September 22, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African Americans in College Basketball History

Good Morning POU!

Today we look at the historic 1965-66 Texas Western Miners Basketball Team.

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The 1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team represented Texas Western University, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso and was coached by Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins.

The team made history by winning the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament in 1966, becoming the first team with an all-black starting line-up to win an NCAA basketball national championship; a feat that was not favorable by many. The Miners defeated Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats (a team that was all white until 1969) 72-65 in the historic championship game, played at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland on March 19, 1966. The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and inspired the book and film Glory Road.

Racism Throughout the Season

The Texas Western Basketball team faced racism throughout the season both on and off the court. One example of racism they faced on the court was from the refs.  Other teams made sure they had at least one white player on the court at all times.  When Texas Western played Seattle in the last game of the season Bobby Joe Hill cut to the basket and was knocked down by a Seattle player when he went up for a shot. No foul was called and no foul was called on Seattle the entire game.   When the Miners played Iowa in the Sunbelt tournament and Coach Don Haskins ran into the Iowa coach and his team at a cafe, he said it would it would be a tough game but the Iowa head coach said “I expect this to be an easy game”.  The disrespect for the Miners was prevalent in their run to the title game.

In 1966, American cultural and sporting mythology insisted at least one white starter was necessary for success. Black athletes, prevailing wisdom implied, needed the steadying hand of a white teammate. Otherwise, games would dissolve into chaos.

“There was a certain style of play whites expected from blacks,” said Perry Wallace, who a year later at Vanderbilt became the first black basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. “`Nigger ball’ they used to call it. Whites then thought that if you put five blacks on the court at the same time, they would somehow revert to their native impulses.”

Sportswriters who had never seen Texas Western play until that weekend and knew nothing about the team but its curious racial makeup helped sustain those racist myths.

“Rod Hundley, the former West Virginia and Lakers star, had the funny quote of the tournament when he was talking about Texas Western,” wrote John W. Stewart in the Baltimore Sun that weekend. “`They can do everything with the basketball but sign it.'”

“The Miners, who don’t worry much about defense but try to pour the ball through the hoop as much as possible, will present quite a challenge to Kentucky,” wrote the Sun’s James H. Jackson. “The running, gunning Texas quintet can do more things with a basketball than a monkey on a 50-foot jungle wire.”

In fact, the opposite was true. Texas Western walked the ball up court, ran a rigidly patterned offense, haskins Don Haskins’ 1966 Miners team stressed defense allowing just 62 points a game. and emphasized defense — allowing just 62 points a game. “We were more white-oriented than any of the other teams in the Final Four (Duke and Utah were the others),” said Texas Western guard Willie Worsley. “We played the most intelligent, the most boring, the most disciplined game of them all.”

No.1-ranked Kentucky, meanwhile, was the run-and-gun team. Rupp’s Runts, featuring future NBA coach Pat Riley, future ESPN broadcaster Larry Conley and Louie Dampier, were small, quick and athletic. And, like all of coach Adolph Rupp’s teams, they ran at every opportunity. That night, to the surprise of almost everyone, Texas Western’s defense and superior rebounding stifled Kentucky. The Wildcats, whose only previous loss had come to Tennessee (on the same day Seattle beat Texas Western), shot just 38 percent.

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But even as the jubilant Miners celebrated a new set of myths was emerging. Rupp’s lingering bitterness helped paint the Miners as urban street thugs, quasi-professionals imported from Northern cities to win Haskins a championship. Writing a decade later in his book, “Sports in America”, James Michener characterized the game as “one of the most wretched (stories) in the history of American sports. He called the Texas Western players “loose-jointed ragamuffins. Hopelessly outclassed (by Rupp’s pristine Kentucky program).”

That, again, was nearly opposite the reality. Of Texas Western’s seven black players — the Miners also had four whites and an Hispanic, none of whom played that night — four graduated. The other three came within a semester of their degrees and have not suffered because of it: David Lattin is an executive with a Houston liquor distributor. Orsten Artis became a detective sergeant in Gary, Ind., and Bobby Joe Hill was a senior buyer with El Paso Natural Gas Co. Meanwhile, though it was never mentioned until decades later, by the mid-1970s, four of Kentucky’s five starters, including Dampier and Riley, had not earned degrees.

The game began with a message. Informed by Haskins that Rupp had vowed five blacks would never beat his team, Texas Western center David Lattin had a point to prove. On the Miners’ second possession, he took a pass from Bobby Joe Hill and, as Haskins had suggested, slammed a forceful dunk over Kentucky’s Riley. “(Lattin) said, `Take that you white honky,'” recalled Riley. “It was a violent game. I don’t mean there were any fights — but they were desperate and they were committed and they were more motivated than we were.” The Miners nursed the lead, pulling ahead to stay when Hill converted consecutive steals from Kentucky’s guards. Those two layups gave the Miners a 16-11 advantage. They never trailed again. “(Rupp) jumped up and called timeout, (and) as they were coming off the court, he confronted his two guards about the steals,” recalled Eddie Mullens, then Texas Western’s sports-information director. “(He said) `You stupid sons of bitches!’ He just couldn’t take it.” His only defeat in an NCAA title game haunted Rupp. “(He) carried the memory of that game to his grave,” wrote his biographer, Russell Rice. Friends noted that even as he was dying with cancer in a Lexington hospital in 1977, the old coach lamented to visitors about the loss. He always blamed the loss on a flu bug, on inept shooting, on the referees, sometimes embellishing his excuses with hints that Texas Western somehow had cheated by using ineligible players. Haskins fumed at his counterpart’s reaction. Later that year, when he and Rupp crossed paths at a sports banquet in Ohio, the younger coach nearly snapped. “I had been listening to all this damn crap out of him,” said Haskins. “and it’s a wonder I didn’t say something to him about it. But I didn’t.” Adolph Rupp Adolph Rupp coached Kentucky to four national titles and set an NCAA record by winning 129 consecutive games at home.

It was the presence of Rupp, with his four national championships, his then-record 749 victories, and his history of foot-dragging on integration that leant the 1966 championship game much of its significance. He and his all-white Kentucky program were not only the epitome of college basketball at the time, but the ideal foils for Haskins and Texas Western. It was as if history demanded that for change finally to occur, a great hero and a great villain must meet. Rupp and Haskins fit those roles perfectly.

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In 1966, two years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, SEC athletics remained segregated. For several years Kentucky president John W. Oswald, realizing changing times and the school’s border-state geography gave it a unique opportunity, had been pushing Rupp to recruit a black. According to longtime Kentucky assistant Harry Lancaster’s autobiography, Rupp, after his first meeting with Oswald, told Lancaster, “Harry, that son of a bitch is ordering me to get some niggers in here. What am I going to do?” Still, Rupp held out. His reputation was such that even those black players he did recruit — like Kentuckians Butch Beard and Wes Unseld — were reluctant to play for him.

It wasn’t until December of 1970 that a Rupp team first dressed a black player, Tom Payne. Two years later, Payne had left, and Kentucky was all-white again. By then, even deep-South SEC schools like Auburn and Mississippi had several blacks on their teams. Curiously, while Oswald had been prodding Rupp, Texas Western president Joseph Ray tried to move Haskins in the opposite direction. Ray suggested Haskins start at least one white player. Haskins contends he doesn’t recall the incident, but Ray spoke of their meeting in an interview for the oral-history project at Texas Western, now renamed the University of Texas at El Paso. Whether it happened or not, five blacks continued to start for the Miners. A pool-shooting hustler from Enid, Okla., Haskins was a pragmatist on racial matters. haskins Don Haskins coached the Miners to 719 wins and the 1966 national championship. While blacks couldn’t play at most Southern and Southwestern schools in the mid-1960s, Haskins welcomed them at Texas Western, recruiting them from New York City, Detroit and Gary, Ind. “The fact that he was doing something historic by playing five blacks, that probably never crossed Don’s mind,” said his assistant, Moe Iba. “Hell, he’d have played five kids from Mars if they were his best five players.”

In the years immediately after Texas Western’s title, the integration of college sports took a great leap forward. Between 1966 and 1985, the average number of blacks on college teams jumped from 2.9 to 5.7. At Northern colleges, where the unwritten rule for coaches had been, “Two blacks at home. Three on the road. And four when behind”, things changed quickly. Blacks now were recruited as reserves as well as starters. Athletes who had been directed to small black schools now were being lured to major state universities. The bigger change, of course, came in the South. In the 1966-67 season, every Southern conference, even the SEC, had integrated basketball teams. “It was quite clear after March 1966 that Southern basketball teams would have to change or become increasingly noncompetitive nationally,” wrote historian Charles Martin. Haskins coached until 1999, never reaching another Final Four.

In the last of Rupp’s 1,066 games at Kentucky, in March of 1972, his team lost to Florida State. Kentucky was all-white again. Florida State started five blacks. “No one will remember him without remembering us,” said Texas Western’s Harry Flournoy. “And I guess there is a certain justice to that.”

When they won the championship no one brought out a ladder for them to cut down the net. Nevil Shed had to hoist up Willie Worsley so he could do the honors. Also they were never invited on “The Ed Sullivan Show” which was customary for the NCAA Champions at that time. Texas Western (UTEP) winning the championship, started the integration of collegiate athletics; with the South Eastern Conference admitting their first Black athlete in Basketball in 1967.

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    I guess this will be the “EmoProg Outrage of the Day”..

    US secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

    By DESMOND BUTLER, JACK GILLUM and ALBERTO ARCE
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” – a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

    The project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba’s stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent.

    Yet its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.

    MORE: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SECRET_CUBAN_TWITTER_ABRIDGED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-03-03-43-35

    • morphus

      Emos may need to think things through before jumping on the next outrage of the day bandwagon if they’re planning to push HRC to the forefront … “At a 2011 speech at George Washington University, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. helps people in “oppressive Internet environments get around filters.” Noting Tunisia’s role in the Arab Spring, she said people used technology to help “fuel a movement that led to revolutionary change.””

      • Town

        But the black guy did it, so it’s bad and must be addressed.

        When white folks spy, it’s alright.

        • AxelFoley

          To use Naughty By Nature’s line: “Cussin’ wasn’t nothin’ ’til a black man did it.”

    • rikyrah

      but but but…
      DROOOONNNNNNEEEZZZZZZ

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    ‘Maturity’?

    Come on, now.

    She’s had work done.

    ………………….

    Alexa Ray Joel looks unrecognizable

    USMagazine, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2:25pm (PDT)

    All grown up! Many remember Alexa Ray Joel as Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley’s adorable, grinning little girl, but the now-28-year-old singer looked surprisingly transformed on April 1.

    Performing at Cafe Carlyle in New York, Joel posed in a cleavage-baring, lace-covered corset and long, printed skirt.

    Her angular jawline, flawless skin, and sultry pout were a far cry from the beaming preteen many remember. But that doesn’t mean she’s had work done to look this glamorous. According to her rep, the musician’s new look is simply, well, maturity.

    “Alexa has never had any plastic surgery other than a rhinoplasty, which she has admitted to,” the rep tells Us. “She’s simply matured into a beautiful young woman.”

    http://wonderwall.msn.com/music/alexa-ray-joels-surprising-transformation-see-billy-joel-and-christie-brinkleys-daughter-now-1806134.story

    • Town

      She looks like she had something done with her chin, too. I’ve always thought she was a cute girl and didn’t need to have any work done.

      • rikyrah

        me too.
        I thought she grew into her beauty, but with Christie Brinkley as a mother, and she grew up with the comparisons…even if Brinkley didn’t put any pressure on her…the rest of the world did.

      • goldenstar

        Her boobies, too?

  • lamh36

    Good morning peeps. I’m on my 9:30 to 6pm schedule today so I’m bout to get ready for work.

    Just wanted to drop a line to say hi and hope every one has a good day

    • rikyrah

      morning, lamh!!

    • Alma98

      Morning lamh, have a good day at work.

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  • rikyrah

    What’s the Matter With South Carolina?
    by BooMan
    Thu Apr 3rd, 2014 at 08:14:06 AM EST

    I read about this last week, before the Faculty Senate voted unanimously against the appointment of their new neo-confederate president.

    Members of the College of Charleston community are not happy with the choice of a Republican politician with ties to neo-Confederates to be the next president of the college. Donors are complaining. Students are protesting. And on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate held a unanimous vote expressing no-confidence in the school’s Board of Trustees.
    The college’s board announced late last month that it had voted to offer the president job to Glenn McConnell, the current Republican lieutenant governor of South Carolina. But McConnell’s lack of experience in academia, and his well-publicized enthusiasm for the Confederacy, quickly inspired protests.

    …………………….

    And he’s most famous for his fight to preserve the practice of making public displays of the Confederate Flag.

    By percentage of population that is black, South Carolina ranks 5th in the nation at 28%. Only Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Maryland rank higher. By contrast, only six percent of the student body at the College of Charleston is black.

    Neither group appreciates being led by a neo-confederate.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/4/3/8146/88492

  • rikyrah

    Fighting SCOTUS’ Shameful Freedom to Corrupt Ruling

    By: Adalia Woodbury
    Wednesday, April, 2nd, 2014, 7:43 pm

    The Koch Court drove another dagger into democracy today with a ruling that gives greedy old plutocrats license to buy even more Paul Ryan clones than Citizens United made possible. The ruling only cautions them to be creative when it comes to the inevitable corruption this ruling will unleash.

    By Chief Justice Roberts’ “reasoning“, the greedy old plutocrats need only steer clear of the quid pro quo variety of corruption, or the appearance of it. In the spirit of the majority’s simplistic definition of corruption, the court did leave the limit on donations to individual candidates in place. Though, if Clarence Thomas had his way, that would be gone too.

    In collectivity, this Supreme Court’s rulings on campaign finance places shackles on the First Amendment by opening the doors of corruption that we used to associate with third world dictatorships.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/02/fighting-scotus-freedom-corrupt-ruling.html

  • rikyrah

    President Obama Calls Mitch McConnell an Old Man Telling Kids To Get Off His Lawn
    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, April, 2nd, 2014, 4:51 pm

    President Obama took aim at Senate Minority Leader McConnell today. During his speech on raising the minimum wage today, the president compared McConnell to an old man telling kids to get off of his lawn.

    …………………

    President Obama never mentioned his name, but on the January 26, 2014 edition of Fox News Sunday, Sen. Mitch McConnell said, “Yes. But, of course, the minimum wage is mostly an entry level wage for young people. We have a crisis in employment among young people right now, and generation 18 to 30, people that got out of college, are finding there are no jobs for them. The last thing we want to do is have even fewer jobs for younger people.”

    Without naming names, the president basically called Sen. McConnell a grouchy old man who doesn’t want to help young people. That pretty much sums it up. The Republican members of Congress have no interest in helping people in general, unless they are wealthy.

    The president’s basic argument for raising the minimum wage is a powerful one, and making Mitch McConnell the face of the Republican Party is a brilliant move. McConnell represents everything that the American people don’t like. He has obstructed progress at every turn. He actively works against what the majority of the American people want, and he is completely owned by big money special interests.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/02/president-obama-shreds-mitch-mcconnell-pretty-telling-kids-lawn.html

    • Alma98

      LOL

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Pretty early for you.

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        I’ve up and about for awhile, decided to log in after reading.

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  • rikyrah

    Five Republican Supreme Court Justices Want America Ruled by the One Percent

    By: Keith Brekhus
    Wednesday, April, 2nd, 2014, 3:58 pm

    The McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission ruling which eliminates overall campaign contribution limits, merely confirms what Americans already know. The five Republican appointed Supreme Court justices (Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, Thomas and Scalia) are little more than party operatives for the GOP, intent on putting the country under the control of the uber-wealthy. This was abundantly clear after the landmark Citizens United ruling, and reiterated after the court once again struck a blow against campaign finance laws by lifting the cap on contributions. In the eyes of the five justices appointed by Republican presidents, free speech is anything but free. The person who can buy the most political influence is entitled to the best representation.

    Chief Justice John Roberts sided with Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers and other mega-donors by arguing that:
    ………………..

    Of course in his obtuse argument he pretends that bankrolling a political candidate, since it is not a bribe for specific legislation, is therefore not a form of political corruption. In a blistering dissent, Clinton court appointee Stephen Breyer rejected that naive notion arguing that:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/02/republican-supreme-court-justices-america-ruled-percent.html

    • JB20005

      The Warren era of the SCOTUS was a historical anomaly.

      The high court is usually drawn from the plutocratic class and historically, has regularly taken the opportunity to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.

      From Dred Scott, to Plessy v. Ferguson, to Chisholm v. Georgia (States don’t have to honor debts to private individuals), Lochner v. New York (striking down a 10-hour workday), Fletcher v. Peck (Native Americans don’t hold title to their own lands), Korematsu (upholding internment of Japanese-Americans), and Bowers v. Hardwick (upholding criminal anti-sodomy statutes).

    • BoomerGal

      From what I see, it already is run by the 1%.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – – –Jobless claims climb 16,000 to 326,000

    — – — The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits in the last week of March rose by 16,000 to 326,000 to mark the highest level in a month, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to total a seasonally adjusted 320,000 in the week ended March 29. The average of new claims over the past month edged up by 250 to 319,500 but remained near a post-recession low. The monthly figure smooths out the jumpiness in the weekly data and offers a better look at the underlying trend. Also, the government said continuing claims increased by 22,000
    to a seasonally adjusted 2.84 million in the week ended March 22.
    Continuing claims reflect the number of people already receiving
    benefits.Initial claims from two weeks ago, meanwhile, were revised down to 310,000 from 311,000. The latest claims report incorporates annual revisions going back to 2009. By and large, the claims figures during the past five years are little changed.

    — — -REPEAT: – -The average of new claims over the past month edged up by 250 to 319,500 but remained near a post-recession low.

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  • jds09

    Good Morning POU FAM!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, jds

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! That is so much cuteness!
      Blessings to you on this gray & dreary day here.

      • GreenLadyHere

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    • rikyrah

      Hey GLH, Morning!!

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    *snicker*……way to appeal to Latinos there Rubio! Denounce the big media networks as shills for the ACA, that’ll do it!
    ————————-
    Rubio: Spanish Language Networks ‘Have Become All-Out Advocates For Obamacare’

    TOM KLUDT – APRIL 3, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed dismay on Wednesday at the major Spanish language outlets for their promotion of the Affordable Care Act.

    Citing a study by the Media Research Center, the conservative media watchdog helmed by Brent Bozell, Rubio told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt that Univision and Telemundo have been “all-out advocates” for the law.

    “Both of the major Spanish language networks, but Univision in particular, have basically become all-out advocates for Obamacare, trying to get people signed up,” Rubio said. “I mean, if ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, anybody were doing that, I mean, there would just be an extraordinary amount of criticism.”

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rubio-telemundo-univision-spanish-lanuage-advocates-obamacare

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      The incredible shrinking man.

      • crazycanuck

        lol

      • MsKitty

        The GOP Top Latino Boo is kinda like Highlander in that there can only be one. Should we tell Marco that Raffi Cruz snatched that crown from him months ago?

    • JB20005

      Spanish language media wants spanish-speakers to have affordable healthcare?

      Bastardos!

      • Alma98

        LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      Marco Rubio….just like Willard…you STAY f’n up.

    • TyrenM

      Stay Thirsty mf. Stay Thirsty.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — – –☺3:20 pm

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  • Miranda

    How The White House Is Always Outflanking The GOP On Obamacare
    DYLAN SCOTT – APRIL 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    House Republicans will vote on Thursday to repeal yet another piece of Obamacare: the provision that sets 30 hours as the threshold for defining full-time employees, raising it to 40 hours. A company’s compliance with the law’s employer mandate depends on its number of full-time employees, so fewer full-time workers would presumably lighten the mandate’s load on businesses.

    If that seems like small potatoes for the party after its leaders continued to advocate for full repeal this week, here’s why: The Obama administration has outmaneuvered Republicans on Obamacare, and the opposition party doesn’t have many options left in its quest to roll back any part of the law. The administration already made unilateral alterations to unpopular pieces of the law, drawing bewildered reactions even from supporters.

    But by making changes itself, the White House hasn’t let the GOP get in on the game, despite the party’s unending stream of anti-Obamacare bills — therefore denying Republicans the opportunity to extract the high-profile pound of flesh from the law that they’ve been seeking for years.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/white-house-gop-obamacare-repeal-chess-

  • Town

    Me and my sticky situation:

    Backstory:

    Known a guy for years, chatted with him for years (he’s a worker at a store I frequent). Asks me the other day if we can grab a cup of coffee after work. Known the guy for years (I have NEVER flirted with him in any way). So I said sure, and gave him my number. I didn’t really think anything of it.

    But, I have a boyfriend/fiance. I didn’t think anything of it b/c I’m not interested in this guy and he’s never flirted with me or anything, just chatting in the store for years.

    He’s been wearing my phone out for the past several days! Now he’s texted me at 8:30 in the morning asking when we could meet. So we’re supposed to meet tomorrow afternoon and I will let him know at that time (if not sooner) that I have a boyfriend/fiance.

    I truly didn’t think anything of it at the time, but now I’m realizing this dude has an interest in me and it needs to stop. NOW.

    • crazycanuck

      I think telling him you are getting married should put an end to everything pronto.

      • Town

        Alright, I just texted him that I have a boyfriend and I don’t want to lead him on or disrespect either him or my boyfriend in any way. I can meet for Starbucks …and that’s about it.

        • crazycanuck

          Good, straight and to the point.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • Town

        No. I don’t think he’s a stalker but he is a little over-eager and that’s not the move.

        • GreenLadyHere

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          • Town

            Boyfriend lives in another state, so not much help on that end. LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

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    • AxelFoley

      Never, ever, ever give a dude your number unless you want to get with him. Giving him your number gives him the green light in his mind.

  • rikyrah

    Robert Gibbs: Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Will Not Go Into Effect

    Dylan Scott – April 3, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT96

    Former Obama White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that he believed Obamacare’s employer mandate would eventually be repealed.

    BenefitsPro.com flagged Gibbs’s comments, made during a speech at an employee benefits expo in Colorado Springs.

    “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect,” he said. “It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go.”

    The Obama administration has already delayed the mandate for a year and softened it further last month. Other White House allies have told TPM that they would support repealing the mandate if it was paid for. RAND Corp, a non-profit think tank, estimated full repeal would cost $149 billion in federal revenue in the next 10 years.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gibbs-obamacare-employer-mandate

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ –THIS RACIST MURDERER —trynta makeTHIS happen: ☺http://madeinamericathebook.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/scale1.png

    – – – -Renisha McBride shooter wants new judge-

    Lawyers for a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch are asking a rookie judge to step aside and are signaling that the victim’s lifestyle should be fair game at a June trial.

    Several court filings reviewed by The Associated Press show Theodore Wafer plans an aggressive defense to a charge of second-degree murder.
    Suggestions that Renisha McBride was on his Dearborn Heights porch simply to seek help after a car crash are “fiction” and “utterly
    erroneous,” says attorney Cheryl Carpenter.
    – – –SNIP —

    – –There’s no dispute that Wafer, 55, shot McBride in the face on Nov. 2. His lawyers insist he opened the front door and fired in self-defense, fearing that the drunken 19-year-old was trying to break into his home before dawn. Prosecutors, however, say he should have called 911 and kept the door shut. — –

    [-WHA’????? – – -SELF DEFENSE!!! – – –

    — -SEEKING REAL JUSTICE 4 Ms. RENISHA♥ – –

    – — -Prayin’ 4 strength 4 her family. AMEN♥

    • morphus

      What? McBride opened the front door and fired in self-defense fearing that the 19-year-old was trying to break in. How will Renisha’s lifestyle change the fact McBride opened door?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ morphus. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —
        — – –☺Morphus –Wafer is the MURDERER. – -:>)
        – – – – ——WE KNOW.
        — – –☺Ms.Renisha’s LIFESTYLE: – — OF COURSE that MURDERER will B trynta paint her as a “wreckless –bad character” –with OTHER incident in her past.

        – – — – – -BUT – – –NO WEAPON — –UNLESS an ALL YT/predominantly YT jury is seated. —

        —WATCHIN’/PRAYIN’. . . .

  • rikyrah

    April 1, 2014 12:11 PM PDT
    Exclusive Scandal Sneak Peek: Will Olivia Bargain With the Devil to Save Fitz?

    by Andy Swift

    We hope Olivia knows what she’s doing! In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek of Thursday’s Scandal (ABC, 10/9c), the Gladiatrix forms an alliance with the only person more terrifying than Sally Langston with a letter opener – but only on one very specific condition.

    “If I’m going to work with you, I need you to promise me something,” Olivia tells Papa Pope in the clip below. “You won’t harm the President.”

    But will Rowan agree to his daughter’s terms? This is the man who said Fitz wouldn’t see his second term, after all.

    http://tvline.com/2014/04/01/scandal-olivia-rowan-video-season-3-episode-16-preview/

    • crazycanuck

      I think Scandal has moved to far away from it’s original intent.

      • MsKitty

        I don’t watch but I do read the recaps and I was wondering the same thing. It seemed like at least for the first season and a half there was always a client-of-the-week storyline in each episode to go with all the White House shenanigans. That doesn’t seem to be happening this season from what I’ve read so far.

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

          Yep and more and more fans are starting to complain that they’ve gone away from the weekly cases.

          • crazycanuck

            I haven’t watched in quite awhile for that very reason.

      • Miranda

        I miss the weekly episodes where they actually SOLVE a client’s public relations nightmare. They need to get back to that and stop having Liv be so whiny. She was a strong “I can handle whatever the hell you throw at me” character…GET BACK TO THAT SHONDA!

        But don’t scale back on the outrageous drama either! LOL

  • crazycanuck

    Venus is playing Eugenie Bouchard today (third round), let’s give her some Good Luck cheers.

    • GreenLadyHere

      crazycanuck – — – – -U GOT IT♥ —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMhU64HMUA
      — -Gooo — -VENUS♥ :>) – – -PRAYIN’ 4 U♥ —

      — – – -☺http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111011125231/japanese-ken/images/b/b5/Minerva_Tennis.gif

  • Miranda

    Go head Amani! Ok, so yeah its a stunt and she’ll be on some shows to get her big break in Hollywood, but its a helluva stunt with a message about positive self esteem – so go head Girl!
    ———————————–
    http://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/amani-terrell-walks-hollywood-in-bikini-7-feat.jpg?w=200&h=152&crop=1

    Woman Tired Of Hollywood’s Obsession With Perfection
    Posted: Apr 01, 2014 11:01 AM EDT

    (FOX 11 – Los Angeles) A Los Angeles woman says she’s tired of Hollywood’s obsession with perfection. So, she’s doing something drastic right in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard to show other women that it’s perfectly fine to be large and have good self esteem.

    While you may or may not agree with Amani Terrell’s method, no one can argue with her message of loving yourself at any size. Amani weighs 260 pounds. She knows she has to lose weight. In the meantime, she refuses to be down on herself. She says, “You can not seek validation from other people. This world is very cruel. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself.”

    Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/story/25129175/woman-shows-good-self-esteem-tops-perfection-obsession#ixzz2xpmBdXrB

    • Town

      She has a bunch of rolls but she actually doesn’t look that bad. I’ve seen a lot worse on the beaches. Looking like dough bursting out of the Hungry Jack can.

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

        The brothas in the photos look very happy to see her, too!

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          You know how we are. For many brothas that’s the ultimate pin up girl.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Now see why did__________________ LOL!!!

  • rikyrah

    Charles Koch presents his defense against ‘collectivists’
    04/03/14 10:13 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Democrats haven’t exactly been subtle in their criticism of Charles and David Koch and the conservative political operation they’ve helped create. For Dems, the Koch brothers have come to symbolize much of what ails the political system: elite billionaires manufacturing movements and buying elections for far-right Republicans, who in turn use the levers of government to help the rich get richer.

    Not surprisingly, Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, isn’t pleased with the criticism. He has a new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, making the case that he’s simply “fighting to restore a free society,” and finds himself outraged by “collectivists” engaging in “character assassination.”

    ……………..

    But this was the paragraph that stood out.

    Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society – and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/charles-koch-presents-his-defense-against

  • rikyrah
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-HONORING Your SERIES: –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ep5FXqQmEg

    — –☻PLAYING — Through –“Da STRUGGLE”♥ –A FIRST! :>)

    – – —– — -The team made history by winning the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament in 1966, becoming the first team with an all-black starting line-up to win an NCAA basketball national championship; – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – ———When they won the championship no one brought out a ladder for them to cut down the net. Nevil Shed had to hoist up Willie Worsley so he could do the honors. Also they were never invited on “The Ed Sullivan Show” which was customary for the NCAA Champions at that time. – – -GEESH! — –

    – – – – – Miranda♥ – – -THANK U. – – -LEARNING sooo MUCH. :>)

    — —-☻ENJOY♥- –http://www.travelsintaste.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/sf_green_chile.jpg

    — – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —:>)

  • BoomerGal

    “Black and brown people are significantly being left behind.” According to the State of Black America report, however, Hispanics are faring better than blacks in rankings of inequality in American life.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/us/report-finds-hispanics-faring-better-than-blacks.html?ref=us

    • TyrenM

      “In the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota, one of the regions with the highest gap in unemployment between whites and blacks, the median household income for blacks was $28,784 a year compared with $71,376 for whites.”

      Thanks for this. Now here’s one more thing to discuss with our new Mayor when she comes in hat in hand.

      • BoomerGal

        You’re so welcome. That disproportionality in income is outrageous.

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

    The first (and probably only) writer parts ways with Ebony in wake of them apologizing to Repubs:

    @FeministaJones: If You Don’t Stand For Something… | http://t.co/QWA6ee21j0 on why I’m no longer writing for http://t.co/oAL1dkGonA

    • EpiphanySweet

      I stand with Feminsta..Glad she quit. Eff Ebony

  • rikyrah

    Harold Itzkowitz @HaroldItz Follow

    The Supreme Court protects the right of rich people to donate but not the right of poor people to vote #McCutcheon

    7:26 PM – 2 Apr 2014

  • rikyrah

    Andy Kroll: The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Campaign Finance Law. Here’s What Happened

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term. The court’s five conservative justices all agreed that the so-called aggregate limit on the amount of money a donor can give to candidates, political action committees, and political parties is unconstitutional. In a separate opinion, conservative justice Clarence Thomas went even further, calling on the court to overrule Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that concluded it was constitutional to limit contributions to candidates. In their dissent, the court’s four liberal justices called their colleagues’ logic “faulty” and said it “misconstrues the nature of the competing constitutional interests at stake.” The dissent continues, “Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

    How’d this happen? In the 2012 election cycle, a wealthy Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon tried to make donations in the amount of $1,776 to 27 right-leaning congressional candidates. Not so fast, replied the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the nation’s campaign finance watchdog.After this decision, how much can Shaun McCutcheon give? Hypothetically, a single donor can now contribute as much as $3.5 million, to be divvied up between candidates, PACs, and political parties. No single entity could receive any more than the legal limits, and when you add up all the contributions a donor could potentially make without the aggregate limits, you get $3.5 million. (The overall aggregate limit was raised to $123,200 for the 2014 cycle.)University of California-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, who did not support McCutcheon’s cause, nonetheless has argued that the decision could reinvigorate the parties and maybe scale back the gridlock crippling Congress. What comes next? Although the court’s majority opinion in McCutcheon, written by Roberts, blew up the FEC’s aggregate limits, it did not take a broader swipe at campaign finance restrictions in general. Court watchers feared a decision in McCutcheon that would open the door to future legal assaults on the bedrock of campaign finance law: direct contribution limits, such as the $2,600 limit to candidates, the $5,000 limit to PACs and party committees, and so on.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/supreme-court-mccutcheon-citizens-united

  • rikyrah

    How capitalism enriches the few rather than the many
    By Harold Meyerson,
    Published: April 2

    Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys,” his takedown of high-speed stock trading, may be making headlines this week, but it’s just one of two books on our economic dysfunctions that are flying off the shelves. While “Flash Boys” explains how the fastest-growing form of trading enriches the few at the expense of the many, the other book, Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” provides a more fundamental and disquieting explanation: how capitalism itself enriches the few at the expense of the many.

    Piketty, a Paris-based economics professor, is one of a small but growing number of economists who are scanning digitized tax records to discover the distribution of income and wealth in various nations, both today and in the past. Piketty’s work with Emmanuel Saez, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley, has shown that the share of Americans’ income going to the wealthiest 1 percent has risen to the level last seen just before the 1929 crash. In his new book, in which he looks at tax records that in Britain and France date all the way to the late 18th century, Piketty has unearthed the history of income distribution for at least the past hundred years in every major capitalist nation. It makes for fascinating, grim and alarming reading.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-how-capitalism-enriches-only-the-few/2014/04/02/f2295a5e-ba95-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – -TWEETIN’ — -TRUTH – –
    – – -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    Elections Matter.

    Voting Matters.

    Both parties are NOT the same.

    #Vote #Vote #Vote #Vote #Vote #Vote #Vote pic.twitter.com/2u8B1aM2K5

    – – – -☺http://www.she-genius.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/animated-gif-voter.gif Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • rikyrah

    AFRICAN CONNECTION]
    ‘An African City’ Gives Ghana Its Own ‘Girlfriends’

    Nicole Amarteifio and Millie Monyo, creators of the web series ‘An African City,’ discuss the challenges of doing a ‘Sex and the City’-style show set in Accra

    A new Internet series has made a splash, and it’s frequently described as Africa’s answer to Sex and the City. An African City is set in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, and follows the lives and loves of five successful African females who return to the continent after spending much of their adult life abroad in the U.S. and U.K.

    Created by Nicole Amarteifio and Millie Monyo, the duo have utilized millennial methods as well as traditional means to get the world buzzing about their boundary pushing show. Alongside director Dickson Dzakpasu, the trio are focused on entertaining the masses, changing public perceptions on how Africans are viewed, and fostering a discussion-inducing look at relationships within the continent.

    http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/african-connection-an-african-city-gives-ghana-its-own-girlfriends-777#axzz2xpyPyBZ7

  • rikyrah

    UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague
    The Huffington Post | by Kevin Short

    Posted: 04/02/2014 4:38 pm EDT Updated: 04/02/2014 5:59 pm EDT

    UPS, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies, has decided to fire 250 workers who staged a 90-minute protest in February. The protest was organized after a long-time employee was fired over an hours dispute.

    Twenty of the workers were notified of their dismissal on Monday. The remaining 230 were told they would be fired as soon as replacements are trained.

    The workers, who are based in Queens, N.Y., walked off the job when Jairo Reyes, a 24-year company veteran and union activist, got in a dispute with the company over the number of hours senior staff could work, according to the New York Daily News.

    Reyes was fired on February 14 — “that was my Valentine’s Day gift from UPS,” Reyes told the Queens Courrier — and the ensuing protest occurred February 26.

    A UPS spokesperson confirmed the firing to the Huffington Post, referring to the protest as “an unauthorized work stoppage.”

    “We simply cannot allow employee misconduct that jeopardizes our ability to reliably serve our customers and maintain order in our delivery operations,” UPS spokesperson Steve Gaut wrote in an email to HuffPost. “For this reason, the company is releasing employees involved in the work stoppage.”

    The Queens workers are represented by the local branch of the Teamsters union. In a statement on their website, they describe the firings as “arbitrary discipline.”

    “UPS’s actions this week were a heartless attack on drivers and their families,” the Teamsters Local 804 wrote.

    Local officials and union representatives have demanded that UPS rehire the workers and that the city revoke the millions in New York government contracts currently awarded to the company.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/02/ups-queens-firing_n_5078776.html

    • Miranda

      Fuck UPS

  • rikyrah

    Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The ‘Aisle’ Because He Won’t Be There For The Real Thing
    The Huffington Post | by Cavan Sieczkowski
    Posted: 04/01/2014 5:33 pm EDT Updated: 04/02/2014 1:59 pm EDT

    Josie Zetz’s father won’t be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But thanks to California photographer Lindsey Villatoro, the 11-year-old was able to experience what it might be like anyway.

    Her father, Jim, 62, had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he and his wife, Grace, hired Villatoro — a mother, photographer and founder of Love Song Photography based in Menifee, Calif. Two years ago, Villatoro began offering photography sessions for terminal clients or clients with serious illnesses to document their journeys and was referred to the Zetz family.

    “I try to really showcase the person for who they are and not the illness,” she told The Huffington Post during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.

    Villatoro went to Jim and Grace’s home for a shoot and offered to do one with their young daughter, Josie. After she left, she posted about the family on her website to get gift donations for the girl to help make her last birthday with her father a memorable one. But she decided to take the surprise one step further and dreamed up the idea of a wedding for the girl — complete with flowers, desserts, a promise ring and a dress from L.A. Fashion Week — so that her father could walk her down the aisle.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/wedding-girl-father-cancer_n_5071465.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

  • rikyrah

    Scott Walker signs bill allowing election observers close to voters

    Madison — Election observers could stand a few feet from voters and poll workers, under one of a series of election bills Gov. Scott Walker signed in private Wednesday.

    The law would allow observers to stand 3 to 8 feet from the table where voters announce their names and addresses and are issued voter numbers, or from the table where people register to vote. Walker’s office said that the law will safeguard the fairness of elections by ensuring observers can see how they are being conducted.

    In recent debate in the Senate, Democrats argued the bill could lead to longer lines at polling places and voter harassment, with Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) saying observers would be “breathing down the necks of poll workers.” GOP lawmakers approved the measure in votes that largely broke along party lines.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-signs-bill-allowing-election-observers-close-to-voters-b99238940z1-253573081.html#ixzz2xq0GUTfT
    Follow us: @JournalSentinel on Twitter

    • Town

      To put a stop to this, the New Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, La Raza, OFA etc. need to register as election observers and get up close and personal, too.

      • rikyrah

        no lie.
        no lie.

    • Kennymack1971

      Scott Walker is gonna get somebody’s ass whupped.

      • Alma98

        Oh believe me it’s gonna happen.

      • Miranda

        You ain’t NEVA lied.

    • Alma98

      This is meant to intimidate minority voters.
      They were doing this before this law, it happened to my sister and other folks. And the person doing it wasn’t even from the neighborhood. He almost got his ass whooped too. They think they can scare folks but they’re gonna get hurt.

  • crazycanuck

    Healthy Food ‏@FoodHeaIth 13m
    Veggie burger. pic.twitter.com/2yKtnZO0ja

    • Alma98

      YUCK!!!

      • crazycanuck

        I love veggie burgers, although I’m not sure what the black things are, black beans maybe?

        • Alma98

          I don’t know what it is either. My daughter loves them too.

      • rikyrah

        LOL

  • rikyrah

    Tensions Between Black Americans and African Immigrants Surface
    The Wire reports that the recent stories about Ghanian-American Kwasi Enin — the student accepted to every Ivy league school — stirred some heated conversations

    The story about Kwasi Enin causes tension between Black Americans and recent African immigrants.

    The story of the first-generation Ghanian-American student accepted by all eight Ivy league schools is wonderful, but it also stirs up the tension between Black Americans and recent African immigrants — especially when you describe him as “not a typical African-American kid.” That’s been the reaction to USA Today’s profile on Kwasi Enin, a Long Island high schooler who got into the nation’s most competitive schools through hard work and, according to IvyWise CEO Katherine Cohen, being African (and being male).

    At one point the piece reads: Being a first-generation American from Ghana also helps him stand out, Cohen says. “He’s not a typical African-American kid.”

    “Not a typical African-American kid” is being read as an allusion to the lazy black American stereotype. The tension comes from the fact that some African immigrants buy into that stereotype, which gets turned into “Africans don’t like Black people.” This has almost nothing to do with Enin, who is obviously a remarkable young man, and everything to do with how America perceives and portrays Black Americans and African immigrants.

    Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/black-listed/news-views/tensions-between-black-americans-and-african-immigrants-surface-981#ixzz2xq0q88YJ
    Follow us: @EbonyMag on Twitter | EbonyMag on Facebook

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – —FOCUs on VP Joe♥ —:>)

    – – – – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]- –

    Rosie The Riveters had been writing letters since the Clinton WH but were ignored until the Obama WH #ElectionsMatter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlrlYRmCujg

    — -THANK U –VP Joe. – —HONORING – -WOMEN. :>) – – -[CREDS♥]

  • rikyrah

    Apr 1, 2014 4:45PM ET / Politics

    Why the All-Ivy League Story Stirs Up Tensions Between African Immigrants and Black Americans

    Arit John

    “Not a typical African-American kid” is being read as an allusion to the lazy black American stereotype. The tension comes from the fact that some African immigrants buy into that stereotype, which gets turned into “Africans don’t like black people.” This has almost nothing to do with Enin, who is obviously a remarkable young man, and everything to do with how America perceives and portrays black Americans and African immigrants.

    In January, Luvvie Ajayi, a Nigerian-born immigrant, tried to explain “akata,” a word some Nigerians use to refer to black Americans that translates into wild animal. (Note: A lot of Nigerians use akata to mean “ghetto” as well. My mom once told me I was dressed like an akata girl because I wanted to wear sweatpants in public.) She argued in a series of tweets, collected by Clutch, that the reason some Africans believe black Americans should be doing better is because they don’t know about the history of black Americans but see their own success as a reason blacks should excel as well. “Africans who come to the U.S. are statistically more successful than African Americans and they think ‘if I could do it, why not them?'” she wrote.

    American society holds that same view as well. A 2007 study covered by the Washington Post found that a quarter of black students admitted to elite colleges were African immigrants, though they only represented 13 percent of America’s college-age black population. The study’s authors several theories on why black immigrants do better, including “to white observers black immigrants seem more polite, less hostile, more solicitous and ‘easier to get along with.’ Native blacks are perceived in precisely the opposite fashion.”

    Lani Guinier, a Harvard professor, argued instead that schools were attempting to “resolve historic wrongs against native black Americans by enrolling immigrants who look like them” but had different experiences. “In part, it has to do with coming from a country … where blacks were in the majority and did not experience the stigma that black children did in the United States,” Guinier said. Either explanation creates a divide — as if Africans can only succeed at the expense of black Americans, or vice versa.

    http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/why-the-all-ivy-league-story-stirs-up-tensions-between-african-immigrants-and-black-americans/359978/

    • BoomerGal

      Whatever dissention existing between AA and African immigrants is undoubtedly due to the orientation they receive upon arrival in this country. They are told to stay away from AA because we are “trouble” and of course, not wanting to risk being deported, they more often than not, heed the warning. I got this from an African website that was discussing this very issue.

      • Alma98

        My sister was called a dirty nigga by an African woman that hit her parked suv. She had just got home from work and walked into the house when it happened. When my sister asked what happened and asked the woman for her info she went off on her telling her she’s nothing but a dirty nigga and drove off. My sister was pissed but also hurt by the name calling. The woman’s daughter brought her back to the scene and she was charged with hit & run and dwi.

        • BoomerGal

          Yeah, we apparently have a pretty bad rep with them. Not our fault, obviously but preconceived none the less.

        • EpiphanySweet

          I would have responded in kind. She got alot of nerve.

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

      Another divide and conquer attempt. I haven’t seem any tensions between Black Americans and African immigrants as a result of this young brother’s accomplishments. They need to stop.

      • jziglar

        They do this every time. Remember after the 2012 election the media was putting out some bullshit articles in order to divide the Black and Brown community.

        They are so insecure and fearful of the future that they will continue to lie and manipulate in order to protect their privilege.

      • rikyrah

        I was thrilled for him. Wanted to make his parents t-shirts .

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

          OK! Plus, there’s the young brother (Black American) in MD who was accepted to five Ivy League schools.

    • GreenLadyHere

      rikyrah — – -FAUX-dichotomy- – -☺YT folks – – -AT werk! – -http://img0.joyreactor.com/pics/post/funny-pictures-auto-668238.jpeg

    • Town

      The only tension I’ve seen stirred up is with white people mad these brothers got into the Ivy League and writing columns about it.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Ph-O-ny. That is all.

  • rikyrah

    Charles Koch Explains Why He Is So Crazy
    By Jonathan Chait

    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page owns the deluded self-pitying billionaire screed genre, and today, it brings us Charles Koch. From the outside, Koch would appear to have it pretty good. He owns a vast fortune inherited in substantial part from his father. He commands enormous political influence, with hundreds of politicians and other political elites at his beck and call. But Koch’s view of himself is as a kind of ragtag freedom fighter hunted nearly to extinction.

    Here is Koch attempting to explain the major source of his grievance:

    Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.

    So the trouble is that his critics attempt to “discredit” and “intimidate” him and employ “character assassination.” All these terms appear to be Koch synonyms for “saying things about Charles Koch that Charles Koch does not agree with.” In the kind of “free and open” debate he imagines, Koch would continue to use his fortune to wield massive political influence, and nobody would ever say anything about him that makes him unhappy.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/charles-koch-explains-why-he-is-so-crazy.html

    • jds09

      I hope Harry Reid is enjoying this.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        He’s probably crying from laughing so hard. Harry & PBO have smoked the Koch boys out and they don’t like it one bit. Somewhere down the road I see a half hour infomercial entitled: Selling of the Kochs. We’re Just Like You Only With More Money and Power Than You Can Ever Imagine

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Op-Ed Translation:

      Nobody likes me.

      I got friends kind of sort of

      People are being mean to me

      I was only trying to help

      Nobody likes me

      It’s hard for a billionaire out here

      Why don’t people like me?

      • rikyrah

        He’s just like Willard.
        Ain’t nobody got anything good to say about him unless::
        1. They get a check from him.
        2. They wanna get a check from him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – -“CHIN/EGO-CHECK” — – -LOL

    – – – – -☺@MoElleithee[THANK U♥]
    Remember last week when @ChrisChristie said “I think they love me” in Iowa? Yeah, not so much… http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/04/03/huckabee-iowa-survey/7244521/
    – – –HAH! – -LOL

    • jds09

      Huckabee. Really???

      • GreenLadyHere

        Jds09 – – –I KNOW-HUH? :>) BUT I’ve been watchin’ him in other articles. — – –
        — He’s GOT dat — -“TRIPLE -R” – – –
        — – -Religious — -Right – –Racist – BASE! :>)

        – – –Continuin’ 2 WATCH – – -BUT — -GOTV!! — -WE got WERK 2 do. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – – -Awww – –More – MORNTIN’ -CUTENESS :>) – – –

    — – – -☺Golden Snub Nosed Monkey pic.twitter.com/I9Y01GQhad

  • GreenLadyHere

    )
    – – – –☺Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Fabio Minduim pic.twitter.com/dObyCywlHj – – -Luvin’ *waves* :>)

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

    Get it Queen O!

    Coming To OWN: Toni Braxton Will Star In Darlene Love Biopic; Octavia Spencer Will Lead In ‘Tulsa’ & More…

    NEWS BY TAMBAY A. OBENSON
    APRIL 3, 2014 11:08 AM

    OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that singer/actress Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.

    Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Including her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love’s “dishy and dramatic” story is one of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up.

    Toni Braxton, most recently seen on Broadway in the musical revue After Midnight, will star in the title role.

    But that’s not all!

    In addition, the network also announced that Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event mini-series, Tulsa (working title), which is currently in development. Tulsa will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, where over 300 people were believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma – a story that was largely covered up for decades. The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism. Mattie’s journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies.

    MORE: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/coming-to-own-toni-braxton-will-star-in-darlene-love-biopic-octavia-spencer-will-lead-in-tulsa-more?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • rikyrah

      finally
      Something made about Tulsa!

    • Daltex82

      That’s what I’m talking about! Do that thang Ms. O. I’m not sure about Toni Braxton being cast, but we’ll see. I can’t wait to see both of these projects.

      May I suggest that Ms. Winfrey stop by POU and read some of the past Open Thread features there are a multitude of our stories for her and others to bring to the small as well as big screen.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ — – -Woo! Hoo! — -HAIL 2 OUR — -OWN –QUEEN♥ – – -:>)

      — -Lovin’ — -Ms. LOVE♥ -Lookin’ FORWARD — -:>)
      – – — -☺THEN: – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF7V2dSvxpo

      – – – -☺STILL — -GOT –“IT”♥ – -:>) –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSoc-e7UiRw

      — – -CONGRATS on TULSA. 2. also, annd, PLUS :>)

  • rikyrah

    After the Oscar: Filmmakers Who Could Have a Director-Muse Relationship With Lupita Nyong’o

    For months, there’s been buzz about Lupita Nyong’o’s talent, her style, and the desire for her to have a lengthy career beyond her breakout role in 12 Years A Slave. Now that she’s won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the big question is what she’s going to do next.

    No doubt, like director Steve McQueen, she must have several offers on the table after last night’s win. But what I’d love to see is for Nyong’o to become a muse to someone, to develop a longstanding relationship with a director on a series of projects that solidify both their careers.

    Actors and directors form these kinds of bonds all the time, which tend to be mutually beneficial, meaning more and higher profile work for both parties. Consider Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell, Catherine Keener and Nicole Holofcener, Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen.

    But whether it’s due to a lack of power or a lack of interest, black actors and creatives rarely show that kind of allegiance to each other. Outside of the Spike Lee/Denzel Washington relationship that lasted for many years and films, I can’t recall one as solid.

    Given the lack of opportunities for black actresses in general, it seems Nyong’o would fare best with someone who knows how to use her aesthetically, and who’s consistently making work in which she can shine. Here’s a look at a few directors that may fit the bill.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/diaspora-directors-who-could-have-a-muse-director-relationship-with-lupita-nyongo

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

    Oh, so now that two Black kids who were accepted to multiple Ivy League schools, Miss Ann wants everyone to stop talking about Ivy League schools? LOL #WhiteBitterness

    Can we stop obsessing on the Ivy League?
    By Valerie Strauss, Published: APRIL 01, 4:32 PM ET

    Have you heard yet about 17-year-old Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., who applied to all of the eight schools in the Ivy League and got into every single one? If not, you are, by now, the only one.

    The William Floyd High School senior told Newsday that he couldn’t believe it when, one right after the other, the Ivy League schools — Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University — all welcomed him into the class of 2018.

    Congratulations to Kwasi Enin. Now can we stop talking about him?

    We might as well also congratulate Avery Coffey, 17, a senior at D.C.’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, who was admitted to all five of the Ivy League schools – Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown — to which he applied, according to MyFoxDC.com. Well done. But that’s enough.

    MORE: http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/01/but-did-he-apply-to-stanford/

    • MsKitty

      The good news is she’s being dragged in the comments. Like I always say 400 years of oppression has a way of fine tuning a peoples’ collective bullshit meter.

      • rikyrah

        the comments are on point.

    • Town

      There will be more whining because everyone should have gotten their acceptances or rejections by Tuesday. So Liam & Rachel will have found out they got rejected by say, UVA or Princeton but they will have also found out that Jakeisha and Omarion got accepted to UVA or Princeton.

      They’ll go home and tell their parents the black girl in their class got accepted to UVA and Patty Ann & Brad will be miffed special snowflake Liam got rejected by UVA. So they’ll tell him it’s not fair the black girl got in over him and she took his spot and affirmative action is ruining everything.

      So Liam & Rachel will go back to school and tell Jakeisha & Omarion they took their spots and Jakeisha & Omarion will tell them “You mad? Stay mad” as they turn back to their friends and discuss what they’re taking to college, who their roommate will be etc.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Translation: I’m tired of hearing about the colored boy.

      Translation II: My stupid kid got rejected.

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

      Check this out:

      @lena_tansey: I sent Valerie Strauss a critical but thoughtful e-mail re: her recent piece, and I kid you not, the following quote comes from her reply.

      @lena_tansey: “We have a black president. I’m not sure we need to look at black students who do brilliantly as being aberrational.” ALL RESPECT LOST.

      • MsKitty

        She really is Miss Ann.

      • Miranda

        I need for Black Twitter to drag her by her black roots down those twitter streets.

    • Miranda

      This bitch is really something. All I can do is laugh at this pathetic fool.

    • rikyrah

      I’ve said for awhile…
      Remember when being President of the Harvard Law Review was a big deal?
      Yeah, I do too..
      UNTIL a Black man did it…then suddenly, ‘ eh’.
      Or graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton and winning the Top Student Prize?
      Yeah, I remember when that was a big deal..
      Until a Latina woman did it..
      Then, suddenly, ‘eh’.
      Yeah…
      Uh huh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — — - 3yo —1 WORD.–1 TIME. –OUT.???

    — – –☺http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MkelYfgXUik/UWXvwdDCl0I/AAAAAAAAJr0/-PlGZnkvyPI/s300/OprahSideEye.gif

    – – — -3-year-old kicked out of daycare for cursing- –

    – – – – Three-year-old Arianna is like most little girls she loves to play and everyday is a new adventure.

    Her mom, Cassandra Wright, says she loved going to daycare at the
    Jubilee Child Development Center, but now she’s banned from the
    building.

    “I’m still a little bit upset, but most of all was hurt, I was devastated really hurt,” said Wright.

    Wright says her daughter was expelled for saying a curse word.

    “Which was the ‘S’ word,” she said. “I don’t condone her saying it
    but for that to be a faith based daycare I would think that they would
    re enforce and let her know that’s not a word to say.”

    Wright told News 4 San Antonio she doesn’t know where her daughter heard the curse word, and she doesn’t even know what it means.

    THERE IS MORE – — – -SUMTHIN – -STR8 AIN’T –RIGHT!!! – –WATCHIN. . .4 the TRUTH. . .

    – – -Another article: — -☺http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-daycare-center-bans-3-year-old-girl-curse-word-article-1.1744106

  • rikyrah

    Interview: Filmmaker Kiandra Parks Discusses ‘Black Girl in Paris’, Spike Lee, And Her Feature Film Kickstarter
    by Emmanuel Akitobi
    March 4, 2014 8:57 AM

    S&A recently reached out to filmmaker Kiandra Parks to learn more about her critically-acclaimed short film Black Girl in Paris, her chance encounter with director Spike Lee early in her career, and the current project she’s using Kickstarter to help fund, C’est La Vie, a feature film homage to Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.

    Black Girl in Paris, a narrative film about a down-on-her-luck writer living in The City of Lights who experiences personal and sexual awakening thanks to a savvy prostitute, is currently available on HBO GO, until March 31. The short film stars Tracey Heggins and Zaraah Abrahams. Written and directed by Parks, Black Girl in Paris is adapted from the Shay Youngblood novel of the same name. At just under 20 minutes-long, Parks’ adaptation is a tantalizing teaser of a film that begs for a full length version.

    But before that ever happens, Parks’ next project, C’est La Vie, will likely already have been funded, completed, and in theaters around the globe, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign for her “romantic comedy about falling in, and out of, love.”

    C’est La Vie is the story of Kiki Pierre, who, on the verge of her 30th birthday, moves to Paris to save her failing relationship.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/interview-filmmaker-kiandra-parks-on-black-girl-in-paris-spike-lee-and-feature-film-kickstarter

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -[Rememberin THIS ] –SWEET —TWEET♥ – – -:>)

    — — – ☺@_sherylkaye_[**Waves/HUGS/THANKS♥] —

    MT @petesouza: A young student uses a stethoscope on President Obama at Powell Elementary School in DC yesterday. pic.twitter.com/6EcrHkKJCo
    — – – -Remains — -A-DOR-A BLE♥ – — -:>)

  • crazycanuck

    WTF

    Jace Lacob ‏@televisionary 3h
    Wait, Nigella Lawson is allegedly barred from entering the U.S. for admitting she used drugs, but Justin Bieber is free to come and go?

    • Alma98

      Get outta here! This is absolute b.s., by this standard then there are quite a few musicians that need to be barred too.

    • rikyrah

      HUH?

    • GreenLadyHere

      crazycanuck – — -USUAL —☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HMFGqV2u8WA/UyyZfYYYT5I/AAAAAAAAH-c/r6COmhaXKQU/s1600/CrapOmeter.gif

      – — -DOUBLE –RACIST- -STANDARDS!! — -geesh!!

    • AxelFoley

      Da fuck?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — — -Several SARCASTIC phrases 2 a LIE!: – -DUH! —YA DON’T SAY? – – –REALLY? – —
    – – – -☺http://i.dlisted.com/files/images/tumblr_m40ore1A9k1qaesd9.gif

    – -NOW — – The TRUTH! – -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]
    Truth Comes Out: High deportation figures under President Obama are misleading. #Immigration http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402,0,3514864.story#axzz2xpm6YPYO … pic.twitter.com/6lfvOU65ru

    —-HAH! — – -GOOD NEWZ!! :>)

  • Alma98

    I like this tweet lol.

    amvka
    @onlyamaka
    The higher a monkey climbs the more his ass shows.

  • crazycanuck

    Hillary just say you are gonna run, you phony

    Hillary Clinton ‏@HillaryClinton 17h

    A majority of lower wage jobs are held by women. Raising the minimum wage is good for women & for the economy. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/20140325minimumwageandwomenreportfinal.pdf

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — – -Jus’ Da FACTS — – -4 the –NRA[CISTS]!!! – –

    — – -☺ ‏@NancyWonderful[ThankU♥]
    @nancygilesnyc @TheObamaDiary ENOUGH … MAP Mass Shootings in America http://mojo.ly/LDEkVm pic.twitter.com/ZgjyVY3lgv #Guns #gunsense

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – —Luvin’ — -Lookin’ BACK)

    – – – – -☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U -- -:>)]
    On This Day: The President hugs sisters of Sandy Hook victim Mary Sherlach, 2013.
    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/04/03/rise-and-shine-789/ … pic.twitter.com/W58VfmHRD5
    – — –OUR COMPASSIONATE PRESIDENT♥

    – – — -☺@TheObamaDiary
    On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 2009 More here: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/04/03/rise-and-shine-789/ … pic.twitter.com/Pf0MM21ARF

    – – –OUR BELOVED – -WORLD-CLASS annnd CLASSY — FIRST LADY♥ — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —Awww – – –NATURE’S CREATURES — – – – -:>)

    – – -☺@NewsBreaker

    .@NationalZoo: Tall tale of the day: Bao Bao scaled a tree this morning. That’s the highest she’s climbed yet! pic.twitter.com/z4Y2KVkvuZ

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –BWAHAHA – –Da LOSERS — -CAIN’T FACE – -REALITY. – –:>)

    — – – -☺@Politics_PR [Thank U♥] — -LOL
    Poll Unskewer: Obama Is Obviously Lying About #Obamacare Enrollment http://ow.ly/3iPxNE #Uniteblue #tcot pic.twitter.com/yuWp7Abym5

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –HAH! – – – -WHAT took them – –SO LONG?? – – – – -LOL

    – – -☺ ‏@Politics_PR
    ‘Fox & Friends’ finds Obama ‘responsible’ for Ft. Hood shooting within first 24 hours http://ow.ly/3iShdD #p2 pic.twitter.com/29BwlW0mfw

    – – -YOUR RACISM is —CLEARLY – –SHOWIN’. . . . LOL

    • jziglar

      Fox news is really going off the deep end. I also saw on Raw Story an article about Fox News doing an investigative report on Spring Break. LOL ! You can’t even make this stuff up !

      Now they’re attacking young people for having a good time while on break.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jziglar —***BIG HUG*** – —
        – – -***BIG fistbump*** – – – -LOL SAW it. —
        – – – –☺http://pathstoknowledge.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/thestupiditburns.jpg

        – – –LOL AS WELL –IT SHOULD. LOL
        – – –Good 2 C U jziglar. :>) – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —CONGRATULATIONS R In ORDER♥
    – – – – -Alvin Ailey II celebrates 40-year anniversary with exciting new lineup — –
    – — – – – – – -The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater has been a staple in black history for decades.
    It has established itself to be a pillar of cultural expression both within the black community and beyond.

    Since the original theater was founded in 1958,- it has curated performances composed of some of the nation’s most talented dancers who have presented their creativity through an impressive repertory of work.

    Ailey II, which is the theater’s junior division, has honed in on this particular mission by recruiting and training some of the country’s best young dance talent. It is comprised of a small group of emerging dancers who represent some of the most gifted, young professionals with skillful moves and extraordinary talent.

    This season, Ailey II celebrates 40 years of bringing this mission to life with a series of shows that highlight the outstanding choreography
    from a selective group of dance talent.

    Troy Powell, the creative director of Ailey II, talks to theGrio’s
    Lilly Workneh about the history and mission of Ailey II and the
    significance of the institution’s 40-year anniversary.

    THERE IS MORE- — -BEST WISHES♥- – –

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