September 16, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: African American Car Designers

Good Morning Obots!

Today’s featured car designer is Andre Hudson!

A design career that started with doodling sports cars

From the perspective of a Denver middle school teacher, grading papers from Andre Hudson was a chore.

“Like a lot of kids,” the 33-year-old designer recalled, “I was always doodling on assignments and the teachers were not quite happy when I turned papers in with sketches of people and cars and boats on them. I never really imagined that you could make a career doing something like that.

“Then somebody gave me an automobile magazine since I had always loved cars. There was a sidebar story on Chrysler design and a story about a designer that had worked on the Dodge Viper concept. I was blown away. Somebody’s job is to go in and draw and design cars! I had never thought about it. Wow! This could be an amazing thing to do! That’s why I consider it a blessing to be able to do what I do for a living.”

Whether or not Black artists could do that for a living is a question the young Hudson didn’t ask. His middle school guidance counselors had no idea what it took to get involved in automotive design, or where to go for practical guidance. So Hudson went home and composed a letter to Bob Lutz, then at Chrysler Design, saying he was about to enter high school and wanted to know what it took to be a car designer.

“I would love to work for your guys at some point,” Hudson wrote. “I loved aircraft and cars and could you please enlighten me as to what I need to do to pursue a career?”

Three months later, young Hudson got home from school and found a letter from J.E. Hurlitz, then vice president of product design, stating the company was “thrilled with your excitement and willingness to work with us.”  If Hudson attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and earned a degree in industrial design he could join the Chrysler design team. Three years later, Hudson graduated from high school, packed up, and headed for Detroit, unaware of the downward spiral of the Motor City.

“Imagine the shock of this Colorado kid packing up his Dodge Shadow and rising out of I-94 corridor into downtown Detroit thinking where have I come to?” Hudson recalled.  “That neighborhood was abandoned and there were barrels with fires burning in them. It looks like I have landed on the set of Robocop.”

But college was a different world. This was the study of utilitarian art in motion. To designers, a car is a form of performance art and those who appreciate your work buy replicas to take home.

“Cars are a very emotional product,” he explained, “and as a designer of cars, they are extensions of you. Trains and aircraft and other types of transportation are more engineering than design driven and, therefore, the attachment is not quite that emotional.

“There is much more freedom of expression in vehicle design, and it’s what made the connection with me as an artist.”

In his junior year, he received a summer internship with Chrysler. But his work brought him to the attention of Ed Welburn, a design executive at General Motors, who hired him when he graduated.

Welburn, who would eventually become vice president of global design at GM, mentored Hudson, steering him through several projects as he grew as a design professional.  “I worked on several concept cars,” he said. “Your dream is to do that because you can get those dreams out on the turntable at shows.  But as you mature you realize the importance of not only getting the cover of a magazine for a month or two, but working on a product that you can see in your neighbor’s garage or your parents’ garage.

“It’s been a quest to hone my skills and put out products that my friends and family can drive.”

His seven-year journey through GM’s design system had the young Hudson working on big SUVs including the Chevy SSR and Hummer H3, as well as the slick, Saturn Sky roadster. He had a three month assignment in GM’s design shop in Coventry, England, which stretched to three years.

Hudson was eager to see the world, and looked forward to working in other GM design studios. But then, the Koreans came calling.

“I was intrigued with Hyundai,” he said. “They were on this mission to become much more — perception wise — than the staid company they had been. I was intrigued with the idea of becoming part of a company going through that growth process.

Read the rest of Andre’s journey from doodling sports cars to Senior Designer for Hyundai here.

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  • isonprize

    To designers, a car is a form of performance art and those who appreciate your work buy replicas to take home.

    What a wonderful way to look at your work!

    G’Mornin’ POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      – – -***fist bump*** – — NICE THOUGHT. :>) – —

      Good 2 C U isonprize [PA RAWKS♥] — -Merry Christmas/HAPPY HOLIDAYS. :>) – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ — -ALOHA!! ♥ – — –
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS♥ :>) – – -FROM: -MR. PRESIDENT♥/FIRST LADY♥

    — -Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service – —

    – – –In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thank our brave troops and their families for their service. The President and First Lady ask the American people to visit JoiningForces.gov to find ways to honor and support our veterans and military families, and say that we must all come together, as we always do, to care for each other during this holiday season. – – –HOW WARM! :>) – –BLESS U. :>)

    P.S. Did I notice her GREEN DRESS? – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD HOLIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ -the MERRIEST WISHES 4 A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON♥. –OUR BELOVED FIRST FAMILY is SAFELY in HAWAII! THIS SERIES is DELIVERING ANOTHER FINE ENTRY. BLESSINGS 2 U ALL♥ – – –

    — – -♥ -Obamas arrive in Hawaii for Christmas (1:28) – –

    – — –Dec. 22 – United States President Barack Obama and his family arrive in Hawaii for annual Christmas vacation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

    May THEY B BLESSED with ABUNDANT REST. :>)

    — -☻HOW INSPIRING IS THIS? :>) – – – -> Somebody’s job is to go in and draw and design cars! I had never thought about it. Wow! This could be an amazing thing to do! That’s why I consider it a blessing to be able to do what I do for a living.” – – — – —A message 4 US ALL. :>)

    – —Annnd THIS — SHARING MESSAGE: – – -> But as you mature you realize the importance of not only getting the cover of a magazine for a month or two, but working on a product that you can see in your neighbor’s garage or your parents’ garage.
    “It’s been a quest to hone my skills and put out products that my friends and family can drive.”
    – -Soooo – -COMPASSIONATE. :>)[Thank U miranda. Gr8 SERIES. :>)]

    – — –ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY TREAT. –I MADE THESE COOKIES 4 U♥ –LAST NIGHT! :)>- With L♥VE.- – –

    – – – -B ESPECIALLY — BLESSED 2-DAY.♥ :>) — – –

  • Lisa M

    Joy Ann Reid blowin’ up. She’s hosting for MHP, showin’ up on all the MSNBC shows more. Luvs it!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Holiday MornTin’ LisaM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – —AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ HER NOW!! – —
      Woo! Hoo! – – –My SHE-ro!! — — -Sooo – – -TALENTED!! :>)

      Good 2 C U Lisa.M. – – -:>) – -

    • goldenstar

      She is the VERY BEST!!!

    • nellcote

      She’s fabulous!!! We need to let MSNBC know we like her hosting the show very much. This is a much better format for her than the pundit shows during the week when the time restrictions don’t allow for actual conversation.

    • GN

      Joy Ann Reid is terrific; MHP definitely gets props for having her guest host.

      • isonprize

        ummm, I’d prefer Joy Ann…

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

      Dang! If I had known, I would’ve watched! :-(

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –REFLECTVE 2012 PICS: – -:>)- — —

    – – -The 12 Most Memorable Images Of 2012 – —

    — – — As we reflect on the year that was, here are the 12 most memorable images of 2012:

    1. The Obamas’ victory hug:

    2. Former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) workout photoshoot for TIME:

    3. Hurricane Sandy tears through New Jersey:

    4. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

    5. A male-only panel testifies about the Obamacare birth control mandate:

    6. The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare:

    7. Clint Eastwood talks to a chair:

    8. Washington couple marries after the marriage equality measure passed:

    9. A pizza shop owner hugs President Obama on the campaign trail:

    10. BBC reporter mourns his child, killed in a rocket attack on Gaza:

    11. Gabby Douglas becomes first African American to win individual gymnastics gold: — –
    12. The Colorado wildfire rages:
    – — –POIGNANT annd MEMORABLE. :>)

    • nellcote

      5. A male-only panel testifies about the Obamacare birth control mandate:
      ===
      This was a really important image. It was a catalyst for a lot that came after.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Holiday MornTin’ nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — ***fist bump*** – – -YES. Many challenges 2 the –GOP: – -WAR on WOMEN!! – —

        Annnd I especially LIKED #6. :>) – – –

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -LOL – – –So much 4 LOYALTY annnd SUPPORT —NOT!! —LOL —

    – – -Fearing primaries, GOP members opted to shun Boehner’s ‘Plan B’- —

    – – — – -Many House Republicans refused to vote for Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) Plan B bill because they were “gun shy” about drawing primary challengers in the 2014, according to several lawmakers.

    A number of members involved in the intense whipping operation that took place over the past two days told The Hill that entrenched no votes were more concerned with perception than principle.

    “I think that there were members that are so gun shy about primaries that they weren’t willing to take a risk … some members told me that it was just too hard to explain how it wasn’t a tax increase,” Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said shortly following Thursday night’s abrupt conference meeting where Boehner told his colleagues they wouldn’t vote on the bill.

    -Fewer than 24 hours later, Speaker Boehner told reporters that his colleagues were worried about the perception of raising taxes.

    – – -“There was a perception created that that vote last night was going to increase taxes. Now I disagree with … that characterization of the bill, but that impression was out there. Now, we had a number of our members who just really didn’t [want] to be perceived as having raised taxes,” the Speaker said at a Friday morning press conference in the U.S. Capitol.

    – — —–Annnnd – —THEY KNEW that U did NOT have DA POWER –2 SUPPORT this BILL or 2 SAVE their careers. — – -U WEAK!! – – HAH!

    • jds09

      Calling Wall Street and Big Business! Please promise these assholes a job so that can get out of the way. Sheesh….

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — –WAY-ELL — -SOME PEOPLE – –GOT IT!! — –

    – –Senators Say NRA’s Press Conference Meant To Shift Focus Away From Gun Control Measures – –

    – – — -The senate’s leading proponents of gun safety rejected the National Rifle Association’s push for more firearms in schools in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, calling the announcement a ploy to distract from the ongoing debate about limiting assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

    –“The NRA’s blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. It’s a delay tactic,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a press conference Friday. “It’s a distraction from the availability of military style assault weapons…It is a distraction from the prevalence of large ammunition feeding devices that allow shooters to expel 20, 30, 60, 100 and even more bullets. And it’s a distraction from how easy it is to purchase weapons at gun shows, with no background checks at all.”
    THERE IS MORE

    – -COMMENT: – – -Joyce Lang
    LaPierre said he was happy to have this ‘conversation.’ Then he went on to say that they would not be taking any questions. Spoken like a true bully and control freak.
    – – -TRUTH!

    • jds09

      Y’all know that I hate Feinstein, she’s making it hard for me these last few days. I signed her petition co-sponsored by the Courage Campaign supporting the assault weapon ban. But when it come to grudges I have some stamina.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –HAPPY HOLIDAY jds09. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL — – -***fist bump** – – – -I share your feelings.

        Had 2 “hold my nose” 2 post this. LOL – –BUT – – -supported the –CONCEPT. :>)

        Good 2 C U jds09. :>) – –

      • crazycanuck

        Is this the same Feinstein in the docomentary about Milk?

        • jds09

          Yep.

          • crazycanuck

            Dam, she’s been around a loooooooong time.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -EVEN durin’ their mourning — they had 2 ENDURE lapierre’s –INSENSITIVITY -annnnd STOOPIDITY!! – –BLESS THEM. AMEN. —

    – – –Connecticut School Officials Blast NRA’s Reaction To Newtown – –

    — – -Teachers, school superintendents, mayors and police chiefs in Connecticut are rejecting the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) response to the shooting in Newtown, describing the gun lobby’s proposal to equip schools with armed guards and more guns as too simplistic, shameful, and opportunistic.

    One Connecticut school superintendent dismissed the NRA’s suggestion as “an ill-conceived reaction from an organization that does not have any credibility or expertise with respect to addressing school violence” and said that the idea “is an excuse for not addressing the need to enact meaningful safe gun legislation in conjunction with an investment in mental health services.” Putnam Police Chief Rick Hayes called the proposal “scary,” noting that teachers can’t possibly have the kind of training necessary to safely handle large weapons.

    In fact, newspaper headlines across the state flatly rejected militarizing Connecticut schools:

    — – – -SNIP — –

    – –Tom Moore, assistant superintendent for administration for West Hartford schools, told the Hartford Courant that his district “won’t be taking our advice on how to keep kids safe from the president of the NRA.” He added, “I come from a family of hunters; I have four brothers who are hunters and members of the NRA. All I’ll be asking for for Christmas, after hearing Wayne LaPierre essentially blame school officials for the shootings, is for [my brothers] to resign from the NRA.”
    THERE IS MORE. – —-

    BLESS THEM . – – -CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 all. AMEN.

  • Alma98

    Afternoon POU! Yeah I got my internets back and d-link you suck!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-Oooooweee! – -MEGA SLAMS! – – — Annd the proper – -GLOAT — – LOL- –

    — -Tax Fight Sends GOP Into Chaos– –

    — -Karen Tumulty: “Disarray is a word much overused in politics. But it barely begins to describe the current state of chaos and incoherence as Republicans come to terms with electoral defeat and try to regroup against a year-end deadline to avert a fiscal crisis.”

    “Whether and how the party can resolve the issue has implications going forward. It could determine Boehner’s viability — even his survival– as leader of the only part of the federal government controlled by the Republicans. It also could set the terms of engagement for the battles that lie ahead, including such contentious ones as immigration and the fiscal 2013 spending bills, which are funded for only half the year and which expire March 31.”

    “As things stand now, some worry that nothing short of a catastrophe could force a resolution.”

    Andrew Sullivan: “The Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government.” – – –WOW&1/2!!!! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -WHA’?? – – – -WHERE was HER HEAD ALL this TIME??? – —

    — —Anti Union Dana Loesch Sues Breitbart for Hostile Working Conditions - —

    – — -Dana Loesch, who claims to be the “Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism” (this explains a lot), is suing the parent company of Breitbart.com. Apparently she was unaware that working for a crazy conservative media outlet would naturally involve “indentured servitude in limbo.” Hey, Dana, where you been, girl?

    Dana claims her relationship with Breitbart LLC went “tragically awry” after they refused to let her work for the company or any other company, forcing her into “indentured servitude in limbo.”

    Yes. This is what we expect from the authoritarians. That’s kinda what they stand for, Dana. That’s what all the fuss is about, re the war on women, unions, etc. Just a tip for the future.

    The rabidly anti-union Dana wants at least $75,000 in damages and to be set free! Doesn’t she realize that as a conservative, she stands for “tort reform” which means making it harder for anyone to sue big companies? She is, after all, mere labor. Is Dana waging a class war against the job creators at Breitbart? Oh, she doesn’t like the job, they don’t treat her well? She isn’t trying hard enough. She feels entitled. Pfft.

    Here’s her lawsuit, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which first reported the story:

    – – -SNIP – –

    BTW: – – -Lastly, since when does Dana object to hostile working conditions? Scattershot, fact-free hostility is a badge of honor among conservatives. It was Dana who called liberals “fascists” and said women who advocate for choice were “ageist bigots”. She gleefully supported Marines urinating on the dead bodies of alleged Taliban, crowing, “I’d drop trou and do it too. That’s me though. I want a million cool points for these guys.”

    —–NO SYMPATHY HERE! –HAH!

  • rikyrah

    WSJ: Fiscal Cliff Talks Between Obama, Boehner Broke Down On Monday
    David Taintor – 11:12 AM EST, Saturday December 22, 2012

    Fiscal cliff negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama to reach a big deal broke down Monday afternoon, according to a behind-the-scenes report from the Wall Street Journal:

    Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

    At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

    “You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/wsj-fiscal-cliff-talks-between-obama-boehner-broke

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

      Dayum, OBeezy!

      Too bad the 47% video person didn’t video of that exchange.

      • Alma98

        “You get nothing”. “I get that for free” HAHAHAHAHA!

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          And now after the Thursday fiasco Boehner like always is begging PBO to rescue him:

          “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”

          • Alma98

            I think it’s funny that the emos when went nuts running around with their hair on fire. Now they look idiots but I don’t expect apologies from their know it all asses. It really pisses me off that they think they can teach PBO how to negotiate.

      • rikyrah

        I love these responses at Balloon Juice:

        comment 1

        gf120581 Says:

        @General Stuck: Obama channels Michael Corleone. And that was before the Drunk Weepy Oompa-Loompa shot himself in the foot Thursday.

        Is Plan B now Boner’s version of the dead hooker in Senator Geary’s bed?

        comment 2

        dmsilev Says:

        @General Stuck: Please, please tell me that Obama followed that up with “Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.”

        BW AHA HA HA HA HA

        love those Godfather references.

      • rikyrah

        Hill Dweller Says:

        Someone needs to cut and paste that article here. The snippets I’m seeing are hilarious.

        The GOP staff wanted Obama to offer the 2011 deal again, but he told them to eat shit.

        Paul Ryan prevented a larger deal because it didn’t make structural changes to entitlements. I think this validates the theory that Obama wanted to give the impression of being open to entitlement change for the Village without actually following through.

        Obama reacting to the wingnuts’ offer: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan? Why would I do that?”.

      • rikyrah

        dmsilev Says:

        @General Stuck: Another excerpt:

        After the debacle of 2011, Mr. Obama could have treated the negotiations as the art of the bipartisan deal that could set the stage for immigration reform and other second-term achievements. Flush with victory, he could have at least made a gesture on entitlements.
        __
        Instead, he has treated the talks as an extension of the election campaign, traveling around the country at rally-style events at which he berates Republicans for not accepting his terms of surrender. Grant gave Lee more at Appomattox.

        • Alma98

          LOL!

    • rikyrah

      arguingwithsignposts Says:

      Here’s some more:

      On Dec. 13, Mr. Boehner went to the White House at the president’s request, joking he was going to the woodshed.

      The president told him he could choose one of two doors. The first represented a big deal. If Mr. Boehner chose it, the president said, the country and financial markets would cheer. Door No. 2 represented a spike in interest rates and a global recession.

      Mr. Boehner said he wanted a deal along the lines of what the two men had negotiated in the summer of 2011 in a fight over raising the debt ceiling. “You missed your opportunity on that,” the president told him.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Sllllllaaaaapppp!

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

        OH SNAP!

      • JojoRaze

        Hey guys! Straight slayed on these excerpts! PBO clowning Boehner like we said.

    • rikyrah

      ok, the image of this just cracked me up:

      Jonathan Karl @jonkarl
      One other detail: Obama sent a plane to Ohio to bring Boehner back to DC for their meeting on Monday.

      ………………………
      Orange Julius clutching the Jack Daniels, and gets a phone call.

      OJ: Yes.
      Phone: The plane will be there at 10 a.m., Mr. Speaker.
      OJ: What plane?
      Phone: The plane the President sent for you.
      OJ about to speak when he hears a ‘click’ at the other end.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Hah!

      • Miranda

        *revived….dead again*

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -HAH! —ALMOST errybody is – -GOIN’ IN ON – –THAT CRAZY NUT!! – –lapierre!! —

    – – – -
    NY Tabloids Blast NRA Vice President’s ‘Bizarre Rant’: Wayne LaPierre Is The ‘Craziest Man On Earth’
    - —

    – – – -Liberal media outlets aren’t the only ones slamming Wayne LaPierre‘s “bizarre” press conference on gun control Friday afternoon: after several minutes suggesting the need for more guns, conservative papers are criticizing the NRA vice president as well.

    The New York Post, owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, ran the headline “Gun Nut: NRA Loon In Bizarre Rant Over Newtown.” The New York Daily News calls LaPierre a “vile NRA nut” and suggests he might be the “craziest man on earth.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -COMMENT: – - big4bluz BillBuckley
    History will show this is the moment the NRA imploded under the weight of it’s delusion and madness. That clown LaPierre is the perfect symbol for this disgusting and deranged group that only values gun manufacturer profits.

    ALL of THIS SHOULD BOLSTER’S MR. PRESIDENT’s —” GUN CONTROL PLAN.” – -:>) – –

    • nellcote

      I wonder if Murdoch is serious about gun control. I guess we’ll know when Fox turns on the NRA.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote. — – –Actually –I had my –**side-eye*** on. :>)

        He would LIE 2 SELL newspapers! :>) — –

        WE SHALL C. :>) – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – — Speakin’ of “BACKS” – —

    – – – -Breaking Their Back – –

    – ——Ramesh Ponnuru and most of the crew at the National Review are somewhat mystified about why the Republicans knifed their Speaker on Thursday night. Yet, I think Mr. Ponnuru has identified the cause correctly. The ideologues in the party do not want to vote for tax increases (even if the result is lower taxes for more people) because it will make it harder for them to criticize the Democrats on taxes. It will mess up their brand and damage their message.

    – –SNIP —

    The backbenchers know this. And they don’t want to give up their stupid arguments, let alone vote for all the things the said they were against. That’s why they knifed their Speaker, and that’s why their Speaker can’t find a compromise that his caucus will accept.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – —PERHAPS HE should consider — – GIVIN’ that GAVEL BACK..-[But -Not like a video that's circulating.]– –

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      The President set this up years ago. Using taxes to shatter 30 years of ideological insanity and now its got the Republican party coming apart at the seams. When Grover Norquist gives you the okay to raise taxes you know the ground has shifted.

      Political genius at its best.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY HOLIDAYS woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — –***fist bump*** – – –YES!! – – -MR. PRESIDENT — – -EXPERT STRATEGIST!! :>) — –

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Been watchin’ annnd waitin’ 4 A RESPONSE from Ms. SERENA.
    [I'll SPLIT IT -- in order 2 NOT overrun the space limits.] :>)

    BUT FIRST: – -THIS COMMENT: – –PART #1: - KhalidX 4 hours ago

    How profoundly ignorant of Serena and some of the comments . I read someone state ” We will never overcome racism” . My question is does this person know what racism is and since when do black people have to overcome it. Maybe white people should try to overcome demeaning black people? In addition , her teasing Serena would not be a big deal if the history of white people had not been filled with such disrespect toward black women. Clearly people have not heard of Hottentot Venus who was paraded and caged around Europe due to her shape. The Jezebel stereotype was created in the 1630’s by white men. It is a sick and self-serving stereotype pushed by slave-masters that has not yet died out. Slave-masters forced black slave women to sleep with them. Deep down they knew it was wrong, that it was a crime, even if the law allowed it (it did – black women were their property). But instead of telling the truth about themselves, they chose to tell a lie about black women. Black women had no way to call them on it and even white women believed it. It has lasted down to our time, finding new life in Hollywood, starting in the 1970s with blaxpoitation films, and later with hip hop . Sadly , some of us still have bought into the idea . —END of PART #1.

    • GreenLadyHere

      PART #2: — -The Jim Crow exhibit can be viewed at the Ferris University website. I suggest black people look at it . Serena’s ignorance is dangerous because it allows our boys and girls to think that black women as successful as Serena can be reduced to only being “bootylicious” and “assets.” The black woman is beautiful like no other but she is more than just big ol breasts and a big butt. Its amazing how many black people take the view of Booker T Washington and want to defend or minimize the conduct of white people. Serena sounds profoundly stupid and I am confused. You may have heard of or seen 16-year-old Taylor Townsend, a tennis star that won the Austrlian Open as a 14th seed and also won the doubles tournament with her partner Gabrielle Andrews earlier this year. Or maybe you heard her name when she won the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. Townsend had dreams of competing in the US Open Junior Tournament,ut the US Tennis Association chose not to fund her travel, and turned down her request to compete as a wild card in the main draw at Flushing Meadows. Reason: she’s overweight. Serena defended her and now she defends people mocking at her body. I guess Serena now feels Townsend can be teased as well and I guess we blacks need to lighten up . Let the whites have a good laugh. They mean well anyway . What is really unsettling is that people who paved the way for Serena like Althea Gibson displayed class in the face of extreme racism. Althea Gibson NEVER defended it . Despite her success on the court, the specter of segregation hounded her. She was still barred from some clubs where prestigious tournaments were played. The same clubs Serena plays in today.

      • TyrenM

        I found Ferris website around the time I found JJP (and you :) ) The walk from Althea to Serena is definitely one she needs to be reminded of. To defend Taylor and let Caro go, Ugh.
        [I'm watching Laurence Fishburne now]
        WAKE UP! Just cause she’s a millionaire don’t make this shit “all good.”

        • GreenLadyHere

          HAPPY HOLIDAYS TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)

          – – -THIS – – -The walk from Althea to Serena is definitely one she needs to be reminded of.

          ***fist bump*** – –It’s UP 2 US 2 “SCHOOL” the –YOUNGENS! — – — Sooo I hope she reads SOME of THIS – –annnnd LEARNS. :>)

          Meanwhile – –Gooooo SERENA!! :>)

          Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

    • Alma98

      Where is this from GLH?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY HOLIDAYS Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        I’m posting the ARTICLE NOW. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) Alma. :>)

        • Alma98

          OK Happy Holidays to you and your fam GLH.

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    WSJ reports GOP wanted big cuts to Medicare. POTUS told Boehner: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan? Why would I do that?”

    • MsKitty

      That’s as deadpan as it gets. Ha.

    • Miranda

      *dead*

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    WSJ reports Boehner caved to new tax revenue but Pres. Obama told him he wants a debt ceiling agreement. Boehner sulked for 10 days.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda: — — NOW: Here’s Ms. Serena’s RESPONSE: – —

    – – -Serena Defends Caroline Wozniacki’s Impersonation: She’s My Friend, Not Racist – –

    – —When Danish tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, did her best Serena Williams impersonation during a match with Maria Sharapova, by stuffing her shirt and skirt with towels to roast Williams’ famous assets, Black people — especially sisters — were in an uproar. Accusations of racism exploded across the internet as article after article dissected Wozniacki’s intentions.
    – – -SNIP – —

    USA Today reports:
    —— —-“I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it,” she wrote from the island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa, where she is training in preparation for the Australia swing.
    – — — Williams herself has poked fun at her physique, calling herself “bootylicious” and referring to her extra “assets.”
    – — — She and Wozniacki likewise have a history — a friendly one.
    – – – -SNIP – —

    At the end of the day I spend my time focused on things to become better and not bring me down,” she continued.
    “I must add if people feel this way she should take reason and do something different next time,” she concluded, punctuating her sentence with a smiley emoticon.
    — –

    —- ***SIGH*** —OF COURSE — she is entitled 2 her position.– –Annnnd I/WE R similarly – – -ENTITLED.

    MY POSITION: – — -When that “girl” PLAYED here CHILDISH -“HEE-HAW”_in PUBLIC – — -SHE ALLOWED 4 PUBLIC REACTION—-WHICH SHE GOT!! – — – -YES: – she got da laffs with THAT AUDIENCE. — –Jus’ like AUDIENCES who PAID 4 tickets 2 MINSTREL SHOWS —in order 2 LAFF at people in “BLACK FACE”
    I di-ent laff!!! – I was INSULTED annnd ANGRY!! —

    As I stated B4: – -so NOW we C some little twitt in – –BLACK BODY! – –I’M STILL NOT LAFFIN’ annnnd I’M STILL INSULTED annnd ANGRY!! —

    We have established that we R NOT in a –“POST-RACIAL ERA.” – — –The SCARS of PAST —-PRESENT annnd FUTURE RACISM R STILL SHOWIN’.-
    I will SPEAK OUT when I C continuin’ evidence of RACISM! – — THIS – -IMHO –was an EXAMPLE!! – – —

    I was NOT defendin’ Ms. Serena as MUCH as I was my SISTAS – -WHO EXPERIENCE RACISM DAILY annnd R INSULTED — HURT annnd ANGRY!!

    As I stared B4: – – –She would NOT have PERFORMED her RACIST CHARADE in – -COMPTON!!! —-She woulda seen IMMEDIATE REACTION!! — -prolly as soon as she strutted her –“BLACK BODY” –onto the court!!

    I’m really NOT finished — BUT – – –in the interest of space —I’ll continue L8R. :>) – — -THANK U —POU FAM♥ – —

    • Tafr

      Well GLH I agree with you. Serena’s so called friend not only disrespected Serena but she disrespected black women in general. Now I cannot sit here and argue that this girl is not Serena’s friend. Serena claims that they are friends so be it. However, Caroline went out of her way to disrespect an entire group of women, that happen to be black, so I think it is fair to say that she is racist whether she recognizes it or not.. Serena basically said well Caroline cannot be racist because she has a black friend. Crazy that Caroline did not have to make that tired ass statement as there were plenty of black folks willing to make it for her. Whatever I will always wish Serena the best even though I think she made the wrong call in regards to this situation.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY HOLIDAYS Tafr. — –***BIG HUG** :>)

        — -***fist bump*** — —Gotta look at the – -BIG PICTURE. —
        ‘CAUSE that twitt PERFORMED in front of an AUDIENCE –NOT privately B4 –“her friend.” – –

        – – Annnd —***fist bump*** 2 THIS: – ->Whatever I will always wish Serena the best even though I think she made the wrong call in regards to this situation. – —

        Good 2 C U Tafr.. :>)

    • angee

      I would have been SURPRISE if Serena had said anything differently. Their crazyazz father TRAINED them to ignore racist attacks cause he knew it would b a no win situation for them. Its up to us to call them out while the Williams sisters continue pissing off msm/tennis world by taking those lil white girls titles.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY HOLIDAYS angee. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – -**fist bump*** — -Its up to us to call them out while the Williams sisters continue pissing off msm/tennis world by taking those lil white girls titles. —-

        Annnnnd — – SO WE WILL. – -:>) THANK U 4 the info. :>)

        Good 2 C U angee. :>)

      • TyrenM

        “pissing off msm/tennis world by taking those lil white girls” CHECKS

        There, fixed.

  • rikyrah

    Meet The Man Leading The NRA’s Push For Guns In Schools

    Eric Lach-December 21, 2012, 3:59 PM11159
    At the National Rifle Association’s press conference on Friday, the group’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on Congress to “immediately” put armed police officers in every school, and rejected any suggestion that the nation’s gun laws needed to change in the wake of last Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    At the end of his defiant remarks, LaPierre also announced the NRA’s plan to develop a National School Shield Emergency Response Program, a “multifaceted” education and training program “available to every school in America free of charge.” LaPierre said the NRA had selected former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) to lead the effort, and serve as its national director.

    “School safety is a complex issue with no simple, single solution,” Asa said in his brief remarks. “But I believe trained, qualified, armed security is one key component among many that can provide the first line of deterrence as well as the last line of defense.”

    ………………………………………….

    Since then, he’s formed a consulting business, Hutchinson Group, and a law firm, The Asa Hutchinson Law Group, which is based in Arkansas but maintains a D.C. office. Among Hutchinson clients, past and present, listed on the Hutchinson Group’s website are Xe Services, the private security company previously known as Blackwater and now known as Academi. It also lists Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, a major federal contractor and a company which in March agreed to pay New York City $500 million for its role in a project that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called “corrupted to its core by one of the largest and most brazen frauds ever committed against the City of New York.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/asa_hutchinson_nra.php

  • rikyrah

    Alberta Keeney @akeeney274

    The Man Leading The NRA’s Push For Guns In Schools: Asa Hutchinson has ties to Blackwater & Point Blank Body Armor tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/asa_hu…

    • conlakappa

      Was he the Hutchinson who had the bimbo eruption or was it his brother? Hard to keep the rascals straight.

  • GreenLadyHere

    OOOPs! moved