October 23, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Shakespearean Actors

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.! We hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

We continue our series on Black Shakespearean Actors.



(Photo: Wikipedia)

(Photo: Wikipedia)

William Horace Marshall (August 19, 1924 – June 11, 2003) was an American actor, director, and opera singer. He is best known for his title role in the 1972 blaxploitation classic Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973), as the “King of Cartoons” on the 1980s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse beginning with its second season, and an appearance on the original Star Trek television series. He had a commanding height of 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m),[1] as well as a deep bass voice.

Early life and career

Marshall was born in Gary, Indiana,[2] the son of Thelma (née Edwards) and Vereen Marshall, who was a dentist.[3] He attended New York University as an art student, but then trained for a theatre career at the Actors Studio, at the American Theatre Wing, and with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.[4]

He made his Broadway debut in 1944 in Carmen Jones. Among his many other Broadway appearances, he understudied Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in Peter Pan in 1950, then played the leading role of De Lawd in the 1951 revival of The Green Pastures (a role he repeated in a BBC telecast of the play in 1958).[3][5] He performed in Shakespeare plays many times on the stage in the U.S. and Europe, including the title role in at least six productions of Othello. His Othello (which was later captured in a video production in 1981), was called by Harold Hobson of the London Sunday Times “the best Othello of our time,”[6] continuing:

“…nobler than [Godfrey] Tearle, more martial than [John] Gielgud, more poetic than [Frederick] Valk. From his first entry, slender and magnificently tall, framed in a high Byzantine arch, clad in white samite, mystic, wonderful, a figure of Arabian romance and grace, to his last plunging of the knife into his stomach, Mr Marshall rode without faltering the play’s enormous rhetoric, and at the end the house rose to him.”[7]

Marshall even played Othello in a jazz musical version, Catch My Soul, with Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago, in Los Angeles in 1968.[8] He also portrayed on stage Paul Robeson and Frederick Douglass. (Marshall researched Douglass’s life for years and portrayed him on television in Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman, which he co-produced in 1983.[9])

Film and television career

Marshall’s career on screen began in 1952 in Lydia Bailey as a Haitian leader. He followed that with a prominent role as Glycon, comrade and fellow gladiator to Victor Mature in Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954). His demeanor, voice and stature gave him a wide range, though he was ill-suited for the subservient roles that many black actors of his generation were most frequently offered. He was Attorney General Edward Brooke in The Boston Strangler and a leader of the Mau-Mau uprising in Something of Value. He received the most widespread fame for his role in the vampire film Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream. In later years, Marshall played the King of Cartoons on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, replacing actor Gilbert Lewis, during the 1980s. (The character’s catchphrase “Let…the cartoooon…begin!” became immensely popular.)

In the early 1950s, Marshall starred briefly in a series about black police officers, entitled Harlem Detective. The show was canceled when Marshall was named as a communist in the anti-communist newsletter Counterattack.[10] Nonetheless, Marshall managed to continue appearing in both television and films. Marshall is perhaps best remembered by television viewers for his roles as Dr. Richard Daystrom in the Star Trek episode “The Ultimate Computer” and as the travelling opera singer Thomas Bowers on Bonanza. In 1964, he appeared, with actor Ivan Dixon, as the leader of a newly independent African nation and as a THRUSH agent in the first-season episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. entitled “The Vulcan Affair”. He won two local Emmys for producing and performing in a PBS production, As Adam Early in the Morning, a poetical theatre piece originally performed on stage.[2] He also was featured in the popular series, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in an episode titled, “The Jar”, with actors Pat Buttram and George Lindsey. Marshall also appeared on the British spy series Danger Man (Deadline, 1962). In 1969, he had a special guest appearance as the character Amalek in an episode of the Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Egyptian Queen”, and also appeared in the Boston strangler film.

Later life and death

In addition to his acting and producing work, Marshall taught acting at various universities including University of California, Irvine and at the Mufandi Institute, an African-American arts and music institution in the Watts section of Los Angeles. He did similar work at Chicago’s eta Creative Arts Foundation, which in 1992 named Marshall one of its Epic Men of the 20th century.[2]

Marshall was the unmarried partner for 42 years of Sylvia Gussin Jarrico, former wife of blacklisted screenwriter Paul Jarrico. Marshall died June 11, 2003, from complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. He is survived by four children: sons Tariq, Malcolm, and Claude Marshall, and daughter, singer Gina Loring. The eulogies at his funeral were spoken by Sidney Poitier, Ivan Dixon, Paul Winfield, and Marla Gibbs.[11]

Marshall was considered, by many, to be a much underrated actor and one who never got his due. Actor and screenwriter Terek Puckett remarked that Marshall should have had a much more successful and larger screen career. Even saying that Marshall would have been a perfect choice for the role Thulsa Doom in Conan.[12]




Earle Hyman (born October 11, 1926) is an American stage, television, and film actor. Hyman is known for his recurring role on ThunderCats as the voice of Panthro and later on The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxtable.


A Native American native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Hyman’s parents, Zachariah Hyman (Tuscarora) and Maria Lilly Plummer (Haliwa Saponi/Nottoway), moved their family to

Earle Hyman as Othello

Earle Hyman as Othello, 1953. (Photo: Carl Van Vechten)

Brooklyn, New York, where Hyman primarily grew up. Earle Hyman became interested in acting after seeing a production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. “The first play I ever saw was a present from my parents on my 13th birthday — Nazimova in ‘Ghosts’ at Brighton Beach on the subway circuit — and I just freaked out.”[1][2]

He made his Broadway stage debut as a teenager in 1943 in Run, Little Chillun, and later joined the American Negro Theater. The following year, Hyman began a two year run playing the role of Rudolf on Broadway in Anna Lucasta, starring Hilda Simms in the title role.[3] He was a member of the American Shakespeare Theatre beginning with its first season in 1955, and played the role of Othello in the 1957 season.[4]

In 1959 he appeared in the West End in the first London

As Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice (Carl Van Vechten/Library of Congress)

As Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice (Carl Van Vechten/Library of Congress)

production of A Raisin In the Sun alongside Kim Hamilton. The show ran at the Adelphi Theatre and was directed again by Lloyd Richards.

A life member of The Actors Studio,[5] Hyman has appeared throughout his career in productions in both the United States and Norway (he is fluent in Norwegian) where he also owns a home on Norway’s west coast and an apartment in Oslo. In 1965, won a Theatre World Award and in 1988, he was awarded the St Olav’s medal for his work in Norwegian theater.

In addition to his stage work, Hyman has appeared in various television and film roles including adaptions of Macbeth (1968), Julius Caesar (1979), and Coriolanus (1979), and voiced Panthro on the animated television series ThunderCats (1985-1990). One of his most well known roles, that of Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show, earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1986 where he played the father of lead character Cliff Huxtable, played by actor Bill Cosby, despite only being 11 years senior to Cosby. He is the second cousin of singer Phyllis Hyman.

 (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

For more information on Black Shakespearean Actors, check out Shakespeare in Sable: A History of Black Shakespearean Actors by Errol Hill.

  • Miranda

    Good Morning POU,

    We will never forget Tracy…never.


    • gn

      Absolutely never.

      • crazycanuck

        We will not let this young man die in vain. NEVER FORGET.

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    Tracy Morgan in critical condition following NJ Turnpike crash
    POSTED: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 AM

    Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following a six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning, according to New Jersey State Police.

    Authorities say Morgan, a former “Saturday Night Live” star and “30 Rock” actor, was in a limo bus along with six other people at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning when an accident occurred on the northbound side of the NJ Turnpike between exits 7A and 8A.

    Morgan is currently in intensive care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. One passenger in the limo bus is dead, and three others were critically injured. The condition of passengers in the other vehicles is unknown.

    State Police say the accident involved two tractor trailers, Morgan’s limo bus, an SUV and two passenger vehicles, and that preliminarily results indicate one of the tractor trailers is to blame.

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/Tracy_Morgan_in_critical_condition_following_NJ_Turnpike_crash_.html#S4QsGvRIx2i5W0FD.99

    • crazycanuck

      Oh man what horrible news to wake up to. My thoughts are with everyone involved,hoping they all pull through.

    • rikyrah

      Prayers to everyone who has been hurt.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — -OUR THOUGHTS annnd PRAYERS ♥—☺http://images.sodahead.com/polls/004127539/3313644217_thoughtsandprayers_3_answer_3_xlarge.jpeg

      – -☺http://www.allgraphics123.com/graphics/sympathy/sympathy04.gif [2 the 1 passenger’s family. –AMEN♥]

    • Joy

      Praying for him and the others.

    • Alma98

      Sending healing light to Tracy and all those involved.

  • gn

    I’ve been a little out of the loop but I saw on one of the trashy gossip sites I lurk on (dailymail, pls don’t judge me) that Hillary Clinton has written a book in which she alleges that PBO told her that allegations of race-baiting against her campaign “were not a real thing.” (a) I don’t believe that’s true/in full context; and just in general (b) had Obama for America actively made statements such as “gee, we wonder if Hillary can win male votes considering she’s a woman” absolutely NO ONE would try to dismiss that as unproblematic. Black people have caught hell these last years IMO and unfortunately, I’m thinking that if Hillary really sees nothing wrong with her campaign’s kitchen sink tactics (come on, a surrogate publicly accused PBO of shuck and jive!) that’s scary and portends the Democratic party continuing to drift into a place of nonresponsiveness to black concerns.

    • crazycanuck

      She is poison. I cannot say that enough,and she is also out of touch.

      • gn

        I find it amazing that she’s never acknowledged that her campaign went into excess. The line from the Clintons seems to continue to be that she was victimized by cynical use of race which is absolutely untrue. I don’t care what anyone says, her campaign did employ those shady tactics. I’m so so so so so so so so sick and tired of hearing that we need to swallow this crap and the idea that virulent racism against black people can only be acknowledged when we can be used as a prop for other groups. I’m hoping that her book will provide some context which is missing in the sensational stories about it, because this doesn’t look good.

        • rikyrah

          She ran an absolutely shytty campaign. It was frought with incompetence. How you gonna be BROKE by Super Tuesday?

          • Dis here. She hired Mark Penn to run her campaign. That alone calls your judgment into question. Penn’s history is bad enough but the fact he never ran a political campaign(!) made it even worse. He looked at the Clinton war chest like it was found money.

            Then she didn’t have a caucus strategy. Just blew them off and decided to focus on winning the swing states. How you going ignore contests where you need delegates to win the nomination?

            I’m waiting for somebody to write the book on just how incompetent they were.

          • TresL

            ITA! PUMA’s should be directing their anger at her instead of PBO. She had every advantage and still blew it.

          • crazycanuck

            yeah right, they blame him for her loss. You know it was HER TURN.

          • These people don’t know anything about politics because no one is owed the nomination. That’s not how Democrats roll. If they want to go there a certain Governor from a hick state should not even have been on the ballot in 1992. It wasn’t his turn.

            It’s all about race. They hate that the Black Man out maneuvered and out smarted Queen Hillary. Rothschild is still crying in her wine glass. Why? You and I know we wouldn’t hear a peep out of her if John Edwards or some other White man had won the nomination.

          • crazycanuck

            That is because she thought her husband name would win her the election. She never thought she had to do any real work.

    • TresL

      She’s using this book to absolve herself of past crimes, throw shade at PBO, cobble together a voting coalition and above all remain in the public consciousness. When the campaign starts she wants to be able to say, “Oh, I addressed all that in my book. That’s old news.” Voting for the Iraq war and race-baiting will never be old news to me. She’s completely clueless because no black person needs her or PBO to tell them what’s racist. Also, no one wants to hear from her and her shady husband everyday until 2016.

      • Miranda

        you see this shit? Do Dems need to skip the primary? And just crown her? What is this mess?


        • TresL

          These people are ill. They don’t realize that they are all contributing to what I pray will be a massive backlash to her candidacy when it’s time to vote.

        • Kennymack1971

          Hell no we don’t want to skip the damn primary. Good lord.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Miranda♥ –THIS woman. . . !!! – -ALWAYS with the –trynta B –“Cutesy-By-Half” -questions/hypotheses!!

          Just the mere thought –of NOT VOTING – –in a TIME when – –VOTER SUIPPRESSION —continues 2 B the “Major –Topic du Jour” —

          HOW SICKENING!!! – –Just —HOW SICKENING!! – –
          –BUT — –Let’s –MOVE ALONG! —NOTHING NEW HERE! —geesh!!

      • rikyrah

        It’s NOT the vote for the war that is the problem for me. It is that she has NEVER APOLOGIZED for it. NOT after one trillion dollars, thousands dead, and thousands more maimed……yet no apology from her.

        • creolechild

          Funny you mention that because she’s now stepping forward, albeit through her book, to apologize for that vote…kinda sorta…after pointing the finger at others who did the same.[insert eye-roll]

          [….] “I still got it wrong.” which the possible presidential candidate says of the vote: “I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I
          had. And I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”[….]

          Read more: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2014/06/06/hillary-clinton-says-she-got-it-wrong-on-iraq-vote-and-more-must-reads/

          H/T Robert Schroeder

          • crazycanuck

            she is so full of shit

        • TresL

          For me, it’s too late for an apology unless it’s accompanied by a public acknowledgement that her vote was such a grievous error that it disqualifies her from any further pursuit of public office.

          No Democrat should have voted for that war period!When you consider the death, destruction, loss of treasure and the damage to America’s international reputation there’s just no coming back from that for me. Also, it would seem craven, opportunistic and just another item on her checklist to get behind her before the campaign begins. So many soldiers died or suffered life altering injuries and her continued hawkish stance on every issue tells me she hasn’t learned a damned thing from that vote.

          • crazycanuck

            “When people show you who they are believe them”

    • creolechild

      See, this is what happens when you try to do too much and you’re dishonest. While the comments in Hillary’s book were made recently they conflict with statements made by her husband in 1996 about race…

      [….] During a January 1996 staff session, while then-President Bill Clinton and his staff were working on his upcoming State of the Union speech, Clinton let loose in a long rant about a Republican proposal to gut the Commerce Department. One reason for the GOP opposition to the government agency was race, he noted. Republicans in Congress, Clinton said, only began to dislike the Commerce Department after he appointed an African-American to head the department.[….]

      Notes from this meeting were released by the Clinton Library as part of a larger document dump on Friday.[….]

      Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/bill-clinton-ron-brown-black-democrat-republicans-commerce-department

      H/T Patrick Caldwell

      • gn

        Exactly, she knows better! Both Clintons do. That campaign used dog whistles and they both know it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – –THIS: – – –I’m thinking that if Hillary really sees nothing wrong with her campaign’s kitchen sink tactics (come on, a surrogate publicly accused PBO of shuck and jive!) that’s scary and portends the Democratic party continuing to drift into a place of nonresponsiveness to black concerns.
      -RIGHT HERE!

      At this POINT — SOME [STOOPID] -PEOPLE R attemptin’ 2 LET HER control the PARTY —BUT –WITH NO MESSAGE!!!
      -KEEP axin’ –WHAT HAS SHE DONE —4 this country/people!!??
      She hasn’t even said!! —Just KEEPS TALKIN’ – –with VACANT SPEECHES!! —- -geesh!!

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

    • pamelabrown53

      gn, I fervently hope that the Democratic party is not becoming unresponsive to black concerns as Black Americans are the backbone of the democratic party.

      Would Terry McAuliffe (of all people) been elected as Virginia governor without the turnout of black voters? Still, every liberal and/or democrat should give a big, humble thanks for his election.

    • Alexander2

      (Gn, why did you make me go searching for stuff from that book? Hillary is rewriting history and playing the victim.)

      “The preposterous charge of racism against Bill was particularly painful,” Mrs. Clinton writes in recalling the 2008 race. “As to the sexism that surfaced during the campaign, I knew it arose from cultural and psychological attitudes about women’s roles in society, but that didn’t make it any easier for me and my supporters.”

      Mrs.Clinton also pushed back against Obama advisers who attacked Sarah Palin, then the Republican vice-presidential nominee, for trying to win over women who had backed Mrs. Clinton in the primaries. “I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women,” she writes.


      • Alma98

        Who attacked Palin? I don’t recall anything like that happening. And both her and Bill engaged in racism so she can stop saying they didn’t.

        • crazycanuck

          She has no integrity no honour. Just shameful

      • gn

        You nailed it: rewriting history. Her campaign falsely accused OFA of only appealing to race for support but she’s here cosigning a demonstrably regressive Palin seeking female support despite the fact that Palin supports policies which are antithetical to women’s liberation. This won’t do. H. Clinton has a lot of support in the black community IMO (people like my mother can’t wait to vote for her) but her book or at least what I’ve seen of it has me shook.

        • crazycanuck

          It really is too bad Michelle Obama hates politics or that the President can’t run another term.

          • nellcote

            I don’t think the country would survive another Obama vs Clinton primary.

        • nellcote

          “I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women,”

          That’s a straw-woman arguement. How about attacking Palin for being an ignorant, illiterate, promoting anti-female friendly policies. No one asked her to attack Palin just for being a woman. What bull shit.

  • Miranda

    4 months and a $6000 fine for molesting a child….aint that justice?
    Wisconsin Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    A Wisconsin billionaire pleaded guilty Friday to having repeated sexual assault with a teenage girl, a charge that prosecutors ended up downgrading from a felony to a misdemeanor after they said the victim and her family repeatedly refused to cooperate with them.

    Samuel “Curt” Johnson III, whose family has run home-products giant SC Johnson for five generations, was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to four months in jail, short of the one-year maximum. He was also fined $6,000.

    In considering the sentence, Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz acknowledged that neither the girl nor her mother wanted a case brought against Johnson. Authorities only became aware of the allegations after the 59-year-old sought counseling at a clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he made an undisclosed comment that triggered a mandatory report.

    The girl initially told Racine County investigators that Johnson had inappropriate sexual contact with her 15 to 20 times, starting the summer after she finished sixth grade. She said Johnson exposed himself, fondled her under her clothes and kissed her breasts and elsewhere.

    When the girl’s mother confronted Johnson he denied the allegations, the criminal complaint said. Later the mother repeated the allegations and, after he confirmed that he wasn’t being recorded, he acknowledged fondling the girl and apologized for hurting her, the complaint said.

    more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/wisconsin-billionaire-pleads-guilty-sexual-assault-charge-n124951

    • goldenstar

      This is huge and so are they. It would be difficult to go against the Johnsons so it’s no wonder the mother is denying this. The Milwaukee newspaper has more detail.


    • rikyrah

      Uh huh
      Uh huh

    • rikyrah

      15 to 20 times
      Evil ass mofo.

    • Kennymack1971

      Sick…just sick. A sixth grader? And all he gets is a misdemeanor? This is disgusting.

    • Alma98

      You see what happens when you have money, smh.

    • nellcote

      Does he at least have to register as a sex offender/pedifile?

  • goldenstar

    Steve Kornacki is a nice guy but he keeps trying to put a square peg in a round hole. He’s asking Yarmuth from KY why he supports Grimes and Obama’s EPA regulations. How can you do both? You’re in the most Democratic district but if you were running statewide, would you still say this? Just listen to the guy and shut up. Sheesh.

  • TresL

    I wonder where were all the Putin apologists and fan boys yesterday.

    • Kennymack1971

      Still furiously deleting their “Free Bowe Bergdahl” tweets.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone.
    Off to swim and run errands.

    • crazycanuck

      Still looking for a place that will teach adults.

      • nellcote

        Have you tried the Red Cross for a referal?

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • crazycanuck

    hmmmm didn’t she just post to twitter?

    Donna Brazile ‏@donnabrazile 31m

    Sorry, unable to send by photos or comments during memorial service in honor of @DrMayaAngelou. pic.twitter.com/zsVCbUOb8S

  • crazycanuck

    Going out to get the ‘evil’ coffee

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    This State Will Give All Children Access To High-Quality Preschool

    On Wednesday, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that will give every three- and four-year-old in the state access to at least 10 hours a week of publicly funded preschool for 35 weeks a year by 2015. Preschool programs can come from a variety of approved programs that include public schools, private programs, and Head Start.

    Over 80 percent of its school districts already offer some preschool themselves or through a partnership with private providers.[….] The new law also allows parents to put their children in any program, not just ones in their towns.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/education/2014/05/29/3442558/vermont-universal-preschool/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • creolechild

    ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign wants to challenge a ban on marches in Nigeria’s capital

    Supporters of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist
    militants headed to court on Tuesday to challenge a police ban on
    protest marches in the Nigerian capital, calling the decision illegal.

    The Bring Back Our Girls campaign said it would seek to overturn the
    ban, which the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police announced on
    Monday, blaming security concerns about the possible “infiltration” of

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140603/bring-back-our-girls-challenge-police-ban-marches-nigeria

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • goldenstar

    OWN is broadcasting Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service now.

  • Kennymack1971

    Panthro was always my favorite Thundercat. Big ups to Mr. Hyman.

  • Joy

    Today is the day My Love was born! Happy Birthday, Boo!

    • crazycanuck

      Your love?

      • Joy

        Uh huh…yep…sho nuf is.

        • crazycanuck

          I’ll excuse you this time, since it’s his birthday.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. – –**BIG HUG*** :>)

        –Same sentiments 2 U: – –Happy Birthday 2: -http://media.giphy.com/media/lyxZEKUSpYeMU/giphy.gif “The PURPLE ONE” :>)

        —Enjoy your [Birth]DAY. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

        • crazycanuck

          Awh thanks GLH.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — crazycanuck. – — My Pleasure. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ JOY. **BIG HUG*** :>)
      —Joinin’ U —-☺http://media.giphy.com/media/lyxZEKUSpYeMU/giphy.gif

      – –I had planned 2 FEATURE —“The PURPLE ONE” :>)

      Have a good [Birth]DAY. :>) -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • @owillis: Yaya DaCosta Cast As Whitney Houston For Lifetime Biopic http://t.co/cJ5vBsJKZC

    • Alma98

      I’m really mad that Whitney has been relegated to a Lifetime movie. Also I I think it’s too soon.

      • crazycanuck

        I think it is too soon also.

    • lamh36

      aside from the “too soon” part a minute, I like YaYa and it seems like a good choice. don’t know if she can sing but I suspect they’ll just have to lip sync.

      as tithe too soon part, it’s a TV movie on Lifetime don’t they always do this type of thing within a certain time frame. I mean they are already working on a film for those girls from Cleveland, now that is too soon.

  • Alma98

    Morning all I put my sun in the wrong thread, sorry.

    • crazycanuck

      Hey Alma it’s balmy here today. Morning.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://www.picgifs.com/comment-gifs/g/good-morning/picgifs-good-morning-941613.gif
      – –GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Gonna find it. :>)
      – -Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH (((BIG HUG))).
        Blessings to you and the family on this beautiful Saturday.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma —LOL- – I put my comment on “MR. SUN” – -on the other thread.–:>)

          – – – — — He is similar[2 DR. MAYA’s poem] – –A SUN in the CLOUDS- – –
          As the “RAINBOW” — -GIVES HOPE;
          – –“MR. SUN” –GIVES LIGHT. — :>)

          THANK U 4 brangin’ it here. – – -Truly ENJOYIN’ :>)

          ALWAYS –THANK U 4 the BLESSINGS. :>)

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…this is getting interesting.

    ‘America Has a Koch Problem!’—Activists Rally Outside David Koch’s NY Apartment
    “America Has a Koch Problem!” That was the hard-hitting theme of a block
    party protest hosted by New York activists and concerned citizens
    outside David Koch’s Park Avenue apartment on Thursday night, aimed at
    exposing the Koch Brothers’ extremist right-wing political agenda.[….]

    At the demonstration which was crawling with police, handouts of 2014
    political candidates who have taken money from the Koch Brothers were
    distributed along with pamphlets revealing how the Koch funded group,
    Americans for Prosperity, plan to spend $125 million on this election to
    benefit conservative candidates and have flooded the airwaves with
    misleading campaigns in states with key Senate races.[….]

    Following the protest, MoveOn.org members are now getting ready to kick
    off a summer of action all across the country where they will be
    screening the newly released “ Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition”
    in hundreds of homes and community centers around the country. The
    film is aimed at overturning Citizens United and ending the influx of
    money into politics.[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/activism/america-has-koch-problem-activists-rally-outside-david-kochs-ny-apartment

    H/T Jodie Gummow

    • Alma98

      The UNFC doesn’t think we have a Koch problem, smh.

      • crazycanuck

        you know, they have a very fortunate last name lol.

        • Alma98

          Yes they do.

  • creolechild

    Obama Hails Girls for Their App That Will Guide Visually Impaired

    A team of middle school girls had the moment of their lives when
    President Obama told the story of how they built an app to help their
    blind friend navigate his way through their school. The team of Latina girls and their visually impaired classmate, Andres Salas, from tiny Los Fresnos, TX, presented their Hello Navi app to the President at the White House Science Fair on May 27th. Andres inspired the idea, but what makes the app really special is that it will soon be available for all visually impaired students — and free of charge.

    The Hello Navi team was one of eight winning teams that received best in nation honors, a grant to support STEM programs at their schools, and the opportunity to work with the MIT Media Lab to turn their concept into reality. This month the finished Hello Navi app will be available for download on the Google Play store to help the visually impaired.[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/obama-hails-teen-girls-app-will-guide-visually-impaired/

    H/T GNN

  • creolechild

    Montana High Court Orders Suspension, Public Reprimand For Judge Who Called Rape Victim ‘In Control’

    [….] The girl’s family said emotional distress from the crime led her to commit suicide. After more than 30,000 people called for his resignation, Baugh later apologized for the comments as well as the sentence. The Montana Supreme Court noted in its ruling Wednesday that Baugh not only made inappropriate public comments but also issued an unlawful sentence. Baugh had consented to judicial ethics violations and agreed to public censure. But the court held that he should also be subject to a 31-day suspension for his violations.[….]

    After public outcry, Baugh announced he does not plan to run for re-election when his term ends in December.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/05/3445295/montana-high-court-orders-suspension-public-reprimand-for-judge-who-called-rape-victim-in-control/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • goldenstar

    FLOTUS’s speech was downright fierce at Dr. Angelou’s Memorial Service. Wow!

    • Alma98

      Yes it was goldenstar!

    • gn

      I will pray for an opportunity to cast a proud vote for Mrs. Obama as I treasure the votes I cast for her husband. Some people are simply superlative.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Kerry recalls deep family ties to D-Day

    – — — –Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the home of his family’s estate in France.
    Kerry traveled to Saint Briac, where his mother’s family have owned property for years, a day after attending ceremonies marking the invasion of France in Normandy, according to the Associated Press.

    During a ceremony Saturday, Kerry paid tribute to the soldiers and to the people of Saint Briac who fought for liberation 70 years ago.

    “To me, Saint Briac’s World War II legacy isn’t just about loss and destruction,” he said, “It’s a legacy of strength. It’s a legacy of solidarity. Ultimately, it’s a legacy of good prevailing over evil — of freedom prevailing over tyranny.”
    THERE IS MORE- – –


    – – -[He’s made a contribution – -HUH hillary?]

  • crazycanuck

    “Where my very womanhood was being questioned”… First Lady Michelle Obama.

    and we know who questioned

    • Miranda

      That line demanded a Yes Lord, a hallelujah, a can I get a witness, a watch yaself now! A praise him, speak it, etc

      • crazycanuck

        Yes, it surely did.They think we don’t know, they think we don’t hear. Michelle Obama knows and so do we.

  • nellcote

    AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto · Jun 5
    Therapies with dolphins at Aquarium in #Havana / @AFPphoto #Adalberto_Roque via #Hoy_Digital http://hoy.com.do/fotos/todas/ninos-discapacitados-reciben-terapia-con-delfines-en-cuba … pic.twitter.com/VboG8LaIDb

  • Mi

    Maya Angelou wrote the blurb last year on Mrs Obama when she was named one of Time 100 Most Influential People (2013); Here’s an excerpt:

    “—Modesty is a learned affectation. It’s just like decals. As soon as the world shakes the modest person against the wall, that modesty will drop off them. But humility comes from inside out. It says someone was here before me; I have already been paid for. All I have to do is prepare myself to pay for someone else who is yet to come–

    The philosophers tell us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mrs. Obama is as if it doesn’t touch her. She hasn’t tried to become anybody else’s idea of the First Lady. She has remained herself, with her grace, her gentleness and her sense of humor. —- She knows how to be a public creature without being separate from her family.—”

    Angelou is an award-winning author, a poet and a civil rights activist

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    Good Lord!! @FLOTUS came to #MayaAngelou Tribute with verbal guns blazing. Cut down all wingnut detractors like a runaway lawnmower!

    11:01 AM – 7 Jun 2014

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    • nellcote

      I wonder if Oprah told Hillary to stay home.

  • rikyrah

    Oprah’s Legends Ball


  • Alexander2

    June 07, 2014
    Hillary Calls Black Views on Color-Arousal “Preposterous”
    The Francis L. Holland Blog

    Hillary Clinton is at it again, insulting Black people and trying to walk over us on her hoped-for path to the presidency, according to quotes from her new book, as published in the New York Times. Apparently she discusses the 2008 campaign and reopens old wounds in her soon-to-be-released memoir. . . .

    Apparently, Hillary Clinton has learned nothing about securing the Black vote for herself, because none of us who criticized the color-aroused nature of her campaign in 2008 feels that we were wrong to do so, and we certainly do not believe that our criticisms were “preposterous”. The New York Times obviously quoted this particular statement from Hillary’s memoirs because they know it
    will be inflammatory and because the media criticized Clinton as much as Black people did for the comments that Hillary’s surrogates, including Bill, made.

    Apparently Hillary has learned nothing, believing that the Blacks who criticized her campaign had reasons no more legitimate than the criticism that came from, for example, Fox News. To Hillary, Blacks might as well have been part of the right-wing conspiracy for all the credit she gives to our perceptions. She rejects and discounts our opinions in the same way she rejected theirs.


    • rikyrah

      hadn’t read much from francis holland in awhile.

    • itgurl_29

      The bitch does NOT care and she ain’t sorry. And this is why I’m not here for these people on twitter telling me and other black folks that we NEED to vote for Hillary. GTFO!

      • crazycanuck

        As I said,she has no integrity. I’m glad I’m not in you all position. I hope Joe Biden runs.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Afternoon ALEXANDER2 — – – ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -THIS: – –Hillary Clinton is at it again, insulting Black people and trying to walk over us on her hoped-for path to the presidency, according to quotes from her new book, as published in the New York Times.

      —-Wonder “WHYCOME” — -that reminds me of —THIS:-”
      — – – –☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m21h66gbyG1qgzr5c.gif

      – – — -Annnd THIS: – –Apparently, Hillary Clinton has learned nothing about securing the Black vote for herself, because none of us who criticized the color-aroused
      nature of her campaign in 2008 feels that we were wrong to do so, and we certainly do not believe that our criticisms were “preposterous”.

      — -Uhhhhhh —Is THIS her attempt 2 –“Go afta the BLAH VOTE”?? — – – – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9xclUSMlmA
      – —Psssst – -hillary. – — THEY CAIN’T VOTE 4 U!!
      —annnd WE AIN’T Gon —EITHER! – –***smh***

      —GOOD READ ALEXANDER2♥ :>) —Thank U. :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Mi

      I think for me, even more unforgivable than everything else, was the reason Hillary gave then for lingering on in the primaries; The idea that what befell RFK just might happen again to her competition — you never know she suggested; she had to stay on just in case–

      That was chilling– That her mind worked that way; that she was that desperate and that callous — Who thinks such thoughts–?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- –MR. PRESIDENT♥ —:>)
    – – —☺Supporting America’s Students
    – – – – In this week’s address, President Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he’s taken to ensure we uphold America’s commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it.

    THANK U SIR♥ —:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- –Ms. Oprah’s – — GESTURE —- –SPOKE much♥
    – – — -☺@NBCNightlyNews[THANK U♥]

    ‘“She taught me the poetry of courage & respect” – @Oprah at memorial service for Maya Angelou http://nbcnews.to/SDAd15 pic.twitter.com/sYmQnYYKnH

    – – -THANK U♥ — – Ms. “O” ♥ :>)—

  • rikyrah

    Vigilante or vindicator? One man’s bid to root out voter fraud
    By Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN
    updated 4:03 PM EDT, Fri June 6, 2014

    To Jay DeLancy, North Carolina is fraught with voter fraud and the state is doing nothing about it.

    So the former Air Force veteran has taken matters into his own hands and vows, as he sees it, to save the system from eroding honest elections.

    DeLancy launched the Voter Integrity Project more than three years ago, leading a band of volunteers in scouring public records and knocking on doors to root out irregularities in voter rolls.

    It’s tedious work, and DeLancy has generated mixed results as well as a measure of controversy.

    Some call his efforts “sloppy” and question whether he’s addressing a serious shortcoming or whether he’s become — intended or not — illustrative of the tough Republican-driven voter identification law that critics contend intimidates and disenfranchises minority voters.

    Moreover, this is all playing out amid hardening partisan divisions nationwide and legal and legislative battles as the nation hurtles toward a midterm vote with the Senate at stake and a presidential ballot in 2016.