Barack Obama steadily made his way into our home in the beginning of 2007. He slid across the kitchen counter between my parents as they sipped their morning tea, honored us with his words on the laundry room chalkboard, and coaxed us to sleep with his smooth baritone voice on the evening news. After he accepted the Democratic party’s nomination he dug his feet into our front yard, right next to the mailbox for everyone to see. By the time he became president, Michelle and the kids had already moved in. We loved having the Obamas in our house. They were the perfect guests: considerate, witty, supportive. Just a really beautiful family. I think my mom was the most excited about their extended stay––I suspected because she thought President Obama was suave and fantasized about replacing Ms. Michelle. But now, after years of watching the Obamas flourish into one of the classiest first families and as I sadly begin to prepare for their departure, I realize my mom loved them, that we all loved them, because they were us. The black family has always been a source of curiosity, studied by sociologists like Daniel Moynihan and prodded by those who can’t quite understand its layers. Too often publicly censured and rarely built up. Then came the Obamas, who gracefully strolled into the White House and moved freely through the halls that were built with the help of African-Americans but never intended for them. The Obama family is the definition of a family unit. Two working parents just trying to do right by their kids and their country. Their love for one another was obvious from the way Barack looked at Michelle, from that first fist pound, and there was something magical about witnessing black love on that grand of a scale. The more I watched them the more they looked like a lot of the black families I had grown up with. Just normal, good, driven black people. The very real people who are often sidestepped by non-black communities and inadequately portrayed by advertising, news, television and film. The black individuals that live outside of the stereotype who are seen as “the exception”, an anomaly that isn’t easily found. The notion of hardworking, well-spoken, educated African-Americans existing in plurality was improbable, but the Obamas helped to broadcast the spectrum of differently packaged black families on an international level. They were both an explanation and a revelation, revealing what we had always known: Black excellence is everywhere. It comes from suburbia, the Southside of Chicago, a single-parent household, a two-parent household, it scrapes its teeth in the community health center, answers phone calls in waiting rooms and sits at a desk on Wall Street. Success is not reserved for a certain type of person or a certain type of family, and to think it is, is to dismiss those who work hard for their professional and personal accomplishments regardless of background. Over the last eight years the Obamas have done much more than help to re-expose the black family, they brought all of us into the White House. Black pride swelled inside those walls during Obama’s presidency, and outside of it black joy, black excellence, and black girl magic magnified to levels that made the non-believer even awe in its presence. We rose up on college campuses, positioned ourselves at the top of media outlets, showed how Black-ish we could be, flipped through the Olympics, and re-woke ourselves with Solange. We didn’t just have a seat at the table, we owned that table and that was our house, the people’s house. We were everywhere, to be seen in all our splendor and our pain and our resilience. The American conscious has been bombarded with our blackness, fed more accurate black representation and served a whole lot of black upliftment. We have also seen that this change, that this level of acceptance for all people has become too much for some with the recent election and the rise of the alt-right movement. And though this election season has put a lot of fear in the American people, and a good portion of the world, the hope that Obama gave us in 2008 is still very much present and we have to honor it beyond these next four years. We can do that by refusing to normalize what is happening, by holding Trump accountable and watching his every move just like people did to President Obama. He may have helped bring us to the White House but now we have to fight to stay there, to make sure every trace that Obama and we were there is not erased. What the incoming administration and many of its supporters continuously fail to understand is that you can’t get rid of greatness, acceptance and class that easily; and you definitely can’t suppress black excellence or black joy. We will always be here, so very present and enlightened and woke. The Obamas showed us who we were and who we could be. My first family wasn’t just black, they were the Obamas, and they were my...
Just when you thought it was impossible to love the love between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama more than you already do, the trailer for the upcoming film Southside With You entered our lives. The biopic focuses on the day-long activities between the POTUS and FLOTUS' first date in 1989. Tika Sumpter (Michelle) and Parker Sawyers (Barack) brilliantly play the leading roles as the future First Family and helps to bring the inception of their love story to life.
The film initially made its debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival. After meeting sparkling reviews, Southside with You is making its way to a theater near you in August. Richard Tanne, director and screenwriter, compiled research of different mediums piecing together moments of the Obama's first date to accurately depict what took place on that fateful summer day.
Sumpter who is also serving as a co-producer for the film told ABC News she was inspired by their love story and is glad the film does not focus on politics or the Obamas we have grown to know. Many couples, like the Obamas, share their first date stories but it is rare that you are actually taken along for the ride.
The trailer alone is enough to get your emotions running so we can only imagine what the full-feature will bring.
Will you be heading to the theater to see how this presidential love got started?
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*Cues the violin* My fellow Americans, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll will not be the same without the Obama's.
"This is always one of our favorite events of the year." —@POTUS at the #EasterEggRoll: https://t.co/jeqH3zhlix https://t.co/UlWbCejdfv
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 28, 2016
POTUS and FLOTUS kicked off the 138th Easter Egg Roll Monday morning with excitement and reminiscing as they welcomed thousands of children to South Lawn, including little Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé and family at the 2016 White House #EasterEggRoll today in Washington, DC! pic.twitter.com/jSi9DtwTy4
— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) March 28, 2016
The event included musical performances, storytelling, healthy eating recipe demonstrations, playing sports with professional athletes, dancing and a fitness fun run with the first lady.
#Redskins are spending the day @whitehouse #EasterEggRoll helping kids get active! #HTTR | @morganmoses_76 @kerriga… pic.twitter.com/3DmPLxJPto
— Selfie Robot (@SelfieRobot) March 28, 2016
POTUS and FLOTUS delight kids at the #EasterEggRoll with their 'Where The Wild Things Are' acting talents. pic.twitter.com/PsbSfiFqrz
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 28, 2016
And Obama does what Obama does best...
Obama greets a baby in a pink tutu at the White House #EasterEggRoll 🐰 #ObamaAndKids https://t.co/6OZtrg079U pic.twitter.com/MfuRWZrRKW
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 28, 2016
From what we can see, it looks like all in attendance had an amazing time and were really engaged in all that was offered. Although it was a bittersweet event, the Obama's succeeded in putting a smile on everyone's face.
Watch all the fun here:
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Our favorite couple, the Obamas, celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary this month. We’ve been swooning over them from the day they first entered the White House and our love has only grown since. In honor of their anniversary, here are five times when the Obamas were our ultimate relationship goals.
What's a relationship without a little fun? In the picture above, the Obamas are photographed enjoying some downtime together at an Olympic basketball game. They were also captured on the kiss cam that night. Who knew a basketball game could be so romantic?
2. The Obamas always exude style and grace. The China state dinner was no exception to this rule. You know what they say — a couple that slays together, stays together.
3. No matter how much attention the first couple receives, they still seem to be such a normal pair. This is evident in the above photo from Inauguration Day in 2009. Even under the watch of the secret service, the Obamas are lovers in their own world.
4. A relationship is nothing without support. Not only has Michelle always been right by Barack’s side, but he is just as supportive of her endeavors. Here he is introducing Mrs. Obama at her 2nd Annual Kids’ State Dinner.
5. Our final photo comes from the First Lady herself. She recently posted this throwback picture on Instagram of herself and Barack from 1992. How wonderful to see that the love has lasted all these amazing years!
The First Couple represents the epitome of black love. Not only are they both strong and inspiring as individuals, together they are a force to be reckoned with. I’m so proud that they will be a part of American history forever.
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