November 26, 2014

Monday Open Thread: The African Origin of Humanity with Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

In this week’s series, the late historian, anthropologist and physicist Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (1923-1986) breaks down the African origin of humanity.

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First, a brief bio of Dr. Diop:

Distinguished historian and Pan-Africanist political leader, Cheikh Anta Diop was born in Diourbel, Senegal on December 23, 1923 to a Muslim Wolof family. Part of the peasant class, his family belonged to the African Mouride Islamic sect. Diop grew up in both Koranic and French colonial schools. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree in Senegal, Diop moved to Paris, where he began his graduate studies at the Sorbonne in 1946 in physics.

Once at the Sorbonne, however, Diop became involved in the African students’ anticolonial movement, where young intellectuals worked for African independence. He helped organize the first Pan-African Student Congress in Paris in 1951 and in 1956 participated in the First World Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris. These movements laid the groundwork for a growing African liberation sentiment, supported by the ideological arguments of Negritude, Marxism, and Pan-Africanism.

Committed to the richness of African history, Diop’s 1951 Ph.D. dissertation looked into ancient Egyptian history and the influence it had on European culture. At a time when European cultural superiority was the accepted notion, Diop proclaimed that African civilizations were the inspiration and origin of European accomplishments. The Sorbonne rejected his dissertation, yet his work nevertheless received worldwide attention. In 1955 his work was published as Nations negres et culture (Negro Nations and Culture), a publication that would make him one of the most widely known and controversial historians of his era.  Partly due to the response to the book, in 1960 Diop was awarded his doctorate by the Sorbonne. That same year, Senegal gained its independence and Diop returned to his home country. 

READ MORE HERE.

 

PART I:

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  • GreenLadyHere

    -BREAKING: – -FIRST WOMAN BRITISH PRIME MINISTER –MARGARET THATCHER -DIES —SO SAD.

    • isonprize

      The “Iron Lady” was 87 years old.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MondayMornTin’ isonprize. – —***BIG –PA♥ –HUG** :>)

        —-YES. —She lived — -STRONG annnnnd LONG – –She was BLESSED. :>)

        — – -Good 2 C U isonprize. :>) B BLESSED U/FAMILY♥

    • rikyrah

      found this comment from Zander:

      UPDATE] I had forgotten about Thatcher’s treatment of Nelson Mandela.

      The Conservative prime minister had dismissed the ANC as “a typical terrorist organisation” and refused to back sanctions against the apartheid government, pursuing instead a policy of “constructive engagement”. South Africa was then seen as a vital ally in stemming communist expansion.

      uh huh

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -WAY-ELL — -LOOK WHO she – -“PAL-ED AROUND WITH”
        — -Reagan and Thatcher,political soul mates — ENUF said.

        Good 2 C U rikyrah. :>) – -

  • JojoRaze

    Good morning all. Thanks for the information on Dr. Diop. His gas face in the profile pic is the face I’m giving everyone who’s lambasting PBO’s budget. I am so upset about the whole Kamala Harriss kerfuffle. I know she straight looked at the phone and sighed when her assistant told her PBO called to apologize for saying she was good looking. The whole GLAAD giving Bill Clinton an award for gay rights–and I don’t even support SSM–but I was just baffle by that, and just the continued disrespect of this president by his so-called peers and supporters. I’mma go pray some more. So, I’m just giving everyone the Diop gas face today. I’m glad I’m not on Twitter, because you guys telling me what’s going on there has me upset enough.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ JojoRaze. – – – -***BIG HUG** -:>) – – –

      — ***fist bump** —-LOL — His gas face in the profile pic. . – –
      I’m PRACTICIN’ “that face” –NOW! LOL- –Good idea! :>)

      Good 2 C U JojoRaze. :>) –

  • Miranda

    Cool topic!

  • Miranda

    I hope Howard U gives Rand Paul hell tonight. It is beyond disrespectful for the GOP’s idea of minority outreach to be sending a man who thinks the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional to an HBCU.

    “Paul’s address at the historically black university may be seen as an early effort at outreach to young and minority voters, two voting blocs that typically vote Democratic.

    Young voters came out in support of Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), in his 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for president, and supporters of the younger Paul believe he’ll have similar appeal for young voters if he continues to champion the libertarianism his father brought to prominence.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/292231-rand-paul-to-speak-at-howard-university#ixzz2PsN4y43k

    That is laughable.

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

      I want to know who at H.U. signed off on this.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Me, too.
        Also, what was their reasoning?

      • rikyrah

        how come we can’t get the answer to this question?

      • jds09

        This is just an exercise in getting clips for fundraising. SMH

    • rikyrah

      just so the youngun’s know…
      if Rand Paul had his way….your Black behinds would still be drinking from COLORED water fountains.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda . ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –
      — – -Let’s HOPE that THEY PLAN 2 EDUCATE him!! – -No doubt there will B a Q/A session or 2. He betta WATCH OUT!! – -HAH.
      Watchin’. . .

      Have a good day Miranda. :>)

    • TyrenM

      This is worse than NAACP having Romney over to tell them they ain’t shit. These are still impressionable minds. Hopefully they’ll boo him outta the building.

      • conlakappa

        I’d rather they just told him his eyes were wrong. The booing will be seen as people not open for conversation or debate. He’ll be the victim and have it as another part of his media reel used for fundraising.

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

    POUers have been saying all along the Repubs and media are trying to define PBO’s legacy.

    Hill holds President Obama’s legacy in its hands
    By: Jonathan Allen
    April 8, 2013 04:38 AM EDT

    It’s now or never for the White House.

    President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda is in doubt as Congress
    returns to Washington this week for a spring and summer stretch that
    could go a long way to define the scope of Obama’s legacy.

    MORE: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=51419B0A-3809-4421-B4CE-4FEDD6AD10CB

    • jds09

      I can’t even read this bullshit. His legacy is already set with ACA (on the table since Teddy Motherfucking Roosevelt, winding down Iraqi and killing Bin Laden plus the long list of domestic policies he has put in place. All they are holding is their oversized egos.

    • gn

      lol, the GOP is in complete disarray and their own leadership is divided between making radical changes on social issues or doubling down into oblivion. Whose legacy is really up in the air?

      • jds09

        They cannot imagine a world where they are not in charge. Its a sickness.

        • gn

          6 years ago, wedge issues favored the GOP. Today, that situation has completely, 100% flipped. Total rout by President Obama…this article writer is in denial.

      • http://twitter.com/sherylkaye Sheryl Kaye

        Lol, is right. President Obama’s 2nd term is not quite 3 months in yet. These fools are ridiculous. They’re all ready to start the 2016 campaign. Besides they must have forgotten about his 1st term. A legacy of diversity in his cabinet, health care, leveling of the playing field for social equality, ie. lgbt issues, gun legislation which “will” eventually pass, executive order for immigrants, immigration reform, which “will” eventually pass…, just to name a few things. And the accomplishments that President Obama has made are the big things that other POTUS’ haven’t been able to get done in 20+ years. And let’s not mention that he is the “1st” African American President, not 1 term but 2 by popular and electoral votes. They can’t wrap President Obama up in a 6 month box.

        • gn

          Totally agreed; were the WH stronger on racism and equality for African Americans, I’d even argue that PBO is executing a near-perfect administration of the country, considering the mess he inherited and the venom + disarray of the opposition party.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      They can try and change the name if they want to but it’s still GOPolitico.

  • Miranda

    Wait…but I thought only black folks were relying on Food Stamps?

    Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. – The economy of Woonsocket was about to stir to life. Delivery trucks were moving down river roads, and stores were extending their hours. The bus company was warning riders to anticipate “heavy traffic.” A community bank, soon to experience a surge in deposits, was rolling a message across its electronic marquee on the night of Feb. 28: “Happy shopping! Enjoy the 1st.”

    In the heart of downtown, Miguel Pichardo, 53, watched three trucks jockey for position at the loading dock of his family-run International Meat Market. For most of the month, his business operated as a humble milk-and-eggs corner store, but now 3,000 pounds of product were scheduled for delivery in the next few hours. He wiped the front counter and smoothed the edges of a sign posted near his register. “Yes! We take Food Stamps, SNAP, EBT!”

    “Today, we fill the store up with everything,” he said. “Tomorrow, we sell it all.”

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/food-stamps-put-rhode-island-town-on-monthly-boom-and-bust-cycle/2013/03/16/08ace07c-8ce1-11e2-b63f-f53fb9f2fcb4_story.html?tid=pm_pop&buffer_share=34467&utm_source=buffer

    • Admiral_Komack

      I guess the welfare queens hang out in Rhode Island.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG*** :>) Woo! Hoo! – -WE GON B SCHOOLED THIS WEEK!! :>) –Annnd – -Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop HAS SOME DOUBLE FIRSTS! :>); ALSO: –MR. PRESIDENT is – -ON DA ROAD 2 CONNECTICUT :>)

    – – –☻FIRSTS:
    — —– -☺He helped organize the first Pan-African Student Congress in Paris in
    1951
    and in 1956 participated in the First World Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris.

    – — – – -☺THIS – ->Diop proclaimed that African civilizations were the inspiration and origin of European accomplishments – –BOOM!! :>) —THANK U Sepia:>) –

    — –☻ –President Obama Takes Gun Control Push to Connecticut – – — –Lookin’ FORWARD — –>

    — – -ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) B BLESSED 2-DAY. -

  • rikyrah

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    they even have a countdown clock

  • rikyrah

    ‘Ideas that work’ for whom?
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Apr 8, 2013 7:59 AM EDT.

    Every Saturday morning, President Obama releases a weekly address, issued over the air and on radio, followed by an official Republican response. Ordinarily, they’re intended to reinforce the parties’ message of the week, or push some new initiative, and they’re not especially newsworthy.

    But this week’s GOP address, delivered by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), struck me as more interesting than most

    National party leaders selected Brownback so that he could tout Kansas’ new tax policies, which Republicans apparently now consider a model for the nation. The governor specifically called his tax agenda an example of “ideas that work.”

    “They involve a more focused government that costs less. A taxing structure that encourages growth. An education system that produces measurable results. And a renewed focus on the incredible dignity of each and every person, no matter who they are.”

    The next question, of course, is, “Ideas that work for whom?”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/08/17653340-ideas-that-work-for-whom?lite

  • rikyrah

    The gun debate GOP senators are afraid to have

    Steve Benen
    Mon Apr 8, 2013 8:35 AM EDT.

    Two weeks ago, a trio of right-wing senators — Republicans Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah — released a statement explaining their intention to block a debate on any legislation that changes any federal gun law in any way. Soon after, the filibuster threat grew to five members, and over the weekend, the total reached 12.

    Remember, these dozen GOP senators aren’t just saying they’re going to oppose legislation, and they’re not merely threatening to block final passage. Rather, these 12 senators are saying they’re not prepared to allow the Senate to even have a debate — even if the legislation would save lives, even if the ideas have bipartisan support, and even if the bill is entirely permissible under the Constitution.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and raised a fair point.


    ……………………………………………

    Let’s be clear about the nature of the threat: these 12 Republican senators are saying they’re unwilling to allow the Senate to debate gun legislation. It would be tough enough to craft a bill that can pass both chambers of Congress, but we now have a dozen Republicans who are so scared, they’re afraid of a discussion

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/08/17653920-the-gun-debate-gop-senators-are-afraid-to-have?lite

  • rikyrah

    Douthat Loathes Himself

    by BooMan
    Sun Apr 7th, 2013 at 08:41:05 PM EST

    Ross Douthat emerged from Harvard with some serious hang-ups. I don’t know why. He grew up in New Haven, so it’s not like Cambridge was a foreign planet. He graduated magna cum laude, which ain’t too shabby. Yet, his first instinct upon graduation was to write a book ripping the place: Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. Here’s how Stephen Metcalf summed up Privilege:

    In the end, Privilege is more a symptom than a diagnosis. The wound-up, overachieving children of the wound-up, overachieving professional elites find themselves ensnared in a paradox: the more intense the competition for social rewards, the more advantages their parents feel compelled to confer on them, and at earlier and earlier ages. Even as these children compete harder to achieve more, they may suspect they are less and less deserving. This is a recipe for neurosis, in which a style of condescension appropriate to the old Protestant upper crust mingles nonsensically with the gaping insecurity of the striving middle classes. And this is precisely the voice in which Privilege has been written

    Of course, Douthat’s gaping sense of insecurity went deeper than mere suspicions about his right to rule America. Let us quote from page 184 of his book.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/4/7/20415/12893

  • rikyrah

    The point behind the ‘Kabuki’

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Apr 8, 2013 9:20 AM EDT

    The White House has not yet released President Obama’s new budget plan, but it’s on the on-deck circle and we have a reasonably good idea of what’s in it. As we talked about last week, the administration hopes to resolve the parties’ fiscal fight by trading entitlement “reforms” for new revenue — Democrats would accept cuts to social-insurance programs, including chained CPI for Social Security, and Republicans would accept closed tax loopholes and fewer deductions.

    Republicans, who reject the idea of compromise, hate the plan. Democrats, who see no reason to cut Social Security, hate it, too. So what is the White House up to? Paul Krugman characterized the whole effort as “Kabuki,” and his take is pretty compelling.

    The answer, I fear, is that Obama is still trying to win over the Serious People, by showing that he’s willing to do what they consider Serious — which just about always means sticking it to the poor and the middle class. The idea is that they will finally drop the false equivalence, and admit that he’s reasonable while the GOP is mean-spirited and crazy.

    But it won’t happen. Watch the Washington Post editorial page over the next few days. I hereby predict that it will damn Obama with faint praise, saying that while it’s a small step in the right direction, of course it’s inadequate — and anyway, Obama is to blame for Republican intransigence, because he could make them accept a Grand Bargain that includes major revenue increases if only he would show Leadership (TM).

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/08/17654470-the-point-behind-the-kabuki?lite

  • rikyrah

    House liberal leader: Say No to the Grand Bargain

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Let’s say that at the end of the day, liberals face a choice: Which is worse, extended sequestration or a Grand Bargain that cuts Social Security and Medicare in exchange for new revenues, as Obama’s forthcoming budget seems designed to secure?

    In an interview with me today, Dem Rep. Raul Grivjalva — the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — told me he would vote No on any Grand Bargain with entitlement cuts like Chained CPI for Social Security. And he said that if we face the theoretical choice outlined above, the sequester is the better, or least bad, option — because ultimately the sequester could be changed under pressure from public opinion, while entitlement cuts would be harder to undo.

    “I really believe that the sequester itself would start to unravel under public pressure,” Grijalva told me. “Let’s let the political and fiscal consequences of the sequester take hold with the American public. I’d rather count on the public changing the sequester than on cutting a deal that exposes Social Security into the future.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/05/house-liberal-leader-say-no-to-the-grand-bargain/

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Grivjalva is going to shut his mouth and vote as he’s told. If Nancy and PBO come to an agreement then Grivjalva is going to fall in line whether he likes it or not. Oh he personally may vote against it but he better not think of trying to influence others to do the same.

  • Miranda

    Wake-Up Call: Coburn Amendment and the Minority Pipeline in Political Science
    by ERIK VOETEN on APRIL 8, 2013 · 0 COMMENTS

    As is widely known in the political science community, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) failed to get the Senate to eliminate NSF funding in political science, but succeeded in placing severe limits to its use, limiting funding only to projects that “promote national security or the economic interests of the United States.” In the days following the passage of the amendment, many began to wonder how it would affect existing programs, with some speculating the waiver might be interpreted broadly and would leave most funding efforts intact.

    Now, we seem to have a clearer answer, and the implications for political science are troubling in ways that were not even appreciated or foreseen in the run-up to the Coburn amendment.

    One of the first major casualties of the Coburn amendment, perhaps even the first known casualty of any size, is the cancellation of APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (hereafterRBSI), “an annual five-week program designed to introduce minority students to the world of graduate study and to encourage application to Ph.D. programs.

    more here: http://themonkeycage.org/2013/04/08/wake-up-call-coburn-amendment-and-the-minority-pipeline-in-political-science/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+themonkeycagefeed+(The+Monkey+Cage)&utm_content=Google+Reader

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Revisit filibuster reform, Harry Reid

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Congress returns from recess this week, and we are likely to see Republicans stand in the way of key items on Obama’s agenda yet again. The Senate will soon vote on expanded background checks, which enjoy near universal support. Obama is set to meet with Republican Senators to again discuss replacing the sequester with a mix of spending cuts and new revenues — which will be in Obama’s budget — at a time when solid majorities favor that mode of deficit reduction.

    Despite public sentiment on these issues, you can expect more filibustering and obstructionism from Republicans. Perhaps this is why Harry Reid has again threatened to revisit filibuster reform:

    “All within the sound of my voice — including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with — should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority,” Reid told Nevada Public Radio in a little-noticed interview Friday. “And I will do that if necessary.”

    By my count, this is at least the third time a Dem Senate leader has threatened to revisit rules reform. Yet the obstructionism continues with no action on Reid’s part.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/08/the-morning-plum-revisit-filibuster-reform-harry-reid/

  • rikyrah

    About Bill Clinton getting the GLAAD award before President Obama…
    That would be akin to, after the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act were passed…
    The NAACP not giving the Springarn to Lyndon Baines Johnson..
    and instead giving it to Strom Thurmond.
    THAT is how ridiculous this award to Bill Clinton is.

    • gn

      Well, I dunno…perhaps if GLAAD were even a fraction as oppressed and disenfranchised as African Americans during the VRA/CRA time period, they’d be more inclined to nod to a President who has gone far out of his way to make gay rights a centerpiece of his presidency. But the reality is that GLAAD etc are mostly comprised of, and run for and by, people who are already privileged and have little to nothing in common with black people, only a desire to appropriate the legacy of civil rights (because similar to the people resentful of affirmative action, the feeling is that black people should have nothing until every white person with a grievance has been served first). Let them award Clinton; I’ve never bought into these “new black” comparisons in the first place and perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call to the minority of black folks who seem so eager to pass on the legacy of civil rights to groups of majority white people.

    • JojoRaze

      Some folk really believe the 2520s ice is colder. I don’t support SSM, but I’m still trying to get an explanation how a white president who signed TWO LAWS that made gay rights harder to achieve gets an award from a prominent gay rights group when the black president who nominated and put in his administration openly gay and transgendered people, and got rid of one of the anti-gay laws that said white president signed, gets no love–not even a thank you card. Someone needs to explain it to me, because truly, I cram to understand!

      • gn

        A more apt comparison would be 55–60% of the not of color US voting for McCain, Palin, Romney, and Ryan, despite the fact that the black POTUS worked to avert Depression and has done that so well, that not of color people as a group have recovered much of their pre-Bushpression wealth and employment. I’m not trying to demonize anyone, but we all know why there’s no appreciation amongst some, only a sense of resentment and entitlement. There’s no difference re: the GLAAD/Clinton award, it’s the exact same impulse. People were only fooled because there are all these comparisons to civil rights, but these folks only want the legacy, moral authority, and political currency of that movement, not real kinship with black people.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        “…but I’m still trying to get an explanation how a white president…”

        Stop right there. You just provided your own explanation.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          BOOM!!!! See it Jojo. Question answered. Barack Obama is the Jackie Robinson of Presidents.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          BOOM!!!! See it Jojo. Question answered. Barack Obama is the Jackie Robinson of Presidents.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I agree but truth to tell imo this award don’t mean squat. Nothing to get worked up over. These are PUMA’s that never let go of 2008. There’s no way anybody can give an award to a guy that only did two things for them. One sort of positive the other definitely negative. Compare that with a guy who did a ton of things for them on the legislation side and in addition changed the conversation as a whole.

      No way I can take them seriously.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia —–***BIG SIGH*** — – -Suuuuure – — –“SECOND TIME AROUND”- – – – —Majority Leader Reid Threatens Second Round Of Filibuster Reform – –

    – – — — -In an interview with a public radio station in Nevada Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that the weak-tea filibuster reforms Senate Republicans agreed to last January may not be the last round of reforms during the current Congress — at least if Senate Republicans continue to filibuster judges without good reason or consequence. During the interview, Reid threatened to invoke a process championed by Senate Republicans in 2005 in order to change the Senate’s broken rules and end conservative roadblocks against judicial confirmations:,

    “All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary,” Reid said on Nevada Public Radio.
    THERE IS MORE ———
    SHOW US – — -JUST DON’T – –FILIBUSTER!! — -***tsk** —***eye roll***

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I figured he still had this in his back pocket but we’ll see.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG***** :>)

        – – — ***fist bump*** :>) WATCHIN’. . . :>) —

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>) – -

  • Miranda

    just gotta read to believe…..the Illuminati, would-be rapper, human sacrifice…all the makings of a really good Law & Order.

    excerpt:
    Johnson said in court Thursday that the trial will delve into the hip-hop music culture and the notion that a secret society called the Illuminati has control over the success of some performers.

    It was the belief that a sacrifice had to occur in order to join the Illuminati that allegedly incited El-Amin, Johnson said. Investigators recovered more than a pound of marijuana from the Athens Avenue home, according to the search warrant, as well as literature dealing with the Illuminati and its alleged connection to the music industry.

    Harris, in denying bond for El-Amin, who waved happily to family members in the courtroom Thursday, said he was concerned about Johnson’s representations that El-Amin claimed no knowledge of what occurred in December because of the amount of marijuana he had smoked.

    more here: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/june-trial-set-for-would-be-rapper-accused-of-malicious/article_2ef3b8c1-ff5b-5479-b709-463a57474be6.html

    • gn

      lol! People are crazy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda —-UH! OH! — – DA PLOT THICKENS —
    —–FBI eyes possible extortion at Rutgers after basketball coach fired

    —— – The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs.

    Meanwhile, Robert Morris University is expected to report in coming
    days what it has learned in its own inquiry on the three years Rice
    spent as head coach there.

    A person familiar with the FBI’s probe told The Associated Press on Sunday that investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men’s basketball program’s player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN.
    THERE IS MORE
    WATCHIN’. . . .

    • conlakappa

      And CBS made sure to show two photos of him, glowering, while calling him disgruntled. They brought on an FBI expert, who pointed out that, yeah, having a letter from a lawyer kinda makes it seem less like extortion than negotiating an out settlement. But the villainizing of the guy who brought it to light marched on.

  • Miranda

    *lays head on desk*………….and damn near every black man I follow on twitter is laughing hysterically at this. I think Essence made this up.

    Intimacy Intervention: My Husband Uses Racial Slurs During Sexhttp://www.essence.com/2013/04/08/intimacy-intervention-my-husband-uses-racial-slurs-during-sex/

    • Tafr

      I hate this new format. I cannot click that link for some reason

      • Miranda

        I messed up the link and fixed it now.

        • Tafr

          Thank you

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      AAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! I’m sorry, that was wrong.
      AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!

      P.S. Not to slander the whole group here, but why is it these Negroes from the Islands are the last to get a clue?

      • Miranda

        I will have to punish myself for laughing at @rodimusprime and @insanityreport tweets about this. Will be in the bad lounge with no snacks or magazines for the rest of the day.

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

          @rodimusprime 40m I bet their safe word was something fucked up too. Something like “Freedom Papers” or “Pre-nup”.

          *dead*

      • caribbeanobserver

        Hey….I don’t even know what you are trying to say.!! Because this negro from the islands has all kinda clues! Just had to delurk to straighten out.

        • Tafr

          I know right! As a military wife I know all kinds of Asian women that have not a damn clue. They get lured over here with all kinds of promises only to find out their husband wanted a sex slave. Fools come in all kinds of colors all over this world.

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

      Let me find Stacey Dash or Keli Goff wrote this…

    • http://twitter.com/DAOWENS44 Dannie Owens

      see, this is why dannie cant date white. call me ‘nigger bitch’ just once and its gonna be an episode of Snapped!

      • Tafr

        Oh Dannie you are a mess lol.Y’all know it is not even 9am here yet here I am laughing like a damn fool, snorting coffee everywhere. I just cannot it is too damn early for this shit. Dannie you are a mess LOL.

        • Miranda

          Black twitter is completely outta control right now. These fools have started a #NegroBush hashtag…i just know Essence did this shit on purpose!

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

            I hope it starts trending!

      • rikyrah

        I’d be in jail for attempted murder

      • http://twitter.com/keepitcleva Epiphany Sweet

        I would fix him a special dinner that would give him a permanent case of “iitis”

    • jds09

      The line that kills me…”he purchased my freedom.” I can’t, I just can’t. lol

      • JojoRaze

        If it were I, I’d start calling him my “Grand Dragon” and “my favorite cracker” and see how he likes that one for size. I mean, respect is a bare minimum for a marriage, and if he can’t see that this is disrespectful, I’d be disrespecting him by calling him “honky” or “cracker” and see if he likes that. Or better yet, record–voice not film–when they are having relations and take it to a divorce attorney and get gone quick. When Kizzy talks back, Miss Ann or Mr. Charlie always gets upset.

    • Kennymack1971

      I call shenanigans. This can’t be real.. Just no.

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

        I wouldn’t be surprised if this is indeed real. As much as we talk about self-hating Black men, there are quite a few self-hating Black women, too.

        There was this chick on JJP who used to sing the praises of white men and bash Black men as if she was the Grand Wizard of the KKK. She and several other Black women formed a social media network that encourages sistas to only date white men. That What About Our Daughters? blog was a haven for these Bash-A-Brotha, Love Anotha crazy heffas. *smh*

        • Alma98

          I remember a black woman being on either CNN or MSNBC during PBO’s first presidential run. She was upset that her white husband’s family was calling PBO and her nigga’s. And her husband would not speak up or defend her. All I could do was shake my head.

        • Tafr

          No offense to those who post over at LHCF but a good number of those women talk like that. I will never forget a woman over there talking about her racist boyfriend that hung out with skinheads. She had the nerve to get mad when folks told her she was cray cray.

        • TyrenM

          I still read WAOD on occasion. She too goes in on Ebony and Zerlina when they mess up.

          The Caribbean sista – There wasn’t a damn thang any Black man could do for her. Uggh. I loved the back and forth some of you used to get into with her. Some would make half a day of it. She banned men from commenting on her site. Now I don’t see it anymore.

    • lamh36

      Damn shame! is Halle Berry writing anonymous letters to the editors now?

      • crazycanuck

        wrong, just wrong lol.

      • JojoRaze

        I don’t think Halle would put up with that at all. I think the reason why she dropped her baby daddy was that he was trying to say Nahla wasn’t black. Halle was like, “Nawl, my baby is black. I’m black. My mama told me I was black and my mama is white, so “Next, boo!”

    • http://twitter.com/worldwatcher7 M.M.

      This reminds me of Terrence Howard and Barry Bonds complaining about their white exes calling them niggers during their marriages. There is an ample supply of stupidity to be found in both genders.

    • PBomb

      That is some absolute foolishness. WOW.

    • http://twitter.com/keepitcleva Epiphany Sweet

      No way in hell this is a real story. And if it is I wanna slap the ish outta that bish for marrying him. All money aint good money

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -THEY CONTINUE 2 DESTROY – – –

    – – – –The Koch Brothers War On Renewable Energy Is Killing Jobs and Destroying Our Air

    — -It is hardly deniable that the Earth’s climate is warming at an alarming rate, and it has prompted most countries in the developed world to look to renewable energy as a means of staunching greenhouse gas emissions as well as reducing their dependency on fossil fuels. Even America, the backward nation addicted to and lusting for more fossil fuel use, has crept ever so slowly to catch up to the rest of the world’s use of renewable energy with a burgeoning movement toward wind and solar power that creates jobs, saves consumers’ money, and reduces pollutants. In 2007, North Carolina was the first state in the Southeastern U.S. to adopt renewable energy standards to
    encourage electrical utility providers to expand their use of renewable
    sources of energy, and last week, they became the first state to repeal
    their renewable energy standards at the direction of the Koch brothers
    and their legislative arm, the American Legislative Exchange Council
    (ALEC).

    THERE IS MORE.

    [Gotta “bounce” eatly. Sorry. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – -IN MY ♥]

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      It must be rough having so much money and the only thing you can think to do with it is destroy humanity.

      • gn

        Hoarders needs to do an episode on these two…hoard wealth and then use it to control others and seek disproportionate attention.

        • Alma98

          Walker is trying to sell the state utilities to these two cretins. First he made sure to block renewable energy here. The dumbasses here can’t see that it’s all about money.

          • gn

            He’s got to be one of the most corrupt governors in the country.

          • Alma98

            Yes he is.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -woody45 – —***fist bump*** — — SPEAK “TROOF!:”- >)

  • JojoRaze

    Ok, question for the OH fam. My nephew got into Kenyon and in all likelihood will be going there in the fall. It’s in the middle of nowhere about a hour’s drive from Columbus. Where can he get a good haircut from a black barber or a barber of any other color that can cut black hair. The closer to Gambier OH, where Kenyon is, the better.

    • TyrenM

      Hopefully, he ain’t the only brother there. We had a couple that could cut heads in St. Cloud (hour from Minneapolis.)

    • trose1

      Hopefully, your nephew will get with some brothers who have some clippers.
      Good luck congrats to your nephew!

  • GOVCHRIS1988
    • Miranda

      And apparently we have some emoprogs that think PBO’s statement on her death should go something like: BURN IN HELL BITCH!

      I swear, they have the maturity of a 3yr old eating sugar in the middle of Toys R Us.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Which is why no one sane listens to them. Its funny, because these are the same people who were aghast when the attacks on Ted Kennedy happened after his death. Now, they turn around and do the same thing. Its nuts.

  • Miranda

    Brian Stelter ‏@brianstelter2m
    Full-page CNN ad in the NYT today: “Allow us to reintroduce ourselves.” pic.twitter.com/X7gERjOK5Q

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BHVg4qhCIAA9Mda.jpg:large

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

      I see white people.

      • Miranda

        adept2u ‏@adept2u6m
        Why do you suppose @cnn didn’t put Don Lemon or Fredericka permanent smile on their marketing? UH OH! Get those resumes updated you two.

        • Admiral_Komack

          They are being heaved over the side as we speak.

      • Admiral_Komack

        This is CNN.

    • http://twitter.com/DAOWENS44 Dannie Owens

      c folks! no negroes!! #thisiscnn #cnonegroes

    • crazycanuck

      CNN diversity at it’s best. Oh well, the faux feminist will be happy.

    • Kennymack1971

      No worries. I expect Blacker Thou Inc to be as intense and dogmatic about this as they were about PBOs cabinet appointments… Right?

    • Admiral_Komack

      Has the Sole Patrol seen this yet?

  • MonieTalks

    Newtown Parents’ Message to ESSENCE Readers

    …the Greenes are together in their living room, remembering Ana Grace
    in an emotional interview with ESSENCE magazine. During their sit-down
    with writer Asha Bandele — a May 2013 ESSENCE feature that kicks off a series aimed at making our communities safer — the grieving parents alsoexpress their frustration with partisan politics and what Jimmy
    describes as “the lack of meaningful action on gun violence.”

    “The first sympathy letters we got did not begin with ‘I’m a Republican’ or
    ‘I’m a Democrat,’ ” Nelba says. “They began with ‘I’m so sorry.’ ” Nelba
    says she saw genuine anguish in President Obama’s eyes when he came to Newtown and met with the families 48 hours after the shooting. “He looked at Ana’s picture and his eyes welled up with tears,” she
    remembers. “He said, ‘She looks like she could have been one of mine.’
    His pain was real, and it was the pain of a parent, not a President.”

    http://www.essence.com/2013/04/02/newtown-parents-message-essence-readers

    • MonieTalks

      Let me just add that Essence is getting engaged in the gun control debate. The only problem is their activism includes only asking people to download a letter addressed to PBO and take a picture with it.

      Um, PBO is not the one blocking legislation…in fact he is touring the nation now to ask for commonsense legislation. How come no one with half way intelligence these days realizes that ALL of Congress needs a match lit to their ass. PBO has made his position solidly known. But if legislation fails in Congress, it is civic-ignorant stunts like this that makes it seem PBO has failed. Now if Essence is real serious, they would challenge Rand “I’m going to filibuster gun legislation” Paul before he speaks at Howard Wednesday.

      • itgurl_29

        I just posted that over there. I swear, people can be so damn stupid. Why are you yelling at the person who’s on your side and paying no attention to the one who’s doing everything he can to destroy you? Stupid.

      • Kennymack1971

        It’s easier to get attention by showboating under the guise of holding PBO accountable than actually going after people holding up progress. Same shit different day.

      • gn

        if Essence is real serious, they would challenge Rand “I’m going to filibuster gun legislation” Paul before he speaks at Howard Wednesday.

        That would make too much sense…

  • Miranda

    Yes, Sequestration Is Actually Bad
    by Jon Favreau Apr 8, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Pundits said President Obama was crying wolf on sequestration. Turns out the wolf is real, says former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau in his debut Daily Beast column.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/08/yes-sequestration-is-actually-bad.html

  • Alma98

    Hello

  • Alma98

    How do you put a comment in Italics? Copy and paste is not working.

  • Miranda

    This is some bullshit. With our troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, OF COURSE the VA will have an even more backlog in processing claims and benefits! The GOP has been screwing over veterans of these wars since the first invasion but now they wanna blame PBO?? Seriously??

    As VA Backlog Grows, ‘Baffled’ Veteran Allies Begin To Turn On President
    by Jamie Reno Apr 8, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    As the benefits system for veterans has bogged down on Obama’s watch, in spite of his promises to fix it, advocates who had been allies are running out of patience with the president, reports Jamie Reno.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/08/as-va-backlog-grows-baffled-veteran-allies-begin-to-turn-on-president.html

    • http://twitter.com/worldwatcher7 M.M.

      I have been wondering when the connection between vets returning and system overload at the VA would be made in the press.

  • Miranda

    Lord forgive me, but my first thought when I saw this tweet was “but I bet you wouldn’t do it if it was Mandela”

    Tony Gallagher ‏@gallaghereditor29m
    We have closed comments on every #Thatcher story today – even our address to email tributes is filled with abuse

    • Alma98

      Hell they don’t close them when the story is about FLOTUS, they just let the racism fly.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I wonder if by abuse he means actual criticism that he woman deserves.

  • gn

    Why they gave yall twitter, I will never understand:

    EmoNegro1
    @havewhatusay @TheObamaDiary You can buy my new book “Watch Yo Mouf Sucka: Sexual Harrassment in the Obama Era” at the new Poverty Bus Forum

    h/t POU’s twitter feed

  • crazycanuck

    I wonder why Essence still has the old disqus format?

  • Miranda

    I know I wasn’t the only one that watched those beach movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. Sometimes the Superstation (when it was that instead of just TBS) would play them during the day and for some reason I was always home sick from school on that day.

    NBC News ‏@NBCNews1m
    JUST IN: Former Mouseketeer and film star Annette Funicello dies at age 70, NBC News confirms

    • PBomb

      Well she did suffer from MS from a long time.

      She lived a lot longer than people who suffer from that do.

      RIP, Annette.

      • crazycanuck

        I didn’t realize she was in a coma for years. Was that reported?

        • PBomb

          I never heard about it. Apparently it was a MS coma. I guess that is the finality of that disease.

    • MsKitty

      I remember watching the beach movies on Saturday afternoons. It cracked me up years later when I read that the costumers had to make sure that no matter what bikini Annette wore it always covered her belly button. I guess exposed navels were scandalous in the ’60s.

      RIP Annette

      • Alma98

        Beach Blanket Bingo was my favorite.

    • Alma98

      Awwww I loved Annette Funicello, they were the first incarnation of Grease to me. RIP, Condolences to her family & friends.

    • rikyrah

      rip Annette

    • http://twitter.com/DAOWENS44 Dannie Owens

      RIP Annette! #cyarealsoon

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

      RIP Annette

    • Daltex82

      Beach Blanket Bingo was one of my favorites. RIP.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Yeah I watched quite a few of those. Also loved her on the old Mickey Mouse Club.

        • Admiral_Komack

          I got your back, ’cause Annette Funicello was a hottie.
          Zerlina Maxwell can just shut up.

  • http://twitter.com/DAOWENS44 Dannie Owens

    Thanks for this post on Diop! my mother loves his work

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity
    By Charles P. Pierce at 1:14PM
    Some day, when I’m in Washington, I’m going to forego one of my favorite night-time occupations, which is to take a long, lingering cab ride around the city while pretending that I’m Kevin Costner in No Way Out. Instead, I’m going to sneak over to the offices of Tiger Beat On The Potomac and spread all kinds of shiny things around on the ground. Then, I’m going to come back in the morning and watch the whole staff fight over them.

    I swear to almighty god, if they thought it would get them a Drudge link, you could convince these people that the future of democracy can be found in the divination of a flight of geese, or in the abandoned skin of a snake, or somewhere in the collected works of David Brooks. Now, they are enamored of Senator Aqua Buddha and his ongoing attempt to have a lot of cake and eat a lot of it, too.

    Fair or not, Ron Paul epitomized to a swath of voters the caricature of a goofy grandpa who invests in gold, stockpiles guns, sees black helicopters whirling overhead and quotes Friedrich Hayek. His ride into the sunset – combined with an evolving electorates’s move away from hot-button social issues – gives a new libertarian guard the opportunity to rebrand their governing philosophy as more reasonable, serious and compatible with the Republican Party. Led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), libertarians hope to become a dominant wing of the GOP by tapping into a potent mix of war weariness, economic anxiety and frustration with federal overreach in the fifth year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Yeah, whoo-hoo! New stuff. Except that, as the piece goes along, we discover that The New Hope is seeking to gain political influence by “moderating” his positions that address, well, “war weariness, economic anxiety, and frustration with federal overreach.”

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/politico-rand-paul-obsession-040813#ixzz2PtXA4V00

  • Aquagranny911

    I’ve had it with Disqus!!! I am about ready to give up posting here or trying to read comments. I just don’t have the time & temper anymore to be this aggravated. Sorry, Peeps.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Don’t let ‘em win (and I like your company in The Bad Lounge).