October 23, 2014

Thursday Evening Thread: My Brother’s Keeper (Update w/full video and transcript)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 27, 2014

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” INITIATIVE

East Room 3:43 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, good afternoon, everybody.

AUDIENCE: Good afternoon.

THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House. And thank you, Christian, for that outstanding introduction. And thank you for cheering for the White Sox, which is the right thing to do. (Laughter.) Like your parents and your teachers, I could not be prouder of you. I could not be prouder of the other young men who are here today. But just so we’re clear — you’re only excused for one day of school. (Laughter.) And I’m assuming you’ve got your assignments with you so that you can catch up — perhaps even on the flight back. (Laughter.)

As Christian mentioned, I first met Christian about a year ago. I visited the Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, which is only about a mile from my house. And Christian was part of this program called “Becoming a Man.” It’s a program that Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced to me. And it helps young men who show a lot of potential but may have gotten in some trouble to stay on the right path.

They get help with schoolwork, but they also learn life skills like how to be a responsible citizen, and how to deal with life’s challenges, and how to manage frustrations in a constructive way, and how to set goals for themselves. And it works. One study found that, among young men who participate in the BAM program, arrests for violent crimes dropped 44 percent, and they were more likely to graduate from high school. (Applause.)

So as Christian mentioned, during my visit, they’re in a circle and I sat down in the circle, and we went around, led by their counselor, and guys talked about their lives, talked about their stories. They talked about what they were struggling with, and how they were trying to do the right thing, and how sometimes they didn’t always do the right thing. And when it was my turn, I explained to them that when I was their age I was a lot like them. I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.

And I remember when I was saying this — Christian, you may remember this — after I was finished, the guy sitting next to me said, “Are you talking about you?” (Laughter.) I said, yes.

And the point was I could see myself in these young men. And the only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving, so when I made a mistake the consequences were not as severe. I had people who encouraged me — not just my mom and grandparents, but wonderful teachers and community leaders — and they’d push me to work hard and study hard and make the most of myself. And if I didn’t listen they said it again. And if I didn’t listen they said it a third time. And they would give me second chances, and third chances. They never gave up on me, and so I didn’t give up on myself.

I told these young men my story then, and I repeat it now because I firmly believe that every child deserves the same chances that I had. And that’s why we’re here today — to do what we can, in this year of action, to give more young Americans the support they need to make good choices, and to be resilient, and to overcome obstacles, and achieve their dreams.

This is an issue of national importance — it’s as important as any issue that I work on. It’s an issue that goes to the very heart of why I ran for President — because if America stands for anything, it stands for the idea of opportunity for everybody; the notion that no matter who you are, or where you came from, or the circumstances into which you are born, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can make it in this country. (Applause.) That’s the core idea.

And that’s the idea behind everything that I’ll do this year, and for the rest of my presidency. Because at a time when the economy is growing, we’ve got to make sure that every American shares in that growth, not just a few. And that means guaranteeing every child in America has access to a world-class education. It means creating more jobs and empowering more workers with the skills they need to do those jobs. It means making sure that hard work pays off with wages you can live on and savings you can retire on and health care that you can count on. It means building more ladders of opportunity into the middle class for anybody who’s willing to work hard to climb them.

Those are national issues. They have an impact on everybody. And the problem of stagnant wages and economic insecurity and stalled mobility are issues that affect all demographic groups all across the country. My administration’s policies — from early childhood education to job training, to minimum wages — are designed to give a hand up to everybody, every child, every American willing to work hard and take responsibility for their own success. That’s the larger agenda.

But the plain fact is there are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our society — groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions; groups who’ve seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations. And by almost every measure, the group that is facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are boys and young men of color.

Now, to say this is not to deny the enormous strides we’ve made in closing the opportunity gaps that marred our history for so long. My presence is a testimony to that progress. Across this country, in government, in business, in our military, in communities in every state we see extraordinary examples of African American and Latino men who are standing tall and leading, and building businesses, and making our country stronger. Some of those role models who have defied the odds are with us here today — the Magic Johnsons or the Colin Powells who are doing extraordinary things — the Anthony Foxxes.

Anthony, yesterday he and I were talking about how both of us never knew our dads, and shared that sense of both how hard that had been but also how that had driven us to succeed in many ways. So there are examples of extraordinary achievement. We all know that. We don’t need to stereotype and pretend that there’s only dysfunction out there. But 50 years after Dr. King talked about his dream for America’s children, the stubborn fact is that the life chances of the average black or brown child in this country lags behind by almost every measure, and is worse for boys and young men.

If you’re African American, there’s about a one in two chance you grow up without a father in your house — one in two. If you’re Latino, you have about a one in four chance. We know that boys who grow up without a father are more likely to be poor, more likely to underperform in school.

As a black student, you are far less likely than a white student to be able to read proficiently by the time you are in 4th grade. By the time you reach high school, you’re far more likely to have been suspended or expelled. There’s a higher chance you end up in the criminal justice system, and a far higher chance that you are the victim of a violent crime. Fewer young black and Latino men participate in the labor force compared to young white men. And all of this translates into higher unemployment rates and poverty rates as adults.

And the worst part is we’ve become numb to these statistics. We’re not surprised by them. We take them as the norm. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is. (Applause.) That’s how we think about it. It’s like a cultural backdrop for us — in movies and television. We just assume, of course, it’s going to be like that. But these statistics should break our hearts. And they should compel us to act.

Michelle and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters. We don’t have a son. But I know if I had a son, on the day he was born I would have felt everything I felt with Malia and Sasha — the awe, the gratitude, the overwhelming sense of responsibility to do everything in my power to protect that amazing new life from this big world out there. And just as our daughters are growing up into wonderful, beautiful young women, I’d want my son to feel a sense of boundless possibility. And I’d want him to have independence and confidence. And I’d want him to have empathy and compassion. I’d want him to have a sense of diligence and commitment, and a respect for others and himself — the tools that he’d need to succeed.

I don’t have a son, but as parents, that’s what we should want not just for our children, but for all children. (Applause.) And I believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men — the fact that too many of them are falling by the wayside, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behavior, going to jail, being profiled — this is a moral issue for our country. It’s also an economic issue for our country.

After all, these boys are a growing segment of our population. They are our future workforce. When, generation after generation, they lag behind, our economy suffers. Our family structure suffers. Our civic life suffers. Cycles of hopelessness breed violence and mistrust. And our country is a little less than what we know it can be. So we need to change the statistics — not just for the sake of the young men and boys, but for the sake of America’s future.

That’s why, in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, with all the emotions and controversy that it sparked, I spoke about the need to bolster and reinforce our young men, and give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them. (Applause.) And I’m grateful that Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina and Tracy, are here with us today, along with Jordan Davis’s parents, Lucy and Ron.

In my State of the Union address last month, I said I’d pick up the phone and reach out to Americans willing to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential, so America can reach its full potential. And that’s what today is all about.

After months of conversation with a wide range of people, we’ve pulled together private philanthropies and businesses, mayors, state and local leaders, faith leaders, nonprofits, all who are committed to creating more pathways to success. And we’re committed to building on what works. And we call it “My Brother’s Keeper.”

Now, just to be clear — “My Brother’s Keeper” is not some big, new government program. In my State of the Union address, I outlined the work that needs to be done for broad-based economic growth and opportunity for all Americans. We have manufacturing hubs, infrastructure spending — I’ve been traveling around the country for the last several weeks talking about what we need to do to grow the economy and expand opportunity for everybody. And in the absence of some of those macroeconomic policies that create more good jobs and restore middle-class security, it’s going to be harder for everyone to make progress. And for the last four years, we’ve been working through initiatives like Promise Zones to help break down the structural barriers — from lack of transportation to substandard schools — that afflict some of this country’s most impoverished counties, and we’ll continue to promote these efforts in urban and rural counties alike.

Those are all government initiatives, government programs that we think are good for all Americans and we’re going to keep on pushing for them. But what we’re talking about here today with “My Brother’s Keeper” is a more focused effort on boys and young men of color who are having a particularly tough time. And in this effort, government cannot play the only — or even the primary — role. We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age, but we can’t replace the power of a parent who’s reading to that child. We can reform our criminal justice system to ensure that it’s not infected with bias, but nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a father who takes an active role in his son’s life. (Applause.)

In other words, broadening the horizons for our young men and giving them the tools they need to succeed will require a sustained effort from all of us. Parents will have to parent — and turn off the television, and help with homework. (Applause.) Teachers will need to do their part to make sure our kids don’t fall behind and that we’re setting high expectations for those children and not giving up on them. Business leaders will need to create more mentorships and apprenticeships to show more young people what careers are out there. Tech leaders will need to open young eyes to fields like computer science and engineering. Faith leaders will need to help our young men develop the values and ethical framework that is the foundation for a good and productive life.

So we all have a job to do. And we can do it together — black and white, urban and rural, Democrat and Republican. So often, the issues facing boys and young men of color get caught up in long-running ideological arguments about race and class, and crime and poverty, the role of government, partisan politics. We’ve all heard those arguments before. But the urgency of the situation requires us to move past some of those old arguments and focus on getting something done and focusing on what works. It doesn’t mean the arguments are unimportant; it just means that they can’t paralyze us. And there’s enough goodwill and enough overlap and agreement that we should be able to go ahead and get some things done, without resolved everything about our history or our future.

Twenty years ago, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson started a program in the Miami public school system — feel free to stand up. (Applause.) To help young boys at risk of dropping out of school. Today, it serves thousands of students in dozens of schools.

As Mayor of New York, Mayor Bloomberg — Michael Bloomberg, who’s here today, started a “Young Men’s Initiative” for African-American and Latino boys, because he understood that in order for America to compete we need to make it easier for all our young people to do better in the classroom and find a job once they graduate.

A bipartisan group of mayors called “Cities United” has made this issue a priority in communities across the country. Senator Mike Lee — a leader of the tea party — has been working with Senator Dick Durbin — a Democrat from my home state of Illinois — to reduce disparities in our criminal justice system that have hit the African American and Latino communities especially hard.

So I want to thank everybody who’s been doing incredible work — many of the people who are here today, including members of Congress, who have been focused on this and are moving the needle in their communities and around the country.

They understand that giving every young person who’s willing to work hard a shot at opportunity should not be a partisan issue. Yes, we need to train our workers, invest in our schools, make college more affordable — and government has a role to play. And, yes, we need to encourage fathers to stick around, and remove the barriers to marriage, and talk openly about things like responsibility and faith and community. In the words of Dr. King, it is not either-or; it is both-and.

And if I can persuade Sharpton and O’Reilly to be in the same meeting — (laughter and applause) — then it means that there are people of good faith who want to get some stuff done, even if we don’t agree on everything. And that’s our focus.

While there may not be much of an appetite in Congress for sweeping new programs or major new initiatives right now, we all know we can’t wait. And so the good news is folks in the private sector who know how important boosting the achievement of young men of color is to this country — they are ready to step up.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that some of the most forward-looking foundations in America are looking to invest at least $200 million over the next five years — on top of the $150 million that they’ve already invested — to test which strategies are working for our kids and expand them in cities across the country. (Applause.)

Many of these folks have been on the front lines in this fight for a long time. What’s more, they’re joined by business leaders, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs who are stepping forward to support this effort as well. And my administration is going to do its part. So today after my remarks are done, I’m going to pen this presidential memorandum directing the federal government not to spend more money, but to do things smarter, to determine what we can do right now to improve the odds for boys and young men of color, and make sure our agencies are working more effectively with each other, with those businesses, with those philanthropies, and with local communities to implement proven solutions.

And part of what makes this initiative so promising is that we actually know what works — and we know when it works. Now, what do I mean by that? Over the years, we’ve identified key moments in the life of a boy or a young man of color that will, more often than not, determine whether he succeeds, or falls through the cracks. We know the data. We know the statistics. And if we can focus on those key moments, those life-changing points in their lives, you can have a big impact; you can boost the odds for more of our kids.

First of all, we know that during the first three years of life, a child born into a low-income family hears 30 million fewer words than a child born into a well-off family. And everybody knows babies are sponges, they just soak that up. A 30-million-word deficit is hard to make up. And if a black or Latino kid isn’t ready for kindergarten, he’s half as likely to finish middle school with strong academic and social skills. So by giving more of our kids access to high-quality early education — and by helping parents get the tools they need to help their children succeed — we can give more kids a better shot at the career they’re capable of, and the life that will make us all better off. So that’s point number one right at the beginning.

Point number two, if a child can’t read well by the time he’s in 3rd grade, he’s four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than one who can. And if he happens to be poor, he’s six times less likely to graduate. So by boosting reading levels, we can help more of our kids make the grade, keep on advancing, reach that day that so many parents dream of — until it comes close and then you start tearing up — and that’s when they’re walking across the stage, holding that high school diploma.

Number three, we know that Latino kids are almost twice as likely as white kids to be suspended from school. Black kids are nearly four times as likely. And if a student has been suspended even once by the time they’re in 9th grade they are twice as likely to drop out.

That’s why my administration has been working with schools on alternatives to the so-called “zero tolerance” guidelines — not because teachers or administrators or fellow students shold have to put up with bad behavior, but because there are ways to modify bad behavior that lead to good behavior — as opposed to bad behavior out of school. We can make classrooms good places for learning for everybody without jeopardizing a child’s future. (Applause.) And by building on that work, we can keep more of our young men where they belong — in the classroom, learning, growing, gaining the skills they need to succeed.

Number four, we know that students of color are far more likely than their white classmates to find themselves in trouble with the law. If a student gets arrested, he’s almost twice as likely to drop out of school. By making sure our criminal justice system doesn’t just function as a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, we can help young men of color stay out of prison, stay out of jail. And that means then, they’re more likely to be employable, and to invest in their own families, and to pass on a legacy of love and hope.

And finally, we know young black men are twice as likely as young white men to be “disconnected” — not in school, not working. We’ve got to reconnect them. We’ve got to give more of these young men access to mentors. We’ve got to contine to encourage responsible fatherhood. We’ve got to provide more pathways to apply to college or find a job. We can keep them from falling through the cracks, and help them lay a foundation for a career and a family and a better life.

In the discussion before we came in, General Powell talked about the fact that there are going to be some kids who just don’t have a family at home that is functional, no matter how hard we try. But just an adult, any adult who’s paying attention can make a difference. Any adult who cares can make a difference.

Magic was talking about being in a school in Chicago, and rather than going to the school he brought the school to the company, All-State, that was doing the work. And suddenly, just that one conversation meant these young men saw something different. A world opened up for them. It doesn’t take that much. But it takes more than we’re doing now.

And that’s what “My Brother’s Keeper” is all about — helping more of our young people stay on track; providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future; building on what works, when it works, in those critical life-changing moments. And when I say, by the way, building on what works, it means looking at the actual evidence of what works. There are a lot of programs out there that sound good, are well-intentioned, well-inspired, but they’re not actually having an impact. We don’t have enough money or time or resources to invest in things that don’t work, so we’ve got to be pretty hard-headed about saying if something is not working, let’s stop doing it. Let’s do things that work. And we shouldn’t care whether it was a Democratic program or a Republican program, or a fait-based program or — if it works, we should support it. If it doesn’t, we shouldn’t.

And all the time recognizing that “my neighbor’s child is my child” — that each of us has an obligation to give every child the same chance this country gave so many of us.

So, in closing, let me just say this. None of this is going to be easy. This is not a one-year proposition. It’s not a two-year proposition. It’s going to take time. We’re dealing with complicated issues that run deep in our history, run deep in our society, and are entrenched in our minds. And addressing these issues will have to be a two-way bargain. Because no matter how much the community chips in, it’s ultimately going to be up to these young men and all the young men who are out there to step up and seize responsibility for their own lives. (Applause.)

And that’s why I want to close by speaking directly to the young men who are here today and all the boys and young men who are watching at home. Part of my message, part of our message in this initiative is “no excuses.” Government and private sector and philanthropy and all the faith communities — we all have a responsibility to help provide you the tools you need; we’ve got to help you knock down some of the barriers that you experience. That’s what we’re here for. But you’ve got responsibilities, too.

And I know you can meet the challenge — many of you already are — if you make the effort. It may be hard, but you will have to reject the cynicism that says the circumstances of your birth or society’s lingering injustices necessarily define you and your future. It will take courage, but you will have to tune out the naysayers who say the deck is stacked against you, you might as well just give up — or settle into the stereotype.

It’s not going to happen overnight, but you’re going to have to set goals and you’re going to have to work for those goals. Nothing will be given to you. The world is tough out there, there’s a lot of competition for jobs and college positions, and everybody has to work hard. But I know you guys can succeed. We’ve got young men up here who are starting to make those good choices because somebody stepped in and gave them a sense of how they might go about it.

And I know it can work because of men like Maurice Owens, who’s here today. I want to tell Moe’s story just real quick.

When Moe was four years old, he moved with his mom Chauvet from South Carolina to the Bronx. His mom didn’t have a lot of money, and they lived in a tough neighborhood. Crime was high. A lot of young men ended up in jail or worse. But she knew the importance of education, so she got Moe into the best elementary school that she could find. And every morning, she put him on a bus; every night, she welcomed him when he came home.

She took the initiative, she eventually found a sponsorship program that allowed Moe to attend a good high school. And while many of his friends got into trouble, some of it pretty serious, Moe just kept on getting on the bus, and kept on working hard and reaching for something better. And he had some adults in his life that were willing to give him advice and help him along the way. And he ended up going to college. And he ended up serving his country in the Air Force. And today, Moe works in the White House, just two doors down from the Oval Office, as the Special Assistant to my Chief of Staff. (Applause.) And Moe never misses a chance to tell kids who grew up just like he did that if he can make it, they can, too.

Moe and his mom are here today, so I want to thank them both for this incredible example. Stand up, Moe, and show off your mom there. (Applause.) Good job, Moe.

So Moe didn’t make excuses. His mom had high expectations. America needs more citizens like Moe. We need more young men like Christian. We will beat the odds. We need to give every child, no matter what they look like, where they live, the chance to reach their full potential. Because if we do — if we help these wonderful young men become better husbands and fathers, and well-educated, hardworking, good citizens — then not only will they contribute to the growth and prosperity of this country, but they will pass on those lessons on to their children, on to their grandchildren, will start a different cycle. And this country will be richer and stronger for it for generations to come.

So let’s get going. Thank you. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

 

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  • rikyrah

    Thank you, Mr. President.

    And to all who even try and criticize this..

    take yourself somewhere, sit down and S-T-F-U

    • nathkatun7

      Thank You Mr. President! And thank you Rikyrah, and all POU family members, for uncompromisingly refusing to buy into BS about President Obama, no matter the source(s)! Today, President Obama made me even more proud than before for having voted for him. He and the First Lady are the real deal. They walk the walk, and “put the money where their mouths are,” while their critics and haters, of all stripes, are out there blubbering without offering any concrete solutions to real problems.

  • Kennymack1971

    What happened today was powerful and seeing the looks on those boys faces is all I need to understand that. POTUS told young boys/men of color today “you matter” “we care” and the days of just using them as statistics to be talked about are over. I have always had respect for the man but this, today, for me was one of POTUS finest hours.

  • Miranda

    Obama spokesman rips press for 2016 questions
    By Justin Sink February 27, 2014, 02:41 pm

    White House press secretary Jay Carney grew frustrated Thursday with repeated questions about the 2016 election and accused reporters of being obsessed with a potential showdown between Vice President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “You guys,” Carney said. “You really are demonstrating for the massive audience that watches this briefing how the charge against the Washington press corps is true, which is that you guys care mostly about elections.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/199478-obama-spokesman-rips-press-for-2016-questions#ixzz2uZEiBMBs

    • Kennymack1971

      Let the butthurt begin in 5,4,3,2….

    • rikyrah

      Go Jay Go!!

    • crazycanuck

      Jay, I say this sincerely. Will you marry me?

      • AxelFoley

        LOL

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

        LOL!

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

      DAYUM! Jay brought his skrong hand to the daily briefing!

    • Aquagranny911

      ♥ Jay! Mi casa, anytime, drinks (lots) & dinner on me!

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

      But he didn’t yell, “Kill Whitey” so it doesn’t count. /EmoNegro Logic

    • conlakappa

      What is Weft Norris’s point?

  • Miranda

    Bridge scandal lawyer questions Fort Lee mayor for hours
    February 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    TRENTON — An attorney for the state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal questioned Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich in a four-hour interview today.

    “I can confirm that Mayor Sokolich voluntarily met with counsel to the Select Committee this afternoon at my office in West Orange,” the mayor’s attorney, Tim Donohue, said.

    Donohue would not disclose any specifics about the conversation between Sokolich and Reid Schar, the committee’s special counsel.

    But he confirmed they discussed the September closing of lanes leading to the bridge. Democrats have suggested the closing was an act of political retaliation against Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, for re-election.

    “Obviously, the mayor is as anxious as everyone else to find out who was involved in the planning and execution of this scheme,” Donohue said.

    more here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/bridge_scandal_lawyer_questions_fort_lee_mayor_for_hours.html

  • crazycanuck

    I LOVE LOVE Flamenco.

    ArtDaily ‏@artdaily 6h
    Flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia, who modernized the gypsy tradition, dies at 66. http://artdaily.com/news/68490/Flamenco-guitar-legend-Paco-de-Lucia–who-modernized-the-gypsy-tradition–dies-at-66 … pic.twitter.com/c1uAsng63C

    • Aquagranny911

      I saw that somewhere yesterday. Dang! These people have to stop this dying caca! I don’t like it. Agree about Flamenco & De Lucia was a great artist.

  • crazycanuck

    Today is his birthday

    Joaquin Sorolla….Walk on the Beach

    • rikyrah

      this is beautiful

    • Aquagranny911

      Love the beach! & I have a hat just like that!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – – – Jus luv the WISPY WINDY motiff”. :>) –
      –Seems as if the WIND is BLENDING the pale —YET VIBRANT colors. :>)

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      Thank U 4 the –“FINE ART”. —:>)
      B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ [Your arm/Sinuses♥?]

  • gn

    Wonderful.

  • rikyrah

    Black People Are Conscious Consumers and Nielsen Knows It
    [ 12 ] February 26, 2014 | Luvvie

    There’s been an influx of pieces online about Black Twitter, Black people and our widespread use of the internet and they usually come with a tone of surprise. People are shocked to hear that we’re such power users of social media and THAT astonishment never ceases to amaze me. It actually grinds my gears and I kinda touched on it in my “About This Whole Black Twitter Thing” piece from last year.

    Black folks are innovators and we are consistently trendsetters who have our pulse on the edge of pop culture for a long time. Why wouldn’t we also be tastemakers in the digital space? We run these interwebs and folks gotta stop acting like it’s some sort of phenomenon when it’s just perfectly on par with our influence on the world. We have our fingerprints all over fashion, culture, music and technology.

    What we wear, listen to and watch becomes popular. We’re basically the cool kids who are leaning against the lockers because we feel like it and then we notice everyone else is walking with a lean the week after. We can’t help it that the cool oozes from our pores.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/02/black-conscious-consumers-nielsen.html

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

    jelani cobb @jelani9 2h
    My Brother’s Keeper is an important step. But what we’re looking at is the limits of a black presidency.

    jelani cobb @jelani9 2h
    I appreciate that Obama is having this conversation but the problem at the heart of all this is corrosive, enduring racism.

    Obviously, he didn’t listen to PBO’s speech, and he hasn’t been paying attention what PBO and his DOJ has been doing these past 5 years to address systematic racism, particularly in the judicial system.

    • jds09

      I just can’t. Jelani’s use of the word “but” in the second tweet negates everything PBO did. Lord, we need Harriet.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jds09. ***BIG – -Cali – -HUG**** :>)

        – — U RANG?- -:>)
        — -☺http://cbalaguer905.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/image002.jpg

        – –“Annnnd Ifff U wimp out – – — U OUT!”[Orrr something like that. :>)] —

        Good 2 C U jds09. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE♥
        – – -[BTW: --Did U get RAIN?"] :>)

        • jds09

          Got some rain. Why oh why can’t southern Californians drive in the rain?!! I got to go back in it in a minute.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – –**BIG fist bump*** — – –
            —Signed –
            -L8 4 werk — -’cause SC people cain’t –DRIVE INDA RAIN. :>)

    • jziglar

      I want to tell all of these people to STFU ! Really i’m sick of hearing this crap when they have done nothing to address these issues, and they never said anything when the “first black president” Bill Clinton was in office.

    • JojoRaze

      I haven’t read or seen the prez’s speech, and I’m sure blacker than thou, Inc miscontrued and lied about what PBO said, but why do we even care about what he said and not what the program actually does? I don’t care if PBO said ‘I hate you Negroes’ as long as ‘My Brother’s keeper does what it was designed to do, which is impact generations of black youth…deeds not words blacker than thou.

    • nathkatun7

      According to Jelani Cobb, we shouldn’t have elected a Black President. Does this educated fool not know that all Presidents have limits in a system based of “Separation of Powers” and “Checks and Balances” between the three branches of government? Does Jelani Cobb expect the Black President to wave a magic wand and abolish “corrosive, enduring racism”? Has Jelani Cobb not been paying attention to the reality that the “corrosive, enduring racism” has been at the heart of Republican opposition to everything President Obama has tried to do to move this country forward; but also at the heart of his problem with the half-hearted Democrats who have been lame in supporting him, and the “holier than thou” white and black, so called progressives, who have been as vicious as the right wingers in attacking everything he does. Forgive me, but I’ve had enough of these Black educated fools who never miss a chance to find fault with anything President Obama says and does.

      I’ve got news for these educated fools, masquerading as Black intellectuals. President Obama is the President of the entire United States. He is not the President of the NAACP, or the Black Agenda Conference, or the Republic of New Africa.
      Here is a President, facing the most hostile and the most obstructionist Congress in the entire history of the United States, and the best that all these so called Black intellectuals is to constantly bash him for not being Black enough!

  • rikyrah

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Too Many People In Ohio Are Voting, Apparently
    Posted by Zandar
    Ohio’s GOP Secretary of State Jon Husted has now officially cut weekends from the state’s early voting for 2014, cutting two Saturdays and eliminating all Sunday voting.

    If you’re wondering why Husted specifically eliminated Sunday voting, well it probably has something to do with this:

    Husted’s change would spell doom for a voting method that’s popular among African-Americans in Ohio and elsewhere. Many churches and community groups lead “Souls to the Polls” drives after church on the Sunday before the election.

    There’s little doubt that cuts to early voting target blacks disproportionately. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.

    “By completely eliminating Sundays from the early voting schedule, Secretary Husted has effectively quashed successful Souls to the Polls programs that brought voters directly form church to early voting sites,” said Mike Brickner, a spokesman for the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, in an email.

    No Sunday voting, no “Souls to the Polls” push to get black voters to cast their ballots. It really is that simple. Eliminate weekend voting, eliminate voting hours after 5 PM, you get fewer working-class Ohians voting who can’t take time off because they have to work.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/02/too-many-people-in-ohio-are-voting.html

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

    Oh snap!

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka 9m

    Not only is #Scandal back tonight, but Pres. Obama and VP Biden will show America how they move. https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/439180150060883968

    Thursday is EPIC.

    • aleth

      why am i excited for this administration? Its like a fresh of breathe air.

      • itgurl_29

        Ok, I gotta watch Jimmy Fallon tonight. LOL, Bo and Sunny are looking like “Now y’all KNOW you ain’t supposed to be running all up in this house. WALK!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD EVENING POU FAM♥ -:>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) –WAS THIS a PROFOUND QUESTION? [Proffered in a PROFOUND BOOK.] :>) – —
    – – – -☺Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”[Genesis 4:9]
    — – -MR. PRESIDENT has GIVEN an EQUALLY PROFOUND RESPONSE – – -I AM. . . :>) – – –
    – –IMHO — – -NO OTHER PRESIDENT in history –has – -either in WORD or DEED – – -made such a PROFOUND response 2 HUMANITY. :>)

    THEY keep wanting 2 DEFINE MR. PRESIDENT’s LEGACY. —HAH! — –THEY have Chosen: — —
    — – – – —- – — – — —☺The FACT that HE is the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT♥
    ———— ————–☺The Lily Ledbetter Act. :>)
    ———– — —– – – –☺His Killing of OBL
    – — – — – – – – — — — ☺The ENDING of the WAR in IRAQ
    – ———– – — – – – – ☺His 2nd TERM♥
    – – – — – —– – — – – –☺ The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
    — — – – ————- – -☺ALL of THESE annnd MORE. . http://kstreet607.com/2010/11/01/new-the-244-accomplishments-of-president-obama/

    —-BUT —MR. PRESIDENT is a “Master Strategist”. :>) HE CHOSE HIS LEGACY[4 NOW :>)] – – –by ANSWERING THAT PROFOUND –AGE OLD QUESTION —with HIS UNIQUE RESPONSE – — –

    – –YES – -I –AM: —MY BROTHER’S KEEPER – –

    MR. PRESIDENT – – -WE BOW 2 U♥ — 4 your GIFT 2 HUMANITY – – -the SUPPORT of BLACK/POC YOUTH. :>) ***tears/SMILES***

    Annnd while we continue 2 seek JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON♥, JORDAN♥, RENISHA.♥ —sooo many others – – -can’t help but think that —-THIS – –GIVE BACK 2 the LIVING- –

    — -OFFERS some JUSTICE 4 their deaths. – –Just some♥. . . – — –AMEN♥

    – – – — -☺THANK U – -PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA♥ – –WE LOVE U♥ :>)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT57tjz9py8

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -Di-int know about this: —-

    — –My Brother’s Keeper (Movie Trailer)- – –

    – – – – -After the Secret War in Laos, many Southeast Asian refugees migrated to the United States. Just like all other immigrants they are usually relocated in low-income communities.

    Bryan the youngest child ofa Khmu refugee’s family, is getting to that point of his life were he has to make a tough decision. Either gets in to the gang life style likethe rest of his friends, ending up like his older brother in jail. Or finishing up school, and be the first in his family to attend college.

    During Bryan senior year of High School his older brother Mike, who has been in jail for 10 year, is finally release.
    THERE IS MORE. . . — –BLESS him :>)

    Base on a true story.

  • crazycanuck

    Just look at them

    petesouza ‏@petesouza 28m

    Pres Obama talks to the group of boys and young men who later appeared with him at “My Borther’s Keeper” event pic.twitter.com/Kb3Rit8Tsc

    • goldenstar

      Just look at the comments and one can begin to understand just how some folks keep hitting the FAIL button. oy.

      • crazycanuck

        Oh let them whine. These boys soon to be men are learning to pay them no mind.

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

    I’m mad Snoop’s manicure looks better than mine!

    Snoop Dogg Gets a Beautiful French Manicure
    http://jezebel.com/snoop-dogg-gets-a-beautiful-french-manicure-1532437934

    • itgurl_29

      I used to be jealous of Snoop’s Shirley Temple curls. Now I have to envy his nails.

      • rikyrah

        LOL

      • Miranda

        Snoop and DJ Quik used to get the best doobie wraps this side of the equator.

        • AxelFoley

          LOLOLOLOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -LOL itgurl_29 :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — —“SNOOP-LION” – – -has da BEST manicured —claws —errr nails -HUH? :>)

        — -Good 2 C U itgurl_29. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -:>)

  • crazycanuck

    The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 5m
    You don’t want to miss this: Tune in tomorrow at 3:30pm ET for the first-ever #WHFilmFest: http://go.wh.gov/JrS6Ya , pic.twitter.com/J0qyNVy6z6

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — FROM the “GRAND LADY of WISDOM♥” – –
    — -Maya Angelou: ‘We are all teachers whether we know it or not’
    – — – –Just a month shy of her 86th birthday, Maya Angelou has the mental agility of most women half her age.

    This is matched by a longing to continue to share wisdom in spite of her increasingly frail health.

    In reality this translates to a demanding schedule of lectures and speaking engagements up and down the country.

    Still, when Dr. Angelou agreed to deliver a keynote speech at the inaugural Women 2 Women Conference in Atlanta this coming weekend her commitment was guided by a “sister-friendship.” The literary star is a close and longtime friend with conference organizer Sonjia Young.

    “We have been very good friends for many years,” said Dr. Angelou
    in an interview with theGrio. “We have loved her and I have taken her
    as a big sister. She’s not afraid to ask questions and I like that.”

    THERE IS MORE – —-

    – – -WE HONOR U♥ – – -DR. MAYA ANGELOU♥ – -:>)

    — — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs1Cjoq6U_Q

  • rikyrah

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥

    – – -☺@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥ :>)]
    First Lady Michelle Obama shows prototypes of Nutrition Fact Labels that will implement the first changes in 20 years pic.twitter.com/vQPmgAI8Tf

    – – – –☺ ‏@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Super Sprowtz dance at a La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, MD. #LetsMove pic.twitter.com/AO2qvpgMGa

  • rikyrah

    anyone got video for this nonsense?

    Melanie
    February 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Valerie Jarrett on Bill O’Reilly…I have no words for this interview. He just told VJ to tell FLOTUS to come on this show, look in the camera and tell teenage girls to stop having sex. Get POTUS to get the gangster rappers like Jay-Z and Kanye and all the athletes with tattoos because kids on the south side of Chicago son’t know who Colin Powell is.

    • Miranda
    • Town

      I saw it and honestly, Valerie Jarrett looked like she wanted to laugh in O’Reilly’s face. At one point he said “Do you see where I’m coming from?” And she said, “yeah I see where you’re coming from” with a chuckle. He doesn’t realize she was saying “I see you” while sitting across from him. He told her Michelle Obama will get a lot of coverage if she comes on his show. VJ said Michelle Obama gets a lot of coverage no matter where she is.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    I see from the POU twitter feed that Travis is out again.

    • Miranda

      Of course. I expect him to be on the Meet the Press panel this Sunday to completely bash PBO’s initiative.

      • conlakappa

        While, without irony or offering an alternative, thought-out, comprehensive plan, we can be sure.

      • Mi

        But it won’t work this time. The days when Tavis and his ilk could tell these lies, throw tantrums because they haven’t been included or their perspectives prioritized, so they spitefully muddy up the conversation for their own selfish purposes, are over. The Obamas have now been around long enough for people to know where their hearts lie. They care. To see them both in action, is to understand that these issues aren’t simply political vanity cards to be scored and tallied up. These issues are at the core of what drove them into this thankless position in the first place and continues to drive them to level the playing field and give every child and adult in this country a fighting chance at a decent life. And despite the obstruction, obstacles and naysayers, they forge ahead and are making a real difference. Everybody who’s honest knows it and sees it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU DAM♥ — –[Apologies iff a dup] — —HOW FUN♥ —:>)

    – — -☺ ‏@MagicJohnson
    Hanging out at the White House today and look who I ran into, the First Family’s dogs Sunny & Bo! pic.twitter.com/waL4TOAor0

    — -Thank U♥ 4 your –CONTINUOUS SUPPORT. :>) – -B BLESSED.♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –***smiles*** – – -WE SHARE your JOY —during your -“hour of pain”♥. – – – – B BLESSED♥ – –:>)

    — —-☺@lucymcbath
    Sitting before President Obama today along side Trayvon Martin’s parents was such a blessing for both Jordan’s father and me. Humbling……
    – – – -Sooooo — —endearing♥ :>)

    — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uld253wl2RE

  • Joy

    I’m sick of these black intellectuals. When Chris Hayes is stymied by your criticism of My Brothers Keeper, you really do need to STFU.

    • Miranda

      I don’t think they care about our black kids at all. I really don’t.

      • AxelFoley

        They’ve never given a damn about black people, period. All these years–ALL THESE YEARS–Tavis, Cornel, Boyce and nem been on the scene and what have they accomplished, aside from lining their own pockets?
        Even before I ever heard of President Obama, I always wondered why black “leadership” hadn’t done jack shit for black folks. Wondered why we lagged behind everyone else. I figured they was all talk a long time ago, but when PBO came around, their words and actions toward him just cemented it for me. He threw a monkeywrench in their hustle operation and they hate him for it.

      • nathkatun7

        I totally agree with you, Miranda! All they are interested in is cashing in for appearing on TV to bash President Obama.

  • Miranda

    All of the usual suspects are front and center on the cable new shows to bash PBO tonight huh? Yep, the producers went to the closet to pluck these bojanglin puppets off the shelf and propped them on the sets to insult President Obama and right afterwards, their stupid asses will be put right back on that shelf. None of these fools seem to realize their opinions are never needed about anything else..just come on to bash PBO in blackface and then get your ass up and shut up till we need you again.

    • itgurl_29

      These white folks in the media see them as nothing more than a bunch of useful nigga idiots. As soon as PBO’s out of office, their asses won’t see another minute of air time.

      • nathkatun7

        “As soon as PBO’s out of office, their asses won’t see another minute of air time.”

        That’s the absolute TRUTH, itgurl_29! I sure don’t remember any of these fools being paraded by the media to critique Ronald Reagan, Bush Sr., Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. I want to see any one of these Black critics of President Obama run successfully for President and then instantly solve all the problems facing Black folks, which are a result of 500 years of white supremacy. As my grandmother (may she RIP) would say: “TALK IS CHEAP!”

    • Kennymack1971

      Which is why I have no use for these people. They could give two shits about Black people. Their Blackity Black schitck is all for show…and blog hits, cable tv appearances and book sales. But come Jan 2017, it’s over.

      • itgurl_29

        They are supposedly so freakin’ smart yet they don’t even realize they’re begin used to kill My Brother’s Keeper before if can even be implemented. All the cable news channels have on black faces attacking the program. It’s a concerted effort to kill it and these dumb niggas are going right along with it.

        • Miranda

          Its absolutely disgusting. Nothing but these coons all over TV bashing it. Can’t stand these bojanglin nuts. Why is it just black kids that no longer NEED a father? WTF? Why is it black boys don’t deserve the attention and care of a black man in their life? How is THAT such a problematic issue? The hell is wrong with them?

          • itgurl_29

            Gay folks are winning the marriage equality debate in part because they are saying that their kids need two parents in the home like everyone else. Yet these same negro twitter activists who will argue for a gay couple’s kids to have the benefit of a two parent family won’t do the same for black children. It’s ridiculous and I’m not here for it. Black children need their dad’s in the damn home. Period. The kids are saying this themselves. All those boys who talked to POTUS were saying they wish their dad was there raising them. But we’re supposed to write that off as “daddy issues” instead of listening to what these kids are saying and trying to break the cycle of fatherless homes.

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

            BOOM! You need to tweet that!

          • rikyrah

            ICAM

          • itgurl_29

            I tweeted it earlier today to some black feminist who was ticked off at the President’s speech. Say anything about black fathers needing to be there for their kids and all hell breaks loose with these people.

          • Mi

            Isn’t that the truth!

          • isonprize

            It’s ridiculous and I’m not here for it. Black children need their dad’s
            in the damn home. Period. The kids are saying this themselves.

            THIS.

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

          These Blackademics are giving COINTELPRO realness.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Sepia♥ — -2 THEM — -> –☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/d61dab7985624fe8a75d8674ec1eeb53/tumblr_mho7enefH71rc3z3ro1_500.gif

            — – Each of them –prolly grearin’ up 4 their NEXT BOOK – – -2 tryta –SELL!! – -geesh!!

          • crazycanuck

            I’m getting sick of these people

    • nathkatun7

      THIS!!! A MILLION TIMES!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -***Sniff —Sniff – –These ALLERGIES*** :>)
    — –SHE HONORS her BELOVED SON♥ –:>)

    — -☺Blowing kisses for my boy! pic.twitter.com/JbJlfjz76u

    —- ☺Jordan! I’m riding the wave of justice for you sweetie! Hanging on to the end :-) pic.twitter.com/XTO1Kgv1Yp

    — ☺Look at me Jordan! I got swag on the board!! pic.twitter.com/79DOSaGexE

    — — -☺Hangin 10 for Jordan at Universal Studios!! pic.twitter.com/rhvkaE7ADv

    — – — ☺Resting today with my family. Time for a little recreation! Wish Jordan
    was here……I miss his smile and laughter. He was so much fun.
    – – – – -AMEN♥ – -BLESS U♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POUFAM♥ – —OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ – –

    –Has DANCED – – -4-EVA – – –:>) – –***HUGS*** :>)

    – – – -☺@FLOTUS
    Let’s dance! #LetsMove #TBT #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/MOpsebIACv

  • lamh36

    I know I’m probably late, but just read this and wanted to share it.

    ‘I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out’

    A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

    …I told her that I was stunned by her grace after the verdict. I told her the verdict greatly angered me. I told her that the idea that someone on that jury thought it plausible there was a gun in the car baffled me. I told her it was appalling to consider the upshot of the verdict—had Michael Dunn simply stopped shooting and only fired the shots that killed Jordan Davis, he might be free today.

    She said, “It baffles our mind too. Don’t think that we aren’t angry. Don’t think that I am not angry. Forgiving Michael Dunn doesn’t negate what I’m feeling and my anger. And I am allowed to feel that way. But more than that I have a responsibility to God to walk the path He’s laid. In spite of my anger, and my fear that we won’t get the verdict that we want, I am still called by the God I serve to walk this out.”…

    A thought came to me that had been swirling for days: Dunn might win on appeal. I considered the possibility of him walking free. I considered the spectacle of George Zimmerman walking free. I considered the great mass of black youth that is regularly interrupted without any real reckoning, without any consideration of the machinery of black pariahdom. I asked McBath how she felt about her country.

    She paused, then gave an answer that perfectly summed up the spirit of African-American patriotism. “I still love my country. It’s the only country we have. This is the best that I’ve got,” she said. “And I still believe that there are people here who believe in justness and fairness. And I still believe there are people here who don’t make judgments about people based on the color of skin. I am a product of that. But I am disheartened that as far as we’ve come it doesn’t matter that we have a black president. It doesn’t matter how educated we’ve become. It doesn’t matter because there still is an issue of race in this country. No, we have not really arrived. If something like this can happen, we have not arrived. And I ask myself, ‘At what point are we going to get there?’ And I have no answer. And I want to be able to answer.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – –Woo! Hoo! – -BOTH OUR –“SISTA-LADIES”♥ — :>)

    —☺@TheReidReport
    Day 4 of @TheReidReport is in the can! Thanks for joining us #reiders and tune in tomorrow 2P ET @msnbc pic.twitter.com/mpWaskLtrg

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — 4 HIS THREAD –THANK U -MODERATORS♥ :>)

    – – – -☺http://www.colourbox.com/preview/2031110-770885-colorful-flowers-thank-you-card-concept.jpg

    — – - Sooo INSPIRING♥

  • lamh36

    @lovebscott 27s
    Robin Thicke on Paula Patton: ‘I’m Just Trying to Get Her Back’ [Video] http://www.lovebscott.com/news/robin-thicke-paula-patton-im-just-trying-get-back-video … via @lovebscott

  • lamh36

    @FeministaJones 58s
    Byron mad like Whitley just left him all over again #Scandal

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -THIS: – – – -Michelle and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters. We don’t have a son. But I know if I had a son, on the day he was born I would have felt everything I felt with Malia and Sasha — the awe, the gratitude, the overwhelming sense of responsibility to do everything in my power to protect that amazing new life from this big world out there.

    ***tears/SMILES*** – –THIS FIRST COUPLE♥ -♥ — –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -MEDIA ALERT- –Ms JOY-ANN on LOD
    – –Analysis of “MBK”♥ :>)

  • rikyrah

    itgurl29..

    your tweets are on point!

    thank you for calling out the Soul Patrol.

    • itgurl_29

      Thanks.

  • rikyrah

    Are you all joking about the Don Lemon ‘ My Brother’s Keeper’ special?

    please tell me you are.

  • Joy

    Joy Reid threw some subtle shade at those black intellectual males on LOD.

    • rikyrah

      I didn’t think it was subtle…LOL

      • Joy

        Hee!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — -***BIG fist bump*** —

      — -Jus’ axed: – — – -Did she —CALL OUT – –Ta-Nehisi? — :>)

      • Joy

        By name, yes she did! My shero.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Joy – –LOL – – -***UP –HIGH*** :>)http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

          Good 2 C U. :>) -**HUG** :>)

        • crazycanuck

          notice I haven’t said anything about you using my hubby as your avatar.

          • Joy

            Look, we might as well share him, we’re at an impasse. I’ll take him on the days the royalty checks come in and you can have him on the days he goes witnessing.

          • crazycanuck

            Impasse? There is a impasse. That compromise doesn’t suit me. You need to think more on it.

          • Joy

            How bout I give you one royalty check day and you can blow out his fro?

          • crazycanuck

            Keep going, you may get it right

          • AxelFoley

            Ladies, ladies, ladies…this can all be settled by a mud wrestling match. I’ll even volunteer to referee.

    • crazycanuck

      GOOD!

  • crazycanuck

    Must try this

    VegaTeam ‏@VegaTeam Feb 25

    French Vanilla Blueberry Banana #VegaSmoothie >http://bit.ly/1l6eUkj pic.twitter.com/TgonQHBJG5

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -FOND MEMORY ♥ – –:>)

    – – —☺@TheObamaDiary [THANK U♥ :>)]
    Gotta smile at #MyBrothersKeeper critics – they just talk the talk, Barack Obama’s been walking the walk all his life pic.twitter.com/sNpVALA6SS

    – – – -Woo – –YES!! –:>) – – –SPEAK TRUTH!! :>)

  • Miranda

    LMAO @ “Damn Harrison” trending on twitter.

    • goldenstar

      Well, it WAS his night.

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

      LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – –ECONOMIC POSITIVITY – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – -☺ ‏@MarketWatchThe S&P 500 closed at a record high, closing at 1854.29. http://on.mktw.net/N8vOR9 $SPX pic.twitter.com/IotZHcfere

    – – – –***Lookin’ @ –MR. PRESIDENT♥*** – -:>) – – –

    – – – — –THIS –is YOUR DAY – -SIR♥

    – – – -☺http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web05/2012/1/24/22/anigif_enhanced-buzz-27854-1327463729-27.gif

  • rikyrah

    Larry O with Joy Ann was the best segment on My Brother’s Keeper, outside of Rev. Al tonight.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –THESE “Precious Nuggets of TRUTH” – -Keep INSPIRING as they run through my HEART♥ — –

    — —-☺And the worst part is we’ve become numb to these statistics. We’re not surprised by them. We take them as the norm. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is. (Applause.) – — –

    – – – — – -THANK U SIR♥ – –:>)

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

    “Poor Lauren” is trending on Twitter! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -***Ooooouuuuuch . .*** — –

    — – – –☺Libido Shuffle
    ‏@eclecticbrotha
    Let’s all make a pact to continually parse the president’s speeches about people of color while giving 538 members of Congress a pass. – – – – —

    – — — – -☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KV04bxlMFx8/UD0HI76CxvI/AAAAAAAAAFk/DGVHPugVTgs/s1600/bandaid.gif :>)

    – –***waves @ eclecticbrotha :>)*** :>)

    • conlakappa

      That should be sent to every member of the CBC along with a pair of dusty slippers.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin conlakappa — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —*THANK U♥ – —***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        – – –WILL DO. –TWEET! TWEET :>)

        B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –UH! OH! —-:>)
    —Mr. Spandan – –ova there —“TEAR”ing it up. :>) – –[Soo Analytical :>)] –
    — – – – -☺Spandan @ TPV
    ‏@thepeoplesview
    Right wing tears sustain me http://nblo.gs/Uf2sk —[Similar 2 US. :>)]

  • TyrenM

    Alright. “Tanning” has gone full circle from Kool Herc to Serena C-Walking on the Olympics. It took a roundabout way. There was alot of shiggedy, but I’m glad I stuck with it.

    Now… sick daughter is asleep so… Scandal time. Good nite.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ooohhh TyrenM. :>) – – –Praying 4 –“WEE SWEETIE♥” – –

      — —☺http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Beary-Huging-Heart-.gif

      – – – -☺http://i.myniceprofile.com/688/68845.gif

      – – -B BLESSED♥ – – – AMEN♥ – — B BLESSED♥ TyrenM :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –Heard ‘em —

    -The KUDOS from [SOME of] the CBC. —The “POVERTY PAIR”, brotha BOYce, Emoprogs/PL’s, annnd other assorted HATAS – – – –

    -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8E_zMLCRNg

    – — – – -That’s what we thought! — – geesh!! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — Sooo — – -Gov Perry —–BIGGER —-BETTER —- – –BROKER! –? – – — U wanna ‘splain??? – —

    — –☺@NewsBreaker
    DETAILS: ‘Extensive cracking’ in concourse closes $60M Texas high school football stadium http://dallasne.ws/1erBy35 pic.twitter.com/bKEwTvRcZY

    – – —SAD 4 the students. — – – -Gov – -OVA 2 U :>) —hmmmm. .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -POINTS! — –YES!! — –:>) [Thank U TOD♥] – –

    – – – — -☺Pity the bigots, on the left & right: if they weren’t so full of hate, they’d be grateful for this good, good man. pic.twitter.com/O9W3fDYYVV

    – — -☺@elmergooch
    ‏@TheObamaDiary pic.twitter.com/n9kPY4Tp6T

    – – –THEY MUST B LUVED♥ – –:>)History will prove. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sear POU FAM♥ WISHING U A GOOD NIGHT.♥ :>) — -MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥ -♥ :>)

    – – — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCPzymT5n1U

    – —UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>)– –

    —http://image.blingee.com/images17/content/output/000/000/000/644/550306734_738760.gif
    – – –PRAYING 4 ALL♥ :>) —- AMEN♥ – -

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