April 19, 2014

Sunday Brunch Open Thread

It’s the Sunday, Funday Brunch. Today’s open thread will focus on the musical stylings of Lauryn Hill.

 

Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 25, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. Early in her career, she established her reputation as an actress in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, and then as the front woman of the hip-hop group Fugees. In 1998, she launched her solo career with the release of the critically successful album and the 19m-seller, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  The album earned Hill five Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year and Best New Artist.  To date, she has won a total of eight Grammys. 

Following the success of her debut album, Hill co-produced the commercially successful Supernatural for Carlos Santana, in 1999,  for which she won another grammy for album of the year. This made her the only female artist to win two album of the year grammys consecutively, which set a record for most album of the year wins by a female artist (tied with Norah Jones). Shortly after this she mainly dropped out of public view, in part due to her displeasure with fame and the music industry. After a four-year hiatus, she released MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, a live recording of “deeply personal songs” performed mostly solo with an acoustic guitar.

In more recent years, she has recorded songs for soundtracks and mixtapes, as well as performing live at several music festivals, such as Coachella. She has also collaborated with artists, such as Ronald Isley, and Joss Stone.  She has six children, five of whom are with Rohan Marley, one of reggae musician Bob Marley’s sons.

 Turn Your Lights Down Low

 

 Killing Me Softly

 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

 

Everything Is Everything

 

***All information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ –POU FAM♥ – - – -***BIG HUG** :>) – -

    REAL FAST: – - – -Heisman Trophy 2012 to Johnny Manziel over Te’o, Klein (VIDEO)

    — – —Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel made football history on Saturday night in New York City when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

    To win the 78th annual Heisman Trophy, he beat Kansas State University quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o.

    ”That barrier’s broken now,” Manziel said, The Associated Press reported.

    ”It’s starting to become more of a trend that freshmen are coming in early and that they are ready to play. And they are really just taking the world by storm.”

    Voters gave Manziel 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points overall. Te’o was second with 321 (1,706) while Klein was a distant third with 60 (894).
    THERE Is MORE.

    – - – -CONGRATULATIONS! – - — -WAYTA GO> :>) – –

    • crazycanuck

      Hey Good Morning GLH,hope all is well.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ crazycanuck♥ – —***BIG HUG*** :>)

        - — — THANK U 4 your KIND THOUGHTS. :>) – - -BACK AT-CHU. :>)

        B Blessed 2-day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ — PBOMB/POU FAM♥. – - –***BIG SUNDAY HUG*** –ENJOYIN’ THIS JOYOUS BLESSED SEASON AS WE “PREPARE 4 HIS COMING” :>) – —

    – —- -MR. PRESIDENT —CONTINUES 2 – –MOVE FORWARD – - – –>into the 21st CENTURY: – –:>) —

    - –The White House has joined the social networking site Pinterest.
    “The White House will share pins and boards that range from inspiring images and quotes to infographics that help explain key issues to details about the life inside the White House,” Kori Schulman, director of online engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, wrote in a Saturday blog post.
    – - -Woo! Hoo!

    – — -ENJOY YOUR FESTIVE BREAKFAST/BRUNCH – - -

    – - — -B BLESSED 2-DAY –POU FAM♥ —THANK U 4 da SOULFUL MUSIC PBOMB♥ — –

    – — —<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-FhFKl3FXMSoul Children of Chicago – Joy To The World 2009 — SAAANG CHIL’REN. :>) —

    • nellcote

      Oh great. Pintrest is like crack to me.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>) –

        NOW —U get 2 ENJOY IT — -MORE! :>) Woo! Hoo! – -

        Good 2 C U –nellcote. – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – -A small UPDATE on BELOVED FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA♥: – — -CONTINUNG 2 PRAY – - — -

    —–Nelson Mandela Hospitalized, ‘Comfortable’
    [Jacob Zuma visits 94-year-old former president]
    — -

    - — – - South Africans prayed today for the health of former President Nelson Mandela and anxiously awaited further word about the anti-apartheid leader after he was admitted to a military hospital. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela this morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the frail 94-year-old to be “comfortable and in good care,” a spokesman said, offering no other details about Mandela.

    The continued uncertainty about Mandela’s health saw worshipers gather this morning in Johannesburg to pray for him at Regina Mundi Catholic church, a center of anti-apartheid protests and funerals. “Yes, it really worries us because he is a great person,” says a churchgoer. “He did so many things to the country, he’s one of those persons who we remember most.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — — -Soweto Gospel Choir Blessed in Concert: Khumbaya </a. – –AMEN. -

    • Aquagranny911

      Continuing to keep Tata Madiba in my healing thoughts & I know he is in the thoughts & prayers of many Africans. My daughter & SIL put him in the prayer circle at their church this morning.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. — **BIG HUG** :>)

        - -***fist bump*** :>) — -Same here. :>)

        - — -Soweto Gospel Choir Sing Happy Birthday To Nelson Mandela – –

        COMMENT:—-dutchlandqueen
        It is considered respectful to call an elder with his clan name. Madiba is his clan name
        – -Awww – –:>) — BLESS MADIBA. :>)

        Good 2 C U AG! :>)

        • Aquagranny911

          Good to see you also. I hope you are keeping well & your family. I do keep you and yours in my healing thoughts every day as I do all here at POU.

          Tata means “father” which Nelson Mandela is also called. Tata Madiba is a loving & respectful name for a man so much beloved as both an elder & a leader.

          HUGS ♥ ♥ ♥

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY Aquagranny. Thank U. :>) — ALL PRAYERS GOIN’ – - -UP — -insure — -BLESSING – -COMIN’ DOWN. :>)

            I trydta fin a song where they used – –TATA. – -No luck — -YET!.:>) — I thought that I had heard one —I’ll keep lookin’ :>) — -

            – –♥HUGS♥– –BACK. :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Aquagranny. – - -WAY-ELL. – -Looka here. – -:>)
            Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sometimes called by other names. – –

            - – - - Each name has its own special meaning and story. When you use them you should know what you are saying and why. So here is a brief explanation of each name.

            Rolihlahla – This is Mr Mandela’s birth name: it is an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”. His father gave him this name.

            Nelson – This name was given to him on his first day at school by his teacher, Miss Mdingane. Giving African children English names was a custom among Africans in those days and was influenced by British colonials who could not easily, and often would not, pronounce African names. It is unclear why Miss Mdingane chose the name “Nelson” for Mr Mandela.

            Madiba – This is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name.

            Tata – This isiXhosa word means “father” and is a term of endearment that many South Africans use for Mr Mandela. Since he is a father figure to many, they call him Tata regardless of their own age.

            Khuluhulu”, which means great, paramount, grand. The speaker means “Great One” when referring to Mr Mandela in this way. It is also a shortened form of the isiXhosa word “uBawomkhulu” for “grandfather”.

            Dalibhunga– This is the name Mr Mandela was given at the age of 16 once he had undergone initiation, the traditional Xhosa rite of passage into manhood. It means “creator or founder of the council” or “convenor of the dialogue”. The correct use of this name when greeting Mr Mandela is “Aaah! Dalibhunga”.
            THERE IS MORE. :>)

            Soooo – -interesting. :>) – -A REVERED MAN – -INDEED! :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Aquagranny. – - -WAY-ELL. – -Looka here. – -:>)
            Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sometimes called by other names. – –

            - – - - Each name has its own special meaning and story. When you use them you should know what you are saying and why. So here is a brief explanation of each name.

            Rolihlahla – This is Mr Mandela’s birth name: it is an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”. His father gave him this name.

            Nelson – This name was given to him on his first day at school by his teacher, Miss Mdingane. Giving African children English names was a custom among Africans in those days and was influenced by British colonials who could not easily, and often would not, pronounce African names. It is unclear why Miss Mdingane chose the name “Nelson” for Mr Mandela.

            Madiba – This is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name.

            Tata – This isiXhosa word means “father” and is a term of endearment that many South Africans use for Mr Mandela. Since he is a father figure to many, they call him Tata regardless of their own age.

            Khuluhulu”, which means great, paramount, grand. The speaker means “Great One” when referring to Mr Mandela in this way. It is also a shortened form of the isiXhosa word “uBawomkhulu” for “grandfather”.

            Dalibhunga– This is the name Mr Mandela was given at the age of 16 once he had undergone initiation, the traditional Xhosa rite of passage into manhood. It means “creator or founder of the council” or “convenor of the dialogue”. The correct use of this name when greeting Mr Mandela is “Aaah! Dalibhunga”.
            THERE IS MORE. :>)

            Soooo – -interesting. :>) – -A REVERED MAN – -INDEED! :>)

          • qosine

            This is really interesting, GLH. I really like knowing the correct naming conventions of respect.

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            ***fist bump*** – –It is always nice 2 know what goes on in other countries — -as it relates 2 us. :>)

            Sooo good 2 C U qosine. :>)

          • Aquagranny911

            Beautiful!!! Gracias!

            I didn’t know all of that just that when I was in Africa so many called his name Tata Madiba with great respect & reverence.

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***smiles*** Aquagranny. – -Thank U 4 sharin’. – -Iff I may ax’ – — –Where were U in the “motherland?” :>) – –

          • GreenLadyHere

            moved

          • GreenLadyHere

            Aquagranny. – - -WAY-ELL. – -Looka here. – -:>)
            Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sometimes called by other names. – –

            - – - - Each name has its own special meaning and story. When you use them you should know what you are saying and why. So here is a brief explanation of each name.

            Rolihlahla – This is Mr Mandela’s birth name: it is an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”. His father gave him this name.

            Nelson – This name was given to him on his first day at school by his teacher, Miss Mdingane. Giving African children English names was a custom among Africans in those days and was influenced by British colonials who could not easily, and often would not, pronounce African names. It is unclear why Miss Mdingane chose the name “Nelson” for Mr Mandela.

            Madiba – This is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name.

            Tata – This isiXhosa word means “father” and is a term of endearment that many South Africans use for Mr Mandela. Since he is a father figure to many, they call him Tata regardless of their own age.

            Khuluhulu”, which means great, paramount, grand. The speaker means “Great One” when referring to Mr Mandela in this way. It is also a shortened form of the isiXhosa word “uBawomkhulu” for “grandfather”.

            Dalibhunga– This is the name Mr Mandela was given at the age of 16 once he had undergone initiation, the traditional Xhosa rite of passage into manhood. It means “creator or founder of the council” or “convenor of the dialogue”. The correct use of this name when greeting Mr Mandela is “Aaah! Dalibhunga”.
            THERE IS MORE. :>)

            Soooo – -interesting. :>) – -A REVERED MAN – -INDEED! :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Uhhh – –Aquagranny. I accidentally made a post 2 myself [RE: President Mandela] that was MEANT 4 U. :>) —SORRY :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –Seeee – –I haven’t gotten my -GLOAT -on— in several days. LOL – - -Soooo —It’s DUE: – –LOL – -

    – - -Mitt Romney Attends Pacquiao-Marquez Fight – –

    - — – - Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a guest ringside Saturday night at the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

    Romney also visited with Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight, wishing him well in the bout.

    “Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney told the fighter, according to Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg.

    Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines, and has said previously he might run one day for the president of his country.

    Romney and his wife, Ann, were guests of Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Bill Brady at the fight at the MGM Grand hotel arena. Brady hosted a fundraiser for Romney during the presidential campaign.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    – —–BWAHAHA – - —HE SAID IT!! – - –LOL – –STILL – - -”SHELLSHOCKED — –DAZED annnd CONFUSED! LOL – - -

    Psssst – - – -Tell him – –”WHYCOME”. – - – -U di-ent get da VOTES of CERTAIN POPULATIONS! – -LOL —

    [Gotta "bounce" early. :>) MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U ---IN MY ♥ ---Good luck on your NFL picks. :>) ]- – -

    B BLESSED. :>) – –

    • aleth

      He is trying to be relevant but no one cares…he was a joke and continues to be a joke.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        - —-LOL – - – -***fist bump*** — — but no one cares. -LOL –

        - – — -WONDER ifff we will B able 2 TELL — -WHEN da — -”SHELLSHOCK” — – wears off!!??? —LOL

        Annnd — –WONDER iff —”missy RAFALCA” — -”STOMPED [gc] — da 10 COUNT —KNOCK OUT!??? – –LOL – -

        Good 2 C u aleth. :>)

    • MsKitty

      “Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney told the fighter, according to Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg.

      Unintentional humor is the best. LMAO.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY msKITTY. ***BIG HUG** :>)- – -

        LOL- –He was 2 DUMB 2 RECOGNIZE!!- – - LOL

        Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>)

  • jds09

    Oh my goodness, this is a delicious morning read.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-obama-campaigns-real-heroes-20121126

    A couple of my favorite quotes:

    “Every campaign needs an attack dog and someone to call “bullshit.” Obama 2012 found both skills in Stephanie Cutter, the most high-profile woman on staff, whose nickname in Chicago was “The Ninja.”

    snip

    “The data also allowed the campaign to tease out how to best message these target voters – information that could be pushed out to door-knockers in the field. The guiding principle for Ghani’s and the campaign’s work, he said in a recent interview, was simple: “Does it get me more votes? If not, I don’t care.”

    Good Sunday Morning Everybody!

    • Ebogan63

      Stephanie Cutter ‏@stefcutter
      @sparksjls @lauraolin @jomalleydillon @JM270 There r hundreds of heroes of the Obama Cmpn. Not rt to name just 10. Biggest hero = Pres Obama

  • lamh36

    The thing about turning in your letter of resignation is the days afterward when you get up for work and you just wanna get back in bed and just wanna say “F..k it!, I ain’t going in.” Ugh. My new mantra, “u need them final paychecks, u need them final paychecks, u need them final paychecks…”!

    http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/thefw.com/files/2012/08/Actual-Work-to-Do-Office-Thoughts-Meme1.png

  • rikyrah

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

    • lamh36

      Afternoon Rikyrah,

      I’m finally caught up on Person of Interest. All that’s left is the last episode.

      But with my move coming up, I’m thinking of turning off my cable and to save some money and “red-boxing” it or just watching my Amazon Prime or Netflix with my Kindle Fire (it is HDMI capable! So you just plug it into the HDMI jack on ur TV if ur TV is capable)

      • rikyrah

        give up cable?

        Ah lamh…

        I couldn’t give up my cable and DVR.

        But, you do have an IPAD and Kindle Fire. You can download the episodes….

        • lamh36

          Girl it won’t be for long, but just to save a lil money. Plus I may not be able to get the cable that I want in my new apartment.

          lets’ just say I left NOLA will some “creditors” before katrina. so I may be looking at some big ole deposits for utilities and cable…lol

          • TyrenM

            Don’t put it in any kids/nephews/nieces names lol.

      • Aquagranny911

        This is so cool! Gracias Amiga!!!

        Hubby & I decided to splurge this year & we bought ourselves the Kindle Fire HG which is supposed to arrive next week. I didn’t know we could hook it to our TV. I just checked & we do have that HDMI thingy you mentioned!

        I’m so excited! Maybe we can get rid of our cable which we have wanted to do for a long time. We did subscribe to the Amazon Prime also because we got a deal on the first year & thought we should try it out. We don’t have Netflix though.

        • rikyrah

          AG,

          Netflix streaming for the grandkids…get it.

          I only use Netflix streaming for Peanut.

          • Aquagranny911

            My daughter has that! They got rid of their cable but the kiddos can watch from Netflix & they pick the shows when ever they want to watch. It seems great.

  • lamh36

    Damn this single life. I only gotta move 1 room of furniture, darn if I have anyone to load it into a moving truck for me. I’m gonna have to pay somebody just to move this damn armoire. It’s the heaviest piece of furniture I’ll have to move. I’d like to only keep my bedroom set and elliptical machine/coat rack I’ve had for years (lol). Dagnabit.

  • rikyrah

    Maybe the Third Biggest Story

    by BooMan
    Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 09:05:51 AM EST

    Politically, I think the biggest stories of the 2012 elections were that the Republicans have a real problem on the national level and that the Democrats have a real problem on the district level. Demographic change has put the White House almost out of theoretical reach for the GOP, but so has a combination of gerrymandering and cultural polarization put the House of Representative out of the Democrats’ reach. Consider that the Democrats received more than a half million more votes than the Republicans in House races and yet did not even come close to winning control of the chamber.

    However, the complete and total radicalization of the Republican Party and the media’s inability to deal with it are also big stories from this election. Mitt Romney and his campaign were phony and dishonest from beginning to end, in big things and small. From their principles to their logic to their policies to their talking points to their allegations, none of it was even minimally true. Yes, it was unprecedented.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/9/9551/42775

  • rikyrah

    December 09, 2012 10:49 AM

    In Michigan: Revenge of the Kochs?

    By Adele Stan

    Let’s say you and your brother are a pair of billionaires who reap your profits from the poisoning of the earth and whose daddy co-founded the John Birch Society — and you poured millions into the 2012 elections, only to see your candidates felled by a party led by a black guy who’s big on green energy, and who bailed out the U.S. auto industry in a way that voters seemed to like.

    Wow. You must be feeling pretty powerless, especially after all of that press about how you’re the mighty and nefarious force behind the Tea Party, whose brew has suddenly gone a bit tepid. So whattaya gonna do?

    Why, find a way to crush those pesky labor unions in a place that will hurt them badly. Say, the auto capital of the world, where an entire industry (and consequently, its unions) was saved through government intervention by that integrationist tree-hugger: Michigan. You’ll show those “urban” voters who liked that stinkin’ bailout!

    So, in a lame-duck legislative session last week, the Republican majority rammed through a destructively anti-union bill, which the governor — in contradiction of his previous policy — has pledged to sign. (Brother Kilgore has the deets here.) And the Koch-founded group, Americans For Prosperity, gave the governor a big high-five.

    Local analysts chalk it all up to payback by Michigan legislators for the unions’ attempt to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution via a referendum known as Proposal 2, which failed at the ballot box on November 6, and for the repeal of Snyder’s “emergency manager” law, which succeeded. But from where I sit, in the nation’s capital city, I see something bigger, something national in character.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_12/in_michigan_revenge_of_the_koc041675.php

  • rikyrah

    Dick Morris, Con Artist

    Paul Waldman

    December 7, 2012

    And I mean that literally

    A few weeks before the election, the invaluable Rick Perlstein published a lengthy article in The Baffler titled “The Long Con,” about how successful conservative entrepreneurs have been at separating the right-wing rank and file from their money over the past few decades. If you were to sign up for updates from the likes of Human Events or World Net Daily, you’d be inundated not only with come-ons from political groups but with innumerable offers for miracle cures for every ailment under the sun. “The strategic alliance of snake-oil vendors and conservative true believers points up evidence of another successful long march,” Perlstein wrote, “of tactics designed to corral fleeceable multitudes all in one place—and the formation of a cast of mind that makes it hard for either them or us to discern where the ideological con ended and the money con began.”

    In today’s political universe there may be no pundit more ridiculous than Dick Morris, who never hesitates to offer a prediction and is almost always wrong. Like many of his brethren, Morris has found that opportunities for income are not restricted to a Fox contract and best-selling “books.” While Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly offer “premium” content on their web sites you can pay for (if the four or so hours a day of their television and radio shows aren’t enough for you), Morris decided this year that the fervid desire that 80-year-old angry white guy shaking his fist at the television screen has to get rid of Barack Obama was a business opportunity that couldn’t be passed up. What if you could say to that angry old man, “Give me your money, and I’ll use it to defeat Obama,” but then you actually, you know, kept the money for yourself? It might require a little creative accounting, but Morris was up to the task. Ben Dimiero and Eric Hananoki of Media Matters report:

    According to FEC data released December 6, Morris’ Super PAC for America paid conservative news outlet Newsmax Media roughly $1.7 million for “fundraising” in October and November. A significant portion of the super PAC’s money likely went to renting Morris’ own email list, which is operated by Newsmax Media.

    A Media Matters review found that in the month before the election, Morris sent at least 21 emails to his mailing list featuring fundraising pitches that were “paid for by Super PAC for America.” Super PAC also “paid for” at least 25 emails to Newsmax.com’s main email list during the same period.

    http://prospect.org/article/dick-morris-con-artist

    • Aquagranny911

      Snake oil salesmen & “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” have all just moved to TV & the internets. Same old scams!

    • AxelFoley

      Look up “grifter” in the dictionary. That picture you see? Yeah, that’s Dick Morris.

      • conlakappa

        Lo, did it have a toe or three in its mouth?

  • Aquagranny911

    POU Fam, I just can’t settle to anything serious for some reason. I’m really looking forward to Christmas which we will be spending in Colorado this year. I know we will be whining about the snow & the cold but I don’t care! We haven’t done Christmas in CO with the familia there for five years. I am so excited & I will hardly have to do a thing except show up, eat, drink, dance & sing.

    I will help my favorite cousin with the baking. She is the one I went to see PBO with back in September. She may get a little dingy with her ideas but not with her baking!

    I’m just totally “addlepated” as my Granny would say & hardly worth a plugged peso these days!

  • lamh36

    Since it seems like I have way too much time at work right now, I’ve been calculating my new budget with my new job and my main worry with moving back to Louisiana was that I’d take a big pay cut since Louisiana tends to pay less. Welp from my crude calculations only, it looks like I’m gonna lose a sum total of $20 A YEAR!! Why because I get paid extra for being a Microbiology specialist!!!!

    My new fav “meme” pic…lol.

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/24686426.jpg

  • Aquagranny911

    Okay, you all, dumb question…How does Lauryn Hill make her skin gleam like that? Is it just the photography? Is it some magic cream she uses? Or is it just having beautiful black skin?

    I’ve noticed that Michelle Obama & other black women gleam like that. I would like to gleam for Christmas. I’m sort of cafe con leche, is there hope for me?

    • Alma98

      Evening AG, Lauryn Hill has some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen. I know a lot of black women use vitamin E oil & cocoa butter I myself can’t stand the smell of cocoa butter. I’ve tried several things. But I mainly use Nivea skin firming lotion & vitamin E oil on my skin because it’s become dry since moving to the mid-west. I saw an article awhile back telling what FLOTUS uses on her skin if I come across it I’ll link it for you.

      • Aquagranny911

        Thank you! I have no problems with cocoa butter. I use a cream that has olive oil & jojoba. It is made here in AZ. It has a spicy scent I like but I will try the Nivea. I do use Vitamin E on my lips that get so dry in our weather.

        Believe it! Colorado is much worse than our desert here in AZ especially in winter. The high altitude combined with the dry air just sucks all the moisture out of the skin & I begin to flake after 3 days!

        I so want to look good & creamy…gleaming for Christmas, lol. I have a new dress & shoes too!

        • Alma98

          What kind of shoes? It took me awhile to answer because the Christmas tree fell over lol. I told my daughter it was leaning when she decorated it last night. I was cooking and heard a crash and the dog came running out like it wasn’t me lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            A really cute pair of red flats. I can’t wear heels anymore. I got them at TJ Maxx marked down to half price. Sometimes it’s a real bonus to wear a small size.

            They go perfectly with my Christmas dress! I plan to gleam & dance!

      • crazycanuck

        how do you use the vit e oil? I have some of that but never really used any. Do I just put it on and keep it on, or put it on and wipe away?

        Also what was that site you linked me to the other day about grammar editor?

        • Alma98

          I rub it in cc I also put it under my eyes before bed. And I also mix it with my body lotion when I’m putting it on my body. The website is http://download.cnet.com. Go to the download page and put in what you want.
          Also click the free software on the left and it will remove all buy stuff.

          • crazycanuck

            Thanks Alma98

      • qosine

        OMG. I’ve been doing the oatmeal facial for a long time, except I use egg white and honey instead of vinegar, olive oil, and salt.

        I’ll try this variation. I highly recommend – tightens, smooths, and glows up skin, and always get compliments:)

        • Aquagranny911

          Oatmeal & honey is absolutely great for the skin & don’t laugh…back in the bad old days when kiddos would get chicken pox my Doc recommended oatmeal baths to help sooth the skin. I put the dry oatmeal inside an old sock & swished it in the bath till the warm water got milky & my children got some relief from the itching by soaking in the water.

          Apple cider vinegar rinse is also good as a skin toner. I don’t use that anymore because it is mostly good if your skin is oily & mine has gotten so dry from too many years of sun abuse & old age.

          Lots of old fashioned things are way better then we might have thought.

          • rikyrah

            Oatmeal & honey is absolutely great for the skin & don’t laugh…back in the bad old days when kiddos would get chicken pox my Doc recommended oatmeal baths to help sooth the skin

            I do not laugh, because that is what Mama used on me. I had a horrible case of it when I was in 6th grade. I have two reminders, and they absolutely fascinate Peanut.

            ” Auntie, show me your Chicken Pop”…she’ll say….

            And, it cracks her up when I tell her about the oatmeal baths…

            ‘ Silly Auntie, you don ‘t bathe in oatmeal, you eat it with raisins’.

            LOL

            She still doesn’t believe me.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL at “chicken pops” that’s what my youngest called them when she whined & itched. I put two furry hand puppets on her paws so she would not scratch.

            Thank all the Santos for vaccines we have to prevent this now!

          • qosine

            In the first year my boyfriend and I were together, he got a bad case of poison ivy.
            I read oatmeal might help, so I turned him
            into a large oatmeal cookie.

            I covered him in an oatmeal salve. I just asked him now – he said “it kind of helped”:) I’ll never forget how cute he looked, though.

          • Aquagranny911

            The best thing for poison ivy if you know you have been exposed is to wipe the skin down with rubbing alcohol & then take a hot shower with plenty of soap…a real scrub down.

            That kills off the oils from the poison ivy plant…usually but oatmeal does sooth the skin after.

            I know this because Hubby has had poison ivy more than once.

          • vulcan_girl

            Hey, Aquagranny!

            I take oatmeal baths in the winter. I grind it (not the quick cook kind) to a powder in the food processor and then pour it in a knee high. It’s very softening, and if I have some milk that’s about to go bad, I pour that in the water, too as an exfoliant.

            I use cider vinegar as a scalp rinse after conditioning – no more flakes!

      • angee

        Baby diaper?

        • Alma98

          LOL!

  • rikyrah

    On OWN tonight, from 8-9pm, Oprah will be interviewing Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington.

    Sista Rhimes has 3, count them 3 hit shows on ABC:

    1. Grey’s Anatomy- Thursday, 8-9 p.m. CT
    2. Private Practice- Tuesday’s 9-10 p.m. CT
    3. Scandal- Thursday, 9-10 p.m. CT

  • rikyrah

    Jenni Rivera
    Passenger in Plane Crash
    No Survivors

    Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is missing and feared dead after her plane went down shortly after take off this morning in Mexico.

    Mexico’s transportation ministry says the plane lost contact with radar at 3:15 AM, approximately 61 miles from Monterrey. It was bound for Toluca.

    There were two pilots and five passengers on board, including Rivera, who performed in Monterrey on Saturday night.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/09/jenni-rivera-plane-crash/#ixzz2EbXaK5N7

    • Aquagranny911

      I know it is probably futile to wish but I hope there are survivors. This is just sad.

  • rikyrah

    Don’t tell me that TRUTH isn’t stranger than fiction:

    ………………………

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    A Mensch of a Princess

    Mensch. That’s the Yiddish word for it. I’m sure there’s a Norwegian word, but Mensch will do. A “Mensch” is a person who shows himself or herself to be a decent person by performing a caring act.

    The Queen-to-be of Norway is a Mensch. Her name is Mette-Marit and she is married to Crown Prince Haakon, who is next in line for the Norwegian throne. One of the employees in the royal household of Norway, whose name has not been published, is a gay man who wanted a baby, but he and his husband couldn’t get one in Norway, where surrogacy is illegal. They solved that problem by going to India for a surrogate.

    Unfortunately, that was not the last of their problems. When the baby was born they found they could not get a visa to India, and there was nobody around to care for the baby. News reports I’ve read do not go into the reasons the mother was not up for doing that until the fathers could get there.

    A real dilemma. You could beat yourselves up for not getting all your ducks in a row, guys, before the baby is born. Or, who knows what kind of mix-ups there might have been with visas to foil your plans at the last minute.

    Crown Princess Mette-Marit to the rescue. The guys may not be able to get a visa, but she can. She’s a Princess and she has a diplomatic passport, so off she goes. When she gets to India she apparently tells nobody what she’s up to, but simply shows up at the Manav Medicare Center in New Delhi and somehow gets them to release the baby to her as its nanny. Would love to be a fly on the wall and find out what she had to say and do to get that subterfuge going. In any case, she was allowed to care for the baby until relatives of the daddies were able to get into the country and take over.

    ……………………………………………………..

    There’s several lessons to be learned here. One is if you’re going to have a surrogate mother give birth to your baby in a foreign land, make sure you do your homework and get your ass over there for the birth. Two, have a back-up plan. Three, if possible, have your back-up plan be a princess.

    Four – if at all possible, be a Norwegian, because in addition to having a Mensch for a Crown Princess married to a Mensch of a husband (he agreed to the whole business) you also have members of the press who catch wind of what is going on but withhold publication until the affair is resolved, because the baby and the others involved are not public figures and because all sorts of different people might have stepped in and stopped the process mid-way. The birth happened in October, the gay married couple finally got a visa in November, and the story went public only days ago after they returned home to Norway. One hopes that they will all be allowed to get on with their lives, although chances are somebody will sneak in from some tabloid somewhere for a story or two.

    There are lots or worse things in the world, obviously, than being from Norway, where somebody in your royal family can become good friends with their employees. And not be afraid to show it.

    P.S. Not part of this story is the fact that Princess Mette-Marit was a commoner. Not only that, but a single mother, when she met and married Prince Haakon. In case you had any thoughts that Norwegians were, as a whole, an up-tight lot. She was also the child of divorced parents and had a step-brother named Trond Bernsten. Bernsten was a policeman. One of the 77 people massacred on the island of Utoya when Anders Breivik went on his killing spree in July 2011.

    http://hepzibahpyncheon.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-mensch-of-princess.html

    • crazycanuck

      I actually remember when Mette was to be married to Haakon (he a cutie by the way lol). Some in Norway were a little skeptical of her, since she was a single mother and had used drugs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —- -LOL. CORY! – - — CORY! – - -CORY! – — -***shakin’ my head***

    – –Booker Says He’s Still Mulling Bid for Governor

    – – –In a CBS News interview, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) “did not skirt the question nor pause for a moment when asked if he had aspirations for higher office. Booker said he is considering running for either the New Jersey Senate seat or governor.”

    Said Booker: “I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration.”

    – — -RESPECTFULLY: – –LEMME SUGGEST: – -

    – — -☻ Find out WHAT da PEOPLE WANT. :>)
    – — -☻ -U NOT makin’ MANY points with soma your BASE – - – -COMPLAININ’ ’bout –U CAIN’T live on — “food stamps.” — -***tsk***

    – — -☻ ZIP IT annnnd eat YER – -SAMMICH! – –geesh!

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

    *plays Indiana Jones theme music*

    Aight, Scandal Fashionistas! I found Olivia Pope’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” gown! Per Instyle.com, it’s a vintage gown by Jean Fares from his Iline line! Check out the website here: http://www.jeanfarescouture.com/

    #FashionDetective

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – -***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** – —

    - – –Joyful Joyful Sister Act 2 – –SAAAAAAAANG! – –”bouncin’” —Woo! Hoo!

    – –COMMENT: – -To be honest, right when Lauryn Hill finished her beginning solo, they should of brought out the trophy. – -TRUTH!! :>)

  • lamh36

    Alright, I’m watching Black in America on CNN. I never watched any of the other ones, but I find myself watching this one called “Who’s Black In America”. I gotta say, I feel so sad for these young people both those who are biracial and so conflicted and those who identify as Black, but their idea of “Blackness” is so pursuant to what “mainstream” America consider “Blackness” that they don’t even realize they are themselves embracing stereotypes.

    Anyway, my family are all different shades in each generation (heck, my moms siblings are both light skinned and dark) and the culture of race in NOLA is such that the mixture of skin tones was common place in almost every Black family, so I never had to play the “am I Black” game. Add to that that I’ve always gone to majority Black elementary and secondary school and due to my skin tone I’ve never had that identity crisis.

    • crazycanuck

      I didn’t watch the show, but I always get the feeling with these shows that AA are ameobas to be dissected. Very strange

    • rikyrah

      Programs like this bother me is because I see it as a rejection of the FACT that the Black Community, pretty much since we were first brought to these shores…has ALWAYS BEEN MULTI-RACIAL.

      I can’t stand this nonsense, because folks like this pretend that it hasn’t been. That we went from how West Africans look to our RAINBOW of shades through OSMOSIS.

      NOT.

      We have ALWAYS been multi-racial. ALWAYS.

      • nathkatun7

        “We have ALWAYS been multi-racial. ALWAYS.”

        Rikyrah, I agree with you 100%.Even in Africa color and ethnic mixing had gone on from time immemorial. Not all West Africans look exactly the same. But of course neither do the Europeans or Asians. We really need to debunk this false notion that race is all about biology.

        Race in America has always been about social construction framed in biological terms. Race has also been about culture and shared historical experience. Thus, society says that a child fathered by Thomas Jefferson and mothered by his slave mistress is Black (negro, colored). Although, biologically, he/she is both black and white. That child is raised up in the Black (negro/colored) culture and shares the Black (negro/colored) historical experience.

        By the way, there are many examples in history of people of mixed races who were able to pass and live the lives and experiences of white people. In their case the fact that they were biologically “mixed race” did not subject them to the same experience as those who were identified as Black
        (negro/colored). They were, for all intents and purposes, white people. Then there are examples of Blacks who intermarried with Native Americans and ultimately became “Indians” both by culture and social category.

        Here is what young people need to be taught: While color and physical characteristics seem to define race, for the most part, race in America is not entirely based on biology.Rather, It’s all about social categories, historical experiences and cultural practices. Some of the people we revere in the African American community: Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, to name just a few, were, in their family trees, “racially” mixed. But they had absolutely no problem with their identity, which was determined by their history, culture and everyday experiences. And that is also true of the vast majority of African Americans.

        It’s absurd that some young naive people are buying into the absurd idea that race can be determined purely on the basis of biology. I’ve got news for them: they will probably end up with very,very few pure Africans who had never had any race mixing in their ancestry. By the way, the fact that someone may be very,very dark skinned is not proof, or evidence, that that person is not racially mixed.

        • rikyrah

          bravo
          bravo
          bravo

    • JojoRaze

      I feel so sad for these young people both those who are biracial and so conflicted and those who identify as Black, but their idea of “Blackness” is so pursuant to what “mainstream” America consider “Blackness” that they don’t even realize they are themselves embracing stereotypes.

      Why you had to preach on this Sunday! This is it exactly. These bi-racial people are conflicted about blackness because for them blackness means Lil Wayne, not Langston Hughes. Until they see that blackness is Barack Obama and Ray-Ray, Miriam Makeba and Lil Kim, they will forever be confused. They have unfortunately allowed the media and their non-black family members to define black as bad.

    • nathkatun7

      For me, I have two very simple tests as to who is black. (1) If I walk in a room and I am able to identify you as Black, no matter how light-skinned you may be, then you are Black in my book. (2) If the the Police are able to profile you as a Black person,and subject you to all the hassles intended for blacks, then you are definitely Black. Claiming that you are biracial or multiracial won’t save you.

      What the folks who are obsessed with “colorism” don’t quite get is that race and racism have always been sociological and cultural constructs and not biological constructs. All you need is a rudimental knowledge of history.Take the case of Homer Plessy, of the the 1896 Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v.Ferguson, which legalizing racial segregation. Homer Plessy was, in the terminology of the period, an octaroon! That meant that he was 7/8 white and 1/8 black. Guess what? Homer was still thrown in jail and fined for trying to board a white only railroad car. His being 7/8 caucasian did not save him from his 1/8 African ancestry. Clearly, this was not about the biology of race but about the sociology of race masquerading as biology.

      Although it’s true that color prejudice, especially when it comes to standards/preferences of beauty, has always existed within the African American community, one thing that has historically been clear is that when it comes to politics, we were all Black people regardless of different skin tones. Black leaders such as Frederick Douglass,Ida B Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, Mary McLeod Bethune, Thurgood Marshall, Elijah Mohammed, Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr, and Dr. King were not pre-occupied with “colorism.” Believe me some of them had as much white mixtures as the current young people, who don’t want to be identified as Black. in my judgement, these naive young people are being used by the system to politically divide the African American community.

      I wish all these young people who are embracing the idiotic notion that race is purely about biology would take time to study both World history and African American history.There has been so much color mixing in the world that It would be almost impossible to decide who belongs where. One thing that modern science has established is that there is only one race, the human race, which manifests in different skin tones, physical features and different cultural practices. What is real, of course, is the historical, cultural, and sociological divisions of race. It’s absurd to think that these divisions can be solved by trying to establish a biological construct of race.

      I did not see the CNN program so I am in no position to comment on it. All I know is that in the sixties, when I was young, we discussed “Blackness” not in the context of skin tone, or the degree of race mixing, but in the context of who was genuinely committed to the advancement of our people who came in all shades but shared a unique history and a unique cultural experience.

      • AxelFoley

        Comment of the Week.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB. – — — ***shakin’ my head” — -SINCE –2008 – — -***tsk** —***eye roll*** –

    – - -JAMES! — – -JAMES! – — -JAMES!! — –

    - — -Bonus Quote of the Day – -

    - — – “I don’t know what she’s going to do, but I do know this: The Democrats want her to run. And I don’t just mean a lot of Democrats. I mean a whole lot of Democrats, like 90 percent across the country. We just want to win. We think she’s the best person and shut it down. And that’s across the board.”

    – James Carville, on This Week, on Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects in 2016.

    – — – -90%!!???– – -Which – –90%!!??? — –

    – –***lookin’ around*** — –ANY POU FAM♥- – - -get a “POLL CALL??” – —

    THIS PHOOL be “kissin’ dat butt” – - -4 da whole – -FIRST ELECTION!! -

    NOW – — HE GON B –”campaignin’” —4 her — 4 — da NEXT — -4 YEARS!! – —***shakin’ my head***

    WAYTA – — -SUPPORT – - -MR. PRESIDENT! _ -

    – --OH! Waitaminute. . . . .. .U NEVA DID! – — – —GEESH!! – - -

    • Aquagranny911

      Clintonistas can BITE THE BIG CACTUS!!!

      I wish they would call me for an ear full!

    • AxelFoley

      Didn’t we say this push for Hillary 2016 was coming? Didn’t POU call it a while back?

      And didn’t we say we would never forget the shit them PUMAs pulled?

      PUMAs, you need us. We don’t need you.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – — – -***CLICK*** – - -THAT’s the – -sound –of my – -”remote control” -

    – –Uhhh – - –do THESE PEOPLE — -KNOW that there is an -”ECONOMIC SITUATION” – - -which WILL AFFECT their – - -

    -VARIOUS SHADES of – –MELANIN!!!??? – — Jus’ axin. .. .

    – — ***shakin’ my head annnd th’owin’ up my hands**** geesh!!

  • crazycanuck

    Hey is anyone here a web technician or a computer network operation or know someone who is, who is willing to answer some question for research I’m doing.

  • rikyrah

    Melissa Harris-Perry’s daughter, Parker, interviews Gabrielle Douglas this morning:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46979745/#50136862

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – — LOL – - -YEAH IT’S GOOD 2 C – - -SOMEBODY —-get INTO —da grinches – –GRILL! – –HAH – -

    - – –VIDEO– Lawrence O’Donnell to Gingrich: We “have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong.” – –

    >i>This is exactly the kind of in your face talk I was anticipating from Lawrence O’Donnell, and he didn’t disappoint. He came prepared, which he had to considering how little speaking time MSNBC hosts seem to get on Meet the Press:

    “Who said this? ‘The tax increase will kill jobs and lead to a recession, and the recession will force people out of work and onto unemployment, and actually increase the deficit.’ That’s Newt Gingrich in 1993, on the Clinton tax increase, and those of us who were working on the other side of that tax increase, Newt, have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong about that.”
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    -WAY-ELL??? – - -LOL – -TAKE yer –foot outta yer mouth annnnd SAY – -

    - – — – -IT!! – –LOL – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – —Top Senate Democrat Rejects Raising Medicare Eligibility Age – –

    – — –As rumors swirl that Democrats may consider raising the Medicare eligibility age to reach a deal before the looming “fiscal cliff,” a top Senate Democrat expressed opposition to that option Sunday. Speaking on Meet the Press, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said raising the age at which seniors can receive Medicare from 65 to 67 would leave retired seniors with a dangerous gap in their health coverage:

    – – -SNIP- — -

    – –Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also rejected raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a year-end deal on spending cuts and tax increases, saying, “I am very much against it, and I think most of my members are.” President Obama was reportedly willing to support raising the Medicare eligibility age during 2011 debt negotiations, but has not said where he stands on the issue as part of the current deal.

    A Congressional Budget Office study of the proposal to raise the Medicare age to 67 found it would have “little effect on the trajectory of Medicare’s long-term spending” because the youngest Medicare beneficiaries are the healthiest and least costly to the program. The costs, meanwhile, would include an estimated net increase of $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket health insurance costs for beneficiaries who would have been otherwise covered by Medicare, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.
    THERE IS MORE.

    Watchin’.- – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB ===WAY-ELL – - – - -THEY MET [MR. PRESIDENT annnd da "B"] –

    – - -Boehner, Obama meet to discuss deficit deal – - –

    – - –Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met with President Obama on Sunday to discuss the “fiscal cliff,” according to aides to both leaders.

    The meeting occurred at the White House to discuss how to avoid going over the cliff — a set of massive tax increases and budget cuts that will go into effect early next year unless Congress acts. Aides to Boehner and Obama gave the same statement when asked about the meeting by The Hill.

    “This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open,” said that statement.

    The meeting comes after Boehner said on Friday that there was “no progress” in fiscal cliff negotiations. Obama and Boehner had spoken by phone on Wednesday and their aides talked on Thursday. – — – -
    THERE IS MORE>

    – - -Da “B” – —He’s STILL 2 beholden — 2 HIS PUPPET MASTERS!! – - HAH! — —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – - —THEY MET —- –

    — – –Boehner, Obama meet to discuss deficit deal – –

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met with President Obama on Sunday to discuss the “fiscal cliff,” according to aides to both leaders.

    The meeting occurred at the White House to discuss how to avoid going over the cliff — a set of massive tax increases and budget cuts that will go into effect early next year unless Congress acts. Aides to Boehner and Obama gave the same statement when asked about the meeting by The Hill.

    “This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open,” said that statement.

    — –The meeting comes after Boehner said on Friday that there was “no progress” in fiscal cliff negotiations. Obama and Boehner had spoken by phone on Wednesday and their aides talked on Thursday.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - -Watchin’. . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere