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Friday, December 29, 2006

Mike Evans, Actor in ‘The Jeffersons,’ Dies at 57

By The Associated Press

TWENTYNINE PALMS, California (AP) - Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV comedy series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” has died. He was 57.

Evans, who was born in Salisbury, N.C., died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother’s home in Twentynine Palms, said his niece, Chrystal Evans.

Evans, along with Eric Monte, also created and wrote for “Good Times,” one of the first TV comedy series that featured a primarily black cast.

Michael Jonas Evans was born Nov. 3, 1949. His father, Theodore Evans Sr., was a dentist while his mother, Annie Sue Evans, was a school teacher.

The family moved to Los Angeles when Evans was a child.

He studied acting at Los Angeles City College before getting the role of Lionel Jefferson in the 1970s situation comedy “All in the Family.”

Evans kept the role of Lionel when “The Jeffersons” launched in 1975. The hit show was a spinoff featuring bigoted Archie Bunker’s black neighbors in Queens who “move on up to the East Side” of Manhattan.

Evans was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for four years, then he returned to the series from 1979 to 1981.

He also acted in the 1976 TV miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and made guest appearances on the TV series “Love, American Style” and “The Streets of San Francisco.” His last role was in a 2000 episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

In recent years he had invested in real estate in Southern California.

Posted by Nuttshell on 12/29 at 12:24 AM in Celebrity
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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn’t care about that.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter;
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below;
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus- with eyes full of tears.

He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last year’s Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick;
More rapid than eagles he called the dog’s name,
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain.

“Now Dasher, now Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen,
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall,
Let’s find this dog a home, where he’ll be loved by all.”

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa had made one thing quite clear;
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids a gift,
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same,
You don’t give a gift and put it on a chain.

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
“You weren’t giving a gift! You were giving a life!”

Posted by rosevine69 on 12/23 at 12:45 PM in Blogging
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Friday, December 22, 2006

I was embarassed to post this, but in the name of bad taste I just had to.

If you haven’t seen the R. Kelly video “Trapped in the Closet” then let this be your introduction to the craziness that is R Kelly.

Posted by SPN on 12/22 at 11:02 AM in Unclassifiable
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But, You Didn’t See Me

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didn’t see me, put an extra $10 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But, you didn’t see me, playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But, you didn’t see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
But, you didn’t see me, driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But, you didn’t see me, when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didn’t see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
But, you didn’t see me, and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, you didn’t see me, cry as my children were born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didn’t see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But, you didn’t see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
But, you didn’t see me, pat my child’s hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But, you didn’t see me, squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you, race down the road in the rain.
But, you didn’t see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But, you didn’t see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But, you didn’t see me, leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But, you didn’t see me. I wasn’t there.

I saw you, go home to your family.
But, you didn’t see me. Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker,.....
A person with friends and a family.

BUT, YOU DIDN’T SEE ME

Please, take the extra second to look for motorcycles. We have a hard enough time trying to stay alive avoiding drunk drivers and old people who can’t see a Mack truck, let alone a bike; people talking on phones and amusing themselves with other distractions.

Posted by SPN on 12/22 at 09:57 AM in Personal
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Not in my backyard, either

After the poor kids next door took advantage of me, I felt sympathy for the people of Houston, who’ve suffered crime and violence because of struggling Katrina exiles.
By Debra J. Dickerson as published in Salon Magazine

Dec. 18, 2006 | Sixteen months after Hurricane Katrina opened America’s eyes about just how fragile the poor are and just how black and brown poverty remains, it’s hard to figure out what the public thinks about the hundreds of thousands of victims who are still displaced. It’s hard for me to figure what I think. Two different story lines battle it out in the media. One is about the hardships the New Orleans exiles face, the other is about the hardships the refugees themselves are inflicting on the cities where they now live.

These largely poor, largely black refugees face the end of free housing and other post-disaster public assistance. At the same time, they are being blamed for crime and social dysfunction in their new homes. Just as unsurprising as the racist fables about bestial black hordes running amok in the SuperDome after the storm are the more recent stories from Houston, where 100,000 refugees have worn out their welcome.

Houston is now experiencing a crime wave and a surge in murder, allegedly presided over by lawless, rampaging “Katricians.” Katrina evacuees were either suspects or victims in 59 killings in the first eight months of 2006, or one in five Houston homicides. They have become the poster people for fear-mongering Houston gun dealers and the subject of much public debate. Kinky Friedman, erstwhile Texas gubernatorial candidate and supposed political maverick, dismissed them as “thugs and crackheads.” I am surprised and chagrined to say that I can relate to the people of Houston. 

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Posted by Nuttshell on 12/18 at 02:59 PM in Blogging
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INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS A SPECIAL SCREENING

THE INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS
A KWANZAA CELEBRATION AND SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ THE FORGOTTEN ROOT”

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* “La raiz ovlvidada” (The forgotten root) is a documentary about the profound cultural and economic contributions of enslaved Africans in New Spain (Mexico).

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Posted by SPN on 12/18 at 02:06 PM in Art
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Introducing The Benedict Arnold List

Inaugural Nominees: John Ridley, Daman Wayans

By. H. Lewis Smith as posted in BlackNews.com

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) - H. Lewis Smith, Founder/CEO of United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc. announces UVCC’s Benedict Arnold list as follows:

PURPOSE: No longer is it acceptable to trample upon the memories and honor of those who were tarred and feathered, burnt alive, castrated, hung, boiled alive, sodomized and tortured with hot pokers, disemboweled, unmercifully tortured in countless numbers of other ways, all in the name of the n-word simply because since the victims were considered to be a nigger it was okay to perform such atrocious, despicable acts. And yet as evil and heinous as these acts were there is something that transcends it and that is descendants of these canonized victims taking the word nigger and embracing it with tender loving care and using it endearingly and affectionately among them. How idiotic and moronic can this possibly be?

Acceptance of the usage of the word nigga is not a rejection of its historical image...but indeed a confirmation and condoning...of what it has stood for in the past. Better late than never...but the time has come for a change in the mindset of the African American and to stop buying into this stereotype 300 year old mindset of “I am a nigga”. 

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Posted by Nuttshell on 12/14 at 12:10 PM in Blogging
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Leader of Free Muslims Against Terrorism to appear on TV tonight

Kamal Nawash will appear on the Glenn Beck show tonight. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET and
replays at 9 p.m. and midnight on CNN’s Headline News.

Kamal will discuss the issue of whether Islam needs a reformation.  This show is
inspired by the Milford Bible Church in Milford, Pennsylvania, where the preacher argued
that Islam is a “clear and present danger” to the world.  Kamal Nawash will
respond to
the Millford Bible Church and explain the source of extremism among some Muslims.

Please join the fight against terror by contributing to the Free Muslims at:
http://freemuslims.org/support/donate.php

For more information, visit our web site at http://www.freemuslims.org

Posted by cricket on 12/11 at 03:20 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Smokey Robinson -On Being Blackl

Click here to listen to the presentation.  I had to move it because Firefox auto plays the WMV file even though I’ve got it coded NOT to autoplay.

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Posted by cricket on 12/11 at 09:30 AM in Celebrity
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Christian Soldier Returns to Front Lines Unarmed

As printed in Sojourner’s Magazine, December 8, 2006
By Will Braun, Editor, Geez magazine www.geezmagazine.org

On the phone, in between his duties at Schofield Army Barracks in Hawaii, Sergeant Logan Laituri tells me he wants to “live radically for Christ.” Normally I stumble over that sort of fervor – couched, as it is, in terms I would usually consider vague and cliche – but if following Jesus means telling your captain that 9/11 didn’t absolve you of the need to love your enemies, I’ll keep listening.

Laituri came to Jesus, as they say, at a dramatic time in his life. He was back from 14 months in Iraq as a front-liner in the U.S. Army, and scheduled to return. It was spring, 2005.

His new girlfriend’s family welcomed him with a Christian love so genuine he couldn’t resist. He ended up in a New Testament history class at a local college, and was also faced with the incisive questions from his philosophical brother and roommate. Soon he found himself immersed in scripture, filled with the spirit and brimming with passion.

The 25-year-old Laituri grew up the son of an agnostic Vietnam Vet in Orange County, California. In 2000, he joined the Army, hoping for education and travel. After a first term, he re-enlisted for an assignment in Hawaii, looking forward to some good surf. Throughout his six years in the military, Laituri had identified as Christian. “I had all the stickers and stuff,” he says of his earlier faith, but that was about the extent of it.

His conversion brought change. He started heeding his college instructor’s directive to let the Bible shape his opinions, rather than his opinions shaping it. Again, I’d dismiss this as tired religio-garble, if he weren’t talking about his “place in geo-politics” at the same time.

“I realized I had to figure out what it meant to me to be a soldier,” he says. “How do I act in my particular job and still follow the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself? Ya know, how can I do that when I’m asked to basically lay waste to kinda large scale areas?”

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Posted by Nuttshell on 12/08 at 11:03 AM in Blogging
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