August 1, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

In honor of Nelson Mandela and the revolutionary spirit within each and everyone  who reads POU, this week’s open threads will highlight Black/ African revolutionaries and nationalists. Using either education, research or political means these folks fought for changes that made their communities better or challenged the depths of white supremacy. 

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Edward Warren Crosby (born November 4, 1932), is an African-American professor/administrator emeritus, in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University (KSU). As a pioneer in the field of Black Education his most notable accomplishments include the creation of the Institute for African American Affairs, the predecessor of the Department of Pan-African Studies and The Center of Pan-African Culture at KSU. The Pan-African Studies Department (1969) and the Center of Pan-African Culture (1970) were two of the first institutions of their kind to be established at institutions of higher education.

Born and raised in the heart of Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, site of the Hough Riots of 1966, he was the fourth child born to Frederick Douglass and Marion (Naylor) Crosby. He attended Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Edward’s, Catholic parochial elementary and middle schools. As a young altar boy Edward aspired to be a priest, at that time. He was a straight “A” student, as well. However, he veered from the straight and narrow path he started out on when he transferred out of St. Edward’s in the eighth grade, unbeknownst to his parents. This change brought an abrupt end to his priestly aspirations, in 1948.

He earned his BA and MA from Kent State in 1957 and 1959 in German and Spanish and went on to earn a PhD from the University of Kansas in 1965. Oddly enough, his area of specialization was Medieval German Languages and Literature and Medieval History. In 1957 he began teaching at Kent State University and has since taught at a number of major and minor institutions around the country, including Hiram College, Tuskegee Institute, Southern Illinois University and the University of Washington.

Dr. Crosby founded and served as the director of the Institute for African American Affairs for seven years, from 1969 to 1976. In 1976, the Institute petitioned the university for departmental status which gave birth to the Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS); thus Dr. Crosby served for 18 years as the Department’s first chair. The IAAA still exists, as a community development and research institute. The Department offers a multifaceted and holistic Africana Studies curriculum with a full-service educational world view, in Oscar W. Ritchie Hall, home of The Center of Pan-African Culture, which consists of The Henry Dumas Library, Mbari Mbayo Theatre and the Garrett Morgan Computer Lab, as well as a number of classrooms.

The Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA), now known as the Department of Pan-African Studies (1976), used a holistic curriculum model based on the earlier work of Dr. Crosby at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). The curriculum he developed for the Experiment in Higher Education was similar to another program that was being developed at that time, known as Upward Bound, in that the students were from urban areas with low high school graduation rates. Both programs were designed to help these students enter institutions of higher learning and graduate successfully. Upward Bound students typically showed promise. However, EHE students’ test scores were not even on the border line. Dr. Crosby and his team developed a program that took that fact into account and developed another set of aptitude indicators to pick the 200 students that would be included in their program. Each of their teachers were also given training as counselors and therefore developed personal relationships with each and every one of their students. They also utilized a method of instruction that incorporated a methodology known as Each One Teach One, where the students instructed each other. Last, but not least, they validated the culture of the students they were working with by using examples, situations and language that the students were already familiar with to teach them subject matter they would encounter at any university.

His work in the realm of Black Education really began in East St. Louis, IL, even though he had previously spent a little more than a year at Tuskegee Institute, AL and a brief stint working with the Community Action Council in Akron, OH. As the director of education for the Experiment in Higher Education (EHE) Dr. Crosby and his team of fellow Kent State alumni developed a unique curriculum that taught them what they needed for college without denying the culture of their respective communities. The program developed in East St. Louis under the direction of Crosby, Hyman Frankel and Don Henderson has been cited as the first African Centered collegiate curriculum in the U.S.  Black Studies programs, departments and institutes were developed at the behest of Black communities across the nation. East St. Louis, with its Black community of 70,000 was no exception. EHE’s influence on the development of Black Studies in universities across the nation was due in part to the amount of resources, time and brain power they had at hand to forge a pedagogy that put the student at the center of their learning. This Black Studies consortium did not confine their efforts to East St. Louis, they offered consulting services to universities from California to New York.

One of the lessons of East St. Louis was the importance of an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to Black Education. In East St. Louis EHE was partnered with Katherine Dunham’s Performing Arts Training Center (PATC). The symbiotic relationship between EHE and PATC attracted educators, as well as cultural icons from all over the U.S. and beyond to East St. Louis, which generated a lot of energy in the community and attracted community members from all walks of life. On arriving at Kent, knowing the value of this kind of symbiosis, Dr. Crosby took on the task of developing an academic program modeled after the one he had previously spearheaded in East St. Louis and also took on the task of creating a cultural center that could work in tandem with the newly formed Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA). For 23 years this dual institution functioned with one purpose in mind, which was to provide an environment that reaffirmed the value of African American culture while helping their students learn to use the academic skills necessary to graduate from a four-year institution in the study and promulgation of this culture. The implementation of this kind of Black pedagogy has led to the successful graduation of hundreds, if not thousands, of students, that wouldn’t have made it otherwise, many of which have devoted their careers to working in Black communities all over the U.S. The Human Relations Center, which was founded in 1968, attempted to do this kind of work, however their perspective was that the students needed to assimilate. The Institute validated the students and their culture as worthy of emulation. The difference between the two could not be more clear cut.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

      Mornin’ Rikyrah, Tyren, Conla, CC, GLH and POU!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • conlakappa

    Ah, black nationalism. I grew up in that environment and have conflicted feelings about it. I’d say I was at all these lectures more because of the lack of child care than a concerted effort to raise my awareness but I heard interesting things nonetheless.

    • TyrenM

      Good morning Conlakappa,
      Let me pour a cup before we get into it. OK. Conflicted? Please do share. What was so conflicting? Garveyism? Angela Davis? How the sisters were treated during said period? I don’t want to make up stuff or make light of your oh so real experiences so please school me today on why so conflicted.

      • conlakappa

        Ha! You’re wrong on many levels. But you know that already. Conflicted because, yes, we went to these events and I heard all about coming together as black people, doing our own thing, blah, blah, blah… but then I was going to school the next day at a country day school. Beyond Black Panther breakfasts as a very young child [yes, it's true; out of church basement during the summer time] then African dance class,* I didn’t have an immersive experience outside the household/family. By “grew up,” I mean that I could quote Stokely Carmichael, whom I must have seen a 1/2 dozen times, and Sonia Sanchez but to what end? I was still expected to make my way in The Man’s world. Even when around my 5-percenter family members, I was viewed as likely to have a different experience. Those women were part of that whole man-sharing movement, which… just no.

        *I almost fell out laughing when we went to a summer cookout of a colleague, a white guy, and the daughter with his first black wife starts doing the same Funga Alafia dance I’d been taught decades before!

        • JojoRaze

          Do not get me started on Funga Alafia, A Shay, A Shay. My nephew learned that song at his daycare in the late 1990s and African drumming at an afterschool childcare at an AME Zion church. Our kids learned some stuff from our conscious pan-African brethren one way or another.

          • conlakappa

            Too true! That little girl went to African dance class. I don’t know what she was hearing about white folks but it was her white dad enrolling her and taking her there!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ Jojoraze. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            – -YA MEAN —LIKE THIS? :>)- –:>) – - -FOND MEMORY :>)
            – - – -Good 2 C U JojoRaze. Have a good day. :>)

        • TyrenM

          You sound like more of what’s needed today – monied, educated and down for uplift. Can play inside/outside game. I guess I missed the chapter that said you had to be poor to be down.

          From the keyboards, you seem more MO than Donna B or Condaleeza R.

          You seem to have “won.” You have so much to teach todays revolutionaries, from foot to keyboard soldiers and all in between. I appreciate you sharing with this peasant your worldly experiences. I know I’m the richer for it.

          • conlakappa

            I grew up working poor so was a scholarship kid at that country day but still the only black kid in my classes. It was weird. I was also taught the sky was the limit and I could go anywhere/do anything I wanted. Throw in a bean pie and permanent waft of herb from the summers with the 5-percenter relatives and that’s my life!

            In our love of pop culture and being the-only-one, MO and I are soul sisters. My husband says we are but that’s usually to cover his drooling over her.!

          • AxelFoley

            Your husband’s still drooling over my woman? Better check him, grrrrr.

          • conlakappa

            I was just thinking last week that playing ref to your fight with my husband over someone else’s woman was one of the funniest moments of my 2013!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – –Seeeee. . . AxelFoley. LOL — –

            - – - – -YOUR LIST – —must B —BEYOND LONG. –
            –☺ http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PmRtTfPAhAY/UlfiXDEBaqI/AAAAAAAAArY/uuwApwcSqQA/s1600/life+reduced+to+a+list+2.gif LOL

            Keep the FUNNIES — A-COMIN’ :>) – - -

          • TyrenM

            Thanks for sharing (and clarifying.)

          • conlakappa

            Of course! I had male cousins who made it to Europe before I did and they were actually all project kids, some still living in the projects at the time. Things were different then, I guess.

          • rikyrah

            the description of your life has just cracked me up…you have a way with words..LOL

          • conlakappa

            Ha! All of it’s real. Nothing’s made up. My one aunt perpetually smelled like herb and always seemed a beat behind [I've never gotten high; didn't need to: probably had a contact high from all of my formative years!]. She was also the one who made the bean pies! I’d go to 5-percenter picnics with her and that group. I’d also go to NOI events with another aunt, both of us in full garb. I grew up an only child so it was easy for other people to just take me along!

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    –PBPMB♥ – — Been thinkin’ about this “young one” all night. – — Wanted 2 give this “update – -PRAYERFULLY: —
    — – -Family races to find a hospital for girl who was
    declared brain-dead following tonsil surgery after nursing home that
    agreed to take her withdrew offer

    – –The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

    A judge’s ruling will allow Children’s Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5pm Monday unless her family appeals.

    The family is now pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teen.
    THERE IS MORE – - —–

    – - – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnsO3BBMjA0

    – - – –☺http://api.ning.com/files/LiMXav22FtmuOTBCj8SCda105V*4pOGEXrYXdzRW-v9cJk*7bAHRNJi9lqjxZ6sCJFzG-*jgvdtwaUSTy3FwMSc8ir9QW5WK/CandlesThoughtsPrayers.gif – —-AMEN annnd AMEN♥

    • rikyrah

      I feel for them…my heart breaks for them

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. **BIG HUG*** :>) :>)

        – — AMEN annnd AMEN. -
        – PRAYERS of –STRENGTH annnd COMFORT. :>)
        – - -Good 2 C U . Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥ POU FAM♥ – — HONORING THIS SERIES: POWERFUL. –LOOKING FORWARD.
    PBOMB♥ — -THANK U♥ 4 THIS SERIES. – –It DISPLAYS/WILL DISPLAY MANY of the PRINCIPLES of KWANZAA. :>)

    – - -☻DR. Edward Warren Crosby
    – - – — -☺NIA: PURPOSE: – - - For 23 years this dual institution functioned with one purpose in mind, which was to provide an environment that reaffirmed the value of African American culture while helping their students learn to use the academic skills necessary to graduate from a four-year institution
    —- – — -☺FIRSTS: – - - two of the first institutions of their kind to be established at institutions of higher education.
    – - – - — -☺UNIQUE: – –The curriculum he developed for the Experiment in Higher Education was
    similar to another program that was being developed at that time, known as Upward Bound. .
    –[NOTE: - --I taught in an UB Program. Sooo GOOD 4 students. :>)]
    — – –THANK U DR. CROSBY. :>)
    – –Enjoy Your TREAT. —[Especially POU FAM♥ in that COLD Weather. [So Sorry.]—-B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ – -

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        –GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -
        – - –☺AGAIN: – -http://www.sharegif.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/thank-you-gif.gif
        —B BLESSED♥ – -

        • Alma98

          Hey GLH waving at you!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — -☺http://www.emofaces.com/en/smilies/b/bye-waving-smile-animated.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –Lookin’ FORWARD —2 Some “ECONOMIC POSITIVITY” – -:>)
    —-theGrio and CNBC Market Update: 12/30/13- –
    – - — -It’s an abbreviated trading week with the New Year holiday. However, investors expect data on housing, manufacturing and auto sales.

    We’ll get a read on housing with the October Case-Shiller Home Price
    Index Report, which tracks price changes in twenty metro areas such as
    Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. In September home prices rose more than 13 percent compared to a year ago with Atlanta posting the biggest gain.

    THERE IS MORE – —:>) —

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Hope everyone has a great day. Venus Williams is in her first tournament of the season, let’s give her some good vibes.

  • crazycanuck

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka3m
    GOP and Media heads explode: For the sixth consecutive year, Americans chose Pres. Obama as their most admired man. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama_most_admired_man_6th_year?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • Miranda

      Oh dear……..this will hurt some folks bad. HAHAHAHA!

      • crazycanuck

        Even if it is stupid Gallup. I mean Hillary Clinton, George Bush, and Pallin in the poll lmao.

      • conlakappa

        All the spinning might change the Earth’s gravitational pull. But he had a bad year I tells ya!!!!!!!!!!!!1 of outrage and made-up nonsense!!!

    • jds09

      This is especially delicious since it’s GALLUP and Bill’s at 2%. Me thinks the Clinton Initiative is not giving him a lot of bang for his buck.

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee

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

    NYC POUers….what do you think about this choice?

    AP sources: Ex-teacher Farina to lead NYC schools
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE — Dec. 30, 2013 9:47 AM EST

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carmen Farina, a former teacher and principal and a longtime advocate of early childhood education, was to be tapped Monday by New York City’s incoming mayor to lead the nation’s largest public school system, two people briefed on the decision said.

    Farina, a former deputy chancellor of city schools, has been a
    longtime adviser to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and helped inform his
    education platform, including his signature proposal to offer universal
    pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs for middle school
    students.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-sources-ex-teacher-farina-lead-nyc-schools

    • JojoRaze

      I was reading about her in the NY Times and she is a progressive. Like the AP article says, she was his inspiration for the universal pre-K tax on millionaires. But, he had to basically coax her to take the job because apparently she was helping her daughter, who’s a police officer, raise her child. I’d say Farina is deBlasio’s Elizabeth warren.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –TWEETIN’ —POSITIVITY annnd TRUTH :>) –
    – - –☺@NerdyWonka
    Another 2013 Pres. Obama Accomplishment The Media Hid: Veterans claims backlog will end this year lower than it began http://www.stripes.com/news/shinseki-says-claims-backlog-is-heading-in-the-right-direction-1.259810 … Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – - –☺@NerdyWonka
    GOP and Media heads explode: For the sixth consecutive year, Americans chose Pres. Obama as their most admired man. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama_most_admired_man_6th_year?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter … — -WOO! HOO! :>)
    MORE L8R . . .:>)

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

    That white UK feminist still running her mouth: http://twitpic.com/dqjwm1

    • Miranda

      That heifer cray. Up to this point she has been just a lil joke to Black Twitter…not really worthy of a good smackdown….but she keep it up and her feelings will get seriously hurt. She betta ask Justine.

      • conlakappa

        Seriously, the rule of holes: first, stop digging. And now she’ll say I’m being misogynistic!

        • TyrenM

          She shouldn’t. You added an L.

          • conlakappa

            I was thinking more corporeal but okay!

          • Miranda

            See now____________________

    • rikyrah

      they just resent the hell out of us ‘Colored’ having the GALL to question them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -UH! OH! – - –
    — -☺ ‏@Redskins
    #Redskins announced today that they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team.
    – —Lookin 4 more – —-

    • TyrenM

      I’d be surprised if Leslie Frazier didn’t join the list of coaches relieved from duty. Not totally his fault the Queens weren’t ish but somebody will have to go and it (sorry to say) won’t be the GM.

      • AxelFoley

        Frazier’s gone, too, now.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ AxelFoley. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —-UH! OH! :>) – - -Thank U. :>)

          Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -
        - – -:>) Thank U 4 the info. :>) Howeva — -I ‘ON’T KNOW much about what goes on OFF the field. :>)
        Sooo —-I’ll jus’ B WATCHIN’ :>)

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ TyrenM. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        — – :>) Hafta admit that I ‘ON’T KOW muchabout what goes on –OFF field. :>) Sooo – –thanks 4 the info. :>)
        I’ll jus’ B – –WATCHIN’. :>)

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

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        http://nfl.si.com/2013/12/30/leslie-frazier-fired-minnesota-vikings/

        Adrian Peterson is a great back when he’s healthy but you can’t go anywhere in this league if you can’t throw the football downfield. Frazier handled the whole QB merry go round badly. Ponder was never the answer. Frazier couldn’t make up his mind.

    • conlakappa

      He pretty much was taunting the owner by referring to him yesterday as “Dan.” Mr. Snyder demands that Mr. Snyder be called Mr. Snyder even by people who have known him since he was a boy.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Shanahan wanted out and I don’t blame him. It’s Snyder’s team and money but at some point you have to step back and let people do their jobs. I understand firing him after an abysmal season but the coaching turnover in Washington is ridiculous and that’s all on Snyder.

        • Town

          But he’s had a losing season 3/4ths of the time he was there, so he had to go.

          • TyrenM

            For Mike and Les, cue Robin (Harris): Gotta go! Gotta Go!

          • AxelFoley

            LOLOLOLOLOLOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ conlakappa♥ – - –***BIG HUG*** :>)
        [Sorry 2 take sooo long. Computer is STR8 "actin' up. :>)]

        THANK U 4 this infomation. Gotta get –”caught up” on these -”nuances”. – -:) U have helped. :>)

        Good 2 C U. Have a good day conlakappa. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - -HAPPY KWANZAA – - –DAY #5 –NIA

    – —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtI3fENvTug [DAY #5 - -NIA]

    - – — – —☺ENJOY your TREAT: – -http://www.bettycrocker.com/~/media/Images/Bettys%20Dish/Headers/Holidays-Headers/KwanzaaKaramuFeastCelebration_Header.jpg :>)

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)-

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

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

    • qosine

      Morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — — As articles R into their – –”YEAR-END REVIEWS”- –
    The White House has an ELEGANT DISPLAY: :>)

    - – - -THANK U – - -MR. PRESIDENT♥ —
    — – - -☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/2013-in-review

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -An UPDATE -[Opinion] – -

    – — NFL’s Minority Issues Reach New Level With Firing Of Leslie Frazier

    – - — -b,>The NFL has had an issue with minority head coaches or the lack thereof for the better part of a decade. Now, the number of minority coaches on the sidelines is beginning to dwindle by the week. And after one look at the head coaches in the NFL you can easily tell that this is becoming a job dominated by middle-aged white males, which is exactly what the “Rooney Rule” was supposed to eliminate.
    – - —-SNIP —

    While Leslie Frazier’s inability to develop a solid quarterback likely sealed his fate with the Minnesota Vikings, his status as a minority makes this firing a larger issue. Moreover, the Vikings will now go on another coaching search as minorities like Lovie Smith, David Shaw and even Charlie Strong are said to be in the running.
    – - – –SNIP – –

    – - – —At the end of the day: Frazier’s firing leaves the NFL with three minority head coaches. The lack of minority head coaches is second to concussions as far as high-grade NFL issues, so I fully expect commissioner Roger Goodell to get more involved with this issue in particular. – - -
    WATCHIN’. . . .

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

    A little something for GLH lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Ohhhh -ALMA98♥ –***BIG HUG***♥ – –***tears/SMILES*** –

      – - –HOW ABSOLUTELY SWEET of U♥. – - – -I’m –LUVIN’ IT!!! :>) – - –BLESS U♥/Family♥ :>)

      U have such a BLESSED DAY. :>) – - — ***HUGS*** :>)

      • Alma98

        You are sooooo welcome GLH!
        Blessings and (((HUGS))) to you too!

        • GreenLadyHere

          –***smilin’ @-chu*** :>) — -***HUGS*** :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      it’s been crazy here at work…is it Friday yet?
      LOL

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah, it’s so cold my screen door has ice on it.
        I told my husband he can’t install another door just to save a few dollars. We spent good money on that door and he did a terrible job putting it in lol. So now I have to get out the hair dryer to defrost the door lol.

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

          Lawd! LOL

          • Alma98

            He’s Cliff Huxtable when it comes to fixing certain things lol.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!
      Homage to the great GreenLady:)

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MORNTin’ – –Le Qosine♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>) – -
        — – -☺http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab5/coramackenzie/emos/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten2.gif

        —- U R 2 KIND. :>) – - – GOOD 2 C U. :>) Have a BLESSED day. :>) – –

        • qosine

          You ARE so great, GreenLady:):)
          I have to say, I do love this gif! lol
          Le Qosine

          • TyrenM

            Is it Le or La Qosine?

          • qosine

            I am a La:)

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – - – -LA – Qosine :>)

            – - –***runnin’ 2 changement – - -my posts*** LOL
            – –I am a STUDENT ALSO . :>) –

          • qosine

            “2 changement” LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL- —LA Qosine — –A “teacha” —GOTTA — –”come correctly”. – - –:>) [2 A FELLOW TEACHA] :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            –LOL —LA Qosine — -U GOT IT. :>) – - -

  • goldenstar

    Joy Ann Reid is subbing for Alex Wagner so I’m watching.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ — http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fQE7nOyudcM/UkHYJkPkE2I/AAAAAAAABcA/YC20jazQmw8/s1600/goldstar.gif GOLDenstar. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Jus’ comi’ 2 post. :>)

      — – - – -☺JOININ’ U♥ – — http://denver.mylittlefacewhen.com/media/f/img/mlfw8990-h6BBB0FF8.gif POPCORN?? – —:>)

      Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • goldenstar

        Thank you GLH.

        I may steal this one for my avatar stash!

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) GOLDenstar. — -Please KNOW that I am “not” trynta suggest a “different avatar.” — -:>)

          I jus’ like 2 use it 2 “address/honor” U. :>)
          – –***HUGS*** :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – -GOLDenstar – –DID she jus’ – -CALL! OUT annnd TAKE DOWN – - -a RE-THUCKER?? – — HAH! — -:>)

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

      I wonder if she’ll get the 12pm slot?

      • goldenstar

        Is Alex moving?

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

          She’s getting Bashir’s 4pm slot.

          • goldenstar

            Oh, yeah. Forgot. It would be good for Joy to get that slot.

          • GreenLadyHere

            GOLDenstar – - –STR8 — -WATCHIN’. . .:>) – -

      • TyrenM

        I thought they gave it to Ronan Farrow?

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

          Oh! I forgot about him!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - -From OUR BELOVED — FIRST LADY♥ –:>) – -
    – - – -Michelle Obama tweets support for Robin Roberts– :>)
    – — – -Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts is making headlines today, after she acknowledged her longtime girlfriend in a special Facebook post.

    Roberts had not previously confirmed or denied that she is a member of the LGBT community.
    – - —SNIP – - -
    First lady Michelle Obama, a supporter of gays rights, tweeted her support for Roberts today:

    THERE IS MORE – –BLESS U♥ :>)

  • Alma98
    • conlakappa

      I guess with his money, one could have a wrinkles-free visage in one’s official portrait. Keep it real, Mayor Mike!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - –WATCHIN’. . . .
    – - -Multiple Bombings In Russian City Ahead Of Winter Olympics – -
    — -Deadly explosions ripped into the Russian city Volgograd for the second day in a row, causing the death of at least 14 people, and raising security concerns in the weeks before the Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Monday’s explosion of an electric trolley bus follows follows a blast
    at Volgograd’s main railway station on Sunday that killed another 17
    and injured 50 civilians. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, a male suicide bomber caused the blast, though his remains still need to be analyzed to determine an identity and possible affiliation.
    “The blast was so strong that the windows of the five-storey building opposite were blown out,” said Vladimir Markin, the committee’s spokesman, in a statement. “According to our preliminary data, the powerof the explosive device was equivalent to at least 4kg TNT.”

    Both Sunday and Monday’s bombs contained shrapnel that was
    “identical,” pointing to a link between the explosions, the
    Investigative Committee said. “That confirms the investigators’ version that both terrorist attacks were linked,” Vladimir Markin told Russian television. “They could have been prepared in one place.”

    The Associated Press video shows the remains of the bus, with blown out windows and emergency responders near the scene of the explosion:
    THERE IS MORE —–

    — -***srttin my STOPWATCH*** Waitin’ 2 C how LONG it will take 2 TRIANGULATE —MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -into THIS. :>)–

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

    I’m listening to Rev. Al’s radio show and he and Earl Ofari Hutchinson are talking about A&E bringing back Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty despite protests from activists groups. Hutchinson said he’s not surprised because Robertson/Duck Dynasty is a “cash cow”. Rev. talked about how they were able to get Don Imus off of MSNBC, and he said that they targeted the ADVERTISERS, not MSNBC….something GLAAD, HRC and NAACP didn’t do in regards to Robertson/Duck Dynasty. Rev. said they only talked to MSNBC AFTER they made an impact with advertisers. He said the right wingers took their playbook and used it against progressive groups by targeting Cracker Barrel and Walmart.

    Progressive groups need to take this as a lesson learned:

    1. Stop with the knee-jerk, emotional reactions and start thinking strategically.

    2. C.R.E.A.M. is real.

    3. Pick and choose your battles wisely

    • goldenstar

      Rev. Sharpton is sharp.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - —-GOLDenstar – - –U R 2, also, annnd, PLUS – -:>)
        – - -☺http://ericakchase.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Manic-Gold-star.gif

        • goldenstar

          LOL!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – - -I KNOW-HUH? – - – -:>)

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – –GR8 – –GET!! –:>)

      – –1. Stop with the knee-jerk, emotional reactions and start thinking strategically. – - – -YA MEAN – –LIKE THIS? – - -
      – - –☺http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5yYu9AwlzcQ/Tj6tlU-e4LI/AAAAAAAAAHc/12DG6s-xzNQ/s1600/Obamachess.jpg

      – –BECAUSE HE takes his TIME in DECISION-MAKING – –sa EMOprogs/PL’s/Hatas – -MISTAKE it 4 –Slow or NO action!! – -

      REV. Al – –CALLED IT! [Like U♥]. – -they targeted the ADVERTISERS, not MSNBC… – - — HAH!!

      I liked THIS Sepia♥ – - -THANK U. :>)
      Have a good day. L<)

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

        Thanks, GLH! You have a good day, too!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia♥ — -Thank U. :>) – - – -

    • Miranda

      #1 is not a lesson they will learn because knee-jerk & emotional is all they do.

      • AxelFoley

        ALL they do.

    • AxelFoley

      I can’t like this post enough.

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

    New York City Is Safer Than Ever—Even With Less ‘Stop and Frisk’
    Mike Riggs 12:50 PM ET

    “The recent ruling against stop-and-frisk has emboldened the city’s pistol-packing perps,” the New York Post declared in September, after United States District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD’s stop and frisk program is unconstitutional. The paper said that shootings were up year over year, and quoted an anonymous (likely NYPD) source as saying, “Shootings are going through the roof now because perps are not afraid to carry a gun.”

    It would seem that the crooks’ celebration—if it existed in the first
    place—was short lived. With only two days left in 2013, New York City’s
    murder rate is the lowest it’s been since 1963. The New York Times reports that murders have declined 20 percent compared to 2012 (which was itself a record-setting safe year for New York). There have been 332 murders between Jan. 1-Dec. 29 of this year, compared to 419 during the previous period.

    The Times also notes that crime is down in big cities across
    the country. Chicago, which led the nation in homicides last calendar
    year, has also seen its fewest number of homicides since the 1960s.

    MORE: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/12/new-york-city-safer-evereven-less-stop-and-frisk/7981/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - –UPDATE: –
    – — –☺ Less that 3 hours –RE: “Young Miss —JAHI” —AMEN.
    — — -☺Waiting 4 the NY facility. –AMEN.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!