President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen Show on Thursday; making history as the first sitting president to stop by for an in-studio visit. Obama reflected on his time in office and recited a Valentine’s Day poem for his wife Michelle. “Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,” said President Obama. “Michelle, this Valentine’s Day, I’m going to treat you right.” He also spoke about his daughter Malia embarking on her college journey. “It’s hard. She’s ready to go. She’s a really smart, capable person, and she’s ready to make her way,” he said. DeGeneres and President Obama posed for a selfie that she later posted on Instagram with the caption, “Selfie with the Chief @BarackObama.” Obama also made an appearance on The Ellen Show back in 2007 before he was elected. Read more.
Queens Street to be Co-Named After Knicks Star Anthony Mason
Although NBA star Anthony Mason has passed on, his legacy will prevail in South Jamaica, Queens, where he grew up. The City Council recently announced it will co-name 147th Street between 123rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard “Anthony Mason Way.” “Anthony Mason was a beloved member of the South Jamaica community and the New York Knicks, and it is only appropriate that his career be celebrated,” said City Councilman Ruben Wills. The City Council has yet to decide on a date for the co-naming ceremony. Mason played for the New York Knicks from 1991 through 1996. He also had other stints with the Bucks, Heat, Nets, and Hornets. In February 2015, Mason suffered a heart attack and passed away two weeks later. He was 49 years old. Read more.
400 Years of African-American History Act Introduced to Congress
Just weeks after a UN group demanded reparatory justice for African-Americans in the U.S., a new bill that highlights Black history has been introduced to Congress. On Thursday, the 400 Years of African-American History Act was proposed in Washington D.C. The bill was brought forth by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va), Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va)., Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, and G. K. Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. If the act is passed, a commission would be developed to pay homage to “the arrival and influence of Africans in America.” “If English lives matter, if Latino lives matter, then African-American lives matter, and they mattered every day since the landing,” said Rep. Kaine. “The United States of America without the contributions and influences of African-Americans… would be unrecognizable and much the poorer.” Read more.
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Launches All Def Movie Awards
Russell Simmons is using his All Def Digital platform to recognize Black entertainers after they were snubbed by the Oscars. All Def Digital announced the first-ever All Def Movie Awards at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Feb. 24, a few days before the Oscars ceremony. “I don’t expect a 90 year-old Academy member to see ‘Straight Outta Compton’ or vote for it. I’m more concerned that in 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made, and what actors get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally,” said Simmons. “The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars, but they could be. This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.” The event will be hosted by Tony Rock. Films nominated for Best Picture of 2015 include Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Creed, Concussion, Chi-Raq, and Beasts of No Nation. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
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1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.
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2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.
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3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.
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4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.
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5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.
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6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.
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7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.
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8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.
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9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.
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10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
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11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.
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12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.
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13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
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14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.
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15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.
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16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.
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17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.
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18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.
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19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.
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20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
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21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.
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