October 1, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Black Shakespearean Actors

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

We continue our series on Black Shakespearean Actors

 

HENRIETTA VINTON DAVIS
(1860-1941)

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(From Baltimore City Paper)

The Lady Vanishes

Meet Henrietta Vinton Davis-one of the most amazing women you’ve probably never heard of

By Lee Gardner | Posted 8/4/2010

[...]Born in Baltimore in 1860, she moved to Washington, D.C., as a girl, and as a young woman launched a career as an actress and elocutionist. For more than 25 years, she criss-crossed the United States and the Caribbean, performing everything from Shakespeare—she is purportedly the first African-American woman to do so—to the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and winning acclaim from audiences and press, both black and white alike. And then, approaching her 60th birthday, she traded acting for activism and put her skills to use in the service of Marcus Garvey, his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the causes of black nationalism and pan-African liberation. Though she eventually fell out with Garvey, she devoted her life to black nationalist causes until her death in 1941.

[...]Only three things are known about Henrietta Vinton Davis’ father. His name was Mansfield Vinton Davis, he was a musician, and he died sometime around the time his daughter was born. Henrietta’s mother, the former Mary Ann Johnson, was left a teenage widow with a child to raise. She quickly remarried, to a businessman named George A. Hackett.

According to Leroy Graham’s book Baltimore: The 19th Century Black Capital, Hackett was as well-known and respected as any black man in Baltimore at that time, with the possible exception of his friend and associate Frederick Douglass. In 1860, the year Henrietta was born, Hackett was in the thick of a fight against a piece of state legislation known as the Jacobs Bill. Put forth by Eastern Shore legislator C.W. Jacobs in reaction to John Brown’s Harpers Ferry raid the year before, the bill proposed that all adult blacks in the state—including Maryland’s sizeable free black population—be deported to Africa and that all black children in the state be enslaved, including those who had been born free. Hackett rallied opposition to the bill, circulating petitions and delivering speeches. Though the legislature actually passed it, the measure failed in a statewide referendum.

Thus Davis grew up in a household where success, political engagement, and racial pride were cornerstones. After Hackett died in 1870, Mary Ann moved with her preteen daughter to Washington. Davis attended public school and went on to become certified as a teacher in Maryland. She moved to Louisiana and taught there for several years, but returned to Washington and took a job at the federal Office of the Recorder of Deeds in 1878—the first black woman employed by the office.

Henrietta Vinton Davis as Pere L'Avenge in A Tragedy in Prose of Imperial Haiti by William Edgar Easton (Photo: Baltimore City Paper)

Henrietta Vinton Davis as Pere L’Avenge in A Tragedy in Prose of Imperial Haiti by William Edgar Easton (Photo: Baltimore City Paper)

Davis apparently took an interest in acting and elocution. The latter was both a discipline—elocution teachers taught proper pronunciation, voice projection, breath control, etc.—and a form of entertainment, as people filled 19th-century theaters and halls to hear speakers deliver poetry, dramatic monologues, and famous speeches. Davis studied with white Washington elocutionist Marguerite Saxton as well as elocutionists in Boston and New York.

[...]Scant details survive of how Davis made the leap from paper shuffling to the professional stage. But historians know that Davis’ family friend Frederick Douglass took over the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in 1881.

Soon after LeBouef discovered Davis’ story, he shared it with the creative staff at CenterStage, and the theater later commissioned him to write a play about her. Researching Davis’ life as best he could and taking dramatic license with the rest, LeBouef emerged with Shero: The Livication of Henrietta Vinton Davis. (CenterStage subsequently hosted a reading of the play, but never produced it.) In the play, Douglass happens upon Davis practicing her Shakespeare around the office and takes her under his wing.

While there’s no historical evidence to back up such a scenario, on April 25, 1883, Douglass did introduce Davis at her first public recital blackshakespeare_henriettavintondavis2(including speeches from Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice) before an audience of both blacks and whites at Washington’s Marini Hall. Black newspaper The Washington Bee reported that Davis “wrapped the whole audience so close to her that she became a queen of the stage in their eyes.”

Davis’ sideline as an actress and elocutionist was soon so successful that she quit the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in 1884. (She also married her manager, an erstwhile singer named Thomas Symmons, though the marriage apparently didn’t last.) She made frequent appearances in Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Cleveland, eventually pushing out from the major East Coast cities to include tours of the West and Northwest. She added Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, and others to her Shakespearean repertoire, but also recited Paul Laurence Dunbar’s dialect poem “Little Brown Baby.” She often appeared with other black actors, performing Shakespearean scenes, and starred in full-fledged productions of other works with black theater companies as well. She formed her own company to mount a touring production of a contemporary drama about the Haitian revolution entitled Dessalines, and co-wrote and played the lead role in a drama called Our Old Kentucky Home. She also began appearing outside the United States, performing in Cuba, Jamaica, and Central and South America.

In short, Davis was an international star. Despite occasional mixed reviews, her acting won praise and packed houses wherever she went. As the Buffalo Sunday Truth noted, she was “a singularly beautiful woman, little more than a brunette, certainly no darker than a Spanish or Italian lady in hue.” And yet, her African heritage kept her locked out of the mainstream (read: white) professional theater of the time. As busy as she was, her opportunities were nonetheless limited.

[...]Davis’ interest in politics surfaced during her acting career. She so identified with the cause of the Populist Party, a short-lived progressive third party built on a base of farmers and aligned against the power and wealth of the Eastern elites, that she wrote party leader Ignatius Donnelly several times in 1892 to offer her services as a speaker, touting her “eagerness to serve my race and humanity.” And in the early 1910s, during her travels to Jamaica, she encountered Marcus Garvey.

[...]Exactly how Davis came to join Garvey’s cause is uncertain, but she spoke on his behalf at a gathering in Harlem in 1919 and was soon an important member of his fledgling U.S. organization. According to a 1983 account of Davis’ career researched and written by historian William Seraile (which Azikiwe has posted on his blog, henriettavintondavis.wordpress.com), Davis was one of 13 charter members of the U.S. iteration of the UNIA, and was among the signers of the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World. She was bestowed several important titles and duties in the UNIA, but the one that best defined her work over the next dozen years was “international organizer.”

Amy Jacques Garvey, Henrietta Vinton Davis and Marcus Garvey (Photo: Henrietta Vinton Davis's Weblog)

Amy Jacques Garvey, Henrietta Vinton Davis and Marcus Garvey (Photo: Henrietta Vinton Davis’s Weblog)

“She was evidently a great speaker,” says Seraile, a professor emeritus at Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y., in a phone interview. “And she was a drawing card for Garvey. A lot of people came out to hear her speak because of her theatrical background.”

Davis went back on tour, this time using her star power and elocution skills to recruit new members to the UNIA and Garvey’s cause. Traveling throughout the United States and Caribbean Basin, “Lady Vinton” railed against the term “colored” and advocated the more self-empowered term “Negro.” She proclaimed to the audiences who gathered to hear her that Garvey was “a man chosen by God to lead his people.” She hammered home the UNIA’s message of black separatism and political and economic self-reliance; according to Seraile’s research, she told an audience in New York that “as long as we depend upon the white man for a job, so long we will be his football.” Though in her 60s, she spent months traveling through the humid tropics and exhorting the assembled crowds.

“This lady’s in Liberia,” LeBouef says. “This lady’s raising money and buying [ships] with Garvey and traveling to Cuba. This lady’s talking about African liberation, [and] black people just a few years out of enslavement owning shit. These people were not playing.”

The Garvey movement certainly captured the attention of white authorities. In 1922, Garvey was arrested by the FBI and slapped with charges of mail fraud in relation to his attempts to raise funds for his Black Star Line. He was tried and convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

Davis continued to speak on his behalf, and on behalf of the UNIA, but internal dissension began to weaken the movement as much as external pressures. The UNIA lost members in droves. In 1927, Garvey was deported to Jamaica and Davis was one of his few U.S. supporters who followed him into exile, remaining by his side as he started a new iteration of his still extant organization, which he dubbed the UNIA of the World.

“I think she believed in the cause, like a lot of people did at the time,” Seraile says. “Even in ’24 or ’25, when a lot of people started to desert, she was out there lecturing, telling people to stick with Garvey, stick with the message.”

But Davis’ dogged loyalty found its limits. Whether because of the tensions generated by the rift between Garvey’s UNIA in exile and the U.S. UNIA, or because of some more personal reason, she eventually returned home to the United States. In 1934, she even became president of what was left of the stateside UNIA for a time. “She was almost 80 years old, but she still made a big impression on people,” Nnamdi Azikiwe says. Still, Davis had been in poor health for years. At some unknown point, her association with the UNIA ended, and she died on Nov. 23, 1941.

Seraile unearthed a 1921 quote from The Negro World, the UNIA newspaper, that said of Davis “when the history of this giant movement shall have been written, [her name] shall be emblazoned in letters of gold as the lady, the stateswoman, and the diplomat.” But that’s obviously not what happened.

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  • crazycanuck

    Morning everyone. Have a great day

    • rikyrah

      Morning, cc

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    The Bergdahl family should not have to be dealing with this. This should be an outrage.

    Retweeted by T
    Mr. NFTG ‏@Kennymack1971 4m
    From “leave no man behind” to –>@TIME: TIME’s new cover: Bowe Bergdahl—Was he worth it? http://ti.me/1kMXmEy pic.twitter.com/n1zywZ4aZj”

    • rikyrah

      oh this is fucking outrageous!

      • Joy

        Ugh…I know hate is a strong word, but I hate these muthafuckas.

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

      WTF?? This has gotten out of hand and it needs to stop. The media and Repubs are acting like a lynch mob.

      • Miranda

        They’re trying to get this man and his family harmed and its criminal.

      • Alexander2

        (That’s basically what a woman in his hometown said)

        “It’s like a modern day lynching. He hasn’t even been able to give his side of the story yet. This community will welcome him back no matter what,” said Lee Ann Ferris, who lives next door to the Bergdahl family
        and watched Bowe grow up. “He’s a hometown kid and he’s already suffered enough.”

        http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bergdahl-uproar-halts-plan-return-celebration

        • GreenLadyHere

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    • jds09

      Wow, oh wow. Is this what yellow journalism was like? Just googled yellow journalism. This is it.

      My heart goes out to his parents.

    • gn

      OMG. I hope that this guy and his family have very strong and close relatives and friends who can comfort them in light of the far right and national media’s continued sick behavior.

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • crazycanuck

    They have tried and convicted this man because of GOP racism and hatred of the President. I just cannot believe this.

    • rikyrah

      I hear you, cc.

      No shock in the least.

    • Miranda

      cc, My Dad has said to us on more than one occasion when we are incredulous at some act of crazy by the right wing..”Y’all must not know bout the white man”…..THAT’S ALL HE SAYS. That’s it…”y’all must not know bout the white man.”

      • AxelFoley

        What your pops said.

        I am not shocked in the least. It’s. What. They. Do.

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • Tafr

      I know when you witness pure evil up front that it can be difficult to believe. You just got to shake your head at it because it is real. These evil bastards are real as real can be. Remember these are the same people that supported GZ, the same everyday folks that rejoiced when Zimmerman was set free. The same everyday folks that tried to ruin the reputation o f a dead kid. Racism is not rational there is nothing rational about pure hate, nothing. These folks are just evil, point blank evil but know this. I am a firm believer that you cannot walk this earth being nasty and evil without a price. Call it karma, call it god, call it whatever you want but there is a price.

      • gn

        I read that in one bar, they started chanting “free at last” when Zimmerman was acquitted. It’s simultaneously unsurprising (because the behavior is nothing new) and unfathomable in terms of how humans could be so utterly bereft of decency. But indeed, look what these people did to Trayvon and his parents (to this day the far right continues to lie about his mom not really caring about him, just hateful hateful evil people).

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr

    @Our4thEstate

    Follow

    @EMC_Square2 @ReproRights If Women, Blacks, Hispanics exercised their ‘2nd Amendment Rights’ the NRA would be out of biz in a nanosecond.

    12:36 AM – 5 Jun 2014

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam! Started the day reading the think piece on Gawker “Why I Date White Women” DO NOT DO IT!

    Let the think pieces begin….

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      • jds09

        LOLLOLLOL

    • rikyrah

      you shoulda known better..LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG Cali HUG*** :>)

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    • Miranda

      I saw that mess.

      tip for the day to that misguided brutha: If you have to write a essay on trying to justify why you date who you date….we already know from the title why you date who you date..we don’t need to read any further.

      • jds09

        His declarative statements cracked me up. “People say that….” then “that’s not true.” Ummmm….I think it is. lol

        • Miranda

          He really wrote that piece for his family Tired of his cousins giving him the side eye at every family gathering. LOL – the rest of us don’t care who you date bruh!

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            And……..he thought this was gonna stop them. Those side eyes will now be eye rolls, I can assure you.

          • Miranda

            He will neva get a big piece of chicken at Big Mama’s house again…..NEVA EVA

          • AxelFoley

            LOLOLOLOLOL

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

      I was trying to hear the guy out, but…”I went to a black high school and I wasn’t on any of that thug shit and I’m not saying all black women want thugs, but at my high school, a lot of them did and they didn’t really care about me.

      http://c3.likes-media.com/img/953a81b3b0564cd1e5de36f160235f0f.600x.gif

      Too much of a fail. Clicked out shortly thereafter.

    • Town

      He dates white women because he wants to be seen/treated as a Special Negro and black women don’t treat him like a Special Negro and never have, going back to elementary school.

      He doesn’t see black women (and never has) and they don’t see him.

      Notice how he describes the individual freckles, the softness of the hair, the whiteness of the skin and the colored eyes of the white girls, but says nothing about the physical attributes of the black women. He does mention Rihanna (light skin/light eyes) and Lupita (dark, exotic) but he never mentions the physical attributes of the black girls he went to school with.

      That’s because he didn’t see them so they didn’t see him.

      He’s mad because he went out of his way to ignore/bypass the black girls and they have the nerve to ignore him in kind.

      Remember, he says he messes with white girls because white girls paid him attention.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a Republican. He’d be the perfect Republican: ignore/malign an entire group of people, then get mad when they don’t give you their support.

  • rikyrah

    I know it’s KOS, but it’s a post of when the right-wing was for Bergdahl’s release before they were against it. A compilation of who wrote for his release before the Black President actually got him released. They are as transparent as glass.

    Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:12 PM PDT
    The way back machine delivers the LOLs. Bonus Alan West LOL. Bonus Gateway Pundit LOL.

    by SantaFeMarie

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304227/-The-way-back-machine-delivers-the-LOLs

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah.

      It seems that a lot of information is coming to light that exposes the lies told by soldiers and the media. Best believe, in a few weeks, maybe sooner, the GOP will be scrubbing from their social media accounts all criticism of Bergdahl, the media who maligned him will be doing stories about how other media maligned him and Fox news will be questioning why it took PBO so long to free a POW. Watch.

      • jds09

        Seems like the lie, debunk, srub, then repeat process, is getting shorter and shorter.

        • AxelFoley

          It’s why they HATE social media. They can’t run the same game on us they used to back in the day. Social media is the Great Equalizer.

  • Joy

    Good morning, everyone! Have a blessed and productive day!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    THERE IS MORE

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

    Something in the milk ain’t clean about the soldiers rushing to bash Sgt. Bergdahl. They were already caught in one lie (claiming Bergdahl left a letter behind), what else are they lying about? And WHY did they lie about the letter? What are THEY hiding?

    Looks like others are starting to ask the same questions.

    http://twitter.com/AaronBlakeWP/status/474527705539821568/photo/1

    • Miranda

      WOW….could have been “long on psychopaths”….ENOUGH SAID.

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • Kennymack1971

      And the cracks in this whole RWNJ outrage fest begin to appear..

    • gn

      This whole thing was cooked up by the far right. My speculation is that some money changed hands.

      • AxelFoley

        Always follow the paper trail. Always ask “Who benefits?”.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — —-☻Ms. Henrietta Vinton Davis, A FIRST: - –
    ————. . performing everything from Shakespeare—she is purportedly the first African-American woman to do so—to the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and winning acclaim from audiences and press, both black and white alike.

    —– – – – ACTIVIST♥ —Though she eventually fell out with Garvey, she devoted her life to black nationalist causes until her death in 1941.
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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — -I gue$$ – – —

    Donald Sterling to drop lawsuit, agree to Clippers sale – – – —Donald Sterling will not contest the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers and will drop a lawsuit he filed Friday against the NBA, Sterling’s attorney, Max Blecher, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports Wednesday.
    THERE IS MORE — -

    • Town

      Donald Sterling: I ain’t selling the team to a bunch of nigrums!

      Max Belcher: You’re not, the nice white man is buying the team.

      Donald Sterling: You mean Oprah & Magic Johnson won’t get it?

      Max Belcher: Nope, the nice white man wants to buy the team.

      Donald Sterling: Ok, then! Cha-Ching!

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Kennymack1971

      I have a feeling someone in the WHPC is gonna try it and get the Stone Cold Stunner dropped on them as a result.

      • GreenLadyHere

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      • AxelFoley

        You know it’s gonna happen.

  • AxelFoley

    Now, I haven’t followed all the details of the Bergdahl situation, but as far as I know, at most the dude is possibly guilty of desertion. Now, there’s a HUGE difference between desertion and treason. Desertion is running away. Treason is actively helping the enemy. I doubt Bergdahl would be in the physical condition he was if he worked for the other side.

    • Miranda

      What gets me is how callous people are with saying desertion should be punishable by death. The same nuts who proclaim they value the sanctity of life have absolutely NO value for life. This is some medieval inhumane thinking by the right wing and it is sociopathic in nature. Malcolm called’em blue-eyed devils and I see proof of that in this disturbing behavior. So called “respected” (though I have not any respect for them) journalists are nothing more than bloodlust vermin…like this nut.

      http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/06/04/wash-posts-cohen-sickened-by-obamas-repellent-e/199589

      • MsKitty

        First thing I saw on the computer this morning was that Time cover. I felt like throwing my chair out the window I was so pissed. It’s straight up yellow journalism at this point.

    • gn

      IMO they’re just lying. They don’t care that much about desertion (and IMO even treason or else the far right would be slamming Snowden mercilessly). They will degrade anyone and anything in order to f- with PBO.

  • Miranda

    Nope..this isn’t a skit from In Living Color or SNL..its real life.
    ————————–
    Neighbor feud escalates with racist public display

    Washington woman places signs in her window calling neighbors ‘N*GGERS’
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 8:44 EDT

    A woman in Spokane, Washington has escalated her feud with her neighbors by placing racially offensive signs in her windows.

    Jennifer Garrison told KXLY that she feels like “a prisoner in my own home. I can’t enjoy my front yard, I can’t go into my backyard.”

    She said that her neighbor typically places signs “based around hillbillies and has a picture of her hand flipping us off and it says ‘hillbillies’ underneath it.”

    Her boyfriend approached her neighbor and informed her that their family is redneck, not hillbilly, which compelled her to place another sign in her window that read “NO UR N*GGERS.”

    Garrison believes this is a reference to her two children, who are half-Cambodian. “I don’t care if they’re blue or purple, they’re kids. Leave them alone, that’s all I want,” she said.

    For her part, the neighbor said that the Garrison family have been a public nuisance since moving in two years ago. She claims they keep a messy yard and have regularly reported her dog to the police.

    more here: http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/neighbor-feud-escalates-with-racist-public-display/26297916

    • Town

      I like how people do these racial things but don’t want to be on camera. If you’re bold enough to put little signs in your window saying racial stuff be bold enough to back it up with your face.

      But then the KKK wouldn’t exist and Justin Bieber wouldn’t have anything to sing about, would he?

    • MsKitty

      Her boyfriend approached her neighbor and informed her that their family is redneck, not hillbilly

      There is a difference and don’t you forget it.

      BWAHAHAHA

      • Miranda

        I hope somebody is working on a Redneck vs Hillbilly Dictionary…I’m gonna need it.

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

        LMBAO!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — -Uninsured rate holds at record low in survey- –

    —- –The ratio of those without health insurance has fallen dramatically since last year but held steady at a new low of 13.4 percent for May and April, according to a poll.

    A Gallup survey published Thursday shows the uninsured in the U.S. dropped from 17.4 percent in the last quarter of 2013 when HealthCare.gov launched to 15.6 percent in the first quarter of this year before eventually landing at 13.4 percent.“The uninsured rate for U.S. adults appears to be leveling off since the open enrollment period for buying health insurance coverage through the marketplace ended in mid-April,” said Gallup. “Across nearly every major subgroup, the uninsured rate is lower now compared with the fourth quarter of 2013.”

    The 13.4 percent that has held for the past two months is the lowest Gallup has recorded since it began collecting the data in 2008.

    The report finds blacks and Hispanics saw the sharpest decline in the rate of uninsured, though Hispanics remain the most uninsured key demographic at 33.1 percent.

    THERE IS MORE

    – — -Woo! Hoo!
    – – —-☺THANK U –SIR♥ — –http://media.giphy.com/media/10spcFioEOY7zG/giphy.gif

  • Miranda

    Ole girl said she not bout to lose her good job trying to cover up y’all crimes……tell security to come escort these mofos off the property…..NOW!
    ———————-
    GM CEO: 15 fired over ignition switch recalls

    An investigation into General Motors’ failure to recall millions of small cars containing a deadly ignition switch defect found
    a corporate culture in which employees failed to take responsibility for the problem, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths, said GM chief executive Mary T. Barra.

    Barra said she the company has fired 15 employees and disciplined five others as a result of the probe.

    Read more at:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/gm-recall-probe-to-be-made-public-3-key-questions/2014/06/05/be293fdc-ec66-11e3-b10e-5090cf3b5958_story.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -***tears/SMILES*** — – -:>) —Lookin’ BACK)

    – —-☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    08: Sen. Obama adopted into Crow Nation
    14: He returns with FLOTUS to Indian country as POTUS

    https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/05/my-upcoming-trip-indian-country … pic.twitter.com/G1g22wZyzF

    — – – -4 HIM —the WORD –CHIEF – – – -fits —in many ways. :>) – – – – -PROUD of U —SIR♥ – – :>)

    • Joy

      Beautiful!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ Joy. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- –
        – – –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        MR. PRESIDENT♥ annnd OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥- – –MAKE —“AIR”-thang — -BEAUTIFUL –HUH? :>)
        – —B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

        • Joy

          Morning, Green!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Joy – – -***SMILES @-chu :>)*** –

    • nellcote

      I always liked his adopted name, Barack Black Eagle.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ nellcote. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – –Ohhh —-***BIG fist bump***:>)

        Recently posted this. :>)
        – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ7_dfIoAwc

        – – – –Barack Black Eagle♥
        — — –A MAN of —ALL NATIONS annnd PEOPLE —

        Good 2 C U. nellcote. :>) B BLESSED♥- -:>)

  • Miranda

    Perry Wonders If Obama Released Bergdahl To Distract From VA Scandal
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rick-perry-bergdahl-distraction-va-scandal

    What I wonder is why this dunce thinks just cause he puts on some eyeglasses people won’t forget he has the IQ of a plastic bottle cap.
    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/3997062/rick-perry-oops-o.gif

    • Daltex82

      Perry = A special breed of stupid.

    • qosine

      Sure, Perry, this Commander in Chief times
      life and death decisions based on the news
      cycle. Isn’t the gov the weakest office in TX?

      • PBomb

        Yes it is…

        • jds09

          That shocked me. When in Austin I took a tour of the capital and it seemed like the Governor was a part-time job.

    • Joy

      He forgot to add Benghazi and IRSgate in there.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ Miranda♥ — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      -LOL – – –☺YA MEAN —–Mr. –“CAIN’T COUNT UPTA —3?” –
      – ————♦http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRPc-JhqUEg

      – – – – –☺http://themidnightalliance.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/sit-in-the-corner.gif
      DUMB —DUMB —DUMB — -DUMB!! — –LOL

      Have a good day. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>) –

  • Miranda

    This is considered breaking news….because it basically is PBO saying “F ALL Y’ALL MONKEY ASS MOFOS”

    https://twitter.com/politico/status/474556124956721153

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -NO WONDER — — PEOPLE —MAD!!- —

    – – –Walmart’s Executive Bonuses Have Cost Taxpayers $104 Million Since 2009- –

    – – – -Since 2009, Walmart has ducked $104 million in taxes by exploiting a tax loophole around bonus payments to just eight top
    executives, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy
    Studies (IPS) and Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF).

    The retail giant is using a longstanding tax loophole for deducting
    executive pay that comes in the form of stock options and other bonuses tied to company performance. The eight top employees tracked in the IPS/ATF report earned $298 million in deductible compensation from 2009 to 2014, creating nearly $300 million in write-downs for the company.
    Those deductions over the years translate into a $104 million reduction in what the company has had to pay the Internal Revenue Service.

    That $104 million “would have been enough to cover the cost of free school lunches for 33,000 children for those six years,” the report notes. Walmart reported a $17 billion profit last year.
    THERE IS MORE– –

    – – —DISGUSTING!! – –MJ –TOLD IT —AGAIN! –RIHEP♥

    – — ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QqCu0ktlhM
    SPEAK —Da Mighty –TRUTH!! —SADLY!

  • Miranda

    And now today’s edition of #DonLemonQuestions………..inspired because of this:
    DON LEMON: Are We To Blame For Justin Bieber’s Use Of The N-Word?
    http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/06/05/don-lemon-are-we-to-blame-for-justin-biebers-use-of-the-n-word/
    —————————
    Based Rob ‏@BarackOMamba 8m
    Are we to blame for Chic Fil A not being open on Sundays? #DonLemonQuestions

    everything I’m not ‏@No_Cut_Card 9m
    are we to blame for Solange almost beating a senior citizen to death in that elevator? #DonLemonQuestions

    @GoodHumourDude: “Was Bull Connor misunderstood?”
    #DonLemonQuestions”

    Bunchy ‏@GoodHumourDude 13m
    “The Klan – Isn’t it Really Our Fault?”
    #DonLemonQuestions

    • AxelFoley

      Don must be into S&M because he stay getting his ass beat.

      “Please, sir. May I have some more?”

      • nellcote

        I think he gets credit from CNN for the number of tweets he inspires. It doesn’t matter what they say.

  • JB20005

    “I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child, and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.”

    Bravo, Mr. President!

    F**k the GOP, worthless Feinstein DINOS, and “liberal” media.

  • Miranda

    Really, Dr. Carson? Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11?

    The Republican presidential hopeful thinks that Obamacare has caused Americans more pain than jetliners crashing into the World Trade Center and two costly wars.
    By Evan Gahr June 5, 2014

    Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican right’s favorite African-American neurosurgeon, often says that President Obama’s health care law is the worst thing since slavery.

    But in my recent interview with the good doctor—who is riding high in the presidential preliminaries, having come in a close second to Sen. Ted Cruz this past weekend in the Republican Leadership Conference’s much-ballyhooed straw poll—he upped the ante.

    He claimed that Obamacare has been even more damaging to the United States than the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/05/really-dr-carson-obamacare-is-worse-than-9-11.html

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!

      • Joy

        Morning, Alma!

        • Alma98

          Morning Joy!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98 – —***BIG HUG*** :>) –Annnd “MR. SUN” –Spinning –like a “Pin-Wheel” :>) – –
      — – —☺http://www.midwayisd.org/cms/lib/TX01000662/Centricity/Domain/535/EPCD_graphic.gif

      THANK U —4 –OUR DAILY JOY-
      – B BLESSED —U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH, I’d like to wake to a day without GOP madness. This sun is appropriate for all the spinning going on in the msm. Hugs and blessing to you and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma —-***BIG fist bump*** – –“Da SPINNING —is Sooo ON!–
          BUT —-KARMA – —will get da “W” — – -WE KNOW. —-:>)

          THANK U —as ALWAYS – -Alma :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- —A — -CALLIN’ —OUT — -TWEET!! – –

    — -☺@CallOut4[THANK U♥]

    Hardly any Republicans see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism. But it is http://today.yougov.com/news/2013/10/17/confederate-flag/ … pic.twitter.com/LRs8yhqd8m

    – —-☺NOT MUCH has CHANGED – – — Since U FIRST said –THIS! – –SADLY! -http://www.somegif.com/gifs/13613441891059482442.GIF

    • JB20005

      All of my ancestors who fought in the Civil War, wore the gray.

      I do not honor their service. I do not respect the cause they fought for.

      They were wrong, period. Full stop. It’s past time to stop romanticizing the confederate states, and pretending that they fought for anything noble, just, or good.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ JB2005 – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – – -THIS: -They were wrong, period. Full stop.—-***BIG – –fist bump***

        The RE-THUGS :- – -☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly45sbQf6x1qa0tls.gif
        — -BEYOND PREDICTABLE!!

        – – – -Have a good day. JB20005 :>) B BLESSED♥- -:>)

  • Miranda

    Dems suck as teammates….they really do.

    ALL WE GOT IS US. WE IS ALL WE GOT.
    ——————————-
    Bergdahl Case Shakes Democrats’ Confidence in Administration

    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s handling of the Bergdahl prisoner exchange has renewed frustration among congressional Democrats about the administration’s relations with its allies on Capitol Hill, and prompted criticism that the White House failed to prepare the lawmakers for the politically explosive case.

    While Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Intelligence Committee, went public with her dissatisfaction at not being notified in advance about the exchange, other lawmakers and officials said privately that Democrats felt exposed by their lack of knowledge about the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture and the backgrounds of the five Taliban officials traded for his freedom.
    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/world/asia/bergdahl-case-shakes-democrats-confidence-in-administration.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • Alma98

      This is why when they called begging for money I told them no more til they get a backbone.

      • AxelFoley

        Shit, them muhfuckas will never get a damn thing from me, even if they grow spines. Too late for that shit now. Burn me once, that’s all you get.

        • Alma98

          I hear ya Axel.

    • JB20005

      I’ll be glad when we age out the generation of democrats that rolls into the fetal position any time the right wing starts shouting.

      That sound you hear is “Give ‘em hell” Harry Truman puking in his grave.

    • Kennymack1971

      *Apologies for the profanity laced rant to follow*

      Why in the FUCK does the WH have to prepare these namby pamby assholes for this shit?
      The President brought our soldier home in exchange for 5 dudes we were letting go ANYWAY.
      I swear these weak ass Democrats screaming and moaning over this bullshit are worse than the fucking GOP.
      They cower in the corner while the GOP acts a fool and only come out to whine about the President.
      You’re right Miranda, all we got is us….these Dems ain’t shit.

      • AxelFoley

        That’s why I say I hate emos, PLs and weak ass Dems more than I do the GOP. They’ve done more damage to PBO than the GOP ever could.

        We have the most progressive President in our lifetimes, and they’ve done nothing but kneecap him every step of the way. That let me know that these fucks were NEVER about progress and moving our country forward as they’ve claimed for years.

      • isonprize

        RIGHTEOUS RANT!!!

    • MsKitty

      If you’re gonna constantly kneecap “your” president and undermine his agenda, than the D next to your name doesn’t mean jack shit to me.

      2014 is the last hurrah for me. Come 2016 they can all kiss my ass. I’m a registered Independent for a reason.

    • gn

      NYT also is concern trolling. Pelosi and Reid are on record yet they are almost a footnote in that article. But Feinstein, et al need to have a stadium of seats.

    • jds09

      I’m at the point were I do not trust the New York Times. Time and time again, they publish contradicting stories with suspect sources. They are a dressed up version of POLITICO. The only difference when it comes to their political reporting is that they have better manners.

      • Miranda

        So true.

      • AxelFoley

        I don’t trust any newspaper that ends in Times or Post.

      • jziglar

        I don’t trust the New York Times. Pretty much I don’t trust the majority of papers. I think they’re once again trying to sow division in order to help republicans in the midterms.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Dis, dis, dis here and dis here again.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Yup and always during an election year.

  • Miranda

    Joe Scarborough got some nerve throwing criticisms at any father. Hey Joe…Lori the murdered intern had a father too, you murderous maggot egg.

    Scarborough And Todd Get Into On-Air Shouting Match Over Bergdahl’s Dad

    • AxelFoley

      Wait, Chuck got into it with Joe?

      And Joe is scum for this. Well, he’s scum for other reasons, too.

    • gn

      I can’t get through this whole video. Scarborough is a POS for this. He doesn’t even know what happened but is running his big mouth anyway.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Tell me again why I should care what a right wing Republican talk show host with an audience half the size of Clifford the Big Red Dog says.

  • Alma98
    • Tafr

      LOL this if soooo damn funny thank god I read the books. All will be well GOT fans just be patient lol.

      • Alma98

        LOL

      • Joy

        I was going to start reading the books, are they good? I watched the first few eps of S1, but once my boos were killed off, I was done…LOL.

        • Tafr

          Read the books they are excellent. Do you have a kindle? If you got a kindle I can lend them to you.

          • Joy

            No Kindle, I’m looking to purchase one soon though. I used to read voraciously and I wanna get back into it.

          • Tafr

            Well if you want to borrow them just shout out to me on POU. I know it is sooo easy to put reading on the back burner. I just got rid of cable so I have plenty of time to read now.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I’m gonna say this. Dude shouldn’t have been talkin all that shit. He should have fucked him UP once he was on the ground.

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

        OK! But nooooooo! Oberyn was too busy acting like he was auditioning for the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe. Now my boo Tyrion is in danger. :-(

        • Tafr

          LOL that mess reminded me of the princess bride

          Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

  • MsKitty

    William Randolph Hearst would be so proud…

    pic.twitter.com/Bq5CqwjI9W

    • Alma98

      SMH

    • Miranda
    • gn

      Some in the national media are doing their best to turn this country into a bona fide idiocracy. Truth, reality, science, biology, facts=all optional.

      • PBomb

        It is so funny that you mentioned that. I just rewatched “Idiocracy” by Mike Judge, the other day. I didn’t care for the movie the first time I watched it, but after seeing it again unfortunately it is so prophetic.

        His movie Office Space was frighteningly true too.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —-LOL- —Truth, reality, science, biology, facts=all optional.

        – —*WHYCOME” —U GOTTA – – -☺http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg LOL – – -BUT — – -THANK U♥ :>)

        Good 2 C U. GN. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • nellcote

    After letting a special unit devoted to monitoring domestic terrorism fall dormant following the Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it was reviving the group. The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee will focus on extremists motivated by antigovernment and racial hatred, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Tuesday.

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/06/04/attorney-general-revives-domestic-terrorism-group-and-far-right-goes-wild/

    • jds09

      We will see some perp walks very, very soon.

    • qosine

      I am SO glad to know this.

  • crazycanuck

    urg disqus

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— -CAIN’T SAY THIS —ENUFF – – –

    — — -☺@CallOut4

    Let’s be very clear: Republicans criticizing Obama on Bergdahl is about partisan dislike of Obama, not principle.

    – – – —-☺http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/HATERS+GONNA+HATE.+CHECK+DAT_fb2482_3271490.jpg

    – – -THAT!- – -IS! — –ALL! – – -WE! —STR8! —KNOW!! – -

  • nellcote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants who have won government protection from deportation can apply for another two years of safety.

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start taking renewal applications from the more than half-million immigrants already enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program starting immediately.

    Renewal applications are being sought now to ensure that immigrants already in the program don’t fall out of status, Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, said Wednesday. Renewals, like new applications, carry a $465 fee. The program remains open for first-time applicants.

    [...]

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IMMIGRATION_DEFERRED_ACTION?SITE=COBOU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -Ohhhhh —Shall we have —ANOTHER -HISTORY LESSON!?? — —TRIPLE –HAH! :>)

    — – – -☺@lordxmen2k[THANK U♥]

    Sen John McCain spilled the beans to the VietCong in order to get medical attention, also participated in propaganda for them #BoweBergdahl

    — — -☺PUH-LEEZE – –TAKE a SEAT!! – —MORE —OATMEAL???-

    — ——–♦http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HVB63k-CE0U/ULQYnRd6QeI/AAAAAAAAAdY/0cKFikTvl5Q/s1600/the+Beast+noms.gif

    • gn

      His hypocrisy on this has been absolutely breathtaking.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –GN —Nothin’ has changed – —LOL-

        — —He REMAINS —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWX5u69hmzY

        – -Those were the — -READY??? :>) – – –DAZE – :>)

      • http://batman-news.com Mi

        I sort of blame the medias’s continued deceptive representation of John McCain as some sort of honorable Statesman, GN. Mr McCain showed us who he was ages ago; But somehow he still manages to elicit shock and disappointment when he behaves in what is classically characteristic John McCain ways. The man is a hypocrite and a weasel. He’s never done anything that even remotely suggested otherwise — I think if he ever did, that would be the surprise.

        • gn

          ICAM! This is national media myth-making.

  • MsKitty
    • Joy

      Lets hear what these mofos got to say now.

    • Miranda

      I wonder who will be the first to basically say they don’t care they still should have been told.

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

        Here’s what their response will be:

        Aaron Blake Verified account @AaronBlakeWP
        Five days later… RT @AP: BREAKING: Officials: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if it leaked .

        I can’t stand these snot nosed media brats.

  • Miranda

    Medicaid Enrollment Up 15 Percent In States That Expanded Obamacare

    An additional 6 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and related health programs for the poor compared to before the six-month signup period began last October for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said today in a new report.

    The figure of 6 million more individuals is as of the end of April for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with enrollment in those states that adopted the Medicaid expansion up 15.3 percent compare to those that didn’t, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services blog linked here. The new numbers include 1.1 million individuals who signed up to Medicaid in April “as compared to March in the 48 states that reported data for both April and March,” the report said.

    more here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2014/06/04/medicaid-enrollment-up-15-percent-more-in-states-that-expanded-obamacare/

  • Miranda

    President Obama’s full response on Bowe Bergdahl:

    Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Have you been surprised by the backlash that’s been whipped up by your decision to do a deal to free Bowe Bergdahl? And what do you think is motivating that? In retrospect, do you think you could have done more to confer with Congress or announced the deal in a way that might have spared him and his family being caught up on the political crossfire?

    Prime Minister, how do you respond to criticism that your decision to meet Vladimir Putin and his meetings with other key European leaders are actually devaluing the punishment that was meted out to Russia by throwing it out of the G-8? And finally, should Qatar be deprived of the right to host the World Cup? And if so, is England willing to host it?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington, all right? That’s — that’s par for the course. But I’ll repeat what I said two days ago. We have a basic principle. We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated and we were deeply concerned about. And we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.

    We had discussed with Congress the possibility that something like this might occur. But because of the nature of the folks that we were dealing with and the fragile nature of these negotiations, we felt it was important to go ahead and do what we did. And we’re now explaining to Congress the details of how we moved forward.

    But this basic principle that we don’t leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies is not unique to my administration. It dates back to the beginning of our republic, and with respect to how we announced it, I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction. This is not a political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land who they hadn’t seen in five years and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again.

    And as commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, I am responsible for those kids, and I get letters from parents who say, if you are, in fact, sending my child into war, make sure that that child is being taken care of. And I write too many letters to folks who, unfortunately, don’t see their children again after fighting a war. I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-obama-defends-bergdahl-prisoner-swap/2014/06/05/2cdc88cc-ecbb-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • qosine

      Have you been surprised by the backlash that’s been whipped up by a) your decision to run b) winning in 2008 and c) winning again in 2012? What do you think is motivating this backlash since 2008? In retrospect, do you think you could done more to confer with all of your opponents, including us, or announced your plans in a way that might spared us being caught up in our
      racist crossfire?

  • Miranda

    1 in 10 still support discrimination against African-Americans on religious grounds
    06/04/14 04:05 PM By Morgan Whitaker

    One in 10 Americans believe small business owners should be free to refuse to serve or do business with African-Americans on religious grounds, according to a new poll.

    A survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that strong majorities of Americans reject the idea that businesses should be legally allowed to refuse to serve either African-American, Jewish, gays and lesbians, or atheists, but a small portion of the country still believes you should be able to.

    Among the four groups, the survey found the least support for refusing service to African-Americans, but the most for discriminating against gay or lesbian individuals.

    more here: http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation/1-in-10-americans-still-support-discrimination?cid=sm_m_main_1_20140605_25382916

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥—-Luvin’ THIS — -CREATIVE —-SLAM —YES!

    – – — ☺Marmel[THANK U♥]

    Hey, @TIME. I fixed your #Bergdahl cover (and went back in time 40 years to do it) w/@SenJohnMcCain. pic.twitter.com/teQM3huIFr

    The TRUTH that —HISTORY TELLS!! – – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – –☺RE-THUGS: — -♦http://themidnightalliance.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/read-honey.gif
    — –“TRIPLE HAH!” — –:>)

  • JB20005

    A classified military report detailing the Army’s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before — both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan — and then returned, according to people briefed on it.

    The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the darkness of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline within his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl intended to permanently desert.

    And the ball of lies continues to unravel.

    I called it yesterday, the sliming from his “brothers in arms” was a preemptive CYA.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/world/asia/bowe-bergdahl-walked-away-before-military-report-says.html?_r=0

    • lamh36

      The headline at NYT is real trolly

  • MsKitty

    Dude, that’s all you got? That’s the best you could come up with? LMAO

    https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/474610159143374848

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -A –“Mother Nature” – –CUTEness —GETAWAY :>)
    – – — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljvk4ipaKLQ

    – —ENJOY. :>)

  • isonprize

    Hoping that BriWi hasn’t joined the crazies…

    Inbox: President Barack Obama will speak exclusively with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams in Normandy, France on Friday,— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 5, 2014

    • jds09

      Yep, he’s joined. IMO, Brian is crazy-lite. I bet the NBC Nightly News has the same demo as 60 Minutes.

      • isonprize

        DAMN.

    • http://batman-news.com Mi

      He has his days; There are sadly more crazies than not these days. Brian had so much promise; he got the first and only full access to the East and West wings of the White House and interviews with both President and Mrs Obama — but then his previously protected ego encounters the historic and super-smart black couple residing in the White House–

      And Brian was completely done in by a felling combination of a slushy core, white privilege and entitlement, and a lingering, deep-seated insecurity that can’t be permanently masked or vanquished by good looks and the right skin color — something that otherwise previously guaranteed a permanent perch at the top, and an unquestioning of ones opinions or authority – even sans a college education.

      • TresL

        Years ago, when Brian Williams hosted a newscast on MSNBC, his snobbery was on full display when he derisively dissed Missy Elliott for her incorrect pronunciation of “choreography.” It was a shockingly small thing for him to do, as you said, from his “perch.” It was breathtakingly petty and so unnecessary. From what I recall, Missy sort of left out the “e” in her pronunciation. It was certainly not a huge offense and could have easily been overlooked by someone not so full of himself. I’m not a huge Missy fan; but, I have not liked him since.

        • http://batman-news.com Mi

          He’s got a chip on his shoulder. Putting Missy down was his way of trying to distance himself from the stereotypes associated with his own lack of a formal education. Secure people never have a need to ever humiliate others – and not over something like that.

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    Sepia♥– -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT –THEATRE♥- -:>)

    ——☺June 5, 1940
    The American Negro Theater
    was organized by Frederick O’Neal and Abram Hill.

    ——☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Mz41vUt7k

    — — – –☺http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/american-negro-theater-formed

    – —–Date: Wed, 1940-06-05
    On this date in 1940, The American Negro Theater (ANT) was organizedin Harlem, New York. Coordinators were Frederick O’Neal, Abram Hill, and members of the McClendon Players.

    ANT was a pioneering African-American theater company and school in which several hundred Black actors, writers, and technicians began theircareers. The Academy Award-winning actors Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and actor and singer Harry Belafonte, are three of the prominent African-Americans who were affiliated with the American Negro Theater.

    The theater was founded in Harlem in 1940 by the Black writer Abram Hill and the Black actor Frederick O’Neal, who wanted to create a company that would provide opportunity for African-American artists and entertainment for African-American audiences unavailable downtown on Broadway.

    — – – -☺Mr. FREDERICK O’NEAL — -http://www.blackpast.org/aah/oneal-frederick-1905-1992

    —☺Mr. ABRAM HILL — [NO PIC] -http://welcometoharlem.wordpress.com/tag/abram-hill/

    – – -CONGRATULATIONS♥ – –with –PROFOUND PRIDE♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -From – – -“Da CULTURE” – –In the STREET :>)

    -In ITALY :>)

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    Artist ‘Fabieke’ Street Art wall in Italy

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  • http://batman-news.com Mi

    I’ve got to finally confess that Joy-Ann Reid’s syrupy kowtowing to the “Clinton greatness”, can be incredibly hard to watch. Bringing on Joe Conason and Joan Walsh (the perfect duo of hard-hitting, solid, unbiased political reporting of course!), to address the vicious and disrespectful attacks on President Obama re: the Bowe Bergdahl release, is nothing but a useless pro-Clinton vanity exercise. All you get is yet another opportunity to frame the response to elevate and benefit the Clintons in every way. They wax poetic on how great and resilient are the Clintons, and only offer that President Obama has learned some from watching the “hunting of both Clintons”. And Joy-Ann just grins sheepishly and nods.

    • crazycanuck

      Agree 100%. I hate the way she is covering and rubber stamping all the bullshit regarding Bergdahl.

    • nellcote

      Thank you! I think it’s something about the cable format that makes people mush minded. I know she’s better than that.

  • JojoRaze

    Thanks for this discussion topic. I had Prof Seraile as a Black Studies professor and my senior thesis reader and he was great. I still have the notebook I took class notes in; the information was that good and valuable.