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HAIL TO THE CHIEF: EBONY to Release President Obama Commemorative Issue


Special collector’s edition salutes eight years of excellence 

CHICAGO — To mark the political ascent and enduring legacy of President Barack H. Obama, EBONY has published a special commemorative edition, “Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence.” This stylish, thought-provoking issue (83 pages; $10.99) is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, archival EBONY articles and hard-hitting analyses from leading African-American writers including award-winning poet, author and civil rights activist, Nikki Giovanni; MSNBC award-winning journalist Joy-Ann Reid; culturally astute critic Eric Deggans; pop culture pundit Touré; and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston.

“Our readers know the utter importance of simple images of Obama and the first family in a White House that had been very literal with respect to its previous inhabitants,” says Kyra Kyles, editor-in-chief of EBONY.  “But our team went well beyond the aesthetics and recruited the most sought-after Black thought leaders to candidly discuss the social context around his administration, his achievements over two terms and the impact he will have as our first but hopefully not our last.”

Among the highlights:

  • Editor’s Letter: EIC Kyles bids adieu to President Barack Obama in this touching reflection on his absolute grace under partisan fire.

  • Poetic Justice: Nikki Giovanni pens an exclusive poem for EBONY capturing the essence of the first African-American president.

  • The Legacy: From his electrifying ascent to the legislative imprint he leaves behind, EBONY examines President Obama’s undeniable impact on health care, race relations, gay and women’s rights.

  • The Love: We examine the love shared by President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and its impact on uplifting Black families.

  • The Look: By combining haute couture with dashes of attainable attire, the first family embraced the power of fashion.

  • The Laughs: He could have occasionally been dubbed “comic-in-chief.”  A look at Obama’s best clapbacks.

  • Famous Farewells: Supporters ranging from members of Congress to well-known entertainers offer their thanks and words of encouragement to the 44th U.S. president.  

EBONY’s commemorative special commemorative edition will be available December 20 for purchase on newsstands only


Happy Easter from the First Family!


From the Obama family to yours, Happy Easter!

Posted by The White House on Sunday, April 5, 2015

President Obama's message on the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

"The single-most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'we.' We the People. We shall overcome. Yes we can. That word is owned by no one. It belongs to everyone. Oh, what a glorious task we are given, to continually try to improve this great nation of ours." —President Obama: ‪#‎Selma50‬ ‪#‎MarchOn‬


Romney chose the town where Trayvon Martin was killed as one of his final campaign stops

Va-Va1Good morning, family! When Mitt Romney chose Sanford, FL as one of his final campaign stops, that sent a clear message to me as a black person; a reasonable person and an American. Sanford, FL is the site of the most controversial, racially-tinged shooting/murder of a black teenager by a white man in America in a long time. Sanford, FL was virtually unknown by most people and then it gained international infamy when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

It is understandable that Mitt Romney wants to win the presidency of the United States but at what cost? I don't know Mitt Romney personally but what I have seen during this campaign is disturbing and causes tremendous concern if he is this nation's next president. Not the manufactured fear that the Republican Party and Anti-Obama forces have managed to inject into this campaign, but genuine concern for the typical American and the future of this great nation. 

If one listens to the flip-flopping of Mitt Romney and the outright lies of he, Paul Ryan and the various Republican-leaning Super PACs, it’s crystal clear where this nation is headed and it is not in a good direction. The people supporting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not voting for the two of them as much as they are voting against President Obama. What is even more disturbing is that those same people attending that Romney-Ryan campaign rally in Sanford yesterday fail to realize that they are a part of the 47% and the 99%, not the 1% that Team Romney-Ryan is really fighting for.

Just so you don’t get this twisted, I do not worship President Obama. I have not agreed with every decision he has made but I think he is the best President the USA has elected in a long time. On the other hand, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not trustworthy and anyone that votes for them is either only concerned about protecting their wealth or just plain delusional or maybe both.

Peace, Light, Love and 💋Smooches...



Butterfly's Latest Obama Hair Flair

This is a picture of the latest hair creation adorning the head of the one and only Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns. Many of you already know her as the poet divine and one of the most talented people in this area. 

Her hair design tribute to the Barack Obama in 2008, made it to the pages of JET magazine. Now that he's President, let's see if this one does also. Her barber has some mad skills, don't you agree? 

Butterfly Obama 2012
Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns' tribute to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012.


Flashback to 2008

Butterfly's Obama tribute in 2008 that was featured in JET magazine. That's tight work!



The Re-Elect President Barack Obama Campaign Wants You!

Barack Obama wants you

We are days away from General Election Day 2012 with Early Voting starting Saturday and voting by absentee ballot already begun. Many people have expressed their support of the re-election of President Barack Obama and now they are needed to step up to help the President win Miami-Dade County.

Continue reading "The Re-Elect President Barack Obama Campaign Wants You!" »

Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention officially starts today in Charlotte, NC. First Lady Michelle Obama is on deck tonight so don't miss her highly anticipated specch. A number folks from south Florida are among the Florida delegation and we'll follow them for the next couple of days. The culminating event is Thursday evening when President Barack Obama delivers his acceptance speech. 

The nation is especially looking forward to the Dems Convention after the Republican Convention last week in which Clint Eastwood's Invisible Obama routine is still getting more traction than Mitt Romney's acceptance speech. 

Stay tuned to the DNC and let us know what you think. 


President Obama Affirms Marriage Equality


Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know President Barack Obama recently publicly affirmed support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. It was a bold move on his part as it is a highly controversial issue, especially during an election year. Furthermore, black people, no matter where we are from, tend to be the most intolerant group when it comes to homosexuality. 

Here’s a comment on the President’s decision from CJ Ortuno, executive director of SAVE Dade:

"The President has made a gutsy decision in the face of a major election to stand on the right side of history. Ultimately the president evolved to a place of understanding that we all have when it comes to marriage - that it is not about politics, but about love, commitment, and being responsible for the person you care most about." 

What say YOU about the President's decision?


First Lady Michelle Obama in South Florida 10/27

Michelle_Obama_official_portrait_headshotDemocratic National Committee Chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Tracy Mourning are hosting First Lady Michelle Obama at a dinner and reception with supporters of the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

The Obama Victory Fund 2012 - Dinner & Reception with the First Lady is scheduled for 5:45 PM, Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The Signature Grand, 6900 West State Road 84, Davie, Florida. Click here to RSVP.

Speak On It: Democrats Make Me Sick!


by Dave Vaval

Democrats make me sick! Before I get attacked for the opening of this commentary, let me elaborate a bit further. President Obama, who is diligently trying to avoid a lame duck term, is making every attempt to make progress on issues this country faces. He is, a democratic president, but the issues of this country/economy affects Democrats, Republicans and all in between alike. When the Democrats had full control of the house, they refused to budge to the Republicans, and certain times within themselves had conflict/disagreement. But the president didn’t have too much of an issue because that was his party. It was their way or the highway. This midterm election, Republicans gave the Democrats a reality check and it is only fair that they apply the same rules the Democrats applied towards them. But no; all of a sudden Republicans are holding people “hostage” as it was put by our president. Is that not an unfair and biased description of the situation at hand presently?

In an attempt to meet the needs of both parties in an issue that is uniquely affecting all Americans, the president drafted and agreed to a piece of legislation that appeased both sides. Or so he thought. He agreed to extend Bush tax cuts, the Republicans side, while Republicans conceded to extend unemployment benefits, the most pivotal to the Democrats from that legislation, among other things included. In my opinion, the Democrats got a better deal from the legislation than the Republicans. But Democrats aren’t happy. Its speculated that the reason is because they weren’t involved in the drafting of the legislation while many representatives are making it clear that they simply do not want the bush tax cuts extended. Isn’t this the same party who humbly begged on national television for the Republicans to work WITH them on moving forward after the midterm? Interesting…

The Republicans aren’t unanimously in favor of this legislation but the handful who object to it pan in comparison to an ENTIRE party threatening to filibuster. WHERE is the bipartisanship they were begging for? I commend President Obama for realizing that you win some and you lose some and for the cause of greater good sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to; but I only wish his party can realize the same. Republicans can simply say no we will not work with you and make his term a lame duck term, as Democrats did to George W. Bush when they took control while he was in office during his second term. It will be none but their own fault. Egos have to be set aside and feelings need to be taken out of situations to make sure there is no blindness to the issues at hand.

These representatives are SO loyal to their parties they lose sight of the plight of the people they represent and what they’re actually supposed to do. As we the citizens are asked to do when voting, these “representatives” are supposed vote on issues, NOT party. If the Republicans come up with a bill that benefits the nation, I expect Democrats to vote for it, because it’s the right thing to do and vice versa. I DO NOT expect Democrats to be against it because it’s a republican idea as it seems to be the case presently. They’re losing sight of the fact that progress needs to be made or else when its time to vote again, they’ll be the ones begging; this time to the Americans who are sick and tired of the excuses, bickering and lack of progress being made. Can’t we all just get along? For the record, I am against this legislation that is currently being debated. Anything that does not aid the deficit is not something that should be considered. If you add 175 billion to the deficit, and “hope” the people spend that, it only brings us back to where we were. There are real issues people are facing everyday, and the pettiness going on right now in Washington is not only disturbing, its is not needed. People need to grow up!