September 26, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Nobel Prize Winners

Sir William Arthur Lewis (1915–1991), born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, virtually founded the entire discipline of development economics.

Entering the field of economics when blacks were normally barred from that academic profession, Lewis broke one barrier after another by dint of sheer brilliance. He was the first black professor in Britain’s university system, and later the first one at Princeton University in the United States. The Nobel Prize he received in 1979 was the first given to a person of African descent in a field other than literature or peace.

Lewis finished school in St. Lucia at 14 but had to work in a government office for two years because he was too young to compete for a scholarship to attend a British university. In 1932, when he finally did enter the competition, he won, and set sail the following year to attend the London School of Economics.

Lewis graduated from the London School of Economics in 1937 with first class honors and continued on for a Ph.D. in industrial economics. Lewis received glowing recommendations from his mentors, but his application to join the faculty of the University of Liverpool was turned down on what appeared to be racial grounds.  Instead, he was hired at the University of Manchester in 1948, becoming Britain’s first black university professor.

At Manchester University in 1954 Lewis wrote the work, “Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour” for which he received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979.  He followed the article with a well received overview of development economics called “The Theory of Economic Growth.”  In both articles, Lewis attached enormous importance to education and social development as agents of change. 

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1963, Lewis took a post that year teaching at Princeton University in New Jersey. He remained there for the rest of his life, writing several more books about development and the world economy.

  • MonieTalks

    Morning everyone!

    I see Katrina Vandewhatever posted an article on Twitter by in her words “the esteemed” Courtland Milloy to conveniently push her usual anti-Obama thoughts by co-opting a Black person’s words.

    I wonder why she didn’t link back to this one by Milloy? Funny how they nitpick and choose them, huh..

    Courtland Milloy: Some blacks for gun rights

    …. Infringe on the Second Amendment? No way, say 30percent of African Americans (myself included), according to a recent Pew poll. No doubt many of them believe, like Hicks, that it’s better to have a gun and not need it than not have one and wish you did.

    Of course, that leaves 70percent of black people who favor more stringent gun control — in part because gun violence among blacks takes a higher toll than anything the Klan could inflict these days. Hicks sympathizes, but he believes more emphasis should be put on self-control.

    read more:

    • Miranda

      Milloy can kiss my black ass. That is all.

  • MonieTalks

    Oh, and for those who missed…here is the bullshit by Courtland Millo that Katrina thinks is so special..

    For Obama, the time has come to talk about race

    ….And yet, if racism in this country is so bad that Obama dares not broach the subject, what effect does he think this backlash is having on everyday black people? Does Obama know that he is being used by whites as proof that racism in America no longer exists? Forget racial discrimination in the workplace; it can’t happen in the country that has a black president.

    Obama’s silence makes him complicit in this lie.

    I’m not asking Obama to whine about racism but to talk about its corrosive effect on the country and what can be done to eradicate it. Pretending that it does not exist does not make it go away. Obama should not be allowed to get away with thinking that when it comes to making his mark on the issue of race, all he had to do was become the first black president.

    …How can Obama talk about protecting children “from the streets of Detroit,” as he did in his inaugural address, when he won’t go to such streets — not even the ones in the District where he lives? Not out of fear of getting shot, but more like fear of appearing to favor blacks over whites.

    Obama is not clueless, just calculating.

    read more:

    • crazycanuck

      How many times has the President got to talk about race. Sick of this nonsense. Why don’t they talk about race?

    • Miranda

      I’m so sick of this bullshit.

      • crazycanuck

        Oh for.. Who is this guy? As I said why don’t they talk about race. The President has, use their platform and continue the discussion. What are they afraid? I guarantee the people who needs to hear the discussion won’t be listening.

        • conlakappa

          He is a Creole columnist at the Washington Post. He used to have a show on BET about black men talking. Maybe he’s trying to revive it.

      • Alma98

        No! The president doesn’t need to talk about race, white people do because it’s white folks who have a problem. It’s white folks running around talking about they want their country back. Like robinswing says racism is a white people problem.
        It’s up to white people to talk to people in their families and work place who are racist. I’m tired of these jack-asses putting the burden of racism on black people. Why is it up to us to assuage white folks feelings.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Yep, read the bullshit. Their like Pavlov’s dog. Either say the word “black” or were not kosher. Note, this was wrote for white folks, because every other minority group knew about this shit. As evidenced November 6th.

    • Admiral_Komack

      More bullshit from the lamestream media.

      “I’m not asking Obama to whine about racism but to talk about its corrosive effect on the country and what can be done to eradicate it.”
      -Wake the fuck up, you stupid motherfucker.
      There, you got your answer; what are you going to do now?
      Emoprog asshole.

    • But there has never been a good reason why the nation’s first black president had to be so reticent about race — having uttered fewer words on the subject during his first two years in office than any Democratic president since 1961, according to a study by Daniel Gillion at the University of Pennsylvania.

      I’ve noticed that PBO critics are starting to cite this study to support their criticism, but I have questions:

      1. What exactly did these Democratic presidents say about race?

      2. After they spoke about race, what did these Democratic presidents DO about race?

      And this right here is outright bullshit:

      In announcing his “Why We Can’t Wait” initiative in 2011, Obama was appropriating King’s urgent call for racial justice. But when it came to actually addressing the issues that the civil rights leader was talking about — a high black unemployment rate, an unfair criminal justice system, and the “mis-education” of black children in separate and unequal school systems — wait we did. And we still are waiting.

      Did Milloy miss PBO signing the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010? Did he miss in the increases in grants to programs, like the Reintegration of Ex-Offender Operation Plan and the Second Chance Program, that help ex-offender get job training? What about PBO’s executive order to improve educational outcomes for African Americans? PBO’s DOJ has been a beast when comes to cracking down on police brutality and civil rights violations. Contract opportunities for Minority businesses have increased under PBO. Did Milloy forget that PBO’s has allocated BILLIONS of dollars in budget proposals to programs that specifically help Black people?

      And finally, did Milloy attend PBO’s African American Policy in Action conference in 2011?

    • itgurl_29

      Ever notice how the same emonegros who say that President Obama is “not a real black man” or that he is “afraid of free black men” are the same ones who want him to lead black folk to the promised land and go around the country speaking about race for black folk?

      • conlakappa

        I wouldn’t put him in that category. Maybe the Post is paying bounties for its nonwhite employees to talk smack about the President? Or Milloy has landed in his curmudgeon phase and is about to be a part of the next round of early retirements/buyouts.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2/POU FM♥ – —***BIG HUG*** :>) – — –REAL FAST! :>) – –IT’s ON!! – —

    – –GOP critics get opportunity to grill Secretary Clinton on Benghazi – –

    — – —Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify Wednesday that her agency is moving full speed ahead with recommendations to avoid a repeat of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Clinton’s appearances before House and Senate committees are expected to be her last before she hands over the reins to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), whose nomination hearing is Thursday. She’ll seek to limit the fallout from the deadly attack that tarnished her reputation as a successful head of the State Department.

    Clinton has accepted responsibility for the findings of a bipartisan Accountability Review Board (ARB) that skewered the department’s “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in a report issued last month. She has also endorsed the group’s 29 recommendations.

    – —Republicans have been clamoring for her to testify before she leaves office, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) making her appearance a prerequisite to Kerry’s nomination hearing. They’re expected to hammer the Obama administration for both the Benghazi fiasco and the resurgence of al Qaeda-linked groups in nearby Mali and Algeria, where three Americans were killed last week when militants took over a natural-gas facility.

    Lawmakers say they still have plenty of questions.

    – – – –Ummm. . . THINK she’s READY – – – –4 – 2016.? Watchin’ . . .

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning folks, it is -30 here with a wind chill of -39. Brisk morning lol.

    • Morning! And dang at that wind chill factor! :-O

      • crazycanuck

        I have to go out in that. I’m scared lol. Let’s see I have track pants under my pants, a t-shirt under my sweater. Will be wearing windbreaker under my coat. Hat, gloves, scarf.

        Check, Check, Check. Think I’m ready?

        • Don’t forget several pairs of socks!

        • Miranda

          I say climb back under the thick quilt with some hot cocoa and call it a day 🙂

          • conlakappa

            Sounds about like what I wanted to do this morning! I looked at my phone and it had 15 degrees but had that it was the temp at 7:00. I was looking at 7:35, thinking surely the sun had warmed it some. No, it was then 14. I don’t even want to know now!

        • Aquagranny911

          Dang! You mean you actually have to go out in that? I could never….

  • MonieTalks

    SO Tavis Smiley is Poverty Eradicator extraordinaire…but when the topic gets to Walmart (well known for numbers of labor related issues), his tone changes….check it. Sounds like he has nothing but praise for Walmart…a large supporter of Republican politics.

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Tavis, I’m wondering if your campaign, as you’ve been going around the country, whether you feel it’s had any impact on corporate leaders in America? Thirty years ago, the biggest private employer in America was General Motors, and every worker had a union job, a pension and a middle-class situation. Now the biggest employer is Wal-Mart, private employer, and most of their workers are in poverty themselves because of the low wages and the lack of benefits. Your sense that your campaign is having any impact on corporate leaders?

    TAVIS SMILEY: Well, corporate America is hard to crack. I will say this: You know, we—you know, people go hard at Wal-Mart, and I believe that companies ought to be respectful of the health of their employees and the equity pay of their employees, etc., but this announcement they made about hiring these military veterans, given the work that you cover here on The War and Peace Report, I think is significant. And so, the point here is that corporations can lead. Corporations can advance the conversation. For example, you know, in this country, as the Supreme Court continues every so often to file these affirmative action cases, it has been the case that oftentimes corporate America has led the government when it comes to trying to address the issue of affirmative action. So, that’s not always the case.

    So I don’t know what impact we’re going to have or have had already. What I do know is that this president and all of our leaders in Washington typically don’t tend to do much unless they get pushed. And now is the time for us to push all of our leaders on the issue of poverty and ask the president to provide some leadership on this. There is a link between gun violence and poverty. The younger you are, the more likely you are to be poor; the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be subject to random gun violence. And when we have a conversation about Sandy Hook, we have to also remember that black and brown kids are gunned down in this country every day, and nobody says anything.


    • Miranda

      HAHAHAHAHA! DAMN! Wow Tavis, excellent dance moves there!

    • He totally defended Wal-Mart and Gonzalez and Amy Goodman let him get away with it! My God! Tavis praised Wal-Mart for hiring military vets right after Gonzalez pointed out that their workers live in poverty thanks to low wages and shitty benefits!

      • Miranda

        That was absolutely CLASSIC. That was the epitome of emoprog/fauxgressive/sole patrol mindsets right there. Everything we have said about them…EVERYTHING…all summed up in that exchange between Gonzalez and Smiley….EVERYTHING.

      • MonieTalks

        Yep. Found this gem while searching for the purported Lupe Fiasco/ Tavis Smiley Newscorp vid.

        This kneegrow is full of caca and is only good as a Blackface for bashing the President. Shameful on Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez for conveniently letting that shit WILLFULLY slide…fake asses, all of em.

    • Town

      What I do know is that this president and all of our leaders in Washington typically don’t tend to do much unless they get pushed.


      • conlakappa

        Seriously. This President? Then he pivoted to “our leaders.” So it is because him raging against the machine that the President has made historic accomplishments? Whatever, Juicymoufdedness, whatever.

    • GN

      The Making of a Walmart Photo Op

      Posted by Lydia DePillis on Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      …Walmart wasn’t just sponsoring the opening reception for the National Geographic Museum’s new exhibit, America I Am: The African American Imprint. They’ve actually underwritten the whole thing, which is in the middle of a four-year, ten-city tour that’s already stopped in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta and moves next to St. Louis. When mastermind Tavis Smiley came up with the idea, he told the august crowd at least night’s reception, he traveled to Bentonville, met with his friend Lee Scott, and walked away with a check large enough to make it all happen (they’ve declined to divulge exactly how large, but I’d put it in the eight-digit range)…

      • Tavis ain’t gonna bite the hand that feeds him.

        • conlakappa

          Wells Fargo and Wal*Mart: we are judged by the company we keep. And companies that keep us. I refused to see his exhibit when it was at National Geographic. That is also headed by largely R crowds. Who else would make dollars from photographing the natives?

    • Aquagranny911

      Word salad! My eyes rolled so far back I saw my own ass!

    • nellcote

      but this announcement they made about hiring these military veterans, given the work that you cover here on The War and Peace Report, I think is significant
      Completely ignoring that this is part of Jill and Michelle’s Military Support Project.

    • nellcote

      but this announcement they made about hiring these military veterans, given the work that you cover here on The War and Peace Report, I think is significant
      Completely ignoring that this is part of Jill and Michelle’s Military Support Project.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -[GREEN dress. :>)]

  • Miranda

    Oh wow, Sloane beat Serena! Hope she wins it all.

    Stephens Upsets Williams in Stunner

    MELBOURNE — What was supposed to be a learning experience against one of the greatest tennis players in history turned instead into one of the bigger surprises in tennis history as the 19-year-old Sloane Stephens introduced herself to a global audience by rallying to defeat her 31-year-old American elder, Serena Williams, on Wednesday, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

    more here

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      You know them white women are like “YE……….Hold up………shit.” Yeah, she got beat, by another sista. DAMNIT!!!! Why can’t WE beat her. Good Luck to Sloane. We got your back baby.

    • TyrenM

      I don’t think Serena is ready to pass the torch yet. But it’s good to know we got a live one behind her.

  • GreenLadyHere

    REAL FAST: — –VOTIN’ on da HILL 2-day: – —

    – – –House GOP debt-ceiling bill gaining momentum ahead of floor vote – –

    – – — –A House Republican bill to suspend the debt ceiling through May 19 appeared to be headed toward passage on Tuesday as staunch conservatives largely held their fire and the White House gave its blessing.

    The short-term debt-ceiling hike was only offered by House Republicans four days ago, but has quickly been embraced by members of both political parties.

    The turnaround highlights a shifting power structure in Washington, with a newly inaugurated President Obama promising a more active government and Republicans adjusting to a minority position against a popular president and larger Senate Democratic majority.

    A day before the House is scheduled to vote on the measure, White House press secretary Jay Carney called the House GOP bill “significant” and “certainly something we welcome,” while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled he’s willing to move the bill if it gets to his chamber.

    – – –SNIP – –
    – -The White House had said it would not negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling, and the House GOP bill — in a significant concession — includes no spending cuts.

    The suspension of the debt ceiling is also not directly linked to passage of a budget by the House and Senate.
    THERE IS MORE – – – – -Watchin’. . . .

  • jds09
    • crazycanuck

      I saw that, I will wait and see what that means if anything at all.

  • rikyrah

    Larry O’s first segment last night with the Tea Party Republican discussing the debt ceiling was to me hilarious.

  • rikyrah

    Keep letting Boehner twist in the wind
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    So the latest scheme advanced by House Republicans is to suspend the debt limit, rather than raise it, until May 18th. This will get a vote tomorrow, on the theory that this will be easier for House conservatives to support than an actual debt ceiling hike, even though they will functionally have the same effect.

    Ezra Klein and Steve Benen make the crucial substantive point that if we can suspend the debt ceiling temporarily, we should suspend it permanently, to prevent this kind of brinksmanship from going wrong and wreaking economic havoc in the future.

    The question now is how House Democrats react. My bet is that they will adopt a wait-and-see attitude, designed to force John Boehner to prove he can come up with the votes for it himself. It turns out this is anything but assured: John Harwood quotes one Republican member saying it’s far from certain that he has the votes, which would mean another “Plan B” fiasco and another blow to Boehner’s leadership.

    It’s hard to imagine House Republicans won’t be able to get the votes to pass this extension, but really, at this point, it’s impossible to be prepared for what they’ll do. This could be seen by House conservatives as yet another cave — one coming after the fiscal cliff surrender — and this time, Republicans get absolutely nothing in exchange for backing down. So who knows.

  • rikyrah

    Why the new House GOP budget plan will be even worse
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:45 AM EST.

    And in 2013, the House Republicans’ budget plan will be much worse.
    The budget battle took new shape Tuesday when House Republicans disclosed plans to design a tax and spending proposal that would lead to a balanced budget in 10 years, something leaders from neither party have tackled in recent decades. […]

    If Mr. Ryan plans to design a budget plan in the coming weeks that would balance the budget by 2024, he’ll have to deal with the tricky balance between taxes (which Republicans want to keep low) and spending.


    Ryan’s notorious budget plan was lauded by establishment media types who didn’t read it, and had no idea how fiscally insane it was. For all the hype about the Wisconsin Republican being a “deficit hawk,” Ryan’s budget plan actually proved the opposite — he cut spending to the bone in all kinds of critical areas, but instead of applying those savings to debt reduction, Ryan’s blueprint applied the money to more tax breaks for the wealthy. Ryan’s plan — the one celebrated by pundits for being “serious” — didn’t balance the budget until 2040, nearly three decades away, and even then, the figures relied on rosy assumptions that most found unrealistic.

    Now, however, Ryan intends to unveil a plan to balance the budget in one decade instead of three. Take a wild guess what that means.


    It means, of course, that Ryan will either present a budget plan so absurd that it will be literally laughable, filled with outrageous magic asterisks, or it will be the most brutal and regressive plan ever seriously considered by a major American political party.

  • MonieTalks

    Was going through my Facebook , and in my newsfeed, I saw this picture by a that is circulating. Interestingly enough it originated on actor George Takei’s page Most claim he is always poking fun, but things like this rub me the wrong way, especially when racist pigs are lapping up this phot.

    • JojoRaze

      I think it’s funny racists can’t come up with their own material to criticize the first fam-they use emo-progs or pl memes. The PBO as joker me me for e.g., came from the palestinian-american emo-prog college student from Chicago who didn’t think PBO was revolutionary enough

      • Aquagranny911

        That may not have been one of George Takei’s better moments but he did support PBO & I don’t really believe he is poking fun at Michelle.

        If I remember my Star Trek mythology correctly, that Romulan was a strong woman, one of the good Romulans who helped the Federation.

        Isn’t it so sad that all POC must be so very damn careful what they say or do lest it be used against them & PBO?!?

    • I think it’s harmless.

  • Miranda

    Well the GOP is having the Benghazi hearings they so desperately wanted to have….and according to my twitter timeline…something tells me they are gonna wish they hadn’t. Apparently Hillary is verbally whupping their asses like Juan Marquez whupped Manny Pacquiao.

    Be careful what you wish for GOP….heh.

    • If Juan is looking at the hearings he’s probably thinking “Glad I didn’t have to fight her. “

  • GreenLadyHere


    —-☻ –10:30 AM – –Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    12:30 PM – -Obama and Biden meet for lunch. – –Carney briefs the press.

    – – -☻ – Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Hillary Clinton testifies on Benghazi [LIVE FEED [from Politico]

    – – -☻ –Woo! Hoo! – -3 FIRSTS!! — He was the first black professor in Britain’s university system, and later the first one at Princeton University in the United States. The Nobel Prize he received in 1979 was the first given to a person of African descent in a field other than literature or peace. — – -BRAVO!!!! :>)
    – — —–+HOW SIGNIFICANT is THIS? – –:>): – –In both articles, [RE: ECONOMICS] –Lewis attached enormous importance to education and social development as agents of change.

    – – – ☻ —THIS SURPRISE -2 da PEOPLE!! —President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Surprise White House Visitors – –
    – ————-The President, First Lady, and Bo make an unannounced appearance in the Blue Room to greet visitors during a public tour of the White House. January 22, 2013.
    – – -LOL – -THEY LOVED –“BO”!! :>)

    – – –ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL TREAT [Its COLD in many places :>)] – —


  • MonieTalks

    Gotta question fam. I brought this up to gn on Facebook after she posted the article detailing how the prison industrial complex is the only one heavily invested in Black males.

    If you haven’t heard, there is a Chicago rapper, Chief Keef (17 years old) who has a deal with major record label Intercsope. At his young age, Chief Keef has had numerous arrests (for offenses from heroin to gun charges).

    My point, and gn agreed, is that the corporate media/entertainment complex is just as guilty of capitalizing and exploiting the havoc, dysfunction and plight of poorer Black neighborhoods.

    Interscope can give this young man deals for records that will predictably glorify his rough lifestyle and criminal behavior, but will they dedicate the same money to cultivating arts programs in these same neighborhoods, give money to build up this young man’s hood, economic relief to stave off poverty so that another Chief Keef is not created.

    Who do we blame for that?

    • Miranda

      Do you know I was just reading this about this boy…SMH

      Rapper Chief Keef Sued For Child Support By Middle Schooler

      Troubled teen rap star Chief Keef (pictured) was slapped with a child support lawsuit from an eighth-grader who is alleging that he fathered her 14-month-old baby, TMZ reports.

      Keef, whose actual name is Keth Cozart, is named as the defendant is a suit that reportedly seeks day care expenses, health insurance, out-of-pocket health expenses, retroactive child support and the payment of legal fees that were incurred by the child’s mother, who had to have been around 12 or 13-years-old when she conceived the baby.

      • MonieTalks

        Yep. This young man needs help with his life, not be rewarded a record deal.

        And Loopy “Obama kills babies” Fiasco, who had a short-lived Twitter beef (how bold!)with Chief Keef actually made amends and praised this young man.

        “I’m far from where I wanna be, I’m far from being a stand-up human being,” Fiasco said during a performance posted on Fake Shore Drive.

        “I’m far from being a knowledgeable and wise young man as well. I’m somewhere in the middle. I ain’t no saint either, but with said, I love my brother. I want to see him succeed and do his thing, and that goes for everybody everywhere, anywhere in the world. Shout out to the big homie Chief Keef.”

        • JojoRaze

          PBO can’t talk about racist stuff happening to him. How will he talk about racism happening to us. TOD has a pic up now of fotus angry near tears over John boehner bothering her. And instead of focusing on boehner hurting her feelings, the focus is on her eyerolling. PBo had to do his hardest to comfort flotus at the luncheon and Dr Jill looked shocked at what boehner had been saying. Boehner went out of his way toe obamas’ day but PBO isn’t the on reaching out if you believe the msm. From the heat PBO got off of skip gates, the race talk ain’t happening. He isn’t allowed to. But that doesn’t stop us!

      • itgurl_29

        Impregnating an middle school girl? He needs to be under the jail, not in the recording studio.

    • MonieTalks

      Here’s more:

      Exclusive Details of Chief Keef’s $6 Million Record Deal

      Chief Keef may be “Finally Rich” — as the title of his first album proclaims — but the teenage rap star won’t be able to spend most of his big-money pay check until he turns 18 in August, has learned.

      Chief Keef signed a three-album contract — and a separate deal to control his own record label — with Interscope Records that could pay the South Side gangster rapper more than $6 million over three years. A split of future royalties could make for an even bigger pay day, according to court papers.

      ….Interscope agreed to pay Chief Keef a $440,000 advance — half up front and half after a judge signs off on the deal — that will be deposited in a court administered trust fund on his behalf, according to court papers. The so-called “blocked trust” is controlled by Chief Keef’s legal guardian, his grandmother, Margaret Carter. Withdrawals typically are prohibited from block trusts until a minor turns 18.

      Chief Keef — who is currently locked up in juvenile detention for 60 days — also received at least $300,000 to cover the cost of recording “Finally Rich,” which sold 50,000 copies during the first week it was released in December.

      Read more:

    • Town

      And Cheef Keef just knocked up an 8th grader.

    • Daltex82

      I going to take the “old fuddy-duddy” cynical route and say IMHO it’s rewarding bad behavior, behavior that I think will continue (at the encouragement of the record label) while they milk this cash cow for all it’s worth and then leave him high and dry (and possibly broke) once the novelty has worn off.

      Yes he’s “Finally Rich”, but it’s what he does with those riches and the platform that counts and just from the little I have read it is hard to imagine him doing anything more than continuing the negative stereotypes that gets so many of our young boys who lack guidance and are not driven enough to make positive changes in their lives end up making choices that keeps the Prison Industry flourishing.

      I get that he’s had a hard life, but the very same folks who can give him a record deal would not give a damn about him if he couldn’t do anything for them. But, I could be totally wrong and this is the break that he has needed in his life to help him get it together. I would be more than happy to be wrong about this guy.

      • creolechild

        Daltex82, one of my favorite spoken words artists, Black Ice, addresses the very issues you’ve mentioned. [*For anyone who finds profanity upsetting, this video is not for you!*]

        Def Poetry – Black Ice – Or Die


    • creolechild

      Def Jam Poetry – Black Ice The Ugly Show

      H/T abdulkareemx

  • Miranda

    Michael Phelps credits Ray Lewis for inspiring his comeback

    Maybe if Ray Lewis gets bored doing television in his retirement, he can devote all his energies to the U.S. Olympic team.
    If that’s the case, the United States might win every medal in every sport contested.

    Because none other than Michael Phelps, the Baltimore-native who has become the most decorated Olympian of all time, said Lewis helped save his swimming career.
    “What he did for me is the best thing in the world,” Phelps told Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. “He helped me come back.”

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — -Geesh! – — -4 YEARS AWAY —annnd – –ALREADY – – -the MSM —is SHILLIN’ 4 – – -SOS hillary!! – —

    – —-Clinton More Popular than Biden; Let the 2016 Handicapping Begin – –

    – — — Of two potential Democratic successors to Barack Obama, one has a clear advantage in personal popularity: Hillary Clinton, whose favorability rating exceeds Joe Biden’s by a hefty 19 percentage points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

    Clinton, set to testify before Congress today about the Benghazi attack, appears undamaged by the security failure that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya: Sixty-seven percent of Americans see her favorably overall, numerically a new high in her long career in the public spotlight, and essentially unchanged in recent months.

    – — Annnnd — WE KNOW —-THIS is ’cause – –MR. PRESIDENT SUPPORTS VP Joe.!! – — -The OBSTRUCTION – –CONTINUES!! — ***shakin’ my head***

    • crazycanuck

      Well you know they gonna go on and on about this till 2016. I’m a Joe fan, if I was voting i’ll vote for Joe. Never liked the Clintons, still don’t

      • GreenLadyHere

        CC – -***fist bump*** :>)

      • A Clinton vs. Christie match-up would be ratings gold for the media.

        • Daltex82

          Okay I know I’m wrong but It would be beyond hilarious if neither one wins their party’s nomination! Nothing like ruining the hopes and wishes of Pumas/Clintonites and the media LOL!

          • Kinda like when the media just knew it was gonna be Clinton vs. Giuiliani in 2008 and then along came the Brotha From Illinois. LOL

          • Daltex82


          • Daltex82


          • edp4bho

            LOL…you think like me. And ruining the hopes of PUMAs is as enjoyable to me as decimating rethugs.

          • edp4bho

            LOL…you think like me. And ruining the hopes of PUMAs is as enjoyable to me as decimating rethugs.

    • Town

      You know that ABC poll was taken by all Clintonistas & PUMAs, right?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        –***fist bump** – -LOL – –Of course!! – -sooo – –I’ll tryta get usta them. LOL – – –

        Seee – –that article on her PAYIN’ off her 2008 DEBT – – -BROUGHT —RESULTS!! – -humph!!

        Good 2 C U town. :>)

      • Yeah but truth to tell I think they’re right.

        • Tafr

          We got several years to go. The president is going to set Biden up as the president should. I would not put all my cards on Hillary.

          • Anything can happen but right now which is what we’re talking about I think the ABC poll is right.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEANDER2 – – –ThIS READS LIKE —OLD “news”! – – – -THEY STILL ALIVE!! – – —humph!! – —

    — — —Georgia authorities investigating KKK fliers – –

    —–Sheriff’s officials in the Atlanta area are investigating whether any laws were broken when fliers inviting residents to join the Ku Klux Klan were placed outside homes.

    Newton County sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Morrison says the fliers are being reviewed to make sure they don’t contain any inappropriate information or threats.

    The Newton Citizen reports that the fliers included a drawing of a robed klansman standing in front of a tree with writing that said, “Join the KKK — Loyal White Knights.”

    THEY DON’T even HIDE BEHIND HOODS!! – – -BOLD RACISM!! –geesh!!

  • jds09

    Hill is taking it to them. lol Gotta give it to her.

    • Miranda

      She told them “please proceed GOP”…and foolishly, like their presidential nominee…they proceeded. LMAO

      • JojoRaze

        She looks healthy. And like PBO told her to knock these folks out!

        • crazycanuck

          Glad she is doing well, I’ll never understand this great love for Hillary. I really hope she is not the next President of the US

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            For me its like this. As long as a Republican stays the hell away, if she gets the nomination, she gets my vote. It probably won’t be as boisterous with enthusiasm as my vote for Barack Obama twice, but it will be my choice IF she gets the nomination.

          • crazycanuck

            I just I’ve just had enough of this Hillary drumbeating, and it’s only going to get worse now. Enough of the Clinton’s, Just enough. I never saw them as moving anything Forward, Never!

          • Tafr

            Hopefully she will not win the nomination. I will never vote for her I really do not give a damn she will never get my vote. Especially now that it seems the pumas are trying to push Biden out. After all Biden has done for this country while Hillary basically sat on her hands trying not to do anything too controversial so that she can run in 2016. Nope I will never ever vote for a Clinton.

          • What’s their failed effort to push Biden out have to do with her?Nobody is taking that seriously. The only voice that counts in that conversation is PBO. Everything else is background noise.

            They’ve been crying for 4 years even after she got on with her life.

            You don’t become SoS in order to make controversial decisions on your own. You do what the President tells you and right now there are several deposed dictators that are not happy with PBO or his State Dept.

            If you never vote for Hillary that is your business but if she gets the nomination and is the only thing standing between us and a GOP’er getting into the White House, I’m pressing the D button.

          • Hi GovChris. Didn’t see your response before I posted. The sentiment is the same for me. And from my own unofficial poll I can tell you she to this day has got overwhelming support in Our Community. Of course anything can happen especially if we have a talented field like you just described.

          • QOakaJP

            Watching Uncle Joe cuttin’ up on the parade route the other day, I can’t help but think he’s gonna throw his hat in the ring, at least during the primaries.

          • JojoRaze

            I’m not a big fan of hers. However, this benghazi-gate thing is ridiculous. This was a classic cia messed up story with an assist from the repubs who didn’t give state enough funding. It isn’t that big of a deal ESP since the families of the people who died are not blaming state for anything. So I welcome Hillary reprising her 1990s role as repub attack-dog. My only wish is that sdhe’d fine to bat for Ambassador Rice.

          • If she gets the Dem nomination (and truth to tell I still don’t think she’s running) she gets my vote.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — -***sigh*** – –Here THEY go AGAIN – –TRYNTA set MR. PRESIDENT’s -“BLAH” – –AGENDA!! – – – –

    – – –NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous: Pick black female justice – –

    ——NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous says he wants to see President Barack Obama name an African-American woman to the Supreme Court, speaking as the president has faced criticism, including from within his own party, for a lack of diverse appointees.

    “He still has several more appointments, and we expect that we’ll see at least the same diversity that we saw the first time around. What we’re hoping to see is a black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Jealous told POLITICO at the BET Inaugural Gala in D.C. on Monday night.

    He mentioned California Attorney General Kamala Harris — a Democrat who is also the state’s first African-American and Indian American attorney general — as a possible SCOTUS appointee.

    “Kamala Harris would be a brilliant pick. I personally would like to see somebody young who could stay on there for decades,” he said.

    — – -YA KNOW – —-Could he discuss THIS with MR. PRESIDENT B4 –goin’ 2 da – -ENEMY -[msm]!!??? – – –

    WHEN will —HE EVA LEARN!! — geesh!!

    • crazycanuck

      Why didn’t the NAACP pick a black woman to lead the organization.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —***fist bump!!*** — – BINGO!! —
        -Ya MEAN LIKE – — -AG Kamala Harris? – – -LOL – –

        Good 2 C U cc. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Ben, please. I think about him being really snotty when I, a black woman, saw him at the grocery store. When did he get to be the arbiter of selecting black women? I think smart money says that Leah Sears will be nominated. Mind you, it’s a bit premature to start talking about a nomination that only comes from someone’s death or retirement but why should good taste and/or manners get in the way?! Harris has different ambitions, I should think.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – —-***fist bump***— -I had sooo many statements/questions.

        – – – ☻Who told him that she was interested?
        — – ☻”WHYCOME” —he would chose her 2 “jump ova” — women who might also have been in the pipeline.?
        – — ☻WHO DIED annnd LEFT HIM IN CHARGE??- — LOL

        He needsta- – -get HIS ORGANIZATION in ORDER.!! — –

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

    • GN

      At least he suggested someone black; he gets points from me for that. He had me worried listening to a video of his remarks at that Peace Ball. A focused and very black-centric NAACP…would be nothing wrong with that at all.

      • Judging from his cozy relationship with EmoProg organizations and repeating their drone, civil liberties, NDAA talking points, be worried…very worried.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -***sigh*** — -THIS – -CRAZY –nra(CIST) —PHOOL!! —

    – —NRA: Obama Is Ruining Christmas By Tracking Stolen Guns

    – – –On Tuesday night, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre offered the organization’s response to President Obama’s inaugural address and the gun safety proposals he offered earlier this month.

    Speaking at the Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award dinner in Reno, Nevada, LaPierre claimed that President Obama seeks to place “every private personal firearms transaction right under the thumb of the federal government” and charged that he will ruin Christmas for young boys across the country by creating a system to track the country’s firearms:

    — – -I jus’ CAIN’T!! — -NOW MR. PRESIDENT is da –“GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS!!???” – —-

    – –HE! —-IS! – — CERTIFIABLE!! – – – -Annnnd – – -his RACIST MINIONS FOLLOW HIM?? —UH!

    • MonieTalks

      Same crap failed Senate candidate Connie Mack said on Starting Point CNN. Classic GOP talking point distribution taking place. The new them: white paranoia about federal databases. Mack even said we can’t legislate morality, yet the GOP refuses to stay out of vaginas. wombs, or bedrooms.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – –***fist bump*** — -DUPLICITOUS – – -HYPOCRITES!! – – -That’s WHO THEY R!! – – – -[Sorry I’m, rushin’. :>)]

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

  • JojoRaze

    Hrc please shut down john McCain. His hateratioin is too much.

    • Miranda

      Gabe Ortíz‏@TUSK81
      Durbin borrows Hillary’s razor blades, goes jailhouse yard on the GOP.

      • JojoRaze

        He sure did. Durbin don’t play when it comes to PBO. He said WMD and can we have hearings about that? He said y’all repubs wouldn’t even provide money that’s unused for security even when state asked. It was gully.

    • Hillary snatching GOP wigs? *goes to CSPAN website*

      • Apparantly security didn’t check her for nunchucks.

    • Town

      Hrc translation: y’all can’t complain when y’all didn’t give no money for security

      Aw sooki sooki now

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — First – -Did SOS hillary – -LOOK “BORED” – – -as McAncient RANTED? –LOL

    THEN she said – –THEN WE DISAGREE! – — LOL – – – -CHIN CHECK!!!! LOL – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – –GR8 NEWS — –

    – —Rosa Parks Statue to Go Up on Capitol Hill
    [The civil rights icon will be the first African-American woman depicted in a statue in Capitol Hill’s Statuary Hall.]

    – — –A —FIRST!! — -CONGRATULATIONS annnd THANK U. :>)

    [Gotta “bounce” MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥ :>)]

  • Miranda

    Twitter is killin it LMAO

    Ran Paul was so ridiculous that Hillary didn’t feel the need to get heated. It’s like when Jay-Z ignores lesser rapper’s diss records.

  • Hillary Clinton Erupts At Ron Johnson Over Benghazi Attack!

    • goldenstar

      Wow! She finally told off some of these mofos.

    • Body check into the boards!! Translation: Listen you dumb @*&%#*@#, your phony baloney talking points don’t mean crapola to me. 4 Americans are dead and you sitting hear worried about messaging. Now shut the &#@% up before I come across this table and kick your dumb behind all the way back to Wisconsin. Now anything else you wanna say boo?

      Johnson: Thanks for coming today Madame Secretary and it wasn’t me. Beverly Leslie and Uncle Bad Mood made me ask it.

  • MonieTalks

    Hold the hell up….after spending the better part of 4 years screaming that PBO has failed on immigration, even after he went to bat for the Dream Act when CONGRESS would not pass it…now mofos saying this shit….with Luis Guitierrez fake ass being front and center.

    Immigration Bill Should Come From Congress, Members Say

    WASHINGTON — Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), two of the lawmakers working across the aisle on immigration reform, said Tuesday that the White House could hurt the effort by putting forth its own legislation on the issue.

    “I think that would poison the water,” Diaz-Balart said of a potential White House-drafted bill. “I think there are a lot of efforts out there, as there have to be, to try to get a bipartisan bill out. … If we’re going to get something that controversial done, that difficult done, that complex done, it obviously has to be done in a bipartisan way.”

    ….”If the president does send up specific language, that would make it easier because we’ll work from that,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” according to National Journal. “[We] may not accept all of it, may add to it. But at least we have something to work from, so that would be very helpful.”

    read more:

    • goldenstar

      He is what he is: a grifter beyond grifting. He always wants the limelight and is never. never. willing. to. work. with. others. NEVER.

      He is from IL and is widely despised by Latinos and more because of his betrayal of the Harold Washington coalition and more….

      just sayin’

    • rikyrah

      how many times do I have to tell you that Luis is NO GOOD?

    • Kennymack1971

      Fuck Luis Gutierrez. Two faced asshole.

  • rikyrah

    Netanyahu Gets Shellacking

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 at 09:44:55 PM EST

    It’s the middle of the night in Israel and election results are still being tallied but it appears than Benjamin Netanyahu has collapsed as much as he could collapse and still survive. Right now, it looks like the center-right has won 61 seats and the center-left has won 59 seats in the Knesset. Yet, even expert Israeli observers are unable to make solid predictions about what it means. I will not attempt to predict which parties will join the governing coalition and which parties will be cut out. I haven’t followed the campaign and I have only a cursory familiarity with the minor parties in Israel.

    What seems clear, however, is that Netanyahu has been badly weakened. He should be able to form a government with a bigger majority than one, but his power has ebbed. I do not doubt that he paid a price for listening to Arthur Finkelstein and openly campaigning for Mitt Romney. Most Israelis know that their country needs a strong relationship with the American president and that it is insane for an Israeli prime minister to campaign for one American candidate over the other. It is especially insane to bet on the loser.

  • Miranda


    Rep. Broun: Obama Upholds The Soviet Constitution
    Pema Levy – 12:13 PM EST, Wednesday January 23, 2013

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) said Tuesday that President Obama seeks to uphold the “Soviet constitution” and that he has “no concept” of the United States Constitution.

    “I think my role is to uphold, support and defend our Constitution,” Broun told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    He continued: “I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one. I think the only constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one. He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer.”

    • MsKitty

      Psst, Congressman…

      The Socialist slam against President Obama is so 2009. Try again.

    • Town


      The Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991. Try again.

      • dannie22


      • crazycanuck

        really, Soviet? LMAO. They are so archaic

    • What would a certifiable fascist know about a Constitution?

    • conlakappa

      So a person who taught Constitutional law doesn’t understand/know the Constitution? Thanks for calling in, Dr. Multi-Married Nutbar.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is the idiot who wanted to lower the debt ceiling.. Next.

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all.

  • MonieTalks

    So, the NAACP can do silents marches and protest “stop and frisk” and give press releases simply in support of the ACLU lawsuit…… but the NY soda ban deserves a lawsuit initiated by the NAACP, saying it is unfair to minorities.

    • Town

      So the NAACP wants minorities to drink sodas, increasing our diabetes rates, obesity rates? Substances that can clean the rust off a car battery and rings around the toilet? The NAACP wants us to drink this?

      • MsKitty

        And they wonder why they’re not taken seriously anymore.

      • conlakappa

        Coca-Cola is usually a big sponsor of events…

    • nellcote

      The NAACP is so lost. It’s making me sad.

    • nellcote

      The NAACP is so lost. It’s making me sad.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!