle age well settled in that’s a little too much truth for me (LOL), but I also ended up applying it to my health and fitness philosophy. You can have 1, 2, a whole month of bad days, but it’s never too late to get back up and make it right.

      Thus endeth my sermon.

      • dannie22

        your right. i just need to get back up. thanks

      • Aquagranny911

        Great share & so true!

    • jds09

      I’ve got to treat myself like a toddler. I have a calendar and I give myself a sticker every time I practice yoga or do some cardio for a least 15 minutes straight. Yes, that’s me in the school supply section checking out the stickers. lol My discipline ebbs and flows. Just start again.

      • dannie22

        thanks. i used to place checkmarks on the calendar for the days i worked out. stickers might be more fun. gold stars lol

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! Positive re-enforcement. I hope you give yourself a small treat at the end of each week you meet your goals.

        This puts me in mind of the statistics class I took as an undergrad. I hate this kind of math with a huge passion & we had tons of homework problems. I like jelly beans so I bought a big bag & rewarded myself with some every time I finished a problem. It worked for me but I don’t recommend this if you are trying to keep fit. I think I gained 10lbs before that class was done, lol!

    • Aquagranny911

      I tried some dance moves this morning & my knee is still giving me fits. I feel like a slug!!!

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

    Damn!

    VIDEO: Harlem Shake goes WAY down under — costs 15 Aussie gold miners their six figure salaries

    The Harlem Shake went down under. And it didn’t end well for a group of Australian gold miners who were sacked for taking the dance craze underground.

    Up to 15 workers at the Agnew Gold Mine were fired after their dirty, sweaty version of the Harlem Shake was posted online and went viral.

    Mine owner Barminco fired the men, who all earn six-figure salaries, for breaching its “core values of safety, integrity and excellence”.

    They have also been blacklisted from working at any Barminco sites across the world.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/harlem-shake-costs-gold-miners-jobs-article-1.1278721#ixzz2MahITQWD

    • Alma98

      Oh well, Kanye shrug.

    • Miranda

      Damn! All cuz of some shaking?

    • Aquagranny911

      Were they naked?

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

    AH-HA! I knew it!!

    Shonda Rhimes: “Calling a show a ‘guilty pleasure’ — it’s like saying it’s a piece of crap”
    By Willa Paskin

    …Why did you make Fitz a Republican?

    There were several reasons why I didn’t make him a Democrat. One, we have a Democratic president in office right now and I wanted — Kerry [Washington] works on Obama’s council — and I wanted absolutely no comparisons to Obama. Like, none. In any way, shape or form. Two, I didn’t want him to be a Democrat because of the Monica Lewinsky-Clinton thing, and we were telling the Amanda Tanner story in Season 1, I just didn’t want that to be a thing. Three, the Karl Roves and Dick Cheneys, when you read the history of things that happened — not that anything like what happens on the show ever possibly happened — but things got interesting for me creatively when I started to make up scenarios. It felt more interesting to me if they were Republican.

    And I LOVED her answers here…

    How much pride do you take in the fact that your casts are much more racially diverse than most other shows?

    I don’t take pride in it at all. I think it’s sad, and weird, and strange that it’s still a thing, nine years after we did “Grey’s,” that it’s still a thing. It’s creepy to me that it’s still an issue, that there aren’t enough people of color on television. Why is that still happening? It’s 2013. Somebody else needs to get their act together. And oh, by the way it works. Ratings-wise, it works. People like to see it. I don’t understand why people don’t understand that the world of TV should look like the world outside of TV. Like, why is there an assumption of whiteness on television? It’s very weird to me. I think there are some people who work really hard at it. I think J.J. Abrams really goes out of his way to try to make television look diverse. I think it’s happening. And I think that some people just assume whiteness, because that’s what they see. It’s weird.

    Do you feel like that’s because it is mostly white guys making TV?

    I don’t think it’s about that. I really don’t. J.J. Abrams is a white guy, he does it. Norman Lear, years and years and years and years ago, did it. I think it’s ridiculous, that the networks don’t demand it more. I think it’s crazy that the person who everybody asks this question of is me. Everyone always says to me, “Why aren’t there more people of color on television?” I’m like, “Why don’t you ask a bunch of people who aren’t putting people of color on television why there aren’t more people of color on television.”

    MORE: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/10/shonda_rhimes_calling_a_show_a_guilty_pleasure_%E2%80%94_it%E2%80%99s_like_saying_its_a_piece_of_crap/

    • Alma98

      I really like this part here!

      “I think it’s ridiculous, that the networks don’t demand it more. I think it’s crazy that the person who everybody asks this question of is me. Everyone always says to me, “Why aren’t there more people of color on television?” I’m like, “Why don’t you ask a bunch of people who aren’t putting people of color on television why there aren’t more people of color on television.”

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

        OK! She hit the nail on the head. She went on to say that maybe if people would start asking the powers that be why aren’t there more POC on television, perhaps they would start to change their minds. Shonda’s a writer. She doesn’t greenlight shows, so asking her is a waste of time.

        • Miranda

          Have you noticed? the question is always imposed on the actors and writers of color, but never the damn networks.

    • aleth

      I never watched her shows but got hooked on netflicks — Greys and Scandal. Will wait till its all on netflicks or itunes to watch this season.. she made me love April from Greys and Harrison from Scandal

    • Town

      Norman Lear, years and years and years and years ago, did it.
      ———–

      Probably 99% of Norman Lear’s shows would never make it to the air today because:

      ALL IN THE FAMILY: Archie Bunker would be denounced as a white racist. Tavis, NAACP & the Sole Patrol would protest against it, even though the joke was on Archie for being a racist.

      SANFORD & SON: The Sole Patrol would protest against it for having the black people living in the junkyard and acting like coons.

      MAUDE: The pro-life/Cro-Magnon/GOPTparty would protest against it b/c she had an abortion and was a feminist.

      GOOD TIMES: The Sole Patrol would protest against it because the black people were living in the projects & JJ was a coon (true but still…)

      THE JEFFERSONS: White people would denounce the Jefferson as racist b/c George Jefferson ran around calling people Whitey & Honky and certain elements would still be uncomfortable with Helen & Tom Willis’ relationship.

      ONE DAY AT A TIME: The GOPTparty conservatives would not like the single mom raising the kids.

      DIFFERENT STROKES: Sole Patrol would be mad that Mr. Drummond adopted those two black kids.

      THE FACTS OF LIFE: Would be cancelled after one episode because none of the girls were bed hopping & having random sex

      ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE: Would never be proposed after ARCHIE BUNKER never made it to the air for being racist

      SILVER SPOONS: Would be protested by hipsters & OWS types for showing this rich white boy

      GLORIA: Would never be proposed b/c ARCHIE BUNKER would have been cancelled/never made it on air due to protests by the Sole Patrol

      SQUARE PEGS: Would be cancelled after 1 episode due to the ugliness of Sarah Jessica Parker

      WHO’S THE BOSS: Somebody would’ve protested it for Italian stereotypes or something

      227: Would’ve been protested by the Sole Patrol for depicting an unrealistic view of black life in S.E. D.C. and would’ve been protested by crunk feminists for how the Sondra character was portrayed

      • isonprize

        SQUARE PEGS: Would be cancelled after 1 episode due to the ugliness of Sarah Jessica Parker

        DAMN.

        • Town

          You don’t see teen girls on TV shows anymore looking like Natalie from Facts of Life. They’re all airbrushed, spray tanned, weaved out, teeth bleached, ProActived, size 0s wearing high fashion. The last unattractive teen girl on TV was Blossom back in the 90s.

      • Aquagranny911

        Nailed that!!!

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

        THIS.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -Here’s a FUN piece:— -”SWAGGA 4 ONE who – –HAS IT!- -:>)

    - —- -The 17 Best Swag Presents Obama Has Received From Foreign Leaders- –

    – —The president has gotten some pretty sweet #SWAG from foreign nations, according to the federal Register. Too bad he’s not allowed to keep most of it. - –:>)

    — -THEY THINK Sooooo HIGHLY of – - -”OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥”.- -
    – —–[#10- ---Jacket.- -Interestin'. :>)]

    - – —BP[B4 President]-- – — V —-AP -[After President :>)- – -

    - — – - – RE-THUCKERS can learn FROM THEM!!- – -YES!— -

  • Worldwatcher7

    Thanks POU! I am already in love with this series. What a remarkable talent. Go Chelsea!

  • Miranda

    I saw the link to this Associated Press tripe on Think Progress. Even TP couldn’t quite grasp the “cry me a gotdamn river” attitude I had after reading this. This “journalist” wrote this as if begging for Koch Industries to please hire him.

    TAX BILLS FOR RICH FAMILIES APPROACH 30-YEAR HIGH
    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/tax-bills-rich-families-approach-30-year-high

    • Alma98

      Wahhhhhh!! I shouldn’t have to pay my fair share, gtfooh!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That was under Reagan. Would they rather it reach a 54 year high when the tax rate was 91 percent under another Republican President?

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

      They’re calling the author all the way out on this bs, too! This is as bad as the WSJ article about wealthy people whining because they had to cut back on non-necessary expenses.

      • conlakappa

        Or a NY Times article, or a WashPost article. They have all done it: boo hoo, mistresses are getting crappier Christmas presents and there won’t be a spring trip to Europe but the winter ski one and summer beach one is on!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — Waitaminute- – -WAIT! – –1 —DANG!- -MINUTE!!—- – -WHA’?- -

    ——Newark Mayor Cory Booker Helps Man Propose To Girlfriend- —

    - – —-A man proposed to his girlfriend on Wednesday night “with a surprise assist from Cory Booker.” Less than 24 hours before popping the question, New York lawyer Israel Burns sent a tweet to Booker, the Newark, N.J., mayor known for going out of his way to help residents and fans. Burns, 26, became an admirer of Booker’s while attending a Newark-based law school.

    When Booker responded 10 minutes after the tweet was sent, Burns couldn’t believe it. After comparing schedules, they decided that Booker would call Burns’ girlfriend Misha Wright, 35 and also a lawyer, at the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s annual dinner in Midtown Manhattan. It’s where the couple had met last year.

    According to the New York Daily News, Wright initially ignored Booker’s call, thinking it was a prank. Burns almost lost hope. Booker called back, however, and Wright answered. “Hi, this is Cory Booker,” he said, instructing Wright to go upstairs.

    — Supposedly Booker would be waiting with her boyfriend in the event’s VIP area. In reality only Burns was there . . . . . .- -

    - – —-Uhhhhhhhh. . .CORY!- — CORY!- – -CORY!- —

    - —-WHEN does he EVA- – -MAYOR!!????- — -THIS is “WHYCOME” he WILL NOT ADVANCE- — IMHO. geesh! — – —

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Oh brother.

    • Aquagranny911

      “Here I come to save the day…Mighty Mouse is on his way…”

      Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

    • MsKitty

      Like that old saying, he would show up for the opening of an envelope.

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —— -***calmly dialin’ 911- – –requestin’ assistance 4 an- — -HYSTERICAL OBOT!!*** – - LOL–

        - — — -He’s – -Gettin’ on my LAST ONE.- -LOL- – -

        Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>)

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU, great series this week. What an amazing child & is there anything she Can’t Do??? Gifted & multi-talented!

    Now I have a whine. Just how long does it take a sprained knee to heal? I tried out some dance moves this AM & even with two Advil in me I couldn’t make it half way through. This sucks! I need to move & get healed up so I can return to CO & take care of my daughter & her kiddos.

    I’m thinking of trying to find one of those sports medicine people & see if they can do something. What does POU think?

    • Alma98

      Sorry to say AG the older we get the longer it takes, lol.

      • Aquagranny911

        Getting old does suck but it does beat the alternative! The Doc at the ER told me 4 to 6 weeks but I thought I could beat the odds, lol!

        • Alma98

          LOL!

    • isonprize

      AG, RELAX!!! Take the time you need. Keep it moving, but please, please, PLEASE don’t reinjure your knee again.

      Your knee is trynta tell you something. LISTEN!!!

      (with love, of course! don’t you go cursin’ it out, either!! LOLOLOL)

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! Kiddo, at my age that old time clock ticks a whole lot faster & I have never been a patient woman!

        Hardest for me is that our dance group is doing a gig this coming weekend at the community center & I will have to sit this one out. There must be a lesson in this somewhere for me which I will try to learn & no “cursin’ it out!”

    • Admiral_Komack

      Call your doctor and ask how long or estimate it would take to heal.

      • Aquagranny911

        Doc already said 4 to 6 weeks but I’ve got better things to do then sit on my lumpy ass!

  • conlakappa

    Everyone should be sure to do a Google search today/check out the Google doodle –today is the anniversary of Miriam Makeba’s birth.

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

      Cute!

    • Aquagranny911

      “Mama Africa!” Will do! I saw her in concert once upon a time, unforgetable!

      • conlakappa

        I remember you recounting seeing her in concert! She was the awesome, as is her ex, Hugh Masakela. They both showed us that music is so much more than just music. You know what I mean.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -Ooooo-Kaaay. IMMA SAY THIS—- -1 MO’ ‘GAIN- – -

    - – —- Enough! That’s Not The Harlem Shake- –

    - —What in the name of Sean P. Diddy Combs is the world doing to the famous Harlem Shake?

    I’ve seen the Egyptian video of the protest in front of President Morisi’s palace. There is the scene of the guy in the Mickey Mouse-like head dancing and then a crowd of what looks like Egyptian B Boys breaks out into a flash mob and starts dancing. Don’t get me wrong, some of those dudes were definitely shaking, but that was not Harlem, more like the heroin shakes. So who said the dance they were doing in protest was the Harlem Shake? Do we really think the Egyptian protesters sat around and thought to themselves ‘you know how we’re gonna get to Morisi?…let’s do the Harlem Shake!’ Hey for what it’s worth, the guy in front with the gray top and red hat definitely was breaking it down.
    This is NOT the Harlem Shake:
    - -
    - —– -SNIP- –

    - – –But c’mon people! Now this thing has gone viral all over the world with people breaking into so called Harlem Shake flash mobs in all aspects of life. There’s millions of people on YouTube doing what they think is the Harlem Shake, when really they look like chickens with a breast problem. It was at nauseating levels already, but then you see news organizations like NBC’s Today doing it and it’s sickening. I mean watching Matt Lauer, Al Roker and the NBC morning crew do what they thought was Harlem Shake made me want to throw up in my mouth.
    This is even creepier:

    Scroll down —- da REAL DEAL is POSTED. :>) — –WHEW LAWD.- -

    —–DEY trynta- –STEAL OUR CULTURE!! — geesh!! :>) -

    • MsKitty

      I think I might be the only person on the planet that has never seen this dance, real or imitators. Even so I’m ready for it to die down.

      • Admiral_Komack

        “I think I might be the only person on the planet that has never seen this dance, real or imitators.”

        -Wrong. :-)

  • Admiral_Komack

    Is Booker going to be at the wedding?
    Is Booker going to be there where they consumate their marriage?

    “Yo, Book, I’m having trouble, man!”
    (girlfriend) “He certainly is, Booker!”

    • Miranda

      He is becoming more and more irritating. He’s in the category of Roland for me…”just irritating like flies” category.

      • goldenstar

        He’s trying to be Oprah without OWN.

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!