November 29, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

vaudeville performers

This week’s open thread topics has highlighted rarely spoken about or unknown black burlesque dancers and vaudeville performers. Today’s open thread will  talk about various vaudeville performers.

Pat H. Chappelle (1869-1911) was a black showman who helped pave the way for African-American performers. He was able to learn the show business ropes from is uncle Julius C. Chappelle which allowed him to meet the soon to be famous Franklin Keith and Edward F. Albee producers of vaudeville. Pat ended up working for Keith and Albee as a piano player. During his vaudeville debut, he was able to meet Edward Elder Cooper who was a journalist interested in black entertainment. Cooper was the first to write a journal about the African-American race, 1891.

This later helped Chappelle get the news out about his theater after he established it. He did not buy a theater right off the bat, he bought a space and originally opened it to be a billiard and pool room. As business grew due to tourist Chappelle was able to turn the space into a saloon and concert hall called “Excelsior Concert Hall”. The theater was a success, famous performers known today appeared on his stage and his audience contained a variety of black and white patrons. Chappelle did not stop there, he went on to start his own touring company titles Imperial Colored Minstrels which changed to Famous Colored Minstrels. The show was primarily based on minstrelsy but it also contained various Vaudeville acts. After their southern tour ended, Pierce Hamilton and Chappelle opened The Buckingham Theater Saloon were the headliners would be The Famous Colored Minstrels. The performances were described as “The best Vaudeville show in Hillsborough County”.

 

In the Indianapolis Freeman, a journal started by Cooper, contained an advertisement that said “We employ none but professionals”. In March 1900, a reporter said “The house is crowded every night with Cubans, Spaniards, Negros, and white people.” A different reporter said, “These theaters have proven themselves to be miniature gold mines.” His next project was a touring show called A Rabbit’s Foot. The difference between this tour and previous ones were the cast was sixty people, and all performers would be comfortable. If a black performer was able to tour in a white circuit, they would not be allowed to sleep in the hotels when they stopped to rest, because the hotels would not allow it. They slept on the bus because it was better than the floor.

On Cappelle’s tour, the Freeman described their travel accommodations would be “their own train of new dining and sleeping cars, which ‘tis said, when finished, will be a ‘palace on wheels.” Like his Famous Imperial Minstrel players A Rabbit’s Foot contained minstrel and a variety of acts while maintaining the expected vaudeville staging flare. Chappelle offered a show for everyone.

The black musicians and composers of the vaudeville era influenced what is now known as American musical comedyjazz and Broadway musical theater. The popular music of the time is ragtime, consisting of the piano and banjo. Ragtime was developed from black folk music. The tempo of Ragtime matched the pace of the Vaudevillian revue type show. Thomas Greene Bethune or “Blind Tom” a piano playing genius would have been recognized as child prodigy like Mozart if he was not born black. Tom has composed 100 pieces and could play over 7,000. 

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Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (May 25, 1849 – June 14, 1908) was an African-American autistic savant and musical prodigy on the piano. He had numerous original compositions published and had a lengthy and largely successful performing career throughout the United States. During the 19th century, he was one of the best-known American performing pianists.

He was exploited by a slave owner John Benthune. For example, John let Tom perform to make himself money. “Blind Tom” made $100,000 in 1866 and only received $3,000 of this. John William Boone was a fellow blind pianist, a professional at the age of fourteen, known as “Blind Boone”. John and Tom shared a piano ragtime style of “jig piano”. This consisted of  the left hand playing the beat of the juba while the right hand played the fiddle and banjo melodies. This music portrayed slaves dances, including beats created by the only instrument they were left with, their bodies.

150px-Blind_BooneJohn William Boone was born in a Federal militia camp near Miami, Missouri, May 17, 1864, to a contraband slave, Rachel Carpenter, who had been owned by descendants of Daniel Boone. His father was a bugler in the 7th Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union). Doctors removed both of Boone’s eyes when he was six months old in an attempt to cure his brain fever. He grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, where Camp Grover was the headquarters of the 7th MSM at the end of the Civil War.

Boone had musical talent that was recognizable at a remarkably young age. Because of this, his hometown of Warrensburg decided to make sure that Boone received an education and paid for him to attend the St. Louis School for the Blind in 1872 to study piano. After growing bored with his experience there, Boone’s rule breaking habits got him expelled. He returned to Warrensburg where he began playing with local musicians.

The Hyers Sisters, Anna and Emma, were the first African-American women to perform on the Vaudeville stage; starting in 1876. 220px-Anna_Madah_HyersTheir specialty was acting and singing. Later they ran a theater company for 30 years that contained a multitude of acts.

The Hyers Sisters, Anna Madah (ca. 1855 – 1929) and Emma Louise (ca. 1857 – 1901), were singers and pioneers of black musical theater. With Joseph Bradford and Pauline Hopkins, the Hyers Sisters produced the “first full-fledged musical plays… in which African Americans themselves comment on the plight of the slaves and the relief of Emancipation without the disguises of minstrel comedy.” Their first play was Out of Bondage (also known as Out of the Wilderness).

Their father, Samuel B. Hyers, came west to Sacramento, California with their mother, Annie E. Hyers (née Cryer), after the Gold Rush. He made sure his daughters received both piano lessons and vocal training with German professor Hugo Sank and later opera singer Josephine D’Ormy and they performed for private parties before making their professional stage debut at on April 22, 1867 at Sacramento’s Metropolitan Theater. Anna was a soprano and Emma a contralto. Under their father’s management, they embarked on their first transcontinental tour in 1871. On August 12, 1871, they performed in Salt Lake City to much acclaim.

They were later called “a rare musical treat” by Saint Joseph, Missouri’s Daily Herald and earned equal praise in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City. Their tour reached Worcester and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as New Haven and Providence. They visited Boston, which was known to be extremely critical of new acts, and were also well-received, performing in the 1872 World Peace Jubilee which was one of, if not, the first integrated major musical production in the country.

The Hyers’ family organized a theater company, where they produced musical dramas starring Anna and Emma, including Out of Bondage, written by Joseph Bradford and premiered in 1876, Urlina, the African Princess written by E. S. Getchell and premiered in 1879, The Underground Railway, by Pauline Hopkins in July 1880, and Hopkin’s stage version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in March 1880. In addition, there was Colored Aristocracy by Hopkins. Overall, they had at least six shows between the late 1870’s and 1880s. They set the path for black musical theater and performance in the years that followed. They traveled until the mid-1880’s with their own shows and continued to appear on stage into the 1890’s. Though Emma Louise had died, in 1901, Anna Madah continued to travel with a show of John Isham.

African American Theater Studies scholar Nadine George-Graves writes The Whitman Sisters were the highest paying act in the Vaudeville circuit. The sister names were, Mabel, Essie, and Alberta. They were a singing and dancing act. The sisters started performing for their church. Later, the two older sisters were invited to perform in New York by George Walker but their father and manger said no so they stayed to finish their education. The sisters continued performing in the south. Eventually they were able to perform for King George V. The sisters started a company called The Whitman Sisters’ New Orleans Troubadours. They added other acts such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. People of all races enjoyed their show. Even after Vaudeville was no longer in its prime, they continued to perform in theaters and churches around the nation and were admired by all types of audience members.

 

 

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  • Miranda

    I’ve really learned a lot on this subject Pbomb! Kudos!

    • rikyrah

      I have too. Thank you for the information.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Summertime MornTin’ Miranda♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – – –Joinin’ U/ALL. — –Learned sooo MUCH – –Which I have shared. :>)
      – –B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    50 years ago today

    “Mississippi Burning” murders resonate 50 years later

    excerpt:
    Fifty years have passed since Goodman and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were ambushed and shot dead by the Ku Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen damn in rural Neshoba County – 44 days after they went missing.
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    The three young men had been volunteering for a “Freedom Summer” campaign to register African-American voters. Their efforts helped pave the way for the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 and their murders were dramatized in the 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning.”
    […]
    While in Ohio, Schwerner got word that one of the freedom schools he had set up in a church had been burned down. He and Chaney needed a volunteer to help them investigate the fire and they were quickly impressed by the level-headed Goodman. The three men drove down to Mississippi on June 20. The next day, they were stopped by the police and accused of speeding. After being released from jail that night, they disappeared – and a nation was riveted.

    President Lyndon Johnson ordered the FBI to assist local law enforcement officers in the search for the missing men. Johnson’s aide Lee White told the president that there was no trace of the men and they had “disappeared from the face of the earth.” Civil rights colleagues worried they had been nabbed by the KKK. Some locals dismissed their disappearance as a publicity stunt.

    Finally, on August 4, 1964, their bodies were found buried on the secluded property of a Klansman. All three men had been shot at point blank range and Chaney had been badly beaten.

    During the six-week search, the bodies of nine black men had been dredged out of local swamps. Though numerous African-Americans had been missing and presumed dead with little media attention in Mississippi during that time, the murders of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney rocked the nation.

    Said David Goodman, who was 17 years old when his brother was killed: “It took two white kids to legitimize the tragedy of being murdered if you wanted to vote.”

    more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mississippi-burning-murders-resonate-50-years-later/

  • Miranda

    Election 2014: Eric Cantor’s loss jolts landscape

    Until Cantor’s loss, 2014 had been a good year for the GOP establishment.
    By ALEX ISENSTADT | 6/21/14 7:02 AM EDT

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    Joe Carr, a GOP Senate candidate in Tennessee waging a long-shot bid to unseat Sen. Lamar Alexander, was addressing a group of 80 tea party activists on the night of Eric Cantor’s primary when word of the House majority leader’s loss rippled through the audience. “The place went nuts,” Carr said.

    Over the next 36 hours, his underfunded campaign received between $40,000 and $50,000 from donors. They saw new hope in a challenger who’d been seen as having no chance against Alexander, a two-term senator and former governor.Continue Reading

    “It was absolutely a big shot in the arm,” said Carr, a state lawmaker and owner of a family farm.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/2014-elections-eric-cantor-dave-brat-tea-party-republicans-108143.html#ixzz35H5DKMxh

    • jds09

      Politico is in the same boat as the GOP establishment. The Tea Party is gonna turn on them too. On behalf of the GOP establishment, they’ve gassed up the tea party and are still doing it. “GOP establishment beat back the Tea Party” ahhhh…..no. The GOP establishment became more like the Tea Party, they moved farther to the right trying to survive. They will not survive this. Like the dog in the cartoon, somebody is gonna be put down.

  • Miranda
    • Kennymack1971

      Just like with the Pigford settlement anytime POC get some financial justice here comes some 2520 who tries to frame it as “Those people stealing from good White folk” Trump isn’t slick.

    • rikyrah

      This muthafucka here

    • Town

      Says the guy who took out a full page ad demanding the execution of these boys.

  • jds09

    Good Morning Miranda and the rest of the POU Fam!

    • Kennymack1971

      Morning Jds!

      • jds09

        Good Morning Kennymack!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ jds09. :>) **BIG –Cali — HUG*** :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    The news vendor threaded her way through a traffic-snarled boulevard in this humid, tropical city, hawking tabloid papers. The message she carried was clear: “The U.S. will not give asylum to migrant children,” blared Thursday’s front page of La Prensa Grafica, one of the largest papers in El Salvador. Other newspapers sported similar headlines. It has been all but impossible in this country in recent days to look at a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch a TV newscast without hearing this message.

    The same message that Vice President Joe Biden delivered in Guatemala City on Friday at a meeting with leaders from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.[….]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/21/media-in-central-america-dont-go-to-us/11204807/

    H/T Bob Ortega

  • creolechild

    Utah Utility Cuts Deal For 20 Years Of Solar Power Because It’s The Cheapest Option

    Boston-based renewable energy company First Wind just finalized
    agreements to provide a Utah utility with 320 megawatts of solar
    capacity for the next two decades.[….] The agreement in this case is what’s called a power purchase agreement (PPA), in which an energy provider (First Wind in this case) agrees to sell energy to a buyer (such as Utah utility Rocky Mountain) at a fixed payment rate for an agreed-upon amount of time.[….]

    In this case, the PPAs are a 20-year deal between First Wind and Rocky Mountain, for energy produced by four solar projects First Wind will build of 80 megawatts each. That’s a grand total of 320 megawatts of capacity, which should be able to produce over 800,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually — enough to power about 90,000 Utah homes. Construction is planned to begin in 2015, and end the next year.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/20/3451429/utah-solar-purpa/

    H/T Jeff Spross

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      For a serious red state they have been making some pretty progressive moves as of late.

      • creolechild

        Believe it or not, the constituents in red states are big fans of renewable energy sources because it’s filled a vacuum in the job sector. But many of their legislators aren’t too happy with it, primarily because it depletes their campaign donations from Big Oil and gas companies.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone
    Off to swim and run errands.

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah.

  • creolechild

    Bees and butterflies get a boost from the feds

    [….] U.S. farmers have gotten better and better at controlling weeds in their fields, and that’s been a disaster for monarch butterflies.
    Monarchs rely on one specific field plant: milkweed. They can’t survive without it. The population of both milkweed and monarchs have taken a tumble with the rise of effective weed control, via the herbicide glyphosate and GMO crops that tolerate glyphosate. At the same time, honey bees have been dying off because of the mysterious colony collapse disorder, and many native bee populations are foundering.

    The White House just announced that it is creating a strategy to assist pollinators.The initial memo isn’t exactly revolutionary[….] But there’s some muscle in this memo: It directs the departments in the
    executive branch to start increasing pollinator habitat. If the
    Department of Transportation starts planting butterfly gardens along
    every highway and the Department of Defense does the same on military bases, that’s a lot of real estate.

    There’s even more real estate under the control of the Department of the Interior. And the Department of Agriculture is also supposed to help out, by planting native seed mixes after forest fires, and helping farmers and ranchers plant for pollinators in their extra space.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/food/bees-and-butterflies-get-a-boost-from-the-feds/

    H/T Nathanael Johnson

    • nellcote

      Yay Bees!

  • creolechild

    Paul Ryan and House Republicans Hyperventilate Over Imaginary Lost IRS Emails

    [….]Republicans like Paul Ryan took to the stage to hyperventilate at John Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner, accusing him of lying to the American people over lost emails. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp (R-MI) has been issuing press releases like mad, building up a fevered case of missing emails that sounds pretty suspicious.[….] Indeed, had Republicans waited until the facts were uncovered, they would have learned that Nicole Flax had two computers and only one crashed. The portable computer that she used while traveling is the computer that crashed.[….]

    At some point, the media is going to have to start calling foul on this kind of premature hysteria, in which Republicans state as facts things not yet in evidence. It has not been established that a single Flax email is lost, but we resume the Republican Manufactured Drama That Is Being Played In Order to Avoid Real Issues because this is what the GOP does now instead of legislating.[….]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/06/20/republicans-hyperventilate-imaginary-lost-irs-emails-irs-commissioner-computer.html

    H/T Sarah Jones

  • TyrenM

    Good Morning all,
    Happy Summer! Today I’m taking daughter to ride the new light rail line to downtown St. Paul, lunch by the river.
    Being this hot at 9am, maybe swim first. Have a good day all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUMMERTIME MORNTIN. TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —-
      – – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7-Qa92Rzbk
      — – – —-Have a LOVELY annd BLESSED DAY♥ –with your daughter —GR8 DAD. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning Tyren, have fun storming the light rail lol.

  • creolechild

    About Half of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured

    A new Kaiser survey shows that 57 percent of those who bought health insurance on Obamacareexchanges were previously uninsured. That’s about 4.5 million people who gained private insurance via the exchanges, and the vast majority of them say they would have remained uninsured if not for Obamacare.

    If this number is correct, it suggests that the number of newly insured by the end of the year will be a little higher than I’ve projected
    before—perhaps around 11-13 million.[….]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/06/about-half-obamacare-exchange-enrollees-were-previously-uninsured

    H/T Kevin Drum

  • jds09

    Okay, POU Fam, I need some help. This young brother sent a broadcast email to the “leaders” of the black community that basically said: black organizations ain’t shit, you ain’t shit and the president is a corporate tool (by extension MBK is a joke) and…..basically I read it as a cry for help and support. I think he’s frustrated and in the thrall of the blackademics.

    I’ve helped him in the past (did some minor consulting and got him some nice business cards). His email troubled me, and I asked his permission to respond to him thoughtfully. He accepted. What would you say to him?

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      If I responded to him, he wouldn’t like what I said.

      • jds09

        Yep, my first response was anger.

        • Worldwatcher7

          Hi All.

          jds, I think it’d be helpful for him to hear the effect his attacking, accusatory style had on you. Tell him you felt anger. Use “Professor Crunk” as a negative example. Contrast this with PBO’s constructive, direct, respectful style.

          This is not simply a tone critique. If you want to rally people, they must feel you are interested in collaborating with them, and, especially, listening to them. That is not the vibe he gives off there.

          I wish he and other youngbloods realized how insulting the “I alone have the answer pose is to folks who’ve been working for years. I admit to having felt this way in my youth; it is naive, inaccurate, and alienating.

          Lastly, continue encouraging him. Praise him on the strength of his voice. I’m glad he is smart enough to seek your guidance.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ Worldwatcher7 :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
            — -***BIG fist bump** — -POINTS!! :>)

            — -THIS: – –VERY IMPORTANT —4 a LEADER/Collaborator- –vs a -DICTATOR: —This is not simply a tone critique. If you want to rally people, they
            must feel you are interested in collaborating with them, and,
            especially, listening to them. That is not the vibe he gives off there.

            Good 2 C U Ww7. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

          • jds09

            I agree GLH.

          • GreenLadyHere

            jds09 –:>) Thank U. :>) My Pleasure. :>)

          • Worldwatcher7

            Hey GLH! Your commentary is always uplifting.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Aww. .Worldwatcher7. ***blush*** – Thank U.♥ :>) – —My Pleasure. :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ Worldwatcher7 :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
            — -***BIG fist bump** — -POINTS!! :>)

            — -THIS: – –VERY IMPORTANT —4 a LEADER/Collaborator- –vs a -DICTATOR: —This is not simply a tone critique. If you want to rally people, they
            must feel you are interested in collaborating with them, and,
            especially, listening to them. That is not the vibe he gives off there.

            Good 2 C U Ww7. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

          • jds09

            This is helpful. I sense he’s earnest, but his attitude is pushing away the folks he made need most.

      • AxelFoley

        I was gonna say something similar.

    • nellcote

      I might ask him what he means more specifically and try to open a dialogue.

    • GreenLadyHere

      jds09 – —U might refer him 2 some videos by the –“DREAM DEFENDERS”- –
      ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa7KBq0q5bU
      Mr. Phillip Agnew is a —COLLABORATIVE —ENCOURAGING LEADER. :>)

      – –COMMENDATIONS annnd KUDOS 2 U♥ 4 your EFFORTS in a MOVEMENT. :>) WAYTA –“GIVE BACK” –as a Mentor. :>)

      — – -**HUGS*** — -☺http://grangeroadflowers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/thankyou-2.jpg

      • jds09

        Thanks GLH! Great idea.

        • GreenLadyHere

          jds09. — –My Pleasure. – —I really admire that young man. –
          -HE is the PRESENT annnd the FUTURE. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Sir.”
      “What is your alternative?”
      “Be specific.”

  • creolechild

    Clinton Wasn’t Told to Attack Palin, Obama’s Plouffe Says – 6/21/2014

    President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager denied that he or others directed Hillary Clinton to pounce on Republican Sarah Palin as a vice presidential nominee designed purely to appeal to women,
    rebutting a claim in Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices.”

    “We never tried to do that,” said David Plouffe, appearing on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “We did want her to go out there and speak, but not about Sarah Palin’s gender.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-20/clinton-wasn-t-told-to-attack-palin-obama-s-plouffe-says.html

    H/T Annie Linskey

    • AxelFoley

      Uh huh
      Uh huh

      We knew. Hillary and her people starting off Campaign 2016 lying.

      • creolechild

        I’m happy that they’re pushing back on this, although I don’t know why the Clintons thought this would go unchallenged. Not. Ready. For. Primetime.

        • jds09

          This is what happens when you surround yourself with sycophants, reality becomes a mofo.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      And who didn’t know this? It never made sense. Why would they tell a high profile woman to attack another candidate because she was a woman?

    • rikyrah

      The Consigliore speaks

      • creolechild

        LOL! Yup…

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FIRST DAY of SUMMER MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG** :>) —Wishin’ U a RESTFUL DAY:>)- –

    — – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B5EtjNNf60&feature=kp
    — – – — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IkBBTOhfCQ
    – – — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4MXo7cW_e0
    — – — – —–☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7-Qa92Rzbk
    – -MORE L8R. :>)
    — —☻ENJOY♥ – –http://www.fundraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/00-415×500.jpg

    — – -B BLESSED -DAY♥ :>)

    ———☺:>) –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCVb1YAPpp8

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! It’s a gloomy foggy day here although it’s cool it’s not too bad, I’ll be visiting my mom later on today.
      Blessings to you and the family, have a good one. (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – -Sorry bout the “gloomy foggy day”. —
        –However your VISIT will —BRIGHTEN your day. – -:>)
        — – – –☺http://www.acclaimimages.com/_gallery/_images_n300/0110-1103-3006-4743_happy_little_girl_holding_hands_with_her_mother.jpg

        ENJOY♥-♥ :>)

        Thank U♥ ALWAYS 4 the BLESSINGS. :>)- -

        • Alma98

          Thanks GLH, too cute.

          • GreenLadyHere

            - – -***smiles*** My Pleasure. :>)

  • jds09
  • creolechild

    Health Is Not About How Much You Weigh: 10 Popular Health Myths You Probably Believe, Debunked

    Old medical wives’ tales never die. We hear them all the time. “Feed a cold, starve a fever” (uh, uh, light, balanced nutrition for both, please). “Chocolate causes acne” (nope, bacteria cause acne). Here are 10 more medical myths that need to be put to rest.

    1. Avoid dairy when you have a cold[….]
    2. Vaccines cause autism[….]
    3. Cold weather causes colds[….]
    4. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker and darker[….]
    5. You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day[….]
    6. Humans only use 10 percent of our brains[….]
    7. Reading in the dark will damage your eyes[….]
    8. Eating turkey makes you sleepy[….]
    9. If you are overweight, you are unhealthy[….]
    10. Wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/health-not-about-how-much-you-weigh-10-popular-health-myths-you-probably-believe?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

    H/T Larry Schwartz

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUMMERTIME MORNTIN’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —THANK U 4 this “Practical information. :>)

      –It comes under the HEADING: – –“I di-int know that”. LOL

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • creolechild

        Good Saturday morning to you GLH, sending big hugs you way. Hope you have a good weekend.

        • GreenLadyHere

          creolechild. – – -Thank U. :>)

  • JB20005

    Today, on the 50th anniversary of the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in Mississippi, CNN publishes a John Blake article:

    “Why I’m tired of hearing about ‘that’ civil rights movement.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/21/living/movement-dull/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    • GOVCHRIS1988
      • jds09

        I still think Larry Fisburne should have played Malcolm X instead of Denzel.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          Thats a tough one for me. I mean, Fishburne would have been supurb, but Zel was just phenomenal.

          • creolechild

            I think it was one of his best roles; that and Hurricane.

          • Kennymack1971

            And he was robbed of the Oscar for that performance.

          • Kennymack1971

            And he was robbed of the Oscar for that performance.

    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ JB20005. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – – -THIS:- -As long as we reduce the movement to a “black thang,” that T-shirt will be right: People will never understand. —-Annd the “Broccoli analogy” –POWERFUL!

      4 SOME people[YT] —-wayta B dismissive annnd 2 IGNORE your RESPONSIBILITY 2 SOLVE the PROBLEM – – -of the “CIVIL WRONGS”—which have annnd CONTINUE 2 B perpetuated on “US”/POC.

      Thank U 4 this article. :>) B BLESSED JB20005. :>)

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • Alma98

      The racism is overflowing in the comments, smh.

      1.If we would only stop talking about racism it would go away.
      2. We’re the ones who are racist.
      3.We need to get over it already.
      4. If we would act like whites there would be no racism.

      To all this I say kiss my black ass all over!
      They just don’t like be reminded of the horror that was done to my people to uphold white supremacy. This country was built upon their backs! If they don’t want to hear about racism then stop perpetuating it.

      • rikyrah

        They don’t like to be reminded of the FACTUALITY of American Apartheid.
        And, while ‘ well I wasn’t a slave owner’

        they, and members of their family were certainly full participants in American Apartheid.

        • Alma98

          And they still benefit from it, another thing they hate to admit to.

    • Miranda

      This is simply disgraceful.

  • creolechild

    Unbelievable! You would think that there were laws already in place to prevent this from happening, but apparently not…

    Audit questions whether 39 female inmates consented to sterilization

    [….] The California Legislative Women’s Caucus, joined by other state lawmakers, called for the investigation after allegations surfaced that prison doctors had pressured female inmates into being sterilized.The women also were sterilized without the approval of top prison officials in Sacramento, which was first reported by the Center for Investigative Reporting.[….] Pending legislation offered by the senator would ban sterilization of women in state prison or county jails for the purpose of birth control.

    It also would prohibit sterilization unless the inmate’s life was in
    danger or the procedure was medically necessary, and even then would require approval from a doctor independent of the prison system. While the procedures were performed at hospitals, not at prison medical facilities, prison officials still had the responsibility to ensure consent was documented, the report stated.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pol-prison-sterilizations-20140620-story.html

    H/T Phil Willon

    • nellcote

      I like Jerry Brown as our gov. but the guy is stuck on stupid wrt the prison system in CA.

  • creolechild

    Google’s New Plan To Get More High School Girls Interested In Tech

    Google’s diversity report last month revealed just how white and male the company — and the tech industry as a whole — really is. But in a first step to correct the disparity, the company has launched a new initiative, “Made With Code,” designed to help get school-age girls interested in coding.[….] Made With Code aims to close the gap by showing girls that there’s more to coding than it seems.

    Girls will be able to design 3-D printed bracelets or create songs using Blockly coding technology, which lets users build programs with blocks of code rather than typing it in manually. The program spotlights women who are dancers, music producers, cinematographers and humanitarians and shows how they all use coding to do their jobs. Google is also sponsoring and partnering with similar initiatives nationwide such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and Technovation.[….]

    H/T Lauren C. Williams

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/20/3451080/google-made-with-code/

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild- —GR8 project.- :>)

      – –THEY can partner with The WHITE HOUSE with THIS:
      – – -Google is also sponsoring and partnering with similar initiatives nationwide such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code – -YRS. :>)

      Thank U 4 sharin’. :>)

  • creolechild

    Mexico’s underwater cathedrals

    Submerged caves off the Yucatan Peninsula hide gems for divers and
    archaeologists alike – including cathedral-like caverns, a
    10,000-year-old boy and Mayan skulls. (Click on link to watch video.)

    Read more: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140312-mexicos-underwater-treasure-trove

    H/T BBC

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – – -HONORING —THEIR LIVES♥ —

    – — -☺June 21, 1964
    Civil Rights workers
    -disappear and are later found murdered near Philadelphia, Miss.

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    – –THANK U for your EVER-SO-IMPORTANT ROLL —in the “VOTER’s RIGHT” –STRUGGLE.♥- –AMEN♥

    — -As WE ALL continue in this STRUGGLE —we SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER U 3.♥-♥-♥
    — –RIHEP♥—CONDOLENCES 2 Family♥ —AMEN♥
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  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUMMER MORNTIN’ ALMA98 —**BIG HUG** :>) –Aaahh –“MS. SUN” – –is ADORABLE. :>) The RAYS FRAME her face like a “Gentle AFRO”. :>)—– –

      — –THANK U 4 –OUR DAILY JOY- – -It makes meSMILE. :>)

      B BLESSED –U♥/Family♥ :>)
      —[P.S. Please lemme know iff U get this. Thank U. :>)]

      • Alma98

        Glad you like it GLH, she smiling like she has a secret.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL –Alma —I C her. :>)- –A CUTIE. :>)

    • goldenstar

      Hey now, bright sun and all, Alma! Flash storm for 10 minutes and now partially sunny. Loving the first day of summer.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon goldenstar!
        It’s cool and cloudy here and the fog has lifted but no rain yet. It is a nice first day of summer considering the winter we had lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah :)

  • creolechild

    They sure don’t like when the shoe’s on the other foot, do they? [Point at Bill Kristol and laugh]…

    Bill Kristol pained that Harry Reid wants an apology because he was wrong about Iraq
    An alternately defensive and feisty Bill Kristol refused to offer what
    he called an “insincere apology” for his Iraq war cheerleading after
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed wrote a tweet saying, “The only thing I
    want to hear from Iraq war architects is an apology,” with Kristol’s
    picture attached.[….] Kristol said he was willing to meet with Reid on Burnett’s show and have
    a debate about the war, but that tweeting at him was beneath Reid.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/20/bill-kristol-pained-that-harry-reid-wants-an-apology-because-he-was-wrong-about-iraq/

    H/T Tom Boggioni

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Debate what? How Kristol got it horribly wrong or catastrophically wrong?

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -MR. PRESIDENT♥—:>)
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    — – — – –♦Weekly Address: Bringing our Workplace Policies into the 21st Century

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –MR. PRESIDENT♥- – –A FIRST —Again :>)- –

    —- ☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]
    That cool moment Pres. Obama becomes the first POTUS to have a 3D-Printed Smithsonian Portrait http://www.livescience.com/46422-obama-3d-printed-portrait.html?cmpid=514645_20140620_26386416 … pic.twitter.com/yJ4ntHXmDD

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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – –“WE The MEDIA”- –AGREE annnd will Share —:>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –LOL THIS was REVIEWED 2-day LOL–

    -WAYTA —GOVERN –Commissioners —☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljz5b6bd8q1qzg4luo1_r2_500.jpg

    – – – –Texas County Commissioners Accidentally Vote In Approval Of Slavery Reparations- –
    — —– -A group of Texas county commissioners accidentally voted unanimously to approve monetary slavery reparations for African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved in the U.S.

    The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared on Tuesday that
    African-Americans deserve “monetary and substantial reparations” from the U.S. for 400 years of suffering caused by the enslavement of
    Africans over the course of the country’s history, The Dallas Morning News reports.Commissioners thought they were honoring an annual holiday when they voted for the “Juneteenth Resolution” – sponsored by the county’s lone black commissioner, John Wiley Price.
    Price, who read the resolution aloud, appeared to deliver the broad speech on slavery history and Jim Crow to a group of seemingly uninterested commissioners. And it was the last line of the resolution that did not draw attention from the room.

    THERE IS MORE – —

    – -As humorous as this is —SADLY it shows that WE R “marginalized” in some/many arenas!! — – – In THIS case —-that werked 2 OUR ADVANTAGE[PARTIALLY] , :>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Alma98
    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      It looks like his hair drowned.

      • Alma98

        lol

      • Miranda

        and it was suicide.

        • Alma98

          hahahahahahaha

    • itgurl_29

      Now THAT is what you call laid! LOL

      • Alma98

        LMAO!

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

      I’m getting seasick just looking at him!

  • Alma98

    WTH!

    Man guilty of propositioning women with cheesehttp://news.msn.com/offbeat/man-guilty-of-propositioning-women-with-cheese#tscptme

  • Alma98
    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma —WHOA. :>) —Maybe he will LEARN some BETTER characteristics – – -with his –“similar” look. :>)

      Annnd —CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 him. :>)

    • Miranda

      now they could be father and son for real. LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

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    —–☺@NewsBreaker[THANK U♥] :>)

    101-year-old Cardinals fan throws out the 1st pitch on her birthday (watch) http://bit.ly/1poSyJL @BleacherReport pic.twitter.com/QTi5Gj3DPQ

    – —HAPPY BIRTHDAY —With BLESSINGS. :>)

  • Alma98
    • rikyrah

      that was hilarious and on point

    • Miranda

      Damn! I wonder what school it is….wonder if its one of those schools with multi-million dollar paid football coaches and a premiere Division I program making millions every year.

      • Alma98

        I would love to know the name of the school too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — -VP Joe♥ —VICE –DIPLOMAT-In-Chief :>)

    —–Biden vows to tackle ‘unacceptable’ child migrant surge- –

    – – —-Vice President Joe Biden is demanding that Central American nations work with Washington to halt the cascade of illegal child migrants from the region from reaching the southern US border.

    – –Biden issued his blunt call Friday in Guatemala as the White House announced new measures to speed up deportations of the child migrants, and as sharp criticism from opposition Republicans dashed any hopes of approving an immigration reform law.

    “We’re approaching this issue with a shared recognition that the current situation is not sustainable,” Biden told Guatemalan President Otto Perez at a joint press appearance.

    “It is unacceptable. And we have a shared responsibility to take significant steps to address this issue.”
    THERE IS MORE —

    —SPEAK FIRM — -TRUTH!! :>)

    – – – -[Uhhh —hillary –He’s been 2 the Ukraine annnd NOW Guatemala. — -Gr8 Diplomat-HUH?]

    • nellcote

      Does it seem like refugee is a more appropriate classification than “illegal migrant”?

  • itgurl_29

    I was just reading an article on The Root about racism in Brazil. I knew our Brazilian brothers and sisters have had a number done on them in regard to racial identity, but I didn’t realize how structural it was. I didn’t know that miscegenation Brazilian government policy at one point. Whites were encouraged to whiten up the black population and European immigrants were brought to Brazil in droves to marry darker people and whiten the population. African and Asian immigrants were not allowed, whites only. The US sought to keep whiteness pure with the one drop-rule and Brazil sought to breed out the black population. Two sides of the same white supremacist coin. Isn’t that some craziness! People think Brazil is some sort of racial paradise because so many people are so “mixed” and because they’ve always had integration and interracial marriage was always legal. They don’t realize those “liberal” policies were in place to literally breed negroes out of existence! Damn.

    The article mentioned the famous Brazilian painting “The Redemption of Ham”. It’s basically Brazilian’s screwed up racial ethos on canvas. You’ve got the Black grandmother, the mixed mother, the white father, and the white baby. The black grandmother is raising her hands to the heavens, thanking God for her white grand-baby. SMH.

    http://tvindy.typepad.com/brazilianisms/images/2008/05/12/redemption_of_ham.jpg

    • rikyrah

      Brazilians have serious issues with race. I mean colorism is all over the place.

      • itgurl_29

        Yeah, they are VERY messed up. I didn’t realize the huge role that the government played in creating a “whiter” Brazil. I thought the mixing happened on it’s own and because of their own attitudes towards race, good and bad. I didn’t realize it was pretty much government sanctioned white washing. They did the exact opposite of the US but with a better result: Black Brazilians will always be at the bottom of the rung because, as a whole, they don’t fight racism because they don’t even think they’re black! Genius. Evil, but genius.

        I read that they’re just now, in the past 10-15 years, beginning to see a more forceful movement for their civil rights. It’s really sad. I have much respect for any black Brazilian who dare have pride in themselves and their blackness.

        • Miranda

          Same thing in Cuba….which is why its the white Cubans that hate Castro so much…he worked to bring black Cubans more equality.

        • edp4bho

          Same idea happening in US except by many black men who prize their mixed babies. This is controversial but I see it in my own family, and observe it everyday. One of my nephews once said that his kids are what’s gonna be the future, very proudly mind you. Kinda discounts my little dark brown kiddies. Look around, it’s there. Of course, I love all children. Just saying.

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

            It ain’t just Black men who are colorstruck. There’s a lot of Black women who think white is right, and brag about their mixed babies. Looking at you Debra Dickerson.

    • Alma98

      I knew this, learned from Dr. Gates.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG** :>)
      – —-THIS:- –They don’t realize those “liberal” policies were in place to literally breed negroes out of existence! Damn.

      — -LEGALIZED RACISM – – – –FULLY at werk!! —
      —Annnd THEY NOT tryin’ 2 EVOLVE!! —

      The OLYMPICS oughtta B a GR8 revelation. :>) —

      Thank U 4 this – —Good 2 C U itgurl_29. — B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • BoomerGal

      It is for this very reason that I’ve always been against interracial marriage.

  • GreenLadyHere

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