September 1, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

This week’s open threads will highlight black feminists/womanists scholars. 

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Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (Raleigh, August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, speaker and one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, Cooper became the fourth African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree. She was also a prominent member of Washington, D.C.’s African-American community.

Anna “Annie” Julia Cooper was born into enslavement in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1858 to Hannah Stanley Haywood, an enslaved woman in the home of prominent Wake County landowner George Washington Haywood. Haywood is widely believed by historians to be the biological father of Stanley’s seven daughters. Cooper had two older brothers named Andrew J. Haywood and Rufus Haywood, and worked as a domestic servant in the Haywood home.

In 1868, when Cooper was ten years old, she received a scholarship and began her education at the newly opened Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute in Raleigh, founded by the local Episcopal Diocese for the purpose of training teachers to educate former slaves and their families. According to Mark S. Giles, a Cooper biographer, “the educational levels offered at St. Augustine ranged from primary to high school, including trade-skill training.” During her fourteen years at St. Augustine’s, she distinguished herself as a bright and ambitious student, who showed equal promise in both liberal arts and analytical disciplines such as math and science; her subjects included languages (Latin, French, Greek), English literature, math and science. Although the school had a special track reserved for women – dubbed the “Ladies’ Course” – and the administration actively discouraged women from pursuing higher-level courses, Cooper fought for her right to take a course reserved for men, by demonstrating her scholastic ability.

In fact, Cooper excelled in her academics to the point where she was able to tutor younger students.  During this period, St. Augustine’s pedagogical emphasis was on training young men for the ministry and preparing them for additional training at four-year universities. One of these men, George A. C. Cooper, would later become her husband for two years until his death.

Cooper’s work as a tutor also helped her pay for her educational expenses. After completing her studies, she remained at the institution as an instructor. In an ironic twist, her husband’s early death may well have contributed to her ability to continue teaching; had she stayed married, she might have been encouraged or required to withdraw from the university to become a housewife.

During her years as a teacher and principal at M Street High School, Cooper completed her first book, A Voice from the South: By A Woman from the South, published in 1892. It was her only published work, although she delivered many speeches calling for civil rights and woman’s rights. Perhaps her most well-known volume of writing,  A Voice from the South is widely viewed as one of the first articulations of Black feminism. The book advanced a vision of self-determination through education and social uplift for African-American women. Its central thesis was that the educational, moral, and spiritual progress of black women would improve the general standing of the entire African-American community. She says that the violent natures of men often run counter to the goals of higher education, so it is important to foster more female intellectuals because they will bring more elegance to education. This view was criticized by some as submissive to the 19th-century cult of true womanhood, but others label it as one of the most important arguments for black feminism in the 19th century.  Cooper advanced the view that it was the duty of educated and successful black women to support their underprivileged peers in achieving their goals. The essays in A Voice from the South also touched on a variety of topics, from racism and the socioeconomic realities of black families to the administration of the Episcopal Church.

Cooper was not only an author and educator, but she was a speaker as well. Some notable speeches were delivered at the World’s Congress of Representative Women in Chicago in 1893 (in which she was one of three black women invited to speak) and the first Pan-African Conference in London in 1900 (when she delivered a paper entitled “The Negro Problem in America”).

In 1914, at the age of 56, Cooper began courses for her doctoral degree at Columbia University, but was forced to interrupt her studies in 1915 when she adopted the five children of her late half-brother upon their mother’s death. Later on she was able to transfer her credits to the University of Paris-Sorbonne, which however did not accept her Columbia thesis, an edition of Le Pèlerinage de Charlemagne. Over the course of a decade she was able to research and compose her dissertation, completing her coursework in 1924. Cooper defended her thesis The Attitude of France on the Question of Slavery Between 1789 and 1848 in 1925. At the age of sixty-five, Cooper became the fourth black woman in American history to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy degree.

Although the alumni magazine of her undergraduate alma mater, Oberlin College, praised her in 1924, saying, “The class of ’84 is honored in the achievement of this scholarly and colored alumna”, when she tried to present her edition of Le Pèlerinage de Charlemagne to the college the next year, it was rejected.

On February 27, 1964, Cooper died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 105. Her memorial was held in a chapel on the campus of Saint Augustine’s College, where her academic career began. She was buried alongside her husband at the City Cemetery in Raleigh.

In 2009, the United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in Cooper’s honor.

Cooper is honored with Elizabeth Evelyn Wright with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on February 28.

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  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Let’s get off to a great start this week – have a wonderful day!

    • jds09

      Morning Sag and everybody! Thanks Pbomb I’m gonna love this week’s posts.

      • sagittarius

        Morning, jds!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, sag.

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Rikyrah!

    • GreenLadyHere

      –GOOD MORNTIN’ -http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sagittarius-green-glitter-graphic-for-fb-share.gif —***BIG HUG** :>)
      Have a good day. :>) –

      • sagittarius

        Morning, GLH **BIG HUG**

        You, too!

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) THANK U. :>)

  • AxelFoley

    Mornin’, peoples.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Axel!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin rikyrah. ***BIG HUG***
        Have a good day. :>) – -

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -Good Morntin’ AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- -
      Have a good day. :>) – -

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Axel!

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel!

  • conlakappa

    For folks who like house stories, here’s an article about Anna Cooper’s house in D.C. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011800476_pf.html Sadly, the photos aren’t a part of the archived article. It’s a stunning house. Though I know Brian and Louise, I have only seen the outside so cannot speak to whatever treasures are inside. It would have been interesting if Patrick Ewing had bought the house–instead, he bought some monument to nouveau richeness out in Potomac, IIRC.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

      Mornin’!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Sepia!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

  • rikyrah

    Why American baby boomers are retiring in Latin America
    By The Christian Science Monitor
    Sunday, December 1, 2013 23:48 EST

    Mr. Cummiskey’s story is being repeated thousands of times – minus perhaps the sale of a personal plane – as more and more Americans retire to countries all over Latin America. Lured by sun-dappled landscapes and cheap living costs, they are settling in culturally vibrant towns in central Mexico, beach communities in Costa Rica, high-rise enclaves in Panama, and mountain retreats in Nicaragua.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/01/why-american-baby-boomers-are-retiring-in-latin-america/

    • TyrenM

      Without reading: sun, taxes (or lack thereof.)

      • conlakappa

        I can recall hearing of it all my working life. Started with Mexico and expanded more eastward. After a visit to Costa Rica, we talked about it. A friend of my family’s is a set person on The Tonight Show and has had a house in CR for a while now. Renting it out a few times a years pays for the mortgage on it.

  • rikyrah

    Howard Dean Goes Off On Republicans and the Media for Questioning Obama’s Competence
    By: Jason Easley
    Sunday, December, 1st, 2013, 4:29 pm

    After having to listen to Candy Crowley and Rick Santorum question President Obama’s competence, Howard Dean went off and called the whole thing right wing talking point nonsense.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/01/howard-dean-republicans-media-questioning-obamas-competence.html

    • MsKitty

      As much as this fool has talked trash about PBO over the years, and very recently even, he has a lot of nerve. Pfft.

      • isonprize

        Mental health care is covered under Obamacare.

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

          Shade is real in these POU streets!

      • Kennymack1971

        Amen. I’m not impressed by Howard Dean at all.

    • Tafr

      Right wing talking point nonsense. OMG Dean is so insightful. Damn I would of never thought this was right wing talking point nonsense had Dean not pointed it out!

    • Daltex82

      While appreciative of his words this time, Dean has been one of the many folks questioning President Obama’s agenda and initiatives so it’s hard to be all rah-rah Dean.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      CNN and Rick Santorum. That’s a perfect fit. And Dean is wrong. There are cost controls in Obamacare.

    • Admiral_Komack

      YEAGGGGGGHHH!

    • jds09

      I’m more amazed by the fact that someone takes Santorum seriously.

  • Miranda

    Obamacare Website Sign-Ups Said to Reach 100,000 in Month
    By Julianna Goldman – Dec 2, 2013 6:00 AM ET

    About 100,000 people signed up for health insurance through the online federal exchange last month, a roughly four-fold increase from October even as a team of U.S. government and contractor programmers was fixing the troubled Affordable Care Act website, said a person familiar with program’s progress.

    The preliminary November numbers reflect individuals who successfully selected a plan. The administration expects that most consumers will sign up early next year as the enrollment period nears its March 31 close, said the person who asked for anonymity because the final numbers were still being calculated.

    more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-02/obamacare-website-sign-ups-said-to-reach-100-000-in-month.html

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

      But what about the hold music, tho?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – -Sepia — -***BIG HUG** — -

        – –☺NOT 2 WORRY – - –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuHlkHeIixc —
        Good 2 C U Sepia. Have a good day. :>)

    • jds09

      The meme of the day….the site’s back-end data is messed-up. Because….wait for it….the Insurance Companies say so. Okay it’s Captain Obvious Time….INSURANCE COMPANIES LIE.

      • conlakappa

        Right? And the interface with the insurance company is tough. Um, it takes two to make an interface…

  • rikyrah

    Dems should not hesitate to further streamline the Senate rulebook
    By Ryan Cooper
    November 29 at 2:18 pm

    With the filibuster gone, progressives have been arguing that the time is ripe for a burst of quick confirmation hearings to fill up empty slots in the executive branch and the federal judiciary. But there are more antiquated Senate traditions standing in the way of that. The latest practice to come into focus now that the filibuster is gone is the “blue slip” rule, which says that when a federal judgeship opens in a particular state, both home state senators have to sign off on the appointment before it can move forward.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/29/dems-should-not-hesitate-to-further-streamline-the-senate-rulebook/

  • Miranda

    Amazon Testing Drones for Same-Day Package Delivery, Bezos Says
    By Bloomberg News – Dec 2, 2013 1:02 AM ET

    Amazon.com Inc. is testing drones to deliver goods as the world’s largest e-commerce company works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers.

    Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled the plan on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program in the U.S., showing interviewerCharlie Rose the flying machines that can serve as delivery vehicles. The CEO said the gadgets, called octocopters, can carry as much as five pounds within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center. Amazon may start using the drones, which can make a delivery within 30 minutes, within five years pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, Bezos said.

    “It will work, and it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” he said in the “60 Minutes” interview broadcast yesterday.

    more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-02/amazon-testing-octocopters-for-delivery-ceo-tells-60-minutes-.html

    • Town

      And Ezra Klein, Chris Hayes & the rest of the OH NOEZ DRONES crowd will probably think this is cool.

      • conlakappa

        My first thought when hearing about the drones. They will be in a race to see who gets the instant delivery first. Those hipster glasses, skinny jeans, and boots aren’t going to deliver themselves, you know!!!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
      • edp4bho

        LOL.

    • Kennymack1971

      I want to see the dudebros reaction to this. Will they be boycotting Amazon now?

      • jds09

        Naw. White men are inherently trustworthy.

    • Admiral_Komack

      OH, NO!
      Greenwald will have a hissy fit!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I like Amazon but the FAA needs to stop this idea before it gets started.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —-***BIG HUG** – –ALRIGHTY —”WOMAN POWER” —On DISPLAY. —REAL FEMINISTS!! :>) –Woo! Hoo!

    PBOMB♥ — -Sooo Lookin FORWARD 2 these TRUE –”POWER -”MOVERS annd SHAKERS”. :>)

    – —☻Ms ANNIE COOPER♥ –”POWER” – - —
    —- — – — ☺Cooper became the fourth African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree.
    —- —— ☺ Cooper fought for her right to take a course reserved for men–
    - – - – —- ☺In “Da STRUGGLE” – -she delivered many speeches calling for civil rights and woman’s rights.
    — — – - -☺she adopted the five children of her late half-brother upon their mother’s death.- –[FAMILY MATTERS♥"] :>)

    – -☻ENJOY your TREAT [Brrr. . :>)] – - -B BLESSED 2-Day♥– -

    – - – -ACA POSITIVITY♥ – –
    - – –I recently found out through coveroregon.com that I qualify for a substantial subsidy toward my health insurance premiums under the new law. So although my current plan is being phased out, I have the choice of upgrading my plan and keeping my premiums about the same or paying even less, or signing up for a similar (but better) plan to the one I currently have and paying much less than I have been. – —-Woo! Hoo! :>) ***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥***

  • MsKitty

    What a timely series this week. Really looking forward to it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –DANG! — Here WE GO – –AGAIN! —Mistaken ID!!???- – –For 22 Years, Caught in a Murder Case’s Tangled Web
    –22 YEARS!!!? –

    – –The streetlights were bright at the Kingsborough Houses, so even though it was about 4 a.m., one of the two off-duty correction officers sittingin the parked Volvo said he got a good look at the two men who rode up on bicycles.
    - – –SNIP – - –

    The teenagers’ experience demonstrates how poor work by detectives at the initial stages can start a sequence of events that snowballs throughthe system, seemingly unstoppably, until two possibly innocent men have spent decades in prison.
    Among the many troubling aspects of the case:

    ■ Mr. Crosson described light-skinned black men in their early 20s — anda bloodstain suggested at least one was wounded — but the detectives arrested dark-skinned juvenile delinquents with no injuries, one of whom was just 14. By the detectives’ telling, Mr. Crosson identified one of the suspects’ photos after a detective casually reached into a drawer stuffed with hundreds of mug shots and pulled out a random handful. “The perfect patsies,” a defense lawyer, Robert Massi, said at the time.
    ■ There is no evidence that the police lab ever tested blood samples
    found at the crime scene. Neither the detectives nor the prosecutor in
    the case made any effort to push for the results, which could have been crucial for the defense.

    ■ Fingerprints at the crime scene did not match those of either
    defendant. Yet prosecutors forged ahead, even relying on only one
    eyewitness, Mr. Crosson, a practice experts say is the leading cause of wrongful convictions.

    THERE IS MORE – - — -DISCRIMINATION!! — DISGUSTING!! — –geesh!
    – - – - -JUSTICE DELAYED – - -is TRULY – — JUSTICE — DENIED! – — –
    – - – -LOOKIN’ 4 JUSTICE!! — AMEN

  • rikyrah
    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That’s a stunner. Looks like a painting.

      • crazycanuck

        Yes it does

      • rikyrah

        that’s what I thought too

  • Miranda

    Fighting the ‘spin’ war over Obamacare

    Commentary: claims are distorted, but GOP is displaying message discipline
    By Wendell Potter
    Updated: 8 minutes, 25 seconds ago

    Now that November is history, will the Obamacare website work flawlessly from now on? Or, as the president has said, will it at least work for the “vast majority” of people who need to buy insurance on their own?

    We will know in a few days if, as administration officials pledged last week, most of the problems that plagued HealthCare.gov were actually resolved. They predicted that at least 80 percent of folks seeking to enroll in a health plan online would be able to do so by the first of December.

    The tech team that has been working around the clock to fix the website said it can now handle 50,000 users at a time — and up to 800,000 a day — without crashing. And if folks have trouble with the site during particularly busy times, they can leave an email address to be notified later when fewer users are online trying to enroll.

    It will be a largely seamless experience for most, and hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people who were previously uninsured or underinsured will have quality, affordable coverage beginning January 1, many for the first time.

    But that doesn’t mean those who have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to scare people about the reform law — including health insurers — will throw in the towel. On the contrary, we can expect them to double down, at least through 2014.

    That’s because this is about politics. It is not about making sure that all Americans have access to solid medical care when they need it. It is about which political party will control the House and the Senate after the midterm elections eleven months and two days from now.

    more here: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/12/02/13872/fighting-spin-war-over-obamacare?utm_source=publicintegrity&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=twitter

  • rikyrah
    • Daltex82

      I’ll say it again, SYG was passed to be used against black folks not by black folks.

      • TresL

        ITA. It’s legalized lynching pure and simple.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Has CeCe McDonald gotten support like Marissa Alexander? This is the first time I’ve heard of her… not that I’m always plugged in.

      • 7thangel

        not as much outside of the poc lgbt community

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - – -Mr. VP Joe —ON a -Complex -MISSION –:>)

    – - -Joe Biden to visit Japan, China as air zone dispute smolders

    — – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Japan and China this week as a dispute seethes over Beijing’s recent claim of a large swath of airspace in the region.

    The Chinese declaration less than two weeks ago has prompted a war of words between governments and flights through the contested air zone by military planes from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.

    The uneasy situation in the skies over the East China Sea has raised fears that a midair incident could cause circumstances to spiral out of control. It has also fueled concern about how far China is willing to go to pursue its interests in the Asia-Pacific region and push back against U.S. influence.
    – —SNIP —
    U.S. officials say that during his visit this week, Biden will raise American concerns about Beijing’s newly declared air defense identification zone — which the United States and Japan reject — and encourage dialogue among countries in the region to ease tensions.

    He will also “make the broader point that there is an emerging pattern of behavior by China that is unsettling to China’s own neighbors,” a senior Obama administration official said in a briefing last week.
    THERE IS MORE — — -BEST WISHES – -VP JOE♥ — -

    • TyrenM

      China taking “Manifest Destiny” to another level.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — -TyrenM- —Good 1. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — TWEETIN’ – - -TRUTH- –

    – - -☺@keithboykin
    “Pope Francis has surprised the world because he embraces the Christian calling to destabilize and to challenge.”

    — -☺@keithboykin
    Despite high-profile cases, Chicago is on pace to have its fewest murders since 1965. http://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/12/02/police-murders-down-20-percent-from-last-year/
    – — -[Guess THIS won't B PROFILED in the RIGHT-LEANING MSM] –humph

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

      Mornin’ GLH!

      Shootings are also down. Looks like McCarthy, the former Newark PD director, is making an impact.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      That’s great!

      Here’s hoping the number goes all the way to zero!

  • Miranda

    Just in case you were wondering how long it would be before the first wingnut tried to link PBO with Toronto mayor Rob Ford…well…..
    ————————–
    Tim Bishop, Barack Obama And… Rob Ford

    It’s not everyday that an American politician is negatively compared to a Canadian officeholder.

    But Republican George Demos is out with the first TV ad of the race for NY-1, a 30-second spot that compares the incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop to President Obama and the colorful Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

    In the ad called “One Of Us” Demos knocks Bishop for being a career politician. Ford’s name is never mentioned, but he appears alongside the president and Bishop as a career “politician” voters have become weary of.

    more here: http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2013/12/tim-bishop-barack-obama-and-rob-ford/

    • Alma98

      What an idiot smh.

    • Town

      And none of the MSM will ask Demos what a Canadian mayor has to do with President Obama.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. I’m a bit late today. Have a good one.

    Henry Oswald Tanner-The Banjo Lesson

    • rikyrah

      Always been fascinated by Tanner. What kinds of challenges must he have faced…especially with his desire to show Black humanity in his art.

      • crazycanuck

        I’ve always admired anyone around those times and how they carried on under the oppressive racism. I’ll have to go to Wiki to refresh my memory, but I think he moved to Paris like so many others through the years to get any kind of recognition.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, cc!

      Thanks for this painting from one of my favorite artists – I attended a grammar school named after him!

      • crazycanuck

        You’re welcome Sag, I’m just glad to have some people to share my passion with, and for POU for giving me the space to do that.

      • Alma98

        Morning sagi!

    • JojoRaze

      Loving the art you’re posting. I’ve always loved the light in the background and the sweetness of the scene.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — ACA –Website- -POSITIVITY- -:>)

    – - — Officials: Obamacare website making huge strides—:>)

    – —The Obama administration said Sunday that the federal government’s health care website is now operating more smoothly after a major overhaul seen as critical to the success of the president’s signature domestic initiative. [OMITTED the negativity!!]

    Visitors to the HealthCare.gov website, a key component of Obama’s
    health care overhaul, were encountering fewer errors and the system now works most of the time, administration officials said Sunday in a
    progress report.

    — – -SNIP —
    The government says more than 50,000 people can log on to the website and more than 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage each day. It’s a dramatic improvement from the first weeks of the system, which saw frustrated buyers watch their computer screens freeze, the website crash and error messages multiply.

    “The bottom line — HealthCare.gov on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st,” chief White House troubleshooter Jeff Zients told reporters. — – -GOOD NEWS –

    - —-☺http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif

    – –THANK U -4 the ACA – –Sir.♥
    — -[Gotta "bounce". :>) C YA as soon as. . .♥ - -- B BLESSED♥]

    • Worldwatcher7

      Perhaps now we can get Erza to shut up. Yes, I said Erza.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Worldwatcher7 –***BIG HUG** :>)
        –Annnd –a– –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        He’s such a –EMOprog—WHINER!! -
        -Annnd I’m NOT impressed with his sometimes —FAUX-data —signifyin’—NOTHING!!- -

        Watched him yesterday: STILL di-int wanna -
        -”LET! – -IT! – –GO!”—geesh.

        Good 2 C U Ww7. :>) Hope U had a BLESSED THANKSGIVING. :>)

  • Miranda

    On Friday, a rare weather phenomenon created an incredible sight at the Grand Canyon.

    The canyon was filled with fog due to something known as “temperature inversion,” according to the Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page, which posted photos to its website.
    http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/529b9e2f69bedd0e0cb6dcd4-1200-/grand%20canyon-2.jpg

    http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/529b9c22eab8ea4328b6dcd5-1200-522/grand%20canyon-1.jpg

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/temperature-inversion-creates-rare-sight-at-the-grand-canyon-2013-12#ixzz2mKez7na3

    • rikyrah

      these pics are amazing

    • Worldwatcher7

      Ominous yet beautiful. It looks like the place where heaven and earth meet.

    • sagittarius

      Wow.

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning all.

    Happy Belated Birthday, GN!

    • gn

      Thx for the well-wishes all!

  • rikyrah

    About Yoruba Names and their Meanings
    December 2, 2013 | Luvvie

    As some may know, I’m Nigerian, specifically Yoruba. We’re in the Southern part of the country, but we’re global because our culture and our people are all over the world. We’re over 35 million strong and we are everything. Yes, I’m biased.

    Anywho, yesterday, I started tweeting about how important names are to Yoruba people. To us, our names are of utmost importance and they really lay the groundwork for a child who’s entering the world.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/12/yoruba-names-meanings.html#comment-284948

  • Miranda

    That’s what they get for voting for him.
    ———————————
    Christie’s flip-flop on immigration: Editorial
    By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
    on December 01, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    If Gov. Chris Christie thinks voters won’t notice if he promises one thing when he’s running for governor, then another when he’s running for president, he’s dreaming.

    Yet that’s what he appears to be doing when it comes to the Dream Act. When the governor was seeking the Latino vote weeks ago, he assured advocates he’d support New Jersey’s version of this bill.

    But now that he’s been re-elected with 51 percent of the Hispanic vote, he’s backpedaling. Christie told a radio station last week that he would not sign the Dream Act, which passed the state Senate and is expected to be taken up soon by the Assembly, for reasons that make no sense.

    more here: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/12/christies_flip-flop_on_immigra.html

    • rikyrah

      if you believed his ass, then no better for you.

    • jds09

      But but but he’s so charismatic!

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I’m astonished that residents of NJ were taken in by him.

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

      The Star-Ledger editorial board needs to have a stadium of seats because they are the ones who endorsed his ass in the first place. *files nails*

    • Kennymack1971

      *Shrug* You were warned NJ and voted for him anyway therefore not a single fuck shall be given.

    • Alma98

      Oh well

    • Daltex82

      Oh well. Its not like they weren’t warned.

  • rikyrah

    How Texas’ Voter ID Law Could Lead To Six Hour Delays On Election Day
    By Ian Millhiser on December 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    A provision of Texas’ new voter ID law could delay the amount of time required for hundreds of thousands of Texans to cast a ballot, forcing hours of delays at polling places across the state. Indeed, a ThinkProgress analysis of figures provided by the Dallas Morning News suggests that Texas voting precincts could require nearly six additional hours to process voters caught by this law in 2016.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/12/02/3007211/texas-voter-law-lead-hour-voting-lines-2016/

    • conlakappa

      People will still stay. So they will institute policies to make the wait 8 hours/more nearly impossible. They still don’t get it.

  • rikyrah

    First artifacts arrive at Smithsonian’s African American history museum

    A segregated rail car and a prison guard tower are so large, they had to be put into place before construction is completed.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/first-artifacts-arrive-at-smithsonians-african-american-history-museum/2013/11/17/fcca9fa8-4fde-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_gallery.html

  • rikyrah

    a4alice @a4alice Follow

    @igorvolsky would like @MaraLiasson & @NPRNEWS to see this. Pls read and tell me why Mara you are not covering states refusing to expand?

    9:45 AM – 2 Dec 2013

  • Alma98

    Morning all, cc here’s a sun for you you happy now lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah:)

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

      Mornin’ Alma! Cute!!

      • Alma98

        Hey Sepia!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Morning all; thanks for the sun Alma. Having returned from the cold of the Midwest yesterday, I am appreciating my Cali sun today.

      • Alma98

        Morning ww7! Your welcome lol.

      • TyrenM

        But you missed the snow coming our way (from Canada, CC) this week.

        • Alma98

          LOL

        • Worldwatcher7

          Hallelujah! I love my Midwest peeps, but that cold is a villain.

    • crazycanuck

      That is more like it. Well done! lol.

      • Alma98

        LOL….Hey cc!

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      Nice overture to our Canadian overlords! (had to give you a tweak, cc!)

      • Alma98

        LOL! Hey sagi!

      • crazycanuck

        LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98 –***BIG HUG** :>)- -Ohh — -How FUN. :>)- -

      - – Annnd How sweet of U. :>)
      — -THANK U 4 our –DAILY JOY –:>)

      —BLESSINGS 2 U♥/Family♥– -durin’ this HOLIDAY Season.♥
      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          –***smilin’@-chu. . :>) –

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

    This sucks! I loooooooooove me some Sam Champion! :-(

    Sam Champion to The Weather Channel
    By HADAS GOLD | 12/2/13 11:22 AM EST

    ABC News weatherman Sam Champion is leaving the network to become the “on-air face” of NBCUniversal’s The Weather Channel.

    Champion has become a big name in weather reporting and worked in the ABC family for 25 years. He will be replaced by ABC meterologist Ginger Zee. ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced the news in a memo on Monday.

    MORE: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/12/sam-champion-to-the-weather-channel-178616.html

    • Alma98

      The weather channel sucks now, they’re trying to be a real channel. Just tell the freaking weather and leave the other nonsense alone.

      • MsKitty

        The only time I watch them now is when there’s a major storm in my area. That’s the one time I know all that other “programming” is preempted and I’ll get actual forecasts. They’ve become the MTV of weather.

        • Alma98

          Yep me too. And thanks for the description (MTV of weather) MsKitty it’s exactly what they’ve become.

        • conlakappa

          Complete with inappropriate-looking outfits. Not much of a functioning brain cell among them. So, more fitting for Ginger Zee than Sam.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -THIS is disappointin’ news: —-

    Fisk,
    FAMU Accreditation Status Under Review in the Week Ahead

    – - – -When the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) gathers for its winter meeting starting Thursday in Atlanta, two items on its full agenda are likely to draw the most attention — deliberations and decisions with significant impact on Fisk and Florida A&M universities.

    In the case of Fisk, one of the nation’s so-called “Black Ivy League” institutions that has been on probation or warning status for nearly four years, SACS will vote on whether to give the university a clean bill of health with no conditions or strip Fisk of its accreditation, an action that could hasten its demise.

    FAMU, meanwhile, is hoping to have the “warning” status it was dealt nearly a year ago removed. That would be an acknowledgement that the university has successfully addressed a list of SACSCOC compliance concerns largely stemming from the fall 2011 death of a FAMU band member at the hands of fellow students participating in a violent hazing exercise.

    At stake is millions of dollars in federal funds, as both tuition-driven institutions rely heavily on students being able to access federal grant and loan funds to pay their tuitions. The federal government does not provide funds to unaccredited institutions. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

    Click here for more…
    - See more at: http://blackpoliticsontheweb.com/2013/12/02/fisk-famu-accreditation-status-under-review-in-the-week-ahead/#sthash.h3diTg6A.dpuf

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

      Instead of complaining about Parent PLUS loans, the CBC and Blacker Than Thou, Inc. need to investigate who’s running these HBCUs.

      • Miranda

        THANK YOU!

      • Kennymack1971

        Amen. This should be something Black media (looking at you RoRo) should be getting to the bottom of.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia —-***BIG fist bump*** —Trydta FIND information on how many times THEY have VISITED the campuses. –****crickets** –

        -Each of THEM could serve as a MENTOR 2 several colleges/universities. — – YA THINK?? – —

        —4 soma them —BLAH —is jus’ some –MELANIN! -

        THEY —NEEDTA —”CARE” —like MR. PRESIDENT.

        – ☺–http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/ —-

  • crazycanuck

    We were ahead of the game. They are so slow lol

    ArtDaily ‏@artdaily23m

    On a day like today, French painter Georges Seurat, was born. #Flashback pic.twitter.com/3LrDoTvwE3

  • MsKitty

    Oh well, back to the drawing board LOL…

    NRSC Quietly Abandons Protest Of Vatican Embassy ‘Closure’

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a petition last week to protest what it described as the “latest anti-religion pursuit” by the Obama administration, but it looks like the group is already abandoning its crusade.

    A webpage that took aim at President Obama for his “plans to close the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican” is nowhere to be found on the NRSC’s website. The original URL (http://yourvoice.nrsc.org/landing/vatican-embassy/) now directs back to the NRSC’s homepage.

    “The media is reporting that President Obama plans to close the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican,” the page read. “This is just the latest anti-religion pursuit of this Administration, a slap in the face to Catholic-Americans around the country that weakens America’s position as a global leader.”

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) joined the NRSC’s condemnation, wondering on Twitter if the purported closure was the White House’s “retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”

    But the embassy isn’t actually closing. It’s re-locating to a larger U.S. compound in Rome, a move that will save more than $1.4 million and bolster security. Vatican officials evendismissed the re-location as a non-issue.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nrsc-quietly-abandons-protest-of-vatican-embassy-closure

    • Alma98

      It always come back to bite them in the ass.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        It’s amazing the amount of damage that is done by the right wing media manipulators. They are not very bright, why does anyone listen to them?

        • Alma98

          Because they choose to believe the worst of PBO.

    • Kennymack1971

      Epic Fail.

  • Miranda

    *sigh*…….a #FastTailedGirls hashtag was started to generate a conversation on sexual abuse and misogyny specific to young black girls. Conversation started by black women about a very sensitive topic within our community…but dammit if Miss Ann can’t understand why she too can’t enjoy being a victim. Tha hell….she think this is a celebration? A party she didn’t get an invite too?? go to the link to see the full conversation she had about it.
    —————————-
    https://twitter.com/RoseGold888/status/407502679058165760

    • Alma98

      OMG! She’s just refusing to get it!

      • Miranda

        What kills me is this twisted need to be more “hurt and pained” than the next person. My Lawd…..really? Isn’t there some kind of disorder for people who insist on being victims for attention?

        • Alma98

          Here ya go…. munchausen by proxy.

          • crazycanuck

            perfect description

        • Tafr

          She had the nerve to say she felt secluded ( her words) because everything says this is for black girls (again her words). I really cannot take this person seriously. She behaves as if this is some kind of prize that she cannot get because she is white.

    • MsKitty

      When will these Beckies learn that the effin universe doesn’t always revolve around them?

    • rikyrah

      it is not about you.
      we WILL care about our young Black girls…
      so, go away.

      • itgurl_29

        These white women who are whining about not being included in the hashtag don’t even know what the phrase “fast ass” or “fast tailed” means! Never heard it in their damn life, but they want to force themselves into the conversation. Ugh. They are disgusting.

        • Miranda

          I am completely tripping over this weird need to be the victim du jour. Seriously….well hell if white feminists wanna trade their privilege for the right to have their daughters be considered fast asses by the time they’re age 7, then where do I sign?

          • Tafr

            Some of these white feminist got that damsel in distress crap down to a science. Y’all know what I am talking about. You know when you have to put one in check from some racist BS, then they turn around with the tears and the angry black person mess.

          • MsKitty

            Those tears might work on our younger sistas (though I have my doubts), but for us seasoned ones it’s like okay you gonna cry, you wanna see angry…I’ll give it to you and then some.

    • TyrenM

      Then got mad after getting an answer:

      I just got insulted by @nbc and @cnn Goldie Taylor on Twitter for being white… #NotCool #Racism #ItGoesBothWays

    • GreenLadyHere

      ***SIGH*** – –LIKE dey “CARE” — -LOL –

      DRAMA ova something that –Ain’t- yer – BIZ-NESS!

      —–http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Aerk43zxDvo/UiVBDk1MC-I/AAAAAAAAGAg/1My3Du9yjC8/s1600/Images-article-2012-09-16-channel-ten-glee-crying.gif – — — -geesh!- — -

    • Tafr

      Doesn’t she have some slut shaming to bitch about?

  • gn

    Completely off his rocker:

    @Green_Footballs
    Glenn Greenwald links to extreme right wing Newsbusters site to smear Obama

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -HAH! —Mr. BOB –CALLIN’ –THEM! –OUT!

    As the ACA website IMPROVES —-da RE-THUCKERS — R slowly – –shuttin’ their — -”KATRINA-GATE”: — HAH! —-

    — –As Healthcare.gov Bugs Are Fixed, the ‘Obama’s Katrina’ Script Continues To Be Shredded —-

    It’s been 11 days since The National Journal‘s Ron Fournier wrote that Obamacare is President Obama’s Katrina. Oh, and it’s also his Iraq, Fournier wrote. Obama’s Katrina and Iraq. Both.
    Since then, however, the Healthcare.gov website has been vastly
    improved and many of the bugs initially reported have been fixed, according to the administration late Sunday.

    Back on November 20, Fournier made sure to provide himself with an escape hatch, though, noting that Healthcare.gov isn’t the same in terms of the actual events during and after Katrina, or throughout the Iraq War. Instead, Fournier wrote, the similarities had more to do with incompetence in the execution of a major policy initiative.

    Yeah, so incompetence that lasted literally for years in both Iraq and New Orleans, leading to massive body counts on both fronts, is the same as a glitchy website launch. Okeedokee. Roger that. In reality, yes, both administrations made mistakes, but those mistakes were vastly different in terms of magnitude — not to mention that the Bush administration’s response to its mistakes was to, well, make even more mistakes. Again, for years.

    On the other hand, the Obama administration realized there were
    problems with the website and rushed to address those errors. Within two months, most of those problems have been resolved, and, bonus, no one died…

    [CONTINUE READING]-
    —-HAH!

    ——-GLOATIN’ Time. . . —:>)

    — -NO WEAPON! —NONE!!– —-HAH!