August 23, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: The Gospel According To Jazz

Good Morning Obots!

In 1998, jazz artist Kirk Whalum recorded the first of a 3 part series of live concerts fusing jazz with gospel music. The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter 1 was released in 1998, Chapter 2 in 2002 and the final Chapter, in 2010. This DVD set features vocalists ranging from Kim Burrell and Jonathan Butler to Lalah Hathaway and Tata Vega. Musical guests include George Duke, Doc Powell and many more.

Here is a look at the final chapter in the series. It includes previews of the songs:

“Make Me A Believer” featuring Kirk’s brother, Kevin Whalum, and Lalah Hathaway.

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  • Miranda

    Good morning!

    *sigh*…I see Up w/Chris is on that same bs MLH was on yesterday. I guess that’s why after a few weeks I tapered off of both shows. I really don’t care for the “whine about Obama while giving big passes to the GOP” format.

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning Everyone

      Well Chris and his GOP friends are probably smarting from last night, so you know they gonna come out crying this morning lol.

      • BoomerGal

        If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out, I always say.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda. Thanks 4 the warnin’. geesh. –

      –I just don’t think that they have a mission. – —They jus’ aimlessly wander around —in search of a topic – –PREPARED by somebody ELSE!! — -Soo SAD!! – –So USELESS!! – —

      MR. PRESIDENT is NOT your PUPPET —EITHER!!

      Figure out HOW 2 SUPPORT him orrr —GET – - –GONE!! – -

      WHEW LAWD!! —SUCH an —EPIC DISAPPOINTMENT. — -

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

      I missed it. I was too busy burning the tarragon lemon sauce for my chicken. <:-( What did he say?

      Speaking of whining, EmptyWheel was on Twitter complaining that PBO went easy on the Secret Service. WTF did her simple ass want him to do??

      • gc

        No fucking way! Another DK heroine with brains up her ass. STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        OK – all the emprogs are right, Obama is wrong. NOW will you shut the hell up? (spent the day working an enviro-fair.REAL Dems as far as the eye could see. No patience for these self asssigned reps of our party)

        Wouldn’t it be fun to see Rev Al host next year? Or if Richard Pryor were still alive…

      • Miranda

        A bunch of whining about OWS as if they matter and blaming PBO for everything from the weather to their dreams last night, just a bunch of bs.

        EmptyWheel is suffering from ODS and refuses to seek help. So sick of these stupid ass flies.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • crazycanuck
    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – - WOW&1/2!! – - –I almost brought the same PIC. >)

      I kept starin’ at her HAIR: – -Michelle flawlessly finished off her look with her dark brown hair swept in delicate waves.

      It framed her LOVELY FACE soooo BEAUTIFULLY!!. :>) – - –

      —AS USUAL – —THEY WERE a STUNNING COUPLE. :>) :>)

      We JUST HAVE 2 HAVE: – - –4! MORE! YEARS!! :>) – -

      Good 2 C U –crazycanuck. :>) Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

    • Town

      Michelle Obama looks like she’s saying to Ann Romney:

      “Bitch try this, if you can.”

      LOL

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO! I love your translations & interpretations! Annie Bananie would be terrified to wear a dress like that. Besides, it would expose that secret underwear. Gotta hide that & the batwing arms.

        Meow! & oops it is Sunday…

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – - -Town! – -Town! – – -Town! – - – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        “WHYCOME” U gota B sooo – - – -RIGHT!!??? – - -

        THANK U! :>) – —Good 1. :>)

        Good 2 C U. Town. :>)

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

      Naeem Khan has some of the most beautiful fabrics! Excellent choice, FLOTUS!

    • isonprize

      Michelle Obama always looks SO MUCH BETTER than the bone stick skinny models.

      I don’t even know how her “glam squad” can look at the model and figure out how this dress would look good on FLOTUS. To me, this same Naeem Khan dress looks a hot mess on rather scary looking, lotsa mascara girl.

      • Aquagranny911

        Michelle Obama is a ‘real woman’ with a ‘real body’ not a broomstick starved to be nothing more than a clothes hanger. She did look outstanding but then she always does. I really wanted to get a look at her shoes.

        OK, I admit I am a total shoe freak & I lust after her shoes even though I can’t wear shoes like that anymore. Back in the day, Sis & I had major shoe collections & we wear the same size so it was like having twice as many because we shared.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG** :>) THIS SONG IS Sooo TRUE; —DESPITE ANY SITUATIONS THAT WE MAY EXPERIENCE. :>). – - –

    THANK U 4 FEATURING this TALENTED annnnd INSPIRATIONAL group of musicians. :>) – –I need 2 Listen 2 them more. :>)

    – - -Lookin’ 4-ward 2 your SERIES. :>)

    B BLESSED miranda. :>) – —

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Repeat Butt of WHCD Jokes: Romney
    Jimmy Kimmel, President Obama pile on
    – - –

    – — – -MR. PRESIDENT was ESPECIALLY – -ON FI-YAH!! LOL.

    – - – - —— Jimmy Kimmel received generally good marks as host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night, tweaking both parties without going for the jugular. And both Kimmel and the president dinged Mitt Romney—not in attendance—a few times. Among the top lines of the night, as per Politico:

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re black, like President Obama, or white, like President Obama, or red, like President Obama’s agenda,” said Kimmel.
    “I talked to a guy who was a huge supporter of ObamaCare and a guy who said it was a disaster and it should be killed immediately, which was interesting because I never met Mitt Romney before.”

    – - -SKIP – - -

    “Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton,” said Obama. “Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.” – -LOL.

    “Anyway, it’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom—or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper.” — -[COLD!! LOL]

    “Look at this party. We’ve got men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class entertainment. I was just relieved to learn this was not a GSA conference.”
    “I have a lot more material prepared,” said Obama to end his speech, “but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”[LOL. HE WENT THERE. -- :>)]

    – —CONGRATULATIONS – –MR. HUMORIST-IN-CHIEF!! :>) —

    • Aquagranny911

      PBO was just great! He is fearless & so funny. I think he made poor Kimmel nervous or maybe that was sitting next to our so beautiful FLOTUS that made Kimmel shiver & rush his lines, lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911: – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – -BACK. :>)

        – - — -LOL – - -TRUTH. I re-listened 2 Kimmel. He had some good lines – -BUT his DELIVERY annnnd PACE – –2 fast!! — – –***fist bump*** :>)

        No matta. – - -MR. PRESIDENT STOLE the SHOW!! :>)

        He’s who I paid 2 –C – –Oh waitaminute! – - –IT was a FREE EVENT. LOL. —

        Good 2 C U Aquagranny911. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — LOL. – - -THIS was ona MY FAVs!! – - —

    – -Obama mocks lawmakers for taking time off from ‘exhausting schedule’ – — -

    – - – -President Obama jabbed at lawmakers on Saturday, jokingly thanking them for taking time from their schedules to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington.

    “Congress and I have certainly had our differences, yet I’ve tried to be civil, to not take any cheap shots,” said Obama in his humorous address at the annual event.

    – - – ->THIS – - – ->“That’s why I want to especially thank all the members who took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight,” he joked. – -[-LOL! - -Seeeee - --. . . . . :>)]
    THERE IS MORE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -GUESS we’ll hafta wait til WEDNESDAY 2 RECEIVE his —-”SUSPENSION” – — – -LOL –

    – - -Newt Gingrich to end presidential bid on Wednesday, source says – - -

    – —- –Newt Gingrich will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a source close to the former House speaker told CNN.

    Previous reports said Gingrich would likely quit the race on Tuesday.

    Gingrich is expected to express his support for likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. The two spoke by phone last week, a Gingrich spokesman said.

    The decision to make the announcement this week was due to logistical reasons, sources told CNN last week.

    Gingrich will leave the Republican presidential campaign with a mixed legacy. — – —

    – —JUST – — GET – - – —GONE!! – - -LOL.

    • nellcote

      I wonder what “logistical reasons” prevent him from throwing up a youtube?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –LOL. – - -$$$$$$$$ – - -LOL. I’ll betcha that he’s NOT tellin’ the –REAL DEAL – - – of WHAT he OWES!! :>)

        NO MATTA. – –BU —BYEEEE!! :>)

        Good 2 C U- -nellcote. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — The REST of THEIR WEEKEND – –

    On Sunday, the president will attend two campaign events with former president Bill Clinton. The fundraisers will be held at a private home in Virginia. – –

    The DYNMIC DUO – — -4-EVA on the JOB. :>) BLESS THEM. :>) – -

    [Gotta "bounce" MISSIN'U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY ♥] :>)

    – - -4! MORE YEARS!! — -:>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :))

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

    Obama Signs Order to Limit Aggressive College Recruiting of Veterans
    By TAMAR LEWIN

    At Georgia’s Fort Stewart on Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to help protect military families and veterans from aggressive and deceptive recruiting by higher education institutions — especially for-profit colleges — seeking their military benefits.

    The executive order will require colleges to provide more information about their student outcomes and financial aid, create a centralized complaint system and direct the Veterans Administration to trademark the term “G.I. Bill” to make it harder for colleges to create Web sites resembling official government sites or falsely suggest that they offer special access to veterans’ benefits.

    “I’ve heard the stories,” the president said. “They harass you into making a quick decision with all those calls and e-mails. And if they can’t get you online, they show up on post. One of the worst examples of this is a college recruiter who had the nerve to visit a barracks at Camp Lejeune and enroll Marines with brain injuries — just for the money. These Marines had injuries so severe some of them couldn’t recall what courses the recruiter had signed them up for.”

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/education/obama-signs-order-to-protect-veterans-from-college-recruiters.html?_r=1&hpw&&pagewanted=print

    • rikyrah

      another great thing for veterans

    • Aquagranny911

      This is huge! These “for profit” colleges are so corrupt & taking advantage of our returning vets is just the worst. Bless our good Prez for this. He really cares about our military.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – -ANOTHER GR8 EXAMPLE of 2 THINGS: – - -

      - – —–☻ – –CONSUMER WATCHDOG*1 – -

      — – —☻ – - -EXECUTIZIN’ -AROUND -he -RE-THUG OBSTRUCTIONISTS!!- -2. –HAH!

      – —-*1America’s Consumer Watchdog – -

      - ——–Today the President will appoint Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has one important job: look out for the best interest of American consumers. He’ll work on behalf of millions of families across the nation to ensure they’re not being taken advantage of by debt collectors and credit reporting agencies. As America’s consumer watchdog, Cordray will work to ensure that families and students don’t get saddled with sky-high interest rates by mortgage or payday lenders. Bottom line: he’ll strengthen oversight and accountability in order to protect millions of families across the nation. This is an important step to protect the American people.

      ———--2.President Obama signed an executive order to help protect military families and veterans . .

      ———–THANK U -MR. PRESIDENT!! :>) —-

  • lamh35

    Has anyone used Priceline for last minute airline tickets? If so, how would you rate the experience (i.e. connections, stops, layovers, etc)?

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve never had good luck with Priceline. I have used Orbitz with good results. I usually fly Frontier back & forth to CO or CA. They have been great a few times getting me on last minute flights at a decent rate. Try calling them directly, don’t go online. You might have to stay on hold for a while but their agents have always been kind & helpful to me.

  • rikyrah

    Romney Campaign Takes Credit For Auto Bailout Success
    Pema Levy April 29, 2012, 3:08 PM 3481

    Vice President Biden reiterated the president’s bottom-line election-year pitch on Thursday: “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” The opposite might be true, Biden said, if Mitt Romney had been president.

    But top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom is also giving credit to his candidate for the auto industry’s success. At a Saturday forum hosted by the Washington Post, Fehrnstrom said that Obama’s auto industry rescue was successful because it was exactly what Romney himself proposed.

    “[Romney’s] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed,” Fehrnstrom said. “He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.’”

    “Consider that the crown jewel,” Fehrnstrom said. “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”

    Romney’s position on the auto industry bailout is notoriously vague. In 2008, he wrote a New York Times op-ed titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” in which he argued for a “managed bankruptcy” to help turn the industry around. “The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk,” he wrote. The question over government versus private financing is now at issue when weighing the difference between Romney and Obama’s preferred bailout measures.

    When the Obama administration did force a managed bankruptcy process, Romney praised the president, calling it the “course I recommended a number of months ago” in a 2009 speech.

    When the GOP presidential primary reached Michigan, the heart of the auto industry, Romney was stuck between a rock and a hard place. He had to distinguish himself from the president while persuading Michigan voters he wouldn’t have left the American auto industry — and their livelihoods — to fail. In February, he focused his criticism of the bailout on unions, penning a Detroit News op-ed in which he called the bailout “crony capitalism on a grand scale.” Romney was criticized by Michigan papers — including in editorials endorsing him — for his position on the bailout. The managed bankruptcy process would never have worked without government money behind it, the editorials reasoned.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/fehrnstrom-obama-followed-mitt-romneys-advice-on-auto-bailout.php

  • rikyrah

    TPM2012
    Obama Targets Romney And GOP On Fair Pay, Mandatory Ultrasounds
    Evan McMorris-Santoro April 27, 2012, 6:24 PM 15294

    President Obama didn’t call out Mitt Romney by name in a speech to a women group fundraiser in Washington Friday — but he brought back the Democratic “war on women” rhetoric in such a way that made the target clear.

    In stark and often direct terms, Obama painted the GOP as anti-women, and tied the party’s positions on women’s health across the country to its likely presidential nominee.

    “I’m always puzzled by this,” Obama said. “This is a party that says it prides itself on being rabidly anti-regulation. These are folks who claim to believe in freedom from government influence and meddling. But it doesn’t seem bother them when it comes to women’s health.”

    Pointing to GOP governors and legislatures across the country that have passed laws requiring ultrasounds before abortions, Obama said Republicans believe “women can’t be trusted to make their own decisions.”

    “It’s appalling,” Obama said, referring to a statement from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R), who defended his state’s mandatory ultrasound measure by suggesting women simply “close your eyes.” “It’s offensive and it’s out of touch,” Obama said.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/obama-aims-fight-for-women-vote-squarely-at-romney.php

  • rikyrah

    Brennan: Obama Made ‘Gutsy Decision’ On Bin Laden Raid

    White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday that President Obama made a “gutsy” call in ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden one year ago.

    Brennan, trying hard not to get into the politics of the issue, affirmed that the decision was hardly a no-brainer as there were many differences of opinion among top-level officials.

    Here’s his exchange with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week:

    BRENNAN: I don’t do politics. I don’t do the campaign. I am not a Democrat or Republican. I’m a counter-terrorism adviser to the president. All that I know is that the president made the decision when he was given the opportunity to take a gutsy decision, to carry out that raid with our Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The president made that decision. I think the American people are, you know, clearly very appreciative and supportive of that decision. We’re safer today as a result. And, therefore, all I know is that the president made the decision when he had to.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You said it was a gutsy call. Mitt Romney has said that any president would have made the same decision. Do you agree with that?

    BRENNAN: All I know is that the president made the call when he needed to. And as people have said, it was a divided room as far as, you know, some of the principal sentiments on this issue were concerned.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s been reported that the vice president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state all against it, yet the president overrode them.

    BRENNAN: There was active discussion up until the last moment on this. And there were differences of view, clearly.

    BRENNAN: All I know is that the president made the call when he needed to. And as people have said, it was a divided room as far as, you know, some of the principal sentiments on this issue were concerned.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/brennan-obama-made-gutsy-decision-on-bin-laden

  • rikyrah

    The Next Thing Republicans Will Oppose
    Posted on 04/29/2012 at 1:46 pm by Bob Cesca

    Greg Sargent reports:

    It’s official: Senate Democrats will soon hold a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a senior Democratic Senate aide confirms to me.

    “This vote is going to happen,” the aide says.

    And the Republicans will crap their cages and oppose it. How do we know?

    Two years ago Senate Republicans opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act, which had strong support from Obama, and it’s likely they will do so again.

    How do they sleep at night?

    http://bobcesca.com/

  • Miranda

    Robert Gibbs: Romney’s slogan is Obama ‘didn’t clean up our mess fast enough’

    Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday dismissed the Republican claim that women would vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney because they were being hurt by President Barack Obama’s economic policies.

    “I think sometimes you listen to the Romney campaign and they do think a lot people in this country are stupid,” Gibbs told NBC’s David Gregory. “Their message is: You didn’t clean up our mess fast enough.”

    more here
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/29/robert-gibbs-romneys-slogan-is-obama-didn%E2%80%99t-clean-up-our-mess-fast-enough/

  • rikyrah

    How Samuel L. Jackson Became His Own Genre
    By PAT JORDAN
    Published: April 26, 2012

    Before “The Mountaintop” opened on Broadway last fall, there were rumors that this fictional account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night before his assassination would present him as a flawed man, one who drinks and flirts with a motel maid. Kenny Leon, the director, told me recently, however, that he never would have had anything to do with something “that destroyed the iconic nature of Dr. King.” In fact, he said, when he first read the play, he realized that its innocently childlike King could be played only by “a sensitive actor bigger than life” — his friend Sam Jackson.

    Samuel L. Jackson, who is 63, has appeared in more than 100 films since 1972, and moviegoers would be hard-pressed to find in any of his roles someone who was innocently childlike. For the first part of his film career, his characters tended to appear in scripts as Gang Member, Drug Addict, Hold-Up Man. Even after his work in “Jungle Fever” earned Jackson a best supporting actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 (an honor created for that performance) and his work as Jules Winnfield in “Pulp Fiction” three years later made him world-famous, at 46, Jackson’s roles, no matter how fleshed-out or nuanced, have been far from innocent. Still, even as Jules tossed off vulgarities and obscenities as offhandedly as he shot people, like so many benign terms of endearment, he displayed the greater part of Jackson’s success as an actor — his ability to imbue even his vilest characters, spouting the vilest words, with a touch of humor, intelligence and humanity.

    Jules was the moral center of “Pulp Fiction,” Jackson told me recently, “because he carried himself like a professional.” The same can be said of Jackson as an actor. “Before Jules,” he went on, “my characters were just ‘The Negro’ who died on Page 30. Every script I read, ‘The Negro’ died on Page 30.” He thundered in character as Jules for a moment, repeating his point in saltier language, then returned to himself and said: “After Jules, I became the coolest [expletive] on the planet. Why? I have no clue. I’m not like Jules. It’s called being an actor.”

    Since “Pulp Fiction,” it seems safe to argue, Jackson has been the busiest actor on the planet too. This year he has four movies — his annual average since 1994 — coming out, including “The Avengers” next month, based on the Marvel comic book. (Jackson has a nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios.) He’s been in big-budget films like “Jurassic Park”; low-budget movies like “Black Snake Moan”; blockbusters like “Star Wars” and bombs like “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” He’s been the star, played the sidekick, filled bit parts (“A Time to Kill,” “Patriot Games” and “Iron Man,” respectively). His acting has been critically acclaimed (“Jungle Fever,” “Pulp Fiction”) and panned as “lackluster” (“Twisted”). But one thing remains constant: Samuel L. Jackson works. It’s all but impossible to turn on a TV set any night of the week without happening on one of his movies (and sometimes two or three). Hence his anointment by Guinness World Records as “the highest-grossing film actor” of all time. His movies have taken in more than $7.4 billion, most of which, he pointed out, “didn’t end up in my pocket.” Maybe not, but the residuals alone earn him about $300,000 a year. “I get paid all day, every day,” he said — “which is almost too much for a sensitive artist.”

    Renny Harlin, the director of “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” told me that the secret to Jackson’s success is simple: “He’s the ultimate pro. He’s on time, knows his lines, hits his mark with no drama. He makes the other actors want to rise to his professional level.” And not only do other actors love Jackson, Harlin noted, but so do moviegoers. When Jackson’s character was killed off in a version of “The Long Kiss Goodnight” that was previewed before a test audience, at least one member in the audience yelled out, “You can’t kill Sam Jackson!” Harlin said he learned his lesson. In the released version of the movie, Jackson’s character survives.

    William Friedkin, who directed Jackson in “Rules of Engagement,” told me: “Sam is a director’s dream. Some actors hope to find their character during shooting. He knows his character before shooting. Sam’s old-school. I just got out of his way. I never did more than two takes with Sam.” Friedkin said that some people say Jackson works too much, but he dismissed actors who wait around for “Hamlet.” “You take what you can get,” he said, “to keep your engine tuned. An artist doesn’t burn out with age because he works too much. Working hones his craft.”

    Earlier this year, before “The Mountaintop” closed, I spent several evenings at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. One night, I spoke to Angela Bassett, who played the motel maid. Bassett has known Jackson since she was a young intern out of Yale and he was an established theater actor on bus-and-truck tours. He called her “rack queen,” because she was always sleeping, or in the “rack.” “Yes,” she confirmed, “because he made me do all these errands for him.” Bassett didn’t think Jackson was particularly cool then — her expression suggested he was a pain instead, a demanding teacher more than the laid-back dude of popular perception — and she doesn’t think he’s particularly cool now. But then she conceded: “I suppose he might be a little cool. He does listen to that gangsta rap.” She looked up toward the ceiling. “There’s always a party going on up there.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/magazine/how-samuel-l-jackson-became-his-own-genre.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

  • rikyrah

    Memoirs of a Black Soap Star
    In the ’60s, Ellen Holly broke ground on-screen, but behind the scenes life was less glamorous.

    By: Cynthia Gordy | Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    In 1988 the Museum of Broadcasting held an event celebrating the career of Agnes Nixon, the pioneering writer and producer known as the queen of the modern soap opera. During remarks that the creator of One Life to Live and All My Children delivered that evening, she showered praise on two actresses whom she considered to be her most treasured stars: the mega-famous Susan Lucci, of All My Children fame, and Ellen Holly, who for 17 years played the role of Carla Benari on One Life to Live.

    After explaining that ABC had wiped out episodes from her show’s first 10 years in order to reuse the tapes, Nixon said:

    Of all the tapes ABC didn’t have, the ones I most regret are of the Carla Benari story — a story I had begun to fear might not be told because I would not do it unless we could get the right black actress to play the part. We were only a few weeks away from the casting deadline, and I was getting worried. Then on Sunday I opened the Times to the Arts and Leisure section, and saw a beautiful face looking at me … I knew at once Ellen was our Carla if she’d agree to play the part, which she did. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    Holly, who had been dropped from One Life to Live in 1985, did not attend that night’s celebration but received a 30-page transcript of the speech afterward in the mail.

    “What she did not tell the museum audience, of course, is that I had been made to work 17 years for what Susan made in three months,” she dryly told The Root from her condo in Westchester, N.Y. Today Holly, 81, the first African American to play a central role in the history of daytime television, claims that there were frequent slights surrounding her experience, though at the time she kept her head down.

    “I was like an experiment in a petri dish, and I knew that the future of other black people finding roles on the soaps would depend, to a degree, on how my situation seemed to be working out,” she said. “On the face of things it looked like I was a huge star having a grand old time. I didn’t argue with that public image because I knew it would be helpful to people who, hopefully, would come after me.”

    Nearly three decades later, however, Holly wants to tell the rest of her story. With her 1996 book, One Life: The Autobiography of an African-American Actress, now out of print, this year she launched the website BlackStarImploding.com to expose the trials of being a television “first.” In an interview with The Root, she shared her behind-the-scenes stories, what happened after life on the small screen and her thoughts on the current state of black women in Hollywood.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/memoirs-black-soap-star?wpisrc=obnetwork

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

      You wouldn’t believe the racist isht that goes on behind the scenes of soap operas. Victoria Rowell, ex-Drucilla Winters on Y&R, was spilling ALL the tea about the drama she had dealt with on Y&R on Twitter.

      • crazycanuck

        Really? I have to chk that out.

      • danadevin74

        I was reading about that awhile back
        Y&R leading lady Melody Thomas Scott reportedly running around the set wearing a clown-colored, afro wig to mock Rowell’s then-ethnic hairdo.
        If i find out Miss Chancellor is racist i will be so disapointed

    • crazycanuck

      Dam, I remember her. Didn’t realize she went through so much. I know it wasn’t nirvana, but didn’t know it was that bad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - —-”CAUSE – –the “YOUTH ENTHUSIASM GAP MEME” – - -is a STR8 – –LIE!! – —

    ——- Why Republicans Hate Watching Obama on Late Night – -

    – - –Most of us were both amused and delighted by President Obama’s “Late Night” appearance with Jimmy Fallon last week – yet, most Republicans found the Commander in Chief’s performance less than funny. Predictably, the GOP went on an all-week rant about Obama as the “Celebrity President,” with former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove taking a cheap shot in a recent American Crossroads Super PAC video: “After 4 years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?”

    But, for the most part, it was all good reviews for the president’s Fallon episode. Simply put: it’s what we like to see our presidents do.

    – - — SKIP — -

    – — – - -Media outlets were crammed with raving reviews about the gut-busting performance, but then you’ll stumble upon those sour few, like Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. Carlson came down on President Obama’s appearance on the Late Night show by calling him a “nutso.” Carlson’s scathing review was not alone; Washington Examiner writer Charlie Spiering proclaims by appearing on the comedy show, Mr. President “has ‘jumped the shark.‘

    – - -However, theoretically – statistically and economically – the appearance was not a bad idea, at all. You can see exactly what the campaign was attempting to do. President Obama is going after the youth vote to re-ignite the enthusiasm of 2008 and he’s attempting to woo women voters with the ‘quiet storm’ act.’ Reviewing recent polls number explains his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, down to a science.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - -Annnnd — -’CAUSE – - –THEY NOT in the 21st CENTURY! LOL –

    -THEY ‘ON’T KNOW – — – -WHAT DA –HAP IS!! LOL. – —

    – - –CARRY ON – - -MR. PRESIDENT! – -U GOT THIS!! :>) –

    – — – - ——4!- – - MORE!- — YEARS!! – –Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

  • Miranda

    So this is why #Fehrnstroming was trending. LOL, next Romney will claim he really ordered the Seals to go in and get bin Laden. Sadly, the media will not challenge this AT ALL and allow these pathologically lying aides to pimp this nonsense.

    Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney’s idea

    One of Mitt Romney’s top advisers said Saturday that President Obama’s decision to bailout Chrysler and General Motors was actually Romney’s idea.

    “[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that,” Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said.

    more here
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/224371-romney-campaign-claims-auto-bailout-was-his-idea

    • rikyrah

      I’ll write it again.

      English is NOT this country’s second language.

      What part of

      LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT

      do you think that people don’t grasp Willard?

      • Aquagranny911

        DANG!!! You should totally Tweet that all over!!!

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        This is what I’m talking about. He really thinks there is no such thing as video.

        • rikyrah

          and that we can’t read…

          or google…

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

      Here’s his Twitter handle: @EricFehrn

      I think we should tweet the cable news networks, journalists and pundits and demand they call out this latest lie.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Miranda I think it’s going to get so bad that after awhile not even FOX News will be able to ignore it.

  • rikyrah

    whole lotta folks going ‘ HUH?’ reading this story.

    ………………………

    ‘Think Like a Man’ Tops Quiet Weekend Box Office With $18M

    Sony Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man” is the repeat box office champ.

    It was relatively quiet weekend, the last before next week’s arrival of Disney and Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the first in what is expected to be a string of summer blockbusters.

    The African-American ensemble film, based on an advice book by comedian Steve Harvey, took in $18 million from 2,015 locations, lifting its overall gross to $60.8 million, according to Rentrak.

    Surprising in the No. 2 spot was Sony’s animated family film “Pirates! Band of Misfits,” propelled by a strong Saturday showing with a projected $11.5 million from 3,358 locations. The film, from Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman, was made for roughly $50 million, a figure it has surpassed in foreign box office receipts already.

    It just beat out last week’s No. 2 film “The Lucky One.” The Warner Bros. movie, based on a Nicholas Spark romance novel and starring Zac Ephron, took in $11.3 million from 3,175 locations. That brings the overall domestic gross for the film to nearly $40 million.

    http://movies.yahoo.com/news/think-man-tops-quiet-weekend-box-office-18m-153900338.html#jumbo

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

      Somewhere, on a blog far, far away, a bitter Black female blogger and her followers are weeping in their glasses of merlot at their weekly “I Hate Black Men” meeting.

      • Miranda

        LMAO

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

        I am curious as to which blogger you are referring to. I have an idea…but I would like to be sure.

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

    They see us tweetin’
    They hatin’
    Trollin’ they tryin’ to catch us tweetin’ dirty…

    C. Andreas Lüthi ‏ @BestWriterExtra
    Try shooting me down @PragObots Communist garbage!

    C. Andreas Lüthi ‏ @BestWriterExtra
    Asshole Collective @PragObots (no free condoms, sorry)

    C. Andreas Lüthi ‏ @BestWriterExtra
    Curious to see what Braindead Asshole Collectivism really looks like? Here: @PragObots

    • Miranda

      Who dis fool be?

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

        A troll who’s trying to get attention for himself and his blog. Poor thang.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – - -LOL.

      -ENVY is a TERRIBLE THANG – -HUH!?? – -

      – –HE/SHE jus’ – -WANNA – - -B — US!! – - -DA BEST!! :>)

      – - – - -FOUND THIS: – - – -STR8 HATA!!(s) – - – -WHEW LAWD! – —

    • trose1

      Who the hell LOL

    • rikyrah

      you twitter folks are lighting it up….you’re rocking these fools’ worlds.

  • Miranda

    Well I would have NEVER thought this line would come from a preacher in South rural Gawga

    “It will be interesting to see if the left-leaning media examines Gov. Romney’s Mormonism as closely as the right-leaning media examined Sen. Obama’s Christianity.”
    http://aviewfromthehinterland.blogspot.com/2012/04/passing-no-religious-test-test.html

  • Miranda

    Obama Campaign Grapples With New Voter ID Laws

    WASHINGTON — Field workers for President Obama’s campaign fanned across the country this weekend in an effort to confront a barrage of new voter identification laws that strategists say threaten the campaign’s hopes for registering new voters ahead of the November election.

    more here
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/us/politics/obama-campaign-confronts-voter-id-laws.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -THIS is bein’ – - -REPEATED – — – -

    – - –CNN Presents – Race & Rage – The Beatings of Rodney King Part 1 – - -

    - – - “The MORE THING –CHANGE – - -The MORE they STAY the SAME.”[Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr] – - — -SADLY.

    —FORTUNATELY – — -in the case of “TRAYVON” – — thousands of people were mobilized in –”peaceful protest.” [Admittedly, the incident was somewhat different.]

    BLESS U – - – -MR. RODNEY KING. — – -RIHEP –T.M. – - -

  • rikyrah

    If anyone is around the tv, Henry Louis Gates is doing the family profiles on Condi Rice, Sam Jackson and Ruth Simmons…on PBS.

    • Miranda

      I know the Rice’s in West Alabama are…but unfortunately he didn’t do her grandfather’s side – John Wesley Rice, that was the side we were hoping to see :(

      • isonprize

        Miranda? Oh Miranda…. What you tryin’ to say, Miranda…

        • Miranda

          LOL – just sayin we could have seen my great-grandmother’s picture if they’d done the other side!

          • isonprize

            Whoa, that’s cool!! But how do you explain Condi’s politics?

            I’m not flamin’ ya, just askin, cuz, Lawd knows, I got some crazies in my family. LOLOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - —O.K. — —I’m Sooooo – -lookin’ 4 the – -LOGIC!! — – -annnd – –

    givin’ a – - ***-MEGA SIDE EYE*** – -2 – -teh “orange 1.” – - – -

    – - -VIDEO- John Boehner: Mitt Romney’s wealth, privilege are a plus, because “the American people don’t want to vote for a loser.” – — -

    — – — – -“The American people don’t want to vote for a loser. They don’t want to vote for someone that hasn’t been successful. I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they, too, can succeed.”

    So we’re loser-Americans if we don’t pal around with owners of NASCAR and NFL teams, don’t buy our spouses not one, but two Cadillacs, aren’t worth $190 – $250 million, and don’t use car elevators, or renovate our $12 million homes by adding on 3,600-square foot basements?

    Now those are values we can all relate to.

    – –Yes, according to The Boehner, one’s success is measured in dollars, and if you don’t make enough of them, you’re a LOSER.

    What a snob. Quel elitist.

    Oooo-kaaaaay: – –Soo THESE R the QUALITIES of a winner??? – - -

    – -☻PAL AROUND WITH NASCAR and NFL TEAM OWNERS

    – -☻ – -2 CADILLACS 4 the wifey!

    — -☻ — CAR ELEVATORS!

    – –☻ –OWNED the BAIN CORP. –which LOST JOBS annnd $$ for people

    – –☻ -12 MILLION DOLLAR HOMES —with – -3,600 -square foot basements

    – - ☻ –”While running for the Senate in 1994, Romney filed a disclosure statement showing assets of $16 million to $25 million. In 1992 and 1993, he collected income of $6.8 million, including fees as a director of Staples and Marriott. – - -

    – - -☻ – -”Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he is paying $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $42.5 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011.

    Annnnnd THIS: – —

    – - -☻ PROVIDED a HOOD(y) – –4 his DOG – –LOL.

    – - – -I’m 2 THA-ROUGH!! — -LOL – -

    – — --BTW — “ORANGE 1″ – –U R A – –LOSER!! – - -geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -FROM a “visit” 2 – - -TPV: -

    TPVideocast: GOP loses it over bin Laden and war on women – - -

    THEY been disparagin’ MR. PRESIDENT — the CLOSER we get 2 the OBL ANNIVERSARY! —LOL.

    – –THAT – — GREEN-EYED – -HATA- -MONSTER – –CONTINUES!! – –HAH! –

    AXE the PEOPLE who SUFFERED under him —HOW THEY FEEL.!! – –

    THAT’S the – - -TRUE TEST/MEASURE of the VALUE of THAT EVENT!! :>)

    – - -CARRY ON – - -MR. PRESIDENT! – –We R PROUD of U! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -GREEN TEAM -UNITE- -HANDS!! -lol ——

    – ——-Obama’s green team comes out swinging for election season ——-

    - – —- –President Obama’s top energy and environmental officials are casting their work as a core piece of White House efforts to boost the economy while using rough-and-tumble language to parry Republican attacks.

    Four speeches over four days by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s signal a political all-hands-on-deck approach to defending the White House’s economic record ahead of the 2012 elections. – -

    “The fact is we can’t create an economy that is built to last by putting our nation into a race to the bottom, a race for the weakest health protections and the most loopholes in our environmental laws,” Jackson said Friday in criticizing GOP proposals to kill or delay several regulations.
    THERE IS MORE.

    ——–MR. PRESIDENT is the COMPLETE PACKAGE!! :>) ——

    —–Annnnnd – the – — RE-THUGS –just do NOT want – — -

    ————THIS. ——lol

    —- -GO! – PRESIDENT OBAMA -TEAM! -GREEN!! —Woo! Hoo!! –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —A LITTLE “NIGHTMARE” within the “DREAM”: – - –

    – - -VIDEO- “Sen. Rubio’s version of the Dream Act would create a second class…” – –

    – – - – –Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

    “Mr. Romney… has called for the self-deportation of 11 million people… I would support the president’s version of the DREAM Act. I think that Sen. Rubio’s version of the Dream Act would create a second class status for folks.”

    Via The Hill:

    The Democratic version of the DREAM Act immigration reform plan would create a path to citizenship for some students who were brought into the country illegally as children. The bill failed to attract enough Republican support to clear the Senate in late 2010.

    Rubio’s alternative, which he has yet to formally introduce, would give students legal status through non-immigrant visas, but not citizenship.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week that he is doubtful that Congress will take up the issue.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - – - – -YA MEAN – —U don’t EXPECT the RE-THUG 2 REPRESENT the RE-THUG position.? PUH-LEEZE!! – - -Mayor. – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    G’NIGHT POU FAM. :>) MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥ — ♥ >) – -

    – - – - -CONTINUE 2 PRAY 4: – - – -MR. PRESIDENT/FIRST LADY♥; — -the MARTIN FAMILY; – - –the ECONOMY/PEOPLE; – - EACH OTHER♥ :>) – -

    — — – - – -Ladysmith Black Mambazo “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” — -

    – - – - -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ – - – -