President Barack Obama is known for belting out a few notes every now and then. During Wednesday’s Ray Charles tribute at the White House, he paid homage to the legendary musician by leading a sing-along with attendees. The show, which was the last installment of the “In Performance at the White House” series before Obama’s presidency comes to an end, featured performances by Usher, Jussie Smollett, Anthony Hamilton, Yolanda Adams, Andra Day, and others. Although the energy at the White House was electric, some of Charles’ children were upset they didn’t receive an invite. His ex-wife and two oldest children reportedly received invitations, but his nine other kids were snubbed. “We are what’s left of him and it’s as if we don’t exist,” said his youngest daughter Robyn Moffett. “It hurts to know that we are his family and we’re treated like outcasts.” Read more.
Joe Biden Will Introduce Lady Gaga At The Oscars
According to reports, Vice President Joe Biden will present at the Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday. Biden will be amongst other celebrity presenters that include Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, and Charlize Theron. This isn’t the first time someone from the realm of politics has served as a presenter at an awards ceremony. Back in 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Best Picture Award from the White House via video. During the same year, former President Bill Clinton made an appearance at the Golden Globes to present Lincoln, a film created by Steven Spielberg. He will appear during the telecast to introduce singer Lady Gaga and make a call for sexual assault awareness. Read more.
Ferguson Officials Are Now Predominately Black
The racial makeup of the Ferguson Police Department has undergone a major shift since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown back in 2014. When Brown was killed, the predominately Black Ferguson community was overseen by a tremendously White police force. There were also disparities when it came to local leadership; five out of six city council members were White and so was the mayor. On Tuesday, the City Council announced that for the first time, they are majority Black. “I was excited — for the first time, there was a majority of African Americans on the council,” said Laverne Mitchom, who was sworn in to take the place of former Mayor Bryan Fletcher. “At the end of the day, white, black, whatever — we’re going to be here in Ferguson together…. We’ve got to do what’s best for all of us.” Despite the milestone, the city is still battling a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department. Read more.
Romney Says There is a “Bombshell” in Trump’s Tax Returns
When a person is running for president, their competitors and naysayers leave no stone unturned. Mitt Romney, who ran for president in 2012, claims that Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns yet because there is a “bombshell” within them. Trump says he will release his returns, but his accountants are still working on them. Romney also wants other Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to release theirs as well. He believes that Trump has a chance at winning the Republican nomination and says there is “a slimmer and slimmer opening” for his competitors. Read more.
Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Rapid Pace
As Republicans consistently push to eliminate abortion, clinics throughout the country have been closing their doors left and right; 162 abortion clinics closed and only 21 have opened since 2011. Imposed state regulations and expensive fees make it a struggle for these clinics to remain open. Abortion clinics cost millions of dollars to either buy or create. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
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.Source:Getty 1 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 2 of 21
3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.Source:Pete Souza 3 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 4 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 5 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 6 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 7 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 8 of 21
9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.Source:Pete Souza 9 of 21
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.Source:Pete Souza 10 of 21
11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.Source:Pete Souza 11 of 21
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.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.Source:Pete Souza 13 of 21
14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 14 of 21
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.Source:Getty 15 of 21
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.Source:Getty 16 of 21
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.Source:Getty 17 of 21
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.Source:Getty 18 of 21
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.Source:Getty 19 of 21
20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 20 of 21
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.Source:Getty 21 of 21
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