April 25, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Greatest Athletes You’ve Never Heard Of

Welcome to the Weekend Obots!

The last athlete we want to highlight for the week is a trailblazer in skating.

Mabel Fairbanks

Mabel was born in New York City on November 14, 1916. As a young girl in the 1930s, Fairbanks discovered her lifetime passion watching a Sonia Henje movie. She then saw a pair of black skates in a pawnshop window and talked the guy down to $1.50. They were two sizes too big, but that didn’t stop Fairbanks. She stuffed them with cotton, found her balance on blades by going up and down the stairs in her building, and took to the nearby frozen lake. It wasn’t long before Fairbanks was sailing across the ice. When a passerby suggested she try out the rink in Central Park, she was soon skating and attaining solid 6.0 judging, but the pro clubs wouldn’t have her because of her race.

“I remember they said to me, ‘we don’t have Negroes in ice shows.’ “But I didn’t let that get in my way, because I loved to skate.”

Fairbanks continued to refine her skill and returned to the rink again and again. Then one day, the manager noted her persistence and the shiny pair of new skates her uncle bought her from the Macy’s basement, and he let her inside. From then on, Fairbanks’ ability and sparkle shattered the race barrier at that pivotal rink, and professional skaters started giving her free lessons. In the 1940s, Fairbanks came to Los Angeles and performed in nightclubs like Cyro’s.

When Fairbanks was invited to skate on the road with the Rhapsody On Ice show, she jumped at the chance, even though they said they needed her as “someone to skate in the dark countries.” She wowed international audiences, returning to Los Angeles only to find it still blind to her talent but not to her color. “They had a sign at the Pasadena Winter Gardens that read “Colored Trade Not Solicited,” she remembers. “But it was a public place, so my uncle had newspaper articles written about it and passed them out everywhere until they finally let me in.”

She landed a role on KTLA television’s Frosty Follies show and continued to perform at local showrooms, yet Fairbanks still wasn’t allowed to join professional skating clubs. She got herself and other Blacks in by sending for individual memberships from the United States Professional Skating Association (USPSA), without letting them know they were black.

Fairbanks opened the door for other young Blacks to compete in skating, but her pro years had passed, so she became a teacher and coach in Culver City and the Hollywood Polar Palace. Famed Olympic medalist Scott Hamilton learned from Fairbanks when he was just a young beginner, and she gave free lessons to those too poor to pay.

While at the Polar Palace, her students included many celebrities and their children, like Natalie Cole, Ricky Nelson, Danny Kaye, and Jimmy Durante. It was Fairbanks who paired the Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner while watching them skate. Many of her Black skating students went on to be Olympic gold medallists because she skated over, around and through walls of racism. Fairbanks’ ability to do and teach has helped cultivate some of the finest skaters of the century. “If I had been allowed to go in to the Olympics or Ice Capades like I wanted to then, I may not have helped other Blacks like I did, and coached such wonderful skaters, and I think all that has been just as important and meaningful.”

You could find Fairbanks rink side, coaching pro skaters at Iceland in Van Nuys. While the “official” skating world denied Fairbanks’ contributions, world-renowned skaters sought her out as a coach. Her students include the United States and World Champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, Kristi Yamaguchi, Rudy Galindo, and Tiffany Chin. In 1998, Fairbanks was honored with the Silver Achievement Award, Sports Category, at the YWCA’s Leader Luncheon at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

She taught and coached on the ice until she was 79 years old and was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a disease that weakens the muscles. Mabel Fairbanks died at 85 in September 2001 in Los Angeles.

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

    WOW! Great find, Miranda! What an amazing story!

    I think Taraji P. Henson should portray her in a movie about her life.

    • Miranda

      oooo that would be great casting!

  • goldenstar

    Fabulous, just fabulous. Thanks for this. I learn so much from POU.

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

    I posted this is yesterday’s Afternoon Thread in response to GN’s posting about Oprah helping to spread the myth that the Black community has a monopoly on homophobia:

    Speak your mind, GN!

    Now y’all know I luvs me some Oprah. God knows I do. But this is some grade A bullshit right here.

    What stood out to me, and let me know she’s on some “Go Along To Get Along” bs like Jzigler said below, was when she said, “You obviously know that in the African American culture, which I didn’t know until like maybe a decade ago, that the stigma of being gay is even worse than it is in the general population.” Oprah is 59 years old, grew up in the segregated South, raised in the Black church, been around Black people her whole life, but she just found out about this “stigma” 10 years ago?? If Black people were these raging homophobes that she and the media try to portray us as being, she would’ve been known about it. So, who told you about this “stigma”, Ms. Winfrey? Was it the white people who started and continue to perpetuate the rumor that you and Gayle King are lesbians?

    ETA: Just finished watching the entire clip. So Collins has an uncle
    who is black and gay, AND he knew his uncle was gay since he (Collins) was in high school? AND the uncle has a long term partner? So that tells me his Black family ACCEPTS his Black and gay uncle. But I thought Black people hated gays tho?

    • Miranda

      ALL OF THIS. I thought the same thing Sepia! Collins has absolutely no proof of this supposed virulent black homophobia in his own life to speak of. And yes, Oprah is simply parroting some “liberal” white folk talking points. I honestly believe the reason these white people are so invested in portraying black people as MORE homophobic is because they don’t want to face the reality of their own families who will disown them in a heartbeat and not give two shits about it.

      • gn

        I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it really relates to the movie “42″ coming out and the impulse for: (a) appropriating civil rights iconography; and (b) pathologizing black people at the same time. Thus we’re the bigots and majority white groups are the victims. We hear “you’re the real racists” from the far right; this is 100% the fauxgressive version of that. It’s unfortunate that there are any black people cosigning that mess, but Jason Collins doesn’t strike me as especially concerned about what black people think in the first place (dude had white girlfriends and a long term white fiancee; there are black people who disapprove of interracial relationships, why wasn’t he worried about that?).

        • creolechild

          I found this in the comment of an old article about Proposition 8 that cuts right to the chase and is appropriate for ongoing discussions related to the media circus surrounding what’s his name…

          Black Voters Not to Blame if Proposition 8 Passes – Posted on September 22, 2008

          Alex Blaze | September 23, 2008 9:05 AM
          I suppose we could “bicker” back and forth over things like “facts” and “reality,” but you’re right, people are going to believe what they want to believe.

          I think it may have been more productive to have had an article about the racism in thinking that black and latino voters are
          automatically more homophobic than white ones. While, as the article linked to above pointed out that there’s a slight difference among Californians of different races an ethnicities, it’s not as big as white gays think it is. Why can’t we acknowledge that racism plays a part in that stereotyping?

          There are plenty of racist, white gay folks who just love to paint men of color as the enemy and the white race as the savior of LGBT people. And then when we lose in battles like these, as Michael pointed out,
          people of color get blamed and the narrative that white=safe continues.

          Read more: http://www.bilerico.com/2008/09/black_voters_not_to_blame_if_proposition.php

          H/T Michael Crawford

          • gn

            Exactly, great comment. And no one wants to talk about the racism which underlies the obsession with coopting civil rights imagery and icons. I’m so over all of it. And this person who was on the DL (!) now seeking kudos for his “bravery” can simply have a seat. I can’t take any of this seriously any more; my horseshit limit has finally been breached. (huge hugs back to you creole! :-)

    • gn

      Remember the 90s when Oprah helped Ellen go public? Oprah says she got a large amount of hate mail calling her a n****r and telling her go back to Africa. I guess it was black people doing that.

    • rikyrah

      and I’ll say it again

      he hasn’t been around the ‘Black community’ since Stanford.

      so, I wanna know what ‘Black community’ has oppressed him.

      Negro, Please.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Standing strong as the dying beast lashes out

    [....] Those pictures are a painful reminder of the reaction we all witnessed as the dying beast of Jim Crow lashed out at those who were fighting for its demise. While the stakes were higher and the reaction more physical, I was reminded of that point in the Civil Rights movement when I read this outstanding article by Susan Milligan.The theme has been percolating for some time. The practice on the Hill to deny the president even the most non-controversial things – such as nominations for U.S. Marshalls – shows that there is more going on here than an effort to stop some wildly liberal agenda.[....]

    [....] There are people, on and off the Hill, who clearly still have a hard time seeing Barack Obama as president. They talk about Obama not being a “grown up” – coming dangerously close to referring to the first half-African-American president as “boy” – and show none of the deference historically afforded to the person holding the office…[....]

    Just as the dying beast lashed out violently to the challenge to Jim
    Crow, its lashing out now at the demise of white male heterosexual
    privilege. I suspect that when the fire hoses, dogs and beatings were unleashed in that earlier era, there were some who questioned the wisdom of their leaders as the violence took hold and the victories had not yet been realized. But for the most part, they stood strong and prevailed. Those are likely the same folks who are telling us to chill out with the hair-on-fire doomsaying today. They know what a beast looks like in its death throes…its ugly. But they have the staying power to see it through.

    Read more: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/

    H/T Smartypants and Susan Milligan

  • creolechild

    Adorable dog has four bionic legs

    Naki’o is a mixed-breed dog from Nebraska who got frostbite in a
    cellar when he was a puppy and lost his limbs and part of his tail. But now, thanks to a United States company called Orthopets, Naki’o has been fitted with four prosthetic legs. Now, he can do all the things dogs like to do. He can run. He can play. He can be a wonderful dog like he always was, but now, he can enjoy it more.

    Naki’o was rescued by a kindly woman named Christie Pace who worked for a vet. She raised money to replace the dog’s back legs. When Orthopets saw how well Naki’o was doing with his back-leg prosthetics, they furnished him with front limbs for free. If you want to follow Naki’o’s whole story you can do so here:[...]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/adorable-dog-has-four-bionic-legs/

    H/T Sarah Miller

  • gn

    ArgoJournal
    @CharlesMBlow NYC Poll on Stop & Frisk Police Practice:
    Approve / Disapprove
    Whites: 59% / 35%
    Blacks: 24% / 72%
    http://t.co/Ymi9qwkQIn

    • Miranda

      Not surprising at all.

      • gn

        Not even a little bit.

        • jds09

          And in the liberal bastion no less. God Bless that 35%.

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

            And that’s why GG and nem are silent.

  • creolechild

    Med school growth on track

    U.S. medical schools are on track to increase their enrollment 30
    percent by 2017, according to results of the annual Medical School
    Enrollment Survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies, released Thursday.[....] Medical schools are doing their part to expand enrollment to meet the projected physician shortage of more than 90,000 primary care and specialty doctors the nation faces by 2020, said Darrell Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO in a press release.

    He expressed concern that caps on federal funding of residency training may slow that drive. “Congress now needs to do its part and act quickly to increase the number of federally funded residency training positions in order for all medical school graduates to be able to complete their training and become practicing physicians,” Kirch said in the press release.[....]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/med-schools-grow-30-percent-2017

    H/T Mary Mosquera

  • gn

    “I remember they said to me, ‘we don’t have Negroes in ice shows.’ “But I didn’t let that get in my way, because I loved to skate.”

    All of the pieces this week have been excellent, but yall saved the best for last. Amazing athleticism plus extremely high character…what a beautiful and pioneering spirit she had. RIP, and thank you for this wonderful series, POU.

    • Miranda

      Mabel taught herself to skate with oversized skates stuffed with cotton…and ended up being the sought out teacher of Olympians. Amazing.

  • creolechild

    Google ‘recognizes’ Palestine as a state

    Google has taken a big semantic leap forward in “recognizing” Palestine as a state, switching the tagline of its Google country
    homepage from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” The change, introduced on May 1, means that visitors to Google.ps will now see the word “Palestine” in both Arabic and English under Google’s logo.[....]

    Google’s name swap follows a November vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a full non-member state. Previously, it was considered only an “observer entity.” The UN vote gave Palestine strong international backing, despite the objections of Israel and the United States, which voted against the change.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/130503/google-recognizes-palestine-state

    H/T Kaitlin Funaro

  • Miranda

    Rep. Cleaver blames House Republicans for ‘legislative constipation’
    By Justin Sink - 05/04/13 09:40 AM ET

    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said Friday that Republicans in the House were responsible for “legislative constipation” that was preventing a full economic recovery.

    “There’s no question that the Republicans, at least in the House and perhaps in the Senate as well, have contributed significantly to the legislative constipation that we are experiencing here in the United States,” Cleaver told MSNBC. “If we had a balanced approach instead of the sequestration, we would probably have a higher number than 160,000 jobs that were created.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/297777-cleaver-blames-house-republicans-for-legislative-constipation#ixzz2SKfHziXw
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  • jds09

    As a black, Catholic, womanist, single mother of a grown-ass male child..this article lays out the “biblical patriarchy” behind the right’s efforts to crush planned parenthood and all things pro-choice. Its about power, white male power.

    “Limiting women’s rights to their right to be mothers is par for the
    course in the Quiverfull movement. Its followers see feminism as a
    slippery slope, starting with family planning—which is viewed as women
    taking unlawful ownership of a body that rightfully belongs to God—and
    ending with gay rights, abortion, divorce, and witchcraft (really).”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/mitt-romney-quiverfull-fundamentalist-family-planning-advice

    • Miranda

      “Its about power, white male power.”___________And that’s all its about. They think if they claim its “God’s will” we won’t recognize the truth.

  • gn

    Antoine Dodson
    I’m NO LONGER GAY

    Antoine Dodson — the flamboyant home intruder thwarter — says he’s “no longer into homosexuality” … so you can run and tell THAT, homeboy.

    Actually, Dodson posted a statement on Facebook explaining that he’s decided to “renounce myself” — because, “I want a wife and family, I want to multiply and raise and love my family that I create.”

    http://www.tmz.com/2013/05/03/antoine-dodson-renounces-gay/

    I respect what he did for his sister and family, but this is pure unadulterated attention-seeking. Can’t wait for this media circus to play itself out.

  • rikyrah

    I thought I knew as much about Black folks in ice skating as anyone..but didn’t know this.

    thank you for this education

  • GreenLadyHere

    -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda POU FAM♥. ***BIG HUG*** :>) OMWORD!! – –Ms. MABEL FAIRBANKS!! — WHAT a ROLE MODEL annnd FORERUNNER 4 US in this GR8 SPORT!! :>)

    —–☻Such HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. – –***tears/smiles***
    —— – - -She then saw a pair of black skates in a pawnshop window and talked the guy down to $1.50. They were two sizes too big, but that didn’t stop Fairbanks.
    - – - ☻IN “DA STRUGGLE”: – -
    - —— – - - She wowed international audiences, returning to Los Angeles only to find it still blind to her talent but not to her color.
    - — -☻She – -GAVE BACK :>) –BLESS her. :>)
    - – - – - – -Fairbanks opened the door for other young Blacks to compete in skating, but her pro years had passed, so she became a teacher and coach in Culver City and the Hollywood Polar Palace.
    - – - -Miranda♥ – -THANK U 4 THIS INSPIRING SERIES –as WE continue 2 – –LEARN about annnd APPRECIATE US. :>) Have a good day. :>) [P.S. --I C her "little curls" :>) CUTE. :>)]

  • creolechild

    I hope Africa is implementing safeguards to prevent multinationals from taking over and stripping the continent bare…

    Pushing Change

    Don’t call Africa a charity case. In recent years, it’s become a testing ground for breakthrough ideas, innovative high-tech products, and disruptive startups. As the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market, it’s no wonder so many multinationals, entrepreneurs, and educators are looking to tap the continent’s potential, one of the world’s youngest and most tech-savvy cultures.

    You can glimpse the future in certain parts of Africa where children are learning to read on tablet computers, where super-cheap solar power is lighting off-the-grid rural communities, and where more than 55 million Africans use their mobile phones to settle debts, take out insurance policies, and collect payment. Here are some of the leapfrog technologies pushing change.[....]

    Read more: http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2013-05-03/digital-innovation-is-booming-in-africa#slide1

    H/T Bernhard Warner

  • Miranda

    GLH posted this last night and it bears repeating, I just refuse to let Kiera’s future be ruined like this
    Prosecutor Behind Kiera Wilmot Arrest Filed No Charges For White Teen Who Killed Little Brotherhttp://raniakhalek.com/2013/05/02/prosecutor-behind-kiera-wilmot-arrest-filed-no-charges-for-white-teen-who-killed-little-brother/

    • rikyrah

      thanks for reposting this. I’ve been posting it elsewhere also.

      • Miranda

        We simply can’t allow her future to be taken away.

    • creolechild

      Miranda, do you think POU warriors should use Twitter to help this info go viral? If they haven’t already…

    • gn

      Keep spreading the word Miranda; grassroots, organic social media is definitely making a difference:

      @betenoire1
      Trying to find contact info for #KieraWilmot so I can offer her a summer job in my lab. #Solidarity4Wilmot

      • crazycanuck

        WOW!

        • gn

          Seriously, seeing that made my today so much. Children should be rewarded, not punished, for displaying scientific curiosity. That hashtag will definitely lift your spirits (I think there was an article posted here about the hashtag this week). This girl was definitely not seeking national attention and the attempt to victimize her is real, not hyped or imagined. So glad that social media helped ordinary people to help out. Really going to make the difference for her.

      • qosine

        I feel so much hope for Kiera Wilmot when I see this.

        • gn

          Me too—hope for the world, period. Kindness, authenticity, and truth is like a breath of fresh air amidst some of bs taking place right now. Imagine Kiera growing up to be a scientist!

        • gn

          Me too—hope for the world, period. Kindness, authenticity, and truth is like a breath of fresh air amidst some of bs taking place right now. Imagine Kiera growing up to be a scientist!

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

        This is wonderful news!

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

        This is wonderful news!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda –THANK U. :>) – -***fist bump*** — -WE cain’t let THIS die. :>) Gotta KEEP —CALLIN’ ‘EM OUT!! HAH!

      I’ve been SPREADIN’ this — ALL OVA the place. :>) — Gotta SHAME them into JUSTICE!! – –HAH! –

      I’m just. — -sooo believin’ that JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL. :>) –

      —- -BLESS U –Dear Ms. KIERA♥

      Again, THANK U -Miranda. :>)

  • gn

    Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison For Selling Children

    Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to almost three decades in jail after conspiring with private prisons to trade kids for cash.

    In the private prison industry, longer sentences earn more money from the state.

    Since 2003, Ciavarella received millions of dollars in bribes for condemning minors to maximum prison sentences. In one case, Ciavarella sentenced a 10-year-old to two years in a detention facility for accidently bottoming out his mother’s car.

    According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, over 5,000 young men and women were unjustly sentenced to prison and denied their constitutional rights. Many of them have now been released and cleared of their charges.

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/pennsylvania-judge-mark-ciavarella-sentenced-28-years-prison-selling-children

    Years ago, a brilliant person at dfox said that the imprisonment crisis evokes the middle passage, and damn if that’s not 100% true. This dude was literally selling kids to imprisoners for cash. The prison industrial complex is real, and it has particularly been devastating to the black and brown communities.

    • Miranda

      Truth be told, the reason this was even investigated so thoroughly was because this demonic judge was sending white kids off just as much as he was the black and brown ones. In fact every news article or segment on tv about this story always had interviews with the white kids and their parents….as if that made him “extra” bad. Meanwhile black kids in Mississippi being arrested for not conforming to a dress code and nobody is being criminally charged over that shit.

      • gn

        Indeed, what was that story of the 5 year old put into a police car because his mother couldn’t afford black shoes for the dress code and had painted his sneakers with magic marker instead? Sheer insanity. Where’s Corny and Travis?

  • GreenLadyHere
    • qosine

      Beautiful breakfast, GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ qosine♥. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – - – -Humbly — -THANK U. :>) – -ONLY da best 4 my POU FAM♥ :>) – –Good 2 C U. Have a BLESSED day qosine. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — –Heeeere’s MR. PRESIDENT: – -Woo! Hoo! —:>)

    – - -Weekly Address: Fixing our Immigration System and Expanding Trade in Latin America
    – -President Obama describes the incredible opportunities to create middle-class jobs in America by deepening our economic ties and expanding trade in Latin America and discusses a recent Senate bill that takes commonsense steps to fix our broken immigration system. – -

    — -CONSUMMATE LEADER!♥ —THANK U –SIR. :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –Ms. KIERA WILMOT♥ WATCH: —:>) –

    – - – -Scientists’ Support for Kiera Wilmot #Solidarity4Wilmot – - — – -
    – -Here’s what we now know.
    Kiera Wilmot was re-creating the Drano Aluminum foil experiment at school. She was outside, before the morning bell. She recreated one of those Wow! Science experiments,the kind we see on Myth Busters or You’ve Been Warned! Folks love those shows. They love doing that crazy stuff at home (although they tell you not to). Who’s the kind of person to push the envelope and risk a little safety just to find out if/how/why? A scientist or an engineer. Outside of the context of today’s alarmist communities, 20 years ago folks would have wagged a finger, “You crazy kids!”
    Frankly, that is what most scientists are saying. “I blew something up a school once, too!” in this overwhelming consensus post.The difference now is that most of those people have degrees in science and engineering (in fact, they may be teaching your sons and daughters RIGHT now. Bwaaahahahaha!) not awaiting a court date like Kiera Wilmot.
    - — -SNIP – -
    Why is she being charged as an adult? What about her made her unworthy of legal protection and privacy that we normally afford to juveniles? Why do the local justice and public school systems of Bartlow, Florida, think it’s perfectly fair to team up against a kid?

    THERE IS Sooo MUCH MORE —A GR8 READ annnd ACTION ACTIVITIES! – - -:>) [I have CALLED e-mailed -faxed!! --on behalf of Dear Ms. KIERA!!♥ -- -THEY NOT gon STOP a BUDDING SCIENTIST!!]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —FOUND THIS while wanderin’ around in cyberspace: – -:>)
    - -☻ -Dear White People… — -:>)

    - – - Did I C a clip of Jason collins? – –LOL

    — –***I’m goin’. . . – –> – - -Hope there’s PIZZA. :>)***

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

      Just got this iPod touch. Gotta get used to this thingy.

  • creolechild

    Supporting Local Communities by Building Capacity and Cutting Red Tape

    [....] At a time when communities must accomplish more with every dollar of investment, Strong Cities, Strong Communities’ (SC2) work in its first few years has already enabled communities to maximize the impact of more than $345 million in existing federal funds.[....] Some of the highlights include:

    CHESTER: The SC2 team helped facilitate an investment by a Philadelphia-based food-bank, Philabundance, to provide residents
    with low-cost, nutritious food in a supermarket-style food bank,
    addressing a major impediment to attracting investment and growth in the community.[....]

    CLEVELAND: The SC2 team and NASA, working with the City, County, and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network,
    selected nine medium- to small-sized companies to receive a total of 400 hours of subject matter expertise and access to $450K in low-interest loans, which will allow them to grow their business and hire more employees.

    DETROIT: The SC2 team worked with the City of Detroit and the M-1 Rail investors to facilitate partnerships and lay the groundwork for a light rail system along the Woodward Corridor. M1-Rail is a consortium of Detroit area corporate business ventures, foundations and public and private institutions, which are committing over $100 million in funding to build and operate a 3.3 mile modern streetcar system on Woodward Avenue, the region’s primary north-south thoroughfare.[....]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/25/supporting-local-communities-building-capacity-and-cutting-red-tape

    H/T Secretary Shaun Donovan and Cecilia Muñoz

  • qosine

    Great series this week, Miranda! I’ve learned a lot – Ora Mae Washington, the Morgan State Bears Lacrosse Team, and now
    Mabel Fairbanks. So many movies just waiting to be made.

  • Alma98

    Good morning!

    • qosine

      Alma, I just want to thank you for your daily suns.
      Another reason why I love this place.

      • Alma98

        You’re welcome qosine.

      • Alma98

        You’re welcome qosine.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNNY MORNTIN’ Alma98.♥ ***BIG HUG** :>) –Hope U R in better spirits as U cheer us. :>)
      B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

      • Alma98

        Hugs backatchoo GLH I’m finally back from the wedding.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) Alma – -O.K. –Tell us. – - -Did MR.Alma — get his – -MARCH ON??–:>) —

          Good 2 C U Alma. :>) – -

          • Alma98

            Yeah he marched down the isle, although they got hung up a couple of times GLH. LOL!

          • GreenLadyHere

            GR8! – — -Alma. :>) — -THAT was WORTH the price of the wedding. :>) – –***HUGS*** :>)

          • Alma98

            LOL!

      • Alma98

        Hugs backatchoo GLH I’m finally back from the wedding.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -U know how POPULAR – -”SCRAPBOOKING” –is/has become?? – - – -BLAME –US! – - -YES! :>)

    – - – -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT – –
    - – - -Writing Black History With Scissors -[Your Take: Scrapbook makers like William Henry Dorsey offer a unique look at African Americans' past.] – -
    – — -William Henry Dorsey never imagined that there would be a National Scrapbooking Day (May 4), and most present-day scrapbookers probably never have heard of Dorsey. But Dorsey, the son of an escaped slave, was one of the most prolific scrapbook makers in the United States. He was born in 1837 in Philadelphia, where he made about 400 scrapbooks during the 1860s through about 1903, mostly about black life and history.

    Although W.E.B. Du Bois consulted Dorsey’s scrapbooks while writing The Philadelphia Negro and other historians have used their clippings as a resource, the scrapbooks have rarely been credited as an extraordinary text, written with scissors. Other black scrapbook makers of the period, too, pulled black history from the often hostile white press, in some cases making more than 100 scrapbooks of densely covered pages each. These scrapbooks, scattered in libraries and collections around the country, deserve to be read as the thoughtfully created works they are.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - –WE – –#1!! — -Woo! Hoo! — – CONGRATULATIONS!! PROUD of U/ALL :)>

    • qosine

      I would love to go through these at the libraries .

    • qosine

      I would love to go through these at the libraries .

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine. – –:>) ***fist bump** – - WE R #1!! :>)

  • creolechild

    Meat Processing Plant Ordered To Pay Mentally Disabled Workers $240 Million For Decades Of Abuse

    A federal jury ruled Wednesday afternoon that Henry’s Turkey Service of Goldwaithe, Texas, must pay 32 mentally disabled workers $240 million for years of abuse and neglect. The now-shuttered company’s violations of the American Disabilities Act range from physically abusing the men to packing them in unsanitary bunkhouses at night.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/05/02/1949541/meat-processing-plant-ordered-to-pay-mentally-disabled-workers-240-million-for-decades-of-abuse/?mobile=nc

    H/T Aviva Shen

  • creolechild

    Big Coal loses out in Indiana, despite employing two state lawmakers

    Tough break for the coal industry in Indiana. Plans to build a $2.8
    billion plant in Rockport to convert coal into synthetic natural gas
    have been doomed by new safeguards that protect ratepayers. That’s despite the best efforts of two senior coal industry executives who serve as lawmakers in the state legislature. There, they had tried, unethically and unsuccessfully, to prevent their colleagues from imposing the new standards, which will protect the state’s gas and
    electricity customers from being ripped off.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/big-coal-loses-big-in-indiana-despite-employing-two-state-lawmakers/

    H/T John Upton

  • creolechild

    White House Announces Girl emPower as Equal Futures Challenge Notable App – Posted on April 23, 2013

    [....] The United States is working with countries around the world as part of a new international effort – the Equal Futures Partnership – to politically and economically empower women in each of our countries. As part of this effort, the White House launched the Equal Futures App Challenge to spur the creation of apps that inspire girls to become leaders in our democracy.[....]

    After a rigorous round of review from our panel of distinguished judges – including Jack Dorsey, Creator and Co-Founder of Twitter, and Academy Award-winning actor and advocate, Geena Davis – we’re thrilled to announce our notable app: Girl emPower, created by Laura Phelps and Andrew Cavanagh.This free iPad app includes the following features designed to inspire girls to serve as leaders in our government:[....] This app is ready to download – spread the word and help us inspire the civic leaders of tomorrow!

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/23/white-house-announces-girl-empower-equal-futures-challenge-notable-app

    H/T Sarah Hurwitz and Brian Forde

  • creolechild

    White House Announces Girl emPower as Equal Futures Challenge Notable App – Posted on April 23, 2013

    [....] The United States is working with countries around the world as part of a new international effort – the Equal Futures Partnership – to politically and economically empower women in each of our countries. As part of this effort, the White House launched the Equal Futures App Challenge to spur the creation of apps that inspire girls to become leaders in our democracy.[....]

    After a rigorous round of review from our panel of distinguished judges – including Jack Dorsey, Creator and Co-Founder of Twitter, and Academy Award-winning actor and advocate, Geena Davis – we’re thrilled to announce our notable app: Girl emPower, created by Laura Phelps and Andrew Cavanagh.This free iPad app includes the following features designed to inspire girls to serve as leaders in our government:[....] This app is ready to download – spread the word and help us inspire the civic leaders of tomorrow!

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/23/white-house-announces-girl-empower-equal-futures-challenge-notable-app

    H/T Sarah Hurwitz and Brian Forde

  • gn

    I think it may have been conlakappa who posted that Chris Kelly was known as just being a really nice guy; I really feel for his mom:

    Chris Kelly’s Mentor Jermaine Dupri: I Wish I Could Have Saved Him

    “It was like we were just kids that were into the same things and he
    played video games. He played basketball. He played baseball. He played football. He rapped. He swam,” Dupri remembered of his mentee. “He was just a natural kid, like a person that you want to be around at all times because he would never not want to be doing anything.”

    Kelly’s friends Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of 90s girl group TLC similarly remembered the young rapper as a regular cool teenage boy.”

    “I used to hang out at his house with his mom and pick him up,” Thomas told Us. “He was like a teenager and just the sweetest thing, just a regular cool teenage boy, so we were really close and then the last time I saw him was last year at a concert. …He was fun and funny, but just laid-back sort of. He was really sweet, very down to earth, didn’t act all — especially at that time, they were huge and he had a really humble spirit.”

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/chris-kellys-mentor-jermaine-dupri-i-wish-i-could-have-saved-him-201335#ixzz2SLNFnzYq

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -Oooooo! – - -THESE PHOOLS!! – - – -
    NOBODY’S DEATH OFFENDS THEM – -HUH!?

    – - -NRA Convention Attendees Brazenly Marketing Guns to Children- -

    — -The NRA Convention is arguably ground zero for the perpetuation of the American gun culture. It’s a poisonous, destructive event centered around machines of death—manufactured and sold for profit. You know, because liberty.

    Worse yet, even after a two-year-old girl was killed by her five-year-old brother this week using a gun designed and marketed for children, convention retailers are still trying to indoctrinate kids into this disgusting lizard-brain culture.
    THERE IS MORE! —– CALL! ‘EM! —OUT!! – -

    – –Annnnd —da nr(ACISTS) —REMAIN SILENT on THESE GUN TRAGEDIES!! – - -PIECES of ELEPHANT EXCREMENT!! -geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — –FIRST: — -COMMENT: –Remote Clancy
    Wait a minute, she’s 35 and has a grandson who’s three? Also found in the same backpack: a meth pipe.
    Even if the poor child had not been killed, isn’t this scenario the perfect argument for background checks?

    Another Tragic End for a Baby With A Gun
    – –“More Fantastic News” for Rep. Steve Stockman who wants more babies to have guns:
    A judge in Arizona on Thursday order a 35-year-old
    grandmother held in lieu of $500,000 bond after she was charged in the death of her 3-year-old grandson, who allegedly shot himself in the face with her handgun.

    In a court appearance on Thursday, Yuma Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart notified Rachel B. Spry that she was charged with reckless manslaughter, possession of dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or use of a weapon in a drug offense, according to the Yuma Sun.
    - – -SNIP –
    Court documents indicated that Spry had placed her 9mm handgun in a backpack and left it on top of a dryer while helping her daughter pack for a move. She had seen her grandson come into the room where the backpack was located, but she continued packing. About five minutes later, she heard a gunshot.

    THERE IS MORE – –Soooo SAD. – -***tears***

    —***crickets – -nr(ACISTS)*** – - -geesh!! — -
    – -RIHEP – –”Little ONE” — -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS –AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -MR. PRESIDENT in MEXICO :>)–Woo! Hoo! – -

    – -President Obama Speech to Mexican Students -[May 3, 2013] – -

    — – -President Obama spoke to Mexican students about the state of relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Among the topics he addressed were immigration, cross-border drug and weapon trafficking, and economic cooperation. In his remarks President Obama conceded that demand for drugs in the United States was at the root of much of the violence in Mexico. He spoke at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.

    Annnnd he was —MUY BILINGUAL!! :>) [AG --Is this O.K,? :>)]

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Mods!

    Just want you to know that when I signed on today, I was in the middle of reading about Ms Fairbanks when audio for an insurance ad started & then the site flashed over to that Word Press sign up thing that happened before here. I don’t know if anyone else had a problem.

    I immediately signed off, ran cc cleaner & virus check. I’m clean. I thought I should tell you in case anyone else was having difficulty.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG –THANK U —HUG*** :>) –

      Just “cleaned” mine. :>) Thanks 4 the reminder. :>) U B BLESSED! :>)

    • isonprize

      happened to me too. And I did the same thing. My virus checker says that I’m virus-free.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -Woo! Hoo! — TODAY’S the DAY!! –

    – —–KENTUCKY DERBY –2013 —[Kevin Krigger!! --:>)] – -

    – - -Black in the saddle: The history of African-American jockeys in the Kentucky Derb – –

    — -When the starter’s pistol goes off this Saturday at Churchill Downs for the 139th Kentucky Derby, many eyes will be on jockey Kevin Krigger. If the St. Croix native is the first to cross that finish line, he will be the first black jockey to do so in 111 years, back when Jimmy Winkfield wowed the crowds by winning in 1902.

    – – - —-GOOD LUCK!!- – - – -

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -OMWORD!! —OMWORD!! – –#42! — —-WAS – -DA
    BIZNESS!! —***tears*** –annnnnd ***smiles** the WHOLE way through.-
    – -
    –☻During the OPENING- –the scene was soooo poignant annnd
    reminiscent of things that I have experienced — -I started –HUMMIN’ a
    FEW BARS of THIS SONG.
    – -Sooo — -”WHYCOME” –my
    gurrrrrlllls GOT UP annnd LEFTme by myself.??? — LOL
    — ☻ –A
    BROTHA-FATHER –brought his 13yo son in. – –I TEARED UP! – -:>)—
    As we were leavin’ he said — U ladies sounded as iff U LIVED soma THIS.
    ):> — -WE confirmed. —Then I COMMENDED HIM 4 brangin’ his son.
    He smiled annnd said thank u. :>)
    THEN I told his son 2 THANK HIS
    father ’cause he did MORE 4 U than bring him 2 a movie. He was
    transmitting – –The CULTURE annnd “DA STRUGGLE” –2 U. He said YES
    Ma’am annnd gave his father a – –***HUG**. I was 2 THA-ROUGH!
    :>) —-[TESTING]