July 18, 2013 at 8:49 am #93032
Rachel Jeantel /Al Sharpton Interview
Jeantel Reveals Her Thoughts
As you make it through the day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 18, 2013 at 8:49 am #93033
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 18, 2013 at 8:53 am #93034
Published on Jul 16, 2013
July 15th, 2013 – 92 year-old Moral Monday arrestee and Civil Rights Veteran Rosa Nell Eaton speaks at the 11th Wave Moral Monday rally at the North Carolina General Assembly.July 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #93035
Statement by the President and Mrs. Obama on Nelson Mandela International Day
On behalf of our family and the people of the United States, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes and prayers to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as well as to Graça Machel, the Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa as they mark the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day. Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service. Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people – and the world – the path to justice, equality, and freedom. May Nelson Mandela’s life of service to others and his unwavering commitment to equality, reconciliation, and human dignity continue to be a beacon for each future generation seeking a more just and prosperous world.July 18, 2013 at 9:10 am #93036
Tina Turner Marries Decades-Long Beau Erwin Bach
By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
07/17/2013 at 01:15 PM EDT
What’s love got to do with it? Apparently everything to Tina Turner, who has finally married her decades-long beau, Erwin Bach.
Turner, 73, tied the knot with the German producer in a civil ceremony in Switzerland, says Reuters.
The pair have been together for the past 27 years – and they’ve lived together in Zurich, Switzerland, for more than 15 years. They plan to have a Buddhist celebration at their home on the banks of Lake Zurich on Sunday, according to the report.
This will be a second marriage for the “Proud Mary” singer, who was wed to the notorious Ike Turner from 1962 until her divorce filing in 1976. The singing icon revealed his spousal abuse in her 1986 memoir, I, Tina. (Ike died in 2007 of a cocaine overdose.)
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20717291,00.htmlJuly 18, 2013 at 9:12 am #93037
Lead actress in a drama series
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michele Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Hotel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of CardsJuly 18, 2013 at 9:13 am #93038
“Is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims.Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong” – Sybrina Fulton http://on.msnbc.com/11ZClntJuly 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #93039
BREAKING: Weekly US unemployment benefit applications fall to 334K, a sign of an improving job market.July 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #93040
PPP pushback falls short again
By Steve Benen
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:54 PM EDT.
In Virginia, Public Policy Polling found state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) trailing Terry McAuliffe (D) by 4 points in results released yesterday. The Republican gubernatorial campaign didn’t take the news well:
“According to the latest RRR Poll, Ken Cuccinelli leads his opponent Terry McAuliffe by 13.3 points, up from 12 points from RRR’s inaugural Poll released May 30th…. There is no margin of error, since RRR only produces error free surveys — and unlike PPP or DDD — we poll those actually voting (as we think that’s important).”
This is, of course, an attempt at humor. There is no “RRR Poll”; it’s something Cuccinelli made up in the hopes of mocking PPP and dismissing the legitimacy of the results.
Public Policy Polling can certainly defend itself however it sees fit, but I’m curious how long Republicans intend to keep this up. In Kentucky, PPP told Republicans what they didn’t want to hear, so the party said the results didn’t count. In Arizona, it happened again.July 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #93041
McDonnell ‘directly intervened’ to assist scandal-plagued benefactor
By Steve Benen
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:07 AM EDT
Just when it seemed the ongoing scandal in Virginia couldn’t get worse for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), another shoe drops.
Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the wealthy nutritional supplement maker at the center of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s gifts scandal, met with Virginia’s health secretary to pitch his product at the recommendation of the governor, according to an e-mail his assistant wrote the day of the November 2010 meeting.
“This email is to confirm a meeting between Jonnie Williams and Secretary Bill Hazel on Thursday, November 4th at 9:00 am,” Monica Block, McDonnell’s scheduler, wrote to Williams’s assistant in a message two days before he sat down with Hazel, the state’s secretary of health and human resources.
The e-mails, obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, are the first indication that McDonnell (R) directly intervened on behalf of Williams, whose gifts of luxury items and five-figure payments and loans to the McDonnell family have triggered state and federal investigations.
This is, in case you were wondering, separate from the meeting McDonnell’s wife arranged with state health officials in August 2011 — the one at which the governor’s wife recommended Williams buy a Rolex for her husband “moments before” the meeting took place.July 18, 2013 at 9:19 am #93042
House GOP again tackles Obamacare vanity exercise
By Steve Benen
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
At a distance, it would seem as if House Republicans have plenty of items on their to-do list. Immigration reform, for example, is pending, as are budget talks. Federal lawmakers could also invest some time in preventing gun violence, combating the climate crisis, or if the country were really lucky, creating some jobs.
But the House GOP majority, hot on the heels of passing an anti-abortion bill that isn’t going anywhere, turned their attention to gutting the Affordable Care Act yesterday. Yes, again.
It didn’t work the first 37 times, but that didn’t stop Republicans in the House Wednesday from passing two bills aimed at adjusting key parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The House of Representatives voted 264-161 to pass a bill that would delay for one year the Affordable Care Act’s provision requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.July 18, 2013 at 9:22 am #93043
President Obama makes a statement about the Senate’s vote to confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. July 17, 2013.July 18, 2013 at 9:23 am #93044
Michele Shay Talks About the August Wilson Effect
July 17, 2013 by Brittney M. Walker
During a special launch event for the August Wilson American Century Cycle Celebration, hosted by Lincoln Motor Company at New York’s Jerome L. Greene Space, actress and director Michele Shay publicly explored her intimate and spiritual relationship with August Wilson’s work. During the panel discussion and exclusive interview afterward, she described how powerful the playwright’s work has been in her life and for the Black community.
Find out more information about the project here.
When you got the call about this project, what was it about this project that you thought was so important? Why did you want to be a part of it?
Well, first of all, I got to do “Seven Guitars” for two years of my life. That was my anointing. And I was the first person ever to speak the lines for character “Louise” at the O’Neal Center and I was working with the “Piano Lesson” company. And they had been together for three years at that time. And when I heard them speak this language, I was totally intimidated by it. It took me a while to find my way in. And when I found my way in, it was a baptism. Then my next baptism was playing “Aunt Ester” five times.
So after you play “Aunt Ester,” that changes your life completely. … Doing [it at] the Kennedy
August Wilson Play Cycle 108Center, where we did all of the plays, the gift of having all of the plays together and being able to hear them, like we’re going to be able to do here, from the beginning in 1904 all the way through “Radio Golf” is a life transforming experience, because then you start to get how gargantuan, how huge, how deep, how profound, how mystical, how August was anointed to bring this material forth and that it is so much bigger than the time we live in. And whatever they used to make Ghandi, or Martin Luther King, or all those people, that’s what made an August Wilson. It’s like, in the company of greatness. And so, therefore, to be honored, to be asked, to be a member for this whole project, there’s nothing more important or profound, or holy or sacred.
For young people, I just want to add, many of them are terrified of this work. And then once they’ve been anointed into it and they find they’re way through the rhythm, through the music of it, then they locate a place, a cellular memory in them that erases whatever’s been missing for them, that they own a part of themselves as human beings, as artists that they don’t have before and dignity shows up on a different level.
Which are your two favorite plays?
I would say “Gem of the Ocean” is my favorite because I feel like there are rules for living a good life in “Gem of the Ocean.” And I found that many of my friends that came to see it, it didn’t matter what color they were, were quoting things from that play all the time. I think all the plays have wonderful things about how to live a good life, and how to have a very interesting love life, as well, I might say. Both of those things are very important. And also you’ve got to be able to tell a good joke, that’s for sure. If you’re going to play August Wilson, you’ve got to be able to set up a joke and tell a good joke. The second one used to be “Joe Turner” and now it might be “Seven Guitars.”
What is your spiritual connection to August Wilson’s Work?
I think it happens in a simple and profound way. In the simple way, if you take, as a context, racism as the background out of which every self has to evolve in each one of the plays, you don’t do that just through your ego. There is something that rises up that is beyond you. And I call that spirit. So self-actualization is a very important aspect for human nature. Self-actualizations in his strongest characters, the ones that I call rebels, that push forth that somehow got to wiggle, they can’t just go by the rules. They survive by their spirit. I consider that spiritual.July 18, 2013 at 9:50 am #93045
Schools Across The Country Are Considering Education Bills Crafted By Corporate Frontgroup
School privatization laws crafted by corporate interests have been
introduced in nearly every state in the first half of 2013, according to
the Center for Media and Democracy. 43 states and the District of
Columbia are considering school legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the umbrella organization that pushes state laws catered to business interests on a myriad of topics.
CMD’s report, “Cashing In On Kids,” details 139 separate ALEC-designed bills promoting for-profit education in the states and D.C. this year alone. Three states have considered school voucher programs, and 10 have taken up another ALEC measure that funnels public dollars to private schools via tax credits. Three states
have considered the “Virtual Schools Act,” which spends taxpayer money on an online education model “few educators think is appropriate for young children.” So-called “Parent Trigger” laws designed by ALEC and the conservative Heartland Institute have come up in 12 states.[....]July 18, 2013 at 9:59 am #93046
The more I listen to black people try and rationalize how they need to “talk to our youth” about this and how they should react and how “education is the key” and “the danger of thug culture” and any other topic that absolutely has no connection to this case, the angrier I become. As Sybrina said, Trayvon didn’t do anything wrong. There is no “talking to” about anything other than THIS WAS WRONG to our teens. I am sick of hearing people conflate any and everything to this case as if Trayvon having a perfect SAT score or wearing a polo shirt and dockers would have saved his life. HIS BROWN SKIN is why he is dead. That’s it, that’s all. HIS BROWN SKIN. I got mad hearing Tom Joyner talk about “education is the key” in a conversation about this case, I know he means well as I know all the black columnists who by their own admission, are dumbstruck in this “we have to talk to our kids” moment as if there is anything you can tell your child that would have prevented him or her from the same depravity of Zimmerman and those like him. You know what you’d have to tell your child? …no seriously, what??
Trayvon was WALKING….he was WALKING. You gonna tell your child they can’t walk now? You gonna prevent your child from ever wearing clothing sold in every single major retailer in this freaking country? You gonna tell your child after years of “don’t talk to strangers”..to TALK TO STRANGERS? Oh wait….as long as its a WHITE stranger? because you need to obey their orders? Is that it? Trayvon did NOTHING wrong and every single time anything other than THAT is bought up, it subconsciously puts the blame on him…the VICTIM who did NOTHING WRONG.
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