January 19, 2017
1. Kicking It With Queen Bey
What better way to kick off your second term as president than in the presence of royalty? In 2008, Obama had the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin sing the national anthem and in 2013, he extended that honor to Queen Bey--Beyonce Knowles-Carter. She and her husband, rap legend Jay Z were active fundraisers throughout Obama’s campaign and the first family of hip-hop remained close with the nation’s first family as Beyonce participated in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” healthy living campaign.
2. Honoring Our Greatest Entertainers
Throughout his presidency, Obama awarded the coveted Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, to numerous singers, actors and athletes. The recipients have not only left an indelible mark on black history and pop culture, but Obama recognized that their contributions to the arts have and continues to leave an irrevocable mark on the world.
Entertainers that have been commemorated by President Obama include Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more.
3. Hip-Hop Finds A Home In The White House
Sasha and Malia have the coolest dad, #ever. From Beyonce to Busta Rhymes, Obama speaks the language of young and old hip-hop heads. Did George Bush Jr. or Bill Clinton ever release a summer playlist? We think not! President Obama oozes “swag” for many reasons including the fact that he’s a proud listener of R&B, hip-hop and rap music. In the midst of discussing Obamacare and foreign policy the President also found time to end a rap beef when he declared Kendrick Lamar as his favorite rapper over Drake. Over the past eight years, Obama has been able to effortlessly to bridge the generational gap and connect with millenials through his love of music.
4. Obama Parties With A Purpose #ForTheCulture
Not only does Obama invite the biggest names in music to the White House for parties, the President also galvanizes influential artists to make a difference in their community. Obama invited the artists in the photo above including Common, J.Cole, Chance the Rapper, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Rick Ross and more to participate in his mentorship initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, a program that supports academic excellence in hopes of lessening the school-to-prison-pipeline. “Many of these artists have lent their voices and platforms to promoting these issues,” according to a White House official. “Through their own nonprofit work or artistic commitment, many of these artists have found ways to engage on the issues of criminal-justice reform and empower disadvantaged young people across the country.”