Posts Tagged ‘PBS’


In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on August 4, 2020 at 4:55 am



Youngish, young in the mind, in-mature, act like a child
Yesterday, these words offended you – today they drive you wild.

Does time appears to be taking its toll?
Only if you let it. Don’t you dare get old!

Don’t even fathom or think of it!
Tune in to PBS again and love it.

When was the last time you felt blessed
to be learning from Bert and Ernie on PBS?

Do tell, child. Do tell.
I had been missing them as well.

Dare I confess
I am back to watching PBS?

I’m doing it for a friend;
the little child within.

Do you still acknowledge?
Is your inner child still off to college

while you physically age on the side?
Youth isn’t about age but your energy vibe.

little-blk-girl_dancingHow’s your energy and how freely are you vibin?’
You’re a child compared to Mother Earth, so please get to childin.’ 😛

Me? I’m already in route. I am “childin’ out!”
Good morning dear Tuesday. I know not a pout.

I hope you only know of smiles at this hour of the day.
If sadness sits near you later, refer back to this page

and let the kid in you play.’
Jump up and down and scream “hooray

like you’re ol’ Tom Cruise.
I’ll be your Oprah; I do approve.

Spend day 2 doing you;
jam meaningful music and bust a move.

Life is at hand! Let nothing deter you from “self” remember.
Do your best to forfeit stress; there are only 2 months to November.

Wyclef Jean sang a song referencing the 11th month. Do you remember?
I believe the jam was titled, “Gone ’til November:

It’s going down in November.

Today, let your adulterated cares be under arrest.
and whatever it is that you do today – be childish about stress.

Give it ‘no never mind” and do something fun today,
I’m Qui
Up to play, so “oui!!!!” Have you time to be YOUNGISH 2 day?

Trading more than Antiques on PBS

In Griot, Networking, News on January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

QE_Joe and MikaThis morning Joe and Mika [MSNBC Morning Joe] talked about Steven Cohen’s stock trading case. Basically they dropped a dime on the upcoming PBS special covering the hedge funders moves that have landed him hot water with the Feds. In so many words, PBS reminds us that Martha Stewart ain’t the only one:

“The $8 billion fortune amassed by the hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen was stunning: a 35,000-square-foot mansion on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”; a $62 million beach house in the Hamptons; a $115 million duplex in New York City, furnished with some of the world’s most valuable art.

Was Cohen’s firm, SAC Capital, simply smarter than the other players on Wall Street? Or, as the U.S. Justice Department began to suspect, was there another explanation for how SAC managed to beat the stock market and bring in sky-high returns for Cohen and his investors year after year?

PBS has documented the Steve Cohen story for broadcast on FRONTLINE that will air today. So if you’re curious as to if Steven will be doing the Martha Stewart-in-orange anytime soon, you want definitely want to watch/DVR TO CATCH A TRADER tonight on PBS.

From the team behind FRONTLINE’s “The Untouchables” and “Money, Power and Wall Street”comes “To Catch A Trader” the suspenseful and compelling story of the unprecedented government investigation that led to the largest insider trading case in U.S. history.

Drawing on exclusively obtained video of Cohen, FBI wiretaps of other hedge fund traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders (including U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the “sheriff of Wall Street”), “To Catch A Trader” traces the rise of Cohen’s empire and goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading in the hedge fund industry.

To Catch A Trader - PBSOur investigation found that in 2006, for the first time, the FBI started to go after hedge funds the same way they went after the mob,” says FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith, who, along with director and producer Nick Verbitsky, spent six months digging into the government’s cases against traders at SAC Capital and other hedge funds. “They began investigating Cohen and his peers in the same fashion—wiretapping, flipping informants, basically using these methods to target white-collar criminals for the first time,” Smith says.

As FRONTLINE reports, since prosecutors first set their sights on the hedge fund industry, the FBI’s crackdown, known as “Operation Perfect Hedge,”,” has uncovered institutional, widespread malfeasance. As one agent tells FRONTLINE, “We likened it to the first ‘Jaws’ movie, that we’re ‘going to need a bigger boat.’”

To date, the government has convicted 76 people of securities fraud and conspiracy. In November 2013, SAC Capital agreed to plead guilty to what prosecutors called “insider trading that was substantial, pervasive, and on a scale without precedent in the history of hedge funds.” Under an agreement still pending a judge’s approval, the firm will cease to operate as a hedge fund and will pay a $1.8 billion penalty.

Steven Cohen has not been charged with insider trading; he instead faces civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly failing to supervise his employees and prevent misconduct.

U.S. Attorney Bharara tells FRONTLINE that the government’s investigation into insider trading at hedge funds will continue. “Our responsibility and obligation is to make sure that everybody understands that no one is above the law,” Bharara says, “that it doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, who you’re connected to, you have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Unfolding with the urgency of a crime novel, “To Catch A Trader” is a must-watch primer for what happens next. Past episodes of FRONTLINE are available for  online viewing.

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What can I say, that isn’t already being said best 
by the current investigation, the prosecutor and PBS?

Life isn’t so bad, crack a smile and start glowin,’
I’m Qui
Nevermind your tiny problems this moment belongs to Cohen. 😉

Negro Please!

In Communication, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement, TV Shows on April 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

So I’m reading EBONY Magazine (in paper form because I’m old school) and on page 36 I see Henry Louis Gates Jr. discussing DNA and why the majority of us have Caucasion– not Native American– blood.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs reports:

here is one major misconception that Black people need to stop perpetuating about our history, says Henry Louis Gates Jr., the boisterous Harvard professor, prolific writer and TV personality who is soon to unveil a new season of Finding Your Roots on PBS.
“In all my series and work, I’ve only found one guest who actually descended from a Native American,” says Gates. “The biggest myth in African-American genealogy is, “My grand-great grandmother had high cheek bones and straight black hair.”

He even gave away 10,000 free DNA testing kits to upper-class Black businessmen to prove his point. “Brothers in the streets say DNA don’t lie,” says Gates. “[At this event,] 1500 Negroes in three piece suits lined up all day to spit [into a DNA collection tube]. I told them, ‘None of you Negroes got Native American ancestry. Take the test and prove me wrong.'”

Turns out that most of us — no matter the curliness of our hair or darkness of our skin– have Caucasion blood, much like Branford Marsalis, whose DNA is explored along with Harry Connick Jr.’s this season on the series. Marsalis’ New Orleans ancestry was a rare case in which rape was not the reason why German blood was introduced into the family, says Gates. “Most of our mixed ancestry comes from slavery, but in this case, it was love.”

Gates came to his affinity for dispersing Black ancestral mythology through EBONY’s own Lerone Bennett Jr., the former executive editor who wrote Black history articles for the magazine for many years. Gates decided that he, too, wanted to be sure the truth of Blackness was studied and distributed.

He’s written several books over the past few years and been in the news repeatedly. He was doubly inspired to work hard because of his aging father, who passed away on Christmas Eve of 2010 at age 97. “I was trying to get a lot of work out for him so he could see some [of the] TV series and read some of the books. I didn’t get everything out, but I didn’t do so badly.”

This season, we’ll also learn about the ancestry of Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Kevin Bacon, Pastor Rick Warren and Robert Downey Jr. In seasons past, we learned that Chris Rock was 30% White; Don Cheadle was 19% White’ and most Blacks descend from on of 46 African tribes– with very different characteristics, hair textures, bone structure and skin colors.

It’s an interesting thing to ponder at a time when pop culture seems to be pushing the term “post-racial,” as if racism were dead. Several authors are publishing books on a so-called “new” kind of Blackness and “new” kind of Black person.

“I think we are in a class crisis within race,” says Gates. “Civil Rights led to affirmative action, which led to the new Black middle class. We have so many needs that we need all of our allies on board because we are in a prolonged struggle for the survival of our people.


I’m black and I know it-
My melanin tone shows it

Though my mothers fathers grandmother was Native American indeed.
And just in case I doubted it — he had a framed photo of she

that was displayed on the wall; his chief concern was for history to stick.
As a tot, I wondered why her stare had a glare & her neck was so thick?
Was she a big boned chick?

I never asked because my other adolescent questions about LIFE were so many.
Besides not many of the adult women in our family were all too waif or skinny.

I did not want to offend. lol!

And so today I am a thick chic and I am most sure we are related.
Whether or not I have a drop of her blood in me – I suppose could be debated.

If it were my grandfathers grandmother on my mothers side who was Cherokee
Does that mean there’s any DNA left from generation-to-generation to show up in me?

I’m willing to be tested.

I’m a fan of Prof. Gates, and a fan of tracing back historical seeds.
I’m Qui
Trusting in Grand Daddy’s word and his framed photo – so NEGRO PLEASE! lol!