September 23, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

This next dancer led an amazing life. This is a long post, but she is one of the most influential dancers to ever grace the scene.

 

Katherine Mary Dunham (also known as Kaye Dunn, June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in the American and European theater of the 20th century and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance.”

While a student at the University of Chicago, Dunham took leave and went to the Caribbean to study dance and ethnography. She later returned to graduate and submitted a master’s thesis in anthropology. She did not complete the other requirements for the degree, however, and realized that her professional calling was performance.

At the height of her career in the 1940s and 1950s, Dunham was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America and was widely popular in the United States, where The Washington Post called her “dancer Katherine the Great”. For almost 30 years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only self-supported American black dance troupe at that time, and over her long career, she choreographed more than ninety individual dances. Dunham was an innovator in African-American modern dance as well as a leader in the field of dance anthropology, or Ethno-choreology. She also developed the Dunham Technique.

Katherine Mary Dunham was born on June 22, 1909, in a Chicago hospital and taken as an infant to her parents’ home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a village about 25 miles west of Chicago. Her father, Albert Millard Dunham, was a descendant of slaves from West Africa and Madagascar. Her mother, Fanny June Dunham (née Taylor), who was of mixed French-Canadian and Native American heritage, died when Dunham was three years old. She had an older brother, Albert Jr., with whom she had a close relationship. After her father’s remarriage a few years later, the family moved to a predominantly white neighborhood in Joliet, Illinois, where her father ran a dry-cleaning business.

She graduated from Joliet Central High School in 1928, where she played baseball, tennis, basketball, track, served as vice-president of the French Club, and was on the yearbook staff. In high school, she joined the Terpsichorean Club and began to learn a kind of modern dance based on the ideas of Jaques-Dalcroze and Rudolf von Laban. At the age of 15, she organized “The Blue Moon Café”, a fundraising cabaret to raise money for Brown’s Methodist Church in Joliet, where she gave her first public performance. While still a high school student, she opened a private dance school for young black children.

After completing her studies at Joliet Junior College, Dunham moved to Chicago to join her brother Albert, who was attending the University of Chicago as a student of philosophy. She consequently decided to major in anthropology and to focus on dances of the African diaspora.

In 1935, Dunham was awarded travel fellowships from the Julius Rosenwald and Guggenheim foundations to conduct ethnographic study of the dance forms of the Caribbean, especially as manifested in the Vodun of Haiti, a path also followed by fellow anthropology student Zora Neale Hurston. She also received a grant to work with Professor Melville Herskovits of Northwestern University, whose ideas of African retention would serve as a platform for her research in the Caribbean.

Her field work in the Caribbean began in Jamaica, where she lived for several months in the remote Maroon village of Accompong, deep in the mountains of Cockpit Country. Then she traveled on to Martinique and to Trinidad and Tobago for short stays, primarily to do an investigation of Shango, the African god who remained an important presence in West Indian heritage. Early in 1936, she arrived in Haiti, where she remained for several months, the first of her many extended stays in that country through her life. While in Haiti, Dunham investigated Vodun rituals and made extensive notes in her research, particularly on the dance movements of the participants. Years later, after extensive studies and initiations, she became a mambo in the Vodun religion.

Dunham returned to Chicago in the late spring of 1936, and in August was awarded a bachelor’s degree, a Ph.B., bachelor of philosophy, with her principal area of study named as social anthropology. She was one of the first African American women to attend this college and also to earn these degrees. In 1938, using materials collected during her research tour of the Caribbean, Dunham submitted a thesis, at the University of Chicago in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master’s degree, but she never completed her course work or took examinations to qualify for the degree. Devoted to dance performance, as well as to anthropological research, she realized that she had to choose between the two.

In 1928, while still, an undergraduate, Dunham began to study ballet with Ludmilla Speranzeva, a Russian dancer who had settled in Chicago, having come to the United States with the Franco-Russian vaudeville troupe Le Théâtre de la Chauve-Souris directed by impresario Nikita Balieff. She also studied ballet with Mark Turbyfill and Ruth Page, who became the prima ballerina of the Chicago Opera. Through her ballet teachers, she was also exposed to Spanish, East Indian, Javanese, and Balinese dance forms. In 1931, when she was only 21, Dunham formed a group called Ballets Nègres, one of the first black ballet companies in the United States. After a single, well-received performance in 1931, the group was disbanded. Encouraged by Speranzeva to focus on modern dance instead of ballet, Dunham opened her first real dance school in 1933 called the Negro Dance Group. It was a venue for Dunham to teach young black dancers about their African heritage.

Dunham revived her dance ensemble and in 1937 journeyed with them to New York to take part in A Negro Dance Evening organized by Edna Guy at the 92nd Street YMHA. Upon returning to Chicago, the company performed at the Goodman Theater and at the Abraham Lincoln Center. With choreography characterized by exotic sexuality, both became signature works in the Dunham repertory. After successful performances of her company, Dunham was named dance director of the Chicago Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project.

In 1939, Dunham’s company gave further performances in Chicago and Cincinnati and then went back to New York, where Dunham had been invited to stage a new number for the popular, long-running musical revue Pins and Needles 1940, produced by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. As this show continued its run at the Windsor Theater, Dunham booked her own company in the theater for a Sunday performance. This concert, billed as Tropics and Le Hot Jazz, was so popular that the troupe repeated it for another ten Sundays.

This success led to the entire company being engaged in the 1940 Broadway production Cabin in the Sky, staged by George Balanchine and starring Ethel Waters. With Dunham in the sultry role of temptress Georgia Brown, the show ran for 20 weeks in New York before moving to the West Coast for an extended run of performances there. The show created a minor controversy in the press.

After the national tour of Cabin in the Sky, the Dunham company stayed in Los Angeles, where they appeared in the Warner Brothers short film Carnival of Rhythm (1941). The next year Dunham appeared in the Paramount musical film Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) in a specialty number, “Sharp as a Tack,” with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. Other movies she appeared in during this period included the Abbott and Costello comedy Pardon My Sarong (1942) and the black film musical Stormy Weather (1943).

The company returned to New York, and in September 1943, under the management of the impresario Sol Hurok, her troupe opened in Tropical Review at the Martin Beck Theater. In 1946, Dunham returned to Broadway for a revue entitled Bal Nègre, which received glowing notices from theater and dance critics. Early in 1947 Dunham choreographed the musical play Windy City, which premiered at the Great Northern Theater in Chicago, and later in the year, she opened a cabaret show in Las Vegas, during the first year that the city became a popular entertainment destination. Later that year she went with her troupe to Mexico, where their performances were so popular that they remained for more than two months. After Mexico, Dunham began touring in Europe, where she was an immediate sensation.

This was the beginning of more than 20 years of performing almost exclusively outside the United States. During these years, the Dunham company appeared in some 33 countries in Europe, North Africa, South America, Australia, and East Asia.  Despite these successes, the company frequently ran into periods of financial difficulties, as Dunham was required to support all of the 30 to 40 dancers and musicians.

Dunham and her company appeared in the Hollywood movie Casbah (1948) with Tony Martin, Yvonne De Carlo, and Peter Lorre, and in the Italian film Botta e Risposta, produced by Dino de Laurentiis. Also that year they appeared in the first ever hour-long American spectacular televised by NBC when television was first beginning to spread across America. This was followed by television spectaculars filmed in London, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Sydney, and Mexico City.

In 1950, Sol Hurok presented Katherine Dunham and Her Company in a dance revue at the Broadway Theater in New York, with a program composed of some of Dunham’s best works. It closed after only 38 performances, and the company soon thereafter embarked on a tour of venues in South America, Europe, and North Africa. They had particular success in Denmark and France. In the mid-1950s, Dunham and her company appeared in three films: Mambo (1954), made in Italy; Die Grosse Starparade (1954), made in Germany; and Música en la Noche (1955), made in Mexico City.

The Dunham company’s international tours ended in Vienna in 1960, when it was stranded without money because of bad management by their impresario. Dunham’s last appearance on Broadway was in 1962 in Bamboche!

A highlight of Dunham’s later career was the invitation from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to stage dances for a new production of Aida with soprano Leontyne Price. Thus, in 1963, she became the first African-American to choreograph for the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933. In 1967 she officially retired after presenting a final show at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Even in retirement, Dunham continued to choreograph: one of her major works was directing Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha in 1972 at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning!

    Weird…I’m not waking up reading about how the nazis got tear-gassed last night and arrested….the way black folks marching for justice routinely do.

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon Miranda

  • adept2u

    Good Mornin Fam!!!

    Dafuq? The White people have gone full Klan now???

    • Miranda
      • BoomerGal

        “you will not replace us” That’s what this is all about from electing Donald Trump to this right here.

      • They know that in a few years, there will be more POC than white people.

        • Alma98

          Morning Sepia, wait til they find out they’re only 7% of the world’s population.

          • BoomerGal

            They already know that’s why they’re in a frenzy.

          • Alma98

            Nah alot of them don’t BG.

      • aleth

        lol lol…to be white and so inferior, with all the benefits the world offers lol
        that town as always been shit

    • Kennymack1971

      Bruh… they’ve flipped the fuck out.

    • BoomerGal

      Good Morning, adept!

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Rebel yell: Southern nationalists again crying ‘secede’
    Aug 11, 2017 2:53 PM EDT
    By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

    BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) – As 21st-century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th-century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union.

    It’s not an easy argument to win, and it’s not clear how much support the idea has: The leading Southern nationalist group, the Alabama-based League of the South, has been making the same claim for more than two decades and still has an address in the U.S.A., not the C.S.A.

    But the idea of a break-away Southern nation persists.

    The League of the South’s longtime president, retired university professor Michael Hill of Killen, Alabama, posted a message in July that began, “Fight or die white man” and went on to say Southern nationalists seek “nothing less than the complete reconquest and restoration of our patrimony — the whole, entire South.”

    more here: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/36117341/rebel-yell-southern-nationalists-again-crying-secede

    • BoomerGal

      Good! Let them GO!!

  • Miranda

    Oh he should have seen it coming.
    ————————
    Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies
    08/12/17 06:05 AM EDT

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not intend to pick a fight when he questioned President Trump’s expectations and was surprised by the explosion it produced, according to people close to the Senate GOP leader.

    McConnell and Trump spoke Wednesday about what McConnell’s allies characterized as a misunderstanding, but that did little to quell the president’s anger.

    “We should have had healthcare approved,” Trump said Friday from his New Jersey golf club. “[McConnell] should have known that he had a couple of votes that turned on him and that should have been very easy to handle, whether it’s through the fact that can take away a committee chairmanship or do whatever you have to do.”

    Sources close to McConnell say he is stunned by Trump’s attacks, which have only increased in recent days, as an attack on a member of his own team.

    Some in the Trump administration, however, think McConnell should have seen it coming.

    more here: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/346271-trump-barrage-stuns-mcconnell-and-his-allies

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family.

    We already know about the fuckery in Charlottesville.

    So to cut to the chase…..

    FUCK YOU MAYO NATION.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)
      – -*Co-Sign**- – -“OLE SKOOL- -RACISM!!” – hmph!!

      Thank U- – -“FYMN”—DAILY!!. . .- -B BLESSED♥- — :>)
      Slayin’ tweets- – -:>)

  • Miranda

    GOOD…because its exactly the same, no different. Tell it like IT IS.
    —————————
    A daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Va. used President Trump’s North Korea warning of looming “fire and fury” to headline its coverage of a gathering of far-right protestors on Saturday.
    https://twitter.com/JustCallMeFoxy/status/896211624490668032

    • crazycanuck1503

      “Torch rally”?

      • Miranda

        Oh I’ve seen all kinds of creative phrasing for this nazi rally….anything but what they are.

  • Miranda

    Well dear 53% of your sisters don’t have a problem with these mysogonists and apparently willing to make those babies.
    https://twitter.com/JackSmithIV/status/896369881435836416

  • MonieTalks

    Morning fam!

    I often wonder, is this what Richard Painter has always thought, or is this finally the wake-up call for anti-trumpers like himself?

    https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/896364366404231169

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon BoomerG

  • Miranda

    Economic anxiety…he’s worried about coal jobs.
    https://twitter.com/AndyBCampbell/status/896353431597797377

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ BoomerGal. :>) – – -**BIG HUG** :>)

      How R U/weather?- — :>) Have a BLESSED Day. :>)

      • BoomerGal

        Good Morning, GLH! **Big Hug*** Weather is cloudy and cool. Disqus is acting a damn fool this morning, sorry I took so long responding.
        Blessings and have a good one!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY BoomerGal.– -:>)–Tryta Enjoy your Day. :>)– Thank U 4 your KIND BLESSINGS.- – -Always appreciated♥– -:>)

  • adept2u

    Where’s Bernie Sanders to state these people in Va aren’t racist? Where is he? Where’s Nina Turner???

    • BoomerGal

      Heh.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ adept2u. :>) *BIG HUG* :>)— NOW here U come — early Saturday MornTin’- -trynta START Somethin’.- – -LOL- -Their ABSENCE- – -SPEAKS – VOLUMES.- – -:>)

      Good 2 C U♥- – -Have a BLESSED Day♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    A fool is a fool is a fool…and a fool is what white folks wanted.
    ————————–
    Not Even a Crisis Will Change Trump
    August 12, 2017 at 10:27 am EDT

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear showdown. The world’s most unpredictable foe. A world on edge. What will the new president do?

    Be Trump.

    Faced with perhaps his gravest international crisis yet, President Donald Trump this week responded precisely as his some of supporters hoped and his critics long feared. The mix of plain-spoken bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk that defined his political rise defined his approach to a round of fresh threats from nuclear North Korea. When Pyongyang punched, Trump counterpunched harder – much as he did on a debate stage flanked by political opponents.

    But this was not a Florida debate stage or a low-stakes celebrity Twitter war of the sort Trump perfected before entering politics. It was a standoff over North Korea’s rapidly developing nuclear program, complete with trading threats of war and the safety of millions in the balance. Over the course of the week, Trump unleashed provocative rhetoric and dismissed the careful or precise diplomatic language favored by his predecessors.

    “They should be very nervous,” Trump said of North Korea. “Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?

    Still, Trump’s strategy was familiar. He tweeted regularly. He took it personally. He spoke off the cuff. He talked – a lot – holding a two-day blitz of press conferences, each yielding moments that immediately sparked chatter, confusion, criticism and attention.

    more here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_CRISIS_ANALYSIS_ASOL-?SITE=OKPON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sendto_newslettertest&stream=top-stories

  • adept2u

    Please North Korea troll the fuck out of America call us the racist NAZIs we are. Use the Charlotte White racist wilding as your exhibit A. You wouldn’t be telling a lie.

  • MonieTalks
    • adept2u

      I’m going to need every White man in America to cease with their snark their sarcasm, and their fucked up twisted senses of humor.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Monie Talks. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)- –

      – -Ya Mean like the “Economic Anxiety”— that drove those RACISTS- – 2- – Char-Ville- – – Lookin’ 4 JOBS!!? – – -HAH!- –

      Good 2 C U♥- –:>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Good Saturday MornTin’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – -:>))- – -**BIG HUG** – -:>)– -Aaahh The Talented -Exquisite Dancer- – Ms. KATHERINE DUNHAM♥–With Soo Many FIRSTS.- – Thank U PBOMB♥– -:>)

    – – – -☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W23MYjH92co

    – –FIRSTS:– – –. She has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance.”– – –

    — –She was one of the first African American women to attend this college and also to earn these degrees.— –

    – – — Dunham opened her first real dance school in 1933 called the Negro Dance Group.– —

    – –in 1963, she became the first African-American to choreograph for the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.– -:>)

    – — ENJOY♥- – -https://www.friendlys.com/wp-content/themes/netplus/img/production/detail/menu/breakfast_omelettes_garden-vegetable-omelette.jpg

    — -B BLESSED♥- – -SAFE♥- – -PRAYERFUL♥- – -RESISTANT♥- – :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– -Hmph- —Charlottesville- – -Experiencing Some Violence- -KKKops NOT Intervening- –As They Should. .

    – — -☺https://twitter.com/CNN/status/896373224627417088

    WATCHIN’. . . .

  • adept2u

    I am watching the police get hit with full bottles and do nothing. I am watching the white racist beat peoples asses with weapons and the police are doing nothing. This is a White racist terror state.

    • Alma98

      Morning adept. But if it were BLM they’d go hog wild.

    • aleth

      yep

  • Alma98

    Morning POU, for those wondering or saying (“this is the U.S now”) this has always been the U.S. Racism just doesn’t come from outta nowhere. It’s always been here. And if white had the guts to take their brethren to task after the civil war the country wouldn’t still be dealing with a lot of this shit.

  • Mornin’!

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon Sepia

  • Miranda

    So what Ivanka and Jared got to say about white nationalists that love trump shouting “Jews wont replace us”?? Anything?

    • jziglar

      They won’t say a damn thing. But I’m glad all of this is happening because it’s totally exposing this country in front of the entire world.

      • crazycanuck1503

        True

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –RESISTANT Says- – –NO Legal Relief 4 “WHITE NATIONALIST”— -Bannon – —– —

    — -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/896359364222631936

    — COMMENTS:- —What took you so long? I hope it’s not too late.– —

    – – —Why are “ethics waivers” even a thing? You’re either ethical or you’re not.

    – – – —-He will ignore the letter saying her opinion is wrong; find someone else like in-house legal, to say it is legal; then backdate the waiver.— –

    WATCHIN’– –

  • lamh
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –While A RACE RIOT Is In PROGRESS- – -The KKKops- – Continue 2 STAND DOWN- – –– – – GEESH!!

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/CNNnewsroom/status/896389321569312770

    NOT What They Did in – -FERGUSON, Etc.- – -WHERE R the TANKS??_ – –

    • aleth

      damn white people bored as hell. why is their white power just hate… how about a bbq with drinks

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — Annnd the KKKops- – -R — – WHERE???

    —-☺https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/896394204896559104

  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      He needs to take his old ass somewhere and sit down.

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – Maybe- – – This Happened- -‘CAUSE– The- – KKKops– -R NOT Intervening!! – -hmph!!!

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/896395105665519616

    • Alma98

      I guess sessions not sending help huh?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ alma- –:>) **BIG HUG**– :>)

        No Sessions- – —NO- – -“IT”—-NO- –1/2Pence- — –NO!!!

        Good 2 C U♥ :>)– – B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • nellcote
  • Alma98

    It’s really pissing me off people saying how did this happen? And blaming drumpf. The media and other white folks wouldn’t push back on white racism. The msm had these yahoos on tv every fucking day stoking hatred and fear. Now they wanna throw their hands up and say “how did this happen”.

    • adept2u

      Their comment sections have been cess pools of White racism for 10 years and both they and their bastions of libertarian White thought respond by banning the voices of Black people.

      • Alma98

        There need not be one black person or poc doing anti protest against these assholes. Let white folks get out there and handle their people.

  • lamh

    ‪Fuq You Chris…mighty white if you to be able to just ignore them…some of us are their targets and can’t just ignore them‬

    https://twitter.com/gryking/status/896396353294802945

    • Alma98

      Ignoring them (1865) is why we’re here now.

      • crazycanuck1503

        Ignoring them is also why hitler happened.

        • Alma98

          I meant if white folks had treated them like the traitors they were after the civil war.

          • crazycanuck1503

            I knew what you meant and i agree

  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -HAH!_ – —WAITIN’ 4 A TWEET– -From “IT”!!

    – —http://bringiton.org/images/list/1571_trump-tweeting.jpg
    NEVAMIND- – –hmph!!

  • lamh

    Minute Maid Mao is a racist, vile bag of human waste, but those white supremacists with Hitler white dreams are not new, or their acts, old.

    That doesn’t diminish the coverage on their lil’ rally, but what is mostly frustrating is many are offering same poor coverage.

    You shouldn’t have to see a bunch of Robert Lee dick riders hollering to speak on pervasiveness of American racism.

    But enough of them. White folks, get your dads, brothers, sons, uncles and cousins — and all the women standing right beside them.
    https://twitter.com/youngsinick/status/896393565747769345

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –THIS- – -EXPLAINS- – -It – –ALL- –Look Who Is Wearing The PROTECTION!!— -geesh

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/896396600284766208

    – -☻https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/896393627147968514

    RACISM- — In FULL- –WORLD-WIDE DISPLAY- -4 ALL 2 C. .

    WHAT NOW – – -RETHUGS!!!???–

  • lamh
    • Alma98

      Yep especially since he helped foment this shit.

  • lamh

    ‪Prediction: WH issues statement with no outright condemnation but instead praise of police & local govt, & comment on counter protestors‬

    • Alma98

      This what Bannon, Sessions and self hating Miller wants. They want their own civil war.

      • crazycanuck1503

        They seem to think they will win that battle

        • Alma98

          They know they won’t that’s why they’re trying to put poc out of the country.

          • BoomerGal

            That’s another thing driving their fear. That all black and brown people unite in solidarity.

    • BoomerGal

      Bigots and racists are so predictable.

  • lamh
  • BoomerGal

    The way I see it , globalization or globalism were just terms used in newspaper columns and commentaries up until the likes of President Barack Obama who changed global discourse and the standing of the U.S. in the world. He envisioned what is now considered a global economy while white folks still living in a bubble both socially and economically. They’re now realizing that it really is a small world, after all and they are no longer the be all and end all in the U.S. OR around the world as they thought and the internet played a major part in that reckoning along with President Obama. This is just one of many reasons they AND Trump are so threatened and obsessed with him. He turned their little white world upside down and now realize that globally they ARE the minority.

    • rikyrah

      tell it

    • jziglar

      Total truth.

  • Alma98

    Not that I’ve seen.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Afternoon.

    • BoomerGal

      Absolutely, brother Malcolm!

  • lamh

    And just think, there are people who will still be more offended at Kaepernick kneeling than this… #Charlottesville
    https://twitter.com/uwbio/status/896405112410693632

    • Alma98

      Reddit nerds wannabes only tough when they’re a crowd.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      hmmph

  • I’m watching a documentary on National Geographic channel about the Russian mafia in Brooklyn during the Cold War. It was started by Russian immigrants. Funny….I don’t recall white folks/Republicans calling for deportations during this time period. ☕

  • lamh

    POTUS chafed at getting asked about David Duke during the campaign. Today Duke marches in POTUS name
    https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/896405855893151744

  • lamh

    Charlottesville is not a Southern problem; it’s an American problem. Racism and Nazis are in every state.
    https://twitter.com/justinelavaworm/status/896396380314497024

  • lamh
    • rikyrah

      uh huh

  • BoomerGal

    Isn’t she a minister?

  • adept2u

    Fuq Countess Dracula

  • lamh

    @Chris:

    I personally saw Ferguson police use crushing force against protesters for much less than what the Nazis in Charlottesville are doing today.

    They had snipers trained on unarmed and peaceful crowds merely protesting, before the slightest hint of violence emerged.

    So when you say, that Nazis have the right to protest because everyone has that right, remember that not everyone does in practice.

    https://twitter.com/adamserwer/status/896413734717059072

  • BoomerGal

    Is this the protest that was supposed to have 2–6,000 people in attendance? I don’t see that many people. Not by a long shot.

    • Alma98

      LOL it’s not.

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!

    • lamh

      nope the militia and other showed up early to the wrong park.

      and the actual rally wasn’t supposed to happen until noon

      but after the clashes, Spencer et al told demonstrators to disperse and the rally essentially canceled

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!! So, it did not go as planned.

  • BoomerGal

    HA!! No.

  • 7thangel
  • lamh
  • lamh
  • lamh
  • lamh

    Trump tweet out

    • BoomerGal

      I don’t believe for one minute that he texted that tweet.

  • lamh

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/896422017137872896

    ‪But I will gladly take their votes for me!‬

  • Bitch, please. Both she and her husband helped create this hateful climate.

  • 7thangel

    it’s a type of statement that covers their ass by not actually pointing anyone out.

  • lamh

    Alex Witt on @MSNBC now allowing the VA GOP rep turn this into an opposing sides don’t listen to one another bullshit!!!

    • Miranda

      This is how white folks help their more violent open about their racism cousins.

  • lamh

    Obama to reemerge in the fall, help rebuild Democratic Party hill.cm/CRG0fQJ

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    THOTUS speaks.

  • BoomerGal

    I just get beside myself when I hear GOP say they are and were the party of equality, freedom and civil rights, not hatred. They deliberately twist history in perpetuating that meme. They know damn well the platforms were not the same in 1865 and have since totally reversed.

    • jziglar

      Exactly! Things really began to change after the civil rights acts of the 60’s. Fringe figures including former southern democrats who embraced segregation were welcomed in. Eventually republicans like Nelson Rockefeller and Everett Dirksen died or people like them were pushed out or no longer a majority of the party. Especially after the radical Christian right was accepted.

  • lamh
  • Kennymack1971

    This is such a tired ass script.

    Black folks have been talking about this shit forever only to be ignored and dismissed and only when the supremacists show their asses in a way that can’t be hidden or waved away then “not all” white folks want to speak out. And even then it’s on some weak ass “this isn’t who we are” garbage.

    Until white folks (the “not all” division) start standing up to this bullshit we really are just running in place.

    • MsKitty

      “This isn’t who we are” has really entered the same category as “I don’t see color” as sayings that make me angry and grit my teeth.

  • aleth

    2520 bored as hell, they even playing fake soldier like a video game….

    do they have alife?

    https://twitter.com/tomperriello/status/896385195833790465

  • aleth
  • Kennymack1971

    Get the fuck out of here.

  • lamh
  • lamh

    BREAKING: Multiple injuries reported as a car plows into crowd off the downtown mall @NBC29

    https://twitter.com/henrygraff/status/896429498480160768

    • rikyrah

      is this in Virginia?

      • lamh

        yes

  • lamh
    • rikyrah

      I saw this..cried about it last night.

    • 7thangel

      some dust got in my eye…dust

    • When I tell you a chill went through my body! God Bless Sir Winton’s soul.

    • BoomerGal

      Wish I could see it. What’s it about?

  • rikyrah

    Governor declares STATE OF EMERGENCY

  • 7thangel
  • rikyrah

    WHERE IS THE STATEMENT FROM THE KKEEBLER ELF?

  • lamh
  • 7thangel

    while checking the trending ‘nazi’, i saw the stupidest reaction. not going to post the tweet, but sirota never fails to be a complete stupid asshole

    • Miranda

      Never. Fails.

  • lamh

    did this muthaphucka really tweet out “…Charlotte..sad”

    https://twitter.com/afarray/status/896434521628921856

    • BoomerGal

      Now, THIS he tweeted.

  • lamh

    Warning may be gruesome

    The moment when a vehicle hits anti- alt right activists in #charlottesville. It is a hit and run. The vehicle quickly leaves the scene

  • aleth

    Do you think this country will recover -at least still be a nation of law after the next 3 years?

    • adept2u

      My visions began with the White House upside down. Subsequently we have another reconstruction and the beginning of a New Feminine Age.

  • lamh

    there is footage on Twitter of the car ramming into protestor lane and other cars…and you can see someone basically crushed between 2 cars!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      This is sick. They’re feeling more empowered to act out their racist fantasies than ever before.

    • adept2u

      Was it a Charger? Before it happened a real strong urge to post F the General Lee and the Dukes of Hazzard on my FB wall.

      • lamh

        the charger hit another car and hat car smashed into a van and i saw someone between the 2nd car and the van

  • lamh

    UPDATE: Driver of Charlottesville attack car has been arrested lgf.bz/2vZhLI3

  • lamh

    For anyone claiming it wasn’t deliberate…

    https://twitter.com/brennanmgilmore/status/896434516260212737

    • The Shy Lurker

      Jesus!

  • lamh
    • aleth

      hahaha i need popcorn

      Bernie — see even duke knows the truth– white americans put dolt in whitehouse and it was not about economic anxiety

      Duke grandwizard knows if you voted for dolt, you were a racist

  • 7thangel

    maybe in a few hours we’ll get a better picture of the aftermath of the hit and run, but right now, as per ‘breaking news’, too much confusion.

  • lamh

    Mayor seeming to say someone did die!

    https://twitter.com/mikesigner/status/896450387783372802

  • Joy

    Aternoon, all. I imagine some folks are now having second thoughts about “Confederate”.

    • 7thangel

      i doubt it.

      if anything, they’ll probably use this and say the show is needed to help against the nazi/klan rally

  • Miranda
    • 7thangel

      i wonder if tulsi will also demand he call it white supremacist terrorism like she did the last real prez

  • lamh
  • lamh

    AG Sessions: “We stand united behind the President in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance.”

    Full statement here: https://twitter.com/abc/status/896451721970552832

    • aleth

      those are their kids

    • 7thangel

      again, a generic statement without pointing to one particular group.

  • Miranda
  • lamh

    try to avoid having Cheetos voice in my head…someone will have to tell me what he says

  • lamh

    Did this mofo say”on many sides”

    • Miranda

      Yep.

    • Kennymack1971

      Yes. He said that shit. I hate him and everyone who helped get him to where he is.

  • BoomerGal

    GET THAT MUTHA FUCKA OFF THE STAGE!!! He didn’t write that schitt and he’s going off script anyway!!

  • Miranda
    • aleth

      he ain’t “former” — he is still an imperial wizard lol what the fuck with these names?

  • Miranda

    ‘Gotta go, gotta go!’: Black pastor bolts Joy Reid live interview as white nationalists attack fellow pastors


    Host Reid was interviewing Rev. Traci Blackmon about the march when a security guard grabbed her and pulled her off-screen as she screamed, “Gotta go, gotta,” as fights broke out nearby her.

    A stunned Reid, blurted, ‘Oh my goodness!”

    “I don’t know what is happening here, I don’t know what just happen there had with our guest but we’re going to try to find out what happened,” Reid attempted to explain. And she was standing at the location where it looks like now violence has broken out among the crowd and for those who are unfamiliar with what’s going on today in Charlottesville. Make sure our producers check on Reverend Blackmon and make sure she’s okay, if somebody could please text her.”

    Reid later spoke with with Blackmon who said she was safe but that police were asking them to leave for their own safety.

  • BoomerGal

    He said, “we’re going to heal our country.” How, when you’ve got white nationalists in the WH???

    • Miranda

      Exactly – fuck trump

  • Miranda
  • Miranda
  • jziglar

    I love the conservatives running the blame Obama for our division card. We’ve been divided since the country was founded. And it was white racist’s hatred and envy because of Barack Obama’s successes that played a big part in driving us to this point.

  • Miranda

    The GOP is a terrorist organization. Period.

  • Miranda

    What does “we can lose an election” Marc Lamont Hill have to say today? Where is Elon “my people are dying earn my vote!” James White at today? Is Cornel “Hillary is the same as Trump” West still trying to get a photo op then bolt back to the comforts of his NYC digs?

    • rikyrah

      Their silence is overwhelming.
      If this had happened during 44’s term, they’d already have pressed SEND on their prepared critiques of what he’s not doing..

      DO.I.LIE?

      • Miranda

        NO YOU DO NOT!

    • Kennymack1971

      Bring it up every day.

      These useless, worthless motherfuckers had so much…SO MUCH mouth for PBO.

      But in the wake of all the fuckery from 1/20/17 to now…

      Nothing….not at all.

      Fuck em.

    • 7thangel

      this why i have some respect for deray, even though i know some of y’all don’t like him, lol. he hasn’t gone away. even saw him defending kamala when the dude bros came for her.

      • Miranda

        I agree, Deray is about it for real.

    • Town

      Cornel West was at the protests in Charlottesville today, no doubt to get his photo op on.

      • Miranda

        He been lefty and is probably getting off his flight in NYC as we type.

  • Miranda

    The GOP is a terrorist organization.
    https://twitter.com/W7VOA/status/896457991737802753

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH
      UH HUH

  • lamh

    BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.

    https://twitter.com/ap/status/896459623674150912

  • rikyrah

    I’ll ask again…

    WHERE IS ATTORNEY GENERAL WHITE CITIZENS COUNCIL?!?

    • Miranda

      He made a half-ass statement and then probably went right back to his plans to suppress black folks.

      • Alma98

        This is what him & bannon wants. So you know they were privately gleeful.

        • rikyrah

          uh huh

      • rikyrah

        Could you imagine if this happened and then nothing from Holder or Lynch?

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Awwww Congrats on his silver.

    • rikyrah

      Mo was a G!!!

      Congratulations, Sir Farah.

    • 7thangel

      these games have put a jinx on retirement

      • Miranda

        INDEED! Upsets galore!

  • MsKitty

    I’m late but I’ll just say this. White people will do their damndest to sweep this under the rug/play it off like this is an outlier, because that is what they always do.

    Same shit, different day in America.

    • Alma98

      Alright ready doing it, and refuse to call them what they are, nazis.

      • rikyrah

        uh huh
        uh huh

  • Miranda

    Mueller is about to start questioning WH staff. Please hurry Mueller.
    —————–
    WASHINGTON — In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions.

    Mr. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, the two people said.
    https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/896463314821144576

    • rikyrah

      Dear Workers in the White House…

      Lying to Bobby Three Sticks can land you in an orange jumpsuit.

      Do it if you dare…
      YOU.DON’T.LIE.TO.THE.FEDS.

    • qosine

      Yes, please hurry Mueller

  • Miranda

    Why is Charlottesville ground zero for white supremacists?
    USA TODAY Published 3:33 p.m. ET Aug. 12, 2017

    The “Unite the Right” rally that turned violent in Charlottesville on Saturday marks the third time white nationalist groups gathered there this year.

    The protests began after the Charlottesville City Council voted in May to sell the Lee statue. A judge issued a temporary injunction that blocked the city, a progressive college town where over 80% of residents voted for Hillary Clinton, from moving the statue for six months, The Daily Progress reported.

    The city also voted to rename Lee and Jackson parks this spring. Statues of Confederate leaders nationwide have been removed in recent years as communities viewed them as symbols of slavery, but a USA TODAY analysis in May found that more than 700 Confederate monuments in 31 states still stand.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/12/why-charlottesville-ground-zero-white-supremacists/562088001/

    • 7thangel

      700…ridiculous

  • Miranda

    This is precisley what “free market” healthcare terrorist republicans want here too.
    ————————
    ‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off
    August 12 at 2:19 PM

    NEW DELHI — One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.

    At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. A home ministry spokesman told the Press Trust of India, citing police reports, that 21 of the deaths were directly linked a shortage of oxygen.

    Witnesses described a chaotic scene between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. as medical practitioners and relatives — the tanks running dry — handed out manual resuscitator bags to families in a desperate attempt to save the young patients.

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-massacre-at-least-30-children-die-in-indian-hospital-after-oxygen-cut-off/2017/08/12/5f51cf70-fcc8-4fd3-8a71-94fcba37094f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_indiachilddeaths-910am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6ef8b616f0e9

    • rikyrah

      horrific

    • qosine

      Devastating!!

    • How inhumane can you be???

  • rikyrah

    just evil

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      SAY THAT SHIT HILLARY! SAY IT!

      • 7thangel

        with no hestitation

    • rikyrah

      TRUTH

    • THAT’S being presidential.

  • Miranda

    Usain Bolt’s final race coming up on NBC at the World Championships. The 4×100. The women’s final in the 4×100 is before the men’s race.
    https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/896467055339122688

  • 7thangel
  • lamh

    “swift return to law & order”!!!

    FUQ U CHEETO!!

    https://twitter.com/keitholbermann/status/896468417510649856

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      He won’t do it. Why would he?

      The GOP is a terrorist organization.

  • Alma98
    • rikyrah

      bless him

  • Miranda
  • GOVCHRIS1988


    Mr. James Baldwin

  • GOVCHRIS1988

  • rikyrah
    • Miranda

      The GOP is a terrorist organization. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and every single republican condone this.

      • rikyrah

        no lie

  • Alma98
  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up