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Monday’s Word From Barack’s House


By Jueseppi B.






Statements and Releases


May 06, 2013

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate


May 05, 2013

Op-Ed by Vice President Joe Biden in the Houston Chronicle: Background checks are key to gun safety




Speeches and Remarks


May 05, 2013

Remarks by the President at The Ohio State University Commencement





Secretary Arne Duncan
Secretary Arne Duncan

May 06, 2013
10:23 AM EDT


Editor’s Note: This is a cross post from the official blog of theDepartment of Education. You can find the original post here.


So many of America’s teachers are amazing. Each day, they take on the extraordinary responsibility and highly complex work of moving all students forward. As I visit schools across the country and talk with teachers at the U.S. Department of Education, they astound me continually with what they accomplish every day. Not only are teachers some of the smartest, most compassionate people I know, but they do work that few of us could accomplish on our best days.


During Teacher Appreciation Week, the people who value teachers often take time to send them a note of thanks or a token of appreciation. This is appropriate. The least we can do once a year is to push “pause” on our lives and thank them in the short term. However, what our teachers really need—and deserve—is our ongoing commitment to work with them to transform America’s schools. They need us to acknowledge them as professionals who are doing our nation’s most important work. We can begin this work by making it a priority to listen to and to celebrate teachers.


Here are some ways we plan to listen to and to celebrate teachers at the Department of Education this week.


Listening: On Monday, May 6, we will host a Google hangout celebrating African-American educators around the country, broadcasting from the campus of Howard University. You can view the conversation – “Celebrating African-American Teachers in our Classrooms” –live at 4 pm Eastern or check out the archived version of the Hangout afterwards at our YouTube site. You can also follow the discussion on Twitter at #AfAmTeachers. On Wednesday and Friday, our Teaching Ambassador Fellows will host roundtable discussions with teachers of children with exceptionalities and teachers of English language learners. We want to know from them what is working in their schools, what is not working, and how we can better support them.


Celebrating: Every day this week I will be making phone calls to great teachers who are leading change from their classrooms. We will also be celebrating teachers on Twitter; please be part of that by using the hashtag #thankateacher. On Wednesday I will drop by a local Teacher Appreciation Breakfast to thank teachers for making tremendous progress closing gaps and raising achievement in their school. We are also hosting a reception at the Department for the more than 400 current and former teachers who work at the Department of Education, and talking about how we can better make use of their experiences to improve our work.


Walking in Teachers’ Shoes: One of my favorite activities all year long is our ED Goes Back to School Day, taking place this year on Thursday, May 9. More than 65 of my senior staff and regional officers will shadow a teacher for a day or half-day, witnessing firsthand how demanding and rewarding it can be to juggle reforms, pedagogy, and practice. After the shadowing, the teachers and staff will meet with me back at ED to talk about their experiences and share lessons learned. Last year our staff benefitted tremendously from the experience, talking about what they saw for months afterward and connecting their experiences with their daily work here.


I encourage everyone to take time this week to not only take a more active role honoring teachers, but to listen to them actively and to celebrate their great work. I hope this week will be your chance to ask a teacher, How can I support you in America’s most important work, all year long?




Matt Compton
Matt Compton

May 06, 2013
03:36 PM EDT




President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during The Ohio State University (May 5, 2013)President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during The Ohio State University commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



The Ohio State University is an institution that dedicates itself to “Education for Citizenship” — the Buckeye motto emblazoned on the school seal.


So when President Obama spoke to the Class of 2013 at the school’s graduation, citizenship was his theme.


“As citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us,” he said. “It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And, Class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.”


The President made a pitch for civic connection — for participation in public life, for engagement in national debates, for community service. He pointed to those who stand up in moments of crisis — running toward the damage inflicted by the bombs in Boston to care for survivors, helping neighbors dig out from Hurricane Sandy last fall — as examples.


“We’ve seen courage and compassion, a sense of civic duty, and a recognition we are not a collection of strangers; we are bound to one another by a set of ideals and laws and commitments, and a deep devotion to this country that we love,” he said. “And that’s what citizenship is.”


Above all, he urged survivors to break through the cycle of cynicism that too often cripples progress in this country.


“Only you can make sure the democracy you inherit is as good as we know it can be,” President Obama told the graduates. “But it requires your dedicated, and informed, and engaged citizenship. And that citizenship is a harder, higher road to take, but it leads to a better place.”


Read the full remarks. Or watch the video:



President Obama Speaks at The Ohio State University Commencement Ceremony









President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica. May 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)




Weekly Address: Fixing our Immigration System and Expanding Trade in Latin America






West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or “Nobody Does It Better”





Our children are under attack from a terrorist organization: The NRA, or as I refer to them as….The NRAssholes.

















ALL parents who arm children…Arrest, charge & prosecute these parents for child abuse and child endangerment. Stop this shit NOW.
















Joke Of The Year (It’s Only April): Rand Paul Speaks At Howard University


By Jueseppi B.








Rand Paul speaks at Howard University




Sen. Rand Paul brought his outreach campaign to Howard University on Wednesday, giving skeptical students a lesson in the positive history of the Republican Party and the African-American community.


At one of the nation’s oldest black schoolsPaul (R-Ky.) insisted under questioning that he “has never wavered” in his support of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — an issue that dogged his 2010 Senate campaign after he questioned the act in a televised interview.


“No Republican questions or disputes civil rights,” Paul said Wednesday. “I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act.” He added that he does “question some of the ramifications” of the act on business.


But overall, the students were unmoved by the Kentucky senator’s plea to give the GOP a chance. “He just focused on the past rather than tell us what the party will do for us now,” said Felicyana Lowery, a sophomore marketing major. “I need to know what they have in store for my future.”


“All his examples were from 100 years ago,” said Brendon Patterson, an economic major from Chicago. “I wasn’t moved.”


Read The Entire Article At POLITICO.



Liberty & Civil Rights speech by Senator Rand Paul Howard University


Published on Apr 10, 2013

Senator Rand Paul joined the students at Howard University to discuss civil rights, liberty and the future of freedom in America today.





Like I said, this stunt is as stupid as Lyin UnFitt Mitt Romney‘s attempt at speaking in front of the NAACP. Only dumber.


The fiasco of the year…..but it’s a new year yet….this could very well be “Trumped” soon.





You know it’s a fiasco when Racist Rand Paul gives a history lesson on Black History AND quotes Martin Luther King..


















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Black History Moment: Lillian Evanti; 1st African American To Perform In Major European Opera Company

By Jueseppi B.



0324110540451_thumb_med_Evanti-portrait-oil-562Madame Lillian Evanti, a 1940 painting by Lois Mailou JonesCredit: National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.



Lillian Evanti (August 12, 1890 – December 6, 1967), was an African American opera singer. Evanti, a soprano, debuted in 1927 in Delibes‘s Lakmé at Nice, France. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in music and studied in France and Italy. As an opera singer and concert artist, she toured throughout Europe and South America. She received acclaim as Violetta in Verdi‘s La traviata as produced by the National Negro Opera Company in 1945. Evanti is most famous for being the first African-American female professional opera singer.




Lillian Evanti in France in 1926




Lillian Evanti (1890-1967)


Lyric soprano Lillian Evanti was the first African American to perform with a major European opera company, but she also maintained deep ties to her native Washington, D.C. Born Lillian Evans in 1890, she graduated from Howard University in 1907, and thirteen years later, moved to Europe, where her professional opportunities were not as limited by discrimination.


She made her professional debut in Nice, France in 1924, and while abroad, adopted the stage name Evanti, a more European-sounding combination of her last name and that of her husband, Roy Tibbs.


Evanti returned to Washington periodically and performed on Lafayette Square several times in the 1920′s and 1930′s, at both the Belasco Theater, one of the few venues in Washington where African Americans could perform before a desegregated audience, and the Roosevelt White House. In 1926, she sang at the Belasco with Marian Anderson as a part of the festivities surrounding the football game between Howard University and Lincoln University. Four years later, the Washington Post called her solo performance at the Belasco a “home-coming triumph.”


The portrait of Lillian Evanti displayed here depicts her in costume as Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. It is one of the most highly-regarded works by Lois Mailou Jones, who knew Evanti well and once described her final moments of work on this painting:

“A very unusual thing happened while I was doing the finishing touches. The Barber of Seville, the opera, came on over the radio. Of course, when the music came on, Lillian began to sing. There was the sparkle in her eyes and the gestures and everything. It was just what I needed to finish the portrait. I caught the spirit of her, which was just marvelous.”


Shortly after she sat for this painting, Evanti made her most acclaimed performance in the capital, portraying Violetta in the National Negro Opera Company’s La Traviata, which was staged on a barge floating in the Potomac River. Evanti, who was also a composer and a collector of works by African-American artists, died in 1967 in Washington, DC.





















Al Freeman Pioneering Black Actor Has Died At Age 78


By Jueseppi B.






Posted by: Rohan Preston  August 10, 2012 – 11:08 PM


Emmy-winning actor, director and screenwriter Al Freeman, Jr., who played Capt. Ed Hall on “One Life to Live” for more than a decade, and Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 film “Malcolm X,” has died.


Freeman, 78, lived on a boat outside of Washington, D.C. and taught at Howard University.
“It is with tremendous sadness that the passing of our beloved Professor Al Freeman, Jr. is confirmed,” Kim James Bey, chair of Howard University’s theater department, told the Star Tribune Friday afternoon.
Freeman was best known for his screen roles. He appeared on such programs as “Roots,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law and Order” and “Homicide: Life on the Streets.” He won Emmys for “One Life to Live” and “Malcolm X.” He also won an NAACP Image Award for his Elijah Muhammad.
Freeman first gained acclaim for his stage work in Amiri Baraka’s “Dutchman,” in a 1967 off-Broadway production. He played a black subway rider who is tormented by a white woman. He reprised his performance on screen in a movie adaptation.
On Broadway, he acted alongside legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey and acting icon Cicely Tyson in Peter S. Feibleman’s “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright” in 1962. Two years later, he starred in James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mister Charlie,” under the direction of Burgess Meredith.
Born in San Antonio, Tex., Freeman served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Afterwards, he embarked on an acting career that was inspiring to many in the field.
“At a time when we rarely saw black actors on TV, he was on a soap,” said Ralph Remington, director of theater and musical theater at the National Endowment for the Arts and founder of Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. “He was well-known and all over the TV. “He was legendary for his contributions.”

Freeman’s long career in film, television and theater included an enduring role playing police Captain Ed Hall on the TV soap opera “One Life to Live” from 1972 through 1987.


He was credited with being the first African American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor for his work on the soap opera, a prize he was awarded in 1979.


Freeman’s theater credits included a starring role on Broadway in James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mister Charlie” in 1964.









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