Monthly Archives: January 2009


#1 R&B Song 1981:   “Fantastic Voyage,” Lakeside


Born:   Roosevelt Sykes, 1906; Harold “Chuck” Willis, 1928; Marvin Junior (the Dells), 1936



1958   Little Richard officially announced that he had retired at the peak of his career to become an Evangelist. His conversion lasted all of four years.


1970   The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” debut Motown single reached #1 pop and would reach #1 R&B for four weeks. The song was originally conceived for Gladys Knight & the Pips.



1973   Bobby Womack performed at the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA, as the opening act for Santana. Womack, who by now had already charted R&B seventeen times, was a prolific guitarist, having recorded with the likes of Aretha Franklin, janis Joplin, Ray Charles, King Curtis, Joe Tex, and Wilson Pickett. In fact, Picket recorded seventeen of Bobby’s songs in just three years.


1979   With one chart record to his credit, Prince appeared as the opening act on as Rick James tour and promptly instigated a fight with the King of Punk Funk.


1987   New Edition charted with “Teras On My Pillow,” reaching #41 R&B and featuring Little Anthony, who with the Imperials sang the original legendary hit almost thirty years earlier in 1958.


1993   Michael Jackson performed at Superbowl XXVII’s halftime show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The performance and the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys had an estimated record-breaking audience of more than 133 million people.


1999   Stevie Wonder performed at Superbowl XXVII’s halftime show in Miami, FL.

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Long before her “The Miseducation of Lauren Hill”
Cover art of Lauren’s “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album.
Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, musician, songwriter, producer, and film actress, Lauryn Hill, appeared on As The World Turns. While still in high school in Maplewood, New Jersey, Lauryn played a recurring role on the Daytime Drama as the troubled runaway, Kira (1991).

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I can picture Aretha now; just saying that she wanted to make a statement at President Obama’s inauguration; just saying that she simply wanted to make her mark on the style and type of hat she chose to wear that day; that she left the house looking her very elegant and impeccable.



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But, I am sure she never thought that the Smithsonian would want her hat as a part of history.

Here’s the 411, from :


Michelle Obama’s now-famous Jason Wu gown isn’t the only piece of Inaugural fashion that is headed for the Smithsonian. The museum is also requesting the now-iconic hat that Aretha Franklin wore while singing at the swearing-in. Aretha, however, is still undecided about parting with her Luke Song-designed hat. “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul. “I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.”

And that there are millions of women who want Aretha’s hat: ladies who love fashion, ladies who love hats, and especially you church ladies, well, it certainly is understandable that even the Smithsonian knows an icon when they see one.

And ten cheers for you Aretha, for your forward and beautifully brilliant fashion statement.

Aretha singing, “America: My Country, Tis Of Thee”:


So, readers: do you think Aretha should part with her hat ( she did come up with the unique bow design, after she went through many hats to find the right one), and offer it to the Smithsonian, or, should she keep it?


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#1 R&B Song 1961:   “Shop Around,” the Miracles


Born:   Jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge, 1911; Ruth brown, 1928; Luther Ingram, 1944; Jackie Ross, 1946; Jody Watley, 1959



1958   The Silhouettes’ standard rocker, “Get A Job,” charted en route to #1. The ’70s group Sha Na Na named themselves after a line in the song.



1960   Dee Clark and Chuck Berry were the performing guests on Dick Clark’s nighttime American Bandstand.

1961   The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” reached the top of the charts (with Carole King playing drums). It was the first single by a rock ‘n’ roll girl group to reach #1.



1965   Shirley Bassey charted on her way to #8 with “Goldfinger,” from the James Bond movie. It was her first of four Top 100 singles. Meanwhile, the best of the blue-eyed soul duos, the Righteous Brothers, entered the R&B hit list with the powerful evergreen “Youve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” peaking at #3 while rising to #1 pop.



1965   The Manhattans had their first chart single, “I Wanna Be (Your Everything),”which went to #12 R&B, on their way to a career full of hits including sixteen pop and forty-six R&B entries through 1990.


1965   Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” charted on its way to #9 R&B. It would be Sam’s last of nineteen Top 10 hits from 1957 through 1965. The song was Sam’s answer to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ I The Wind.” Sam influenced a diverse group of future stars including Micahel Jackson, Otis Redding, and Al Green.


1985   USA for Africa’s “We Are The World” was played on he radio for the first time. Over the next ten years the recording would sell in excess of 7.2 million singles and albums and help raise more than #588 million for the charity.


1995   Babyface received the Best Male Artist, Soul/R&B prize at the American Music Awards twenty-secong annual show in Los Angeles. He also performed his duet hit with Madonna, “Take A Bow.”

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#1 R&B Song 1955:   “Sincerely,” the Moonglows


Born:   Bandleader Paul Gayten, 1920; William King (the Commodores), 1949



1952   One of the best-known artist/songwriters of his day, bluesman Wille Dixon (“Spoonful,” “Little Red Rooster”) died of a heart attack in Burbank, CA, and was buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.


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Willie Dixon


1960   Brook Benton was the headliner at the Apollo Theater.


1967   The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at London’s famed Saville Theatre with the Who.


1977   Natalie Cole charted with “I’ve Got Love On My Mind,” reaching #5 pop and #1 R&B for five weeks. It would be her biggest hit of a career eighteen pop hits and thirty-one R&B winners through 1997. The record was also her fourth #1 of her first five chart singles.


1994   James Ingram began a tour of Asia starting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


1994   Mary Wilson of the Supremes was seriously injured (though she recovered) in a car accident on a California highway.


1998   Bad boy Bobby Brown was convicted of drunk driving charges in a Fort Lauderdale court. The judge sentenced Brown to five days in jail along with having to attend DUI school. He also had to submit to random drug and alcohol testing and spend thirty days in an alcohol and drug rehab facility. Along with that, he had to pay $500 in fines and was ordered to serve one hundred hours of community service along with a one-year suspension of his driver’s licence.

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The following article addresses the issue of the disparity in farm subsidies of Black American farmers. Overwhelmingly, White farmers receive more U.S. government subsidies, than Black farmers, even in counties where the majority of farmers are Black.

This issue is nothing new to me, as I have been following the plight of Black American farmers and their litigation efforts against the U.S. government  for years, and have read of the hells so many Black farmers have suffered at the hands of their government which beats them down as they are already reeling from  drought, crop losses, and farm mortgage losses. This contempt and racist economic violence against Black farmers has been going on for decades:


PDF]American Black Farmers Project Overviewfarmers afloat, but have systematically excluded blacks from government. subsidized farm programs over the decades. Black farmers have been …   

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discrimination in government farm lending. Analysis of payments to individual farmers and farm businesses shows that a subsidy gap. between black farmers




Government considers putting black farmers on subsidy commit…

WASHINGTON (AP)–The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to put more black farmers on the committees that have oversight in how federal farm subsidies are

The victory that Black farmers received against the government was symbolic, as always, with no lasting results that would protect them from further U.S. government mismanagement or racism in farm subsidies:


Brian Oliver Sheppard, Black Farmers and Institutionalized R…

May 3, 2000 Some black farmers covered under the lawsuit are saying their victory …. more US government subsidies than any other corporation today.

In order to create  a lasting policy of sustainable local capacity in the continued existence of Black farmers, especially in the American South, farmers who have much to offer in the way of small-scale and biodiverse farming (essential to food security and environmental sustainability),  this government will have to come to terms with the always present question of race, and the legacy of a history of systemic racism fom the United States government , and in the USDA.   The administration of President Obama must address the continued negative effects of the racist history of loans denied and subsidies destroyed that this government committed against Black farmers, as well as the present-day denial of farm subsidies to Black farmers.  This country cannot have any honest discussion on this travesty until it confronts the decades-long legacy of race in the hypocrisy of farm subsidies that continue to give all to White farmers, and very little to nothing, to Black farmers.



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Farm Subsidies Overwhelmingly Support White Farmers


Speaking last November about his plans to address the economic crisis, President Barack Obama called out subsidy payments to “millionaire farmers” as a waste the U.S. federal budget could do without. He was reacting, in part, to a new report from the Government Accountability Office documenting tens of millions of dollars of payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to almost three thousand multimillionaires who derive most of their income from activities other than farming.


The U.S. government spends billions each year subsidizing farm operations. Yet Black farmers receive only one-third to one-sixth of the benefits that other farmers receive.


For those who follow farm policy, there was nothing surprising about the report.


For years, the GAO and major media outlets have documented wasteful farm subsidies to ineligible rich people, dead people and people who don’t even farm. Less well documented is the other side of the story: that crop-subsidy programs systematically fail to support small farmers—and this disproportionately impacts farmers of color.


The U.S. government spends billions each year subsidizing farm operations.
Yet Black farmers receive only one-third to one-sixth of the benefits that other farmers receive, according to the Environmental Working Group, a D.C.-based nonprofit research organization that has partnered with the National Black Farmers Association on several reports. Looking at farmers of color more broadly, the Southern Rural Development Initiative found that less than 1 percent of agriculture subsidy payments between 2001 and 2003 went to Blacks, Native Americans and Asian Americans. (Because the available data comes from the Census Bureau, whose definition of “nonwhite” excludes many Latinos, the researchers were unable to include Latino farmers within its people-of-color analysis.)


Even in counties where people of color are the majority, researchers estimate that at a minimum, almost 95 percent of agriculture subsidies “are going to farms with white operators.”


Federal crop subsidies go to commodity crops like corn, cotton and rice, which require large farms, and most large farms in the U.S. are white-owned. So even when USDA dollars move to counties where people of color are the majority, they largely end up in the hands of the white landowning minority. The report by the Southern Rural Development Initiative put it bluntly: “USDA perpetuates the legacy of the Deep South’s anachronistic, inequitable economy through its agricultural subsidy programs.”


USDA spokespeople maintain that disparities in subsidies payments are not a matter of race, but simply of “large farms and small farms.” Yet a history of systemic racism in the U.S. (including at the USDA) means that farmers of color disproportionately own small farms where they raise livestock or grow fruits and vegetables—crops that are ineligible for USDA crop subsidies.


USDA crop payments are based not only on type of crop but also on historical acreage and per-acre yields. Given the long and documented history of discriminatory lending practices and foreclosures against farmers of color by the USDA, Black farmers today have fewer land holdings to make them eligible for the subsidies.


Because of that history, farmers of color also mistrust the USDA and are often disinclined to apply for the types of support they do qualify for. Scott Mexic, who during the Bush administration performed outreach to “socially disadvantaged” farmers for the agency, promoted USDA programs created to help small-scale farmers of color, including technical-assistance programs to help them form co-ops and increase sales in local markets. But he faced an uphill battle, having to earn trust in communities long mistreated by the agency.


Although farmers of color have much to offer in a world that increasingly sees small-scale, biodiverse farming as essential to food security and environmental sustainability, they are locked out of major USDA funding streams. There is “too much money in the hands of the wrong people, and the people that really need the assistance are not receiving anything,” says John Boyd of the National Black Farmers Association.


Body’s group and even the USDA itself supported restructuring the subsidies program in the most recent Farm Bill to reduce payments to the wealthy, but the bill that Congress passed was heavily influenced by big-farming interests and fell short of both groups’ proposals.


“There’s a place for supporting agriculture,” while benefiting communities, says Jason Gray, policy and research director at the Southern Rural Development Initiative. , “[Policymakers need to] ask: is the decision we’re making here going to result in more local capacity to … create a future? In the rural South, you cannot ask that question without having an honest discussion about the legacy of race.”
Although Gray thinks “the allocation of USDA resources in rural America is one of the best examples of systematic racism that can be found today in America,” he and other advocates for farmers of color see the potential for change. The new Farm Bill offers several hard-won provisions aimed to help “socially disadvantaged” farmers, and organizers have hope for systemic change under new USDA leadership in the Obama administration. Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, hopes the new administration will “take steps to end abuses” in subsidies programs and “redirect some of those savings into programs to help small farmers.” Still, Gray is careful to note that a change in USDA leadership is only part of the needed solution.
“The government can only be a partner to efforts happening on the ground,” he says.
Jessica Hoffmann is coeditor and copublisher of make/shift magazine.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama stepped into the limelight to offer support for the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by President Obama. Mrs. Obama gave Ms. Ledbetter a hug at after the ceremony. The legislation expands workers’ rights to sue over pay discrimination.

    Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times



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    Published: January 29, 2009
    WASHINGTONPresident Obama fired a warning shot at Wall Street on Thursday, branding bankers “shameful” for giving themselves $18.4 billion in bonuses as the economy was spinning out of control and the government was spending billions to bail out many of the nation’s most prominent financial firms.
    January 30, 2009    

    Pool photo by Ron Sachs

    President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the Oval Office on Thursday.

    Speaking from the Oval Office with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner by his side, Mr. Obama lashed out at the industry over a report, compiled by the New York State comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, which found that over all, financial executives received the same level of bonuses as they had in 2004, when times were more flush.
    It was a pointed and unusual flash of anger — if a premeditated one — from the president, and it suggested that he intended to use his platform to take a hard line against excesses in executive compensation.
    “That is the height of irresponsibility,” Mr. Obama said angrily. “It is shameful, and part of what we’re going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility.
    The American people understand that we’ve got a big hole that we’ve got to dig ourselves out of, but they don’t like the idea that people are digging a bigger hole even as they’re being asked to fill it up,” Mr. Obama said, adding that “there will be time for them to make profits and there will be time for them to make bonuses. Now is not that time.”
    News of the report, and Mr. Obama’s remarks, came a day after the president met privately at the White House with business leaders, including Richard D. Parsons, the new chairman of the board of Citigroup. This week, Citigroup, which received an infusion of taxpayer money last year, canceled its plans, at the administration’s urging, to buy a $50 million business jet.
    Mr. Obama did not spare the company in his remarks on Thursday, although he did not mention Citi by name. “Secretary Geithner already had to pull back on one institution that had gone forward with a multimillion-dollar plane it purchased at the same time as they are receiving TARP money,” he said, using the acronym for the government’s $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program, intended to rescue shaky financial firms. “We shouldn’t have to do that, because they should know better.”
    Mr. DiNapoli’s report was compiled based on the annual December-January bonus season, mostly through personal income tax collections. In an interview published on Thursday, he said it was unclear if banks had used taxpayer money for bonuses.
    “The issue of transparency is a significant one,” Mr. DiNapoli said in the interview, “and there needs to be an accounting about whether there was any taxpayer money used to pay bonuses or to pay for corporate jets or dividends or anything else.”
    Earlier Thursday, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said Mr. Obama had a one-word reaction to the report: “Outrageous.” He announced in advance that Mr. Obama would put forth his views in person, which he did at the end of a meeting with Mr. Geithner.
    President Obama harshly criticizes Wall Street for “outrageously” and “shamelessly” swining at the pig trough.
    Can anyone have imagined President Bush upbraiding Wall Street, Bear-Stearns, Lehman Brothers, etc., for paying themselves excessive bonuses while their own companies bleed blood and flesh due to the CEO’s incompetent so-called business practices? Bonuses for inept, stupid, greedy mismanagement?
    I don’t think so.
    Wouldn’t have happened.
    That would have meant President Shrub had developed a conscious and a soul.
    Now, let’s see President Obama put some real fangs into Wall Street’s ass.
    Talk and harsh admonitions are cheap; actions really lay the cards on the table.

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    Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

    President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for Ms. Ledbetter, fourth from left, an Alabama woman who at the end of a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men.



    Published: January 29, 2009
    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.”
    Mr. Obama was surrounded by a group of beaming lawmakers, most but not all of them Democrats, in the East Room of the White House as he affixed his signature to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for an Alabama woman who at the end of a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men.
    After a Supreme Court ruling against her, Congress approved the legislation that expands workers’ rights to sue in this kind of case, relaxing the statute of limitations.
    “It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness,” the president said.
    He said was signing the bill not only in honor of Ms. Ledbetter — who stood behind him, shaking her head and clasping her hands in seeming disbelief — but in honor of his own grandmother, “who worked in a bank all her life, and even after she hit that glass ceiling, kept getting up again” and for his daughters, “because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams.”
    The ceremony, and a reception afterward in the State Dining Room of the White House, had a celebratory feel. The East Room was packed with advocates for civil rights and workers rights; the legislators, who included House and Senate leaders and two moderate Republicans — Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine — shook Mr. Obama’s hand effusively (some, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, received presidential pecks on the cheek) as he took the stage. They looked over his shoulder, practically glowing, as Mr. Obama signed his name to the bill, using one pen for each letter.
    “I’ve been practicing signing my name very slowly,” Mr. Obama said wryly, looking at a bank of pens before him. He handed the first pen to the bill’s chief sponsor, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, and the last to Ms. Ledbetter.
    The ceremony also marked First Lady Michelle Obama’s policy debut; she spoke afterward in a reception in the State Dining Room, where she called Ms. Ledbetter “one of my favorite people.”
    Mr. Obama told Ms. Ledbetter’s story over and over again during his campaign for the White House; she spoke frequently as an advocate for him during his campaign, and made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
    Now 70, Ms. Ledbetter discovered when she was nearing retirement that her male colleagues were earning much more than she was. A jury found her employer, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant in Gadsden, Ala., guilty of pay discrimination. But in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the case, ruling that she should have filed her suit within 180 days of the date that Goodyear first paid her less than her peers.
    Congress tried to pass a law that would have effectively overturned the decision while President George W. Bush was still in office, but the White House opposed the bill; opponents contended it would encourage lawsuits and argued that employees could delay filing their claims in the hope of reaping bigger rewards. But the new Congress passed the bill, which restarts the six-month clock every time the worker receives a paycheck .
    Ms. Ledbetter will not see any money as a result of the legislation Mr. Obama signed into law. But what she has gotten, aside from celebrity, is personal satisfaction, as she said in the State Dining Room after the signing ceremony.
    “Goodyear will never have to pay me what it cheated me out of,” she said. “In fact, I will never see a cent. But with the president’s signature today I have an even richer reward.”
    President Barack Obama has signed his first bill into law.
    The “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act”:
     Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), a U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit begins at the date the pay was agreed upon, not at the date of the most recent paycheck, as a lower court had ruled. This precluded lawsuits by plaintiffs who alleged ongoing pay discrimination but who did not discover it until years after the discrimination began.
    A bill to amend the statutory limitations period and supersede the Ledbetter decision failed to pass in the 110th Congress, and was re-introduced in the first session of the 111th United States Congress. In the 2008 elections, the Democrats criticized Republicans for defeating the 2007 version of the bill, citing Republican presidential candidate John McCain‘s opposition. Then-candidate Barack Obama supported the bill.
    Wow. Will wonders never cease?
    But, keep in mind, not all women are paid equally any more than women are paid equal to men in salaries and wages.
    In fact, Black women are paid less than White men, White women, and even Black men in many professions/jobs.
    Now a Black woman can make the same amount of pay for the same job that a White man makes and what a White woman makes.
    Oh, ya’ll didn’t know that all women are not paid equally?
    Didn’t know that a White woman makes $0.78 cents for every $1.00 that a White man makes. . . .
    . . . .but,
    . . . .a Black woman makes $0.67 cents for every $1.00 that a White man makes.
    So, now that President Obama has signed this piece of legislation into law, a Black woman, doing the same job/skill/career, can earn the same pay that a White man makes, that a White woman makes, that an Asian man makes. . . .oh, you get the picture.
    Oh, and not to be forgotten is that unlike some White women, many Black women are more likely to have to work two jobs to make ends meet; Black women are more likely to have to return back to work sooner than White women, after delivering a child from pregnancy; Black women are more likely to have to start work sooner, and retire much later than both White men and White women.
    Care to take a guess as to why? There are many reasons, but, here are a few:
    Black women’s husbands often do not make as much as White women’s husbands, therefore, millions of Black women have to work at two jobs to help keep the family afloat. Many Black women cannot (like they have for the last four centuries), be able to be SAHM the way so many of them desire to do. Black women who do attend college, graduate, and apply for the job, have to be twice as qualified to get the job.
    Black women have to be over-qualified just to get past the interview.
    Ya ‘know. . . .The 50% Sister:
    Many Black women know 50% of the job before they are hired, they have to be 50% better than their fellow co-worker, and then they have to run the gauntlet to gain respect and support on the job. Many Black women are already written off as soon as they set foot on company property, so, they have to contend with more than just getting equal pay for equal work.
    “It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness,” the president said.
    All are still not created equal, President Obama.
    So, the gist of the matter is. . . .
    . . . .if it is bad for White women, it is triple bad for Black women.
    Then again, this piece of law will give Black women and other women the right to sue against pay disparity, not to mention dispelling the 180-day loophole that gave millions of women no adequate time to file a suit against pay disparity on the job.
    No one should get more pay than their co-worker for the same job, when they have the same commensurate skills.
    Whether that be a married man, a single man, a divorced man.
    Or a woman.
    That the SCOTUS rendered a ludicrous decision on this case does not surprise me. The SCOTUS has cared more for the “mainsteam/status quo” for centuries, (read: White male), and their decision showed their continued contempt for employees, and solidarity for employers.
    Men do not own a monopoly on having familes to care for. Men do not own a corner on the labor market to be paid more than a woman just because men have testosterone and androgen, and women have estrogen and progesterone.
    Men are not the only ones who have responsibilites, and pay/wages for work done should not reflect a difference because of one’s gender.
    All women who work for an employer, be she single or married, should get equal pay for equal work.
    Nuff’ said.
    Okay, just one more itty-bitty thing. . . .
    . . . .how about the payment of equal benefits and pensions? Men are not the only ones who should have carte blanch access to these forms of supplemental payments, not just within that particular company…but, across the board: the local office, division office, the district office. Women and men should get the same benefits/pensions at the same pace, in the same time. And while we are at it. . . .
    . . . .it is way past time for this so-called country to invest in childcare and family leave benefits that truly help employees.
    Families are a foundation that is all too often butchered on the altar of scapegoats: necessary when the politican needs them, kicked to the curb, when the politician has leeched what he wanted from the “I am pro-family”, mantra.
    How’s about passing the Employee Free Choice Act: 
    The time also needs to cease between the societal derision given to so-called “female occupations” and “male occupations”. No job/career is better than another; all work has value to it.
    But, this law protects all women. As well as minorities and the disabled.
    And that is something to be thankful for.
    Take notice—-you get no more of my hard-earned dollars. Since this is how you (mis)treat your employee who gave you 19 years of service, then I do not want to give you any dollars for your products.
    Everyone is profusely thanking President Obama for his support on this bill; not to be forgotten are the Congress people who helped make it happen:
    -Senators Susan Collins, and Olympia Snow, both of Maine, and a special “Thank You” to Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.
    Ms. Ledbetter will never see any monies from the discrimination she endured from pay disparity, but, she got something even more profound:
    “Goodyear will never have to pay me what it cheated me out of,” she said. “In fact, I will never see a cent. But with the president’s signature today I have an even richer reward.”
    To President Obama:
    Thanks for signing this legislation into law.
    Closing down Guantanomo Base.
    Now this.
    Careful, President Obama, you are trying to get my belief and faith to build up in you.
    Not bad for your first week in office. (Well, so far.)
    Much remains for you to build my faith and confidence in you.
    Right now, on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 great, 1 bad, well. . . .
    . . . .I’d say you are at a 5 right now.
    Keep it coming.
    There’s hope for you yet in this lady’s heart and mind.
    Then again, that’s what change is, isn’t it, President Obama?
    One. . . .step. . . .at. . . .a. . . .time.
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    President Barack Obama signs “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009”, January 29, 2009. 

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    #1 R&B Song 1978:   “Our Love,” Natalie Cole


    Born:   Blues vocalist Drink Small, 1933; blues guitarist Cash McCall (Morris Dollison, Jr.), 1941



    1950   Larry Darnell, an early pioneer of the New Orleans sound, hit #1 on the R&B charts with “For You My Love.”


    1950   The Robins charted with “If It’s So Baby” which was their second release, reaching #10 R&B. The group formed in Los Angeles in 1947 and would go on to issue thirty-seven singles through 1961, most of which were produced by Leiber & Stoller.


    1955   Fats Domino, the Moonglows, Joe Turner, the Clovers, and Faye Adams began a forty-two-performance tour in New York called the Top Ten R&B Show.


    1970   Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Harry Belafonte, and a cross section of stars from the Rascals to the cast of Hair performed in a seven-hour anti-Vietnam War benefit concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden. When Hendrix’s drummer Buddy Miles stated to the audience, “I’m sorry, we just can’t get it together,” a furious Hendrix retorted: “That’s what happens when Earth fucks with space. Never forget that,” and walked to the wings in the middle of the second song, “Earth Blues.”


    1985   The sign on the wall said “Check Your Egos at the Door,” and with that realization from Quincy Jones, forty-five major stars entered A&M Studios in Hollywood to record the song Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie had written (in only two hours) called “We Are The World.” The recording was to act as a fundraiser for the USA For Africa fund. Among the icons at the mike were Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, James Ingram, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steve Perry, and Willie Nelson. It took more than ten hours to do the single recording. Prince was invited but didn’t come.



    1990   Aaron Neville sang the National Anthem at the Superdome in New Orleans at Superbowl XXIV, between the San Francisco 49rs and the Denver Broncos.


    1991   MC Hammer received the Soul R&B Single for “U Can’t Touch This,” Soul R&B Album and Rap Album for Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, Soul R&B Artist, and Rap Male Artist awards at the American Music Awards eighteenth annual ceremonies.

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