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Kind of Blue

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For many of us, Corn Pop's existence is not at issue. It's JB's exaggeration and characterization

of a black boy in '62, who can't defend himself, as a switch blade-wielding thug that is not confirmed.

His story to a group of young AA kids that JB in his pool-naming video assume they know how to rust up a blade, is not only appalling but is so fluid that it's a gift to his opponents and proponents. Members of the Romans, who JB played b-ball, by '72 had joined the black power movement. What a gang!


His Delaware pals remained lifelong AA coaches of Biden. But unfortunately AA, ad nauseam, are not a monolithic constituency from Delaware that speak for us nationwide.

For goodness sake, even the WaPo reporter who hung out with JB's pals for his balanced story says his mother, who grew up in the neighborhood, never heard of Pop Corn brandishing a blade. Nor did a blade ever come up during the reporter's interviews of JB's pals.


Sheesh, JB's story so exacerbates stereotypes that one can't tell the difference between Stymie of "Our Gang" and the notorious Frank Lucas So please don't expect an apology from JB's opponents. This storytelling is cemented and a component in our overall view of the man.

Oh, wow. Brenda Skyes, one of my role models.

I didn't know "Ozzie's Girls" is one of her earliest works. I remember my mom saying "beautiful and talented girl" around '75 and I paid attention to her. One season, no wonder I missed it. Watched an episode and surprised by how natural and not unusual a black girl in the mix was portrayed. And the anti-misogynistic, though paternalistic, Ozzie trying to protect the girls is surprising. Interesting plug for Social Security in this episode, too. I don't have to imagine a lot of Moral Majority/racist heads exploding.

Besides her influence on me, I don't know anyone of my generation not knowing of her marriage to Gil Scott Heron and his timeless "The Revolution Will Not be Televised...the revolution will be live."

I forget how early television did try and failed to accentuates non-othering in a world that' resists natural diversity.

Thanks for posting this, Hortensis. No matter how old it is, the message of the right to exist without harm persists.

What she did reminds me of Dr. King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail."

We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with an its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

So I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist.

I had hoped that the white moderate would see this need. Perhaps I was too optimistic; perhaps I expected too much. I suppose I should have realized that few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action. I am thankful, however, that some of our white brothers in the South have grasped the meaning of this social revolution and committed themselves to it. They are still too few in quantity, but they are big in quality.

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.



N'eh, Kamala is reiterating overlooked research. The earliest I've seen are

from '96 in what's considered seminal works of Michele Foster, Jackie Irvine, and Vanessa Siddle-Walker, "Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South" and "Growing Up African American in Catholic Schools." As well as Johns Hopkins University and American University's "The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers" and the National Bureau of Economic Research's paper by the same team titled "Teacher Expectations Matter."

And even afterward. I loved this moment...


Pride & Joy, Mom retires from U.S. Navy

Posted by Kind of Blue | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 08:46 AM (4 replies)

On the campaign trail, Sen. Harris pays respect to Rep. Waters.


Yeah, Ms. Baker, so charming an Italian count and an Hungarian calvary

captain fought a duel over her with swords! until she stopped them from killing each other when the captain injured the count.

Anyway, she and Lucky Luciano may have known each other. Luciano once said, "When I was Charlie Lucky Luciano I dated some black celebrities and the mob called me a corleone." I don't know the meaning of corleone but the rumor is he dated Baker and Dorothy Dandridge.

Her life was amazing, besides being a celebrated singer/actress/dancer/French Resistance spy during WWII/Civil Rights activists making her the Colin Kaeparnickof her times, she was the only female speaker during the March on Washington, speaking just before Dr. King. After King's assassination, Coretta Scott King asked Baker to become the leader of the movement. She declined stating that she had too many young children (12 adopted) to care for.

She said in the speech, "I am not a young woman now, friends. My life is behind me. There is not too much fire burning inside me. And before it goes out, I want you to use what is left to light that fire in you. So that you can carry on, and so that you can do those things that I have done. Then, when my fires have burned out, and I go where we all go someday, I can be happy."

Posted by Kind of Blue | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:19 AM (1 replies)

Me dealing with 2nd, 3rd dislike of Matrix comments while on my way to see the 4th

Posted by Kind of Blue | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:52 AM (0 replies)

This is what #Sisterhood looks like. The future looks good.

Posted by Kind of Blue | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:37 AM (2 replies)
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