April 18, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Showstoppers! African American Milliners

Welcome to the weekend POU!

We finish up our week celebrating the crowning glories of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers with the story of the incredible Chicago milliner Eloise Johnson. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of this feisty incredible lady, but of course plenty of other pics to share of the “Crowns.”

Eloise Johnson ran a hat boutique on East 47th Street in Chicago for more than 60 years, staying on long after other businesses shuttered around her, all in an attempt to showcase the personalities of the women she served.

In her heyday, Mrs. Johnson, affectionately known as “Lovie,” sold hats to many famous women, including Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne and Eleanor Roosevelt. She continued to own and manage her shop, Eloise’s Millinery Boutique, until 1989, when her health began to fail.

In 1948, the Chicago Defender devoted half a page to Miss Eloise, under the headline “Texas Girl Achieves Business Success in Chicago, Wins Fame as Hat Stylist.”

“An attractive young woman from Texas came to Chicago in 1930 and injected the hub of the nation with a new faith in the business of the Negro woman,” the article began.

Ald. Dorothy Tillman, long famous for her wide array of hats, was one of her many loyal clients. “If you were going to wear a hat, you had to get a hat from Eloise,” Tillman said. “My grandmother always told me every well-dressed lady always wore a hat, and Eloise kind of reminded me of my grandmother.”

East 47th Street was a thriving area in the early days of Mrs. Johnson’s business. It’s now full of vacant lots and boarded windows, but she never considered leaving, and her presence inspired many other African-American women, Tillman said.

“She was one of our heroes and a big part of our history,” she said. “Eloise had class. She had pride in her race . . . and she was just a loving person.”

Mrs. Johnson went into the hat business after graduating from Prairie View College in Texas with a degree in home economics. She came to Chicago in 1930 and found a job in a hat store. After the owner left, she decided to run the store herself.

For many years, she made her own hats, until her eyesight dimmed and she began ordering hats from elsewhere. She said in a Tribune interview several years ago that she missed the days when women sat down in front of her big round mirror while she styled a hat for them.

“That was my first love,” she said, “creating styling to make everybody look themselves.”

Times were often hard for a black businesswoman, harder in a different way when times supposedly got better.

“Baby, let me tell you the worst thing ever happened to us,” she said. “We got integrated. We lost all interest in what we was doing for ourselves and we thought it was great to go and be with you. People migrated to shop downtown because we’d been denied going downtown. The people began to drift because they could go sit next to you at dinner. I have had my own people come in here and say, `See the hat I bought at Marshall Field’s?’ “

She said this with enough steel in her eyes and voice to carve a roast.

Married for 20 years, Miss Eloise has been widowed for 20. “I haven’t had time for marriage,” she said, noting her many civic endeavors. “And you know, men don’t like busy women.”

“She kept telling me over the years, `Can’t you find some young person who will take over this business so I can retire?’ ” recalled Consuelo Miller Pope, president of the Chicago Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, an African-American women’s business group. “But I could never make her understand that she was that business, that no matter how far away her customers might move, if they wanted a hat they would always come back to Eloise to get one.”

Several years ago, the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce honored Mrs. Johnson for her commitment to the 47th Street area and the organization now honors other local businesses that remain in struggling communities with the Eloise Johnson award.

“She was a woman who made a difference,” Pope said.  Mrs. Johnson died March 8, 1998 in Columbia Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. She was coy about her age, but family members said they believe she was 89.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Prince with Public Enemy? Nice

    Chuck D ‏@MrChuckD5h

    Yup, PRINCE banging a bass groove…hard rhyming over it. Believe IT pic.twitter.com/KRVo80JS6j

    • isonprize

      That concert must have been the ISHT!!!!

      DAMN.

  • crazycanuck

    Chuck D ‏@MrChuckD5h
    Rocking a groove front of 10,000 in Melbourne OZ with His majesty OF music the incomparable PRINCE pic.twitter.com/qOM2uaoOA2

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

      Oh my dayum!!! Two of my faves on stage together!!

      • TyrenM

        I don’t know weather to “Ooowwwwhhhooooop!” OR “Yeaaaahh booooiiiieeeee!”

    • rikyrah

      no way!!!
      wow

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

    So Zerlina Maxwell went on Megyn Kelly’s show to discuss Kelly’s comment about Santa and Jesus and this happened: http://mediamatters.org/embed/static/clips/2013/12/13/33246/fnc-kellyfile-20131213-whitesantaresponse2

    • Miranda

      It was completely pitiful. So now Fox knows it can call Zerlina if they need a black face to do their PR work. nice.

      • jds09

        I couldn’t watch anymore after the first painted-on yet terrified smile Zerlina gave to the camera. (About 30 seconds in) She’s gonna be a regular over there. It’s gonna be interesting to watch her try and attempt to balance it with her twitter presence. She has some champions on twitter, I wonder how long they will hang with her.

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

          As long as she continues to kiss the ass of white women and play by their rules, she’ll continue to have a seat at the “cool kids” table.

          • Tafr

            THIS! now remember when she tried to call the president a sexual predator because he had the nerve to call his friend pretty? All she was doing was showing how jealous and immature she is while holding Miss Ann’s hand. I guess she forgot that folks were commenting on her looks when she appeared on MSNBC and from what I can she was flattered, she even went so far as to say thank you.

            Thankfully her lack of principle and guts will not hurt us as she is nothing more than a pawn for Miss Ann and the likes of Fox News. Just like Don Lemon she will try to step on and above the black community to get her face on TV yes even Fox news. She would not have half the followers on twitter if she actually practiced some integrity and told the truth about feminism and black women.

            As we all know you cannot be a champion for black women without stepping on the foot of Miss Ann. So as far as I am concerned this silly woman is a champion for herself. However, there will come a day when Miss Ann will not have a need for her silly ass.

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

        She acted like she was scared to challenge Megyn Kelly’s lies. What’s the point of having Black voices on these shows if they’re not gonna challenge racist bs like Kelly’s comments?

    • rikyrah

      told y’all awhile ago…
      anyone who keeps on publicizing their appearances on Fox…and is Black…
      well………

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG*** – –

    MEDIA ALERT: — COMMEMORATION – -SANDY HOOKS. AMEN♥

    – - – - —–President Obama and The First Lady Observe a Moment of Silence and Light Candles in Honor of Those Lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School – - -CONDOLENCES 2 ALL♥ – -AMEN♥ [LIVESTREAM]

    • Aquagranny911

      I love that song! We often use that for our opening hymn at my church especially in the springtime.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ –Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — – -
        — -***fist bump** -:>) – Been in churches which also sang it 4 an “opening.” — -:>)
        — – It’s sooo UPLIFTING. :>) – -Good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>)

        PRAYERS 4 U♥/MR. – AG♥[healing] :>)–

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — MR. PRESIDENT♥/VP BIDEN♥ —WELCOMED MAYORS: — -:>)
    – - —☻https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d42H3OV-c3I
    – — —The President and Vice President Meet with Newly Elected Mayors

    ——- -☺President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with a group of newly
    elected mayors from across the country to discuss the ways in which the
    Obama Administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and
    ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity. This
    meeting builds on the Administration’s unprecedented effort to partner
    with mayors who are working to implement policies that lead to
    high-paying, high-skill jobs in their communities.
    December 13, 2013.
    – -
    — – - — – -GR8 LEADERSHIP! – - –WELL DONE. :>) —

  • Miranda

    Eric Boehlert‏@EricBoehlert
    Gov. Christie’s #BridgeGate lands on front page of today’s NYT; it’s smiles all around at the DNC; http://nyti.ms/1kJ3Eps

    • jds09

      An instant classic, “mistakes got made.” What’s the over/under on a story surfacing about the “delayed emergency vehicles” and real life consequences of Christie’s vindictive ego? That story is coming folks.

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

      Mr. Christie, please take your presidential aspirations and have a seat on the curb next to Rudy Giuliani.

    • rikyrah

      LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda – - – - -LOL — –***smh**

      – –THIS: – ->So Mr. Christie, among the deftest of politicians, took pains to put any tone of bullying aside. His normally combative self, the wagging finger and borderline contempt for reporters, was gone, replaced by a charmer,widening his eyes and offering extensive explanation.
      – - —THIS man is SCURRY —He switches “personalities” – -at will.
      – - —-WATCHIN’ – –the next 4 years. LOL

  • Miranda

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik10m
    President Obama and The First Lady light 26 candles in remembrance of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook… pic.twitter.com/uFZ1JC2jw6

  • jds09

    Morning Everybody!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MoenTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      — -Have a good day. :>)

    • TyrenM

      Morn JDS,
      Damn San Diego looks nice right about now.

  • Miranda

    wait…..wut?

    But Kelly said that it was commercialism, not racism, that forced her to declare that Santa and Jesus were white men.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/13/megyn-kelly-doubles-down-on-white-santa-i-did-it-for-the-kids/

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/b-tch-plz.gif

    • isonprize

      Obama Derangement Syndrome has far-reaching effects.

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

      OK!! And Zerlina should’ve called her ass out on it, but she was too busy trying to not to upset Miss Ann.

    • rikyrah

      SEE…she thinks she can say that nonsense inside the Fox bubble and other folks won’t call her ass out

    • gn

      The far right has got this down to a science: start some mess, flip the script, then play the victim. “You’re the REAL bigots!” This has happened so many times. It’s the use of one-sided civility complaints to control the political discourse. Emos do it too.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Megan Kelly is a stupid bitch.

  • Miranda

    Business to Boehner: Hit ’em hard
    By Kevin Bogardus – 12/14/13 06:00 AM EST

    Business lobbyists are pumping their fists over Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) slap-down of conservative groups.

    Executives at trade groups told The Hill they were pleasantly surprised by the strident remarks this week from the typically laid-back Speaker.

    “You didn’t hear all the applause across downtown?” said Dirk Van Dongen, president and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). “Folks were absolutely pleased that he said it. … It needed to be said.”

    Boehner this week said conservative groups had “lost all credibility” by opposing the budget pact before it was even released. He said the activist organizations are “using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals.”

    The rebuke was a clear shot at Heritage Action for America, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other conservative groups that have proven adept at drumming up conservative opposition to legislation.

    Business groups, whose frustration with the Tea Party boiled over during the government shutdown, said Boehner’s broadside was long overdue.

    “I think we have all said it. The business community has been uniformly frustrated at how strident the ideological groups have been in defiance of reason,” said David French, senior vice president of government relations of the National Retail Federation.

    more here: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/193166-business-to-boehner-hit-em-hard

    • rikyrah

      the money men have spoken

      • conlakappa

        Chicken and egg though innit? They said speak, Orange, because we have your back, whatever the fallout. He gets primaried, I bet there is room for him at the wholesalers, who are pretty right wingish themselves.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG*** – - -Was sooo LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 ANOTHER LOOK @ These FASHIONABLE “CHURCH LADY HATS”. :>) –[Go Ms. Pearl :>)- – -

    —— ☻Ms. ELOISE JOHNSON – -LONGEVITY: – -
    - – ———-☺Eloise Johnson ran a hat boutique on East 47th Street in Chicago for more than 60 years,. .
    ————-☺LUVIN’ that —PINK/Champagne HAT. WOW&1/2!! :>)
    – – — – - – ☺HONORED by “SISTAS”: —“She was one of our heroes and a big part of our history,” she said. “Eloise had class. She had pride in her race .
    - – - — – –☺MS LENA: – - –HONORS her: – —— —- ——————-http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/ebony/2-3.jpg

    –☻RNJOY your SATURDAY TREAT.♥ —B BLESSED 2-day.♥ -B SAFE♥- -

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH, Pearl Bailey is one of my all time favorites, love her. You have a good day and blessings to you and the family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***BIG fist bump*** Alma. :>)

        – - –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84cXRKxaCpg
        — – -HOW ’bout THESE HATS? – - -:>)

        BLESSINGS — -received annnd APPRECIATED.♥ :>)

        • edp4bho

          Hey GLH. Thanks for this. I did not know Thalmus Rasulala could sing. He has been one of my hearththobs since back when Black Exploitation movies were big.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY edp4bho. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            – –WAY-ELL – - – -My Pleasure. – -

            Another – -4 U♥ – - – - -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Sfrhj5IP4

            – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZXEeIjq4PU

            Good 2 C U edp4bho♥. :>) B BLESSED. :>)

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Every last one of us has a Pearl Bailey as an aunt. Yeah Louie Bellson knew what he was doing.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          — –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

          - – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWKoWP5CvS0 — ——-ENJOY. :>)
          – –SHE was a “staple” around our home. :>)

          Good 2 C U woody45. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • edp4bho

          If ever there’s a movie about Pearl Bailey, I say she should be played by Queen Latifah. The resemblance seems uncanny, IMO.

  • Miranda

    Why won’t the network news talk about the friction in the GOP? Where is David Gregory’s “tweethepress on the warring factions in the GOP right now?
    —————-

    Rubio fires back at Ryan
    By Mario Trujillo – 12/13/13 12:12 PM EST

    Sen. Marco Rubio fired back at Rep. Paul Ryan Friday after the GOP budget guru suggested the Florida senator is opposing the budget deal without having read it.

    “I knew full well all the details of the important parts that were in it. In fact they had been leaked days in advance, they had been leaked hours in advance,” Rubio said on CBS.

    “There was an understanding in this building, including from among our conferees about what it included, and it had fundamental things we were well aware of,” Rubio said.

    Rubio and a number of other Republican senators have bashed the budget pact that Ryan (R-Wis.) negotiated with Senare Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

    Asked Thursday about Rubio’s criticism of the deal, Ryan said the senator should “read the deal and get back to me.”

    The war of words between Rubio and Ryan is part of a broader split that has emerged in the field of GOP presidential candidates for 2016.

    more here: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/193094-rubio-fires-back-at-ryan

    • jds09

      They got the memo that Rubio is a has been.

      • TyrenM

        I would say they wrote it. But Sen. Stay Thirsty did the job all by his self.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -UPDATE: Colorado School Shooting: —

    – - – -Pictured: The high-achieving senior who shot female student, 15, and killed himself after taking Molotov cocktails and shotgun to school ‘to take revenge on debate coach who demoted him’

    ——The high school senior student who walked into his Colorado high school with a shotgun and two explosives was targeting the librarian and was upset over the fact that he had been benched from the debate team earlier this week.

    Karl Pierson has been identified as the shooter who went into Arapahoe High School at around 12.30pm Friday afternoon asking for the librarian by name. Reports say that he did not conceal his shotgun and word traveled to librarian Tracy Murphy- who doubled as the speech and debate team advisor- that he was the target.

    Police responded to the scene and found Pierson, 18, had injured three other students and shot at the librarian but missed, before killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    A fellow student told local news station KDVR that he was coming back to school after running an errand during his lunch break and was in the parking lot when he saw the librarian running out of the building.
    THERE IS MORE —- —SINCERE PRAYERS 4 ALL. – - -
    – -NRA[CISTS] – - – –***crickets****

    • rikyrah

      this was about some fucking demotion from the DEBATE TEAM?
      W-T-F?

      • Alma98

        Crazy ain’t it.

        • rikyrah

          this is more of that affluenza, Alma.
          Our parents would have been like..
          Well, what did YOU do to earn the demotion…cause I know it just didn’t come out of the sky.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Then they would have told us to get over it. This complete idiot.

          • Alma98

            Yep

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** —Waitin’ 4 the – - -”MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES -DEFENSE”. – –
        – — -A “middle-class –”AFFLUENZA” – -perhaps. :>)
        –Have a good day. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is what extreme entitlement looks like. And it looks like the teacher had the kid’s number; I’d expect a good debater to be able to express himself with words and not have to resort to violence.

      We ignore these fragile young narcissists at our peril.

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

    Hol’ up! Did y’all see this yesterday?

    Ezra Klein @ezraklein 17h
    Inequality isn’t ‘the defining challenge of our time’ http://wapo.st/IUm4at

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it again…
      bitchass

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I may not fully agree but it wasn’t too bad an article.

    • Miranda

      That column….the very IDEA of that column, is everything that’s wrong with the beltway media.

    • conlakappa

      Lack of hold music is. Deal with it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – —MEDIA ALERT – –HEISMAN TROPHY 2013 – -

    – —-Heisman Trophy 2013 Candidates: 3 College Football Stars Who Could Upset Jameis Winston- – -

    – - —The 2013 Heisman Trophy race isn’t expected to be much of a competition.Jameis Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award, which will be announced on Saturday.
    WATCHIN’ — —:>) -

  • jds09
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – —

    — –☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/12/14/weekly-address-marking-one-year-anniversary-tragic-shooting-newtow

    —–Weekly Address: Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – — AMEN♥ –

  • crazycanuck

    i have to go outside, I don’t wanna , it’s cold

    • TyrenM

      Me too. Lying to myself saying if I wait an hour it will be warmer (watching snow plow road out my window.)

      • jds09

        In response to a previous comment. How bout them Chargers! lol

      • crazycanuck

        That is exactly what I’m doing lol

      • Aquagranny911

        My heart to yours! Try to keep warm.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — -HERE R some OPTIONS 4 U: :>)

      — – -☺http://www.dispatch.com/content/graphics/2013/01/22/usa-inauguration-fashion-update-1-pix-art-gs7lahbl-1inaugural-parade-obama-jpeg-0aac0-jpg.jpg

      — -☺http://0.tqn.com/d/budgetstyle/1/0/T/4/-/-/obama_camelcoat_markWilson_getty.jpg

      – — ☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7QXIst-Kzkw/SXc6fix1A5I/AAAAAAAADMg/SkxnYnH6L1I/s400/michelle_obama1.jpg
      – - – - -Good 2 C U cc. :>) –Have a good day. :>)

      • TyrenM

        See GLH. I know you all are so fashionable and errythang. But tis the season to be warm. FLOTUS is dressed for DC Winter…30′s 40′s. CC has below 0 (Sorry CC, I ain’t up on my Celsius as I should be) Winter going on. Hella difference. Have a good day.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL –TyrenM – —:>)

          — –OooooKaaay. :>) – –☺http://www.porcelainsantacreations.com/gallery/plog-content/images/woodland-santas/woodland-santas/woodlandwithblacktipback.jpg

          BETTA?? – - -:>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Be brave little soldier & dress warm.

    • Alma98

      Good morning cc.
      It is kinda messy after all the snow you sent down here lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-LOOKIn’ AHEAD♥ — :>) – –

    —–Obama’s State of the Union set for Jan. 28

    – — – -President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 28.
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday extended the formal invitation for Obama to deliver the address, and the president accepted.

    “He will be there,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

    His speech is expected to tackle a number of issues that Democrats want to emphasize in the midterm election year, including income inequality, the minimum wage and immigration reform.
    THERE IS MORE — – –Sooo LOOKIN’ FORWARD♥ . . . :>)

    • jds09

      Please, please, oh please can we live chat this? And Good Morning GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) jds09. :>) ***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        – —Have a good day. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Second that & EVERYBODY in that Congress chamber had better be respectful! Just saying…

      • Alma98

        Morning jds.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey AG!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Good morning :)

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. —***BIG HUG*** –WHAT a “FUN SUN”. :>) –Such –”UNIQUE RAYS”. :>)- -

      – - – - -KINDA reminds me of – - -THIS: – -:>)
      - — -☺http://www.womensbeautylife.com/albums/Celebrities-HairStyles/Jennifer_Hudson_with_medium_curly_haristyle.jpg

      – - -U “brang it” here 2-day. :>) Sooo – -THANK U. :>)
      B BLESSED 2-day. – -U♥/Family♥ –:>)

      • Alma98

        Hey GLH! Thanks for the music it goes well with the sun lol.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – - – -My Pleasure. ;>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —WAYTA GO – - -:>)

    – - -Rick Wade run for U.S. Senate from SC sets up historic all-black race- -

    – - – –Rick Wade says he doesn’t consider himself the underdog in his upcoming run for U.S. Senate from South Carolina.
    The race will pit two African-Americans against each other, with Wade facing the incumbent, Tim Scott, who was appointed by governor Nikki Haley to fill the seat vacated by Jim DeMint January 1st.

    Wade, 51, announced his entry into the race on Friday, releasing a statement saying, “the people of South Carolina understand that
    Washington is broken. If we are going to solve the big problems we face and get things done, our representatives must be accountable to their constituents. That starts with three commitments: First and foremost, is the commitment to listen to the people, secondly, a promise to work for bipartisan solutions to fix our problems, and thirdly, a commitment to reduce the influence of special interests that have enjoyed too much power in Washington for too long.”

    THERE IS MORE — —BEST WISHES!! —- – - –

    — –Rick C. Wade

    — – - – - -A senior Obama 2008 campaign adviser, Wade directed the campaign’s successful drive to register and mobilize the African-American community. His early organizational efforts in Iowa and South Carolina were key to Obama’s victory Democratic primary victory.
    Within Commerce, where he served as interim chief of staff during the presidential transition, Wade contributes to all major policy and
    personnel decisions. He also helps draw up and manage budgets and programs the department’s bureaus.
    — -
    – - —LET’S Gooooo! :>)

    • jds09

      This may be toooooo confusing for black people. lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – - -jds09 – - –LOL – –

        —Then da YT folks will have quite a time. :>)

        - – — – -☺EVIDENCE: – -https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNzBtYYCMAA6Z78.jpg:large

        4 THEM: — -WE! —ALL! — LOOK! ALIKE!. LOL — -

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Follow up to my post about Daughter #2 knee injury….

    Talked to her this AM & she said it seems the Obamas get blamed for everything so she has decided to blame Michelle for her knee injury. She said: “If Michelle wasn’t so gorgeous & fit then I would not want to also be gorgeous & fit so it is ALL her fault!” See how that works, lol.

    • Alma98

      LOL…I see she’s taking it all in stride. I wish her a speedy recovery.

      • Aquagranny911

        She has the best sense of humor in the whole family. I think it comes from raising 3 boys, two of them twins. She can always find something funny to say about any situation.

        When Daughter #3 was in the hospital recovering she told her: “Boy you really do go to extremes to keep from buying me a birthday present.” This made Daughter 3 really laugh & she needed the humor right then.

  • lamh36

    Ok. If you read nothing else today about the Beyonce album please read this.

    It is EPIC in ot calling pit of White cluelessness & appropriation of black culture.

    Please read it. You won’t he disappointed.

    Eat the cake, Anime: On White Cluelessness (and Beyoncé)
    http://www.thecoloredboy.com/2013/12/eat-cake-anime-on-white-cluelessness.html?m=1

    • isonprize

      Epic, indeed. But even if she reads it, she won’t get it.

    • jds09

      Okay, I’m getting that album.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Dis here!!!! You just can’t get anymore stylish and smooth.

    http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/tumblr_lgmrg2djvc1qfu6z36.jpg

    • Miranda

      I know right! She is so fierce…I wish I knew her story.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Just put this as my desktop

    • isonprize

      You just can’t get anymore stylish and smooth.

      not to mention, BEAUTIFUL!!!

      • crazycanuck

        check the purse at the side. Love it!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        And the way she has her hands posed. I think I’m in love.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Awwww — Woody45 – - – -How endearing. :>)

          The PIC has –LOVEly – –CLASS. – -Annnd a MEASURE —of –BOLDness. – –Nice touch. :>)

  • lamh36

    I’m far from a a Beyonce – Stan but anyone else notice this change in tine towards Beyonce since the openness with which Jay and Bey campaigned for the Obamas. Idk, the tone in some quarters regarding Bey seems off

  • gn

    I’m so sick of this:

    Senator Likens Confirming Obama’s Judges To Protecting Slavery http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/12/13/3061211/mike-johanns-slavery-nominations/

    We need to start a Godwin’s Law for slavery and Jim Crow. Everyone’s a victim on par with slaves and black people under Jim Crow when it comes time to try to get an advantage, yet we’re the only ones who actually have to deal with the intergenerational effects of these systems: persistent poverty; self-hate; profoundly negative images in media and culture. Sick of seeing our legacy cannibalized.

  • gn

    Two class acts:

    @SAgovnews
    Graca Machel& Winnie Madikizela-Mandela @ Mthatha Airport during the arrival of #NelsonMandela GCIS #Qunu pic.twitter.com/lg7omJhbHr

    • Aquagranny911

      It is so beautiful how they are holding each other up through such a difficult time for both of them. How many could put aside any differences or jealous feelings & do this out of love for one great man? Not many I am thinking.

      • conlakappa

        Dunno. In my family, there are always ex-spouses/partners at events. Both in celebration and in mourning.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ GN. :>) **BIG HUG*** :>)
      – - -VERY TENDER. :>) – –SHARIN’ the – -”SPIRIT” – -if – - Dear MADIBA♥ – -

      –BLESS annnd COMFORT THEM. AMEN♥ – —

      Good 2 C U GN. :>)

  • Worldwatcher7

    Morning POU! I’m really enjoying millinery series. Ms. Johnson’s story is bittersweet. Sometimes we need to be more mindful of the treasures we have among us.

  • gn

    h/t itgurl—good on Pete Souza for clapping back:

    @petesouza
    It WAS open to press. “@danieljinyc: @leslielarson lol! He is not… NOT a journalist! why was this event not open for the press?”

    • Miranda

      Then he went and protected his twitter account thinking nobody would see how stupid he was after calling Souza names.

      Pirate Wench ‏@PirateWench11m
      @danieljinyc @petesouza He didn’t send his “goons” after you – your own insolence and stupidity set that up for you. Twitter= PUBLIC

      Kate Tuttle ‏@katekilla13m
      @danieljinyc @petesouza He wasn’t being a jerk, just correcting your talking point. You definitely look like a jerk, though.

      • gn

        This guy’s work is amazing. So glad that he and others are clapping back; the WHPC’s behavior this week has been unbelievable.

        @petesouza
        In the Christmas spirit, Pres Obama listens to the Crenshaw Elite Choir from LA today at the WH pic.twitter.com/RfupZhH70W

        Thank you Mr. Souza for your amazing and tireless efforts.

        • gn

          Utterly amazing work:

          @petesouza
          Photo of Pres Obama speaking at the National Christmas tree lighting tonite pic.twitter.com/9j7FP4tGED

  • gn

    @FORUS50
    As of Nov 25, #Chicago had 377 murders, a 20% decline for same time 2012 & fewest to date since 1965. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/what-you-dont-know-about-crime-chicago … #WrongStereotype

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —LET’s HOPE so — -

    USA Today/Pew Poll Shows Democrats With Advantage in 2014 Elections – -

    — – - – -A new poll released on Friday by USA Today and Pew Research shows that voters prefer Democrats to Republicans in a generic Congressional vote. The results showed that 48% of respondents would vote for a Democratic candidate if the 2014 midterms were held today, while 44% would vote Republican. This compares favorably with their previous poll during the government shutdown, when 49% favored Dems against 43% for the GOP.
    THERE IS MORE – —-Annnd THEY MUST B willin’ 2 WERK with MR. PRESIDENT!!♥ — – -
    — -WE GOTTA —GOTV. :>)

    • jziglar

      We won’t here about this poll from the MSM.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jziglar. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) — -
        — – — -***BIG fist bump** — –Haven’t seen.heard IT – -YET!! —:>) – - -WE KNOW da Dealio!! – - -geesh!

        Good 2 C U jziglar. :>)

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Hopefully it will sneak up on them like 2006.

    • isonprize

      Folks BETTA vote. I BET NOT hear not one mofo talk about s/he don’t know who to vote for, where to vote, how to vote.

      VOTE in 2014. NO.EXCUSES.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – - – -FIRST: – –***BIG fist bump*** 2 THIS COMMENT: –

    —–☺Helen Rainier
    These people who do this — raping young children — and then blaming them are so disgusting. If the facts as stated are indeed accurate and correct and this “grandfather” began raping these young girls, he needs to be put away for the rest of his natural life. These were children. What an a*shole.

    – - – -NOW —THIS – - -DISGUSTING — A**hole: – -

    – -☺-Pastor Charged with Rape Blames Young Victims: ‘These are not really kids’– -

    – -☺HERE’s his FINAL —PLACE of TORTURE!!: – –
    — — – —☺http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Flying_Skeleton_Hell.gif GOOD!!

    • Alma98

      Bubba & Peewee will take of you Pastor hen you go to jail. You slimy disgusting bastard!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma —-LOL – - -U! –AIN’T! — -NEVA! – —LIED!! — -
        Annnd – -HE KNOWS!! – —geesh!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – - -☺ON –MY – -WAY. :>) – - -http://www.humorconnect.com/jokes/227/woman_walking_somewhere_lg_wht.gif

      Thank U. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Miranda! Great series this week! I really enjoyed it, so many good memories. Now I HAVE to buy a new hat ♥