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The Best Thanksgiving Day TV Specials

November 27th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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If you’re a person like me who likes to celebrate the holidays with watching the TV specials then you know that it can be a fun thing.  So, let’s go down the list of some of our favorite TV specials to celebrate turkey day.


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Who We Really Should Be Thanking During This Holiday Season

November 27th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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As we all are well aware, Thanksgiving Day is a time when many American households, more specifically black households, will be sitting down to huge meals with family and giving thanks. They will likely thank their families, and God, for all their blessings. And perhaps, they’ll offer a few words of thanks to President Obama and the forgotten veterans of the past.

But when do we thank those brave souls who protested, marched, rallied, rioted and basically laid their bodies down on our behalf? Those heroes who broke the laws and defied social conventions, which sought to keep black folks as second-class citizens. Those courageous people who stood up to police dogs and bullets, firehoses and angry white mobs that spit, threatened, attacked and even killed them. The defenders among us, who risked reputation and actual life just so black folks (and colored people in general) who could go through their lifetime that much closer to equality, justice and freedom as our white counterparts.

We owe so much to these people, but the reality is that when many of us sit down at our dinner tables and go around the room in the grand tradition of Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude and boasting about how blessed we are, very few of us will remember to say the names of those who came before us and allowed us to be where we are now. That includes the following:

Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser and the thousands of enslaved blacks who answered the call to arms; Ellen and William Craft; Sojourner Truth; Harriet Tubman; Lucy Stanton; Denmark Vesey; Martin Delany; Richard Allen and Absalom Jones; Ella Baker; James Baldwin; Benjamin “Pap” Singleton; Frederick Douglass; W.E.B. Du Bois; Ida B. Wells; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; Fannie Lou Hamer; Daisy Bates; Stokely Carmichael; Fred Hampton; Angela Davis; Elaine Brown; H.Rap Brown; Assata Shakur; Huey P. Newton and all the other Black Panthers; Claudette Covin; Shirley Chisholm; Charles Evers; Medgar Evers; George Jackson; Rosa Parks; Bayard Rustin; Diane Nash; Booker T. Washington; Gloria Richardson; James L. Farmer, Jr.; Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas, Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick and the rest of the Deacons For Defense, and so on and so forth…

Really, there are so many to list here. But I am humbled at the privilege to even speak their names – as we all should be.

We thank our veterans on Veterans Day, we thank our presidents on Presidents Day and we thank the Easter Bunny on Easter and Santa on Christmas and the Groundhog on Groundhog Day. But when do we stop to give real thanks to those mostly young black men and women, who sacrificed and laid down their bodies and their lives on our behalf?

We don’t. We don’t honor them. Not even during Kwanzaa and Black History Month, which some of us take great pride in distancing ourselves from. We think it makes us progressive, post-racial even. Hell, some of you are likely looking at the aforementioned names and wondering where the white people are – because that’s just not fair. Well, you know what else is not fair (and kind of twisted and very ungrateful)? The fact that we do not honor our legacy the way that we should.

EVERYTHING we have in this world is because of them. The reason why many of us have the jobs we do; why we can buy and rent property in the neighborhoods we are in; why we can attend the colleges and universities and even secondary schools we have gone to; walk into the front door of businesses where we now spend trillions every year; sit on any seat on the bus, airplane, train and boat; walk on the same pavements as white people without moving off and on to the curb; drink from a single water fountain; date and legally marry interracially and even at all, and so on and so forth…

There is a long documented black radical tradition in our community. Those people were not just content with selfishly surviving and getting along just to get along, but were hell-bent on challenging the system of white supremacy and making the collective black experience in this country better. The protests and riots, which spawned from the refusal to prosecute Darren Wilson for the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, follow in that tradition. The youth in Ferguson and elsewhere in this country, who stand up and fight back against police terrorism and overall racial biases in the legal system, carry on the traditions of those ancestors, who labored, fought, protested, marched, defended, rioted and defied laws and social conventions.

And as I watch my various social media timelines and ear-hustle on conversations from other brown-skinned people, who ponder pointless questions like, “why must they riot?” and “why don’t they just act right?” I am reminded that the majority of us within the silent majority during the abolitionist movements and civil rights movement and all the movements for liberation and freedom, had our noses up in the air too – even as we suffered. And most likely, the good work, sacrifices, motivations and new ideologies will not be fully understood or even recognized until many moons later.

I try to understand that. But most times, I really wish we could learn to be thankful right here and in the now.

Hours Your Favorite Stores Will Be Open On Thanksgiving & Black Friday

November 26th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Hopefully you’re getting ready to enjoy your holiday celebration with great food and the company of loved ones. Once the big event is over, it will be time to decide whether or not you will partake in Black Friday shopping. Some may decide it’s not for them–while others will line up and deal with the crowds. Should you be a part of the latter group, it will be good to know the hours of operation. Here’s a rundown of when our favorite stores will be open.

Note: Do verify hours of operation with your local stores.


Not Interested In Black Friday Shopping? 9 Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend

November 25th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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How do you plan to spend your holiday weekend. It’s okay if you’re not into the craziness of Black Friday as some folks just don’t want to deal with unnecessary chaos on their much needed days off. Should you be looking for things to do, here are some ways you can enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend.

Things We’re Dreading About Thanksgiving Already

November 25th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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It’s almost that time of year again. Thanksgiving is two days away and although we are looking forward to overdosing on some turkey and then passing out in a comatose-like state because of the tryptophan, aka greens, ham, sweet potatoes…, there are some things we’re dreading about Thanksgiving already.


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The Preparation

Remember back in the day when you would get up bright and early on Thanksgiving and either help your mother in the kitchen or help your father get the house ready for company? And you always thought to yourself you couldn’t wait to get older because then you wouldn’t have to work so hard. But you got older and you realized the full preparation for Thanksgiving took more work than preparing for open-heart surgery.

You Don’t Have To Cook: 10 Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It’s okay if you aren’t into cooking a Thanksgiving meal. Not everyone enjoys hours in the kitchen and the required clean up to get their home back in order. This is one of the reasons why some turn to their favorite eating joints as a way to celebrate the holiday and let the professionals do the cooking. Here’s a look at some of the restaurants you can expect to be open this Thanksgiving.

10 Ways To Keep From Going Broke This Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you are probably gathering your recipes and dreaming about all of the yummy food you plan to make. Not only is this a holiday to take us away from work–for the time being–but a good one to catch up with friends and family. The question is how much you’re willing to invest? Here are a few tips that will (hopefully) keep you from going broke this Thanksgiving.

Gobble gobble.

No Shopping Here On Turkey Day: Stores That Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

November 17th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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You may be ready to hit the stores on Turkey Day, but some stores won’t be ready for you.

Despite the retail trend to open and offer discounts on Thanksgiving, there are a number of stores that will be closed for the holiday. Those stores say there is more benefit for them to honor the holiday for employees and customers alike. Retailers who will be open say they are not only meeting customer demand, but that being open on the day can boost sales.

Bill Martin, the founder of ShopperTrak, a company that monitors shopping trends in malls, begs to differ. He told MarketWatch that he wonders whether opening on Thanksgiving does actually help overall holiday sales. “Thursday is simply selling the stuff at the expense of Black Friday,” Martin said to The Huffington Post.

Here’s what’s closed:

–Costco: “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that,” Costco spokeswoman Bev Akada said in a statement to HuffPo.  The chain will be open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.

–Marshalls: According to Colleen Beauregard, a TJX Companies spokeswoman, they are closed  because “We consider ourselves an associate-friendly company.” But on Black Friday some stores will be open bright and early at 5 a.m. Most will open at 7 a.m.

–Barnes & Noble:  “We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27 so that our booksellers can be with their family and friends,” the bookstore chain said on its website.

–GameStop:  On Black Friday the store will open at midnight. But on Thanksgiving GameStop will be closed. Spokeswoman Jackie Smith told HuffPost via email: “We believe it’s the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we’ll see you on Black Friday.”

–T.J. Maxx: No T.J. Maxx on Thanksgiving, but most stores open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. Its employees will be home celebrating the holiday. “We are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends,” said TJX Companies spokeswoman Colleen Beauregard in an email to HuffPost.

–Neiman Marcus: You’ll have to wait one more day to buy the goodies from the famed Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Says Neiman Marcus spokeswoman Ginger Reeder, “We hope our associates enjoy the time with family and friends.” The store will be open on Black Friday at 8 a.m.

–Burlington Coat Factory: Although Black Friday hours vary by store, one thing is for sure–the chain will be closed on Thanksgiving. A Burlington spokesperson told ThinkProgress, “All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones.”

–Nordstrom: No Christmas shopping at Nordstrom until the day after Thanksgiving.  A Nordstrom spokesperson told Mental Floss: “We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.”  Black Friday store hours vary by location.

–Dillard’s: Though closed on Thanksgiving, Dillard’s will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Julie Johnson Bull, director of investor relations at Dillard’s, emailed HuffPost and said, “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.”

–REI: REI opens on Black Friday at varying hours but most locations will open by at least 8 a.m.

–American Girl: Susan Jevens, American Girl spokeswoman, told HuffPost: “Our stores have never been open on Thanksgiving, so this is not a new decision for us.” On Black Friday, the hours will vary by store.

–Sam’s Club: Yep, Sam’s Club is closed on the holiday, but open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. According to Tara Raddohl, a Sam’s Club spokeswoman, “Based on member feedback, we have elected to close our clubs Thanksgiving Day.”

–Patagonia: The reason outdoor clothing company will closed is simple. A Patagonia spokesperson told ThinkProgress: “It’s a holiday – we’re closed!” Hours will vary by store on Black Friday.

Black Friday Was A Bust. What About Cyber Monday?

December 2nd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Black Friday in Naples, FL. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Black Friday in Naples, FL. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Store openings on Thanksgiving day took the bite out of Black Friday, with retailers tallying a 13.2 percent drop in sales compared to 2012. But total sales for the two days were actually up 2.3 percent to $12.3 billion. Over the course of the entire four-day weekend, sales are estimated to come in at $57.4 billion, down 2.9 percent versus last year. Cold temperatures and a storm seemed to keep shoppers home in the Northeast, which tallied the lowest sales. A total of 141 million people went shopping over the holiday weekend.

Experts say that the super early start to the holiday sales along with the option of shopping on turkey day sucked some of the excitement out of Black Friday. Also playing a big role is the continued budget crunch that many average Americans are feeling. The amount that each consumer said they would be spending this weekend was $407.02, down from $423.55.

This is a big deal for retailers who usually look to take in 20 to 40 percent of their annual sales during the holidays; 10 to 15 percent are from this Thanksgiving holiday alone, reports The New York Times.

A bright spot was mobile and online shopping, with an IBM survey of 800 retailers showing that sales on mobile devices were up 40 percent versus last year. Tablet sales made of 14 percent of the total sales on Black Friday, and online sales were up 19.7 percent on Thanksgiving and up 19 percent the following day, says CNN Money.

Which brings us to Cyber Monday. Hopes are high for online sales this year, so much so that retailers like Amazon and Walmart are declaring this Cyber Week. Some of the deals include 40 percent off at H&M and Banana Republic, a 16GB Kindle Fire HD tablet down to $119 from 169 on Amazon, and a Dyson Multifloor Vaccum down to $399 from $549 at Best Buy. Lots of news sites are offering a round up of Cyber Monday, but honestly, if you go to any site or receive daily emails from your favorite retailers, then you probably know what to buy where. Airlines and travel companies are also offering deals today. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to recover from the holidays, today might be the day to get a deal.

Even with fewer people out and about there was mass craziness at retailers across the country. ICYMI, here’s a taste of what some people were doing while you were chilling out with family and friends. Happy holidays.

Black Friday Violence Breaks Out During Thanksgiving Shopping Day

November 29th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Black Friday shoppers at a Best Buy in Naples, FL. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Black Friday shoppers at a Best Buy in Naples, FL. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Gunshots, fighting, and thievery broke out last night as over eager shoppers and those looking to take advantage of the Black Friday frenzy caused trouble at retail spots across the country.

From fights in Southern California over people trying to cut the line, to a ghastly slashing in West Virginia over a Wal-Mart parking spot, Black Friday turned grim as news of the incidents poured into news outlets.

Reports were that Black Friday was going to be a bit of a bust this year, with polls and analysts saying that many people were going to save their shopping for another day. But Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart US told the TODAY show that the retailer had a “terrific” night. Still, he acknowledged that customers are “challenged” by things like food stamp cuts and he says the retailer is trying to take that into account. (Watch the clip of Simon speaking to Willie Geist below. He addresses issues of pay and Thanksgiving hours as well.)

Despite this craziness, USA Today says that the Thanksgiving Day opening is keeping the usual Black Friday madness at bay at a lot of retailers. With consumers given more time to get deals, there’s no need for bum rushing store doors or as much pushing and pulling at items in the aisles. Five years ago on Black Friday, a Wal-Mart worker was killed when he was trampled by eager shoppers.

“Overall, the National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 4 percent to $602 billion during the last two months of the year. That’s higher than last year’s 3.5 percent growth, but below the 6 percent pace seen before the recession,” the paper says.

Investors are getting a good deal today as well with stocks up on a short trading day. Markets close at 1pm ET.


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