October 21, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: HBCU Gospel Choirs

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., (Hall of Fame) hosts an Annual Competition of Black College Gospel Choirs Competition.

Designed to showcase the musical talents of gospel choirs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from all over the country, the competition is hosted by legendary gospel music pioneer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

North Carolina A&T University – Great Is The Lord

“If you have never experienced the pure energy and excitement of a HBCU gospel choir, you are certainly in for a treat,” said Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Hall of Fame Foundation. “This will be a grand gospel explosion.”

Miles College – Soon I Will Be Done

The 2012 winner of the competition was Benedict College. Here is a video of their actual performance in 2009. If this is what the gospel choir will do, I’d love to see a performance of their marching band! (video starts out a little wobbly but quickly gets better)

  • good morning!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Dannie. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -Conan was – – -his own brand of — “FAST annnd FURIOUS”. :>) – — –

    – – –Conan O’Brien casts mini-series at White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2013 – -NOT BAD. :>) –

    BUT — -as most agreed – – -MR. PRESIDENT was – – -#1. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    —- –Oldest Known African-American Baseball Footage Found —-

    – – –Film dated from 1919 shows employees of the Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia, playing in a league against other teams. Archivists are still researching this 26 seconds offound footage, but it might just be the oldest footage of African-Americans playing baseball in the U.S. – –GR8 FIND :>)

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    Nerdprom 2011…Palin @ the black folks’ afterparty. Who knew? LOL


    • Town

      She looks very uncomfortable…look at how she’s clutching herself. That’s probably the most black folks she’s been around in her life.

      • conlakappa

        Nah, probably the black Miss Alaska who beat her out had her whole family present. Meanwhile, why was Greta Van S drssed like Paula Poundstone? Hill Harper caught in that scrum of opportunists?

      • rikyrah

        remember, she left Hawaii because there were too many ‘minorities’

      • gn

        I still can’t believe that was the GOP’s 2008 Vice Presidential candidate. Thank God for PBO; we averted a bona fide, unmitigated disaster.

        • nellcote

          McCain would have had to hire extra food tasters.

        • JojoRaze

          I think McCain lost the election b/c of picking Palin as VP and that campaign cancellation bit. Undecideds were like this dude ain’t wrapped too tight to make stupid decisions like that.

          Folk trusted a 45 year old black dude over a 75 year old white decorated veteran because it was obvious the white dude was cray-cray because his one job to pick someone to take over for him in case he keeled over was so badly done, they were like ‘Nawl, Imma go with the black dude who’s still on his first wife and has the sense God gave a gnat.’

          • jds09

            I’m waiting for PBO’s memoirs where he shares “the case for his candidacy”, there was a story floating around that Michelle wouldn’t give the go-ahead for a vanity run. They had to show her the numbers; a clear path to the presidency. While I agree with you that McCain contributed to his demise, I think it was more of what Obama saw and did than McCain’s missteps.

          • rikyrah

            Folks were like….he’s 72…..he’s had cancer 4 times….

            and he might not make it through the first term…

            people were like – HER?

          • JojoRaze

            Exactly! I remeber the change in the online commentary wrt to McCain after Couric exposed Palin. So many PUMA people were like ‘Nawl’ when he picked SayPay. You even saw a change in Hillary who straight up said the only thing she and Palin had in common was that they were women. Hillary was like I don’t hate my country that much, or PBO, to propel that on the world stage Obama 2008.

    • TyrenM

      Was Glen Rice there?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – – –YEP! – – -He WENT THERE. LOL – —

    – –Republicans, Need a Minority To Love? Try President Obama – – – – –If President Obama is unsure what to do with himself once he leaves office, he can always do standup. The man is just funny.

    But of all the lines he delivered at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner (and he made sure to get his licks in with a razor), the hands-down keeper was when he suggested that if the Republicans were really sincere about their new outreach efforts to attract more minorities, perhaps they might want to do a “test run” by reaching out to the President of the United States.
    Video of Obama on the GOP’s minority outreach:

    – —- “Hello…?” – – -HAH!

    • nellcote

      I take from the lack of clips and general radio silence in the media that more than a few of the barbs hit their targets.

      I’d like to see the celebs boycott this thing next year.

      • JojoRaze

        Celebs like Katty Perry and Kerry Washington are there just for PBO and FLOTUS. As soon as PBO is out of office, thry won’t show up.

        • jds09

          It will go back to the D and D+ list celebrities. lol

    • JojoRaze

      PBO straight up shanked the media and his enemies! He uses these things to just ether folk and that joke about using him as their test run to reach out to POC was deep on so many levels.

      The Repubs think they can go around PBO and try and reach out to POC, but POC are like ‘Nawl, if you can’t respect him, why should I listen to anything you have to say?’ PBO was like you ain’t getting no where with anybody non-white until you respect me cuz until then, as Celie said, ‘Everything you do is gonna crumble.’ I will never forget the election post-mortems on TPM where they posted e-mails from black people and Asain-Americans how the otherization and blatant disrespect of the president by the Repubs was a turn-off because it looked like racism and prejudice we experience in our everyday lives. The Asian-American writer was like ‘PBO is everything we tell our kids to be: Go to school, study, work hard, get a good professional job, carry yourself well. And to see white folks dog him out and stop him from fixing messes, for no good reason, is not cool.’ Until the Repubs acknowledge PBO’s Americanness and humanity, they will get nowhere with POC. I LITERALLY judge people on whether or not they like PBO. You don’t have to agree with him on everything, I don’t agree with SSM, but if you hate him or his family on a Glenn,Beck/Alex Jones level that racial and envious of him even being president-you and I can’t be friends or acquaintances. Imagine how that affects folks’ voting habits.

      • rikyrah

        I remember those emails…and folks just told the truth..

        and, I said repeatedly that I thought every non-White person who isn’t a sellout in this country had been quietly observing the disrespect shown POTUS and his ENTIRE FAMILY. they didn’t say anything, except for on occasion, but they let their feelings be heard – on election day.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – –O.K. – – – -THIS. -:>)–A PERFECT PAIR. :>) –:>)

    – – -[Gotta “bounce” early. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U —IN MY♥ -B BLESSED :>)]

    • gn

      Done, finished, finito…

      /please line my casket with red brocade

  • rikyrah

    In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites
    — Apr. 28 8:50 AM EDT

    America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.

    Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press.

    Census data and exit polling show that whites and blacks will remain the two largest racial groups of eligible voters for the next decade. Last year’s heavy black turnout came despite concerns about the effect of new voter-identification laws on minority voting, outweighed by the desire to re-elect the first black president.

    William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, analyzed the 2012 elections for the AP using census data on eligible voters and turnout, along with November’s exit polling. He estimated total votes for Obama and Romney under a scenario where 2012 turnout rates for all racial groups matched those in 2004. Overall, 2012 voter turnout was roughly 58 percent, down from 62 percent in 2008 and 60 percent in 2004.


    Overall, the findings represent a tipping point for blacks, who for much of America’s history were disenfranchised and then effectively barred from voting until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

    But the numbers also offer a cautionary note to both Democrats and Republicans after Obama won in November with a historically low percentage of white supporters. While Latinos are now the biggest driver of U.S. population growth, they still trail whites and blacks in turnout and electoral share, because many of the Hispanics in the country are children or noncitizens.


    • gn

      Not surprising to me. Black America pretty much re-elected President Obama. African Americans were asked to have the POTUS’ back, and did so in force. Can’t see that happening again with the 2016 candidate without an articulated, concrete, targeted and explicit commitment to African American issues (which include: high joblessness rate, racism, civil rights, higher rates of incarceration for the same crimes as white folks, to name a few issues) just saying…

    • Alma98

      We knew this, black folks also did the same in 2008 the msm just wouldn’t admit it.

      • jds09

        Another thing they refuse to admit, any Clinton candidacy must walk thru the black neighborhoods.

        • Alma98


        • Admiral_Komack

          And the Clintons better come correct.
          Singing at a black church won’t cut it.

          • jds09

            So true. And I think folks will have a better appreciation for PBO’s achievements (ACA, Holder’s civil rights efforts, green jobs in urban communities, etc.) The Clinton’s willingness to take photos with black folks and display their understanding (not implementation) of policy will ring hallow for folks.

  • Alma98


    • rikyrah

      hey Alma!

      what has your daughter decided?

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah! She hasn’t decided yet she’s still getting offers.

  • Miranda

    Muslim congressman confronts Peter King: Profiling is ‘ineffective law enforcement’

    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who is a Muslim, told Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday that he was making a mistake with calls to profile the Islamic community in the United States because similar actions in the past had created a “national stain” on the country.

    NBC host David Gregory noted in a Sunday interview with both congressmen that King had insisted to the National Review that law enforcement should not be “bound by political correctness” after two Muslim men with a Chechen background were accused of carrying out bombings at the Boston Marathon.
    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/28/muslim-congressman-confronts-peter-king-profiling-is-ineffective-law-enforcement/

    • Alma98

      Peter King makes me want to break my tv so I try not to watch any program he’s on.

    • nellcote

      Considering the death count, it seems like so called “Christians” are the ones that need to be profiled.

  • Miranda

    If you were really disgusted, it would be with yourself

    Gov. Rick Perry ‘disgusted’ by cartoon mocking lack of regulations in Texas

    A cartoon depicting Texas Gov. Rick Perry touting his state’s economy whilst a fertilizer plant besides him explodes has unsurprisingly stirred up controversy.

    The cartoon by Jack Ohman, which appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Thursday, added fuel to the already fierce rivalry between California and Texas. Supporters of the cartoon described it as gutsy and poignant, while detractors considered it tasteless and disrespectful. Perry, his Lt. Gov David Dewhurst, and a legion on angry Internet commenters were in the latter camp.

    more here:

    • Alma98

      The truth hurts huh.

    • nellcote

      Fuck Perry. I’m sick of Texas corporations fucking up California. see Enron (energy manipulation we’re still dealing with the effects of) and Maxxam (killing the timber industry) for starters. Not to even mention bald faced attempts to poach industries with their no tax/no regulation promises. Other states go to foreign countries to encourage businesses to invest in their state. Fucking Perry comes to California. Fuck him.

  • Miranda

    Gun Group Holds Rally With AR-15s To Congratulate Congress For Blocking Background Checks
    By Igor Volsky on Apr 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    A group of gun activists armed with AR-15s and handguns held a rally at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in Indiana on Saturday to thank Congress for voting down gun safety measures, including a proposal to expand background checks for guns sales.

    Indiana Moms Against Gun Control organized the event as a counter protest to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense’s protest calling for stricter federal gun laws in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Pictures from JCOnline.com:


    • Alma98

      Ignorant jackasses, I know it’s Sunday but I had to say it.

  • Miranda

    And Oscar de le Renta still weeps:

    “For the formal event, dubbed the “nerd prom” by the media set, Mrs. O chose a black beaded, draped chiffon goddess gown with high neckline in Chantilly lace by designer Monique Lhuillier.”


  • lamh36

    Alright, I’m bout to check out TVONE’s Greatest R&B Divas of all time. And let me tell ya, if Beyonce or Rihanna is number #1 I may never watch TVONE again…lol. Kiddin

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!