Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

WATCH – The Obama Years: The Power of Words

WATCH - The Obama Years: The Power of Words

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) While the Trump tyranny continues to embarrass, usurp and defile it was with profound relief and satisfaction that I watched a screening of The Obama Years: The Power of Words at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem earlier this week. For that hour, at least, I could bask in the brilliance, […]


Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Pete Souza “I. Am. Not. Ready…. I am not ready for a new one…. “ I am starting to feel just like that adorable little black girl who completely and utterly loses it once she realizes that Barack Obama will no longer be president. It was way back in […]


Men of Steel | Complex

Men of Steel | Complex

Interview by Nadeska Alexis Photography by Andrew Cutraro It’s around 9 a.m. on a brisk New York Friday when Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda meet at a photo studio in Chelsea. Within the hour, they’re dressed in dingy overalls and covered in oil, faces smeared with dirt. They’ve both taken a brief recess from […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda | Time 100 Pioneers

Lin-Manuel Miranda | Time 100 Pioneers

By J.J. Abrams An American original I assume you know this already: the musical’s embracing of history and rhythm, race and rhyme, melody and passion is an actual stunning event. Tickets are impossible to get for good reason: even in this age of ubiquitous hyperbole, it can safely be said that Hamilton is one of […]


The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With ‘Hamilton’ | NY Times

The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With ‘Hamilton’ | NY Times

By Katherine Schulten, Sarah Gross and Michael Gonchar Yes, it really is that good. That’s how Ben Brantley began his August 2015 review of “Hamilton” on Broadway — a rave about a show that “makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born.” But you don’t just have to take The Times’s […]


When Castro Came to Harlem | New Republic

When Castro Came to Harlem | New Republic

By Steven Cohen On September 18, 1960, four months before the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and 56 years before Barack Obama would become the first sitting American president in almost a century to step foot on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro arrived in New York City for the 15th session of the United Nations […]


Hamilton in the House | Manhattan Times

Hamilton in the House | Manhattan Times

Story by Erik Cuello Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) It was full circle for the First Lady. First Lady Michelle Obama exulted the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton at a special event in Washington, D.C. this past Mon., Mar. 14th. Her remarks were part of a celebration of the groundbreaking production held […]


‘Hamilton’ star Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to the White House and freestyles with an assist from Obama | Washington Post

‘Hamilton’ star Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to the White House and freestyles with an assist from Obama | Washington Post

By Jenny Starrs Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. The composer, rapper, playwright and actor has won multiple Tony, Grammy and Obie Awards. He’s a history nerd and an avid reader, the type to pick up a thousand-page biography and then turn it into a musical. A musical, artistic and linguistic genius […]


1/12/16: 2016 State of the Union Uptown Watch Party

1/12/16: 2016 State of the Union Uptown Watch Party

Join your Uptown neighbors, the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, the Northern Manhattan Democrats for A Change and the Tioga Carver Democratic Club to watch President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union Address as President of the United States. President Obama intends to be a president of consequence until his last days […]


President Obama surprises Bronx mom at lunch during Working Families summit | NY Daily News

President Obama surprises Bronx mom at lunch during Working Families summit | NY Daily News

BY Dan Friedman | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON – Shirley Young, a nurse from the Bronx, was invited to lunch in the capital Monday, but she had no idea President Obama would be sitting next to her in Chipotle. A single mother who works at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights, Young was […]


From WHEELS to the White House | Manhattan Times

From WHEELS to the White House | Manhattan Times

Story by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer Safe to say that when the President offers you a shout-out, people might pay attention. Estiven Rodríguez might well count as Washington Heights’ newest celebrity. President Barack Obama knows him by name, and so does anyone else who saw the State of the Union address in late January, which Rodríguez […]


Estiven Rodríguez: from Washington Heights to the White House | Voices of NY

Estiven Rodríguez: from Washington Heights to the White House | Voices of NY

By José Acosta  | Via El Diario La Prensa Translated by Emily Leavitt  from Spanish At the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), there is a sign that says: “Being bilingual opens the door to a better future. You can give students the key.” That key was the one given to Estiven Rodríguez, a 17-year-old […]


UPinion: The State of the Union & The Boogie Down

UPinion: The State of the Union & The Boogie Down

BY Jenni Ruiza (@RuizaJenni) Every year, the President makes it a point to expand on what has happened in the past year and what is in the works for the year to come. 2014 was no different, and while I was live-tweeting the event, I noticed one thing: Bronxites are not too happy about the […]


President Obama Highlights Washington Heights Teen in State of the Union | NBC News

President Obama Highlights Washington Heights Teen in State of the Union | NBC News

President Obama featured a Washington Heights teen in his State of the Union address Tuesday, lauding him as an example of an immigrant child who overcame challenges and is on his way to college. Estiven Rodriguez was a guest of first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union. He came to the U.S. […]


President Obama Praises Washington Heights High Schooler | DNAinfo

President Obama Praises Washington Heights High Schooler | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — High Schooler Estiven Rodriguez is adored by his teachers and principals at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, and last week the 17-year-old also received praise from the world’s most powerful man. President Barack Obama singled out Rodriguez for his hard work at WHEELS during remarks he made Thursday at […]


Harlem ninth-grader bowls over Obama with precocious introduction preceding White House ceremony | NY Daily News

Harlem ninth-grader bowls over Obama with precocious introduction preceding White House ceremony | NY Daily News

By Dan Friedman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON — Harlem ninth-grader Kiara Molina gave President Obama what he called “one of the best introductions I’ve ever had,” at a White House event Thursday announcing five struggling areas designated as “Promise Zones” eligible for tax breaks and other aid. Molina has attended the Harlem Children’s […]


Uptown Votes: Democracy @ Work

Uptown Votes: Democracy @ Work

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) After all the voting horror stories I was hearing from various sources, I was thinking I was going to be in for a long night. When I first arrived at my new polling place, the Isabella Nursing home on 190th Street and Audubon at 7pm, my worst fears were confirmed. It […]


Barack Obama Reelection Signals Rise Of New America | Huffington Post

Barack Obama Reelection Signals Rise Of New America | Huffington Post

BY Howard Fineman NEW YORK — President Barack Obama did not just win reelection tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. Obama, the mixed-race son of Hawaii by way of Kansas, Indonesia, Los Angeles, […]


Op-Led: I Am Rocking With Barack Obama

Op-Led: I Am Rocking With Barack Obama

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Even though I was born and have lived in the United States for almost all of my life, I never felt truly American until Barack Obama’s historic run for the Presidency in 2008. Until that point I always felt like the other. When asked my nationality, I would instinctively answer, Dominican. […]


The Elixir: For Those of Us With Pre-Existing Conditions…

The Elixir: For Those of Us With Pre-Existing Conditions…

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) For some of us, having medical insurance means survival. People, particularly the young and healthy, never really think about health insurance until they need it. I implore you to look and listen to these stories and then to take it one step further and vote on November 6th and allow […]


Dominicans are Obama’s Most Enthusiastic Latino Voters | Fox News Latino

Dominicans are Obama's Most Enthusiastic Latino Voters | Fox News Latino

By Elizabeth Llorente Surveys of Latino voters show it again and again. President Obama is favored by a majority of likely Latino voters. But a few that break down Latino voters by national heritage show a little-noticed trend – Dominicans are Obama’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters among this increasingly important voting bloc. Across the […]


Presidential Election Night Watch @ the Shabazz Center

Presidential Election Night Watch @ the Shabazz Center

Related: Op-Led: 2016 – Mitt Romney’s America Si Votamos, Ganamos – Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote Op-Led: Mitt Romney’s Birther Moment Redefining Rape – Todd Akin & the Republican Party Freedom’s Sisters – The Untold Story Uptown Gem – The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center We invite you to […]


Led Black: Si Votamos, Ganamos – Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote | Huffington Post

Led Black: Si Votamos, Ganamos - Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote | Huffington Post

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) “Latinos for Republicans – it’s like roaches for raid.” – John Leguizamo We are the new America. We are what tomorrow looks like. Nothing can stop us but ourselves. We are the proverbial 800-pound-gorilla in the room, the demographic time bomb. Tick, tick, tick… Jay-Z famously said “men lie, women lie, […]


Uptown Votes: Get on the bus to help re-elect President Barack Obama!

Uptown Votes: Get on the bus to help re-elect President Barack Obama!

There are just a few weeks until the presidential election, and it’s clearer than ever that Democrats are going to have to dig deep to ensure a victory for President Obama. With that said, join the members of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan this coming Sunday as they head to the key […]

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