Barack Obama

Watch Chance the Rapper, The National, Nas and More Perform at The Obama Foundation Summit Concert

The Obama Foundation Summit--a conference of sorts that encourages community leaders and entrepreneurs to "give back, get involved, and recognize that they, too, have the power…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 2, 2017

Barack Obama Inducts Jay Z Into Songwriters Hall of Fame: “I’ve Been Listening to Jay Since I Was a Young and Hungry State Senator”

Tonight, Jay Z was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the occasion was marked by an introduction speech from another…
Jordan Sargent / June 15, 2017

Obama’s Presidential Center Will Have a Recording Studio For Notable Musicians

Former president Barack Obama has unveiled his plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park. The Chicago Tribune reports that the campus of…
Pranav Trewn, Stereogum / May 3, 2017

How Donald Trump’s Treatment of the National Endowment for the Arts Compares to Past Presidents, From Reagan to Obama

The United States leads the world in national defense spending. Meanwhile, we're multiples behind other Western democracies like the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France in arts funding. Donald…
Brian Josephs / April 13, 2017

What Are Barack Obama and Bono Talking About?

Although Barack Obama is known for being only former president who could name four Jay Z albums, he's still notably well-versed in the Caucasian canon. He's invited…
Brian Josephs / March 10, 2017

Barack Obama Wrote a Foreword For a Brandi Carlile Covers Album

Today, in confusing music news, pop-country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile has announced a new star-studded compilation album, Cover Stories, which consists entirely of new renditions of songs from…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 21, 2017

WikiHow Apologizes for Illustrating Barack Obama, Jay Z, and Beyoncé as White, Explains How it Happened

Let it be known that the BeyHive is also a sharp investigative force. A fan account noticed that the WikiHow guide for "How to become a…
Brian Josephs / January 25, 2017

Today Is the Final Day to Play Young Jeezy’s “My President”

Jeezy's 2005 classic Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 is part-manifesto, part-biography. The intro features a powerful combination of the two: "You ain't never seen them pies…
Brian Josephs / January 19, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Played a Secret Show for Obama Staffers at the White House

Bruce Springsteen played a secret show at the White House on January 12 as a sign of appreciation for President Obama and his staffers, according…
Taylor Berman / January 18, 2017

Obama’s Go-To DJ Reflects on Four Years of Performing for the First Family

A new White House administration means Austin-based DJ Mel Cavaricci's time playing music for President Obama's events has come to an end. For the past few…
Brian Josephs / January 18, 2017

BJ the Chicago Kid on Performing For Obama: “They Asked Me to Take People’s Minds to Another Place”

On January 10, R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid performed the National Anthem at Barack Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago. Given just days to prepare, BJ jumped…
Brian Josephs / January 17, 2017

“I’m Used to Things Not Going My Way”: Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson Delivers Searing Monologue on Fear of a Trump Planet

Donald Trump is set to take office in a little over a week's time, but Barack Obama's Farewell Speech found the soon-to-be former president doubling down…
Brian Josephs / January 12, 2017

Eddie Vedder Covers Neil Young, Patti Smith at Obama’s Farewell Address in Chicago

Do you guys remember when the outgoing president gave an eloquent farewell speech right as his successor was tweeting all-caps disavowals of his alleged love…
Anna Gaca / January 11, 2017

President Obama Walked Out to U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” for His Farewell Address

The eight years of President Barack Obama's term in office comes to a close next week. Tonight, he delivered his final address to the country…
Nadya Agrawal / January 10, 2017
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