December 28, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

Shouldn’t Marilyn Monroe be called the white Joyce Bryant, since Joyce was around first… I digress

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Joyce Bryant (born October 14, 1928) is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s as a theater and nightclub performer. With her signature silver hair and tight mermaid dresses, she became an early African-American sex symbol, garnering such nicknames as “The Bronze Blond Bombshell”, “the black Marilyn Monroe”, “The Belter”, and “The Voice You’ll Always Remember”.

Bryant left the industry in 1955 at the height of her popularity to devote herself to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A decade later, she returned to show business as a trained classical vocalist and later became a vocal coach.

Bryant

Joyce Bryant, the oldest of eight children, was born in Oakland, California and raised in San Francisco. Her father worked as a chef for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her mother was a devout Seventh-day Adventist.  Bryant, a quiet child raised in a strict home, had ambitions of becoming a sociology teacher. She eloped at age 14 but the marriage ended that same evening.  In 1946, while visiting cousins in Los Angeles, she agreed on a dare to participate in an impromptu singalong at a local club. “After a while,” Bryant recounted in a 1955 Jet interview, “I found I was the only one singing. A few minutes later the club owner offered me $25 to go up on stage, and I took it because I [needed the money] to get home.”

During the late 1940’s, Bryant had slowly acquired a series of regular gigs, from a $400-per-week engagement at New York’s La Martinique nightclub to a 118-show tour of the Catskill Mountains hotel circuit.  Her reputation and profile eventually grew to the level that one night, she appeared on the same bill as Josephine Baker. Not wanting to be upstaged, Bryant colored her hair silver using radiator paint, and performed wearing a tight silver dress and silver floor-length mink. Bryant recalled when she arrived onstage, “I stopped everything!”  Bryant’s silver hair and tight, backless, cleavage-revealing mermaid dresses became her trademark look and, combined with her four octave voice, further elevated her status into one of the major headlining stars of the early 1950s, by which time she became known by such nicknames as “The Bronze Blond Bombshell”, “the black Marilyn Monroe”, “The Belter”, and “The Voice You’ll Always Remember”.  Etta James noted in her 2003 autobiography, Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story: “I didn’t want to look innocent. I wanted to look like Joyce Bryant. […] I dug her. I thought Joyce was gutsy and I copied her style–brazen and independent.”

Joyce Bryant’s Runnin’ Wild EP, released by Epic in 1954, featured “Love for Sale”, a song that was banned on American radio stations due to its lyrical content.

Beginning in 1952, Bryant released a series of records for Okeh, including “A Shoulder to Weep On”, “After You’ve Gone,” and “Farewell to Love.” Two of her most well-known standards, “Love for Sale” and “Drunk with Love”, were banned from radio play for their provocative lyrics. Upon the release of “Runnin’ Wild” two years later, Jet noted that the song was Bryant’s “first to be passed byCBS and NBC radio censors, who banned three previous recordings for being too sexy.” Bryant remarked in 1980, “what an irony that my biggest hit record was ‘Love for Sale’. Banned in Boston it was, and later…just about everywhere else.”

Love for Sale

Bryant, who often faced discrimination and was outspoken on issues of racial inequality, became in 1952 the first black entertainer to perform at a Miami Beach hotel, defying threats by the Ku Klux Klan who had burned her in effigy.  She was critical of racial billing practices at night clubs and hotels and advocated for entertainers as a group to fight Jim Crow laws. In 1954, she became one of the first black singers to perform at the Casino Royal in Washington, D.C., where she said that she had heard so much about the segregation practiced there that she was surprised to see so many African-Americans attend the downtown club. “It was a great thrill,” she said, “to see them enter and be treated so courteously by the management.”

Life magazine layout in 1953 depicted Bryant in provocative poses, which film historian and author Donald Bogle said were “the kind that readers seldom saw of white goddesses.” The following year, Bryant–along with Lena Horne, Hilda Simms, Eartha Kitt, and Dorothy Dandridge–was named in an issue of Ebony one of the five most beautiful black women in the world.

Bryant earned up to $3500 a performance in the early 1950’s, but she had grown weary of the industry.  The silver paint had damaged her hair, she didn’t enjoy working on the Sabbath, and she felt uneasy with her image. “Religion has always been a part of me,” she said. “and it was a very sinful thing I was doing–being very sexy, with tight, low cut gowns.” She also recalled: “I had a very bad throat and I was doing eight performances a day […] A doctor was brought in to help and he said, ‘I can spray your throat with cocaine and that will fix the problem, but you’ll become addicted.’ Then I overheard my manager say, ‘I don’t care what you do, just make her sing!'” Further, Bryant hated the men, often gangsters, who frequented the clubs in which she worked.  She was once beaten in her dressing room after rejecting a man’s advances.  Her disenchantment with the drug and gangster subcultures, combined with pressures from her management, led Bryant to quit performing late in 1955.

Devoting herself to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Bryant enrolled in Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Ebony published a feature article in its May 1956 issue titled, “The New World of Joyce Bryant: Former Café Singer Gives Up $200,000-a-year Career to Learn to Serve God”.  Traveling for years through the South, Bryant grew angry when she experienced hospitals refuse care for those in critical need because they were black.  As a result, she organized fundraisers for blacks to buy food, clothing, and medicine, and she continued to put on concerts–wearing her natural black hair and no makeup–to raise money for her church. She met frequently with Martin Luther King, Jr.–a fan of her singing–to support his efforts to bring basic material comforts to blacks. Bryant believed the struggle for civil rights to be the struggle for all people who believed in God, but when she confronted her church, asking it to take a stand against discrimination, the church refused with the reasoning, “But these are of earthly matters and thus of no spiritual importance.”

Disillusioned, Bryant returned to entertaining in the 1960’s and trained with vocal teacher Frederick Wilkerson at Howard University, which led to her winning a contract with the New York City Opera. She also toured internationally with the Italian, French, and Vienna Opera companies. She returned to performing jazz in the 1980’s and began a career as a vocal instructor, with such clients as Jennifer Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, and Raquel Welch.  A documentary, titled Joyce Bryant: The Lost Diva, is in the works.

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  • TrumpDog

    Fascinatng info about Ms. Joyce Byrant. Thanks for that. I had no clue about this talented woman and am incredibly impressed with her story particularly her work to help Black people with food, clothing and medicine. This is why it’s so important not to try to brush history under the rug and “just forget about the past” :-/
    Good morning :-)

    • rikyrah

      Morning, TrumpDog

    • goldenstar

      Good morning.

  • crazycanuck

    Morning everyone. Have a great one. Interesting story and woman.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, cc!

    • goldenstar

      Agreed and good morning!

  • crazycanuck

    This program is doing alot and these idiots want to derail it. I bet they don’t even know what is involved with MBK.

    http://m.tcenews.calendow.org/blog/the-white-house-releases-my-brother-s-keeper-blueprint-for-action

  • isonprize

    As always, POU bringing the knowledge!!

    I have heard of Joyce Bryant, but had no idea of her activities later in life! The documentary, if done well, should be fascinating.

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

    Wow! Ms. Bryant’s voice is amazing! She reminds me of Dame Shirley Bassey.

    What a life! I knew about Joyce Bryant, but only about her modeling. I didn’t know about her singing career and activism. I want to see that documentary!

    Thanks for sharing this, PBomb!

    • rikyrah

      This is a movie waiting to be made!

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

    Instead trying to insult her critics by calling us “Obots”, Professor Crunk should take that energy and educate herself about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program because these tweet clearly shows she doesn’t have a clue:

    http://twitter.com/ProfessorCrunk/status/479586876475457536

    • Kennymack1971

      She’s still insisting that MBK is a federal program even though multiple people have said no it isn’t. Help us Lord…

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
        • jds09

          This is so telling on so many levels. I work with nonprofits in the black community. I’ve found little understanding about how federal funding works, therefore we ain’t ready when it comes. Because you have to have your shit together and be ready to compete for it.

        • Joy

          Please! I’ve seen a single mama start a successful food bank that serves the whole community and Miss I’mJustALowlyProfessor can’t start an little old initiative?

        • gn

          So basically people who worked to put together a brand new initiative (made something out of nothing) are watching it get “critiqued” by others who can’t even be bothered to learn what that initiative entails. Perfect example that the true split between the sole patrol/emos and Obots is not really about President Obama. It’s a fundamental disagreement about negative, passive, personality-focused (and IMO wanton) criticism and tearing things down versus building even imperfect institutions up for the sake of progress. It’s all here in this MBK new media dispute. I hope that particularly the nameless, faceless people who are the backbone of this program don’t take this stuff to heart. Probably not; they’re too busy working on it.

        • Miranda

          Like itgurl said, her trifling ass will be on MHP this weekend, probably with Zerlina Hatewell and they can sit around a table and bash PBO.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

      Mornin’!

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah!

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning.

  • rikyrah

    With Atlantic article on reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates sees payoff for years of struggle
    By Manuel Roig-FranziaJune 18 at 1:01 PM

    He paid to get here. Paid with the skull-rattling pain of a metal trash can clattering down hard onto his head when he was a kid racing from thugs in West Baltimore. Paid with the jobs he lost. Paid with the sandwiches he delivered when no one wanted to pay him to do what he so desperately wanted to do, what he so unwaveringly knew he was supposed to do: to write.

    For Ta-Nehisi Coates, “here” is bigger than a star turn on the stage of the Sixth and I Synagogue, where hundreds lined up down the block to hear him talk last week about his blockbuster Atlantic cover story making the case for slave reparations. No, here is a place of prominence in the stream of American thought, a perch that positions him as an ascendant public intellectual with a voice that stands out in the white noise of a wired and word-flooded era, an object of praise and a target.

    At 38, Coates has already been a trenchant observer of America’s fraught relationship with race, both in his well-read Atlantic blog and in the printed magazine. But his exploration of reparations in this month’s Atlantic — a 16,000-word report that calls for a national “airing of family secrets, a settling with old ghosts” — has supercharged his profile. The piece, titled “The Case for Reparations,” intricately and provocatively traces the history of racism in the United States from slavery to recent examples of housing discrimination.

    “To ignore the fact that one of the oldest republics in the world was erected on a foundation of white supremacy, to pretend that the problems of a dual society are the same as the problems of unregulated capitalism, is to cover the sin of national plunder with the sin of national lying,” Coates writes.

    The much-lauded piece set a single-day traffic record for a magazine article on Atlantic’s Web site, and the attention it has garnered has given Coates a greater forum to wrestle with questions of identity — both blackness and whiteness. The print edition shattered the magazine’s previous best sales figures at Barnes and Noble, where many stores sold out within days.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/with-atlantic-article-on-reparations-ta-nehisi-coates-sees-payoff-for-years-of-struggle/2014/06/18/6a2bd10e-f636-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html?tid=hpModule_d39b60e8-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394&hpid=z12

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Family!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds!

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

  • rikyrah

    Charles Johnson@Green_FootballsFollow

    Video: A Glorious Rant by Rachel Maddow on Media Coverage of Benghazi and Iraq http://lgf.bz/1imQPGc

    6:42 PM – 18 Jun 2014

  • Joy

    Morning, everyone!

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Sam Stein ✔@samsteinhpFollow

    Was Brian Schweitzer drunk when he gave this interview? http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/brian-schweitzer-eric-cantor-sets-off-my-gaydar-20140618

    9:25 PM – 18 Jun 2014

    • Town

      Yes, drunk on white tears, that is.

      • itgurl_29

        Exactly. He wasn’t drunk, he was just being white.

    • AxelFoley

      Self-destruction irrevocably set.

      Kiss your presidential hopes goodbye, fool.

  • rikyrah

    Rebecca Berg ✔@rebeccagbergFollow

    A Dem once (eloquently) explained Brian Schweitzer 2016 to me this way: He has “as good a chance at becoming president as Rob Ford.” FYI.

    8:36 PM – 18 Jun 2014

  • rikyrah

    Laura Rozen@lrozenFollow

    Hard to believe accidental both China & Russia dips told journos Iran shd move on enrichment ask to advance deal http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/06/iran-nuclear-talks-vienna-sitrep.html#ixzz352iIcEeG

    8:10 PM – 18 Jun 2014

  • rikyrah

    Editorial

    Espaillat for Congress
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    June 18, 2014

    After a humiliating censure by Congress four years ago for failing to pay taxes and other ethical lapses, Representative Charles Rangel has steadily lost power in Washington. After nearly 44 years in office, it is now time for him to yield to the next generation. In Tuesday’s Democratic primary for New York’s 13th Congressional District, we recommend Adriano Espaillat, a New York State senator, who will be a better representative of this district stretching from Upper Manhattan into parts of the Bronx.

    Mr. Espaillat has been spent his 18 years in the States Legislature, mostly fighting for tenants, day-care staff and farmworkers. He has pushed for in-state tuition at public universities for undocumented children, called for a repeal of exorbitant tax breaks for expensive apartment buildings and has strongly supported immigrants’ rights.

    He fought Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ill-considered property tax cap that has hobbled poorer school districts in the state. And he was one of the Democrats who marched out of the Senate chamber rather than vote for a scandalous redistricting proposal in 2012 that created district maps designed to keep legislators from losing their seats.

    Another candidate, Rev. Michael Walrond Jr., a Harlem pastor and community activist, is a passionate speaker, but Mr. Espaillat, who nearly won this seat two years ago, has the best chance of replacing Mr. Rangel.

    It’s time for a change, and Democratic voters in the 13th Congressional District should cast their ballot for Adriano Espaillat.

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/opinion/espaillat-for-congress.html?_r=4&referrer=

    • jds09

      I may be cranky this morning, but “a Harlem pastor and community activist, is a passionate speaker”…wth. I’m so tired of “he’s such a good speaker” bullshit, more about his activism would be nice.

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

        OK! Why leave out Walrond’s community activist activities if you’re comparing candidates?

        • jds09

          The seemingly continuous surprise that some folks have that we can speak the King’s english is on my very last nerve.

  • rikyrah

    Shutdown Wars Return? GOP Senators Want To Block Obama’s Climate Rules

    Sahil Kapur – June 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    If early Republican enthusiasm is any indication, the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline to keep the federal government open could turn into an all-out war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions to combat climate change.

    As TPM reported earlier this week, senior House Republicans are considering using appropriations legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

    On Tuesday, numerous Senate Republicans expressed strong support for the idea.

    “I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that. And I hope with some Democrats too,” Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD) told TPM. “The power of the purse is one power Congress has, and if you want to send a clear message to the administration about a series of regulations that you think are very detrimental, one way to do that would be through the appropriations process.”

    Thune, the No. 3 GOP senator, said his party will support “anything we can do to prevent the administration from going forward with what are really poorly timed, very burdensome, very expensive … regulations.”

    Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Republicans ought to consider reversing what he described as presidential overreach by Obama on environmental regulations.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-senators-want-to-block-obamas-climate-rules

    • MsKitty

      A shutdown one month before midterms? Yes GOP please, please do it.

  • rikyrah

    Brennan Center@BrennanCenterFollow

    From online registration to early voting, 16 states that expanded voting access in 2013 & 2014: http://trib.al/WeWMFJ6 #VotingRights

    2:01 PM – 17 Jun 2014

    • goldenstar

      IL is one of these states. Vote By Mail can be a game changer for many voters and communities. This is why I am volunteering to focus on this.

  • rikyrah

    Washington Post ✔@washingtonpostFollow

    Political network backed by Koch brothers plans to spend $300M to shape Senate fight and 2016 http://wapo.st/1pkoL72

    4:13 AM – 19 Jun 2014

    • jds09

      Looks like Reid has gotten under the Koch skin. lol

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

      The Koch brothers are shook!

    • Daltex82

      Just knowing they can waste 300M to try to buy this Country and still have enough money left over to try it many more times is mind numbing and depressing. You have that kind of money you could leave the most positive legacy imaginable, yet you spend your time, energy and money trying to take us back to the 1700’s pathetic just pathetic.

  • rikyrah

    An expanding Koch network aims to spend $300 million to shape Senate fight and 2016
    By Matea GoldJune 18 at 6:14 PM

    The political network backed by the Koch brothers, already spending tens of millions of dollars this year to boost Republicans’ chances of retaking the Senate, is expanding its national playbook as part of a long-term strategy designed to strengthen conservatives heading into the 2016 presidential campaign.

    The effort, part of an overall budget that organizers expect to total nearly $300 million this year, includes broadening outreach to veterans, viewed as an energized constituency in the wake of the recent Veterans Affairs scandal, and messages tailored for Latinos and young people, long considered core Democratic constituencies.

    The Koch-backed group Concerned Veterans for America, now in the midst of a 10-city “Defend Freedom Summer Tour,” is mixing music performances with speeches lambasting the Obama administration’s handling of the patient backlog at veterans hospitals.

    With stops in Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico and Florida, the tour features performances by the rock band Madison Rising and former “American Idol” contestant Ayla Brown. After each event, the group signs up volunteers to be part of “strike teams” that will hold house parties and staff phone banks.

    “We don’t want to be a flash-in-the-pan type of organization,” said Pete Hegseth, an Iraq war veteran who serves as chief executive. “This tour is part of building a grass-roots movement.”

    The Libre Initiative, based in Mission, Tex., has full-time staff members in eight states working to convince Latinos that the new health-care law and other Democratic policies are harmful to their families. As part of its outreach, the organization has sponsored free financial literacy and citizenship workshops

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/an-expanding-koch-network-aims-to-spend-300-million-to-shape-senate-fight-and-2016/2014/06/18/d42877ec-f703-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

  • rikyrah

    Columbus Dispatch: Obamacare Premiums Average $80 A Month

    People who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health-care law are paying about $80 a month in premiums on average, the administration reported yesterday. The new numbers from the Health and Human Services Department cover only the 36 states where the federal government took the lead in setting up new insurance markets, accounting for about 5.4 million of the 8 million people who signed up nationally. Major states like California and New York were not included, but that might not affect national averages by much. The law limits what people pay for a benchmark plan to a fixed share of their income, regardless of where they live.

    Among the major findings: • Taxpayers are subsidizing 76 percent of the average monthly premium in the 36 federally administered markets. • The average premium is $346 a month, but the typical enrollee pays just $82. Tax credits averaging $264 a month cover the difference. The government pays the subsidy directly to insurers. • After tax credits, Mississippians paid the least for coverage — averaging just $23 a month on average premiums of $438.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2014/06/18/obamacare-premiums-average-80-a-month.html

  • rikyrah

    Alex Walsh: Obamacare Side Effect: Alabama Medicaid Enrollment Goes Over 1 Million Due To Awareness, Rule Changes

    Alabama has so far rejected the federal government’s proposal to expand Medicaid. Regardless, the Affordable Care Act still had the effect of increasing the size of Alabama’s Medicaid rolls. Medicaid enrollment in Alabama jumped up noticeably in January 2014, from around 970,000 to just over 1 million. Part of the reason behind the increase was a rule change enacted by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA required the state to transfer about

    23,000 children from ALL Kids (Alabama’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP) over to the Medicaid rolls. Health care analysts also say that the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act brought a new wave of attention to health insurance, motivating many Americans to check their eligibility for various existing programs. This effect has been called “wood working” by some organizations, including Kaiser.

    http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/obamacare_side_effect_alabama.html

  • rikyrah

    Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Letter To The Editor: Affordable Care Act Feels Like I Won The Lottery

    I must add my so so appreciative voice to all the press about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I must say it is the best thing that has come along in my lifetime since “sliced bread.” My husband and I paid $14,520 in premiums alone this year for very high deductible policies. The ACA is allowing the premium cost to stay within 9.5 percent of your income if you are in the 400 percent above poverty income range. Our premiums were well above that percentage of our income.

    This high premium stuff with riders and coinsurance has been going on for us since 2007 when we lost our group coverage, with hugely increasing premiums every year. Before we got any help from insurance our out-of-pocket would have been $30,000. Our joined premium per month will be $660 and our maximum out-of-pocket for care will be $3,250 each. I feel like I won the lottery: no riders and no preexisting Blue Cross policies with nationwide providers.

    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_d95522b2-5dcd-11e3-8347-001a4bcf887a.html

    • Miranda

      Montana’s went for Romney in 2012, even though both US Senators and the Gov are Dems. Interesting.

      • AxelFoley

        CACs gonna CAC.

      • rikyrah

        clinging to that WHITENESS

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — – —ECONOMIC POSITIVITY♥ – -:>)

    – – – Jobless claims fall, return near postrecession low

    ——The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits in the second week of June fell slightly and returned close to a postrecession low. Initial jobless claims declined by 6,000 to 312,000 in the week ended June 14, the Labor Department
    said Thursday.
    Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to total 310,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. The average of new claims over the past month dropped by 3,750 to 311,750, just a hair above a seven-year low. The monthly figure smooths out the jumpiness in the weekly report and offers a better look at underlying trends in the labor market. Claims have been hovering near a postrecession bottom for the past few months amid an increase in U.S. job openings and a very low pace of layoffs.

    THERE IS MORE —-

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  • lamh36

    I knew it was gonna happen! !! Good Morning POU.

    Last Vogue I bought was FLOTUS. I’ll be buying this one. Got Bey in my head seeing these pics…”wake up, FLAWLESS! ”

    Lupita Nyong’o on Winning the Oscar, Becoming the Face of Lancôme, and Her First Cover of Vogue – Magazine http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/lupita-nyongo-first-vogue-cover/

    • Town

      Must. Have.

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

      YAAAAAAAAASSS!!!!!

      I wonder will there be two covers: One for subscribers and one for newsstand?

    • rikyrah

      Will be buying!

    • rikyrah

      the pictures are TO DIE FOR!!!!

  • lamh36

    “Wake up… FLAWLESS!”

    • Miranda

      Good Lord she’s gorgeous.

      • AxelFoley

        LOL, I think some of you ladies here wanna get with her as much as us guys do.

        • Miranda

          I am starting to have a girl crush on her. Its innocent though…not like the porn crushes you dawgs have! LOL

          • TyrenM

            WOOF!

          • AxelFoley

            Bow-wow-wow-yippy-yo-yippy-yay!

            Dawgs of the world unite!

        • rikyrah

          can’t we respect flawlessness too?

          • AxelFoley

            No!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ lamh36 —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -Ooooweee – –OUR BELOVED –“IT GIRL” – -:>)
      — – -ANY COLOR —ANY STYLE – —annnd ANY POSE♥- – —BEYOND BEAUTIFUL♥ :>)

      THANK U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

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

      So beautiful and regal!

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    • Scopedog

      Proof that there is a God….

      I know, I know, I’m a guy, but I am REALLY tempted to pick this issue up…:)

    • Daltex82

      These photos are perfection and she makes it seem so effortless. We’re not even going to talk about those shoes, I want those shoes.

    • JojoRaze

      Such a plate cleanser after the disgust I felt about the kimye cover. Lupita has such presence that she just looks as if she was born to model, but she knows physics, too.

    • itgurl_29

      Stunning. I wish she would have gotten the September issue though. I can’t see anyone who’s had a bigger year than her. I can’t imagine who they’d choose for the September issue over Lupita.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ☺http://www.lovers-poems.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/650x700xthursday-13-005.jpg.pagespeed.ic.1U38ISHZ-A.jpg

    — – -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥– –

    — – Juneteenth is the oldest
    nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in
    the United States.

    — —-☺June 19, 1865

    Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued
    in 1863, slavery continued in Texas until
    June 19, 1865, when word reached Galveston, Texas
    that all slaves in Texas were free.
    One third of
    the people in Texas were slaves at that time.
    Juneteenth was celebrated annually with picnics
    and barbecues at public emancipation grounds,
    some of which are used to this day. Juneteenth
    became a legal state holiday in 1980.

    – – – —–☺http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/HugeColorbox/juneteenth-2012_0.jpg

    – – — -☺“Juneteenth” a celebration of African American freedom- – -This week our WPPB Throwback Thursday Feature celebrates JUNETEENTH, a
    holiday which quite frankly I never heard of until early this century.
    Yet the June 19th commemoration of freedom has been in existence for
    exactly 149 years. On June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and
    2,000 federal troops arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas, to take
    possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. The
    next day, General Granger informed the people of Texas “that, in
    accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States,
    all slaves are free.
    This involves an absolute equality of personal
    rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the
    connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between
    employer and hired labor.” Thus, nearly 2 and a half years after
    President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation the slaves of
    Texas were officially notified of their freedom.
    The reactions to
    this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation.
    Through the years, recounting memories of that joyously liberating
    moment would serve as motivation to educate as well as to celebrate the
    significance of June 19, 1865. Coined “Juneteenth” the holiday became a
    time for reassurance, support, and prayer at festive family gatherings.
    Former slaves and their descendants often returned to Galveston, Texas
    on this date; a glorious pilgrimage indeed. Nowadays, Juneteenth is
    recognized as a celebration of African American freedom and an occasion
    for encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.

    – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHmUPqI6w9g
    – – – – – – – -Oh Freedom!
    – — – -B BLESSED♥ :>) – -

    • Joy

      Morning, Green!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Joy. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Wishing U a BLESSED DAY. :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    WELP!

    @thinkprogress: Major newspaper dumps George Will, apologizes for ‘offensive’ rape column http://t.co/Y7gieG6EkZ

  • isonprize

    Sepia,

    I tried to reply to your post below (Come on, Karma!! re: George Will) and got the following message…

    You cannot reply to a post that is not active.

    … huh???

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

      That’s weird….I just replied to my post and didn’t get that message. Try to reply again.

  • AxelFoley

    I must say, since I’ve vowed to cease swearing, I’ve been living vicariously through all ya’ll. Yesterday, the MBK twitter situation gave me LIFE for real.

    LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – – –GOOD MORNTIN’ AxelFoley. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
      —Just maintain your FAB —“HUMOR GENE”- :>) U BRANG da JOY. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • AxelFoley

        Mornin, Emerald Queen. :)

        • GreenLadyHere

          —AxelFoley –THANK U.♥ -How KIND of U. :>)
          — –Have a good day. :>)

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

    Testing

    • AxelFoley

      My mic sounds nice
      Check one
      My mic sounds nice
      Check two

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

        Lawd! LOL

  • Miranda

    GOOD

  • Miranda

    Dallas County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations
    John Wiley Price’s Price’s resolution went beyond taking note of Juneteenth; it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices.
    By MATTHEW WATKINS
    Updated: 18 June 2014 08:59 AM

    The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, even though most commissioners didn’t seem to know that they were doing so.

    The issue arose in a resolution written by John Wiley Price, the county’s only black commissioner. Described only as a “Juneteenth Resolution,” it was approved unanimously.

    Other commissioners admitted after their meeting Tuesday that they hadn’t read the document before voting for it.

    Price even read the text of the resolution, which covered broad topics like slavery and Jim Crow. Many of the commissioners seemed uninterested, playing with their computers or reading documents while he read so they did not seem to notice the final sentence.

    Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the court’s lone Republican, later changed his vote to an abstention.

    “The reason why I didn’t abstain this morning is that I had not received a copy of the resolution,” he said.

    None of the other commissioners changed their votes, meaning the resolution remains the county’s official position. It is, however, a nonbinding resolution, and no tax money will change hands as a result of its passage.

    more here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140617-dallas-county-commissioners-unwittingly-back-slavery-reparations.ece

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

      *snickers*

    • Kennymack1971

      John Willey Price…our man Downtown lol.

      • Joy

        Sometimes he can be a little too abrasive and overzealous, but bruh stands up for his people.

        • Kennymack1971

          True. I have my issues with him but overall he’s definitely put in the work on behalf of the community.

    • Daltex82

      Why do I have this feeling that JWP new exactly what he was doing, knew that his colleagues would not read the resolution so he just decided to slip the reparations language in.~~lol.

  • Miranda

    Ohio teacher claims ‘right’ to use racial slurs on Facebook, but he got fired anyway
    By Travis Gettys
    Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:47 EDT

    An Ohio school district rejected a suspended teacher’s argument that he had a right to use racial slurs on social media and fired him over the inflammatory comments.

    David Spondike lost his job as music teacher at Firestone High School in Akron after complaining last year on Facebook about trick-or-treaters in his neighborhood.

    “I don’t mind if you come from the ghetto to trick or treat,” Spondike posted. “But when you whip out your teeny d*ck and p*ss on the telephone pole in front of my front yard and some preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your n*gger-*ss back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but n*ggers, stay out!”

    The school board accepted a referee’s 18-page decision Monday that found the post had violated the district’s staff conduct and social media policies.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/19/ohio-teacher-claims-right-to-use-racial-slurs-on-facebook-but-he-got-fired-anyway/

    • MsKitty

      Freedom of speech does cover being an asshole, but it’s not a shield against repercussions that comes from being an asshole.

      What part of that don’t people understand?

      • jds09

        Their Jim Crow DNA strands tells them different. Freedom means to say what you want, when you want, to who you want….without repercussions. Truly, I think this is what is at play.

  • Miranda

    This may be the stupidest thing I’ve seen tweeted yet on the matter:

    https://twitter.com/galvezmiro/status/479370495398117376

    • gn

      This can’t be life…as someone said here yesterday (sorry, forgot who!) this really makes Shonda Rhimes’ remarks about hash tag activism prescient. I understand what she means now.

      • Miranda

        I said it and I see now what she meant. This is truly disturbing what’s going on now with this nontroversy about the MBK program. Its outright WRONG what these folks are doing to this program’s reputation and to this administration in their efforts. I am disgusted with these fools. The Tavis Smiley School For Successful Crabs must have summer enrollment.

        • gn

          This is really reminiscent of Crabis and Corny embarking on a bus tour to “raise awareness” of President Obama’s supposed dismissal of poverty…meanwhile the WH was putting finishing touches on enrolling millions of newly eligible people in Medicaid. It’s kind of mind-blowing, the inversion of reality.

      • itgurl_29

        The same people hollering over Shona Rhimes’ speech last week are the same ones attacking My Brother’s Keeper and labeling the President a sexist. These women and the balls-less men who chase behind them on twitter are not serious people at all.

        • gn

          Can’t be serious. This absolutely cannot be serious. This is a concern troll if I ever saw one. IMO people are bored.

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

      The Bitter Black Women Brigade needs to have several seats.

    • Kennymack1971

      “Privileged victim status” um….okay.

      • nellcote

        yeah, that one really bothers me. Sound like something a teabagger would say.

        • qosine

          Yes – exactly. Scornful, contemptuous tone.

    • rikyrah

      SOmeone brought this up yesterday.
      Seriously.
      what the fuck is PRIVILEGED VICTIM STATUS

      • Miranda

        A “privileged victim”……………….what in the oxymoron hell….

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥- – – HONORING your SERIES :>) – —

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    – – – – —☺”Inda STRUGGLE”—Bryant, who often faced discrimination and was outspoken on issues of racial inequality, became in 1952 the first black entertainer to perform at a Miami Beach hotel, defying threats by the Ku Klux Klan who had burned her in effigy.

    – — — –☺A ROLE MODEL: —Etta James noted in her 2003 autobiography, Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story:
    “I didn’t want to look innocent. I wanted to look like Joyce Bryant.
    […] I dug her. I thought Joyce was gutsy and I copied her style–brazen
    and independent.”
    - –[NEW 2 me. :>)]

    ——- –☺STOOD STRONG –RE-GAINED “HER VOICE”:- -Bryant returned to entertaining in the 1960′s and trained with vocal teacher Frederick Wilkerson at Howard University, which led to her winning a contract with the New York City Opera.

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    – – – – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJTFac3bqmU —LOL

  • Miranda

    I can’t with these ignorant heifers!! Silly gnat is mad because she’s being called out for admitting to NOT KNOWING – mad cuz she is too dumb to read!

    https://twitter.com/aliciafiasco/status/479625896924839936

    • gn

      “WH has communication problems” = default fallback position after being caught spreading misinfo. That iceberg slim person used to specialize in this.

      • AxelFoley

        Beat me to it.

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

      Lazy ass heffa.

    • Daltex82

      In my Allen Iverson voice: “Research? You talkin’ about research? Research? you want me to do Research!

    • AxelFoley

      Lazy ass biscuit.

    • Tafr

      WTF yes heifer you are supposed to do your research before you go accusing folks of shit.

    • PBomb

      She is a prime example of being political illiterate. There are so many people who suffer from this affliction.

    • qosine

      Yes. Bare minimum requirements to do your job.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -TWEETIN’ – — -TRUTH♥ –:>)

    — -☺@Politics_PR[THANK U♥]

    Pressure on Obama to Quickly Resolve Centuries-Old Sunni-Shiite Conflict http://ow.ly/3lWSVR #Iraq #p2 #tcot pic.twitter.com/cFZnoSfSn0

    — -LOL – -TELL ‘EM —SIR♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    *bangs head on desk*……….today is Trifling Thursday y’all

    https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/479625194446024704

    • jds09

      This can’t be real. lol

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

      Tha hail???

    • Kennymack1971

      And it’s a real quote…I got nothing else.

    • rikyrah

      Senator PittyPat needs to have a stadium full of seats.

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

        *tears*

    • qosine

      ” . . . on women stories . . .”? Iraq and Syria are abstractions, Lindsey. They’re legal entities made up of — oh, men and WOMEN.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Lindsey Graham:
      Shut The Fuck Up.

  • lamh36

    Ok where is itgurl. I need the tea on this shhh.

    JAY-Z GOT ANGIE MARTINEZ FIRED FOR HER COMMENTS ON THE SOLANGE ELEVATOR FIGHT? via @realfarrahgray http://www.farrahgray.com/angie-martinez-resigns-hot-97/

    • gn

      She just went to power 105 IMO. Wouldn’t put it past him to try, but I don’t think he got her fired.

      • lamh36

        I heard that. But Angie Martinez was with HOT97 for darn near 20 years! You don’t just leave a place of that so abruptly (she posted resignation letter over instagram and announced the same day would be her last show) for monetary reasons alone, not if you were content and happy. Not even talking about the fact that she’s going to a rival station.

        There is def some tea to be spilled here.

        The Jay Z story is alleged, but the Jay Z is notorious for this type of thing

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– – –TWEETIN’- –A CALL OUT! – –TRUTH!! —-

    – —☺@Marmel[THANK U♥]

    These Senators voted against Vet Benefits, now push us to war w/Iraq. Before that happens: #YouFirst #YoursFirst pic.twitter.com/OssxZtOgWY

    HAH! — U’ALL – –BEEN TOLD!! –

    • qosine

      So depression to see 2 TN so-called senators on that list.
      No surprise. And too many vets around here go Republican — except my BF, of course, GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        Good MornTin’ La Qosine :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –Sorry. BUT – – -U KEEP LEADIN’ annnd because
        of YOUR EFFORTS – – -we may C a CHANGE – -“BABY STEPS”. :>)

        BLESSINGS 2 U♥/ “BF”♥ :>) –

        • qosine

          You’re right, GreenLady. Onward.
          Thank you! — qosine

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

    This is from the WaPo article on TNC Rikyrah posted below. This seems to be the constant refrain amongst PBO’s Blackademic critics:

    But Coates doesn’t see himself leading some political charge for reparations. That’s not how he envisions living his life. He is the writer, the researcher, all the things he wanted to be when he was delivering those sandwiches. Someone else can do the politicking, he says: “I’ve done my part.”

    • Kennymack1971

      And there it is….The Blackademic manifesto: We’ll do all the talking while someone else puts in the actual work.

      • MsKitty

        Heavy lifting? Ha, you can’t be serious. That’s a job for the great unwashed.

        • Miranda

          BOOM! Like I said, they fancy themselves part of the “Our Kinds Of People” posse.

          Y’all sharecropping mofos can get “durty” with it, not us….we just pontificate and postulate.

        • jds09

          The only thing about #whywecantwait is that Angela Davis signed the original letter. She’s an academic that did the heavy lifting too.

      • AxelFoley

        This is why I didn’t get hyped up over this. Knew he was gonna put it on someone else to do the real heavy lifting.

    • gn

      Indeed. I applaud the research, etc., but that’s a cop out.

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

        For someone who, in my opinion, trying to be our generation’s James Baldwin, his stance on political involvement is ironic.

    • MonieTalks

      Let me revise that:

      “I’ve done my part….at being that Black man that Emos, White folks and other PBO haters flock to when they want to feel like the President really ain’t that smart and transformative because that Black dude at The Atlantic wrote about it.”

    • Miranda

      I actually started laughing when I read that.

    • qosine

      What part? That work is never done.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    I liked his last album, I admit it, but if this is true……….. LOL!!!

    ic.twitter.com/JehFzArYqL

    • Miranda

      I’m getting an error message at the link, who is it?

    • PBomb

      Same here, the page doesn’t exist anymore. Who is it suppose to be linking to?

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • Joy

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Morning Joy!

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ Alma98. —***BIG HUG** :>) – – The ENERGY of MR. SUN” – –is Being “HARNESSED” :>)- -:>)
      — — –LIKE THIS: — ☺http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IY1NnNFNwxk/UCrIfBSG1aI/AAAAAAAAGKA/yYTZbnQvJfQ/s1600/obama-crystal-ball-.jpg
      – – – -THANK U 4 the MEMORY —of a MAJOR PROGRAM of MR. PRESIDENT♥. :>)

      — –Hope the storms have subsided 4 U♥ :>) B BLESSED♥ – –U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! Glad you like today’s sun.
        I hope you’re having a lovely day. Blessings to you and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – —THANK U —ALWAYS. :>) ***HUG** :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Do you like Mango Salsa?
      If so, what do you eat with it?

      • nellcote

        everything :)

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        I’ve only had it a few times, I had it with tortilla chips.
        Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma!
      400+ last night. Way to go!

      • Alma98

        Good afternoon qosine!
        POU was on fire last night.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —SCOTUS WATCH – –[Especially as it affects – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥]
    ——Supreme Court decisions could have broad impact
    – – – -The Supreme Court will issue more decisions today as it races toward the end of its term — and many of its most controversial cases are up for grabs.

    Fourteen of the court’s 70 argued cases remain to be decided on topics ranging from abortion and contraception to Internet
    streaming and cellphone privacy.

    Here are six of the top cases to watch in the waning days of the term, in order of when they were argued:

    Presidential powers: The justices are in the middle of a power struggle between the other two branches of government in a case brought by a Pepsi bottler from Yakima, Wash.
    – — –SNIP – – –

    -Abortion clinics: A Massachusetts law creating 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics to keep protesters away from patients faces a potential First Amendment roadblock.
    – — –SNIP – –

    Greenhouse gases: In another case testing the limits of federal powers, the justices must decide whether the government can
    require permits for industries that spew the primary pollutant causing
    climate change.

    At issue is whether the Environmental Protection Agency went too far by changing the threshold for greenhouse gas emissions in the Clean Air Act. At stake: billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

    Even if the administration loses, however, it likely would retain other powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants, as it already does from cars and trucks.
    THERE IS MORE —-WATCHIN’. . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – -MEDIA ALERT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –WILL SPEAK on IRAQ @ Approximately –12:30 ET – –

    — –Presently in a SECURITY MEETING. — – -B BLESSED. :>)

  • TyrenM

    Good morning.
    400+ last night. D zam! And the noise continues. Prof Krunk needs to move on.

    • Daltex82

      You would think that someone whom had their ass kicked thoroughly on Wednesday, would not wake up on Thursday asking for more.

      P.S. you guys were on fiyah last night it was a great read this morning!

      • Alma98

        She obviously can’t admit when she’s wrong.

        • Daltex82

          ~~whispering~~ Sshhh! She’s black academia in their mind they’re never wrong.

          • Alma98

            lol

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

    @shadowandact: TCM To Broadcast ‘Sanders of The Rivers’ w/Paul Robeson June 24 (A Problematic Film Indeed) http://t.co/0vBBWJGvjK http://t.co/OqZWB4BIST

    • Miranda

      Interesting reading about this……especially given that Hollywood is about to remake “Tarzan” of all movies.

  • MsKitty

    Man, some of these #WhyWeCantWait broads. If this was face to face conversation right about now I would literally be grabbing collars trying shake some sense into them.

    I think it’s the willful ignorance that gets me more than anything. Even after being proven wrong again and again it becomes yeah but, you’re an obot, why should I have to spend time looking something up, blah, blah, blah.

    This is emblematic of why Black folks will never completely move ahead as far as we can, because that crabs in a barrel mentality is encoded in our DNA.

    I am so disgusted right now.

    • Miranda

      What gets me is, POTUS AND FLOTUS have a genuine, not fake, not for politics, not for show…a genuine love and concern for black children. Now, they clearly care for all children..but there is a special twinkling of the eyes for black children, there is a special place in their hearts for us, you would have to be devoid of a soul to not see it. Its not condescending, its not patronizing…its real, its 100%, its spiritual. They care, they care from their bones. And to see these fake ass felonious ivory tower nitwits shit on it is beyond disgraceful. I’m telling you, they don’t like us, they hate being black. They just use blackness as a device for a come up. All the degrees in African American studies and panels on the same, are simply mechanisms for their personal come ups. They think “blackness” is a fad like hipster dudebros.

      • Daltex82

        I wish I could like this a 1000 times.

      • Kennymack1971

        Standing and applauding. Well said.

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

        THIS!

      • isonprize

        DAMN, Miranda … just damn.

        Say it!

      • rikyrah

        They think “blackness” is a fad like hipster dudebros.

        Amen

      • qosine

        Beautifully said, Miranda — just stellar truth.
        “Now, they clearly care for all children..but there is a special twinkling of the eyes for black children, there is a special place in their hearts for us, you would have to be devoid of a soul to not see it. Its not condescending, its not patronizing…its real, its 100%, its spiritual. They care, they care from their bones.”

    • gn

      It’s also why it’s a really good idea for the black intelligentsia to get their hands dirty in terms of actually putting work (good discussion on this below re: Coates). That will increase understanding of just how. much. effort. people put into these initiatives and benevolent organizations, how much those programs help people, and will give the intelligentsia a sense of empathy before they just start trashing these efforts. To go after MBK signals folks who are out of touch IMO, I don’t care what they say.

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

        They’re too busy pontificating in their Ivory Towers instead of talking to the people they claim to be fighting for.

    • MonieTalks

      Years ago in one of our many blog discussions re: PBO’s policies and how people kept claiming he has done NOTHING for this community outright, I wrote that in order for it to be obvious to folks, their would need to be a bill passed HR 3429 For Black Folks Only. Because clearly the critics could not se the good in any broad legislation unless it had BLACK PEOPLE in the title.

      It is a damn shame that we are at this point where an initiative for young Black and Latino men, the brainchild of the first Black President is being dragged through the media by some fake ass hashtag Debby Downers.

      Just the title alone…you don’t get any blacker than My BROTHER’S keeper…as our community has always embraced each other with that term of endearment. Any Black church services you attend on Sunday will have the words Brother and Sisters uttered out of somebody’s mouth!

      If there is a mother whose child benefits from the fruits of MBK, then it indeeds helps Black women. What the fuck is so hard to understand and embrace about that?

      • isonprize

        If there is a mother whose child benefits from the fruits of MBK, then it indeeds helps Black women. What the fuck is so hard to understand and embrace about that?

        Willful ignorance is also a part of ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome.’ I swear, ODS should be in the new DSM-5. .

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-GIVING annnd BLESSING – —
    Inspiring woman spends lunch breaks buying, giving food to the homeless – –
    — – – –For most, lunch provides a much-needed break from the office, but for one woman in Chicago, her lunch breaks are filled with a much deeper mission.

    Meet Kasonja Holley — the founder of Love In Motion, a name her co-workers gave her weekly project of purchasing and delivering food and goods to the homeless.

    Every Thursday on her lunch break, Holley heads to the local sandwich shop and buys 20 boxed lunches and hands them to homeless people near her workplace, reports WGN Morning News.

    “I knew I needed to be doing something,” she told the news station.
    “I like to feed people so I figured I might as well start there.”

    In addition to food, Holley also buys toiletries and personal care
    products — like deodorant, soap, first aid kits and facial wipes — and
    distributes them to those in need, along with some of her coworkers.

    She says she purchases all of the items herself — and currently works two jobs to fund her project. However, she recently launched an
    online campaign to raise money and continue her mission.

    -THERE IS MORE – —

    – – -☺http://www.freeimageslive.co.uk/image/view/5945/_original

    – – -BLESS U♥/Colleagues♥ —AMEN♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –WE The MEDIA♥ —Reportin’ – The POSITIVITY.♥ :>)

    — —-☺@Inouye44[THANK U♥]

    President Obama has now appointed more female judges and more Hispanic judges than any other President: http://wh.gov/lHujw

    – –THANK U♥ –SIR. U R The BEST♥ :>)

    • nellcote

      and more out gay judges, no doubt.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ nellcote. :>) ***BIG –Cali –HUG** :>)

        —***BIG fist bump** –:>)

        Like THIS —A FIRST :>)–http://goodblacknews.org/2014/06/18/miamis-darrin-gayles-becomes-1st-openly-gay-black-male-judge-on-federal-bench/
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        —Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

        • nellcote

          Yes, finally blowing up the fillibuster is really moving things along :)

          • GreenLadyHere

            nellcote – – –***UP HIGH** ☺http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif —POINT!! :>)

    • isonprize

      Travesty? Corny?

      Did I hear them say something?? HHHMMM?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL –Good Morntin’ isonprize. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – — -LOL – – -Lemme go FIND ‘EM: – –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SskBYsO4r8o

        — – -NOPE! —DEY still BUSY — -DOIN’ what dey – –Do BEST!! :>)

        Good 2 C U isonprize. :>) –B BLESSED♥ – -U♥/Son♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    what tha………………………..that’s your justification?!?!? What news reporters said?!?!?
    —————————–
    Tillis refuses to apologize for calling white people the “traditional population” of North Carolina
    Hagan wants Tillis apology over 2012 TV interview

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan urged her Republican challenger Wednesday to apologize for comments he made two years ago on a television show when discussing GOP efforts to attract voters from minority groups.

    Hagan said House Speaker Thom Tillis was wrong to separate black and Hispanic North Carolina residents from what he called the “traditional population of North Carolina” and the U.S.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/hagan-wants-tillis-apology-over-tv-interview/13745557/#BYEXP3IKYoWXSj3K.99
    [….]
    Tillis’ campaign also defended Tillis’ remarks by citing news outlets in which reporters referred to efforts by Democratic or civil rights groups to attract “non-traditional voters” and counter “traditional voters” to win elections.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/hagan-wants-tillis-apology-over-tv-interview/13745557/#BYEXP3IKYoWXSj3K.99

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

      Well that means those reporters were blowing the racist dogwhistle, too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -UPDATE — –RE: —the driver in the TRACY MORGAN Accident —

    – –NTSB: Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was going 20 miles over speed limit- – –
    – – – – – — — – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — —- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    – – -☺2 Mr. MORGAN♥:- -http://www.jucoolimages.com/images/prayers/prayer_26.gif AMEN♥ — :>)

  • Daltex82

    This has been another amazing series. As someone stated below Joyce Bryant’s story is definitely movie worthy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –TWEETIN – —A GLOAT —

    – – – -☺@MattMurph24[THANK U♥]

    Any questions? pic.twitter.com/VI7NHEWsqA
    – —HAH!! :>)

  • Miranda

    Kansas Republican state Rep. Jim Howell, who has carried a gun on the state House floor, told The Wichita Eagle that visitors with guns could help with holes in the security provided by the Capitol Police.
    http://www.kansas.com/2014/06/18/3513834/visitors-may-be-able-to-take-concealed.html

    https://thestatuswoe.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/tumblr_m2zbcakap71qf9d9no1_r3_500.gif

    • nellcote

      If these pols want to allow guns everywhere, they should at least allow them into their own workplace. I want the open carry freaks to storm the NRA headquarters.

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

      What could go wrong? /snark

    • AxelFoley

      These fools wanna carry guns everywhere, well they can go help with things in Iraq.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –2 Da –ANTI-“MBK” –Krew!! – – -FACTS!! —DATA!! -STATS!! – –

    – – — -☺@FiveThirtyEight[THANK U♥]

    Women returned to prerecession levels of employment in 2013. Men remain hundreds of thousands of jobs in the hole. pic.twitter.com/S2lvhKcuNH

    – --MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -DID THAT!! :>)

    – – – -☺FER – -On Da REALZ — http://themidnightalliance.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/read-honey.gif

  • Miranda

    Idiot.

    Arizona GOPer Went Birther, Compared Poor To ‘Lazy Pigs’ In Anonymous Blog Comments
    TOM KLUDT – JUNE 19, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

    A Republican official in Arizona on Wednesday confirmed something that’s long been suspected.

    State schools superintendent John Huppenthal has been a prolific and often incendiary anonymous commenter on local political blogs.

    Under various pseudonyms, including Falcon9, Thucky and Thucydides, Huppenthal has authored hundreds of comments at the progressive Blog for Arizona since at least 2011.

    He engaged in self-promotion, writing in February that he’s “sure” Huppenthal, who’s up for re-election this year, “will be our next superintendent.”

    He once decried Barack Obama for “rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of ‘poor’ families).” and even went birther, claiming that the president wrote in his memoir that “he was born in Kenya!!!”

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-huppenthal-arizona-republican-official-anonymous-blog-comments

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -Missed This –[Apologies ifff a dup] — -“Phuque Toad”!!

    – —☺ ‏@NoShock[THANK U♥ – –

    For the record Chuck Todd… pic.twitter.com/btjUXtnOUG

    HAH!! —- IGNANT —RACIST!! — –

    – – -GIT! —GIT! – –GIT –him!!- -HAH.

  • isonprize

    The thought just occurred to me…

    If the brothers came to join the Council on Women and Girls, these same folks would be crying foul. Either that, or they would call into to question the sexual preference of the men who wanted to be a part of a women’s organization.

    • Alma98

      I guess they also have never heard of Black Girls Rock.
      Like I said last night somebody has an axe to grind.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma- – —THAT –“ANTI-“MBK” Krew” —-has –MISSED- – —errrr – –IGNORED —Soooo MUCH!! —WE KNOW! – -:>)

        – –LIKE THIS: – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhLWWbtdDe4

        Sooo —while they “Grind they ax” – — maybe they can take a BREAK annnnd —☻http://themidnightalliance.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/read-honey.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -A SWEET – – –Mr. PETE – — TWEET♥ — – –
    – – -☺@petesouza[THANK U♥]

    President Obama and his natl security team check out the Maker Faire exhibits outside before yesterday’s PDB pic.twitter.com/ZnxnYDjb8x

    – – -ALL —IN-terested. :>)–THAT’S “WHYCOME” – – -he CHOSE THEM. :>)

    • nellcote

      I was in my happy place last night checking out all the doings at the Maker’s Faire. The initiatives announced are very exciting especially for kids.

      http://makezine.com/2014/06/18/white-house-maker-faire-fact-sheet-has-been-released/

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – –***BIG fist bump*** – —
        —EXCITING – –PRACTICAL POLICIES!!- -Woo! Hoo!

        — PROMISE FULFILLED —From 2012♥- –
        — – – ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhZKSGr2biI
        – – — – -Announcing the first Maker Faire White House — –ALWAYS!! :>)

        — –BEST PRESIDENT –EVA♥ – -:>)

  • itgurl_29

    This fool: Just like teabaggers, they think black folks only support this President because of his race and our “emotions”

    https://twitter.com/marclamonthill/status/479665658846642176

    • Daltex82

      But this isn’t a critique its and uninformed and unnecessary assault on a program that is meant to uplift our young black boys. I don’t care how it sounds but sometimes our girls and our boys need to be separated, need to be guided separate of each other so that perhaps when they come together again it is with a more respect and hopefully a better understanding of themselves and each other.

      • Joy

        Yes, yes, yes!

      • gn

        Beautifully said.

      • isonprize

        I don’t care how it sounds but sometimes our girls and our boys need to be separated

        I totally agree!!! I’m actually a proponent of single sex high schools. There is more than enough time for socializing afterschool and on weekends.

    • qosine

      You don’t care, marclamonthill. Quit playing bully-victim.

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

    Here he go…

    @JamilSmith: Alarming to see folks like @ProfessorCrunk besieged because they demand more of President Obama and initiatives like “My Brother’s Keeper.”

    @JamilSmith: It is one thing to denigrate POTUS for his choices, but that isn’t what I see “MBK” critics doing. They are shining light on his omissions.

    • TyrenM

      As y”all say, click bait. Already getting lit up.

    • Alma98

      I see the typical name calling (obots) and you can’t criticize the president deflection going on. Also he now has racist trolls joining in, smh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ — On SOON- :>)

    – – – – -☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq

  • itgurl_29

    Twitter warriors, @marclamonthill wants to “scrap” My Brother’s Keeper. Please go ask him what has kept him from creating a similar program for young black women.

    • Daltex82

      He can’t be bothered with creating programs, he has speaking engagements, books to write and shows to host. Actual doing is for community organizers not ivory tower intelligentsia.

  • qosine

    My eyes; my eyes! I’m waiting for PBO to come in re: Iraq — and
    suddenly there was Cheney and Liz, all shiny w/their new 501c4.

  • MsKitty
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ —Is ON. :>)
    – – —-☺ Securing Embassy Personnel
    – – —-☺INCREASED RECONNA… . – -uhhh–SPYING STUFF. LOL
    — – – – -☺PARTNER with Other allies [Consult with Congress]
    – – – — –☺INCREASED Millitary ASSETS —annnd WILL CONSULT with CONGRESS.
    — – – -☺DIPLOMATIC EFFORT: – –SOS KERRY.♥ —
    – – —[NICE —HUH hillary?? LOL]

  • Alma98

    WTH! What does she do in the winter?

    Whose Swordfish Toenails are These?
    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/06/whose-swordfish-toenails.html

  • MonieTalks

    See the problem with folks is that every time a new situation comes up, they set up a litmus test for PBO, then toss it.

    When Trayvon was murdered, many of the usual suspects quickly jumped on their soapboxes and started to write about how PBO needed to address travesty. And after he did so eloquently, they had a feel good moment and stood by him for a microwave minute.

    But like Miranda said, PBO and FLOTUS feels it in their souls. Any one who would doubt otherwise has some deterioration within the core of their souls..just bitter

    This is a President who is always so loving to his wife and daughters and has no problem sharing that…and is actually bringing attention to the sons of our country…to the young men who could have been on of his sons.

    People need to stop these games just so they can sit in a make up chair every now and then.

    • gn

      Not everyone even had a feel-good moment. Travis threw shade immediately (called PBO’s remarks weak as pre-sweetened kool-aid). This doesn’t have anything to do with issues IMO. Honestly these ppl seem bored and are chewing up and spitting out a terrific program because of that. It’s just foul, which is why some of them are so defensive.

      • MonieTalks

        You’re right GN. But Tavis is a special case. I have blocked Smarmy and Corny out my mind..forgot about both of their fast talking asses.

        It is just so unnecessary.

        • gn

          You’re so right! Not even worth mentioning…

    • GreenLadyHere

      NEEY Monie Talks. ***BIG HUG** :>)
      —–THIS: – –>See the problem with folks is that every time a new situation comes up, they set up a litmus test for PBO, then toss it. —-***BIG fist bump***

      — – -Luvin’ THIS: – – ->MICROWAVE MINUTE – -Supporters – -http://www.2014dawndollconv.com/images/image42382882.gif

      — –HEAT – ->-EAT — –>BEAT it– – – –> :>)

      Good POINTS. :>) Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – –4 the “Anti-“MBK” -Krew”—- -Jist in case U MISSED THIS!! – –

    – —-White House Interagency Council on Women and Girls

    — -“With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.”—President Obama

    — – -THANK U♥- -SIR♥-4 your —CONTINUING EFFORTS on BEHALF of – -“WOMEN annnd GIRLS”.- -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ –-MR. PRESIDENT♥- -MEDAL of HONOR CEREMONY♥ — –:>)

    – — -☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-awards-corporal-william-kyle-carpenter-us-marine-corps-ret-medal-honor
    — -President Obama Awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor

    MR. PRESIDENT – —is truly in THIS MODE: – – –“YEAR of ACTION” :>)

    BLESS annnd THANK U SIR♥ :>)

    • qosine

      That was an amazing ceremony, GreenLady.
      It really shows how real human lives are at
      risk when politicians and pundits once again
      push for war with Iraq. And I noticed our
      Commander in Chief noted that Corporal
      William “Kyle” Carpenter’s bravery was in
      service of his order for a surge early in his
      presidency. Now THAT’S LEADERSHIP.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        La Qosine :>) THANK U. –I’ll catch it on the WH website. :>)

        THEIR HONORS R sooo COMPASSIONATE annnd SPECIAL. :>)

  • qosine

    PBomb, you’ve done it again! Joyce Bryant led an amazing life!
    I’d looking forward to the documentary. Thank you!

    • AxelFoley

      If Zoe Saldana should play someone in a biopic it should be Ms. Bryant. Zoe looks like her. She looks NOTHING like Nina Simone.

  • Admiral_Komack

    “Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/brian-schweitzer-eric-cantor-sets-off-my-gaydar-20140618

    -This is one STUPID motherfucker!