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Black History is all around us. Thanks Twin for this post.

Originally posted on All Things Totsy and Beatrice:

"James Baldwin" Watercolor on paper. Copyright 2013 Totsymae

“James Baldwin” Watercolor on paper. Copyright 2013 Totsymae

I used to read James Baldwin in high school. I didn’t understand much about what I read but I did with time and age. I’d long before discovered other African-American writers in 7th grade. When I came upon them, because they weren’t introduced to me early on in school, I thought I came upon a gold mine.

Now, Baldwin was quite eloquent with language. I thought I was smart for reading his work. He was also the writer to challenge Maya Angelou to write her biography as literature. She met the challenge and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was born.

My aunt, whose husband was in the military, met Baldwin in Paris, where he relocated. He was downright tired of the racism in America and lived out his days in France. I don’t know if my aunt was at his…

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No matter who you are cheering for in the Superbowl, there is one winner for everyone…



A little history about Chili

The full name is Chili con carne. In Spanish, the “chili” refers to a chile pepper and the “carne” means meat. American frontier settlers would make it with dried beef, suet (a fatty meat or mutton), dried chili peppers and salt. They would take this mixture and pound it together to form bricks and left to dry. When they were ready to use it, they would boil it in pots on the trail.

At the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the San Antonio Chili Stand would help people from other parts of the country taste and appreciate chili. Chili con carne, better known as just chili, would become the official dish of Texas in 1977.

San Antonio, a tourist destination, would play a big…

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A Black History Moment: The Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s Sit In

By Jueseppi B.




Counter segment where Greensboro students staged a civil rights sit-in protest on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.




The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests in 1960 which led to the Woolworth’s department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States.


While not the first sit-ins of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the Greensboro sit-ins were an instrumental action, leading to increased national sentiment at a crucial period in US history. The primary event took place at the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s store, now the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.




The sit-in movement used the strategy of nonviolence. As far back as 1942, the Congress of Racial Equality sponsored sit-ins in Chicago, as they did in St. Louis in 1949 and Baltimore in 1952. In August, 1939, African-American attorney Samuel Wilbert Tucker organized a sit-in at the then-segregated Alexandria, Virginia, library.





Former F. W. Woolworth Co. store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site of a now-famous “sit-in” protest by black college students in 1960.



Actions at Woolworth

On February 1, 1960, four students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Universtiy sat down at the lunch counter inside the Woolworth’s store at 132 South Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. The men, later known as the Greensboro Four, ordered coffee. Following store policy, the lunch counter staff refused to serve the African American men at the “whites only” counter and the store’s manager asked them to leave.


The four university freshmen – Joseph McNeilFranklin McCainEzell Blair, Jr. (later known as Jibreel Khazan), and David Richmond – stayed until the store closed.


The next day, more than twenty African American students who had been recruited from other campus groups came to the store to join the sit-in. Students from Bennett College, a college for African American women in Greensboro, joined the protest. White customers heckled the black students, who read books and studied to keep busy. The lunch counter staff continued to refuse service.


Newspaper reporters and a TV videographer covered the second day of peaceful demonstrations and others in the community learned of the protests. On the third day, more than 60 people came to the Woolworth’s store. A statement issued by Woolworth’s national headquarters said the company would “abide by local custom” and maintain its segregated policy.


More than 300 people took part on the fourth day. Organizers agreed to spread the sit-in protests to include the lunch counter at Greensboro’s Kress store.







As early as one week after the Greensboro sit-in had begun, students in other North Carolina towns launched their own sit-ins. Demonstrations spread to towns near Greensboro, including Winston-Salem, Durham, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Out-of-state towns like Lexington, Kentucky also saw protests.


The movement then spread to other Southern cities including Richmond, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee where the students of the Nashville Student Movement had been trained for a sit-in by civil rights activist James Lawson and had already started the process when Greensboro occurred. Although the majority of these protests were peaceful, there were instances where protests became violent. For example, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, tensions rose between blacks and whites and fights broke out. Another city where sit-ins occurred was Jackson, Mississippi. Students from Tougaloo College staged a sit-in on May 28, 1963. The incident is recorded in the autobiography of one of the members in attendance, Anne Moody. Moody described the treatment of the whites who were at the counter when they sat down, as well as the formation of the mob in the store and how they managed to finally leave the store.


As the sit-ins continued, tensions grew in Greensboro and students began a far-reaching boycott of stores that had segregated lunch counters. Sales at the boycotted stores dropped by a third, leading the stores’ owners to abandon their segregation policies. Black employees of Greensboro’s Woolworth’s store were the first to be served at the store’s lunch counter, on July 25, 1960. The next day, the entire Woolworth’s chain was desegregated, serving blacks and whites alike.









Despite sometimes violent reaction to the sit-ins, these demonstrations eventually led to positive results. For example, the sit-ins received significant media and government attention. When the Woolworth’s sit-in began, the Greensboro newspaper published daily articles on the growth and impact of the demonstration. The sit-ins made headlines in other cities as well, as the demonstrations spread throughout the Southern states. A Charlotte newspaper published an article on February 9, 1960, describing the state-wide sit-ins and the resulting closures of dozens of lunch counters. Furthermore, on March 16, 1960, President Eisenhower supported the students and expressed his sympathy for those who were fighting for their human and civil rights. President Eisenhower expressed his concern, saying that he was:


“deeply sympathetic with the efforts of any group to enjoy the rights of equality that they are guaranteed by the Constitution.”


In many towns, the sit-ins were successful in achieving the desegregation of lunch counters and other public places. Nashville’s students attained citywide desegregation in May, 1960.


The media picked up this issue and covered it nationwide, beginning with lunch counters and spreading to other forms of public accommodation, including transport facilities, art galleries, beaches, parks, swimming pools, libraries, and even museums around the South. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandated desegregation in public accommodations.


In 1993, a portion of the lunch counter was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, contains four chairs from the Woolworth counter along with photos of the original four protesters, a timeline of the events, and headlines from the media. The street south of the site was named February One Place, in commemoration of the date of the first Greensboro sit-in.











Woolworth Lunch Counter


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A History Lost and Found video clip on the Woolworth Lunch Counter which was one of the focal points of the Civil Rights movement.







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In The Balcony Movie Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

By Jueseppi B.






The Lone Ranger is an upcoming 2013 American action western film directed by Gore Verbinski and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the American Old West character serials of the same name. The film stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto.



Disney – The Lone Ranger


Published on Feb 3, 2013

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The Lone Ranger opens in US theaters July 3, 2013.






Directed by Gore Verbinski
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Gore Verbinski
Screenplay by Justin Haythe
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Story by Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Justin Haythe
Based on Lone Ranger by

Starring Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer
Tom Wilkinson
William Fichtner
Ruth Wilson
Helena Bonham Carter
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Bojan Bazelli
Editing by James Haygood
Craig Wood
Studio Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Blind Wink
Infinitum Nihil
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 3, 2013
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250 million




The Lone Ranger is an action-comedy in which the masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. A Native American spirit warrior, Tonto (Johnny Depp), recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.







Columbia Pictures

In March 2002, Columbia Pictures announced their intention to make a Lone Ranger film with Classic Media (which has since been renamed to DreamWorks Classics, due to the company being acquired by DreamWorks Animation in 2012), who owned the film rights at the time. Husband-and-wife producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher joined the project. The tone was to be similar to The Mask of Zorro, and Columbia suggested that Tonto be rewritten as a female love interest. The projected budget was set at $70 million.


In May 2003, David and Janet Peoples were hired to write the script. By January 2005, the Peoples’ script was rewritten by Laeta Kalogridis, with Jonathan Mostow to direct.



Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures

The Lone Ranger languished in development hell until January 2007 when The Weinstein Company became interested in purchasing the film rights from Classic Media. However, the deal fell through, and Entertainment Rights eventually optioned the property. By May 2007, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (alongside Entertainment Rights) set the film up at Walt Disney Pictures as Lone RangerTed Elliott and Terry Rossio, who had worked with Bruckheimer and Disney on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, were being considered to write the script. In late March 2008, Elliott and Rossio were in final negotiations. Disney then announced in September 2008 that Johnny Depp would be portraying Tonto.


The Elliot/Rossio script had a supernatural tone, and has since been rewritten by Justin Haythe. In May 2009, Mike Newell, who was then directing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Bruckheimer and Disney, entered negotiations to direct Lone Ranger. However, Bruckheimer explained the following June that he wanted to wait on hiring a director until Newell completed Prince of Persia, and until Depp finished filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. “The priority is most definitely Pirates 4,” Bruckheimer commented. “They are going to cast the title role once they get a director and Disney greenlights. We don’t have a director yet.” In September of 2010, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct. Filming was slated to begin after Depp finished work in Dark Shadows. Actor Armie Hammer will play the role of the Lone Ranger.




Filming commenced the first week of March 2012 and on March 8, 2012, the first photograph of Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto was released.


Cinematographer Bojan Bazelli has been confirmed for shooting. Verbinski and Bazelli worked before in the successful horror film The Ring.


Some filming occurred in Moab, Utah in July 2012. Some filming took place during the month of August in Cimarron Canyon State Park, NM. Second unit (Stunt/Blue screen) work commenced in late September 2012 in the parking lot of Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia, California.


The film was shot in the anamorphic format with Panavision Panaflex Platinum cameras and C- and G-Series lenses.


A crew member suffered a heart attack while cleaning out a pool that was going to be used in the film for an underwater action scene in Acton, CA on September 21, 2012.





The film was initially scheduled for a Summer 2011 release date, but Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides replaced it, because the latter was considered a priority for the studio and because The Lone Ranger did not have a director. After Gore Verbinski signed for director,The Lone Ranger’s release date was moved to December 21, 2012. However, budget concerns and negotiations resulted in a production delay, so the release date shifted to May 31, 2013. On May 31, 2012, the release date was pushed further back to July 3, 2013, assuming the place of DreamWorks‘ Robopocalypse (distributed by Disney, through Touchstone Pictures) for the July Fourth holiday weekend.


The first trailer for The Lone Ranger debuted on October 3, 2012, and was attached to 3D screenings of Disney’s Frankenweenie. The official trailer was released via YouTube later on as well.



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Even On Super Bowl Sunday Barack & Joey B. Are Working






From Barack‘s Blog:


President Obama Super Bowl Interview 2013 | Obama Super Bowl Pregame Interview CBS’s Scott Pelley


Published on Feb 3, 2013

President Obama Super Bowl Interview 2013 | Obama Super Bowl Pregame Interview CBS’s Scott Pelley President Obama Super Bowl Interview 2013 | Obama Super Bowl Pregame Interview CBS’s Scott Pelley CBS to interview Obama during Super Bowl pregame show.


President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday.


At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS’s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game.


Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of “serious questions” to tackle.


“We have suddenly had some headwinds in the economy. Growth in the fourth quarter of last year shrank. We had negative growth. The unemployment rate went up, as we learned [Friday]. I’m going to talk to the president about what he thinks is going on there, and if he knows how to get us back on the track we want to be on,” he said.


In addition, Pelley will ask about recent terrorist attacks targeting U.S. officials in North Africa. He may even ask about Lance Armstrong’s recent admission of using performance-enhancing drugs, and ongoing concerns about the safety and injury concerns surrounding professional football.







Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden Visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany


Donald Cloud
February 03, 2013




Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit with medical staff during a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, Feb., 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)



Today, Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited with Wounded Warriors and their medical caretakers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Landstuhl, Germany.
Landstuhl RMC is the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States. It serves American servicemembers and their families who are stationed in Europe. Landstuhl RMC is also the nearest medical trauma center treating wounded U.S. servicemembers coming from Afghanistan. The center treats wounded coalition military members serving alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan as well.
The Vice President, Dr. Biden, and Deputy Secretary Carter thanked the combat-injured U.S. soldier for his service to our country and thanked his wife and their young son for their sacrifices. They also spent time visiting with two wounded soldiers serving in Afghanistan who were from the Republic of Georgia. Of the fifty-nation coalition providing forces in Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor, providing over 1,560 forces who primarily serve in Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province.
The Vice President, Dr. Biden, and Deputy Secretary Carter also took time to specially thank on-duty medical caretakers in the surgical wards and the intensive care unit for caring for our Wounded Warriors. Vice President Biden said, “Even if there were no Wounded Warriors here to visit today, we wanted to stop by and visit with you to say thank you for all that you do for them. What you do is truly breathtaking. And because of you, our Wounded Warriors can return home alive to their mothers and fathers, to their wives and husbands, and to their sons and daughters.”


San Francisco and Baltimore Mayors Put Service on the Line for Super Sunday


CNCS Staff
February 03, 2013



Ed note: a version of this post was first published on serve.gov, the official site of the Corporation for National and Community Service. You can read the original post here.


Today is game day, and as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers get ready to take the field, the mayors from those cities are taking a different approach to the traditional, friendly wager. This year, the focus will be on volunteering and community service.


San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have agreed that the winning mayor would host the mayor from the opposing team for a day of volunteer service with AmeriCorps members. This service project will be done in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. (Click here to watch a video announcing the challenge on the “Today Show.”)


The mayors’ friendly wager further elevates the role of community service within the Super Bowl’s activities. As part of the official events, the Super Bowl Host Committee also hosted a community service effort yesterday, Super Saturday of Service, in which local volunteers revitalized five New Orleans playgrounds. AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity New Orleans and Habitat for Humanity Baton Rouge participated. AmeriCorps members also took part in service activities organized by Rebuilding Together.


Mayors Lee and Rawlings-Blake join more than 100 U.S. Mayors in their focus on service. Both have signed on to participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, an initiative launched last month at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting. Mayors across the country will participate in a national day of recognition this April 9 to highlight the impact of national service in their cities and thank individuals who serve.


“Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “With this friendly wager, Mayors Lee and Rawlings-Blake highlight the impact and power of national service and volunteering. No matter which team wins the game, both cities—and all football fans— can celebrate the Service Bowl.”


Americans looking to participate can find a volunteer service project in their area using the search engine athttp://www.serve.gov/. To join the conversation on social media about this event, use the #ServiceBowl hashtag.













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