If All I Was Was Black – Mavis Staples, 2017 In a hotel room in Detroit, a 78-year-old woman is rasping down the phone. She can’t quite hear every word I say, as she spent last night in a loud theatre with her old boyfriend, Bob: “We talk about old times.” Bob is Bob Dylan; Mavis Staples supported him on his most recent American tour. Dylan asked Staples to marry him in 1964, shortly after they had kissed for the first time at the Newport folk festival; she said no, feeling that back then she couldn’t marry a white man. “That’s a long time ago,” she says, in a clipped, no-nonsense fashion, shutting down any discussion of rekindled romance. “These days, we just play and go back to our own lives. We’re old now. As soon as the gig’s over, I’m going to bed to sleep.” Staples started making music with her family band, the Staple Singers, in 1948 before pop music really existed, but pop musicians are still … [Read more...] about Mavis Staples: ‘All that progress we made – and now we have a liar in the White House’
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidates’ united front against Republican President Donald Trump amid public impeachment hearings and their restraint in battling one another had an unexpected beneficiary on Wednesday night: rising White House contender Pete Buttigieg. FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg points to his wedding ring from his marriage to his husband Chasten as he talks about civil rights in the United States during the U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo Surging in the polls in early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had been widely expected to face a barrage of attacks during the Democratic presidential debate about his thin political resume and his problematic relationship with African-American voters, a key Democratic constituency. … [Read more...] about After escaping fire at U.S. Democratic debate, challenges remain for Buttigieg
Several 2020 Democratic candidates are blaming two weekend mass shootings on President Donald Trump's rhetoric. Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, said Trump is a white nationalist, and claimed he is responsible for the influx in mass shootings and violence in America. When the 2020 candidate was asked Sunday morning by CNN's Jake Tapper if he believed Trump is a white nationalist, O'Rourke said, 'Yes, I do.' This was echoing something longshot 2020 contender Jay Inslee said during the debates in Detroit, Michigan last week, which was just a few days before the massacres, when he called Trump a 'white nationalist.' 'We have a problem with white nationalist terrorism in the United States of America today,' the former Texas representative from El Paso said. Beto O'Rourke said Sunday morning that Donald Trump is a 'white nationalist' and 'racist' that is emboldening act of 'white nationalist terrorism' 'These are white men motivated by the kind of fear that this president … [Read more...] about Democrats BLAME Donald Trump for recent mass shootings, as 2020 primary candidates call the president a ‘racist’ who is encouraging ‘white nationalist terrorism’
Less than 48 hours after President Donald Trump called him up on a stage to express pride in the Houston Police Department, Chief Art Acevedo struggled to explain a scandal in which one of his narcotics agents allegedly lied to get a no-knock warrant for a drug-house raid that left a married couple dead and four officers shot. "What a job you've done. I'm proud of you," Trump told Acevedo while giving the keynote address on Wednesday at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs of America joint conference in Washington, D.C. "I like these people," Trump said of the Houston Police Department delegation on hand. "I feel very safe with these people." During a news conference in Houston on Friday, Acevedo noted the dramatic contrast between Trump's praise for his department and an investigation into the troubling actions of one veteran narcotics officer. "Here we are less than 48 hours later talking about one person," said Acevedo, who asked the public not to … [Read more...] about Houston police embroiled in scandal after ‘lies’ found in no-knock warrant that led to fatal raid on alleged drug house
The cable channels captured it perfectly. Soon after the prosecutor announced there would be no indictment, Barack Obama made a highly unusual late-night statement from the White House. The news channels split the TV screen, as they often do. On one side, the president and commander-in-chief of the most powerful army in the world was appealing for calm from protesters and restraint from law enforcement. On the other side, the live shots showed the chaos unfold as Ferguson was blanketed in tear gas and fire. Since the shooting of Michael Brown, America has been enveloped in a wider debate. Not new questions - anything but - but questions that were pushed into the background with the election of the United States' first African-American president.In 2008, those heady days when Mr Obama was first elected, there was the genius slogan that captured the trajectory and history of the civil rights struggle. "Rosa sat, so that Martin could walk, so that Barack could fly" - to which might be … [Read more...] about Ferguson protests: How many cities have the same problems?