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CNBC’s “NEWBOs: The Rise of the New Black Overclass” Will Premiere Thursday, February 26th at 9PM & 1AM ET on CNBC

CNBC’s “NEWBOs: The Rise of America’s New Black Overclass,” is an original one-hour primetime documentary about the growing wave of young black multimillionaires coming out of the sports, media and entertainment industries. This project examines the rise of “Newbos,” — young black athletes, entertainers, and creative entrepreneurs –

who, with the right amount of financial literacy, collaboration, intergenerational mentorship and social awareness, could have a profound, positive impact on black America. The special, hosted by Wall Street Journal reporter and CNBC correspondent Lee Hawkins, who coined the term “Newbo,” is based on Hawkins’ forthcoming book of the same title.

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White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers at the
White House Dinner for the Nation’s Governors.

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We’re on a roll, fam. This morning, I was on ABC News Now giving a reaction to Obama’s big speech last night. I can’t embed that video but here’s the link. Also I got in some good digs on Jindal.


CNN/U.S. made the following announcement today:

“In early April, Campbell Brown will take maternity leave for about 8 weeks and Roland S. Martin will fill in for her during that time.

“Roland is a solid journalist and a terrific communicator. He’s been a regular part of the No Bias, No Bull family and our audience knows him well. He has also served as a contributor/analyst for CNN, and in fact, he’s been transparent about whom he has supported for president, whether it was George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush or Barack Obama.

“We look forward to Roland’s smart, energetic and spirited reporting in this role, and in the future on CNN. Following his stint filling in for Campbell, CNN plans to develop a weekend program with Roland.”

So says Rude Pundit.

Bobby Jindal Wants the Nation to Be Like Louisiana:

Last night, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal looked for all the world like the winner of the “Most Likely To Be Quickly Raped in Prison” award. That poor bastard would be some neo-Nazi’s punk within an hour, and he’d be glad for the protection that accompanies all the sodomizing. What we witnessed was the end of Jindal’s presidential ambitions and thus the end of the future of the Republican party. For while Barack Obama was busy at the Capital dancing on Ronald Reagan’s grave, Jindal was desperately trying to hand job the Gipper’s corpse to life. But those bones are dead, man, so very dead.

Seriously, if you’re the governor of a state that has an income tax, a lottery, and a tax on food and clothes and your state is still at or near the bottom on nearly every way in which states are measured (except in those things where being at or near the top sucks balls, like “Most Polluted”), in child health care, overall health of its citizens, education, pollution, and more, you probably ought to realize that you’ve fucked up and need the federal government. Desperately.

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Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910 – November 26, 1985) was an African-American surgical technician and operative surgeon who helped develop the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. He was an assistant to Alfred Blalock at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher to many of the country’s most prominent surgeons.

From the very beginning Thomas showed an extraordinary aptitude for surgery and precise experimentation, and Blalock granted him wider and wider latitude in the execution of the protocols. Tutored in anatomy and physiology by Blalock and his young research fellow, Dr. Joseph Beard, Thomas rapidly mastered complex surgical techniques and research methodology. He and Blalock developed great respect for one another, forging such a close working relationship that they came to operate almost as a single mind. Outside the lab environment, however, they maintained the social distance dictated by the mores of the times. In an era when institutional racism was the norm, Thomas was classified, and paid, as a janitor, despite the fact that by the mid 1930s he was doing the work of a postdoctoral researcher in Blalock’s lab.

Together he and Blalock did groundbreaking research into the causes of hemorrhagic and traumatic shock. This work later evolved into research on Crush syndrome and saved the lives of thousands of soldiers on the battlefields of World War II. In hundreds of flawlessly executed experiments, the two disproved traditional theories which held that shock was caused by toxins in the blood. Blalock, a highly original scientific thinker and something of an iconoclast, had theorized that shock resulted from fluid loss outside the vascular bed and that the condition could be effectively treated by fluid replacement. Assisted by Thomas, he was able to provide incontrovertible proof of this theory, and in so doing, he gained wide recognition in the medical community by the mid 1930s. At this same time, Blalock and Thomas began experimental work in vascular and cardiac surgery, defying medical taboos against operating upon the heart. It was this work that laid the foundation for the revolutionary lifesaving surgery they were to perform at Johns Hopkins a decade later.

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Over Twitter last night, a dangerously intelligent friend of mine @ggreeneva wrote:

Dear GOP: if you liked it, then you shouldn’t have put Iraq on it. Signed, America

Once again, Beyonce inspires — indirectly this time perhaps — a nation.

During the State of the Union, Obama had this to say about the budget he’ll be presenting to Congress soon and about Iraq:

Finally, because we’re also suffering from a deficit of trust, I am committed to restoring a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget.  That is why this budget looks ahead ten years and accounts for spending that was left out under the old rules – and for the first time, that includes the full cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  For seven years, we have been a nation at war.  No longer will we hide its price.

We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war.

From this WaPo this am comes this news:

President Obama is expected to announce as early as Friday that he will remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, three months later than promised during his campaign, U.S. officials said. Obama has not made a final decision on the matter, but it could come during a trip to give a speech in North Carolina on Friday.

Frankly, I’d prefer to see this happen sooner like August 2009. For far too long have we spent far too much blood and treasure waging war on a country that did not attack us and did not have any weapons of mass destruction with which to attack us. Rather than investing in our own nation, we have spent precious resources rebuilding someone else’s nation as our own schools, bridges and levees crumble. The cost of this war is partly responsible for the crippling of the world economy. The Iraq war needs to end. At least we got a date, but I’d like to see troops come home sooner and the current billions for war re-directed to the needs here at home. With, of course, some greater attention paid to Afghanistan and Pakistan where we need to get serious and soon if we really want to do something about Al Qaeda and its ilk.

Ty'Sheoma Bethea and Michelle Obama

I thought last night’s speech was great. Both @baratunde and I (@ch3ryl) kept up a steady conversation during and after the SOTU on Facebook, Twitter and while keeping an eye on the THREE dedicated open threads that rikyrah opened up last night. Nice work, lady – thanks. Go head, y’all. Great insights in there and funny too. Thanks for staying up late with us here at JJP.

This am, I’m struck by a few things. Number one: Bobby Jindal’s GOP Response. Response to what? Quaaludes? Smack? Meth? What exactly was that dude trippin’ on last night? His inappropriately chipper and eerie sing-song tone was truly creepy. Sort like a cute, brown but very evil Mister Rogers. It was off-putting and made his delivery almost meaningless and inhuman. Apparently he was told to appear “upbeat”. Instead he appeared “psycho”. The republicans are going to have to do better than Jingo Jindal if they want to go up against The Prez.

Speaking of which – how amazing was he last night? He relaxed as the speech went on and became even more real. If there was a theme for the speech for me, it was “Keepin’ It Real”. A special moment for me was late in the speech (should have been the opener IMHO) in talking about Ty’Sheoma Bethea:

And I think about Ty’Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, South Carolina – a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom.  She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room.  She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp.  The letter asks us for help, and says, “We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world.  We are not quitters.”

We are not quitters.

These words and these stories tell us something about the spirit of the people who sent us here.  They tell us that even in the most trying times, amid the most difficult circumstances, there is a generosity, a resilience, a decency, and a determination that perseveres; a willingness to take responsibility for our future and for posterity.

Their resolve must be our inspiration.  Their concerns must be our cause.  And we must show them and all our people that we are equal to the task before us.

Ty’Sheoma shone with dignity and grace up in the balcony with Michelle Obama and presumably her proud mama. But what Obama gets and that too few in America have fully understood is that the fate of Ty’Sheoma and the fate of our nation are twinned. Obama said earlier in the SOTU: “The nations that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow.” Tru dat. We cannot succeed as a country if talented kids like Ty’Sheoma aren’t able to succeed here.And here at JJP, we’re fightin’ everyday for all the Ty’Sheomas out there. Heck some of us were her once upon a time and had to come up the rough side of the mountain to make it — you know that’s right. Ty’Sheoma deserves more from America than what it has been prepared to offer her in the past.

There’s more to the story of Ty’Sheoma and how she came to be at the SOTU.

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Dayam, y’all! See that’s what I love about Color of Change: they ain’t playin’. And they got the cops involved. Read below for details. Let it be known to those who attack Obama and Black America = we are prepared to come over to your house and look you in the eye. And dump 100,000 angry letters on your doorstep in a maneuver that will only make your doorman hate you more than he probably already secretly does. We gotta stay vigilant, MLK-style non-violent but direct in demanding accountability and action.

Thanks to those that joined me in taking action and sending in a letter to the New York Post over this hot mess. Clearly we made a difference. Here’s Color of Change’s response to Rupert Murdoch’s recent apology/plea for mercy from black people. To which I say: No Justice, No Peace… Call off your racist attach dogs masquerading as journalists & pundits, Murdoch, and maybe we’ll consider cooling it. The NAACP says that it plans actions at 70 Fox affiliates tomorrow. Stay tuned.

The national civil rights organization said today that it had coordinated with NYPD to conduct a public confrontation outside Rupert Murdoch’s residence over his lack of action regarding The New York Post’s controversial ‘chimp’ cartoon.  The group had also communicated with the building staff at his current residence on 5th Ave.

More than 110,000 members have sent emails to The Post’s publisher that were also addressed to Murdoch.  The emails demanded a genuine apology and the firing of the editor who approved the cartoon.  The group’s plan was to confront Murdoch with paper versions of the emails it had collected since Thursday.

James Rucker, Executive Director of, responded to Murdoch’s apology. “It took Murdoch and the Post’s top editors almost a week to understand why people were upset. Murdoch hasn’t said what he’ll do stop this from happening again, or address a longstanding pattern of vicious attacks on black leaders at other News Corp outlets like Fox News,” Rucker said.  “There’s a culture of insensitivity and willful ignorance around issues of race that can only change through leadership change,” Rucker continued. “Rupert Murdoch should start by firing Col Allan, and issuing a strong statement that he won’t tolerate this kind of behavior at any of media outlets he owns.”

With more than a half million members, is the largest African-American online political organization in the country.

Wednesday Open Thread

25 Feb 2009

Steve Wonder -As
Announcement from The White House:

Coverage Details about “Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize”

The 60-minute program, to be taped by WETA Washington, DC, will air Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 8:00PM ET on PBS stations nationwide. The concert will include performances by Wonder himself and Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding,, and the gospel duo Mary Mary, among others. President Obama will confer the Gershwin Prize upon Wonder during the event.

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You all have been ON FIRE.

Why stop now?

Recap the night and what you thought the President accomplished.

I’m waiting for anyone that can give us reports from Faux News..LOL

From <a href=””>The White House Website:</a>

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
Remarks of President Barack Obama — Address to Joint Session of Congress
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Address to Joint Session of Congress
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:

I’ve come here tonight not only to address the distinguished men and women in this great chamber, but to speak frankly and directly to the men and women who sent us here.

I know that for many Americans watching right now, the state of our economy is a concern that rises above all others. And rightly so. If you haven’t been personally affected by this recession, you probably know someone who has – a friend; a neighbor; a member of your family. You don’t need to hear another list of statistics to know that our economy is in crisis, because you live it every day. It’s the worry you wake up with and the source of sleepless nights. It’s the job you thought you’d retire from but now have lost; the business you built your dreams upon that’s now hanging by a thread; the college acceptance letter your child had to put back in the envelope. The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere.

But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this:

We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.

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