October 20, 2017

Sunday Gospel Brunch Open Thread: Happy Easter!

Happy Easter POU! 

“Easter Monday: An African-American Tradition.”


As far back as 1891, black families would come in their Easter clothing to the National Zoo the Monday after Easter.

Some said that it was because the black families of the past weren’t allowed at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Others believed that the black housekeepers had to work in the homes on Easter Sunday, so Easter was celebrated on Monday at the Zoo.

The day at the National Zoo was and is filled with an Easter egg hunt, trivia games and music. The traditional Easter Panda makes an appearance. In the past, there was African storytelling and performances by an a cappella gospel quintet, a Caribbean and reggae band, a steel-drum band, a dance team, and a double-dutch jump rope team.  Zoo-goers told the press that it felt more like a family reunion. This year, the National Zoo had an estimated 20,000 visitors.

Sit back and listen to a medley of inspirational songs and everyone have a safe and glorious Easter!

 Open Your Heart- Yolanda Adams

 The Victory – Yolanda Adams

 The Prayer -Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin


Take Me to the King -Tamela Mann

 Bridge Over Troubled Water – Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans


***Information courtesy of Blackamericaweb.com***

  • sagittarius

    Happy Easter to all!

    • goldenstar

      Happy Easter to you and your family. The weather is fabulously warm and it is a great Sunday to celebrate for all who do!

      • sagittarius

        Happy Easter, Goldenstar!

    • Happy Easter Sagi, Golden and POU Fam!

      • qosine

        Sepia, a special Happy Easter to your mother, you,
        and your family for her successful surgery:)

      • goldenstar

        Happy Easter to you and your mom. May this day bring her more healing.

      • sagittarius

        Happy Easter, Sepia! Continued prayers for healing and strength to your Mom, you and your family.

        • Thanks y’all! 🙂

    • qosine

      Happy Easter POU Fam!

      • goldenstar

        Happy Easter, quosine!

      • sagittarius

        Happy Easter, qosine!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag.

      Happy Easter!

      • sagittarius

        Happy Easter, Rikyrah!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – Dear PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ –A BLESSED/HAPPY EASTER♥/RESURRECTION SUNDAY♥ 2 U♥/Family♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – -:>)

    – – — LET’s REJOICE!♥ —http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_6i6smM-B8

    —- -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-XLmj40h58

    — -☺http://www.goodlightscraps.com/content/easter-graphics/easter-graphics-75.gif

    — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-XLmj40h58

    – – –☺http://www.graphics99.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/easter-graphics-57.gif

    — — – –☺ENJOY♥ – – -http://www.apartmentbarcelona.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/brunch-barcelona.jpg :>)

    —- –SPECIAL BLESSINGS 2 –Sepia’s MOM♥/Family♥ – – -Aquagranny’s Sister♥/Family♥ :>) – -AMEN♥ –:>)

    • sagittarius

      Happy Easter, GLH **BIG HUG**
      Blessings to you!

      • GreenLadyHere

        — -☺http://www.coolgraphic.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/s_711.gif


        – – – Easter BLESSINGS –2 U♥/Yours♥ – -:>)AMEN♥ :>)

    • goldenstar

      GLH, Happy Easter to you and your family! May your wonderful gifs continue to spread the good news, humor, and goodwill.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://www.lakemurrayclipper.com/files/1.glttr.gif_480_480_0_64000_0_1_0.gif —Blessed Easter MornTin’ :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —A SPECIAL Easter EGG 4 U♥ – -http://www.webgraffiti.it/gif/divertimento/pasqua01/pasqua10.gif :>)
        THANK U 4 your KIND words. :>)

        — -B BLESSED —U♥/Yours♥ – -AMEN♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    —Dear PBOMB♥ – —-***BIG HUG** — -http://www.animateit.net/data/media/feb2013/easterBlessings23.gif

    — -Thank U 4 displaying the Spirit of Easter — -especially on Monday. :>)
    —Annnnd ALL songs —GLORIOUS! :>) THANK U♥ :>)
    B BLESSED – -U♥/Yours. :>)

  • Kennymack1971

    Happy Easter POU!

    • goldenstar

      Happy Easter!

    • GreenLadyHere

      –☺http://www.lovethispic.com/uploaded_images/thumbs/84133-Easter-Blessings.gif Kennymack1971. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

      — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – –U♥/Yours♥ :>)

    • sagittarius

      Happy Easter, KMack!

    • rikyrah

      Happy Easter, KMack

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-Lookin’ BACK)

    — – -☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U♥ :>)]

    On This Day: BO greets Bo, 2009 – Happy Sunday! pic.twitter.com/7VXmjqSnMQ

  • Guns3000

    Good morning, everyone. The administration is totally embarrassing themselves over this Keystone pipeline. Another delay huh? Happy Easter everyone

    • jziglar

      How are they embarrassing themselves ? Why should they make the decision now before the election ?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Because the media is so sensitive to Republican talking points.

    • gn

      I’m now semi-detached from the minutiae of politics and would guesstimate that most of the country doesn’t give a f- about Keystone Pipeline. If the admin worked on black unemployment, I’d be over the moon. Couldn’t care less about fauxgressive prerogatives and wish the WH didn’t either.

      That small disagreement aside, Happy Easter to you and everyone as well!

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -Good Sunday MornTin’ Guns3000 —
      —- –IMHO: — -This is a major —NON-issue; BUT yet another attempt of the –EMOprogs/PLs/RE-THUGS/Assorted HATAS —2 —PICK! PICK! PICK!

      – –How many of the population will B affected by this decision -as COMPARED 2 – –THIS: — –
      — -☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/4.17.14_aca_8_million.jpeg
      – – -Annnd Rising. :>)

      – –☺http://midkar.com/holidays/easter/easterblessings.gif
      – — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Guns!

    • I’m not sure. Seems like even the Republicans are losing interest. Which may be the point of all these delays.

    • Town

      Nobody gives a hot steamy shit about the Keystone pipeline! especially when the cheap oil isn’t being sold to us. Could we run a pipeline down the middle of Canada & they not benefit from it?

  • GreenLadyHere


    —–☺April 20, 1909
    Lionel Hampton, vibraphonist, drummer and band leader is born.

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

    — – — ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy6B4lNixi4

    —- -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-T3yzl0Ss8

    – – – –☺HAPPY BIRTHDAY – –:>)
    – – — — – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c


  • gn

    Post-racial America:

    CNN actually asked marketing experts whether the Ku Klux Klan could re-brand itself: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/19/us/jewish-center-shootings-kkk-rebranding/

    Just grabbed that from POU’s twitter stream. Absolutely nothing surprises me about that. Nothing. CNN hired Zimmerman’s lawyer. Their prerogatives are an open book for anyone not in denial about the current racial backlash.

    • GreenLadyHere

      —☺http://cdn.greet2k.com/greeting/sending-easter-blessings.jpg GN. – — ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – –2 THIS: — –whether the Ku Klux Klan could re-brand itself. .

      – —Uhhhhh — -DEY HAVE: – – –
      – – – – –☺http://restoringtruthiness.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Did-you-get-the-memo-CREDO-Says-Your-Phone-Company-Supports-the-Tea-Party.jpg
      — – —– ☺https://62e528761d0685343e1c-f3d1b99a743ffa4142d9d7f1978d9686.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/files/17447/article/width668/rtxj74c6-1352424876.jpg
      – – – – – – -☺http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Rbeee0QBwYA/TWFAgXXGl4I/AAAAAAAAAoc/W2McMfgZ80k/s400/images.jpg

      – — -AMIRITE? — –LOL

      Good 2 C U GN.♥ – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- – –

      • TresL

        Good one Green Lady and so true!

        Let’s just go on and add the GOP/Republican Party, FOX News/RWNJ radio, Emoprogs/Libertarians and the WHPC/ Mainstream media. I think that pretty much covers the new and not improved KKK.

        • GreenLadyHere

          – -☺http://rs588.pbsrc.com/albums/ss323/Euler5853/Easter/easter20chicks20blessings.gif~c200
          —- TresL — -***BIG HUG*** :>)
          Good add-ons. :>) – —new and not improved KKK. :>)

          – —B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —:>)

    • Alma98

      Wow talk about ignorance these have no business being on tv.

    • rikyrah

      I just can’t this morning.

      Maybe this afternoon.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – -☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U –Very Much♥]

    The Obamas leaving the White House today for Easter Services at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. pic.twitter.com/ymek7BoRbx

    — –Luvin’ the “Light Suit”♥ – –Her dress is –Adorable♥ :>)

    — –THEY R – -#1♥ :>) – —

    — – —-☺EASTER BLESSINGS 2 OUR BELOVED —FIRST FAMILY♥ :>) – – –http://www.desiglitters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/God-Bless-You-Happy-Easter.gif

    • rikyrah

      Looking good, First Family.

    • That suit tells me that after church The President is going to be filling in for Alex Trebek at the Jeopardy tapings.

  • jds09

    Happy Easter Everybody!

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://datxvsvmsae0p.cloudfront.net/happy-easter-magnet.jpg – -jds09. :>) ***NIG —Cali — –HUG*** :>)

      B BLESSED/SAFE♥ -ENJOYING the WARM♥ – -:>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://datxvsvmsae0p.cloudfront.net/happy-easter-magnet.jpg – -jds09. :>) ***NIG —Cali — –HUG*** :>)

      B BLESSED/SAFE♥ -ENJOYING the WARM♥ – -:>)

    • rikyrah

      Happy Easter, jds.

  • BoomerGal

    May your hearts and homes be filled with the joy that is Easter. HE IS RISEN!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      — ☺http://cdn.greet2k.com/greeting/sending-easter-blessings.jpg – – -BoomerGal :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

      • BoomerGal

        Back atcha, GLH!! Be blessed always!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          BoomerGal — –THANK U♥ – -:>)

    • rikyrah

      Amen, BoomerGal.

  • crazycanuck

    Happy Easter Everyone

    Van Gogh: The Life ‏@VanGoghTheLife 54s

    #VanGogh of the Day: Roses, May 1890. Oil on canvas, 71 x 90 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington. @ngadc pic.twitter.com/67UvVh25kQ

    • GreenLadyHere

      – – -☺http://rs588.pbsrc.com/albums/ss323/Euler5853/Easter/easter20chicks20blessings.gif~c200 crazycanuck :>) – – –**BIG HUG*** :>)
      – —SUCH a LOVELY –painting. :>)- -THANK U♥ – –

      — –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – -:>)

    • rikyrah


  • Alma98

    Happy Easter to all that celebrate this day.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – – —Good Easter Sunday MornTin’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – –The “SUN” looks as iff it has a –“CROWN of THORNS” –center. :>)
      —Thank U 4 — OUR DAILY JOY :>)

      —BLESSINGS 2 U♥Family♥ —B SAFE/WARM♥– -:>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH, I hope you’re enjoying your Easter Sunday. Blessings to you and the family. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Thank U Alma :>) I am. –:>) —Will B spending time with FAMILY. :>) – –**HUGS** :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good morning, Alma.

      Happy Easter.

      How soon until Mini-Alma comes home?

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah, happy Easter.
        Her lease is up in June, yeaaaaa!

  • crazycanuck

    The New York Times ‏@nytimes 6m
    Breaking News: Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Fearsome Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76

    • Alma98

      Awww…..RIP Mr. Carter.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – –crazycanuck — – –☺RIHEP♥http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/wafpaf/graphics/tattoo/tattoo25.gif

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

      – – — —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrpNDSdw-8k

      — –☺CONDOLENCES 2 Family/Friends/Fans – –***raises hand*** – –AMEN♥

    • rikyrah

      RIP, Mr. Carter

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –☺”http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/307589_Russia_Outraged_at_Deadly_Shoo

    – –HYPOCRITES!! – – –geesh!!

    — -[Gotta “bounce” – C YA as soon as♥ — -B BLESSED♥]

    — – – -☺http://www.comments20.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Easter-Graphics-38.gif AMEN♥

  • AxelFoley

    Happy Easter, fam.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://www.desicomments.com/dc2/02/182651/182651.gif – – -AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —BLESSINGS 2 U♥/Yours♥ – –:>)

    • Alma98

      The same to you Axel.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Happy Easter!

    • goldenstar

      Happy Easter to you and family!

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    • EpiphanySweet

      This is hilarious …lmao

      • Alma98

        I was wondering if he’s one the Jackass crew.

        • EpiphanySweet

          That is their M.O. I kinda love it…lol

          • Alma98


  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    After 17 Years, I’m Bringing My Little Sister Home from Prison
    By Wendy George, Sister of commuted life-without-parole prisoner, Stephanie George at 3:17pm

    When we were little, we used to tell our mama she had good ears. My little sister and I would whisper under the covers in our bed after lights out, and somehow mom could always hear us. She’d tell us to quit talking and go to sleep.

    Tomorrow I’m going to pick up my sister from prison. She’s been away for 17 years, and until last December I thought she would never come home. I can’t wait to drive back to my house, get in bed, and tell each other everything like we used to.

    You’d think I had a twin. As kids, my sister and I looked a lot alike. Our mom used to dress us the same. Even as we got older, we wore the same kinds of clothes. We raised our small kids together. We both wanted to style hair for a living. Since she’s been gone, a part of me has been missing. A part of me has been locked up for years.

    Stephanie was 26 with four small kids when she was sentenced. Even though the judge objected, a mandatory minimum law meant that she got life without the possibility of parole for being “a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder” in a drug conspiracy.

    I tried to make being in there easy for her. At first, I wouldn’t tell her the bad things. But our father died when she was in there. I tried to hide our dad’s sickness from her, and I had to tell her he’d passed. I know she was worried about me having to bury him alone, without her. “From here on,” she said, “I want you to promise me that no matter what’s going on outside, I want to know the truth.”

    Stephanie and I have kept each other going. I was the one to tell her that her son was shot and killed in October. I told her that the Sunday before he died, I saw him in the audience at church when I was singing in the choir. I know he got saved that day. She’s made peace with it. I’ve been there since she went inside, and I’m going to be there when she gets out. It’s all going to happen for her again – the grieving – when she comes home.

    When Stephanie was sentenced, I took her kids into my home and raised them. I am grateful I had the strength to keep pushing on to make sure that her kids got to the prison to visit their mom. She told me horror stories of some of the women in there who didn’t have a family outside to help with the kids. It was a rough role, but I thank God for giving me the strength to raise them all. I talked to my sister on the phone last week and joked that once she gets home, I am going to take a month vacation. She said I deserve it.

    Even when they said she had a life sentence, I never accepted that. I’ve been praying and fighting for this day since day one. And the fighting has paid off. Finally, my sister’s sentence has been commuted by President Obama.


  • rikyrah

    umair haque ✔



    What we have is billionairism. A joyous,
    deluded oligarchy, where billionaires are seen as heroes; above the law;
    beyond democracy.

    11:53 AM – 19 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah

    NYT: Republicans See Political Wedge In Common Core

    The health care law may be Republicans’ favorite weapon against Democrats this year, but there is another issue roiling their party and shaping the establishment-versus-grass-roots divide ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries: the Common Core. A once little-known set of national educational standards introduced in 44 states and the District of Columbia with the overwhelming support of Republican governors, the Common Core has incited intense resistance on the right and prompted some in the party to reverse field and join colleagues who believe it will lead to a federal takeover of schools. Conservatives denounce it as “Obamacore,” in what has become a surefire applause line for potential presidential hopefuls. Other Republicans are facing opprobrium from their own party for not doing more to stop it.

    The learning benchmarks, intended to raise students’ proficiency in math and English, were adopted as part of a 2010 effort by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to bolster the country’s competitiveness. Unlike the health care law, the Common Core retains bipartisan support and has the backing of powerful elements of the business community. The Republican revolt against the Common Core can be traced to President Obama’s embrace of it, particularly his linking the adoption of similar standards to states’ eligibility for federal education grants and to waivers from No Child Left Behind, the national education law enacted by President George W. Bush. “There is a great deal of paranoia in the country today,” said Sonny Perdue, a former governor of Georgia, who was also instrumental in creating the program. “It’s the two P’s, polarization and paranoia.”


  • rikyrah

    DNA Does Not Lie, and Neither Did Aunt Peachy

    A black family’s oral history of a link to Thomas Jefferson has been scientifically proved.

    By: Gayle Jessup White
    Posted: April 4 2014 5:58 PM

    She couldn’t read or write and didn’t know her own age. By 1942 she was old and without a job. For decades, she’d been a domestic for a wealthy white family, the McKnews, in Washington, D.C., until she suffered a crippling stroke. The McKnew family put her out and ours took her in. For 20 years she was part of the Jessup family. Her name was Virginia, but everyone called her Aunt Peachy.

    According to my older siblings, Aunt Peachy helped around the house, gave them pennies to purchase candy, and shared their secrets. I never knew her—she died in the early ’60s when I was a toddler. But her life had an everlasting impact on mine because it was Aunt Peachy, her nuclear family’s sole survivor, who carried tales from past generations to ours.

    Her most remarkable and often repeated commentary would begin like this: “You’re descendants of Thomas Jefferson,” she would say. “I’m not related, but you are.” It’s that story, which could easily have died with Aunt Peachy, that put me on the path of discovering my family’s mysterious and tragic history.

    Aunt Peachy, born Virginia Robinson in about 1870, was the half sister of my grandmother Eva Robinson Taylor, who died when my dad was 5 years old. Dad, almost 90 when he passed away in 2005, didn’t remember his mother and recalled very little about his five older sisters, all struck down within two years of each other by tuberculosis. Three girls died in their teens, and two were toddlers. Of the children who survived—two boys—Dad became Aunt Peachy’s favorite, and she became his only link to his mother’s past.

    Eva and Virginia, the two half sisters, seemed a study in contrasts, according to the few who knew them. They didn’t look alike—one tall, the other short; one light, the other brown. While Eva was remembered as soft-spoken and cheerful, educated and refined, Virginia was described as illiterate and superstitious, kindly and childlike.

    One of Aunt Peachy’s favorite stories, according to my oldest sister, Janice, was an explanation for pigs squealing during thunderstorms: They saw blood in the clouds, she said, and a man had extracted fluid from their eyes to prove it. No one believed that, but everyone believed her when she said Jefferson was our ancestor. Everyone took the word of an old woman who couldn’t read, write or do math, a woman who believed that pigs saw blood in clouds.


    • goldenstar

      Aunt Peachy, truth teller.

    • itgurl_29

      Our elders never lie about stuff like this. I had a friend whose grandmother went to South Carolina State University with Strom Thurmod’s black daughter. My friend said when that news came out after he died, black South Carolinians shrugged their shoulders and kept it moving. White people always claimed those rumors were lies and “smears” against good ol’ Strom. Ha!

      • rikyrah

        No, they never lie about it. Folks always know.

    • Miranda

      For decades, she’d been a domestic for a wealthy white family, the McKnews, in Washington, D.C., until she suffered a crippling stroke. The McKnew family put her out and ours took her in.

      Evil ass pigs

  • rikyrah

    Watch: ‘I Can’t Spend my Life in Prison,’ Gang Member Sobs at Sentencing

    Brandon Spencer, 21, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for spraying bullets into a crowd in pursuit of a rival gang member

    By: Lynette Holloway
    Posted: April 20 2014 10:22 AM

    A 21-year-old man, convicted of attempted murder for firing shots at a rival gang member at a University of Southern California campus party, sobbed and pleaded for leniency during his sentencing Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. sentenced Brandon Spencer to 40 years to life in prison, following his February conviction on four counts of attempted murder, the Times writes. The shooting, which occurred at a Halloween party in 2012, was the first on the campus in decades, the report says.

    In a dramatic courtroom scene, sheriff’s deputies tried to calm Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table as he pleaded for leniency. About 50 supporters and family members sat behind him as asked Judge Clarke for a second chance, the report says.

    “I’m sorry for what happened but I can’t spend the rest of my life in prison,” Spencer said through tears, the Times reports. “I’m not just some gang-banger that they portrayed me as.”


  • rikyrah

    there is nothing served by putting this man in jail.



    Man Free for 13 Years Because of Error Is Now in Prison

    Cornealious Anderson of Missouri was told to await instructions on when and where to report to begin serving a sentence, but he remained free because the orders never arrived.

    By: Lynette Holloway
    Posted: April 18 2014 10:01 AM

    A Missouri man who was convicted of armed robbery in 2000 was told to await instructions on when and where to report to begin serving his 13-year prison sentence, but the instructions never arrived, the Associated Press reports.

    So Cornealious Anderson, 37, remained free for 13 years after his conviction, the report says. And during that time, he rehabilitated his life, including getting married, raising three children, and learning a trade. He never tried to run or hide. In fact, he paid taxes and traffic tickets, renewed his driver’s license, and registered his businesses, the news site says.

    But that all changed last year when the Missouri Department of Corrections discovered the clerical error that had allowed him to remain free, the report says. He was arrested last July and now is embroiled in a fight to regain his freedom.

    “They sent a SWAT team to his house,” Anderson’s attorney, Patrick Megaro, told AP on Wednesday. “He was getting his 3-year-old daughter breakfast, and these men with automatic weapons bang on his door


  • rikyrah

    25 Alternatives to Pharrell (or Any Other Celeb) for Insights Into ‘the New Black’

    The “Happy” singer is totally entitled to his opinion on the nature of the issues facing African Americans in 2014. But if you’re interested in the views of those who’ve probably given these things a little more thought, there are other options.

    By: Jenée Desmond-Harris
    Posted: April 17 2014 2:00 AM

    Pharrell Williams’ comments in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he seemed to embrace the familiar suggestion that racism can be overcome by a change in attitude, didn’t go over well with many folks.

    Here’s what the artist and producer had to say:

    The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.

    It’s not clear what “it” is or who exactly gets to be “the new black,” but the vague nature of the declaration wasn’t all that bothered many of those who heard it.

    As Ebony’s Michael Arceneaux put it in a status posted to his personal Facebook page:

    Y’know, I’m tired of these rich, disconnected Black men (this means you, Kanye West) denying the lingering prevalence of racism to the amusement of whites whose attention they so desperately covet. I wish celebrities’ opinions didn’t matter so much, but they do frame the culture & Pharrell’s bulls–t is poison. Structural racism is real, struggle vocals and the mix and matching of refrigerator wisdom over an uplifting beat be damned. In sum, Pharrell, grow up, or at the very least, shut up and “sing.”


  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Who Is Black America’s Patron Saint?

    100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: Meet the black Sicilian whose image was used to convert slaves to Catholicism.

    By: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    Posted: April 7 2014 2:00 AM

    Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 74: Who was the patron saint of African slaves and their descendants?

    President Obama’s recent visit with Pope Francis saw the unlikely pairing of two New World leaders at one of the Old World’s oldest seats of power. The route each man had taken to St. Peter’s Square—one as the first black president of the United States, the other as the Catholic Church’s first Latin American pope—was long on symbolism and part of a much longer history of race and religion flowing back and forth across the Atlantic. The sainted figure of one such story had his feast day last Friday, April 4, which also happens to be the anniversary of the martyrdom of our very own Black Baptist “saint,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968. The Italian black Catholic saint’s name was Benedict, of Palermo, Sicily, and he was the son of African slaves.

    In life, Benedict was an ascetic healer who devoted his life to the humble teachings of St. Francis; in death, he was used by the Church and colonial European powers to convert African slaves to Roman Catholicism. But he was genuinely adored as a grassroots saint who also inspired black identity and pride. While he was not the first black saint in church history, he was the first to pass through the gauntlet of canonization after authority over the process passed exclusively to the pope in Rome. In February 2013, The Economist magazine described Benedict as “the patron saint of African-Americans,” noting that “churches devoted to his name can be found as far afield as Buenos Aires, Bahía and the Bronx.”


  • rikyrah

    Why the Sudden Rush Into Africa? It’s the Oil

    Oil-rich African nations could benefit from the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

    By: Charles Ellison
    Posted: April 14 2014 2:00 AM

    Kenya, Libya Uganda and Nigeria are thousands of miles removed from that toilet of European tension known as Ukraine, but as drama unfolds in Eastern Europe, their destinies could be closely aligned.

    In essence, the more Russian President Vladimir Putin puts the grip on Russian gas prices, the more Western powers—from NATO to the United States—feel squeezed and desperate enough to look for oil elsewhere. Africa fits a nice profile for that. Suddenly, there’s a new sense of urgency on the continent, with the United States stepping up its military and economic engagement posthaste since Putin made his Crimean power grab.

    Before Putin could move to checkmate the West on the geopolitical chess map, President Barack Obama moved a few pieces to the Motherland. It’s an interesting gamble, considering Africa has less than 10 percent of proven global oil reserves. Yet, in the search for alternative sources of energy, the potential returns of intervention in Africa are fairly fast and enormous. Where the Middle East, cradle of oil booms, is volatile and where Shale Country, USA, is still in its infancy, Africa presents a quick-fix solution for petroleum hungry Western countries that don’t have time for renewable-energy cars to fully penetrate their markets. Africa’s not ideal, but it’s much more manageable than al-Qaida networks in the Middle East and a cranky Russian dictator on a Black Sea power trip.

    Oil-spilling BP can tell you all about it, “project[ing] Africa will experience the world’s fastest regional energy demand growth [with] combined oil and gas production in Africa between today and 2035, bigger than in any of the BRIC countries.”

    If BP has snake eyes on Africa, best believe everyone else does. Within a month of Crimea, additional U.S. “special forces” troops ended up in Uganda to augment a hundred already there in a hunt for war-lusting Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. And to top that, the Pentagon sent in four freshly minted futuristic V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor hybrids to show we mean business


  • rikyrah

    Note to Democrats: If You Lose in November, Don’t Blame Black Voters

    The problem for Democrats is that they are losing a large percentage of the white electorate.

    By: Charles D. Ellison
    Posted: April 17 2014 2:00 AM

    As midterm elections near and pundits predict Republican blowouts in November, Democrats appear poised to run that classic racial sob story if they lose control of the Senate: The black folks did it.

    RealClearPolitics actually gives Democrats a 1 percent edge over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot, and even Quinnipiac shows voters viewing Democrats as the “lesser of two evils” with a negative approval rating of 30 percent (with 60 percent disapproving), compared with a negative 18-73 percent rating for Republicans. But all of that is too tight to call. Strategists on the left are nervously watching a series of souring polls showing wide enthusiasm gaps between Democratic voters and a Republican base described as “fired up.” A CBS News poll shows 70 percent of Republicans hyped about Election Day, compared with only 58 percent of Democrats.

    The reason? Many observers—President Barack Obama among them—believe that traditional base Democratic voters, black voters among them, aren’t running to the polls fast enough … despite the fact that Election Day is just eight months away. A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research survey calls them the Rising American Electorate—a coalition of black, Latino, Asian, youth and unmarried female voters—of whom only 64 percent are likely to vote in November, compared with 79 percent of white voters.

    But according to the president’s Black Book of Tough Love, that same rising electorate has a “congenital disease.” This was his harsh assessment during a Houston fundraiser last week that’s sure to get respun in various forms on the campaign trail.

    He’s understandably cranky that his legislative legacy could be undone if Republicans retake the Senate. He’d find his role during the last two years of his presidency largely ceremonial, relegated to giving useless press briefings and Air Force One-hopping the globe in search of foreign policy crises to defuse. So, not unlike a drunken, wife-beating husband, he’s starting to slap around the voters closest to him.


  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin: Worst State in Nation for Black Children

    No state is worse for African-American kids, according to a new study.
    By: Diamond Sharp
    Posted: April 17 2014 5:06 PM

    If you are raising a black child, think twice before moving to Wisconsin.

    A recent study has found that no state is worse for black children than the Badger State.

    According to the study “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children,” from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin has the country’s worst disparities between children of color and their white peers. The study considered 12 factors, including educational access, socioeconomic status and home life, and then ranked the states by how well children did in those areas.

    Black children in Wisconsin ranked 50th overall in those categories. By comparison, white children in the state scored 10th. Asian and Latino children ranked 37th and 17th, respectively.

    The study also found that children of color in Wisconsin face particular challenges to financial security. According to the Capital Times, “70 percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households with incomes above 200 percent of the poverty level, about $47,700 annually for a family of four. At the same time, only 20 percent of black children have that level of economic security.”


    • Alma98

      I could have told them this without a study. And with teapublicans in office it’s only going to get worse.

      • rikyrah

        I know Alma.

        I know.

        • Alma98

          I’m pissed at people in the comments trying to find reasons that this can’t be true. And that race has nothing to do with it.

  • rikyrah

    Children’s Fantasy Fiction Needs More Characters of Color

    There is a woeful absence of diverse characters in children’s fiction, but here are some books to enrich your kid’s fantasy life.

    By: C.J. Farley
    Posted: April 17 2014 2:00 AM

    In his 1976 essay The Devil Finds Work, James Baldwin wrote, “No one, I read somewhere, a long time ago, makes his escape personality black.”

    Baldwin was talking about the movies, but he might as well have been talking about children’s books. When I was a kid, I loved reading works like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. But virtually all fantasy novels aimed at younger readers featured a complete absence of heroes of color. There were no black knights or wizards who looked like me, fighting dragons or outwitting minotaurs.

    Part of the fantasy, I realized, was that we weren’t there.

    In a recent blog post on the Wall Street Journal online, I broke the news of the most recent numbers on diversity in children’s books from an annual survey done by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a study and research library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CCBC surveyed 3,200 children’s books in 2013 and found that only 2.9 percent of the books had significant African or African-American content, and just 2 percent of the books were by black authors and/or illustrators.

    The numbers are bad and getting worse: A previous report from CCBC had found that 3.3 percent of kids’ books released in 2012 had significant African or African-American content.

    When word of the new survey spread, the numbers spurred a number of articles in a variety of publications about the lack of diversity in kids’ fiction, and the need for kids of color to see themselves in the books that they read.


  • rikyrah

    Diatonic Dissonance



    Shoutout to that one lady who NEVER went
    to choir rehearsal who’s going to get the biggest curve when she tries
    to march in with the choir

    6:19 AM – 20 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    James D. Opton



    @ACAstories @ACASuccessStory @navparker Our story is just about the same. $2400 in meds now cost less than $500. We get to keep our home.

    10:23 PM – 17 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah

    Dante Estrada


    Crips & Bloods been doing
    it all wrong all these years. Should start calling themselves militias.
    They just protecting their freedom.

  • rikyrah

    that ridiculous woman who went after Josh over at TPM yesterday on twitter, then went after ABL. …did not end well for her.

    • Alma98

      I know, it was a thing of beauty to watch.

  • itgurl_29

    My mama swears up and down Hillary is gonna win. SMH.