August 17, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Pearl Eileen Primus (November 29, 1919 – October 29, 1994) was an American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. Primus played an important role in the presentation of African dance to American audiences. Early in her career, she saw the need to promote African dance as an art form worthy of study and performance. Primus’ work was a reaction to myths of savagery and the lack of knowledge about African people. It was an effort to guide the Western world to view African dance as an important and dignified statement about another way of life.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Pearl Primus was two years old when she moved with her parents, Edward Primus and Emily Jackson, to New York City in 1921. In 1940, Primus entered Hunter College as a graduate student in biology, and, while looking for work, joined the National Youth Administration group as an understudy, thus beginning her first theatrical experience. She quickly improved in her abilities and, within a year, won a scholarship from the New Dance Group, a left-wing school and performance company located on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Primus began to research African dance, “consulting books, articles, and pictures and visiting museums’. After six months, she had completed her first composition, African Ceremonial. It was presented along with Strange FruitRock Daniel, and Hard Time Blues, at her debut performance on February 14, 1943, at the 92nd Street YMHA. Her performance was so outstanding that John Martin of the New York Times states that “she was entitled to a company of her own.”

Her next performances began in April 1943, as an entertainer at the famous night club, Cafe Society Downtown, for ten months. In June 1943, Primus performed at the Negro Freedom Rally at Madison Square Garden before an audience of 20,000 people.

Primus also choreographed a work to Langston Hughes’s famous poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, which was performed at her Broadway debut on October 4, 1944, at the Bealson Theatre.

She then began to study more intensively at the New Dance Group and became one of their instructors. In the summer of 1944, Primus visited the Deep South to research the culture and dances of Southern blacks. She visited over seventy churches and picked cotton with the sharecroppers.

In December 1943, Primus appeared as a guest artist in Asadata Dafora’s African Dance Festival at Carnegie Hall. In December 1943, Primus, who was primarily a solo artist, recruited other dancers and performed in concerts at the Roxy Theatre. African Ceremonial was re-choreographed for a group performance. At that time, Primus’ African choreography could be termed interpretive, based on research and her imagining of the way in which a piece of African sculpture would move.

In 1946, Primus was invited to appear in the revival of the Broadway production Showboat, choreographed by Helen Tamiris. Then, she was asked to choreograph a Broadway production called Calypso whose title became Caribbean Carnival. She also appeared at the Chicago Theatre in the 1947 revival of Emperor Jones in the “Witch Doctor” role that Hemsley Winfield made famous.

Following this show and many subsequent recitals, Primus toured the nation with a company she formed. While on the university and college circuit, Primus performed at Fisk University in 1948, where Dr. Charles S. Johnson, a member of Rosenwald Foundation board, was president. He was so impressed with the power of her interpretive African dances that he asked her when she had last visited Africa. She replied that she had never done so. She then received the last and largest ($4000) of the major Rosenwald Fellowships for an eighteen-month research and study tour of the Gold Coast, Angola, Cameroons, Liberia, Senegal and the Belgian Congo.

Primus was so well accepted in the communities in her study tour that she was told that the ancestral spirit of an African dancer had manifested in her. The Oni and people of Ife, Nigeria, felt that she was so much a part of their community that they initiated her into their commonwealth and affectionately conferred on her the title “Omowale” – the child who has returned home. Pearl also based her dance off of American and Indian/African lives.

Primus’ sojourn to West Africa has proven invaluable to students of African dance. She learned more about African dance, its function and meaning than had any other American before her. She was able to codify the technical details of many of the African dances through the notation system she evolved and was also able to view and to salvage some “still existent gems of dances before they faded into general decadence.” She has been unselfish in sharing the knowledge she has gained with others.

The significance of Primus’ African research and choreography lies in her presentation of a dance history which embraces ethnic unity, the establishment of an articulate foundation for influencing future practitioners of African dance, the presentation of African dance forms into a disciplined expression, and the enrichment of American theater through the performance of African dance.

Additionally, Primus and the late Percival Borde, her husband and partner, conducted research with the Liberian Konama Kende Performing Arts Center to establish a performing arts center, and with a Rebekah Harkness Foundation grant to organize and direct dance performances in several countries during the period of 1959 to 1962. Primus and Borde taught African dance artists how to make their indigenous dances theatrically entertaining and acceptable to the western world, and also arranged projects between African countries such as Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, and the United States Government to bring touring companies to this country.

Primus’ approach to developing a movement language and to creating dance works parallels that of Graham, Holm, Weidman, Agnes de Mille and others who are considered to be pioneers of American modern dance. These artists searched literature, used the music of contemporary composers, glorified regional idiosyncrasies and looked to varied ethnic groups for potential sources of creative material. Primus, however, found her creative impetus in the cultural heritage of the African American. Fusing spirituals, jazz, and blues and then coupling these music forms with the literary works of black writers, Primus’ choreographic voice – though strong – resonated primarily for and to the black people on whose experiences her works were based. Her style, her themes and her body type promoted modern dance among African Americans. Primus’ strong belief that rich choreographic material lay in abundance in the root experiences of a people has been picked up and echoed in the rhythm and themes of Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Dianne McIntyre, Elo Pomare and others.

Primus believed in sound research. Her meticulous search of libraries and museums and her use of living source materials established her as a dance scholar.

Pearl Primus focused on matters such as oppression, racial prejudice, and violence. Her efforts were also subsidized by the United States government who encouraged African-American artistic endeavors.

In 1944, she interpreted the Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (1944), and in 1945 she created Strange Fruit (1945), based on the poem by Lewis Allan about a lynching. Hard Time Blues (1945) is based on a song about sharecroppers by folksinger Josh White.

Primus married the dancer and choreographer Percival Borde in 1954 and began a collaboration that ended only with his death in 1979. In 1959, the year Primus received an M.A. in education from New York University, she traveled to Liberia, where she worked with the National Dance Company there to create Fanga, an interpretation of a traditional Liberian invocation to the earth and sky.

Still eager to further her academic knowledge, Primus received her Ph.D. in anthropology from NYU in 1978. In 1979, she and her husband founded the Pearl Primus “Dance Language Institute” in New Rochelle, New York, where they offered classes that blended African-American, Caribbean, and African dance forms with modern dance and ballet techniques. Their performance group was called “Earth Theatre”.

As an artist/ educator, Primus taught at a number of universities during her career including NYU, Hunter College, the State University of New York at Purchase, the College of New Rochelle, Iona College, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Howard University, the Five Colleges consortium in Massachusetts. She also taught at New Rochelle High School, assisting with cultural presentations. As an anthropologist, she conducted cultural projects in Europe, Africa, and America for such organizations as the Ford Foundation, US Office of Education, New York University, Universalist Unitarian Service Committee, Julius Rosenwald Foundation, New York State Office of Education, and the Council for the Arts in Westchester.

In 1991, President George H. W. Bush honored Primus with the National Medal of Arts. She was the recipient of numerous other honors including: The cherished Liberian Government Decoration, “Star of Africa”; The Scroll of Honor from the National Council of Negro Women; Membership in Phi Beta Kappa; an honorary doctorate from Spelman College; the first Balasaraswati/ Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival; The National Culture Award from the New York State Federation of Foreign Language Teachers; Commendation from the White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Primus died from diabetes at her home in New Rochelle, New York on October 29, 1994.

 

  • Mornin’, Rikyrah and POU!

    • The Shy Lurker

      Good morning Sepia.

      • Alma98

        Morning TSL

    • MsKitty

      Morning Sepia

  • This article is so on point! We’re not the only ones who have noticed the silence from the Blackademics and faux Twitter activists.

    http://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/895132796687175681

    • Miranda

      OK…this part right here alone bought a tear to my eye and a slow clap for truth:

      I’ve labeled this phenomenon: Post-Civil Rights Era Progressive Activist Privilege. It is the false belief, in electoral politics, that black Americans have the luxury of choosing individual beliefs over what’s best for the group as a whole.

      • Yes!! Take a look at who was promoting that purity bs: Professors at Ivy League colleges who make $$$$ on the talk circuit. The Negro 1%. They won’t be affected as much as the rest of us.

    • Alma98

      They all work at white institutions getting paid.
      They may not be hurting right now but eventually the havoc that bannon, sessions and drumpf are wreaking is gonna come for them. When it does I’m just sit back with a smirk on my face. Cornell & Tavis opened the door for attacks on PBO with their lies and disrespect. And it all stemmed from personal reasons.
      Now they’re hiding out saying “who me?”. I hate them all, never heard of more than half of them til PBO became president.

    • Joy

      Mmmhmm.

    • Miranda

      For those who may be blocked by Glaude..this is his “wuddn’t me! I aint got no influence” take….SMDH…this is all you need to know about him…he aint worth a fucking damn.

      https://twitter.com/esglaude/status/895260816223723520

      • Town

        Sounds like Elon James White saying “Who, me?” or Shaun King saying “Not me!”

        • Miranda

          YUP!!!! All of’em got those shady memories now. We ain’t gone forget it though.

          • Town

            I notice Elon James White isn’t pumping out podcasts like he was BEFORE the election and the few ones he’s pumping out aren’t about politics at all, they’re about movies or his daughter. I also notice Angry Black Lady isn’t on his podcasts much any more.

            He got shook after all the people gave him the business for discouraging people from voting for Hillary with his “we’z dying in the streets” and “earn this vote or lose” rhetoric. EJW is so shook he had to take to the psychiatrist’s sofa. Sad!

          • Miranda

            Elon really thought Hillary would win and he would be a paid contributor on a Sat morning panel every week on MSNBC to discuss his “frustrations” with her lack of implementing a fairy-tale law that bans racist cops and gives every black family $500,000 for reparations. Now he is faced with the harsh reality that this ain’t happening at all now and he has to come up with a plan B.

          • Town

            If he was ’bout it, he’d be on MSNBC every Saturday morning talking about Trump but he ain’t about that life so discussing his daughter’s noises it is.

          • You’re right! I haven’t seen any of his “We live son!” tweets.

          • Alma98

            Yeah his ass been very quiet. Sitting his ass in Cali with his white wife and telling people not to vote. The irony is as much as he talked about how he couldn’t stand Corny he became him white woman and all hahahaha.

      • Kennymack1971

        LMAO threw rocks now they trying to hide their hands.

    • Kennymack1971

      I knew it! I knew that HuffPo piece was gonna get the hit dogs hollering LMAO!!!!

  • Joy

    Amen!

  • Joy

    Morning, rikyrah…morning, fam!

    • MsKitty

      Morning Joy

  • Miranda

    Oh I see Marc Lamont Hill still on that bullshit huh? If he don’t get the fuck outta here with his fake ass.
    ————————-
    ‘We Can Afford to Lose an Election; We Can’t Afford to Lose Our Values’……….but if you can afford the $20 for my book, that’s cool.
    https://twitter.com/Only4RM/status/895148661281312768

    • Town

      Let’s send Big Boi to sit MLH’s ass down!

    • Kennymack1971

      MLH, MHP, Slick Eddie Glaude, Fast Talking Dyson, Cucklebug Cornel and the rest of Blacker Than Thou Inc….

      They can all kiss my ass.

      Their credibility is shot as far as I’m concerned.

      It’s bad enough to be part of the reason we got Dolt 45 but then to be dead ass when it comes to standing up to Dolt 45 and Grand Moff Sessions?

      Yeah the hell with all of them.

      • Farrod

        Michelle Alexander is the first who always pops into my head…prolly ’cause she fine…damn.

    • MsKitty

    • Alma98

      Honestly I had never heard of this man til POU.

  • Miranda
    • Kennymack1971

      Niecy Nash can get it. That’s all I got to say.

      • Alma98

        ha!

    • Joy

      Love it!

    • nellcote

      glad to see Claws has been renewed for a second season.

      • I love that show!

    • Niece Nash is snatched, do you hear me??? SNATCHED!

  • Miranda

    Harry Reid just had a good chuckle this morning.
    ———————-
    https://twitter.com/joetoohey/status/895281933994872832
    https://twitter.com/DanScavino/status/895281664145928196

    • Kennymack1971

      LMAO…

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family.

    Dolt 45 hasn’t blown us all to hell yet so at least there’s that.

    • MsKitty

      Morning Kennymack

    • Miranda

      We live to see another day….I guess that’s all we can ask for anymore.

    • Joy

      That stupid muthafucka is wagging the dog.

    • Alma98

      Morning Kennymack

  • Miranda

    Trump Claims He’s Made Nuclear Arsenal Stronger
    August 9, 2017 at 8:24 am EDT

    President Trump tweets this morning:

    My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before… Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!

    A reality check: Business Insider notes Trump’s first executive order was on the Affordable Care Act and that none of his orders in his first 100 days were on the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-executive-orders-memorandum-proclamations-presidential-action-guide-2017-1

    And as the New York Times reports, the trillion dollar modernization of nuclear forces started under President Obama.
    https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/10/26/a-nuclear-arsenal-upgrade

    • MsKitty

      Mediocre white man takes credit for work that Black man did the heavy lifting on.

      A story as old as time.

    • Kennymack1971

      Trifling. Swagger jacking PBOs work…AGAIN.

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

  • Kennymack1971

    Six months in….and now we got this shit.

    FUCK YOU MAYO NATION
    https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/895276026145763328

    • Miranda

      SMDH……….we’ve gone from HOPE to damn near hopeless.

      • MsKitty

        For real. I’d probably stay outside because I think of what somebody said years ago about the aftermath of a nuclear attack, “the living will envy the dead.”

        Thanks white people. You hate us so much that you’re willing to destroy the entire planet. Kudos to you.

        • Remember that TV movie, “The Day After”? Scared the isht outta me!

          • nellcote

            another one around that time called “Threads” was memorable too.

          • Miranda

            I’d never even heard of that movie! Found the bomb scene on youtube.

          • MsKitty

            I heard that threads was even more graphic than The Day After.

    • rikyrah

      Thanks for the daily affirmation

  • Miranda

    They are REAL public servants…well…that and they all know when they take down this fool and his cohorts, they will be able to write their own checks for a plethora of opportunities.
    ————————-
    Mueller, several team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on special counsel investigation
    August 8 at 9:07 PM

    Robert S. Mueller III left a $3.4 million partner job in the white-shoe law firm WilmerHale, where he worked for clients such as Facebook, Apple, Sony and the NFL, to serve as the special counsel overseeing the law enforcement investigation into whether the Kremlin and the Trump campaign coordinated to impact the 2016 election, according to documents released Tuesday.

    Mueller’s public financial disclosure — along with those of seven members of his team — was released after a request from The Washington Post. The document offers a glimpse into whom the special counsel and the lawyers he has hired have worked for and where they have made and invested their money.

    They are likely to be closely scrutinized by allies of President Trump, who has criticized Mueller and his team as having conflicts of interest.

    The documents show that several lawyers on the team, particularly those who came from the private sector, left behind substantial salaries to work on the Russia case. James L. Quarles III, who left WilmerHale with Mueller, drew more than $5.8 million from his partnership there. Jeannie Rhee, another partner, drew more than $2 million, and Aaron Zebley, who was Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI and also worked with him at WilmerHale, drew more than $1.4 million.

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mueller-several-team-members-gave-up-million-dollar-jobs-to-work-on-special-counsel-investigation/2017/08/08/e11169da-7b78-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.23d364919cf5

  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      Poetic irony. God’s trying to tell us something.

  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      That’s why sessions is taking the lead on voter suppression.

  • Miranda

    They are fundamentally ignorant.
    ———————-
    We know that our current president reads neither books nor the Australian prime minister’s mood. And thanks to a leaked talk to congressional interns last week, we know that his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, the administration’s supposed voice of reason who is charged with ending the opioid epidemic, brokering peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and presumably proving the existence of God, actually said these words, out loud, to people with ears: “We’ve read enough books.”
    https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/895229191804919809

    • Town

      As Obama said, they take pride in their ignorance.

  • Miranda

    Oh shit……………
    Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.
    https://twitter.com/abbydphillip/status/895283093308932097

    • Town

      July 26 was when Trump announced the transgender ban.

      • Miranda

        daaaaaaaamn…….which was nothing but a distraction for the day since it will never be implemented.

      • Joy

        Now I’m wondering what happened behind the scenes yesterday that we don’t know about. All his bluster was in response to something else.

  • Miranda

    The Root‏ @TheRoot 5m5 minutes ago
    Most of the #fakenews was rooted in racist sentiments. A look at how Russia used racism to hack white voters http://trib.al/GWU12wT

    “This country was founded on white supremacy, predicated entirely on black racism,” said Christina Greer, an associate professor of political science at Fordham University. “So if you have everybody paying attention to their anti-black racism, you can feed them any stories you want. It can be about Negroes coming to get you, but then it easily transfers to Muslims—especially since 9/11—and any brown skin people.”

    The impact of these fake-news attacks is still being studied, but what is clear is that many white Trump supporters are actually OK with the possibility that Kremlin interference won the White House for Trump.

    “If that’s what it took,” David Gubert, a Trump supporter, told the New York Times in January. “I’m glad they did it.”
    [..]
    “Even if it is confirmed that Trump colluded with Moscow, that likely will not explain why, for example, 53 percent of white women voted for him. That is not a Russia problem. It’s a domestic issue independent of the Kremlin that requires as deep an analysis of white America’s racism as does the hybrid warfare that Russia waged to exploit it.”
    http://www.theroot.com/how-russia-used-racism-to-hack-white-voters-1797582833?utm_source=theroot_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

  • nellcote
    • This is so true! When I wake up, I turn on the news and say, “Let me see what this fool did now.”

      • Miranda

        __________________that’s precisely what my co-worker says to me every day around 11am! She walks in my office and says “what that fool do now.”

      • MsKitty

        That’s me checking my phone notifications…often with a feeling of dread.

      • nellcote

        “what fresh hell?” is my morning wakeup.

  • Miranda
    • I hope it’s true! I would feel a little better.

      • nellcote

        imagine the twitter storm if he ordered a strike and nothing happened!

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
    • Town

      Trump: Hold my bucket of KFC!

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Joy

      What?!!

    • adept2u

      Sheeiiittt did y’all know how close we came to becoming glow sticks in 1983? Able Archer…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Archer_83

      • Farrod

        I remember that exercise, I was stationed in Germany then…it was a big deal.

  • Miranda

    YALL!!!!!!! post your laughter gifs!
    https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/895081686681124864

  • nellcote
  • Miranda

    You ain’t lying Howard Dean…you ain’t lying at all.
    https://twitter.com/GovHowardDean/status/895233175277981696

    • adept2u

      Politically incorrect was the brainchild of that arch asshole Bill Maher. The idea that White men get to be as big of assholes as they want is in the White man’s constitution.

  • MsKitty

    Somebody’s in your head, Kennymack.

    https://twitter.com/DavidDTSS/status/895005156185694209

    • Miranda

      We’ll all be in our radioactive prevention suits watching that damn movie on a firestick in an underground tunnel if need be!

  • Miranda

    “It is safe to say that President Obama was never given and never requested a packet of clips about chyrons of any kind,” said Jen Psaki, a former Obama White House communications director who is now a CNN contributor. “If he had we would have assumed it was some sort of April Fools’ Day stunt.”

    Trump’s media obsession extends to TV chyrons about himself
    https://twitter.com/DylanByers/status/895097786500173825

    • nellcote

      contrast with PBO getting a daily packet of letters from real people…

  • MsKitty
  • sagittarius

    Morning Fam!

    I hope all is well and everyone is engaging in self-care. I’m here early with greetings before I hit it. I haven’t had time to even look at the fuckery, because I’m over here dancing as fast as I can.

    I wrote more than 2800 words yesterday. As soon as I pull up a few reports this morning, I will be at it again at work until it’s time to leave. The goal: finish the writing today.

    Have a good one – talk to you soon. Thanks for all your prayers and positive thoughts!

    • MsKitty

      Morning Sag!

      As always, you got this.

      • sagittarius

        Morning MsKitty!

        Thank you!

    • rikyrah

      Morning sag
      Sending you positive thoughts as always

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • Alma98
    • MsKitty

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning MsKitty

    • The Shy Lurker

      Good morning Alma.

      • Alma98

        Hey TSL, I guess Thiem is another clay court specialist huh.

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • I guess this film is relevant again. *smh* I feel bad for everyone in Guam, caught between two nutcases and waiting to see what happens.

    https://youtu.be/IKqXu-5jw60

  • Miranda
    • 7thangel

      i doubt there’s anything left to find. manafort would have nuked it all long time ago

      • Town

        Mueller probably has the records from the other parties involved, just trying to see if Manafort has them or not.

  • MsKitty

    I’m all for somebody cutting off his tongue and fingers at this point (hell, toes too).

    https://twitter.com/GlennThrush/status/895301998588952581

  • Miranda
  • Tunisia

    Okay, my husband states that I shouldn’t be upset, but I am not close to anyone at work. I keep my private business to myself. My father in law passed away on Saturday. I only told 3 people(management i.e. need to know). I took off yesterday to work on arrangements. I get back to work today to people asking me and/or extending condolences. I feel like my privacy has been violated, since I didn’t give permission to give the information. Am I wrong?

    • Town

      No one is right or wrong in this case unless you told the 3 people in question NOT to say anything. Once you tell your business at work, it will be spread. I had a coworker win a LARGE amount of money on a scratch off ticket. She told a manager. The manager decided to blast that news in a company wide email. Coworker should’ve kept that lottery news to herself.

      • Tunisia

        The only reason I told them is because I had to request time off. My company does give bereavement leave, so I had to tell them in order for my time off request not to be declined. We are in a busy period and only 3 people can be approved per day.

    • adept2u

      No you aren’t wrong and I hope you’re able to work through it without too much trauma. I lost my father last month, I understand how you feel. I had something similar happen and felt the same way. The only way I was able to transmute the emotion without too much anger was focusing on the idea they had my best interest at heart in their minds. Now if only we could get them to listen to what we say are our best interests.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Tunisia. :>) **BIG — -Consoling- –HUG**- –
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  • GreenLadyHere

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    • MsKitty

      Morning GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    —Sooo — -WATCHIN’. . . .

  • 7thangel
    • Alma98

      hahahahaha!!!!

      • TyrenM

        The thing is between this and Adept, I think Libby would be the one catching hell.

        • Alma98

          yep

    • I wasn’t ready!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ 7thangel- -:>) **BIG HUG** :>)- –

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    • Miranda
  • Alma98

    Morning lamh

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Morntin’ lamh. :>) **BIG HUG** —With a Resounding- -YUMMY. :>) — -Thank U 4Da SHARE. :>)

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  • MsKitty

    Morning lamh

  • Alma98

    He definitely choked lol but I’ve noticed that he just doesn’t play well on hard courts. Also the commentators are getting on my nerves moving goal post for all these up and coming american players. Did you see Jack Sock have a melt down after losing to Anderson last week? He called the DC tourny courts garbage and he’d never play there again lol. Like someone said if they’re garbage how come you played there for 3yrs straight, asshole.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— –From RESISTANT♥- – -Rep. NANCY-“Smash”♥- — – -WORD

    — –☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/895283557945442304

  • Alma98

    He is not fit at all. When he was playing his shirt came up and I saw that belly roll lol.

    • The Shy Lurker

      More doughy.

      Another thing: I don’t care if his forehand has more RPMs than Nadal’s.

      • Alma98

        me either hahahaha

  • Miranda

    Damn………that’s low.
    —————————–
    Johnson Says Brain Tumor Caused McCain’s ‘No’ Vote
    August 9, 2017 at 11:34 am EDT

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said that he thinks that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) brain tumor and the early morning hours may have affected the Arizona Republican’s no vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare, CNN reports.

    Said Johnson: “I’m not gonna speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in.”

    He quickly added: “Again, I-I-I don’t know exactly what — we really thought — and again I don’t want speak for any senator. I really thought he was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind.”

    more here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/politics/kfile-ron-johnson-john-mccain/index.html

    • The Shy Lurker

      “I was joking” in 3-2-1…

    • That’s effed up. Repubs are trash.

    • Alma98

      smdh

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda♥ —Obviously Johnson’s brain-less- — is DEFECTIVE– These RETHUGS– – R- –EVIL/VILE!!- –Hence their VOTE- – -geesh!!

      He MEANT THIS- – -DUD(e)– From his thoughts – -of PEOPLE- –ova “Potty”- – —

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    • qosine

      How vile. You lost Johson, lost, lost, lost. Victory for we the people.

  • Miranda
  • Alma98

    LOL yay!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    Allyson get’s her rematch at 4:50pm est!
    https://twitter.com/CitiusMag/status/895320862865235970

    • The Shy Lurker

      I still contend she stole home plate.

      • Miranda

        LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda♥- – -http://lastangryfan.com/wp-content/uploads/Jose-Reyes.gif

      SAFE!!- –:>)

  • Alma98

    LOL!

  • Alma98

    This guy playing Federer is nervous as hell lol.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Road kill.

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Alma98

        LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      alma- — LOL- – –☺https://m.popkey.co/169b81/rzR3W.gif

      As well he should B- — :>)

  • Joy
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -HAH!- – –From RESISTANT♥ —Mr. LEON Panetta♥- – -B-I-N-G-O!!!– —

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    Long answer: “Yeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss.”
    — –

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    —-We have a pres who personifies fragile toxic masculinity and is irked by everything he interprets as a blow to his ego…we saw this coming– – –

  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      Look at all the the asses in the tl saying it’s a lie.

  • Miranda

    Oh….Glaude went on a whole lil rant about that HuffPo piece?? He sure hollered loudly!
    https://twitter.com/esglaude/status/895263788626268162

    • Alma98

      LOL

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      YES!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • The Shy Lurker

      RIGHT ON!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

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  • nellcote

  • GreenLadyHere

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    If Trump is using his rag of choice to take personal shots at Manafort the obvious implication is that Manafort has flipped.– –

    – – – – –Boy the Trump people will stoop really low when threatened. We can only hope, one by one, they eat each other. #LockThemAllUp– -[WORD!]

  • GreenLadyHere

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    James B. Parsons Nominated First Black Federal Judge in Continental United States
    On August 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy nominated James Benton Parsons as United States District Court Judge for Northern Illinois.
    At the time, Judge Parsons, a native of Missouri and the great-grandson of enslaved people, was serving as a judge on the Superior Court of Cook County, Illinois. The Senate confirmed Judge Parson’s nomination on August 30, 1961, making him the first African American federal judge in the continental United States and the first African American federal judge with life tenure. Prior to his appointment, African Americans had been appointed solely to fixed judicial terms on the United States District Court for the Virgin
    Islands.

    Judge Parsons went on to accomplish other significant firsts within his position as a district court judge. On April 17, 1975, he became the first African American Chief Judge of a District Court; one month later, he was elected the first African American representative to the United States Judicial Conference. In1992, after 30 years of service, Judge Parsons retired from active trial duty. He died in Chicago, Illinois, the following year, at 81.

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  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      So it’s not about what the people want. smdh

  • Alma98

    Damn how long was that Federer match? 25 minutes? LOL

    • Miranda

      Did Federer even break a sweat?

      • Alma98

        LOL! probably not.

      • The Shy Lurker

        He beat that ass while church jogging.

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • The Shy Lurker

      I performed a chore 4-1 up in the first, when I came back Fed was up 4-0 in the second.

      Road kill indeed.

      • Alma98

        hahahaha!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      alma- –LOL- —Kool- – -Kalm — Kollected– -☺https://media.culturalist.com/media/f81fa02b06e761fe7508159971b89f0f.gif

    • crazycanuck1503

      My man

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
    • adept2u

      I don’t understand why our Native nations like the Standing Rock Sioux don’t argue their case before the UN. How many ways does the White man have to prove he speaks with forked tongue.

  • Alma98

    Oh Monfils, smh

    • The Shy Lurker

      He’s plateaued.

      • Alma98

        Yep, he’s done. What a wasted career.

        • The Shy Lurker

          Untapped potential.

          • Alma98

            Loved being a showman too much, especially in the beginning.

    • MsKitty

      I gave up on him a long time ago. Never seemed to take his career seriously.

    • GreenLadyHere

      alma — -Soo Sorry that he cain’t remain CONSISTENT in his play. . . .He has SKILLZ- — INCLUDING- – -His

      – –☺https://media.giphy.com/media/cbXv0otjW6zpm/giphy.gif

      FAB – –“GETS”- – -:>)

  • 7thangel
    • The Shy Lurker

      Nukular. IJS.

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHAHA!!! RIGHT!

  • Alma98

    uh huh

    • The Shy Lurker

      With the right playing style and unmatched athleticism he could have been groundbreaking. And he’s charming as hell. Coulda been tennis’ equivalent to MJ. Alas…

  • Miranda

    Have a great retirement Wilfork. He officially retired today.
    —————–
    James Palmer@JamesPalmerTV
    Vince Wilfork fought back tears as he said his one and only regret in 13 years in the NFL was that his parents never got to see him play.

    “They didn’t get a chance to see their son live out a dream,” he said. “Physically, that hurt every day — by the hour, daily. Not a minute goes by. But I know they had the best seat in the house. Thank you, David and Barbara Wilfork.”
    ———-
    whoever that Bill’s player was (cuz I assume he is no more) his eyes just watered all the way up right at the moment he got hit.
    https://twitter.com/TomBradysEgo/status/894617863679610880

    • MsKitty

      Yeah that was brutal. Had to chuckle because he was skinny in that clip, relatively speaking.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Aww.

  • The Shy Lurker

    *double sigh*

  • nellcote
    • The Shy Lurker

      Ugh. I almost forgot about that.

  • Miranda

    But yet….here we are.
    ————————-
    It is humiliating for the world’s greatest superpower to disregard its president as a weird old man who wanders in front of microphones spouting off unpredictably and without consequence. But at this point, respect for Trump’s capabilities is a horse that’s already fled the barn. New chief of staff John Kelly has supposedly instilled military-style order and message discipline into the administration, but Trump is unteachable. Minimizing the havoc means getting everybody to pretend Trump isn’t really president.
    https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/895335419121811456

  • GreenLadyHere

    LOL- – -I KNOW- -HUH? :>) Luvin’ his demeanor. . :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda♥—Thank U. :>)