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General Discussion Forum / Vanessa Williams in concert!
« on: October 22, 2022, 12:03:45 PM »
So one of the iconic entertainers of our time is performing in Nashville in a three-night run with the Nashville Symphony. Tonite is the last nite of the run, I went last nite.

I’ve always been a big fan. Was actually watching the Miss America pageant the nite she won, 40 years ago next September she mentioned last nite. Have always loved her music; but, as with many folks who’ve been performing for decades, you question and wonder whether it’s the same sound you heard 30 years ago.

She did not disappoint. Always hailed for her stunning beauty, she is now around 60, but beautiful and classy as ever. She did a bunch of the R&B and ballads, and the voice was as crisp and fresh as ever. I was really enjoying the concert and was upbeat. But she closed out the night, fittingly, with my favorite, really a crowd favorite. And a brutha was really moved, almost reduced to tears. The singing I heard last nite is the same in this video.

???……guys, advanced apologies if the story below has already been posted on the board, but the facts surrounding the death of this 15 yr old kid are just heartbreaking. No doubt, it is instructive for black folks nationwide that a jury in Tampa awarded these kind of damages to surviving, grieving black parents, but do you EVER get over the loss of your 15 yr old son?  :(

Take a look at this story, guys.

Politics / Reverse Freedom Rides - NPR
« on: September 17, 2022, 11:56:20 AM »
Guys…….most of you who hang out on the Politics page are familiar with the stunt Florida Gov. DeSantis pulled luring unsuspecting asylum seekers and other refugees onto airplanes with all kinds of promises of jobs and riches and it was all a lie.

But I was listening to NPR this morning and, SHAZAM!, discovered that Southern segregationists did something similar with black folks 60 years ago. They were lured onto busses with promises of jobs, education, and other opportunities in a ruse to embarrass Northern liberals. I had NEVER heard of this story before I heard it on NPR this morning.

Take a look at this:

Sports Forum / FAMU v. Univ of Tampa, 1969
« on: September 13, 2022, 09:46:09 PM »
Recently, this board was DELUGED with stories and articles surrounding Southern’s game against LSU, played last Saturday nite in Tiger Stadium.  We were told this game was of enormous historical significance for both schools and for the city of Baton Rouge. And based on all the reporting I’ve read both before and after the game, ALL the involved parties were pleased with the way things went down.

To the extent SU now feels they have been accepted and/or acknowledged by the state’s flagship university across town, I’m happy for them. But the absolute GROUND BREAKING football game between an HBCU and a PWI was FAMU’s game against Univ of Tampa, played in Nov, 1969. The article I’ve linked below lays out this game in detail.

General Discussion Forum / Oh, no! Wally Cleaver is dead…
« on: July 26, 2022, 01:04:34 PM »
 :'(………ok, so y’all really trying to phuck up a brutha’s day with the news the Beave’s brother has passed.

Politics / Fox complains Monticello too “woke”
« on: July 11, 2022, 08:03:08 AM »
Guys…….take a look at this foolishness. These Fox MAGGATS are stone out of their minds. They and, likely, TENS IF MILLIONS of other white folks in this country are offended because Monticello has the AUDACITY to NOW tell the stories of the hundreds of people that Mr. Jefferson enslaved. And with whom, among other things, he fathered children.

Sports Forum / Alum, where you at on this game Saturday afternoon?
« on: January 19, 2022, 02:43:13 PM »
???.....uhhhh, where da hell is Alum?  His Bungals are headed down I-65 to take on my Titans Saturday afternoon in the divisional playoffs, and homeboy ain't said shyt!  Don't know why the brutha is so quiet.  I realize he lives in suburban Cincy and don't claim the local boys, but its PLAYOFFS TIME, so I'm sure the entire southern Ohio region is SATURATED with coverage of the local boys.

Alum, you don't have to go downstairs to that cellar just yet to select a vino to get you through this game.  The Bungals are on a roll, having just won their first playoff game last weekend in 31 years. And Vegas says my boys are only a 3.5/4 points favorite. 

C'mon out of that cellar, blackman.  Where you at on this game, boss?  ;D

General Discussion Forum / Righteous Brothers / Blue-eyed soul
« on: August 10, 2021, 03:01:40 PM »
Ok, so the other day, I believe it was Que who started a thread about some 70’s white bands that appealed to black folks. Your humble poster joined in that discussion because the 70’s was my coming-of-age decade.

But the 60’s produced some great acts that also appealed to black folks. And the Righteous Brothers were at the top of the pack. Unchained Melody has been performed by many groups, and two of the best versions are by Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. But, arguably, the most famous version is that of Bobby Hatfield, one half of RB’s.  A brutha damn near gets musty-eyed everytime I hear this, it’s THAT beautiful.

Enjoy…… ;D

Politics / Alum, Joe is in Cincy today and you ain’t said SHYT!!
« on: July 21, 2021, 08:42:55 AM »
…….dude will be touting that infrastructure bill, and his day will culminate tonite with a CNN Town Hall, hosted by Don Lemon.

Bruh, I know you’ve secured access as an audience member at the town hall, so we need you to provide the board with dispatches in real time.    ;D

General Discussion Forum / I'm baaaaack........
« on: June 17, 2021, 10:14:58 AM »
 :)..........ok, so your humble poster is back on the board after a self-imposed hiatus of several weeks duration.  I wanted to delay my return until there was a deafening clamor for my presence.  But since that apparently is NOT going to happen, a brutha must simply insert himself and make his presence known.  :lol:

Anyway, I'm tan, rested and ready to go.  I'm chomping at the bit to get back in the mix, especially on the Politics page where calm, reasoned analysis is the desired mode of discourse, but has been lacking in recent days.  I am announcing my return on THIS page because I think it generates more views than all of the other forums, and I did not want to deprive my "fans" the opportunity to express their elation at my presence.  ;D

I think my return would best be heralded with some appropriate music.  I have a particular piece of music in mind, but would like to entertain suggestions from you peeps before my reveal.  ;D

General Discussion Forum / The Chairman of the Board - Cycles
« on: March 26, 2021, 07:56:52 PM »
Ok, so your humble poster was listening to one of his favorite channels on satellite radio, SiriuslySinatra, Sirius, channel 71. I had heard this particular recording of the Chairman before, but today it hit me with a jolt. I’m in traffic, listening to Frank, and tears streaming down my face. No doubt other motorists were murmuring, What is old dude crying about?

I’m thinking of four generations - my elderly mother, myself and Mrs. Strike, Ms. Strike and her husband, and their two children under 4.  THAT is what I’m thinking about.

Listen to the Chairman sing this as only he does......

General Discussion Forum / Scoop Dere it Is! 😊
« on: March 24, 2021, 01:46:36 PM »
A nice story that will put a smile on all our faces....

Politics / 1/6 Capitol rioters were in fact lynch mob
« on: March 06, 2021, 09:03:30 AM »
Guys, several of us have opined since the attack on the US Capitol on 1/6 that Trump’s GOONS looked like a lynch mob. Well, the son of the guy who wrote Strange Fruit agrees. Take a look at this article.

Politics / BHO’s Memoirs, Vol. I - A Promised Land
« on: November 17, 2020, 07:42:39 PM »
Guys........received in the mail today my pre-ordered copy of President Obama’s memoirs. It is a beautifully designed and bound book, with two separate sections of photos, and a WHOPPING 701 pages of narrative!?!?    :o

I’m always working with about 5-10 books in my “currently reading” queue. But the Obama book will likely catapult to the top of the line.   ;)

Politics / The Comey Rule - Showtime Limited Series
« on: September 29, 2020, 01:25:45 PM »
Guys.......have y’all seen this limited series? It aired this past Sunday and Monday nites and is absolutely COMPELLING television watching. It is, by far, one of the friggin BEST television political dramas I have seen in years. Both the writing and acting are superb.  And the actor portraying Trump is so venal that you almost think you’re watching a horror show.  :o

I’m sure the series is available on demand, and you guys HAVE TO watch it.   

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